#11 – Adjustments – Photoshop for beginners

Adjustments are used to change the colors and contrast of your image. In this tutorial I will show you the benefits of using adjustment layers and show you a few of the most common ones like Hue/Saturation, Color Balance or Levels and Curves.

Contrast Masking – Masking/Extracting Shadows

Masking shadows is difficult let’s face it and this is a problem that had no easy solution for me until now.

If you want to replace the background of a model shot for example, how do you keep the original shadows on the new background without having the texture of the original background over them?

In this video I will show you how to incorporate the original shadows of an image on a new composition using blend modes, levels and some masking. Really easy and awesomely useful especially for photographers that need to replace backgrounds.

Original article about contrast masking: http://www.earthboundlight.com/phototips/contrast-masking-photoshop.html

Man stock image: http://mjranum-stock.deviantart.com/art/Fly-1-255405147

Quick Tip 4 – Quick layer selection and management

In order to become a better Photoshop user you need to speed up your workflow and become efficient in order to concentrate more on the design part rather than on dealing with the menus.
This tutorial will show you how you can quickly select a layer from the canvas itself, how to pass layers from a document to another and how to align elements on the canvas without using the guides.

#7 Using Layer Masks – Photoshop for beginners

More beginner tutorials here: http://www.psdbox.com/category/beginners-serie/
Learn how to work non destructively with layer masks.

Landscape image: http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=view&id=1086684
Sky image: http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=view&id=108861