Mastering Photoshop: Noise, Textures, Gradients and Rounded Rectangles

  Often, it’s the little details that turn a good layout into a great design; details such as subtle textures, shading and smooth shapes. Photoshop contains a vast array of tools for embellishing a design, but choosing the right one isn’t always easy. Being the obsessive-compulsives that we are, we’ve conducted a huge range of experiments…

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Channels, Masks and Adjustment Layers…

Channels, Masks, Adjustment Layers… Photoshop CS5 rocks when it comes to using these features in conjunction with each other. Did you know you could use color channel information in Photoshop as the basis for a mask, that will control where a particular color adjustment might be applied? All without harming any pixels whatsoever in the original image?…

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Photoshop: Removing lines from images

I have a confession to make: “I doctor my holiday photos, before I show them to my family and friends… just to make them look that little bit better’… I remove power lines and objects that make my images look a little messy…  I sometimes replace overexposed skies and will even apply some localised blurring and sharpening or…

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Photoshop: Straightening images

We’ve all got them… those holiday shots where the ocean seems to be running of the edge of the image, where the horizon is no longer horizontal. With Photoshop CS5 we can straighten out those images faster then ever before. In the following video let’s take a look at how we can use the Crop…

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Bennasnake, Woodabitcha*

Maybe I’m just resistant to change. But I don’t care for the new drag-&-zoom feature in Photoshop CS5. I believe Nature intended for you to drag a zoom marquee to enlarge an area of the photo, and it’s an old habit. In CS5, the same drag zooms the image enormously, as if it’s pulling it…

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Layer Comps Bug

JUST TO CLARIFY: This is only true for images in which the first layer comp hides some effects (aka layer styles). If the first layer comp only involves hiding some layers, without hiding any effects, all is well. It’s not a showstopper (once you know about it) — it’s just One Of Those Things. This…

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Better Photoshop Techniques adds Augmented Reality…

To celebrate the arrival of Photoshop CS5, Better Photoshop Techniques magazine, created an exclusive augmented reality back cover for Issue 22. It’s cool really… Navigate to the Better Photoshop Techniques web-site, take your edition of the magazine, click the special viewer pop-up window, hold out your back-cover and smile for the camera! Augmented Reality (AR)…

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Photoshop: Where’s my scratch disk?

If you are an old time Photoshop user, you may remember that in past versions of Photoshop we had access to preferences setting that enabled us to select one or more drives as Scratch disk for Photoshop.  Photoshop uses this Scratch Disk space as Viritual Memory. Preferably the drive allocated wouldn’t be the same drive…

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EZ Does It. Really.

If you’ve ever had to silhouette a girl with windblown hair, you know what a challenge it can be to create the perfect mask. I’ve always used channels, duplicating the best one and using Levels, Curves and judicious handwork to create a mask. As long as the subject has some contrast with the background, there’s…

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Photoshop: Quick Refine Soft-Edge Mask Tip

Modified: 13 September 2009 – Added “Note”. Super quick tip. A  practical example. I’ve been writing Technical Documentation the past weeks, and am processing an awful lot of screenshots. Sometimes they are kind of big and I really only want to focus on one part, but would love to see a fading edge and I…

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Adobe Could Save Taxpayers Thousand$

I’m sure you’ve seen and heard the flap over the Air Force One NYC flyover photo-op. It may merit the creation of an entirely new word for “stupid.” But don’t you think it’s a great opportunity for a Photoshop ad?…

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The deke Pod

O’Reilly digital media, today announced the release of a new video series with Deke McCleland the “deke Pod“.  In this 101 Photoshop Tips in Five Minutes, Deke generates the online video equivalent of a book full of short & rich tips. An absolute must for the keen Photoshop user. Deke’s a smart man! Web-reference: deke…

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Masked Text

Digitip 065 – Illustrator CS3, Photoshop CS3 This tip is Part 3 of a three-part tip and generates the masked text. Part 1 describes how the Photoshop artwork is created and Part 2 outlines how to apply Live Trace and maintain colour editing ability. I’m adding my standard “Bogus” text. Select Text and Background (shift-click…

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Tracing the Trace Graphic

Digitip 064 – Adobe Illustrator CS3 This tip is Part 2 of a three-part tip. Part 1 describes how the Photoshop artwork that is placed into the Illustrator file was created and Part 3 will create the Text Effect that will give our finished result. We’re ready to place the previously created Photoshop graphic in…

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Preparing the Trace Graphic

Digitip 063 – Adobe Photoshop CS3 A month or so ago I demoed a masking technique that works well with text in Illustrator during an Adobe eSeminar I delivered. At the time I promised to write this technique up as a digitip, however, an extremely busy workschedule meant I’d not yet gotten around to posting…

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2MPT #40 – Golden Skin

Give your subjects golden skin, with this quick trick. This trick include tips on: Adjustment layers Warming up an image Blending Modes Download a PDF of our step by step guide for this trick here: Golden Skin Guide. Note: If you are downloading directly from the web page click here to download. Download the iTunes…

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Illustrator: Faded dotted pattern

This tip succeeds the previous tip, and show cases how the dotted patterns created earlier can be faded, whilst retaining their vector and spot colours. Spotted dots The dotted patterns created in tip 53, can also be spot colours, by ensuring that the colour of the circular component that forms part of the pattern is…

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Photoshop CS3 beta

I guess by now you’ve heard… yep, Adobe, for the first time in history has released a Photoshop beta release publicly. How can you get this public beta release? Well hop on to Adobe Labs and enter your current Photoshop CS2, or Creative Suite CS2 serial number… You’ll then get your CS3 beta release serial…

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2MPT #39 – Depth of Field

Make your subjects pop from your photos background by simulating a decrease in depth of field. This trick include tips on: Extracting objects Hiding/showing layers and layer management Selective blurring and blur gradation Note: If you are downloading directly from the web page click here to download…

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2MPT #38 – Marquee Tool Tip

Tips and tricks for getting the most out of the Marquee tool. This trick include tips on: Constraining the size and shape of selections Adjusting selections Adding to and subtracting from selections Note: If you are downloading directly from the web page click here to download…

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