The following is a simple and straightforward Lunacore technique to add round corners to a photograph:

- Open picture
- Double click on the background layer
- Select the Rounded Rectangle Tool (U) (Make sure that Paths is selected, see attachment)
- Adjust radius
- Draw the rounded rectangle
- Select in the menu: Layer/Add Vector Mask/Current Path
- Create a new layer beneath this layer that will serve as your background.

Round Corners

Not long ago I met someone on a forum who wanted to make digital paintings and decided to buy Paint Shop Pro, thinking that Photoshop was mostly suited for retouching photographs.

Hopefully I can convince people that this is a misconception; Photoshop is actually very well suited for painting as some of the following artists show (click on each link to see an example):

Linda Bergkvist
Wei Chen
Marc Simonetti
Camille Kuo

Photoshop is nothing but a tool; it doesn’t teach you how to be creative, but allows you.

Wacom TabletIf you’re really serious about Photoshop, then you might consider buying a tablet. The most recommended tablet is the Wacom Intuos

These tablets aren’t cheap, but in return you get top quality. Most people tend to be satisfied with a 6×8 sized tablet. It also depends on how much space you want to sacrifice on your desk, how much money you’re willing to spend and what kind of techniques you use; people who prefer long strokes are probably better of with a larger tablet.

Here’s a collection of some links of sites that offer painting tutorials;

Katherine Dinger
Linda Bergkvist (check gallery/tutorials)
Rebekah Lynn

Photoshop TV episode 21Photoshop Guys Scott Kelby and Dave Cross are your hosts in the 21st episode of Photoshop TV.

Some of the subjects of this week’s episode:

- ins and outs of working with guides and smart guides

- a multi-part tutorial on restoring old photos with with variations, the spot healing brush applying sepia tone and more

- how to convert color to greyscale in RAW

- new methods for converting to greyscale

- suggestion to have a look at Mordy Golding’s Illustrator Blog and Designorati

- last week’s prize winner and how to win this week’s prize

It can take a lot of time to load Photoshop if you use many plug-ins and they also use memory.
Plug-ins Folder

Now here’s a suggestion; put those plug-ins that you seldom use in a separate directory.
When you load Photoshop hold down Ctrl + Shift (Command + shift on the Mac); a window will pop-up asking you to select an additional plug-ins folder. Select your folder and click OK.






Photoshop will always use this additional plug-ins folder, until you:

- bring up the additional plug-ins folder window and select Cancel
- change the location of the additional plug-ins folder in the menu; Edit / Preferences / Plug-Ins & Scratch Disks…

In one of our previous blog posts we mentioned Scott Byer who showed how to use standard Mac and Windows tools to make Photoshop run faster.

Mac World explains in a recent article how you can increase the performance of Photoshop in other areas;

- Adjusting Cache Levels
- Reducing History States
- Reducing palette thumbnail size
- Do you really need that snapshot?
- Assigning RAM
- Assigning Scratch Disks

You can find the article here

Adobe is working hard according to Think Secret , to release Creative Suite 3 before the end of this year.
Unkown is still what kind of changes we can expect, but performance and integration seem to be two keywords.
Check out the article to get an idea what to expect for Adobe Photoshop.

PerformanceScott Byer shows in his blog how you can make Photoshop run faster in Windows and on the Mac.
Pretty technical stuff that Scott is discussing, but very useful for anyone who wants to get the maximum performance out of Photoshop.

Matt KloskowskiMatt Kloskowski is your host at Photoshop Killer Tips where he shares in videos all kind of useful Photoshop tips, timesaving shortcuts, workarounds, and undocumented tricks. Matt is also one of the hosts of Photoshop TV.

Here’s a list of what Matt has been talking about since January 20:

March 7: Type inside of a Shape
March 6: Hiding Layers Quickly
March 3: Opening a Layered PSD file without the Layers
March 2: Selection Trick
March 1: Vanishing Point Trick in Photoshop CS2

February 28: Deleting Layers the Easy Way
February 27: Quickly Jumping to Different Layers
February 24: Quickly Adding a Layer Below
February 23: Actions Shortcut
February 22: Closing multiple Photoshop Images at Once
February 21: Changing History in Photoshop CS2
February 20: Custom Shape Options
February 17: Adding Arrowheads to a Line
February 16: Quick Transformation Menus
February 15: Speeding up Photoshop
February 14: Duplicating Gradient Stops
February 13: No More Locked Layers
February 10: Warping Made Easy
February 9: Paste Images at the Right Size the First Time
February 8: Moving Layers between Images
February 7: Make Free Transform Easier
February 6: History Lesson
February 3: Palettes Your Way
February 2: Selection Secret
February 1: More Guide Tricks

January 31: Fading Filters
January 30: Healing Photos on a Separate Layer
January 27: More Undocumented Fill Shortcuts
January 26: Cropping Tips
January 25: Finding the Exact Center Point of an Object
January 24: Previewing Filters
January 23: Photoshop Shortcuts
January 20: Changing Shadow Highlight Defaults
January 20: Picking a color from anywhere
January 20: Adding points to a curve
January 20: Getting your selection back
January 20: Find your files in Bridge

Keep up all the good work Matt!

Arnold Ho shows on his blog how you can use Photoshop to make images look like miniature models:


Arnold also shows other examples of his technique on his matchbox toy car page, like this one:


Arnold wrote a nice tutorial that explains how to make these miniatures.
Correction March 19 2006: it was actually Christopher Phin who wrote that tutorial.

He also added a tips page on which he shows how to make the miniatures look more realistic.

Well done Arnold for coming up with an original concept, supported by well written articles!

DeJPEGEveryone has observed blocks and fringes caused by JPEG compression. This has become an inevitable, if annoying, part of digital imaging, and we have all learned to live with it.

Topaz Labs ends this problem by releasing their DeJPEG enhancer as freeware (only for Windows).

This Photoshop plug-in removes JPEG artifacts and enhances image clarity simultaneously. Its ease of use makes it perfect for everyone while its advanced algorithms achieve the optimal result.

No Photoshop? No problem. It works with anything that supports Photoshop plugins, including freeware such as Irfanview and GIMP.

In addition, Topaz DeJPEG supports:
- both 8-bit and 16-bit/channel
- Photoshop scripting and actions
- batch processing of multiple

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