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Learn how to create your very own Jack O'Lantern effect template. For this effect, we cover how to, use a layer mask, inner shadow, outer glow, inner glow, gradient overlay, and stroke layer styles. Once the effect template is created, it can be re-used again and again to create realistic Jack O'Lantern carvings with the brush and pen tools.
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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 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.
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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 distort text, give it a 3D look, and make it look good. Here we cover the use of the type tool, convert to shape and distort commands, apply outer glow and inner glow layer styles, the skew command, 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 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 make a logo with multi colored text effects. Here we cover the type tool, and custom
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.
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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.
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Learn how to make a logo with multi colored text effects. Here we cover 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, the gradient 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 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.
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A drop shadow can give depth to text or elements of an image.
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and stroke layer style, free transform tool,
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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Radial blur simulates the blur you would get by moving or rotation your camera quickly.
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Learn how to crop your photo maintaining the aspect ratio. Simple, yet often overlooked, we cover the use of the rectangular marquee tool and the transform selection command.
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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.
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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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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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