Photoshop Tip: Create a Template By Adding Just One Letter to the File Name

Happy Friday, everybody. (even if you don’t watch the tip – make sure you read my P.S. at the bottom of the post. It’s guaranteed to make you wish I was younger and had more hair).  I’ve got a great tip for you today from our dear friend, UK-based graphic designer Dave Clayton, who shared this tip on ‘The Grid” on Wednesday and people were just loving it. Alan Hess wrote “This will change my workflow forever!” and I gotta tell ya — I agree (I didn’t know this tip either). Check out this short video we Continue reading "Photoshop Tip: Create a Template By Adding Just One Letter to the File Name"

3 Levels of Sharpening You Should Be Applying in Photoshop

My name is Jake Hicks, and I’m an editorial and fashion photographer based in the UK. In this article, I’ll share a look at some of the sharpening techniques I use in Photoshop to give my images a little visual-pop before I publish them.

What is Image Sharpening?

This is Lightroom’s default sharpening settings as soon as you import your files. You can see that even the default setting adds a little sharpening to our shots immediately upon import.
Sharpening is one of those odd processes that we all do with our images even if we’re not aware of
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A Quick Tip for Sharpening Images of Furry Subjects

A Quick Tip for Sharpening Images of Furry Subjects Sharpening to enhance detail is a critical process to finishing any image, especially when preparing images for print. As a photographer who specializes in creating large wall portraits of dogs, I routinely apply a strong degree of sharpening prior to printing. There is one specific technique that I use for sharpening that is especially effective when editing portraits of dogs and other furry subjects. Here is my best tip for enhancing detail in fur and hair while maintaining a soft appearance. [ Read More ]

Using Selective Color in Photoshop

Using Selective Color in Photoshop Don't worry, we're not about to turn an image black and white save for one spot. The Selective Color tool is one of the most powerful ways to precisely and efficiently make targeted adjustments in Photoshop. This great tutorial will show you how to take advantage of its capabilities. [ Read More ]

In Defense of Post-Processing

Post-processing has become part of the trade for photographers. Whether it’s something as seemingly innocuous as tweaking the white-balance, or something much more involved like cloning out distracting elements, it’s a powerful tool in the photographer’s utility belt. Yet it’s still a dirty word for many, associated with cheating and deception. On one end of the opinion spectrum, there are the purists who treat Photoshop as unseemly trickery. Then there are the ignorant observers in the middle asking, “What filter did you use?” And on the other end are the apologists, pointing out that film has been retouched in
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Bite-Size PS Tutorials: Sharpening with High Pass Filter

Bite-Size PS Tutorials: Sharpening with High Pass Filter Two things converged for me recently: an increase in questions sent to me regarding my commercial photography and the unexpected popularity of my bite-sized Photoshop tutorials. Both occurrences are born from the same inquiry of understanding how certain things are achieved. I used to bother people constantly with questions on how I could attain a certain look in post-processing, or how an image is so sharp, and so on. From time to time, I still do. So, I'm going to do my best to make the answers to the most common questions readily available with this mini series. [ Read Continue reading "Bite-Size PS Tutorials: Sharpening with High Pass Filter"

The Worst Camera I’ve Ever Loved: The Nishika N8000

The Worst Camera I've Ever Loved: The Nishika N8000 One of the beautiful things about film is the variety of cameras out there. You could shoot a different one every day and seemingly never get to the end of them. With that variety, though, comes a lot of quirkiness. A new generation of photographers has embraced one of the quirkiest cameras of all: The Nishika N8000. Although no technical marvel, its resurgence in the photography community is because of one unexpected trick, creating 3D animated GIFs. [ Read More ]

Dad Photoshops Baby Into Dangerous Situations to Freak Out Relatives

Designer and Dad Stephen Crowley is doing his best to give his relatives a heart attack… Photoshop style. The creative father recently decided to Photoshop his 18-month-old daughter Hannah into “marginally dangerous situations” for a laugh, and the results have gone viral. The whole thing started on a lark: the Dublin-based dad using his Photoshop skills to have a little bit of fun with relatives following him on social media. So he would post an objectively terrifying photo like the one below, with the tongue in cheek caption “Cooking up a storm (before everyone goes crazy, don’t worry, the oven
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BTS: Plan, Shoot, and Edit a Vintage Travel Set

