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Photoshop How-To: Experimenting with Traditional Techniques

Photographers have always liked playing tricks with images. Try these time-honored techniques for adding polish and pizzazz to your digital photos in Photoshop.

Georges, Gregory. Creative Pro (2004). Design>Graphic Design>Image Editing>Adobe Photoshop


Picture Fixes   (PDF)

Correct almost any problem photo by harnessing the power of the Curves and Levels dialog boxes in Photoshop.

Fraser, Bruce. Adobe Magazine (1996). Design>Graphic Design>Image Editing>Adobe Photoshop


Pixel Power   (PDF)

A collection of Photoshop tips and techniques, including making Photoshop fly, managing color palettes for your Web images, and lots of great Photoshop tips.

Adobe Magazine (1996). Design>Graphic Design>Image Editing>Adobe Photoshop


PowerPoint 2010: Remove Background

As we noted in the last post about inserting a screenshot, a lot of the work for Office 2010 has been about improving workflow for image insertion and editing.

PowerPoint Team Blog, The (2010). Design>Graphic Design>Image Editing>Microsoft PowerPoint


Relative Sizing and Images

Few people realize that with today's modern browsers, relative sizing can in fact be added to images as well as text elements on your web page. Making the image scale with the text may aid in accessibility, despite the degradation of quality.

WATS.ca (2006). Articles>Web Design>Image Editing>CSS


Restoring a Badly Damaged Photo

In the following example we will retouch a badly damaged photo. The photo is not only covered with numerous scratches and small defects, but its edges are jagged and torn. At first glance it seems that this photo is in such a state of disrepair that it is almost impossible to restore.

AKVIS. AKVIS (2011). Design>Graphic Design>Image Editing>Adobe Photoshop


Restoring Damaged Photos   (PDF)

Time isn't kind to treasured photographs. See Photoshop Diva Katrin Eismann's digital techniques for repairing creased, stained, torn, and damaged photos.

Eismann, Katrin. Creative Pro (2004). Design>Graphic Design>Image Editing>Adobe Photoshop


The Right Match   (PDF)

Ever wonder why some graphics file formats have a poor reputation? Sometimes, it's not because they're inherently bad, but because they're not designed to be used in certain ways, on certain printers, or on certain platforms. Knowing how to match a job with the right formats can save you some real headaches.

Kvern, Olav Martin. Adobe Magazine (1997). Design>Graphic Design>Image Editing>Standards


Screen Captures 102   (PDF)

This document is about making screen captures for technical writers working primarily in a Microsoft Windows environment. The tools targeted include Adobe FrameMaker, Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, along with Techsmith’s SnagIt, Adobe Photoshop, and Ulead’s PhotoImpact 4.2. Certainly, the thoughts and techniques mentioned herein can be applied to other professions, other operating systems, and other tools.

Brierley, Sean. TECHWR-L. Books>Documentation>Image Editing>Screen Captures


Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques is an interdisciplinary community interested in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. Members include researchers, developers and users from the technical, academic, business, and art communities. SIGGRAPH provides information to the computer graphics community through its annual conference, publications and the SIGGRAPH Video Review. SIGGRAPH members receive the quarterly newsletter Computer Graphics, the SIGGRAPH annual conference publications which consist of the proceedings (printed, CD-ROM and videotape), electronic art and animation catalog (printed and CD-ROM) and the conference abstracts and applications (printed and CD-ROM). A 'Lite' membership is available at a reduced rate that includes the quarterly newsletter but not the conference publications package. A 'Plus' option is also available with significant discounts on the proceedings of other computer graphics conferences and workshops. All members receive discounts to the annual conference, publications and other SIGGRAPH sponsored events, and complimentary access to the graphics publications in the ACM Digital Library.

ACM SIGGRAPH. Organizations>TC>Image Editing


The Squeeze Is On   (PDF)

Lossy or lossless? No, the subject isn't baseball, it's file compression. Understanding it can improve your image.

Fleishman, Glenn. Adobe Magazine (1998). Design>Graphic Design>Image Editing


Unexpected Text   (PDF)

I know, I know, Illustrator is a drawing program - but its text-handling features can be handy, too. Here's a guide to using them.

Kvern, Olav Martin. Adobe Magazine (1996). Design>Graphic Design>Image Editing>Adobe Illustrator


Using Photography to Illustrate Technology Trends and New Capabilities   (PDF)

The very best of today’s public relations photography devises visual statements by carefully blending composition and lighting. Dramatic use of color has emerged as a strong graphic element over the past decade. Today’s inexpensive scanners and related image manipulation software provide new capabilities to manipulate B/W and color photos.

Brus, John M. STC Proceedings (1993). Design>Document Design>Image Editing>Visual Rhetoric


What Everybody Ought to Know About Digital Photo Retouching

Today we take a look deeper into the hidden art of digital retouching where skies can always be blue and imperfections simply disappear. Whether you like it or hate it, think it’s necessary or not, retouching is here to stay.

Inspired Magazine (2009). Articles>Graphic Design>Photography>Image Editing


When Bigger Isn't Better   (PDF)

Working with large bitmap images can clog your hard disk and slow performance to a crawl. Here are some tips for staying lean.

Katz, Wendy. Adobe Magazine (1995). Design>Graphic Design>Image Editing>Adobe Photoshop



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