Free Photoshop Tutorials!

Scroll through the list of free Photoshop tutorials at your leisure.  Here on Everyday HDR I create helpful tutorials for all of your photography needs from beginner tips to HDR post processing techniques.  

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Is AI photo processing the future of editing?

Is AI photo processing the future of editing?

Artificial Intelligence, cool name huh? A big buzzword for the implication of the future right? At least it has been for the last 20 years or more.  But what does it mean for Photo post-production? Is there a place for it? Maybe, but as of right now, I don't see it in...

Beginner Post Processing Tutorials

Designed for those who are just starting out with photo post processing.  However, even the seasoned pro can learn something new here.

Is AI photo processing the future of editing?

Is AI photo processing the future of editing?

Artificial Intelligence, cool name huh? A big buzzword for the implication of the future right? At least it has been for the last 20 years or more.  But what does it mean for Photo post-production? Is there a place for it? Maybe, but as of right now, I don't see it in...

3 Expert Tips for Gradient Management

3 Expert Tips for Gradient Management

Expert Tips for Gradient Management in Photoshop CC 2020 Since my last video on the Diamond Gradient, I have received a LOT of questions about gradient management in Photoshop CC 2020.  In today's video, I will answer all of them summed up into three questions: Why do...

What’s New in Adobe Camera Raw 12.3

What’s New in Adobe Camera Raw 12.3

My oh my I have been waiting a LONG time for this.  An upgrade to Camera Raw.  It's like I went from driving a Ford Pinto to a Ferarri overnight 🙂 Adobe Camera Raw updates to version 12.3 for PS CC 21.2: ► Overall interface update - Similar to...

COVID 19 Photoshop Battle with fototripper (Video)

COVID 19 Photoshop Battle with fototripper (Video)

Photoshop Craps Gone Wrong with Gavin Hardcastle Last week I showed you all how to gamify Photoshop so you could learn Adjustment Layers while social distancing with Photoshop Craps.  My buddy Gavin Hardcastle caught wind of the game and challenged me to a Photoshop...

How to Edit ANY Genre of Photo in Photoshop

How to Edit ANY Genre of Photo in Photoshop

How do you know if you are stuck in a genre box?If you ask me, “Blake how will this technique work on a ________ photo” when I am editing a landscape… you are probably stuck in a genre box. But don’t worry!There is hope 🙂 In this Live Event, I am going to show you how...

The Annual Rudis Family Christmas Card

The Annual Rudis Family Christmas Card

The 10th Annual Rudis Family Christmas Card It's always "different", always a lot of work, always epic, and always on the fridge of our friends for the whole year 🙂 I would also like to take the time to sincerely thank you for all of your support this year in...

5 Myths about Artistry DEBUNKED (Video)

5 Myths about Artistry DEBUNKED (Video)

We realize this isn't the most popular topic in Photography. It isn't searched nearly as much as Luminosity Masking or the Clone Stamp Tool.   But we know that if you begin to consider yourself an artist you will become a better photographer, period. Tools won't make...

Photoshop Gone Wrong!

Photoshop Gone Wrong!

When Two Educators Just Don't Get Along! Gavin Hardcastle...  what can I say, he is hilarious and really a comedic genius in the Photography community.  It is not often that you find someone you can learn from and almost die of a belly laugh in the process.   I'd say...

Fix Hot Pixels with Dust and Scratches

Fix Hot Pixels with Dust and Scratches

Finally a Practical Use for Dust & Scratches FilterHot pixels are something that plague every night sky photographer. They are little red, blue, or green pixels that show up in the shadow areas of your photo when you increase the shadows slider in a...

The Texture Slider in ACR and LR [Video]

The Texture Slider in ACR and LR [Video]

Dynamic Contrast with the Texture Slider in ACR and LRThe new Texture Slider in ACR and LR is really making an impact it seems as it should!  Anytime Adobe adds a slider to either program it means they felt it was necessary to be in there. Otherwise, they...

The Perspective Crop Tool in Photoshop – Video

The Perspective Crop Tool in Photoshop – Video

Perspective Correction has Never been so easy- The Perspective Crop Tool With all interior architecture images, there is a need to fix the perspective as many perspective altering variables come into play.  What lens are you using, are you tilting your camera up or...

Intermediate Post Processing Tutorials

For those who already know a trick or two in Photoshop and want to learn a bit more.

