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November 28, 2013
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Free Adobe Photoshop Tutorials For Creative Suite 1
Our free Adobe Photoshop Tutorials have been separated into 5 collections. This page features free Photoshop Tutorials for CS. We also have a page of free Photoshop Tutorials for CS2, and a page of free Photoshop Tutorials for CS3, one for Photoshop CS4 and and one for Photoshop CS5. If you own Photoshop CS5 you can go through all 3 collections, but if you have an earlier version of Photoshop, the tutorials for later versions will include features you might not have. To upgrade visit the Adobe Online Store. If you are a student get super savings at the Adobe Education Store.
Photoshop CS6 Beta Free Video Training - 2 Hours and 30 Minutes of Photoshop CS6 Tips And Secrets
In the first installment of lynda.com's extensive coverage of the Adobe Creative Suite 6, Deke McClelland offers a comprehensive sneak peak at the new features in the free public beta of Photoshop CS6. Adobe has announced that Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta, a preview of what's to come in the next release of the industry standard in digital imaging, is available as a free download from Adobe Labs.
This free Photoshop CS6 Beta course reveals the secrets behind the new dark interface, searchable layers, the powerful Blur Gallery, Camera Raw 7, video editing, and the Adaptive Wide Angle filter, which removes distortion from extreme wide-angle photographs and panoramas. Deke also covers the new nondestructive Crop tool, dashed strokes, paragraph and character styles, editable 3D type, and the exciting Content-Aware Move tool, which moves selections and automatically heals the backgrounds. Below the screenshot are the clips and their running times:
— The secrets of the dark interface 03m 55s
— Saving with Background Save and Auto Save 03m 22s
— Cropping with the altogether revamped Crop tool 04m 00s
— Using the consolidated Properties panel 03m 58s
— Exploring the searchable Layers panel 05m 02s
— Modifying multiple layers at a time 04m 50s
— Exploring the wide world of layer enhancements 06m 48s
— Using Content-Aware Move and Extend 06m 16s
— Using Content-Aware Patch 03m 14s
— Making powerful automatic color adjustments 06m 03s
— Exploring the brave new world of Camera Raw 7 06m 16s
— Using the new three-part Blur Gallery 08m 09s
— Working with the Adaptive Wide Angle filter 07m 07s
— Correcting wide-angle panoramas 07m 14s
— Exploring text and style enhancements 04m 48s
— Filling and stroking shape layers 04m 37s
— Aligning and stacking vector-based shapes 04m 17s
— Working with the Scripted Patterns feature 03m 32s
— Using erodible brush tips and airbrushes 05m 44s
— Working with the enhanced Liquify filter 04m 20s
— Exploring the new Oil Paint filter 04m 10s
— Selecting skin tones and faces 05m 11s
— Using the new Lighting Effects filter 06m 29s
— Editing videos in the Timeline panel 10m 16s
— Making editable 3D type 08m 08s
— Exploring 3D shadows and reflections 06m 35s
— Aligning and distributing meshes in 3D
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Adobe has announced that Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta, a preview of what's to come in the next release of the industry standard in digital imaging, is available as a free download from Adobe Labs. Packed with groundbreaking new innovations, features and performance enhancements, Adobe Photoshop CS6 beta is available for the Mac and Windows platforms. More info...
Here are some free Photoshop tutorials by Jennifer Apple.
Working With Type In Photoshop CS2
Learn how to work with the type tools in Photoshop CS2.
Working With Layers In Photoshop CS2
Learn how to work with layers in Photoshop CS2.
Working With Photoshop Scripts
Learn how to work with Photoshop Scripts. Includes free Photoshop Scripts.
I See iPod People The Photoshop Silhouette
Learn how to make an iPod ad Silhouette in Photoshop.
Photoshop Web Template Web Site Design Tutorial
Learn how to make a Photoshop web template with this web site design tutorial.
Blog Templates Blog Design Tips And Resources
Tips on how to improve blog templates with your own designs. Includes resources.
Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts
Learn how to edit and create sets of keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop CS and CS2.
How To Fix Overexposed Images In Photoshop
Two quick techniques to help you fix overexposed images in Photoshop.
