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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.


john nack

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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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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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Photoshop is a really powerful tool to draw any digital presentation that we could possibly imagine. Some of us might have familiarized ourselves with Photoshop and may have even been working with it for ages. Still, I often find a Photoshop file stacked with poorly managed layers, causing headaches when a refinement is needed, or when converting it into another format.


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For a graphic or web designer who regularl

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y works in a team environment, where multiple designers may work on a single Photoshop file, the issue of managing and organizing the file suddenly becomes a very important matter.


In general, there are some benefits when we organize our files properly:



It will streamline the workflow.
It helps other designers to understand our design structure easily.
All designers involved with the file can do a revision, quickly and easily, if necessary.
This minimizes errors in the criss-cross production process.

Thus, in the following post, we will share some basic tips to manage and organize Photoshop files so that we can work more efficiently, particularly in a team.



1. Creating folders and managing assets

When working with Photoshop, we typically have many files like photos, backgrounds, fonts and the PSD file itself.


To organize these files and reduce the possibility of chaos, the items should be placed in corresponding folders. So, before we even start up Photoshop, we should create these folders first. For instance, a fonts folder for font files or a background folder for the images we use as backdrops in the design.


font folders


That way, you will be able to do the project faster, as you already know where to go for which file. On the Windows OS, files can be stored according to recent history, which will help you call files even faster.


In web development this practice is obvious. Files and all assets must be placed in the respective directories for the website to work properly, otherwise it would cause a 404 Not Found error.


2. Setting the document properly

In early 2003, I was working with Photoshop for the first time. I did not set up the document properly, which eventually became a real pain during the production process.


Photoshop comes with several preset documents that you can use to quickly and easily create a commonly used standard document for your project. However, often times we need to work with a document size that is not available in the Presets. In these conditions, we have to set up the document ourselves.


Presets Menu


When creating a new document through Files > New... menu or hitting Ctrl / Cmd + N, a new window with several options will pop up. In this dialog we can set document parameters: like the dimension, DPI, background and color mode.


New File


Print Design

When designing a project intended for print, the document will need some pre-requisites to ensure that the document can be printed correctly. It normally needs a 300 dpi resolution and has to be in CMYK color mode to be printed via color separation. Document size may vary depending on the project specifications.



You will also need to ‘bleed’ print designs. To bleed a document is to give it an extended area from the actual document size it will be printed on. This is important for designs that use a colored background instead of white. Bleeding prevents the occurence of white spaces that will turn up when cropping is not done with perfect precision.


Web Design

Designing websites need fewer specifications as it is only for screen view purposes, so a 72 dpi resolution with an RGB color mode should be sufficient. The pixel (px) is used as the unit measurement.



You can save this customized document specification, if you find that you will use it regularly.


3. Naming the layers

We have prepared the files and the new document has been set up. We now move to working with layers.


When we have layers that grow along with our design, it would be better to rename these layers to be more descriptive and meaningful rather than just with random names like Shape 1 or Layer 1. That way we will be able to find the layers we want to edit more easily.



Be descriptive with the name. However, make the layers’ names simple, and short as well. Use your local language if it is the preferred language in your work environment.



4. Grouping the layers

We may find that we have too many layers and these layers are actually several parts that shape a single object. In this case, we can group those layers and name the group to appropriately represent all the layers. We can also create a sub-group and nest it inside a group like a tree structure, if necessary.


When naming the groups, try to be descriptive, simple, short and intuitive. For instance, in web design, we typically have default groups of layers like header, sidebar, content and footer.



This practice will be helpful when working in a team, particularly when we work with developers that tend to work in an orderly and organized fashion. This practice can also be applied in print design projects.


5. Arrange layers or groups in order

Poorly ordered layers will drive anyone insane, and it is a nightmare to look at as well.


