Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

How To Remove Toning Beyond The Edge Of A Photo

For some time I have been thinking of trying to produce some Photoshop video tutorials.  But let's face it, there are a ton of them out there and I didn't want to simply repeat what has already been done.

I had been trying to figure out how to remove toning from beyond the edge of a photo.  If you apply toning as well as an artistic edge to a black and white photo, either on your own or using a Photoshop plug-in like Silver Efex Pro, the toning extends beyond the edge of the photo and all the way out through the border of the image.  This is the case even if you use a Photoshop adjustment layer to apply the toning, which gets applied to the white border as well as to the image. This looks very unnatural, as the toning should stop at the edge of the photo, which has been moved 'inwards' by the applied edge effect.  If you were to print the image you would now have the toning extending beyond the artistic edge, forming a perfect toned rectangle around it which itself is surrounded by the white of the paper.  Not the effect one wants.

I couldn't find the fix for this by Googling it. So when I figured out the simple antidote for myself I thought it would make a perfect first video tutorial. I created a "Howard Grill Photography" page on YouTube and posted it.

Turns out it's not as easy as one might think to make a professional appearing and sounding video tutorial.....but this is just my first attempt. So have a listen if this is something that was bothering you as well.  And feel free to give me a thumbs up on YouTube if it helps!

A New Project: E-Book

A wanted to post a quick note about something I have been working on for some time and hope to have completed shortly.  I have not published an e-book before, but thought that my Carrie Furnace Project would be a good subject for a book. So keep an eye out for it.  I will put up a blog post when it has been completed and is available.

I do want to mention one thing for those who are thinking about giving e-publishing a try, but have not done it before.  It isn't as easy as it looks or as you might think.  But Brook's Jensen has a fantastic resource available in his Lenswork  Visual Workshop PDF Publishing training DVD.  I highly recommend it if you are considering delving into electronic publishing and are not intimately familiar with Adobe InDesign or Acrobat Pro.