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Creative Photo Editing: Antiquing

Last time, we explored the steps needed to achieve the effect of the famous Holga camera of the 1980’s and, if you remember, it is quite a hefty tutorial! So this week, we’re going to learn a very simple and highly applicable technique that only takes three steps: the antiquing (or aging) process. Our slick and modern digital photography may excel in capturing sharpness, detail, and color balance, but there is a growing movement to revert back to some of the images of old. Everything vintage, antique, and rustic is making a serious comeback, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t add this...

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Windows 8: Adobe Photoshop Express

Peeking in on Photoshop Express using Windows 8 The words “free” and “Photoshop” are rarely used together. But, Adobe Photoshop Express changed all that when it launched on Android, iOS tablets and smartphones. Photoshop Express offers one-touch controls for basic photo-editing tools and simple effects. If you are looking for a good way to get a taste for Adobe Photoshop or other Adobe CS software, Adobe Photoshop Express might be the perfect doorway. Recently, Adobe added Photoshop Express to the Microsoft Store, making the app available for Windows 8 devices. Its features can be put to use...

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Using Adobe Lightroom© to Organize, Edit & Export Your Digital Photos

In the last few years, Adobe© has been rolling out some new pieces of software aimed towards digital photographers and designers alike. One of Adobe©’s newest pieces of software is targeted towards professional photographers, and is called Adobe Photoshop Lightroom© (or just Adobe Lightroom© to most). When Lightroom© first hit the market, those of us schooled in Photoshop© since Version 3 looked upon the newcomer as a mismatch of features we already used. We wondered who would want to use something that didn’t have all the “power” of Photoshop©. We couldn’t have been more wrong. Lightroom©...

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Adobe Lightroom©, Photoshop©, or Photoshop Elements© – Which One is Right for You?

Adobe© is known for being the “big dog” when it comes to digital corrections and changes to images. In recent years, Photoshop© has even become a verb: for example, “Look at that photo – I bet they ‘Photoshopped’ it.” However, with so many software products out there, it seems to harder and harder to know which Photoshop© program will work best for us. Let’s take a step back and weigh the pros and cons of each program so you can decide which will work best for your needs. The Classic: Photoshop© Photoshop© has been around for the longest amount of time, and it is still the go to program for...

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Adobe Photoshop© Tutorial: How to Perk Up Your Digital Images

As a Photoshop© instructor, one common complaint I get a lot from older photographers is that their digital images just don’t have the “snap” and “color” of their film images. In the days of yore when we shot only with film, we would sometimes even pick up certain brands of film for those special looks. In fact, it was said that if you wanted good-looking portraits, you used Kodak. For landscapes, it was Fuji film. With today’s digital cameras you no longer have different films, but you can still get just the look you want – either by using the dialed-in settings on your digital camera or by...

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