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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse Photo sequence

Shooting a moon phase time-lapse and stitching together in photoshop

Adobe Creative Cloud Event

The confetti and streamers have long been cleaned up from last years Adobe Creative Cloud party. It’s been a year since Adobe went all-in with the Creative Cloud. This is where you […]

DJI Phantom 2 Vision Drone Review

DJI Phantom quadcopter, also called Drones, or UAV, are taking the photography world by storm! We now have a flying tripod that enables us to put our camera anywhere. in this review, Colin Smith takes to the skies and helps you decide which model is best for your needs. There are also a number of free tutorials and resources here

Body sculpting and changing a pose in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to sculpt a body to reduce the appearance of baggy clothes, tone the body and more. You can also remove slouching and change the pose.

Chrome text in Photoshop Tutorial

The essential chrome effect, don’t leave home without it. This works on any object, not just text. Learn how to create chrome in Photoshop

Creating Wood texture in Photoshop Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to create a realistic wooden texture from scratch in the photoshop, we will even add some knots for extra realism

Low Contrast Fashion Photo Colorizing Effect

This is a look that I have been using in one way or another for a number of years. I have noticed that it’s becoming more popular lately on webpages and movie posters. I decided to write it up into a tutorial for your enjoyment!

Photo zoom blur effect in Photoshop tutorial

You can pull the viewers eye into a portion of a photograph by simulating an in-camera zoom effect. This zoom effect is almost hypnotizing in its power of attraction. It’s easy to make this photo zoom blur effect in Photoshop.

Override the video limitations on the Canon 5D mk2 for better video shooting

This tutorial teaches you how to set up and operate the magic lantern firmware for the Canon 5D. Here are step-by step Plain English instructions. Use this to free up your 5D Mk 2 for better video shooting and overiding the Canon Audio controls for better sound and picture.

Curves in Photoshop explained Photoshop Tutorial

Here is a beginner to intermediate tutorial on how to use curves in Photoshop. Curves are feared by many, but they don’t need to be. Colin will show you how they work in plain English

Partial color in a black and white photograph in photoshop

In this photoshop tutorial you will learn how to paint color into a photograph exactly where you want it, while nmaking the rest of it Black and White. You will also learn some tips and tricks using the Wacom Cintiq pen tablet

Animating a slideshow in Photoshop

In this tutorial, Colin Smith shows you how to add different types of motion to a slideshow in Photoshop. Pan, zoom and spin your photos, to create a dynamic presentation.

June 2014 Update to Photoshop (CC 2014)

New features in the 2014 Release of Photoshop CC. Free photoshop tutorial, See what’s new and how to use it in this super guide. Focus blur, exporting LUTs, content aware fill improvements, smart guides, font search and more

Colin’s 10 Principles for Better Type Design

One of the biggest things I have seen destroy a nice design is bad use of typography. A block of text should be inviting to read and not look like a chore. I’m going to provide 10 principles and tips to help you avoid a lot of common typography mistakes. Remember these aren’t set in stone, they are suggestions, but as they say, “You first have to know the rules before you can break them”

Photoshop tutorial -Creating a Custom Brush from a photo

This tutorial is a 2 in one. Learn how to make a custom brush from a photo. Also learn how to fix perspecive distortions on photographs in photoshop.

How to use the Radial filter in Lightroom

Learn how to use the Radial tool to create ovals of any size, angle and shape in Adobe Lightroom. This tutorial show you how to add circular adjustments to your photograph.

Segmented tubes in Photoshop Tutorial

Here is my Version of the ever popular Segmented Pipes photoshop tutorial. A staple for interfaces.Enjoy

Original Gangsta bling diamonds Photoshop Tutorial

This is the original Tutorial on this rap diamond effect, there have been many rips of it in other places. (imitation is flattery they say) You could create those Rap type diamond effects using the noise filter, however this technique creates a more interesting result.

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