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Learn how to add excitement to your photos by adding motion to a static image. We cover how to apply the
Motion Blur blurs in a direction and specified intensity. This makes it seem like either there was camera shake or the object was moving too quick for the camera to capture as a still.
motion blur
command to a duplicate layer and then blend the two layers with the use of a
A layer mask is used to hide portions of a layer and reveal portions of whatever layer is below it. You can modify the mask by using the brush tool and painting in either black or white.
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Learn how to change the color of a specific object in a photo whithout altering any other part of the image. We cover the use of the
With this adjustment layer, you can adjust the hue (color), saturation, and lightness of a specific range of colors in your image.
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to selectively adjust the color of a very specific hue range.
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Learn how to color adjust a digital image that's been taken with the wrong white balance. We cover the use of the
The variations command allows you to change the color balance, contrast and saturation of an image. It shows you thumbnail alternatives of each adjustment so you can see how an adjustment would look. This is a really good tool to correct white balance.
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Learn how to make any image appear to be a polaroid. We cover the use of the
A selection allows you to isolate a part of your photo. There are many selection tools in photoshop, the most commonly used being the Rectangular Marquee Tool.
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to crop the image, adjust the
To change the editable area of your image, choose: Image > Canvas Size.
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, and create the polaroid look with the use of
A layer style is a set of effects that can be applied to a layer or group. Layers with a layer style have an "fx" icon next to them. Some layer styles are: drop shadow, bevel and emboss, outer glow, among others.
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Learn how to fix a blurry photo due to camera shake, movement of your subject, or incorrect auto focus. We cover the use of the
This filter removes low-frequency detail from an image and can be seen as the opposite of the Gaussian Blur filter. In other words, it can be used to sharpen varying parts of an image, depending on the setting.
high pass
command to a duplicate layer and adjust its
Blending mode controls how the layer interacts with other layers. For example, the blending mode "multiply" looks at the color of your layer and multiplies the base color by the blend color. The result is always a darker color. Multiplying with black results in black, multiplying with white leaves the color unchanged.
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Dispel common misconceptions about an image's size on screen and it's print size. A frequent question is the matter of how many pixels are needed to print an image or email to your friends. We cover all these topics in the video.
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Dispel common misconceptions about the way an image is displayed on screen. Learn why an image would look different depending on the amount of pixels being displayed and why your image is not changing in size when you zoom.
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Learn how to create and modify
Keyboard shortcuts allow you to quickly apply an effect, change tools, show or hide a palette by using specific keyboard combinations. For example, to select the brush tool, press "b" on your keyboard. To undo, press "control" on "z".
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Learn how to remove JPEG artifacts from low quality images and restore an image you might have once deemed unusable. We cover the use of the
Noise is caused by taking a photo with a high ISO setting, underexposure (not enough light), or by shooting in a dark area with a very long shutter speed (for example, a 3 second exposure). The reduce noise command can correct this to some extent. Choose Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise.
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Learn how to reduce the two types of noise inherent in digital images:
Luminance noise is characterized by random light and dark pixels in your image.
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Color noise are fluctuations of patches of colors in your image. Also know as chroma noise, it is usually more unnatural in appearance and can render an image unusable.
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Noise is caused by taking a photo with a high ISO setting, underexposure (not enough light), or by shooting in a dark area with a very long shutter speed (for example, a 3 second exposure). The reduce noise command can correct this to some extent. Choose Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise.
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