Colin Smith

Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the founder of PhotoshopCAFE and the author of 19 books. He has won numerous awards and has been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. He's been featured in almost every major imaging magazine and is in high demand as a speaker at events including WPPI, Siggraph, PMA, and Flash Forward. He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple, and Adobe.

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone. It’s time for your favorite column! Once you’ve read it, come back here to check out some Photoshop tips.J I have some good ones for you this issue, including a few for Photoshop CC 2019. I hope you enjoy! SHOW THE WHOLE IMAGE Have you ever placed an image inside a document and it’s way too big for the current canvas? Now you want to enlarge the document to show the entire image. Perhaps you’d choose Image>Canvas Size, or reach for the Crop tool and crop it larger (yes, you can do that). Here’s a much quicker way: Choose Image>Reveal All. Now the canvas will resize...

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Hi, everyone. It’s time for your favorite column! Once you’ve read it, come back here to check out some Photoshop tips.J I have some good ones for you this issue, including a few for Photoshop CC 2019. I hope you enjoy! SHOW THE WHOLE IMAGE Have you ever placed an image inside a document and it’s way too big for the current canvas? Now you want to enlarge the document to show the entire image. Perhaps you’d choose Image>Canvas Size, or reach for the Crop tool and crop it larger (yes, you can do that). Here’s a much quicker way: Choose Image>Reveal All. Now the canvas will resize...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hey, Photoshoppers! It’s tips time! Here’s your dose of yummy Photoshop tips to get your images all nice and happy so you can go home on time. I hope you enjoy this installment and find some fresh new ideas. FAUX BOLD AND ITALIC Are you familiar with this scenario? You spend a ton of time searching, testing, and finding the perfect font for your project, then you go to add a bold or italic variant, but oh no, it doesn’t exist. Do you have to go back to the drawing board? Nope, Photoshop has you covered. There’s an option to make any font bold or italic. In the Character panel (Window...

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Hey, Photoshoppers! It’s tips time! Here’s your dose of yummy Photoshop tips to get your images all nice and happy so you can go home on time. I hope you enjoy this installment and find some fresh new ideas. FAUX BOLD AND ITALIC Are you familiar with this scenario? You spend a ton of time searching, testing, and finding the perfect font for your project, then you go to add a bold or italic variant, but oh no, it doesn’t exist. Do you have to go back to the drawing board? Nope, Photoshop has you covered. There’s an option to make any font bold or italic. In the Character panel (Window...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone, and welcome to another exciting “Photoshop Tips” column. This is the column where you learn new tips and secret handshakes. This time I have a nice grab bag of tips for everyone. Let’s see how many of these are new to you. SHINING A FLASHLIGHT ON YOUR RETOUCHING Here’s a useful retouching trick that I use a lot. Sometimes you can miss subtle details when you’re retouching, or smooth areas can get a bit patchy on a high-contrast screen. Create a new Curves adjustment layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Curves) on top of your layer stack. Set the curve to a very steep ...

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Hi, everyone, and welcome to another exciting “Photoshop Tips” column. This is the column where you learn new tips and secret handshakes. This time I have a nice grab bag of tips for everyone. Let’s see how many of these are new to you. SHINING A FLASHLIGHT ON YOUR RETOUCHING Here’s a useful retouching trick that I use a lot. Sometimes you can miss subtle details when you’re retouching, or smooth areas can get a bit patchy on a high-contrast screen. Create a new Curves adjustment layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Curves) on top of your layer stack. Set the curve to a very steep ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Today on “Photoshop Tips,” we’re going to delve into some of the dark crevasses of “I didn’t know Photoshop could do that!” Yes it can, and a whole lot more. Check out some of the back issues of Photoshop User magazine and see what we have uncovered in this column! DISTORTING TYPE How often have you needed to distort type but you can’t access the Distort option from the Edit>Transform menu? It’s grayed out and feels like you’re staring at a Snickers bar in a vending machine and you don’t have any money to get it out. Many people Right-click the type layer in the Layers panel and ch...

