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Secret Photoshop Graphics Editing Tips

Updated on March 1, 2019
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Graphic designer, digital artist and paper crafter. See 1000s of unique designs on her web sites (see Profile page) or Zazzle (imagefactory)

Photoshop Tricks for Creating Cool Graphics and 3D Objects

Check out this big collection of Adobe Photoshop tips and tricks. Photoshop and Elements are powerful graphics editing programs available for PC or Mac computers. Creating graphics with either application is creative and fun once you master the basics. Photoshop is an essential tool for digital photographers and graphic artists; it's also useful to anyone who wants to create computer art raster graphics or manipulate photos and clip art. Elements is a less-complex version of the same software that has nifty features to automate many common graphics editing tasks.

Adobe Elements costs less than Photoshop and the software is often distributed as a free bonus when you purchase a digital camera, scanner or graphics tablet. Both programs have many graphics editing features and at first the software may seem overwhelming, complex or difficult to learn. Don't despair - with a few tutorials that take you step by step through practice sessions, you'll be able to master the basics of image editing and enjoy graphics editing as a part of the creative process instead of as a chore.

Photoshop? Photoshop Elements? - What photo editing software do you use?

Photoshop is my favorite bitmap editor
Photoshop is my favorite bitmap editor

Many digital cameras and scanners come bundled with Photoshop Elements at no extra charge. I have a copy of Photoshop Elements that came with my digital camera. My husband uses Photoshop Elements because its easier to learn than Photoshop although he's a whiz at AutoCAD, so I think he'll one day become a Photoshop expert when he has time to work with the program every day.

Do you use Photoshop Elements, or are you a regular Photoshop user? Or do you use another program?

Which Photoshop Do You Use

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Adobe Photoshop Tips and Tricks

Graphics Editing Lessons and Tutorials

This Photoshop graphics tips lens will help you find the best the Adobe Photoshop how-to tips, Photoshop tutorial articles and video lessons, graphics editing plugins and helpful hints for working with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

You'll find links and features to the top Photoshop lenses I've discovered on Squidoo: how to Photoshop lenses created by talented Squidoo experts who use Photoshop or Photoshop elements will show you step by step how they make magic with images and how you can create cool Photoshop effects with your photographs.

If you want to design graphics or create artwork with images and fonts, you can become a digital designer using Photoshop. If you need to make a quick adjustment to a photo, either Photoshop or Elements offer the tools you need to apply filters and masks, color correct, sharpen or distort any bitmap image or digital photograph. You'll even learn about other photo editing programs here - less expensive software and graphic editors you can use without downloading or installing software.

Adobe Photoshop Image Editing Software

A professional graphics software tool, Photoshop is a designers favorite digital bitmap editing application. New versions are available as cloud software, but you can still buy working older versions and Photoshop Elements on tradition CD or DVD media.

Photoshop Image Editing Tutorials - Photoshop tips and how-to lessons

There are hundreds of sites with how-to information to learn and use the powerful tools built into this software. Here are a few I think are extra special.

Adobe Photoshop Elements - The #1 Selling Image Editing Software for Consumers

Photoshop Elements Highlights
Photoshop Elements Highlights

Adobe Photoshop Elements Software

Photoshop Elements is a slimmed-down version of Photoshop at a slimmer price - but have no fear, it has plenty of features that will appeal to most users.

Make every photo look its best using Photoshop Elements. Its powerful photo editing options take the difficulty out of image editing, letting you easily create photo books, cards, calendars, and other printed gifts and keepsakes.

Plus, you can quickly share your photos on Facebook and YouTube and also store them online in shareable interactive online photo albums. Enjoy your photos and videos virtually anywhere you are, and get automatic online backup with 2GB of free storage with Adobe Photoshop Elements 10, the #1 top selling photo-editing software for consumers.

Photoshop Tasks - What Works for You? - Please Participate In This Poll

Photoshop and Photoshop Elements have many uses, from simple resizing or converting images from one format to another to creating fine art in digital format. What is the one task you most commonly use Photoshop to perform?

What type of graphic work do you create with Photoshop or Elements?

