Category: Tutorials

Create a Folded Paper Effect
by Lesa Snider

In Photoshop, anything is possible. That includes making a digital photo look like it was printed and folded; lovingly toted around for years in someone’s wallet. This folded paper effect is a slick graphic design trick that can evoke a feeling of nostalgia. Today you’ll learn how to produce the effect on separate layers so you can swap in different photos.

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Fake Bokeh with Lens Blur 
by Scott Valentine

Bokeh is a somewhat loaded term that can start arguments in any place where two or more photographers have gathered. In general, it refers to the quality of out-of-focus areas of an image and, in particular, how specular highlights and tiny light sources are represented.

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Using Content-Aware Fill To Remove Distractions and Fill in Gaps
by Scott Kelby

We’ve previously covered methods for removing distracting stuff, but we’re going in a different direction with it in this article, because we’re not using a Healing Brush or Clone tool this time; we’re using some real Photoshop magic: Content-Aware Fill. This is Photoshop doing some crazy math behind the scenes to either cover over something we don’t want, or filling in missing parts of our photo, and doing it incredibly intelligently.

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Creating a Grid Portrait Effect 
by Lesa Snider

Photoshop’s ability to clip one layer to another lets you push the top layer’s content through the shape of the layer or layer group underneath it. That could be a shape drawn with one of the built-in shape tools, a shape made with the Lasso or Pen tool, a brushstroke, or even text. In this column, you’ll learn how to push a portrait through a grid of squares. 

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Attract Attention by Manipulating the Light 
by Dave Williams

Composition is a huge consideration when we shoot, and once we get an image out of the camera and into our digital darkroom, we’re often limited in what we can do to edit its composition and control the path our viewer’s eye takes across the photograph. There are other things, however, that we can do in post to grab the attention of the viewer but with a bit more control and flexibility. One such thing that takes an equally high standing to composition is light. 

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