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How To Create A Rippling Flag Using The Displace Filter In Adobe Photoshop

January 6, 2016

In this tutorial we'll be creating the effect of a rippling flag using custom artwork and one of Photoshop's oldest distortion filters, Displace. The filter uses a monochrome image map to distort the pixels of the target layer based on the tones of the map. The brighter or darker the tone, the more the pixels of the image are pushed horizontally or vertically. This is great for creating the appearance of an object or text following the contours of a texture. [More]

Lightroom Radial Filter Lighting Effects

November 2, 2015

The Radial Filter in Lightroom has been around for the past few versions, and as a local adjustment, it seems straightforward. Click and drag a circular area, and you can create a vignette – and the vignette doesn’t have to be centered in the image. However, the Radial Filter has a much broader capability as a creative tool. With its soft edges and configurable effects, you can create a variety of lighting effects. In this video, we take day to night and add some dramatic spotlight effects using the Radial Filter in Lightroom. [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]

Create A Template To Display Your Image As A Mounted Canvas In Photoshop

July 17, 2014

Today’s Photoshop tutorial will show you how to create a custom reusable template to display your images as though they have been wall-mounted and photographed in situ. There are many reasons you might want to create an image like this, Here, we’ll be creating the effect of a canvas print but the technique could easily be adapted to make framed prints as well. The secret behind the technique is the use of Smart Objects, which enables us to quickly change the image being displayed, whilst retaining the shadows and effects used to make the canvas. [More]

Lighting Effects in Photoshop CC

December 10, 2013

The lighting effects filter in Photoshop has come a long way, and it borrows many concepts from the world of 3D. However, you don't need 3D to create some very dramatic lighting effects very quickly with this often overlooked filter. [More]

Camera Raw Integration in Photoshop CC

July 2, 2013

Photoshop Camera Raw as a filter? That's right, and even more besides. The Adobe Camera Raw toolset is becoming more and more integrated into our workflow in Photoshop, giving us a common set of tools and a more efficient workflow. [More]

The Graphic Novel Filter: Photoshop Elements’ Diamond in the Rough

June 14, 2013

With the release of Elements 11 came three new filters: Pen and Ink, Comic and Graphic Novel. You could be excused from not having known about them as they reside in the Sketch category of the Filters menu, a place you visit in the early stages of using Elements but rarely return. Many of these special effects filters fail to live up to their expectations, not without a lot of additional work afterward, at least. These new sketch filters are different: on the whole they actually do what they're supposed to, and often with fantastic results! My favourite of the three filters is Graphic Novel and that's what we'll be looking at in this tutorial. The effect it produces gives the image a hand-drawn effect with intricate lines similar to those drawn with Rotring precision pens. [More]

Steamy Window Effect in Photoshop

June 7, 2013

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create the impression of looking through a steamy, misted up window. We’ll use a bunch of standard Photoshop filters including the Fibres and Diffuse Glow effects. If you’ve never used those before you’re not alone but it’s never too late to discover their power. [More]

Creating Torn Edges in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

May 24, 2013

This month I'm donning my top hat and tuxedo to perform a spectacular card trick for you. First, I'll tear the card in half and then, without so much as a wave of a magic wand, I'll seamlessly mend it right in front of your very eyes! Seriously, though, if you've ever gone delving into the many filters available in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, you will no doubt have come across the Torn Edges filter. As the name suggests, it will give you a super torn edge effect on your image. Well, no, actually it won't, not if it's applied directly to the image, that is; all you'll end up creating is a fuzzy monochrome graphic element. [More]

Faking a Graduated Neutral Density Filter in Camera, Lightroom and Photoshop

May 1, 2013

Ever been out and with your camera and see a great shot but when you get to process it the sky is all blown out and no amount of processing can get it back to how it looked? Well, one of the ways to get around this is to use graduated neutral density filters, but you may not always have them with you so there is another way. This alternative method involves a few camera controls and (don’t run away) HDR! Proviso, this method is very good but not 100% foolproof so don’t expect perfect results every time and you need Photoshop CS6 to get the best results. [More]

The Photoshop CS6 Oil Paint Filter

September 7, 2012

Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and have a little fun with Photoshop. Try new filters, new blend modes… experiment a bit!  CS6 offers plenty of opportunity for this with new [More]

Use Photoshop to Add Some Cloud

August 8, 2012

Sometimes a blue sky is lovely, especially when you're trying to get a tan :) but sometimes you may want to add some clouds to that perfect sky – it may make things more interesting. That's easily achieved with this Photoshop quick tip. [More]
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