Using the Pen Tool

Many photographers are advised that Photoshop’s Pen Tool is a powerful way to make accurate selections. But the Pen Tool can seem clumsy and unintuitive if you haven’t used it before. Here is a simple tutorial which will guarantee precise selections. Step...

The overrated adjustment brush

It’s quite common, in my group, for people to post about weird graininess in their raw files.  Mostly, this is because they’ve used the stupid bloody Adjustment Brush.  More specifically, because of the “Auto Mask” function therewith. My...

Opacity shortcuts

There are about a bazillion keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop and Elements, and you can’t learn them all at once. At first, focus your attention on the most important ones in the toolbar – C for the Crop Tool, B for the Brush Tool, V for the Move Tool, etc. ...

Cropping in the workflow

We all know what cropping does.  It removes part of a photo.  If we had a physical photographic print in our hands, we’d crop it by cutting it with scissors or a scalpel, and throwing part of it away.  In digital terms, we remove some excess pixels from one or...