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Merge and Flatten Photoshop CS5 Layers

Merging layers combines several selected Photoshop Creative Suite 5 layers into one layer. Flatteningoccurs when you reduce all Photoshop layers to one background layer. Layers can increase file size, [more…]

Colorize a Black-and-White Image in Photoshop CS5

You can use blending modes in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suites 5 to tint a black-and-white (grayscale) image with color. You can’t paint color in Grayscale mode, so follow these steps to use blending modes [more…]

Refine Your Image with Photoshop Edge Detection

The improved Refine Edge feature in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suites 5 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 [more…]

Change the Brush in Photoshop CS5 Tools Panel

Grouped together in the Tools panel of Photoshop Creative Suite 5 are the tools used for painting and retouching images. As you click to select different painting tools, note the Brush menu [more…]

Use the Spot Healing Brush Tool in Photoshop CS5

Photoshop’s Spot Healing Brush tool quickly removes blemishes and other imperfections in images. Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5 takes this concept a step further with the new Content-Aware feature. [more…]

Use the Patch Tool in Photoshop CS5

Grouped together in the Tools panel of Photoshop Creative Suite 5 are the tools used for painting and retouching images. Hidden behind the Healing Brush tool in the Tools panel is the Patch tool. Use it [more…]

Use the Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop CS5

The Clone Stamp tool is used for pixel-to-pixel cloning in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5. The Clone Stamp tool is different from the Healing Brush tool in that it does no automatic blending into the [more…]

Use the Eraser Tool in Photoshop CS5

You may not think of the Eraser tool in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 as a painting tool, but it can be! When you drag the image with the Eraser tool, it rubs out pixels to the background color. If you’re [more…]

Save Presets in Photoshop CS5

All tools in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5 allow you to save presets so that you can retrieve them from a list of presets. This is an example of saving a Brush tool preset, but the same method can be [more…]

Create Layers in Photoshop CS5

Layers make creating composite images (images pieced together from other, individual images) easy in Photoshop Creative Suite 5, because you can separate individual elements of the composite onto their [more…]

Create a Text Layer in Photoshop CS5

When you create text in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5, the text is created on its own layer. By having the text separate from the rest of the image, applying different styles and blending modes to customize [more…]

Organize Your Layers in Photoshop CS5

As you advance your skills using Photoshop Creative Suite 5 layers, you’ll want to keep your layers named, neat, and in order. These are some tips to help you organize multiple layers. [more…]

Apply a Layer Style in Photoshop CS5

You can apply Photoshop Creative Suite 5 layer styles to layers to create drop shadows and bevel and emboss effects and to apply color overlays, gradients, patterns and strokes, and more. [more…]

Photoshop CS5 Pen Tool Options

The Pen tool in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 is the ultimate method to make precise selections. You can also use it to create vector shapes and clipping paths [more…]

Create Shape Layers in Photoshop CS5

Use shape layers in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 when the goal of your design is to seamlessly integrate vector shapes and pixel data. A shape layer can contain vector shapes that you can then modify with [more…]

Edit, Change Color, or Remove Photoshop Shape Layers

Use shape layers in Photoshop Creative Suite 5 when the goal of your design is to seamlessly integrate vector shapes and pixel data. Once you have created a shape layer, you can edit the shape, change [more…]

Create Clipping Paths in Photoshop CS5

If you want to create a beautiful silhouette that transfers well to other applications for text wrapping, create a clipping path in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5. [more…]

Change Image Resolution in Photoshop CS5

To see and make changes to the present size and resolution of an image in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5, choose Image→Image Size. The Image Size dialog box appears. [more…]

Determine Web Image Resolution in Photoshop CS5

Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5 provides tools to set your image resolution for print or for the web. Having the proper resolution is important to the final outcome of an image. [more…]

Apply Unsharp Mask Filter to a Photoshop CS5 Image

When you resample an image in Photoshop Creative Suite 5, it can become blurry. A good practice is to apply the Unsharp Mask filter. You can see the difference in detail in the images. This feature sharpens [more…]

Determine Image Quality with Photoshop CS5 Histograms

Before making image adjustments, look at the image’s histogram, which displays an image’s tonal values, to evaluate whether the image has sufficient detail to produce a high-quality image. In Photoshop [more…]

Set up to Color Correct in Photoshop CS5

To produce the best possible image in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 5, try to avoid correcting in CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) mode. If your images are typically in RGB [more…]

Access the Curves Panel in Photoshop CS5

You can fix an image created in less-than-perfect lighting using Photoshop Creative Suite 5 features that are found in the Curves panel. Here’s how to access the panel: [more…]

Find Highlight and Shadow in Photoshop CS5 Images

Using the Curves panel in Adobe Photoshop Creative Suites 5, you can fix an image created in less-than-perfect lighting. The first thing you need to do in the Curves panel is determine the lightest and [more…]

Find a Neutral Using Photoshop CS5 Curves Panel

Using the Curves panel in Photoshop Creative Suites 5, you can fix images created in less-than-perfect lighting. The final part of creating a tone curve is Finding a Neutral. This step applies only if [more…]

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