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20 Photoshop Video Tutorials To Make You An Expert

20 Photoshop Video Tutorials To Make You An Expert

It could well be that we are moving towards a time when lack of any applicable Photoshop skills is going to be as strange as illiteracy. If you can’t give your photos some color and remove the tourists from the background of the photographs you took on your vacation across Europe, people of the future are going to wonder why would you leave them in such a shabby state! These days, most photographs we lay our eyes on have gone through some sort of photo processing and in most cases, it is Photoshop.

Let’s switch back to the present. These days, if you have skills with Photoshop a lot of work opportunities can come your way. Buying the program isn’t too expensive and you can find a lot of useful tutorials online that can help you go from amateur to pro in a reasonably short amount of time. This may require quite a bit of digging around the Web and filtering the good tutorials from the bad ones – precisely why we decided to help you out! The versatility of PS as a tool means that its uses can be quite diverse, so we are going to attempt to create a list in which everyone can find a couple of useful things.

1. The Photoshop Playbook

Okay, let’s start with the fundamentals, shall we? There’s no better place to go to than straight back to the source for this kind of information. In 2013, Adobe started a video tutorial series which has since then grown into a 50 video playlist dealing with the most commonly asked questions.

2. Ambient occlusion (natural lighting)

The most common thing both professionals and amateurs complain about when it comes to photoshopped photos is natural lighting. If you want to learn how to do it right without having to rely on rendering that can take hours, this video tutorial created by Alex Hogrefe is right up your alley.

3. Skin retouching

If your ambition is to work with models and get into fashion, you will have to “brush up” on your skin retouching skills. After all, there is only so much that makeup can hide and you don’t want to throw away great photographs over a couple of smudges.

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4. Blending multiple photos

Blending photos that have absolutely nothing to do with each other can be quite frustrating – but it can be done. This tutorial will help you blend images and create perfect banners, ads or whatever else you might need.

5. Keeping things in order

In some cases when working in Photoshop, people can be their own worst enemies. By not properly managing files, layers, masks and so on, you can land in quite a bit of chaos and a lot of extra work to boot. If you are having workflow troubles, Non-Destructive Workflow 101 is the tutorial for you.

6. Summer photography

As most freelance Photoshop experts would know, a lot of the work that you need to cover is seasonal and seasonally themed. Being that summer is on its way, it wouldn’t hurt to get familiar with the ways to retouch a photograph into dreamy summer perfection.

7. Tilt-shift filter

Ever since the CS6 version of Photoshop, the Tilt-shift filter has been available for use, simulating a complex shooting technique. This filter works best for simulating miniature villages, towns, cities and is not very hard to learn.

8. Hard light effect

We all love the menacing clouds that movie poster skies have. It gives them that epic atmosphere you can hardly see in real life – but you can recreate it by using Photoshop! This quick tutorial will help you utilize hard light effects to get it right.

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9. The dodge & burn

A big majority of effects, filters and techniques available in Photoshop are based on the ones used by photographers, but with less hustle. If you really want to draw out the beauty of your photograph, then you might benefit from the basic principles of the dodge and burn technique.

10. Lights and emotion

It is quite incredible how emotion can be accented by simply playing with light effects. In a tutorial video created by Pixel Flakes, you will find step-by-step instructions about how to use light, texture, colors and atmosphere effects to create unique emotional settings.

11. Black & white colorization

Whether it is a restoration order or a beautiful photo that the photographer regrets snapping in B&W, this kind of work can be tricky. Still, it is not impossible and this tutorial will help you get all the knowledge to handle these kinds of situations.

12. Architectural illustration

Photoshop is a tool often used by architects and it was only a matter of time until tutorials specifically aimed at them started popping up over YouTube. Alex Hogrefe is the creator of this tutorial channel, specifically created for architects.

13. FZDSchool style

When it comes to the artistic style, there are a few modern ones that can hold a candle to the Singapore based FZDSchool style. If you are an art student or a developed artist who finds this style impressive, then we present you with a tutorial video by Feng Zhu, the founder of FZD.

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14. Creating cinemagraphs

There are more than a few business and promotional uses for cinemagraphs and it can be a nice, attention seeking detail when used in website design. The creation process is not all that hard to manage if you have quality raw material.

15. Gradient maps

Gradient maps are probably some of the more basic things for people that attended art school, but there are a lot of people out there that end up in this line of work out of a hobby. This is why we decided to include a tutorial that tackles this subject.

16. Digital watercolors

Watercolor paintings, when done by hand, in the real world, have a great look. Still, for an amateur and even for a professional, it can be frustrating that a single mistake can destroy all your hard work. This is why a lot of painters decide to go for the digital variation of the technique.

17. Weight loss in PS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsiQptl_Y9E

Okay, this is a subject that is reaching its boiling point on the Web with lots of examples of photoshopped bodies setting impossible standards for young men and women today. Still, if you do it properly and avoid turning your model into a thing that barely resembles a human being, you are in the clear.

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18. Hair style correction

You can’t always control all the aspects of a photoshoot and this is why we rely on digital software and PS. Wind can be a problem when photographing models in the outdoors due to the wild hair effect, which is not always desirable. Luckily, there is a solution for this as well.

19. Age and distress

A very cool short video on how to take your brand new photos and make them look aged and worn. It is just one of the videos done by Gavin Hoey who has an incredible channel – you can find tons of useful videos there.

20. Clipping masks

If you want to adjust a single layer of your entire composition without affecting the background, you will have to use clipping masks. This short tutorial video will be all you need to get a firm grasp on how to use them and will be a significant addition to your PS skill set.

The best thing about Photoshop is that each and every one of its numerous features have been covered in tutorial videos across the Web. If you are not sure about how to do something specific, you can always search for a tutorial video and chances are that someone has attempted this before you. If not, you can always ask people on forums for help and advice. We hope this list helps you out and that your inspiration and creativity never dries out.

Featured photo credit: Abstract summer/Martín De Pasquale via behance.net

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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