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Michael Hoffman

3D Layers with Video in Photoshop

October 23, 2012

In last week’s tutorial, we looked at Video Masking in Photoshop. Today, we take this project to a whole new dimension – the third dimension – as we learn to apply our video project to the surface of a 3D object. With the video animation playing on the surface of the 3D object, we can create another layer of animation and move it around, adding additional effects for a very flexible and interesting result. [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]

Adjustment Layer Blend Modes in Photoshop

October 9, 2012

If you’ve been a TipSquirrel reader for a while, you know about adjustment layers. Maybe you even know about blend modes. But, did you know you can combine both, adding a wider range of effects [More]

Content Aware Craziness in Photoshop

October 2, 2012

Content Aware Scale is typically used to protect certain areas of an image when you scale up or down. But, what if you used it in the opposite way – to direct Photoshop where you want certain [More]

Unify an image with Selective Color

September 25, 2012

The Selective Color adjustment layer in Photoshop provides a one-stop tool for controlling color. Learn to use it to add a creative color cast that unifies your image and provides enhanced mood or drama to your creation. [More]

Migrating a Lightroom Catalog

July 31, 2012

One question I seem to get asked a lot is, “how do I move my Lightroom Catalog to another machine, and keep all my edits, collections, and metadata?” In today’s video, I’ll show you a quick and easy way to get your Lightroom catalog from one machine to another, without losing any data. In this example, we see the process using Lightroom 4, but the process hasn’t changed since the first version of Lightroom, so everyone can use this tip. [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]

Masking with The Photoshop Pen Tool

June 26, 2012

Creating a good mask is one of the essential skills in compositing images within Photoshop. Recognizing the right tool for the masking job is an art in itself. Today, we’ll look at an often overlooked, but highly effective way of creating a very good mask – using the Pen Tool in Photoshop. [More]

Dramatic Skies with Camera Raw’s Graduated Filter

June 12, 2012

On a recent Saturday morning, I was privileged to join some fellow NAPP members for a friendly “Canon vs. Nikon” shootout, at Fort Desoto Park in Saint Petersburg, Florida. The original intent was to compare the new 5DMIII against the new D800. Out on the beach, things got a little crazy, and a few of us took the term “shootout” literally! I was on hand to capture some of the hilarity. [More]

Publish from Lightroom to Dropbox

May 29, 2012

Cloud storage service Dropbox is a very handy and useful tool, allowing you to share files between your machines. For photographers, it provides and easy way to get your images on all your devices quickly and easily. If you’re using Lightroom, then the Publish Services that were introduced with LR3 give you direct integration from Lightroom all the way through the cloud – a very nice capability. In today’s video tip, you’ll learn how to set up a Publish Service to manage your Lightroom portfolios right within Dropbox. [More]

Photoshop CS6 Vector Fun

May 22, 2012

With the new Photoshop CS6, we finally have vectors that have fill and stroke properties, and this gives us much more power and flexibility with our designs. In this video you’ll see the basics of creating a new vector object, modifying the fill and stroke properties, adding pixel-based effects to your vector object, and blending the object with your background. [More]

Type Tips for Photoshop CS6

April 17, 2012

Photoshop CS6 comes with a few type tricks up its sleeve, and if you find yourself working with type a lot in Photoshop, especially if you are mocking up print layouts or web pages, you're going to get a lot of mileage with these new features. Let's take a look. [More]

Photoshop’s Enhanced Filters in CS6 Beta

April 3, 2012

With Photoshop CS6, Adobe really integrated GPU acceleration into many of the filters, adding some great new ones along the way. The GPU, or Graphics Processing Unit, is a powerhouse that lives on our graphics cards and allows Photoshop to perform amazing feats of pixel manipulation. [More]

Color Lookup Adjustments with Photoshop CS6 Beta

March 27, 2012

In Photoshop CS6 Beta, Adobe has given us an entirely new type of adjustment, complete with its own new adjustment layer category. Watch this video to learn about Color Lookup adjustments and how they can transform your image colors quickly, easily, and non-destructively. [More]
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