How To Fix An Underexposed Photo In Photoshop
Two simple techniques that can make dark photos look great.
How To Wrap Text Around An Object In Photoshop
A quick and easy technique to wrap text around an object.
Tips And Tricks For Beginners
Photoshop tips and tricks that will save you lots of time down the road.
Create A Sepia Tone Effect In Photoshop
A simple way to create a Sepia Tone effect in Photoshop.
Turn A Photo Into A Sketch For Making Coloring Books
Want to make a coloring book? The first step is to turn a photo into a sketch.
The Night Vision Thing A Photoshop Recipe
Learn to create the greenish glow associated with photos from night vision devices.
Resize Images Without Losing Sharpness
This simple trick will eliminate the dreaded blur often found after resizing.
Pixel Fonts To The Rescue
All about Pixel fonts how to use them and where to get them.
Mysteries Of The Favicon.ico How To Create A Favicon In Photoshop
Learn how to create tiny custom icons that appear in the address bar of a web browser.
Learn some pro tips and tricks from Photoshop expert Mark Galer. Also see some of his great Photoshop Elements tutorials.
How To Sharpen An Image In Photoshop Advanced Sharpening Techniques
Most if not all digital images require sharpening. Most cameras or scanners can sharpen as the image is captured but the highest quality sharpening is to be found in the image editing software. The best sharpening techniques are those that prioritize the important areas for sharpening and leave the smoother areas of the image well alone, e.g. sharpening the eyes of a portrait but avoiding the skin texture. These advanced techniques are essential when sharpening images that have been scanned from film or have excessive noise, neither of which needs accentuating by the Unsharp Mask. So let the project begin.
Working With Shadows In Photoshop - Advanced Shadow Techniques
Learn the fine art of isolating and preserving delicate and complex shadows for transplantation to exotic new backgrounds. The flower for this tutorial was photographed on a cold winters morning in Victoria whilst the sand hails from the Great Indian Desert in Rajasthan. Unlikely bedfellows, but with a little craft the two can lie together comfortably within the same frame but only if the subtle shadow is captured with all of its subtlety and delicately transplanted to its new home in the desert. This is how...!
Photoshop Masking & Montage Tutorial Using Masks To Improve Landscape Images
In this sample chapter from his new book, Photoshop CS3 Essential Skills, Mark Galer shows you Photoshop techniques that use selections and Photoshop masks to create amazing effects that can be applied to landscape images. As a bonus, you can also download high resolution versions of the images that are used in the tutorial, so you can work along with Mark. This tutorial is an excellent way to become more familiar with Photoshop's powerful masking and selection tools.
Working With Photomerge In Photoshop Elements 6 For Windows
They say that sequels are never as good as the original - try telling that to Adobe. There fully revamped Photomerge now comes in three flavors and is ‘fully fantastic’. You get to explore the greatly improved Photomerge features only in Elements 6 and Photoshop CS3. Photomerge is now capable of aligning and blending images without any signs of struggle - banding in smooth areas of tone.
Selecting & Extracting Hair - Masking Tutorial - Extraction Tips
One of the most challenging montage or masking jobs in the profession of post-production editing is the hair lift. Get it wrong and, just like a bad wig, it shows. The first secret step must be completed before you even press the shutter on the camera. Your number one essential step for success is to first shoot your model against a white backdrop, sufficiently illuminated so that it is captured as white rather than gray. The post-production is the easy bit - simply apply the correct sequence of editing steps and the magic is all yours. This is not brain surgery but follow these simple steps and you will join the elite ranks of Photoshop gurus around the world. Celebrity status is just a few clicks away.
Use The Displace Filter & Displacement Maps To Make A Realistic Flag
By using the blend modes the flag in this project can be modified to respect the color and tonality of the undulating silk beneath it. The highlights and shadows that give the silk its shape can however be further utilized to wrap or bend the flag so that it obeys the material’s shape and sense of volume. This can be achieved by using the Displace filter in conjunction with a ‘displacement map’. The ‘map’ defines the contours to which the flag must conform. The final effect can be likened to ‘shrink-wrapping’ the flag to the 3-D form of the undulating silk.
