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.

Professional Portrait retouch eSeminar

If you ever wanted to learn how to properly use the tools in Photoshop to retouch portraits then this seminar is for you. We start off with best practices for using the essential retouch tools like the Clone Stamp and the Healing Brush, then we move on to more advanced editing. We learn to use adjustment layers to whitening teeth, the Liquify filter for changing features, the Mixer Brush to softening skin and so much more. The presentation is 45 minutes long and it is the unedited recorded version of the live seminar.

Bridge is going to be your best friend eSeminar

Learn more about Adobe Bridge CS5, the powerful media manager that provides centralised access to all your creative assets. Find out the incredible features that will make you more productive in day to day tasks as well tips and tricks to power through your work. The new Mini Bridge will also be covered, to show how you access your creative assets directly in Photoshop and InDesign CS5 from within a customisable panel. The presentation is 45 minutes long and it is the unedited recorded version of the live seminar.

Photoshop for Beginners IV – Making Selections

Making selections is an essential skill in Photoshop since nearly every change made to an image starts with a selection. There are lots of tools and options to make, save and change selections and there are always several ways to make a selection. The most effective selections are always made with a combination of tools and saved as an alpha channel (Select / Save selection) or as a layer mask. It is easier to first make a quick and rough selection and then refine that selection. In this section we will discuss the most useful tools to make selections.

Photoshop for Beginners III – Interface

In this section we will go through all the navigation options and how to set up the workspace and save it how you find it most useful. Both workspaces and keyboard shortcuts can be saved into particular files that you can copy to different machines, which makes it easy to stay consistent with your preferred options. The user interface of Photoshop can be frightening and overwhelming for new users with the endless number of buttons, keyboard shortcuts and hidden options, but after spending some time with understanding it you will find it easy. Photoshop is a very user friendly application. You can change nearly everything from the locations of the panels to the keyboard shortcuts of every option.