I once read a Quora question that went, “What can I learn in one minute that will be useful for the rest of my life?” I don’t know about the rest of your life, but if you’re a photographer, head over to the Adobe Creative Cloud YouTube channel and check out their ‘Make It Now’ one-minute video tutorials on designing (not retouching) with Photoshop CC.
One of the big problems I have with watching videos on the Web is that, half the time, I get 4 minutes into a 12-minute video that seemed useful before I realize that I was, in fact, totally wrong. There’s another 4 minutes I’m never getting back…
That’s why I love super short tutorial videos like these.
How to Make a Double Exposure
How to Create a Composite
How to Create an Animated GIF
How to Make a Poster from a Template
If you’re new to Photoshop, you may find the video moves too fast for you to keep up; if that’s the case, click on the gear symbol at the bottom right of the screen and select 0.5 speed. Heck, if you want to take notes, go for 0.25 speed.
And that’s it. Congrats! You can now add “Graphic Designer” to your LinkedIn profile! Okay maybe not…
The tone curve is one of the most powerful tools in photo editing, allowing you to change multiple values and essentially doing the job of several different adjustment layers. But it’s also complicated, and hard for beginners to understand. These two videos should help.
The first video was shared by Photoshop Tutorials back in December, and it explains how tone curves REALLY work. From adjusting the main RGB curve to breaking down the curve into its Red, Green, and Blue components, the video explains the tone curve, offers some tips on learning how to use it, and shares plenty of examples of different curves in action.
That video alone is worth your time, especially if you still find the tone curve confusing. This next video add to it by suggesting a few design changes Adobe could do to make that would greatly improve the tool.
The video was shared two days ago by Denny Tang, and it attacks the tone curve from a different angle than most tutorials. This is an advice video for Adobe that shows what a major Curves redesign could look like in Lightroom and Photoshop to make the tool much easier to learn and use.
He lists 5 different changes, each of which will help you to better understand how the tone curve works. But even if Adobe pays no attention to Denny’s suggestions, the video will still leave you with a more comprehensive understanding of this powerful photo editing tool.
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Max Asabin is a Russian hobbyist photo retoucher and digital artist who has been wowing the Internet as of late with his Photoshop skills. Many of his creations involve combining various photos together into seamless composite portraits of people.
After blending in pieces of pictures to create his scenes and inserting the subjects, Asabin works to match the lighting to make the people fit in. Here’s an animated GIF showing a step-by-step look at how the portrait above was composited:
Want to see more? Here’s a collection of his before-and-after images followed by step-by-step animations showing their creation:
You can find more of Asabin’s work and connect with him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, VK, and Deviant Art.
Image credits: Photographs by Max Asabin and used with permission
We love a good in-camera double exposure; done right, they can look as surreal as anything we can create in post. But if you don’t have the skills, expertise, or interest in doing it in-camera, this quick tutorial shows you exactly how to fake the ‘double exposure effect’ in Photoshop.
The video is a bit dated—originally released in May of 2015—but the information and techniques work just as well today as they did a year and a half ago.
In it, Spoon Graphics shows you how to take a clean portrait and combine it with a landscape to create something beautiful and etheral. Going beyond just “this is how you drop a landscape into a portrait,” the video also shows you how to manipulate the image and background to produce the most pleasing final image possible.
No, it’s not a real double exposure—and the purists always bristle at creating something digitally that can be done in-camera—but it’s a technique many a creative would enjoy having in their tool box.