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Articles by Michael Hoffman

About Michael Hoffman (224 Articles)
Mike has been a photographer, artist, educator, and technophile for most of his life. Early in his career, he created technical illustrations and photographs for electronic equipment manufacturers, and taught classes in computer aided drafting and 3D modeling software. When digital cameras became widely available in the late 1990s, the move was a natural one, and has led to a happy combination of technology, software, photography and art. Mike is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Acrobat, and is well versed in Lightroom and Photoshop Elements, as well as Illustrator and InDesign. He has also contributed his time and efforts to the excellent work being done by Operation Photo Rescue, in restoring photographs damaged by natural disasters. As an active member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, he continues his quest for excellence in art, excellence in design, and excellence in education.

Creative Luminosity Techniques

April 2, 2010

Last week, we saw several ways in which we could introduce the Luminosity blend mode into our Photoshop sharpening workflow. Today, it’s all about creative application of this technique. Since the [More]

Luminosity Sharpening 3 Ways

March 29, 2010

Last time on TipSquirrel, on our ever-expanding journey into blend modes in Photoshop, we looked at the Luminosity blend mode. This mode allowed us to use the brightness values from one layer to make [More]

Introducing the Luminosity Blend Mode

March 15, 2010

Whether you produce your images for web or for print, at some point you’ll want to sharpen the images for output. Sharpening, as we’ve discussed in earlier tips, is a process in which the [More]

Creative Differences

March 8, 2010

Last week we looked at some practical and very utilitarian ways to take advantage of Difference blend modes in Adobe Photoshop. Today, we’re going to take a 180 degree turn and look at some ways of [More]

Refining Masks with Overlay Blending

February 22, 2010

After a weeks break TipSquirrel welcomes back Mike Hoffman  Creating a good mask is an essential part of retouching and compositing images, but the process of developing that mask doesn’t have to [More]

Photoshop Blend Modes – Part 6

February 8, 2010

The Overlay blend mode in Photoshop is typically used to enhance contrast, making the shadows darker and the highlights brighter. Last week, we looked at a method for using the High Pass Filter in [More]

Photoshop Blend Modes Part 5

February 1, 2010

Monday means Mike Hoffman. Here he continues his tour of Photoshop’s Blend Mode  This week, we’ll continue our exploration of practical uses of the Overlay blending mode in Photoshop. Recall [More]

Photoshop Blend Mode Basics – Part 4

January 25, 2010

Welcome back to Mike Hoffman for the latest in his Blend Mode series. Links to previous parts can be found at the bottom of this post.   In earlier parts of this series, we’ve seen that Screen [More]

Photoshop Blend Mode Basics – Part 3

January 18, 2010

By Mike Hoffman Thank you all for welcoming me back to TipSquirrel.com! This week, we’re going to continue our exploration of blend modes in Photoshop. In the past two installments, we reviewed [More]

Blend Mode Basics – Part 2

January 11, 2010

TipSquirrel welcomes back Mike Hoffman Welcome back to my ongoing series, exploring the secrets of blending modes in Photoshop. Last time, we looked at the four main categories of blend modes [More]

Blend Mode Basics – Part 1

January 4, 2010

First and foremost, I’d like to thank TipSquirrel.com for asking me to come back and present another series of tutorials for you!  [Welcome back Mike! (TS)]   For the next several weeks, [More]
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