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Blending Options for Photoshop Smart Filters

February 22, 2013

Here's a quick tip regarding Smart Filters. In my travels I've met many folks who use Smart Filters, and they enjoy the ability to non-destructively apply filters. The capability to adjust filter settings and/or mask a filter provide for a number of creative possibilities. However, I'm surprised at the number of folks who don't know that Smart Filters also have blending options. [More]

Video Viewfinder POV in Photoshop

July 2, 2012

I was recently asked by a student if it was easy to make a video look like it was being viewed through a viewfinder. Using Premier-Pro’s titling we got the job done but I wondered if it would be [More]

Solving Common Photoshop Problems–The Brush Tool

January 17, 2012

Sometimes the simplest things can create the biggest headaches, and so it is with the Brush tool in Photoshop. You might think, grab the tool, set the color, shape and brush size, and paint away. But then… something is wrong. The brush isn’t painting at all, or it’s painting in a way you aren’t expecting? What’s gone wrong? Should I reset preferences? Reinstall Photoshop? [More]

3D Masking and Animation in Photoshop CS5

October 9, 2011

Using Photoshop CS5 Extended, you can create opacity masks for your 3D objects. A 3D opacity mask works like a regular layer mask, except that it shows or hides the 3D surface itself. Once you’ve created your 3D model, why not add some animation to really set things off? [More]

Adobe Quick Tip Thursday

June 17, 2010

Greetings all! Just some quick tips today as I'm getting myself together for this weekend's D2W conference. As always we're talking Photoshop so let's throw out the tips: 1. Did you know you can use your keyboard's Numeric Keypad to change a Layer's opacity? Dial 0-9 to get 100% through 90% opacity. Dial two digits (54) to get 54% opacity. USEFUL TIP - If you're using a brush-based tool you'll change the brush opacity INSTEAD of the Layer opacity. [More]