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By Kristin Ellison | Friday, August 15, 2014

How to Improve a Product Shot in Photoshop

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This week in the Pixel Playground, Bert walks us through how to improve a product shot in Photoshop. In this case, it’s by pulling the pouch closer to the corkscrew so it’s clear to buyers that they’re sold together.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Photoshop CC: Focus Area

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Ever wonder just what Photoshop CC has to offer you? The Focus Area command is one of Deke’s favorite new Creative Cloud features—and in this episode of Deke’s Techniques he’ll show you how to use Focus Area to extract a subject from the background of a photograph.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, August 08, 2014

Improve a Picnic Scene in Photoshop

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This week in Pixel Playground, Bert walks us through how to improve an image of an elegant picnic. He opens the wine, adds more oranges to the tree, and brings the bushes back to life!

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, August 01, 2014

Make a rainy-day photo even rainier—with Photoshop

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This week, Bert walks us through how to make a rainy-day photo look even rainier with Photoshop.

By Seán Duggan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Using Layer Masks with Video in Photoshop

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Photoshop has been able to handle video for several versions now, but the video features got a big upgrade with the CS6 release—in the form of a Timeline panel. This was significant because the timeline interface has long been a fixture in other dedicated video editing programs.

The nice thing about working with video in Photoshop is that you can rely on all the skills and techniques you already know about working with layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks. The ability to use layer masks with video layers allows you to create some really interesting custom transitions and composites for your video projects.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, July 25, 2014

Create Logo Text with Paths and Layer Styles

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This week, Bert walks us through how to use paths and layer styles to create logo text.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

'Uncropping' a Cropped Photo

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When you’re on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation and you’re experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime moment—you only get one chance to get the shot. And in the heat of the moment, a lot of us fall prey to the “photographer’s sin,” as Deke calls it: cropping out an arm, a leg, or some other vital body part.

Take the image featured in this episode of Deke’s Techniques, starring Deke’s sons Sam and Max. They’re posed on the top of the Ixmoja pyramid among the ruins of Coba, an ancient Maya city. It’s a great photograph in every way except two: The horizon is crooked and poor Sam’s foot is cut off.

Luckily, Deke has a way to salvage this photo: using the Crop and Content-Aware Fill tools to both straighten and “uncrop” the photograph.

By Kristin Ellison | Friday, July 18, 2014

Creating an Open Book in Photoshop, Part 2

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In our last episode, Bert showed us how to make an open book illustration in Photoshop. This week he finishes the illustration by adding the pages and a cover.

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