Use Photoshop to create texture and shading

Using texture and shading in Photoshop

Using texture and shading in Photoshop

Using Photoshop, this swan illustration by Andrew Lyons is one of a series of birds he created for a client packaging project.

The aesthetic style the client sought was one of reduced, elegant forms – an approach found in much of his work. Although he often uses photo references as a starting point, Andrew believes it’s important to develop drawings beyond exact representation. Whether he’s illustrating figures or animals, he tries to abstract and simplify to create something that’s both pleasing to the eye and which brings out the inner nature of the subject. Continue…

Photoshop manipulation is an art form

And if there is anyone that can prove that Photoshop manipulation is a visual art, it’s Erik Johansson. He creates realistic photos of impossible scenes — capturing ideas, not moments. In this witty how-to, the Photoshop wizard describes the principles he uses to make these fantastical scenarios come to life, while keeping them visually plausible. Enjoy this great TEDtalk!

Erik Johansson: Impossible photography

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How to take Apple’s iconic photos

Ever wonder who takes those iconic photos of Apple products? Curious how it is done? Check out this interview with Peter Belanger. Be sure to watch the stop action video further down the page.

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The illusion of simplicity: photographer Peter Belanger on shooting for Apple
You’ve almost certainly never heard of Peter Belanger, but you’ve definitely seen his photographs. In fact, you may even see his work every day, and it’s likely that you own some of his most…

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Save Tons of Time By Using Popular Blend Mode Tricks

The old adage is true: time is money. Using inefficient design techniques makes for slow work, which in turn results in fewer clients, a lower hourly rate, and a portfolio with fewer impressive projects. Knowing time-​​saving tricks can have a subtle but enormously positive effect on your work and your career.

There are always multiple ways to accomplish the same goal in Photoshop; many of them can be achieved by using blend mode tricks. There are very few projects that couldn’t benefit from a few minutes of blend mode brilliance; what you achieve in ten ordinary Photoshop actions can often be done in just two or three steps using filters and blend modes. Here are some popular tricks for using blend mode tricks to save you time and garner great results.

Sharpen Your Image

You aren’t stuck with the sharpening filter as your only sharpening tool. You can use the following quick trick to have a little more control over sharpening your images. You can download the sample image below here.


Hit Command/​Ctrl + “J” to duplicate the layer. Then, go to “Filter” > “Other” > “High Pass.” This filter is good for detecting edges, which will help us sharpen our image, giving crisper contrast across the whole canvas. The amount of sharpening applied depends on several factors: the resolution of your image, and how defined the image is to begin with. I set the radius to around 2.5 pixels. Continue…

The Essential Guide to Blend Modes in Photoshop

Photoshop may have started as a Photographer’s tool, but it’s evolved into a versatile creativity catalyst. You can build fantastic images from scratch, blend images together, correct colors, and achieve just about anything else imaginable. Blending images and textures together isn’t always an easy thing to do; Sometimes you can’t convincingly meld images together, and you can’t always rely on simple techniques like opacity or layer styles. But, blend modes can help you design dazzling effects and beautiful imagery where other methods fail.

Blend modes change the way that an image within a layer reacts to the images in the layers below it. Many times, you can choose the right blend mode and save yourself from the tedium of erasing of masking out unwanted parts of an image. This strictly depends on the contents of each image — both the top layer and the ones underneath.

Understanding how each blend mode works will help you to understand when to use certain blend modes to achieve the results you want. Our sample image can be found here. We will apply different approaches to each image to help you understand what each blend mode does. Continue…

Touching up a male portrait in Photoshop

Touching up a male portrait in Photoshop

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Realistic Portrait Retouching With Photoshop | Psdtuts+
This photo retouching tutorial will show you how to keep your retouched images clean and realistic.

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Need ideas for editing portraits in Photoshop

Need ideas for editing your studio portraits?

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Retouch a Bland Model Portrait in Photoshop | Psdtuts+
In this tutorial, we will add makeup, repair flaws, and add drama to a bland model portrait.

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How to Read and Use Histograms

Histograms reveal the amount of lights and darks in your image using a graph or curve

The histogram is a useful but often misunderstood tool your camera provides to help you get the correct exposure on your images. In this article I’m going we’re going to look at how to read it, and use it to your advantage to help you do just that. Getting the best exposure (there is not such thing as the “correct” exposure, as it’s all subjective, we’ll talk about this more later) in camera should be your goal every time you click the shutter. Using these tips should help you increase your success rate.

What is a histogram anyway?
Dictionary definition: A bar graph of a frequency distribution in which the widths of the bars are proportional to the classes into which the variable has been divided and the heights of the bars are proportional to the class frequencies.

HUH?! Anyone else confused? But what does it do? How do you read it? Let’s have a look!

How to read the histogram
A histogram is a graphical representation of the pixels exposed in your image. The left side of the graph represents the blacks or shadows, the right side represents the highlights or bright areas, and the middle section is mid-tones (middle or 18% grey). How high the peaks reach represent the number of pixels in that particular tone. Each tone from 0-255 (o being black and 255 being white) is one pixel wide on the graph, so imagine the histogram as a bar graph all squished together with no spaces between each bar.

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How to Read and Use Histograms.