An investment in knowledge
pays the best interest.
-Benjamin Franklin
Home   News   Tips   Glossary   Templates   Forums   Help   Logon   Order   Contact Us  


Photoshop Forum
By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Facebook Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on Google Plus Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost

This forum is for the discussion of Adobe Photoshop. Also, if there are other Adobe products you'd like to discuss, you may do so here.

Click Here To Subscribe to this forum and receive an email update whenever new posts are added, just scroll down to the bottom of this page and enter your email address in the comment form.

Permanent Link
Keywords: photoshop forum
Post New Topic

Read adding layers by Ray Lammbert @ 12/30/2011
I'm an addict for Photoshop Books and have been buying them since starting with Phoroshop 7. The best I've found is "Layers" by Matt Kloskowshi ISBN 10 #: 0-321-53416-6. Publisher Peachpit Press.
It's fairly old published 2008 but I still use it to prompt the old grey cells. Hope this helps
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read 1exadecima1 colour code5 with meaning by Mubeezi Micah @ 5/20/2011
Dear Alex,

What a site! I just tried copying the color code into an Access form and it works perfect.
Thanks a lot for sharing.
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read 1exadecima1 colour code5 with meaning by Alex Hedley @ 5/16/2011
Just found a cool site []

Lexadecimal: A hexadecimal colour code whose letters and numbers form an English word.

Found Access #acce55 and it's actually light green, guess Microsoft need to change it from purple :p


Reply from Richard Rost:

Ha ha. That's pretty neat.
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read adding layers by Stephen @ 11/4/2010
This should be easy, but I have not used PS in years. I cut an
image that I want to impose over a new background. I have the
2 images but I can't combine them. I also want to add text
when I get the composite image. Help

Answer from Richard Rost:

Take your background image and put it on its own layer. Put the foreground image on its own layer. Make this the visible, active layer. Now, using the selection tool of your choice, cut out (erase) the background elements from the FOREGROUND layer. Make both layers visible. Voila.

I cover this in my Photoshop 103 course:
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read cutting and pasting faces by Tricia @ 9/13/2010
I was able to cut a face from one photo and paste it onto teh head of a second photo. However, I am unable to figure out how to:
1. Resize the pasted face so it fits the scale of the body
2. Smooth the colors between the pasted face and the head so it looks natural.

Any suggestions/directions are appreciated. Thank you!


Answer from Richard Rost:

1. You should be able to use a free transform to get the size of the head correct.

2. Try adjusting the color, saturation, and brightness of the layer your face is on. This is more trial and error than anything else.
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read Reducing size of jpg photos for clarity by Wayne @ 8/22/2010
I'm creating a website that will have avatars of several book covers. Whenever I scan a book cover and reduce it for my website the image loses most of its clarity; the text becomes unreadable. The same is true for book covers I have created on my computer. What can I do to prevent the loss of clarity? Thanks.

Answer from Richard Rost:

