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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]

Advanced Compositing With The PixelSquid 3D Photoshop Extension

December 3, 2015

In this tutorial we'll look at the advanced features of the plugin, where we can import a high-resolution layered Photoshop PSD file that replaces the low-resolution preview. As well as being highly detailed, the PSD version gives us the ability to blend the 3D object into the scene using specially created layers that allow us to easily control the colour and tone as well as being able to quickly select and adjust the different components of the object. [More]

How To Create A Composite In Photoshop With The PixelSquid 3D Extension

November 4, 2015

The main focus of the tutorial is an amazing stock image site named PixelSquid. If you haven’t heard of it before, PixelSquid specialises in pre-rendered 3D stock image objects that can be rotated in real time, enabling you to pick the perfect angle before placing the image into your designs and photo-montages. When the site first launched, it was necessary to download the object at the required angle before adding into your composites, which still left a little guesswork as to whether it was going to fit the scene properly. A recent update has change this. [More]

Photoshop Blur Gallery – Path Blur

July 26, 2015

Blur, the nemesis of all photographers, but there’s times when adding it can really make a difference, in this tutorial I take a look at Path Blur, one of the latest additions to Photoshop's Filter menu; [More]

Photoshop Blur Gallery and Selections

July 21, 2015

While recently writing an upcoming post for Fotolia about the Photoshop Blur Gallery and Iris Blur I made a selection and found the difference between selection, non selection and Smart Objects is [More]

Vintage Portrait Effect with Photoshop

April 21, 2015

In this video, what's old is new. We'll look at the restoration process in reverse! We'll take a modern image, and explore ways to simulate the vintage look of vintage photographs. While there are plug-ins that can do some of this work for you, I rather like the hand-crafted, unique results that you get when you experiment with different effects and techniques, and that's exactly what we'll do here. [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]

Lightroom and Photoshop – Smart Editing

July 8, 2014

When you make adjustments to your raw files in Lightroom, you have the flexibility and the power of non-destructive edits – and unlimited undo steps. But, when you edit in Photoshop, the changes are written into the pixels and the result is a raster layer, ready for editing. However, Lightroom and Photoshop have another editing path available – one that preserves the raw data during the handoff, and maintains the non-destructive flexibility. Lightroom and Photoshop are made to work together, and there is more than one way to move files between them. In this video, we will examine the workflow in which a raw file in Lightroom is sent over to Photoshop as a Smart Object. [More]

Photoshop Smart Objects from Adobe Illustrator

February 14, 2014

Wanting to at a scribbled text effect to an image I looked to Adobe Illustrator. The great thing about Creative Suite and the Creative Cloud is that the applications work so seamlessly together. Here I create the text in illustrator and then bring it to Photoshop as a smart object, making it editable at any time. [More]

Linked Smart Objects

January 27, 2014

In a recent update to Photoshop CC adobe introduced Linked Smart Objects. They work the same as Smart objects but with a unique, ad helpful difference, they link back to the source, let's look at an example; [More]

Tonal Recovery in ACR

October 30, 2013

Can photo restoration be done in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR)? Of course, you know it is. After all, you’ve seen it before, right? Up to a point, that is. You’re not going to be able to remove specks, spots, cracks and tears in ACR, so to be more precise, what you can do is add clarity. That’s it in a nutshell; restoration in ACR is all about clarity. So I suppose you could say that, no, photo restoration cannot be done in ACR, but tonal recovery most certainly can! [More]

Line Drawing in a Photograph using Photoshop Clipping Masks

June 24, 2013

In this video I answer a reader question that was asked of me through our Facebook Page. ”How”, they wondered, “can you make it look like a drawing’s being held up in front of a photograph?” Its actually very straight forward, and would be easier if you took a couple of photos at the same time. Me, I head over to Fotolia and get some images to help me out! If you recognise the tip on making the line drawing part of this tutorial it may be that you saw it when it was my entry to The Next Photoshop Evangelist competition. [More]
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