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Photoshop’s Built-In Actions: Default Actions

Photoshop actions allow you to record a series of steps that you might do numerous times on other images, and then play back that series automatically on a new image. Photoshop CS4 comes with dozens of actions already created for you. In this article, I’ll give a pictorial and descriptive run-down of Photoshop’s built-in Default […]

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Make a Tiki God in Photoshop

The rest of America is in love with Hawaii, and has been since World War II. At that time, soldiers and sailors returned to the mainland with all manner of trinkets, including replicas of the Tiki gods which can be found throughout Polynesia. In this tutorial, you can make one of your own using just […]

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The Hexadecimal Color Wheel

Hexadecimal color is the color mode used on the Web. It’s a very efficient method, using only six digits to identify a single color out of the 16.8 million available on modern computer monitors. This guide will help you understand what “hexadecimal” means, and how to predict what particular color a given six-digit figure (like […]

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Turn a Beetle into a Brush in Photoshop

Photoshop is so flexible, it lets your artistic side go wild. In this tutorial, you’ll create a custom Photoshop brush using a photo of a beetle. You can adapt this method to make a custom brush out of any image. We’ll also work with Photoshop’s dynamic Brushes panel.

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The CMYK Color Wheel

CMYK stands for Cyan-Magenta-Yellow and Key color (black). These are the primary colors for the translucent ink used in offset lithography (printing). When you subtract all four CMYK colors, you get the white of the paper (no color). That’s why CMYK is called “subtractive color”. After the jump, learn more!