Let’s try putting the layers and the groups in a logical order. Have the layers and the groups positioned in the Layer tab as matched with its visual position. For instance, when we have several layers/groups like question, replied, option box and screen, the layers position should be as follows:



That way, anyone who will continue working on the design can intuitively find the layers and the groups faster.


Bonus Tips: Clean up unused layers

Sometimes we try a lot of things to get an effect or look for a design; this often leaves some unused layers. Eliminating these layers will not only keep the Layers tab clean and neat but it also reduces the PSD file size as well.


Conclusion

These practices, ideally, should be done from the moment the first layer is produced. It’s a matter of preferences what sticks and what goes. Some might prefer organizing the layers/groups from the beginning while others might do it after the whole design is complete.


However, these tips are not the only way to be organized and nobody is totally right when it comes to tips and best practices. It all depends on our working experience with Photoshop. Feel free to share and add your experiences in the comments section below.



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Using ‘Actions’ in Photoshop helps you reduce time in processing and saving images. The usual way to run a saved action is to use shortcut buttons, but if you have too many actions in your list, chances are, some of them are saved without any shortcut keys assigned. So running these actions will require you to select related actions and clicking on the tiny ‘Play action’ button.


Play Action shortcut


If however, you can set a keyboar

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d shortcut for the ‘Play’ button to run a single or multiple actions at once, you can simplify everything and save time.


This quick guide will show how you can assign shortcut keys to ‘Play action’.



Set Keyboard shortcut for ‘Play Action’


Go to Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.


Menu




The options window will appear. From the Shortcuts For dropdown menu, select Panel Menus.


Shortcuts



At Panel Menus, go to Actions and set shortcut keys for the ‘Play‘ button. To set the shortcut, simply highlight Play and press your keyboard keys. In this example, we use keyboard keys Shift + Cmd + 1 as our shortcut.

Add shortcut




Click Accept and then hit the OK button.


Record




Conclusion

Now you have successfully added a keyboard shortcut to your ‘Play action’ button. The next time you need to play action, you can simply select an action and hit the keyboard shortcut without having to click on the tiny play button.


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From time to time, we observe, find and collect high-quality photoshop tutorials and feature them in lists such as this to keep our readers abreast with the latest and greatest tutorials around. We’ve previously showcased a number of text effect tutorials, as well as tutorials on photo effects, and retro and vintage effects, but if you’re more into text effects, then today’s article will more than likely help you kick it up a notch.


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I’ve put together more than 20 fantastic Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials that give you cute, creepy, festive, fun and even legendary results. If you like what you see, check out the tutorials via the links provided below. Which of the tutorials did you like best? Tell us your thoughts.


3D Skyscraper Text Effect

Stack up your text in 3D skyscraper style using Photoshop CS5. [View Tutorial]



3D Ribbon Wrapped

Create a 3D ribbon cutout text effect in Photoshop from scratch with this detailed tutorial. [View Tutorial]



Cinematic "Sergeant America" Text Effect

This tutorial focuses on how to create a marvelous "Sergeant America" metallic text in Photoshop. [View Tutorial]



Retro Folded Typography

Put your text through the folds, with an awesome folded coloured paper text effect in Photoshop. [View Tutorial]



Super Glossy 3D Typography

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Sometimes we have a precious moment in our lives captured in the wrong way. This is where Photoshop is used to fix this problem — to enhance and retouch our precious, yet less-than-perfect image to become precious perfect ones.


enhance retouch image in photoshop How to Enhance & Retouch an Image   Photoshop Tutorial


In this tutorial, I will share som

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e of my favourite enhancing and retouching techniques. You may know some of my techniques, and others, you may not. So, let’s get started.


Step 1

Open the Cosplay Girl image. Special thanks to Priestess Shizuka for her permission to use this image. You can find the image here. Crop it (Ctrl + C) to get rid of those black edges at the top and bottom.


