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Layer effects

Layer effects was new in Photoshop 5 and makes a lot of third party plugins unnecessary. Here's a brief overwiev of these effects. Be sure to check out how...

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Editing, Transforming, and Retouching Images part 1

Extracting Image Content from Backgrounds Every day, content is extracted from its background on thousands of workstations around the globe so that it can be imposed over a different background....

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Using the Toolbar

For the following please refer to the picture above to identify the location of the function on the tool-bar. Marquee Tool The marquee tool selects areas within a layer. It...

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Hacking Preferences and Documents part 3

Comparing Documents for Differences Sometimes you need to compare two files that might look identical when opened but that you suspect differ in some minor detail. You can do this...

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Hacking Preferences and Documents part 4

Saving Files You would think that saving files would be dead easy: Select Save and click OK. If only it were that simple. There are a few gotchas that can,...

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Hacking Preferences and Documents part 2

Specifying Default Resolution for New Preset Documents When you create a new preset for a custom document size in the File>New dialog box, Photoshop uses the resolution values set in...

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Using Palettes – Channels

The Channels palette acts as a sort of container for the pixels in a layer. Each time you activate a layer; the channels associated with the layer automatically come into...

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Using Palettes – Color

The Color palette provides an alternative way of choosing foreground and background colors to the Color Picker (Figure 3-8). In contrast to the Color Picker, it comes with an assigned...

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Using Palettes – Layers

The Layers palette is where all the action takes place. From it, you can control the position and the appearance of all the data in your image. It would not...

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Using Palettes – Levels

When people first start to use Photoshop and want to lighten or darken an image manually, most people gravitate toward the Levels command. Nothing wrong with that; the design of...

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Using Palettes – Navigator

When you magnify your image's view by a percentage higher than 100%, you can use the Navigator palette to show the hidden areas of the image. There are three ways...

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Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts – Tips & Resources

Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts - Tips & ResourcesIn this tutorial I'll show you how to use Photoshop CS and CS2 to change your keyboard shortcuts, how to save sets of...

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