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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Free Video Tutorials

Free Video Tutorials from Watch and Learn Photoshop
Watch and Learn Photoshop is a source of quality affordable video Photoshop Tutorials.
Each week they release a free video tutorial, here I am going to list all the free video tutorials they provide for your Photoshopping pleasure.

Lighting Adjustments

Here’s a great technique for adjusting dark and light areas in your digital photographs. It’s quick, easy and best of all, it’s non destructive.

Sharpening Techniques
Here are two optional sharpening techniques to clean up those digital photographs. Option one can speed up your work flow, while option two offers greater control with a more obscure, yet powerful tool, the High Pass Filter.

Digital Color Photo Enhancement
Want to make your digital color photos come to life? This technique, used by the professionals, will give those photos the “pop” they need for web and for print…easy, quick, and fun!

Using Levels and Unsharp Mask
Don’t delete an over- or underexposed or blurry image until you try this tip. If you don’t have the benefit of professional lighting or fancy camera settings, sometimes your digital photos will come out too dark, too light or a little fuzzy. Photoshop to the rescue! Learn how to use Levels and Unsharp Mask to adjust the lighting and sharpness of a photograph.

Using Actions

If you find yourself repeating the same Photoshop keystrokes and commands over and over again, one image after another, then you need Actions! Teach Photoshop to remember each step of a repetitive series of steps and apply them automatically, stopping along the way when you need to add a custom touch. Watch this tip for an introduction to Actions, demonstrating how to record or save steps and apply those same steps to other images. Then kick back and take a break with the time you save.

Gradient Background and Drop Shadow
Ever wonder how to take an object from a photograph and make it stand out on its own? Sure, you can delete the background, but that just leaves a plain, flat background, which probably makes your object appear flat too. Learn a simple way to add richness and depth to an object’s appearance by adding a gradient background and a drop shadow.

Liquefy

In this tutorial, you will learn how properly use the liquefy filter in Photoshop CS2. This can be a very effective tool when editing your digital photography. Learn to create professional looking photos.

Vanishing Point

This is one of the most amazing things in Photoshop CS2 hands down! You will learn how to edit your photos with a brand new filter called Vanishing Point. Learn to use the plane tool to paint out objects and keep in scale with the photo, simply amazing.

Using Paths to Crop a Background

Want to separate an object in a photograph from all the clutter surrounding it? Paths are a great way to create a smooth, accurate selection around any object - no matter what’s in the background. This tip shows how to create a simple path around an object, convert the path to a selection and then mask out the background so the selected object becomes an independent image.

How to Size a Photo for the Web
When you need to resize a photo for the web, it’s important to preserve as much of the quality of the original image as possible. Maintain the highest image quality by following the steps in this tip. Learn to crop, change the resolution and resize a photo for the web, while minimizing the number of times it’s processed in Photoshop.

Water Drops

In this tutorial, you will learn how to add water droplets to your pics by using the Elliptical Marquee Tool and adding layer styles. Learn how to use blending options while working with layers to get a realistic water drop.

PictoSketch

In this tutorial, you will learn how to take a digital photo and convert it into a realistic sketched drawing. You will learn how to give the effect of a hand drawn picture by using filters and layers.

Ripple

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a classic background image of ripples on water. Photoshop makes this easy and fun to create and you can use this on banners, webpages and splash pages.

Planet Eclipse

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create the illusion of a solar eclipse, or a planet out in space. This is a very popular effect and has been widely used in all media.

Map Burn

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create the look and feel of an old antique map. You can apply this effect to new maps and wow your friends and clients. You will learn to create the effect of burnt edges and yellowed paper.

Laser

In this tutorial, you will take a digital photograph of a person or layout and create a sci-fi looking laser blast. You will learn how to create colors using layers and blending modes. This is an exciting tutorial that will WOW your friends!

Warp

A new feature to Photoshop CS2 is the Warp control. Learn to take an image, and not only distort and transform, but now warp the image and still retain quality. Photoshop CS2 now lets us take image control beyond free transform.

Custom Watermark

Protect yourself with a custom digital watermark. Add that professional look to any digital picture and set yourself apart.

Wind Filter

This is a great effect using the color table and the wind filter. Take text or any object and apply a stunning effect that looks very professional.

Lens Correct

In this tutorial, you will learn how to correct photos within Photoshop using the new lens correction filter. Learn to adjust the perspective of your photo without re-taking the shot.

Gradient Mask Blur
In this tutorial, you will learn how to add a gradient mask to add a blur effect to the background in your photos. After this tutorial, your digital pics will be winning awards.

Blur Filters

Learn to use the new blur filters provided in Photoshop CS2. These new blur filters take your projects to a new level. In this tutorial, you will learn about the very exciting new blur filter called “Surface Blur” that will add a professional look to any digital photo.

Creating Realistic Ice
In this tutorial, Craig Campbell will demonstrate how to give a realistic ice texture to your shapes using Layer Styles.

Creating a Carpet Texture

In this tutorial, trainer Craig Campbell demonstrates how to create a fibrous carpet texture in just a few simple steps in Photoshop.

Bicubic Sharper

When resizing an image in Photoshop, if you use all the default settings, the image will end up with a little bit of a blur to it–hardly distinguishable, but it is there. In this tutorial, you will learn how to customize the way your image is resampled when you resize it in order to maintain the sharpness of the image.

3D Angled Text

Have you ever wanted a line of text to pop off the page? In this tip, Brian Harber shows a 3D angle effect that will make your text standout.

Red, Black and White
Who knows where the new style of a single-color (usually red) contrasted with black and white came from? Regardless, Brian Harber shows us in this video the various methods of capturing that vibrant red or other color while desaturating the rest.

Clear Skies

In this tip, Brian Harber explores the wide potential in sky replacement and subsequent color adjustment. If you’ve ever had a picture that you loved, but it was unfortunately very cloudy or dull, here’s an easy way to spice up that picture.

Making a Photo Old

There are lots of methods of aging a photo. Instead of just weathering and roughing it up, Brian Harber shows us the basic properties of old photo exposure, and how to achieve the same look in Photoshop. [High contrast, fuzziness, random shadow from flash; no true black; THEN add dust & scratches]

Photoshop CS2 - Designing with Photos” Preview

In this video tutorial, trainer Geoff Riggs demonstrates several different ways to convert an image to black and white using Photoshop CS2, and discusses the positives and negatives of each method.

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