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Creating Favicons

You know those cute little web site icons you see in your browser’s address bar? They’re called favicons (see example below) and they’re great for adding a bit-o-branding to your web site. Not only do they show up in browser address bars, they also appear in RSS news feed content aggregators, such as NetNewsWire and so forth. In this week’s tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create your very own favicon in Photoshop; though, first let’s talk a bit about the design and an extra plug-in you’re going to need.

Grabbing color from other areas on your desktop

It's happened to me; chances are, it's happened to you. During a fit of spirited creating in Photoshop you spot the perfect color, at the perfect saturation somewhere else on your desktop. It could be in your web browser, something in your desktop picture... anything. The problem is, unless that color lives on another document you have open within Photoshop, it can be a rather impossible to grab with the Color Picker.

Correcting shadows and highlights

One of the most common questions I’m asked these days is how to fix a photo where the shadows, most oftentimes the people or focal point of the image, are so dark you that you can’t see squat. Luckily, Photoshop CS (unlike previous versions) makes this problem insanely easy to fix from within one easy-to-use dialog box, with nary a selection required!

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