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Masks: Layer vs. Clipping

Advanced,Tutorial 17 February 2010 1 Comment

A Layer Mask is a one-to-one masking technique, i.e. a single mask is applied to a single layer. A clipping mask is more a one-to-many type method, as it can effect multiple layers at the same time. This tutorial explains and compares both.

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Reduce Noise

Easy,Tutorial 16 February 2010 1 Comment

In low light shooting situations you can shoot with a higher ISO but it presents a problem – camera noise and texture. There are many ways of reducing camera noise using Photoshop and this tutorial is just one method for color noise reduction.

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Blend Modes

Easy,Tutorial 15 February 2010 Comments Off

Layer blend modes provide different ways for a layer to interact with, or “blend” with, the layer or layers below it. Multiply, Screen, Overlay, Color, and Luminosity are most important blending modes used in photo editing. See these two tutorials: http://www.myinkblog.com/2009/07/14/an-explanation-of-photoshop-blend-modes/ and http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photo-editing/layer-blend-modes/

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Nonlinear Curves

Advanced,Tutorial 13 February 2010 1 Comment

The single bend and double bend curves are most commonly used during post-processing, but these are not the only options. Curves can have a large number of set points, bends, and inflections. More on nonlinear curve adjustments and how they affect histograms is here. Nonlinear Curve Adjustments and Histograms Nonlinear Curve Adjustments and Histograms

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Opacity vs. Fill

Easy,Tutorial 12 February 2010 Comments Off

Opacity acts on the layer – the contents and the effects – while Fill acts only on the contents and leaves the effects alone. More explaination is here. photo credit: Lucas Schuch

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Split Toning

Advanced,Tutorial 10 February 2010 Comments Off

Split Toning effect comes from the days of film and it involves tinting the highlights in a black and white image one color and the shadows another color. The best results are where you use opposite colors for each, such as yellow and blue, green and magenta and so on.

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Soft Focus

Easy,Tutorial 7 February 2010 Comments Off

Soft Focus effect is commonly used in glamour shots and to some extent in wedding photography. There are special lenses you can use to create the soft focus effect using your cameras. If this option is unavailable you can easily mimic this effect inside Photoshop.

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Selective Fixes

Easy,Tutorial 6 February 2010 Comments Off

Sometimes a photo needs its tonal range fixed but some areas of the image may not need the same fix as others. This tutorial shows how to limit the fix to a selected portion of an image using a mask.

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Photoshop Idiot’s Guide

Easy,Tutorial 4 February 2010 Comments Off

Learn in this PDF guide how to remove the background; whiten teeth with the dodge tool; gradients; outer glow, inner glow and color; overlay; adding a fake tattoo; align an object to the ideal center; the liquify tool.

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Color Correction

Easy,Tutorial 3 February 2010 Comments Off

The Color Balance Adjustment tool gives limited options when it comes to correcting images, whereas the Curves Adjustment tool allows to color correct specific areas of the image without affecting the rest of the image. http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/photo-effects-tutorials/quick-tip-color-correction-in-photoshop-with-the-curves-adjustment-tool/

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