Essential Photoshop Color Settings For Photographers

 

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Written by Steve Patterson. Adobe Photoshop is the world’s most powerful (and popular) image editor, trusted by both amateur and professional photographers everywhere to help their photos look their very best. With that in mind, it may surprise you to learn that Photoshop’s default color settings – that is, the settings that determine the range of colors and tonal values we have available to us when editing and retouching our images – are actually preventing our photos from looking the way they should, both when viewed on screen and when printed. In this tutorial, we’ll learn why the default color settings are not the best choice and which settings will give us better results. Continue reading  

53 essential photo ideas for winter

 

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Just because it’s miserable outside doesn’t mean you can’t take great winter photos. With a bit of imagination and perhaps some warm clothes, there is no reason your photography has to hibernate for the winter.

Winter offers some wonderful picture-taking opportunities, both outdoors and in, and we hope this list of 53 photo ideas inspires you to crawl out from under your duvet. Snow, rain and frost make great subjects, and the constantly changing light can be both a challenge and a revelation.

Of course, the short winter days mean you might only have a few precious hours of light to work with, but there are just as many photo opportunities after dark, whether you’re out in the city streets or in the comfort of your own home.

With our collection of winter photo ideas, shooting tips and gear guides, you’ll soon be wishing that this cold spell will last forever… OK, maybe not! Continue reading  

Photoshop Clipping Paths – The Best and Worst Ways to Create Image Cutouts

 

What are Photoshop Clipping Paths?

As with so many things in graphic design there several ways to achieve good quality image cutouts in Photoshop. The best way to describe an image cutout is visually, so below you’ll see two versions of the same image. On the left is a flat, unmasked image; and on the right is an image cutout:

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If you’re designing something that requires an image cutout of some sort, there are several ways of achieving the desired result, depending on the type of image you’re working with and the background onto which it’ll be placed. The most common method is to use Photoshop clipping paths to cut out the image.

This tutorial explains how to use a vector path to mask off areas of a picture so it can be placed within InDesign or Quark XPress as an EPS file. Only an EPS (encapsulated postscript) image file can contain vector data. A path created in Photoshop is very much like an Adobe Illustrator path – it’s a vector graphic which defines the edges of an image using Bézier Curves.

In Photoshop you can create a vector shape using paths, tracing over the top of a photograph. You can then tell Photoshop to save the file so that only the part of the image contained within the path will appear in your layout program (InDesign or Quark). These vector paths are called clipping paths. So what are the worst andbest ways to create them? Continue reading  

Photoshop CS6 New Features – Background Save and Auto Save

 

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Written by Steve Patterson. Photoshop CS6 brings with it two great new features designed to improve your workflow and minimize annoying interruptions.The first of these new features, Background Save, lets Photoshop save your file quietly in the background so you can continue working on the image even as it’s being saved. The second and more important new feature is Auto Save, which lets Photoshop CS6 save a backup copy of your work at regular intervals so that if Photoshop happens to crash while you’re working on an image, rather than losing everything you’ve done and starting over, you can recover the file and continue working from where you left off! In this tutorial, we’ll learn how both of these new features work. Continue reading  

How to Quickly and Easily Remove a Background in Photoshop

 

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This article was written in 2009 and remains one of our most popular posts. If you’re keen to learn more about web design techniques, you may find this recent article on lorempixel of great interest. Continue reading  

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Top 10 Reasons to Use Lightroom

 

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Many Photoshop users are not aware of the many advantages of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. In fact, many will tell you that they aren’t really sure what it is used for and how it differs from Bridge. In this tutorial, we will explain a bit more about what Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is used for and will highlight 10 reasons that you should start using this fantastic app today. Let’s take a look!

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30+ Photoshop CS6 Tutorials For Designers

 

Have you ever think about Photoshop developers? Today there are 41 developers of Photoshop but in the beginning there were only two persons John Knoll and Thomas who worked on developing this Adobe Photoshop software. All started with frustration with new Apple Mac Plus that was unable to display those images that both these brother needs. Actually they need a software which could display grayscale images and could be used for image processing. In short they created Photoshop and now every designer is using this software. Now the Photoshop released newest version of Adobe Photoshop CS6 that comes with dozens of new features, options, layout, interface and functionality. Photoshop always helps a lot to a designer and therefore it is very famous and amazing software. A web designers who is looking to create web layouts, designs, amazing effects, illustrations, icons, buttons, logos and artwork, this software is the ultimate software for him. When a beginner is just going to start work on this software, he needs some help and guidance because nobody can master these skills in Photoshop without practicing more and more. Photoshop CS6 brings you more usability with increased features and functionality than its old versions. Many tools and functions of this latest version of Photoshop CS6 are as same as Photoshop CS5 but just some functions are upgraded and updated for more perfection in designing and to increase your results and work faster.

 

30+ Photoshop CS6 Tutorials For Designers

Previously we showed you a complete Adobe Photoshop CS4 Tutorial, but today we have come with 30+ Photoshop CS6 tutorials for designers. These tutorials will help you to learn new tricks and techniques, provide you with the useful mainstream information and will also help you to work with the latest developments. These Photoshop CS6 tutorial will help both experienced and beginners, so both should skim this collection and try out and use these tutorials. We pretty sure that you will love these tutorials so check them out and tell us which one actually helped you via comment. Your feedback is always welcome.

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9 Healthy Meals Ready in Under 30 minutes

 

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Eating healthy and eating fast doesn’t always go together. But with a bit of foresight and some simple kitchen prep, it’s easy to whip up a delicious and nutritious meal. For those of you on the go, help is at hand – from breakfast through dinner.
In celebration of World Food Day on October 16, this list provides an opportunity to further understand what we consume and lend a hand to others with less on their plates. Bon Apetit! Continue reading  

How to Take Tack-Sharp Action Photos

 

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You guys know I love taking photos of Miley and Howie running around like lunatics in the backyard. If you’ve ever wondered what the best settings to use to get action photos sharp and in focus were, here’s my go-to recipe for tack-sharp action photos. I use these five simple settings every single time. I still take a lot of photos, and I still get a lot of out of focus shots, but with these settings I get a whole lot more in focus than out of focus, and playing with my camera in the backyard with the pups is a much more pleasant experience. 😉

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