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    How to make a fantasy Photoshop composite

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 29/03/2012 07:30am
    How to make a fantasy Photoshop composite

    One of the great joys of Photoshop is the ability it gives you to take a person from one scene and put them somewhere entirely different. This enables you to make fantastical composite images. But while it’s a fairly simple matter to cut someone out and drop them on a different background, it’s slightly trickier to make the scene look convincing.

    Success depends on two main factors. First, photograph the images that make up your composite under similar lighting conditions. Our books were lit from the left to emphasise their shape and texture. The girl was also lit from the left and the camera was positioned above her to mimic the perspective of the book scene.

    Photo Editing: how to cut out hair in Photoshop CS5

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 26/03/2012 07:00am
    Photo Editing: how to cut out hair in Photoshop CS5

    Hair is notoriously difficult to cut out when photo editing. Including all those fine strands was once a job best left to the patient professional; pro Photoshop users generally made use of a complex method using Channels or third-party knockout plug-ins like Extensis Mask Pro. Everyone else had put up with something that looked like it’d been chopped out of Cosmo with a pair of garden shears!

    That was until the arrival of Photoshop CS5, which made the whole hair-masking process a doddle with the addition of the Refine Radius tool. It’s part of the Refine Edge/Refine Mask command, and it enables you to make a rough selection around hair edges and then brush out the background automatically, leaving you with nothing but the hair and its fine strands.

    CS6 gains speed with Adobe’s Mercury Graphic Engine

    | News | 24/03/2012 10:30am
    Photoshop CS6 to run faster with Adobe's Mercury Graphic Engine

    With the introduction of the Mercury Graphic Engine, Adobe Photoshop CS6 makes greater use of your computer’s graphics processor, or GPU, making complex graphical calculations run a lot faster. But why is this?

    In a nutshell, Central Processing Units (CPUs) are general purpose chips designed to cope with any task. A Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) is a specialist processor built for maths- intensive calculations such as those involved in graphics rendering and video editing. When an application requires a lot of this sort of work, it uses the GPU to do the heavy lifting.

    Photoshop CS6: new features and how they work (Video)

    | Videos | 22/03/2012 12:13pm
    Photoshop CS6: new features and how they work

    By now you’ve no doubt read the Photoshop CS6 new features list and have been wowed by some and perhaps non-plussed by others. We’ve been playing around with the Photoshop CS6 beta for a few weeks now and think we have a good handle on how some of these new tools and toys work. Watch our video below as we take you through each item on the Photoshop CS6 new features list and show you what it can do for your photos.

    7 key changes in the Photoshop CS6 interface

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 22/03/2012 05:01am
    Photoshop CS6: 7 things to know about the new interface

    Perhaps the most celebrated change in Photoshop CS6 is its new interface. Straightaway you’ll notice a new darker look to Photoshop, but the changes to CS6′s interface go much deeper than a mere colour change.

    Here, we’ve rounded up seven of the most important changes you should know about the new Photoshop CS6 interface.

    Photoshop CS6: 20 things you need to know

    | Photography Tips | 22/03/2012 05:01am
    Photoshop CS6: 20 things you need to know

    Photoshop CS6 is finally here! Albeit in beta form. Nevertheless, we’ve spent the past few weeks putting Photoshop CS6 through its paces. There’s been a good deal to get our teeth into and we think that the additions to this new version of Photoshop CS will be welcomed by new and old Photoshop users alike.

    The most obvious change in Photoshop CS6 is the darker interface, but there are plenty of other more intriguing new features, as well as plenty of tweaks and upgrades to existing Photoshop tools. Click to read the 20 things you need to know about Photoshop CS6 and how it can enhance your photo editing experience.

    Adobe unveils Photoshop CS6 beta

    | News | 22/03/2012 05:01am
    Photoshop CS6: 20 things you need to know

    Adobe has officially unveiled its Photoshop CS6 beta, a preview of what’s to come in the next release of its Photoshop CS software.

    The Photoshop CS6 beta is available as a free download from Adobe Labs. Customers can download the beta, try out the experience and provide feedback to the product team.

    Photoshop CS6 beta is available for the Mac OS and Microsoft Windows platforms. The final Photoshop CS6 release date is expected in the first half of 2012.

    Photo Art: how to give your image a painting effect

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 12/03/2012 07:00am
    Photo Art: use the Smudge tool to get a painting effect

    Photo art using simple digital painting techniques can transform even the most ham-fisted artist into a budding Rembrandt. You can simply use a photo as a starting point, tracing over the original shapes and colours without having to worry about shape and form.

    Here, we’ll show you how to make this style of photo art by giving an image a painting effect with the Smudge tool in Photoshop. As its name suggests, this Photoshop tool smudges colours when you drag it through different shades in an image. However, it’s also an excellent tool for giving your pictures a painting effect.

    Black and White Portraits: how to add drama in Photoshop

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 10/03/2012 07:00am
    Black and White Portraits: add grit and drama in 4 easy steps

    Black and white portraits are one of the more popular genres for photographers to shoot, but many times any number of factors can leave your pictures feeling flat.

    After you’ve converted your portrait to black and white, why not use Photoshop’s dodge and burn tools to give your black and white portraits a rough and ready makeover.

    This excellent, non-destructive technique will make your black and portraits really stand out. Here’s how to do it.

    Fix a photo: background distractions removed in 3 steps

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 08/03/2012 15:43pm
    Fix a photo: background distractions removed in 3 steps

    Many promising photos are let down by a poor or distracting background. Anything in the distance that competes for attention will naturally draw the eye away from the subject and the impact of the shot will instantly be lost.

    A common problem is shooting with your subject too close to the background. This means that anything behind the subject appears in partial focus and the subject itself doesn’t stand out. Other potential hazards include photo background distractions such as burnt-out areas, out-of-focus ‘blobs’, competing colours and unwanted intrusions, such as foliage. The good news is that they are all easily avoided. Here’s how…

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