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Adobe Photoshop is a very popular graphics editing program that comes with a ton of features – way too many to name. It’s hard to imagine that anyone could even need more features. Yet Photoshop supports extensions, which allows you to add even more useful features to the program. Some extensions add a single feature, while others add a multiple amount of new features.


It’s not necessarily used by just

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-web-designers/">web and graphic designers but can also be utilized by any creative out there, ranging from photographers to bloggers, as it’s quite a handy tool to have. Have a look at our list featuring 18 of the best free Adobe Photoshop extensions that will be useful for all creatives.



Creative Market

This extension gives you instant access to free and premium design content from Creative Market, which is a large community for independent creatives around the world. Each week you can get free graphics, templates, fonts, brushes and more.



BlendMe.In

With BlendMe.in you can browse through thousands of icons, vectors and other assets provided for free under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. When you find something you like, you can easily drag it into your Photoshop composition for use.



Flaticon

Flaticon gives you quick access to over 25,000 vector icons right from within Photoshop. A search bar is included, which makes it really easy to find just the icon that you’re looking for.



Boundary Noise Reduction

It’s often quite a challenge removing noise, such as unwanted dots and unnecessary pixels of color, from images. This extension simplifies that task by removing noise from DSLR (digital single-lense reflex) images and film scans. It’s basically a filter that you can add to Photoshop, and it comes with Smooth Area Detector.



Fonts.com Web Fonts

Photoshop comes with a large selection of fonts by default, but with the addition of the Fonts.com Web Fonts extension you can get access to thousands more. The extension lets you preview and try out Web fonts within your Photoshop projects. You will need a Fonts.com account to use this extension.



Natural Media Toolkit

Natural Media Toolkit gives you access to a versatile collection of natural media, texturing and product tools. You can do things like create documents that you look like real paper, use realistic watercolor brush and blending tools, add dimension with texturing tools, add guides to your projects, and much more.



White Balance / Highlight Recovery

This extension is good for photographs that have a lot of white in them as it helps to balance out the white level. As said by the creator, “…highlight recovery offers the possibility of increasing dynamic range compared to no highlight recovery.”



Composer

This easy-to-use extension lets you update multiple layer comps in just one click. First select any layer(s), then select any layer comp(s), finally use one of the four commands to update the selected layer comps. The four commands are: update layer style, update position, update visibility and update all.



Web Font Plug-in

Here’s another Web font extension. It gives you access to thousands of WebINK Web fonts from foundries like MoreType, OurType, TypeTogether and more. You can also connect to Google Fonts and get access to 1100+ more font families. You will need a WebINK account in order to use this extension.



CSS3Ps

If you use CSS3 in your designs, you’ll love this cloud-based extension. It lets you convert your layers to actual CSS3 code right from Photoshop. All you have to do is select the layer(s) and click a button to convert them. It’s extremely easy to use.



Tint Plug-in

Sometimes changing something as small as the tint of an image can make a huge difference. This extension does just that. You can add artistic effects using sepia tone, warm/cool filters, bleach bypass and more. You can also convert images to black and white and there are sliders that let you manually change things like the tint strength, tint hue, brightness, contrast and saturation.



VirtualPhotographer

VirtualPhotographer is the ultimate extension for applying professional looking styles and effects to your images, in just one click. You can also make adjustments to the color, film grain, focus, brightness, ambiance and contrast. Plus, it lets you add high quality effects, convert images to black and white, create stunning portrait effects and more.



Perfect Effects 4

Similar to VirtualPhotographer, Perfect Effects 4 lets you enhance your images with styles and effects. You can choose from over 70 effects, textures, borders and more. This tool can actually be used as a standalone program, as well as an extension for Photoshop. In just one click, you can add any effect, and you can even combine effects to create unique looks.



GuideGuide

If you like to use guides in Photoshop (ie. for wireframing or tables) this extension is for you. You can use it to create columns, rows, midpoints and baselines. You can also save frequently used guide sets for easy access.



Cut&Slice Me

Cut&Slice Me is an advanced extension that you lets you cut and export your assets to different devices in png format in the size of you want. In addition to exporting to your computer, you can also export to iOS and Android devices.



