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Photoshop Compositing Secrets: Extracting Hair
Nov 10, 2011
Matt Kloskowski shares some great tricks he uses to get even the wispiest of baby-fine hair to cooperate when compositing multiple images in Photoshop (no matter how badly it behaves in real life).
Understanding HDR Toning in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Mar 23, 2011
HDR Toning, new in Adobe Photoshop CS5, lets you apply HDR-style effects to a single image instead of having to shoot and merge a set of bracketed images. Even if you don’t like wild HDR effects, HDR Toning is a welcome addition to the range of Photoshop tools you can use to make the most of the available dynamic range in your photos. Photoshop expert Conrad Chavez walks you through all your options.
Peachpit's Thanksgiving Photo Recipe: How to Shoot a Turkey
Nov 16, 2010
You don't need to cook your holiday turkey to enjoy it — all you need is one good shot, and this photography recipe will show you how to get it.
Make Quick Fix Edits in Photoshop Elements 6
Apr 1, 2008
Jeff Carlson shows how to make editing your photos easy with Photoshop Elements 6's Quick Fix tool.
Making Virtual Copies With Lightroom
Jan 4, 2008
Want to experiment with a photo in Lightroom, but without messing up your original? Matt Kloskowski suggests creating another version of the original (Lightroom calls these "virtual copies") that you can treat just like you would a "real" photo: crop, color, fade, view - even save to disk.
Guide to Creating and Managing Images in Photoshop Elements 5
Apr 6, 2007
This chapter offers some basic guidelines on adjusting image size and resolution, depending on whether you want to print, email, or post to the Web. The authors also cover creating images from scratch (which is what some people use Elements for, ignoring the Organizer entirely). You'll also learn the different methods for viewing additional information about your images.
Creating and Managing Images
Feb 26, 2007
Misunderstood Photoshop: Blend If
Jan 19, 2007
Helen Bradley explores Blend If, a smart Photoshop blending tool that can be used to knock out an object from its background or to blend two images. The article also includes a video tutorial so you can easily follow along.
Rick Sammon Shows You How to Bring Out Your Inner Artist in Photoshop
Jan 19, 2007
Ready to dive a little deeper into the creative world of Photoshop? In this chapter, you'll learn how to create your own reality with your images. You'll see, among other things, how easy it is to change the time of day, control the weather, create an image that looks like it was taken before you were born, change one or all of the colors in a scene, and put someone on the "Photoshop Diet."
Create a Flash Gallery in a Photoshop Elements 5
Jan 12, 2007
You used to need web development skills to even think about creating an online gallery. Now, thanks to the new Flash photo galleries in Photoshop Elements 5, all it takes is a few clicks. Matt Kloskowski shows you the way in a fun and easy video tutorial.
Misunderstood Photoshop: The History Brush
Jan 5, 2007
Photoshop's History Brush is great for fixing those little "oops" moments when you've messed up an image, but it also lets you use previous states of the image to create new effects. Helen Bradley shows why the History Brush should be a valued member of your Photoshop toolkit in this article and video tutorial.
Create Art: Make Your Own Photo Background
Dec 29, 2006
If the background of your picture is getting more attention than the subjects in the foreground, try Helen Bradley's Photoshop trick for making the background more attractive and a lot less distracting.
Real World Image Sharpening Tips From Expert Bruce Fraser
Dec 1, 2006
Avoid oversharpening your images and learn how to set up a multipass sharpening workflow in Adobe Photoshop CS2 in this excellent sample chapter from best-selling author Bruce Fraser.
Create a Killer Black and White Photo Using Photoshop Elements 5 Video Tutorial
Nov 17, 2006
The process of turning a color photo into a beautiful black and white has been revolutionized with the introduction of Photoshop Elements 5. Matt Kloskowski shows you how to use Elements to create killer black and white photos through two short video tutorials. One video shows you the easy, one-click way to create black and whites, while the other video tutorial shows you how to get a tad more control over the conversion process.
Creative-Image Artistry
Nov 13, 2006
Use Photoshop LAB to Spice Up Your Image's Colors
Oct 13, 2006
The best cooks never follow recipes, or at least not literally. A pinch of something extra here, a little bit of something not in the list of ingredients there, and presto, a culinary masterpiece. It's that way with LAB, too. In this sample chapter, you'll learn how to wipe out casts while enhancing other colors, exclude brilliant colors without formally selecting them or using a mask, and choose certain colors for more of a boost than others.
Working with Photoshop Shapes
Sep 29, 2006
Take Helen Bradley's quick course in using Photoshop's built-in shapes and learn how to make your own custom shapes to add life and dimension to your digital art projects.
Create Faux Reflections in Photoshop
Sep 1, 2006
Adding reflections to your photographs gives them an exciting and unexpected element. Thanks to the power of Photoshop, your reflections can be realistic—or not. If no shiny surface is handy, why not conjure up an instant pond or puddle to reflect surrounding objects? Helen Bradley shows you step-by-step how to add fun faux reflections to images with Photoshop.
Multiple Image Printing in Photoshop
Aug 25, 2006
On the face of it, printing in Photoshop is a simple process. You simply choose File > Print with Preview, click a couple of options, and you're done. So far, so good. But what happens when you need to print multiple copies of an image or you want different sizes for all your relatives? Suddenly things aren't so simple. To clear things up, Helen Bradley explains the ins and outs of multiple image printing in this hands-on article. You'll learn how to print one image (or many) several times on one sheet of paper using the built-in Photoshop Picture Package tool. You'll also discover why Contact Sheets might be your tool of choice in some scenarios.
Frame It: How to Frame Digital Images with Photoshop
Aug 4, 2006
A good picture deserves a good frame. Just as you frame the artwork you hang on your wall, you can also create frames for your digital photos and art. Photoshop has plenty of tools to help you make wonderful frames that complement and enhance your photos. Helen Bradley shows you how to create a range of frame effects in Photoshop. In the process, you'll learn some handy ways for working in Photoshop and discover practical applications for styles and filters.

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