Photoshop’s Displace Filter allows you to make an image appear likes it on a piece of fabric or warp a texture onto someone’s face. This comes in handy for showing what an image would like on a shirt or mocking up a graphic on a banner. For this tutorial, I’m using the below images. The … Read more


Shortcuts in Photoshop are a great way to speed up your workflow and Photoshop has a ton of them. Just about any combination of Ctrl, Alt, Shift and other keys will trigger something. Here’s a list of shortcuts everyone should know. Duplicate Layers: + Pressing Ctrl + J will duplicate your current layer with all … Read more


In photography, a tilt-shift lens allows you distort an image in different ways by changing the angle of the lens relative to the camera. At the right settings, the depth of field of the photo is altered making a miniaturized effect. Photoshop can create a similar result using the Lens Blur filter. Photoshop’s Lens Blur … Read more


Here’s a video tutorial covering Photoshop’s Smart Objects and their perks with scaling, smart filters and cropping: For more information check out my article on Smart Objects


I stumbled on an interesting side effect when rotating an image in Photoshop. If an image is rotated enough times, a distortion pattern will appear. Like just about every other transformation in Photoshop, rotating a layer will alter pixels and disrupt the image in some way. However, I did find that rotating an object 90 … Read more

Smart Objects – Part 1

March 8th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Beginner | Tutorials - (1 Comments)

Smart Objects are one of the most powerful features added to Photoshop. If you don’t use them, you really should. They come in handy for a variety of situations and only have one real drawback which I’ll get into at the end of this post. For now, lets look at 6 great uses uses for … Read more

Masking instead of Erasing

February 29th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Beginner | Tutorials - (0 Comments)

Do you see that Eraser icon on the toolbar? Don’t touch it. Don’t even look at it. Sorry, I know I asked if you see it, but just don’t use it ok? “How do I erase stuff then?” you ask. Simple. Use Layer Masks instead. To be fair, the eraser is good for quick and … Read more

PDFs of Photoshop Shortcuts

February 26th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Shortcuts - (0 Comments)

If you have ever wondered how many shortcuts there are on Photoshop, here are two PDFs of what looks like every keyboard shortcut. Yeah. there are a lot of them. The files are for CS4 but shortcuts don’t change much. The PDF’s are created by Trevor Morris of Morris Photographics. – PDF of Photoshop Shortcuts … Read more

Free ACO Color Swatches

February 20th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Free Stuff - (0 Comments)

Here’s a ACO file of a bunch of swatches I’ve made. I worked for a company that had several e-commerce websites. My primary job was to photograph and color adjust all the clothing and accessories. We developed swatches for every season to keep consistent colors among items and over the years I accumulated over 500 … Read more

The Difference Blend Mode

February 12th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Beginner | Tutorials - (0 Comments)

Photoshop has several blend modes that affect how layers interact with each other. The Difference Blend mode offers some unique results, mostly ending up in a slosh of colors. Adobe defines the Difference blend mode as “Looks at the color information in each channel and subtracts either the blend color from the base color or … Read more