Grabbing a 700 x 700 pixel 100% crop

This tutorial explains how to take a 100% crop of your image at the exact size of 700×700 pixels.  The illustrations here were taken in Photoshop CS5, but this method applies to all recent versions of Photoshop and Elements. Often I’ll ask you for a...

Resetting tools

Sometimes, just occasionally, one of your tools will start misbehaving in Photoshop.  It might be the Text Tool which is putting enormous spacing between letters and you don’t know why; or it might be the Crop Tool which keeps cropping to a fixed shape even...

Dealing with banding

Yesterday, on a forum, I saw a common lament. The member had a photo with a broad blue sky, and was complaining about the banding evident in it. Banding is such a tricky beast, mainly because it’s darn hard to tell whether it’s genuinely in the image, or...