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The tutorials you see here are carefully structured to build upon your existing Photoshop skills in the Photo Illustration category. There are 6 categories and 121 tutorials and counting. Enjoy!
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Learn how to create a really nice
A border that frames your image and draws the viewer's attention to the photo.
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to make your photos stand out from the crowd! We cover adjusting the
To change the editable area of your image, choose: Image > Canvas Size.
canvas size
and adding stokes in a
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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Learn how to create rays of light going through tree. We cover the use of the
Levels is used to correct the tonal range and the color balance of an image. It does this by adjusting the intensity of the shadows, midtones, and highlights of your image.
levels
command on a channels layer, the
Radial blur simulates the blur you would get by moving or rotation your camera quickly.
radial blur
filter, the free transform tool, and
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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Learn how to add a realistic reflection to sunglasses. Here we cover the use of the quick selection tool, the refine edge command, the pinch filter, inner shadow layer style, and multiply
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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Learn how to quickly and easily add rounded corners to a photo. Here we cover how to create a vector mask, and the use of the rounded corner tool for the desired effect.
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Learn how to add your photo to any billboard. Impress your friends! We cover the use of the vanishing point filter, and the
Curves are created by adding an anchor point where the curve needs to change direction, and dragging the direction lines that will shape your curve. The heights and angle of the lines will determine the shape of your curve.
bezier curves
tool while adjusting the resulting image's
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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Learn how to make two images blend into each other seamlessly. We cover the use of the
The gradient tool allows you to create a gradual blend between multiple colors. There are a number of gradient presets such as a blend between the foreground and background colors and a blend between the foreground color and transparency.
gradient
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By using the brush tool, you can change the color of the pixels that make up an image.
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A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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Learn how to add a shadow to anything or anyone in a photo. It is recommended that you watch the teletransport tutorial first. We cover the use of the
The extract filter provides a way to isolate an objects that's in the foreground from its background on a single layer. This is a very sophisticated tool.
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To distort an image, select the layer you want to distort (or make a selection to only distort that part), and choose: Edit > Transform > Distort.
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Learn how to turn anyone in a photo into a ghost! We cover the use of the desaturate command, the
Motion Blur blurs in a direction and specified intensity. This makes it seem like either there was camera shake or the object was moving too quick for the camera to capture as a still.
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filter, a
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
layer mask
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This filter makes your image appears as though it were viewed through a soft diffusion filter. It adds white noise and a glow that fades from the center of your selection.
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filter and a solid color layer in color
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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How to transform a regular walk in the forest into an enchanted one! For this effect, we cover the use of the invert color command, the quick selection tool, the color and overlay
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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Learn how to create a background image based on a photo. Here we cover the use of the free transform tool, the screen and overlay
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
blend modes
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A drop shadow can give depth to text or elements of an image.
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layer style, and a
With this adjustment layer, you can adjust the hue (color), saturation, and lightness of a specific range of colors in your image.
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Learn how to make elements of your photo pop out of the image, adding extra impact! We cover the use of
A selection allows you to isolate a part of your photo. There are many selection tools in photoshop, the most commonly used being the Rectangular Marquee Tool.
selection tools
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A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
layer masks
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A layer style is a set of effects that can be applied to a layer or group. Layers with a layer style have an "fx" icon next to them. Some layer styles are: drop shadow, bevel and emboss, outer glow, among others.
layer styles
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A drop shadow can give depth to text or elements of an image.
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Learn how to make a photo made up of many smaller photos.We cover the use of the
The crop tool allows you to remove portions of an image to create focus or strengthen your composition.
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, image size command, apply sharpen filter using the fade command, create a
You can create new patterns by using a selection tool, select the part of the image you want to copy, and choose: Edit > Define Pattern.
custom pattern
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To define a pattern, make a selection with any selection tool then choose: Edit > Define Pattern.
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command, do a custom pattern fill, and use the overlay
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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Learn how to make any image appear to be a polaroid. We cover the use of the
A selection allows you to isolate a part of your photo. There are many selection tools in photoshop, the most commonly used being the Rectangular Marquee Tool.
selection tool
to crop the image, adjust the
To change the editable area of your image, choose: Image > Canvas Size.
canvas size
, and create the polaroid look with the use of
A layer style is a set of effects that can be applied to a layer or group. Layers with a layer style have an "fx" icon next to them. Some layer styles are: drop shadow, bevel and emboss, outer glow, among others.
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Learn how to create your very own postage stamp. We cover the use of the
The crop tool allows you to remove portions of an image to create focus or strengthen your composition.
crop tool
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To change the editable area of your image, choose: Image > Canvas Size.
canvas size
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You can access the brush settings from the Brush palette / panel. Choose: Window > Brushes.
brush settings
to create dotted lines, and paint inside a
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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Learn how to simulate a realistic rainbow on any scenery! We achieve this effect by covering the use of the rainbow gradient preset, polar coordinates and render clouds filters, while editing the
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
layer mask
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Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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Learn how to add stars to a night time sky. For this effect, we cover the use of the
This command adds random dots to an image, emulating the effect of using high-speed film such as 1600 ISO. Add noise is also used to reduce bands of lines in selections that have been feathered or gradients, as well as to give a more realistic feeling to areas of your photo that have had heavy retouching done.
add noise
and gaussian blur filters, create a custom selection with the
This command allows you to select a specified color or range of colors. If you want to replace a selection, remember to deselect all before applying the command.
