A cucoloris (or "cookie";) is a metal sheet with patterns cut out of it, intended to cast patterned shadows on the background (and often the subject) of a photograph. In this tutorial, trainer Geoff Riggs will show you how to achieve the same effect in Photoshop.
3 - Perspective Cropping (Running Time: 1:54)
It seems like it would be quite a task to straighten up a picture of an object that was taken at a severe angle. However, Photoshop's Perspective Cropping feature allows you to do this in one simple step. In this video, you'll learn how to use this amazing tool in Photoshop.
4 - Curves Adjustments (Running Time: 3:08)
In this video tutorial, trainer Geoff Riggs will show you how to use Photoshop's Curves Adjustments feature to enhance the brightness and contrast of an image.
5 - Non-Destructive Dodging and Burning (Running Time: 4:18)
The Dodge and Burn tools in Photoshop are great tools for lightening and darkening areas of your images. However, these tools are destructive to your original photograph and can only be reversed using your History panel. In this tutorial, Geoff Riggs will show you a more creative and effective way of achieving the same effects without affecting the image layer itself.
6 - Feather Masking (Running Time: 1:55)
When you feather a selection in Photoshop, it's a little difficult to tell exactly what the results are going to be until after it's already been done. In this video, however, Geoff Riggs will show you a different means of achieving the same effect.
7 - Glowing Lights (Running Time: 4:57)
In this tutorial, trainer Geoff Riggs will teach you how to take an image of a light bulb that's turned off and add a glow to it to make it look like it's illuminated.
8 - Grunge Border (Running Time: 2:05)
In this Photoshop tutorial, Geoff will teach you how to create a very easy, but very effective, white grunge border around your photographs.
9 - Aging Your Pictures with Photoshop (Running Time: 6:31)
In this tutorial, you learn how to take an old photograph and make it look even older by roughing up the edges, tearing the picture, and giving the edges a slightly burned look.
10 - Page Curl Effect in CS2 (Running Time: 2:17)
Photoshop CS2 has a brand new feature in the "Edit" menu called "Warp", which allows you to distort your images by hand. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create the ever-so-popular page curl effect using this brilliant new feature in Photoshop CS2.
11 - Converting an Image into a Pencil Sketch (Running Time: 7:24)
Photoshop's "sketch" filter is definitely NOT the best way to go about achieving a sketchy photo effect. This filter only works sometimes, and even when it DOES work out, it usually doesn't look all that great. In this tutorial, you'll learn a much more effective technique for converting your images to sketches.
12 - Posterizing Images (Running Time: 3:08)
Turning your images into illustrations isn't as difficult as you might think. In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to make your images look cartoonish in just one simple step.
13 - Saving Color Swatches (Running Time: 5:31)
When designing a web layout or some other type of design layout, you will often need to use some of the same colors over and over again. In this video, you'll learn how to add color swatches to your Swatches pallette, save your current set of color swatches, and load a set that you've already saved.
14 - Sepia Toned Photos (Running Time: 3:36)
In this tip, you'll learn how to convert a normal color photo into a sepia-toned photo using Photoshop's 'Variations' feature. This feature doesn't allow you as much control as other methods, but it does allow you to save your settings in case you have multiple photos that need to be altered.
15 - Adding Smoke to an Image (Running Time: 4:26)
Want to make your motorcycle photo gallery a little more exciting by adding a little smoke to your pictures? In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to create smoke in Photoshop using filters and blending modes.
16 - Turning Pictures into Statues (Running Time: 12:46)
This tip is a two-for-one for those of you who want to know how to extract a person from an image. After learning how to do this, you'll also learn how to turn that person into a statue in just a few simple steps.
17 - Creating a Realistic Tennis Ball (Running Time: 11:43)
I'll give you three guesses as to what you'll be learning in this tutorial! If you guessed that you're going to learn how to create your own photorealistic tennis ball in Photoshop, then you're absolutely right!
18 - Text that Follows a Path (Running Time: 5:04)
Creating text that follows a path in Photoshop is an extremely simple process. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to create a circle of text using selections, paths, and, of course, the text tool.
19 - Making a Vignette (Running Time: 7:24)
This video is a relatively simple tip on two different ways to create a vignette for your photographs. A vignette is basically a soft-edged border around a photograph. Enjoy!
20 - Creating Realistic Water (Running Time: 3:38)
In this video, you'll learn how to create a realistic water effect in just a few simple steps. Then you'll learn how to overlay the water over a picture of rocks to make it look like the rocks are lying at the bottom of a riverbed.
1 - The High Pass Filter (Running Time: 2:23)
Want to sharpen up your images a little in order to give them a little more life? In this tutorial, you'll learn how to use Photoshop's high pass filter to really bring out the details in your photograph.
