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Resources for Adobe Photoshop users including tips, tutorials, free downloads, actions, plug-ins, training and support.
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  2. Photoshop Video Tutorials (59)
  3. Photoshop Quick Tips (46)
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  5. Free Photoshop Downloads (337)
  6. Photoshop Books & Videos (12)
  7. Photoshop Color Management (11)
  8. Troubleshooting Photoshop (16)
  9. Photoshop Add-ons & Tools (20)
  10. Top-Notch Photoshop Sites (7)

Use Photoshop to Customize a Placard Graphic
This tutorial will show how to take a placard title background and customize it with text, patterns, and effects to make more than one version.

Refine Edge Tool in Photoshop
Learn how to make your selection more precise with the refine edge tool in Photoshop.

Interlocking Rings in Photoshop
Learn how to create interlocking rings in Photoshop, such as those in the iconic Olympic Games logo. It's easy to assume that this is actually very straight forward, but it's a little deceptive as each ring has to both pass in front of and behind the other ring that it links with.

Using Photoshop Filters to Change Areas of a Photo
In this tutorial you will learn how to create multiple selections and apply different Photoshop filters to each area to create variety of effects in one photo.

Retouch An Old Photo
Sandra Trainor walks you through the process of repairing and retouching an old photo with Photoshop.

Lead the Eye into Photos Using Dodge and Burn
Ian shows you a way to make quick adjustments in Photoshop with creative dodging and burning to lead the eye into your photos

Wavy Line Border in Photoshop
This tutorial shows you how to add a wavy line border to a rectangle using a custom brush in Photoshop

Make a Button Pin in Photoshop
Learn how to make a button-style badge pin in Photoshop using layer styles and a layer mask.

Should You Switch from Photoshop to Photoshop Elements?
As a photographer, you may be wondering if Photoshop Elements is a suitable alternative to an expensive subscription to Photoshop Creative Cloud. This article can help you weigh the factors.

Create a Chalkboard Effect in Photoshop
This Photoshop tutorial shows you how to put together a chalkboard effect graphic for your crafty projects.

Out of Bounds Effect in Photoshop
Out of bounds is a popular effect you can create with layers and a masks. This effects makes your subject appear to be jumping out of the frame.

How to Make Digital Washi Tape in Photoshop or Elements
This is an easy tutorial that will show you how you can create your own digital version of Washi tape in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

How to Make a Torn Paper Edge in Photoshop
Learn a simple technique to create a torn paper edge effect in Photoshop.

Make Retro Sun Rays in Photoshop
A retro sun rays graphic is perfect for projects that require a vintage look and some added background interest. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create this graphic using Photoshop. It's fairly easy to make by using the pen tool, adding color, duplicating layers, arranging shapes, and adding a gradient.

Create an Easter Doorknob Sign in Photoshop
Use Photoshop to create a decorative doorknob hangar sign for Easter. A template for the project is provided and you will learn to work with layer styles, layer masks, and the pen tool.

Create a Jack-O-Lantern Animated GIF in Photoshop
Learn how to turn an image into an animated GIF in Photoshop.

Create a Glowing Jack-o-lantern Graphic in Photoshop
Use Photoshop to draw a jack-o-lantern for your Halloween projects using the pen tool and layer style effects.

Create Comic Book Art with Photoshop
In this tutorial, you will use Photoshop to transform a photograph into comic book art in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. Once you finish this tutorial, you'll know how to use your own photographs to make comic book art that can be applied to any project, be it a personalized greeting card, invitations, framed art, or even your own comic book.

Turn a Photograph into a Painting with Photoshop's Art History Brush
In this tutorial, you will use Photoshop to turn a photograph into the appearance of a painting. To get the best possible composition, you'll use the Crop tool, the Rule of Thirds, and the Patch tool. You'll also use the Art History Brush tool, and add some Filters.

