Photoshop User Tips
Photoshop is a powerful tool, it lets you manipulate images in creative ways, not possible in the past. Good photos, can be touched up to look great or morphed into something totally new.


This is a simple blended image with an overlay and a mask, but can be used to make a statement about the environment. The opacity of the industrial plant is turned down to about 60%, to give its foggy appearance that it sits somewhere in the back ground. In reality the back ground is the ocean, and the plant is on the beach behind the child.

The work flow of Photoshop needs a little more thought to protect images compared to Lightroom (LR).  In LR the meta data is being manipulated, leaving the original image intact. Not so in Photoshop, so you should always make a copy of the image(s) before editing. Once in Photoshop you can make a copy of the background and work with layers to protect the content.

Fortunately, Photoshop does include tools for batch processing images (Batch Image Processor) and changing file types. Once you have your duplicate edit folder copied and selected. Open ACL, you can do small general changes there if needed, sync them and then open the images you want to edit further in PS.

Starting with the first image, you should always make a duplicate background layer (the layer tab – Duplicate Layer). Next, utilize layer masks for none destructive editing. If you want to insert an object into the main image, open it as a smart object, you have more flexibility in scaling it that way.

Photoshop’s content aware touch ups are more sophisticated compared to LR, but LR has come a long way in the last couple of releases with the clone and healing tool. Content aware is a great way to clean up small imperfections in a photograph or remove something distracting in the original image.

Another feature is the Windows tab Action panel. It allows you to record a series of edits and then easily apply those same edits later to other images. Its a great way to save time and avoid having to perform the same edit over and over again. Once your done, its easy to export the image to different formats. Always save the edits in a tiff or psd format, so that you don’t lose edit layers.