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Photoshop for Photographers – Book Review

Photoshop is such a massive and versatile program that its amazing that a book would be needed aimed at a specific group of users. The truth is, the tools and filters in Photoshop are so vast and flexible that this is probably the only way to learn the software. What makes this book stand out against others in this genre is what it isn't. What this book isn't is a series of steps to achieve a certain outcome. There's a few in there, but what this book does is something I appreciate greatly, it tells the ready why you do something. [More]

Photomerge (HDR) with Photoshop Elements

Taking multiple images at different exposures gives us the oportunity to merge them together to make a single image where we can see in the shadows as well as the highlights. You may think this is just for third party software of Photoshop, but its available in Photoshop Elements too! [More]

New Guide Layout in Photoshop CC 2014

Guides are an incredibly helpful feature in Photoshop but they've always been a little basic. For many, myself included, the answer lay in the brilliant plug in GuideGuide. If you're not lucky enough to have Photoshop CC then this is still, by far, the best alternative. For those with Photoshop CC however check out the new feature, Guide Layouts. [More]

Photoshop Type Mask Tool

Its a feature of Photoshop that's been quietly sitting behind the Text tool minding it's own business. Photoshop Type Mask Tool hasn't quite seen the end of it's run though and hopefully this article will spur you to give the little guy just one more chance. [More]

Photoshop Flame Filter and Text of Fire

Photoshop had a little update at Adobe Max this year and one of my fav new features s the Flames Filter. It works really well and has some great effects. Being somewhat of a 'fontahoic' I headed straight to the text paths to see what could be done, and if Photoshop could handle such a complicated path. Turns out it really can! [More]

Aperture, Lightroom and KelbyOne

If you’re moving over to Lightroom and Photoshop from Aperture you might find it a tedious task to import everything in. That’s where this handy add-on from Adobe comes to the rescue! Flags, Star Ratings, Keywords, GPS Data, Rejects, Hidden Files, Color Labels, Stacks, Face Tags will be imported and converted to the Lightroom way of doing things, what could be easier‽ [More]

Adobe Shape and Photoshop Libraries

This week (6/10/14) Adobe release a host of new mobile applications and updates to their desktop apps. In this video I take a look at the iOS application Adobe Shape and how assets produced by it can be bought into Photoshop via the new Library panel; [More]

Healing Acne With Photoshop

Unfortunately, acne’s a normal part of adolescence (and, more often than not, adulthood), one that can be quite embarrassing for the person sporting it. Sometimes, it’s just as painful looking back at photographs and seeing the cursed red spots. My son, Jason, had terrible acne when he was in junior high, until he went to a dermatologist to take care of it. To this day, he’s still embarrassed to see those old pictures. So, even amongst all the discussion out there over whether using Photoshop to manipulate a photograph is good or bad, or ethical or not, maybe it’s not such a bad thing to do a little Photoshop magic on a senior photograph, or clean up a social media profile shot. Regardless of your personal opinion on that matter, I’m going to show you one way to erase a little acne in someone’s life. By the way, the photo I’ll be using for this tutorial is not my son, it’s a stock photo provided by Fotolia. [More]

Syncing Lightroom and Lightroom Mobile

Adobe are making some great moves into the world of mobile editing and Lightroom Mobile is at the forefront. Where the power really comes in is the ability to sync between the mobile and desktop applications. In this video I demonstrate how effortlessly this can be achieved and hopefully show how helpful this can be for editing in the armchair, on the train or in the studio. [More]

Photoshop CC 2014 Missing Manual – Review

This manual is a massive 956 pages long and weighs in a 1.5kg, not a book you'll want to sit and read holding up, but its ok as a reference on your desk or for Missing Manualdropping onto the desk during an argument. The problem with books this size is keeping the beggers open at the right page while you reference it and work along. My non scientific tests reveal it'll sit open of its own accord from page 185 until page 770, then it just wants to keep closing itself and requires an object on its edge. There is a Kindle version, and I've had a previous version in electronic form and this works well and if you're used to this format. For me, it was OK, but having the book to thumb through and randomly read something that catches my eye is still the way forward. [More]

Content Aware Fill in Photoshop Mix

It's not that long ago that such technology was wowing us with this feature in Photoshop and users were wondering if their desktop computer could handle the calculations needed, and here we are carrying it around in our hands! In this video I import an image of my grandson Harvey, taken with a DSLR, and process it completely using mobile apps, Lightroom Mobile and Photoshop Mix. [More]

Edit Multiple Photos in Lightroom

Often, when we’re working in Lightroom, we have groups of similar images that need similar adjustments. We can step through the images, making the same adjustments over and over. We can also use presets to make this faster. But for applying the same adjustments to a series of images, we can edit multiple photos in Lightroom directly from within the Develop module, quickly and easily. [More]
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