These sample recipes from O'Reilly's Photoshop Digital Studio Cookbook Series are a great way to develop your Photoshop skills.
Creating Black And White From Color
How To Create A High-Contrast Sketch
Andy Warhol Pop Art Silkscreen Effect
Scraped Polaroid Picture Effect
Van Gogh Effect - Van Gogh's Sunflowers
Daguerreotypes - The Louis Daguerre Effect
Autochrome - Color Process Effect
Powder Pastels Hand-coloring Image Tips
Selective Coloring Remove Color From An Image
Hand Tinting Tips For Photo Coloring Effects
Whitening Teeth & Eyes In Photoshop
Watercolor Creating Artistic Painterly Effects
Ink Outlines How To Give An Image A Drawn Look
Photoshop Fine Art Effects - Create A Cubist Look
Photoshop Fine Art Effects - Cross-Processing
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You can find some free video tutorials at lynda.com for both Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS4.
Adobe CS5 Upgrade Options - Upgrade From Any Suite To Any Suite
You can upgrade from any Suite to any Suite, as there are no more restrictions. Customers can upgrade to CS5 suites from up to 3 versions back.
For example, upgrade from CS4 Web Premium to CS5 Production Premium or from CS4 Production Premium to CS5 Design Standard. Or, upgrade from Design Standard CS3 to Design Premium CS5. Customers can even step down; go from Photoshop Extended to Photoshop or from a Master Collection to another Suite.
There is tiered pricing for Suite to Suite upgrades. Upgrading from a CS4 suite to a CS5 suite costs less than upgrading from eligible older versions, such as CS2, CS3, Studio 8, & Adobe Production Studio. Please note that CS1 and Studio MX 2004 customers are no longer eligible for upgrade pricing. For full upgrade pricing on individual CS5 products visit the Adobe Store.
CD & DVD Labels - Photoshop CD Label Templates & Label Printing Tips
Why have bland, generic looking CD & DVD labels when you can just as easily create labels that really pop? On the rise are label CD & DVD label templates based on Adobe’s agile and ubiquitous Portable Document Format (PDF). Any creative application in the professional or “prosumer” (effectively, serious hobbyist) class can either or both read and create PDF files. More importantly, PDF files can be viewed and printed by anyone with a copy of the Adobe Reader which is to say, by just about every computer user on planet Earth. PDF-based labels can be printed on any inkjet or laser printer, or even sent to a printing shop.
Read Photoshop CD Label Templates & Label Printing Tips by Pariah S. Burke.
Adobe Photoshop Tutorials & Articles By Jennifer Farley
Use Photoshop To Add A Title To An Image - Working WIth Text
There are times when you need to put a title on an image, whether for print work or for the web. Sometimes you might put it above the image, often you might place it below the image, but one way to add a nice elegant title is to actually put it in the image. In this short tutorial I’m going to use Photoshop to do just that.
Designing With Paragraphs Of Type - Photoshop Type Tool Tips
In Photoshop, you will often use point type - a few discrete words or lines which are added by clicking once with the Type tool and then adding some text. Often, however, a design may call for full paragraphs of text. You can design complete paragraphs of type in Photoshop and you don’t have to switch to page-layout program to get paragraph type control. In this short Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you how to do it.
How To Make A Dotted Line Brush In Photoshop
The dotted line is a very useful tool in graphic and web design for separating areas of information. If you've used Illustrator or InDesign, you'll know that it's simple to stroke a line so that it appears dotted. However, Photoshop doesn't offer this as a standard feature. I'm going to show you how you can easily create a dotted line by making a custom brush.
Adobe Photoshop Drop Shadows - Drop Shadow Tips
It’s really easy to add a drop shadow to any object on a layer in Photoshop. Just select the layer in the Layers palette and then click on the “Add a layer style” button at the bottom of the palette and choose Drop Shadow from the drop down menu. This opens up the Layer Style dialogs box and you can choose your drop shadow settings from there. Simple.
