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Learning Photoshop – Painting With Photoshop

postBoth painting and erasing are simple with Photoshop. The painting tools in Photoshop are a fundamental part of just about anything you can do with this program. Not only can you paint in color, you can also make selections, create transparency and much, much more. Let’s take a look at just a few of the more widely used tools in Photoshop such as the pencil, line, paintbrush, airbrush, eraser, paint bucket, and gradient tools, their functions, and their differences.

You can’t paint without a brush. Photoshop 5, finds brushes in a floating palette, while Photoshop 6, the brushes palette are attached to the option bar as a drop-down menu. Many brushes are available from the standard to additional ones from the Photoshop CD. The shape, hardness, and spacing of the round brushes can be tailored, and you can also create your own custom brushes from any option that allow you to adjust sizing.


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Learning Photoshop for Photographers

postProfessional photographers can have an Adobe Photoshop product and Photoshop tutorials made just for them.

The product is called Photoshop for Photographers. Tutorials for this Photoshop version are readily found online for under $100. Let’s take a look at what you can learn with these Photoshop photography tutorials for Adobe.

By visiting this vendor’s site you can peruse an online demo of the first three chapters of the Photoshop Photographers tutorials before buying the entire CD/DVD package.

The introductory CD includes a basic introduction to the uses of Photoshop for Photographers, as well as the best way to use the tutorials to teach you Photoshop.

You’ll watch an introductory demo, and then learn how to customize your own Photoshop workspace.

You’ll learn to take advantage of essential Adobe Photoshop shortcuts, including keyboard shortcuts.

You’ll watch a demo about the elements of taking snapshots with your Photoshop program. You’ll learn about presets for your Photoshop tools as well.

The second CD contains CDs that cover the basics of contact sheets and file browsers. You

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Photoshop Can Be Easy to Learn – Start Today

postIf you are a beginner at digital photography and want to learn how to manipulate your images, I recommend you learn Photoshop. Now, there are plenty of inexpensive Photoshop clone programs available for download, but that’s not what you should be learning. If you are serious about digital photography on any level, you should be learning Photoshop.

It is the industry standard and one of the most powerful image editing applications known to the industry. Aside from just editing digital photos, Photoshop can be used to create logos, design affiliate websites, design eBook covers, design CD covers, convert photos into paintings and much much more. If you are not sure about spending $800 on Photoshop, keep reading this article, you might change your mind.

Back in December of 1982, Adobe Systems Inc. was founded, but probably had no idea of how quickly Photoshop would become such a popular application. Finally in 1989 when Adobe Photoshop was launched on the Macintosh, the beginning of a whole new generation of photography was born. Photoshop has come a long way since version 1.0, and is still being developed and

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Become a Photoshop Expert in 10 Steps

postAfter working with Photoshop since version 4 in 1999, I realize that nobody really knows every thing that Photoshop can do. This makes it a great toy and tool, because there’s always something new to discover. But you can learn most of it and keep learning. I recommend the following habits if you want to become a Photoshop Expert.

For this article, I’m defining expertise as being able to:

  • imitate something from real life (e.g. how shadows and light really work, how glass and water bend light).
  • guess with reasonable accuracy how a particular effect was created by someone else in Photoshop.
  • troubleshoot your own errors as well as someone else’s.
  • manipulate pixels non-destructively.
  • work efficiently through the proper use of shortcuts, panels, actions, and tools.
  • know how and when to use most of the features in Photoshop.

Here are the 10 things I recommend you do if you want to be a Photoshop expert.

#1: Own the latest version of Photoshop
It’s pretty hard to really experiment with Photoshop if you don’t have your own copy at home.

Lightroom – 5 Features You Have Missed

Adobe Photoshop is still one of the most used tools when it comes to retouching photos, but for workflow and lighter editing, Adobe Lightroom is king. You can set up pre-defined steps for all photos to go through, and with the sorting and categorising features, managing your vast library is a breeze. But are you using Lightroom to its full extent? Perhaps you have taken a Lightroom course to learn the basics, and you know how to manage your photos, but have you ever used any of the following features?

  1. Lights Out. This nifty feature – to quickly dim the screen to better focus on the image at hand – can be accessed by pressing “L” on the keyboard. This will dim everything on the screen but the image to 80% of the normal brightness. Pressing “L” again will make the whole screen go pitch black, except the image area. The main advantage of this feature is in minimising the distractions of the sidebars, and you can fully focus on the image. In the Lightroom settings you can adjust how much you want to dim the screen when pressing the shortcut.
  2. Visualise Spots. Cameras and lenses

Graphic Designer Photoshop Tips – The Best Way To Learn Photoshop

For anyone interested in earning money as a graphic designer, learning to use Photoshop is probably the essential expertise you will need to improve upon. If you build web sites, understanding how to use Adobe Photoshop will help you save a lot of money simply by doing images yourself as opposed to outsourcing.

Photoshop is the identified leader between graphics programs, and is the actual recognized footprint for producing and modifying images and photos on the computer. Adobe Photoshop is not only for specialist graphics and web designers — even hobbyists who take pleasure in editing artwork and enhancing digital photographs can obtain a great deal coming from learning to make use of Photoshop.

Something to be aware of though, is that learning how to use Photoshop does have a fairly steep learning curve. Although Adobe Photoshop includes a well designed and well thought out user interface, this program provides countless features, and just getting knowledgeable about them can take up some of your time. Brand new Photoshop users with previous knowledge of graphic design may not automatically understand the particular terminology and the tools employed for editing pictures within the software.

But there

How to Edit Smoke Photographs in Photoshop

Photoshop Tutorial: Processing Smoke Photographs

In this tutorial, I will show you how to process your smoke photographs using Photoshop. This is a follow up to the tutorial on “How to Photograph Smoke – Step-by-Step Tutorial.”

If you want to know how to photograph smoke, please read the above article and then come back to this tutorial when you’re done.

The main aim of this tutorial is to point out the key elements needed to bring out the smoke and make it more visually stimulating. I will be showing you my own methods that I learned through trial and error as well as tips from others. Photoshop has a myriad of tools that some professionals either don’t use or even know existed, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

For simplicity, I have written this tutorial with the novice Photoshop user in mind and hope it is quite easy to follow. To avoid confusion, I will not be using any Photoshop shortcuts, unless there is no other way to perform an action. If you know the shortcuts to the tasks I describe throughout the tutorial, then by all means use them.

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