Adobe Photoshop

The only limit is your creativity, imagination and talent.

With Adobe Photoshop fantasy becomes reality, fiction appears to be fact and your dreams come to life in photo-quality images.

From creating the surreal to touching up the real, you can 'photoshop' your head into a movie poster, apply filters to make a photo look like an oil painting, water color or sketch and you can clean up old photos or remove blemishes from a close-up.

Things to do in Photoshop

  • Mini make over. Try giving your friends a mini makeover with the dodge brush by whitening their eyes or teeth. Just go easy with it, as a really white Colgate smile can look far too fake. Same thing with extremely white eyes, you can come off looking rather alien or a celestial being.

  • Adding some depth to your photos. Open your favorite image and then click on layer and select from normal to hard light.
  • Need to remove a background stain? Use the cloning brush, on a small setting and just gently wipe out your background.
  • Removing a pimple or blemish from your portrait? Use the healing brush and lightly remove the unwanted pimple. Be careful not to be too aggressive.
  • Color or black and white? Going from colored to black and white is easy as selecting desaturate, then try playing with your levels of black and white.
  • Resizing files. Image too big to send? Sending megabytes via email isn't good for the recipient. Do a simple resize by selecting your image size and reduce not only the pixels but also the output file quality size. It makes sending your photos on to family less of a headache for all involved.
  • Saving in .psd format. Save your hard work as a .psd file, allowing you to come back later to keep playing on that photo or to remind you what it is you did to get that result in the first place.
  • Adding text to photos. Try adding some text to your next photo with the text tool. You can also adjust the opacity to make it blend in or really stand out.
  • Adding text and using layer types. Next time you add your name to an image, try altering the text style with layer type and add some wow factor with different effects.
  • Using brushes for invites. Florals, swirl, hearts or kisses. Brushes are great for adding something special to your next invitation or photo. Learn to use them and add some new dimensions to your work today.
  • Movie Posters. Go and do a Google Image Search of your favorite films and cut your head (or a family member, friend or work colleague) out of a photo that is similarly posed or positioned and put it on the poster. Tweak the contrast, color levels and other adjustments to get it just right.

Office Morale Manager

A few years ago I worked in an engineering firm in amongst 50 or so systems engineers. I was the lone (well actually one of two) creative types in a sea of seethless unimagination. Engineers are a breed unto themselves. But what they lack in creativity they make up for with... mathematics, I guess. Anyway, millions of peoples of lives depend on what these guys did. I may not be overstating that either, they worked on systems that controlled the treatment of water.

I on the other hand worked on making the operators SCADA screens look neat and tidy and somewhat similar to whatever was happening in real life. So dozens of process operators depended on me to... make their 8 or so hours in front of a screen look less droll.

But that has absolutely nothing to do with Adobe Photoshop. That's just a bit of background on where I worked. In addition to designing the graphics for screens I also did sales posters, CD covers, ad layouts and when things were slow, I'd boost the morale of my fellow workers by doing "carve ups".

Carve Ups or what I called "photochopping" was taking a photo of a co-worker, even just a headshot, and putting it in another image. Workmates would supply me with plenty of material and inspiration. After that it took two minutes to slap something together, email it to the instigator, and from there, well it went out to 50 or so systems engineers, plus other admin staff and management.

I was once asked by the General Manager if it was my handiwork, seeing that no one else in the office had any artistic flair, and I denied it, though admitted that if it were me, I would have done it during my lunch break. Which was quite plausible, seeing that in the comfort of an air conditioned office I didn't go out for lunch and had mine right by my desk.

Management pretty much turned a blind eye to my extra work activities seeing that 1) I always got my work done, 2) I always looked like I was working, 3) everyone loved it and morale really was boosted. I really enjoyed my time at that place of employment. In fact, a year and a half later they got me back to do some casual work, so they must have liked me too. But there were no more 'carve ups' when I went back because it was busy, busy, busy. But they still talked about the 'carve ups' and plenty were still proudly displayed on cubicle walls of the so-called 'victims' who had printed it out themselves.

