A new image will be added to this Learn to Photoshop page every month. All will have been given the Photoshop treatment, some only a little, some a considerable amount and involved many hours of work.
Tricks and techniques are all very well, but ultimately it's all about the image. An image might require only a slight tonal adjustment to make it 'perfect', or to completely convey the photographer's intent. Another might require the use of eight originals and two days' work.
The vast range of programme facilities and goodies are merely a means to an end and should not become a obsession in themselves. They can be fun to use and experiment with and there can be a constant search for better methods, but in the end, the viewer has to judge the resulting image and nothing else.
Learn to Photoshop with these examples . . . . .
When it comes to selecting large areas, the Quick Selection Tool is a turbo-charged Magic Wand.
An image, part of an image or text can look very striking when given a chrome-look. Here are the basics on producing this effect.
The Gradient Map is a filter system to apply a range of colours to an image. Here it is in action.
Using the Warp function while creating a global bowl for a goldfish.
Making an egg glow and stand out by separating it from a black and white background.
Using Motion Blur to add movement to a subject and making an image more powerful.
Threshold is a little-known function which can be used for a utility purpose and a special effect.
How to make a group of digital worlds from an image of a printed circuit board.
Adding a picture frame to an image can make a better presentation. All sorts of frames can be made manually without the need for a special plug-in.
An image is made up of channels with Red, Green and Blue. These channels can be used to create special effects.
The importance of saving old images and files and the recycling of an stuffed old bird.
Two panoramas making an environmental statement - with a long wait in between.
The Modes of Darker Color and Lighter Color are not used much but can create and great special effect.
Photographing a gyroscope on a finger and incorporating a chrome effect.
Using Layer Styles and Blending to create the effect of pollution and disease.
Adding more drama to a dead tree with a few simple steps.
Developing an image to convey the concept of 'Blue Sky Thinking'.
Creating a flood with good waves and ripples can be effective and fairly easy.
Combining photographs to make an environmental concept image about overcrowding.
How to create a tourist photograph to brighten up a dull scene.
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Creating a jigsaw piece to fit in a panel.
How to make this image representing finance, currency and the stock exchange.
Learn to Photoshop by adding this multi-coloured movement effect to give an action shot extra impact.
Using film with cross-processing to make strong graphic effects.
Making use of unexpected lighting results to illustrate a CD.
Currencies are inter-related and dependent on each other. Cogs, shadows and gold.
Subjects are not always in the ideal location. Changing the background for this enormous machine.
Panoramas are much easier with Photoshop now but some tips can improve the result.
Making a tomato ketchup dispenser fly and squirt.
Getting a camel through the eye of a needle is tricky even on a computer.