Photoshop Foundations: Using Photoshop CC’s new guides tool… no more figuring out the math on scrap paper!

It has been a while since I’ve done a Photoshop Foundations tutorial. Things are finally slowing down now (beginning of the school year rush always gets me. No matter how much I think I’m prepared. HA!) I upgraded to Photoshop CC 2015 a few month ago but I’m just now getting around to exploring the … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Using Photoshop CC’s new guides tool… no more figuring out the math on scrap paper!

Useful PS Hotkey: How to reveal a layer’s transformation handles when they are WAY out of frame…

Where are the bloomin’ handles? I have this problem all the time. When I drag a layer into my new document and it is HUGE and you go to transform or scale it down but the silly handles are way out of frame. So you back out, out, out looking for them… Well there is a nifty hotkey to … Continue reading Useful PS Hotkey: How to reveal a layer’s transformation handles when they are WAY out of frame…

Photoshop Foundations: How to separate any layer style (including drop shadows) from their host layer…

Have you ever thought to yourself… “BAH! I wish I could take that drop shadow off that object and use it in another spot.”  If you have wished it, then odds are someone else has wished for the same thing. Thankfully, the Photoshop crew is one step ahead of us! To be perfectly honest with you, I didn’t even know about … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: How to separate any layer style (including drop shadows) from their host layer…

Photoshop Foundations: Don’t understand blending modes? A fresh and unique perspective that I think will help…

I use blending modes a lot. Actually, I should preface that… I use two or three blending modes a lot. Some of the others? Not so much. A few of them, when I apply them, I think “EW! Turn it off! Turn it off!” What the heck would you use that for? I mean, they … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Don’t understand blending modes? A fresh and unique perspective that I think will help…

Photoshop Foundations: Refining masks using the dodge/burn and blur tools…Such an awesome tip! Thank you Dennis Dunbar!

I was scrolling through posts in one of the artist groups on Facebook and a post caught my eye. One of the artists in the group shared this video and I got so excited I had to share. This is one of the coolest, easiest techniques for refining masks and mask edges I’ve seen.   I devour Photoshop tutorials … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Refining masks using the dodge/burn and blur tools…Such an awesome tip! Thank you Dennis Dunbar!

Photoshop Foundations: Do you like those cool insta-filters you get on your smart phone? Did you know similar gradient presets come with PS!? Here is how to access them!

I love to share knowledge and resources that have been shared with me.  I also love shining a bright spotlight on other, like-minded artists, who also believe in #SharingItForward.  I ran across this tip in an artist group earlier today and I loved it! I had to share with you what Photographer, Chris Nickolson of Scottish … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Do you like those cool insta-filters you get on your smart phone? Did you know similar gradient presets come with PS!? Here is how to access them!

Photoshop Foundations: Channels demystified… How using them will save you valuable time when editing…

If you are first starting out navigating the Photoshop waters, learning to select fine details and masking an object can be time consuming and frustrating.  Once you do all that work isn’t there away to save it so you don’t have to go through the entire song and dance again? YUP! (Now if your thinking “Oh, just save it as … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Channels demystified… How using them will save you valuable time when editing…

Photoshop Foundations: Locate a problem in a sea of layers with one click…

As a newbie artist  just learning to navigate the world of Photoshop there will come a time when you realize two indisputable facts.  1. Photoshop files can get HUGE and 2. They are huge because they contain a mind-boggling amount of layers. Juggling layers can make  workflow really difficult. Photoshop has found a way to help with that, however. I love that this software program … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Locate a problem in a sea of layers with one click…

Photoshop Foundations: Techniques that fix color banding

Banding… you don’t have to be a digital photographer very long before you run into this issue. Firstly, what is it? Banding is when your image develops bands or stripes of color where there should be a smooth, seamless graduation of color. The most common place you see it is in a blue sky. When I first began editing … Continue reading Photoshop Foundations: Techniques that fix color banding