How to Master Photoshop (Video)

How to Master Photoshop (Video)

How do you master Photoshop?  That is the question...I receive this inquire in many different forms and fashions.  While I would like to say, "practice is how you master Photoshop."  That is not entirely true; it goes MUCH more in-depth than that.Before we begin,  I...

Adobe Camera Raw vs Camera Raw Filter

Adobe Camera Raw vs Camera Raw Filter

Adobe Camera Raw vs Camera Raw Filter what's the difference?About three weeks ago I set out on a journey to find the difference between Adobe Camera Raw and the Camera Raw Filter in Photoshop.   I have been asked the difference between these two programs many times,...

Photoshop Pro Tip: The Quick Mask Preview

Photoshop Pro Tip: The Quick Mask Preview

Where has this Quick Mask Preview Tip Been My Whole Life? I always liked the idea of the Quick Mask in Photoshop.  For those who may not be familiar, the Quick Mask feature is accessed by pressing the \ key on your keyboard while painting a mask on your image.   It...

Adobe Camera Raw Update 12.2 New Feature

Adobe Camera Raw Update 12.2 New Feature

New Adobe Camera Raw Feature Adds Huge Workflow Functionality This feature, while small, might be one of the biggest things to happen to Adobe Camera Raw since Range Masking. Yep, I think it's that big!  Why? Because it adds a workflow feature that I have been hoping...

Winter Waterfall Photography (Video)

Winter Waterfall Photography (Video)

Winter Waterfall Photography in Missouri In today's Vlog I am going to take you on a little winter excursion through the Parkville Nature Sanctuary. We had freezing fog, an odd phenomenon when it is just at the freezing temperature and there is fog in the air. That...

Get More Color Out of Your RAW Files (Video)

Get More Color Out of Your RAW Files (Video)

How to get more Color out of your RAW files in ACR and LightroomDo you want more Color in your photos? I am sure, we all do 🙂 Have you ever heard someone say, "Oh the way Canon's colors come out are so great" or "I just love the color in Leica Raw Files" or "the skin...

Remove Background in Photoshop 2020

Remove Background in Photoshop 2020

How to use Remove Background in Photoshop Since the beginning of time, Adobe has made Photoshop a powerhouse for manipulating and obscuring pixels.   One thing it is notorious for is its ability to remove a background in any photo with ease.   Well, with Photoshop...

Advanced Post Processing Tutorials

While the title says “Advanced”, this category is for anyone who wants advance themselves further in photo post processing.  While these tutorials are not for the Faint of Heart, they are taught to a level anyone who is willing can understand.

Selective Color for Better Tones (Video)

Selective Color for Better Tones (Video)

Using Selective Color to get better tones in PhotoshopYou know my workflow, Tone, Color, Artistic Effects, right? I preach it all the time and more often than not, I teach how to get better colors through your tonal work first, right? Well, recently, I...

The Lighten Blend Mode

The Lighten Blend Mode

The Lighten Blend Mode and the Sea of a Million Waves! A few weeks ago I conducted a tutorial showing off the various Blend Modes in Photoshop, but I hesitated to get too far into the Lighten Blend Mode.  The Lighten Blend Mode can be a powerful asset in photo post...

Why the Zone Systems in Photoshop?

Why the Zone Systems in Photoshop?

The Zone Systems... with everything else out there... why bother? I get this question a lot... why the Zone Systems?  I'd say at least 3 times a month.  With the Launch of the new Zone Systems Master Class I feel like I have not heard the end of it!  However, I get...

Curves Adjustment Dodging and Burning

Curves Adjustment Dodging and Burning

Flash Tutorial Friday! This is the first tutorial in a series I am calling Flash Tutorials.  I wanted them to be under 90 seconds... ha, if you know me that just is not possible!  So I decided to go with 3 minutes.  In these Flash tutorials I will  show you a new and...

Focus Stacking in Photoshop

Focus Stacking in Photoshop

When one shot just won't cut it, take many! With Macro Photography one shot usually will not cut it.  This is due to the high levels of magnification and the effect they have on Depth of Field.  f/2.8 on a normal lens has limited depth of field and creates that soft...

Shadows/Highlights Adjustment Tool

The Shadows/Highlights Adjustment Tool in Photoshop CS 5 & 6 is a very powerful asset.  It is tucked away pretty deep in the menus and not found in the normal adjustment layer section.  It is very similar to that of the shadow and highlight adjustments in Adobe...

How To Fix Extreme Wide Angle Shots

How To Fix Extreme Wide Angle Shots

A few weeks ago I posted a tutorial about my 32 bit HDR workflow with Photomatix (I think I said HDR Efex Pro in the tutorial, oops!).   Someone made a comment on Youtube about my lack of fixing the distortion.  I am not sure if they were being snide or not, but I...

