It doesn't matter how powerful your software is, great results still depend on the skills of the user. Per Gustafson shares his expert advice for making mediocre photos magical.
In this tutorial I will show you how to create a striking and highly atmospheric image from a rather ordinary photograph.
I'll use the standard filters and tools in Photoshop, with no add-ons or plug-ins. As long as you're happy to play around and explore the boundaries in Photoshop, you can make a photo look however you want it to look.
If you follow the steps in this tutorial and work from the starting file in the support download, you'll begin to look at photographs in a new light. Some people believe that retouching to this degree is essentially cheating. But the techniques I'll demonstrate here will enable you to get the best results possible from any image. And in Photoshop there are no rules to break - just different ways to accomplish your goals.