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Digital Darkroom

Adobe Photoshop techniques, plug-ins, gear, and ideas

By Mason Resnick - October 2, 2009

Welcome to Adorama's Digital Darkroom resource center. With more than three dozen articles, we cover a wide range from basics to advanced Adobe Photoshop techniques. Our team of writers include power users, world-renowned photographers and gurus.

Because there are so many articles, we've organized them based on several broadly defined areas of interest:

Diane Miller's Adobe Photoshop Workshop is a must-read--Her monthly articles are our most popular feature; each one tackles a specific technique in great depth.

If you have a large library of images on film that you want to digitize, check out our Film to Digital Toolkit. Enjoy Joe Farace's playful Tales of Daring and Adventure, where he takes you step-by-step through the process of creating special effects using Adobe Photoshop and plug-ins. Digital Darkroom Essentials highlights the gear that will make it easier for you to edit your images, while Image Editing Potpourri covers a wide range of diverse techniques.


Also...What are you doing with all those great image files you're shooting? Are you just going to let them sit there on your hard drive or languish in backup storage, or are you going to share them, frame them, and hang them proudly? Well, if you're going to do that--and you should!--then first you'll need to print them.

If you're going to print, you need to know how. That's why we've published this digital printing guide.

Fortunately, there are plenty of tools to help you get the right colors and print with no surprises other than the pleasant variety. Our job is to show you what those tools are and how to use them so you can produce prints you'll be proud to display and share.

Before you get started, be sure to check out AdoramaPix, Adorama's online photoprocessing service. It's become the lab of choice for legions of professional photographers nationwide thanks to its personal service, uncompromising quality, and competitive pricing. Then come back here and we'll show you how to get the most out of your printer or printing service.Scroll down to read them all, and happy editing! If you don't see articles covering topics you're interested in, please let me know and I'll see what we can do.

--Mason Resnick
Editor, Adorama Learning Center

Diane Miller's Adobe Photoshop Workshop 

Adobe Photoshop CS3: Changing Colors Selectively
Advanced Digital Printing: Take Control!
Artistic photomontage effects
Avoid a typical image-editing gotcha by understanding your histogram
Digital spot remover
Fixing a broken wing...and learning to extend the canvas
Fixing a Washed-Out Sky
Invisible Touch: Cloning in dark and light areas
Make a slide sandwich--with a dash of digital
Prevent "posterization" (banding) when darkening landscape skies
Refining Selections in Photoshop
True Color: Optimize Your Monitor
Virtual fill flash

Film to Digital Toolkit

Film scanning checklist / Mason Resnick
Create a digital archive: Converting slides to pixels / Jerry O'Neill

Joe Farace's Tales of Daring and Adventure!

How to create a toy camera look, digitally
It was a Dark and Stormy Night...In Photoshop
Photoshop Meets Godzilla!

Digital Darkroom Essentials

Make prints from digital files: go to the lab, or do it yourself? / Joe Farace
SpyderMan: Common Sense Color Management / Joe Farace
Why you need a graphics tablet / Joe Farace
Where's the rest of my photo? / Joe Farace

Image Editing Potpourri

Digital imaging and your health / Joe Farace
Filters for digital photographers, part 1: Are optical filters still relevant? / James Bailey
Filters for digital photographers, part 2: What's really going on in your computer? / James Bailey


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How To Create Watermarks for Your Photographs in Lightroom 5

Mark Wallace shows you how to create watermarks for your photographs.

ArticleAdoramaTV - Exploring Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Mark Wallace, March 25, 2014

Adorama TV presents Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace. Join host Mark Wallace as in the second of a two part episode about setting up Lightroom 5 for the first time. In this episode Mark shows you how to create watermarks for your photos.

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TAGS: how-to,  how-to tip,  Lightroom,  Mark Wallace,  watermark,  Lightroom 5 

Learn About Lightroom Metadata and Using Presets to Automate Your Workflow

Join Mark Wallace as he shows you the different features in Lightroom 5.

ArticleAdoramaTV - Exploring Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Mark Wallace, March 11, 2014

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AdoramaTV presents Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace. Join host Mark Wallace in the first of a two part episode about setting up Lightroom 5 for the first time. In this episode, Mark describes IPTC metadata and shows you how you can use presets to automate your workflow.

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TAGS: metadata,  Lightroom,  Mark Wallace,  Lightroom 5,  preset settings 

Creative Photoshop Tricks to Improve Your Photography

These Two Creative Photoshop Tricks Will Improve Your Photography

ArticleDigital Darkroom, Post-Processing & Printing Techniques and How-Tos - by Adorama News Writer, February 9, 2014

A photographer’s style is defined by more than raw talent and technical skill.

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TAGS: retouching,  New York Times,  David LaChapelle,  Photoshop Week,  creativeLIVE 

Photography Tip for an Indoor Shoot

Join Gavin as he uses a rainy day to shoot a stunning indoor shot.

ArticleAdoramaTV - Take and Make Great Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Gavin Hoey, February 6, 2014

Winter can be a challenging time for photography but you don't have to stop taking photos even if the weather's not playing ball.

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TAGS: canon,  tips,  adobe photoshop,  indoors,  tips and tricks,  Gavin Hoey,  Adobe Lightroom 

Valentine's Day Photo Tips

Use simple gear to create a Valentine’s Day portrait of the one you love

ArticlePortrait & People Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, January 30, 2014

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Sure, chocolate hearts are nice. Flowers are, too. But if you could use your creativity to make something unique for your sweetheart―of your sweetheart―wouldn’t you want to do it? Here’s your chance!

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TAGS: DSLR,  lighting,  beginner,  kit lens,  lighting technique,  ambient light,  portrait photography,  valentine day,  55mm 

15 Minute Photo Challenge at the Fort

Gavin Hoey takes a 15 minute photo challenge at Reigate Fort.

ArticleAdoramaTV - Take and Make Great Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Gavin Hoey, January 23, 2014

Join Gavin Hoey as he challenges himself for 15 minutes. This time he visits Reigate Fort on a cold, windy day to see what photos he can find.

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TAGS: photoshop,  outdoors,  outdoor photography,  outdoor,  Gavin Hoey 

Unique Birthday Card Pictures

Create unique birthday card photographs with the Erin Mannin Wescott Photo Illusion Kit.

ArticleAdorama TV - Collaborations Techniques and How-Tos - by Adorama Learning Center Editors, December 20, 2013

Adorama TV presents Collaborations. In this episode, we team up with the folks at Westcott to show you how Erin Manning creates unique birthday cards. 

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Develop Lightroom Presets for RAW Shooting

Create preset Lightroom developing settings for faster image processing.

ArticleAdoramaTV - Exploring Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Mark Wallace, December 10, 2013

When shooting RAW, it's important to set up preset development settings in Lightroom to make your post processing quicker. 

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TAGS: RAW,  preferences,  Mark Wallace,  Adobe Lightroom,  preset settings 

Laser vs. Inkjet Printer: Which Is Right for Your Home Office?

Choose the right printer for your home and small office

ArticleBuying Guides Gear Guides & Reviews - by Gregory Quick, November 26, 2013

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It used to be that laser printers were dominant in enterprise environments, while inkjet printers were the go-to pick for home users with color printing needs. 

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TAGS: buying guide,  inkjet,  printer,  buying tips,  inkjet printer,  laser 

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