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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Creating a Passport-Perfect Headshot

Create a passport-perfect headshot

Poor lighting? Cheap camera? Indifferent photographer? These are the conditions most passport photos are taken under, and the results usually speak for themselves. But you can create a better passport photo for yourself—even from the worst raw material—with today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques. Deke follows the specifications issued by the US Department of State, and provides a template to make sure your composition meets the required size, pose, and proportions. Once the legalities are taken care of, he shows how to center, color correct, and enhance your photo with Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw.

By Jan Kabili | Wednesday, November 13, 2013

5 tips for touching up your photos in Lightroom

You can quickly remove dust spots and unwanted content from your photos with Lightroom’s Spot Removal tool. These tips will help you make the most of the tool.

1. Get help visualizing spots

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When you’re viewing a photo on a small screen, you may not see all the tiny dust spots that can show up later in a print. Use the Spot Removal tool’s Visualize Spots option to locate subtle spots, like the dust on this window.

By James Fritz | Friday, September 13, 2013

Reshape a body in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Reshape a body in Photoshop

Explore Pixel Playground at lynda.com.

This week’s Pixel Playground technique will teach you how to use the Puppet Warp feature in Adobe Photoshop to reshape part of a body.

Have you ever wanted to sculpt a body to remove some love handles, or just trim up your subject in general? This week Bert Monroy gives you a chance by showing how to use the Puppet Warp tool in Photoshop.

By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Deke's Techniques: Using the healing brush to mirror part of an image

In this week’s free technique, Deke takes a look at the healing brush, with a particular focus on using a similar, mirrored part of an image (such as the other side of a person’s face) to retouch a large area.

Of course, sometimes the character of a face should be left to its own beauty and evocativeness. But if you need to retouch large areas that are the mirror image of another area, this week’s technique will show you how to exploit the symmetry of the human face to your advantage.

Faces are generally symmetrical, so if you need to use the right side as a source for the left side, you’re going to have to flip the information somewhere along the way. In Deke’s case, he needs to flip the eye on the right over, as well as angle it more appropriately to his subject’s face once it reaches its destination (because no one is perfectly symmetrical). Enter the Clone Source panel, a handy device for changing the orientation and angle of your cloned pixels. The result, you can see below, is simple but effective:

Join us next week for another free technique from Deke.

Interested in more? • The entire Deke’s Techniques collection • courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library® • courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

By Crystal McCullough | Monday, September 28, 2009

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #29 – Liquify

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p> The Liquify filter lets you paint in distortions, so you can perform digital nips and tucks. You can slim people down, edit their posture, and make them look exactly how you want them to. Deke shows how in this week’s episode of the Photoshop Top 40 Countdown.

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