1. Non-destructive dodge and burn in Photoshop

It may be hard to believe these days, but there was a time not so long ago when cameras were not digital, and photo developing was done in a lab, not on your computer. Digital cameras and Photoshop may have brought the world of photo editing out of the darkroom and into your living room (or wherever your computer happens to be), but many of Photoshop's tools and features have their roots in traditional film development. Two great examples of this are Photoshop's Dodge and Burn tools, both of which are found in the Tools palette. The terms "dodge" and "burn" refer to techniques that were used to either lighten (dodge) or darken (burn) specific areas of a photo by increasing or limiting the exposure in those areas...
Using dodge and burn in Photoshop
   

2. Changing Hair Color in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, we're going to look at how simple and easy it is to change hair color in Photoshop by tinting and colorizing someone's hair in a photo. The technique we'll be learning here gives us complete control over what we're doing, with several different ways of fine-tuning the results, plus we can also go back any time we want and change the hair color without having to redo all the work! You can use this technique on photos of other people (friends, family, clients), or you can even use it on a photo of yourself to see how different hair colors would look on you! Here's the image I'll be using for this Photoshop tutorial...
Changing hair color in Photoshop
   

3. Cropping Photos Without Changing The Aspect Ratio

Cropping images is by far one of the most common, every day uses for Photoshop. It's so common that Photoshop comes with a tool designed specifically for cropping photos, conveniently named the Crop Tool. One of the great things about the Crop Tool is that you can easily crop your photos to common photo sizes like 4x6, 5x7 or 8x10 simply by entering the width and height values into the Options Bar before dragging out your cropping border, or by selecting a preset crop size from the Preset picker.

That may be great, but what if you don't want to change the aspect ratio of the photo? What if you want to crop the image while keeping the width-to-height ratio the same as the original...
Photo cropping using Photoshop
   

4. Easy Smooth and Soften Skin in a Image

In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we're going to learn an easy way to soften and smooth someone's skin in a photo without blurring out important image details, such as the person's eyes and mouth. The technique we'll be looking at is actually a slight variation on a method normally used for advanced image sharpening, which serves as a great example of why it's much more important to understand what you're doing rather than simply memorizing a bunch of steps or "recipes". The more you understand what you're doing in Photoshop and why, the more your mind will open to new ideas and new possibilities. Here's the image I'll be working with in this tutorial...
Smooth and soft skin in Photoshop
   

5. Enhancing the Sky in a Photo/image

In this Adobe Photoshop tutorial, we're going to look at how to enhance the sky in a photo, bringing out details in the clouds, improving the contrast and increasing color saturation, and we can do all these things at once using a very simple technique.

Often times when taking pictures outdoors, the camera exposes the shot based on the brightness of the subject you're focusing on, which is fine except that it tends to overexpose the sky, washing away that rich, deep blue along with most of the details in the clouds...
Image enhancement
   

6. Fix tone and color with levels in Photoshop

When it comes to editing images in Photoshop, the first thing we always want to do is fix any overall tonal and/or color problems in the image (commonly referred to as "global" problems) before moving on to more specific problem areas ("local" problems), and the tool of choice for the task is the same today as it's been for years - Photoshop's Levels command, which not only handles the job like a pro, it makes overall tonal and color correction incredibly simple and easy.

In this Photoshop tutorial on photo editing, we're going to see just how easy it is. Here's the image I'll be using for this tutorial...
Fixing color in Photoshop
   

7. Improving image tone with levels in Photoshop

In this photo editing tutorial, we'll learn how to quickly correct overall tonal problems in an image using the Levels adjustment in Photoshop. In a previous tutorial, we looked at how to fix both tone and color cast problems at once using the Levels command, but a more common first step in a good photo editing workflow is to simply correct any tonal problems, brightening highlights, darkening shadows and adjusting the midtones, leaving any needed color corrections for later steps. As we'll see, the Levels adjustment makes tonal correction so fast and easy, you'll be turning dull, lifeless images into ones that seem to pop right off the screen in a matter of seconds...
Improving image tone in Photoshop
   

8. Bringing Out Shadow and Highlight Detail in an Image

Bringing Out Shadow and Highlight Detail in an Image In this Photoshop tutorial, we'll learn how to bring out hidden detail in the shadows and highlights of an image using Photoshop's aptly named Shadow/Highlight adjustment. First introduced in Photoshop CS, the Shadow/Highlight command quickly became a favorite with photographers and photo retouchers for its amazing ability to bring out details in the shadow and highlight areas of an image that were simply too dark or too light to see.

In fact, the Shadow/Highlight command proved to be so good at bringing out image detail, many Photoshop users began applying it to all of their images, even ones that at first glance didn't seem to need it...
Image shadow and highlight
   

9. Photo brightness and contrast in Photoshop

Over the years, since Photoshop first appeared on the scene, many unsuspecting photographers and photo retouches have fallen prey to the evil known as the Brightness/Contrast command. Beginner Photoshop users looking to improve the overall appearance of their images headed up to the Image > Adjustments menu and were delighted to find a simple and seemingly straightforward little option called Brightness/Contrast. With a dialog box made up of only two sliders - one for brightness and one for contrast - what could be easier?
Unfortunately, the only thing you could do quite easily with the Brightness/Contrast command was destroy your images...
Using brightness and contrast in Photoshop
   

10. Color Replacement Tool in Photoshop

In a previous tutorial, we looked at the Background Eraser and why it's one of the best tools in Photoshop for removing unwanted areas of an image. In this tutorial, we'll learn all about the Color Replacement Tool and how it enables us to change the color of an object in a photo without a lot of fuss or hassle. You may be wondering what on earth a tool for erasing backgrounds has to do with a tool for changing colors, and the answer is, a lot! Both of these tools use the exact same technology for detecting the pixels in the image that need to be changed. The only difference is that one of them deletes pixels entirely, the other simply changes their color...
Color replacement in Photoshop
   
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