The creative tutorial home of image wrangler, Lesa Snider.


A Stroll Down Blend Mode Lane, Pt. 5

Making a macabre collage with Darker Color

After having a bit of a "holiday themed tutorial" break, it's time to continue on into the wide world of blending modes. Therefore, I would like to welcome you to the fifth installment of our journey which focuses on a brand new blending mode called Darker Color. It's new in Photoshop CS3, though it doesn't yet live within Elements.

Let It Snow!

Filter your way to a flurry of snowflakes

Mother Nature is a finicky creature and quite frankly, not to be trusted. When you want it to snow it will not, and when you don't there is sure to be a blizzard of epic proportions. Thankfully, Photoshop and Elements owners don't have to rely upon the weather for snowy photos. That's right, nestled snuggly in the Filter menu of both programs are two filters which can generate some of the most beautiful flakes you've ever seen. And thankfully, it takes all of five minutes to get it done. Plus, the steps are identical in both programs.

Protecting Your Photos Online, Pt. 1

Using vector shapes to add a watermark

One of the many challenges facing today's photographer is how to protect their photos online; that is, once the photo has been uploaded to a gallery for viewing on the Internet. We don't live in the safest of worlds these days, especially when it comes to being online, and it's frighteningly easy for a thief to download your photo from your very own web site and try to sell it as their own. I know it's shocking but people really do steal... often.

Zapping Edge Haloes

Using the Minimum filter to fix edges

Today I'd like to share with you a special little time saver I picked up from the Great Kelby. I've affectionately dubbed it the Halo Zapper because it has an amazing power to blast the heck out of edge haloes leftover from removing a background.

A Stroll Down Blend Mode Lane, Pt. 4

Creating a collage with Linear Burn

Welcome to the fourth installment of our journey through the blending modes founds in both Photoshop and Elements. Though we're still trudging through the second category of modes which all darken the overall image, I think you'll find Linear Burn to be one of the most useful. That is, if you're interested in creating some really trendy, funkified collages. Linear Burn produces an effect that looks a lot like Multiply, though darker, and more saturated (brighter). It's also similar to Color Burn, though the end effect won't be as high contrast.

A Stroll Down Blend Mode Lane, Pt. 3

Contemplating Color Burn

Welcome to the third installment of our journey through the blending modes founds in both Photoshop and Elements. We're still exploring the second category of modes that begin with Darken; and, as you already know, these modes have the power to darken the underlying image.

A Stroll Down Blend Mode Lane, Pt. 2

Mastering Multiply

Welcome to the second installment of our journey through Photoshop and Elements' blending modes.

This week we'll continue on through the second category of blend modes that begin with Darken. As you might suspect, modes in this group have the potential to darken the underlying image. Convenient naming, that!

This week is all about the Multiply mode. It will indeed make an image appear darker, and my good buddy Ben Willmore says it's handy to think of this mode as actual ink. Here's what it looks like using the blue and orange circles from last week:

A Stroll Down Blend Mode Lane, Pt. 1

Demystifying Blending Modes

Shrouded in mystery, perched high atop the Layer palette in both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements there sits a pop-up menu that's been baffling folks for ages. The menu of which I speak is called Blending Modes. You've probably clicked on it before and chosen a few of the strange words ontained therein only to be completely baffled by the effects, ranging from making everything dark or making everything light, to turning your image into an x-ray, to having absolutely no visible effect at all.

Ornamental Vector Grunge Frame

Frame your photo with a Smart Object

Grungy, ornamental, highly-detailed vector illustrations are all the rage these days. Graphic designers are plunking them onto any and everything, and using them to spice up backgrounds, dress up the edges, and lead a viewer's eye. But it just so happens that these little works of art are also a *fantastic* option for photo framing. However, if you're not an illustrator or a high falutin' designer, the words "vector" and "illustration" probably sent chills down your spine.

The Secret to Round Edges

How to add soft or hard round edges to your photo

If you've ever perused the home page of iStockphoto.com, you'll see some of the most beautiful photography on display, accented with lovely rounded edges.

Oh sure, you probably know how to create a soft feathered edge (node#216) but did you know that there's a tool custom-built for creating rounded edges of the sharp-edge variety? It's slightly hidden beneath the Vector Shapes Tool, but it's there.

Today we'll take a look at how to use the that tool to create edges even iStockphoto would be proud of (which is where these images came from).