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Adding A Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer In Photoshop

In this tutorial, the fourth in our tone and color correction series, we take everything we’ve learned so far about how Photoshop’s Brightness/Contrast command works and learn how to apply it as a fully editable adjustment layer!

How To Merge Layer Blend Modes In Photoshop

Trying to merge multiple layers set to different blend modes and getting strange results? In this tutorial, we look at the problem, explain why it happens, and learn a secret, hidden trick to get around it!

Warm Golden Sunset Effect With Photoshop

Tired of your sunset photos looking less vivid and less interesting than you remember? Learn how to restore those warm, golden hues with a simple Gradient Map image adjustment!

Easy Selective Color Effect With Photoshop

Learn step-by-step how to easily add a selective color, or splash of color, effect to an image with no selection tools needed! Now for Photoshop CS6 and CC (Creative Cloud)!

Snowflakes Photo Border With Photoshop

Learn how to surround an image with an easy to create snowflakes border, a fun finishing touch for photos of family and friends during the holidays or for any wintry scene! Now for Photoshop CS6 and CC!

The Improved And Enhanced Color Panel – Photoshop CC 2014

Tired of always needing to open the Color Picker to change colors in Photoshop? With the Creative Cloud 2014 updates, you don’t have to! Learn all about the newly-enhanced Color panel and its great new features that make choosing colors easier than ever!

Focus Area Selections – Photoshop CC 2014

Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) has been updated with exciting new features for 2014! In this first tutorial, learn how Focus Area lets us make selections based on the in-focus areas of an image!

Photoshop Screen Modes And Interface Tricks

With so many tools, panels and options, Photoshop’s interface can crowd and clutter your screen. In this Basics tutorial, learn how to maximize your work area by taking advantage of Screen Modes and other interface tricks!

Turning Text Into Gold With Photoshop

In this Text Effects tutorial, learn how a few layer styles, a custom gradient and a simple brush can easily turn your type into gold! Now fully re-written and updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC!

Essential Layers Panel Preferences

Learn some simple tips for customizing your Layers panel in Photoshop to keep it free of unwanted clutter and create a cleaner, more efficient workspace.

Photoshop Image Navigation Tips, Tricks And Shortcuts

In the previous tutorial, we learned the basics of zooming, panning and navigating around images in Photoshop. This follow-up tutorial offers a complete collection of all the essential tips, tricks and shortcuts you need to navigate your images like the pros!

How To Create A Diptych With Photoshop CS6

In this photo effects tutorial, learn how to easily create a diptych from two separate images, even images of different sizes and orientations, using a few simple tools in Photoshop CS6!

Radial Blur Action Effect In Photoshop

In this photo effects tutorial, learn how to bring more action and excitement to an image with an easy to create radial blur effect! Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC (Creative Cloud)!

Photoshop Weather Effects – Rain

Learn how to open up the skies and make it rain in your photos without getting your camera wet! Fully re-written and updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC (Creative Cloud).

Starry Night Sky Effect With Photoshop CS6

In this photo effects tutorial, learn how to add a sea of stars to your night time photos! Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6 and compatible with Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud)!

Resizing Images For Email And The Web With Photoshop CC

In this third in our series of tutorials on image resizing with Photoshop CC, learn everything you need to know about resizing your photos and images for emailing, uploading to a website, or for any sort of screen display!

How To Resize Images In Photoshop CC

In this second tutorial in our series on image resizing In Photoshop CC, learn how to change the print size of your photos, and how to easily figure out the largest size you can print your image and still get professional looking results!

Ghosting An Image With Photoshop CS6

Whether you’re a fan or horror movies or looking for a fun effect for Halloween, learn how to give your photo a more ghostly, supernatural look with this fully re-written and updated tutorial for Photoshop CS6! Also compatible with Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud)!

Boosting Contrast And Color With The Luminosity Mask In Photoshop

In this photo retouch tutorial, learn a little-known trick for selecting pixels in a photo based on their lightness values, then how to use them to boost contrast and color saturation to give your image more visual punch! Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6!