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Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen Display, DTK1300 (Old Version)
Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen Display, DTK1300 (Old Version)
- Work directly on the HD 13.3" display screen - Great for natural action creative digital drawing and painting, touching up photos, or writing in your own personal script lettering - Wide angle of view, 3-position supporting tilt stand for - 2048 pressure levels allow pen to funtion like tradition media (brush, pen, pencil, marker) - Compatible with all major software - Support for shortcut keys and custom function keys - Works with both Windows and Mac operating systems

Fantasy Photo Techniques Using Photoshop

Create unreal photos and illustrations using Photoshop layers and tools

If you like to play around with photos, add borders, remove color or enhance overall image quality, you'll find Photoshop or Photoshop Elements handy. If you like to get creative or torment your friends and family, Photoshop just may become your favorite computer application.

My brother loves to take photos of family members then replace the teeth, nose or hair with others. I find it less than amusing, but he thinks it's hysterically funny.

You can combine many different objects in a single Photoshop graphic and control them using layers and masks. Layers, masks and other features make Photoshop a powerful and highly creative artistic tool. You can apply all sorts of effects using filters, textures, transparency and brushes.

Photoshop graphic credit: / CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo Restoration Sample

With Photoshop and many other photo editing programs, you can fix small problems with photographs and digital images - remove red eyes, adjust lighting, correct colors - quickly and easily.

You might also need to fix big problems on precious heirloom pictures. You can restore photographs and other artwork damaged by all sorts of blemishes: fading, cracks, tears and chips. You'll need a good digital image of the damage photo to work with - either scan the damaged photo or take a copy-board digital photo of a larger work and then work to fix the problem areas using Photoshop.

The image above shows a digital photo of an original charcoal drawing on bristol board. The artwork had been stored without protection in a hot attic for years, and was stained, yellowed and crumbling to pieces. It's a very old family portrait we needed to preserve before it disintegrated.

Here's the same image after I used Photoshop to restore the picture:

To repair and restore this family portrait image I used my digital camera to photograph the original damaged artwork, then transferred the digital image to my PC and opened it in Photoshop. To edit the image, I first created a duplicate layer from the original background layer and used the duplicate layer as my working "canvas."

Next I used the clone stamp tool to select a good section of the art near a damaged area, then "painted" with the clone brush to repair the damaged spots. The clone stamp tool allows you to select an area you want to use as your patch or paint, then it pastes that little bit into the area you need to repair, one click at a time.

I used a soft round brush to select the patch paint sample (ALT + click selects the target area to copy from) then painted out the blemishes and stains on the background, clothing areas and portrait edges (click while the clone stamp tool is active and it will paint with the sample area). As I moved around the image I reselected the patch paint samples so they'd match the next area I needed to fix.

I used the blend tool a bit after I was finished patching and cleaning the damaged areas, then turned off the background, saved a copy of the image as a high quality TIFF file and ordered a high quality giclee print of the repaired artwork on stretchable art canvas. Our family heirloom charcoal drawing is now safely stored and we display the repaired version as a piece of art.

Photoshop Magic: Slim Down a Beach Body - Using just a few tools you can take pounds off in minutes!

This is a great tutorial that shows how to use a few tools and brushes to improve a photograph. How to do a photo makeover using Photoshop - it's really not hard if you follow these tips. Now if only we could adjust ourselves in real life this easily ...

Using the Liquify tool to make a model thinner

Other Bitmap Editors and Graphics Tools - There are other graphics editing tools you can use ...

If you don't need to use Photoshop frequently or can't afford to purchase a licensed copy, you can find feature-packed graphics editors for less cost. You can also find free graphics editors online.

This list offers suggestions for cost-effective and free graphic editing software alternatives to Photoshop.

Adobe Creative Suite - Choose Your Favorite Set of Digital Imaging Tools

I've been working with Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver for more than 15 years. I build most of my content for online publishing, so up until recently I opted for the Creative Suite Design Premium version of this powerful software suite. Adobe now offers memberships to the products formerly sold as a bundle with software on disk. today you simply purchase a license package and work with software that's in the cloud. You can sign up for monthly license options for single applications (Photoshop, for example) or a deal that includes multiple products and months.

20+ Years Playing with Adobe Photoshop and Still Learning New Tricks

Adobe Photoshop was one of the first graphic editors I learned to use as a designer. I bought my first copy of the software (version 3.0) in the mid-1990s - not long after Photoshop was ported from the Mac to the PC platform. I paid about $1200.00 plus shipping for a bundled offer: Photoshop and Illustrator packaged together.

