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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)!

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 An Image 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!

Creative Vignette Effects With The Radial Filter In Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) and its new Camera Raw Filter bring with them lots of new and exciting features, including the amazing Radial Filter. Learn how the Radial Filter can be used to add creative, highly customizable and fully non-destructive vignette effects to your images!

CS6 Camera Raw – How To Open Raw, JPEG And TIFF Files

Adobe Camera Raw lets us process and edit not only raw files directly from our digital camera but also JPEG and TIFF images. In this tutorial, learn how to open all three files types in Camera Raw, including a look at some potentially confusing options for JPEG and TIFF images in the Camera Raw Preferences.

Working With Camera Raw In Adobe Bridge vs Photoshop

Did you know that Camera Raw works in both Photoshop and in Adobe Bridge? In fact, running it in Bridge offers certain advantages. Learn what those advantages are, and how to open images in Camera Raw without opening Photoshop!

Camera Raw vs Photoshop – Which Should I Use?

With raw files and raw image processing being all the rage these days, many people wonder which application they should be using to edit their photos – Photoshop or Camera Raw. Learn what Camera Raw is, where it fits within your editing workflow, and why the answer to which one you should be using is… both!

CS6 Camera Raw – Interface Essentials

Adobe Camera Raw is like a streamlined version of Photoshop built specifically for photo editing and retouching. In this Photoshop CS6 tutorial, take a whirlwind tour of the Camera Raw interface and learn about its tools, panels and other photo editing features!

Raw vs JPEG For Photo Editing

In this first in a series of tutorials on working with Adobe Camera Raw, we take a look at the big advantage raw files have over JPEGs for capturing and editing our digital photos.

Painted Edges Photo Border With Photoshop CS6

In this Photo Effects tutorial, learn how make an image look like it was painted on canvas with this simple painted edges photo border effect. Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6!

Photo Effects Tip: Restore Missing Filters In Photoshop CS6

Adobe removed many of the more creative and artistic filters from the Filter menu in Photoshop CS6, but they’re not gone. In this quick tip, learn where to find the missing filters, how this change impacts Smart Filters, and how to restore the Filter menu to the way it looked in CS5 and earlier.

Get More Accurate Print Size Previews In Photoshop

Photoshop’s Print Size view mode is supposed to give us an accurate on-screen preview of how an image will look when printed, but by default, it doesn’t work. In this tutorial, we learn why it’s not working and more importantly, how to easily fix it!

The 72 PPI Web Resolution Myth

Many Photoshop users believe they need to set the image resolution of their photos to 72 ppi before uploading them to the web or viewing them on screen, but is there really any point to it? We put it to the test and learn why computer screens don’t actually care about image resolution at all!

Saving And Switching Workspaces In Photoshop CS6

Workspaces in Photoshop let us easily switch between different panel layouts for different tasks. In this tutorial, learn all about the built-in workspaces that ship with Photoshop, and how to save your own panel layouts as custom workspaces!

Managing Panels In Photoshop CS6

Much of what we do in Photoshop involves the use of panels, and with so many panels to work with in Photoshop CS6, things can seem a bit overwhelming. In this tutorial, we learn how to manage and arrange the panels to optimize your work space and keep it all organized!

Photo Within A Photo In Photoshop CS6

In this Photo Effects tutorial, learn how to create a smaller, full color version of your photo inside a black and white version of the original full size image! Fully compatible with Photoshop CS6.

Photoshop Clipping Masks Essentials

Learn the basics and essentials of how clipping masks work in Photoshop and how you can use them in your designs to easily hide unwanted parts of a layer or fit images into shapes!

3D Pop Up Effect In Photoshop

Learn how to create a simple and fun 3D pop up effect in Photoshop where the main subject of your photo appears to be standing up and popping right out of the image!

How To Use Blend Modes With Color Channels In Photoshop

Blend modes in Photoshop are a great way to change how a layer interacts, or blends, with the layers below it, but in this tutorial, we get more creative by learning how to apply blend modes to individual color channels using the Apply Image command!