Here’s a Simple Way to Whiten Teeth in Photoshop in Just 10 Seconds

This quick trick will get those chompers beaming in your portraits
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Photoshop is a wonderful tool for editing your photos but if you sometimes feel it’s overly complicated or too time-consuming to use on a regular basis, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are many Photoshop tutorials available that help take the pain out of image editing with Adobe’s pioneering post-processor. One of the best resources... Read more

Lightroom vs Photoshop 2021: What’s the Difference Between These Two Adobe Programs?

Learn the basics of what these iconic Adobe apps do so you can create your ideal photo editing workflow
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Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop are both powerful image editing tools. In this tutorial you’ll learn what each piece of photography software specializes in so you can create your ideal photo editing workflow. A head-to-head comparison While Lightroom and Photoshop are both digital photography editing programs with a lot of functional crossover,... Read more

Photoshop for Beginners: How to Blur Backgrounds in Images

An easy step-by-step tutorial on how to create beautiful bokeh during post-processing
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Photoshop can be intimidating for beginners. The editing tricks that look so easy to perform when demonstrated by a Photoshop expert can take a software novice hours to figure out on their own. That’s why the below tutorial from the Photoshop Training Channel (PTC) is such a great resource. In the video, Jesús Ramirez of PTC answers a common... Read more
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Restoring Old Photos

How to reclaim vintage photographic prints from the damage that often occurs with aging images
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Stash some snapshots in a photo album for a few generations, and something special happens: They transform into family heirlooms. These photos are memories made tangible, connections to ancestors unknown and loved ones long gone. It is with this mindset that thoughtful photographers can rescue precious prints from the ravages of time. Here’s how to... Read more

Seeing In Black-And-White

How to identify the elements that make for better black-and-white photographs
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“Learn to see in black-and-white.” Hang around with photographers long enough, and it’s a phrase you’re sure to hear repeated. It’s supposed to be a truism about how to make good black-and-white images. First, they say, you have to learn to see in black-and-white. But how, exactly, does a person with color vision living in... Read more

Harnessing The Power Of HDR

Rescue detail in high-contrast scenes with this simple technique
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There’s a common misunderstanding about what HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography actually means, and what it was designed to do. HDR is often confused with tone mapping, a technique that simulates an extended dynamic range by reducing contrast in an image while brightening and saturating colors. Tone mapping is a way to tackle overly high contrast... Read more

Soft Focus And The Global Village

Add style and dimension to your travel images with this versatile, often-misunderstood technique
Travel seems to be a compulsion with serious photographers. We’re a horde of camera-toting gypsies, wandering our shrinking, relentlessly more familiar planet, the so-called “global village,” searching for some fabulous piece of geography that hasn’t already been photographed to death. There are, of course, scores of useful approaches to making... Read more

Step Up To Adjustment Layers

Improve brightness, contrast and color with Photoshop’s simplest and most powerful nondestructive editing tools

One of the many things that makes Photoshop so powerful is its ability to facilitate nondestructive image editing. Traditionally, anytime a pixel is altered—even if it’s just an adjustment to its luminance or color—image data has been modified in a way that can’t be undone. Additional edits degrade data even more, and soon enough, the subtle... Read more

Crafting A Monochrome Image

Plug-ins aren’t your only software solution when converting to black-and-white. Try the power of Lightroom and Photoshop for sophisticated results.

There are some excellent monochrome plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, but it’s not necessary to use these plug-ins to get great monochrome conversions; you just need the native controls. While plug-ins like Google’s Nik Silver Efex Pro, ON1 Photo 10, Alien Skin Exposure 7, Tiffen Dfx v4, Macphun Tonality, Topaz B&W Effects, DxO... Read more

Frequency Separation Is Easy!

This powerful skin-retouching Photoshop technique doesn’t have to be daunting

Frequency separation is a powerful retouching technique for improving a portrait subject’s skin quality without the risk of looking overly retouched. You know what an overly retouched portrait looks like, right? The subject’s face seems nice and clear, but when you look a little closer, it appears their skin tone has been sprayed on with paint or... Read more