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This pic was already photoshopped before I got to stick Azza's head on it.Azza gets the Matrix treatment.Azza looking all ripped and buff Bruce Lee style.The album cover looks ridiculous enough without Azza's head. I got a lot of requests to use this album cover for various other staffers.Azza again.Mr Azza, with bleached hair. He actually drew those cars himself. He had quite a talent. And a sense of humor.The last one of Azza. He sat over the cubicle wall from me so he was often the brunt of my photochops.A few guys from work at the wedding of one of the guys from work. Brad looked like Beaker from the Muppets. He also managed to look like Milhouse from the Simpsons.Brad in what was titled "Engineers Wild Party".Brad as Milhouse.Noel was a regular victim. He got the nickname "Grassy". As in Grassy Knoll. I never knew why.Grassy had a habit of misplacing tools and then sending out emails to all_staff telling everyone to stop what they're doing, and see if they had 'accidentally' taken his screwdriver.Rowley loved car racing.A very subtle photochop, but Rowley loved it.After this one the girls in the office wanted to find out if good ol' Rowley was sporting a six pack under his work shirt.A few of the guys chopped into a photo someone found somewhere.A trolley full of my workmates. The guys loved it. A couple of the headshots were made for this movie poster.
This pic was already photoshopped before I got to stick Azza's head on it.
This pic was already photoshopped before I got to stick Azza's head on it.
Azza gets the Matrix treatment.
Azza gets the Matrix treatment.
Azza looking all ripped and buff Bruce Lee style.
Azza looking all ripped and buff Bruce Lee style.
The album cover looks ridiculous enough without Azza's head. I got a lot of requests to use this album cover for various other staffers.
The album cover looks ridiculous enough without Azza's head. I got a lot of requests to use this album cover for various other staffers.
Azza again.
Azza again.
Mr Azza, with bleached hair. He actually drew those cars himself. He had quite a talent. And a sense of humor.
Mr Azza, with bleached hair. He actually drew those cars himself. He had quite a talent. And a sense of humor.
The last one of Azza. He sat over the cubicle wall from me so he was often the brunt of my photochops.
The last one of Azza. He sat over the cubicle wall from me so he was often the brunt of my photochops.
A few guys from work at the wedding of one of the guys from work. Brad looked like Beaker from the Muppets. He also managed to look like Milhouse from the Simpsons.
A few guys from work at the wedding of one of the guys from work. Brad looked like Beaker from the Muppets. He also managed to look like Milhouse from the Simpsons.
Brad in what was titled "Engineers Wild Party".
Brad in what was titled "Engineers Wild Party".
Brad as Milhouse.
Brad as Milhouse.
Noel was a regular victim. He got the nickname "Grassy". As in Grassy Knoll. I never knew why.
Noel was a regular victim. He got the nickname "Grassy". As in Grassy Knoll. I never knew why.
Grassy had a habit of misplacing tools and then sending out emails to all_staff telling everyone to stop what they're doing, and see if they had 'accidentally' taken his screwdriver.
Grassy had a habit of misplacing tools and then sending out emails to all_staff telling everyone to stop what they're doing, and see if they had 'accidentally' taken his screwdriver.
Rowley loved car racing.
Rowley loved car racing.
A very subtle photochop, but Rowley loved it.
A very subtle photochop, but Rowley loved it.
After this one the girls in the office wanted to find out if good ol' Rowley was sporting a six pack under his work shirt.
After this one the girls in the office wanted to find out if good ol' Rowley was sporting a six pack under his work shirt.
A few of the guys chopped into a photo someone found somewhere.
A few of the guys chopped into a photo someone found somewhere.
A trolley full of my workmates. The guys loved it. A couple of the headshots were made for this movie poster.
A trolley full of my workmates. The guys loved it. A couple of the headshots were made for this movie poster.

Top Five New Adobe Photoshop CS5 Features

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Very good. I use PS for many things but I really need a class on it. This is great! Thanks.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Good information.


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

Does it take more art than technology to colorize black and white photos in Photoshop CS3?

Thanks


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darkside 6 years ago from Australia Author

OpinionDuck, I do believe that you will need to rely on creative talent rather than cutting edge technology to color a black and white photo to your own satisfaction.


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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA

Great piece on PS...I love the software and use it for most of my abstract art pieces...Self taught and whew---that was no easy chore...Well worth it though...


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dusanotes 6 years ago from Windermere, FL

PhotoShop looks to be really neat. I have PhotoStudio, but I can't do all the things you described with it - such as place a head of someone on another photo, and make your picture look like a painting. So I thanks you for this update and perhaps sometime in the future when I have more money, I'll have to buy this great stuff. Thanks, Don White


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

darkside,

Any tips or tricks or even which features might work best to color black and white photos.


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uliveulearn 6 years ago from Canada

So cool. It's on my Christmas wish list so I may need this hub as a resource tool. The video is very creative, its like a movie trailer.


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darkside 6 years ago from Australia Author

The video is fantastic. I bought Photoshop Top Secret for my wife back when it was first available.


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

That is great, I have always used paint shop pro and bought the 8 but went back to no 7 as found it easier to work with.

Thanks for that, will have to look at this.


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darkside 6 years ago from Australia Author

My wife uses the Photoshop CS 3. But I rely on good old version 7.


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Bovine Currency 6 years ago

Thanks :)

I am not right into PS yet but it is on my to do list. I will come back to this hub for sure, I have read it now but still working on content before I go for design. Well written intro, I like it. I have played around with an older version, not sure which but all the buttons are very daunting. I like the simplicity of your hub.


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roswebb 6 years ago from Ireland

great hub.


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gr8info 6 years ago

I love photoshop. I've been using it for years and now that I look back at the stuff I first did I can see how much I have improved :)


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Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

I use a Paint Shop Pro, but it's similar. I use it to liven up my hubs and I keep forgetting about all the tools available in it to do more than I do. Your hub gave me some great ideas. Thanks.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Now I know I have to have photoshop for my Mac. When I'm ready to buy, will come back here to make my purchase. Oh, and I enjoyed all the thumbnails. Thanks!

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