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Photoshop CS4 Tutorial - August 2015,

Deactivate that text box so you can use keyboard shortcuts (CS4/CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015)

Posted on 21 August, 2015

by Amy Palermo

In Photoshop, when you have the Text tool selected, pressing v on the keyboard switches to the Move tool. However, if you have an active text box (bounding box showing), you’ll f

 
 

Photoshop CS4 Tutorial - February 2015,

Here's the fastest way to duplicate a layer (Photoshop CS4/CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014)

Posted on 09 February, 2015

You can click and drag a layer to the Create A New Layer button at the base of the Layers panel to create a duplicate of

 
 

Darken your overexposed photos with this quick fix (CS4/CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014)

Posted on 09 February, 2015

A common problem of shots taken with a digital camera is overexposure – when the shot looks too light and colors are washed out. You could try to adjust Photoshop&rsquo

 
 

Scaling a rectangular marquee selection (CS4/CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014)

Posted on 09 February, 2015

There’s more to the Rectangular Marquee tool than meets the eye. Select it from the Tools panel, and then just click the appropriate button on the tool options bar to create a new selection, add to a selection, delete a selection, or intersect with another selection, as shown in Figure A. To smooth the edges of a selection, enter a pixel value in the Feather text box. Your only other option is to choose

 
 

Photoshop CS4 Tutorial - January 2015,

Create a multi-layered file from a folder of images super fast (CS4/CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014)

Posted on 14 January, 2015

by Amy Palermo

If you have a folder of images that you want to put into one Photoshop document, Photoshop comes with a preinstalled script that will make this job a snap! Simply choose File > Scripts > Load Fi

 
 

Create a spot channel from an alpha channel in a snap (CS4/CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014)

Posted on 14 January, 2015

by Amy Palermo

If you’re printing with spot colors along with or instead of 4-color inks, you’ll probably need to designate spot channels in one or more of your Photoshop files. You

 
 

Photoshop CS4 Tutorial - December 2014,

Create a strong focal point with selective color (CS4/CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014)

Posted on 02 December, 2014

by Renee Dustman

Oftentimes you'll want to draw viewers' attention to just a portion of your image. One way to enhance your image's focal point is to isolate that portion of your image's color. We've got a quick-and-easy technique you can use so that just the important elements of your photo really stand out, such as the barn shown inFigure A.

Figure A:

 
 

Photoshop CS4 Tutorial - November 2014,

Make a quick color swap and keep painting (CS4/CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014)

Posted on 10 November, 2014

by Amy Palermo

Time is of the essence when you're trying to maintain top Photoshop form, and there isn't a second to spare to change tools. So when you

 
 

Make a quick shift between the Zoom tool modes (CS4/CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014)

Posted on 10 November, 2014

by Amy Palermo

When you select the Zoom tool, you'll always be in a zoom mode to zoom in closer to your image. Hover the Zoom tool over yo

 
 

Deactivate that text box so you can use keyboard shortcuts (CS4/CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014)

Posted on 10 November, 2014

by Amy Palermo

In Photoshop, when you have the Text tool selected, pressing v on the keyboard switches to the Move tool. However, if you have an active text box (bounding box showing), you'll fi

 
 

Photoshop CS4 Tutorial - October 2014,

Quickly lighten or darken your images using the Levels command (CS4/CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014)

Posted on 08 October, 2014

by Amy Palermo

The Photoshop Levels command creates a lot of unnecessary anxiety in many users. The reality is that you don't have to fully understand everything about it to reap its benefits.

For example, have you ever had to

 
 

Photoshop CS4 Tutorial - September 2014,

Deactivate that text box so you can use keyboard shortcuts (CS4/CS5/CS6/CC)

Posted on 04 September, 2014

In Photoshop, when you have the Text tool selected, pressing v on the keyboard switches to the Move tool. However, if you have an active text box (bounding box showing), you"ll find out that instead of selecting the M

 
 

Don"t forget, you can always crop out unwanted subject matter (CS4/CS5/CS6/CC)

Posted on 04 September, 2014

Sometimes, no matter how carefully you compose a shot, some unwanted person, item, or area of the subject manages to end up in an otherwise good image, as shown in Figure A. Your first impulse may be to immediate

 
 

Photoshop CS4 Tutorial - September 2014,

Create a multi-layered file from a folder of images super fast (Photoshop CS4/CS5/CS6/CC)

Posted on 03 September, 2014

If you have a folder of images that you want to put into one Photoshop document, Photoshop comes with a preinstalled script that will make this job a snap! Simply choose File > Scripts > Load Files Into Stack to d

 
 

Move a layer mask independently from the layer (Photoshop CS4/CS5/CS6/CC)

Posted on 03 September, 2014

Layers are an integral part of advanced image editing. Sometimes you need that mask in a precise location, protecting specific portions of your image from further editing or simp

 
 

