Layer mask techniques anyone can do: master this vital Photoshop effect

Layer mask techniques anyone can understand: master this vital Photoshop effect

Knowing how to use a Photoshop layer mask is at the heart of any type of creative image work. In this tutorial we explain the different ways in which you can master them.

Photoshop Layers De-mystified: a beginner’s guide to smarter photo editing

Photoshop Layers Explained: a beginner's guide to post-processing the smart way

It’s vital to have an understanding of Photoshop layers to get the best of your digital photography when post-processing images. Our latest photography cheat sheet explains what you need to know.

Blend Modes: the 10 best blends for photographers (and how to use them)

Blend Modes: the 10 best blends for photographers (and how to use them)

When it comes to digital photography and combining or enhancing images, there are two essential components – your layers and the Blend Mode you choose to work with. We’ll talk about layers in a later post; today we want to focus on the Photoshop Blend Modes and identify some of the best blends for photographers…. Continue reading

Hazy Photos: the easy way to rescue detail and colour

Rescue detail and colour from hazy photos: Step 12

When you take photographs on a hazy day, moisture particles in the air diffuse the light, causing distant objects to display a more subtle range of tones. This is a great way of evoking a sense of depth, due to the gradual change in contrast between objects in the foreground and those in the background.

The downside of shooting in such hazy conditions is that those more distant objects can be somewhat lacking in detail and definition. The haze can bleach distant colour, too, especially when shooting into the sun.

Focus stacking: how to fake perfect focus in Photoshop

Focus stacking: how to fake perfect focus in Photoshop

Sometimes it’s just not possible to get everything sharp at once. When you’re zoomed in tight on a subject, there might never be enough depth to get everything sharp, even at the lens’s minimum aperture.

The answer is to shoot a series of images with the focus set slightly further away each time, and then use a technique called ‘focus stacking’ to merge the separate photos into a finished picture that’s sharp from front to back.

Photoshop: how to use free photo frames

Photoshop tutorial: how to use free photo frames

So did you download free photo frames and borders but are confused how to actually get your images to appear inside them? Perhaps you even downloaded our 50 free photo frames.

If so, this quick Photoshop tutorial will show you how to add a frame to your pictures in Photoshop. It’s actually dead easy.

Create a contact sheet in Photoshop CS5

Create contact sheets to send to clients quickly and easily in Photoshop CS5 Digital Camera’s 10-part series ‘Teach Yourself Photoshop’ builds into a complete video reference library. These easy-to-follow video guides will take you on a start-to-finish journey through perfecting your photos in the digital darkroom. In this tutorial you’ll find out how to use… Continue reading

How to use layers in Photoshop CS5

Get to grips with layers in Photoshop, discovering how to improve your landscape photos in CS5 Digital Camera’s 10-part series ‘Teach Yourself Photoshop’ builds into a complete video reference library. These easy-to-follow video guides will take you on a start-to-finish journey through perfecting your photos in the digital darkroom. In this video, discover how Layers… Continue reading

Improve landscape photography with tone and colour

Give your landscape photographs an overhaul using adjustment layers Digital Camera’s 10-part series ‘Teach Yourself Photoshop’ builds into a complete video reference library. These easy-to-follow video guides will take you on a start-to-finish journey through perfecting your photos in the digital darkroom. In this video tutorial you’ll discover how to improve the look of your… Continue reading

Use Layer Blending to enhance portraits

Give your portrait photographs more impact using Blending Modes in Photoshop Elements Digital Camera’s 10-part series ‘Teach Yourself Photoshop’ builds into a complete video reference library. These easy-to-follow video guides will take you on a start-to-finish journey through perfecting your photos in the digital darkroom. In this tutorial video you’ll find out how to use… Continue reading