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Office Hours

After running Office Hours (Live Q&A) for more than a year through Facebook Live, Facebook recently made a change that "broke" the ability to do live broadcasts to private groups. That forced me to explore different options and I'm pleased to say that the new method I have discovered has two...

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Permission to Experiment

One of the most interesting ways to discover new Photoshop techniques is to experiment: to try tools and functions you’ve never tried. Of course it takes some strong nerves to try new things without knowing exactly what’s going to happen, so here are a few strategies to help you. The Permission...

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10 Photoshop Tips

Paste on MaskYou can create some interesting effects by using a photo as a Layer Mask. In order to be able to paste a photo onto an existing mask you must view the content of the mask, and you do this by holding down Option (PC: Alt) and clicking on the Layer Mask thumbnail. Paste the copied...

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​5 Ways to Challenge Yourself as a Photographer

As a photographer, do you ever start feeling like you’re in a bit of a rut? Or perhaps you feel the need to challenge yourself to improve your skills. Maybe you’re just looking for some ideas on stretching your creativity. Here are five simple ideas to challenge yourself as a photographer, both...

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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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The Five Forbidden Fruits of Photoshop

If you’ve been around the Photoshop world for even a short time it’s likely that you’ve heard the term “non-destructive” as in non-destructive workflow or working non-destructively. In principle that means to do things in such as way that the result is not permanent (a.k.a. destructive) but can...

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Working with Models

Working with Models When a photographer works with a model for the first time, what should they do? What expectations does the model have from the photographer? What can the photographer do to ensure a successful shoot? Rather than speculate and come up with answers that I thought might be...

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