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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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11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

1. Lumosity

This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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    2. Fit Brains Trainer

    This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

    Free.

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      3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

      Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

      First four games free, then $13 a month.

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        4. Brain Fitness Pro

        The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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        Buy for $3.99.

        5. Happify

        If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

        Free to use.

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          6. Clockwork Brain

          You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

          Free.

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            7. ReliefLink

            Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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              8. Eidetic

              Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                9. Braingle

                Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                Free.

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                  10. Not The Hole Story

                  If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                    11. Personal Zen

                    This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                    Free.

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