10 tips to help you get going quickly in using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
If asked to list the most intimidating parts of digital photography, a large number of photographers would include Adobe Photoshop. Without question, it's the premiere image-processing software on the market, but its high price matches its learning curve. The good news about Photoshop is that it has a huge number of controls; the bad news about Photoshop is that it has a huge number of controls.
A Classic Method Goes Digital
Easy ways to achieve beautiful digital black-and-white prints
Classic—the personification of black-and-white images. Weaving that classic look of black-and-white printing into the digital realm is easier than ever today. Software has a range of effects that enables greater control over your images in a way that traditional black-and-white film printing never could. In addition, plug-ins, specialized inks and papers are available that, when combined, produce beautiful high-quality prints with smooth tonal transitions, depth and detail.
Understanding and using layers increases your tools and capabilities for refined image processing
Imagine software that allows you to substantially adjust part of your photo, yet also lets you go back to that adjustment when you change your mind. Imagine what it would be like to be able to make changes to your image that were never permanent so you could readjust as needed without quality loss.
How To Process A RAW File
A step-by-step approach to getting the most from a RAW image file
RAW files are gaining interest among all photographers for good reason. In part, they hold a mystique as the "pro's format," which isn't completely true, as many pros also shoot JPEG. RAW files are notable for their processing potential to help you get the most from your shot.
Build your image corrections, step by step, using layers
Layers provide the best way of isolating and controlling an image in Photoshop or any other image-processing program. Using layers effectively requires some practice, as does any craft. With use, plus trial-and-error experimentation, you'll understand how to coax great work from an original image file through the use of layers.
Double-Process RAW For Better Tonality
Don't try to do it all in one step. Use the power of RAW to process two separate images optimized for different tonalities.
One problem photographers have always faced is the fact that no medium yet invented can capture the tonal range our eyes can see. Film can't get close to recording the brightness range of light that the human eye can perceive. This holds true for digital sensors as well. While some high-end sensors can record more tonal information than film, they still can't record all the tonal variations the eye can see.
Top Photoshop Techniques
Improve your image-editing skills with these typical adjustments for popular subjects
Photoshop is such a powerful application, with deep menus and a vast array of tools and controls, that even experienced users continually find new ways to use the program for better photography. One of the best ways to improve your skills with Photoshop is to see how other photographers use it for specific results, so we've compiled a few of our favorite techniques for particular subjects.
Trade Tricks: Sharpening The Right Way
Unsharp mask can work magic—if you just don’t overdo it
Sharpening is an important step in the image-editing process. While it won't make an out-of-focus image (or an image blurred by camera or subject motion) sharp, sharpening will increase the contrast between light and dark pixels at edges in the image, which makes the image appear sharper. Digital imaging provides lots of useful tools, but you still have to focus accurately and hold the camera steady when shooting.
Gain more power and control in photoshop by mastering layers
The use of Layers is consistently the most feared part of Photoshop. I've had photographers tell me that they just can't deal with Layers, and I know very good photographers who do excellent Photoshop work, but still believe they "aren't ready for Layers," or "don't really need Layers" or even "just can't do Layers."
4 Fundamental Photoshop Skills
Learn these essential tools and techniques and you'll be equipped for most common image enhancements
Photoshop and other sophisticated image-editing applications can be overwhelming at first. The surest way to get comfortable working with them is to begin by mastering a few of the techniques you'll use most often. Once you've achieved some success with them, you'll have a solid foundation for exploring the rest of the software's tools. We've chosen four key skills that you'll need for the most common image enhancements to help you get started.