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Review and Rating
For the ultimate in graphics power and flexibility, Photoshop can't be beat. Photoshop offers more non-destructive ways of working than any other photo editor, and Adobe is always adding enhancements to help get the job done faster and with less frustration.

Photoshop CS6 Overview
Explore the new features and improvements in Photoshop CS6.

Wacom Inkling Review
Learn about the Wacom Inkling digital sketch pen which allows you to create drawings on standard paper or in a sketchbook, and later transfer your sketches to Adobe Photoshop for further refinement.

Intertwined Hearts - Using Layer Styles and Custom Shapes in Photoshop
In this tutorial you will apply layer styles to two hearts, then manipulate them to appear as if they are intertwined.

Using Photoshop to Put an Image Inside Text
Learn to put an image or photo inside text using a clipping mask in Photoshop. You will also use some of the text tools in the character panel, and you'll add an outline to the text using the stroke layer effect.

Confessions of Personal Photoshop Disasters
Although Photoshop is capable of fixing a multitude of faults, us humans have to control it, and that can lead to mistakes. Share your worst or most embarrassing Photoshop disasters and graphics mistakes, or feel better about yourself by perusing the Photoshop disasters that others have made. See submissions See submissions See submissions See submissions

The Enthusiast Photographer's Alternatives to Adobe Creative Cloud
Many enthusiast photographers may feel like Adobe turned its back on you with the switch to Creative Cloud, but all is not lost. This article explores some of the alternatives to Photoshop Creative Cloud.

Should You Switch From Photoshop to Adobe Lightroom?
If you're a photographer, you may be wondering if its feasible to switch away from Photoshop and use Lightroom exclusively for your digital photography workflow. This article looks at the pros and cons of switching from Photoshop to Lightroom.

Do You Want What's Missing from Photoshop CS5?
Some things from previous Photoshop versions have been removed from the standard installation of Photoshop CS5, and are not being included on the installation discs. If you want these extra items back in your Photoshop CS5 program, you will have to download the Optional Plugins package from Adobe.

Rubber Stamp Effect Photoshop Tutorial
This tutorial will show you how to apply a stamp effect to text or an image with Photoshop. In this case, we will mimic a rubber stamp, but this...

Add a Mat Frame to a Photo with Photoshop or Elements
Sometimes a certain photo just needs an extra special treatment to make it pop. One simple way to make a photo pop is to add a matted frame to it. This tutorial shows you how to add a matted frame with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

Best of the New Features in Photoshop CS5
Take a sneak peek at some of the most exciting new features in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

How to Reveal the Beta Splash Screen in Photoshop
Easter Eggs are hidden program features, purposely included by the developers. They often reveal secret screens and messages. Here's how to reveal the beta splash screen in Photoshop.

How to Reveal Secret Messages in Photoshop
Easter Eggs are hidden program features, purposely included by the developers. They often reveal secret screens and messages. Here's how to reveal secret messages in Photoshop.

Users Celebrate 20 Years of Photoshop
On February 19, 2010 Adobe Photoshop turns 20 years old. We'd like you to show off your Photoshop skills by creating a birthday card for Photoshop, or sharing a Photoshop creation you are especially proud of. Also tell us about your experiences with Photoshop and how it has impacted your life.

20 Years of Adobe Photoshop
On February 19, 2010 Adobe Photoshop turns 20 years old. Take a look the evolution of Photoshop over the past 20 years with this image gallery where you can browse box shots, splash screens, and screen shots while learning about the history of Photoshop and its features.

What is Photoshop Portable Version?
Information about photoshop portable version and photoshop lite free downloads.

Deborah Ramos
Biography for Deborah Ramos, About Graphics Software contributor.

Photoshop Annoyances - Pet Peeves in Photoshop
Here's your chance to spout off about your Photoshop pet peeves! What annoys you the most about Photoshop?

Tips on Removing Red Eye in Photoshop
Reader's share their best tips and techniques for removing red-eye in Photoshop.

