How to Do Milky Way Exposure Stacking When Auto-Alignment Fails in Photoshop

Photoshop’s automated alignment tools are quite impressive; however, they aren’t perfect. When auto-alignment fails to work the way you need it to, sometimes it just means you have to do the work yourself.

In this video from Ian Norman, he walks us through the process of processing Milky Way astrophotography images by manually aligning them in Photoshop in order to reduce noise and bring out more detail in the images.

If you are looking to improve your astrophotography images, Ian’s videos are worth a watch. Even if you are doing other types of image stacking, you can probably learn a thing or two from Ian’s workflow.


Adobe Unveils Photoshop Elements 14 & Premiere Elements 14

Adobe Photoshop Elements 14

Adobe has revealed its annual update the Elements software series with Photoshop Elements 14 and Premiere Elements 14.

Photoshop Elements 14 adds several new features and enhances several existing features. Two new “wow” features include camera shake reduction and a dehaze tool. [Read more…]

Learn the Difference Between Flow and Opacity in Photoshop

The flow and opacity settings for the brush tools in Photoshop can be a little confusion. Watch this video (tip: content starts 2 minutes in) from Aaron Nace at Phlearn for a great visual explanation of how the flow and opacity settings work.

The basic idea is that the Flow setting allows you to build up ink over and over again, while Opacity gives you a single value of ink on your brush. These settings come in very handy for dodging and burning on images as the above video demonstrates.

How to Select and Change Colors in Photoshop

In this video from Phlearn, Aaron Nace walks us through how to select and change colors in Photoshop using Hue/Saturation adjustment layers and layer masks.

As you can see in the video, it’s a pretty simple task. Additionally, you see just how much power there is in using layer masks for you selections so that you can tweak exactly which parts of the image are affected in the final image.