It’s a fact of life with digital photos that sometimes we need to compress them to make our file sizes smaller. Our computer screens don’t always make it easy to see the damage being done to the image, but thanks to one of Photoshop’s rarely-used blending modes, the horrors of jpeg compression become strikingly clear.
In Part 2 of our look at creating custom shapes in Photoshop, we learn how to collect and organize all the shapes we’ve created into easy-to-manage Custom Shape Sets! We also look at some best practices for how to avoid losing our shape sets if something goes wrong!
Whether you’re into digital scrapbooking or just want to learn how much fun it is to create custom shapes in Photoshop, this tutorial is for you! In Part 1 of this two-part tutorial, we look at how to create a basic shape, how to add details to the shape, and how to then save it as a Custom Shape. We also learn how to change the color, size and angle of shapes, and how to use multiple copies of our shape in the same design!
Still using the Lasso Tool to select everything that isn’t a rectangle, square or circle? It’s time to take your selections to a whole new level! Learn how to outline objects with paths using the Pen Tool, and then how to easily convert those paths into professional quality selections!
In this tutorial, we go back to the basics with Photoshop and learn how to create custom color swatches out of colors sampled from a photo, then how to save them as custom swatch sets for use whenever we need them! Perfect for times when we’re working with multiple clients and each of them has their own specific colors they want used on their project, or when we simply want to collect and organize different colors for our own work!
Still permanently damaging your images with the Eraser Tool because you think layer masks are beyond your skill level? If you know the difference between black and white and can paint with a brush in Photoshop, you have all the skills you need! Improve your work! Increase your flexibility! Boost your confidence and spare your images with layer masks!
Bring colors to life in your images by tinting and enhancing them with Photoshop’s Photo Filter. Thanks to the layer mask that comes with adjustment layers, we can easily combine multiple Photo Filters to enhance different areas of the image separately! We’ll even finish things off with a Curves adjustment just for fun!
Get great results when sharpening images without fumbling around with confusing options by using Photoshop’s High Pass filter and your choice of layer blend modes.
The whole point of editing images in Photoshop is to make them look better, so why risk making them look worse in the process if you don’t have to? If you’ve been editing 8-bit images when you could have been working in 16-bit mode, you’ve been missing out on a world of flexibility.
If RGB is just a three letter word to you and color channels are something you watch on tv, your Photoshop work is suffering. Learn how Photoshop displays colors in your images and take your skills to the next level.
Let’s look at some of the most confusing terms you’ll come across when working on images in Photoshop: image resolution, pixel dimensions and document size – what it all means, why it’s so important to understand, and why you may not need to understand it at all!
Learn how image resolution and the number of pixels in your image will affect the quality of your digital photos when you print them, why images you download off the internet usually print with poor quality, and how many megapixels (MP) your camera needs to have in order to print professional quality photos at different sizes.
Learn the basics of using Smart Filters, one of the most powerful new features inside Photoshop CS3.
Create some flashy glowing lights brushes with this quick and extremely easy technique that will let you add flair, glow and sparkles to your illustrations.
Filter Forge is an new, incredibly powerful, texture and filter creation Photoshop Plugin. This tutorial will teach you how to build an interesting wet and muddy rocks texture using Filter Forge.
This tutorial will step you through the way to building a group of Lego bricks that you can then save as a brush set. Two versions of the set were created to achieve different results while painting over a white or black background. The finished brush set is available for download.