I’ve used a lot of methods over the years for clipping out (Masking) people with wild, frilly hair and difficult subjects from a background in a photo. I’ve seen countless videos purporting to make your life easy by showing you a new method. NONE have been as easy as this one! I’ve been using this method for quite a while now, and I can tell you that in my experience it is the easiest way I’ve come across that yields good results.
I’ve shared a lot of tips and how-tos for Photoshop over the years, and I’ve trained several production artists and designers on how to use and improve their skills in Photoshop. But one of those things that really hard to explain is color and how to use the features in Photoshop that are related to color. Features like “Blend If.”
Don’t feel bad if you don’t recognize the name. You’ve seen it. And you’ve probably used it… sort of. But trust me, once you watch this 11-minute video you’re going to look forward to the next time you use a Layer Blend Mode. The results can be the difference between so-so and stunning.
If you don’t watch or read any Photoshop tutorials this year, make this one the exception!
Adobe Illustrator has an awesome tool that I’m willing to bet most designers have never used. The Width Tool (pictured at right) allows you to adjust the width of paths—not just the entire path as a whole, but the parts of the path between handles independently (see the image above for examples normal paths, and the same path adjusted with the Width Tool). Adjustments can be made to any path, including outlined fonts.
For the full scoop check out Getting a Handle on Illustrator’s Width Tool over at Creative Pro