Photoshop CS6 boasts many impressive and exciting features, like the introduction of vector layers, Content Aware Patch/Move tool, Adaptive Wide Angle filter, Crop tool, and so on. Adobe has not tried to replace Illustrator, but if you need creative, simple shapes for use in design projects, then Vector Layers of Photoshop CS6 can do a superb job without making you switch to other applications.


Table of Contents:

  1. Adobe Photoshop CS6 Tutorials
  2. Design a Custom Twitter Header in 8 Simple Steps
  3. 9 Etiquettes And Tips of a Photoshop Rockstar Designer
  4. GIMP Tutorials
  5. 55 Beneficial And Great Looking Premium Backgrounds
  6. 20 Web-Design Related Photoshop Tips, Tutorial Screencasts

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Tutorials

Today, we will take you through some of the exciting Photoshop CS6 tutorials that illustrate how to use these brand new tools, enhanced features as well as a few secret tips to put some of CS6’s great new additions to work. So, enjoy the tour!


1. Discover Photoshop CS6’s New 3D Tools

DISCOVER-PHOTOSHOP-CS6'S-NEW-3D-TOOLSPhotoshop CS6 includes a freshly introduced 3D tools engine that draws on the capabilities of graphics card to perform robustly. In this tutorial, you will learn how you can use this new 3D engine to combine 3D sources and harmonize other light sources, textures and use with 2D photographs.

2. Photoshop CS6’S New Crop Tool Step-by-Step

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The Crop tool hasn’t really improved since Photoshop CS, but in Photoshop CS6, it comes with major changes. This step-by-step guide demonstrates how to use this tool, which has received a modern overhaul.

3. New Layer Tricks in Photoshop CS6

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Adobe has enhanced Photoshop’s Layers panel, considering the feedback from users and adding the options popular in other applications like After Effects. For example, it allows changing the blending mode, fill and opacity of different layers simultaneously. Just select the respective layers prior making changes and it is done.

4. Explore Photoshop CS6’S New Vector Toolset Step-by-Step

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Adobe didn’t put Illustrator in Photoshop, but with some new powerful vector tools, designers can now design and shape graphic elements more easily and quickly.

5. Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery Tutorial

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Adobe introduced Blur Gallery in Photoshop CS6, which has features that allow us to use amazing techniques to control depth of field and achieve bokeh effects. For photographers, focal length, subject distance and aperture are the key elements to identify in-focus and blurred parts of a photograph. Most often, due to some technical limitations, it becomes hard to create an intended effect. In that situation, these freshly introduced tools become useful. In this tutorial, you will learn about three filters; Field Blur, Iris Blur and Tilt-Shift, which mainly constitute the Blur Gallery.

6. Tool Recording Using Actions in Photoshop CS6

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Adobe has spruced up Photoshop CS6 with new features, which enable us to add brush strokes and different helpful tools. This tutorial teaches about the creative ways, which are possible with this new feature.

7. Introducing the New Crop Tool in Photoshop CS6

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Cropping is a powerful tool, which can make a big difference in the look of any image. Crop Tool in Photoshop CS6 includes lots of major enhancements to make it work even better. This tutorial focuses on the new features introduced in the Crop Tool and helps us learning how to use it more productively.

8. New Brush Features in Photoshop CS6

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Photoshop CS6 introduces a brilliant and simple Brush Panel, which features lots of new options. In this tutorial, you learn about using Live Pen Tilt Preview, Brush Projection, the Erodible Tip and Airbrush brushes and how to achieve quick and creative results with these tools.

9. Introduction to the New Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop CS6

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If you are something like me, you’ll need Filters, which are robust tools in Photoshop CS6, to quickly create effects on the photographs. Oil Paint filter in Photoshop CS6 offers everything that you might need to give a photograph a painted look. In this tutorial, you will learn how to use this new filter on your images.

10. How to Use the New Timeline Panel in Photoshop CS6

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Special effects can make a big difference to videos. Many think that learning Adobe Premiere or After Effects is quite tough and painstaking. Now, in Photoshop CS6, we have a new addition of a video timeline panel, which enables us to add effects to the video clips right in Photoshop.

11. How to Use the Content Aware Move Tool in Photoshop CS6

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One of the most state-of-the-art tools in Photoshop CS6 is a content aware tool, Content Aware Move. Content Aware Move enables us to mark pixels and drag the selection to some other part of a photograph without using layers or masks. Photoshop CS6 clears the previous selection and shifts the pixels to the new position. In this lesson you will learn how to use this new tool in your work.

12. How to Use the Content Aware Patch Tool in Photoshop CS6

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When Adobe first introduced Content Aware in Photoshop CS5, many called this tool “magical” and extremely tough. But today, as we have worked for more than two years practicing it, for many it has become an indispensable tool in their design work. In Photoshop CS6, you will see a new addition, the Content Aware feature in the Patch Tool. In this tutorial, you learn how to play with this new feature to get better results.

13. Manage Your Layers More Efficiently With Photoshop CS6

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Top-notch designers usually work with PSD files comprising of dozens and, sometimes, hundreds of layers. Earlier versions of Photoshop were not able to manage a large number of layers, but in Photoshop CS6 Adobe has included a few new tools for designers that they were dying to get their hands on. Follow this tutorial, step by step, to learn how this new Layer Panel and advance features can do for you in your designing process.

