Blurring an object in the foreground of a photo

One of my class members, Falon, asked me how to blur the rocks in the foreground of her beautiful photo: I have helped people blur backgrounds many times, but foreground blurring isn’t so common. While the two techniques are similar, it goes without saying that...

Shrinking an object in a photo

This post is a bit of fun.  I was asked for help to shrink this guy’s head as a prank. I love pranks, but that’s not the reason I’m posting this.  There are some very important principles here, which you can use every time you need to reduce the size...

Learning to identify casts

Photoshop offers many excellent methods for correcting casts. But if you can’t work out what they are, how can you fix them? Understanding color: The first and most important step is to familiarise yourself with the color Wheel: It’s important to know...

Simulating Channel Mixer in Photoshop Elements

Occasionally I have suggested using the Channel Mixer adjustment layer to convert a photo (or part of a photo) to black-and-white. Unfortunately Channel Mixer is only available in Photoshop, not Elements, but I’ve found this workaround. It’s a bit awkward...

Safely adding noise to an image

This tutorial has been made in Photoshop CS2, but applies to all versions of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Why add noise? In most cases, we try to remove noise from our images; so it might seem strange that I’m writing a tutorial about adding it. However,...