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Decoding the Photoshop Selection Tools: Quick Selection

We’re almost done with our tour of the Photoshop selection tools; only two more to go! Already, we’ve visited the Magic Wand, the Lasso, and the Selection Brush, and this week we’ll stop by Quick Selection and see what all the fuss is about. It’s one of a handful of editing tools in the selection arsenal, which is one of the most important and versatile sections in Photoshop! But why, you may ask? Well, let’s back up and explain before we proceed: If you need to cut out an object, or modify only part of an image, then the selection tools are just the ticket. This is one of the most common...

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10 Common Mistakes People Make in Photoshop

We all love to critique photos right? If you’re anything like me, you click on articles that say things like “Horrible Photoshop Mistakes” and spend time trying to figure out how a particular image has been altered. And while there are lots of “bad” photos out there, many of them started with a good idea in mind. Programs like Photoshop are amazing and powerful tools, if you know how to use them right. I’ll go through a list of some of the most common mistakes beginners make in Photoshop, and help you find a workflow that is not only efficient, but ends with a clean and professional-looking...

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Understanding Resolution

During every graphic design class we run at the Digital Workshop Center, there’s almost always a lengthy discussion about image resolution. Imagery used to be so simple when the world was still analog. But with digital imagery, there are many factors to consider when determining resolution. First, to understand resolution you need to understand that all digital images are made of pixels, which is short for “picture elements.” A pixel is the smallest meaningful unit in an image and holds all of the color definition information, including color and brightness. When you group a large amount of...

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The Concepts of Strong Visual Design

Strong designs go far beyond looking cool. When you load a website, watch an ad on television or peruse magazine ads, are you looking at them with random purpose, or did someone sprinkle a breadcrumb trail for you to follow? A well-designed document leads viewers from point A to B, highlighting and emphasizing key components without shouting in all caps “HEY! LOOK OVER HERE!” While there are many creative and intricate ways to draw viewers to the important content like moth to flame, there are basic (and highly effective) methods that are commonly used in just about all of today’s media....

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Cooking Up Basic Photoshop Designs

It will take some time, patience and practice to master Adobe Photoshop. But, there’s no time better than the present to roll up your sleeves and whip up some basic designs to get your feet wet. The interface and terminology might be intimidating at first, but when you boil things down and use Photoshop’s tools in bite-sized portions, you will be amazed with how quickly the software becomes familiar to you. Also, feel free to learn more general information about Photoshop and Adobe Creative Suite in our September blog. If you feel more like a fry cook at McDonald’s than Mario Batali at the...

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Vector Items Are Clean, Smooth

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 3/23/12] Last week, I began discussing the differences between raster and vector graphics in digital images. This week is part two of the discussion and focuses on vector graphics – what they are, and how they can benefit you and your business. Whereas raster graphics, discussed last week, are made up of a grid of pixel information, vector images are not. Rather, vector images are mathematically created images made up of lines, curves, anchor points and shapes. Vector graphics can be used for simple or complex logos, diagrams and more. If you...

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