14. How to Use Adaptive Wide-Angle Filter in Photoshop CS6

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Adobe Photoshop CS6 offers an impressive new Adaptive Wide Angle Filter. The concept of this new tool is to enable us to straighten curves and lines in photographs captured by a fisheye or wide-angle lens. This tutorial will take you through a process of using this new filter effectively, a nice feature for photographers.

15. Using Paragraph and Character Styles in Photoshop CS6

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Managing and working with a lot of text was a hassle in the previous versions of Photoshop. For many, making global changes to text was a bit daunting and time-consuming. Photoshop CS6 comes with new Paragraph and Character style panels, which allow intuitive techniques to work with our text and this tutorial is all about it.

16. Quickly Select Skin Tones in Photoshop CS6

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Have you ever wanted to quickly select skin tones in a photograph? Photoshop team introduced a new Skin Aware technology in Photoshop CS6 in the Skin Tones options. This tutorial helps learning this new feature.

17. Photoshop CS6 Patch Tool

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You may be familiar with Photoshop’s manipulation features, but the new additions in Patch Tool makes retouching and re-composition unbelievably easy and quick. Now, you have access to the features like adaptation settings and content aware, which are taught in this tutorial.

18. Mix vector shape layers in Photoshop CS6 for abstract effects – Video Tutorial

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Adobe has not tried to put Illustrator’s tools in the Photoshop CS6, but it has introduced a new Vector Shape Layers feature that will stop many from switching to AI, when they need to create elements containing flat graphics. Whether you need quick and simple results or precise drawing functionalities, this new vector shape layers will soon become an indispensable tool in your arsenal.

19. Use Photoshop CS6’s Tilt-Shift filter

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Photoshop team added incredibly useful and smart Tilt-shift Blur functionality that designers can use along with a saturation boost function for simulating miniature model photography. This tutorial takes us through the process of adding this effect to our photographs.

20. Using Scripted Patterns in Photoshop CS6

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Lesa Snider discusses the new scripted patterns in Photoshop CS6 with a few intuitive techniques to apply this new function.

21. Content-Aware Move Tool Tutorial – Photoshop CS6 Beta

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I’m sure you’ll admire the new Content-Aware Move tool. The capabilities of this tool enable selecting elements and placing them at some other area. Photoshop will re-blend the selected element into whatever section of the photograph you place it to.

22. Blur Gallery in Photoshop CS6

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Though Photoshop always had a number of blur filters, they never truly fascinated the photographers. Now, whether you are a seasoned or fresh photographer, you’ll be stormed by the three incredibly useful and new filters, what photographers always demanded: Field Blur, Iris Blur, and Tilt-Shift.

23. Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery – Field Blur Photoshop-CS6-Blur-Gallery---Field-Blur

Field Blur empowers us with unique ways to create blur effect on our image. In this Photo Retouch tutorial, you’ll see, Field Blur bestows us an extensive control over the effect as we don’t just apply same blurring on the entire photo, but rather, we can set and tweak the blur in any selected section.

24. Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery – Iris Blur

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This lesson takes us through the process of using Iris Blur, which is a second of the new blur filters introduced in the Blur Gallery of Photoshop CS6. Besides having all the capabilities of the Field Blur, Iris Blur has some other ways to precisely manage the techniques and areas the blurring effect is used.

25. Color Range Changes – Photoshop CS6 Beta

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You will find two new inclusions to Color Range – Skin Tones and Detect Faces. While working with photographs of people, Skin Tones enables you to select the skin tones of the people. Photoshop selects skin tones, and if Color Range select tones of other parts of an image, there is a feature of Detect Faces checkbox to tackle it.

26. Adobe Camera RAW 7.0 Tutorial for Photographers

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For photographers of all levels, pros and novices, taking snaps in RAW is essential to get high-quality results. This tutorial takes us through all the important features in Camera RAW 7.0, which photographers will need the most.

27. Photoshop Tutorial: Black and White Photos with ACR 7

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I have picked this tutorial to show you how simple is to get black and white photos with ACR 7 as well as working with the HSL/Grayscale panel and the Targeted Adjustment Tool.

28. Camera RAW Update in Photoshop CS6

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Since the introduction of Camera RAW, there have been lots of enhancements in every new version of Photoshop. It continued and now, for photographers working with RAW images, Camera Raw has been upgraded to version 7. Learn about new enhancements in this tutorial.

29.Photoshop CS6 New Adoptive Wide Angle Filter

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In this tutorial, you will see how the Adaptive Wide Angle filter in Photoshop CS6 enables us to create a distortion-free vertical panorama and fine-tune the stitched image.

30. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter in Photoshop CS6

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In Photoshop CS6, Adaptive Wide Filter is a powerful tool for the photographers, which enables to quickly achieve effects on the images, when there is a less space.

31. Type Styles in Photoshop CS6

Type Styles in Photoshop CS6

There are lots of impressive new tools in Photoshop CS6, which are added in a free beta version, like Type Styles. The addition of Type Styles makes it easy and quicker to define text styles, just as seen in InDesign; it works same for both paragraphs and characters.

32. Using The Oil Paint Filter In Adobe Photoshop CS6

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In this tutorial lesson, a poppy photograph is used to show some secret techniques of applying the oil paint filter in order to achieve the desired results.

33. Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop CS6

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You have been familiar with the built-in filter, which was used to give painting effects to the photographs, but those were not so attractive. Adobe has released new Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop CS6, which is worth-using.