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Step 2

Notice that the image isn’t smooth enough, especially the hair, so I want to make it smoother by increasing the amount of the pixels. Choose Image > Image size, or hit Alt + Ctrl + I on the keyboard. In the resolution column, change the value to 200 pixels/inch or more. And then click OK.


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Step 3

Now I want to level it, to make this image better. As you can see when we open the histogram (Window > Histogram), the histogram tells us that this image suffered an ‘unbalance’ tonal range. The gap at the light area (right side) means the highlight areas are not as bright as they could be. Thats why the image looks rather dull.


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It will be good if we can trace the brightest, darkest and midtone pixels of this image to apply proper level adjustment on it. This is so Photoshop can convert the brightest pixels in this image to become pure bright (pure white), darkest pixels to be pure dark, and the midtones as well, for ideal tonal distribution.


To do that, duplicate the background layer by hitting Ctrl + J. Create a new layer under it by hitting Ctrl + Shift + N, and then, fill it with white color (Ctrl + Backspace).


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Step 4

Target layer 1, and double click it to bring up the Layer Style dialog box. On the Blending Options window, drag the white triangle to the left, until it almost meets the black triangle on the left post. The remaining spot is the darkest pixel in this image.


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Step 5

Take the Color Sampler tool, change the Sample Size to 3 by 3 Average, then point it to one of those remaining spots in this image. We’ve got sample 1 here — the darkest pixels.


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Step 6

Repeat step 4, but this time in the Layer Style window, do the opposite by dragging the black triangle to the right.


Again with the Color Sampler tool, point it to the one of those remaining spots. We’ve got sample 2: the lightest pixels.


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Step 7

This time we want to trace the midtones. Repeat step 4, and in the Layer Style window drag the black and white triangles to the center, around 127.5 (= 255/2). However, when we drag it close to 127.5, the spot sample becomes too narrow, with a focus on the girl only, not the background, thus we should drag the black triangle to 121, and the white triangle to 134 (6.5 units either way of 127.5).


That will be the ‘equal’ value for both of them. Then, with the Sampler Color tool, take a sample from one of those remaining spots. Here we’ve got Sample 3: the midtones.


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Step 8

Now target Layer 1, double click it to bring up the Layer Style dialog box, and then reset those triangles to the original post. Now, with the Sampler tool still active, you should indications as shown below:


enhance retouch step8 How to Enhance & Retouch an Image   Photoshop Tutorial


You can use actual pixel mode when tracing those spots, to get more accurate results, but in this case, I think what we did before is enough.


Step 9

Now, create a Levels Adjustments layer above layer 1. On the Levels Adjustments window, use the eyedropper to set the black point. Click on the eyedropper, at black, then on Sample 1 that we made previously.


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Step 10

For the midtones, click the eyedropper for gray point, point and click it to Sample 3. And last, click the eyedropper for white point, then point and click Sample 2.


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Now, what we’ve got here is an image with an ‘ideal’ tonal and color range. We’ve got pure black, pure white and the tonal spans mathematically ideal. With a quick visual check, you can see that the image is indeed getting better. That’s the best I can achieve for this image so far.


Step 11

Now let’s add some details and emphasize some parts of the image. Of course, Photoshop can’t create any details, but it can reveal or enhance it. First, hit Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E to merge the layers without flattening all layers beneath it. Target this new layer, then go to Image > Calculations. This will bring us to the Calculations dialog box.


enhance retouch step11 How to Enhance & Retouch an Image   Photoshop Tutorial


Step 12

After taking a closer look at each channel, you will see that the green channel contains the most details, so we’re going to use that channel as a ‘patch’. We’re going to multiply it to get a more significant result. In the Calculations dialog box, set the value as shown below.


