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Learn how to add extra contrast to an image to make it more intense. Here we cover the use of the screen, multiply, 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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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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, gaussian blur, and unsharp mask filters, curves
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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, and add a quick mask to achieve the desired effect.
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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 make it seem like your image is part pixel, part photo. To achieve this effect, we cover the use of the mosaic filter,
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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and gradient tool, and the darken
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 blend two images together so that it looks like a Hollywood movie poster. Here we cover the use of the
To change the editable area of your image, choose: Image > Canvas Size.
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command, add 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
, use a 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.
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A drop shadow can give depth to text or elements of an image.
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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 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.
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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 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
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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 make it seem like your photo is torn in half. We cover the use of the lasso tool, quick mask mode, spatter filter 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 add fireworks to night time photos. For this effect, we cover the use of the 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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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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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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