Photoshop Tutorial : Using the Crop tool to ADD canvas

The Crop tool is generally used to crop or make an image smaller, but this trick shows you how to add to the canvas area. This is a nice way to add a larger border or white space around an image. It works well for posters and you could also easily adapt it to create a...

Photoshop Quick Tip : Sortin’ Your Document Windows

You've probably found yourself working with lots and lots of images in separate document windows. And I'm sure, just like me you found it a bit of a pain in the bum sorting through them. Well one quick way of whizzing through each of those windows is to use the...

Photoshop Tutorial: Photo Retouching With The Layer Mask

Earlier in the week I posted a tutorial showing you how to use a layer mask to create a pretty cool special effect with gradients. Today's tutorial again features the layer mask but this time we're looking at a technique often used by photographers to give subtle...

Photoshop : Tutorial – Using the Metallic Gradients

You’re probably well aware of the “regular” gradients that come with Photoshop but did you know that there are lots of other gradients that come with the program that are just waiting for you to load them up. In this short tutorial, I’m going to show you how to add...

Photoshop : Tutorial – Using "Lock Transparent Pixels"

Changing the colour of an object that is semi-transparent or has faded edges in Photoshop is easy when you know how. In this short tutorial, I’m going to show you how to use the “Lock Transparent Pixels” button on the layers palette to do just that. Let’s start off...

Photoshop Quick Tip : Find your layers fast

When you’re working on a large document in Photoshop with many layers, a quick way to jump to the layer you want to work on is to:Select the Move tool by pressing V on the keyboard.Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac) on a portion of the image. A menu will...

Photoshop Quick Tip : The best Photoshop keyboard shortcut!

Ok, this is probably a matter of personal opinion (and perspective) BUT, the first keyboard shortcut that I insist my trainees know in Photoshop is ... Ctrl + Z (windows) Cmd + Z (mac). This very simple shortcut will undo your last action/mistake. If you need to undo...

Photoshop : Tutorial – Using The Art History Brush

Rather than using the filters to create a watercolour or painterly effect, you can use the Art History Brush in Photoshop to create a nice looking "painting". And it will make you feel like you're part of the process of making something because with this tool you need...

Photoshop Tutorial : Create an electrical current effect

This short tutorial shows you how to create the effect of arcing current in the air. Because it uses the “Difference Clouds” filter, the effect can look different every time you try it. 1. Open a new file. Make it 500 x 500 pixels. 2. Set the foreground colour to...

Photoshop Quick Tip: Copy Layer Styles and save time

Let’s say that you’ve added a layer style, or even several layer styles to a layer in Photoshop. Now you find that you need the same look on another layer, so is there a quick way to do this or do you have to go through the layers dialog box all over again? Well, yes...

Photoshop Tutorial: Transforming text

Some of my trainees are surprised to find that they can apply many transformations to text in Photoshop without having to rasterize the layer. You can Scale, Rotate, Skew, Warp, Flip Horizontal and Vertical and STILL go back and edit your type without any problems. To...

Photoshop Quick Tip: Time Yourself!

Photoshop can tell you how long you are spending on different commands as you work. To find out (if you really want to know how long you play with each toy, I mean tool), then click on the right-facing triangle at the bottom of the document window. Usually you will...

Photoshop Quick Tip: Minimise the Toolbox

I'm in Spring Cleaning mode at the moment. Yesterday's tip was about getting rid of clutter in your Photoshop workspace by clearing away your palettes. Here's another quick one. Just double-click on the bar at the top of the toolbox and it is instantly minimised down...

Photoshop Quick Tip: Hide Those Unsightly Palettes

The Photoshop work area can become a very busy place with the wide variety of palettes that can be opened at any one time. If you want to show someone your work without all the clutter, a quick way to get rid of them all is to press Tab on the keyboard. That gets rid...

Photoshop Quick Tip: Find the centre of your document

Here's an easy way to find the exact centre of your image in Photoshop using the rulers and guides. With your document open in Photoshop, make your rulers visible (Ctrl+R in windows, Cmd+R on the Mac). Make sure that Snap is turned on, you can check this by choosing...

Photoshop Quick Tip: Flip those guides!

Yesterday we saw how you can use the guides to help you find the centre of your document. Today’s Photoshop tip shows you how you can flip a guide from being a vertical guide to being a horizontal (or vice versa). Let’s pretend you’ve pulled out a vertical guide when...