34. Photoshop CS6 3D Tutorial

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This lesson covers many of the new 3D features and workflows introduced in CS6, which are the best and the designers will probably use the most. In this tutorial, you will practice spelling the word Bicubic in capital letters shaped buildings.

35. Improved Lighting Effects in CS6

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Lighting Effects filter has got a few new and enhanced features which are great to achieve different types of lighting effects.

36. Photoshop CS6 New Features – The Perspective Crop Tool

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Besides improving the Crop Tool, Adobe also added a new Perspective Crop Tool. This impressively smart crop tool helps in quickly fixing common distortion and perspective issues in a photograph. Go through this tutorial to learn about it.

37. Photoshop CS6 Beta Making Editable 3D Type

38. New Reflections and drag-able shadows in Photoshop CS6

39. Photoshop CS6: Photographic Toning Gradients

These new and relatively obscure gradients in Photoshop CS6 are great to give nice-looking stylish effects.

40. Photoshop CS6: Merge Shape Layers

In the new Photoshop CS6, we have another good feature which enables us to merge shape layers while retaining their vector attributes. An interesting feature!

What do you think of these Photoshop CS6 tutorials? Let us know in the comments! Let’s go ahead with this article, as we are presenting you with awesome tutorial for creating your own custom Twitter header.


Design a Custom Twitter Header in 8 Simple Steps

I’m going to show you how to create your own Twitter header, and showcase some custom Twitter headers for your inspiration. Let’s begin with the tutorial.


Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new document 520px by 260px.

Step 2

Let’s setup a guideline where our block will end. To do this go to ViewNew Guide. Set the value to 180px and make sure you select Horizontal.

Step 3

Now let’s create the blocks. Using the Rectangle Tool(U) create a 11px by 11px shape, place it from the top and downwards for the guideline and make sure each block has a distance of 5px. Also adjust the positioning as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 4

Duplicate all the blocks until you reach far right.

Step 5

Now that we have all the blocks in place, time to change the colour of each block. The goal is to suit your current twitter background. What if we choose three colours from the existing background? I took two colours from 1WD’s logo and a one colour a little lighter than dark grey.

  • #f58220
  • #6d6f71
  • #8a8c8f

The orange squares will be aligned to the avatar image, then the remaining blocks will be filled by the other colours.

Step 6

Continue filling the boxes with colours until you fill them all. Once you’re done, you should have something that looks like in the screenshot below.

Step 7

It feels like it’s a bit boring that it has the same number of blocks in each columns. What if we remove some blocks on the top and bottom? Let’s try it.

It looks more appealing to me. What do you think?

Step 8

Twitter will automatically darken up bottom part of the image about 50% – 60%. In this case, 60% of our design will not be enough to make the text pop up more.

How it looks when we upload it on Twitter.

Now what we are going to do is add a gradient to the bottom part of our design. Select the Gradient Tool(G), change the Foreground colour to #8a8c8f, set the gradient to Foreground to Transparent. Start filling from the bottom towards the centre of the canvas.

Now that we have finished our design, save it as JPEG, Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S to save for web.

How it looks when I uploaded it to Twitter.

How To Set Your Twitter Header

Click the settings icon and choose settings from the drop down menu.

Select Design

When you scroll down to the bottom you will see Customize your own. Click change header botton and upload the JPEG file we just created.

When you look at your profile you will see how great it is :P

Demo | Download

There you have it, we just created our new custom Twitter header design in eight simple steps. Just make sure that your Twitter header is a part of the overall design and describes your personality or brand. Make it as simple as possible.

Well, that’s it! I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Make sure to share this to your friends if you like it and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @_burnstudio. Thanks!

Now lets look at some of great examples!

Use of Self Portrait

Select your best photo and align it properly to with the avatar.

@Rosen

@RyanSeacrest

@db

Branding

Select the best product you own and showcase it.

@Starbucks

@krispykreme

@PlayStation

Vector Illustration

Using Vector art is always good to look at.

OrganikSEO

@Vimeo

@Adobe

Dark Backgrounds

Dark background makes the avatar picture and text pop ups more.

@VandelayDesign

@wpbeginner

@Behance

Creative

Very creative how they present their interest by the use of illustration.

@laurenonizzle


@MKBHD

@imjustcreative

There you go. Hope you have gotten your inspiration for creating your own. Now you have an idea of how to create Twitter header, but we’ve got something more in store for you. Etiquettes and tips on what makes a rock star Photoshop designer.


9 Etiquettes And Tips of a Photoshop Rockstar Designer

With the abundance of online resources, tutorials, blogs and articles which keep on excavating the trade of photoshoping, anybody with passion and readiness to work hard can become a pro over time. But what does it take to transition from just a pro, to ‘the best’? Why are there some designers who are always the best? What makes them different from the others, when the knowledge available to absorb is equal for everybody? What makes them stand apart?


Here is a quick peep into some etiquettes of a designer in terms of his/her Photoshop workflow, which groups them in a league of their own!

  1. Object Oriented Photoshoping
  2. Naming conventions for layers and sets
  3. Ability to replicate and practice
  4. Usage of paths and pen tool
  5. Effective usage of adjustment layers and styles
  6. Guides, Grids and notes
  7. Workspace Management
  8. Shortcuts, shortcuts and shortcuts
  9. Last but not the least … respect and respond your critiques!