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Today on “Photoshop Tips,” we’re going to delve into some of the dark crevasses of “I didn’t know Photoshop could do that!” Yes it can, and a whole lot more. Check out some of the back issues of Photoshop User magazine and see what we have uncovered in this column! DISTORTING TYPE How often have you needed to distort type but you can’t access the Distort option from the Edit>Transform menu? It’s grayed out and feels like you’re staring at a Snickers bar in a vending machine and you don’t have any money to get it out. Many people Right-click the type layer in the Layers panel and ch...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Greetings, Photoshop-lings! Are you lost in Photoshop space? I have some tips that are out of this world and will help you find your way home—early from work, that is. (This is probably my zaniest intro for this column so far in the 14 years I’ve been doing this. Let’s see if the editor will let it through? I have a feeling he will; Chris has a good sense of humor.) NEW WINDOW TO SEE TWO DIFFERENT SIZES When you’re retouching an image, there will be many times that you’ll want to see a 100% view of the image to check your progress. You’ll also need to zoom out from time to time to ge...

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Greetings, Photoshop-lings! Are you lost in Photoshop space? I have some tips that are out of this world and will help you find your way home—early from work, that is. (This is probably my zaniest intro for this column so far in the 14 years I’ve been doing this. Let’s see if the editor will let it through? I have a feeling he will; Chris has a good sense of humor.) NEW WINDOW TO SEE TWO DIFFERENT SIZES When you’re retouching an image, there will be many times that you’ll want to see a 100% view of the image to check your progress. You’ll also need to zoom out from time to time to ge...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone! It’s that time again for your favorite column: “Photoshop Tips.” (Wait, it is your favorite, right?) Anyway, even if it’s not, at least you’re reading this, so you may as well get past my silly introduction and read the juicy tips, which you’ll find infinitely more useful that this paragraph. WHO NEEDS A SMART FILTER? Here’s a cool tip that’s largely been forgotten with the advent of smart filters. There are many times when you’d like to have the flexibility of a smart filter, but don’t necessarily want to convert the layer to a smart object. There’s a hidden command th...

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Hi, everyone! It’s that time again for your favorite column: “Photoshop Tips.” (Wait, it is your favorite, right?) Anyway, even if it’s not, at least you’re reading this, so you may as well get past my silly introduction and read the juicy tips, which you’ll find infinitely more useful that this paragraph. WHO NEEDS A SMART FILTER? Here’s a cool tip that’s largely been forgotten with the advent of smart filters. There are many times when you’d like to have the flexibility of a smart filter, but don’t necessarily want to convert the layer to a smart object. There’s a hidden command th...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone! Get ready for another column full of fun and exciting tips. In this issue, I’m going to focus on quick tips that can save you a lot of time. I’m also going to keep them short, so you can read through each one quickly. Of course, this gives me room to add even more tips than usual. Enjoy! TURN WHITE INTO COLOR When working in Hue/Saturation (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation), it’s nice to be able to shift colors to whatever you like. Have you noticed, however, that you can’t add color to pure white or black, no matter how high you turn up the Saturation in...

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Hi, everyone! Get ready for another column full of fun and exciting tips. In this issue, I’m going to focus on quick tips that can save you a lot of time. I’m also going to keep them short, so you can read through each one quickly. Of course, this gives me room to add even more tips than usual. Enjoy! TURN WHITE INTO COLOR When working in Hue/Saturation (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation), it’s nice to be able to shift colors to whatever you like. Have you noticed, however, that you can’t add color to pure white or black, no matter how high you turn up the Saturation in...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hey, everyone! This time around I’ve decided to give you a handful of those “super-useful” tips. These are those little Swiss Army knife tips: just the tip you need for the task you’re doing. I hope you enjoy them and find them as useful as a Swiss Army knife is to a boy scout. SELECT SUBJECT Adobe has just dropped a really, really cool feature into the latest Photoshop update. You can now make selections with just a single click, and I’m not talking about the Magic Wand tool. Choose the Quick Selection tool (W), and then look up in the Options Bar and you’ll see a button that says “...

