How does masking work?

Masking is one of the most essential concepts in Photoshop and it is the foundation to work non-destructively with layers. Although it is a simple concept it is difficult to understand. Whenever I teach beginners to use Photoshop I always tell them to think of the mask as a black paper with a white hole in it. You can only see through the white hole. I hope this example will help you to understand masking and remember the way it works.

eSeminar – Photoshop CS5 new features

Photoshop CS5 has lots of amazing new features and in this seminar you can learn to use all of them. You can learn how to properly use Content-aware Fill, HDR Toning, Refine Mask, Puppet Warp, 3D text, etc. The examples used for this seminar are completely different to the ones you might have seen in other presentations. The presentation is 45 minutes long and it is the unedited recorded version of the live seminar.

Photoshop for Beginners VII – Retouching images

There are several retouch tools in Photoshop and you can use them effectively on any images from portraits to landscapes. You only need to learn how to work with them properly. In this section we will go through the 3 basic retouch tools: Clone Stamp tool, Healing Brush tool, Spot Healing Brush tool and we will also discuss how to use the Liquify filter properly for more complicated retouch scenarios. Finally I would also like to share a special technique for adding shadows and highlights to an image completely nondestructively.

Create a fairy tale digital art in Photoshop

Thanks to your enthusiasm and the more than 50 likes on Facebook I made an advanced digital art tutorial for you in which I show you all the techniques I used for this artwork. In this tutorial we are going to use professional selections, masking, working with the pen tool and vector masks, creating and setting up custom brushes, using smart filters, blend modes and so much more. I show lots of things in only 25 minutes, so please feel free to watch this video more than once if it is too fast to follow and understand.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Typography

In this tutorial you can learn some very useful keyboard shortcuts to edit type in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. These shortcuts will help you to speed up your work and to edit your text more precisely. In this tutorial I show examples in InDesign, but most of the shortcuts I mention also work in the other two applications. You can learn keyboard shortcuts for the most commonly used text editing options like changing size, font, kerning, tracking, leading, paragraph alignment, baseline shift, style, capitalisation, hyphenation etc.

Photoshop for Beginners VI – Working with Layers

Everything happens on layers what we do in Photoshop. You can work on only one layer or merge your layers, but the professional way is to keep every element on a separate layer. This way you will always be able to change your composition. We already discussed the Layers panel and its options, but there are lots of other features in Photoshop related to using layers. In this section we are going to focus on tools that you can use on layers and how to use special layers.

Photoshop for Beginners V – Tonal and colour adjustments

Nearly every digital image needs tonal and colour corrections and it is vital to know, which adjustments to use to get a perfect end result. Nearly all adjustments can be used an adjustment layer, which is the nondestructive way to make your corrections. I highly recommend to start using adjustment layers instead of using the adjustments from the Image menu. Auto corrections are also available in Photoshop, but it is always better to understand how to make changes manually and to be able to use the exact values that you like.