1. Object Oriented Photoshoping

Photoshoping can be fun … and pain at the same time! Especially when you are working on complex visual compositions and layouts, with a lot of iterations involved.  Designing a high-fidelity visual composition for a website or a web application, can be a nightmare, especially if you are in a team of creatives and when client meetings are too often, which means you will be going through a sea of changes and iterations far too often. The key here is organizing. Organizing your layers /sets and structuring your source file is really important, if you want to be in charge of your PSD.

In the last 6+ years of my career in web designing, I have found this as a unique trait in designers, who love to be organized and productive. Let us walk through a sample PSD and see how its composition can be super-organized, by smartly modularizing the elements and following an object-oriented approach.

You can create this simple form in an Object Oriented way, by identifying and breaking down the various UI elements in the design.

Here for example, there are a group of input fields and a submit button along with a hyperlink, which constitutes the complete form. Thinking in an OO way, each input fields can be considered an object, and if you create a basic textbox element, with editable text and the base block within a set in Photoshop, it’s just a matter of replicating the set to create multiple textbox elements. Figure below, gives the layer structure of the textbox that I have created for our sample form.

Here the textbox have been organized into a set and a duplicate of the set would be another textbox. Go edit the text, bingo! You have another textbox ready in a matter of seconds, and the layer palette looks organized and cleaner than ever!!

The final layer composition would look something like the figure below:

Implementing this ideology in whatever you design in Photoshop can bring in amazing results and believe me, you are gonna save a lot of time and, can build a solid repository of reusable components over time.

2. Naming conventions for layers and sets

I have had really tough times, working on other designers’ Photoshop compositions and had gone crazy, just trying to understand the structure of the layers and sets involved. With thousands of unnamed layers and sets, your day can be ruined, especially if you are working in an agile mode and need to make quick changes and updates.  The solution here is to smartly name the layers and sets, so that it relates to the element contained in the layer/set. If you are a keen html/css coder, you definitely would know the importance of naming conventions, while building your css.

The ability to completely leverage, the layer palette is something that we designers need to master to get on top. This skill / technique / best practice is the most ignored one, and I find this as the core skill of a photoshoper who loves to be productive and stay organized.  Let dive right into the topic! While authoring a graphic, irrespective of the tool that you may use, it is really important to have a clear idea on the various components that make the design. For e.g. . That very idea, should be brought into the canvas through the layer palette, and the way you name the layers actually can communicate the way you visualize the graphic and I normally use this fact, to evaluate the skills of a designer, when asked to choose one out of a bunch of them!

The previous concept that we covered, which is about object-oriented photoshoping have much to do with this way of organizing the composition. Here the key,  is to give logical names to the layers rather than presentational names – i.e., a layer named ‘blackRectangle’, can be given a better name as ‘qLinkSolid’ depending on the element that it represents (here the black colored rectangle would have been a base section for a set of quick links)

(though you need not stick to this strictly, it is really interesting to figure out how your workflow and approach changes, once you embrace this way of naming the layers and sets. Below is a comparison)


For those who were wondering what ‘logical’ and ‘presentational’ are –  presentational names are naming based on the presentational aspects of the element, like the color, shape, position or orientation etc. Whereas logical naming is based on the logical importance of the element that layer represents.

Following is a table which puts lights on your woes of naming conventions

Presentational Naming Examples

  • redsolidrectangle
  • leftyellowbar
  • floatingblue
  • roundedSample
  • bottomred

 

Logical Naming examples

  • primaryNav
  • navBase
  • notfnBase
  • hilightLinks
  • alertText

 

Not always can we come up with very detailed logical naming conventions, but it’s better to take time out and understand the logical importance of the elements and name it accordingly, as this would pay off, when it’s time for you to graduate to a UX designer, where the UI patterns and naming conventions can play an important role, while doing IA or wire framing.

3. Ability to replicate and practice

“The most important skill that makes a killer designer!”
Keep in mind that nobody is born-genius, at least in our domain: P (those da vinci’s and Einsteins, please exclude yourselves from this list :D). Its practice, practice, practice and just practice that moulds one!

As far as web-designing is concerned, it is the unique ability to appreciate, replicate and refine, that can get you ahead. Replicating doesn’t mean copying! I am not asking you to rip a cool site that you found and show your creative skills on the expense of other’s IP (intellectual property). The collaborative and open culture of internet should be leveraged properly, to enhance your skills, and not to copy paste. So, what I mean by replicate is to try to take some solid reference point design, which you think are the best, and start working from scratch to achieve the aesthetic and creative feel that you have seen in those designs. The concept of ‘Mood Boarding‘ is something visual designers like us should embrace.  By this way, you would actually push your limits to a whole new level.

Remember, ‘you are not a good disciple, if you fail to excel your master’, the famous quote by the lord of self learning – Da Vinci. So start collecting your reference points and start pushing your limits, towards the quest to become that master designer!
Here are some showcases / galleries, that can give you the kick-start.

4. Usage of paths and pen tool

Photoshop is a treasure chest to me … the more I delve into it, the more I feel ignorant. The toolbar of Photoshop is synonymous to the Pandora box, which lets out a flood of possibilities to a designer.  But there is a tool which, sits pretty out there and have been honored as the king of all tools in Photoshop, just because it is the only tool which can be mastered only over practice, practice and practice (not that all the other tools are easy to use, but this one have a special place in that terms !)

