Photoshop Tutorials Blog » Tips http://pstutorialsblog.com Daily Photoshop Tutorials, Tips, News and Resources Sat, 01 Oct 2011 19:22:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Glowing Lights Photoshop Tutorial http://pstutorialsblog.com/118/glowing-lights-photoshop-tutorial/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/118/glowing-lights-photoshop-tutorial/#comments Mon, 30 Oct 2006 20:33:45 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=118 Watch and Learn Photoshop has released another excellent tutorial. This time the tutorial shows how you can make a light bulb look like it’s illuminated. An effect that is quite common in concept stock photography. I am sure everyone has seen pictures of business men holding a lit light bulb. This tutorial explains how you [...]

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Watch and Learn Photoshop has released another excellent tutorial. This time the tutorial shows how you can make a light bulb look like it’s illuminated. An effect that is quite common in concept stock photography. I am sure everyone has seen pictures of business men holding a lit light bulb. This tutorial explains how you can achieve this effect.

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In today’s tutorial, trainer Geoff Riggs will teach you how to take an image of a light bulb that’s turned off and add a glow to it to make it look like it’s illuminated.

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7 Photoshop Video Tips http://pstutorialsblog.com/117/7-photoshop-video-tips/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/117/7-photoshop-video-tips/#comments Tue, 19 Sep 2006 20:03:59 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=117 Our friends over at Watch And Learn Photoshop are releasing a few new products and have also released not one, not two, not three but seven free photoshop video tutorials/tips. Here they are: Levels Adjustment You may already know the basics of the levels adjustment tool, but in this video, Geoff Riggs will show you [...]

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Our friends over at Watch And Learn Photoshop are releasing a few new products and have also released not one, not two, not three but seven free photoshop video tutorials/tips.

Here they are:

Levels Adjustment

You may already know the basics of the levels adjustment tool, but in this video, Geoff Riggs will show you a neat little trick you may not have known. Using this method you’ll be able to very quickly and effectively adjust the brightness and contrast of your image in a very intuitive manner.

Perspective Cropping

It seems like it would be quite a task to straighten up a picture of an object that was taken at a severe angle. However, Photoshop’s Perspective Cropping feature allows you to do this in one simple step. In this video, you’ll learn how to use this amazing tool in Photoshop.

Steel Text Effect

The great thing about text effects is that they’re usually very easy to reproduce. In this tutorial, trainer Geoff Riggs will show you how to make a steel text effect, and then he’ll show you how to save this effect so that it can easily be applied to other layers in the future.

Colorizing Black and White Photos

Many black and white images can be made much more interesting simply by adding a little color. In today’s tutorial, Geoff Riggs will show you how to paint color onto a black and white photo.

Painted Frames

In today’s video tutorial, Geoff Riggs will show you how to created a quick and easy frame for your photographs simply using the eraser tool.

Non-Destructive Dodging and Burning

The Dodge and Burn tools in Photoshop are great tools for lightening and darkening areas of your images. However, these tools are destructive to your original photograph and can only be reversed using your History panel. In this tutorial, Geoff Riggs will show you a more creative and effective way of achieving the same effects without affecting the image layer itself.

Series Preview – Creating a New Document

Today’s tip is an excerpt from the upcoming video series, “Introduction to Photoshop CS 2″ by trainer Geoff Riggs. In this video clip, you’ll learn some of the basic options available to you when creating a new document in Photoshop.

Have fun, and as I always say pay attention to the details and try to understand the meaning of each step. Learning to replicate a process is not useful unless you understand what each step does, why it is important and in what other case it can be used.

In the next couple of days I will also update the page where I keep an archive of all the free photoshop video tutorials from Watch And Learn Photoshop.




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Three new Photoshop Video Tutorials http://pstutorialsblog.com/116/three-new-photoshop-video-tutorials/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/116/three-new-photoshop-video-tutorials/#comments Sat, 16 Sep 2006 20:13:48 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=116 Three new short, free Photoshop Tutorials have been released by Watch and Learn Photoshop. The first tutorial shows you how you can turn a photo into a Polaroid. In my opinion these tutorials are really nice, not because you learn a step by step method to create an effect but because you see techniques that [...]