Cut a Picture into a Shape with Photoshop or Elements
A clipping mask is an easy, nondestructive way to cut a picture into any shape in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. This tutorial shows you how to use a clipping mask in either Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

How to Convert a Regular Plaid Pattern to a Tartan Plaid (and Keep it Seamless!)
A regular plaid is an intersecting pattern of stripes running horizontally and vertically. A tartan plaid is an intersecting pattern of stripes running diagonally. If you've ever had a regular plaid that you wanted to turn into a tartan plaid, you may have had trouble trying to get the rotated pattern to stay seamless. This tutorial will show you how it's done.

Exploring the Preset Manager in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements
If you've collected or created a lot of custom Photoshop content and presets such as brushes, custom shapes, layer styles, tool presets, gradients, patterns, and such, you'll want to get to know the Preset Manager. The Preset Manager in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements can be used to load, organize, and save all your custom content and presets.

What's New in Photoshop CS4
Is Photoshop CS4 worth your upgrade dollars? Review this summary of the new features to help you decide.

Top Solutions to Photoshop Problems
As good as Photoshop is, it's not perfect. Sometimes it doesn't work as you'd expect, or perhaps there are things about the way it behaves that are just plain annoying to you. Here are solutions to some of the most common Photoshop problems.

Road Sign Photoshop Tutorial
Create a simple road side landscape and a road sign with Photoshop. This tutorial will teach you some basic Photoshop skills in working with shapes, layers, fills, and layer effects.

Creating an Action for Batch Processing in Photoshop
In this tutorial, I will show you how to record a simple action for resizing a set of images and then I'll show you how to use it with the batch automate command for processing multiple images. Although we'll be creating a simple action in this tutorial, once you know the process, you can create actions as complex as you like.

Use Photoshop's Photomerge for More than Panoramas
The Photomerge feature in Photoshop CS3 has evolved a lot since it was first introduced. It's a powerful tool for creating panoramas, but you may not think to use it when creating a panorama is not your goal. But the Photomerge tool can be useful anytime you need to combine multiple pictures into one file--such as a before and after comparison, or to prepare a photo collage poster.

Adobe Photoshop Express Public Beta
Adobe Photoshop Express Beta is a web-based online photo service for storing, sorting, editing, and showing off digital photos. The service is free and offers 2 GB of online storage. I've spent several hours exploring Photoshop Express in detail, and have assembled an illustrated tour of this new free service.

Review of Adobe Photoshop Express Beta
Review of Adobe Photoshop Express Beta from About Photography Guide Liz Masoner.

Reflection Effect with Photoshop
This tutorial will show you how to create a reflection effect for text in Photoshop. We will also be creating a background for the text effect using gradients and a pattern fill. In this tutorial you will work with gradients, pattern fills, layer masks, selections, text, layer styles, and blur filters. Once you are familiar with the reflection technique, you will be able to create a reflected eff…

Summary and Screen Shots of New Features in Photoshop CS3
Photoshop has long been the industry-leading digital imaging tool for designers, photographers, and artists. But now Photoshop CS3 now comes in a Standard version as well as an Extended version with specialized tools and features for the video, engineering, architecture, manufacturing, science, and medical fields. Browse this list along with screen shots of the new features in Photoshop CS3 to he…

Adobe Photoshop Action: Portrait Touch-Up
Download a free Adobe Photoshop action for smoothing skin and concealing blemishes in your portrait photos.

Adobe Photoshop Action: Remove Red Eye
Download a free red eye removal action for Adobe Photoshop.

Greeting Card Template and Instructions for Adobe Photoshop
This tutorial will walk you through how to create a create a greeting card with Photoshop. I have created a template to minimize the number of steps required. The template creates a landscape or portrait oriented "half-fold" card that is approximately 8 by 5 inches and will fit into an A-8 Announcement envelope.

How to Adjust Layer Styles for Any Size Image
Use the Scale Effects command to adjust your layer styles for any size image or typeface.