In those days, CSx didn't exist. Photoshop was sold as a single program or as a bundle with Adobe Illustrator. For my 1200 bucks I got a box with all the software media, plus printed installation manuals and users guides for both programs.

The software distribution media was multiple floppy disks and it took a bit of time and patience to get all the licensed software, fonts, plug-ins and extra goodies that came with Photoshop and Illustrator loaded onto my old 386 PC with its limited disk space and memory.

Today Photoshop and Illustrator are easy to download directly from Adobe with a high speed connection or you can purchase a shrink-wrapped version with your software and documentation complete, all on one shiny DVD. The license is updated and monitored via the Internet from my computer to Adobe central.

I've upgraded my Adobe software licenses several times over the years. I'm running a full copy of CS5/5 Design Premium on all my computers. This package has everything I need for print or web work: Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge, InDesign, Acrobat Pro and other programs I use for print and web design including Dreamweaver and Flash (both acquired by Adobe a few years ago from Macromedia).

And the price for the full version of Adobe Creative Suite Designer software? About the same as I paid in 1995 ... for only 2 programs (Photoshop and Ilustrator) on diskettes.

I enjoy reading comments from interested readers. Share your Photoshop tips or adventures here, or just drop a line to say hello.

© 2009 Lee Hansen

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      7 years ago

      great :)

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      Lee Hansen 

      7 years ago from Vermont

      @visit2goa: Hah, yes, if only real life were so simple.

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      7 years ago

      worst editing video ever.. lol

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      7 years ago

      I use both Photoshop and Elements. I find Photoshop better for enhancing photos and run actions, while Elements is easier to use for digital scrapbooking.

    • GetPhotographic profile image


      7 years ago

      Every new edition opens more doors to the amazing possibilities of digital art. Thanks for information and links.

    • Margaret Schindel profile image

      Margaret Schindel 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Lee, thanks for all the great Photoshop tips, information and links! I've bookmarked this article for future reference. :)

    • john-doornkamp profile image


      7 years ago

      A lot of very useful information - and shows well the range of possibilities with image processing software.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens with valuable information!

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      Gayle Dowell 

      7 years ago from Kansas

      I usually go to my daughter to have her do my photo editing. She'll soon be going off to college, so I best learn how to use it myself. Great info. here. Maybe this will motivate me to play with photoshop myself.

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      8 years ago

      Great amount of useful tips! Daily i'm into Adobe Illustrator and kindly request you to do the same type of lens but covering Illustrator program. Would be glad to spend some time with it.

      Please check my latest lens covering the subject of Color Theory in Modern Design :). I would be glad to hear a little word on it from you. I'll be constantly updating it's content with more and more informations. Kind Regards

    • oddobjective profile image


      8 years ago

      Good info. Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      Fantastic lens, thanks for sharing

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      Barbara Isbill 

      8 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Great info. Thumbs up!

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      8 years ago

      Just dropped back to say I'm adding you to my new tutorial lens. Great info here!

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      8 years ago

      I use Photoshop for many purposes. My photography is usually involved: For persoanl birthday card design, my images on my website, zazzle designs and more. It's invaluable and endlessly versatile!

    • Avella profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks, lots of cool information on here.

    • dezixpromo profile image


      9 years ago

      nice lens, thanks for sharing

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      9 years ago

      Nice and fun using Photoshop.

    • Tagsforkids profile image


      9 years ago

      I love Photoshop! Although I use it for photos, I also use it to create all of my graphics and squidoodles including animations. Great lens, thanks.

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      9 years ago

      I use Photoshop all the time for the things we do! I love hearing about other ways of getting things done in this program. From what I can see, Photoshop can do almost anything you can think of. Yesterday I discovered how useful it is to make a selection in one layer, then transfer that same selection to a different layer.

      I was trying to delete the background of an image. my problem was, I was trying to select a rooftop that blended in with the background of the picture. The magic wand selection tool was having trouble seeing the difference between sky and space. I created a copy of that picture. Adjusted some of the settings on the picture so the roof's outline showed up more clearly, then used the magic want to grab the shape of the, now distinct, roof. Once I got what I needed I simply selected the layer with the original picture and suddenly I had the perfect outline of the hard to see roof.