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Hey, everyone! This time around I’ve decided to give you a handful of those “super-useful” tips. These are those little Swiss Army knife tips: just the tip you need for the task you’re doing. I hope you enjoy them and find them as useful as a Swiss Army knife is to a boy scout. SELECT SUBJECT Adobe has just dropped a really, really cool feature into the latest Photoshop update. You can now make selections with just a single click, and I’m not talking about the Magic Wand tool. Choose the Quick Selection tool (W), and then look up in the Options Bar and you’ll see a button that says “...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Here we are in 2018 already, so I decided to give you 2,018 tips. Just kidding! But I’ve probably written that many over the years, so grab your back issues of Photoshop User magazine and get your fill. For the other 99.999% of you, who probably won’t do that, read on and enjoy! CHANGE BLEND MODES There are tons of layer blending modes in Photoshop—27 to be precise. These blending modes make simple moves look like complex and advanced Photoshop work. The trick is knowing which one to use. You can read the manual and try to understand the math, but trust me, there’s a much better and ...

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Here we are in 2018 already, so I decided to give you 2,018 tips. Just kidding! But I’ve probably written that many over the years, so grab your back issues of Photoshop User magazine and get your fill. For the other 99.999% of you, who probably won’t do that, read on and enjoy! CHANGE BLEND MODES There are tons of layer blending modes in Photoshop—27 to be precise. These blending modes make simple moves look like complex and advanced Photoshop work. The trick is knowing which one to use. You can read the manual and try to understand the math, but trust me, there’s a much better and ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Here we are getting near the end of another year. Time to get in some fun Photoshop tips before the holidays. Actually, it’s always a good time to grab new Photoshop tips. I’m sure you’ll find something here to satisfy your appetite. PAINTING IN STRAIGHT LINES The Brush tool (B) is one of the most underrated tools in Photoshop. With all the different retouching options, sometimes the quickest is the Brush. Rather than trying to mask a thin wire of a single hair, it can be easier to just paint it back in with a 1- or 2-pixel brushstroke. Here’s a tip to draw a straight line with the B...

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Here we are getting near the end of another year. Time to get in some fun Photoshop tips before the holidays. Actually, it’s always a good time to grab new Photoshop tips. I’m sure you’ll find something here to satisfy your appetite. PAINTING IN STRAIGHT LINES The Brush tool (B) is one of the most underrated tools in Photoshop. With all the different retouching options, sometimes the quickest is the Brush. Rather than trying to mask a thin wire of a single hair, it can be easier to just paint it back in with a 1- or 2-pixel brushstroke. Here’s a tip to draw a straight line with the B...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hey, everyone. Welcome to the September issue of Photoshop tips. My favorite month, because it’s my birthday! I’ve assembled the best collection of tips for you in this issue, many of which are those sneaky little tips that you wouldn’t realize were there unless someone pointed them out to you. These are my favorite types of tips and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. SUPER COLOR PICKER Photoshop has a secret Color Picker that separates a hue slider from the saturation and luminance. It’s also cool to use when people are watching. Without fail they say, “Whoa! How did you do that?...

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Hey, everyone. Welcome to the September issue of Photoshop tips. My favorite month, because it’s my birthday! I’ve assembled the best collection of tips for you in this issue, many of which are those sneaky little tips that you wouldn’t realize were there unless someone pointed them out to you. These are my favorite types of tips and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. SUPER COLOR PICKER Photoshop has a secret Color Picker that separates a hue slider from the saturation and luminance. It’s also cool to use when people are watching. Without fail they say, “Whoa! How did you do that?...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Thanks for reading this column, and a special thanks to those of you who have been reading this for the past 13–14 years. This issue, I’m excited to bring you some tips that I know you’ll enjoy. They’ll save you time and frustration, and most importantly, they might help you explore something new to you in Photoshop. BETTER MASKS WITHOUT PINHOLES Have you ever used the selection tools in Photoshop to create a mask, only to see that your cutout is looking a little transparent in areas with pinholes peeping through in the whites and blacks? We all hate those pinholes. To view the mask, ...

