Photoshop has a wide range of tools that let us change our photos in almost every way we can imagine. But some of these tools are completely useless for most of us. In this fun video, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect talks about five tools Adobe Photoshop has still kept in its 30-year long life, even though they have become pointless. Some of them are just obsolete, and others have much better alternatives that are also customizable. Let’s see if you still use any of these or you think they’re useless as well.
The best way to avoid glare in glasses is to simply position your lights and your subject in such a way that they don’t reflect off the surface of the lenses in the glasses they are wearing. In the studio, this is relatively easy to achieve. Out on location, where you have no control over the ambient light and sometimes your subject, we might have to resort to cleaning it up in post.
In this video, Unmesh at PiXimperfect shows us a method we can use to restore detail hidden behind glare and reflections in glasses in Photoshop. He does stress that you do need to have some detail there to begin with that you want to try to bring out.
Last year, Adobe introduced Object Selection, a tool that uses AI to make complex selections in a heartbeat. While it makes a great starting point for your selection, it still requires some additional work in most cases. But you can make the tool more precise, and in this video, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect will show you how.
Photoshop has a whole bunch of different blend modes but knowing what they all do… Well, even many of the most advanced Photoshop users don’t know what they all do. That not knowing could be holding you back, though. And this video is a perfect example as to why.
I’ve been using Photoshop since about Version 3.0 (yes, I’m that old), but I don’t recall ever once using the “Divide” blending mode. After watching this video from Unmesh at PiXimperfect, though, I wish I’d started looking into it years ago. Unmesh starts by showing how it works in a practical sense, and then explains the underlying maths behind it to help you understand how it does what it does.
Several times a day I see people posting online that they’ve exported images from Photoshop and the final JPG looks nothing like what they thought it would. They’re actually not the wrong colours, you’re just outputting them in a different colour space.
In this video, Unmesh at PiXimperfect explains what colour profiles are, how they affect your image, and how to solve the problem when your images don’t look quite the way you expected.
When you’re creating HDR images, chances are you’ll get those annoying halos in them. They look very unnatural, but there’s a pretty simple way to fix them. In this video, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect will show you how to get rid of those halos in just a few minutes and make your HDR photos look more natural.
Most of us will probably only ever use a handful of layer blending modes in Photoshop. Normal, Darken, Multiply, Screen, and maybe Overlay. This mostly down to the fact that what they do is quite obvious. We often ignore many of the other blend modes because when we scroll through them they don’t seem to be of much use at all. But mostly because we don’t understand how they work.
In this video, Unmesh Dinda at PiXimperfect walks us through all 27 of Photoshop’s layer blending modes and exactly how they work. These blend modes don’t just exist for layers, though. They often come up as an option for Photoshop’s various tools like the brush, clone stamp and healing brush tools. So it’s useful to know what they do.
Shooting with a shallow depth of field has become so popular in the last few years that it’s almost become a cliché. But it remains something that’s very much in demand. Fast f/1.4 and f/1.2 lenses can be extremely expensive, though, and so very difficult for people to achieve with their f/slow-slower kit lenses, especially if working with APS-C or Micro Four Thirds sensors.
In this video, Unmesh Dinda from PiXImperfect shows us a way to simulate shallow depth of field in Photoshop using the Iris Blur filter on a smart object, with a neat tip to offer a lot more control over the Iris Blur filter than you might’ve realised it offered.
There are a few ways for changing colors in Photoshop, and it’s not hard to do it. But when you want to change white into another color, it won’t always look realistic. In this video, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect teaches you how to turn white into any color and make it look natural. And what’s more, you can even use this method to turn white into black.
If you want to add both contrast and a punch of color to your photos Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect shows you a technique you might want to try out. In this video, he teaches you how to use Color Burn and Color Dodge blending modes together to quickly boost contrast and color at the same time.