The creative tutorial home of image wrangler, Lesa Snider.


The Creative Group Interview

What's the most fun part about writing a honkin' big book, you might ask? It's the parties, signings and interviews that happen after it's printed! To that end, the good folks over at The Creative Group, a staffing company for creative pros, have just posted an interview that we did regarding the new Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual, 2014 edition (just click this link to read it). It's full of fun little factoids and some obscure Photoshop tips to boot.

Review: Photoshop Elements 13 gets Photomerge and content-aware fill

Adobe’s consumer-level, hobbyist-targeted image editor, Photoshop Elements, has long been a great next step for those who’ve outgrown iPhoto. It’s great for beginners, yet it gives your skills room to grow—plus it plays nicely with Photoshop Lightroom and is available with a perpetual license.

What Photoshop doesn't want you to know about Lightroom

Even though Photoshop's immense popularity morphed its name into a verb—"Dude, she Photoshopped me out of the picture!"—it’s not for the faint at heart. Now that Adobe offers both Photoshop and Lightroom (plus other nifty goodies) for $10/month via its Creative Cloud Photography Program, a dirty little secret is creeping out of the image editing bag: it’s easier to edit images in Lightroom than in Photoshop. Brace yourself and consider the following major advantages...

FREE 1-hr webinar: Mastering Photoshop's Filters

Join me for a free, one-hour webinar Tuesday, December 10 at 10:00am PT called Mastering Photoshop's Fabulous Filters, sponsored and hosted by O'Reilly Media. In this online session you'll learn:
• How to use Photoshop CC's Camera Raw filter to make exposure and color changes
• How to use the Liquify filter to push a portrait's pixels into perfection
• How to create a gorgeous yet subtle glamour glow
• How to add motion for extra visual interest
• How to create a pencil sketch from a photo, and more.


Black Friday Week Special: PS + LR = $9.99 for everyone!

This week only, Adobe is offering the Photoshop Photography Program to anyone. Previously the program was open only to those who qualified but this week that restriction has been lifted, meaning absolutely everyone -- including Creative Suite owners, students, new customers, and so on -- is eligible. The Photoshop Photography Program includes all of the following for US $9.99/month with a 12-month commitment:
• Photoshop CC
• Lightroom 5
• 20GB of online storage
• Behance ProSite
• Access to training resources on Creative Cloud Learn

FREE Photoshop & Elements Classes Oct. 14-17

I hope you'll join me for the following FREE full-day webinars next week on creativeLIVE.com! These workshops are free while they're live though they're available for a very small fee afterward (you get to pick whether you want to download or stream the videos). Here's the scoop:

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 Review

Elements' new guided puzzle edit

Today Adobe released a new version of its consumer-level image organizer and editor and, honestly, it's a great alternative to Photoshop CC (especially if you're a photographer or scrapbooker). You can read all about the slick new features in my Macworld Magazine review. Here's an excerpt:

Get Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $10 a month

This week Adobe announced a $10/month limited-time subscription offer for owners of Photoshop CS3-CS6, if you sign up by Dec. 31, 2013. This is what you get:
• Photoshop CC
• Lightroom 5
• 20 GB of online storage
• Behance ProSite (ability to build custom portfolio site with their online editor, includes hosting)
• Access to the online video tutorials in Creative Cloud

Build a Custom Twitter Background in Photoshop

Custom Twitter Background in Photoshop

Note: This technique also works in Photoshop CC.

Declared one of the top web moments of the decade by The Webby Awards, the 140-character realm of Twitter is a phenomenon. It also happens to be a great place for shameless self-promotion, graphically speaking. In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create and upload a custom Twitter background.