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Updated: October 14, 2020

The Monticello Camera Club

Monticello, MN


Photoshop (& Lightroom) Tips

This page is devoted to listing Adobe Photoshop tips that our members would like to learn about. It can include links to websites that demonstrate these tips. Want to learn how to do something in Photoshop? Let us know and we will try to address it here. Email your questions to the email address below for the webmaster.

Q: Any good tutorials on Photoshop out there on the internet? *** New

A: has some good access to Photoshop tips and others.

A: has all sorts of topics to check out in general. They have information on Photography, Post Production (including Lightroom and Photoshop) and Cameras & Equipment.

A: has a series of video tutorials on Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom.

A: has a tutorial on "Easy Ways to Add Pizzazz to Blank Walls in Photoshop".

A: Adobe has a photoshop blog at The "3.2 Million Minutes and Counting: The Photoshop Playbook Index" has a large number of photoshop tips. If you go to the home page of, you can see they have tips on a lot of their other products.

Q: Can we get a copy of the Portrait Retouching Using Adobe Photoshop CS that Steve Huss presented at the 2013 Monticello Photo Show?

A: You ask and you will receive. Thanks to Steve, here it is as an Adobe PDF file.

These questions are related to the Photoshop Tutorial session presented at our camera club meeting on 11/17/2010. Give them a try.

Q: How can I create Panoramas in Photoshop (demonstrated by Jean D)?

A: Here are links to the various Tutorials to help you learn how to do panoramas. It explains how to set up your shot as well as process the work to produce your finished panorama.

Q: What are layers and how are they used (demonstrated by Jean D)?

A: The following links should help you out in understanding layers and how to use them.

Q: What are masks and how can they be used (demonstrated by Jean D)?

A: The following links should help you understand the use of masks under Photoshop.

Q: What is Camera Raw and how is it used (demonstrated by Ken K)?

A: The following tutorial found on Adobe's website should help you in understanding the use of Camera Raw.

Q: How do you resize photos, either making them larger or smaller and in batch mode (demonstrated by Claire M)?

A: Still awaiting a copy of the handout that was provided to our members but maybe these links can help you out in the meantime (provided by Jean D).

These questions are related to the Photoshop Tutorial session presented at our camera club meeting on 7/21/2010. Give them a try.

Q: I am having trouble with gray skies that I would like to replace with a different "blue sky" pictures. So basically, I would like to learn how to replace skies.

A: Refer to the "Replacing A Dull Sky in Photoshop Elements" tutorial on Also see and scroll down for the "Sky Replacement Using Blend Modes".

Q: How can I lighten a dark photo? (Note: this is just one way it can be done -- there are many others.)

A: See &

Q: I would like to know how to replicate the effect of the following photo. (Note: I refer to this as a Cartoon effect.)

A: See

Q: Can you create HDR (high dynamic range) photos from one image?

A: Using Photoshop (or other RAW editor) you can adjust a single RAW image that will work for creating an HDR image.

Load your photo into the RAW editor, then set the exposure level to -2 and save the image as a 16 bit TIFF without any metadata such as EXIF info. This is the important part. If you save it with EXIF info you will find that Photomatix relies on that info to produce the HDR shot. The problem with this is that the shutter speed and aperture values will be the same across the 3 images and Photomatix won’t know which image is -2, 0 and +2. Set the exposure level to 0, save that and then set it to +2 and save that image. This information was provided by

Q: How do you create HDR photos in Photoshop?

A: Use the File, Automate, Merge to HDR function. Select your series of 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 bracketed photos. I tried it and it does work but it doesn't give you any results close to what you can get with the Photomatix program.

Q: How do you add a text watermark over a photo in Adobe Photoshop (applies to version 5.5 or higher)?

A: Check out this link on It gives step by step instructions on how to create a test watermark in Adobe Photoshop. Examples are shown on the site.

Q: How do you create actions in Adobe Photoshop CS3 (other versions are similar)?

A: Check out this link on It gives step by step instructions on how to create an action for batch processing in Adobe Photoshop.

Q: Are there some good sites for Adobe Photoshop Tutorials?

A: I'm including in this one section any good sites that I find.

Q: How do you correct a photo for white balance problems?

A: Here's a good tutorial that shows how to correct for an image that looks good on one side but needs adjustment on the other side. This tutorial applies to both Photoshop and Photoshop Elements as well.

Q: What methods work best for sharpening an image?

Here's a good tutorial that discusses various methods that can be used depending on the version of Adobe Photoshop that you use.

Q: How can you create actions in Photoshop that can be used in Photoshop Elements?

A: On the website, there are many free tutorials. One I found explains the requirements to make an action created in Photoshop available for use in Photoshop Elements. Here's where you can find the tutorial:

Q: Where can I find some Photoshop Actions that are free?

A: This website has a video tutorial about recording actions to automate tasks. It can be found on You probably need high speed internet to view it. Here is an additional link to a tutorial that will help you with actions as well. And, Adobe has their Adobe Marketplace & Exchange. This one does require an Adobe login which you may have done if you registered your product. If you do a search on actions in Exchanges for Photoshop you will find all sorts of information and actions available. Some are free and some may cost you. You just have to look around. If you do a search for "photoshop elements actions" you can find some options that might work for you for use with Photoshop Elements.

Q: Where can I learn the basics of my photo editing software?

A: has a page that has links to common tasks for a variety of software programs. This includes Fundamentals of Working with Graphics, Graphic File Formats, How-Tos for Common Graphics Tasks, Adobe Photoshop Basics, Adobe Illustrator Basics, Adobe Photoshop Elements Basics, Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo Basics, Corel Painter Basics, CorelDraw Basics, Corel PhotoPAINT Basics, and More Software Basics.



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