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Photoshop Elements – One Click Snow

March 4, 2015

Photoshop’s little sister Photoshop Elements has some great features that allow for some quick editing. In this post, first written for Photofocus, I take a look at adding snow, with just a [More]

Tilt-Shift in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

March 1, 2015

Photoshop CC had a major upgrade to the Blur Gallery, among the additions was a new Tilt-Shift filter. This can make the effect really easy to make. In addition, Photoshop Elements also has a new way to make a Tilt-Shift effect, it's quick and easy but not quite so adaptable. In this video I look at both methods and demonstrate the 'old school' manual way to create the effect for those with older versions of the software. [More]

Using Photoshop Grids

February 6, 2015

A little while ago Photoshop got a great new Guides dialogue box, but there's another way to arrange layers thats been around for 'ever' and works great too, reacquaint yourself with Photoshop Grid. [More]

Adobe’s Acquisition of Fotolia

January 28, 2015

The lovely people over at Fotolia have been very supportive and kind to be since I was a runner up in the Deke's Techniques Photoshop Challenge some time ago. Part of my prize was a subscription to Fotolia and I found it immensely helpful. Since then Fotolia have supported TipSquirrel by promoting it, offering competition prizes and having cross-blog tutorials. [More]

Searching and Filtering Tricks in Lightroom 5

January 27, 2015

Lightroom 5 offers quite a few ways to make searching and filtering your images easy. In this video, we’ll take a look at a few of the hidden tools to make locating your images easier. Do you want to locate just your videos? All the PSD files in a folder? Any virtual copies in a given folder or folders? These searching and filtering tricks will help you learn how to use the Filter Bar in Lightroom 5 to your best advantage. [More]

Photoshop Shape on a Path

January 26, 2015

In this video I take a look at a new(ish) feature of Photoshop 2014, adding a shape or pattern to a path. It has many uses from borders to coupons but in this example I plot out a path on a map. [More]

Illustration or Comic book Effect in Photoshop

January 3, 2015

In this video I demonstrate a technique of using Smart Filters to make a highly versatile illustration or comic book effect in Photoshop. In this example I'm going for the children's story look, but with a few tweeks and edits it could look more like a comic strip or sketch. The image used here is from our friends at Fotolia and is #74069436 - superhero child by eelnosiva. I'd love to see how you use this technique so feel free to drop me a note on Twitter or Facebook with a link! [More]

Creating Borders Around a Shape in Photoshop

December 24, 2014

So Christmas is upon us, this was actually recorded and posted on Christmas Eve, and maybe the eggnog has gone to my head. This application of the technique is a little seasonal and fun but it doeas have some practical applications too. Here I add a border around a shape, but in a way that it matches the shape nicely. You're thinking Select > Modify > Expand aren't you? Well, I think I've found a better way; [More]

A New Video Series – Image Answers

December 19, 2014

Over the past month or so I've been meeting periodically with a teaching colleague of mine, Matt Edwards, to do some studio work. While we were there we thought we'd take a look at putting together a new series answering some of the queries i get about image editing. So here we are, the 'pilot' of Image Answers. I'm making an honest request for feedback of this episode, what's good, bad and what would you like to see in future episodes? Thank you! [More]
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