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Selections and That Darn Lasso Tool

Selections and That Darn Lasso Tool Using the Lasso Tool to remove an image background (before & after) Let’s start with the most basic of all selection tools, The Lasso Tool. This is the most talked about and hated tool in the tool bar. But here are some easy tips to make it a little more easy to use. 1. First, why not make it more helpful in just knowing where the heck it is going to be selecting from. Go to Edit>Preferences>Cursors. There you will find the “Look” of tools. I like to have mine with Painting Cursors set to...

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

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...

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

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...

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Adobe Photoshop Tutorial: How to Perk Up Your Digital Images

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...

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Five Quick Tips for Taking Better Photos

Five Quick Tips for Taking Better Photos As a professional photographer, one of the questions I get asked a lot is, “Why do your photos look better than mine, even when we are standing right next to each other?” Just a little bit of photography know-how can take your photos from mediocre to marvelous. Here are five quick tips for taking better photos so that you can confidently capture better images. #1 – Depth & Framing Landscape photos should have a sense of depth. Having something in the foreground, middle ground and...

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