Archive for the 'Tips' Category

Apr 13, 2010

Removing sensor marks in Photoshop CS5

Divide-before-low divide-after-low

Photoshop CS5 was announced this week and we have seen a wealth of new features for photographers, more so than any other version of Photoshop I can think of. By now you may already have had a chance to see some of the star new features in action such as Content-Aware filling, Puppet Warp and the new Merge to HDR Pro. Tucked away in Photoshop CS5 are a bunch of other smaller features, which nevertheless can be put to good use. In this article I wanted to focus on the new Divide blend mode. It took me a while to work out what it could be useful for, until Chris Cox who helped point me in the right direction by explaining that it could be useful for carrying out what is usually referred to as a ‘flat field calibration’. In other words, you could use the Divide blend mode to remove lens vignetting and stubborn sensor spots.

Read more…

May 6, 2009

Perspective correction for Camera Raw images

Click to view movie

This movie extract is from  Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop.

One of the top requests for Camera Raw and Lightroom has been to include perspective corrections, so that users can apply perspective corrections to raw images. It so happens there is already a method in Camera Raw and Photoshop that will allow you to correct the perspective of a raw photograph while keeping the image in its original raw file state. This isn’t exactly a hidden feature in Camera Raw, but this movie does demonstrate a workaround for correcting perspective of raw files while keeping them fully editable in Camera Raw. Here’s how it can be done.

Please note this video is in Quicktime format. A player can be downloaded from

Apr 20, 2009

Photoshop weightloss

Click here to view movie

This movie extract is from  Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop.

You know how the camera always seems to add 10 lbs.? You can shave those extra pounds away using Photoshop. This demo shows two methods of making people look thinner. And, if you do it with subtlety, you’ll never know that is was Photoshop that took those extra pounds off–and your clients will think you are a genius!

Please note this video is in Quicktime format. A player can be downloaded from

Mar 27, 2007

Image Stacks in Photoshop CS3 Extended


Of all the new features in Photoshop CS3, those that stand out for me most are the ones that have been built around the new Align Content feature, engineered by Jeff Chien.

Dec 28, 2006

Working with the Clone Source palette in CS3

evening-sm.jpgMartin Evening’s Favorite Photoshop CS3 Feature?
The new Clone Source palette

Pubished here is a tutorial extract is taken from Martin Evening’s forthcoming book: Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers, published by Focal Press. In this tutorial, Martin demonstrates some of the key new benefits that can be gained from working with the new Clone Source palette in the newly released public beta version of Adobe Photoshop CS3. To find out more about how to use this new feature, read on…

Dec 15, 2006

Russell Brown Releases CS3 Video Tutorials

The Mad Doctor is at it again-producing Adobe Photoshop CS2 video tutorials.

Dec 14, 2006

What’s new in Photoshop CS3 for Photographers

cover-versioncs3-low.jpgTo coincide with the announcement and availability of Photoshop CS3 as a public beta, Martin Evening has released a sample chapter from his forthcoming book: Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers, published by Focal Press.

The new edition of this best selling book should be hitting the streets in Spring of 2007, shortly after the official release of Photoshop CS3.

As a special perk for PhotoshopNews readers, Martin has made his Chapter 1: What’s New in Photoshop CS3 available for free download.

The 21 page PDF, outlines all the new features of Photoshop CS3 and Bridge 2, written from a user’s perspective. It offers an honest appraisal of what will be on offer in this new version of the program, if you really want to know what’s NEW!

Dec 14, 2006

NAPP Launches Photoshop CS3 Learning Center


CS3 Learning Center Offers Tutorials, New Feature Overviews, Exclusive Interviews and More for the Newly-Released Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) CS3 Public Beta Preview

The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is excited to announce the launch of their most comprehensive online learning center ever in conjunction with the release of the Adobe® Photoshop® Creative Suite 3 public beta preview. The CS3 Learning Center is now live and available at

Oct 17, 2006

Bert Monroy Does PixelPerfect Podcasts

Bert Monroy’s PixelPerfect Podcast on Revision3
Oct 18, 2005

Editing your digital images without the mystery, Part II: Retouching techniques 101

Source: ars technica
Written By Dave Girard


Welcome back to the Digital Imaging Without the Mystery workshop and thank you for not commenting on my lack of a shirt. We can’t stop the dissemination of knowledge just because it’s laundry day so let’s just STOP STARING AT MY TATTOO OF A BUTTERFLY and move right along. If you’re here for the first time, you might want to read the first workshop since this builds on some fundamentals established there.

Aug 22, 2005

Photoshop CS2’s Lens Correction tool

Squeezing a bit more image area after using Photoshop CS2’s Lens Correction tool to restore verticals in some architectural images. (This only works with shots with simple foregrounds.)

Aug 21, 2005

Dr. Brown’s Services Updated to 1.2

Russell Preston Brown updates Dr. Brown’s Services.

