Adobe Photoshop: Creating Custom Actions in Photoshop

Chapter: Paint, Draw and Design

Topic: Controls and Interfaces

If you’re a Photoshop enthusiast or professional, you should really be using Photoshop actions. Photoshop is an extremely efficient program, but you’re truly missing out if you don’t learn how to use its automation features. Photoshop Actions record a series of commands for playback on future images. They can be used to generate extremely complex results. Actions should seem pretty appealing, let’s learn how to create your own.

http://www.tipsquirrel.com/index.php/2009/12/creating-custom-actions/

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Creating Custom Actions in Photoshop

If you’re a Photoshop enthusiast or professional, you should really be using Photoshop actions. Photoshop is an extremely efficient program, but you’re truly missing out if you don’t learn how to use its automation features.

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Adobe Photoshop: Photoshop for Video

Chapter: Paint, Draw and Design

Topic: Paint or Draw on Video

Did you know that the latest version of Photoshop allows you to edit full motion video? Here is a quick video tutorial on how to add a video filter to a video clip using Photoshop.

http://www.geniusdv.com/news_and_tutorials/2010/01/photoshop_for_video.php

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Adobe Photoshop: Creating a 3D Thunderstorm Scene from Still Images

Chapter: Visual and Creative Effects

Topic: Simulating Nature

In this tutorial, Freelance Designer Robert Hranitzky shows you how to create a realistic 3D Thunderstorm scene – using just 2 still images. He’ll use Photopshop Vanishing Point for the building, After Effects 3D to light it, Trapocode Particular for the rain, and Trapcode Horizon to create an infinite sky background.

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/hranitzky_robert/red-giant-thunderstorm-scene.php

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Adobe Photoshop: Photoshop for Video

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Photoshop for Video

The newest versions of Photoshop now support image editing on video files. The only catch is you must have the ‘Extended Version’, meaning Photoshop CS3 Extended, or CS4 Extended. All of the creative suite bundles ship with the extended version. Photoshop is a must have application for any video editor. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still need your favorite non linear editing system such as Final Cut Pro or Avid to the majority of your video editing.

http://www.geniusdv.com/news_and_tutorials/2009/10/photoshop_for_video.php

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Adobe Photoshop: Recreating a Classic 1950's Science Fiction Show Opening

Chapter: Workflow

Topic: Inter-application Creativity

In this episode of Red Giant TV, Chad Perkins shows you how he built the various elements he used to re-create of the opening sequence from the classic sci-fi TV series, the Twilight Zone. In the tutorial Chad gives you tons of valuable hints and techniques for use in Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator and Maxon Cinema 4D.

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/perkins_chad/red-giant-science-fiction.php

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Adobe Photoshop: Working with Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro

Chapter: Workflow

Topic: Inter-application Workflow

If you use Photoshop to create still images, you can use Adobe Premiere Pro to make them move and change. You can animate an entire image or any of its layers. You can edit individual frames of video and image sequence files in Photoshop. In addition to using any Photoshop tool to edit and paint on video, you can also apply filters, masks, transformations, layers styles, and blending modes. You can paint using the Clone Stamp, Pattern Stamp, Healing Brush, or Spot Healing Brush. You can also edit video frames using the Patch tool. In Photoshop, with the Clone Stamp, you can sample a frame from a video layer and paint with the sampled source onto another video frame. As you move to different target frames, the source frame changes relative to the frame from which you initially sampled.

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/PremierePro/4.0/WS9A187723-B10A-4384-9E62-AC6CCE3EDF71.html

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Adobe Photoshop: Alpha Channels

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Compositing Tips or Shortcuts

In the Photoshop tutorial, Richard Harrington takes a look at making an alpha channel based upon the luminance in an image. Alpha channels allow you to store transparency in a graphic and transfer that transparency to another non-linear video editing program or compositing application and key or composite in real time.

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/photoshop_alpha_channels.php

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Adobe Photoshop: Tiling Strategies In The 21st Century

Chapter: Compositing Tools and Techniques

Topic: Backgrounds

And I’m not talking kitchens! Seamlessly tileable images are an important part of motion graphics design. If you’re looking for a way to create your own using Adobe Photoshop, then this short video tutorial is for you. I cover two different methods for creating the tiles using two very different source images. I then show you how to quickly and easily use the images in Adobe After Effects. I’ve posted this one to the PVC blog, so click HERE to watch the tutorial.

http://provideocoalition.com/index.php/motiongraphicsvizfx/story/tiling_strategies_in_the_21st_century/

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Adobe Photoshop: Shadow and Highlights Adjustment

Chapter: Color Correction

Topic: Corrective

In this Photoshop tutorial, Richard Harrington gives some tips on how to fix an underexposed or overexposed image using the shadow / highlights command in Adobe Photoshop CS4 and goes through each of the advanced settings to give great understand of how you can harness the power of this adjustment tool. The shadow / highlights filter can also be used on Smart Objects in recent versions of PS, expanding the way you can dynamically utilize this tool.

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/harrington_richard/photoshop_shadow_highlights_adjustment.php

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