So, do you like editing pictures or do you find it cool to create websites graphics? Maybe you like how those artworks from Deviant art look and want to know how they’ve done it? If so, then you are probably a newbie that will learn in the next few minutes some interesting facts about the program that does all these things — Photoshop.
No matter what age you are, you will find yourself searching the net for tutorials or for e-books that might, or might not, teach you how to use this wonderful program.
I am going to give you some hints on learning efficiently this program.
The first step : Decide what you want to learn.
If you want to learn how to retouch photos, then there is no way you could possibly be interested in searching for web design material. Decide what you want to learn from the start, and with that in mind start learning. Don’t deviate from your track; don’t try to know it all from the beginning because it will confuse you! I’ve been there, trust me, you don’t want to pass through that!
The second step : Time is Money.
Obviously, you won’t be able to learn Photoshop in a week, or in 24h – I liked the e-books that were entitled “learn in 24h”. Have you ever read one of these? They give you a huge amount of information, and you will have to go back to the book every day to read again how you can do this or that.
It will take a while, and depend on your decision, it will be free of charge or it will cost you, a lot. Let’s think a bit. You have Photoshop. Maybe you paid for it, maybe you work at an office that has it. Like it or not, this software costs a lot. Learning it by buying tutorials and book will cost at least 40% of the soft’s value. A good read will cost you around 50$, and a great video tutorial will cost you over 100$. And you will be watching at least 2 tutorials or read at least 2~3 book in order to get a good handle on the techniques that you want to use. On the other hand, you might want to consider reading free tutorials. It will take less time, and it will be for free. However, you won’t have all the techniques laid down for you, you will have to search for them.
If you are a good surfer, learning photoshop from free tutorials will be the best solution. If not, try buying something good, something that is popular, and please, chose something that is up to date.
I’d suggest Lynda.com for paid video tutorials. I’ve tried some of their courses, and even though most of them are for advanced users, you will find a “basics” version for most of the tutorial series.
As for free tutorials, maybe google is the best solution but I’m going to recommend you some sites anyway. Good-tutorials.com is on of the best tutorial indexers; tutorialized.com is also one of the tops in my list. I found a short list of tutorial indexing sites at photoshop extreme tutorials.
The third step : Train, don’t just learn.
So you got it right, you understood the procedure, and you played a bit with it. Don’t stop there, do some extra work on your own. If you get it right a few times, and repeat it over the next month, it will get fixed in your memory and you will never forget it.
All in all, practice makes perfect, so keep that in mind.echo $variable;
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You have an old photo that you want to be fixed, or maybe you want to get rid of some acne on your face. Whatever the reason is, Photoshop can touch up just about any image. There are more advanced techniques to use in Photoshop but I’m going to get you started with some simple touch ups.
First of all the easiest way to fix the lighting on your image is the auto features.
Now this step is something you can mess around with on your own.
One cool thing I like to do to some of my photos adds a different type of color to your image.
Now Let’s say you want to get rid of wrinkles on the skin.
Time to get rid of your blemishes.
The reason you Alt>Left click at the same time around the blemish is to get a piece of the skin to go where the blemish is. The idea is to get the blemish to look like the surrounding area.
Well, that is it. Just a few simple techniques to help you touch up some photos. Now if you are advanced in using Photoshop you may already know these tips and not be satisfied but they may also help you also. They are mainly for beginners looking for some quick easy ways to touch up some images. Enjoy !echo $variable;
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Photoshop is an extremely diverse program that can allow you to do many things. Whether you’re a Photoshop beginner, intermediate, or advanced user, there are numerous things you can do within the program to edit your photos, create web graphics and logos, and much more.
One thing you can do in Photoshop adds a border to your photos. Photos look great with borders. In fact, it makes them look sharp, sleek, and professional. While many people opt to make just a solid colored border, there are tons of other neat borders you can add to your photos as well.
In this tutorial, I will show you how to add a filtered border to your photos. You can choose absolutely any photo to work with. Additionally, you can choose absolutely any filter at the end. I went with the Stained Glass Filter, but there are literally dozens of filters to work with!
So let’s begin!
Step 1) Open up your picture in Photoshop by going to File > Open and searching for your photo like you would any old document. If you’re copying and pasting off the web, go to File > New. The canvas size will automatically adjust to the size of the picture on your clipboard. After the canvas is open, go to Edit > Paste, this will paste your picture on the previously blank canvas.
Step 2) Once your picture is opened up in Photoshop, we need to designate the area that is to be the border. Do this by choosing the Rectangular Marquee Tool on the vertical menu bar. Choose the inside of the picture, leaving a space around the photo, about 10% of the photo’s size inward.
Step 3) Invert the selection by going to Select > Inverse. This will make the selection around the soon to be border instead of the inside picture.
Step 4) Next, feather the selection by going to Select > Feather and choose 10 pixels.
Step 5) In this next step, we’ll be adding the filtered border. Now this is the point where you can add any filter you want. In my picture, I used the Stained Glass filter by going to Filter > Texture > Stained Glass. You can choose any filter you want to get the desired effect. In the newer version of Photoshop, you can zoom out and get a nice preview of what you’re going to get.
