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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.
line frame
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 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.
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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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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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A drop shadow can give depth to text or elements of an image.
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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.
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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 recover or reveal parts of your image from an earlier point in your picture's history with the
The Art History Brush tool can be used to paint using the image from a specified history state or snapshot.
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Learn how to create multiple versions of the same image with
A snapshot is a record of an image state, a stored rendition. By creating snapshots, you can easily compare the effects of adjustments you have made.
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to compare multiple before and after versions. Extra useful if you can't decide on a particular color or crop size.
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Learn how to reduce the depth of field of a photo after it's been taken so that only your main subject matter is in clear focus.We cover the use of the
The lens blur filter gives the effect of a shallower depth of field so that some objects are blurred and others stay in focus.
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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 more impact to your photos by simulating a ray of light. We cover the use of
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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Radial blur simulates the blur you would get by moving or rotation your camera quickly.
radial blur
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The lighten blend mode looks at the color information of each channel and selects either the base color or the blend color, whichever is lighter. The result is that pixels darker than the blend color are replaced, and the pixels lighter than the blend color stay the same.
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blend mode, and the help 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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Learn how to simulate the effect of a hand colored photo. We cover the use of
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 layers and their accompanying masks for the effect.
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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.
wind
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This filter adds randomly spaced ripples to the surface of your image so that it looks like it's underwater.
ocean ripple
filters, 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 recreate a long forgotten photo adjustment by saving the
Metadata is a set of standardized information about your image. Examples are: author name, resolution, copyright, and keywords. Most digital cameras attach some basic information to an image file, such as height, width, and time.
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The history log allows you to track what’s been done to a file in Photoshop. You can view the Edit History Log metadata using Adobe Bridge or the File Info dialog box.
history log
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