Tools & Techniques


From The Brush Tool to The Pen Tool, Layers to Channels. Learn the tool that will help you bring your vision to life.

Tutorial: A Giant Ego
 

Learn how to properly save and export your images so they display perfectly on the Web and allow for easy changes later.

 

We have found that learning a few Tools will allow you to do 90% of your Photo Editing. Here’s what they are!

 

These are the proper settings and preferences to get Photoshop working well.

 

In today’s episode we will show you how to use the new blur gallery in Photoshop cc 2014.

 

We will show you the amazing power of focus area selections in Photoshop cc 2014 as well as new Type Tools. We are also throwing in one of our old favorites – Content Aware Scale with Skin Tone Protection.

 

The Clone Stamp Tool is one of the most important Tools that Photoshop has to offer. It allows you to copy areas of an image and is very useful for getting rid of distractions or skin blemishes.

 

In this episode we show you how to master the motion blur in Photoshop using these techniques and give some Insights on how to make Motion Blurs look real.

 

In this episode we cover a special technique we created to help blur the edges of a photo while keeping your subject in focus. Prepare to learn about drawing attention to your subject using radial focus blur!

 

In today’s episode we learn how to create Light rays and dust particles using a custom Brush in Photoshop. The key to creating “dust” is to make particles that seem completely random.

Sample Images Included

 

In this episode we show you how to unlock the secrets to the Lens Flare in Photoshop, getting around the limitation of the Filter.

 

More than any other Tool that we have at our disposal the liquify Tool has always been met with a special degree of ire. Liquify has been dubbed a great evil that has beset the foundations of society’s self esteem…

 

Learn a Simple Technique for adding textures to your images. We are using multiple textures combined together to create the final effect.

Sample Images Included

 

Rob Woodcox took over Phlearn this week and started editing images with Curves. He will show you his process of refining, and Styling the image to achieve the look he was going for.

 

In this tutorial we show you how to use the Pen Tool to cut out your subject, and then do some work to recovery detail in the sky.

 

Learning how to create custom Brushes in Photoshop is a skill that will benefit many images. In this tutorial, we show you how to make a selection around a bird and promote it onto a new document in order to create the Brush.

Sample Images Included

 

In today’s episode we create a custom Brush that looks like dirt and show you how to configure it perfectly. We then save the Brush and load it into the Clone Stamp tool to finish the job. The resulting effect is seamless and fun!

 

Adding a gradient Color Tone to an image can help with it’s Depth and help Draw the viewers eyes towards your intended point of focus. You’ll see how as we take you through a few curves, a little Pen Tool Action and just one Levels Adjustment Layer.

 

In this episode we show you how to create a custom Brush that creates dust anywhere you want it. All you have to do it paint over the area you would like the dust and erase the rest!

Sample Images Included

 

Here are five cool things you probably didn’t know about Curves

 

A new take on dodging and burning. Save yourself time and trouble!

 

In today’s episode we start off with an image that has been resized for the Web and saved as a .jpg. It is a very small and compressed image yet we are still able to bring out a ton of detail.

 

In this episode we cover everything you know to create custom brushes from scratch as well as use them to enhance your images!

 

We noticed that this image by phamily member Quintino has a cool Light trail that resembles a heart monitor’s pulse. It made us think, how could we add more of these to the image?

 

By creating a New Layer and making sure Content Aware has been checked, we can use the Patch Tool to simply select and remove the horizontal power lines.

 

Photoshop has an impressive arsenal of Tools when it comes to creating and refining masks.

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