Whenever you scan an image and then reduce it, you're going to lose SOME image quality. You just need to make small thumbnails of the book covers for your web site? If that's the case, your web design program might have an auto-thumbnail feature. I know that I use FrontPage/Expression Web and they can quickly and easily create a small autothumbnail of whatever size I specify (200 pixels across, say) and the quality looks pretty good. See if yours has the same.
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read Photoshop hotkey by heartscool @ 8/5/2010
New…                    Ctrl+N
Open…                    Ctrl+O
Browse…                 Alt+Ctrl+O
Open As…                 Alt+Shift+Ctrl+O
Edit in ImageReady    Shift+Ctrl+M
Close                    Ctrl+W
Close All            Alt+Ctrl+W
Close and Go To Bridge… Shift+Ctrl+W
Save                    Ctrl+S
Save As…            Shift+Ctrl+S
Save a Version…    Alt+Ctrl+S
Save for Web…            Alt+Shift+Ctrl+S
Revert                    F12
File Info…            Alt+Shift+Ctrl+I
Page Setup…            Shift+Ctrl+P
Print with Preview…    Alt+Ctrl+P
Print…                    Ctrl+P
Print One Copy            Alt+Shift+Ctrl+P
Print Online…   
Exit                    Ctrl+Q
Undo/Redo            Ctrl+Z
Step Forward            Shift+Ctrl+Z
Step Backward            Alt+Ctrl+Z
Fade…                    Shift+Ctrl+F
Cut                    Ctrl+X
Copy                    Ctrl+C
Copy Merged            Shift+Ctrl+C
Paste                    Ctrl+V
Paste Into            Shift+Ctrl+V
Fill…                    Shift+F5
Free Transform            Ctrl+T
Transform                       >
Again                    Shift+Ctrl+T
Color Settings…    Shift+Ctrl+K
Keyboard Shortcuts…    Alt+Shift+Ctrl+K
Menus…                    Alt+Shift+Ctrl+M
Preferences                     >
General…            Ctrl+K
Adjustments                     >
Levels…            Ctrl+L
Auto Levels            Shift+Ctrl+L
Auto Contrast            Alt+Shift+Ctrl+L
Auto Color            Shift+Ctrl+B
Curves…            Ctrl+M
Color Balance…            Ctrl+B
Hue/Saturation…    Ctrl+U
Desaturate            Shift+Ctrl+UImage
Canvas Size…            Alt+Ctrl+C
Layer…                    Shift+Ctrl+N
Layer via Copy            Ctrl+J
Layer via Cut            Shift+Ctrl+J
Create/Release Clipping Mask Alt+Ctrl+G
Group Layers            Ctrl+G
Ungroup Layers            Shift+Ctrl+G
Bring to Front            Shift+Ctrl+]
Bring Forward            Ctrl+]
Send Backward            Ctrl+[
Send to Back            Shift+Ctrl+[
Merge Layers            Ctrl+E
Merge Visible            Shift+Ctrl+E
All                    Ctrl+A
Deselect            Ctrl+D
Reselect            Shift+Ctrl+D
Inverse            Shift+Ctrl+I
All Layers            Alt+Ctrl+A
Feather...            Alt+Ctrl+D
Last Filter            Ctrl+F
Extract...            Alt+Ctrl+X
Liquify...            Shift+Ctrl+X
Pattern Maker...    Alt+Shift+Ctrl+X
Vanishing Point...    Alt+Ctrl+V
Proof Setup                     >
Proof Colors            Ctrl+Y
Gamut Warning            Shift+Ctrl+Y
Zoom In            Ctrl++
Zoom Out            Ctrl+-
Fit on Screen            Ctrl+0
Actual Pixels            Alt+Ctrl+0
Extras                    Ctrl+H
Target Path                     Shift+Ctrl+H
Grid                    Ctrl+'
Guides                    Ctrl+;
Rulers                    Ctrl+R
Snap                    Shift+Ctrl+;
Lock Guides            Alt+Ctrl+;
Actions            Alt+F9
Brushes            F5
Color                    F6
Info                    F8
Layers                    F7
Photoshop Help            F1
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read best photoshop cs3 book i can get by heni @ 5/6/2010
I have the adobe cs3 master suite. But my focus is in phototshop and later on how to coordinate them with the other programs in the suite. So can you suggest any tutorial or book that can get me in hand very well with photoshop. Especially starting at the basic level and goes all the way up. THANKS IN ADVANCE!

Answer from Richard Rost:

Well, of course I make my own Photoshop tutorials, so I would refer you there… but my favorite BOOK has always been the "Classroom in a Book" book that Adobe Press publishes.
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read diplomas/degrees ?? by billie @ 4/26/2010
I just started working for a private vocational school ... and they are STILL typing and hand lettering their diplomas/degrees !

What SIMPLE software could you suggest for printing these at the end of every sememster ?

Note:  They only print 10-20 every semester ... so high volume stuff is not needed.

They are using Windows 7 on most computers.

Thanks !

Answer from Richard Rost:

You wouldn't need Photoshop for this. You could just do it with a pretty font and something simple like a Microsoft Word template. Buy blank certificates from an office supply store.
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read noise by Cindy Rogers @ 3/26/2010
I use Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 and am scanning pretty good quality 35m photos but when printing on Epson stylus RX680 I get lots of spotty graininess that isn't on original what can I do to avoid this.

Answer from Richard Rost:

My first thought is that you aren't printing with good enough resolution. Have you set your printer to the highest quality? This will be in your PRINT settings, not in Photoshop.

Also, have you tried a different printer?
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read Video still to "digital" photo by Alan @ 3/15/2010
Hi, Richard.

I have a number of old VHS that I converted to DVD, some personal, some old TV programmes. The quality of the DVD versions is very good, but you can tell (from the slight "grain" and plasticky halos) that these were once on VHS.

I'd like to make passable looking "digital" photographs from the stills, so that you can't tell they were originally taken from video.

My results so far have been lamentable, but I'm sure there must be a way to clean up these images, so that they are as crisp and clear as any ordinary digital photo.

Any suggestions you might have would be very welcome.

I use CS1 (can't afford to upgrade) and The Gimp.

Best wishes,

Alan, England.

