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Photoshop CS5 Layer-Merging Tricks

Here are some tricks for working with layers in Photoshop CS5 if the Layers palette gets too crowded, or if you need to apply the same filter to multiple layers, streamline your Layers palette, or work [more…]

Photoshop CS5 Filter Gallery Colors

Most Photoshop CS5 creative filters use foreground color, background color, or both, and you should select these colors before you get into the Filter gallery. Use this list for important Photoshop filters [more…]

Photoshop CS5 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To use Photoshop CS5, you need to know more than the basics, but also how to troubleshoot problems and use selection and layer-merging tricks. Also become familiar with Photoshop's filter gallery and its [more…]

Accessing the Photoshop CS5 Tools through Keyboard Shortcuts

Photoshop CS5 sports a hefty tool count of 71 in the Extended version (a few less in the Standard version). Not to fear. This figure shows you Photoshop's tool icon, the name of each tool and its keyboard [more…]

Making and Adjusting Selections in Photoshop CS5

Mastering selections is a key skill to becoming a Photoshop CS5 master. The following table holds a few basic Photoshop keyboard shortcuts to get you started on digital photography projects of all sorts [more…]

The Basic Photoshop CS5 Commands

Getting familiar with the Photoshop CS5 application window is a great way to get your bearings before diving into Photoshop's tools and commands. Here are a few basic pointers: [more…]

Photoshop CS5 All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Just when you think the industry leader in digital imaging software had every feature, tool, bell and whistle you could possibly need, Photoshop manages to give more once again. Photoshop CS5 retains all [more…]

Photoshop 7 Toolbox Shortcuts

Photoshop 7 offers quite a list of toolbox shortcut options in both Windows and Mac versions. The following graphics show the toolboxes and explain each tool and shortcut. To access the tools, press the [more…]

Photoshop 7 Selection Tools

Selecting images or parts of images is a large part of what you use Photoshop 7 to do. With the selection tools you can also draw lines, apply filters, and transform images. The following table shows what [more…]

Photoshop 7 Layer Tools

With Photoshop 7, you can deal with layers upon layers of colors, images, and type. Working with layers is made easier with Photoshop 7’s Layers palette, which help you choose the layer you want to work [more…]

Photoshop 7 Palette Tools

The palettes of Photoshop 7 give you access to groups of related tools. So if you’re focusing on color, you can pull up the color palette and enliven your Photoshop images with a rainbow of shades. The [more…]

Photoshop 7 Navigation Tools

Photoshop 7 offers all sorts of ways to navigate through its features whether you’re using a Mac or a Windows system. Look to the following table to find out how to scroll, zoom, and cycle through Photoshop [more…]

Photoshop 7 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts

Photoshop 7, like every other program, offers keyboard shortcuts to help you do what you want to do quickly and with a minimum of key and mouse movement. The following table shows what to do to accomplish [more…]

Photoshop 7 Painting and Editing Tools

In Photoshop 7, the keyboard shortcuts for painting and editing tools are mostly the same whether you use a Windows-based system or a Mac. The only difference is in the last entry in the following table [more…]

Photoshop 7 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Photoshop 7 offers a host of tools to help you navigate through the program and access layer, palette, selection, and painting and editing tools. You get toolbox shortcuts and keyboard shortcuts, and all [more…]

Features You Find in Photoshop Elements 6.0 Edit Mode

Once you’ve taken a digital photo and downloaded it to your computer, you can edit your photo to pixel perfection using Photoshop Elements 6.0. Take a look at some of the features of Photoshop to help [more…]

Why Retouch Your Dog Photography in Adobe Photoshop?

People tend to think you’re a little crazy when you tell them that the final step of your postprocessing workflow is retouching their dog: “What?! But Barley’s so perfect!” Perhaps from 10 feet away Barley [more…]

Groom Away the "Ickies" in Your Dog Photos

Even the most well-cared-for dogs end up with some stinky yuckiness every now and then. They don’t exactly have hands to wipe away their morning eye crusties, brush their own fur, or swipe away the drool [more…]

Use Photoshop to Achieve Sharpness in Your Dog Photos

No matter how skilled your trigger finger is, even the best photographers can sometimes end up with soft (or slightly out-of-focus) images. The good news? Photoshop has a pretty powerful feature for sharpening [more…]

Clear Cloudy Eyes in Photos of Senior Dogs

If you’ve ever met a senior dog with vision problems, you know the whitish cloud that can hang over the dog’s eyes. Sometimes caused by cataracts in an aging dog, this condition becomes even more apparent [more…]

Remove Background Distractions from Your Dog Photographs

You should always be cognizant of what’s going on in the background of your dog photos and compose your frame accordingly, but sometimes you can’t control every single detail of your background. Using [more…]

How to Tone Map HDR Images with Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop provides limited options for tone mapping your high dynamic range (HDR) images (and not just in Elements, where tone mapping options are nonexistent). The goal in Photoshop CS3 and CS4 [more…]

Reduce Noise in Selected Areas of HDR Images

A common problem with high dynamic range (HDR) images is that they have too much noise, or they may need different levels of noise reduction in different areas. You can reduce noise in HDR images just [more…]

Reduce Noise in HDR Images with Masked Reduction

Tone mapped images don’t always come out of your favorite high dynamic range (HDR) application looking perfect. In fact, most of the time, they need further editing before they’re “perfect.” Some images [more…]

Reduce Noise in HDR Images with Multiple Layers

Tone mapped high dynamic range (HDR) images don’t always come out of your favorite HDR application looking perfect. Some images have too much noise (a common problem with HDR) in general. The pinnacle [more…]

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