You can add a cool edge effect to your pictures using masks. These are jpeg images that you can apply to any picture. You can make your own using brushes or you can search for “free grayscale masks for photo edge effects” on the Internet. I’ll explain how to use them: Open Photoshop. Click on File, [...]

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Glenda on July 21st, 2009

You may find an image that is very intricate and want to change the background. What is the best way to select it? Every image is different, but you may want to try using the channels in Photoshop to make the selection: With your  image open, click on the Channels palette. Click on the eye [...]

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Glenda on July 15th, 2009

There are different ways to change your color photos and convert them to black and white. If you have Photoshop, the easiest way would be to convert the photo to Grayscale. If you opt for this method, I recommend to make a Duplicate of your picture (Image, Duplicate) and work on that. These are some of [...]

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Glenda on April 29th, 2009

Making your own stamps are fun and easy using Photoshop. In Photoshop world, these stamps are called Brushes. I will show you how to create a brush that you can use and reuse, changing colors or size: Open an image with strong lines or shapes. Double click on your Background layer. Click on OK to convert it [...]

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Glenda on March 18th, 2009

You may love a certain font, but it may be too thin for the purpose that you have in mind (ex. for cutting it with your digital cutter machine). If you want to make your letters thicker using Photoshop, follow these steps: Open a New Document, Letter size, 300 ppi and Transparent Background. Make sure [...]

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Glenda on February 27th, 2009

I love to put some type into my pictures before I send them to print. I usually do this: Open your photo. Choose a photo with an open background. Select the Type tool from the toolbox. Choose the color and size appropiate for the photograph. Move the text to the desired position. Give your text [...]

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Glenda on February 24th, 2009

Sometimes, when you scan a photo, you’ll see a pattern over all the image. In order to correct this, you can try to blur the blue channel doing the following: With your image open in Photoshop, click on the Channel tab and click on the Blue Channel. Click on Filter, Blur, Gaussian Blur. The Gaussian [...]

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Glenda on January 20th, 2009

The Type Mask tool allows you to “cut” letters out of a background. The first thing is to open a nice background. Then click on the Text tool from your tools palette and choose the Horizontal Type Mask. Choose a thick and large font size (Arial Bold) and click anywhere on your background. You will [...]

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Glenda on January 16th, 2009

If you have a photo partially affected by a flash, do this: First, select the area where the flash affected the photo. Go to Select, Feather and choose 25 pixels. Ctrl+L to bring up the Levels. Drag the output levels to the left to darken the selection. Enjoy!

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