You may use it to cut out images, illustrate your artwork, create stunning new graphic for a UI, but finally what differentiates the masterful designer from the others is the ease with which you use the tool and how u use the right tool for the right task.  Paths and pen tools can bring about stunning improvisations in your productivity and workflow, if used smartly. Some instances that I have found useful are

  1. Save the path for future reference and usage
  2. Always try to maintain the vector information of masks, to make it editable
  3. With the introduction of smart objects, in the latest versions of Photoshop, it has become easier for seamlessly integrating vector tools into Photoshop. Smartly use smart objects

5. Effective usage of adjustment layers and styles

The key of a rocking visual composition is flexibility and scalability!
Maintaining the scalability and catering to the ever-changing design updating list is a challenge before every designer. Smart usage of adjustment layers option can do just this!

Using adjustment layers can bring in that flexibility to the composition, so that you can make the updating pretty quickly and easily, by just sliding the slider control. This would come really handy when you are working on layouts with multiple themes and overlays, where you will be maintaining the same design elements, but keep on changing the color schemes. You can add adjustment layers for the changing the following options of the graphic:

6. Guides, Grids and notes

One regular pattern that I have noted about good designers is the way they use guides and notes. A well documented and guided composition will give that professional and organized look no matter, what you design. I would consider this as one important etiquette of a Photoshop rock star!

7. Workspace Management

Photoshop, as we all know is the tool of professionals across multiple domains. Web designers, print designers, post production, photography enthusiasts, 3D professionals and so on…

With the armory of tools and techniques abound, Photoshop can be best leveraged, by organizing the palettes and tools that you frequently use. With the release of the latest versions of Photoshop, there are ready made preset workspaces, which the user can choose depending upon area of expertise. For e.g. a web designer would be working most frequently on layers, info, character, navigator, paths, brushes palettes and would need those palettes easily accessible, and hence a workspace where all these palettes are well placed would increase his/her productivity and workflow.

As a productive and multitasking professional, you can always create your own workspace by placing the palettes / tools in a position that well suits your ease of getting tasks done.

8. Shortcuts, shortcuts and shortcuts

Who doesn’t know that, shortcuts are the shortcuts to stardom!
With the killer capabilities of Photoshop, I love to work seamlessly with the help of the shortcuts, with clients sitting in front of me gazing at my screen puzzled on, what actually is happening!  As a Photoshop rock star, it is your duty to make them dumbstruck while you are working on the tool ;)

Some shortcuts that bring the most out me are:

  • New layer – Ctrl+Shift+N
  • Ctrl + Backspace, Alt + Backspace – Foreground / Background Fill
  • Duplicate layer – Alt + L + D (to place layer in different file)
  • TAB + F – Fullscreen toggle
  • Space – For panning
  • Ctrl + Shift + C – Copy merged
  • Ctrl + Alt + Merge Visible – Create a duplicate layer of merged layers
  • Shift + toolbar shortcuts  – Toggling within toolsets
  • Ctrl + R, Ctrl + ;, Ctrl + ‘ – Guides, Rulers, Grids
  • Numeric 0 to 9 – Opacity controls
  • F8 – Info Palette
  • I – Eyedropper tool
  • Ctrl+T – select layer for modifications

These are just a few of them which I find useful in my daily encounters with PS. I am sure you have lots to share!

For really detailed Photoshop shortcuts research please head to this article compiled some time ago – 48+ Greatest Adobe Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts.

9. Last but not the least … respect and respond to your critiques!

For every designer, the best supporter is their critique. Being open to changes and ready to accept criticism is a trait that every successful designer should be having. Most often criticism can bring about the actual defects and stereotypes within you, and giving that extra effort to accept changes can mould you to a better designer, person and human being.

So folks, let’s start absorbing strong critiques and lets fly high!

I know this is an Photoshop tutorials article, but we have to put in some tutorials for GIMP, that is an awesome free alternative. Well there is no doubt what Photoshop offers, but it can also be expensive. That’s why we wanted to share some tutorials for a free alternative. Let’s go.


GIMP Tutorials

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation program. It has been distributed as an open source, so therefore, anyone can easily download the software without any donation. It can easily work on different operating systems. It is also available in many languages as well. Are you ready for some awesome GIMP tutorials?


You can use GIMP in a variety of web designing activities such as:

  • Photo retouching
  • Image composition
  • Image authoring

GIMP is packed with plenty of awesome features.

  • It has a customizable interface that allows you to easily customize the view and behavior of the image as you like it.
  • GIMP saves you from other unnecessary details using the clone tool.
  • The hardware of the GIMP includes a unique support for the various input devices.
  • You can change the size, angle, or even the opacity of a brush while you are painting, binding your favorite scripts to buttons.

If you are interested in learning and doing all these, there are plenty of tutorials available for you. No matter if you are a beginner or an advanced level user, these below tutorials will be very helpful to you in learning the new techniques of GIMP.

1. Creating Fireball and Explosion Effect

Creating Fireball and Explosion effect

This tutorials is for intermediate GIMP users, having basic knowledge of layers mask and other tools. In this tutorial, you will learn to transform a stock image into a fireball and explosion.

2. Cool Typography Design Poster

Cool Typography Design Poster

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a cool typography design poster. You will also learn to make some elements look dirty and also how to add textures to the design.

3. Gold Text Effect

Gold Text Effect

This is a very great looking tutorial that is adapted from the tutorial of Photoshop and shows us how to create a gold text effect by using the GIMP.

