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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Most Recent Tutorials

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...

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...

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.

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...

The Color Picker in Photoshop

The Color Picker in Photoshop

Let's get to some basics, the color picker Photoshop is such a massive program it can be very easy to get lost in all of its intricacies.  With so many features and bells and whistles, it is very easy for us to get used to one tool and know it very well. All the while...

What’s New in Adobe Camera Raw 10.3.0.933

What’s New in Adobe Camera Raw 10.3.0.933

Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom went out for a mani/pedi Adobe Camera Raw updates usually entail camera raw profiles and minor tweaks.  This week, however, ACR and it's sister Lightroom went out for a manicure and pedicure and had one too many mimosas.  They came back...

Snapshots in Adobe Camera Raw

Snapshots in Adobe Camera Raw

Snapshots - A great way to test different looks Adobe Camera Raw is a powerful editing tool with many features we often overlook.  With its ability to transform a RAW image it is easy to gloss over the techy things that we can do with our pictures.  One of those...

The Auto Button in ACR and Lightroom

The Auto Button in ACR and Lightroom

Is there really a discussion about going Auto in ACR and LR? The answer is yes!  Adobe recently updated the entire Lightroom Ecosystem as well as Adobe Camera Raw.  Among the usual camera model updates, Adobe added a new algorithm for the Auto...

Content-Aware Crop in Photoshop CC

Content-Aware Crop in Photoshop CC

Content-Aware Crop... Like Magic?  Or just Photoshop?  The jury is still out. If you have ever opened the crop tool, you may have noticed the Content-Aware checkbox in the menu bar.  It is a pretty incredible feature that automates a lot of stuff I used to do when I...

Plotagraph Pro Can Animate Any Photograph

Plotagraph Pro Can Animate Any Photograph

Plotagraph Pro is all kinds of new and Innovative! It was about a year ago that I reached out to the Plotagraph Pro Team and asked if I might be able to review their software.  I was intrigued by the ability to make an animated image from a still photograph.   It...

Intermediate Post Processing Tutorials

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

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...

The Best Pen and Tablet for Photoshop

The Best Pen and Tablet for Photoshop

Do you edit with a Pen and Tablet? My first run-in with a pen and tablet for Photoshop was in 2008 with a Wacom Bamboo Fun Tablet.  I can still remember getting it.  It felt awesome to use but was also very difficult to get used to.  At first, I used it for everything...

How to use Libraries in Photoshop CC

How to use Libraries in Photoshop CC

Mastering Workflow with Libraries in Photoshop CC Are you getting the most out of your Adobe CC subscription? If you are not using libraries in Photoshop CC, you probably aren't... Libraries aren't the sexiest topic we can talk about on f.64 Academy, but if you know...

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...

4 Tips to Avoid Halos in ACR and Lightroom

4 Tips to Avoid Halos in ACR and Lightroom

You can Avoid Halos in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom 🙂 That is the answer to many questions that I receive on almost a weekly basis on f64 Academy.  The trick here is that you have to know what makes them and how they are caused.  Once you know that you...

Advanced Black and White Artistry

Advanced Black and White Artistry

Throughout my career as a photo educator, I have taken a liking to Black and White, and I have even taught a few tutorials and courses on it.  However, I think I have only given an ounce of knowledge on the topic of monochrome compared to my good buddy...

The Fabled Adobe Price Increase

The Fabled Adobe Price Increase

Time to Call Out the Bogusness of the "Adobe Price Increase" Fearmongering As with most things in our society today, people jumped the gun long before any facts came out and caused a lot of fear and undue stress in the photography community.   Last week it was leaked...

Quick Sky Replacement Tips

Quick Sky Replacement Tips

Quick Sky Replacement Tips that Will Have Your Head Spin Sky Replacements are necessary for landscape photography.  If you have an ethical problem with replacing skies, listen to this.   I can tell you that in the last year I have been to some fantastic...

The Art of the Subtle Hand {Video}

The Art of the Subtle Hand {Video}

Learning the Art of the Subtle HandHow much editing is too much editing?Over the last several years I have critiqued over 3000 photos between f64 Elite, my old site HDR insider, and the various conferences I have attended.  One thing I see more often than...

Relight a Photo with the Hard Mix Blend Mode

Relight a Photo with the Hard Mix Blend Mode

Relight any photo with the Hard Mix Blend Mode in Photoshop! The Hard Mix blend mode has very quickly become my favorite blend mode to experiment with.   Every time I use it in a  unique way it seems to pull through with flying colors.  It is a remarkable...

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.

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...

Smart Object HDR Workflow

Have you ever made some awesome adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw, opened the image, and then realized you forgot to reduce the Chromatic Aberrations or reduce the noise?  It used to happen to me all the time!  I would then have to close out the photo and re-open it in...

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...