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Learn how to easily pass a raw image file from Adobe Lightroom over to Photoshop for further editing, and then how to send the edited version back to Lightroom!
The Oil Paint filter is back! Learn step-by-step how its Brush and Lighting options make it easy to turn any photo into an oil painted masterpiece.
Learn how to turn any photo into a sketch with lots of fine detail, great for landscapes, architecture photos, still lifes, and more! And, learn how to complete the entire effect from start to finish in 60 seconds!
In this second of two tutorials, learn how Smart Objects and Smart Filters in Photoshop can help us create the same soft glow effect as in the previous tutorial, but this time, keeping the effect fully editable from start to finish!
In this first of two tutorials, learn how to easily enhance your photos with a soft glow effect that softens skin, boosts contrast and makes colors more vibrant!
Learn how to customize the Toolbar in Photoshop CC using the Customize Toolbar dialog box, and how to save your custom Toolbar layout as a preset. You’ll learn how to remove and restore tools, group and ungroup tools, how to reorder the tools in the Toolbar, and more!
Learn all about the new darker dialog boxes in Photoshop CC, one of several changes to Photoshop’s interface that Adobe made as part of the November 2015 Creative Cloud updates.
Learn all about the new Start screen and Recent Files panel recently introduced to Photoshop CC in the November 2015 Creative Cloud updates.
Our complete guide to learning the many ways of transforming objects and selections with Free Transform in Photoshop, from Scale and Rotate to Skew, Distort, Perspective, Warp, and more!
Learn how to add lens flare to your photos without harming the original image using Photoshop’s Lens Flare filter and the non-destructive power of layers and blend modes!
Learn how to easily blend two or more photos into a single composite image using layer masks and gradients in Photoshop!
Learn how to create and edit your own custom gradients and save them as presets using the Gradient Editor in Photoshop!
Learn everything you need to know to start drawing gradients in Photoshop with the simple yet powerful Gradient Tool!
Go beyond simple geometric shapes and learn how to add more interesting custom shapes to your designs and layouts with the Custom Shape Tool in Photoshop CS6!
In this first tutorial in our series on drawing and working with shapes in Photoshop CC, learn the important difference between vector shapes and pixel shapes!
Learn the essentials of creating vector art in Photoshop CS6 with its easy to use shape tools, including the Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon, and Line Tools!
Learn the important difference between vector shapes and pixels shapes in Photoshop. Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6!
In this photo effects tutorial, learn how to divide a single photo into multiple sections and display it as a cluster of shapes! Now fully updated for Photoshop CC!
Tired of dragging guides out from the rulers? Learn how the New Guide Layout feature in Photoshop CC lets you quickly add rows and columns, gutters, and margins to your documents, and save your guide layouts as presets!
Learn how Photoshop’s improved Auto button makes correcting the tonal range of your photos using a Levels image adjustment easier than ever!
Add more interest and creativity to your images by learning how to easily blend textures with your photos using layer blend modes in Photoshop!
Take your first step into the world of professional-level image correction by learning how to easily improve the tonal range of an image, boosting contrast and restoring detail, using a Levels image adjustment in Photoshop!
In this second tutorial on understanding histograms in Photoshop, we look at different types of images with their naturally darker (low-key) and lighter (high-key) tonal characteristics and learn why there’s no such thing as a standard, typical or ideal histogram.
Learn how to easily read and evaluate an image histogram, one of the most important and essential skills for retouching and restoring images!
Learn how to take the normally sharp, straight edges of a photo and make them look worn, torn and faded. Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC!
No Shadows/Highlights adjustment layer in Photoshop? No problem! In this tutorial, learn how to get all the benefits of an adjustment layer by applying Shadows/Highlights as a fully editable Smart Filter!
Too much contrast in an image? Learn how a Shadows/Highlights adjustment in Photoshop can easily fix it by bringing out hidden detail in the darkest and lightest areas! Part 5 in our tone and color correction series.
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!
In this third tutorial in our series on tone and color correction in Photoshop, learn how a simple Brightness/Contrast image adjustment can quickly improve the overall brightness and contrast in your photos!
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!
In this photo effects tutorial, learn how to easily add rays of light to an image and make a beautiful sunset photo even more magical!
Need to merge two photos together to create that perfect shot? Learn how Photoshop’s Auto-Align Layers command and a layer mask make it easy to composite images!
Take Photoshop’s Auto Tone, Auto Contrast and Auto Color image adjustments to the next level by learning how to apply them as flexible, non-destructive adjustment layers!
Learn how to easily add a selective color, or splash of color, effect to an image in Photoshop with no selection tools needed! Convert your photo to black and white, and then bring back the color in your main subject!
In this Photo Retouching tutorial, learn how Photoshop’s three Auto image adjustments – Auto Contrast, Auto Tone and Auto Color – can instantly fix contrast and color cast problems in your images!
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!
In this Photo Effects tutorial, learn how to display a photo in a grid of randomly colored squares! Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC (Creative Cloud)!
Learn how to add a simple yet stylish drop shadow and border to an image, as well as a handy trick that makes adjusting the shadow as easy as dragging your mouse!
In this second tutorial in our series on creating photo borders and frames, learn how to add a matted picture frame around an image using Photoshop’s layer styles!
Learn how to make Adobe Photoshop the default program for viewing and editing popular image file formats like JPEG, PNG and TIFF in Windows 8 and 8.1!
Give someone’s eyes an almost otherworldly look, with bright, colorful blur streaks that zoom out from their centers. Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6 and CC (Creative Cloud)!
Learn how to make simple image composites using Photoshop’s Paste Into command which lets us easily place a photo into a selection! Now fully updated for CS6 and CC (Creative Cloud)!
In this Photo Effects tutorial, learn how to display a single image as a series of vertical panels! Now fully re-written and updated for Photoshop CS6!
Learn how to easily add folds and creases to a photo as if it had been folded and unfolded like a map! Now fully updated for Photoshop CS6!
Learn all about the new Before and After previews in Adobe Camera Raw and how they make it easy to compare the edited and original versions of an image as we’re working!
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!
In this second part of our tutorial on the new Focus Area selection tool in Photoshop CC 2014, learn how to improve and fine-tune your initial focus-based selections with Photoshop’s powerful Refine Edge command!
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!
Planning to email an image or upload it to the web? Learn how to protect your work by adding your copyright information as a watermark pattern!
In this Photo Effects tutorial, learn how to turn any image into a polaroid collage! Now fully updated for both Photoshop CS6 and CC (Creative Cloud)!