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Step 13

The result will be located at the bottom of the Channels palette, name it ‘Alpha 1′. Click it, select all (Ctrl + A), copy (Ctrl + C), and then go back to the Layers Palette and paste it (Ctrl + V) on top of all the layers. Then set the Blending Mode to Soft light. Name it ‘Basic’.


enhance retouch step13 How to Enhance & Retouch an Image   Photoshop Tutorial


Step 14

The dark details distribute nicely, but there seems to be too much light. Let’s decrease it a little. Double click the Basic Layer to bring up the Layer Style dialog box, then while holding the Alt key, move the white triangle to the left; it will separate the triangles to give us a smooth transition.


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Step 15

On step 13, we may have lost some details on her clothes; so let’s fix that. To do that, add a layer mask for this Layer (Basic Layer), and brush that area with the soft black brush, to get back some detail from the underlying layer. I use a Soft Round Brush with size 50 px, Hardness 0%, and Opacity 20%. Make sure you target the Layer Mask Thumbnail on the Layers Pallete before brushing.


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Step 16

Now let’s smooth out the skin especially the right shoulder. To do that, hit Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E again and apply the median filter. Choose Filter > Noise > Median. Set the radius to 10 pixels. Again, apply a layer mask to this layer, Hide All by holding the Alt key when you click the Add Layer Mask button. Use a white smooth brush to cover the rough areas, but leave the hair and edges. Name this layer ‘Smooth Skin’.


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Step 17

Now let’s sharpen the image. Like before, hit Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E, and name it ‘Sharpen’. Copy this new layer by hitting Ctrl + J. Hide the copy by clicking the eye icon on the Layers Palette. And then target the original Sharpen layer, go to Filter > Other > High Pass. Set the radius to 2 pixels, and change the Blending Mode to Vivid Light.


We can see now, how the details become more vivid in this image. However, the hair has also ‘sharpened’ and looks rough, which is not wanted, so, let’s add a layer mask again, reveal only some parts: eyes, nose, lips and clothes using a smooth soft brush.


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Step 18

Now target the Sharpen Copy layer that we’ve made before. Make it visible. Name it ‘Smooth Hair’, because this time I want to smooth out the hair using this layer. Go to Filter > Stylize > Diffuse. Select Anisotropic, and then click OK. Add a Layer Mask, and hide all areas except the hair. Zoom in to see the result.


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Step 19

Finally, create the Hue/Saturation adjustments layer on top. Set the Saturation value to 20 to give this image more color. You can compare this final result with the original image, by simply holding the Alt key, and clicking on the eye icon of the original layer image.


Final result

And walla, here’s our final image! You can download the PSD here.


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Want to inject a little uniqueness in your ordinary portrait photo? In today’s Photoshop tutorial, we show you how to touch up your photo, giving it some painting and sketching effect as shown in image below.


pencil sketching effect How to Create a Painting Effect   Photoshop Tutorial


The steps are pretty simple and straight-forward. Before we get started, we’

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;re going to need a few things. We recommend that you download them before going into the tutorial.



Girl photo by Megancatfish (Deviantart)
Grunge paper texture by Bashcorpo (Deviantart)

Let’s get started!



Step 1

Start by creating a new canvas of 600×400 (or any sizes you think fit) in Photoshop. Create a new layer, call it "Layer 1" and place the photo we downloaded earlier inside.


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Step 2

In this step, we’ll first turn it ito a black and white photo. You can use any technique, but we are going to make use of the Hue/Saturation.


Look for Hue/Saturation under Adjustments palette (Windows > Adjustment). Decrease its Saturation value to -100. A "Hue/Saturation 1" layer will then be added to your Layers palette.


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With "Layer 1" selected, find and add Color Balance under Adjustments palette. A "Color Balance 1" layer will then be added to your Layers palette.


Under the Color Balance’s Adjustment palette, switch Tone to Shadows and the following values:



Cyan/Red: -59
Magenta/Green: -100
Yellow/Blue: -92

Then switch Tone to Highlights, and enter the following values:



Cyan/Red: -5
Magenta/Green: -1
Yellow/Blue: -50

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Your temporarily result will look something like the image below. Let’s go ahead and merge all the layers. To do that, we’ll first select all 3 layers "Hue/Saturation 1", "Color Balance 1" and "Layer 1" and then we hit Control + E (or Layers > Merge Down).