Create a custom brush preset from your company logo (CS4/CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014)

Posted on 03 September, 2014

If you have a company logo that you use often in Photoshop, one way to reproduce it quickly is to turn it into a brush preset. You can adjust the brush size, opacity, and color be

 
 

Photoshop CS4 Tutorial - July 2014,

Don't forget, you can always crop out unwanted subject matter (CS4/CS5/CS6/CC)

Posted on 18 July, 2014

by Jim Whitcomb

Sometimes, no matter how carefully you compose a shot, some unwanted person, item, or area of the subject manages to end up in an otherwise good image, as shown in Figur

 
 

Easy on-the-spot blemish removal with the Spot Healing Brush (CS4/CS5/CS6/CC)

Posted on 18 July, 2014

By Amy Palermo

If you’re looking for a way to quickly eliminate dust, speckles, or blemishes from an image, look no further than Photoshop’s Spot Healing Brush tool. Introduced in Photoshop Elements, it was a popular tool that eventually found its way into Photoshop’s’ arsenal.
The Spot Healing Brush works similar to the Healing Brush. It works to preserve the texture, tone, and color of a

 
 

Place guides in precise locations with this trick (CS4/CS5/CS6/CC)

Posted on 18 July, 2014

by Amy Palermo

Guides are a great resource when you need to position design elements in your Photoshop documents. But it’s sometimes tricky placing the guides exactly where you want them.
To position guides in precise locations, don’t cli

 
 

Photoshop CS4 Tutorial - May 2014,

Change history with the Step Backward command (CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6)

Posted on 09 May, 2014

Quick Tip

by Renée Dustman

Has this happened to you? You just finished creating a multi-la

 
 

Save time with Photoshop’s customizable workspaces (CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6)

Posted on 09 May, 2014

Quick Tip

by Amy Palermo

If you spend a lot of time opening and closing panels while you work, chances are you’re not maximizing one of Photoshop’s timesaving resources: customizable workspaces. To access the workspace options, choose Window > Workspace, as shown in Figure A. While the pre-con

 
 

Photoshop CS4 Tutorial - April 2014,

Remain flexible by blending from behind (CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6)

Posted on 07 April, 2014

Quick Tip
by Amy Palermo

When you paint or draw with a painting or drawing tool in Photoshop, there’s a blending mode option you may have overlooked. The Behind Blend mode paints on transparent pixels only. So if you have an image with a transpar

 
 

Save time when color correcting multiple images (CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6)

Posted on 07 April, 2014

Quick Tip

by Amy Palermo

Most digital photographs will need some level of color correcting. If you’re an avid photographer, this can translate into a lot of hours in your digital darkroom. Rather than start from scratch for each image, why not copy your color corrections over from an im

 
 

Save time with Photoshop’s customizable workspaces (CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6)

Posted on 07 April, 2014

Quick Tip

by Amy Palermo

If you spend a lot of time opening and closing panels while you work, chances are you’re not maximizing one of Photoshop’s timesaving resources: customizable workspaces. To access the workspace options, choose Window > Workspace, as shown in Figure A. While the pre-co

 
 

Photoshop CS4 Tutorial - March 2014,

Save time with Photoshop’s customizable workspaces (CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6)

Posted on 12 March, 2014

by Amy Palermo

If you spend a lot of time opening and closing panels while you work, chances are you’re not maximizing one of Photoshop’s timesaving resources: customizable workspaces. To access the workspace options, choose Window > Workspace, as shown in Figure A. While the pre-configured wor

 
 

Hide—and reveal—your panels lickety-split (CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6)

Posted on 12 March, 2014

Quick Tip

by Amy Palermo

Panels: you love ‘em and you hate ‘em, right? You couldn’t work without them, yet they often crowd your workspace interfering with your im

 
 

Photoshop CS4 Tutorial - February 2014,

Preview just one layer with a single click (CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6)

Posted on 12 February, 2014

Quick Tip
by Amy Palermo

When you’re working with multiple layers, there will come a time when you’ll want to preview just one of those layers. It’s both time consuming and a hassle to turn

 
 

Save time and reformat multiple text layers at once (CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6)

Posted on 12 February, 2014

Quick Tip
by Amy Palermo

It’s not uncommon to have multiple text layers in one Photoshop file, even if you might format all of that text with the same f

 
 

Hide—and reveal—your panels lickety-split (CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6)

Posted on 12 February, 2014

Quick Tip
by Amy Palermo

Panels: you love ‘em and you hate ‘em, right? You couldn’t work without them, yet they often crowd your workspace interfering with your image pre

 
 

Photoshop CS4 Tutorial - January 2014,

Save time and reformat multiple text layers at once (CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6)

Posted on 03 January, 2014

Quick Tip
by Amy Palermo

It’s not uncommon to have multiple text layers in one Photoshop file, even if you might format all of that text with the same f