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Thanks for reading this column, and a special thanks to those of you who have been reading this for the past 13–14 years. This issue, I’m excited to bring you some tips that I know you’ll enjoy. They’ll save you time and frustration, and most importantly, they might help you explore something new to you in Photoshop. BETTER MASKS WITHOUT PINHOLES Have you ever used the selection tools in Photoshop to create a mask, only to see that your cutout is looking a little transparent in areas with pinholes peeping through in the whites and blacks? We all hate those pinholes. To view the mask, ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hey, everyone! I’m very excited to bring you the latest roundup of juicy Photoshop tips. These are the kinds of tips that you can either use to show off to your co-workers, or just use them to get home at a reasonable hour. I prefer to get home at a reasonable hour. ONSCREEN DUPLICATION When you’re working in Photoshop, there are times when you might want to duplicate a layer; maybe it’s a shape, a block of text, etc. You already know you can drag the layer to the Create a New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to create a copy (or press Command-J ). But here’s a faster way:...

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Hey, everyone! I’m very excited to bring you the latest roundup of juicy Photoshop tips. These are the kinds of tips that you can either use to show off to your co-workers, or just use them to get home at a reasonable hour. I prefer to get home at a reasonable hour. ONSCREEN DUPLICATION When you’re working in Photoshop, there are times when you might want to duplicate a layer; maybe it’s a shape, a block of text, etc. You already know you can drag the layer to the Create a New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to create a copy (or press Command-J ). But here’s a faster way:...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

It’s my favorite time, time for more tips. I mean it’s always time for tips, right? Because they save you time. Okay, enough of the bad jokes. What’s not bad, though, is this nice collection of Photoshop tips. Enjoy! CLIPPING IN LEVELS When you’re adjusting the brightness of a photo, there’s a point where the image “clips.” Clipping means that brights become 100% white with no visible detail, and the darks become 100% black with no detail. As a rule, you should avoid clipping your images. When you’re making a Curves adjustment, if you hold down the Option (PC: Alt) key while moving ei...

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It’s my favorite time, time for more tips. I mean it’s always time for tips, right? Because they save you time. Okay, enough of the bad jokes. What’s not bad, though, is this nice collection of Photoshop tips. Enjoy! CLIPPING IN LEVELS When you’re adjusting the brightness of a photo, there’s a point where the image “clips.” Clipping means that brights become 100% white with no visible detail, and the darks become 100% black with no detail. As a rule, you should avoid clipping your images. When you’re making a Curves adjustment, if you hold down the Option (PC: Alt) key while moving ei...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Greetings from the tips corner of the magazine. In this installment, I have lots of exciting new Photoshop tips for you. Try them out—maybe there are a few that you don’t know, or maybe there are a few that you’ve forgotten about. STACK VIDEOS ON TOP OF EACH OTHER When working with video clips in Photoshop, you can combine and stack different video clips. One thing you might have noticed is that when you create a new video layer, it doesn’t necessarily overlay the video clip on top of the others, as you’d expect from regular layers. When clips are in a video group, they stack in time,...

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Greetings from the tips corner of the magazine. In this installment, I have lots of exciting new Photoshop tips for you. Try them out—maybe there are a few that you don’t know, or maybe there are a few that you’ve forgotten about. STACK VIDEOS ON TOP OF EACH OTHER When working with video clips in Photoshop, you can combine and stack different video clips. One thing you might have noticed is that when you create a new video layer, it doesn’t necessarily overlay the video clip on top of the others, as you’d expect from regular layers. When clips are in a video group, they stack in time,...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

In this issue, I have a handful of really useful and cool tips for you to explore. Use them to speed up your workflow and open up new ideas. When you’re using these tips and a new idea or area opens up to you, explore it! That’s how you’ll master Photoshop. Don’t worry if it takes you off-track, this column will still be here when you come back. Slow Motion Video Did you know that you could make slow motion in video? If you didn’t know you could even work with video in Photoshop, now you know. To make slow-motion video, simply open the video in Photoshop, File>Open, just like a reg...

