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Masking Photoshop Layer Styles

June 6, 2014

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]

Video Masking in Photoshop

October 16, 2012

Learn how to create a clipping mask for your video within Photoshop CS6 – and see how to animate the clipping mask as well. Create unique effects for your video projects, right within Photoshop. [More]

Mixed Masking in Photoshop

July 10, 2012

In our last installment, we looked at masking with the pen tool in Photoshop. The pen tool is a powerful way to create nice smooth paths – which can be used to create nice, smooth selections and [More]

Masking with The Photoshop Pen Tool

June 26, 2012

Creating a good mask is one of the essential skills in compositing images within Photoshop. Recognizing the right tool for the masking job is an art in itself. Today, we’ll look at an often overlooked, but highly effective way of creating a very good mask – using the Pen Tool in Photoshop. [More]

3D Masking and Animation in Photoshop CS5

October 9, 2011

Using Photoshop CS5 Extended, you can create opacity masks for your 3D objects. A 3D opacity mask works like a regular layer mask, except that it shows or hides the 3D surface itself. Once you’ve created your 3D model, why not add some animation to really set things off? [More]

Masking the Facts

August 12, 2009

TipSquirrel once again welcomes award winning restorationist Janine Smith. Here, in my third and final homage to Calculations, I revisit the theme that first led to my epiphany. In his brilliant [More]

Adding Rim Light with Photoshop

May 18, 2016

When you’re compositing with Photoshop you’ll often be adding a light source or two, sometimes the light will come from behind. To ‘sell’ the effect you may want to add a rim light. In [More]

Advanced Compositing With The PixelSquid 3D Photoshop Extension

December 3, 2015

In this tutorial we'll look at the advanced features of the plugin, where we can import a high-resolution layered Photoshop PSD file that replaces the low-resolution preview. As well as being highly detailed, the PSD version gives us the ability to blend the 3D object into the scene using specially created layers that allow us to easily control the colour and tone as well as being able to quickly select and adjust the different components of the object. [More]

Photoshop for Photographers – Book Review

November 27, 2014

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]

Quick Soft Glow High Key High Contrast Effect in Photoshop

March 7, 2014

In this video I take a standard portrait and quickly add an effect using Filter Gallery and a mask. I fully appreciate its not going to be something you use regularly on your portrait photos, but its worth adding the masking technique used here to your Photoshop toolbox. [More]

OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 8 – The Verdict

December 12, 2013

First up, this application works as a standalone or with Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or Aperture and there are three purchasing options, the Premium Edition works with all of the above and as a standalone, the Lightroom and Aperture version works with those two applications, Elements and as a standalone and the Standard version is a standalone only. Currently prices for the Premium edition are discounted to $179.95 (approx. £110 on 9/12/13) for new users and $99.95 (approx. £61 on 9/12/13) for an upgrade. There is a free 30 day trial available too from http://www.ononesoftware.com/products/suite8/ [More]

Improve Quick Selections with Photoshop Refine Edge

October 25, 2013

Today we'll examine how the Refine Edge command (also available as the "Mask Edge" command when working with layer masks in the Properties panel) can further improve our selections. While Quick Selection is fast and useful for selecting items that contrast strongly with surrounding elements in the frame, sometimes your subject may blend in with other elements. [More]

Replacing a view through a window with clipping masks in Photoshop Elements

September 13, 2013

In this month's Photoshop Elements tutorial I'm going to demonstrate a neat trick for changing the view through a window. There are many ways to approach this, of course, this is a particularly versatile method, however. Instead of cutting out the glass areas of the window and putting the new view beneath, we'll use the window panes as a clipping mask. If you're unfamiliar with the concept of clipping masks, it's a way of hiding parts of a layer based on the visible areas of the layer below. In this case, only the parts of the new view will be visible where they overlap the window panes, giving the impression that we're seeing the scene behind the window frame. This is often preferable to the usual masking technique, particularly if we want to use multiple images to build the composite, where the layers would need to be beneath the target layer as we can control the visibility without the need to move the layers around in the stack. If we want to see the whole image, we simply unclip it. [More]

Photoshop Image Extraction with Channels

September 3, 2013

If you're creating image composites, and especially if you're working with stock images, you'll find yourself needing to extract image elements from a white background. This can be a straightforward task with Photoshop, and often you'll get better results with some of the old school techniques. For example, take this image from Shutterstock. Here we have a figure on a white background, and your first thought might be, "I can make short work of this with Quick Selection Tool." (Or the magic wand). [More]
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