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Combining images with layer masks in Photoshop

How to combine light painted images with layer masks in Photoshop

In this 30 minute Photoshop video tutorial, you'll learn how to combine multiple images in Photoshop, how to use layer masks to remove unwanted elements and much more, to produce a final stunning image.

Using photoshop adjustment layers for tone control

Photoshop video tutorial on using adjustment layers for tone control

Learn how to create and use adjustment layers for lightening and darkening select areas of your photos. Article includes a demo image for you to use for practice on your own computer. We go through dodging and burning, saturation, contrast, curves and some retouching before achieving the final photograph which brings more attention to the subject.

photoshop blending modes

Photoshop Blending Modes and how to use them

In this video tutorial I want to try and remove some of the mystery on one aspect of Photoshop often used by photographers – layer blending modes. In short, blend modes change the way different layers react to each other and how your overall image will display. They can be found in various places inside Photoshop, and layers is one of them. An example PSD file is included for download so that you can follow along with the tutorial and practice while you watch.

vintage effect in photoshop

How to give your photos a vintage effect in Photoshop

Photoshop allows you to apply some really interesting effects in your shots. Have you ever wanted to give your photos an antique look? Age them a little (or a lot?) Learn how to give your photos a vintage effect in this very straight forward 6 step process.


Watermarking your photos

There are easy ways to watermark your photos without going to any sort of extremes. You know what I mean, the horrible looking full size name and © symbol over the whole thing? In this quick tutorial, you'll learn a more delicate way of watermarking without interrupting the message told in the photo.

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Reflections in Photoshop

How to Create a Reflection in Photoshop

Creating a reflection using Photoshop is one of those things that at first glance looks really hard, but really isn’t, once you break down the steps. In this article I’m going to demystify creating a reflection, a technique that works particularly well on images with open pavement, and HDR processed images which tend to make the pavement look wet already.

Source: Digital Photography School

How To Import Into Lightroom

Darlene walks you through all the steps involved in getting your images from the memory card, over to your hard drive and into Lightroom. She goes over options for presets, preference settings and more.

More in her importing into your Lightroom catalog article

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