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By Jim Heid | Thursday, April 22, 2010

Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Painting Tools

Every day this week, we’ve been providing a close-up look at one of the new features in Adobe Photoshop CS5. We wrap up the week by examining what host Deke McClelland calls the “most ambitious innovation” in Photoshop CS5: its new painting tools.

In today’s installment of Photoshop CS5 Top 5, Deke demonstrates Photoshop’s bristle brushes, which simulate traditional paint brushes—the kind your local art-supply store sells—and its new Mixer brush, which lets you give a photo a painterly look. Along the way, Deke passes along a tip for customizing Photoshop’s interface—one of those little chores that can save so much time, but that so few of us do.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of Deke’s favorite Photoshop CS5 features. What features excite you the most? Which ones are you most interested in learning about? We’re interested in your comments, which you can leave below.

Needless to say, there’s so very much more in Photoshop CS5—not to mention in the rest of Creative Suite 5. For an overview of what’s new in Photoshop CS5, see Jan Kabili’s Photoshop CS5 New Features tutorial. If you’re a photographer, check out Chris Orwig’s Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features tutorial. And to learn what’s new in all of the CS5 applications, check out all of our Adobe CS5 training on lynda.com.

Previously in Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Monday—Common Sense Enhancements in Photoshop CS5 Tuesday—High-Dynamic Range Photography Wednesday—Refine Edge Thursday—Puppet Warp

By Jim Heid | Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Puppet Warp

With the new puppet warp feature in Photoshop CS5, you can bend images to your will—literally. Add control points, called pins, to an image, and then drag them to reposition parts of the image. Change the position of an arm, a leg, a lock of hair. Turn a straight pathway into a meandering one.

In today’s installment of Photoshop CS5 Top 5, Deke McClelland explores a feature he calls “fun to use, funny to watch, and extremely powerful.” Take a fifteen-minute tour of the Puppet Warp feature, then head over to check out all of our Adobe CS5 training to explore new courses and tutorials covering Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Flash, Premiere, and more.

Previously in Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Monday—Common Sense Enhancements in Photoshop CS5 Tuesday—High-Dynamic Range Photography Wednesday—Refine Edge

By Jim Heid | Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Refine Edge

Refining selections and creating masks are unglamorous but utterly essential Photoshop techniques—you’ve got to master both in order to perform tricky compositing tasks, such as extracting a person from an image and then adding a different background.

In Photoshop CS5, the Refine Edge command makes the process less tedious. In today’s installment of Photoshop CS5 Top 5, Deke McClelland shows it in action. Watch as Deke uses Refine Edge and its cousin, Refine Mask, to create a finely crafted mask that encompasses every strand of a model’s hair.

The lynda.com Online Training Library® is full of courses for every member of the Creative Suite family. Browse our Adobe CS5 training to learn what’s new in Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere Pro, and more. And stay tuned, because we’ve got more CS5 training coming in the weeks ahead.

Previously in Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Monday—Common Sense Enhancements in Photoshop CS5 Tuesday—High-Dynamic Range Photography

By Jim Heid | Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Photoshop CS5 Top 5: High-dynamic range photography

Your eyes see better than your camera does. That’s particularly true with scenes containing a wide range of brightness values. Try to take a sunny-day photo on a beach, and you’ll be hard pressed to find an exposure setting that captures details in shadows and bright areas like.

High-dynamic range photography is one solution. Take multiple shots of a scene, each at a different exposure setting, and then blend them to create an image with a broader dynamic range than a single exposure can capture. And as anyone who spends time on Flickr can tell you, HDR is also the gateway to surreal-looking images containing exotic colors and tones.

Whether you want to be subtle or brash, the greatly improved HDR features in Photoshop CS5 are worth a close look. They’re the subject of today’s Photoshop CS5 Top 5 movie. Watch as Deke McClelland walks you through Photoshop CS5′s HDR toning and HDR Pro features.

If you’re a photographer, don’t miss Chris Orwig’s Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features. You’ll find more about HDR in this course, and more about all of the Creative Suite 5 tools in our Adobe Creative Suite 5 training.

Previously in Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Monday—Common Sense Enhancements in Photoshop CS5

By Jim Heid | Sunday, April 18, 2010

Five Days of Photoshop: Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Common Sense Enhancements

Last week, Adobe announced its Creative Suite 5 line. We’ve already blogged about our first wave of CS5 courses, and you can browse our growing course lineup.

There’s more. Every day this week, the lynda.com blog features a movie spotlighting some of the best new features in Photoshop CS5. Your tour guide is one of the most influential voices in the Photoshop community—Deke McClelland— who has been burning the midnight oil updating his encyclopedic Photoshop One-on-One series of courses.

We call Deke’s tour Photoshop CS5 Top 5, but you’ll actually see more than five features in action. Today, we showcase a selection of what Deke calls common sense enhancements—those features, big and small that, in his words, “will have you gasping and saying, finally!” Learn about the new Straighten button, the Content Aware Fill tool, and more.

So sit back and gasp for yourself, and join us every day this week for a look at some of Photoshop CS5′s best features. For an overview of what’s new in Photoshop CS5, see Jan Kabili’s Photoshop CS5 New Features. And to upgrade your neurons to full CS5 compatibility, visit our current list of Adobe Creative Suite 5 training.

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