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Record Your Own Actions in Photoshop CC

The real power of Actions in Photoshop comes to you when you record your own. Sure, the sets of Actions included with Photoshop are great, and the commercial packages of Actions have some good stuff too [more…]

Photoshop CC's Batch Command

Choosing File→Automate→Batch lets you play back an Action on a number of files. You select an Action to play and also a folder of image files to play it on; then you decide what you want to do with the [more…]

Create a PDF Presentation in Photoshop CC

You can quickly and easily create both on-screen presentations (complete with fancy transitions between images) and multipage PDF documents (suitable for distribution and printing) by choosing File→Automate→PDF [more…]

Collect Thumbnails in a Contact Sheet in Photoshop

Photoshop CC allows you to collect thumbnails in a contact sheet. In the old Dark(room) Ages, photographers regularly made a record of which images were on which film strips by exposing those strips on [more…]

Scan Multiple Photos in One Pass in Photoshop

You can often save a lot of time in Photoshop by placing multiple photos on the glass of your scanner and scanning them all at once. You don’t need to reopen the scanner software or generate a new preview [more…]

Using Scripts with Photoshop

You can use AppleScript (Mac), Visual Basic (Windows), and JavaScript (both) with Photoshop. Scripts are much more powerful than Photoshop’s Actions because they can control elements outside of Photoshop [more…]

Photoshop's Smart Filters

One of the most important concepts to keep in mind when working with Photoshop's filters is Smart Filters. When you apply a filter to a pixel layer, that's it — the pixels are changed. But, when you apply [more…]

Photoshop's Edit-->Fade Command

Immediately after applying just about any filter or adjustment command and after using many of Photoshop’s tools, you can adjust the effect with the Fade command, found under the Edit menu. [more…]

Discover Photoshop’s Painting Tools

Nothing in Photoshop CC gives you more precise control of color in your image than using the Pencil tool with a 1-pixel brush. Remember that your image consists of a whole lot of little colored squares [more…]

Paint with Photoshop CC's Brush Tool

You control where the Brush tool works by selecting a brush tip of a particular size, shape, and hardness (the fuzziness, or lack thereof, along the edges of a round brush tip). Remember, too, that you [more…]

Photoshop CC's Brush Panel Options

The Brush panel in Photoshop CC, like the Layer Style dialog box, has a column on the left that lists options. Like the Layer Style dialog box, you mark the check box to activate the feature, but you have [more…]

Understanding Photoshop CC’s Special Features

For years, Adobe has heard the pleas of researchers, scientists, and other highly specialized users of Photoshop to include features that fulfill their needs. These extended features don't really have [more…]

12 Common Tools in Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is full of tools, most identified with little icons that hint at their functions. For example, use the tool that looks like a brush if you want to create brush marks. [more…]

Adobe Creative Cloud Tools: 9 Panels and Their Functions

Knowing how to use the panels in Adobe Creative Cloud tools can help boost your creativity and make your job easier. Adobe panels offer information and tools to help you add color, align objects, and generally [more…]

14 Basic Menu Options for Adobe Creative Cloud Tools

Adobe Creative Cloud tools, like any software, gives you menu options to open, close, and save your files. Menu options also enable you to import and export documents and undo changes, in addition to other [more…]

13 Keyboard Shortcuts for Adobe Creative Cloud Tools

Like most other applications, Adobe Creative Cloud tools offer keyboard shortcuts so that you can access features quickly and easily with the touch of a key or two. Explore the Adobe CC shortcuts that [more…]

Adobe Creative Cloud Design Tools All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you think about manipulating visual media, the design tools in Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) automatically come to mind. The menus in Adobe CC applications offer many options and tools to help you edit [more…]

Photoshop CC Panel Menus and Options

Like most of Photoshop’s panels, clicking the Menu button in the upper-right corner of the Character or Paragraph panel opens the Panel menu, which holds a cornucopia of options you probably never need [more…]

Text Styles in Photoshop CC

The Character Style and Paragraph Style panels in Photoshop CC are shown in this figure. You define a character style based on the character format (font, size, style, and so on), the advanced format [more…]

Photoshop CC's Character and Paragraph Panels

For incredible control over the appearance of your text in Photoshop CC, use the Character and Paragraph panels. In addition to all the text attributes available on the Options bar, the panels provide [more…]

Type Containers in Photoshop CC

Although the vast majority of the text that you add to Photoshop artwork is point type — that is, type that exists on just one or a couple of lines — you’ll certainly find situations in which you need [more…]

Warp Text in Photoshop CC

When editing an image with text in Photoshop CC, you can change the line along which your type flows either by using the Warp Text feature or by typing on a path. Type warping uses predefined shapes to [more…]

What Are Layer Styles in Photoshop CC?

A layer style in Photoshop CC comprises one or more effects that surround or are applied to all the pixels on your layer. Effects that surround pixels include strokes [more…]

Use the Styles Panel in Photoshop CC

The Styles panel in Photoshop CC is hidden by default. Choose Window→Styles to make it visible. This panel, which you see with its menu open in this figure, is where you find and store layer styles and [more…]

Explore Photoshop's Layer Style Dialog Box

The first step in creating custom layer styles is to become familiar with the individual layer effects. Each of the ten effects available in the Layer Style dialog box has its own set of options. Most [more…]

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