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Recent Photoshop Tutorials

Highlight the Subject, Make patterned backgrouns

Patterned backgrounds, monochromatic, highlight the subject When a reader posted this sample to the Photoshop 911 forum, we decided to help out with a tutorial. Here we'll walk you through the steps required to simulate the art for this hockey team. It's easy and works in all versions of Photoshop and Elements -- utilizing a patterned, monochromatic background with the subject highlighted with a glow.

Photoshop tutorial: Crop to Size

Photoshop tutorial: Crop to Size A very frequent querry from Photoshop Madness and Photoshop 911 readers concerns resizing photos, and getting them to fit a standard frame size like 5x7", 8x10" or 11x14". It's up to you to do the brain work, but here's the tip for Cropping Photos To Specific Frame Sizes.

Photoshop tutorial: Crop while maintaining aspect ratio

Photoshop tutorial: Crop to Size Part two of our cropping tutorials -- when you need to crop a photo, but keep the aspect ratio the same. You may even want to scale the photo, right? Well, without looking, here's how to Keep Aspect Ratio while Croppping

Photoshop tutorial: Add Depth of Field

Free tutorial from Photoshop 911 reader questions The designer is often faced with customer-supplied photos. Many times there's little you can do to save them. One rule you can always count on is Isolation. Add drama and focus the readers' attention by isolating the subject of an image. While there are many ways to do this, here's my favorite way to Add depth of field to perk up those dull photos

Digital Photo Depth of Field - Focus Fall-Off

In this free Photoshop tutorial we demonstrate the ease of gradient masks, layer masks and blurring to save a one-time-only photograph for a web page. We also utilize the cool photo filter to finish this shot with Depth of Field or Focus Fall-Off

Photoshop Extract Filter to improve color, add depth of field

Free tutorial from Photoshop 911 reader questions Many readers quite often write to ask about removing an image from a background. In this session we are called upon to clean up a client's digital photo, change colors of the subject, eliminate the "burn-in" of the flash, and lift the subject from the background for a depth of field effect. Depth of Field Using the Extract Filter

Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS4: Evaluating Images... ... three features that Camera Raw offers that help you evaluate the raw image: the histogram, the image preview, and the RGB readout and color samplers

Make Presentations That People Will Remember... Garr Reynolds, creator of the most popular Web site on presentation design and delivery on the net -- -- helps you tell a story through your presentation that people won't soon forget.

What's New in Adobe Camera Raw 5.2?... Adobe radically improved the Camera Raw interface with the release of Camera Raw 5. Conrad Chavez discusses handy new features that populate Camera Raw 5.2 and make it worth downloading and adding to your CS4 product repertoire.

Photoshop as a Sandwich Filler for Lightroom 2... Martin Evening suggests ways that you can make this transition between Lightroom and Photoshop more fluid.

Setting Up Your Photos for Printing in Lightroom 2... Scott Kelby has never worked with any program that had a better, easier, and more functional printing feature than the one in Lightroom 2. Here, he shows you how to use it.

Capture Sharpening in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2... Sharpening is tricky, as it is easy to over-sharpen photos. It is a good idea to proceed delicately and to spend adequate time learning how the sharpening tools work.

Printing with Photoshop Elements and Your Inkjet Printer... Tim Daly shows you how to get professional results with Photoshop Elements and your inkjet printer.

Your Inkjet Printer: Toning... Before digital photography, only black and white images could be chemically toned, but today toning can be applied to color images too. Tim Daly shows you how.

Backing Up Your Catalog in Lightroom 2... (This Is VERY Important) The Lightroom catalog file is one incredibly important file. The good news is Lightroom will back up this catalog database for you, but you have to tell it to. Here's how.

Choosing an Approach to Color Correction in Photoshop CS4... Almost every image can look a little better (or even a lot better) than how the camera captured it. But before you start tinkering in Photoshop to adjust exposure, increase contrast, or boost saturation, Rich Harrington advises taking a step back and thinking hard about what you plan to do.

Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS4: Evaluating Images by Bruce Fraser and Jeff Schewe, Peachpit book excerpt - three features that Camera Raw offers that help you evaluate the raw image: the histogram, the image preview, and the RGB readout and color samplers.

3D in Photoshop CS4 By Dan Moughamian and Scott Valentine, Peachpit book excerpt - a more powerful rendering engine and the ability to create and manipulate various kinds of lights and materials.

Layer Masking in Photoshop CS4 By Richard Harrington, Peachpit book excerpt - to combine multiple images together into a new composite image -- Layer Masks

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