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Smart objects and smart filters are powerful non-destructive editing tools in Photoshop CC. In the above video, Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes explains how to use smart objects and smart filters in a few different ways.

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Check out this video where Terry White shows off 10 things beginners want to know how to do in Photoshop CC. It’s a long video at 46 minutes, but novice users of Photoshop CC will find plenty of value by investing the time to watch it.

He starts off by pimping the Wacom tablets with a pressure sensitive stylus and why they are better for working in Photoshop.

As an overview of the material, here is a list of the 10 things: [click to continue…]

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In the above video, Adobe’s Russell Brown shows us how to combine multiple nighttime exposures together with Dr. Brown’s Stack-O-Matic script using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CC. By automatically creating layers set to lighten the layers are stacked with star trails revealed as you import them into Photoshop.

You can download the Stack-O-Matic script here on Russell Brown’s website.

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GIFs rule the world of Internet memes. Perhaps they have a few uses beyond memes, but we all know you are going to use them for memes.

If you don’t know now to create a GIF file from still images, check out this short video on how to create them in Photoshop. Even if your files don’t align properly, you can use Photoshop’s auto-align feature to line up hand-held shots.

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Here’s a quick video from Photoshop Sr. Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes, who shows us how to make fine hair selections in Photoshop using the built-in Quick Select tool and Refine Edge.

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Do you use layer groups in Photoshop just for organizing your layers?

In this quick 10-minute video, Julieanne Kost demonstrates 5 ways to make use of layer groups in Photoshop that go well beyond organization. All of these techniques can be used in Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop CC.

Here’s a quick summary of the 5 ways to use layer groups.

  1. Blending modes apply to group of layers to make the effect appear as if the layers have been merged.
  2. Styles for layers (e.g., drop shadows, etc.) in groups are applied as if the layers have been merged.
  3. The ability to restrict how the layers interact within the group versus the layers in the rest of the document. For example, a black and white adjustment layer can be restricted to layers within group.
  4. The ability to clip a texture or another color to a group by using a clipping mask.
  5. Mask multiple layers within a group with a single mask.

Watch the video to see how to make these work in the Photoshop interface.

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