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Three new short, free Photoshop Tutorials have been released by Watch and Learn Photoshop.
The first tutorial shows you how you can turn a photo into a Polaroid. In my opinion these tutorials are really nice, not because you learn a step by step method to create an effect but because you see techniques that you can use in various other cases. For example, for this tutorial you will see that the crop tool can be used not only to crop a photo but for increasing the canvas size as well. One of those small tips that can help you be more productive.

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In today’s video tip, you will learn how to take a photo and transform it into an old-fashioned Polaroid photograph.

Polaroid Tutorial

The second tutorial is about photo retouching, and to be more precise it shows how in a couple of easy steps you can smooth the skin of people. Again, a great example of how you can use a layer mask to reveal or to hide details.

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Sometimes the camera does TOO good a job of capturing all the details, especially when it comes to skin. A close-up portrait can sometimes reveal tiny bumps and roughness that we might not want to see. In this video, you’ll learn a very effective technique for smoothing out your skin in Photoshop.

Smooth Skin Tutorial

Finally the third tutorial explains how you can add a cast shadow to text.

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In today’s video tutorial, Geoff Riggs will teach you how to create an elongated shadow cast in front of a block of backlit text.

Cast Shadow Tutorial




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Tough Selection Tip http://pstutorialsblog.com/95/tough-selection-tip/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/95/tough-selection-tip/#comments Mon, 10 Apr 2006 21:00:29 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=95 Jennifer Apple has posted a great tip over at the PhotoshopSupport Blog that will help you make tough selections of objects that are on similar color or busy backgrounds. The tip is about how you can use adjustment layers in order to increase contrast in a non destructive way. You can read it over at [...]

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Jennifer Apple has posted a great tip over at the PhotoshopSupport Blog that will help you make tough selections of objects that are on similar color or busy backgrounds. The tip is about how you can use adjustment layers in order to increase contrast in a non destructive way. You can read it over at Photoshop Support

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Eyedropper Tool – Tip http://pstutorialsblog.com/92/eyedropper-tool-tip/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/92/eyedropper-tool-tip/#comments Wed, 29 Mar 2006 17:00:33 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=92 CreativeGuy has posted a really useful tip about how you can use the eyedropper tool more efficiently. It’s something simple but something that a lot of people that are using Photoshop aren’t aware of. Basically he explains how instead of sampling the color of a single pixel (the default setting) you can choose to sample [...]

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CreativeGuy has posted a really useful tip about how you can use the eyedropper tool more efficiently. It’s something simple but something that a lot of people that are using Photoshop aren’t aware of. Basically he explains how instead of sampling the color of a single pixel (the default setting) you can choose to sample a 3×3 pixel area or a 5×5 pixel area.
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Quick Text Transformation http://pstutorialsblog.com/84/quick-text-transformation/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/84/quick-text-transformation/#comments Thu, 02 Mar 2006 18:38:40 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=84 Here is quick tip for quickly transforming your text layers. Start typing your text. As an example I just typed Text Press Ctrl and you should see a box with 8 “handles” around your text like in the screenshot below. By holding Ctrl presses and dragging any of the “handles” you can quickly transform your [...]

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Here is quick tip for quickly transforming your text layers.

Start typing your text. As an example I just typed Text

Type your text

Press Ctrl and you should see a box with 8 “handles” around your text like in the screenshot below.

Type your text

By holding Ctrl presses and dragging any of the “handles” you can quickly transform your text.

Here are some examples.

In the screenshot below you see the result of dragging the lower right handle to the right.

first example

Dragging the top middle “handle” all the way down.
second example

Dragging the middle right “handle” all the way to the right
third example

Keep in mind that if you continue typing after you have transformed your text the new text that you will type will look like the transformed text, for example in the second example any new text you type at that text layer will be upside down.
This tip should work for Adobe Photoshop CS and CS2.

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Create layers from Layer Styles http://pstutorialsblog.com/74/create-layers-from-layer-styles/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/74/create-layers-from-layer-styles/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2006 19:17:22 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=74 The people over at CreativeBits have posted an extremely useful Photoshop tip. They explain how you can create layers from layer styles. This technique allows you to modify layer styles in ways that are not available in the Layer Styles menu, like for example applying a filter only to the layer style and not your [...]

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The people over at CreativeBits have posted an extremely useful Photoshop tip. They explain how you can create layers from layer styles. This technique allows you to modify layer styles in ways that are not available in the Layer Styles menu, like for example applying a filter only to the layer style and not your original layer.

