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By Crystal McCullough | Monday, February 15, 2010

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #9 – Levels

The Levels command, and its cohort, the Histogram, let you adjust luminance levels on a channel-by-channel basis. The upshot is that you can increase contrast, correct for color cast, and make a bad image good.

By Crystal McCullough | Monday, February 08, 2010

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #10 – Color Settings

The Color Settings command is your way of establishing reliable color management policies across the entire Creative Suite. While admittedly techie, it ensures that what you see is what everyone else sees, too.

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #11 – Opacity Mode and Blend Modes

Changing opacity is like mixing a cocktail with, say, 30% active layer and 70% all layers below. Assigning a blend mode is like shining a light or casting a shadow: The active layer infuses those behind it with life. In this week’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown, Deke shows how to mix and blend layer opacities for best results.

P.S. If you want to see all of the Photoshop Top 40 Countdown tutorials in one place (and maybe want to bookmark some features), they are now compiled in the Online Training Library®!

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #12 – Camera Raw

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p>Camera Raw is an independent application that lets you develop your raw photographs and exploit every byte of the vast information captured by your digital SLR camera. Not just powerful, it is a force unto itself. In this week’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown, Deke shows us how to tap into its many features.

By Crystal McCullough | Monday, January 18, 2010

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #13 – File Info

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p>Want to let the world know who made your photo? Then use File Info. Here you can assign a title, an author, a copyright, and a Web site. No image should go out without a visit to File Info.

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #14 – Gaussian Blur

Gaussian Blur is a filter that blurs an image. But it’s also the math behind the Feather command, drop shadows, and everything that is soft in Photoshop. In this week’s video, Deke explains just why Gaussian Blur is so important.

By Crystal McCullough | Monday, January 04, 2010

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #15 – Alpha Channels

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Much can be said of masking: Masking is the art of using the image to select itself. Masking lets you apply the entire weight of Photoshop to the task of editing a selection. And masking, thy name is alpha channel. Watch Deke’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown episode #15 to see the steps to using alpha channels to your benefit.

By Crystal McCullough | Monday, December 28, 2009

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #16 – Adjustment Layers

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p>An adjustment layer is an independent layer of color adjustment that you can edit any time you like. It affects all layers below it, consumes very little space in memory, and affords the opportunity for selective edits. In this week’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown episode, Deke takes us through using one of Photoshop’s oldest and best non-destructive image-editing tools.

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