Photoshop CC Easter Eggs: Monkey, Banana, Coffee, and Toast

Did you know that hidden within Photoshop CC are a number of “easter eggs” that customize the photo editing app in wacky ways? Three that you can activate in the latest version of Photoshop CC are “Layer Monkey,” the “Banana Toolbar,” and “Coffee & Toast.” Here’s a quick look at how you find each one (keep in mind that these are entirely for fun, i.e. completely useless):

Layer Monkey

While you have a document open, select Window->Layer Comps. Create a new Layer Comp. Rename that Layer Comp to “Layer Monkey 0”, and you’ll suddenly see a
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7 Ways to Enhance Eyes in Photoshop

Here’s an in-depth 28-minute tutorial from the Photoshop Training Channel that will show you how to enhance and create amazing eyes in portrait photos using Photoshop. Each technique forms a different step to a thorough eye enhancement, but all adjustments should be made on separate layers so that your edits are not destructive.

1. Remove the Red Lines

The first step to better eyes is to remove those unwanted red lines in the whites of the eye. At this point, you can also remove unwanted eyelashes that look unattractive and obtrusive.

2. Selecting the Eyes

To make it easy to
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A Complete Guide to Enhancing Eyes in Photoshop

A Complete Guide to Enhancing Eyes in Photoshop The eyes are one of the most crucial parts of a person when it comes to portraiture and retouching, as they are the first thing a viewer looks at and generally the establishment point of human interaction. This helpful tutorial will give you a complete guide to retouching eyes to give them a natural, vibrant look that instantly draws the viewer in. [ Read More ]

Twenty Helpful Tips and Tricks for Photoshop

Twenty Helpful Tips and Tricks for Photoshop Photoshop is a tremendously intricate and nuanced program, and you can never have enough tips and tricks to navigate all its features and options and make your workflow both more powerful and more efficient. This helpful video will show you 20 more tips and tricks you might not have seen before. [ Read More ]

How to Add Freckles to Your Subject Using Photoshop

How to Add Freckles to Your Subject Using Photoshop Freckles are pretty awesome, and while there are lots of tutorials out there on how to enhance them, this helpful video will show you how to add them to a subject who didn't already have them. The process is super easy, and once you've created the presets, it'll be even quicker the next time. [ Read More ]

How to Colorize a Photo Using Curves in Photoshop

How to Colorize a Photo Using Curves in Photoshop Adding color to a black and white photo is one of the most fun things you can do in Photoshop. Not only that but it is surprisingly straightforward, only taking a few repetitive steps to accomplish. In this tutorial, I’ll take you through the steps necessary to add color to any photo you like! [ Read More ]

Combine Photos and Create Collages in Photoshop with Layer Masks

Combine Photos and Create Collages in Photoshop with Layer Masks Utilizing layer masks within Photoshop isn't going to be anything new to some of you but if you are one who is somewhat unfamiliar with using masks in your work then this quick tutorial by Colin Smith, with photoshopCAFE, is just for you. Layer masks are best known for hiding or revealing sections of an image in a non-destructive manner. This could be compared to an eraser tool that can be reversed at any time without having to resort to your history panel. Even though the history panel in Photoshop CC now lets you set the controls to record up Continue reading "Combine Photos and Create Collages in Photoshop with Layer Masks"

How to Match Saturation in Composite Photos Using Photoshop

Once you’ve matched the color tones in a composite photo, you can then move on to matching the saturation for proper realism. Here is a 5-minute tutorial from Antti Karppinen that shows how you can do so using Photoshop. First, create a selective color adjustment layer over your composite. In the pop-up dialog box, select the red tones and move the “Blacks” slider to -100. Do the same for yellow, green, cyan, blue, and magenta. For the whites, blacks, and neutrals, move the slider to +100. The result is a color map that shows you saturation levels across the scene.
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Photographer Apologizes for Editing Actress’ Hair Out of Cover Photo

A photographer is publicly apologizing this week after actress Lupita Nyong’o took to social media to complain that her hair had been edited out of a cover photo on the women’s magazine Grazia. Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress who won an Oscar for her role in the film 12 Years a Slave. The controversy started when Nyong’o saw her cover photo on Grazia and noticed that a large portion of her hair had been edited out and smoothed to make it appear that she had short hair. She then posted messages to her social media accounts complaining about the editing.
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How to Add Snow to a Photograph Using Photoshop

How to Add Snow to a Photograph Using Photoshop A portrait taken in falling snow is a neat look that can create a much different atmosphere. If you don't have falling snow ready on hand for your next shoot, this helpful and fun tutorial will show you how to convincingly fake it using Photoshop. [ Read More ]

How to Add Snow to a Photograph Using Photoshop

How to Add Snow to a Photograph Using Photoshop A portrait taken in falling snow is a neat look that can create a much different atmosphere. If you don't have falling snow ready on hand for your next shoot, this helpful and fun tutorial will show you how to convincingly fake it using Photoshop. [ Read More ]

Post Production Faux Pas

Post Production Faux Pas Isn’t Facebook time hop great?! Every day I get to see the last seven to eight years of my photography. Like almost every photographer, I sucked when I started out. My actual composition and use of the camera weren't too bad, but my post-production was horrendous. The best way to describe the post processing is “heavy-handed.” [ Read More ]

How to Add Text to Any Object Using Photoshop

How to Add Text to Any Object Using Photoshop Sometimes, a photo needs a little text to really complete the message or the look, but slapping it on without trying to blend it in just makes it look like a terrible watermark. This fun tutorial will show you how to blend text into whatever object you please to make it look realistic. [ Read More ]

An Interview with Digital Artist Antti Karppinen

An Interview with Digital Artist Antti Karppinen Antti Karppinen is a digital artist, photographer, retoucher, and instructor from Finland with a unique eye for visual storytelling through photography. His work relies on traditional photography skills combined with an active imagination and complex Photoshop editing work to create fantastical images. He spoke with me about his work, process, and the inspiration behind a couple of his most popular composites. [ Read More ]