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command, and add a
Levels is used to correct the tonal range and the color balance of an image. It does this by adjusting the intensity of the shadows, midtones, and highlights of your image.
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With this adjustment layer, you can adjust the hue (color), saturation, and lightness of a specific range of colors in your image.
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Learn how to make it seem like a photo was taken in a studio. For this effect, we cover the use of the render clouds, sprayed strokes and spatter filters, the hue and saturation
Adjustment layers apply color and tone adjustment to your photo non destructively. This means that rather than making an adjustment directly to your photo, you can create a separate layer that will make those adjustments, leaving your original photo untouched.
adjustment layer
, the extract tool, and a
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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Learn how to create a realistic water droplet on your photos. Here we cover the use of the gradient tool, overlay
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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A drop shadow can give depth to text or elements of an image.
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Learn how to add a wooden frame to your photos. Here we cover the use of the
To change the editable area of your image, choose: Image > Canvas Size.
canvas size
command, wood pattern custom fill, the bevel and emboss, inner shadow, and
Color overlay is a blend mode available from the Layers palette.
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Learn how to make it seem like your image is entirely made of text. For this effect, we cover the use of the type tool, and
A clipping mask allows you to use the contents of the current layer to mask out the layer below it. The mask is determined by the content of the layer below.
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A drop shadow can give depth to text or elements of an image.
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Learn how to create funky, artistic photo edges quickly and easily. We cover the use of the
A quick mask is a temporary mask in which you can add or subtract from the mask. The color (red by default) differentiates between protected and unprotects areas in your image. When you exit quick mask mode, the unprotected areas become a selection.
quick mask mode
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Picking up where we left off in the first tutorial, here we learn how to create artistic photo edges with the
To create custom shapes, use the pen tool to create your shape then choose: Edit > Define Custom Shape. Be sure to enter a name for the new shape.
custom shape tool
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A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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Learn how to create artistic photo edges using textured photos. Here we cover the use of a
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
layer mask
, the
Displace uses a separate image, which is called a "displacement map", to determine how best to distort a selection. For example, by using a cone-shaped displacement map, you would have created an image that appears to have been printed on a cloth held up by its corners.
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Learn how to make a template for a "photo painted on canvas" effect. Here we cover how to load
To create a custom brush, use a selection tool, and select the part of the image you want to use as a custom brush.
custom brushes
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A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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How to transform a photo into a series of interweaving strips. For this effect, we begin by defining a custom grid size. Vertical and horizontal strips are created by making multiple selections with the rectangular marquee tool. A custom selection is made and an outer glow layer style is applied to each of the two layers and finally a
A clipping mask allows you to use the contents of the current layer to mask out the layer below it. The mask is determined by the content of the layer below.
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How to simulate lightning in a night time scenic photo. Here we cover the use of the gradient tool,
These are randomly generated values that use the foreground and background colors to make cloud patterns. Applying this filter multiple times will create rib and vein patterns that resemble a marbled texture.
difference clouds
filter,
Levels is used to correct the tonal range and the color balance of an image. It does this by adjusting the intensity of the shadows, midtones, and highlights of your image.
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With this adjustment layer, you can adjust the hue (color), saturation, and lightness of a specific range of colors in your image.
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, and screen
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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Learn how to make it appear window blinds are casting a shadow on your photo. To achieve this effect, we cover the use of the gaussian blur filter, LAB color mode,
Levels is used to correct the tonal range and the color balance of an image. It does this by adjusting the intensity of the shadows, midtones, and highlights of your image.
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This command allows you to select a specified color or range of colors. If you want to replace a selection, remember to deselect all before applying the command.
color range
commands to create a
A "bump map" allows you to map a pattern of bumps around an object. This gives the impression of depth and a certain 3D quality to an otherwise 2D image.
bump map
and finally the
Displace uses a separate image, which is called a "displacement map", to determine how best to distort a selection. For example, by using a cone-shaped displacement map, you would have created an image that appears to have been printed on a cloth held up by its corners.
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Learn how to add text to a glass surface so it looks like it was embossed. For this effect, we cover the use of the type tool, vanishing point and glass filters with a custom texture.
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Learn how to simulate a realistic road marking by adding a full-fledged bicycle lane on a brick path. We cover the use of the type tool, vanishing point filter, free transform tool, custom "
The "blend if" option is available from the advanced blending area of the layer style dialog box.
blend if
" layer style using the underlying layer, and the
To create custom shapes, use the pen tool to create your shape then choose: Edit > Define Custom Shape. Be sure to enter a name for the new shape.
