Export Images from iPhoto
-- Rename the image before exporting (lower case, no spaces or special
Change Mode to RGB (if necessary)
Do not work in CMYK, Lab, or Grayscale
Reset Window Layout to Photoshop
defaults (if you're not comfortable in a custom workspace)
Work in Pixels (never in inches)
Setting the Crop to a Specific
View Actual Pixels work
Duplicate Layer or just select
and use Command-J to "jump" the layer (Option-Command-J lets
you rename the duplicated layer) or Right-Click and select Duplicate
Unsharp Mask to bring your work
Rename Layers to stay organized
(double-click to rename)
Adjustment Layers give you
image control without destroying pixels
Add Text to your project
Change the Text Color by
sampling from the image itself
Note: Command-H hides the selection so you can see
the true color
Add Layer Styles to enhance
Modify Layer Styles to suit
Warp Text (but don't get carried
away with this feature)
Use Blending Modes for unexpected
Experiment on a New Layer (Option-Command-J
is used in this movie to duplicate and rename the layer in one step)
Filters are only one example of what you might try
Experiment More with Opacity
changes, Blending Modes, and/or new Adjustment Layers
Change Things like text, adjustment
layers, etc. EXPERIMENT!
Save for the Web when you want
to convert your .psd to a .jpg -- NEVER use "Save As..." to
save a .jpg!
Set Desktop with your 1024 x 768
Create a Custom Pattern This
one is used to create scan lines. Experiment with your own custom patterns!
Apply the Custom Pattern And
set the Blending Mode and Opacity to make the scan lines come to life
(experiment with other settings for different effects). This movie also
demonstrates proper workflow -- WATCH IT!
Create a Custom Background (This
works best with colorful source images) Lots of valuable skills in this
one. Note: Hold down Command AND Spacebar to access
the Zoom Tool while adjusting your Crop to a one-pixel width. Press Return
to apply the transformation.
Enhance Your Custom Background I
just show the first step -- you take the next ones! Don't
settle for the first result!
Create a Custom Brush This
one is used with the custom background. Experiment with your own custom
brushes! Note: The 300 x 300 document is just an example.
Work at any size (though bigger is not always better).
Use your Custom Brush On its
own layer! Watch to see how to adjust the size, spacing, and color of
the brush. Experiment with the Brush Palette to find many more options
and hidden gems!
Put an Image inside your text Note:
Double-Click on the Background Layer to unlock it (by changing its name).
Also, hold the Option key when clicking between layers to make the image
Add Layer Styles to the Text It's
especially beautiful when using this technique
Adjust the Position of the Image See
for yourself how cool this one is
Make the text part of the image In one easy step!
Create a Vignette using quick mask mode You'll
understand what a vignette is when you see the results
Use selections to draw attention
to your focal point Select, transform
the selection (hit Return to apply), "jump" the selection to
its own layer (Command-J), and add Layer Styles to enhance the focal
with this technique!
Use Gaussian Blur and/or Adjustment
Layers To take the focal point
to another level. EXPERIMENT!
intro to the pen tool Part 1 Make
a simple object (a star) with the Pen Tool and refine its shape with
the Direct Select Tool. Note: Check the Options Bar
at the beginning of the movie to check that your settings are the same
intro to the pen tool Part 2 Add
Layer Styles to the star. Notice that it is still editable with the Direct
intro to the pen tool Part 3 Use
Free Transform to resize (hold the Shift key to constrain the proportions),
adjust Layer Styles as necessary, and trim the excess using Image > Trim.
intro to the pen tool Part 4 Resize
the canvas and enlarge the image -- WITHOUT PIXELATION! (We're working
with vectors, not bitmaps.)
Paint with the art history
brush And learn about the Photoshop's new Brush Engine at the same
time. See before and after rollover
example. Make your own masterpiece!
Paint fine details with a
small brush The finishing touches make all the difference (as is
knowing when to stop).
the 1024 x 768 image to 800 x 600 or 640 x 480 for use on the Web
Make the Thumbnail from your flattened image
Sharpen the large Web image because downsampling blurs imagery
Sharpen and adjust the thumbnail because
extreme downsampling seriously degrades imagery
Make a rollover for your thumbnail using an adjustment layer
how to use behaviors to make it work!