Advanced Sharpening Technique Using Photoshop & Topaz Denoise

Here’s a new sharpening technique that I had not seen before but works very well, particularly with low light images. It uses a combination of Photoshop with Unsharp Mask, Topaz DeNoise and then back to Photoshop for another pass with Smart Sharpen before using blend modes to apply the sharpened layer with the original color layer.

There are several examples of the technique in the video walk-through above.

[via Topaz Labs]


Crash Course in How to Use the Liquify Filter in Photoshop

The liquify filter in Photoshop is often demonized as the tool for making unrealistic body alterations in advertising images. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. In the above video, Jeff Rojas walks us through the basics of using the liquify filter and what the various tools inside the filter do to an image. He also makes a case for editing subtle changes with an eye toward natural body proportions.

[via ISO 1200]

Using Photoshop Smart Objects with Lightroom

In his latest video, Karl Taylor and Adobe’s Richard Curtis look at the power of integration between Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop using smart objects and linked camera raw settings.

Curtis covers some pretty cool landscape editing approaches. The tutorial clocks in at 27 minutes but is worth the watch if you have not explored the relationship of Smart Objects in Photoshop and Lightroom.

Compatible Lenses for Canon Rebel DSLRs


If you recently got a new Canon Rebel DSLR or you have been using one for a while now and have not learned all the ins and outs of the system, that’s ok. There is a lot to learn and it can take years to master it all.


This rundown of the acronyms, symbols and designations appearing on your cameras and lenses will help you better understand what they mean and give you some insight in what to look for in your next lens. Additionally, we break down the different categories of compatible lenses and list the current offerings below. [Read more…]