Category: Tutorials

Stop the Destruction! Working Nondestructively in Photoshop
by Dave Cross

If you’ve been around the Photoshop world for even a short time, it’s likely that you’ve heard the term “nondestructive,” as in “nondestructive workflow” or “working nondestructively.” In principle, this means to do things in a way where the result isn’t permanent (a.k.a. destructive) and can be edited later in various ways.

Some people tell me that they never change their minds, and that’s why they don’t worry about using these methods, while others ask why they should bother working this way. There are some very important reasons to consider using nondestructive techniques, well beyond changing your mind. We’ll look at those first, followed by some key techniques for working nondestructively.

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Dog Portrait Retouching
by Kirk Nelson

Leashes and handlers can frequently be removed from pet images afterwards. In this tutorial, we explore some retouching techniques that can follow up on the photography techniques that Kaylee teaches. The German Shepherd in this tutorial isn’t that well trained and required the near presence of his handler for the entire photo shoot, which made this project a perfect example of real life retouching for dog portraits.

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Lightroom Classic’s Range Mask Explored
by Rob Sylvan

Range Mask is a new addition to the local adjustment tools (Adjustment Brush, Graduated Filter, and Radial Filter) in Lightroom Classic (and Camera Raw 10.x), which provides a way to fine-tune the area being adjusted by color or luminance values within the photo. This means that you’ll only see the Range Mask option after you’ve applied one of the three local adjustments, and then scrolled to the bottom of the local adjustment panel.

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Re-Mastering the Healing Brush Tools in Photoshop: De-Mystifying the Diffusion Slider
by Kristina Sherk

I’ll start right off and warn you, this is not a “sexy” subject, but if you’ve ever retouched a face in Adobe Photoshop, you need to learn about this topic. It will tremendously alleviate lots of retouching frustrations, and anything I can do to help you not be discouraged when it comes to using Photoshop is considered a “win” in my book.

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