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Easily adjust your photo’s levels and mask away the excess

Easily adjust your photo’s levels and mask away the excess

Use levels to your advantage

Here’s a quick and dirty trick to make adjusting your levels a breeze. When trying to adjust levels, its common that you lose details, especially in extreme contrast zones. Using this trick, you’ll be able to quickly and easily identify affected areas and mask away the problematic spots to retain the most information while having a problem balance of contrast.

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Good and Evil

Good and Evil Photo Manipulation, Redux

Split a photo into two distinct personalities

In this tutorial we’ll be taking a photo and splitting it in two: one side of the photo will be light and colorful while the other, in contrast, will be dark, evil and brooding. This is a complete re-write of my popular tutorial with new stock photos. I’ll be covering some of the basics on using brushes, using textures, color correcting, masking and several other neat effects.

This tutorial requires that you have some working knowledge of Photoshop, but I do my best to try and explain in as much detail as possible.

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Pixel Effects

Photo Pixel Effects

Easy and attractive effects for your headers

This tutorial will guide you through the process of creating very simple, effective and attractive pixel effects for your website’s header images that will add that little extra touch of detail to your designs. The process is extremely simple and can very easily be modified to suit your tastes.

While following this tutorial, you’ll learn about managing layers, using filters, blending modes and a little on color-selective masking.

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Trendy Header

Girly Web 2.0 Header Tutorial

Create a clean, trendy and stylish header

In this tutorial, we’ll create a trendy header design that’s very clean, trendy and sleek with no gimmicky tricks.

We’ll be creating stylized clouds, add some texture, apply layer styles, create sparkle effects, design drip patterns and even a city backdrop and how to use fonts.

This tutorial will take a while to complete as it is a bit long and detailed. It is also meant for Photoshop users who are already fairly knowledgeable with the interface, loading patterns, and using marquees. If you know the basics, you should do just fine. If you have any questions, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to clear it up as much as I can.

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Good and Evil Photo Manipulation Tutorial

Good and evil photo manipulation

Split a photo into two distinct sides

In this tutorial, we’ll be taking a photo and splitting it in two. One side of the photo will be light and colorful while the other in contrast, will be dark, evil and brooding. This is a complete re-write of my popular tutorial. With the new design, I figured it was time to update the tutorial and improve some of the confusing steps.

I’m assuming you have general knowledge of Photoshop, know how to use various layer blending modes and applying brushes. If you have any questions or have problems with a step, be sure to leave a comment and let me know.

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