Mr. Stacks

The Mr. Stacks extension is a script that can create layer comp storyboards, stacks and PDF files in seconds. This is great for client presentations since it provides a single banner for them to look at, as opposed to you having to switch between multiple items.



Photoshop Tones Action

Photoshop Tones Action is a simple Photoshop extension that can take a single color and create tones (shades and tints) from it. This is really useful for creating color palettes or for finding different variation of colors for a design scheme.




Long Shadow Generator

Long Shadow Generator is a Photoshop extension that can create extremely long shadows in a single click. You can play around with it to create really neat effects. The plugin allows you to customize the length and opacity level, choose black or white, change the angle, and choose flatten or gradient.



Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments any other free Photoshop extensions that you think should be on this list.



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It’s that time of the year again, where excitement builds in the hearts of lovers everywhere. Valentine’s Day is indeed a time for many to try their very best to make their better half feel special. The usual way is to get them gifts, which is nothing to complain about – who doesn’t like getting flowers or a new pair of earrings?


After a while though, things get stagnant, which is why perhaps you are reading this. Feel like designing something special for your partner? We have here a collection of 20 lovely Valentine’s Day Photoshop tutorials that y

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ou may find useful for creating unique Valentine’s Day cards, wallpapers, or even Valentine-themed decorations for dedications on your personal website. Good luck!



How to Create a Chocolaty Valentine’s Day Card for Your Girlfriend. In this tutorial, you’ll get to learn how to create a "sweet" Valentine’s Day card with a giddy background for your significant other. You can customize the design by adding pictures as well.



Create a Valentine’s Day-Inspired 3D Text Effect Using Filter Forge and Photoshop. An in-depth tutorial with step-by-step illustrations on how to use Photoshop and Filter Forge to design a wood-textured 3D text effect that even comes with a semi-transparent heart.



How to Create Colorful Valentine’s Day Card with Shining Heart in Photoshop CS5. A tutorial that will show you how to use Photoshop CS5 to design a colorful Valentine’s Day card with a brightly colored heart on it.



Photoshop Pro: Create a Cloudy Text Effect. A quick guide on how to create a cute Valentine’s Day collage with your own images.



Valentine’s Day – Photoshop Style. An awesome step-by-step Photoshop text effect tutorial you can use to add a romantic touch to your Valentine’s Day card design.



Heart in Envelope Icon PSD Tutorial. Use this tutorial to learn how to make a fantastic Valentine-themed envelope icon that has a heart encased in it. You can use the icon as part of a contact form or as an RSS feed icon for your personal website on Valentine’s Day.



How to Create Elegant Valentine’s Day Card with Ornamental Heart in Photoshop CS5. A short Photoshop tutorial on how to design a lovely Valentine-themed background by using Gradients, Custom Shapes, and Layer Styles.



Basic Tutorial: Create a Stylized Valentine’s Poster. A short tutorial on how to use Photoshop to design a simple but classy Valentine-themed poster. This tutorial is especially useful for beginner Photoshop users as it features some basic Photoshop tricks.



Love Me Photoshop Manipulation for Valentine’s Day. In this tutorial, you’ll get to learn how to achieve awesome photo manipulation results by using some lighting, shadow, and color matching techniques.



Chocolate Text Effect in Photoshop for Valentine’s Day. A cool tutorial with an accompanying video that will show you how to make a cool text effect with chocolate waffles and sweet pink frosting on it.



Valentine Photoshop Wallpaper with Jeans Heart. A simple tutorial on how to use Photoshop to make a jeans-inspired Valentine-themed wallpaper that has a broken heart with stitchings.



Quick Photoshop Tutorial: Dreamy Bokeh Effect. Add a touch of romance to your everyday photos with this quick Photoshop tutorial on the bokeh effect.



Amorous Wallpaper. You may find this tutorial handy for using Photoshop to create simple yet elegant Valentine’s Day wallpapers with romantic text.



Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Stitched Valentine Heart Effect. In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a jeans-textured Valentine-themed design that even comes with stitching effects.



Love Roses Text in Photoshop for Valentine’s Day. Learn how to use Photoshop to make a cool 3D text effect that involves letters filled with red roses.



Photoshop Tutorial – Colour Adjustment Using Blending Modes. Play around with blending modes to add a romantic touch to a photo and turn it into a Valentine’s Day card for your special one.