I haven’t tried the way the describe but here is how I do it.

1. Apply your desired layer style
2. Right Click on the small “f” icon in that layer in the layers palette.
3. Choose “Create Layers”

And now you have different styles on different layers. Note that you can not create layers from all styles. For example you can’t create a layer from a Bevel and Emboss style.
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Photoshop Actions as a learning tool http://pstutorialsblog.com/69/photoshop-actions-as-a-learning-tool/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/69/photoshop-actions-as-a-learning-tool/#comments Tue, 31 Jan 2006 20:15:55 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=69 Photoshop actions are great time savers, they can help you automate repetitive tasks and batch process images. However, actions can be used as a learning tool as well. If you have found an action that produces a result you like and you are wondering about the technique used, there is a simple way of finding [...]

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Photoshop actions are great time savers, they can help you automate repetitive tasks and batch process images. However, actions can be used as a learning tool as well. If you have found an action that produces a result you like and you are wondering about the technique used, there is a simple way of finding out the details of all the steps involved.

Photoshop actions are text files and as a result they can be saved as text files. The process of saving an action as a text file is quite simple, hold down the Ctrl+Alt keys (Command+Option for Mac) , go to the actions menu by clicking on the little arrow at the top right corner of the actions palette and select save actions. A window will come up asking you to give the text file a name, name it something you will remember and save it. Now you practically have a tutorial of how to reproduce the effect the action produces. No screenshots of course :) .

Just one thing to keep in mind is that the text file will contain all the actions that are loaded in the actions palette. So, it is better to have only the action (or actions) that you are interested in, loaded in your actions palette.

via Graphicssoft
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Photoshop Shortcuts http://pstutorialsblog.com/24/photoshop-shortcuts/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/24/photoshop-shortcuts/#comments Sun, 20 Nov 2005 15:18:35 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=24 When I work with Photoshop, I usually use shortcuts. Shortcuts can help you improve your efficiency with Photoshop and speed up your work. I was planning to post a list of the Photoshop shortcuts that I consider the most useful. However, I found out that the team at GFX^TM have compiled complete lists of Adobe [...]

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When I work with Photoshop, I usually use shortcuts. Shortcuts can help you improve your efficiency with Photoshop and speed up your work.
I was planning to post a list of the Photoshop shortcuts that I consider the most useful. However, I found out that the team at GFX^TM have compiled complete lists of Adobe Photoshop shortcuts for all versions of Photoshop since Photoshop 5.
Those lists are available as PDF files and you can find them here
Great work and Kudos to GFX^TM

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Pixel Patterns http://pstutorialsblog.com/21/pixel-patterns/ http://pstutorialsblog.com/21/pixel-patterns/#comments Sat, 19 Nov 2005 17:04:56 +0000 Dimitris http://pstutorialsblog.com/?p=21 This tutorial is going to show you how to create pixel patterns that are very popular design elements for web design and especially for web backgrounds. I will give you five examples that are meant to serve as a guide in order to understand the basics of pixel pattern creation. Start be creating a new [...]

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This tutorial is going to show you how to create pixel patterns that are very popular design elements for web design and especially for web backgrounds. I will give you five examples that are meant to serve as a guide in order to understand the basics of pixel pattern creation.

Start be creating a new document with a transparent background and Zoom in at 1600%. The size of the document usually needs to be somewhere around 10*10 pixels.
Then select the pencil tool and set the diameter at 1 pixel. Finally draw your pattern and when you are done go to “Edit” -> “Define Pattern”.

Here are a few examples to help you understand the process of drawing a pattern. The format of the examples is Pattern Size – Pattern (zoomed in) – Example on a blue background. You should expirement by yourself and you will be amazed from how many nice different patterns you can create.

  • 10*7 pixels Photoshop pattern 1 Photoshop pattern 1 example
  • 11*6 pixels Photoshop pattern 2 Photoshop pattern 2 example
  • 11*6 pixels Photoshop pattern 3 Photoshop pattern 3 example
  • 9*10 pixels Photoshop pattern 4 Photoshop pattern 4 example
  • 10*10 pixels Photoshop pattern 5 Photoshop pattern 5 example
  • If you liked this tutorial check out my other Adobe Photoshop Tutorials

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