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5 Ways: Photoshop Color Correction

I’ve been doing this Photoshop / restoration / retouching thing a long time now and I can pretty well tell just by looking what type of color correction will work on what type of fading or color cast. Curves work really well on a certain kind of orangey-red cast that’s indicative of 1970’s chain store images while nothing short of a black and white adjustment and a hand tint will work on a particular sun faded yellow cast. I do, however, try more than one method on each image just to be certain I’m getting the best result. For my 5 Ways I’m going to list the five methods that pop in my head first. They won’t always be the most popular and some might be downright odd, but there are so many ways to do any one thing in Photoshop and, frankly, the best way to do anything is the way that gives you the best result. Always using Curves, for instance, is severely limiting your potential outcome. We’ll start the 5 Ways of Color Correction with the most obvious method: [More]

Create A Template To Display Your Image As A Mounted Canvas In Photoshop

Today’s Photoshop tutorial will show you how to create a custom reusable template to display your images as though they have been wall-mounted and photographed in situ. There are many reasons you might want to create an image like this, Here, we’ll be creating the effect of a canvas print but the technique could easily be adapted to make framed prints as well. The secret behind the technique is the use of Smart Objects, which enables us to quickly change the image being displayed, whilst retaining the shadows and effects used to make the canvas. [More]

Lightroom Additional External Editors

In this video, we’ll examine how to choose additional external editors, how to configure presets additional external editors, and how to set up Lightroom to quick-launch a photo with any of the additional external editors that you desire. [More]

Photoshop a Cityscape Silhouette With Reverse Text

Putting reverse text on a silhouette can be a little confusing at first, but with a little logic and a couple of masks it's a breeze. In this video I create a cityscape silhouette and add the editable text in under five minutes. If you create you own, or any other image using something you've learned here at TipSquirrel.com we'd love to see it! [More]

Lightroom and Photoshop – Smart Editing

When you make adjustments to your raw files in Lightroom, you have the flexibility and the power of non-destructive edits – and unlimited undo steps. But, when you edit in Photoshop, the changes are written into the pixels and the result is a raster layer, ready for editing. However, Lightroom and Photoshop have another editing path available – one that preserves the raw data during the handoff, and maintains the non-destructive flexibility. Lightroom and Photoshop are made to work together, and there is more than one way to move files between them. In this video, we will examine the workflow in which a raw file in Lightroom is sent over to Photoshop as a Smart Object. [More]

July Competition – Win a Month at Fotolia

Its a pleasure to announce the start of our monthly competition and we kick it all off by giving away a month's subscription to Fotolia! There's SEVEN ways to enter, just follow TipSquirrel and Fotolia on various social media sites. [More]

Lightroom and Photoshop – Round Trip Editing

If you're new to Lightroom, the process of sending images to Photoshop for editing can be confusing. In this video, I review some of the ways of sharing files back and forth between Lightroom and Photoshop, pointing out some key considerations and some traps you'll want to avoid. [More]

Installing Photoshop Kuler Panel and Why You Need It

Some readers might remember that I wrote about bringing Kuler color themes into Photoshop some time ago, it was a real frustration that to me, and I dare say many others, that you couldn't connect to you own Kuler themes directly from Photoshop. Well, I'm pleased to say those days are over! [More]

Photoshop 2014 – New Features and My Favourites

Today saw Adobe make an upgrade to it's Creative Cloud and with it some great new updates to Photoshop. In this video I take a look just a few of my favourites. There's loads more, there's a comprehensive list below the video. [More]

Opening Vector Files in Photoshop

If you download assets from the internet then you might come across a file format SVG, or scalable vector graphics. In this video for Fotolia I take a look at opening vector files in Photoshop and combining them in your pixel based project. [More]

Lightroom and Photoshop – Open as Layers

Now that Photoshop and Lightroom are available as part of the popular Photoshop Photography program from Adobe, many people are starting to use Lightroom and Photoshop together for the first time. Naturally, that leads to some confusion when it comes to workflow. [More]

Masking Photoshop Layer Styles

Masking an image with Layer Styles and putting another image behind can result in some strange goings on, but the answer could be as simple as the click of a button. In this video for Fotolia I take a look at putting text behind an image and how to solve any issues you might have, while keeping everything editable. [More]

Make Lightroom Default Develop Settings ISO Specific

You can set Lightroom Default Develop Settings so that certain parameters are automatically applied every time you import an image. But some parameters, like Noise Reduction, require different settings based on the specific ISO setting of that camera. [More]

Easy Folded Banner Vector Shape in Photoshop

The folded banner is a popular feature at the moment so it was no surprise that I was asked if i could come up with an easy way to create one. The result is not only easy but is created entirely with vectors which means its scalable while remaining completely editable. Don't panic if you're not used to using vectors, there's nothing that a beginner won't be able to handle here, yes I use the Pen tool but to make just a single click. [More]
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