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Inside Photoshop, November 2015
 Inside Photoshop, November 2015 Issue


Give your image a soaking with this rainy-day technique

Added on Friday 20th of November 2015 12:06 pm EST

by Amy Palermo

There’s something about a rainy day that brings out a desire to curl up on the couch with a good book or movie, clean out the closets, or maybe experiment with new Photoshop techniques. Here’s one to try—a Photoshop simulated rainfall, as shown in Figure A. Get this one under your belt and you’ll be sure to please your clients—especially when you tell them “No rain, no problem, I can do that in Photoshop!”

Figure A:
Article figure image

Pick your subject

You can use any image for this technique, but we suggest using an outdoor photo. Unless of course you intend to add a dampening rain indoors, then by all means, go for it. To follow along with our outdoor example, download the file from the URL given at the beginning of this article, and extract the file hilltop.psd. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modified for educational purposes.) Then, launch Photoshop and open the file, shown in Figure B.

Figure B:
Article figure image

Make it rain



Add multiples of the same layer style in CC 2015

Added on Friday 20th of November 2015 12:09 pm EST

by Amy Palermo

Layer styles add depth and dimension to otherwise flat images. In the past, you could only apply one of each style per layer. But now, in Photoshop CC 2015, you can apply multiple instances of a number of different styles to a single layer, expanding your creative options!

Create a custom shape

To explore the updates in the Layer Styles dialog box, we’ll create a design utilizing layer styles. To follow along with us, download the file from the URL given at the beginning of this article, extract the file background.psd, launch Photoshop, and open the file. We’ll draw a custom shape on the background layer to which we will add layer styles.

To add a custom shape:

  1. Set the Foreground color to white.
  2. Choose the Custom Shape tool from the Tools panel, and select Shape from the layer type pop-up menu on the tool options bar.
  3. Click on the Custom Shape Picker on the tool options bar, and then click on the triangle options button in the top right corner to display more options.
  4. Select Nature from the resulting pop-up menu, and then click Append to add these to your existing shapes.
  5. Choose the Sun 2 shape from the list.
  6. Pr


Pump up your passion for the Pen tool

Added on Friday 20th of November 2015 12:11 pm EST

by Amy Palermo

Are you really clumsy when drawing with the Pen tool; unsure of the right place to click, how far to drag, or which direction to move your mouse in? You’re not alone. Mastering the Pen tool can be tricky and many folks struggle with Bézier curve concepts. But if you exhibit a little bit of practice, a heavy dose of perseverance, and utilize some of our tips, you’ll be a Pen tool pro before you know it.

Why such a fuss?

You may be thinking, “I use Photoshop to retouch photos, so why do I possibly need to learn the Pen tool?” There are many benefits to becoming a precision Pen tool user, such as:

  • You can create the most precise clipping paths and selections with the Pen tool.
  • You can seamlessly integrate your Pen tool skills with other Adobe applications such as Illustrator and InDesign.
  • You can use Photoshop paths as the foundation for artwork and masking techniques.
  • You can easily export paths from Photoshop to Illustrator for further editing.
  • You’ll become more confident and proficient in Photoshop with each new skill you acquire.

Get to know the Pen

If you’re primarily a pixel pusher and haven’t spent much time in a drawing program such as Adobe Illustrator, it’s no wonder the Pen tool makes you batty—it’s a completely different concept.

When you click on the Pen tool in the Tools panel you’re presented with a fly-out menu containing different Pen and Point tools, as shown in Figure A. Each tool has a specific function, which we’ll explain.

Figure A:
Article figure image

The Pen tool . Use the Pen tool to draw straight or curved lines and closed shapes, either independently or to isolate an object in a photo, as shown in Figure B. While this tool can be tricky to master, its tight integration with other Adobe applications makes the learning curve well worth it.

Figure B:
Article figure image

The Freeform Pen tool. Use the Freeform Pen tool to draw as if you were using pencil on paper, as shown in Figure C. It’s not as precise as the Pen tool but it’s a good way to get a base path—knowing you’ll need to refine it later.

Figure C:
Article figure image

  • Add Anchor Point tool. Use the Add Anchor Point tool to add new anchor points to a selected path.
  • Delete Anchor Point tool. Use the Delete Anchor Po


6 sizzling pen and path secrets too hot to miss

Added on Friday 20th of November 2015 12:15 pm EST

by Amy Palermo

In our article “Pump up your passion for the Pen tool” in this issue of Inside Photoshop, we gave you the ins and outs of becoming a Pen tool pro. But you can’t become a pro if you don’t have the inside scoop. Here we’ll reveal six must-have tips and secrets to add to your expertise.

1. Drawing gets you down

We’d like for you to master the pen tool, but realize everyone works at their own pace. So if drawing a complete path gets you frustrated, make a selection with your favorite selection tool, and then convert it to a path instead. While your selection is active, simply click on the Load Path As Selection button located at the base of the Paths panel, and voila! Now you can refine it with the skills you learned in our aforementioned article.

2. Move a clipping path with an imag



3 ways to reduce moire patterns in scanned images

Added on Friday 20th of November 2015 12:17 pm EST

by Amy Palermo

As you strive to deliver nothing less than 100-percent quality to your clients, the introduction of a moiré pattern in your graphics sets your mind at nothing less than a panic.

How did the moiré pattern get there? How do you get rid of it? Can you avoid it in the future? Moiré patterns have as many different causes as there are techniques to remove them. Sometimes preventive maintenance goes a long way, and sometimes you need a few moiré-removal tricks up your sleeve. We’ll take an extensive look at moiré patterns and answer the above questions in regard to scanned images.

What causes moiré patterns?

When two grids are overlaid at differing angles or when they have slightly different mesh sizes, this creates a moiré pattern, as shown in Figure A. While our examples look cool, moiré patterns are an undesired image artifact.

Figure A:
Article figure image

There are many ways that moiré patterns can attack your images; here are the most common ones:

Scanning a printed photo. During the printing process, inks print with different colored dots at different screen angles. All the inks together create a pattern that the human eye can’t detect easily. However, a scanner almost always picks it up, causing a moiré pattern on the scanned image, as shown in Figure B.

Figure B:
Article figure image

Digital photos. Digital cameras can introduce moiré patterns when your photo’s subject lines interfere with the rows of pixels in the digital camera’s image sensor grid, as illustrated in Figure C.

Figure C:
Article figure image

Onscreen. A moiré pattern can appear as a display interference between lines in an image and the monitor pixel grid. This is why it’s important to preview your image in Photoshop at 100% magnification.

Printed materials. Moiré patterns can surface in printed materials, even when there



Save an image's channels as individual files

Added on Friday 20th of November 2015 12:18 pm EST

by Amy Palermo

There sure is! Photoshop has a feature that will split one image into inpidual images—one for each channel in the image.

To split channels:<



Dupe your file before making edits (CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015)

Added on Friday 20th of November 2015 12:19 pm EST

by Amy Palermo

One of the habits you should get into—or out of—is never working on an original image. Sure, you could duplicate the layer and make your