Let’s call our new marged layer "Girl"


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Step 3

Create a new layer with command Ctrl + Shift + N, fill it with white color with command Ctrl + Backspace. Move it bottom so it stays below the "Girl layer"


Double click "Girl" layer to bring up the Layer Style dialog. Under the Blend If: section, look for the white triangular of This Layer:, hold the Alt key, and drag the white triangular towards the left until you reach the number 191/255.


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After that, merge all layers with command Ctrl + E. Make sure our layer’s name is still "Girl"


Step 4

Hit Ctrl + Shift + N to create a new layer under "Girl" layer, fill it up with white color with command Ctrl + Backspace. Make sure the "Girl" layer is selected, hit Ctrl + J seven times to create seven new copies. Turn all Girl copy X layers off by clicking on the eye icon on the left of Layers palette.


This leaves us with the original "Girl" layer. With it selected, do a Motion Blur (Filter > Blue > Motion Blur) the follwing values for:



Angle: -22
Distance: 484.

Next, let’s add some Watercolor effect (Filter > Artistic > Watercolor) and set the following values for:



Brush Details: 1
Shadow Intensity: 0
Texture: 3

Hit OK, and set the layer’s Opacity to 60% and name it "Wet Brush 1".


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Step 5

Moving up the Layers palette, look for the "Girl Copy", click on its eye icon to make it visible. Apply Motion Blur (Filter > Blur > Motion Blur) with the following values:



Angle: 22
Distance: 247

Then we add Watercolor (Filter > Artistic > Watercolor) like we did in Step 4. No change to Watercolor settings, hit OK when done. With the layer selected, set its Opacity to 85%.


Now, let’s give it a little hand-sketching feel. With "Girl Copy" later still selected, go into transformation mode with command Ctrl + T. Rotate it 90 degree CW, hit Enter/Return to confirm its transformation.


Give it a little Sheer effect (Filter > Distort > Shear) as showned in the image below, and then rotate it back to 90 degree CCW.


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Hit Ctrl + T again to go into transformation mode. Move it back to fit the canvas, and decrease its height for about 40%.


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With "Girl Copy" layer still selected, click Add Layer Mask button at the bottom of Layers palette to give it a mask layer. Select the Gradient Tool with the command G, and give the mask layer a gradient of white (top) and black (bottom).


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Now, you may notice some hard edges and we are going to clean it up. Select Brush Tool with the command B with the following values:



Size: 150px
Hardness: 0%
Opacity: 30%

Paint on the hard edges and corners repeatly to smoothen things up.


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Step 6

Select "Girl Copy 2" layer, click the eye icon to make it visible. Get Sprayed Strokes (Filter > Brush Stroke > Sprayed Strokes) and set the following values:



Stroke Length: 20
Spray Radius: 20
Stoke Direction: Right Diagonal

We proceed to getting some Angled Strokes (Filter > Brush Stroke > Angled Strokes) and give it the following values:



Direction Balance: 100
Stroke Length: 50
Sharpness: 10

Set the Opacity of this layer to 70% and double click it to bring up the Layer Style dialog. Under Blend if: section, hold Alt key and drag white triangular towards the left until you see the number 144/221.


Click OK to return to the canvas, select Gaussian Blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) and give it a Radius value of 0.8px. Name this later "Dark Strokes" and set its blending mode to Hard light.


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Step 7

Select "Girl Copy 3" layer, click eye icon making visible. Give it a Crosshatch (Filter > Brush Stokes > Crosshatch) with the following values:



Stroke Lenght: 50
Sharpness: 14
Strength: 3

Then, give it Gaussian Blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) of 0.4px. Set the layer’s Blending mode to Multiply, and lastly, name the layer "Crosshatch"


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Step 8

Yeap, you guessed it. Open up "Girl copy 4". Change its layer Opacity to 85%. Now, with "Girl copy 4" selected, hold the Alt key and click Add layer mask on the bottom of Layers palette. This allows us to add layer mask but hiding it at the same time.


