Save Your Wrist

The Brush tool (B) is by far the most important instrument for anyone who wants to translate his or her old-school painting techniques into the digital realm. Using a Wacom graphics tablet is essential; painting…

Tabbing Documents

Here’s a Photoshop CS4 tip for the road: In Photoshop CS4, dragging a document window over another document window will automatically place the two documents into a single window with tabs to allow you to…

Quick rocky surface

Quick rocky surface In your document, go to the Channels panel (Window>Channels), and click on the Create New Channel icon. Now, using black and white for your Foreground/ Background colors, perform the exact same steps…

Quick marble

You can create a marble texture easily with a couple of filters: Clouds and Difference Clouds. Choose black for the Foreground and green (or any marble-like color, other than white) for the Background color (at…

Contrast clouds

Pressing the Option (PC: Alt) key when invoking the Clouds filter (Filter>Render>Clouds) will increase the contrast between the Foreground and Background colors, giving you clouds with a higher contrast. Immediately following the cloud rendering, if…

Position a paste

When you’re pasting an element from the clipboard into a Photoshop document, you can specify where to place the object by making a selection—a small circular selection with the Elliptical Marquee tool will suffice. The…

Creating a starfield is easy!

Press the D key and fill the layer with black (Option-Delete [PC: Alt-Backspace]) and then apply the Add Noise Filter (Filter> Noise>Add Noise). You’ll need to enter a large Amount (we used 230%) in the…

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