When preparing a tutorial, a screenshot for a book or magazine article, or an illustration for a technical document, it’s not uncommon to identify a critical area with a circle or a square.
Sometimes a drop shadow needs to fall on only part of the layer or layers below.
It sounds easy, doesn’t it? Duplicate one layer’s layer mask on another layer. It is easy but only if you know the technique. A layer mask is a channel that determines the visibility of the…
There are almost as many ways to minimize red eye using Photoshop as there are people using Photoshop.
Sometimes you need to make it appear that the content of one layer appears both in front of and behind another layer.
There are lots of ways to make a photograph look like a painting. Here’s another one that simulates painted strokes by blurring dark areas of the image and sharpening lighter areas.
More often than not, a digital photograph isn’t shaped to fit your picture frame. Most digital images have an aspect ratio of 3:2, while common picture frames are 5:4 (4×5″ and 8×10″) or 7:5 (5×7″).
An interesting background effect, suitable perhaps for a Web interface or layering for a “Eurocollage” image, can be created by separating elements of a black-white-black gradient to individual layers, then using reversed bevels.