Photo Editing using Levels: the Basics

Photo Editing using Levels: the Basics

Save those less-than-perfect photos with the use of Levels. I am working in Photoshop Elements 2018, but this technique works in full versions of Photoshop in the same way. Here is my original photo. I took it with my cell phone, with the light directly behind my dog,...

Are you Scanning your Heritage Photos?

Years ago I started scanning my heritage photos.  It was a big job, and at times overwhelming, there was just so much to do. So I set it aside for “a while,” and then “a while” became years. I recently made a pledge to myself to get this...

Resizing Images: The Basics

Today we are completing Step 1 of the 6-Step secret formula to photo editing: Resizing Crop, straighten and resize. Correct any lighting issues (shadows, highlights, midtones). Eliminate any possible color casts. Adjust saturation if necessary. Apply any special...

How to Create a Sketch from a Photo

Are you looking for a creative gift idea?  One you can make yourself; one that is easy, fast, and says.. “I care enough to create this just for you!”…. How about a coloring book, created from your own photographs?  Coloring is still very popular. Whether you want to...

Clearing the Preset Manager

Two weeks ago, we talked about How to quickly Locate a Photoshop Brush.  Faith A. left a comment asking,  “Do you know if there (is) a way to clear the brush options? I have so many brushes it only goes up to the “s” named ones. ” I did a quick Google search of how...

How to Change Brush Opacity in Photoshop

Learn 4 ways to quickly and easily change the opacity of a Photoshop brush. Updated & Edited 09-20-21 Photoshop brushes are an extremely powerful tool.  However, many Photoshop users don’t realize how easy they are to edit. In this tutorial, I’ll...

Basic Paper Making in Photoshop

Several weeks ago I  invited you to send in your tutorial requests. Today I will answer the request of Debbie Rucker who wants to know how to make a “background paper from beginning to end.” As with all things in Photoshop, there are various ways to...