Photoshop for Beginners; Fingerprints are not Beauty Spots!

In this next edition of ‘Photoshop for Beginners’, we’re going to take a look at some more of the most commonly used tools in photoshop; the spot healing tool, the clone tool, and the patch tool. Using a combination of these tools, you’ll be able to remove any and all unsightly marks from your photographs to give them a more professional finish.

If you don’t have photoshop, you can probably still follow along with this tutorial as most image editing software has similar tools. The only thing they probably won’t have is PS’s brilliant ‘patch tool’; this tutorial will teach you how to use a variety of tools though, so just skip that little section :). If you need some help finding a free image editing program to use, try taking a look at this post for my personal (unpaid) recommendations.

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Photoshop for Beginners; Destructive Tendencies

Okay, so I realised when I was writing this tutorial about levels and curves that I really needed to write a bit about destructive and non-destructive editing and file formats, but unfortunately there’s a lot to be written about it, so I decided to put it into a separate mini-tutorial 🙂

And so, I present to you Photoshop for Beginners Part 4; Destructive Tendencies

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Photoshop for Beginners; Levelling that Curve

For the next part of my ‘Photoshop for beginners’ series, I thought I’d take a look at the two most basic (and most used) PS adjustments; levels and curves. Most photo-editing software has these two adjustment tabs somewhere within their interface, so you can follow along with this tutorial even if you don’t have photoshop itself 🙂

Also, this isn’t going to be a completely in-depth of every single aspect of levels and curves; it’s meant to be more of a practical overview to help get you on your way. If you’re looking for an in-depth technical explanation of how each little aspect actually works, you’re better off doing some research into professional photography books and magazines.

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Photoshop for Beginners; Put all your photos in one basket

In my last post, we talked lots about White Balance, and towards the end there I mentioned a nifty little program called CameraRaw and one of its best features – the ability to edit in batch. This means you can edit literally dozens of images at once; well, more specifically, you can edit one photograph and then apply all the adjustments to multiple others. This ensures consistency in your work, but also saves a great deal of time and effort!

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Photoshop for Beginners; Getting a Balanced Look

Since my last couple of posts have talked a lot about White Balance without going in to any great detail, I thought I’d make the second part of ‘Photoshop for Beginners’ about White Balance and, more specifically, how to correct it. I won’t be talking about how to manually control the WB in-camera, as there are plenty of other tutorials on how to do this; instead, I’ll be teaching you how to correct the WB when your camera gets it wrong, and one quick cheat to get perfect WB every single time.

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