How To Draw Curves With The Pen Tool In Photoshop

The Pen Tool is often avoided by new Photoshop users because it can be a little tricky to use at the beginning. It is, however, a really important tool to have in your design arsenal for both drawing vectors and for making selections. I've previously written a...

How To Open Images In Camera Raw

I recently wrote an introduction to Camera Raw in Photoshop, briefly outlining what Camera Raw is, and what the raw file format is. In this follow-up, we'll take a look at how to open up images in the Camera Raw plug-in. We can work with Raw, JPEG and TIFF files. You...

What Is Adobe Camera Raw?

What Is Adobe Camera Raw And Why Should I Use It? Adobe Camera Raw is a plug-in piece of software in Adobe Photoshop. It is sometimes ignored (or feared) by new Photoshop learners because at first glance it looks a little confusing. The nice thing about it is, though,...

How To Make A Double Stroke Text Effect In Photoshop

In this quick tutorial for beginners, you'll see how to use Photoshop's Stroke layer effect to create a simple and cute text effect. The Layer Effects in Photoshop allow you to easily add effects such as Drop Shadows, Glows, Stokes, Colour Overlays and more to any...

Save individual layers as files in Photoshop

This can be a massive time-saver if you’ve created layers in Photoshop and want to save each layer as its own image file. There are a pile of formats you can save your layers in – JPEG, TIFF, PDF and PSD to name a few. Photoshop will automatically name each file based...

Removing Wrinkles With The Healing And Patch Tools

The clone tool is one of the most often used tools when it comes to retouching in Photoshop. But two other tools which are often overlooked by people new to the sport are the Healing Brush and the Patch tools. In this post, I’m going to show you how to use these tools...

How To Create A Photo-Grid Poster In Photoshop

This is from an article I wrote for PhotographyBB magazine – the best photography magazine on the web! It’s a technique you can use to gather together a number of your shots with a common theme and present them in a nice grid format. The idea is to do some close...

Photoshop Tutorial – Removing Gordon Brown’s Bags

Gordon Brown’s been going through the mill a bit recently and his undereye bags are getting bigger. Here’s a quick method of retouching any photograph in Photoshop to reduce or remove undereye bagginess. Now if I could just do this permanently to myself … Open the...

How To Make Cute Furry Text In Photoshop

*Updated June 2016 to reflect changes in Photoshop CC* This is an update to an article I originally wrote for PhotographyBB magazine. It's good fun and might be something you could use for graphic design or personal work – it produces quite a cute effect. The idea is...

Photoshop Tip: Copy & Transform At The Same Time

Most of the time when you transform an object in Photoshop (scale, rotate, perspective, distort), you apply the transformation to the object itself, but did you know that you can also make a duplicate of your object and transform it at the same time? Here’s how; 1....

Photoshop Tip: Holding On To Your History

As you may know, the History palette in Photoshop allows you to keep track of all the commands, brush strokes and changes you make when you're working on an image. The problem is, it only allows a certain number of history "states" to be recorded and even then they...

Photoshop Quick Tip: Comparing & Zooming in Bridge

You can compare two or more images side by side in Bridge without having to open the files fully in Photoshop. Here's how to do it; 1. Open up Bridge 2. Choose View 2 - Horizontal Film Strip on the status bar at the bottom of the Bridge window. This changes your view...

Photoshop Tutorial : Valentine's Skywriting Card

There's still a few hours left before Valentine's Day so if you've been too, ahem, busy / cheap to get a card, why not use your Photoshop skills to make one. Here's one idea for a card using a photograph, some paths and the dodge tool to write a message across the...

Photoshop Tip: Free Transform Menu

As you know, in Photoshop you can transform objects in lots of different ways. You can rotate, skew, warp, distort, flip horizontally and vertically. To speed up your workflow, instead of choosing Edit > Transform to see a list of the transformations available,...

Photoshop Tutorial: The Letterpress Effect

Letterpress is popular with many print designers because of the beautiful effect it creates on business cards, book covers or pretty much any type of printed material. Letterpress works by pressing the ink into the paper leaving a coloured imprint. You can find a TON...

Photoshop Tutorial: Changing Lip Colour

In this Photoshop tutorial, I’m going to show you a quick and easy way to change the colour of someone’s lips. You might find this useful if you work for a lipstick manufacturer or if you have a photograph where you hate your lipstick colour. 1. Open the photograph...

Photoshop Quick Tip: Colour coding layers

There are several ways to organise your layers in Photoshop to make them more manageable or to group them together. You can use layer comps or layer folders, OR another option is to use colour coding in your layers palette. This can help to give you a quick visual...

Photoshop Tutorial: Adding Focus With A Blur

There’s a great advertisement on TV at the moment for Sky, where they show a couple of scenes from movies – Pirates of the Caribbean - and sports – some football team wearing red – and the action is slowed down almost to the point of being stopped and the person in...

10 Photoshop Painting Tools Shortcuts

When we think about the painting tools in Photoshop, the main ones that spring to mind are the Brush, Pencil and Eraser, but there are actually 22 tools in this set. In the illustration below you can see all of the Photoshop painting tools. Almost all of these tools...

Photoshop Tutorial : Light Effects

Light effects have become increasingly popular in advertising. In this tutorial I’m going to run through how to create a simple neon light effect on text and how to use the same styles to create other streaks of light using Photoshop. 1. Open the image that you want...

Photoshop Tip: Quick Tracking and Kerning of Text

Tracking If you want to change the Tracking (the space between each letter in a word or group of words), there are a couple of shortcuts that allow you to do it without going into the Character Palette. Using these keyboard shortcuts is a great way to speed up your...

