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Create A Mirror Image Effect With Photoshop

Now with video! Learn how to easily create a mirror image effect with any photo, turning one side of the image into a mirror reflection of the other! Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC!

Photo To Color Pencil Sketch With Photoshop CC

**Now with video!** Learn how to easily turn any photo into a black and white pencil sketch, then learn how to colorize it, first using the photo’s original colors, then with a single color, and then with a gradient!

How To Whiten Teeth In Photoshop

**Now with video!** Teeth looking dull and yellow in your photos? Learn step-by-step how to quickly whiten teeth and brighten your smiles with Photoshop!

Photoshop Sparkle Brush And Motion Trail Effect

Learn how to easily create a custom sparkle brush from scratch in Photoshop, then how to use the brush to add a magical sparkle trail to your photo! Now updated and expanded for Photoshop CC and CS6.

How To Crop Images In Photoshop CC

Learn the basics of using the Crop Tool in Photoshop, how to crop to specific sizes, and how to crop your images non-destructively so you can re-edit the crop later!

How To Open Images In Photoshop CC

Learn how to easily open your images, how to have multiple photos open at once, the difference between opening JPEG vs raw files, and more, in the latest version of Photoshop CC!

The Legacy New Document Dialog Box In Photoshop CC

Adobe has completely redesigned the New Document dialog box in Photoshop CC 2017, but the original, legacy version is still around. Learn how to easily switch between the two versions, and how the legacy version works!

How To Disable The Start Workspace In Photoshop CC

The Start workspace is a great feature in Photoshop, but not everyone will want to use it. Learn how to disable the Start workspace while still being able to create new documents and open your images!

The Updated Start Workspace In Photoshop CC

Learn all about the updated Start workspace in Photoshop CC and how it lets us create new documents, open images and re-open our recent files, all from one convenient screen!

How To Keep Photoshop CC Up To Date

If you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber, you always have access to the very latest version of Photoshop. Learn how to make sure that your copy of Photoshop CC is always up to date!

Photoshop Layers Essential Power Shortcuts

From creating, copying and selecting layers to blend modes, clipping masks and more, learn how to speed up your Photoshop workflow with these essential layers shortcuts!

Creating A New Background Layer Action In Photoshop

Need to quickly free yourself from Photoshop’s Background layer limitations? Learn how to replace your default Background layer with a new one from scratch and how to save the steps as a time-saving action!

The Background Layer In Photoshop CC

In this tutorial in our Photoshop Layers series, learn all about the Background layer in Photoshop CC, why it’s different from normal layers, and how to get around its limitations.

Understanding Layers In Photoshop

New to Photoshop layers? In this easy-to-follow, step-by-step lesson, learn the basics of what layers are, how they work, and why knowing how to use layers is such an essential Photoshop skill.

Easily Smooth And Soften Skin In A Photo With Photoshop

Learn how to smooth skin in Photoshop without blurring important details, like the person’s eyes and mouth, and while keeping as much good skin texture as possible. We’ll also learn how to remove unwanted blemishes before smoothing and softening the skin. For Photoshop CC and CS6.

The Background Eraser Tool In Photoshop

Learn all about the Background Eraser Tool in Photoshop, including how it works and how it can easily remove unwanted background areas in your photos! Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC!