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Open an Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

When using Photoshop Creative Suite 5, you usually have a source image that may have been generated by a scanner, digital camera, or stock image library. You can open an existing image in one of several [more…]

Use Camera Raw Files with Photoshop CS5

If you haven’t discovered the Camera Raw capabilities in Adobe Photoshop, you’ll want to give them a try. The Camera Raw format is available for image capture in many cameras. Simply choose the format [more…]

Crop an Image in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Cropping an image in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 is a simple but essential task. Cropping means to eliminate all parts of the image that aren’t important to its composition. [more…]

Choose the Correct Photoshop Mode: LAB, Multichannel, Bit Depth

Choose Image→Mode to view image mode choices available in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Selecting the right one for an image is important because each mode offers different capabilities and results. [more…]

Saving Selections in Adobe Photoshop CS5

The term alpha channel sounds complicated, but it’s simply a saved selection. Depending on the mode you’re in, you already have several channels to contend with. A selection is just an extra channel that [more…]

Make Freeform Selections in Photoshop CS5

In Photoshop Creative Suites 5, the Lasso tool is used for making freeform selections (selections of an irregular shape). To use the Lasso tool, just drag and create a path surrounding the area to be selected [more…]

Paint Photoshop Selections with the Magic Wand Tool

The Magic Wand tool in Photoshop Creative Suites 5 is particularly helpful when you’re working on an image of high contrast or with a limited number of colors. This tool selects individual pixels of similar [more…]

Use Zoom in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Adobe Creative Suite 5 provides short cuts for Zooming in Photoshop. Images that look fine at one zoom level may look extremely bad at another. You’ll zoom in and out quite often while working on images [more…]

Bitmap and Vector Images in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Photoshop Creative Suite 5’s ability to use both bitmap and vector images gives you, as a designer, incredible opportunities when combining the two technologies. You may have already discovered that Photoshop [more…]

Choose the Correct Photoshop Mode: Bitmap and Grayscale

Choose Image-->Mode to view image mode choices available in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Selecting the right one for an image is important because each mode offers different capabilities and results. [more…]

Choose the Correct Photoshop Mode: Duotone

Choose Image→Mode to view image mode choices available in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Selecting the right one for an image is important because each mode offers different capabilities and results. [more…]

Choose the Correct Photoshop Mode: Index Color, RGB, CMYK

Choose Image→Mode to view image mode choices available in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Selecting the right one for an image is important because each mode offers different capabilities and results. [more…]

Retouch Photoshop Selections with Feather

The Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5 Feather feature is your secret weapon for making your retouched image look realistic. If you feather a selection (blur its edges) instead, you create a natural-looking [more…]

Tweak Selection Edges with Photoshop Refine Edge Feature

The improved Refine Edge feature in Adobe Photoshop CS5 lets you preview what your changes look like as you make them. It’s available on the Options bar across the top of the Photoshop window whenever [more…]

Choose a Photoshop Refine Edge Preview Method

The improved Refine Edge feature in Adobe Photoshop CS5 lets you preview what your changes look like as you make them. It’s available on the Options bar across the top of the Photoshop window whenever [more…]

Create Selections with Photoshop CS5 Marquee Tool

Use Photoshop selection tools to make retouched images look real, not contrived . The Marquee tool is the main selection tool; by that, we mean that you use it most often for creating selections. [more…]

Floating and Nonfloating Selections with CS5 Marquee Tool

Use Photoshop Creative Suite 5 selection tools to make images look as though you haven’t retouched or edited them — to make your photo look real, not contrived. The Marquee tool is the main selection tool [more…]

Paint CS5 Images with the Quick Selection Tool

The Adobe Photoshop Creative Suites 5 Quick Selection tool lets you quickly “paint” a selection with a round brush tip of adjustable size. Click and drag and then watch as the selection expands outward [more…]

Paint Photoshop Selections with the Quick Mask Tool

If you need to clear up fuzzy selections (fur, hair, or leaves) or you’re having difficulty using the Creative Suites 5 selection tools, the Quick Mask tool can be a huge help because it allows you to [more…]

Transform Photoshop CS5 Selections

You don’t have to deselect and start over again if you just want to make a selection larger or smaller. In Adobe Photoshop Creative Suites 5, you can resize, rotate, and even distort an existing selection [more…]

Preserve Perspective with Photoshop Vanishing Point

The Adobe Photoshop Creative Suites 5 Vanishing Point feature lets you preserve correct perspective in edits of images that contain perspective planes, such as the sides of a building. Follow these steps [more…]

Adjust the Midtone Using Photoshop CS5 Curves Panel

Using the Curves panel in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suites 5, you can fix an image created in less-than-perfect lighting. After you find the lightest and darkest points in an image and set their values, [more…]

Use the Healing Brush Tool in Photoshop CS5

Grouped together in the Tools panel of Photoshop Creative Suite 5 are the tools used for painting and retouching images. You can use the Healing Brush tool for repairs, such as eliminating scratches and [more…]

Use the Gradient Tool in Photoshop CS5

You can easily create a gradient effect using the Gradient Tool in Adobe Photoshop CS5. Choose the Gradient tool and click and drag across an image area to create a gradient in the direction and length [more…]

Create Vector Masks from Photoshop CS5 Pen Paths

A layer mask covers areas of your Photoshop Creative Suites 5 image that you want to make transparent and exposes pixels that you want visible. Masks can be based on a selection you’ve created with the [more…]

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