Hand Colouring A Black And White Photo In Photoshop - Photoshop Tutorial
You can hand colour a black and white photograph in Photoshop in a number of ways. In this tutorial, I’m looking at how to add colour by making selections and using adjustment layers. Let me preface this by saying, THIS EFFECT DOES NOT LOOK NATURAL! It will not look like a colour photograph, but is great for a retro look and can be good fun on old pictures. However, nobody will mistake it for an original colour picture.
Working With Photoshop Blending Modes & Opacity - Photoshop Tutorial
In this Photoshop tutorial, I’m taking a brief look at opacity and blending modes in Photoshop and how you can create different image effects by using them. I’m not going to look at each of the blending modes there are 23 of them but more an overview of how they work. When you blend layers you are changing the way pixels on the different layers mix with each other and this gives us some cool (and unusual) results. Blending modes can be a great way to compose multiple-image artwork.
Matching Image Sizes When Dragging Between Documents
People new to image editing in Photoshop are often puzzled when they drag an image from one document window to another document and the sizes don’t match. You may have found that you have two documents which look about the same size when they are side by side, but when you drag one photo onto the first image appears really small (or really big). So what’s the story? Well, you need to look at the resolution of each image to understand why this happens.
Using Photoshop's Art History Brush To Create A Painting Effect
Rather than using Photoshop filters to create a watercolour or painterly effect, you can use the Art History Brush in Photoshop to create a nice looking "painting." And it will make you feel like you’re part of the process of making something because with this tool you need to make decisions about how the effect will look
Photoshop Photo Effect - Haunted Grungy Look
A very popular look I’ve noticed recently is a sort of haunted, gritty photo look. I saw an advertisement in a magazine for “House” the TV program with Hugh Laurie and it uses this effect of grittiness combined with bright coloured eyes. In this Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show you how to make something similar in Photoshop.
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Photoshop CS5 Tutorials & CS5 Resources
See our Photoshop CS5 Resource Center for Free Photoshop CS5 Tutorials, and the Free Photoshop CS5 Trial Download. See our Photoshop CS4 Resource Center for Free Photoshop CS4 Tutorials.
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Shop Talk - A Beginner's Guide To Photoshop
Shop Talk features simple and easy tutorials to help you learn Photoshop quickly. In our latest article, Bitmap And Vector Graphics Explained, Chance Agrella uses clear and easy-to-understand language to outline exactly what these two basic types of images are. Plus, unlike some other how-to guides out there, you won't need another tutorial to help you understand this tutorial!
Skin By Lee Varis - Photoshop Retouching - Free Sample Chapter
Far from a manual on fashion or nude photography, Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies is a comprehensive tutorial on how to photograph all types of people: young, old, and dozens of ethnic varieties. This is a fabulous little book and we're very happy because our friends at Wiley have sent us a free sample chapter to give away. Download Beauty Retouching (PDF - 1.4 MB) and then follow the steps and watch what happens.
Yes, you can become a touchup artist with no previous experience, which is just the way it should be. The book is a complete start-to-finish approach to integrating everything from posing models to shooting and retouching candid scenes. Order Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies at Amazon.com (37% discount).
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Learn more about the Topaz Photoshop Plugins Bundle. Download a free trial version.
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Photoshop Tutorials By Master Illustrator Kevin Hulsey
We are proud to be hosting some amazing Photoshop tutorials from master illustrator Kevin Hulsey. "I have found that because I started out working in airbrush, I look at Photoshop from a completely different vantage point than most younger 'computer-only' artists." Kevin told us. "My use of Photoshop directly mimics the methodology of a conventional airbrush illustrator. I get a lot of E-mail from students who have a difficult time in understanding approaches that seem completely natural to me. The great thing about Photoshop is that there are so many different roads to the same conclusion."
Please note that these are extensive tutorials and may take some time to load.
Painting Techniques - tips and techniques for painting in Photoshop
Ghosting Techniques - tutorial on how to create a transparent view using Photoshop
Cruise Ship Cutaway - tutorial on using Photoshop to color line art
Read these practical Photoshop tips and tricks from Peter Bowers.
How To Stitch Photos In Photoshop
This is a tutorial on stitching two images together using Photoshop Elements 5 (or the full version of Photoshop). There are lots of stitching programs out there, but this method offers a lot of flexibility.
