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Shortcut Keys for Layers in Photoshop 6

The ability to add layers to images is a fun feature of Photoshop 6. The following table tells you how to access a new layer and move selections between layers, and generally shows you how to navigate [more…]

Toolbox Shortcuts in Photoshop 6

To help you manipulate images, Photoshop 6 offers a toolbox with a whole bunch of useful tools. You click the Photoshop icon and sometimes another key or two to access the tools that make working and playing [more…]

Keyboard Shortcuts for Navigating in Photoshop 6

When you’re working with Photoshop 6, the navigation tools help you zoom in and out up and down, and generally navigate around an image. You can use the keyboard shortcuts in the following table to zip [more…]

Photoshop 6 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Photoshop 6 offers a creative cornucopia for editing, altering, and enhancing images. Beyond a well-equipped toolbox, you get a variety of palettes as well as shortcut keys that help you navigate, layer [more…]

How to Take Landscape Photographs with a Nikon D90

Beautiful landscape photography is not solely the realm of fine artists and professionals. Whether you are a new photographer or have years of experience, landscapes are beautiful. Taking the perfect landscape [more…]

How to Take Close-Up Photographs with a Nikon D90

Close-up photography, also called macro photography, is the technique behind many captivating nature photographs and most product photography. Taking a good close-up picture doesn't necessarily require [more…]

Get to Know the Controls on Your Nikon D3000 Digital Camera

Here’s a quick reference guide to the buttons, dials, and other external controls on your D3000. Note that the lens shown is the Nikkor 18–55mm AF-S DX [more…]

A Quick Guide to Automatic Exposure Modes on Your Nikon D3000

When you're just starting out with digital SLR photography, these fully automatic modes on your D3000 can make life easier. Select the mode you want to use from the dial on top of the camera and then just [more…]

Advanced Exposure Modes for Your Nikon D3000 Digital Camera

To really take creative control, step up to one of these four exposure modes, which enable you to adjust aperture (f-stop) to manipulate depth of field [more…]

Nikon D3000 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

With the D3000, Nikon proves once again that you don't have to give an arm and a leg — or strain your back and neck — to enjoy dSLR photography. This new addition to the Nikon family of dSLRs doesn't skimp [more…]

How to Navigate the Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 Workspace

When you first start up Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, whether you’re new to Photoshop Elements or have upgraded to the latest version, you need to know how to get around the workspace. The following figure [more…]

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 Toolbox Shortcuts

In Photoshop Elements, you use the Toolbox, or Tools panel, to apply effects and techniques, such as masks, selections, brushstrokes, and more. The following figure shows you at a glance what keyboard [more…]

Discover Selection Tricks in Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

Many of the cool Photoshop Elements effects begin with a good selection. The following table offers handy how-to's for the most common Photoshop Elements selection tricks [more…]

Photoshop Elements 8 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Photoshop Elements 8 enables you to create cool effects with your photos and create unique digital images. This Photoshop Elements 8 Cheat Sheet helps you get started with a quick tutorial on how to navigate [more…]

How to Use the Nikon D90’s Sports Mode

The Nikon D90 includes a Sports mode, which automatically activates a number of settings that can help you photograph a moving object, whether it’s an athlete, a race car, or a romping dog. Capturing action [more…]

How to Record Video with a Nikon D90

Your D90 offers a first-ever feature for digital SLR cameras: the ability to record digital movies. It’s easy — and fun — to learn how to make videos with your digital camera. You won’t get the quality [more…]

How to Use the Canon EOS Rebel T1i/500D’s Sports Mode

The Canon EOS Rebel T1i/500D includes a Sports mode, which automatically activates a number of settings that can help you photograph a fast moving object [more…]

How to Navigate the Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 Workspace

When working with Photoshop Elements 8 as a hobbyist or a professional photographer, you want to become familiar with opening and manipulating images in the photo-editing program's workspace environment [more…]

Selection Tricks for Adobe Photoshop Elements 8

Creating selections is a common photo-editing task. With Photoshop Elements 8, you can modify selections using a variety of click+drag operations. Here’s a list of how you can add to or subtract from Photoshop [more…]

Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 Toolbox Shortcuts

Accessing tools from the Photoshop Elements 8 Tools panel is a task you’ll repeat many times. Elements makes it easy to grab a tool through the use of keyboard shortcuts. The following illustrations break [more…]

Photoshop Elements 8 All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Photoshop Elements 8 offers you many different editing tools for improving image quality, designing a variety of photo creations, and sharing your photos in a number of ways. Of course, the popular photo-editing [more…]

Portrait Photography Settings in a Nutshell

Portrait photography isn’t rocket science, but there is a definite methodology to taking great portraits. When in doubt, here are some settings that you can use for taking great portraits; just add a photogenic [more…]

Digital Photography After-Shoot Checklist

There are certain things you should do after every photo shoot, especially if you’ve changed any camera settings. Here’s a checklist you can keep in your camera bag: [more…]

Photoshop Elements Reference

Photoshop Elements can seem rather daunting the first few times you use it. If you’re a newbie to Elements, or you just like nearby reference material, print out this Cheat Sheet and park it by your computer [more…]

Digital Portrait Photography For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Digital portrait photography is not rocket science. Capturing a person’s likeness and essence in the same photograph may sound like a daunting task, but it really isn’t if you practice often and use the [more…]

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