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Free tutorials on Photoshop and Lightroom

We have just launched our Photoshop and Lightroom learning center. Check out the free videos that will teach you how to use Lightroom in 15 minutes, the difference between Lightroom and Bridge, Photoshop and Lightroom intergration workflow, Photoshop for Lightroom Users and Lightroom for Photoshop users. This is one of those pages full of those little gems that get you up to speed fast and are hard to find!


Photoshop CC 2014 New Features

Photoshop is new again! Check out our CC launch site. All the new features of the latest release of Photoshop CC 14.2 are explained in detail. .Be sure to keep up with all the latest Adobe innovations.

Photoshop Creative Cloud Learning Site

Don't forget to check out Photoshop World 2014 in Las Vegas - Sept 3-5

Colin Smith will be speaking there seceral times, on topics from Multi-Shot Mayhem, CG Photography and Video for Photographers.


Learning resources on video


cast shadow in photoshop how toPhotoshopCAFE awarded the best DVD of the year from PPA

Lightroom 5 For Digital Photographers training was awarded the coveted Hot One Award for 2014. This is the 2nd time this Lightroom training series has won this award (2011 for the LR3 version). We work very hard to make sure our training is the best in the world, and it's nice to be recognized for our passion!

Check out the winning video, Lightroom 5 For Digital Photographers.



Newest Tutorials

cast shadow in photoshop how toProcessing HDR Landscape Photos in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom

You are able to work with merged HDR images in ACR and Lightroom , meaning that you have a lot more tonal range, or details in shadows and details in highlights to work with. The result is a photograph that looks very close to what you witnessed with your eyes.

Processing HDR Photos in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom


cast shadow in photoshop how toCreate reusable grafitti and add it to a photograph

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to create reusable grafitti in Photoshop. You will then learn how to apply it in a realistic fashion to a photograph. There is a link to the free font used as well as a free downloadable layer style of the result.

Tagging your images with grafitti, Photoshop Tutorial.


cast shadow in photoshop how toHow to Create a Tiny Planet in Photoshop (Using aerial photos)

In this Photoshop Tutorial, Colin Smith uses aerial photos from his DJI Phantom quadcopter to create a tiny planet effect. In this tutorial, learn how to stitch panorama from multiple photos and then turn them into the tiny planet effect.

Watch the video on creating panorama tiny planets in Photoshop CC.



Change eye color tutorialHow to create a mermaid in Photoshop

Learn how this composite was made in Photoshop. Combining photographs, 3D and Photoshop, use are able to create CQ composited that enable the impossible. Also find out how the photograph was lit and shot.

CG Photomanipulations in Photoshop



Change eye color tutorialHow to Match color and light in Photoshop composites

In this free photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to take the color of the background and apply it to the subject that you aare placing into the photo. Also learn how to make the light match between youre subject and the background for realistic and creative photoshop composites.

Matching the color and light in a composite.



change the color of eyes in photoshopHow to change the color of eyes in Photoshop

In this free photoshop tutorial, Colin Smith shows you how to change the color of eyes in a photograph. Change eyes to green, blue, brown or even vampire red in a very natural way. Colin's method will give you pro looking results that even maintain secondary colors.

Changing eye color in Photoshop retouching tutorial






artists interviewsJeromy Cox. Comic book artist (Marvel, DC, Dark Horse)

In this interview, Colin Smith sits down with Jeromy Cox. Jeromy does digital comic book coloring for a living. He works on Spider-man, Batman and Superman among other famous names. He also has his own comic book, Vampyrates. Find out what it's like to work as a professional comic book artist and what inspires Jeromy to do what he does.

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Design Challenge 14 Winners

Congrats to Dewking! Wins, a Wacom Intuos Pro, Epson R3000, Adobe Creative Cloud, Sketchbook Pro, PhotoshopCAFE training videos.
This was our 14th year running the PhotoshopCAFE Design Challenge. This time around the challenge was "Photoshop; The Event" , the twist? All entries have to be black and white!

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Popular Tutorials

HDR tutorial photoshopCreating HDR Photos in Photoshop

HDR photography is more than an effect, more than a buzzword. This tutorial will show you what you need to get started creating stunning High Dynamic range images. Colin Smith shows you how to shoot, merge, and tonemap your way to stunning High Dynamic Range photos. Fully updated and now includes Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC

Shooting and combining HDR photos.


photo cut out in photoshop masking tutorial Removing a Photograph from its background

It used to be that the extract tool was the way to go in Photoshop for masking photographs. In CS4 it started dissapearing. Now the extract tool is gone in Photoshop CS5.Fear not! Refine Edge and Quick select are the fastest way to remove an object from it's background in Photoshop. Not only fast, but the results are great. This Refine Edge tutorial will show you how its done.

