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Photoshop Displacement Maps

July 9, 2015

When you want to add two or more images together quite often you’ll want to contort one to the shape of the other. This can be done with ease in Photoshop using the Displacement Map filter. Its been around for a long time and not a lots changed, but then, does it need to? [More]

Replacing a view through a window with clipping masks in Photoshop Elements

September 13, 2013

In this month's Photoshop Elements tutorial I'm going to demonstrate a neat trick for changing the view through a window. There are many ways to approach this, of course, this is a particularly versatile method, however. Instead of cutting out the glass areas of the window and putting the new view beneath, we'll use the window panes as a clipping mask. If you're unfamiliar with the concept of clipping masks, it's a way of hiding parts of a layer based on the visible areas of the layer below. In this case, only the parts of the new view will be visible where they overlap the window panes, giving the impression that we're seeing the scene behind the window frame. This is often preferable to the usual masking technique, particularly if we want to use multiple images to build the composite, where the layers would need to be beneath the target layer as we can control the visibility without the need to move the layers around in the stack. If we want to see the whole image, we simply unclip it. [More]

Quick Mask-Style Selections in Photoshop Elements

August 16, 2013

I recently wrote an article here on TipSquirrel about using Photoshop's Pencil tool to make complicated selections. A comment was posted asking if the same thing was possible using Photoshop Elements. The answer to that is yes, but, as with a few things in Elements, we have to use a couple of workarounds. The original tutorial used Photoshop's Quick Mask feature. This allows us to create selections by painting them with the Brush tool (or any other of the drawing tools); the selected areas show up as a coloured overlay. Elements doesn't have this feature, sadly, so we'll be using an adjustment layer and its mask to achieve the same result. [More]

Quickly Spot Mistakes in Your Photoshop Masks

July 12, 2013

If you do any kind of Photoshop work using selections and cutouts, you'll know how important it is to be as accurate as possible, particularly when working with images of people. It's easy to miss areas of an object when using the Quick Selection tool, especially when working in intricate areas such as hands, bits of clothing and so on; irregularities can stick out like a sore thumb - or a missing one. They also have a habit of only showing themselves after we think we've finished the cutout, or worse still, we don't notice them at all! [More]

Creating a Glittery Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

April 11, 2013

Inspiration often comes from things we've seen as we go about out day-to-day business; posters, TV and printed ads, etc. I was in town the other day and noticed a poster in a bus shelter for a soft drink. The ad headline featured a fancy glittery text effect. I took a photo with my phone for reference and set about seeing what I could come up when I got back to the computer. I wanted to make sure it was easy to create and versatile enough to apply in different situations. [More]

Using Photoshop Shapes to Make Apple Maps Type Pins

January 21, 2013

In this video I’ll use Photoshop shape capabilities to make Apple Maps typpe of pin to add to my image. I’ll use stroke, gradient, stroke positioning and many other settings as well as some handy tips on manipulating paths. As always I’d love to see your images using this technique! [More]

Video Masking in Photoshop

October 16, 2012

Learn how to create a clipping mask for your video within Photoshop CS6 – and see how to animate the clipping mask as well. Create unique effects for your video projects, right within Photoshop. [More]

Making Corners Lift From The Page in Photoshop

October 1, 2012

In this Photoshop tutorial video I answer a reader question. How, they asked, can you easily make it look like the corners of the photograph are lifting from the background? I demonstrate two ways here, with some tips along the way including finding the centre of an image and separating Layer Styles from a layer (yep, you really can!) [More]

Photoshop Coloured Lighting into a Scene

September 10, 2012

In this video Photoshop tutorial aimed and beginners and intermediate users of Photoshop I add some colour to a reflection of a window. The work a long files nostainedglass.jpg and colouredwindow.jpg [More]

Mixed Masking in Photoshop

July 10, 2012

In our last installment, we looked at masking with the pen tool in Photoshop. The pen tool is a powerful way to create nice smooth paths – which can be used to create nice, smooth selections and [More]

Double Process HDR with Photoshop

May 18, 2012

In this video, Rich Harrington processes a three shot HDR and then double processes the image for extra “crunch”. This video tutorial follows Rich’s workflow from beginning to end. [More]
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