Although it’s a bit old, I find this to be one of the better videos that describes how to use “Content Aware Scale” in conjunction with a saved selection to protect an area from being affected in the process.



This feature is useful for landscape images, especially those where the horizon line is not level.


This powerful new feature will serve as a good starting point to help silhouette an image from its background


More detail about this feature can be found here.


If you are ambitious and wish to learn some things you “definitely” have never seen before done in Photoshop then watch this “VERY” advanced video:



Whether or not you will ever use this on a coupon image, it’s fun to play with nonetheless


This video explains the “Shadows/Highlights” function, which might be one of my favorite and most often used Photoshop features.

In theory, “Shadow/Highlights” should be used on about 80% of the images we receive from our franchises.




This is a rather lengthy video. But it is very useful and touches upon a few important tools within Photoshop, such as “Hue/Saturation”, “Color Range”, “Color Balance” and of course using adjustment layers as layer masks to hide/reveal objects beneath, which I hope you already do?


This video explains a quick method for fixing blurry images In Photoshop using the “High Pass” filter.



This is a quick video that demonstrates how to match the colors from one image to the next.

Please note that the video includes making a selection around the subject matter. This might not always be necessary if both images you are trying to match are fairly close in tonality and you wish to match the entire color range of one image to the colors of the other image.


This might be one of the best tutorials I have seen that covers a lot of key Photoshop fundamentals beyond just the “Clone Stamp Tool”.

This brief video will demonstrate some essential keyboard shortcuts and methods of adjusting your brush size and hardness.



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The video below touches upon most of blending modes, just in case you do not understand them as much as you would like.




You might have noticed that the presenter in the video above states that he seldom uses the “Difference” blending mode. I disagree with him and use the “Difference” blending mode quite often. This brief video showcases how, when, and why you might want to use the “Difference” blending mode.

Quite possibly the most useful adjustment dialog in Photoshop to quickly improve upon underexposed images. Or in other words, fix those dark images that lack detail in the shadows.



The Green Layer action is an easy and helpful tool to use  when working on a logo or image that requires the removal of a background in Photoshop. The solid color layers produced and layer effects applied by the action make it easily to spot left over pixels that may have been difficult to otherwise see on screen.

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So what do they mean by: “Amount”, “Radius” and “Threshold” within Photoshop’s “Unsharp Mask” filter? Well, this very brief down and dirty website explains the basics and also provides a few pointers on using this essential Photoshop filter.

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A good video demonstrating basic Photoshop features that everybody should know.

In this video tutorial from Adobe, Russel Brown explains how the History Brush in Photoshop works and how to use it.

This tool can be tricky, but it is worth learning and using.

Basically more clone tool maneuvers

This video touches upon some basic tips using Photoshop and then Illustrator, such as “Live Trace”,  “Simplify”,  and using the “Smooth Tool” to create a nice vector logo from a relatively poor quality JPEG logo.

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In this series of short videos, we’ll walk through an easy technique for adjusting the contrast in and fixing the color cast in a client supplied image.

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In this external tutorial Steve Patterson demonstrates how to use dual views while editing in Photoshop to zoom in closely for working on file detials while seeing the effects in real time on an image viewed at 100% or smaller.

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At one time or another, every designer will run into the problem: A client sends in a file that is bad – so bad that words don’t quite do it justice.

An image that’s too light or too dark? Often, we can work with that. What do you do though, when the image is too small? When there’s simply not enough detail to enlarge it to say, 400% or 500% and even when you try, the compression applied to their “cell phone image” is so bad that enlarging actually increases the problem?

While you’ll never get a great image out of such a file, there’s still something that can be done to improve them and sometimes, you may even surprise yourself with what you can do to one of these “hopeless” images.

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 In the right hands, the Background Eraser tool in Photoshop can work magic. Unfortunately, its settings can be very confusing and when not understood, cause the tool to produce poor results. This tutorial by Steve Patterson will walk you through all the details on how to get the most from this amazing but often over-looked resource in Photoshop.





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Terry White’s podcast demonstrates a method of removing a complicated background from an image using edge detection features.

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Adobe’s Creative Suite of applications are capable of creating some truly jaw dropping designs. Unfortunately though, when they’re acting up, the frustration felt trying to get them to work can be equally jaw dropping. In this post, I’ll reveal a quick little tip for fixing many such problems.

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Unfortunately Photoshop CS5 and versions below do not offer a simple solution to “Crop” to a fixed aspect ratio without affected the DPI of the image. However there is a very simple workaround using the rectangle selection tool.

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Due to their file size, we don’t support native Photoshop files otherwise known as PSDs in My Design Center.

We do however, offer full support for Tiffs with compression which has all the same features of a PSD (layers, smart objects, transparency, etc.) as well as lossless file compression.

What does this mean?

You can re-save a complex layered PSD file in the Tiff format and get every benefit you would have by submitting a PSD in terms of functionality and quality but with a much quicker upload time and full support directly within MDC.

Below are the steps for saving a layered Tiff with transparency.

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When removing backgrounds from objects in images, having a “halo” or fringe left around those objects is a very common problem. Fortunately, Photoshop has some excellent tools for dealing with this that are easy to use. They don’t work miracles but when applied in the right circumstance, they make very short work of images with this issue.

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