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How to: Record a Simple Photoshop Action

11th November 2014

In this brief tutorial I look at how to record and run a simple Photoshop Action. I’m using Photoshop CS6 Extended for Mac.

How to: Use Custom Shapes and Text as a Clipping Mask in Photoshop

23rd October 2014

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to use a really simple technique to create some great looking effects that appear a lot more impressive than they really are. Using custom shapes and text we’re going to create clipping masks which effectively constrain our image to the shape we’ve created.

How to: Create a Stitched Fabric Effect in Photoshop

10th October 2014

In this tutorial I’m looking at the basics of how you can use custom shapes and the text tool to create a realistic looking stitching effect. I start with a circle and apply a pattern overlay to make it look like a piece of denim. Then I create a second smaller circle inside which will…

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How to: Cut Out Images in Photoshop Using the Pen Tool

28th September 2014

Looking for help cutting out images from photos so that they could be pasted into different scenes? There are many ways of doing this, including using the magic wand tool, although many work well only where there’s a plain background. My suggestion involves using the pen tool to create a path around the image, converting…

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How to: Reset Preferences In Photoshop

20th January 2011

If you’re experiencing odd behavior in Photoshop CS5, try resetting the program’s preferences to eliminate the possibility that the settings files have been corrupted. For me, this solved a problem with the Magic Wand Tool, which was selecting absolutely everything no matter how many settings I changed. I’ve also come across plugins causing the whole…

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