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Photoshop’s Pass Through Mode

February 7, 2011

When you open a  New Group dialogue box, you might notice that there’s something a little different in there, ‘Pass Through’. What, you may ask is all that about? Well, let’s [More]

1838 Window to the Past

February 5, 2011

There is one particular daguerreotype that has always fascinated me. It was taken by Louis Daguerre himself, and is the very first photograph known to show a human being! This photo was taken in 1838. 1838!! That’s 173 years old!! Think about how amazing that is: a photograph taken a mere fifty-five years after the American Revolution and [...] [More]

Mastering the Photomerge Command (Part 1)

February 4, 2011

This is the first part of the tutorial. We’ll be back in 2 weeks with part 2 on how to clean up the panoramic file. If there’s enough comments and interest, I’ll add part 3 on how to bring the file into After Effects as a virtual set. Photomerge is a specialized “mini- application” within Photoshop that assists in combining multiple images into a single photo. You can access it from either Photoshop or Bridge. Depending on the resolution of your sources and the speed of your machine, it can take a while to complete. [More]

Comic Book Text Style in Photoshop

February 2, 2011

I’m a huge fan of comics – not that I’ve been able to buy any in the last 5 years or so 🙁 but I do love rereading my old ones. This had me thinking about the old style Pow’s [More]

Designing with Layer Masks

February 1, 2011

Over the past few weeks, we’ve looked at selections and masking, and today we will take masking to yet another level, as we create an entire design using nothing but layer masks. If you’ve been [More]

Working with Lightroom 3 Vignettes

January 28, 2011

For this tutorial we take a look at how the Post-Crop Vignette feature in Lightroom 3 helps us to add a bit of style to the image, but more importantly, it also helps to direct the viewer’s [More]

Apply a “Pinch Curve” to Tighten a Layer Mask

January 27, 2011

Howdy & Hello! As Photoshop continues to improve, our digital workflows become more efficient as we replace old techniques with new features. How many of you have embraced the Refine Edge dialogue commands, or the Adjustment & Masking panels? If you've been reading Michael Hoffman's articles here at TipSquirrel there should be no doubt about the usefulness of those improved features. What happens when you're put in front of an older version of Photoshop WITHOUT those cool new features? A smart person has TipSquirrel bookmarked because you never know when you'll need an old school technique. Let's take a look at how to use a "pinch curve" to choke in a layer mask in Photoshop. [More]

Wood Inlay in Photoshop

January 26, 2011

  Recently my fellow Photoshop Nut, Gavin Hoey, posted a great tutorial on an Out of Bounds effect that I loved. Just for fun, I decided to use the technique on an old photo and change the [More]

Creating a Duotone Image in Photoshop

January 25, 2011

Yesterday, Richard Hales began an introduction to Black and White images. In conjunction with that, I wanted to present an oldie-but-goodie technique that you can use to spice up your black and white [More]

An Introduction to Black and White

January 24, 2011

When I first started out on this series of tutorials on black & white conversion techniques I started to think about how black & white photography has changed since the advent of digital and [More]

Photoshop CS5 Best New Features In-Depth

January 21, 2011

Photoshop CS5 is packed with new features and here regular Nut Rich Harrington demonstrates the very best. Taking us through Mini Bridge, Puppet Warp, and a whole host of other great new features [More]

Making a Moody Sky even Moodier with Photoshop

January 20, 2011

On my own blog recently I posted a photograph I’d taken of a guy riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle and went on to explain that on the day of the shoot there wasn’t a single cloud in the sky. In [More]
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