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AJ Wood

Photoshop – Quick Tip for Working with Paths

December 4, 2012

Hate the Pen Tool, no problem. My first tip is for you to try the Freeform Pen Tool, and be sure to check the Magnetic option. You're now creating paths with a tool that acts like the Magnetic Lasso. [More]

Quick Fast Adobe Bridge Tip

August 30, 2012

Photoshop CS5 introduced the Mini Bridge panel as a means of accessing your images. While useful to have on hand, Mini Bridge requires the full Adobe Bridge application to be launched. If you want quick access to Adobe Bridge AND you want a panel that can float between ALL your desktop apps, then you need to starting using Compact Mode. Best part, this is a tip that you can use with Adobe Bridge CS2 and above. [More]

Ten More Things About Lightroom

June 21, 2012

AJ Wood returns with a follow up to his popular post Ten Things Beginners Should Know in Lightroom with an updated Lightroom 4 edition. These are AJ’s ‘must know’s’, do you have any of your own you want to share? Drop them in the comments and we’ll compile them for a future post. [More]

The Navigator Panel in Photoshop

May 24, 2012

While there are various tools, and plenty of methods for panning & zooming an image my favorite is still the Navigator Panel. If you're not in the habit of customizing your workspace or moving the panels around, you've probably never given the Navigator Panel much thought. At first glance it doesn't look all that impressive, but the trick is using it with a second monitor while sizing it really large. [More]

Using Non-Linear History in Photoshop

March 16, 2012

The History panel within Photoshop is something most users have made us of in their workflows. One of the most common things I see happen with beginners is accidentally erasing History Steps (aka History States). This generally happens when someone clicks a Snapshot not realizing that can erase History, or more often someone chooses a previous step and does something new. If you add non-linear history to your workflow that's a quick way to keep as much of your history as you've set in your preferences. Enjoy! [More]

Lightroom 3 – Watermarks

August 12, 2011

Recently it was brought to my attention that there are a number of folks who aren't using the Watermark feature inside of Lightroom 3. I was surprised to find some folks didn't know about it, or more importantly weren't aware of the ability to create custom watermarks. For today's article I have two items-first I've embed my video tutorial on how you can create your own custom watermark in Lightroom 3. Second, based on a number of requests, I'll walk you through the steps to edit an existing watermark. [More]

Ten More Things About Photoshop

June 9, 2011

As my good friend J. Schuh aka The Texas Animator likes to say, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." Photoshop certainly is an elephant of a program to wrap your head around. Keeping with my Top Ten series, here are ten more things you can use in Photoshop. [More]

Photoshop Quick Mask

May 12, 2011

Greetings all! Hope your week has been brilliant, and you have plenty to look forward to this weekend. Today I’ve made a video on how to use Quick Mask mode in Photoshop. Quick Mask mode, [More]

Ten Things Beginners Should Know in Lightroom

February 17, 2011

10. The "F" key cycles through screen modes just like Photoshop. Your menus have gone missing? Press CMD+OPT+F (CTRL+ALT+F) to immediately return to the normal screen mode. 9. Side panels keep disappearing? Turn off Auto-Hide for Panels. Right-click the triangle icon on the side panels and change the setting to "Manual". Works for top & bottom panels as well. [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]

Lightroom ‘Nose Trick’

November 25, 2010

A Happy Thanksgiving to those of you that are state side in the USA. For this week's article, I thought I'd share the "nose trick" everyone's been asking about. In case you missed it, I used Lightroom to get the red out, while doing a portrait model retouch. Here are the basic steps for the nose portion of that video: [More]

Photoshop Crop Tool Tips

October 28, 2010

In a previous TipSquirrel article I explained how to size images for print & web. As a matter of practice, I use the Crop Tool when I want to quickly make adjustments to image or canvas size. Here are some of my favorite tips: Resample an Image to Size [More]
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