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How to Customize the Effect of a Matte Photoshop Action

How to Customize the Effect of a Matte Photoshop Action

I am a big fan of the matte look in creative editing, but I sometimes feel like the effect is a little too heavy on the subject, making them appear darker or, in some cases, out of focus. In this tutorial, I will sh...

A Basic Overview of the Black & White Panel in Photoshop

A Basic Overview of the Black & White Panel in Photoshop

  THE BLACK AND WHITE ADJUSTMENT PANEL If you are a fan of black and white images, but want a bit more control than simply desaturating your image, then look no further than the Black and White Panel! In this short v...

How to Use Actions to Enhance Your Photoshop Knowledge

How to Use Actions to Enhance Your Photoshop Knowledge

  When I first started using Photoshop actions, I had already been using Photoshop for about a year. I understood the absolute basics of things like Levels, Curves and how to crop, but I had never given actions a tr...

Customizing Photoshop Actions to Fit Your Style

Customizing Photoshop Actions to Fit Your Style

Did you know there is more to your actions than just hitting 'PLAY' and changing the opacity? Each of our Photoshop action collections is packed full of powerhouse actions that you can use to match your style of edit...

How to Smooth Skin in Photoshop (Using Brushes)

How to Smooth Skin in Photoshop (Using Brushes)

How to Smooth Skin in Photoshop (Using Brushes) Several of our Photoshop action collections come with skin brushes that will beautifully smooth and soften skin in an image, and do so quickly and easily! These collect...

How to Use Photoshop

How to Use Photoshop "Magic Color Change" Action to Change a Color

One of the things we love about Photoshop is the ability to manipulate a photo to our artistic vision.  Now, with the 'Magic Color Change' action, which is included in the Pure Color Workflow Collection, it's super s...

Adjusting Cache Levels in Photoshop for Sharper Image Previews

Adjusting Cache Levels in Photoshop for Sharper Image Previews

  Have you noticed that, after opening your image in Photoshop, when you use the Navigator to zoom in and out, your image is grainy and/or blurry? In this Photoshop tutorial, we will walk you through how to fix this ...

Learning How To Use Layer Masks In Photoshop

Learning How To Use Layer Masks In Photoshop

One of the most useful tools you will find in Photoshop is the ability to edit using Layer Masks. What is a Layer Mask? Essentially, it is a duplicate of the original image (or, in Photoshop jargon, a new "layer") wh...

Using Photoshop Dodge & Burn Tools to Make Black & White Images Pop

Using Photoshop Dodge & Burn Tools to Make Black & White Images Pop

If you edit in black and white, the Dodge and Burn tools will become two of your favorites! Dodging and burning are traditional darkroom techniques, but the concepts have also carried over to digital editing in Photo...

Editing With Photoshop's Lens Flare Filters

Editing With Photoshop's Lens Flare Filters

Photoshop's Lens Flare filter is a wonderful way to add hazy light to your images, and also a great way to brighten an underexposed image. In this tutorial, I will show you a couple of tricks to get the most out of t...

"Let it Snow" Action & Brush Collection: Adding Snow in Photoshop

How to Add Snow in Photoshop Are you a photoshop user and want to add snow to your images?  With the "Let it Snow" Photoshop Action & Brush Collection from Pretty Actions, you can easily add beautiful snow to you...