3D Valentine’s Day Typography Exclusive Tutorial. Need more help with creating 3D text effects in Photoshop? Give this tutorial a try.



Design a Beautiful Valentine’s Day Wallpaper. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a lovely Valentine’s Day wallpaper with the bokeh effect.



Valentine’s Day eCard – Photoshop Graphic Design Tutorial 16. A short but useful tutorial on how to create a simple but lovely Valentine’s Day poster/card using Photoshop.



How to Create Abstract Valentine’s Day Illustration with Hearts in Photoshop CS5. With this tutorial, you will learn how to create a multi-layered Valentine’s Day design with pink heart shapes on it.




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Nowadays it’s impossible to find a professional website and even physical prints that is not digitally processed by Photoshop. In fact, almost every product or design today, including Hongkiat.com, has gotten help from Photoshop. More than 20 years on, it is still defining the universe of digital imaging, with no signs of slowing down.


heroes of photoshop


Yet we know so few about who is behind it – key developers, whose names sit in

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front of the Photoshop splash screen we stare at every single time we launch the software. And now, driven by curiosity and gratefulness, it is my obligation to unfold the stories of 10 unsung heroes who forged and polished the Photoshop we rely on to make a good living. It’s time we celebrate them.



#1. Thomas Knoll

Photoshop, a mega software that shaped the world of digital imaging today, started from one person, Thomas Knoll. Knoll started Photoshop as a hobby to create code that displays grayscale image, and the initial success led him to create more image editing codes, which eventually became primal features of the now legendary Photoshop.


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His humility is legendary too. When he was inducted by NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals), he responded with ‘Why would you want to induct me? I didn’t do anything special. Writing Photoshop was just something we did for fun back then.’ It is this attitude that culminates the selfless spirit of the Photoshop team, thus shaping a product built on awesome teamwork.


Thomas is still active in the Photoshop team until now, which is a rare path for most co-founders. He led the team until CS4, and his most recent work (at the time of this writing) is the Adobe Camera Raw plugin that processes raw image formats from digital cameras. His passion for Photoshop and digital imaging is unmatchable to this day.


#2. John Knoll

Although the name doesn’t appear in most versions of Photoshop’s splash screen except 1.0.7 and 2.0.1, John Knoll is another co-founder of the Photoshop. In fact he was the one who persuaded Thomas Knoll to turn his personal program into a commercial image editing software.


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At the time, John Knoll was surprised at how similar Thomas’s program was to image processing software that charges $300/hour for basic photo retouching. He saw a future in affordable image editing software, and started to push Thomas to develop more features in spite of him still trying to finish his PHD study.


While working with Industrial Light and Magic, the company which develops visual effects for George Lucas’ motion picture company, John also created some image-processing routines, which later evolved into filters (lens flare!).


#3. Russell Preston Brown

No complex product can soar without the escort of the passionate evangelist, and for Photoshop, it’s Russell Preston Brown. Same with the Knoll brothers, Russell is one of the pioneers of Photoshop. On the Photoshop 1.0.7 splash screen only 4 names were listed at the time: Thomas Knoll, John Knoll, Steve Guttman, Russell Brown.


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As Adobe’s Senior Creative Director, Russell Brown is the most devoted user of Photoshop, and he even evangelized the software with his mastery of design and Photoshop skills. He has been restlessly showcasing Photoshop’s potential in grand events like the Mac Summit, and offering his own tips and tutorials in his website. If you have ever seen his showcase, you could probably sense his passion (and a bit of insanity!) for Photoshop.


#4. Seetharaman Narayanan

Although he could probably retire and enjoy his life on certain tropical island, Seetharaman Narayanan chose to continue his work in Adobe. His name appears after the No.1 Thomas Knoll in the splash screen, so I’m sure you stared at his name a lot, particularly when your Photoshop is launching slowly.


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And he truly deserves the honor, as Seetharaman Narayanan is the man that dedicated his best to make the Windows version of Photoshop possible, then made it multi-threadable. Now the Lead Adobe Photoshop Engineer, he also ported Adobe Lightroom to Windows. He doesn’t claim all the spotlight though but the benefit of having long names is that it is simply too unique to be ignored.