Photoshop Video Tutorial : Back to basics with the Crop Tool

In today’s video I'm going back to basics as we look at how to use the Crop tool in Photoshop. A bit of careful cropping can elevate an ordinary photograph to something very special. Did you know you can rotate your cropped area? Do you know what a shield is? Watch...

Photoshop Video Tutorial : Use the colour match adjustment

In this short video tutorial we look at how to apply the look and feel of one photograph to another photograph. How To Match The Colour Of One Photograph With Another Photograp - This video lesson and many others are just some of the bonus material that is available...

Photoshop Quick Tip: Adjust your selection size

When you have made a selection in Photoshop, you can easily make that selection a few pixels larger of smaller by choosing Select > Modify. To make your selection bigger choose Expand, to make the selection smaller, choose Contract. It works best if you Expand or...

How to warp type (in a good way) in Photoshop

*Updated January 2017 to reflect changes to Photoshop CC 2017 interface. But warp type works equally well in all versions of Photoshop* It’s easy to add a bit of flair to your text using Photoshop's Create Warped Text command. Warping lets you distort type into a wide...

Beginners Guide To The Photoshop Toolbar & Tools

*This post was updated for Photoshop CC in July 2016. Note that most of the tools are exactly the same, and work in exactly the same way in older versions of Photoshop even if the tool icons have changed slightly* Just like an artist’s work table, the Photoshop...

Photoshop Tutorial : Create Lomo Style Photographs

Accidents such as over-saturated colors, lens artifacts, and exposure defects are just some of the wierd and wonderful effects acheived using a Lomo camera. What's Lomo? "In 1991 a group of Viennese students discovered the Lomo Kompakt Automat when on holiday in...

Photoshop Tutorial : Fake InfraRed !

In this tutorial, you'll see how to use the Channel Mixer, Gaussian Blur and Film Grain in Photoshop to create the impression of an photograph which has been taken using a camera with an infrared filter. The effect works really well and can completely change the look...

Photoshop Tutorial : Make a Text Clipping Mask

Here's a new tutorial - all about how to use text as a clipping mask in Photoshop. Many people avoid clipping masks because there is a perception that they are difficult or that you need to be some kind of Photoshop master to use them. As you'll see in this tutorial...

Photoshop: Quick Tip – Image Processor

The Image Processor in Photoshop CS2 is a new tool which allows you to process multiple images. Unlike the Barch command, you don't have to create an action before using the Image Processor to process your files. It can do lots of cool stuff that would normally be...

Photoshop: Quick Tip – Removing a Colour Cast

Some images contain color casts (imbalanced colors), which may occur during scanning or which may have existed in the original image, particularly older photographs. You'll find that some of your images look very cold - they have a blue cast, or often photographs...

How To Use The Solid Colour Layer In Photoshop

In this short tutorial I'll show you how to make a solid colour layer in Photoshop. This is a useful way to change backgrounds on images. The setup here is that I'm using an image of a purple car which has areas of transparency on the top layer, and under that I have...

Photoshop : Quick Tip – See RGB and CMYK at the same time

When you’re working on an RGB document in Photoshop, that will eventually be converted to a CMYK document for printing, it’s possible to see both versions at the same time and see the changes you make on the RGB image appear simultaneously on the CMYK image. Follow...

Photoshop: Quick Tip – Use a new layer for retouching

If you are retouching a photograph, for the sake of safety (and your sanity if you accidentally erase something you didn't want to) , you should do all of your retouching on a separate layer above your image. By doing this you are only changing your new layer and...

Photoshop: Quick Tip – Get Rid of the Slice Numbers

Although we love the Slice Tool and all it does for us, it can sometimes be a bit of a pain when the slice numbers appear on our images when we don't want them. For example when you accidentally select the Slice Tool, when you really wanted, say, the Move tool, you...

Photoshop: Quick Tip – Combining Two or more Paths

This a question that I find comes up a lot in the classroom when we are covering the vector drawing tools in Photoshop. If you are drawing using the pen tool (P) and you have two or more paths that are completely separate, how do you join them and move them together?...

Photoshop: Quick Tip – Push Your Pixels x 10

When you have the Move tool (V) selected in Photoshop you can move an entire layer, or if you've made a selection, you can move the selection using the arrow keys on the keyboard Up, Down, Left or Right. Each time you press an arrow, your layer or selection will move...

How To Rename Your Brushes In Photoshop

When you're choosing or browsing through your list of brushes in Photoshop, you'll notice there are quite a few unwieldy names such as “Airbrush Tilt Size and Angle 75”. That's fine if you rarely use those brushes but you may find that there are a certain set of...

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