- Features: Written by Colin Smith on June 30, 2010Step 1 Create a new document. The dimensions don't really matter, but I started with a new document that's 470 pixels by 350 pixels, RGB, and 72 dpi. Fill it with White. Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Enter the settings below, then press OK. Step 2 To begin to form the base for the wood grain, go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Use the settings below and press OK.
- Features: Written by Colin Smith on October 8, 2009
- Features: Written by Colin Smith on February 2, 2009When you're augmenting an existing photo or creating new art from scratch, an effect that looks like the sun glinting off a metallic or shiny surface can add some depth and interest to your art. The starburst effect in this tutorial even includes a little lens flare, so it's a tasteful replacement for the sometimes-overused lens flare filter. This how-to works in many Photoshop versions, from CS4 back to version 7. Step 1
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- Features: Written by Colin Smith on September 24, 2007
This technique is a contrast/tone and color correction technique all in one. Once you run through it, you will see how just about any image can be improved, and you will use this technique many times over. For a number of years, this was just about the only correction technique that I used.
Step 1: The Original
- Features: Written by Colin Smith on January 10, 2007
When you have a series of images you want to stitch together in a panorama or grid, the auto-align and auto-blend tools in Photoshop CS3 are your best solution. They're two incredibly powerful tools that are best used in tandem. In a way, they're like the Photomerge of old, but CS3 does it a lot better.
In this tutorial, we'll create a panorama.