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Making Selections: CalculationsMaking Selections: Calculations
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In the Photoshop tutorial, Richard Harrington gives some tricks showing how to use calculations to make a selection. Selections are used when you need to make an alpha channel or composite layered images. The more accurate you can get your selection the faster you can get through your compositing work. This is part one of a three part tutorials series on making selections inside Adobe Photoshop.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Creating Motion Backgrounds From Scratch - 2Creating Motion Backgrounds From Scratch - 2
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In the second part of this Adobe Photoshop tutorial series, Richard Harrington continues to create a motion background in Photoshop CS3. In this episode Richard takes the soft grayscale pattern created in part one and applies a gradient map to it to colorize the background pattern. This is part two of a two part series of Photoshop tutorials on Creating Motion Backgrounds.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Creating Motion Backrounds from Scratch - 1Creating Motion Backrounds from Scratch - 1
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In this Photoshop tutorial, Richard Harrington explains how to composite moving abstract footage clips and photos along with some transfer / blending modes and level adjustments to create custom background patterns. This is part one of a two part series of Photoshop tutorials on Creating Motion Backgrounds.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Creating Custom Backgrounds From ScratchCreating Custom Backgrounds From Scratch
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In this Photoshop tutorial, Richard Harrington gives some tips and tricks on how to create custom backgrounds from scratch using Adobe Photoshop CS3. Using free textures found online, blending modes, gaussian blur, gradient maps and other tools, Richard creates a nice looking custom background.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Vanishing PointVanishing Point
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In this Photoshop tutorial, Richard Harrington discusses the technique of using the vanishing point filter on a still image or a video in Adobe Photoshop CS3 to repair a letter in a burnt out sign. Other tricks covered in this tutorial are creating history states, drawing perspective planes, cloning with the perspective planes, set extensions and the lens blur filter to extend a building using vanishing point perspective planes.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
The Puppet Tool Part 2The Puppet Tool Part 2
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In the second part of this Photoshop tutorial series, Richard Harrington continues to work with the puppet tool in After Effects CS3. Exporting the bird PSD file from part one, the bird is already broken apart into separate layers and Richard exlains how to use the puppet pin tool and the puppet starch tool while he begins to animate the bird and branch using the AE puppet tool.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
The Puppet Tool Part 1The Puppet Tool Part 1
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In this Photoshop tutorial, Richard Harrington uses Photoshop and After Effects CS3 to create character animation from a digital photo. Using an image of a bird on a branch, the bird is isolated by using the quick selection tool in Photoshop CS3, a layer mask is created and the mask is adjusted with the paint brush tool and clone stamp tool. Next the branch is masked into its own layer, the bird is removed from the background and finally the PSD is exported.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Shadow Highlights CommandShadow Highlights Command

In this Photoshop tutorial, Richard Harrington takes a look at the advanced settings for the shadow / highlights image adjustment. The shadow / highlights command can be applied in Photoshop CS3 Extended to an entire video clip by turning the video into a smart object and then applying the filter.


Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Designing a Website in PhotoshopDesigning a Website in Photoshop

This Adobe Photoshop tutorial will show how to use Photoshop to design a website that will be exported as HTML and image slices. The web page can be brought into an HTML editor program such as Adobe Dreamweaver to be modified. This is an Adobe Photoshop web design tutorial showing how to design, create and save a web page with Photoshop.

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Abraham Chaffin
Adobe Photoshop
Making Alpha Channels for LogosMaking Alpha Channels for Logos
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In this Photoshop tutorial, Richard Harrington shows a few tricks of what to do with logos in Photoshop CS3. Preparing a logo for use envolves some simple techniques of creating an alpha channel or transparency. First Richard will take a look at how to create an alpha channel for a logo that is on a white background and secondarily a digital logo from an eps or ai file.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Depth of Field BlurDepth of Field Blur
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In this Photoshop tutorial, Richard Harrington takes a look at using depth of field blur for creating backgrounds for use in chroma keying. Some of the techniques covered in this tutorial are creating a alpha channel gradiant depth matte, lens blur filter settings and finally a quick chroma key to place an actor into the scene.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop CS3: Photo Effects CookbookPhotoshop CS3: Photo Effects Cookbook

CreativeCOW leader, Mike Gondek examines Photoshop CS3: Photo Effects Cookbook by Tim Shelbourne and published by O'Reilly Media, Inc. Find out why Mike says, ''...after seeing this book, it has me interested in checking out the rest of the cookbook series from O'Reilly. You'll want to also.''

