• Introduction to the Crop Tool in Photoshop

    Published Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

    Introduction to the Crop Tool in Photoshop

    It’s very easy to think that the Crop Tool in Photoshop is a very simple tool and while the job it does is quite straight forward, there’s more to it than you may realize if you don’t pay attention to the tool options bar. Interestingly, it’s a little unusual in-so-far as the tool options change between activating the Crop Tool and using it.

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  • Examples of Brilliant Child Photography

    Published Monday, January 27th, 2014

    Child Photography

    Child photography is a favorite of many photographers, both amateur and professional. Whether it is photographing your own children or working for clients, being able to effectively photograph children is an import skill. Everyone wants to have photos to remember their child at various stages, so talented photographers can find plenty of work from parents and families.

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  • Introduction to the Magic Wand Tool in Photoshop

    Published Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

    Introduction to the Magic Wand Tool in Photoshop

    The Magic Wand tool in Photoshop may sound like it’s rather fantastically named, however, for the right images, it can seem to work like magic. It makes it very easy to select areas of a photo based purely on color so that you can make adjustments to just these areas. You just need to click on a photo and the Magic Wand tool will then take care of selecting areas of a similar hue. However, while it is a simple one click operation, there is more to using this tool than just that and I’ll quickly run through the options and features in the next few steps.

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  • Introduction to the Lasso Tools in Photoshop

    Published Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

    Introduction to the Lasso Tools in Photoshop

    The Lasso tools in Photoshop allow you to make irregularly shaped selections. The Lasso tools comprise three different tools – the Lasso tool itself, the Polygonal Lasso tool and the Magnetic Lasso tool.

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  • Introduction to the Marquee Select Tool in Photoshop

    Published Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

    Introduction to the Marquee Select Tool in Photoshop

    The Marquee selection tool in Photoshop is one of the most basic of all the selection tools, however, it’s a good introduction to making selections as it shares many features with the other more advanced selection tools. It’s also rather more flexible than you may first think and with feathered edges, it can be used to add subtle vignettes to photos.

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  • Examples of Beautiful Sunset Photos

    Published Monday, January 20th, 2014

    Sunrise, sunset, and golden hour are obviously preferred times for photographers. With lighting being such a critical aspect of photography, ordinary scenes can look dramatically different at certain times of the day.In this post we’ll showcase 35 amazing examples of sunset photography for your own inspiration. In this collection you’ll see horizons, coastlines, beautiful skies, and much more. The great news is that there is no shortage of opportunities for capturing your own amazing shots at sunset. You don’t have to travel far to find a great location for your own sunset photos, so soak up the inspiration and then get out and experiment on your own.

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  • Introduction to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop

    Published Thursday, January 16th, 2014

    Introduction to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop

    The Dodge and Burn tools in Photoshop are digital throwbacks to the days of the darkroom. They emulate the two techniques, but allow you to work with much greater precision. Traditionally, in the darkroom it involved waving around torn pieces of paper attached to wire as you attempted to alter the amount of light from the enlarger that reached the paper. Dodging areas so less light reached them, to make them lighter, and burning other areas by letting more light through to darken them. By darkening and lightening areas, you can help to control what the viewer’s eye focuses upon.

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  • Introduction to Exposure Adjustment Layers in Photoshop

    Published Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

    Introduction to Exposure Adjustment Layers in Photoshop

    The Exposure Adjustment Layer in Photoshop is just one of several ways to make adjustments to the exposure of your photos. Other tools, such as Curves and Levels work in different ways and you can even use duplicated layers combined with blending modes to adjust overall exposure. Which option you choose will really be a matter of personal choice and also what seems best for a particular photo.

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  • Introduction to Photo Filter Adjustment Layers in Photoshop

    Published Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

    Introduction to Photo Filter Adjustment Layers in Photoshop

    The Photo Filter Adjustment Layers in Photoshop can be a quick and easy way to change the mood of a photo or correct for a color cast. They’re based on traditional filters that used to be used in the days of film photography, but with Photoshop you have a far greater range of filter types available to you.

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  • Outstanding Photos Taken in the Rain

    Published Monday, January 13th, 2014

    The weather is always an important aspect for any outdoor photography. Rain may not be the ideal weather, but opportunities for amazing photographs still exist even in the rain. Take a look at the example photos showcased here and you’ll find some inspiration that can be put to good use in your own photography when the weather is rainy.

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  • Introduction to Selective Color Adjustment Layers in Photoshop

    Published Thursday, January 9th, 2014

    Introduction to Selective Color Adjustment Layers in Photoshop

    Selective Color Adjustment layers in Photoshop allow you to make subtle corrective adjustment to your photos, as well as giving you the power to make more creative edits that can radically change the appearance of a photo.

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  • 6 Websites to Get Photo Critiques

    Published Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

    6 Websites to Get Photo Critiques

    If you’re looking to improve your photography skills one of the best things to do is to get feedback on your photos. Fortunately, there are several websites that provide great opportunities to get critiques on your work. Here, we’ll showcase 6 of the best sites for submitting your photos to be critiqued.

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  • Introduction to Radial Blur in Photoshop

    Published Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

    Introduction to the Radial Blur in Photoshop

    Photoshop’s Radial Blur filter is arguably two filters in one. Unsurprisingly, it will apply a spin type blur that looks as if the image is rotating around a central point. However, it also allows you to apply a zoom effect that is similar to zooming a lens during an exposure.

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  • Introduction to the Gaussian Blur Filter in Photoshop

    Published Monday, January 6th, 2014

    Introduction to the Gaussian Blur Filter in Photoshop

    Gaussian Blur is just one of several different types of blur filter available in Photoshop. It’s one of the more easily understood blur filters as everything in the image is blurred quite equally and it also offers a greater degree of control than some of the one click blur filters.

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  • Introduction to the Gradient Map Adjustment Layer in Photoshop

    Published Friday, January 3rd, 2014

    Introduction to the Gradient Map Adjustment Layer in Photoshop

    The Gradient Map adjustment layer in Photoshop is an interesting creative tool that allows you to map different colors to different tones in a photo. The colors to be used are set in a gradient with one end of the gradient representing shadow tones and the other for highlights.

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