You know you've "made it" when your brand/product becomes a verb. With 25 years of history Photoshop has done exactly that and has become the undisputed champion of the photo manipulation/editing/post production game. I've been using Photoshop since version 1.0 back in 1990 (first as a tinkerer, then as a design QCM and finally as a photographer/retoucher) but despite my long relationship with Photoshop I still don't consider myself as having mastered it. How can you master something that has almost limitless permutations? That is what makes Photoshop so amazing. Find a way to do something and the person sitting next to you will likely be doing it in a uniquely different, if not, better way. Handling Photoshop is like handling a musical instrument. It's an art form in itself. So to help us all grow our: art, understanding, efficiency, creativity, and love for Photoshop, here are 5 Photoshop trick, from The Photoshop Training Channel, that you probably don't know. Big thanks to San Francisco Bay Area, graphic designer/web developer Jesús Ramires. If you don't already have Photoshop *gasp* you can find it here (it's never too late to learn a new instrument).
#1: Advanced Blending Options
Uncheck “Transparency Shapes Layer” in the Layer Styles panel to make pixels blend differently when using blend modes.
#2: Precise Flare Window
You can bring up a special “Precise Flare Center” window to add a lens flare to exact locations in your photo.
#3: High Contrast Clouds
Instead of the usual clouds layer you get when you render clouds, you can render high contrast clouds.
#4: Black and White Adjustment Layer For Color Control
You can use a Black and White Adjustment Layer to control the luminance values of specific colors in your photo.
#5: Open One Image In Two Windows
You can have the same photo open in two windows that are side-by-side, with one view zoomed in and one view zoomed out.
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