4. Neon Lights Tutorial

Neon Lights Tutorial

This tutorial shows us how to implement a good animated menu by using MootooIs and, some lines of CSS and HTML.

5. Recoloring Eyes

Recoloring Eyes

In this tutorial, you will learn an easy way to recolor the eyes.

6. A Colored Swirl of Light

A colored swirl of light

This is also a great looking tutorial in which you will learn great effects, usable for all kinds of graphics such as the flyers, wallpapers, etc.

7. Making a Pencil Drawing from a Photo

Making a pencil drawing from a photo

This tutorial teaches you to convert any image into a good looking pencil drawing, and there is no need of edge detection filters.

8. Gimp Sin City Tutorial

Gimp Sin City

You can learn how to create a dramatic effect by using the GIMP in this tutorial. It is very useful for everyone.

9. Flame Abstract Tutorial

Flame Abstract Tutorial

In this tutorial, you will learn on how to use the flame filters in order to make a simple abstract background.

10. How to Create Light Saber Effects

How to create Lightsaber effects

In this tutorial, you will learn to create a light saber effect. It is very interesting to learn through the GIMP.

11. Vista-Like Wallpaper

Creating a Vista-like wallpaper

In this tutorial, you will learn to create a very beautiful way to create wallpaper that is exactly as the one you saw in Vista.

12. Advanced Photo Separation

Advanced Photo Separation

In this tutorial, you will learn a clean way to separate an object in the photo from its background.

13. Cool Circle Light Effect

Cool Circle Light Effect

You will learn to create a cool circle light effect by using GIMP. It is inspired from the White Photoshop tutorial.

14. Make an Extremely Real Letter

Make An Extremely Real Letter

Learn how to create an extremely real letter effect by using GIMP.

15. Creative Composition

Creative Composition

This tutorial shows you how to create a creative composition for your photos.

16. Colorful Glowing Text Effect

Colourful glowing text effect

You can learn to create a glowing text effect that will look perfect on every picture and image.

17. Split-Toning

Split-toning

This tutorial teaches you to have certain colors for highlights and certain colors for shadows.

18. Fun With Light

Fun with light

This tutorial shows you how to transform an ordinary light of a bulb to a stunning masterpiece of your own.

19. Super Slick Dusky Lighting Effects

Super Slick Dusky Lighting

This tutorial shows you to how to create a super slick dusty lighting effect by using the GIMP.

20. Contaminated Effect

Contaminated Effect

This tutorial shows you how to create an awesome looking illustrated effect by using the techniques of GIMP.

GIMP has the ability to make your ordinary looking image and photos into great looking images that you will surely appreciate.

These tutorials are extremely good and created by the experts so you don’t have to worry about it.

If you know any other tutorial, please share it with us in the comment section. For everyone that has bear with us until this section we have some great bonus for you. Check them out.


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Background is an essential yet often overlooked element of any artwork. A suitable background can turn good design into a great design and correspondingly moderate one into a good one. You can come up with a perfect background within minutes or squeeze something out in days. A good background has to be balanced yet giving the complete look to the artwork. Continue reading and check out these 60 useful and neat premium background from Graphicriver. With these you can create you next project in Photoshop with grace.


1. 101 Web 2.0 Backgrounds ($5)

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Pack include 101 nice and clean web 2.0 style backgrounds for you site templates. 101 Jpegs + 1 PSD with all groups, organized layers, easy to change gradients, size. 150×800.

2. Wavy Abstract Background ($3)

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This is a background in 6 different colors. The files are at height resolution and you can use it anywhere you like. There is a PSD file included so you can change the colors very easy.

3. Light Trails ($4)

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5 unique and fully flexible light trails with 3 different colour variations per trail and 2 examples of how these light trails can be added to your graphics.

4. Extremium Lights ($2)

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Modern backgrounds pack contain fuly customizable backgrounds, 1800×1000 resolution, fully layered PSD file, 7 background colors. Ready to be used for any web. project or aplication.

5. Lighting Backgrounds V2 ($3)

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Lighting backgrounds, especially suited for use in web pages, twitter pages, or any type of project. The way these BG are made it, can enlarge them without losing quality. Changing colors is very easy, you can make the color combination that you like.

6. Backgrounds Web Kit ($4)

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This file was created for every web designer that wants to work less when designing a web site, plus it can help you build an big number of web backgrounds.

7. Carbon Fiber Backgrounds ($9)

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A collection of 20 exclusive background of carbon fiber, ready for the web.

8. Torn Paper Backgrounds ($3)

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You can find included in the package 5 .PSD files (all the themes are separated in a diferent file) and 5 high resolution .JPG’s. CMYK, 300 DPI.

9. ScratchBG ($2)

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A collection of modern style grunge backgrounds, suitable for use on websites, banners, posters & more.

10. Venera Night Sky ($3)

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Venera Night Sky is abstract background and you can use it anywhere you like. There is a PSD file included so you can make change very easy.

11. Infinite White Floor Spotlight ($5)

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Six modern High resolution Web backgrounds 3000×1875 px 72dpi. Modern and fresh design great for faking a spotlight and photographic ambient.

12. Stylish Mosaic ($2)

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Come’s complete with 7 pre-set color versions for you with an easy to change background to create your own variations.

