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Impressionist Pastel Painting with Painter 2015: Loose, Luminous Pastels
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
May 26, 2015
Corel Painter 2015 gives artists the tools to create soft, glowing effects that flatter complexions and make landscape canvases look dreamy. Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Painter Wow! Book, Tenth Edition, shares techniques for working with Painter's Pastels brushes for effects that look beautifully natural.
Fun with Particles: Painting with the Particle Brushes in Painter 2015
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Apr 30, 2015
Painter's Particle brushes deliver a range of interesting effects, including special shapes, textures, sparkles, and glows. Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition, shares techniques for using the Particle brushes to give dynamic expression to a drawing.
Even More Sketching on the Go: Sketching en Plein Aire with the iPad and Adobe Photoshop Sketch 2.1
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Apr 14, 2015
Do you enjoy sketching outdoors? Sunny, rainy, snowy - whatever the weather, when Nature beckons, take your iPad outside and use Adobe Photoshop Sketch to draw whatever you see or feel. Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition, demonstrates how to bring the fun of sketching out into the open air with Adobe Photoshop Sketch 2.1.
Top 10 Tips for Working in 3D in Photoshop
By Steve Caplin
Feb 16, 2015
Steve Caplin, author of Adobe Photoshop for 3D Design and Printing: Learn by Video, shares techniques and shortcuts for being more productive and saving time when working with Photoshop's 3D capabilities.
Creating Special Effects in Photoshop
By Glyn Dewis
Feb 12, 2015
In this chapter from The Photoshop Workbook: Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks, and Techniques, Glyn Dewis shows you techniques for turning day into night, creating a cartoon/painterly effect, and making your own dust, debris, snow, and rain brushes. Plus, he shows a quick and easy black and white conversion technique, and how to fake the wet look.
A Plea for Photoshop–Browser Harmony
By Dan Rose
Feb 4, 2015
When it comes to responsive web design, using the right tool, at the right time, for the right purpose, helps us extract more out of said tool than normal. Knowing when to use Photoshop is the only thing that can logically keep it in our workflows. Using it too often, too early, or for the wrong purpose produces frustration, wasted time, and potentially wasted money, as Dan Rose explains in this chapter from Responsive Web Design with Adobe Photoshop.
Sketching and Modeling with Charcoal in Photoshop
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Dec 30, 2014
Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition, demonstrates one of Photoshop's cooler capabilities: drawing with electronic "charcoal." Smudge and shadow to your heart's content. The charcoal tip even gives you the effect of wearing down as you use it!
Scream of the Crop: How to Resize and Crop Photos in Adobe Photoshop CC (2014 release)
By Scott Kelby
Dec 8, 2014
Scott Kelby covers cropping (which was completely overhauled in Photoshop CS6) and resizing photos in this excerpt from The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers (2014 release).
Are You Tablet-Ready? Start Creating with Your New Wacom Tablet in Photoshop and Painter
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Dec 3, 2014
Modern tools for digital art can be intimidating to a traditional artist. How do you actually get started using them? Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition and The Painter WOW! Book, advises on how to experiment with some of the features, so you can get past your first hesitation and start enjoying new ways to draw and paint.
Photoshop's Mixer Brushes: Realistic Wet and Dry Paint Effects for Creating Luminous Images
By Cher Threinen-Pendarvis
Nov 18, 2014
Many people think of Photoshop as a utilitarian retouching software for thinning thighs and whitening dull smiles. But Photoshop isn't just a makeup box for glamorizing photos; it's also an art studio with built-in brushes and paint. Cher Threinen-Pendarvis, author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Using Wacom and the iPad, Second Edition, shows how to harness the power of Photoshop to create a finished 'canvas' that delights the eye, without getting a single splotch of paint on your apron.
How We Created an iOS Game for Fun and (Very Little) Profit
By Shawn Nelson
Oct 30, 2014
Shawn Nelson, author of Photoshop for Games: Creating Art for Console, Mobile, and Social Games, describes how he and a programmer pal combined their talents to go from 'We have holes' and 'We have a ball' to the addicting 'Gopher Go Boom,' an exploding-gopher game for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Working with the Adobe Camera Raw Plug-in in Photoshop CC (2014 release)
By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Oct 9, 2014
In this chapter from Photoshop CC: Visual QuickStart Guide (2014 release), you’ll learn about the Camera Raw tools and tabs; choose workflow options for Camera Raw; apply cropping and straightening; and correct photos for defects, such as poor contrast, under- or overexposure, color casts, blurriness, geometric distortion, and noise. You will also learn how to enhance your photos with special effects, such as a vignette, grain texture, or tint; retouch blemishes; access Camera Raw controls from Photoshop; save and synchronize Camera Raw settings among related photos; then finally, open your corrected photos into Photoshop.
Using Photoshop to Create Art for a Mobile Game
By Shawn Nelson
Sep 30, 2014
In this chapter from Photoshop for Games: Creating Art for Console, Mobile, and Social Games, you will examine the process of making a mobile game. Mobile and social games are closely related in content size, and somewhat in style, but they have each evolved into their own separate spaces.
Layer Basics in Adobe Photoshop CC (2014 release)
By Andrew Faulkner, Brie Gyncild
Sep 9, 2014
In this excerpt from Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release), you will learn how to work with layers in Adobe Photoshop CC.
Five Critical Techniques for Creating Seamless Photoshop Composites
By Bret Malley
Aug 13, 2014
Bret Malley, author of Adobe Master Class: Advanced Compositing in Photoshop, enjoys creating digital composites that sometimes seem to turn reality upside-down. Learn five of his techniques for using Photoshop's digital sleight-of-hand to create results that can blow your mind.
Photoshop CC (2014 release) Visual Quick Start: Refocusing
By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Jul 28, 2014
In this chapter from Photoshop CC: Visual QuickStart Guide (2014 release), you’ll blur areas of an image using the Field Blur, Iris Blur, Tilt-Shift, Path Blur, and Spin Blur filters (collectively called the Blur Gallery). And you will apply sharpening via the Smart Sharpen, Unsharp Mask, and Shake Reduction filters, and via the Sharpen tool.
The Photoshop Elements Secret to Fixing Group Shots
By Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski
Jul 7, 2014
With Photoshop Elements’ Group Shot feature, as long as you have a few photos to choose from, you can create the perfect group photo, even if someone has their eyes closed.
Printing a 3D File in Adobe Photoshop CC (2014 release)
By Brie Gyncild, Andrew Faulkner
Jun 23, 2014
This excerpt from  Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a Book (2014 release) shows how you can create 3D objects in Photoshop—or import 3D objects that have been created elsewhere—and print them directly from Photoshop.
Favorite Adjustment Layers and Filters for Compositing in Adobe Photoshop
By Bret Malley
Jun 19, 2014
This chapter pushes deep into Bret Malley's four favorite adjustment layers (along with their subterranean features), as well as the Photoshop filters that he finds come in most handy for composite work.
The Hidden Power of Adjustment Layers in Adobe® Photoshop®: Gradient Fill Vignette
By Scott Valentine
Jun 3, 2014
Learn this amazingly fast and flexible vignette technique.

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