Adobe Photoshop Photo Editing for Architectural Projects

Since I first learned about Adobe Photoshop CS3 and try it around 2009, I realized that no one will understand truly and knows all the features it has. The reason behind this thought is because of the big evolution from the previous version CS2 to CS3. The new Adobe Photoshop CS3 is the latest release of the industry-leading image editing software; With every new release, Adobe Photoshop Photo Editing sets the bar a little higher for what is possible with image editing software. Photoshop CS3 is no exception.

In this blog post, we'll explore some of the new features and capabilities of the Adobe Photoshop CS series that especially interest architects, such as editing or adding elements to photos; This method is very beneficial for clients to preview the future modification to expect from the project they are designing on. So if you're curious about the new Photoshop, read it on!

It is the same opinion as well, that I made about the Autodesk, AutoCAD© Program also; You couldn't reach its full knowledge ever because the more you learn of it the more you will get involved in new tools and commands. This means an infinite cycle of tutorials that keeps coming and growing and renewed in every practice session.

Photoshop Logo
The Photoshop Logo

This makes it a great tool and device that clearly won't let you down until you have a good track or tip in mind on the go and there is continually something new and helpful to find and learn.

Adobe Photoshop Photo Editing, History in Glance

Actually, ©Adobe Photoshop is one of the most wanted and reliable graphic software on the market today!... And globally too! So what's the story behind it? Let's have a quick review.

Back in December of the year 1982, Adobe Systems Inc.© was founded, but probably had no idea of how quickly Photoshop would become such a popular application. Produced and developed by Adobe Systems Inc., Adobe Photoshop quickly became a leader in the industry of Photo Editing in 1989.
Moreover, its commercial name added to the vocabulary dictionary a new verb terminology: Photoshopping, which means the act of editing or modifying an image or photo.

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The word Photoshop featuring in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Be that as it may, you can have learned its greater part and still continue learning.
And same as all the other Graphics software, it is always advised to work on self-improvement by practicing; Where the more practice you have the better in manipulating the app you get.

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Learning and Using Adobe Photoshop photo editing for Architecture, is it worth it?

Adobe Photoshop rendering tutorial

For this article, you may ask what is the real benefit of Photoshop as an Architect? Is it really worth your big effort, spending all that valuable time mastering the complicated tools of this program? Do we truly need adobe photoshop photo editing for our architectural projects in our profession as Architects and Designers?

…Well, the answer is a big YES.

For example, for those who think that photoshopping is just a fun tool to modify the photos of a well-known public figure by altering his/ her face with another one, it is time to change this idea from their mind forever. This bad habit often done by paparazzi or other individual fans hunting for shoot-scoops in mind is much more common inside the celebrities' communities.

In addition, its wide usage by graphic designers in advertisement agencies for its indispensable help in improving and fixing the errors that can occur in their preliminary photos made this mistaken and wrong impression deviate from its real goals.

Meanwhile, this last and bad idea inspired many money forgers and/or document fakers to even use it in their against-the-law works. But luckily, this can be easily discovered by the experts.

Adobe Photoshop for Architecture

Back to our subject and the exact usage of Photoshop in the Architecture industry. The answers may be various and divergent regarding the task to accomplish. Thus, for a typical example, assuming we have an old building that needs to be restored and renovated.

The first step to do is to visualize the upcoming project to be. Especially in the favor of the client whose waiting for a preview to make his decision on accepting, rejecting, or even reconsidering the whole process of renovation, which is expected to happen in major cases.

Here comes the role of adobe photoshop photo editing as a real and pure Photo Editor, to get in charge of the mission and to reflect the virtual changes without having to model them from scratch. (i.e. just the available picture can be processed)

For example, window openings can be added even if they don’t exist in reality. A boring hollow-block wall is easily turned into a beautiful stone-cladding façade, etc... (Fig.1)

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Fig.1- The building in a rough stat

Those are a few examples of what Photoshop can do for us as architects, but the list can be longer than expected. In addition, we should not forget its powerful and valuable benefit in helping out adjusting the rendered outputs in the 3ds Max program and other engines.

Adobe Photoshop cs3 architectural rendering

What will follows is an interesting step-by-step practical implementation of what was theoretically explained, so far.

Step 1- Let us assume that we are going to visualize the exterior rough wall of a building by applying a stone-cladding texture over it as shown in (Fig.1)

Step 2- At a certain stage of finishing works, the building needs to have a nice stone wall cladding covering the whole of its outside elevations. But to see what it will look like, proceed to the next steps.

The type of stone was provided as well by the client with a photo that was taken on-site (Fig.2). We will need this picture to prepare what we called the pattern to be applied all over the external walls of the building via Photoshop.