13. WORN PSD Background ($2)

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A set of six distressed PSD backgrounds in earth tones for you to use in your designs

14. Awesome web 2.0 incorporated clouds ($3)

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Massive, beautiful and peaceful cloud background. Works great as a website background, artwork background, print, anything. Massive resolution of 3508×2480 at 300 dpi.

15. Shape Shift Background ($3)

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Included is a full layered PSD file and 7 different colored JPG images. 3000x2250px.

16. Silk Light Abstract Background ($2)

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4 color variations. Hi-res resolution. There is a PSD file included so you can change the colors.

17. 60 Retro Stripe Grunge Backgrounds ($2)

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This set includes 60 retro stripe textured backgrounds for your design projects. Use them however you like to give your projects a professional look and feel. 1600x1200px.

18. Abstract Background ($2)

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Beautiful backgrounds that are great for desktop wallpaper, web background, mobile phone wallpaper, etc. 3300x2550px, 300 DPI.

19. Beautiful Floating Islands Scene ($6)

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Floating Islands Scene v1 is a page background that can be broken up into many segments and re-arranged completely for a unique look. Ready to go right out of the box. 3000x1230px.

20. Paper Backgrounds ($3)

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Photorealistic pack contain 4 jpegs good quality and 1 PSD to change color and to edit structure of backgrounds. This backgrounds good for templates, blogs and other your stuff. 2700×2072 res. 300 dpi.

21. Vintage Wallpaper ($4)

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Included in the zip file you will find a psd file that contains the illustration and an ai file that is the wallpaper pattern in vector format so you can use it in any way you wish.

22. Studio Backdrops ($3)

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Simulate a realistic studio photo shoot with this 7 backdrops/backgrounds. Great to showcase your products, images, posters, webpages or any type of work. It can also be used for web backgrounds. 4000×2500 px 72dpi.

23. Grunge Old Paper ($2)

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High resolution –  2827×4000px, layered PSD file where you can adjust the intensity of the texture and/or the intensity of the dark edges, 2 JPEG files saved from the PSD, optional torn edges.

24. Vintage Tileable Wallpaper Pack ($11)

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Inside the zip file you will find a full set of individual jpg files of all the tiles for tileable backgrounds for your websites or whatever use you see fit and  a photoshop pattern file which you can load into your photoshop from the preset manager and use them as pattern fills.

25. Retro Rays Background ($2)

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12 colors, high-resolution & quality backgrounds – 2400×1680px.

26. Premium Vintage Backgrounds ($5)

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Classic look with an awesome style to use in any design project, website backgrounds, twitter accounts, desktop wallpapers, blogs, etc.

27. Abstract Waves In Colors ($3)

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Abstract Waves In Colors #2 is abstract background at hi-res. There is a PSD file included so you can change the color very easy. 4000×3000, 300 DPI.

28. light & bokeh backgrounds ($4)

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8 amazing colored backgrounds. Very nice light and bokeh effects. 2 styles (with & without lite noise effect).

29. Metal Backgrounds ($4)

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6 Metal backgrounds, 1024×768, jpeg.

30. Massive Abstract Backgrounds ($3)

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Massive Abstract Backgrounds 4 Light Effects. 3 Style of Background (Bokeh,Clean,Dust) 8 colors each. 2560x1600px.

31. Retro Paper background ($2)

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Retro Paper background. Full HD resolution (1920×1080px). Background to use in your web design projects andor as your desktop background. Pattern included (200×200px).

32. Faux Leather Textures ($7)

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A collection of 5 faux leather textures perfect for backgrounds, 3D modeling and design projects. Images are all in JPG format sized 3000px x 2000px. Each graphic/texture has been rendered separately, meaning that each texture is unique.

33. 6 Darken Wood Backgrounds ($3)

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6 HQ Wood Backgrounds, 2000×1500 px

34. Linen ($2)

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2560x1600px, PSD file included, easily changeable colors and saturation.

35. Abstract color waves ($5)

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Abstract color waves that can be used for a website, presentation or print. Clean colors, well-organized and easy to edit. 2000x1500px, 300 DPI.

36. Backgrounds Pro 2012 Bundle ($5)

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This file is a Bundle/Collection of 22 different professional backgrounds. These backgrounds come in handy when designing different stage environments to display products, photos and text. 3000x2500px, 300 DPI.

37. Fresh Grass Meadow and Tree ($3)

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A fresh summer morning with mist and a solo tree.

38. Explosive Background ($4)

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Full layered PSD File and 7 different colored jpg images. 3000×2250px.

39. Hi-res Textured Background ($2)

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really textured and detailed. comes in 8 different colors. 2500x2000px.

40. Abstract Aurora Backgrounds ($4)

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Abstract Aurora Backgrounds. 5 Backgrounds, 3 colors each, 15 variations. Use for print, web or design. 2500x1600px.

41. Background 5A ($2)

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Ultra-high quality backgrounds that are great for desktop wallpaper, web background, mobile phone wallpaper, etc. 2 fully editable PSD files, 2400x2000px, 300 DPI.

42. Interior Backgrounds ($4)

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Simulate a realistic studio photo shoot with these 18 background possibilities (3 clean interiors and 5 light set-ups). Great to showcase your products, images, posters, webpages or any type of work. It can also be used for web backgrounds. 4000×2500 px 72 dpi.

43. Paper Holes ($3)

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4 Paper Hole Backgrounds. Including PSD and JPEG at 3072×2304.

44. Denim Background / Texture ($2)

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PSD File Included in 2560×1600 resolution, customizable colors, customizable patterns and effects.

