Effects

13 Useful Photoshop Tips

1. Is that layer really empty?

When working in a multilayered document, it’s easy for lots of layers to stack up very quickly. Perhaps you got a little carried away and didn’t bother naming your layers. Now it’s time to clean up your layer stack and start deleting all the unneeded layers. Have you ever wondered if a layer is empty or not? Here’s a little time-saving tip: Hold down Ctrl key and click on the layer thumbnail. If you get a message that says, “Warning: No pixels were selected,” then you can safely delete the layer because it is indeed empty. If you just wanted to get rid of all empty layers, choose File>Scripts>Delete All Empty Layers.

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2. Clean Samples

Graffishop is closing…. and a new Graffishop is opening

And now, a regular note from me!

I’ve been working behind the scenes to get a new Graffishop ready to open – and as it stands now, I’m shooting for a Memorial Day weekend launch (in the US – it’s just plain old May 23 everywhere else in the world!)

The new shop will have a lot of the features that I’ve always wanted to incorporate in the old shop, like rollover previews, a faster checkout system, wish lists, better typography & compatibility with newer systems.  The new package has it – and a lot more.

Here’s where YOU come in:  if you haven’t logged into the old shop in a while (since before September 2013), your account is going to be purged.  I’ll maintain the data if you ever have an issue with something previously downloaded, but you’ll need to create a new account at the new shop when it opens if you want to receive newsletters, updates and members-only discounts. Stay tuned to my blog here, and check in at the Graffishop for update announces in the next week or so.

Meanwhile, for quick downloads, you can fast-n-easy download the Graffi add-on items from here

Thanks for all your support over the past decade! I’m looking forward to releasing new Lightroom presets & Photoshop Elements actions over the next several months, and I have a pretty good start on some new goodies for you!

Quick Tip: The Correct Way to Create Curved Text

Why Curved Text Looks Deformed

Have a look at the two badges below – the one on the left was curved with the Warp Text tool while the other was created on a curved path. At first glance, they both look the same but look closely at the text and you can see that the left-image text is deformed (letters upper-half are enlarged).

Here’s another example with just plain text to better show how the text gets deformed.

Double exposure portraits: a simple tutorial for making surrealist images

In this quick double exposure portrait tutorial we’ll show you how to combine images with easy Blend mode effects to create striking, dream-like pictures.

Double exposure portraits: a simple tutorial for making surrealist images

Multiple exposure effects are a great way to creatively combine two or more images.

Traditionally, double exposure portraits were made by exposing the same frame of film more than once.

Photoshop’s Screen Blend mode works in much the same way by multiplying the light values on one layer with those on the layers below.

So the scene can only get brighter, never darker, and white areas stay white.

Hey! It’s Graffi’s Giveaway for April!

WilmingtonWith Tax Day looming here in the U.S., folks need a little something to help ease the pain.  How about a freebie?

This time, I’m giving away my Hipster [Vintage I] set of Lightoom Presets. There are 23 presets included in the download, and they can easily be installed to Lightroom using your Add-O-Matic (or you can add them the old fashioned, clunky, bothersome, time-consuming way you might usually install Lightroom Presets!) Click the link to see what’s included, and check out the gallery of samples below. They usually go for $9 (You: “wow, is that all? Why do so many other sites sell presets for so much more than that?” Me: “I don’t know”) but they can be yours free if you’re the lucky one the computer chooses.

So click over to the Graffishop & enter, and stay tuned for the drawing on April 15  (it’s a completely random drawing; the computer does the work and selects someone from the pool of entries).

Psst: just can’t wait?

How about 15% off everything, right now?  Use the code  taxday14  and it will automatically take 15% off your entire cart at checkout.

Photoshop Tips: Curve your text with the Type tool

Photoshop Tips: Curve your text with the Type tool

Select the Type tool from the Toolbar and click once onto the canvas. Write your message, choose your desired font then set its font size.

With your font and sizing in position, go to the top bar and select Layer>Type>Warp Text. A dialog box will appear, so click onto the Style drop-down menu.

For our purposes we are using Arc, but play around with the other settings to suit your project’s needs.

Photoshop Tips: Curve your text with the Type tool

Move the three sliders and watch how your text alters instantly. Small movements make a big change.

You can position the text with this dialog box still open by just clicking onto it and moving into place.

Applying layer styles help to blend the type into the building.

Photoshop Tips: Curve your text with the Type tool

[this post syndicated from Photoshop Daily]

Curves preset: Faded Print ($1 download)

If you have Handy Actions, this Curves preset can be called after running the Curves action found there. You can use this preset to create an old faded snapshot look for your image.  It could be useful on scrap pages or ads, or anywhere you need a faded look to an image.

Add-O-Matic will accept Curves presets since version 8, so installing it to Elements is as simple as unzipping it to your desktop and dragging it into the AOM from there.  Then look for it in the drop menu of the Curves dialog:

To use it, first run Handy Actions’ Curves action, and select the preset. Then you can do additional tweaking of the overall curves, if desired (maybe an ‘S’ curve, or the “Inverted ‘S’ Curve” action).

A few before-and-after samples are below.  This effect is subtle, but can be tweaked further for more dramatic effects:

Original With Curves: Faded Print preset

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Add-O-Matic 12 now available

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Graffi’s Add-O-Matic 12 released!

Add-O-Matic is now in its 8th version and is ready to help you mod Photoshop Elements!

The latest version will work with Windows versions of Elements 11 & 12 as well as Lightroom and supports several new add-on filetypes

[Don't fret if you're still using an older version of Elements - Add-O-Matic for Elements 6-10 is now available again]

So what’s new in the latest & greatest edition of the Add-O-Matic?

First up, you’ll notice a brand new interface with the new Graficalicus logo (no more Graffidude).  You’ll also notice a larger drop zone, making it just a bit easier to drag and drop your extra add-on goodies.

On the inside, there are new file types available:

  • Black & White adjustment layer presets (*.blw files)
  • Exposure adjustment layer presets (*.eap)
  • Selective Color adjustment layer presets (*.asv)
  • These new adjustment layers will become available to Photoshop Elements users who also have Handy Actions 12 - so why not grab the Add-O-Matic / Handy Actions Bundle and save a few coins?

There are also a few adjustments to how previously-supported files are handled

  • Photo Effects (aka Actions – *.atn files) are now added to either or both the Photo Effects palette and the Actions palette, introduced in Elements 11, if you so choose
  • Layer Styles now include a generated-on-the-fly .xml file that displays them in both the Effects palette and the toolbar for tools that use layer styles (such as the text tool or the custom shapes tool)

All of this happens with a single drag & drop – drop all your add-ons into the gray drop zone (unzip them first, please!) and click the GO! button.  Add-O-Matic will analyze the file type and store it away for you.

Add-O-Matic is the single best selling extra utility that you can get for Photoshop Elements. It’s the fastest, easiest, no fuss way to trick out your Elements and get the tools you want and need added!

Add-O-Matic for Elements 11-12 & Lightroom:

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Add-O-Matic for Elements 6-10:

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