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The ABCs of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

Adobe’s Creative Suite (CS) products have been around a long time – the first commercial CS program, Illustrator 88 (logo above), launched in 1986. Technology has come a long way since rat-tails, cassette tapes, and New Kids on the Block were in style. Like the New Kids, Adobe CS has grown with the times. Today, there are over 15 CS programs, offering tools for digital media, print, video, multimedia and more to create anything from basic graphic designs to the avant-garde. Most people use two...

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Adobe Photoshop 2018 New Features

What is new in the 2018 version of Adobe Photoshop? Since its inception, every year Adobe adds exciting new features.  The quality of Adobe products is almost unmatched in the software world.  Each year, we find ourselves with a renewed sense of excitement from the features Adobe has for the Photoshop community and that we can bring to the classroom to share with students at Digital Workshop Center. This year is no exception. The 2018 new features of Photoshop include new ways to work with...

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How to be Selective with Color: An Expert’s Photoshop Adjustment Secret

Learn how to be selective with color from Josh Hardin Vibrant color is one of the most important trademarks of my photography. I love viewing the lush variegated green tones of forest scenes, the luminescent red clouds in a sunset sky or the piercing blue eyes of a portrait subject. I’d like to share my favorite Photoshop secret for enhancing the color of my images. In fact, I use this adjustment on almost all of my photos before uploading them to the Web or making prints. Not so long ago,...

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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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Top 4 Re-touch Tools in Adobe Photoshop

Breaking down the 4 most commonly used Photoshop re-touch tools The re-touch tools in Adobe Photoshop can help you to quickly remove any blemish in a photo or design.  By understanding the tools a bit more, we can help you decide which is the right tool to fix the issue. Spot Healing Brush Tool Sometimes in Photoshop, we can experience a bit of Photoshop “magic” and we drool in amazement.  Dig a little deeper, and you will see that there is some crafty concepts behind what may...

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How to Use Layers Creatively in Adobe Photoshop

In Adobe Photoshop, layers are a useful tool for adding depth and interest to visuals. I use layers on a regular basis in my photo processing, and I find they are one of the most accessible and exciting tools beginners can access. Today, I want to teach you how you can use Adobe Photoshop layers on your own to improve and enhance your photos. Read on. What Are Layers? Adobe itself describes layers like “sheets of stacked acetate” that you can move and adjust to expose or mask parts...

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