BTS: Plan, Shoot, and Edit a Vintage Travel Set As part of a commitment to expand my portfolio in 2017 with work that showcase a broader understanding of concept and light, I decided to plan a shoot centered around a vintage travel theme. After weeks of planning the style, location, and overall shots I wanted to take away, I finally had the opportunity to execute the shoot yesterday and I’d like to share the results as inspiration for any interested readers. [ Read More ]

10 Mistakes People Make in Photoshop

10 Mistakes People Make in Photoshop With great power comes great responsibility, or something like that. Photoshop is an enormously capable application with a multitude of uses and misuses. Here are 10 such misuses you might not have thought of. [ Read More ]

Four Simple Steps To Create Your Own Custom Photoshop Actions

Happy Monday everybody — ready to learn about Actions? Wild cheers ensue! (Hey, it could happen). Anyway, I still get questions about Photoshop’s Action feature, so I thought I’d do a ‘quick start’ kinda post to get you up and running in five minutes. What’s an Action?
If you’re wondering what “Actions” are, basically it’s like a tape recorder in Photoshop that records your step and plays them back really fast, so you can automate repetitive tasks. Best of all, simple actions (yes, you can create really complex ones if you want), are really easy to create and use. In our example,
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$5,660 Mac Pro Crushed in Photoshop Test by $1,530 PC with AMD Ryzen

AMD’s new highly anticipated Ryzen CPU has shown impressive performance in benchmark tests, propelling the company’s stock price from less than $2 to over $13 in a little over a year. Now a new test has found that a $1,780 PC running AMD Ryzen processors destroys a $5,660 Apple Mac Pro when it comes to Photoshop performance. YouTube’s Tech Guy recently pitted a $5,660 Mac Pro running 8 cores at 3.0 GHz with 64GB RAM against a $1,530 PC with Ryzen 1700 running 8 cores at 3.0 GHz running 16GB RAM. Upgrading the PC to 64GB to match
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This Video Explains All 27 Photoshop Blending Modes in Detail

There are 27 different blending modes in Photoshop, and unless you’re a real retouching junkie, chances are good you haven’t explored each and every one of them in detail. But have no fear, to paraphrase an old Apple ad, “there’s a [YouTube tutorial] for that.” Jesus Ramirez of the Photoshop Training Channel has put together a comprehensive video walkthrough of all 27 blending modes in Photoshop. This is an indispensable resource for retouching beginners, and will probably come in very useful for almost anybody who uses Photoshop. Ramirez isn’t shy about how comprehensive this guide is: he calls it
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Nice Tutorial on Blending Masks in Photoshop CC

I ran across this Blend Mask tutorial on one of Adobe’s official blogs over in the UK, and it’s a great little tutorial (a little more of an advanced technique, but well worthwhile and easy to follow). It’s from Adobe’s Richard Curtis, and the post itself is from September of last year. In the tutorial Richard shows how to make the robe of the 2nd monk (well, the 2nd from the left), perfectly match the color and luminance of the first monk. Really good stuff. Here’s the link to Richard’s Blending Mask tutorial. Hope you found that helpful (and Continue reading "Nice Tutorial on Blending Masks in Photoshop CC"

How to Color Grade Photos Using Only Solid Colors and Blend If

Eye Stocker published this simple 5-minute Photoshop video tutorial that shows how you can color grade any photo using only solid color adjustment layers and the Blend If feature. The main idea is that after adding a solid color adjustment layer over your photo and selecting the Soft Light blending mode, you can fiddle with the Blend If feature in the Blending Options to restrict the color cast to only the shadow or highlight portions of your underlying photo. “Of course, complementary colors should not be ignored at all,” educator Cristi Kerekes writes. “The Blend If option is very powerful
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Adobe Has Developed Color Transfer Technology

Adobe Has Developed Color Transfer Technology Adobe's software bundle is something almost every artist or creative professional in the visual art industries uses. We can't really go without it, and on a personal note, it's like a marriage. Photoshop has done some amazing development with their software, and now, they've teamed up with Cornell University to develop new imaging technology that makes it possible to transfer a photo style from one image to the next, and still make the image look realistic. [ Read More ]

Awesome Little Photoshop ‘Find The Best Font’ Tip

OK, if you’ve ever struggled with finding just the right font for a project, you will love this tip. Adobe made a change in Photoshop CC that makes being able to see what different fonts look like live in your document on screen, and its so much easier and faster than the old versions. It’s a really handy tip to know if you ever work with type on any level at all. See, that’s much better than the old method (and if you’re saying to yourself, “Heck, I didn’t even know the old version” that’s cool — this is better Continue reading "Awesome Little Photoshop ‘Find The Best Font’ Tip"