How to Make a Photo Suitable for Faxing - Photo to B&W Dot Pattern
A reader wrote to me looking for software that he could use to convert photos into a black & white image suitable for faxing. This tutorial explains how I used Photoshop to achieve a black and white version of his head shot using Indexed Color mode and diffusion dithering.

What is the Photoshop Scratch Disk? How Do You Fix "Scratch Disk Full" Errors?
Are you getting an error message in Photoshop that the scratch disk is full? This article explains what the scratch disk is, how to deal with the scratch disk is full error message, and how to set Photoshop's scratch disk preferences for optimal performance.

I Lost my Photoshop Serial Number. What Can I Do?
What to do if you've lost your Photoshop or other Adobe software serial number.

Photoshop Rainbow Tutorial - How to Create a Rainbow in Photoshop
Use a gradient fill and the polar coordinates filter to create a rainbow in Photoshop.

Selecting Inside Groups in Photoshop CS2
I am a big user of the Auto Select Layer, however when the layer I am trying to grab is in a group, the move tool selects the entire group. Is there a way to auto select just one layer within a group?

Guide Review: Adobe Photoshop CS (Win/Mac)
For the ultimate in graphics power and flexibility, Photoshop can't be beat. Photoshop offers more non-destructive ways of working than any other photo editor, and Adobe is always adding enhancements to help get the job done faster and with less frustration.

Printing in Photoshop - Understanding the Print Preview Window in Photoshop
This is a quick rundown of the Print with Preview function of Photoshop. While it is not a complete guide, it will satisfy the most common needs for the non-designer or the in-house designer. While this article is not meant to explain the Print Preview in all of its details, it will shed light on the most important ones.

How to Save Photoshop Files for Older Versions
Learn how to maximize file compatibility when saving Photoshop files that you will need to open in an older version of Photoshop.

How Many Computers May I Legally Install Photoshop On?
Find out how many computers you are allowed to install Photoshop on according to the license agreement.

Add Speech Balloons and Text Bubbles to Your Photos in Photoshop or Elements
Download my kit and follow these instructions for a fun way to enhance your digital photos with cartoon-style text balloons and speech bubbles. Includes custom shapes and layer styles for Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

How to Install Photoshop Brushes, Styles, Shapes and Other Content
There are hundreds of Web sites offering free Photoshop brushes, layer style effects, actions, shapes, patterns, gradients, and color swatch sets. Here's what to do with these files to get them working in Photoshop, along with links to where you can find these free goodies.

Photoshop CS2 Info Central
Photoshop CS2's new features include a new file browser (now called Adobe Bridge), a vanishing point tool, smart sharpen filter, noise reduction filter, smart objects, and camera raw workflow enhancements. I've been working with a late beta version of Photoshop CS2 for several days, and I've prepared the following pages of screen shots and examples of the new features in action.

Adobe Bridge - New File Browser Replacement in Adobe Creative Suite 2
Photoshop's File Browser has been completely rebuilt and renamed Adobe Bridge. The Bridge is an entirely separate application that can be launched independently and becomes the new hub for the Creative Suite. Adobe Bridge is included with Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Illustrator CS2, Adobe InDesign CS2, and Adobe GoLive CS2. Adobe Bridge offers additional functionality when installed as a part of Adobe Creative Suite 2.

Vanishing Point Tool in Photoshop CS2
The new Vanishing Point tool in Photoshop CS2 automatically adjusts for the perspective planes in an image as you work.

Smart Sharpen Filter in Photoshop CS2 - Screen Shots
Photoshop CS2 brings a new advanced sharpening filter called Smart Sharpen. Smart Sharpen was developed to improve sharpening of edge details, shadows, and highlights, compared to the standard Unsharp Mask filter. See examples and screen shots of the new Smart Sharpen filter in action.

