Photoshop techniques

Useful tips and tricks that will save you time and make you more efficient

How do you create an invisible man? Delete his head. Of course, you'll need to build the inside of his collar too.Part of the 2 Minute Photoshop Extra series.

The Unsharp Mask filter is a key Photoshop tool for enhancing soft images. But how do you use Amount, Radius and Threshold sliders? Here's the definitive guide to this powerful filter.

How do you fit several people into a scene so that they all look as if they belong in the same space? The key is placing all their eyelines on the horizon.

You've been sent a scanned signature, but it's low resolution and ragged. Here's a quick way to smooth the jagged edges from scanned text.

If you frequently need to add a logo or watermark to images at a precise location, here's how to create an Action to do it automatically.

Tiling textures can result in ugly jagged joins. Here's how to edit any texture to blend the edges together.

The Select Color dialog allows you to pick a colour range within an image, which you can then manipulate. Here's how it's done.

Want a beard? Here's a fun way to add stubble to a face, using the Noise and Radial Blur filters on a layer which you then set to Hard Light mode.

How to turn a photograph into a realistic jigsaw puzzle, complete with missing pieces and shading.

Live Shapes are a great help for web designers. Here's how to use the Properties Panel to manipulate shapes - even multiple shapes.

How to add 3D text to photographs using Photoshop's 3D extrusion tool, so it looks as if it's really in the scene.

How to add a Threshold adjustment layer so you can then use Dodge and Burn to selectively lighten and darken the underlying image.

How to turn silver into gold, using a Photoshop – the alchemist's dream come true.

If a photograph has strong side lighting, here's a useful way to adjust the shadows to make an unusable image publishable.

How to use QuickMask and Free Transform to fill an empty glass with liquid.

A couple of days to the UK election, so let's merge Prime Minister Theresa May with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn.

How to use Select & Mask, Refine Edge and Content Aware Fill to move objects around in a photograph.

How to use Select and Mask to smooth the corners of a selection, and then Plastic Wrap to create a realistic plastic container.

How to make a truck leap over a wall, using Image Warp and Layer Masks.

How to make a car look as if it's speeding down the street, using Spin Blur and Path Blur.

How to use an Action to make a deep 3D shadow that you can apply to text with a single keystroke.

How to make a convincing rubber stamp effect using the Clouds Filter and Motion Blur.

How to take a still photograph and make it look as if it has been spray painted on a wall.

How to make a Matrix-style picture number grid, using grids, the Mosaic filter and the Posterize adjustment.

How to make a snake look as if it's lying in the grass, rather than on top of it, using Layer Masks and the Smudge Tool.

Following on from an earlier tutorial on how to make an old photo, this shows how to make that photo look like it's lying on a table in perspective, with the ability to change the picture for a different one.

How to turn a modern photograph into an old one, using just a scan from an old book.

How to dig a grave in Photoshop, with shading, earth texture and overhanging grass.

Following on from the previous tutorial, this shows how to swap out the wrapped text for any design you like and slide it around the cylinder.

How to use the Gradient Tool and Layer Masks to create the effect of light streaming through a window.

How to crack an egg, build the interior, and add a chick and a shadow on the ground.

How to add a convincing rain effect, complete with reflections in the ground.

How to add glow and shadow to a candle so you can move it around a room so it illuminates the background while retaining a shadow elsewhere.

How to photograph and treat a glass so that it shines and refracts the view seen through it.

How to remove haze from a photograph taken on a foggy or smog bound day, using the Dehaze filter in Camera Raw as well as the Surface Blur filter.

How to produce the effect of burning a hole in a sheet of paper, using Layer Masks and Multiply.

How to use Creative Cloud Libraries to import artwork from Illustrator into Photoshop - and it's still editable.

How to turn a dull floor into a shiny surface by adding reflections.

How to use Photoshop's Perspective Warp adjustment to make this London bus fit the viewing angle of its street.

How to use Photoshop's Content Aware Scale tool to change a background from landscape to portrait.

How to use Photoshop's Select and Mask dialog to perform a perfect cutout on complex hair.

How to use Photoshop's Focus Area selection dialog to make rapid selections based on depth of field.

How to use Photoshop's Curves dialog to create a metallic effect on just about any surface.

How to use Photoshop's Shadows and Highlights adjustment to balance a side-lit photograph.

How to use Photoshop's Image Warp tool to make a flat photograph look like a real object.

How to use Photoshop's Content Aware Fill dialog to straighten and patch a skewed image.

How to use Photoshop's Replace Color dialog to make selective changes to any scene.

How to use Photoshop's Puppet Warp tool to change the pose of an animal.

Replacing the view through a window is easy - but how do you make it look like a window, and not just a hole in the wall?

How to use Match Color and Path Blur to make this sax player blend in with the background image.

How to create shadows that run down a wall and along the ground.

How to give the impression that this submarine is part submerged in a swimming pool.

How to create the effect of falling snow, using Noise, Gaussian Blur and the Levels adjustment.

How to use a Hard Light layer to add stage lighting - complete with shadows.

  • How to use Photoshop to open a door in perspective - and extend the floor through the opening.

How to use Photoshop to create the view through a magnifying glass, with shine and shadows.

  • How to use Photoshop to open a door in perspective - and extend the floor through the opening.

How to use Photoshop to open a door in perspective - and extend the floor through the opening.

How to create text that runs around the top and the bottom of a circle, to reproduce and improve the Presidential Seal.

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