Photoshop Curves Tool: 6 techniques every photographer must know

Photoshop Curves Tool: 6 techniques every photographer must know

The Photoshop Curves tool is one of the most powerful commands you have in the digital darkroom. But it can be intimidating to some. Here are 6 Photoshop Curves techniques every photographer should incorporate into their workflow.

Adobe to stop selling boxed copies of Photoshop CS

Adobe to stop selling boxed copies of Photoshop CS

Adobe will cease selling boxed versions of Photoshop CS and the other programs in its Creative Suite software, according to reports.

Photoshop CS2: is Adobe offering a free download? (UPDATE)

Photoshop CS2: is Adobe offering a free download?

Adobe may be offering free and legal downloads of Photoshop CS2, the older version of its popular photo editing software, according to screen grabs of a new page on the Adobe website.

Photoshop’s High Pass filter: sharpen and soften portraits in all the right places

Photoshop's High Pass filter: sharpen and soften portraits in all the right places

The Photoshop High Pass filter can be used to both sharpen and soften an image. This is particularly useful for portraits, where the subtle Photoshop effects help your subject stand out, but the High Pass filter is useful in a number of different photo editing situations (which we’ll explain later).

Photoshop effects: add reflections to pictures of water drops

Photoshop effects: how add reflections to pictures of water drops

Photoshop effects are often used to correct problems, but in this tutorial we’ll show you how you can use it for more creative endeavours as we improve a macro shot’s content and composition. In the start image, we can see a hint of the petals’ reflection in a water droplet. In theory, we could have positioned our camera to try to fill the droplet with background flowers, or even waited until the other droplets got larger to add more interest. In practice, we can take control over these elements more quickly and effectively using Photoshop to create reflections in pictures of water drops.

How to use Photoshop Actions for instant effects

How to use Photoshop Actions for instant effects

Learning how to use Photoshop Actions might not be the most glamorous aspect of creative post-processing, but integrate them into your workflow and you’ll save bags of time by applying your favourite special effects in seconds.

An Action is essentially a recording of a Photoshop process (you can only record Actions in CS; newer versions of Elements enable you to play Actions, but the options are limited). In this Photoshop tutorial we’ll create a cool retro effect by editing the red, green and blue colour channels on a Curves adjustment layer.

Image Sharpening: do it the subtle way

Subtle image sharpening: step 10

Even the best photographers can find it a challenge to capture a perfectly focused photograph, especially when shooting with a camera set to a wide aperture. The resulting shallow depth of field can make it difficult to get all of the key areas in focus, which makes image sharpening in the digital darkroom all the more imperative.

Master the Photoshop Unsharp Mask tool in 10 minutes or less

Master the Unsharp Mask Tool in 10 Minutes or Less

Sharpening photos won’t just help you to blur out of focus areas, it’ll also help you to create higher-quality prints. Find out how the Photoshop sharpening tool works in this quick guide.

How to set up a Photoshop Action to edit multiple photos

How to set up a Photoshop action - step 3

When you shoot dozens of similar shots in the same location, you may end up needing to tweak loads of nearly identical photos. 
You could slog through each photo one at a time, tweaking contrast using a Curves Adjustment Layer and then adding a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer to boost colour, but this repetitive editing process could take ages. A faster way to tackle a group of photos with similar photo-fixing needs is to condense multiple editing commands into a single Photoshop Action.

Get the retro photo effect in Photoshop

Get the retro photo effect in Photoshop

Retro is all the rage these days, and particularly the retro photo effect. Just because you shoot with a digital camera, though, doesn’t mean you can’t still get this lovely vintage film effect in your images.

In the quick Photoshop tutorial below we show you how you can get the retro photo effect in 4 easy steps.