Get the Brush tool with the command B, and select the following values:



Size: 150px
Hardness: 0%
Opacity: 20%

Make sure the foreground color is white, start painting repeatedly on the face and body and to reveal them. Focus on main parts like eyes, lops and nose. Use White color to reveal parts you want to show, and Black to hide them. Our aim here is to maintain artistic and sketching effect; make it looks dirty, but not too dirty. You get the drift.


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Once you are happy with the result, we fall back to "Crosshatch" layer. Select the layer, hold the Alt key and add a Layer mask. Do the same as you previously did – paint it with Black and/or White brush until you get similar result like the image below.


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Step 9

Next, we go to "Girls copy 5" layer. Double click the layer to bring up Layer Style dialog, change Blend Mode to Color Burn.


Again with the later selected, hold the Alt key and click Add layer mask button. Our aim here is to make the face and body darker so we grab the Brush tool with command B and repeately painting on those parts until you get result like the image below.


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Step 10

Now we want to add some edges on it. Select the "Girl copy 6" layer, click on its eye icon to make it visible.


Look for filter effect Glowing Edges (Filter > Stylize > Glowing Edges), set the following values:



Edge Width: 1
Edge Brightness: 20
Smoothness: 10

Click OK, then hit command Ctrl + I to invert it. Set the image’s Brightness/Contrast (Image > adjustments > Brightness/Contrast) to:



Brightness: 150
Contrast: 100

Set the layer’s Blending Mode to Multiply and Opacity 75%. Again, like our previous steps, hit Layer mask button while holding Alt key. Get the Brush B tool, paint gently on the image to reveal some smooth edges.


Name this layer "Edges".


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Step 11

Moving on, turn on "Girl Copy 7" layer. Our goal here is to get some wet brush the shoulder, we’ll do something similar to what we did in Step 5.


Call up Motion Blur (Filter > Blur Motion Blur), set the following values:



Angle: 0
Distance: 600px

Give it Watercolor (Filter > Artistic > Watercolor), hit OK with default settings. Then we bend it with Shear effect (Filter > Distort > Sheer). Use command Ctrl + T to go into Tranformation mode, rotate the image a little to the left (or right) and hit OK.


Hold Alt key and click Add Layer mask, and paint some White Color with Brush B tool over the shoulder.


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Step 12

Now we’d like to enhance the texture effect for this art. Download Paper texture v5 by Bashcorpo, pull it inside our working PSD file and fit it on top of our layer. Hit Ctrl + Shift + U to Desaturate it, and change the layer’s Blending Mode to Darker Color.


Now, because the texture image is actually bigger than our image, you can move it around to see which part of the texture fits best.


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Step 13

It’d will be nice to give the image some Sin City effect. Let’s go ahead and add some red color for the glasses. To do it, go to Adjustments palette (Windows > Adjustments) and click on the Hue/Saturation button. A "Hue/Saturation 1" layer will then be created. Check the Colorize checkbox, and the following values:



Hue: 0
Saturation: 20
Lightness: 0

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Select the Layer mask, and hit command Ctrl + I to hide all the reds. To reveal the red color over the glasses. let’s use a standard soft round Brush B with the following settings:



Size: 80px
Opacity: 30%.

Repeat clicking on the center of the glasses to get feather effect, like what’s shown in the image below.


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Step 14

We are almost done! Now if you are unsatisfied with any of the effects, feel free to go down each of the layers and give it some final touch-ups with Brush B tool. Remember, White’s to reveal, Black’s to hide.


We hope you get a similar effect like the image below.


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Download

Click here to download the PSD for this tutorial.