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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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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 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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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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Optimizing Performance in Photoshop CS2 – part 3

Reducing Palette Thumbnail Size Leaving the Preferences dialog for the time being, the palettes also have options that can affect performance. For example, the Layers, Channels, and Paths palettes all...

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Using Palettes – History

As you apply changes to your document, the histories feature creates snapshots and stores them in RAM or on your hard disk that you have assigned as the scratch disk....

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Optimizing Performance in Photoshop CS2 – part 4

Assigning Scratch Disks Photoshop uses a temporary file for storing data and performing computations when there is insufficient RAM. It places this temporary file, commonly referred to as a scratch...

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Hacking Preferences and Documents part 1

Photoshop, ImageReady, and Bridge all use preference files to store application settings. For example, the Adobe Photoshop CS2 Prefs file contains all the options for general display; history logs; file...

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Using Palettes – Brushes

While working in Photoshop, you will be hard put not to use the brush tools in an editing session. Most tasks require some form of painting, even if it's not...

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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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