How To Make A Photo Look Like An Oil Painting

Photoshop’s art history brush is a fast and fun way to emulate the look of an oil painting
By William Sawalich
Before If you've got a photo you'd like to makeover with a painterly flair, consider using Photoshop's Art History Brush. It can transform any photograph into a virtual impressionist painting. I find that it works particularly well on landscapes, flowers, and naturalistic images in general. Found just beneath the History…

Change Your Lens Or Move Your Feet?

The difference between zooming your lens and zooming with your feet
By William Sawalich
In the development of every photographer, at some point we figure out that there are multiple ways to approach the composition of any scene. For instance, if you know you want to shoot a portrait of a person in the park, and you want to photograph her from the waist…

The Peripheral Vision Retouching Technique

How do you determine which spots need fixing? Look Here, Click There.
By William Sawalich
One of the most useful ways to put Photoshop to work improving a photograph is to use it for simple spotting and retouching of tiny distractions in any shot. With a portrait, for instance, small blemishes, pores and wrinkles serve to keep a portrait subject from looking his or her…

The Super-Simple Fix For Common Moiré

Got Moiré? Here’s the fastest, easiest way to eliminate it in Photoshop.
By William Sawalich
Have you ever encountered moiré? It's the discolored rainbow pattern that can pop up in digital images at the most inopportune times. It shows up when tight patterns in a subject's clothing (most often, I find, in the fine patterns of men's suits) create virtual interference due to the way…

Curves For Color

Use this simple, yet powerful technique for perfectly neutral color, by the numbers
By Wes Pitts
Maybe your white balance setting was off, or you've scanned an old slide, or you were dealing with difficult-to-control mixed light. Or, maybe your image looks pretty good, but you want to be sure you have perfectly neutral color, regardless of how accurately your monitor is calibrated. Working with Photoshop's…

Intro To Macro

Explore the fascinating world of close-up photography
Text & Photography By Damon Clarke
Imagine a land ruled by giant eight-eyed creatures the size of a car with long translucent fur, colorful stripes and purple iridescent fangs. Imagine a land where huge balls of glistening water fall from the sky and cling to every surface, magnifying and refracting sunlight, a land where you can…
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