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When you are first learning Photoshop, layer masks can seem overwhelming and confusing. It’s ok, photoshop itself can be overwhelming and confusing. I promise, once you understand the basics of Layer Masks, you’ll be glad to utilize this skill in your post processing workflow. In fact, you will find that using layer masks is one […]

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Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a new book called the Photofocus Guide: Develop Great Images in Lightroom.  This book is almost done and we’ll be giving away free copies soon to all our readers thanks to Mosaic.  Be sure to check out the Lightroom Learning Center. There is a direct connection between the histogram and the […]

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Often as I work with an image (particularly when making detailed repairs with the Clone and Healing tools) I need to zoom in.  It’s very easy when working at 100% magnification to lose your perspective when working in Photoshop. Enter the very useful Navigator panel. When you zoom in to a pixel level for image touchup, […]

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Editors Note: We’re pleased to host this guest post from Matt Kloskowski. When Lightroom 5 released, Adobe made it so the Spot Removal tool was actually a brush. Before LR5, it was simply just a circle. All you could do was remove tiny spots (and maybe some larger spots if you were creative). But in LR5, […]

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In Photoshop its often critical to make an accurate selection.  This let’s you target the precise area of an image for manipulation (and is one of the main reasons to jump from Lightroom to Photoshop). The best selection often comes by selecting the pixels that you want don’t want.  Additionally you can reuse an existing […]

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In the Camera Raw dialog you’ll find clarity.  This is selective contrast, adding it to the areas that need it most.  The same adjustment slider is also in Lightroom. Double-click the Zoom tool to switch to 100% magnification. Slowly drag the Clarity slider to the right.  Stop when you notice halos or blooming along the […]

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An often overlooked feature of the Library Module’s Grid view is the Painter Tool. Do you see that little spray paint icon in the Grid view Toolbar? If you don’t see it make sure you are in Grid view by pressing G, and if you still don’t see it then press T to make sure […]

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