Photoshop art from Glyn Dewis

By Glyn Dewis

Glyn Dewis is a Photoshop guru and artist and a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. He has recently taught alongside Scott Kelby at the worlds’ largest Photoshop event, Photoshop World in Washington DC. He talks to us about his career using Photoshop, what inspires his work, and his favourite Photoshop tools.

6 photo editing steps every photographer should know

6 photo editing steps every photographer should know

We’ve listed these essential adjustments in the order in which you should make them for the most efficient work process, or ‘workflow’. For example, it’s sensible to crop first – there’s no point spending time removing dust or adjusting exposure on areas of the picture a new crop will get rid of anyway.

You don’t necessarily need to apply every step to all of your images, either. For example, there are times the exposure is perfect, so you won’t need to adjust the Levels. Simply check whether each step is needed on each image as you go through them.

How to fake perfect panning photos

Photoshop Effects: How to fake perfect panning photos

Previously we showed you how to pan the camera for more dramatic action photography. Now that you’ve had a chance to practice that panning technique we thought we’d show you how you can fake perfect panning photos.

Panning in-camera to record a sharp, moving subject against background blur is incredibly rewarding, but the panning technique can be impractical and tricky to perfect. So if you’ve tried, but failed, to get it right, all is not lost. Here we’ll show you a simple photo editing technique where you’ll learn how to get a life-like panning effect in Photoshop CS5 using a sharp image taken at 1/3200sec. We’ll isolate the car from the background with selection tools and add a layer mask to fine-tune the cut-out. We’ll then use filters to apply different types of blur.

How to make a fantasy Photoshop composite

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

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

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)

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 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

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

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.