Category Archives: Guest Contributor

Making Selections with the Marquee Tool

Today we’ll be taking a look at how to make selections with the Marquee tool in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. To illustrate the marquee, I am going to focus on making vignettes (darkening of area along the outside which puts more focus on the subject). Remember, these are not tutorials that show everything you can do […]

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How to Install Actions in Photoshop CS and CC

by guest contributor Amanda Padgett Note: I used Photoshop CC for this tutorial, but the steps are exactly the same for Photoshop CS 3 – 6 (and possibly before but I am not familiar with earlier versions). The good news is that installing actions in Photoshop CS is very, very simple. The first step to […]

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Balance Colors With Levels

by guest contributor Amanda Padgett Color balance is an adjustment layer in Photoshop that allows you to easily alter the color channels of an image. The changes made can be made via a curves or levels adjustment also, it’s just that the layout and labeling in the color balance adjustment layer is very easy to understand and […]

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Curating a Follow-Worthy Instagram

by Guest Contributor Ling Wang As a follow-up to my last blog post about how to gain followers on Instagram, I wanted to touch more on the subject of curating a gallery on Instagram that is follow-worthy and creates impact at first glance. As a senior portrait photographer, Instagram is my social media platform of […]

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Why Layers Matter

by guest contributor Amanda Padgett Why should we use layers? Why are they important? Bottom line – layers give us total control over the changes we wish to make to our photos.  We can alter how much or how little of a change (like brightening/darkening, etc.) is applied to the image. We can change our […]

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