The creative tutorial home of image wrangler, Lesa Snider.

Why Painter 2015 Can Change Your Life

I recently review Corel's Painter 2015 for Macworld magazine and, I must say, using the software has been the most fun I've had in ages. What a nice change from daily image-editing tasks! I literally feel more creative and energized. This version is stable, speedy, and an absolute joy to use. Using the new physics-based Particle Brushes, you can create realistic fire, hair, fur, smoke, water, fabric, and more, which is a serious challenge to do in Photoshop (and I doubt it'd ever look as good as what you can create in Painter).

Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual (2014) book release party

Please join us on Sunday, Sept 21, to celebrate the release of two new books by Lesa Snider:

Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual (2014)
iPhoto: The Missing Manual (2014)

Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Location: Bohemian Biergarten
2017 13th St
Boulder CO 80302

Bonus: It's happy hour all day Sunday at Bohemian Biergarten, with $10 Beer & Brat full-meal deals!

Replacing Backgrounds with Photoshop's Background Eraser

The Background Eraser makes short work of zapping backgrounds, as it deletes pixels similar in color to the ones you paint across. However, the trick to using it successfully—especially on images that include fine details such as hair—lies in its Options bar settings and a good deal of patience. In this column, you’ll learn how to use it to remove the sky behind these people. Take a deep breath and read on!

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Article Icon Comprehensive Review of Photoshop CC 2014 Photoshop User magazine column teaser
Article Icon Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual, 2nd edition Everything new is new again Photoshop CC 2014 New Features
Book cover: The Skinny on Taking Better Pictures With Any Camera New book: The Skinny on Taking Better Pictures With Any Camera Geek Girl Tech Conference logo Geek Girl Tech Conference: San Diego, June 21
Tran's Black Belt Spectacular Article Icon Early bird 15% discount to HOW2 ends tomorrow, April 1
Article Icon All my creativeLIVE courses are on sale this week! Article Icon Lesa's Live Quote Contest Mar. 31- Apr. 2, 2014
Creative Cloud Essentials FREE on creativeLIVE, March 31-April 2 Article Icon $10/month Lightroom & Photoshop plan ends March 31!
"Lightroom and Photoshop Round Trip Workflow" hangout Join me for "Lightroom and Photoshop Round Trip Workflow" hangout, Weds. March 19 Book covers for Elements 12 and Lightroom 5 Two new Skinny books: Photoshop Elements 12 and Lightroom 5!
FREE tutorial: how to place a person on a different background in Photoshop Photoshop Week 2014 FREE online Photoshop Week: Feb. 24-28
Article Icon Lesa's Live Quote Contest Jan. 6-8, 2014 Article Icon FREE 1-hr webinar: Mastering Photoshop's Filters
Article Icon FREE Photoshop Lightroom class Jan. 6-8 Article Icon 50% off Photoshop: The Missing Manual ebook
Article Icon Black Friday Week Special: PS + LR = $9.99 for everyone! FREE 1-hr webcast: Editing Habits to Break
Article Icon 25% off Lesa's video courses on creativeLIVE.com Article Icon Lesa's Live Quote and Before/After Contest
FREE Photoshop & Elements Classes Oct. 14-17 Collage with dark edge vignette FREE 1-hr webcast: Practical Creative Effects in Photoshop
Elements' new guided puzzle edit Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 Review Get Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $10 a month
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