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30 Photoshop secrets to improve your skills

30 Photoshop secrets to improve your skills
Photoshop is an amazing bit of software that many designers use on a daily basis. It's such a flexible bit of kit that you could spend a week learning new features, and still have only scratched the surface of what's possible. Once you've overcome the beginners' learning curve, however, there are some real gems hidden inside Photoshop that can help you speed up your work and get more out for less effort. Here we've rounded up 30 of the best Photoshop secrets to help sharpen your skills and improve your productivity. See all our Photoshop articles here 01. In the top right hand corner of every panel is a little icon that reveals a fly-out menu, giving additional options that you might not have seen before. 02. Paste in Place is one of those functions that you'll use all the time if you know about it, but if you don’t it will come as a revelation! 03. If you’re doing detailed work such as cloning or edge refinement, it can be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. 04. 05. 06. 07. 08.

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Photoshop Patterns: Ultimate Guide Patterns in Adobe Photoshop are wonderful for incorporating interesting repeating elements in your design. Patterns are easy to use and make, yet can have a significant impact in your compositions. This guide will explore the use, creation, and management of Photoshop patterns through a hands-on approach. 32 Gradient Tutorials PSD and AI In my opinion gradient effects are very hard to master, all the beautiful vector icons, illustrations are made on basis of good gradient usage. Gradient mesh tool in Illustrator is the most powerful one, learn how to use it correctly and understand what can be done with it. I found many beautiful tutorials and ordered them from instructional to intermediate tutorials to lead you easier through learning process. I think you should get great starting point here and even if you’re experienced designer, you should find some new tips here definitely. This article completes gradient article series, make sure you read through them all:

Tutorial: More Texturing- Photoshopcontest.com By: ledirlo This tutorial demonstrates an effect that gets so photorealistic it led to some cheating controversies in the past. Aside from the interest of the created effect it also gives key layer technique information. It's Guy Fawkes Night! Create a Bonfire With Blends in Adobe Illustrator Remember, remember the fifth of November - gunpowder, treason and plot! It's Guy Fawkes Night in the UK, which is also known as Bonfire Night. It's the anniversary of the day Guy Fawkes was caught trying to blow up the House of Lords using gunpowder.

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Easy X-Ray Typography in Photoshop A few years ago I saw an image of Homer Simpsons head in x-ray. I really like that effect and always wanted to try something like that in Photoshop. I didn't know exactly what to do but then I checked online and saw that some people did text effects with the x-ray type of image. That was indeed a nice idea to try. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a simple x-ray effect of a letter, in this case the Abduzeedo logo A. The whole process is quite simple but it will require a couple of hours to pull it off.

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