If you're a casual Photoshop user, you probably know how to find the cropping tool and have a vague idea of what the lasso function does. But what about all those other mysterious looking icons? As it turns out, they all have something meaningful to contribute to the editing process and can vastly improve the appearance of your photos. This handy pictorial explains what every major tool on the taskbar does -- from the clone stamp to the colour selection tool.
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Video: GIFs are fun, and if you're an artist, it's easy enough to turn your art into a short animation in Photoshop. This quick tutorial from Adobe shows you how it's done.
Preview is one of the best parts of macOS. It's an image viewer, lightweight PDF editor and more. Six Colours reminds us that it's also probably the simplest way to quickly batch resize a bunch of images.
Windows: Affinity Photo, the superb Photoshop alternative on Mac, is now available on Windows computers. And you can currently download and use the software for free.
Compared to other editing techniques, HDR imaging displays a greater range of luminance levels true to what the human eye can see. So, if you really want to get the most out of your photos, you need HDR editing software, namely HDR Projects 4 Professional.
It's easy to become reliant on plug-ins for simple editing tasks when in reality, a lot of these effects can be accomplished with a little knowledge of Photoshop's built-in functionality. Take "dynamic contrast" -- turns out you can do this yourself with the help of PS' Unsharp Mask, High Pass filter and blend modes.
When I'm editing photos and trying to find the perfect white balance in an app like Lightroom, I often find myself tweaking the colours by single digit percents and ultimately losing my sense of what looks good or not. Here's a silly little trick that can help you "reset" your eyes to gain a new perspective.
Video: Anyone who takes pictures of people on any kind of regular basis has had to deal with portraits or other photos where the people in them look a little shiny. Maybe they're a little sweaty, or lighting is to blame, but either way it's an easy fix in either Photoshop or Lightroom, whichever you use.
Android/iOS: The Adobe Lightroom app is a handy, free set of digital editing tools. Today, the iPhone gets even more useful with support importing RAW files while the Android version gets a new manual shooting option.