Pre-pro Prep

If my experience with developing rich media in a collaborative environment has taught me anything, it’s to keep project assets as organized as possible.  Even though the layers’ paradigm in Photoshop provides an inherent organizational…

Transform Selection

That selection not exactly how you want it?  Don’t want to go all the way back into the path and modify it?  No problem. Just go to the Select menu and choose Transform Selection and…

Speedy Clipping Mask

Sometimes a masked layer is just an Option-click (PC: Alt-click) away.  Simply click-and-drag the layer to be used as a mask directly above the layer to be masked.  Press-and-hold Option (PC: Alt) and hover your…

Invert to Alpha

When working with vector – created art and the source art is unavailable, modifying the art to create a logo can be a pain, to say the least—particularly when it’s flattened and the background needs…

Glow/Bloom Effect

In the same composition, use  Select>Color Range…to select the high-lights of the base image.  Be generous with the Fuzziness, as detail won’t be an  issue.  Copy the selection to a new layer (Command – J…

Get Into Dodge

Anyone who’s used Photoshop CS3 (or prior) versions and tried to composite a human subject into an existing light setup knows that they eventually hit a wall with Levels, Curves, Color Balance and—even in desperate…

Only Shades of Gray

A simple tip to creating believable retro imagery is never to use 100% black or white tones in the artwork.  The retro look often relies on distressed or faded artifacts, and a foundation of grays…

Light Depth with Layer Blending

Studio lighting can be quickly and easily dramatized by blending multiple layers.  Duplicate a layer with a subject by pressing Command – J (PC: Ctrl-J).  Desaturate the new layer, then adjust the Levels dialog (Command…

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