Step 6) When you’re happy with the filter you have chosen, click OK and the filter will be applied to your Photo around the border.
Step 7) Once you’ve got your filter selected and applied, we need to deselect the photo. Do this by going to Select > Deselect.
And there you have it! A filtered border in 7 easy steps.echo $variable;
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Today you are going to learn how to apply an old Venice effect using Photoshop. This effect is often used to make a photo look old, but have a different and unique look to it. I use this often for out of town vacation pictures and pictures of old buildings. This is a great and fun tutorial to learn so that you can make any photo look old and add more drama to your work.
Let’s get started on make your photos look old with the Venice effect in Photoshop.
Step one. The first thing that you need to do is to open your image that you want to apply the effect to in Photoshop. I like to use old buildings and things that are meant to have the old look to them. Some of my photos of recent things just don’t look too good when I make them look old. They seem like they are too fake if you know what I mean.
Step Two. Now you need to make a new layer in Photoshop, and fill the entire layer with the color that simulates the color of sepia photos. It does not have to be exact, as long as you get the same color. It looks like a yellowish brown if that makes sense.
Step Three. Now that you have the solid background, go to Filter, down to Noise, and over to Add Noise. You will want to keep the noise to around 3-4% depending on the quality of your image. After you have the desired amount of noise, click OK on the noise window, and we need to bring the effect down. So, on the keyboard, you can press Ctrl+Shift+F to bring up the window to fade the effect. Bring it down enough so that you just see the noise in the color.
Step Four. Now we need to a little bit of the Sponge effect to the image. To do this go to Filter, down to Artistic, and over to Sponge. Inside of the Sponge window, you will want to adjust the sponge effect to your liking and hit OK when you are done. Now you need to fade the effect by pressing Ctrl+Shift+F on the keyboard and fade the sponge effect so that you can see more of the noise than the sponge.
Step Five. This is where you need to find an image of a crinkled piece of paper. You can scan one if you can’t find one on the web, but open that image as a new layer in your Photoshop project. You need to then desaturate the image and set the opacity of the paper image to around 30-40%. You also need to set the blending option of the paper layer to Overlay.
Step Six. Now we are ready to see our image as an old photo. To do this move your image that you want to look old to the very top of your layers so that it is on top. Now all that you need to do is to change the blending mode of that image to Overlay. Now you should have a finished image that looks old and looks great.echo $variable;
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Make Your Dull Photos Come to Life
Sometimes you can get just the right moment, with just the right lighting, but it still seems like something is missing in your photo. The picture isn’t as vibrant as you would like, perhaps. Here is a great way to really make the colors in your photos pop using adobe Photoshop.
The first thing you need to do is open your picture in the Edit mode of Photoshop. At this point make any corrections to your photo, such as cropping, color correction, and removing flaws. Many people go to “temperature” under the quick fix menu to warm up their photos, but hold off on that step for right now.
Now right click on your background layer, under the layers bar on the right. Select “duplicate layer”. You can name this layer whatever you want. I just leave it as background copy. Right under the word Layers is a drop down menu that should say normal. Click on it and choose overlay. The colors and contrast should immediately pop. This is usually too vivid but it is easy to find just the right level. Simply click on the opacity drop down menu and move the slider until you have just the right amount of pop. I usually keep it around 30 to 50 percent.
Once you have the level set where it looks best you can right click on your background layer and choose merge visible. This makes it possible for you to save your picture as a .jpeg file and do more editing to your photo.
This technique works great on portraits because it really makes the eye color stand out. It also works well in pictures with bright colors. It does darken your photos a bit, so if your picture is dark, to begin with here is a tip. Before you create an overlay layer, create a screen layer. You follow the same steps but instead of choosing overlay you choose screen. This dramatically brightens your pictures. You can then repeat the process with an overlay. Once you get started you can try any combination of screen and overlay and play around with the opacity. This will really add some crisp color and vibrancy to dull photos. The look is also very modern, which I like.
Adobe Photoshop is a great tool for enhancing your photos. You can learn more tips by reading articles, watching video tutorials, and experimenting with it yourself. Hope this helps you polish your skills!echo $variable;
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Photoshop brushes are incredible tools for various purposes. The most basic brushes on Photoshop, such as the history brush or paint brush, can help you with numerous types of graphic design and editing tasks with your project. However, there are a number of third-party plug-ins that offer many other types of stylistic choices.
A simple Google search with the terms, “Photoshop brushes” will render you some excellent results. Some of these brushes are available completely free, while others are offered for purchase.
My first Google result was a site called Brusheezy. It’s slogan reads, “Stupid name. Cool brushes.” And they are right. They offer many different types of free brushes such as the grunge brush, which has the effect of a faded text on cement look. Others include the splatter brush and the lace brush. They can be found at www.brusheezy.com.
Another site worth noting is myphotoshopbrushes.com. This website also offers free Photoshop brushes that are available for download.