Webinars and Podcasts

From time to time Blake makes guest appearances all over the web.  Here you can find all of his appearances on Webinars and Podcasts.

ON1 Live Event August 2017

ON1 Live Event August 2017

Live Q&A and Workflow Edit with  ON1 Photo RAW This month I am a guest coach over at ON1 Plus.  One of the perks of being a Plus member is the Live Events that we do.  They are a mixture of Live Workflow edits and Questions and Answers about the process.  This...

Building Your Workflow Workbench – Texture Effects

Building Your Workflow Workbench – Texture Effects

Topaz Labs Texture Effects Webinar Today I will be conducting a webinar with Topaz Labs showcasing their latest product release, Texture Effects.  Texture Effects fills a void in the Topaz product line that we didn't know existed.  Topaz has an abundance of useful...

The Zone System Podcast with Jpeg2Raw

The Zone System Podcast with Jpeg2Raw

jpeg2RAW's Zone System Podcast  https://youtu.be/Sk4FsFwOrl4 On September 8th 2015 I sat down with the hosts of jpeg2RAW to discuss many things!  It was such a great podcast and these guys really know how to host a show.   It was a pleasure to discuss a topic that I...

photofocus HDR Podcast

photofocus HDR Podcast

Getting Started with HDR - HDR PodCast I had the great opportunity of sitting in on a panel discussion about HDR Photography with Ron Pepper of HDRSoft (Photomatix) and Richard Harrington of Photofocus for their HDR month.  It was a fabulous discussion about the in's...

Finding Your Photographic Style!

Finding Your Photographic Style!

A Topaz Labs Webinar Today! Today I presented "Finding Your Photographic Style" with Topaz Labs.  This is an extremely important topic that I think will be useful to any photographer from the basic beginner to the advanced photographer. A style is not something you...

Topaz Webinar: Compositing

Topaz Webinar: Compositing

It has been some time since the Webinar I did last month for Topaz Labs on Compositing.  They have recently posted the full webinar to YouTube for your viewing pleasure. If you want to follow along and put me on a strange background, you are more than welcome to...

Topaz Webinar: Actions!

Topaz Webinar: Actions!

I am posting the Topaz Labs Webinar I did earlier last month just in case you may have missed the live recording.  It was a pleasure working with Topaz Labs on this Webinar.  I have to be honest, I was very nervous at first, I mean wouldn't you be?  A live Webinar in...

Topaz Labs Tutorials

Blake loves the Topaz line of plugins.  He has done several tutorials using their software, here you can keep up with the latest and greatest.

Topaz Glow: A Closer Look

Topaz Glow: A Closer Look

Blending Options within Glow   During the Topaz Webinar on Tuesday I showed quite a bit of information.  After the webinar my head was spinning, it felt like an hour went by in 5 minutes!  Sorry if you got sucked into my whirlwind of tips and tricks and spit out...

Topaz Impression

Topaz Impression

Finally an ACCURATE Paint Filter Program! I have used many Painting Filters in Photoshop.  I have also used many paint filter programs.  There was always something I did not like about them though.  I could always tell a Filter was applied to get the look.  If I...

Topaz ReMask 4: A Closer Look

Another Look at Topaz ReMask 4   After the recent Topaz ReMask 4 tutorial, I have received many requests to do a follow-up.  The original ReMask 4 tutorial was focused on one photo with no sky replacement or subject/background swapping.  It focused mainly on...

Topaz Clarity an Advanced Look

Topaz Clarity an Advanced Look

Topaz Webinar Follow-Up I love doing Webinars with Topaz Labs, they really are the highlight of my month in many cases.  I tend to cram a lot of information into one session.  I don't do this because I want to confuse people, I do it because I want there to be as much...

Topaz Detail 3: In-Depth Tutorial

Topaz Detail 3: In-Depth Tutorial

When it comes to output sharpening and detail extraction in your photographs you have many options on the market.  However, there is one Plug-In in particular that I think is the bee's knees, Topaz Detail 3.  I have done several tutorials that use Detail 3 and I try...

Topaz DeNoise 5.1 Tutorial

Next Tuesday (March 18th, 4 pm CST)  I will be conducting a Webinar for Topaz Labs titled, "Adding Artistic Expression While Avoiding Technical Flaws".  During this tutorial I will be showing many techniques to avoid making fatal errors to your images during the...