Photoshop Tutorial: Easy Arrowheads

Photoshop has tools that allows you to quickly create an arrowhead, you just use the line tool and some options from the Options Bar. Here's how to make an arrow; On the toolbar, select the the line tool. It’s may be hidden under the rectangle tool. Up in the Options...

Photoshop and Bridge : Part Deux

When you have a large number of images to work with, it can be quite time-consuming to have to browse through them. In part 2 of this series on Adobe Bridge, I’m taking a look at how to rank and sort files. Ranking and sorting image files Adobe Bridge has a...

Using Adobe Bridge With Photoshop (Part 1)

Recently I started a new class teaching digital design. Photoshop is the first piece of software that we tackle and I asked the class of 20, how many of them had used Photoshop before. Almost every single person had some experience. I also asked the class how many of...

Photoshop Tip : Clone from one image to another

You can clone an image, or part of an image onto a separate image in Photoshop using the Clone Tool. Here's how to do it; 1. Make sure that you have two images open - the one you want to clone from and the one you want to clone to. 2. Select the Clone Tool (S) and Alt...

Photoshop Tutorial : How to create a torn edge effect

I had a very special request for information on how to create a torn edge effect in Photoshop, so here's one way to do it 1. Open up an image or photography that you want to rip a chunk out of. (*This picture is copyright Joe Stocks through Pitwork.net) 2. Usually...

Photoshop Tutorial : How to use the Trim Command

The Trim command in Photoshop provides another way to crop an image. The Trim command works by removing unwanted parts of the image - you can specify which parts. The image crops by trimming surrounding transparent pixels, or background pixels of the colour you...

Photoshop Quick Tip : Rotate through images quickly

Just a short quick tip today. If you have a pile of images open in Photoshop, a very quick way to cycle through them is to hit Ctrl + Tab. This will rotate through all the open images. Much quicker than choosing Window > Filename - and picking each file out one at a...

Photoshop : Tutorial – Replacing Colours

With the Replace Colour command in Photoshop, you can create temporary masks based on specific colours and then replace these colours. (A mask isolates an area of an image so that changes affect just the selected area and not the rest of the image.) The Replace Colour...

Finding Hidden Transform Handles in Photoshop

When you drag a large image onto a smaller one in Photoshop, often you will need to make the larger photograph smaller. To resize the large photograph, you can use the Edit > Free Transform option. However when you choose Free Transform in a situation like this,...

Adding An Elegant Title To An Image in Photoshop

There are times when you need to put a title on an image, whether for print work or for the web. Sometimes you might put it above the image, often you might place it below the image, but one way to add a nice elegant title is to actually put it in the image. In this...

Photoshop Tip : Layer Palette Thumbnails

When you look at the thumbnail on the Layers palette in Photoshop you see a small preview of what appears on each layer. If you find that the thumbnails on the Layers palette are too small (or possibly too big) you can change the thumbnail size. Click on the Layers...

Photoshop Tutorial : Designing With Paragraphs of Type

In Photoshop, you will often use point type - a few discrete words or lines – which are added by clicking once with the Type tool and then adding some text. Often, however, a design may call for full paragraphs of text. You can design complete paragraphs of type in...

Photoshop Tutorial : Making a dotted line brush

The dotted line is a very useful tool in graphic and web design for separating areas of information. If you’ve used Illustrator or InDesign, you’ll know that it’s simple to stroke a line so that it appears dotted. However, Photoshop doesn’t offer this as a standard...

Photoshop Tutorial: Create a rubber stamp

I’ve just been working on a website where I wanted to have a few elements that looked a little old and worn. For one part of the design I created a rubber stamp in Photoshop and these are the steps I took to make it. 1. Start with a new file 500 x 500 pixels with a...

Photoshop Quick Tip : Changing Ruler Units Fast

Sometimes when you’re working on a project in Photoshop, you realise, after you’ve opened a new document, that your rulers are set to pixels rather than centimeters (or vice versa or one of the other units). Here’s a mega-quick way to change ruler measurement units:...

Photoshop : Tutorial – Adding a moon to your photographs

Today I have a really quick and easy Photoshop tutorial that shows you how to add a moon from one picture to another and make it look authentic. All you need is the move tool, a bit of blending and a bit of transforming. 1. Open up the two photographs – one of the...

How To Remove Red-eye in Photoshop With One Click

*Updated in February 2017 to reflect changes in the Photoshop CC interface. This quick one-click method to remove red-eye is exactly the same in pre-CC versions of Photoshop.* We’ve all seen photographs of people where the subject has “red eye”. Sometimes it’s mild,...

Ten Commandments for Photoshop Users

I heard this morning that the Vatican has just issued ten commandments for drivers. I could probably learn a thing or two from them. Anyway, I decided to write a ten commandments for Photoshop Users. 1. Thou shalt worship Photoshop and shall have no other image...

Photoshop Tutorial : Adjusting the tonal range of a photograph

When we talk about the tonal range of an image, what we’re referring to is the amount of contrast or detail in the image. Every single image you work with, whether it’s from your digital camera or an exiting print that you scan in, will have a range of pixels from the...

Photoshop Tutorial : Whitening Teeth

This is one lesson I wish I could use permanently on myself - how to get pearly white teeth. In Photoshop it's pretty easy to do this using the dodge tool. The main thing to remember is not to go too mad whitening, the teeth should still look natural. 1. Open the...

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