Adding a smoke effect in Photoshop is easy when you have the right brushes. Here's where to find a few cool smoke effect brushes and how to apply them. Where to Find a Smoke Brush A simple Google search on “Free Photoshop Brushes” is a great starting point. I found several great smoke effect brushes on QBrushes.net. Although the brushes are free, read through their licensing agreement to make sure you qualify. As with downloading anything over the internet, make sure you’re downloading from a reputable site. Create a folder called Brushes … [Read more...] about How to Add Smoke using a FREE Photoshop Brush
Understanding Photoshop is a biweekly column that takes an in-depth look at how digital photographs are built and manipulated. It is a college-level course in plain English for free at Photofocus. To learn more see this article. Don't Skip Column 21 Smart Objects are a bit of under the hood Photoshop magic. Essentially, this powerful command allows you to embed raster or vector data into a layer. The layer can then be transformed indefinitely because the embedded data remains editable and scalable. You can convert one or more layers into a … [Read more...] about Using Smart Objects Before Transforming [UP22]
When you drag and drop an image into Photoshop you'll notice that it is changed into a Smart Object. This means that the image can be made bigger and smaller with no loss to its quality. (Doing this to a non Smart Object will lead to potential pixelation) The size in which this Smart object is placed is governed by a single check box. Photoshop Preferences The checkbox can be found in the Photoshop Preferences; Mac : Photoshop > Preferences > General PC : Edit > Preferences > General General Preferences Here theres a couple of … [Read more...] about Resize Placed Images in Photoshop
Editor's Note: Don't miss this week's free event on when to jump from Lightroom to Photoshop. If youve spent any time reading or watching Photoshop tutorials, youve likely heard the term Smart Object, usually combined with non-destructive editing, but what exactly is a Smart Object, and how does it differ from its dumb alternative? At its core, Smart Objects allows you to accomplish three things: Preserve the data of your original layers Apply editable filters and adjustments Update multiple layers at once … [Read more...] about What are Smart Objects in Photoshop?
Too many people work too hard on their workflow. Smartflow takes the work out of Workflow. Dave Cross has been teaching Photoshop since 1990. The Canadian-born educator is well respected by students and fellow instructors. He's the instructor other instructors turn to for advice. I met Dave many years ago at Photoshop World. This year Photoshop World turns 30 and Dave has attended 27 of them. In 2009, he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame. His simple approach to Photoshop and easy to understand logic has made him a favorite among … [Read more...] about Smartflow with Dave Cross
Smart Objects are layers that contain image data from raster or vector images, such as Photoshop or Illustrator files. Smart Objects preserve an images source content with all its original characteristics, enabling you to perform nondestructive editing to the layer. -Adobe This sounds complicated but it's simple once you use Smart Objects on a project. To help understand the power of Smart Objects, we will use the Aviator Project as an example. This article is NOT a step by step guide for creating the Aviator but a valuable learning concept. … [Read more...] about The Real Power of Smart Objects
If you shoot RAW (and you probably should if you don't) and you use ACR/Photoshop, here's a power user tip. To get the most out of your RAW files, turn your photograph into a Smart Object in Photoshop. This provides a two-way bridge between Photoshop and ACR to your photograph. Simply Shift-Click the OPEN command in ACR to launch an image into Photoshop as a Smart Object. When you perform your edits in Photoshop, you have the ability to return to the image in ACR by just double-clicking on the Smart Object layer icon. _________ Sponsored … [Read more...] about Here’s A Power User Tip For Those Using ACR/Photoshop