Creating Custom Brushes in Photoshop

An excerpt from Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers, vol. 2. In the next couple of techniques, we will look at brushes. While Photoshop boasts an impressive collection of brushes, you can also create your own, whether based on a graphic, photo, or even a video. Almost any image can be defined as a [...]

Keeping Your RAW Image Editable Using Smart Objects in Photoshop

Excerpt from Photoshop for Lightroom Users. You’re able to go back and re-edit your RAW image once you’re in Photoshop by taking it from Lightroom over to Photoshop as a smart object. Once you do that, you can re-edit it using Photoshop’s Camera Raw. (By the way, Camera Raw is built into Lightroom, Adobe just [...]

Creating the Tone-Mapped HDR Look in Photoshop

In this project, we’re going to create that heavily tone-mapped hyperreal look (this particular look isn’t for everybody, you’d need a different technique for a realistic HDR). This is a really quick and easy effect—just a few clicks and you’re done (great for people with attention spans like mine, who want it done now without [...]

Remove Large Distracting Objects in Photoshop

If I have a large distracting object in my image, the first thing I go looking for is another part of the image that I can copy-and-drag to cover that distracting object right up.

Resizing Parts of an Image with Photoshop’s Content-Aware Scaling

We’ve all run into situations where our image is a little smaller than the area where we need it to fit.

Sculpting the Face by Dodging & Burning in Photoshop

An excerpt from Scott Kelby’s Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop This is a very popular technique that accentuates the existing highlights and shadows in your subject’s face, and gives the face lots of depth and dimension for a really pleasing look. This adds so much dimension, I take the extra time to do this to nearly [...]

Gritty Texture Effect in Photoshop

An excerpt from Corey Barker’s Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers. I’m a big fan of textures. I keep a folder of nothing but textures for any occasion. Whether they’re from iStockphoto, Fotolia, my own camera, or even my phone, I always like to have a variety on hand. In this project, we’ll use [...]

Classic Movie Monster Photoshop Composite

Since it’s Halloween week, the #KelbyOneBooks team is sharing this “Nosferatu’s Double” tutorial, excerpted from Corey Barker’s Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers, Volume II. Enjoy! While I was teaching at Adobe Max in Los Angeles, I stopped to check out Russell Brown’s workshop, which is always popular. The theme was classic movie monsters [...]

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