#5. Russell Williams

Russell Williams joined the Photoshop team right after its 4.0, and he was surprised with how small the team behind Photoshop was. But he soon realized that they were brilliant and exceptionally good at their work. They had a clear direction, making Russell believe that the product will eventually ship which is after all the thing every developer wants.


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In Russell’s regular days, he sits with other principal scientists such as Seetharaman Narayanan and do the most important thing in his career: decide what’s next for Photoshop. That said, for now Russell Williams is looking forward to image forensics, where the traits of intentional image modification by criminals could be detected more clearly through images.


#6. Jeff Chien

If you have used the Healing Brush to remove the wrinkles and blemishes of your photo, you need to thank Jeff Chien. He’s the principal scientist in Adobe that help achieved the Healing Brush effect, which could fool your perceptive eyes with its blending nature. The effect is in fact rather complex when it comes to implementation. Nonetheless, he didn’t even know what RGB was back then!


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Jeff Chien’s background is motivating for young computer scientists in developing countries. He was raised in a country without GameBoys and other fancy home entertainment equipment. But he did have access to a mainframe computer which everyone shared for very limited periods of time. Even in this limiting environment, he spent a lot of time learning, developing a solid background in math, which in the end helped score him a job in both Apple and Adobe.


#7. Maria Yap

Maria Yap trained as a professional, and started her photography and design study before the birth of Photoshop, thus she truly appreciates the amount of hectic work that is saved through the aid of Photoshop. After several years of cruel industrial training (aka freelancing), Maria finally joined the Adobe team offering her expertise.


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She now leads a team of product managers and evangelists to develop innovative applications for design, such as Adobe Revel. Maria volunteers herself as a judge for the Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards, and part of the reason could be the immense inspiration that radiate from the event. It is apparent that her life is all about Photoshop, design and family.


#8. Sarah Kong

Ever heard of the name, ImageReady? Well, you must be as old as me then. Back then we designed our graphics in Photoshop, then optimize it for the Web in ImageReady! And the switch button within the software is the work of Sarah Kong, an engineering manager who also worked on some helpful automation plugins like picture package and Web photo gallery.


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Sarah thinks of Photoshop as an awesome product, made possible with exceptional teamwork. She also foresees a strong future of Photoshop in this social media driven world, with community features such as lens profile sharing for lens correction features.


#9. Bryan O’Neil Hughes

One requires courage and determination (and bit of luck!) to succeed in life, and Bryan O’Neil Hughes lived up the quote by joining the Photoshop team in 1999. Making his debut as a Quality Engineer, Bryan contributed by doing his best to destroy Photoshop internally with intensive testing. Besides, if you have tasted the juiciness of Liquify feature before, that also came from Bryan.


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Bryan cares about users. During Photoshop’s 20th anniversary he did a survey with both Photoshop users and NAPP members to discover specific new features, or current user interface issues that were bugging them. Based on the data, they improved Photoshop CS5 and make it dominate the world of digital imaging again.


#10. John Nack

John Nack a.k.a Tiny Elvis, is the true composer of Photoshop. His role, Adobe Photoshop Senior Product Manager, ensured that he oversees the development of many distinctive features such as Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw, Vanishing Point, and Smart Object which I use every day on my graphics and shapes.


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He is inducted by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals in 2008, which is one of the highest honors you could ever receive in the industry. Nonetheless, his humility still shines on top of his achievements, with his friendly and informative Adobe’s blog as solid proof of his down-to-earth nature. Clearly humility is the core culture for Photoshop team members.


Reflection

In my search for information, the most common word I caught in the interviews was ‘teamwork’. And what’s even more amusing is, most of the time the interviewee pushes the credit to someone else in the team! I believe it’s that humble nature and cooperative spirit that keeps both Photoshop and its innovation going for more than 20 years and probably a lot more in the future.


Also if you’re reading this article, there’s a great chance that you’re a Photoshop addict like me! What would you like to say to these Photoshop pioneers and engineers? For me, a simple thank you is probably not enough! Let us know your words then, and tell us how Photoshop transformed your life!



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At Photoshop Daily you can get a free Photoshop tutorial on making a steamy street scene, turning day into night and adding realistic lighting effects. READ MORE...