Topaz Black and White Effects 2

Are you a fan of Black and White photography?  I know I am, that is where I started in 1999, with a Canon AE-1 film camera that I ran hundreds of rolls of black and white film through.  I love the look of a true BLACK and WHITE photograph. These days, in the digital...

Topaz ReMask Tutorial

Topaz ReMask Tutorial

Topaz ReMask may be the most intuitive piece of masking software I have ever used!  Really, it rocks!  Masking can be a pain in Photoshop, even with the refine edge tool.  However, ReMask makes it simple, really simple, easier than finger painting and much less...

Quick Tips & Flash Tutorials

It’s not always about the long winded tutorials.  Sometimes Blake can make them quick!  here you will find all of Blake’s Quick Tips and 3 Minute Flash Tutorials.

7 Tips For Photographing Lightning

7 Tips For Photographing Lightning

Last Saturday I received a notification on my phone that a severe thunderstorm was on the way.  I initially thought, "Sweet! I can try and get some pictures of it!"  However, the storms usually come so fast without me being prepared that by the time the lightning gets...

11 Tips for a Successful Art Gallery Show

11 Tips for a Successful Art Gallery Show

A successful gallery event is not difficult to achieve if you keep a couple of things in the forefront of your mind throughout the setup process.  I will outline them in great detail, but first and foremost, you must understand the definition of successful.  If you...

Quick Tip:  A Vignette of a Different Color

Quick Tip: A Vignette of a Different Color

So vignettes have hit the streets running as one of those awesome ways to make an image go from eh.. to Wow...  I don't want to like vignettes because they seem so cliche, but they work, they really work.  They do a great job of diverting one's attention to the focal...

Quick Tip: Auto Align Layers

Quick Tip: Auto Align Layers

Auto aliging layers in Photoshop is an invaluable tool for any HDRtist.  It is very common to create a tone mapped file and use elements from the original exposures to enhance local areas.  Photoshop CS 5 has a very simple feature for making image alignment a breeze!...

5 Post Processing Tips for HDR: Photoshop CS 5

5 Post Processing Tips for HDR: Photoshop CS 5

As a follow up to last weeks 5 HDR Tone Mapping Tips: Photomatix and the following weeks A Few HDR Shooting Tips, here are my top 5 post processing tips I cannot live without using Photoshop CS 5.  I have several hundred tips to give out, hence all of the tutorials I...

Tips For Speed Light Macro Photography

Tips For Speed Light Macro Photography

I have been experimenting a lot lately with speed light macro photography and I can easily say, I am loving it!  Once you get the basics down and start popping off shots, it feels like every one of them is a money maker.  I am pretty excited to see the bottom of this...

Quick Tip: Hiding Layers Quickly

Quick Tip: Hiding Layers Quickly

Many times I need to hide my layers when I am working on either an HDR image with several adjustments or making a 60+ layer composite image.  I find it very painstaking and tedious to click each individual eyeball to hide the layers to see how the image is developing,...

Quick Tip: Quick White Balance

Quick Tip: Quick White Balance

Have you ever taken a ton of pictures and found out you forgot to set the white balance?  Have you ever taken a picture with Auto White Balance selected and not received accurate colors?  Both of those questions are yes for  me.  More often than not, my white balance...

Quick Tip: HDR Noise Reduction

Quick Tip: HDR Noise Reduction

Noise reduction, where do I begin...  There are many ways to reduce the noise in your images and I can 100% guarantee that the next guy on the net with a self help blog is going to tell you his method is the best.... he is probably right!  My method has been developed...

Quick Tip: High Pass Sandwiching!

Quick Tip: High Pass Sandwiching!

I was working on the bicentennial image last weekend and came a cross yet another use for the High Pass filter.  Have you ever layered an image on top of another, changed the blending mode to say Hard Light, and watched all of your contrast and detail from the image...

Quick Tip: Flash With HDR

Quick Tip: Flash With HDR

I recently purchased the Olympus FL-50R Flash and absolutely love it.  If you can find a proprietary flash that uses Through The Lens (TTL) technology, do it!  So I had been thinking, "Blake, there has got to be a way you can use this flash in HDR photography." So as...

Quick Tip: Selective Desaturation

Quick Tip: Selective Desaturation

Here's a quick tip.  A really easy Selective Deaturation technique for taking away the sky in an image.  Open up a Saturation Adjustment Layer, use the drop down box that says Master as the Default.  Switch it to Blues and drop the saturation to Zero.  Like magic your...