I find that I use Photoshop’s filters to solve lots of problems.  Whether its defocussing a problem selection or running a dramatic adjustment like Topaz Adjust.  Often times I want to reuse a filter on a series of photos, getting identical or similar results as the previous image.  Here are useful shortcuts when working with […]

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Photoshop offers many intelligent tools to quickly fix image blemishes.  One of those is the Spot Healing Brush tool.  It gives you the ability to heal blemishes with a short brush stroke. It can quickly remove blemishes and imperfections in photos without the need of setting a sample point. Open a photo with a blemish (such as […]

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A question came up on the Alaska Eagle trip about removing an object from its background. I was asked what was the “best” way which is a subjective question of course. What I shared was the most “powerful” way… Calculations. The Calculations command can be used to create a new selection based on the details […]

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Follow Rich on Twitter. Would you like to get great looking toned images? The gradient map is a little used feature with a lot of power inside Photoshop. _______ This Post Sponsored by: lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by […]

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Follow Rich on Twitter. There are many ways to make a black and white photo.  But the Black and White adjustment layer and On Image tool make the process fast and easy. _______ This Post Sponsored by: lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free […]

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NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here…   or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Joining Rich this week is World Photographer Deborah Sandidige (http://www.deborahsandidge.com). She is […]

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By Rich Harrington — Follow Rich on Twitter I hate scanning photos…  it takes so long to suck up an image at high-quality. However the alternative is letting the print fade and die a slow death.  Are you in the same boat?  Here’s a lazy way to scan faster. Step 1 Put as many images on […]

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Follow Rich on Twitter Photoshop Touch just made the jump from tablet only to iPhone and Android smartphones.  Many have been anxious for this day (almost a year since the tablet version shipped). Photoshop Touch is now available for $4.99 USD (compared to $9.99 USD for the tablet). Android Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher […]

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By Rich Harrington — Follow Rich on Twitter Adobe has just announced that they are closing down its Photoshop.com storage and sharing service as well as Photoshop Elements membership areas.  They instead are migrating client accounts to their other service called Revel (formerly Carousel). Here are some quotes from the Adobe site/press release (as well as my commentary and […]

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By Rich Harrington — Follow Rich on Twitter When working with a raw image, it’s very easy to clip data.  This happens when you push too many details into a pure white or black state (causing a loss of detail).  Locate in the Camera Raw dialog you’ll see a Histogram display in the upper right corner. Click on […]

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Inside Adobe Photoshop , you’ll often find Easter Eggs.  Not real eggs, but little jokes left over by the programmers.  Many have come and gone over the years, but there’s a new one tied to the shades of the user interface.  How dark are the elements around the screen? Currently the shades look like this. […]

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Learn how to remove unwanted bending from a photo using the new Adaptive Wide Angle command in Photoshop CS6.  With just a few clicks your photo will look dramatically better. _______ This Post Sponsored by: lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 […]

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You probably know that all cameras have some sort of distortion with their lenses.  Adobe has tried to fix this with their Lens Correction filter which is available both in the Camera Raw plugin an ad a standalone effect (Filter > Lens Correction).  They’ve profiled tons of cameras (and even smartphones). With the latest update […]

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Would you like some free Photoshop actions?  One of my favorite sites is Panos FX. They regularly push the boundaries of what Photoshop can do. You’ll find cool things from  postcards and filmstrips to paper and sketch effects. These actions are great, they produce powerful results and are flexible enough to create several looks. The website has more […]

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The Auto and the Perspective method offer dramatically different Photomerge results. We stick with Auto for the first attempt. The Photomerge command offers six different layout options when creating a panoramic photo. Each method interprets the panoramic photos differently.  We often try to run multiple methods to see which produces the best results. A good place […]

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In this tutorial, join Richard Harrington as he explores the use of HDR photography for dynamic Black & White imagery.  You’ll learn how to use Photoshop CS5′s Merge to HDR Pro command.  You’ll also learn how to use Vanishing Point to clone in perspective as well as crop to a targeted size.  Finally you’ll see […]

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NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED! Here is the new feed: feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here…  or get it on iTunes PLEASE BE PATIENT – OUR SERVERS SEE LARGE LOADS ON PUBLISHING DAYS. THE DOWNLOADS MAY GO SLOWLY BUT THEY WILL FINISH. Host Rich Harrington has two guests on this week’s show First we […]

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Guest Post by Rich Harrington - Follow Rich on Twitter Rich Harrington shows you how to use Layers in Adobe Photoshop CS6 This video comes from the book and DVD - Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals DISCLAIMER: This post isn’t intended to be definitive – we’re not claiming this is the ONLY way or even […]

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Guest Post by Rich Harrington - Follow Rich on Twitter Rich Harrington shows you the basics of the Adobe ACR interface. This video comes from the book and DVD - Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals DISCLAIMER: This post isn’t intended to be definitive – we’re not claiming this is the ONLY way or even the […]

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Guest Post by Rich Harrington - Follow Rich on Twitter Rich Harrington shows you how to manage your workspace in Photoshop CS6 This video comes from the book and DVD - Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals DISCLAIMER: This post isn’t intended to be definitive – we’re not claiming this is the ONLY way or even the […]

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Guest Post by Rich Harrington - Follow Rich on Twitter Rich Harrington shows you how to set your preferences in Photoshop CS6 This video comes from the book and DVD - Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals DISCLAIMER: This post isn’t intended to be definitive – we’re not claiming this is the ONLY way or even the […]

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