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Adobe Photoshop is a popular high-end digital image editing application, which focuses primarily on bitmapped (raster) graphics. Photoshop is designed to read and convert images from/to a wide range of graphics formats. It is particularly popular for developing images to be used in website design.



3D Type Effect  (link broken)

Using Photoshop's built-in features, you can easily create a simple looking 3D type effect in a few easy steps.

Kelby, Scott. Mac Design Magazine (2003). Design>Typography>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Add A Stroke Layer Style  (link broken)

Shows how to create a stroke layer style in Photoshop CS2 to quickly add a custom border to your photos.

Kloskowski, Matt. Planet Photoshop (2006). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Adding Reflections to Water in Photoshop

Denny Tang shows how to add sparkle to your images of water in this Photoshop tutorial.

Tang, Denny. Graphics.com (2005). Design>Graphic Design>Image Editing>Adobe Photoshop


Adobe Photoshop CS Layer Effects

In this topic, you will apply Bevel and Emboss and Outer Glow effects to an Adobe Photoshop CS type layer.

Adobe (2004). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Adobe Photoshop CS Type Layers

In this topic, you will create a Photoshop CS type layer in which you will add and format type.

Adobe (2004). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Adobe Photoshop Power Shortcuts  (link broken)   (PDF)

In Photoshop CS2, many of the shortcuts for the application menus, palette menus and tools can be customized using the Keyboard Shortcuts editor. Although this document mentions some of the more common editable shortcuts, it also provides additional functionality only accessible through using keyboard modifiers which can't be changed through the Keyboard Shortcut editor. Although this is not a completely comprehensive list of all of the keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop CS2, it is my goal to present the shortcuts and additional functionality that enable me to use Photoshop CS2 both more freely and efficiently.

Kost, Julieanne and Daniel Brown. Adobe Evangelists (2006). (Italian) Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Arm-Wrestling the Photoshop Police

Adobe is shipping a 6.0 upgrade to Photoshop that, for many Mac users, proves unusable. We learned back in the 1980s that when you rake your legitimate users over the coals in the hopes of catching the occasional thief, you end up with a lot of really raked off users. Apparently, someone at Adobe has forgotten.

Tognazzini, Bruce. Nielsen Norman Group (2001). Articles>User Interface>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Automating Photoshop CS2  (link broken)   (PDF)

Automating repetitive tasks in Photoshop can increase productivity as well as save time and money. Almost any command (or set of commands) in Photoshop can be recorded into an action to be applied repetitively to a single file or across multiple file. The most basic action will execute one command such as resizing an image or displaying a dialog box. More complex actions can execute multiple commands automating more elaborate tasks. When used with the Batch command and/or Droplets, these actions can be applied to multiple files at once, enabling Photoshop to do repetitive tasks more quickly than even the best-trained Photoshop user! When repetitive tasks in a more involved workflow need to be carried out between applications, then AppleScript, Visual Basic, or JavaScript can be used to create scripts which work with Photoshop. In the case of conditional logic (a fancy way of saying 'Make a decision!') when an action needs to be applied to some files but not others, JavaScript files can be written to fulfill this need. One word of caution when first trying to conquer actions - run them on duplicate files, leaving your pre- cious originals unaltered. As you become more Action savvy, you can kick off those training wheels, and batch away!

Kost, Julieanne and Daniel Brown. Adobe Evangelists (2006). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Basic Photoshop Painting Techniques for Technical Illustrations

In this demonstration we will be approaching the entire illustration process in much the same way as was done before Photoshop or any other computer graphics programs where created. In the non-digital world, you would start with an inked line drawing on illustration board.

Hulsey, Kevin. Kevin Hulsey Illustration (2006). Design>Graphic Design>Technical Illustration>Adobe Photoshop


Be Prepared: Fill the Gaps in Your Photoshop Know-How

It's next to impossible for one person to know the ins and outs of every single facet of Photoshop. With that in mind, we present three video tutorials to plug a variety of holes in your Photoshop knowledge.

Perkins, Chad. Creative Pro (2007). Articles>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Beveled Steel Type

Brushed metal is always a cool effect to pull off in Photoshop. And after you’ve created your steel texture, what better place to use it than to produce beveled steel type?

Harris, Rich. Planet Photoshop (2006). Design>Graphic Design>Typography>Adobe Photoshop


Bitmap to Vector?  (link broken)

Line art and stencils from a bitmap? Tough question. If it's line art you're looking for, convert the bitmaps to grayscale, then use the Brightness / Contrast adjustment layers to 'homogenize' your image and clean up edges.