Extracting photos with Refine Edge and Quick Select

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CS6 superguide

Lightroom 5 learning resourcesLightroom 5 training

We have you totally covered with our Lightroom 5 Launch site that includes 5 free videos by Colin Smith, walking you through the important new features. Read about what's new and exciting.

Lightroom 5 Training Site

New 13 Hour Lightroom 5 Training Video



DJI Phantom quadcopter reviewDJI Phantom 2 Vision Review and test footage

I'm very excited to be one of the first people to fly the new DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quad-copter. This device makes it possible for anyone to shoot aerial video of photographs on a budget. Every time I fly the Phantom or the Phantom 2 I get quite a crowd of curious onlookers. Read and watch my (video) review and watch the phantom Fly and see what it's all about. Also check out the examples of aerial photography and video that I've posted. - See More



principles of beautiful typography Colin's 10 Principles for Better Type Design

One of the biggest things I have seen destroy a nice design is bad use of typography. A block of text should be inviting to read and not look like a chore. I'm going to provide a few principles and tips to help you avoid a lot of common typography mistakes. Remember these aren't set in stone, they are suggestions, but as they say, "You first have to know the rules before you can break them"

10 Principles for better type design



HDR tutorial photoshopVideo in Photoshop Book

Video in Photoshop for Photographers and Designers.

This is a straight-to-the-point book for people who know nothing about video. It meets photographers and designers exactly where they are at today. Then using plain English and building on the knowledge they already acquired, shows them exactly what to do, to edit and deliver pro quality video using nothing but Adobe Photoshop, a program that is already used by everyone.

Get a free chapter and see a sample here

Photoshop Photorealistic Illustrations

photoshop photorealistic illustrationsI won the GURU Award for Illustration again at Photoshop World and I was a finalist in the MacWorld Design contest. I also was a finalist in the Web Design Category. It seems that these images have been taking the world by storm. They have been featured in various magazines and I'm featured in the New Masters Of Photoshop book. Check out my Guitar and other images in the Gallery.

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Colin Smith Interview on NIK Radio

Scott Sheppard interviews me about everything from photography, technology, roots, HDR, the Route CS6 tour, PhotoshopCAFE beginnings and so much more. I talk about the things I’m passionate about, such as how to develop your own personal style and how to succeed in the industry.

Check it out, it’s worth a listen



Colin featured in After Capture Magazine
You can download the pdf of the interview.

Colin featured as spotlight interview on Renderosity home page.
Read the interview here

The Story Behind Colin Smith
Interview in Photoshop Creative Magazine
Read it here

Colin featured in Advanced Photoshop Magazine.
See the Spreads here

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PhotoshopCAFE founder, Colin Smith Nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame at Photoshop World 2005 & 2006, Las Vegas

More news

Colin Smith's Speaking Schedule 2013 - 14

San Jose CA, (Adobe HQ)
17 Dec 2012

International CES, Las Vegas
Jan 8-10, 2013

Adobe Seattle
Jan 15th

Photoshop Week, Creative Live
Feb 28th (9:00am and 10:45 am)

Adobe Create Now San Diego
March 16, 2013

Adobe Create Now Camp, San Jose CA
March 23, 2013

Photoshop World, Orlando FL
April 19th 2013

Photo Video West, San Diego, CA
April 27, 28 2013

Palm Springs Photo Festival
April 30, 2013

The Big Photo Show (PMA), Los Angeles
May 4-5. 2013

Adobe Create Now Camp, OC, CA

June 1st 2013

Creative Live, HDR
Aug 02, 2013

Creative Live, Video, Motion Graphics
Aug 03, 2013

Photoshop World, Las Vegas

September, 4-6. 2013

Photo Plus Expo PPE. New York

October 26th 2013

PHOTOPLUS Expo (PPE). New York

October 26th 2013

Imaging USA - Phoenix, AZ

Jan 12-14, 2014

Photoshop Week creativeLIVE

Feb. 24-28 2014

WPPI, Las Vegas

March 4 2014

Photoshop World, Atlanta GA

April 8-10 2014

Big Photo Show, Los Angeles

May 17-18 2014