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Photoshop is Adobe Systems' software for image manipulation and photo editing.

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Is there any advantage to using Photoshop and Lightroom as a team? (as opposed to PS with other library software)

I currently use Aperture 3.1 for tweaks and library management and I'm happy with it for that purpose, but I am considering buying Photoshop CS5 for more extreme editing. I was wondering if there was ...
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Which graphics card should I use for Photoshop (nVIDIA or Intel)?

Can you please give me some advice about these video integrated graphics cards: 1. nVIDIA GeForce 2. Intel HD Graphics Which one is better to use photoshop? Thank you in advance!
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'Save for Web' in Photoshop Makes Photo Darker?

I received a batch of images from a photographer and I wanted to reduce the dimensions of a couple, so I opened them up in Photoshop. They looked fine - the color was good, but when I went to save for ...
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How can I link two layer masks together in Photoshop?

I'm trying to apply two adjustment layers to a parts of a photo in Adobe Photoshop. The adjustment layers are masked to the same section of the photo; so I have to copy the contents of one layer mask ...
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Is a NAPP membership valuable to a hobbyist photographer?

The National Association of Photoshop Professionals attracted my information recently. It seems a subscription provides access to the Photoshop User magazine, member-only forums and help, tutorials, ...
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In photoshop 7, how do I change the font layer background color without rasterizing the layer? [closed]

In photoshop 7, how do I change the font layer background color without rasterizing the layer?
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Fixing the brightness level in a panoramic photo

I've created a panormamic photograph from 4 separate shots using AutoStitch. The panorama came out fine, except that the left side of the image is brighter than the right side: What's the best way ...
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What are the alternatives to Photoshop? Is Gimp a good option?

It seems that Photoshop is the dominant software in that space, however I am a hobbyist photographer and Photoshop is not cheap. Is there anything else that compares and that does not have such a high ...
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Can I stop Lightroom from creating a TIFF file when exporting to Photoshop?

My wife does some photography on the side for a hobby. She uses Lightroom for most of her editing and she also uses the "Edit In Photoshop" option as well. I have no idea why she has to go to PS, ...
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How Do I Use Layer Masks in Photoshop CS5? [closed]

I use photoshop cs5 and I want to know how to do a mask layer (i think thats what i want)? i want to edit the foreground separate to the background and I can''t figure out the easiest way to separate ...
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How to select children from a complex background?

I am trying to figure out how to select a group of children from the background. The image below is not the one I am using, but it is similar in that there is no clear distinction between the children ...
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How can I use Photoshop to blend 2 photos together based on brightness?

Basically, I have 2 exposures of the same seen: 1 dark, 1 normal. I'd like all to replace all parts of the normal photo that are above a certain brightness with the same parts from the darker. ...
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Why doesn't Lightroom offer conversion from RGB to CMYK?

I have never fully understood why Lightroom works exclusively in the RGB colour space. I would assume that a large number of Lightroom users use the software to prepare their photos for print. Yet, I ...
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Lightroom vs. Elements vs. Photoshop: Side-by-side comparison?

I'm a bit overwhelmed by the available options in regards to the three major photo editing apps from Adobe. Does anyone know of an article or site that lists the features of Lightroom, PS Elements, ...
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Applying adjustment layer only to one layer in photoshop

Is it possible to add an adjustment layer just to one layer in Photoshop? I've tried, but the adjustment layer seems to affect all layers.
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Is it possible to upgrade the RAW plugin in Photoshop without having to upgrade Photoshop?

I've been happy with Photoshop CS2 for a long while now, but I've recently upgraded my camera, and I've found that the RAW plugin I've got doesn't support the updated version of the RAW files. Is it ...
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How do I correct white balance in JPEG images?

A friend of mine accidentally shot a load of photos with the white-balance on his camera set to "Tungsten". Is there an easy way to correct the resultant colour cast with Photoshop?
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Does Photoshop have an equivalent to Gimp's “Color to Alpha”?

I have discovered Gimp's "Color to Alpha" feature, and man is it awesome! Basically, it will extract a particular color out of a selection and convert it to transparency. This gave me the ability to ...
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Nikon raw file need to be converted to be open in Photoshop?

I have to convert to .DNG with an Adobe external tool before use in Photoshop because Photoshop doesn't recognize the Raw file that my Nikon D5000 produce. Is that normal that I have to convert all ...
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How do I get Adobe Camera RAW to read the the in-camera settings from Nikon raw .NEF files?

I dislike the losing of camera settings when I shoot in raw (.NEF) in nikon. The colors become dimmed and the camera noise reduction is removed , so the the photos look very noisy compared with ...
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How to achieve this specific metalic look in Photoshop?

Using photoshop, how do I get an image to have this silvery/metallic look? I know how the scene was lit--the photographer explains how, so I am aware how to duplicate that part of it, but I believe ...
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Best airbrushing plugin?

What is the best airbrushing plugin besides Kodak Digital GEM Airbrush Pro and Portraiture? I the kodak plugin to cleanup skin and textures, but they're apparently not going to upgrade for ...
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How do I make a bottle image transparent?

I've taken some stock photography of lots of clear bottles, and now want to remove the background (which is white-ish, because at a pinch I could leave it...) so that the bottle becomes transparent ...
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How do I move my post-processing beyond Picasa?

Over time I've become fairly skilled in using Picasa to do post-processing starting with NEF files, but I'm thinking it's time to step it up a notch, and explore what I can do with a more ...
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Ideas to make a great wall paper

I have few photos in portrait mode. I wish to make a good wallpaper by removing the background and applying various photoshop techniques. Can you please suggest me few tutorials or ideas to make a ...
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How do I copy smart objects from one opened file to another

Lets say I have two opened images I am working on in Photo Shop. I want to copy an entire layer or a smart object from one opened image to the other opened image. How do i do it?
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What are the key photography-related features from Photoshop that are missing in GIMP?

I am on a tight budget and chose to use GIMP for editing since it is free. What important photographic post-processing features am I missing from Photoshop?
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What are some good online forums for discussing photographic editing?

What are some good forums for talking about editing photos in Photoshop or GIMP? Where do you talk about such things? EDIT: Other than here, of course.
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Any good tutorials for learning how to post-process images?

I don't really know where to start with post-processing my images. I normally just straighten, crop and sharpen. Do people know of any good resources on the internet for getting a grip with Photoshop ...
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What benefit does Lightroom 3 offer over Photoshop + Bridge?

I've been happily using Photoshop and Bridge to manage and edit my digital photos. I'm aware that Lightroom 3 was recently released, and decided to take a look at it, since Lightroom has been widely ...