Photoshop Favorites of 2009

There are many Photoshop tutorials on the web. Many of the ones that get publicity feature advanced techniques. I decided to feature some favorite tutorials that teach basic or intermediate tools or effects. Below the link to the tutorial is an example that I created using the tutorial.

Super Cool Watercolor Effect in 10 Steps in Photoshop

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Girl walking through stream with watercolor effect
This tutorial was fun and easier than one would think. I loved the result. Abduzeedo is a great designer and wonderful at teaching design techniques.

I hope you find these useful. Even if you are not the one doing the edits in Photoshop, it is helpful to know what tools and effects are available so you can make suggestions to your designer.

Photoshop’s Eye-Dropper Tool

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Bouquet of Flowers from the Highland Park Farmer's Market
Any time you add a photo to a web page, it will have an effect on the other elements of the page. Say you wanted an exact color from this bouquet so you could replicate it elsewhere on the page – the eyedropper tool can help you do that.

Inset Typography

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With this tutorial I experimented with the logo for my website.

Warp Tool Effect

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These candles look like they are wrapped around this can

The warp effect is a fun one, and it can attract a customer’s attention.

How to use Layer Masks in Photoshop

Ballet Photo was Desaturated, Converted to Sepia, Color Restored in Parts
Ballet Photo was Desaturated, Converted to Sepia, Color Restored in Parts
Layer masks are important tools in Photoshop. One can use them to “put back” color taken out using desaturation.

Removing a Colour Cast using Levels

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Blue Cast was Removed Using Levels in Photoshop
This photo had an annoying blue cast that I removed using the Levels tool in Photoshop. It is a surprisingly easy tool to master.

What tools or effects in Photoshop do you find useful? Have you used any of these tools or effects for your photos?

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3 thoughts on “Photoshop Favorites of 2009

  1. Good work. Easy to learn from this blog
    .-= 3DS Max Tutorials´s last blog ..40 Colorful 3D Glass Wallpapers =-.

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