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Blending Modes: Dissolve

Photoshop has what it calls “Blending Modes.” In the Layers palette, these options show up in the drop-down that is usually set to “Normal.” You can also set the blending...

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Copying Layer Styles in Photoshop

I just learned a new trick!! I'll explain my “old way” of doing things first. Let's say you have a layer in Photoshop and apply a Layer Style (drop shadow,...

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Darken and Lighten Blending Modes

Here are two images that I'm going to blend together. I purposefully made them two different colors, and also made sure that the light/dark values were different as well: ...

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Photoshop Tool Basics

I decided to start at the beginning. The very beginning. For those people who just "picked up" a copy of Photoshop and have no idea what to do with it....

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Multiply Mode in Photoshop

Well, the answer actually depends on the value (lightness/darkness) of the red and green used, when you're dealing with Multiply Mode in Photoshop. Let's get to some examples. When you...

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Photoshop’s Linear Light

The Linear Light blending mode is a combination of Linear Burn and Linear Dodge—but similar to Vivid Light, the combination gives slightly different results. I created an example similar to...

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Feel the Color Burn

Again, let's start with the Photoshop description of Color Burn: Color Burn: Looks at the color information in each channel and darkens the base color to reflect the blend color...

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Background Masking Techniques in Photoshop part 1

The Magic Eraser Technique The Magic Eraser tool (hold down the Eraser icon in the toolbar to access it) allows you to erase pixels that are all the same...

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Color Dodge Blend Mode

You may have caught on by now that Photoshop has “opposite” blend modes: Darken vs. Lighten, Multiply vs. Screen, and Color or Linear Burn vs. Color or Linear Dodge. So...

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Halftone custom photoshop shape

This tutorial is going to show you a way to create halftone custom adobe Photoshop shapes. These shapes can be used in many design projects like logo design, flyer design...

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Exploiting Filters part 1

Hacking Filters There are literally thousands of Photoshop filters that you can purchase or download for free from the Internet. The filters are designed to cover a varietyof functions, ranging...

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Exploiting Filters part 2

Placing a Lens Flare PreciselyThe Lens Flare filter lets you simulate flares caused by light sources shining directly into the camera lens. You can place the lens flare pretty accurately...

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