2 - Levels Adjustment (Running Time: 3:11)
You may already know the basics of the levels adjustment tool, but in this video, Geoff Riggs will show you a neat little trick you may not have known. Using this method you'll be able to very quickly and effectively adjust the brightness and contrast of your image in a very intuitive manner.
3 - Magic Selection (Running Time: 5:21)
The magic wand tool can be very handy in making complex selections in Photoshop, but it has its limitations. In this video, trainer Geoff Riggs will show you another more effective way of creating magic selections.
4 - The Magnetic Lasso Tool (Running Time: 1:54)
The magnetic lasso tool in Photoshop is a great tool for making selections of objects with well-defined edges. In this tutorial, trainer Geoff Riggs will show you some handy tips for working with the magnetic lasso tool that will allow you to temporarily switch to the regular lasso tool and the polygonal lasso tool.
5 - Motion Blur (Running Time: 3:08)
Got an action photograph that doesn't quite seem to have enough action in it? In this tutorial, trainer Geoff Riggs will show you how to add a motion blur to an otherwise bland action shot in order to bring it alive. This technique uses a combination of the Motion Blur filter as well as the History Brush.
6 - Neutral Density Filter Effect (Running Time: 2:55)
If you're not a photographer, you might have no idea what a neutral density filter effect is, but in this video, you'll learn how to create just such an effect. Basically, you'll learn how to darken up the sky in an image where the sky just happens to be a little too bright.
7 - Painted Frames (Running Time: 2:50)
In this video tutorial, Geoff Riggs will show you how to create a quick and easy frame for your photographs simply using the eraser tool.
8 - Polaroid Pictures (Running Time: 4:20)
In this video tip, you will learn how to take a photo and transform it into an old-fashioned polaroid photograph.
9 - Quick Collage (Running Time: 4:09)
Many of you have been asking to see a tutorial on how to create a collage in Photoshop. Well, this one's for you! In this tutorial, you'll learn some quick techniques for combining images together to make an effective and appealing collage.
10 - Colorizing Black and White Photos (Running Time: 5:06)
Many black and white images can be made much more interesting simply by adding a little color. In this tutorial, Geoff Riggs will show you how to paint color onto a black and white photo.
11 - Selective Sharpening (Running Time: 2:49)
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to implement a creative combination of filters, snapshots, and history brushes in order to apply sharpening to selected portions of your photographs.
12 - Separating Layer Effects to Their Own Layer (Running Time: 4:18)
Have you ever wanted to have a little more control over the things you can do to your drop shadows? In this Photoshop tutorial, Geoff Riggs will show you how to send layer effects to their own layers so that you can deal with them separately from the objects that the effects are associated with.
13 - Smoothing Skin (Running Time: 2:29)
Sometimes the camera does TOO good a job of capturing all the details, especially when it comes to skin. A close-up portrait can sometimes reveal tiny bumps and roughness that we might not want to see. In this video, you'll learn a very effective technique for smoothing out your skin in Photoshop.
14 - Steel Text Effect (Running Time: 6:09)
The great thing about text effects is that they're usually very easy to reproduce. In this tutorial, trainer Geoff Riggs will show you how to make a steel text effect, and then he'll show you how to save this effect so that it can easily be applied to other layers in the future.
15 - Straightening the Horizon (Running Time: 2:10)
Unless you have some kind of level attached to your camera, you probably don't always hold it perfectly flat. And sometimes the horizon comes out a little more slanted than we might want. In this video, Geoff Riggs takes a photo with a slanted horizon and shows you how to use Photoshop's "Measure" tool to fix it.
16 - Taming the Skies (Running Time: 2:28)
Ever have one of those photographs where the sky is too bright and harsh? In this tutorial, Geoff Riggs will show you an amazingly effective trick for toning down and recoloring an overly bright sky.
17 - Text on a Path (Running Time: 4:24)
In this Photoshop tutorial, Geoff Riggs will show you all the ins and outs of creating text that follows a path in Photoshop.
18 - Text Styles (Running Time: 2:11)
This tip is an introduction to the world of non-boring text in Photoshop! In this tutorial, Geoff Riggs will show you how to enhance your text with one very easy to use tool - the Layer Styles dialog.
19 - Warping Text with Smart Objects (Running Time: 3:19)
There are many ways to warp text in Photoshop, but most of them have their limitations. Some methods allow you to edit your text after warping, but don't provide full customization of HOW you warp the text. Other methods allow full customization but don't allow you to edit the text afterwards. In this tutorial, Geoff Riggs will show you a method for warping text that will give you the best of both worlds.
20 - Working with Text (Running Time: 5:21)
Don't think that this is going to be an overly simplistic tutorial just because of the title. In this video, Geoff Riggs shows some amazing, time-saving techniques for working with text in Photoshop.