Photoshop 911 (2005). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Brushed Metal Effects

In this tutorial we'll look at using some of Photoshop's tools to produce realistic brushed-metal effects. You can easily apply these effects to text or to other objects such as geometric shapes and interface bars.

Elated (2001). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Circular Type

You can easily create a simple circular type effect in just a few easy steps with this quick tutorial.

Kelby, Scott. Mac Design Magazine (2003). Design>Typography>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Color Corrections with Hue/Saturation

Hue/Saturation dialog uses HSB (hue-saturation-brightness) model of the color presentation. The slider Hue shifts color position on the rainbow-colored bar at the bottom of the dialog, Saturation can increase/decrease color intensity, while Lightness changes its brightness

Doubrovski, Andrei. Photoshop 911 (2004). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Color Photo from Black and White

This reader wants to make a color photo from a black and white. Tough question.

Photoshop 911 (2004). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Coloring Old Black and White Drawings

Step 1. Clean up any blemishes or distracting marks in the illustration. Make it as perfect a B & W illustration as you can. Make sure the contrast, sharpness and clarity are uniform throughout. Step 2. You will have sharply clear demarcations of tone which are easy and you will have areas where the tones between parts are quite similar and therefore more difficult. Start by using the Keep-Color brush to preserve everything you do not wish to color. Carefully outline each element with your chosen color being sure there are no unwanted gaps. Where there is no demarcation between tones, you should outline each color as precisely as you can. Also, the original may have lines separating the sleeve from the jacket for example. Cover that line with the Keep-Color brush and put a line of your chosen color closely beside each side of the line. Step 3. Press the run button (green arrow) and be amazed when your B & W illustration pops into color just as you ordered. Press the green check mark , the AKVIS window closes and the changes are applied to your original graphic. Save your new image immediately."

Sisson, Gordon. AKVIS (2006). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Colorizing a Map in Photoshop

Laying color over a map is easier than you think and it doesn't require brushes.

Photoshop 911 (2004). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Creating a Grunge Effect Using Only Photoshop

This tutorial will teach you how to quickly create a 'grunge' effect for your photos using ONLY Photoshop. And while you might not need a grunge image, it will show you how to create a vector mask which will give you a tool to create numerous effects easily.

Robbins, Kyle. ReEncoded (2008). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Depth of Field

Shows how to simulate a depth of field effect using a filter.

Kloskowski, Matt. Planet Photoshop (2006). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Design a Simple Textured Typographic Poster in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I will demonstrate how to design a simple, textured and clean typographic poster. Following the steps in this tutorial, you will find techniques for creating a beautiful textured background and working with type in Photoshop.

Laurinavicius, Tomas. Design Instruct (2011). Design>Graphic Design>Typography>Adobe Photoshop


Designorati: Photoshop

D:Photoshop strives to be a well-written source of news, information and techniques for intermediate and advanced users of Photoshop. Users who have a few years of Photoshop experience and a good grasp of its basic tools and tactics will benefit from this ongoing source of production techniques, step-by-step tutorials, reviews of upcoming Photoshop-related products and industry news. There are four sections to D:Photoshop: Techniques, which includes articles on specific Photoshop tools and techniques and how they affect an image. Tutorials, which include step-by-step applications of Photoshop tools and techniques that can unlock your productivity and capabilities in real-world production situations. Reviews, thorough commentary on the Photoshop products hitting the market this moment, including books, videos and other media, hardware and software. News on current events in the Photoshop industry.

Schultz, Jeremy. Designorati (2005). Resources>Software>Graphic Design>Adobe Photoshop


Easy Duotones and Silhouettes

Using the Blend If sliders in the Layer Style dialog box, you can quickly and easily create interesting duotone and silhouette effects.

Bauer, Peter. Planet Photoshop (2006). Design>Graphic Design>Prepress>Adobe Photoshop


Fading One Image into Another

In this tutorial you'll learn how to use layer masks to create the effect of one image gradually fading into another.

Elated (2003). Design>Graphic Design>Software>Adobe Photoshop


Fast Frames

Here's a couple of super quick frame effects to add a little burst of creativity to otherwise mundane photos.

Snider, Lesa. Planet Photoshop (2006). Design>Graphic Design>Photography>Adobe Photoshop



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