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In this issue, I have a handful of really useful and cool tips for you to explore. Use them to speed up your workflow and open up new ideas. When you’re using these tips and a new idea or area opens up to you, explore it! That’s how you’ll master Photoshop. Don’t worry if it takes you off-track, this column will still be here when you come back. Slow Motion Video Did you know that you could make slow motion in video? If you didn’t know you could even work with video in Photoshop, now you know. To make slow-motion video, simply open the video in Photoshop, File>Open, just like a reg...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

In this issue’s “Photoshop Tips,” we’re doing something we don’t normally do; we’re going to focus on a theme: adjustments. So if you want to learn how to be more efficient with all your image adjustments and learn a few cool little tips, read on! Stack Your Adjustment Layers Adjustment layers are really great to work with because of their nondestructive abilities. This means that they don’t degrade your images with multiple applications like pixel adjustments do. As such, you really want to take advantage of this. When we have newer tools, we sometimes apply old workflows to these ne...

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In this issue’s “Photoshop Tips,” we’re doing something we don’t normally do; we’re going to focus on a theme: adjustments. So if you want to learn how to be more efficient with all your image adjustments and learn a few cool little tips, read on! Stack Your Adjustment Layers Adjustment layers are really great to work with because of their nondestructive abilities. This means that they don’t degrade your images with multiple applications like pixel adjustments do. As such, you really want to take advantage of this. When we have newer tools, we sometimes apply old workflows to these ne...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Welcome to a fresh set of Photoshop tips. These tips are sure to alleviate those little Photoshop frustrations, as well as put you on the fast track to speed and proficiency in Photoshop. This is my 14th year writing this column, so if you’ve been reading it regularly, you should be a speed demon by now. If you’re a newer member and new to this column, fasten your seatbelts and check out some of the back issues on the KelbyOne site. Export Layer As an Image When working in a multi-layered document, there may be times when you want to export a specific layer as a new image. Maybe you’r...

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Welcome to a fresh set of Photoshop tips. These tips are sure to alleviate those little Photoshop frustrations, as well as put you on the fast track to speed and proficiency in Photoshop. This is my 14th year writing this column, so if you’ve been reading it regularly, you should be a speed demon by now. If you’re a newer member and new to this column, fasten your seatbelts and check out some of the back issues on the KelbyOne site. Export Layer As an Image When working in a multi-layered document, there may be times when you want to export a specific layer as a new image. Maybe you’r...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone! As the year draws to a close, here are some Photoshop tips to send the year on its way. I hope that you find these tips useful and timesaving. Many are little fine-tuning Photoshop style tips, but there’s an aha moment for everyone. Straighten Panoramas When working with panoramas or fisheye lenses, you can often see the subjects bending in your photographs. There’s an easy way to fix this in Photoshop: Go to Filter>Adaptive Wide Angle. When the dialog first opens, the Constraint tool (C) is selected. You can drag this tool along the horizon and it will warp the photo...

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Hi, everyone! As the year draws to a close, here are some Photoshop tips to send the year on its way. I hope that you find these tips useful and timesaving. Many are little fine-tuning Photoshop style tips, but there’s an aha moment for everyone. Straighten Panoramas When working with panoramas or fisheye lenses, you can often see the subjects bending in your photographs. There’s an easy way to fix this in Photoshop: Go to Filter>Adaptive Wide Angle. When the dialog first opens, the Constraint tool (C) is selected. You can drag this tool along the horizon and it will warp the photo...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone! Welcome to the latest set of tips to help you become more efficient in Photoshop. A good tip can sometimes be a frustrating thing. You become frustrated because you might have done something the difficult way for years, only now to discover an easier way. Here’s to frustration! Too Big to Filter Sometimes when you’re working on a large file and you try to apply a filter, the filter is grayed out. What do you do? Flatten the image? You don’t have to be that drastic. Right-click on the layer in the Layers panel and choose Convert to Smart Object. Double-click the smart obj...

