Photoshop Tutorials Blog Daily Photoshop Tutorials, Tips, News and Resources 2011-10-01T19:22:22Z WordPress Dimitris <![CDATA[New Batch of Free Video Photoshop Tutorials]]> 2011-10-01T18:40:59Z 2007-02-11T16:04:20Z

The guys from Watchandlearnphotoshop have been busy during January releasing free video tutorials. They have released a total of 6 video tutorials that you can watch below.

Bicubic Sharper

When resizing an image in Photoshop, if you use all the default settings, the image will end up with a little bit of a blur to it–hardly distinguishable, but it is there. In this tutorial, you will learn how to customize the way your image is resampled when you resize it in order to maintain the sharpness of the image.

3D Angled Text

Have you ever wanted a line of text to pop off the page? In this tip, Brian Harber shows a 3D angle effect that will make your text standout.

Red, Black and White

Who knows where the new style of a single-color (usually red) contrasted with black and white came from? Regardless, Brian Harber shows us in this video the various methods of capturing that vibrant red or other color while desaturating the rest.

Clear Skies

In this tip, Brian Harber explores the wide potential in sky replacement and subsequent color adjustment. If you’ve ever had a picture that you loved, but it was unfortunately very cloudy or dull, here’s an easy way to spice up that picture.

Making a Photo Old

There are lots of methods of aging a photo. Instead of just weathering and roughing it up, Brian Harber shows us the basic properties of old photo exposure, and how to achieve the same look in Photoshop. [High contrast, fuzziness, random shadow from flash; no true black; THEN add dust & scratches]

“Photoshop CS2 – Designing with Photos” Preview

In this video tutorial, trainer Geoff Riggs demonstrates several different ways to convert an image to black and white using Photoshop CS2, and discusses the positives and negatives of each method.

Have Fun

Dimitris <![CDATA[Brusheezy Free Photoshop Brushes]]> 2011-10-01T18:25:43Z 2007-02-11T15:57:12Z Brusheezy is a new site offering large collection of free photoshop brushes. Currently there are a total of 148 free brush sets under 15 categories such as abstract, nature, space, splatters etc. What I like about the site is that users can comment on the brushes and contribute their own brush sets. There is also a patterns section at the site however it currently has only 6 patterns for download. Nonetheless it is a very useful resource for all Photoshop users.

Posting about this site reminds me that its about time to update my Free Photoshop Brushes resources page.

Dimitris <![CDATA[Photoshop Video Tutorials]]> 2011-10-01T18:55:00Z 2006-12-16T21:49:09Z

Here is another batch of free Photoshop video tutorials by WatchanLearnPhotoshop

Open Type Font Embellishments

Photoshop trainer Geoff Riggs shows you how to add embellishments and alter the appearance of specific letter pairings for open type fonts.

Tricky Selections

It’s not always easy to make complex selections in your Photoshop images, but in this tutorial, trainer Geoff Riggs will show you one very effective way to use the highlights in an image to make a selection in order to alter an image.

Cucoloris (“Cookie”) Effect

A cucoloris (or “cookie”) is a metal sheet with patterns cut out of it, intended to cast patterned shadows on the background (and often the subject) of a photograph. In this tutorial, trainer Geoff Riggs will show you how to achieve the same effect in Photoshop.

Dotted Lines

Photoshop doesn’t provide any quick means of creating dotted lines, but in this tutorial, Geoff Riggs will show you how to create your own customized dotted line quickly and easily, using the paintbrush tool.


Dimitris <![CDATA[Adobe Photoshop CS3]]> 2011-10-01T18:54:32Z 2006-12-16T21:40:10Z Adobe has released a beta of the upcoming Photoshop CS3 which is available for download from Photoshop Labs. You will however need a valid serial number of Photoshop CS2, Adobe Creative Suite 2, Adobe Production Studio, Adobe Video Bundle or Adobe Web Bundle.
Macworld has an interesting first look article about this beta and PhotoshopSupport has collected a number of Photoshop CS3 related links that you may want to take a look at.

Dimitris <![CDATA[2 Free Video Tutorials]]> 2011-10-01T18:56:06Z 2006-11-06T20:29:16Z

Another update with free video photoshop tutorials. These tutorials cover two totally different subjects. The first tutorial will show you how to fix the sky in photos and the second one how to warp text with smart objects. Both tutorials as always are courtesy of Watch and Learn Photoshop.

Taming the Skies:

Ever have one of those photographs where the sky is too bright and harsh? In this tutorial, Geoff Riggs will show you an amazingly effective trick for toning down and recoloring an overly bright sky.

Warping Text with Smart Objects:

There are many ways to warp text in Photoshop, but most of them have their limitations. Some methods allow you to edit your text after warping, but don’t provide full customization of HOW you warp the text. Other methods allow full customization but don’t allow you to edit the text afterwards. In this tutorial, Geoff Riggs will show you a method for warping text that will give you the best of both worlds.

Dimitris <![CDATA[Photoshop Elements 5 Review]]> 2011-10-01T18:56:28Z 2006-11-06T20:21:39Z Sue Chastain, from Graphicsoft has posted a review of Photoshop Elements 5 for windows. To be honest I have been thinking of upgrading a rather ancient copy that I own (version 2 lol) and this review have convinced me to do so. As you probably figure the review is generally positive. You can read the review here .

Dimitris <![CDATA[Rainy Day Photoshop Action]]> 2011-10-01T18:27:09Z 2006-10-30T20:44:17Z PanosFX is the creator of some of the best Photoshop actions available. I have posted about some of his actions before and his site is definitely one to watch out for if you are a fun of photoshop actions. Rainy Day is another great action by Panos that works with Photoshop CS and CS2 and will give your images an effect and look as if they are seen through the window while it rains.

Check it out

Via Creative Guy

Dimitris <![CDATA[Glowing Lights Photoshop Tutorial]]> 2011-10-01T19:01:41Z 2006-10-30T20:33:45Z

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.


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.

Watch the tutorial

Dimitris <![CDATA[7 Photoshop Video Tips]]> 2011-10-01T19:03:01Z 2006-09-19T20:03:59Z

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.

Dimitris <![CDATA[Three new Photoshop Video Tutorials]]> 2011-10-01T18:58:05Z 2006-09-16T20:13:48Z

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.


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.


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.


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