Finishing Fireworks Using Blend Modes and Layer Masks in Photoshop CC

Everybody loves fireworks! Lots of us shoot them off. Even more of us set up the tripod and photograph them, hoping to capture the magnificence of the finale. For me, that last shot never measures up, so let’s create a blazing light spectacle with Camera Raw, layer masks, and blend modes in Photoshop.

Designing Trading Cards and Magazine Covers for Youth Sports in Photoshop CC

For those of you who are either parents and shoot your kids playing sports or photographers who practice sports photography at local events, you’ve probably used the easy access at school and youth league levels to hone your skills and develop a good eye for the best kind of action shots.

Blood Spatter Effect in FlowerMan Movie Poster

Follow along with this video about creating an advertisement and learn to create a bloody spatter effect as well as some other Photoshop techniques, such as levels adjustment, masking, cropping, and text tool shortcuts.

Monster Jam: Slow Motion Action Effect

Learn how to create this popular motion effect using Photoshop to select and separate the parts of the image into their own layers, and then taking those layers into After Effects to animate the sequence.

Color Swap in Photoshop CC

Learn how to change the colors in your images using Photoshop CC’s color replacement tool, magic wand tool, and refine edge window.

3D Effect with Old Photo using PS and After Effects

In this tutorial, Daniel Bryant starts with an old photo and splits it into three layers – foreground, middle, and background. He takes these layers into After Effects and animates camera movement and focus distance to create a moving picture with dimension that wasn’t there in the original. Check it out.

Attracting Friends with a Fabulous Facebook Design

With a dash of creativity and a little Photoshop mojo, you can create an eye-catching Facebook profile, despite the paltry design options Facebook provides or the somewhat misleading guidelines in Facebook’s Help files, which I’ll try to clear up in this article.

Field Blur in Photoshop CC

The Field Blur filter is a simple but powerful tool. Take an image that looks flat and add depth of field to it using the field blur filter.

Updated Blur & Liquify Smart Filters in Adobe Photoshop CS6

AJ Wood demonstrates the new non-destructive blur and liquify filters enabled in the Creative Cloud update from December 2012.

Using the Updated Crop Tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6

In this video, AJ Wood walks through some of the changes made to the Crop Tool in Photoshop CS6.

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