- Caption Maker now supports easy PDF export.
- Place-A-Matic now supports 8 and 16 Bits/Channel documents.

Jun 15, 2005

Photoshop Canvas Color Tip

Ok, so what does Independence Pass (elevation 12,095 feet) have to do with Photoshop? Well, nothing, except that it is the image I chose to use to show you this nifty tip.

Have you ever wished that the canvas color (the area behind your document window) could be a different color? There’s a way and it’s been in Photoshop since version 4.0. If you’ve never heard this before, read on. . .

May 24, 2005 – NEW TIPS

May 18, 2005

Creating Rough Edged Borders in Photoshop

If you want to add a rough edged border to an image there are various ways you can do this. You can scan a border from one photographic image and merge it with another photograph as a layer. Or you can buy plug-ins for Photoshop that incorporate custom border designs.

But in the following technique I am going to show you a fairly simple way to generate a random rough edged border within Photoshop.


May 11, 2005

Improve performance in Photoshop CS2 on computers with more than 1 GB RAM

Source: Photoshop Support Knowledgebase

Photoshop CS2 uses complex memory management procedures. On computers with 1 GB of RAM, or more, you can optimize Photoshop to take advantage of the quantity of RAM in your system to manage memory more efficiently.

May 9, 2005

Multi-raw conversions using Smart Objects

Here’s a tip for using the new Smart Object feature of Photoshop CS2 and mutiple raw exposures with Camera Raw to produce a simple high dynamic range image blend.

Apr 29, 2005

Work Smart with Smart Objects


This is the result of replacing an image in the book using the new Smart Objects and Warp features in Photoshop CS2.

Apr 26, 2005

Camera Raw 3, Photoshop CS2 & Bridge

Apr 16, 2005

Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw 3 – Shortcuts

So, Photoshop CS2 has been announced and with it we get a host of new features such as: Vanishing Point, Smart Object, Smart Sharpen, Image Warping, 32-bit support Merge to HDR, Lens Correction, Noise Reduction plus a lot of others under the bonnet. Along with these new features we also find a significantly enhanced version of Camera Raw and a completely new companion application called Adobe Bridge.

Apr 13, 2005

Introducing the new Adobe Bridge Slideshow

As many of you will be aware by now, the Photoshop File Browser has metamorphosed into a new standalone program called Bridge, which is supplied with all the programs in the Adobe CS2 Creative Suite. And in this new release, the Adobe engineers have been able to add a lot more new features, to make Bridge a powerful application with which to carry out all your picture selection editing. Bridge is primarily designed to enhance the workflow between all the programs in the Adobe CS2 Creative Suite. But one of the cool new features in Bridge is the Slideshow viewing mode.

Apr 9, 2005

Photoshop Resources – Primers & White Papers

In case you missed them, last fall Adobe commissioned a variety of top authors to write editorial content about a variety of subjects relating to; Digital Photography, Raw Captures, DNG, Digital Workflow, Digital Image Integrity, Calibrating the Digital Darkroom, B&W Conversion, Metadata, Color managed Raw Workflow, Making the Transition from Film to Digital, Highlight Recovery in Adobe Camera Raw and State of the Art: Digital Printing.

Apr 9, 2005

Instant Weight Loss – Photoshop Tip

At the risk of revisiting the Kate Doesn’t Like Photoshop story and the ethics of digital manipulation, assuming you DO want to give somebody a quick 5-10 pound weight loss, there is a method so easy that when you learn it, you’ll wonder why you never figurered it out before. As with any technique, the secret here is to use it in moderation.

Apr 8, 2005

Kai’s Power Tips & Where’s Kai now?

In the “good old days” of Photoshop lore, back before Photoshop 3 and layers made everything so darn easy, there was a fellow by the name of Kai Krause who was a magician with Photoshop. For some reason, call it brilliance or an intuitive mind, Kai was able to “Think Photoshop” in his mind to come up with some amazing methods of creating interesting (sometimes not so interesting) effects. In late 1992 and 1993, he posted these “Tips” on the AOL Photoshop forum. At the time, they were amazing–and to a certain extent, they still are. To learn and understand Kai’s tips is to glean a better fundamental understanding of Photoshop itself.

Apr 6, 2005

The Power of the Curve–Camera Raw 3

Like any new Photoshop release, Photoshop CS2 has plenty of new features and enhancements to old ones, but if I have to pick one single feature that has changed the way I use the program, it has to be the addition of a Curve tab in the Camera Raw plug-in. It may seem a small thing, but this feature has completely flipped the balance between the amount of time I spend in Camera Raw and the amount of time I spend in Photoshop. My friend and colleague Jeff Schewe has jokingly referred to Photoshop as a plug-in for Camera Raw. I can only say that never has a truer word been spoken in jest!