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Tip Tuesday: Creative Use for the Eraser Tool in Photoshop

If you’re using the Eraser tool (there are rare occasions when it’s preferable to using layer masks), and you get a little excited and need to bring back some of the image you just erased, your only option is to undo, right? That can be problematic if you’ve done a lot of work without letting go of the mouse. (Extra Tip: Let go of the mouse often while painting or erasing.) Try this instead: In the History panel (Window>History) click in the box to the left of the previous state just above the Eraser state, which should be at...

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Tip Tuesday: Put Layers Together

Imagine you’re working on a lot of layers at the same time, but those layers are scattered all over the place in the Layers panel, with all kinds of layers in between. This makes it really time-consuming to select your working layers. The obvious solution is to reposition all these layers so they’re stacked together in the Layers panel. You could drag them one at a time in the Layers panel until they’re all together, or you could try this: First, select all the layers that you want stacked together by holding the Command (PC: Ctrl) key and clicking...

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Tip Tuesday: Double RAW Processing

Have you ever applied an adjustment in Camera Raw and wished the slider went further? For example, you’re recovering high­lights with the High-lights slider, but it’s all the way to the left, and you know there’s more detail that you just can’t get to. Here’s a sneaky way around that: Make your adjustment, then create a Radial Filter (J) adjustment, and make the oval large enough to cover the entire image. Now you have a whole array of sliders all ready for you to push the boundaries. Call it turbo processing if you like.   This tip originally published...

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Tip Tuesday: How to Save a RAW Photo Taken with Lightroom Mobile’s Camera App to Your Camera Roll

By default, RAW photos taken with Lightroom Mobile’s built-in camera app go directly into Lightroom — not into your cell phone’s Camera Roll, but if you want to save one of those original RAW images to your Camera Roll (apparently, a lot of folks want to do this), here’s how: Tap on the image you want to save to your Camera Roll, then tap on the “Share” icon up top. A pop-down menu will appear and you’ll want to tap on ‘Export Original’ and the RAW image will be saved to your camera roll. Easy as that.   This...

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Tip Tuesday: Blend Colors Together in Photoshop

When using the Brush tool (B), there are times when you need to blend two colors together. A gradient won’t work because you’re painting on an uneven shape, so what you need are in- between colors. Here’s a way to do that: Sample one of the colors and then reduce the brush Opacity to 50% in the Options Bar. Paint up to the edge of the other color. Hold down the Option (PC: Alt) key and sample the new color. Paint over most of the way at 50%. Sample the new color and repeat. With a little practice, you’ll...

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