Noise Reduction Filter in Photoshop CS2 - Screen Shot
The noise reduction filter is another tool carried over from Photoshop Elements 3 and enhanced for Photoshop CS2. This tool helps to reduce the grainy appearance of images shot in low light or at high ISO speeds. It can also help to remove compression artifacts from JPEG images.

Warp Transformations in Photoshop CS2
With the new Warp command in Photoshop CS2 you can transform layers into a variety of predefined shapes, or use the custom option to push and pull your image around according to an invisible grid.

Spot Healing Tool in Photoshop CS2 - Screen Shot and Example
The spot healing brush made its debut in Photoshop Elements 3, but now an enhanced version of it is available in Photoshop CS2. With the spot healing tool, you simply click on or drag across the flaw you want to remove and it disappears.

Smart Objects, Smart Guides, and Layer Enhancements in Photoshop CS2
The new Smart Objects, Smart Guides, and Layer enhancements in Photoshop CS2 let you be more productive and perform more editing tasks non-destructively.

More New Photoshop CS2 Features and Screen Shots
See screen shots of some of the new features in Photoshop CS2 including the red eye tool, font previews, lens correction, camera raw, customizable menus, and the animation palette.

Adobe Photoshop Basics - Free Online Course
A series of self-paced online lessons for learning the basics of Adobe Photoshop version 5 and up.

Top 10 Favorite New Features in Photoshop CS
Adobe Photoshop CS (or Photoshop 8, if you prefer) offers improvements for everyone, but photographers will benefit the most from this upgrade. Here are my picks for the top ten new features in Photoshop CS, complete with links to learn more about them right away.

Reveal the Duck in ImageReady 2
(Easter Egg) Learn hidden keystrokes to reveal the duck and beta splash screen for ImageReady.

Free Photoshop Download
Learn where to find a free download of Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop vs. Photoshop Elements - A Comparison
Is Photoshop CS worth the extra $500 compared to Photoshop Elements? Check out this overview of the differences and decide for yourself.

Unbelievably Cheap Prices for Photoshop
Everybody loves to get a great deal, but if that amazing offer on Photoshop sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Photoshop Upgrade Tips & FAQs
This guide to upgrading to Photoshop includes tips and hints for easing the transition, do's and don'ts to keep in mind before installing Photoshop, and answers to frequently asked upgrade questions. Part one outlines some important do's and don'ts about installing your Photoshop upgrade.

What is Product Activation?
Adobe now requires activation for users of Photoshop CS on the Windows platform. Do you know what it is and what it means to you as a consumer?

Who Wants to be a Photoshop Guru?
Answer 16 Photoshop questions and claim the coveted "Photoshop Guru" award. (This quiz is based on Photoshop 5.5 and earlier.)

How To Preserve Spot Colors in Photoshop (version 6 and higher)
Learn how to preserve spot colors in Photoshop version 6 and higher. Tutorial by Elisabetta Bruno.

Why and How to Become an Adobe Certified Expert
Adobe Certified Expert Shangara Singh tells you the who, what, where, how, and why of becoming an ACE.

Adobe Photoshop ACE Exam Aid (Win/Mac)
The program was designed to help you pass the Adobe Certified Expert exam for Photoshop. It is laid out in a similar style to the actual Adobe exam and contains 290 questions and answers plus references to help you expand your knowledge. A demo version is available for download. Full version can be purchased for $49 USD.

Photoshop 6 First Impressions
New feature highlights of Photoshop 6 from your Guide. Explore screen shots and examples of many new features including the context-sensitive options bar, text enhancements, layer styles, content layers, vector shapes, and more.

Change Color and Add Pattern in Photoshop

Turn a Photo into a Pencil Drawing in Photoshop
Use multiple layers, filters and blending modes to turn a photo in a pencil drawing with Photoshop.

Useful Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts
Every Photoshop user probably has their personal favorite selection of keyboard shortcuts they consider essential. These are the keyboard shortcuts that I use the most, along with some that I don't use often, but always end up having to look up when I need them.

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