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How to Change a Colour in Photoshop

There is no end to the tutorials one can find on the internet for Photoshop and other image editors. Even people who know just about everything already can learn a trick or two,  able to fearlessly attack any project.

However, for novices, the program and all of the things it's capable of doing, can be a bit intimidating initially. For them, it's best to start simple.

One of the easiest tasks to undertake in Photoshop is changing a colour on an illustration. Not only can it be done in a matter of seconds but there are several methods one can use to do it. One way is to use the Magic Wand tool to select the area you want to change, then with the Paint Bucket pick the colour and click. Or Edit>Fill also works.

For purposes of demonstration today, I've picked another technique, equally effective, perfectly simple. Another bonus is that while it takes a bit longer than the previous two methods, it's rather fun as it does allow your inner child to escape for a time. 

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Changing the Colour of Cupid's Clothes in Photoshop

The warmth of the Christmas season is a memory. Yet, while we sit in the dead of winter, suffering cold and snow, there is a bright spot on the horizon.  In just less than a month, the romance of Valentine's Day will be upon us.

So in looking for something to chat about today I decided to try my hand at some Photoshop fun with a great image from iCLIPART.com

A subscription to this site allows you to download as many images as you need to use in your projects, provided those projects fit into the company's terms of use. In this case, my plan was for nothing more than to put a different spin on one of their great Valentine illustrations, which I might then print off, a totally acceptable usage.

Having chosen image #179284  I decided to play with the colour of cupid's clothes, as I thought a livelier shade of red might be fun. Opening the image in the program,  I selected the Magic Wand tool and clicked on the tunic, then set the tolerance to 100 per cent.  With the Paint …

Hundreds of Glorious Winter Sunset/Sunrise Photos

It's no secret that I detest winter. Everything about it. I abhor the extra time required to bundle up for the great outdoors and the discomfort of being bundled up. I hate walking on ice and driving through blizzards. I despise the cold and damp.

Yet, sometimes when I'm in a forgiving mood, I can see the beauty of the season.  A glimpse out the window when I'm tucked inside, wrapped snugly in a comfy afghan, reveals a world transformed.  Twinkles of sunlight dancing off the snow. The sharp contrast of an azure sky against the black and white of trees and landscape.

Even a snowy day has its own aesthetic interest as flakes swirl and churn, blanketing trees and buildings, while laying a  pristine cover on the ground.

 If you really need a shot in the arm on these frigid winter days, however, try an early morning stroll with the sun making its way from over there to over here. Yesterday, I watched its progress on a road trip and was enthralled,  while this morning a…

How to Shoot Photographs in the Snow

An out-of-town doctor's appointment had me hitting the road early this winter morning. As someone who hangs on to those blankets for as long as she can, hits snooze with precision, carries on a one-sided debate with herself on why she must get up each day,  this was an atypical start for me.

When I headed out,  the sun had yet to poke its head above the horizon so for a time I travelled in quiet darkness. But what a breathtaking sight unfolded as the minutes slipped by. Fortunately, I was heading east so could take in the rising sun in all its splendour. After days of grey and snow, this morning's sky was dawning as clear as a cool mountain stream.

What promise I saw heading to my appointment became a reality as I left the doctor's office, walking into a crisp, clean winter's day, the biting frigidity eased by a glowingly cheerful sun against an azure sky.  Along the return trip I was entranced by the sparkling fields and pristine landscape. It was picture perfect.

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Plenty of Tips and Tricks for Photoshop

The marshmallow world has arrived where I live. Snow has dropped and piled. Car travel this past week was a bit like moving through a churning milk bottle,  with fluffy white snow swirling around and over the road and vehicle.

Adding insult to injury, temperatures fell to record lows, plunging us into a deep freeze where cheeks stung and nostrils stuck.

It's all enough to push you indoors before a cozy fire. Or, if you're the creative type, offer the necessary incentive to take on some new projects. For Photoshop fans, for example, the bitter cold of winter is the perfect time to practise what you know or pick up some new tricks.

Spending a lot of time in front of the computer myself these days, I have learned a little more  in recent years than I would ever have thought before about using this popular image editor.  What I have yet to master, however, will take me a lifetime.

So, given that it's absolutely no fun to be outside right now,  it's definitely the perfect…