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Photoshop CS5 Top 5: The New Painting Tools

The New Painting Tools

In my final Photoshop CS5 Top 5 video, I show you Photoshop CS5’s most ambitious innovation, the new painting tools. You have the bristle brushes, which simulate real-world traditional art brushes, down to the quantity and stiffness of the hairs. And you have the mixer brush, which lets you mix your paint with a base photograph as if the photo were rendered in wet oils.

Today's graphic is rendered using Photoshop CS5's one new blend mode, Divide. And though I don't document Divide in this particular video, I assure you, these next 17 minutes and 36 seconds are going to divide your socks off. Read more » 

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Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Puppet Warp

Puppet Warp

Photoshop is famous, if not downright notorious, for its ability to distort reality. Which is ironic given that most of us whose job it is to distort reality are frustrated by Photoshop’s meager collection of reality-distortion tools. I mean, there’s Liquify, there’s the Warp command . . . there’s Liquify. I ask you, where are all the fabulously terrifying distortion tools? Read more » 

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Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Refining Your Masks

Refining Your Masks

One of the most common questions I hear from Photoshop users is, how do I extract people from one background and set them against another, with all their hair intact? Having written a book and recorded more than 50 hours of video on that very topic, I can assure you, there are lots of ways to do it. And it all starts with creating an accurate mask. Read more » 

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Photoshop CS5 Top 5: HDR Pro

HDR Pro

Hey, gang. I just returned from the 75,000-strong Coachella music festival. And I'm here to confirm, while the concert was great, AT&T's iPhone coverage was abysmal. My group's attempts to communicate with each other met with complete and utter failure. For example, at 7:39pm (in the hopes that we could hook up to see Them Crooked Vultures), I texted a similarly iPhone-equipped buddy, "Wanna meet at the purple origami crane at 7:50?" He received my missive five hours later, long after we were safely ensconced at camp enjoying a beer. While hilarious in retrospect, it meant we missed each other all evening long.

But hey, enough off-topic bitching. (After all, what iPhone user doesn't already know that AT&T's coverage sucks?) Today's post is about something infinitely more satisfying, a major new feature in Photoshop CS5. Read more » 

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Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Common-Sense Enhancements

Common-Sense Enhancements

Welcome to Day 1 of my 5-day look into the most essential new features in Photoshop CS5. I call it Photoshop CS5 Top 5. Each and every day this week, I’ll post a video that explains one of the grand new features in the forthcoming version of Photoshop.

Photoshop CS5 Top 5 Read more » 

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