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How I use Photoshop

One of my favorite Photoshop add-ons is not a plug in: it’s my camera. When I have my camera in hand I often use it as an extension to Photoshop, taking photos with the intension of working with them in Photoshop. As I set up my shots, from the camera settings to the framing, I’m thinking ahead...

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My 10 Favorite Photography Quotes

I’ve been “collecting” quotes about photography for some time, so when I decided to put together this post with my 10 favorites quotes, it was a lot harder than I thought it would be. So, after much thought (okay, some thought) here are my 10 favorites (in no particular order): 1. You don’t have...

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6 Reasons Not to Work Non-Destructively

I’m a big (huge) advocate of working non-destructively in Photoshop. To me it just makes sense to build Photoshop documents that take advantage of all the non-destructive methods that are available. But in case you’re still not sure, here are my top reasons why you shouldn’t work in a...

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The Make Better Key

Many years ago I taught a student who had decided to come up with her own names for Photoshop tools – somehow that helped her remember what the tools did. One of her more interesting ideas was calling the Option key (PC: Alt key) the “make better” key. When asked why she simply said, “every time...

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Experiment in Photoshop for Nine Seconds

I’m a huge believer in the power of experimenting in Photoshop to help discover what’s possible. One of the comments I hear a lot is “I’m too busy to experiment”. Believe me, I understand about deadlines and getting your work done, so here’s my idea: experiment for nine seconds. Generally, I...

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Rehearse - to sound less rehearsed

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The Photoshop Tools you should not use

Needless to say, there are almost always multiple ways to do something in Photoshop, and more than one tool to use to get to the same end. On the surface, it might seem like “any” tool is okay to use if it gets the job done, but some are definitely “better choices” than others. And by better I...

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Photoshop is not Cheating

Most experienced photographers will tell you to “get it right in the camera”. By that they mean know your camera well enough, and understand the concepts of aperture, shutter speed, ISO and your lens to be able to get the best capture possible in your camera. The other side to that concept is the...

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Rethinking how to learn

Over the last few months I’ve had a series on conversations that have made me think that perhaps one of my next tutorials should be on how to watch a tutorial – or perhaps how to take best advantage of a tutorial. For example, in a past seminar I showed a technique to make a movie poster....

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10 Quotes about Creativity

Here are some of my favorite quotes about creativity – and we can all use a little help being creative, right? “The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.”― Pablo Picasso “Creativity takes courage.”― Henri Matisse “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones...

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