Histogram identification test 2: Raw

You have probably already tried my original Photoshop Histogram Test. I hope it helped your understanding. This time, I’ve processed one photo eight times using ACR. See how you go spotting which histogram belongs with each image. This is a really difficult...

Histogram identification test

Reading histograms is critical for digital imaging. Luckily, it’s not difficult. Try this simple test. Notes: If your monitor isn’t calibrated, or you are not using a color-managed browser, you might have trouble judging the images correctly. This page...

Alt/Option key tricks

The Alt or Option key does all sorts of tricky little stuff in Photoshop and Elements.  Here are a few … Alt-click on the background of Curves to double the number of grid lines.  I find this very useful for extra accuracy. Hold down the Alt key while...

What nobody tells you about curves

Curves are a very powerful tool. But there’s something important that rarely gets mentioned. The importance of Curves and Levels Curves and Levels are the fundamental Photoshop skills, in my opinion. To use Curves and Levels is to manipulate the colors exactly...

Curved box method

(This is for Photoshop only, not Elements, sorry.) I was originally asked for this tutorial by somebody who was designing a fridge calendar.  The link to the example calendar they wished to emulate has gone, unfortunately, but I’m including this tutorial here...

Some alternatives to cloning

The Clone Tool is one of the handiest tools in Photoshop, and we couldn’t live without it. But it’s not always the best, quickest or easiest way. Here, I discuss some other options. What the Clone Tool is good for: For quickly removing small unwanted...