Aerial Photography and video with the GoPro and DJI Phantom Quadcopter

I just got back from Photoshop World. It was huge success and I had great feedback from all my classes. I have posted some of the videos from the Pre Conference session that I taught with Adobe's Principal Creative Director, Russell Brown. It was aerial photography and video with the DJI Phantom Quadcopter. I have made 3 videos that show you how to fix lens distortion from a goPro and basic video editing in Photoshop. I also posted a video on stabilizing video in After Effects. … [Read more...]

Photoshop CS6.1 and Creative Cloud advice in our Free Magazine | CS6 Super guide is here

I'm very lucky to count among my friends some of the best and most influential Photoshop and Creative Suite users and instructors. Because of this, I'm able to pull in some favors and assemble an amazing team of writers. The CS6 guide has the best that we have ever had and the pages are jammed full of goodies. I've had people tell me that I should be charging for this because the information is better that what you find in a lot of paid publications. But if you know anything about me, I love to to make stuff free whenever I can. It's a way to give back to the community that supports us and … [Read more...]

Photoshop HDR Tutorial completely updated.

Learn what HDR really is and isn't. It's all explained in this free tutorial. I have just completely updated the free tutorial on HDR and Photoshop. It covers shooting, merging and tone mapping. Also covers Lightroom and Photomatix. Click to read the HDR and Photoshop CS6  Tutorial … [Read more...]

Enhancing landscape photographs with Photoshop CS6 and Shadow Highlight

In this lesson, Colin Smith demonstrates one of his workflows used to enhance a beautiful landscape photograph of the ocean.  This is one of the many techniques from the 10 hour Photoshop For Digital Photographers training program at PhotoshopCAFE … [Read more...]

Youtube loves us, we need your help!

Amazing YouTube news! I need you! PhotoshopCAFE (Us) Has been chosen for YouTube's "On the Rise" This is an awesome honor and we have the opportunity to be on the homepage of youtube. We need to you to vote for us, in order to make that happen. Read about it here, then chose Vote and vote for PhotoshopCAFE. Direct link to vote So far we are leading in votes, thanks to all of you :) Please vote for us if you haven't already because voting doesn't close till this Wed. … [Read more...]

Reflections on the Route CS6 tour so far and some pictures.

I just returned from a whirlwind tour of the East Coast. I had a fantastic time. it was great to visit Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington DC, Miami, Boston and New York City. I have been teaching full-day Photoshop seminars to photographers and designers. It's a lot of fun to travel, however at times it gets a little bit tiring. Literally visiting a different city every two days can definitely mess with your schedule. It was very exciting to see a lot of café members out on the road. The turnout at the different cities was fantastic and people were very enthusiastic. We had a lot of … [Read more...]

Route CS6 Photoshop Seminar Tour with Colin Smith

(update) The tour is is full swing!! See the page here So, I'm heading out on the road this summer. I'm excited about the upcoming tour. It's a Route 66 themed event. There will be full day seminars across the USA, where people will get to really learn Photoshop CS6. All the new features will be taught in a way that integrates them into the most current-up to date workflow available. You'll learn how to get fast, as well as getting results that you have only dreamed of. I will pull from everything I have learned from working in the industry for 17  years, writing 18 books and doing … [Read more...]

Colin’s 10 Principles for Better Type Design

This isn't a comprehensive article on the art of typography, it's more of a "quick tips for better type design" kind of thing. I don't like to use the word "rules", because it makes people think they will go to jail for breaking them. I prefer the term principles, because they are a guide to help, not hinder you from great looking design. 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" … [Read more...]

Photoshop Curves explained in plain English

I can't count the amount of times I have been asked how to use curves in Photoshop. They are the most powerful way to adjust your photographs. They appear really hard to use, but they are easy once you know how. Check out this video I created to explain curves in Photoshop. Photoshop Curves explained in plain English. … [Read more...]

Create a filmstrip in Photoshop from scratch

Here is a tutorial submitted from Hermie (One of our Community Managers at the forums) This will show you how to create a filmstrip from scratch. This is really useful and requested tutorial. You can paste your photographs into it. You can use it as a design element, or for displaying your photographs. Create a filmstrip in Photoshop from scratch. … [Read more...]