Step 3- Even if the components of the pattern aren’t pure and clear in a specific way, Photoshop is capable of regularizing all the inconveniences: The photo might be struggled and distorted by the camera position angle in which it was taken: The more that we can get the view perpendicular to the face of the subject (nearly 90°), the better results we can expect.

But with the right tools provided in Photoshop, we can overcome this issue and many others.

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Fig.2- Photo was taken on-site for cut stones being delivered

The transform tools from the edit menu commands are where you should go first. (Fig.3)

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Fig.3- The Photoshop User Interface with the [Transform...] command

Step 4- After creating the pattern which should look similar to the one shown in (Fig.4) by lining up different parts of the stone cropped from the initial image provided before, we have now the sample ready to be applied.

Fig.4- The resulting Pattern that will be used to cover the external walls

If you are an expert in those kinds of photo-montage, you will surely consider giving a natural look to the view and sticking the pattern properly.

Good to note, that setting the pattern with the seamless method allows for generating an infinity look and a proper repetitive sequence to the pattern, free of breaks and image deformations.

Step 5- Next we have to generate the pattern and then apply it to the subject; to do so we have to go to the [Edit] menu and then to the [Define Pattern...] command, where we will get the right tool to create the requested pattern.
Be careful when selecting the area of pattern definition; it should be what we called a Seamless Pattern Swatch that has the property of being cloned without discontinuity of the image. (i.e. edge-to-edge)
This method is very unique in creating a dynamic pattern, using the ability to transform and scale the selected area without losing the boundaries previously defined;
We have to assign the objects to a new layer and then right-click on it and select the [Blending Option...command and check the [Pattern Overlay box] which gives us the capability of modifying the scale and other pattern properties.

Step 6- Finally we will get the work done as shown in (Fig.5) below. Next, are some tips I recommend following whatever you wanted to be a Photoshop expert:

Tip #1-  Own the most recent and legal version of Adobe Photoshop CS

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Fig.5- The final like-real resulting image after photoshopping it!

Having the most recent edition is significant as well; some new tools are added.
Actually, I do suggest you register your own copy of the software, too; you surely don’t want to miss the software updates launched periodically.

Kindly don't install pilfered versions due to the harm that may occur to your system.

On the side, if you are an instructor or understudy person and you aren't utilizing Photoshop for business purposes,  you are authorized by Adobe to buy the instructive edition at a reduced price.

Visit the Adobe Online Store for further information concerning this matter.

Tip #2- Play and Make Mistakes; it is OK when you are Learning!

Self-experiment and play are the secrets to learning something beyond the basics; Experiment with a wide range of tools, filters, and hue channels, and see what they are willing to do with various settings.

You can't basically damage Photoshop. But, on the off chance that you do, you can always reset and restore all the defaults by shutting down Photoshop, and at that point pressing and holding the Shift+Ctrl+Alt keys (for Mac: Shift+Cmd+Opt) while Photoshop restarts.

Attempt the entirety of updated layers modifications, and try the above and below process related to this powerful and helpful tool from the layer menu various commands.
Try not to stress if it's boring and insane. You are learning!
What's more? There is always the History Board allowing you to back up a few stages and take a try at something different.


Tip #3- Reading is the key to Knowledge and Success

The classic advice for your success is to read and keep informing yourself because we are always in competition with time. Actually, we are under a challenge with technology every single day and are aware of new discoveries. So the better to do is to keep ourselves updated and informed by reading books or referenced magazines.

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In fact, there is plenty of related manuals or guides for Photoshop.
If you are an Adobe Photoshop cs3 user, this guide will probably change your thinking about Photoshop.

Many users tend to use it to do certain things in certain ways and don’t even explore additional features and capabilities.

Photoshop CS Timesaving Techniques For Dummies gives you more than 60 timesaving techniques that will speed up the way you do the things you do now and inspire you to do lots more.

You’ll discover how to:
  • Install and use peripheral devices such as digital cameras, scanners, tablets, and printers
  • Customize Photoshop to fit your needs with custom keyboard shortcuts, a color management system, presets, and more
  • Create custom palette groups and workspaces
  • Use a drawing tablet and stylus to easily double your output
  • Create sketches, watercolors, and silkscreens and paint with oils
  • Create professional-quality separations for high-quality offset printing, including using the CMYK prepress settings, soft proofing, adding printer’s marks, and more
  • Create action sets so you can perform repetitive tasks that would take an hour in seconds
  • Organize, color code, and lock layers and create layer sets
  • Use Blending Modes (there are more than 20 to choose from) to enhance images

Note About the Author

Phyllis Davis is a writer, graphics and Web designer, teacher, and software expert. She is the author of many well-known books about design software.

It is time to pick the right book for you and move on to the next level with Photoshop!

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The Book Paperback Cover

Product details

    Series: For Dummies
    Paperback: 439 pages
    Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 10, 2004)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0764567829
    ISBN-13: 978-0764567827
    Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches

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