How to Use Photoshop Effectively and Creatively - Analyze, Plan, Execute

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.

Refine Edge - Your Best Friend in Photoshop

Being able to create precise selections of objects, even if they have fuzzy edges is of major importance in Photoshop. You're not only going to need this ability if you want to create a composite image (two or more images blended together). It's also super helpful for selective editing where you apply different adjustments to the different objects in your images. No matter which method you're using to make your selections, the Refine Edge tool is your universal weapon for cleaning the edges of complex selections. However, when you open the tool for the first time, it may not be intuitive to use. In this article, I will show you how three Photoshop masters use Refine Edge in their Photoshop workflow.

4 Essential layer masking tools in Photoshop

Layer masking is one of the most essential skills when you are using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. In this article, I will give you an overview of the most important tools that Photoshop provides for creating layer masks. I will quickly run you through the basics of layer masks before we go on to the more advanced techniques like channel masks and paths. This will give you a set of tools that you can use in many different situations.