Photoshop Reset a Dialog

If you are working with any dialog that has an OK and a Cancel option, you don’t always have to cancel out to get back to the original state of the effect.  If you press-and-hold the Option (PC: Alt) key when you are in a dialog,

Photoshop Striking Match, Part 2

In the second part of this tutorial, Corey finishes creating this illustration of a striking match.If you want to follow along with this tutorial, click here to download the Match File PSD.Corey Barker is Executive Producer of and is an Education and Curriculum Developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

Kick It Up a Notch with Smart Filter Masking in Photoshop

Last topic on Smart Filters: you can selectively show or hide any of the filters that you have applied to a Smart Object by painting on the mask for the Smart Filter (just click on the Smart Filter’s thumbnail, select the Brush tool, and paint with black.  This takes your creativity to a completely different level.

Photoshop Blend Mode in Smart Filters

In the olden days, you could control how a specific effect reacted to an image by choosing Edit>Fade (effect name).  This would give you a blend mode option for the effect, as well as an Opacity control.  The problem with this was you had no way to go back and modify that setting once it has been changed.

Photoshop Smart Filters!

Gone are the days of having to use Undo for a filter. Now you can apply filters with aplomb because we have Smart Filters! The Smart Filter works much in the same way that an adjustment layer works—it places the filter in a separate layer that you can manipulate nondestructively.

Photoshop File>Open Recent

Under Photoshop>Preferences (PC: Edit>Preferences), you have an option called File Handling.  In the Recent File List Contains field, you can specify how many files you would like it to remember.

Photoshop Sample Color from Anywhere

You can use the Eyedropper tool to pick colors from any area of your screen.  First, press the letter I to select the Eyedropper tool, then click-and-hold inside your document, and drag outside the document window onto the object you’d like to sample.  Release your mouse button and the sampled color appears as your new color.

Advanced Photoshop Magazine Cover Art Contest

Advanced Photoshop, in association with, is offering four digital artists the chance to see their work on the cover of the magazine, as well as win some great prizes. has supplied ten fantastic images, which can be downloaded from You’ll need to log in to an account to get the images, but don’t worry if you don’t have one as registration is free and easy…

Photoshop CS4 Compositing: Surreal Landscapes, Sample Chapters

Here are two sample chapters from Real World Compositing With Adobe Photoshop CS4 book.

Wacom Adds Multi-Touch To Bamboo – Combining Multi-Touch And Pen Input

Wacom today announced an exciting new computer input solution with the introduction of Multi-Touch in its new family of Bamboo tablets. Bamboo tablets are USB peripherals that deliver natural and intuitive input to desktop or laptop computer users. With the ultimate goal of creating harmony between humans and technology, Wacom combines Multi-Touch (finger- based input) with pen input to deliver an entirely new standard in human-computer interaction.


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