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Thursday, June 24th, 2010 | Author:

Photographs are a great resource for complementing text in brochures, newsletters as well as other printed works. However, for those times when you want to opt for a more artistic look, this authentic woodcut technique might work for you really well.

In order to create a woodcut in Photoshop, we will:

  • Set up the layers and use a blending mode in preparation for this technique.
  • Make use of the High Pass filter to aid with the woodcut outlines.
  • Apply a threshold adjustment to take control of how much black appears in the image.

These Woodcuts are traditional prints that became prominent owing to the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Artists create woodcuts by carving drawings on blocks of birch, pine or cherry wood with the help of special carving tools. Soon after an artist makes the carving, he applies ink to the surface of the block. After this, he places a piece of paper on the inked wood block, and applies pressure. When he does away with the paper voilà—it’s a woodcut print. Does this seem like a lot of work? It sure is, however for those with time and patient, it is an enjoyable craft. But if you do not have much of either, you can achieve a similar woodcut look easily with the help of Photoshop.

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Monday, June 21st, 2010 | Author:

Photoshop Tutorials

Do not keep passing over your not-so-great images owing to their busy backgrounds. By making use of Photoshop’s Crop tool and Blur command, you can clean up a visually cluttered image and get hold of a better composition easily.

To create a stronger focal point for your image, we will:

  • Identify and diagnose cluttered image areas in an image.
  • Crop an image selectively to change its composition.
  • Review the several options of the Blur command so that you know how to best use them.
  • Retouch troubled color areas in an image with the Blur command.

No matter how carefully you try to frame a subject, there are times its background creates a muddled composition. If you pan to the left or right, you do away with one problem and create another. You move closer or step back, and you skew your viewpoint. As such, before you simply walk away from taking the shot, take the best shot that you can and let Photoshop’s Crop tool and Blur command do the rest for you.

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Thursday, June 17th, 2010 | Author:

It is difficult to believe but Photoshop indeed turns 20 this year! So whether you are new to Photoshop or can remember jumping for joy when Adobe came up with layers, you will fall in love with these 20 timeless Photoshop tips:

This is right; Photoshop celebrates 20 wonderful and progressive years! Require a refresher on when Adobe introduced curves or vector shapes to this wonderful application? Well, all you need to do is to go to the official anniversary web page at However read on and find out these 20 fantastic tips:

Tip 1: Preview your type in different fonts fast

Tip 2: Restore a converted background layer

Tip 3: Copy layer adjustments

Tip 4: Zoom while you crop

Tip 5: Layer blending mode shortcut

Tip 6: Hide selection edges

Tip 7: Create drop shadows with multiple light sources

Tip 8: Add to or subtract from your selections

Tip 9: Give a quick color change to your image

Tip 10: Conceal the transparent checkerboard indicator

Tip 11: Make perfect circular selections from the center point

Tip 12: Put a new layer below the active layer

Tip 13: Save time with the help of the reset button

Tip 14: Make bigger layers panel thumbnails

Tip 15: Stroke a path quickly

Tip 16: Place layer styles on their own layers

Tip 17: Put out of action a layer mask

Tip 18: Draw a straight line perfectly

Tip 19: Copy and transform your image at the same time

Tip 20: Make a part of a layer see-through