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      mjtaylor lm 

      9 years ago

      Excellent lens! I am pinning it on my Fave Squidoo lens board!

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      9 years ago

      great information ... thanks for your hard work

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      9 years ago

      Great lens with valuable information!

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      eddgeorge lm 

      9 years ago

      Nice resource for people starting into the world of digital editing. Keep them coming Pastiche!

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      9 years ago

      wow you have allot of great content.i took photoshop classes at the academy of arts university. .... but i think i just touched the tip of the ice burg.....

      keep up the good work

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      9 years ago

      Nice Lens. Thank you for adding the links to the free brushes. Those all always come in handy.

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 

      9 years ago from Central Florida

      I have Photoshop Elements and had no idea it had such a learning curve. Looks like you've included some great resources here along with a few more pieces to my puzzle. Thanks.

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      9 years ago from Corbin, KY

      haven't done much with photos yet

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      9 years ago

      You really bring to light the magic of Photoshop and the power that can be added to Computer Graphics. Very well put together lens :=)

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      9 years ago

      Nice lens. Lots of information!

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      9 years ago

      Sure. I make people look better in my beach photos, I submit to istock, and they tell me I need a model release. FOR THE BACKS OF PEOPLE I REINVENTED! Bah!

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      9 years ago

      I've always wondered how the entertainment industry produced such flawless pictures for their magazines! Now I understand! Thanks for the great lens!

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      Michey LM 

      10 years ago

      Photoshop, I am especially interested in restoration of old pictures.

      Thanks for the tips, I learn a lot


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      10 years ago

      very important info thanks

    • Bercton1 profile image


      10 years ago

      Very informative, and helpful lens

    • iridisimaging profile image


      10 years ago

      I learned everything i know about photoshop by following online tutorials. people like me owe your guys a lot! keep up the good work.

      Elliott Walsh - Photo Restoration Expert

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      10 years ago from Oz

      This is an amazing Photoshop lens, oh wow, I'm in awe. Great resources, very educational lens, lots of tips & tricks. I use Photoshop everyday to edit my photographs as well as create clipart from free font (wordart). I love this software... --- Blessed ---

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      10 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thanks again for your lists of very helpful tutorials and information! *Angel Blessed* =D

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      10 years ago

      Great lens!

      Thanks so much for the education! Holy can you take the photoshop diet to me?

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      10 years ago

      Using photoshop everyday, I love learning about the new software and tools that sometimes slip under my radar. Your lens makes sure I dont miss anything, thank you!

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      Anthony Godinho 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is an excellent lens on Photoshop (resources, review, examples, tutorials,...) - I've never used it because I haven't really had to do much with manipulation of photos and the like. But recently, I've been doing some digging and really like this application. I saw the video tutorial and it's got amazing functionality. Also, great job on the family portrait image restoration. Thumbs up! :)

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      10 years ago

      I am not very good at graphic so I basically use the easy editor like picnik.

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      10 years ago

      I am a professional photo restorer and would recommend photoshop to anyone who want's to get involved with digital photo restoration. although photoshop is expensive and does have a steep learning curve the application really is amazing and worth every penny and to learn how to use it you can just go onto youtube and you'll find literally thousands of video tutorials regarding every aspect of photoshop. to see more photo restoration examples feel free to have a look at some of my work - Photo Restoration - Iridis Imaging.

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      10 years ago

      This is a great lens. Very nice photos. If anyone is in the myrtle beach area, come check me out at Myrtle Beach Photography

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      Laraine Sims 

      11 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      What a wealth of information! I am going to lensroll this to my personal lens so that I can refer to it on a regular basis. 5*s

    • Laniann profile image


      11 years ago

      Very nice results with Photo Shop. I'm not using Photo Shop so can't leave you any tips. What you are doing really looks good. 5*s

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      11 years ago

      Hi Pastiche, how ya doin!

      Ive been checkin out your lens and really like what your doing. Im pretty much doing a similar deal except working with 3D, editing and design in general. Good to see there are more people doing this out there. Keep it up!

      If you have any time check my lens out

      Cheers Pastiche, keep it up!

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      11 years ago from Western Mass

      great tips. i've been at it a while, too, and always learning new tricks. ps is such a powerful too. getting to know it just takes practice.

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      11 years ago

      Great job!


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