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Mike Gondek
Adobe Photoshop
Stabilizing Video FootageStabilizing Video Footage
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In this Photoshop tutorial, Richard Harrington gives a few free tips on how to stabalize your video footage directly in Photoshop CS3. Sometimes you might have a shakey camera shot where these techniques will come in very handy. Some of the tools covered in this tutorial are video import, the auto-align tools, pixel aspect ratio and auto-align layers. Finishing this tutorial, the psd file is imported into After Effects and adjusted.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Spot Color GradingSpot Color Grading

In this Photoshop tutorial, Richard Harrington takes a look at the ability to open a footage clip in Photoshop CS3 Extended. Richard gives a few tips on different color correcting effects using black and white conversion and advanced blending methods to create a spot color effect that you often see in advertisements.


Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Virtual Sets with PhotomergeVirtual Sets with Photomerge
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In this Photoshop tutorial, Richard Harrington teaches panoramic photography and the techniques of photo stitching for videographers and cinematographers using Photoshop CS3. This technique allows you to create a virtual set for a green screen when doing a pickup of an on location shoot.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Using Layer Styles with After EffectsUsing Layer Styles with After Effects
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A quick tip on how to use Photoshop CS3 layers styles and move them into Adobe After Effects. Adobe CS3 has improved the way Photoshop layer styles are transferred into After Effects and creates a much more user friendly experience. Some additional topics covered in this tutorial are the contour settings for drop shadow and outer glow, the pattern overlay filter tools and finally modifying the Photoshop layer styles directly in AE.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Secondary Color Correction with CurvesSecondary Color Correction with Curves
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A tip on how to use Photoshop CS3 Extended to color correct video clips. Using Adobe Bridge to open the video file with Photoshop, he then uses LAB color mode and adjustment layers to turn a red truck into a green truck. A curves adjustment layer alters the a channel of the video, altering the color and a photo filter adjustment layer finishes it of by creating a cooling effect to the clip. Finally, the video is rendered with Photoshop back out to the hard drive.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Mobile Content with Device CentralMobile Content with Device Central
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In this Adobe CS3 tutorial, Richard Harrington uses Photoshop, After Effects and Device Central to create mobile content for use on a mobile phone. First using Photoshop and Device Central, Richard creates a JPG wallpaper for use on the Motorola Razor. He then uses After Effects to create a video for use on the same. Lastly he gives many helpful tips on using Device Central and the creation of video content for mobile devices.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Black and White ConversionBlack and White Conversion
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In this Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended tutorial, Richard Harrington gives some free tips on how to create custom black and white conversions. This technique can be used for sepia tones or duo tones as well as high contrast black and white images. Using a Black and White adjustment layer you gain control over the look of the black and white conversion for you graphic.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Averaging Video FramesAveraging Video Frames
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How to take a video clip and turn it into a clean still or clean plate for use as a background plate when working on chroma key projects. The technique to make this all work is called averaging video frames and is available through Photoshop CS3 Extended. By using import video to layers in Photoshop, converting the layers to a smart object, then changing the stack mode to mean or median, you get a nice clean plate for your background.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Using the Image ProcessorUsing the Image Processor
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How to use the image processor built into the Adobe Photoshop software to batch process multiple graphic files and convert them into usable file formats for actions and other batch processing. JPG files are not able to have batch options run on them without a dialogue box appearing for every image save, to get around this dialogue box you must first use the image processor to convert the images to a different image file format.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Crop and Straighten CommandCrop and Straighten Command
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How to automate splitting images that have been scanned on a single scan into their own compositions by using the automate, crop and straighten tool built into Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop will automatically detect the edges of each image and while cropping and straightening the images, will put them all in their own compositions.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Creating a DropletCreating a Droplet
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Some free tips on how to create a droplet with Adobe Photoshop. A droplet is an executable Photoshop action that is a mini application stored on your computer that allows you to drag and drop an image, multiple images, or folders of images onto the droplet to have Photoshop launch and batch process the images using the predefined actions. The Interlace Flicker Removal action is used in this example to batch process some tiff files. Also covered in this tutorial is using the Image Processor script to convert JPG to TIFF files for better batch processing.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Batch Process CommandsBatch Process Commands
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Some free tricks on how to use the batch processing commands in Photoshop. Batch processing allows you to execute actions on folders of images or photos to take the monkey work out of your life and leave it in the capable hands of the Adobe software to automate the tasks. Using Photoshop CS3 Extended, Richard walks you through executing the batch command.

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Richard Harrington
Adobe Photoshop
Using Seamless PatternsUsing Seamless Patterns
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A few free tips on how to use unique seamless patterns using the design tools in Photoshop. Seemless patterns are useful for creating backgrounds or other elements for use in video. Create your own seemless patterns from scratch and then store them in a library.

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Richard Harrington
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