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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]

Format Text In Photoshop With Kerning and Tracking

June 3, 2013

Photoshop does a great job of formatting text and can be quite intuitive. Sometimes however you have to get stuck in a finesse it yourself. In this Photoshop tutorial video, I take a look at kerning and tracking before finishing off the text effect with a few Layer Styles and Blend Mode combinations. [More]

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]

Step Into Your Image with Photoshop and After Effects

March 25, 2013

In this video I take a flat, 2D image and transform it into a 3D image that a camera can pass into. If you’ve not worked with Vanishing Point before then you may wish to take a quick look at Multiple Planes with Photoshop (No 3D Layers). There’s two techniques here, one uses only Photoshop while the second uses Photoshop and After Effects. [More]

Working with Smart Objects and transformations in Photoshop CS6

March 7, 2013

This month I thought I'd highlight a feature of Smart Objects in Photoshop and, to an extent, Photoshop Elements that often gets overlooked. Aside from the ability to scale and distort layers without loss of quality and change the contents simultaneously across multiple copies, another useful trait is that they remember the previous distortion settings; image warp in particular. This is incredibly useful for designers, as it makes it far easier to experiment with idea or creating photo montages, where objects need to be placed into a scene in perspective [More]

A Pull Focus Effect With Photoshop CS6

February 25, 2013

While producing a slideshow recently I thought it might be cool to add a ‘pull focus’ effect to one or two of the images. By doing this, I was able to draw the viewer to various parts of an image. [More]

ACR to Photoshop Edits Aren’t Set in Stone

February 18, 2013

I was talking to a photographer the other day and I was saying how much I love Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), and that I’ll do 90% of what I want to achieve there before moving into Photoshop. He argued against this stating “Once you’ve clicked Open Image in ACR your adjustments can’t be changed”. By default this is true, but not when you use my beloved modifier keys…. [More]

Symmetry with Photoshop

January 18, 2013

As a photographer symmetry is one of the hardest types of composition you can find. Nature has a habit of avoiding symmetry most of the time. You’ll never walk through a forest and find two identical trees and you’ll never see the left side of the sky perfectly matching the right. However it is dead easy to create symmetrical images using Photoshop, the knack is disguising the fact that you used Photoshop at all. In this video I’ll show you how to mirror an image and then apply a few tweaks to complete the perfect symmetric photo. [More]

Creating a Marble Texture Effect in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

January 17, 2013

In this tutorial we're going to conjure a marble-style texture in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. This can be used for anything from 3D textures to creating a fancy background for a web banner; as we have done here. The effect hinges around the Clouds filter; yes, the highly versatile filter that's great for creating anything other than clouds. By combining this with further filters, adjustments and layer blend modes, we can achieve a fairly realistic texture quickly and easily. Let's get started. [More]

Photobooth Template for Photoshop

December 10, 2012

For this post I created a very simple template for creating a photo booth type photo strip. Its easy enough to use but there’s a couple of Photoshop techniques in the video too. [More]

Flame Painted Frame in Photoshop

October 22, 2012

In this Photoshop video I stick with the light streak theme of last week and try out Flame Painter to add an ‘electric’ style border to my image. I’ll be honest, I like using the site more than I like using the results, but does it matter how you have fun so long as you have it? [More]

Creating Light Streaks With Photoshop

October 15, 2012

In this Photoshop tutorial I answer another reader question. How, they asked, can I add light streaks into an image. In particular, they wanted to add the streaks around a bottle, so that's what I do here with a quick, and simple use of the Pen Tool, some Layer Styles and a little bit of Warp. Colour and glow can all be changed once the image is finished to give as much flexibility as possible. [More]
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