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With the advent of high-definition screens, web designers now have to make sure that the images they use are optimized for HD. Skipping this process may render websites blurry or pixelated, leaving a not so good impression on visitors. One of the best ways to deal with HD screens is to use Vector Graphic whenever possible.



Vector Graphic is scaleable at any size, so it will look great on an HD screen. In this post, we would like to share a quick tip on how to c

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onvert your Photoshop Text into SVG. If you have, for example, a text-based logo in your design, you’ll probably find this tip very useful.



Photoshop Stage

For this example, we will use a simple text-based logo created using the Pacifico font family (screenshot).



On the the Layers tab in Photoshop, right-click on the text layer and select Convert to Shape (screenshot).



Then, save the file in Photoshop EPS format.



Illustrator Stage

Open the EPS file in Adobe Illustrator. You should see that the text is now a vector object.



In this stage, you can make a few adjustments such as removing unnecessary layers, changing the background colors, or resizing. To resize the document in Illustrator, just go to File > Document Setup and select Edit Artboards.


You can use your mouse to resize the Artboard, or specify the size more accurately by filling in the Width (W) and the Height (H).



Next, save the file in SVG format, which is the default option. And that’s it.



Conclusion

The act of converting the font into Shape is to ensure compatibility across multiple computers – when you are working remotely, different fonts installed on different systems may cause the "Font missing" error. This may also happens with different versions of Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. Turning text to SVG will help minimize or eliminate issues to do with compatibility.



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If you love making collages with scissors, glue, mom’s magazines and dad’s subscriptions when you were growing up, there is no reason to stop now. Collage is a specific technique of art that is made from different pieces of artworks which create a new, improved, sometimes perfect look. These days, you can make an awesome Collage with Photoshop!


Here are 50 excellent Collage Photoshop Tutorials that will teach you to combine photography with hand-drawn elements and turn an otherwise ordinary image into awesome photo manipulation. You

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’ll get to know how to incorporate lots of objects into one stunning image.



Who knows, later on you might be able to create gift cards, postcards or even a beautiful cover for your own book. Let’s get inspired!


1. How To Make A Photoshop Montage



2. Free Psd Premium Tutorial: Create A Mixed Style Collage



3. Learn How To Design A Charming Collage Composition



4. Create A Nature-Inspired Digital Illustration In Photoshop



5. Futuristic Collage



6. Photoshop Tutorial: Create A Stunning Pin-Up Collage



7. New Premium TUT – How To Create A Digital Collage With 3D Shapes, Patterns, & Colors



 


8. Surreal Collage Creation



9. Premium Tutorial – Recycle Vintage Images To Create A Photoshop Collage



10. How To Create An Abstract Photo Manipulation



11. Create A Mock-Retro Poster Concept



12. Photoshop Tutorial: Create A Digital Collage From Hand-Drawn Elements



13. Photoshop Tutorial: Create An Amazing Summer Flyer Design



14. Creative Collages And Mixed-Media Effects



15. Photoshop Tutorial: Advanced Compositing Techniques



16. A New Take On Cityscape Collage



 


17. Be Clear Through Abstraction



18. Construct Beautiful Distortions



19. High-Rise B-Movie Poster Case Study By Falcon White Design



20. Design An Awesome Urban City Photo-Montage In Photoshop



21. Create Atmospheric Digicollages



 


22. Case Study “Deadliest Catch”



23. Create A Surreal Urban City Montage with Lightning Effect in Photoshop



 


24. Collage Of Polaroids



25. Create A Grunge & Textured Mixed Collage In Photoshop



26. Photoshop Tutorial: Making of “Color Combustion” A Photo Manipulation



27. How To Create A Fantasy Photomanipulation In Photoshop



28. Photoshop Tutorial: Retro Collage Techniques



29. How To Create An “Alice in Wonderland” Inspired Artwork With Photoshop



30. Add A Vintage Feel With Custom Brush Strokes



31. Add Depth To Mixed-Media Collages



32. Construct A Kaleidoscopic Collage Effect In Photoshop



33. Create An Abstract Collage effect



34. Digitally Collage A Camouflage Paper Jacket



35. Create A Striking Collage Fusing Ancient And Modern




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