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How To Dodge and Burn Effectively in Photoshop

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Dodging and burning is one of the oldest and most essential photo editing techniques. In this featured video, Jimmy McIntyre shows you why the most widely used techniques to dodge and burn are not really the best and how to apply dodging and burning in a more refined and controllable way.
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How to Get a Live Web Preview in Photoshop

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You may put many hours into editing an image to get everything perfect in Photoshop. But once you export and upload it to the web, you may be shocked to see that the colors are all wrong, the sharpening is too strong, and it just does not look good at thumbnail size. Sounds familiar, eh? In this video tutorial, I will show you how to get a live web preview of the images you edit in Photoshop. You can also download the tools I created to achieve that.
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Topaz DeNoise 6 - How to Be a Noise Reduction Ninja

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In this tutorial, I will show you a very effective workflow for reducing the noise in your images using Topaz DeNoise 6. Topaz Labs have released the latest version of their noise reduction software recently. And while they did not update the core noise reduction functionality over the previous version, it is still one of the best if not the best noise reduction software out there.
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Noise Stacking - How to Shoot at High ISO Without the Noise

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Shooting with a high ISO sensitivity naturally creates noisy images. We all know that. And removing that noise in post-production is difficult and impacts image quality. But there is actually a way to reduce the noise greatly even in high-ISO images with very little impact on the details in your image. And this technique does not require any noise reduction software or plugins.
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How to Sharpen a Really Noisy Image

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Noise and sharpening, don't go together well. If you sharpen a noisy image, the noise is sharpened too, making it even noisier. And if you apply noise reduction first, the image gets very soft and loses all the details that you may want to sharpen. It takes a few Photoshop tricks to get around this problem. In the video below, a photographer by the name Gabriel F shares a very interesting technique. He sharpens a really noisy image by extracting the details (including the edges to be sharpened) into a separate layer. Then he reduces the noise on that details layer and sharpens it subsequently. When he overlays this layer on the image, the noise is untouched while the edges are sharpened.
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Smart Masking in Photoshop - How to Combine Masks

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Editing images in Photoshop involves a lot of masking. For example, you'll have to create layer masks for adjustments that you want to confine to a specific region of your image. Creating those masks can be a long and tedious process. In this video, I'll be showing you how to build on the masks that you already have in your Photoshop project to create a new mask for other areas very quickly. This can really speed up your Photoshop work and lets you spend more time on the fun part.
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4 Techniques for Enhancing Details in Your Images

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Often, you will find yourself trying to get out some of the fine details in your images to give it more punch. Details enhancement is typically done using a variety of Photoshop plugins like Topaz Adjust, Nik Color Efx or Photomatix. But there is also a number of native tools that Photoshop provides to enhance detail, and it's good to have these at your disposal as they give you lots of flexibility. In the videos featured here, some very cool variants of the typical details enhancement process are shown. You will learn lots of advanced Photoshop tricks. So buckle up and lets go!
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How to Use Photoshop Effectively and Creatively - Analyze, Plan, Execute

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When you work on an image in Photoshop, are just doing things spontaneously and intuitively, or are you planning your work? If you don't have a goal, you can never reach it. That's also true for photo editing. Creating a piece of art from a photo can be a complex process that requires you to take lots of decisions along the way. Doing some prior planning can help tremendously with this process. In this article, I will show you briefly how I go about analyzing my images before I start processing them. Then, I'll give you a list of things to look out for when you do the planning for your own images.
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How to Bring Your RAW Images Into Photoshop the Right Way

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If you're editing a raw image file in Photoshop, your first stop in most cases is Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), Adobe's raw development software for Photoshop. In a typical workflow, you will apply some basic adjustments to your raw image in ACR before you send it from ACR to Photoshop to create more complex, layered adjustments. Both ends are pretty well understood and documented in thousands of online tutorials. But what is the best way to transfer the image from ACR to Photoshop? It turns out that there are a few things you have to consider in this process. In this video tutorial, I'll show you how to set up ACR such that you can bring your images into Photoshop at the highest possible quality and to allow for a fully non-destructive workflow that also enables you to go back to ACR and change your settings there at any time.
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3 Ways to Manipulate Selected Colors in Photoshop

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If you have a good understanding of composition and photographic techniques, you have many tools at your disposal for making your images stand out from the crowd. There's one aspect though that is usually out of your hands, at least when it comes to the photographic side: Color. The objects in your images are the color they are. Period! And apart from creating black and white images, there is not really a good way of changing that in your camera. But luckily, there are some tricks in post-processing for changing the colors of the elements in your images. Why would you want to do this? For example, in order to create appealing color contrasts that where not there in the original image. In this article, I feature three video tutorials that show you some cool techniques for manipulating colors in Photoshop.