Photoshop Image Blending Tips
Peter discuses how to achieve spectacular results by using blending in Photoshop. "I start with a RAW image... typically there is a lot of exposure difference between the bright (usually the sky) part of the image and the dark (usually the foreground) part of the image."
Window Seat by Julieanne Kost - Sample Chapters
These sample chapters from O'Reilly's Window Seat by Julieanne Kost cover specific areas of working with digital photography in Photoshop, including using Camera Raw, removing blemishes and imperfections from a photo, making selections and adjustments, and preparing your photos for print.
Processing Your Photos Using Adobe Camera Raw
Photoshop Tips For Removing Imperfections
Making Selective Adjustments In Photoshop
Preparing Your Images For Print
Photoshop CS2 Video Tutorials
Learn Photoshop CS2 (Photoshop 9) with our Photoshop CS2 Video Tutorials. Video tutorials cover the new Vanishing Point Tool, Camera RAW, Image Warp, Adobe Bridge, Smart Objects, Smart Sharpen Filter, Remove Red Eye Tool, Shadow Highlight Filter, Match Color Command, Liquify Filter Warp Tool, Camera Raw Color Controls, Surface Blur Filter, and Exposure Command.
Photoshop CS Video Tutorials
Recording Actions To Automate Tasks
Learn how to use the Match Zoom Command to change all open images to the same zoom level, and how to create Photoshop Actions to automate tasks.
Photoshop CS Color Management
Learn how to create the "ideal settings" for working with color in Photoshop CS.
Working With Vector-Based Shapes - Part 1
Learn how PS vector-based shapes work much like Illustrator.
Working With Vector-Based Shapes - Part 2
Learn how to create advanced vector-based shapes.
How to non-destructively take all the color out of an image, and add color back into an image in selected places.
Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer
How to make a beautiful, rich looking Grayscale image by using a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer.
Color To Grayscale Conversion
How to use the Paint Brush Tool to paint into a color image and selectively convert parts of it into a Black and White, Grayscale image.
Shapes & Styles Redux
Another small batch of tips for those that are knee deep in creating graphics through custom shapes and layer styles. Also shows how to use gradients in Photoshop and how to create dashes in Photoshop.
Keyfob: Anatomy Of An Icon
This tutorial follows the construction of an Icon for an imaginary application called "Keyfob." It also includes a short movie of the process so you can see the general buildup of effects.
Custom Shapes And Layer Styles
If you are a regular user of custom shapes in Photoshop, here are a few tips on using them when combined with layer styles. The benefits of using custom shapes for smaller work are the ability to scale losslessly and to experiment with colour and effects by way of saved layer styles.
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Below are 3 free sections from "Chapter 9: Hacking Selection Masks."
Creating And Saving Selection Masks
Selections can be created in a number of ways. They can be created from the ground up using the selection marquee or lasso tools, or with painting tools by entering Quick Mask mode, or they can be based on the luminosity or the color data in the image. They can also be created from existing paths and path components. In ImageReady, you can create selections from slices.
Editing And Modifying Selection Masks
Very rarely is a new selection perfect. Invariably, you have to do some work on it before you can use it. Fortunately, after you have stored the selection in an alpha channel, you can modify it in a number of ways. You can use painting tools, transform commands, or filters to modify the alpha channel and then load it as a selection mask.
Selection Mask Quick Hacks
The following hacks cover some of the methods most commonly used for creating selection masks. They are presented here in one place for your consumption. Feast on them from time to time when you feel hungry.
We're very proud to be hosting these great tutorials by Ivan Raszl of CreativeBits:
Photoshop Tips & Tricks Variety Pack Volume 1
A collection of useful tips and tricks to improve your Photoshop skills.
Photoshop Tips & Tricks Variety Pack Volume 2
Even more useful tips and tricks to improve your Photoshop skills.
Photoshop Tips & Tricks Variety Pack Volume 3
Volume 3 of useful tips and tricks to improve your Photoshop skills.
Photoshop Tips & Tricks Variety Pack Volume 4
Volume 4 of useful tips and tricks to improve your Photoshop skills.