Answer from Richard Rost:

I could spend hours and hours giving you tips on cleaning up old photos. In fact, I have a tutorial on my web site that's an hour long that explains it:

The more work you put into the picture, the better it will look. You can apply filters, and remove scratches, and all kinds of things.

Going over all that here, however, would take me a while. :)
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read photo shop by jacqueline @ 12/29/2009
want to learn how to make cd out of pictures thank you
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read Photoshop to PDF by Mike @ 12/22/2009

I have Photoshop version 7.0 and I would like to transfer a scanning image from Photoshop to a PDF file via email. How can I do it?

Best regards,


Answer from Richard Rost:

You will need to install a PDF creator, like Adobe Acrobat. Then you'll just print to a PDF file. If you can't afford Acrobat, there are freeware and shareware PDF creators available as well. Look on
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read CS3 courses by Richard Rost @ 11/14/2008
Scott, Dreamweaver is on my list. First I need to finish the Office 2007 tutorials and some other Web Design classes (Expression Web, HTML, JavaScript). Then, we'll see. I probably won't get to Dreamweaver until at least Spring 2009, to be honest.
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read CS3 courses by Scott @ 11/11/2008
Are you thinking about having a training CD for Adobe dreamweaver ?
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read adobe photoshop elements 6 by Richard Rost @ 10/15/2008
Selena, for slide shows, I would really recommend PowerPoint over Photoshop. You would use Photoshop to edit or cleanup the pictures that you put in a PowerPoint presentation. As far as a MOVIE goes, there are programs you can use to convert PowerPoint presentations into movies. See:
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read adobe photoshop elements 6 by selena @ 10/7/2008
is there any training about putting a slideshow together or techniques, tips etc...more like movie making or putting pic together as a movie or slideshow
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read photo elements by Lee @ 9/24/2008
I have Elements 2 and 3 but I do not care for  elements 3 as it seems to be
intended more for photographers.
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply
Read Creative Uses For Photoshop by Richard Rost @ 9/18/2008
So share your Photoshop stories... what are some of the most creative ways you've used Photoshop? If you'd like to include a link to any pictures you've made, feel free to do so.
Show Just This Thread        Post Reply

Show Older Posts         Collapse All Topics


Post Your Comments or Subscribe
    If you would like to be notified of new posts on this forum,
    just enter your email address below. It will be kept private.
If you just want to subscribe to get email updates when this forum is updated, then enter your name and email address and check the Notify Me box below. If you would optionally like to add your comments below to be posted, they are welcome.
  Your Name:  Required
  Your Email:  NOT Public


Sorry about this step. It's just to keep the spam bots away:
  Verify: What is 8+6:
  Notify me when the this forum is updated
  Remember Me for my next comments
Please do not use this form for Customer Service inquiries! If you have questions about your account, shipping info, courses you've ordered, need passwords, etc. please use the Customer Service Center instead.

I value your comments. They will be displayed on this page (above). Your name will be displayed, but your email address will not be.
As always, I promise to never give away your personal information to anyone else, ever.

NOTE: If you don't leave your name and email address, DON'T expect a reply. I can't promise a personal reply to everyone who posts here. I TRY my best, but I cannot guarantee it. If you don't leave your real name and email address, I won't even bother. I usually just hit DELETE. -Richard



You may want to read these articles from the 599CD News:

10/7/2009Photoshop 203 Handbook Finished
10/2/2009Photoshop 201 Handbook Online
6/25/2009Photoshop 103 Handbook
11/14/2008Photoshop 102 Handbook Finished
6/8/2008Three NEW Photoshop Courses
6/8/2008Photoshop 205
6/8/2008Photoshop 204
6/8/2008Photoshop 203
1/1/2008Photoshop Forum
1/2/2007Photoshop 101 Handbook

Visual Basicindex
Account Login
Online Theater
Lost Password
Free Upgrades
Insider Circle
Student Databases
Change Email
Latest News
New Releases
User Forums
Topic Glossary
Tips & Tricks
Search Our Site
Waiting List
Production Schedule
Collapse Menus
Live Chat
Customer Support
WalkThru Tutorials
Consulting Services
About Us
Affiliate Program
Richard Rost
Free Lessons
Mailing List
Video Tutorials
MYOLP Memberships
Idiot's Guide to Excel
Volume Discounts
Payment Info
Terms of Sale
Gift CDs
Live Chat
General Info
Support Policy
Contact Form
Email Us
Mailing Address
Phone Number
Fax Number
Course Survey
Facebook    Twitter

Google Plus    LinkedIn

Blog RSS Feed    YouTube Channel
Richard Rost Microsoft MVP