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Learn how to simulate a realistic road marking by adding a full-fledged bicycle lane on a brick path. We cover the use of
A layer style is a set of effects that can be applied to a layer or group. Layers with a layer style have an "fx" icon next to them. Some layer styles are: drop shadow, bevel and emboss, outer glow, among others.
layer styles
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A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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Learn how to spice up a photo by placing it inside itself. Perhaps best viewed than explained, we cover the use of a
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
layer mask
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A drop shadow can give depth to text or elements of an image.
drop shadow
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With this adjustment layer, you can adjust the hue (color), saturation, and lightness of a specific range of colors in your image.
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adjustment layer, and
Radial blur simulates the blur you would get by moving or rotation your camera quickly.
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Learn how to make it seem like your photo is slightly curved and popping up from the screen. Here we cover how to increase the
To change the editable area of your image, choose: Image > Canvas Size.
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A drop shadow can give depth to text or elements of an image.
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Curves are created by adding an anchor point where the curve needs to change direction, and dragging the direction lines that will shape your curve. The heights and angle of the lines will determine the shape of your curve.
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Learn how to make a photo look like it was hand drawn with a pen. We cover the use of the
This filter removes low-frequency detail from an image and can be seen as the opposite of the Gaussian Blur filter. In other words, it can be used to sharpen varying parts of an image, depending on the setting.
high pass
and note paper filters, while adjusting the
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
layer mask
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Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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Learn how to make it look like the person in a photo is a hand-traced cartoon character. For this effect, we cover the use of the extract command, poster edges filter, refine edges command, and stroke layer style.
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Learn how to make any photo look like it was a watercolor painting. Here we cover the use of the cutout, dry brush, and median filters, and the luminosity and soft light blend modes.
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Learn how to add text to any surface taken in perspective so it realistically looks like it was painted on. Here we cover the use of the type tool, vanishing point filter, and custom "
The "blend if" option is available from the advanced blending area of the layer style dialog box.
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To create custom shapes, use the pen tool to create your shape then choose: Edit > Define Custom Shape. Be sure to enter a name for the new shape.
custom shapes to any surface so it realistically looks like it was painted on. Here we cover the use of the
To create custom shapes, use the pen tool to create your shape then choose: Edit > Define Custom Shape. Be sure to enter a name for the new shape.
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Learn how to add text to any surface so it realistically looks like it was painted on. Here we cover the use of the type tool and custom "
The "blend if" option is available from the advanced blending area of the layer style dialog box.
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Learn how to make it seem like it's raining at the time the photo was taken. For this effect, we cover the use of the
To change the editable area of your image, choose: Image > Canvas Size.
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This command adds random dots to an image, emulating the effect of using high-speed film such as 1600 ISO. Add noise is also used to reduce bands of lines in selections that have been feathered or gradients, as well as to give a more realistic feeling to areas of your photo that have had heavy retouching done.
add noise
, gaussian blur, and
Motion Blur blurs in a direction and specified intensity. This makes it seem like either there was camera shake or the object was moving too quick for the camera to capture as a still.
motion blur
filters, and the
Levels is used to correct the tonal range and the color balance of an image. It does this by adjusting the intensity of the shadows, midtones, and highlights of your image.
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Adjustment layers apply color and tone adjustment to your photo non destructively. This means that rather than making an adjustment directly to your photo, you can create a separate layer that will make those adjustments, leaving your original photo untouched.
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Learn how to make it seem like it's snowing in your photos. Here we cover the use of the
This command adds random dots to an image, emulating the effect of using high-speed film such as 1600 ISO. Add noise is also used to reduce bands of lines in selections that have been feathered or gradients, as well as to give a more realistic feeling to areas of your photo that have had heavy retouching done.
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The "blur more" command softens hard edges or reduces detail in an image. This command softens and reduces more than the standard "blur" command.
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,
Motion Blur blurs in a direction and specified intensity. This makes it seem like either there was camera shake or the object was moving too quick for the camera to capture as a still.
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, and crystallize filters,
Levels is used to correct the tonal range and the color balance of an image. It does this by adjusting the intensity of the shadows, midtones, and highlights of your image.
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command, and screen
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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Learn how to simulate a realistic water reflection on any scenery. We cover the use of the
The crop tool allows you to remove portions of an image to create focus or strengthen your composition.
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The wind filter places small horizontal lines in your image to simulate a wind-blown effect.
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This filter adds randomly spaced ripples to the surface of your image so that it looks like it's underwater.
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A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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Learn how to remove anyone or anything from any photo and place them in a different photo! We cover the use of the
The extract filter provides a way to isolate an objects that's in the foreground from its background on a single layer. This is a very sophisticated tool.
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Learn how to make a photo look like it's made up of puzzle pieces. We cover the use of the texturizer filter with a custom texture image, the magic wand tool, and
A drop shadow can give depth to text or elements of an image.
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