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By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #1 – Open and Save

Virtually every Photoshop project starts with Open (how often do you choose New?) and ends with Save. And unlike other apps, Photoshop treats all image formats as native. Open and Save are the alpha and omega of imaging.

By Crystal McCullough | Monday, April 05, 2010

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #2 – The Layers Palette

Home to at least eight of the features Deke has mentioned so far in the Photoshop Top 40 Countdown, the Layers palette is command central—the place where most of the action in Photoshop happens. Were it not for this one palette, Photoshop as we know it would not exist.

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #3 – Image Size

The essential Image Size command lets you scale an image on screen or in print. In this week’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown episode, Deke explains resampling and resolution, both of which affect the core quality of digital photographs.

By Crystal McCullough | Monday, March 22, 2010

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #4 – Navigation

Photoshop lets you modify your view of an image using a variety of tools, commands, and options. But you don’t need a single one of them. Learn a few navigational shortcuts and you’ll be working at maximum efficiency in no time.

By Crystal McCullough | Monday, March 15, 2010

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #5 – The Sharpen Filters

Photoshop doesn’t sharpen focus, it sharpens detail using any of three remarkable filters: Unsharp Mask, Smart Sharpen, and High Pass. Apply them as smart filters, and you’re ready for any output scenario.

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #6 – RGB, CMYK, and Lab

Photoshop doesn’t just support multiple color spaces, it supports infinite variations on the device-dependent ones. You can open an RGB photo, process it in Lab, and output it to CMYK, with certainty that the conversions will work.

By Crystal McCullough | Monday, March 01, 2010

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #7 – Undo, History, and Revert

The safety-net trio of Undo, History, and Revert protect the intrepid image editor from unexpected disasters. But these commands also let you toggle operations, compare before-and-after images, and move back and forth through time. In this week’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown, Deke takes us through the features of each by modifying a document using a number of features we’ve learned in previous Top 40 episodes, and then using Undo, History, and Revert to un-modify the document as desired.

By Crystal McCullough | Monday, February 22, 2010

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #8 – The Eyedropper

The ubiquitous Eyedropper is simple in purpose and easy to use. But can you imagine a world without it, where you had to dial in every one of Photoshop’s 16.8 million+ colors manually? The Eyedropper is Photoshop’s color ambassador. In this week’s episode of the Photoshop Top 40 Countdown, Deke gives us the complete rundown of the humble and powerful Eyedropper tool.

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