April 2010

Vintage and Aging Photo Effect Tutorials.

Although the world is all about modernization these days, people still long for the touch of something aged, vintage and well, old! Hongkiat presents some great tutorials that will help make any photo look old and vintage. As well as some free and helpful textures and Photoshop actions just for you.

Reducing Noise in images with Photoshop.

In this Photoshop tutorial, PhotoshopEssentials looks at how to reduce the appearance of noise in an image, including luminance noise, color noise and even jpeg artifacts, all using the Reduce Noise filter.

Getting Painterly with the Art History Brush in Photoshop.

One of the new features mentioned in CS5 are the powerful new painting tools. However, for us mere mortals who will continue to use “old” Photoshop for a while longer, Sitepoint shows a way to create a painterly effect that has been a part of Photoshop since version 5.5.

Quick Tip: Precision Colour Control in Photoshop.

EchoEnduring is always preaching about the importance of non-destructive editing in Photoshop, and adjustment layers have to be one of his favourite features. In today’s quick tip tutorial, he shows you a really simple technique for using the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to precisely control the colours in your photographs, illustrations and designs.

How to use Adjustment Layers.

The versatility that adjustment layers afford Photoshop users is such that they should be used and used often. However, Photoshop beginners see these as ‘new territory’ to be entered into with trepidation – absolutely not so! GraphicTuts shows the effect of each of the available adjustment layers. One of the best things about adjustment layers is that they are not ‘permanent’ changes until you want them to be, unlike adjusting the layer itself.

25 excellent Photoshop Texture Tutorials.

Adding texture to a design can create drastic changes and powerful results. Photoshop provides a number of different possibilities for working with textures, which allows designers to use their creativity. VandelayDesigns features 25 tutorials that will help you to learn more about working with textures in Photoshop and how to create impressive results.

Keep an object’s shadows intact while changing the background.

This Photoshop tutorial at Sitepoint shows you how to take an object with shadows on a white background, and place it onto a different background while maintaining the transparency of the shadows. To do this we’ll use the Luminosity channel in Photoshop.

March 2010

A Little Bit Dirty: Brilliant Grunge Design Tutorials.

The use of grungy textures in Photoshop-based print and web design is a popular trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. That is why PsdTutsPlus have selected some of the best grungy Photoshop tutorials to help you make simple edits to your boring photographs, to make your photos look dirty and grungy, or to even make professional photo manipulations in the grunge style.

The Ultimate Guide to Cloning in Photoshop.

Photoshop’s wide array of cloning tools is the cause of many of the absolute best and worst works created with the application. In a skilled and experienced hand, these tools lead to phenomenal results. In the hands of a careless artist, Photoshop cloning can be disastrous to the credibility of the result. SmashingMagazine introduces the several cloning tools available in Photoshop and goes over the proper usage and best practices of each.

How to use the Pen Tool in Photoshop.

If you are a Photoshop beginner, you will definitely hate the Pen Tool. But after going through this tutorial at Cre8tiveNerd, you will love it .