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Hi, everyone! Welcome to the latest set of tips to help you become more efficient in Photoshop. A good tip can sometimes be a frustrating thing. You become frustrated because you might have done something the difficult way for years, only now to discover an easier way. Here’s to frustration! Too Big to Filter Sometimes when you’re working on a large file and you try to apply a filter, the filter is grayed out. What do you do? Flatten the image? You don’t have to be that drastic. Right-click on the layer in the Layers panel and choose Convert to Smart Object. Double-click the smart obj...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

I have some quick-fire tips for you in this issue. These are fast and simple tips that, if you start using them, you’ll see an increase in productivity with less fiddling, and you know how annoying fiddling can be; that’s unless you’re a fiddler and play the actual fiddle. So, Photoshop is not the place for fiddling—a fiddle is. Pivot Point When you’re transforming layers—you know, rotating and scaling—they usually transform from the center. Have you ever had a corner exactly where you wanted it before you scaled an object, but then you had to reposition it because the corner moved? I...

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I have some quick-fire tips for you in this issue. These are fast and simple tips that, if you start using them, you’ll see an increase in productivity with less fiddling, and you know how annoying fiddling can be; that’s unless you’re a fiddler and play the actual fiddle. So, Photoshop is not the place for fiddling—a fiddle is. Pivot Point When you’re transforming layers—you know, rotating and scaling—they usually transform from the center. Have you ever had a corner exactly where you wanted it before you scaled an object, but then you had to reposition it because the corner moved? I...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

I have a saying when it comes to Photoshop: If you have to do the same thing more than once, you’re probably doing it wrong. Do you know that feeling when you discover a better way of doing something in Photoshop? For example, you’ve done some things one at a time and manually for ages, and then find a way to do it that’s so quick you almost want to weep. I hope you discover one of those little gems in this issue’s column. Happy weeping. Arrowheads Photoshop can do so much more than just editing photos; it’s a great tool for creating charts, diagrams, and different types of graphics. ...

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I have a saying when it comes to Photoshop: If you have to do the same thing more than once, you’re probably doing it wrong. Do you know that feeling when you discover a better way of doing something in Photoshop? For example, you’ve done some things one at a time and manually for ages, and then find a way to do it that’s so quick you almost want to weep. I hope you discover one of those little gems in this issue’s column. Happy weeping. Arrowheads Photoshop can do so much more than just editing photos; it’s a great tool for creating charts, diagrams, and different types of graphics. ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Welcome to this issue’s collection of tips. Although they’re general in nature, I’ve concentrated a little bit on presets, which are awesome because you never have to do the same thing twice. They’re like your tiny hoard of minions that work for you and serve your every command! Mwahahaha! Magic Spot Spotter It’s really frustrating to output your work of art only to hear someone say, “Hey, I spot some spots on it.” It’s important to go over your image and make sure there are no spots caused by sensor dust, dirty lenses, and other bad things. It can be a tedious task to find them all, ...

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Welcome to this issue’s collection of tips. Although they’re general in nature, I’ve concentrated a little bit on presets, which are awesome because you never have to do the same thing twice. They’re like your tiny hoard of minions that work for you and serve your every command! Mwahahaha! Magic Spot Spotter It’s really frustrating to output your work of art only to hear someone say, “Hey, I spot some spots on it.” It’s important to go over your image and make sure there are no spots caused by sensor dust, dirty lenses, and other bad things. It can be a tedious task to find them all, ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

It may be April, but you ain’t no April fool! I know that because you’re reading this column, which means that you care about getting things done fast. Every time you pick up a new time- (or frustration-) saving tip, then your reading time is an investment. I could say that by reading this column, you’re actually getting time back. But don’t give up that Healing Brush just yet; this isn’t the fountain of youth, just a fountain of knowledge. Blend Colors Together When using the Brush tool (B), there are times when you need to blend two colors together. A gradient won’t work because you...

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It may be April, but you ain’t no April fool! I know that because you’re reading this column, which means that you care about getting things done fast. Every time you pick up a new time- (or frustration-) saving tip, then your reading time is an investment. I could say that by reading this column, you’re actually getting time back. But don’t give up that Healing Brush just yet; this isn’t the fountain of youth, just a fountain of knowledge. Blend Colors Together When using the Brush tool (B), there are times when you need to blend two colors together. A gradient won’t work because you...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

In this issue I’m going to focus on doing something once but getting bulk results. This is called massive timesavings, or more technically, batch processing. With all the extra time you save, you can read the rest of the magazine—now that’s a great deal! Batch Rename Have you ever had to rename a bunch of files? Maybe DSC34565.CRW isn’t a descriptive enough name? Or maybe you want to rearrange the files and give them a sequential filename to keep them in order, or even build a time-lapse sequence. Whatever reason you may have, it’s easy! Open Bridge and select all the files that you w...