The web is full of resources when it comes to Photoshop tools, particularly brushes. New ones are literally being developed every day. There are other ways to find these tools, besides Google.
Blogs are a useful resource, as many creative professionals now have their own blogs and update them frequently. In my searching, I found one particularly useful from Elite By Design.
Another incredible and valuable source of information comes from Adobe. Adobe’s website is full of useful tutorials and resources. They provide links to third-party distributors and offer their own products as well. They have a good resource for brushes too. Just check out Photoshop Support.
If you’re not familiar with forums, try checking them out online. Many forums offer advice, resources and links to provide people with the best possible information and tools the internet has to offer.
Another great website to check out is about.com. They have professional writers on staff to write about every topic imaginable, including graphics software. Most of the links that they provide are for Sue’s Brushes. The brushes were created by Sue Chastain, about.com staff writer.
In addition to about.com, there are sites like Suite101.com and others that have great advice from professionals in the graphics industry. They provide some very good advice to those seeking brushes and other tools.
Another way to obtain brushes for Photoshop is to create them yourself. This is only recommended for experienced developers of course. A good resource for this is Bittbox. There is a wonderful article on creating brushes in there.
Another really great website to look into is Easy Elements. This website is great for artists and professionals seeking help in graphic design, as it has great tutorials and advice articles.echo $variable;
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My most favorite graphics are always the flowers. In large part, they’re my favorite because they look like they should be so difficult to create – and yet, if you know the tools to use, they’re actually very easy.
This guide will help you create colorful, lovely pansy clipart in Photoshop. You won’t need any special plugins, filters, shapes, or anything else. What you will need is Adobe Photoshop, version 7 or higher. This tutorial is being written using Photoshop CS3, so some tools may be located in different spots if you’re using an older version of the software – but they’re all there, I promise.
Drawing Pansy Clipart – The Steps
What we’re going for is a basic petal that is pointed (sort-of) at the bottom, and wider and flatter at the top. See Illustration 01 for reference.
Now, click “Edit”, choose “Transform Path”, and select “Rotate”. Going through your petal layers, set your two top-side petals first, and rotate the two bottom petals last. This way, all your petals are in the right order (starting at top center, each petal goes in front of the next one to the bottom petals). Reference Illustration 01 – a stroke has been added to the petals early, just to let you see how they’re laid out.
When you have situated all of the petals, right-click each petal layer and choose “Rasterize Layer”.
Before you click OK, go to the “Stroke” setting. Set the color of your stroke to black, and the size of 1 pixel. Then, click OK. Now, go through the rest of your petals and apply the same stroke setting.
When these are drawn, rasterize the layers and apply the same stroke setting that you did on the full petals in the last step.
Reference Illustration 02.
Now, we’re going to make a stem. Grab your square shape tool and draw a long, thin rectangle behind your petals in a green color. Do not rasterize this layer yet. Instead, go to “Edit”, “Transform Path”, and choose the “Warp” tool again. We want the stem to ripple just a little bit, instead of looking like a straight line drawn in green crayon.
Finally, rasterize the stem and then apply (yet again!) the stroke setting we’ve been using. Reference Illustration 03.
You can easily change the color of your pansy by going back into your Layer Styles (Layer, Layer Styles) and choosing “Color Overlay”. Set the color, and then change the mode to “Color” or “Hue” to quickly change the petals without having to re-draw your flower.echo $variable;
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So you’re new to Adobe Photoshop and you don’t know how to use it? Not a problem. This tutorial will teach you the Basics of it and what each option does. The most commonly used tools in Photoshop are located on the Toolbar on the side.
On the toolbar are following tools and what they are used for.
Rectangular Marquee: You use this to change to different types of marquees. By doing this, you will click and hold the little black arrow on the right bottom corner. This can be used for several things, but a lot of people use it to select certain areas of graphics and fill it with different colors, or patterns.
Underneath the tools, there is the Color Palette which is where you choose your Background color and your Foreground Color. Underneath the Color Palette is the Layer Masking Tools, which is used to cut out images. The small three icons under the Layer Masking Tools are used to make your screen to different sizes such as Full Size. Lastly, the bottom icon is used to transfer your work into Image Ready.
Everything is pretty much easy and common sense. The Help option on Photoshop also helps a lot if you ever get stuck with a problem.echo $variable;
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Anyone who’s browsed the internet enough has heard of Photoshop. It has the largest use on the internet. From movie poster to simple photo enhancements, you can make them all in Photoshop. What people don’t know is how easily one can achieve the most magnificent effects.
Layer blending and blending options
By using these simple tricks you can decrease the time you spend on a file, you can create and design smarter and even invent your own methods of “photoshopping” images. These are some simple things that can redefine how you work with Photoshop. Simply toying around with these options will give you infinite ideas to do much more creative work. These are tricks all Photoshop gurus will vouch for.echo $variable;
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If you have freckles, you know how everyone tells you how “cute” they are, but when you want to evolve from being “cute”, you can follow this tutorial for a simple way to remove freckles in Photoshop by using a blur filter.
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