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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!

Comprehensive Review of Photoshop CC 2014

Adobe added some incredibly practical features to Photoshop CC 2014, especially where productivity is concerned. Time-savers include smarter smart guides and smart objects, updatable Layer Comps, a color picker that stays open, full Typekit integration, a searchable font menu with instant font previews on existing text, better blending with Content-Aware tools, the ability to sync more settings to Creative Cloud, and more.

Photoshop User magazine column teaser

Teaser alert! Here's one of the three techniques I'm writing about today for my Beginner's Workshop column in the November issue of Photoshop User magazine. It's a classy yet simple promotional / ad design for photographers, all done in Photoshop. The stock imagery is from Fotolia.com. In fact, you can visit http://www.lesa.in/fotoliaoffer to sign up for a Fotolia account and get 10 free images (new customers only; offer does not expire).

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