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Head Swap in Photoshop

One of the most commonly asked questions by Photoshop beginners is how to perform a head swap. In this lesson you will learn the 3 simple steps: copy, paste, mask.   You just got home from a family portrait shoot and upload the photos only to find your favorite shot is ruined because one of your subjects blinked or maybe …

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Lightroom or Photoshop Camera Raw?

You’ve probably heard enough photographers talk about RAW that you realize it’s a pretty powerful tool in the digital photographer’s tool bag.  The power of shooting RAW is unleashed when you get to the digital darkroom, and for most of us, that means using Lightroom (LR) or Photoshop (PS).  Editing can be a lot of fun, but having a solid …

The difference between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements: A photographer’s view

Beginning photographers often ask what the difference is between Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop Elements.  I have never taught a beginner photography class without “the Photoshop question” popping up at least once.  So here is my (not so quick) answer to the oft-answered question: What is the difference between Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop Elements 9? Before we begin, I know some …

That’s PHOTOSHOPPED!

Snore!  I’ve heard it before… people turn up their noses at my photography because I Photoshop my images.  The ignorant remarks lack an understanding that there are extremely few professional photographers who don’t use digital image editing techniques.  If you’re ever faced with these whiners, consider arming yourself with the following arguments. First, no photograph is realistic.  Was that sunset …