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Decoding Photoshop Selection Tools: Magic Wand

Selections and subtractions in photo editing that were not long ago deemed “fancy” are now almost commonplace in our digital world. Everyone from portrait pros to doting dads can make use of the myriad of cutting, pasting, and swapping tools in Photoshop. One of the more common ones is simply known as “Magic Wand”, and to harness its power, you must understand its own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through the basics and hopefully help you keep the magic wand from turning into a tragic wand. But first, how does it work? Well, the Magic Wand is one of...

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Introduction to Photoshop Blending Modes

If you’ve ever been curious about that long dropdown menu on your Photoshop layers bar, then this is the tutorial for you! The array of options helps to adjust your image using different blending techniques with multiple layers, and if used correctly, can result in seriously cool results. To begin, you need to be comfortable adding and editing layers, which you can explore under…you guessed it…the “Layers” option at the top menu bar. Once you’ve opened your base picture, you can add to it using a “fill” or “adjustment” layer. Now for the fun part! For this tutorial, I selected a fill layer...

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10 Common Mistakes People Make in Photoshop

We all love to critique photos right? If you’re anything like me, you click on articles that say things like “Horrible Photoshop Mistakes” and spend time trying to figure out how a particular image has been altered. And while there are lots of “bad” photos out there, many of them started with a good idea in mind. Programs like Photoshop are amazing and powerful tools, if you know how to use them right. I’ll go through a list of some of the most common mistakes beginners make in Photoshop, and help you find a workflow that is not only efficient, but ends with a clean and professional-looking...

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How to Create the Perfect Photo Panorama Using Photoshop

When was the last time you had the pleasure of standing in a truly expansive and breathtaking place? Where the horizon stretches out for miles and every inch of your vision is saturated in beauty? Now try to describe that view. It’s pretty hard isn’t it? There aren’t enough of the right words to convey the sights and feelings in that moment, and most of the time, snapshots aren’t going to do it justice either. Most cameras can only capture one quarter of what our eyes can, and here is where a panorama comes in! We humans take in our world in a panorama fashion: we scan the horizon line and...

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Getting Picky with It: Photoshop’s Pen and Magic Wand Tools

Out of everything Adobe Photoshop enables you to do, selecting objects in an image will probably be one of the most commonly used functions. It’s one of the fundamentals of photo editing, after all. By cutting, copying, pasting and deleting selections, you can pick and choose what parts of an image you want to isolate or remove. The Ellipse and Rectangle Select tools might be handy, but they limit you from selecting complex objects. That’s where Photoshop’s Magic Wand and Pen tools swoop in to save the day.   Magic Wand First, we’ll show you how to use the Magic Wand to make selections....

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Doubling Up: Creating Mirror Images in Photoshop

Twice is nice. Double trouble. Double down. Cliches might be corny, but sometimes there’s some truth to them. If you’ve noticed how many ads, posters, album covers and countless other creative mediums use a mirrored-image effect, then you know that two is better than one. Creating mirror effects in Adobe Photoshop isn’t as difficult as, say, cloning sheep. With some basic tools you can take any ordinary photo or design and create a mirrored double. Mirrored images can be created either horizontally or vertically. A horizontal mirrored effect is great for creating reflections off of building...

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