Photoshop Tips & Tricks Variety Pack Volume 5
Volume 5 of useful tips and tricks to improve your Photoshop skills.
Photoshop Tips & Tricks Variety Pack Volume 6
Volume 6 of useful tips and tricks to improve your Photoshop skills.
How To Create A TV Scan Lines Effect In Photoshop
Learn how to use Photoshop to create a realistic TV scan lines effect.
Diamond Plated Brushed Metal Effect
How to add diamond plates on a brushed metal base.
Create A Halftone Effect In Photoshop
Create halftone effects in just a few steps with the help of the Bitmap Image Mode.
Red Eye Reduction How To Remove Red Eye From Photographs
Simple red eye reduction steps to completely remove red eye from photographs.
Creating Water Drops
Use Photoshop's layer blending options to create beautiful water drops.
Create Seamless Tiles In Photoshop
Learn how to make seamless tiles for background textures. Includes a link to free tiles.
Creating Gel Buttons
Learn how to make translucent gel buttons.
How To Create Brushed Aluminum
Quickly reproduce the texture of an Apple Powerbook in 4 easy steps.
How To Create A Neon Sign
Here is a fast and simple way to create a neon sign with glowing neon letters.
Add Reality To Your Objects
Add shadows and colored lights to make things look more real.
Turning Photos From Color to Stunning Black and White
Learn how to get great results by using the Channel Mixer.
Placing Artwork On Uneven Surfaces
How to place your artwork on a cloth or uneven surface and make it look believable.
Change Your Brush Dynamically
Change the size and softness of your brushes through keyboard shortcuts.
Fix Your Horizons
Learn how to rotate an image to make the horizon perfectly horizontal.
Windows vs Mac Monitor Gamma
If you're on a Mac this tutorial will help you make sure your Gamma is right so a Windows user will see what you see.
Image Enlargement Tip Improving JPG Images
How to make a JPG image twice the size and still look good.
Image Enlargement Tip Add Noise
Use the Noise Filter to improve an image that needs to be enlarged for print.
Create A Glamour Portrait In 30 Seconds
This trick will make your portraits look like the glamour shots in fashion magazines.
Brighten Up Your Shadows
Solutions for bringing under and overexposed photos back to life.
How to create a realistic burn pattern on the edges of a piece of paper.
Sharpening In Lab Mode
See how sharpening in LAB mode can provide superior results.
Learn how to ceate panoramas with this amazing Photoshop tool.
Change The Color of the Gray Area Surrounding the Canvas
How to change the gray area surrounding your canvas to any other color.
Black vs. Black
Find out why not not every black is exactly the same black in Photoshop.
Photoshop Tutorials by Bert Monroy
Since May of 2001, Bert Monroy has been a monthly regular on the TechTV show "The Screen Savers." TechTV archived all the tutorials for easy access but since the merger with G4, the tutorials have been taken down from the site. We now have links to the Photoshop tutorials that Bert has posted on his site, presented as they originally appeared on the TechTV website.
Photoshop Tutorials by Ben Willmore
Ben Willmore a true Photoshop Guru (see his work in our Inspiration section) is the founder of Digital Mastery, a training and consulting firm dedicated to helping graphic arts professionals master the electronic tools of their trade. We've put together a page of links to Ben's Photoshop Tips, Magazine Articles, his Archive of Photoshop Tips, some Color Management Resources, a service that provides Help With Problem Images, his Online Galleries, his latest Photoshop Books, and info about his Training Courses & DVDs.
You can find some great tips and techniques at Photoshop guru Russell Brown's website. Some Photoshop tips are offered as QuickTime movies, and others also include a PDF document to accompany the movie. For Photoshop CS2 see Russell Brown's Photoshop CS2 Video Tutorials.
The Lunacore site offers a small treasure trove of tutorials for professionals and aficionados alike, and is one of the best tutorial sites you will find because the tutorials are written with care and attention to detail. You actually are able to reproduce the same effects that are shown in the previews. The tutorials helpfully include sample images to work with, making it easier to follow along. Snapshots of the necessary adjustments in the Photoshop menu are also provided, and the instructions are amply detailed and a breeze to follow. There is plenty here to enjoy.
