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,...

Simple dodge and burn tutorial

Dodging and burning is almost as old as photography itself, and it’s a skill that’s just as important in this digital age as it ever was in darkrooms.  It’s not complicated, it just requires patience.  It works exactly the same in Photoshop and...

Photoshop vignette methods

Vignettes can add a touch of emphasis and “punch” to a photo if used well. In this tutorial, I’ll discuss a few simple vignette methods in Photoshop and Elements. Before I get into the nuts and bolts, I want to start with a couple of important...

That rich look

A while ago I was asked how to achieve “that rich dark look”. I’d already mentioned it, in a roundabout way, in this post, but I think it’s worth elaborating. Obviously there are numerous ways to achieve any effect, and this is only one....

Powerful Gradient Map techniques

The most common use of Gradient Map adjustment layers is for black-and-white conversion, but they are capable of all sorts of cool stuff.  Let me show you how to add colour and tone effects to your photos using Gradient Maps set to “Soft Light” mode....

Wonderful Channel Mixer

In early versions of Photoshop, Channel Mixer was considered an “expert” method for black-and-white conversions.  Some people still use it to this day, despite the emergence of much better methods.  It still has its place, though, and here’s an...