Category: Design

Creating a Compelling Photo Composite in Adobe Photoshop CC

Creating a compelling photo composite is as much about finding the right assets as it is about the process of blending them together. If you’re unable to capture your own assets, stock image sites are…

Create Repeating Segments with the Mixer Brush in Photoshop CC

One of the secret powers of the Mixer Brush is that it can sample multiple colors or even pixels to use for its stroke. This is great for creating color-rich strokes to simulate painting with…

Using a Depth Mask to Simulate Volumetric Effects

Put simply, a volumetric effect represents what happens to a subject when it exists in a semi-transparent substance such as fog, smoke, or murky water.

Flood your pictures

This free app/plug-in from Flaming Pear has been around for a while, but it is still one of my favorites that I go to over and over again. Go to and download “Flood” once you…

Unlimited Custom Borders Using Nothing But Textures and Refine Edge

Recently, while playing in the Refine Edge dialog, I was struck by the idea that it’s possible to combine Refine Edge’s powerful sliders with textures to create an unlimited variety of borders that can be applied to any photo in your inventory.

Seven Reasons to Use the Camera Raw Filter in Adobe Photoshop CC

The Adobe Camera Raw plug-in, used to convert RAW images into pixels Photoshop can understand, is an incredibly powerful yet easy-to-use editor. However, if you don’t shoot in RAW format, you might not think to…

Painting White Balance in Camera Raw to Fix Color Problems (or Add Effects)

Excerpt from The Adobe Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers (2014 Release) by Scott Kelby Camera Raw lets us paint with white balance, and of all the things that have been added to Camera Raw over…

Crystal Text Effect

This tutorial will show you how to use a couple of Photoshop’s Layer Styles, and a simple sparkles brush to create a shiny, posh crystal text effect.

Creating Painterly Light with Blend Modes

Photoshop’s blend modes can be applied in surprising ways to create painterly light, ethereal ambiance, and beautiful luminous accents. In today’s tutorial, we’ll employ a combination of blend mode, filter, and layer style techniques to produce a photo composite that closely resembles a beautiful classical painting.

Fancy Gold Text Effect

This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop’s layer styles and some simple brush settings to create a fancy, golden text effect.

Sharing Your Layered Work Using Animated GIFs

In today’s tutorial, we’ll go through the process of breaking down a photo composite into an animated GIF that can be shared on the web or in eBooks to tell the story of its creation.

Transforming an Overcast Day into a Snowy Day

If the idea of playing Mother Nature excites you, you’ll love this simple technique for transforming an overcast day into a beautiful snow scene with powder-covered vegetation and falling flakes.

Shiny Lines Text Effect

This tutorial will show you how to create and modify a simple brush tip, and use it along with some layer styles to create a shiny lines text effect.

Boosting Specific Colors

CREDIT: MATT KLOSKOWSKI Often, you’ll have a photo where one of the colors just doesn’t stand out like it did when you took the photo. One of the benefits of a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer is…