Stone Wall - 4-page Photoshop tutorial shows how to create a stone texture.
Animated Plane Flying Through Clouds - How to place an airplane in some clouds.
Realistic Crack - How to create a realistic crack in a stone texture.
How To Make An Old-Looking Poster - Detailed, 9 page tutorial.
Remove a Tan Line - Worki in Lab mode using levels, a mask, and the healing brush.
Create A Realistic Rainbow - How to add a rainbow to a photograph.
Retouch A Damaged Photograph How to use layer masks for photo retouching.
Crop with "Rule of Thirds" How to use a custom shape overlay to crop an image.
Clouds How to use a cloud brush to make realistic-looking clouds in Photoshop.
Smooth Skin This tutorial shows you how to make skin look smooth.
Beautify A Face This tutorial shows you how to beautify a face.
General Navigation Learn how to compare a retouched image with the original.
Transparent 3D Objects Create transparent 3D objects.
Removing a blue haze Remove blue haze from photos.
Pyramid A detailed tutorial that shows you how to create a pyramid.
Postage Stamp How to create a postage stamp.
Intersecting Rings A detailed tutorial that deals with using paths.
Car Name In Chrome A car brand name in chrome on a painted background.
Non-Destructive Editing An extensive tutorial about non-destructive techniques.
Photo To Line Drawing Convert a photo to a line drawing.
Glass Ball An extensive tutorial that shows how to design a glass ball.
Explosion FX Create spectacular exploding clouds.
Drawing/Painting Effect A drawing and painting effect.
Layer Masks The ultimate guide to layer masks.
Eye: Changing The Color Of The Iris Change the color of the iris using a mask.
Layer Sets An extensive guide to layer sets.
Water Drops A quick and easy way to create water drops.
Smoothen Edges How to make edges of objects smoother.
Removing Blue Sky Color Cast A non-destructive technique to change the remove a blue sky color cast that you see a lot on white clothing, but also other bright white objects.
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Best-selling author, trainer, and award-winning new-media designer Colin Smith offers 3 great Photoshop tutorials.
Create An Online Portfolio Gallery With Photoshop
Photoshop makes it very easy to build an online portfolio. I will show you how in just a few steps and we can do it all from the File Browser in Photoshop CS or Bridge in CS2.
Using Channels To Mask Out Difficult Images In Photoshop
This tutorial will focus on using Channels to help mask out complex objects with clean edges. This technique will also save you a lot of time. We will use Alpha Channels, Quick Masks, Levels, Brushes and Color Range.
Lens Correction Filter In Photoshop CS2
The Lens correction filter is truly amazing, being able to repair all kinds of distortions. To demonstrate, let's take an image that suffers from many problems, and correct it.
Pegaweb Web Design & Photoshop Tutorials features web design and Adobe Photoshop tutorials written by Daniel Piechnick, a professional Web Designer based in Adelaide, South Australia.
This site has been around for a long time and is updated frequently.
On the front page you'll find an index of many of the tutorials, or you can go straight to the Photoshop tutorials page for the full list.
We've got a great collection of How-To articles from Creativepro.com. Here are some of the different Photoshop techniques that are covered:
• Using Adjustment Layers
• Aging Metal Textures
• Retouching Images with Bert Monroy
• The Photoshop CS Camera Raw Dialog Box
• Take Advantage of Photoshop Actions
• Photoshop's Healing Brush and Patch
• Creating Rollovers In Photoshop and ImageReady CS
• Making a DVD Menu
• The Shadow/Highlight Tool In Photoshop CS
• Adding Photographic Texture to Type
• Out of Gamut: Calibrating Camera Raw in Photoshop CS
• Restoring Damaged Photos
• Placing Type on a Path
• Color Replacement in Photoshop CS
Visit our Photoshop Articles page to see the complete list.
PSDesigns offers Photoshop users a unique blend of some 75+ onsite tutorials for all skill levels. Often detailed, they provide maximum exposure to the secrets beneath the tools. Tutorials are grouped by their primary Tool Technique, such as: