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Learn how to apply a gradient map adjustment layer to an image to adjust it's mood. This is great for sunsets. Here we cover how to create a
You can create a custom gradient by using the Gradient Editor. To display the editor, click the current gradient in the options bar.
custom gradient
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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.
blend mode
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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 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.
drop shadow
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.
hue and saturation
adjustment layer for the desired effect.
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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.
color range
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 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.
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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 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.
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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 a transparent, glowing text in any photo. To achieve this effect, we cover the use of the outer glow and inner glow layer style and 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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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 make a waterfall photo look really smooth. We learn how to achieve this effect by making 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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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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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 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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