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In this issue I’m going to focus on doing something once but getting bulk results. This is called massive timesavings, or more technically, batch processing. With all the extra time you save, you can read the rest of the magazine—now that’s a great deal! Batch Rename Have you ever had to rename a bunch of files? Maybe DSC34565.CRW isn’t a descriptive enough name? Or maybe you want to rearrange the files and give them a sequential filename to keep them in order, or even build a time-lapse sequence. Whatever reason you may have, it’s easy! Open Bridge and select all the files that you w...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

I have a grab bag full of tips for you this issue. I decided, rather than have a theme, I’d do it shotgun style and provide a variety of tips, so there’s something for everyone. Yup, even you. I hope you enjoy these and they serve you well. Colored Layer There are lots of times when you may need a plain colored layer in Photoshop, for example, to unify the color in compositing. When making a colored layer in Photoshop, don’t just create a new layer and fill it with a color; instead, it’s better to use a Solid Color adjustment layer, Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color. For starters...

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I have a grab bag full of tips for you this issue. I decided, rather than have a theme, I’d do it shotgun style and provide a variety of tips, so there’s something for everyone. Yup, even you. I hope you enjoy these and they serve you well. Colored Layer There are lots of times when you may need a plain colored layer in Photoshop, for example, to unify the color in compositing. When making a colored layer in Photoshop, don’t just create a new layer and fill it with a color; instead, it’s better to use a Solid Color adjustment layer, Layer>New Fill Layer>Solid Color. For starters...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Welcome to a new year! New slate, new start, and new goals. Maybe your goal is to become an amazing machine of efficiency in Photoshop? That’s an awesome New Year’s resolution to have. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Make sure to check out my little column here in each issue of Photoshop User magazine and you’ll be amazed at how far you’ll go in 2016. Cheers! Tinted Photographs Have you ever seen a photo that has a strong color tint to it? Perhaps you jumped into Curves and tried to replicate it, or maybe turned on Colorize in Hue/Saturation? While these methods will totally wor...

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Welcome to a new year! New slate, new start, and new goals. Maybe your goal is to become an amazing machine of efficiency in Photoshop? That’s an awesome New Year’s resolution to have. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Make sure to check out my little column here in each issue of Photoshop User magazine and you’ll be amazed at how far you’ll go in 2016. Cheers! Tinted Photographs Have you ever seen a photo that has a strong color tint to it? Perhaps you jumped into Curves and tried to replicate it, or maybe turned on Colorize in Hue/Saturation? While these methods will totally wor...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Welcome to the last issue of Photoshop User magazine for 2015. I’ve really enjoyed bringing you tips all year and for more than the last decade. I wish you Happy Holidays and a great New Year. Here are some tips for you to enjoy with a nice hot drink (unless you’re Down Under, then a cold one). I’ll see you all in 2016! CC Libraries CC Libraries are amazingly useful. If you aren’t on Photoshop CC, just proceed to the next tip; if you’re on CC, I hope you’re using the Libraries. They’re a convenient way for you to keep assets that you reuse, such as logos and layouts, nice and handy. Y...

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Welcome to the last issue of Photoshop User magazine for 2015. I’ve really enjoyed bringing you tips all year and for more than the last decade. I wish you Happy Holidays and a great New Year. Here are some tips for you to enjoy with a nice hot drink (unless you’re Down Under, then a cold one). I’ll see you all in 2016! CC Libraries CC Libraries are amazingly useful. If you aren’t on Photoshop CC, just proceed to the next tip; if you’re on CC, I hope you’re using the Libraries. They’re a convenient way for you to keep assets that you reuse, such as logos and layouts, nice and handy. Y...