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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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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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