• How to Create a Lomo Effect in Lightroom

    Published Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

    How to Create a Lomo Effect in Lightroom

    The lomography look can be replicated in Lightroom for creating fun, vintage-style effects for your photos. The colors and vignetting created by toy cameras result in a distinct look, and in this tutorial we’ll go through the process of creating a lomo-inspired effect in Lightroom. And if you want to save a little bit of time, you can also download a preset created in this tutorial and put it to use in your own work.

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  • 20 Amazing Black & White Landscape Photos

    Published Monday, March 3rd, 2014

    Color is often an important aspect of landscape photography. It could be stunning sunset of sunrise colors, vivid greens in a field, beautiful colors of autumn foliage, or even just bright blue skies. However, black and white landscape photos can be equally powerful and impressive.

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  • How to Create a Grainy Matte Effect in Lightroom, Plus a Free Preset

    Published Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

    How to Create a Grainy Matte Effect in Lightroom

    Matte effects are pretty simple to create in Lightroom and it’s possible to give your photos a stylish film-like appearance with these simple steps. In this tutorial we’ll go through the steps for creating this matte effect, but if you want to take a shortcut you can download a preset that includes all of the effects used in this tutorial. Keep in mind that the specifics of your settings and adjustments may vary a little depending on the specific photo that you’re working with, so don’t afraid to experiment a little.

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  • Basic Gear For Landscape Photography

    Published Monday, February 24th, 2014

    Basic Gear for Landscape Photography

    Landscape photographers are a special breed. They’re the ones getting up at zero-dark-thirty to hump their camera gear up trails and through the woods in a quest for the perfect light. They’re the ones hiking back to the car by the light of a headlamp because the perfect light was 30 minutes after sundown and it’s five miles back to the car.

    The great thing about landscape photography is the gear is pretty basic and you can get started for a very reasonable investment. Landscape scenes are typically not moving very fast, so you can avail yourself of a wonderful world of manual lenses that don’t have all the bells and whistles of brand name glass but provide amazing quality for the money.

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  • Introduction to the Reduce Noise Filter in Photoshop

    Published Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

    Introduction to the Reduce Noise Filter in Photoshop

    The Reduce Noise filter in Photoshop gives users reasonably fine grained control over noise reduction in their photos. Modern digital camera sensors have become very adept at reducing noise in photos, but it can still be an issue when shooting at higher ISO settings.

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  • Introduction to the Lens Flare Filter in Photoshop

    Published Monday, February 17th, 2014

    Introduction to the Lens Flare Filter in Photoshop

    The Lens Flare filter in Photoshop allows you to quickly and easily apply a simulated lens flare effect to your photos.

    As Photoshop filters go, this one has had a bit of a bad press, largely as a result of being abused by photographers and designers looking for quick ways to add interest to images. However, it can be used creatively and with care to help make images more evocative and, with the Instagram generation hooked on creative filters, there are still plenty of users who enjoy such effects.

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  • The Best Options for Processing HDR Images

    Published Friday, February 14th, 2014

    The Best Options for Processing HDR Images

    HDR tends to be a love it or hate it topic where many photographers stand on one side or the other. But HDR photos don’t have to be extreme and surreal. In fact, HDR can be used to produce realistic-looking images that simply represent the scene more acurately or are more lifelike than a standard photo.

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  • Introduction to Quick Mask Mode in Photoshop

    Published Thursday, February 13th, 2014

    Introduction to Quick Mask Mode in Photoshop

    The Quick Mask Mode in Photoshop is easy to overlook, but it can be a handy way to quickly make and refine selections. It’s perhaps the fact that the icon that activates the feature sits, almost as an after thought, at the very base of the Tools palette, that makes it easy to miss. However, once you’re aware of the Quick Mask feature, you should see how it can be a useful tool to add to your photo processing work flow.

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  • Free Haze Lightroom Preset

    Published Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

    Free Haze Lightroom Preset

    This free Lightroom preset will allow you to add an awesome haze effect to your photos with one click. It is ideal for outdoor portraits but can be used with other types of photos as well. The preset is a free sample from our set of Haze Lightroom Presets, which includes a total of 10 haze effect presets. This free preset and all of the Haze Lightroom Presets work with Lightroom 4 and 5. The download file includes documentation with instructions for installing Lightroom presets.

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  • Introduction to Blending Modes in Photoshop

    Published Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

    Introduction to Blending Modes in Photoshop

    Blending Modes in Photoshop appear in several places, depending on what you’re working on. They’re constantly available in the Layers palette, where they can be used to combine multiple layers. However, you’ll also find them in many of the painting tools, such as the Brush tool and Clone Stamp tool.

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  • How to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop

    Published Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

    How to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop

    Photoshop makes it very easy to make small cosmetic improvements to photos of people and I’m going to show one technique for whitening teeth. A common complaint from people who don’t like having their photo taken is that they don’t like their smile, but a little Photoshop magic can help alleviate this problem.

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  • Stunning Photos of Children Around the World

    Published Monday, February 10th, 2014

    The majority of our readers are from North America or Europe, and when we publish inspiration galleries they tend to showcase people from these locations. Today we’re going to showcase some amazing photos of children from around the world. Photographs of children can be special in part because of the emotions that are captured, and I think you will find plenty to like about the examples being showcased here.

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  • How to Smooth Skin in Photoshop

    Published Thursday, February 6th, 2014

    How to Smooth Skin in Photoshop

    Photoshop is an extremely useful tool for improving portraits by touching up skin. In this post we’ll look at how you can easily remove blemishes and smooth skin in Photoshop with the help of our Retouching Photoshop Actions. This set includes actions for working with skin, eyes, teeth, and lips, but for this post we will be looking specifically at the actions for skin touch ups. Below you’ll find a video that will demonstrate the same steps covered in the text of this article.

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  • How to Enhance Eyes in Photoshop

    Published Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

    How to Enhance Eyes in Photoshop

    Enhancing eyes using Photoshop can be a relatively quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your portrait photos. There are several ways that you can approach this and I’m going to describe some fairly easy techniques, though it’s possible that you already have a different way to do this.

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  • Introduction to Content Aware Fill in Photoshop

    Published Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

    Introduction to Content Aware Fill in Photoshop

    When Adobe introduced Content Aware Fill to Photoshop, it looked like a little miracle to most users. Where previously users had to spend time carefully painting away details with the Clone Stamp tool, they could now easily make a selection around part of a photo and then with one click replace it.

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