FAQ : Photoshop Tutorials


Woohoo! It’s a gorgeous day here in Orange County and I’m loving life! I’m editing Saturday’s wedding (post coming tomorrow) and all I can think about is the most AMAZING Photoshop tutorials on the web. No, really, I know I type with CAPS LOCK all.the.time but, really, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find a better guide to understanding Photoshop in a fun and entertaining format.

I’m often asked a lot of Photoshop questions and while I’d love to answer every email, I simply cannot. Like I’ve mentioned before, I use The Boutwell’s Totally Rad Actions and Kevin Kubota’s Action Packs to process my images in Photoshop. They pretty much rock my world. However, in the past couple of weeks Doug Boutwell has put together the coolest tutorials to help TRA users. All out of the kindness of his surf-loving heart. Isn’t he great?!

I HIGHLY (there I go with those darn caps lock again!) encourage you to sit down, grab a Cup-O-Noodle, and cozy up with your computer because you’re gonna learn a ton! Here are a few links:

*Layers and Layer Masks

*Action Basics

*Installing Your Actions

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Happy Monday!

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  1. Shandon Smith

    February 25th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks for the info! I look forward to learning more in PS.

    On a completely different note… I just saw your picture on Dane’s blog from when y’all went out to eat. Here’s my response — "It stinks that all you cool people are in California!!! I’m totally on the other side of the country. What a fun (and smart) group y’all are–just wish I could make it to WPPI to soak up all of y’all’s (only a southern girl can use two apostrophes in a word-lol) advice! You need to plan a training weekend or something with all of y’all there. I’d be there in a heartbeat!

    Just an idea… =) Keep up the awesome work!

  2. Jared Rey

    February 25th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Just wanted to share that I mentioned your blog on my site (http://blog.jaredrey.com/?p=473). I created a Netvibes page that shares all my favorite photography blogs with anybody. You can see what I am talking about here: http://www.netvibes.com/jaredrey . I think it would be great if other photographers made their own pages for people to see what blogs the check out. Thanks!

  3. Yuliya

    February 25th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Yes! I am absolutely agree and I can not live without Photoshop and it’s magic tools. I love create "art pictures prom my photos"!!! Jasmine, I am sure you will be Guru in Photoshop soon

  4. MsB

    February 25th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Hey Jasmine: What are the top three Kubota actions that you often use? I got mine, like, three months ago and I don’t really use it because I also have the Boutwell actions. But, I’d hate to think that I spent all that money on the complete Kubota actions set only to use … nothing? Lame [of me]. 🙁

  5. gabriel ryan

    February 25th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    after a semester-long photoshop class [which was great in understanding foundations and what goes into making a good print], doug’s 3 shorts rocked my world. i can’t wait to try out some of the new stuff i learned. so [totally] rad!

  6. Kelley WC

    February 25th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    I would just like to say how very, VERY (caps locked) jealous I am of your beautiful California weather…it is super duper craptastical here in KC and I think I might just fly out there to hibernate through the end of winter!

    Thanks for the studio comment – we’re loving it so far! When it warms up – YOU should fly out here and visit 😉

  7. RodneyA

    February 26th, 2008 at 12:17 am

    I would totally agree with that TRA rule!

  8. j.ro

    February 26th, 2008 at 1:14 am

    thanks for your FAQs and passing on the photoshop love!

  9. Frances

    February 26th, 2008 at 1:25 am

    Great information! I, however, would have to say that you should really forgo the Cup O’ Noodles and go for the fresh miso ramen they have the fridge section of asian grocery stores. Mmm..

  10. Simply Modern Weddings

    February 26th, 2008 at 1:38 am

    I love his tutorials…especially the recent on on using Green w/ Envy! It helps me understand my actions much better. Plus he makes it easy to understand for non-photographers like me!!!

  11. Jasmine C.

    February 26th, 2008 at 4:57 am

    Doug looks a little like the Mac guy in the Mac vs. PC adds. 🙂 It is totally RAD for him to do that though. Can’t wait to look through them sometime.

  12. Mclovin

    February 26th, 2008 at 5:40 am

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  13. Roxie

    February 26th, 2008 at 6:22 am

    Thanks Jasmine! I purchased those actions some months back but was glad to actually see how some are supposed to be used! I love what you do and you are truly inspiring and amazing!

  14. mark

    February 26th, 2008 at 6:30 am

    your awesome! thanks for posting these. Your such a helper bee. -candice

  15. inga

    February 26th, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    This is something I want to learn. I love how it makes the photos look. I hope it’s easy (lol).

  16. Doug Boutwell

    February 26th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for mentioning the tutorials, Jasmine! I’ve been working my butt off on them, but they don’t do any good unless all those Totally Rad People out there know about them 🙂 Cya in Vegas!

  17. cathy

    February 26th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    thanks Jasmine! I’ve been using these for a few months and LOVE them! (anyone who is scared to fork over the money…DO IT. YOU WON’T REGRET IT!!!) I already knew how to work layers, but I definately learned some shortcuts. Thanks for letting us know the tutorial was there. 🙂

  18. allyson magda

    February 26th, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    what a great resource thanks for sharing! Allyson

  19. Jasmine*

    February 26th, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    @MsB: I use a mix of both sets of actions to create some of my own. I love Kubota’s Magic Sharp, his b/w mixtures, and his X-processed actions. Hope this helps! 🙂

  20. Nikki McLeod

    February 27th, 2008 at 9:27 am

    oh wow thanks for this, this definately makes me understand TRA better!

  21. RCJones

    February 27th, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Wow, this is awesome. Who would’ve thought that a little humor and personality can make something as potentially lame as a tutorial, engaging and educational. Well done Doug! Jasmine, thanks for links.

  22. kay english

    July 31st, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Watching these videos changed my editing completely! I first saw this like 5 months ago though and didn’t realize it was out for a year prior to that. I love these actions!