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Smart Filters

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]

Selective Smart Sharpening in Adobe Photoshop

February 20, 2013

One of the wonderful (and often confusing) things about Photoshop is that there are many ways to do just about anything. Sharpening is no exception and almost everyone will have their favourite method.. This is my current favourite for its flexibility and the results it achieves. This method is both easy and effective and perfect for saving as an action to be applied to any image at the click of a button. One of the benefits of this method is that the amount of sharpening and even where is sharpened is all adjustable after application. [More]

Blur Gallery and Liquify Smart Objects

December 13, 2012

I thought today would be a good time to post an update on Photoshop CS6, and the new Photoshop features Creative Cloud members received this week. Chief among them is Smart Object layer support for the Blur Gallery, and the Liquify Filter. This tutorial provides a quick overview of how the features in Blur Gallery and Liquify can be combined for an interesting creative effect. Sure, it's fall colors but I bet some of you are already tired of the barren winter trees [More]

Orton Effect with Photoshop Smart Filters

November 27, 2012

The key feature of the Orton effect is an overexposed image containing the detail, in good focus, sandwiched together with a second overexposed copy containing the color information, out of focus. With slides, the out of focus layer would also be overexposed, but combining the two slides (or three) has a darkening effect that counteracts the overexposed look of the individual slides. Here's how we can achieve it in Photoshop easily. [More]

Easy Image Borders with Photoshop Smart Filters

January 31, 2012

It seems that nearly every third party plug-in these days has some ability to provide a variety of image borders, but so far that capability isn’t in Photoshop. At least, not directly. But, with [More]

Nested Smart Objects Part 2

June 15, 2010

In last week’s post on creating nested Smart Objects, we had created the image below, which was to serve as a celestial orb in our twilight desert scene. We built up this object from a basic [More]

Nested Smart Objects – Part 1

June 7, 2010

We’ve been exploring the power of Smart Objects, and starting today we will test the limits of just how far you can go – by nesting Smart Objects, one inside the other. By building Smart Objects [More]

Smart Objects, Smarter Filters

June 1, 2010

Smart Objects have given us a tremendous amount of power in Photoshop since version CS3, and it just keeps getting better. Today, we’re going to look at a non-destructive workflow that begins with [More]

Luminosity Sharpening 3 Ways

March 29, 2010

Last time on TipSquirrel, on our ever-expanding journey into blend modes in Photoshop, we looked at the Luminosity blend mode. This mode allowed us to use the brightness values from one layer to make [More]