45. Hill and villages ($5)

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Hill and villages with beautiful landscape. PSD included, 300 DPI.

46. Jute Wrap ($2)

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Available for several common resolutions including i-devices, psd included for easy customizations, change color in one go.

47. 10 Retro Graphic Backgrounds ($3)

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10 colored high-resolution & quality backgrounds with halftone elements. 3200×2267px, layered.

48. Vintage Floral backgrounds ($3)

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Vintage Floral backgrounds in 6 colors 2448×3264px.

49. Subtle Wallpaper ($2)

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5 JPEG with different color variations, layered .PSD file, 1920x1080px.

50. Stripes Vintage Background ($2)

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Looks awesome for product presentation, 4 colors, various resolutions up to 2560×1920px.

51. Fabric Backgrounds ($2)

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A palpable background resource for your premium websites or any graphics project.

52. Urban Backgrounds ($3)

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1200×720px, 300dpi.

53. Geometric Grunge Pattern ($2)

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A set of geometric pattern backgrounds with grunge effect (not tileable). Layered PSD file, 4167×2917px, layered vector geometric pattern included.

54. Patterned Paper Set ($3)

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A set of high quality patterned papers. Ideal for use in backgrounds, designs, presentations, wallpapers etc. 3000x2300px.

55. Worn-out Carbon Background ($3)

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The file can be transformed into clean carbon by hiding the “dirt” layer. Layered PSD, 2560×1440px.

We have some more great tutorials for you! Check the videos below.


20 Web-Design Related Photoshop Tips, Tutorial Screencasts

I got the idea for this list, when I accidentaly found great video tutorial on Deviantart which by the way is the first video in this list as well. It is Photoshop tutorial, where author explains several of his great techniques while creating designs – what font to choose, how to think about spacing, wirefrime, colors, blending options and a lot more hidden tips.


1. Website design walkthrough from Derek Toigo

This video will walk you through Derek Toigo design process of a simple website template. He will explain and unreveal many hidden tips and techniques in his daily designing process.

2. Letterpress text tutorial from che mcpherson

In this tutorial you will learn how to create the trendy letterpress or emboss text affect thats flooding the web design scene at the moment.

3. How to slice a Photoshop image into a website

4. Fancy Frames Photoshop Tutorial

5. Web Text Box and HTML: Photoshop Tutorial

6. Photoshop Tutorial Text Mirror Effect

7. Web Design Tutorial – Apple Navigation in Photoshop

8. jQuery slider tutorial from Dimics DM

9. WordPress theme tutorial Part 1 (PS) from Dimics DM

The first part of an WordPress theme tutorial. This video will cover the Photoshop/design part of the WordPress theme.

10. Frames and Peels in Photoshop from Navdeep

11. Web Development – Tutorial 1 – Basic Layout from Michael Daley

Basic Layout is now uploaded and ready to view and runs for around 36mins. This tutorial covers basic CSS/XHTML to get a simple design from Photoshop into a web page. This tutorial is aimed at beginners who are just starting out with CSS/XHTML and need a few tips on how to do simple layout.

12. J Taylor Design ~ Web Design from J Taylor

A little video on a typical outline working with a client on their website.

13. K-DESIGN Windows Blue – Your Choice Tutorial from
Mo4itajs

14. How To: Gradient, Gloss, Shadow & Reflection Effects from Ryan

A Photoshop tutorial showing how to achieve a great effects you can use in your designs everywhere.

15. Web 2.0 Gloss Orb from Navdeep

This tutorial will walk you trough the creation of a Web 2.0 style gloss orb with lights and shadows in Photoshop.

16. Web 2.0 Menu Bar from Navdeep

In this video you will see how to design a Web 2.0 Style Menu Bar with lights and Shadows using Photoshop.

18. Web Design Tutorial Part One from andrew

This video covers the basics of web design, mainly composition design, and the process that I go through to create mockups. The video covers basic wireframing, grids, psd structure and general design techniques. This video is for people who are new to web design, and the techniques used are basic, more advance design tutorials in the future.

19. Web Design Tutorial Part 2 from andrew

Part 2 of my webdesign tutorial, covers building out the rest of the site, this video is intended for beginners only.

20. Integrating Lightbox 2.0 in to your web design projects from Psmeg

This 10 minute standalone video demonstrates how easy it is to install and use the popular Lightbox 2.0 javascript effect in your web design projects.

The tutorial takes you step-by-step through the whole process, from downloading to integration to testing.

Conclusion

Hope you have enjoyed this article and found some interesting things that will help you in your designing process. Of course learning new things is the key. Please share your thoughts in comment section and if you liked the article share it.

Editorial Team

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8 Comments

  1. Very useful tutorials. Thanks for tutorials.

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  2. tutorialstorage October 3, 2012 at 18:08

    great collection of tutorials !
    thank you for sharing

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  3. Jefrey Landicho October 2, 2012 at 13:52

    Wow thanks a lot i need this tutorial as I am still using CS4 but planning to upgrade to cs6

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  4. In Photoshop CS6 the best improvements are Vector Toolset and 3D tools. Thanks for sharing this nice collection of Photoshop CS 6 Tutorials.

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  5. Nice and helpful Article. Its help me lot. Thank you.

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  6. Awesome collections. Looking forward to have more from you. Thanks for the post.

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    1. Stay tuned.

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