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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]

Book-Cover Composite Themes with Photoshop

August 14, 2012

Using some quick compositing techniques, you can create a series of book covers, CD covers, artwork, or related graphical designs that look different, yet share a common feel and theme. This video tutorial uses Photoshop CS6, but the techniques apply to any recent version of Photoshop. [More]

How to Make Photoshop Clipping Masks

July 12, 2011

In today’s video tip, learn how to create and use a clipping mask within Photoshop. Clipping masks can be used like a digital cookie cutter, to provide a quick and easy way to use the shape and [More]

Troublesome Photoshop Layer Effects

April 5, 2011

With Photoshop, sometimes things don’t always go as planned. If they did, you’d never learn anything! But today, we’ll look at a common problem that has a simple, but obscure solution. It all [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]

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]

Mask-uerade – Photoshop Clipping Mask

May 27, 2010

I love using clipping masks. All my storyboards and cards at Andie Smith Designs use them. We even have masks that look like frames,  why? Because it allows the user the make minor changes. Create [More]

Striking Silver

February 24, 2010

Up until the 1960’s, when resin coating became the norm and gave photo paper a smooth, shiny look and feel, photos were commonly developed using the silver gelatin dry plate process, caused by [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]