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Best Tutorials 2016

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Text Portrait | Color History

Photoshop CC (2015)

Artboards for efficient design

Ideal for responsive and multiscreen design, artboards let you create multiple layouts in different sizes, lay them out within a single document, and see them all at once. Copy and share content between artboards, and export them individually or several at a time.


Faster, easier image export

A redesigned exporting experience lets you export a single layer, an artboard, or an entire document with one click. Plus, get better compression, advanced preview options that include canvas size, and enhanced asset extraction. It’s a modernized Save for Web experience.


Photoshop CC (2015.1)

Designing with artboards

Use artboard guides and grids to precisely place elements, sort layers by artboard for easier visualization, and quickly add new artboards to documents. Use artboard preferences to customize the look and feel of your documents.


Photoshop CC (2015.5)

Selection and Masking Space

This new dedicated workspace helps you make precise selections and masks more easily than ever. Use tools like Refine Edge Brush to cleanly separate foreground and background elements.


Content-Aware Crop

Photoshop uses Content-Aware technology to intelligently fill in the gaps when you use the Crop tool to rotate an image or expand your canvas beyond the image’s original size.


Improved artboards

Now you can duplicate a layer or layer group into other artboards, quickly change artboard backgrounds, and view artboards with transparent backgrounds.


Facial feature adjustment

Face-Aware Liquify automatically identifies eyes, noses, mouths, and other facial features and then makes it easy to adjust them. Great for retouching portraits.

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After a crackworx weekend

Johan Bos 1975


Easier use of glyphs

Apply alternate glyphs for specific characters directly from an in-context menu.


Photoshop CC (2017)

In-app search

Quickly search Photoshop tools, panels, menus, Adobe Stock assets, Help content, and tutorials from within the app using a new search panel that’s right at your fingertips.


Enhanced Properties panel

The Properties panel now displays information about common layer types as well as the document, so it’s easier to make precise adjustments.



Using a Mobile App

Capture colors, shapes, and brushes on the go

A Quick Start Guide to Adobe Photoshop: 8 Video Tutorials for Beginners

by Caroline Mercurio on May 25, 2016




It’s never too late to learn Photoshop, especially since every year brings a wealth of new tutorials. Whether you’re learning for the first time or looking for a refresher, these are some of the best beginner-level Photoshop tutorials from 2016.




Fonts and lettering have surged in popularity in recent years, so it’s no surprise that 2016 really pushed text to the limit.




Illustrations can be one of the most important and versatile assets for a design project. Luckily, 2016 provided us with plenty of Photoshop tutorials to keep our illustration skills sharp (regardless of drawing ability).




No matter how close we are to a robot-controlled world, we hope that vintage design will always have its appeal. At the very least, vintage Photoshop tutorials were still hugely popular in 2016, so we’ve collected a few of our favorites.


Special Effects & Fantasy


These tutorials give us a glimpse at Photoshop’s incredible power, supernatural or otherwise. From fireworks and surreal photo composites to mesmerizing smoke and shattered glass effects, these tutorials will take your projects to an unreal level.

Alternate Images:

Long days work

Chris Sgaraglino

2014 - El Fuerte - Old Timer -  2 of 2

Ted McGrath


Old Paper Texture from Pexels –


Airbrushed Effect Technique Steps from Example


  1. Open the image
  2. Duplicate the layer
  3. Choose Filter → Other → High Pass (adjust to just see the image)
    (Sample: 2 px )
  4. Apply Blending Mode → Linear Light
  5. Combine layers making a duplicate above the other layers
  6. Layer → Merge Visible (while holding the Option/Alt key)
  7. Choose Filter → Stylize → Oil Paint
    (Sample: Stylization=2 and all others 10)
  8. Duplicate the layer
    [Shortcut: Command/Control + J]
  9. Apply Blending Mode → Overlay
  10. Select the Channels panel → Command/Control + click the RGB
    (this loads highlights as a selection)
  11. Create a New Layer → Paste channel selection onto the layer
    [Shortcut: Command/Control + V]
  12. Apply Blending Mode → Vivid Light
  13. Adjust Opacity
    (Sample: 80%)
  14. Choose Select → Reselect
  15. Create a New layer → Fill selection with pure white (Edit → Fill... → White)
    (Shortcut: Command + Backspace)
  16. Apply Blending Mode → Soft Light
  17. Combine layers making a duplicate above the other layers
    [Shortcut: Command/Control + Option/Alt + Shift + E]
  18. Choose Filter → Filter Gallery... → Artistic → Poster Edges
    (Sample: Edge Thickness =0, Edge Intensity=0, Posterization=6)
  19. Duplicate the Layer
  20. Image → Image Adjustments → Desaturate
  21. Filter → Filter Gallery... → Stylize → Glowing Edges
    (Sample: Edge Width=1, Edge Brightness=2, Smoothness=1)
  22. Apply Blending Mode → Screen
  23. Adjust the Opacity
    (Sample: 70%)
  24. Create a New Layer
  25. Edit → Fill... → Content = 50% Gray
  26. Choose Filter → Filter Noise → Add Noise
    (Sample: Amount=20%, Gaussian, Monochromatic)
  27. Blending Mode → Overlay
  28. File→Place Embedded paper texture overlay (pexels-photo-235985)
  29. Resize with Free Transform
  30. Apply → Blending Mode → Soft Light



Tutorial: How to Create a Visually Striking Text Portrait in Photoshop

by Caroline Mercurio on September 15, 2016


Let's use this one!

Steven Ross


And, this quote!

It never gets easier, you just get better!





20 Historic Black and White Pictures Restored in Color



Let's use this one!


On Arizona Highway 87, south of Chandler. Maricopa County, Arizona. Children in a democracy. A migra . . . - NARA - 522526 Dorothea Lange [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons





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