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The How-To Geek Guide to Learning Photoshop, Part 5: Beginner Photo Editing

<img style="padding-left: 0px;padding-right: 0px;padding-top: 0px;border: 0px" src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/sshot-768.png" border="0" alt="sshot-768" width="650" height="410" />Photoshop is named “Photoshop” for a reason; it’s for editing photographs.  Take a look through some basic photo-editing techniques and learn how you can improve your own family photographs.

The How-To Geek Guide to Learning Photoshop, Part 4: Basic Menus

<img style="border-width: 0px" src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/sshot-648.png" border="0" alt="sshot-648" width="650" height="395" />Photoshop has a huge menu system with options even advanced users may ignore. For today's lesson we'll take a quick tour through them and learn which of them will help you increase your mastery of photo editing.

How To Use JavaScript to Save Time by Automating Photoshop

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cd7859b8400a.jpg" />What could JavaScript POSSIBLY have to do with an Image Editor? Using this platform independent scripting language, today we'll learn to create automated tasks either Mac or PC versions of Photoshop will run.

Use Paint.NET to Remove Red Eye From Flash Photography

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cce18463076c.jpg" />Going to a lot of night parties? We all know that the flash will give your pictures red eye, but here’s a simple way to use freeware Paint.NET to remove the red eye from any of your pictures.

The How-To Geek Guide to Learning Photoshop, Part 3: Layers

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cce1212a2d4e.jpg" />As one of the hallmark features of Photoshop, Layers are the foundation of learning good photo editing techniques. In this article, we’ll go through their basic usage, as well as cover some basic types of layers.

How to Create a Pumpkin Carving Stencil in Photoshop

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cc63f8698d18.jpg" />Sick of the same boring Jack O’Lantern faces? For something different this year, fire up Photoshop and make your own custom stencils out of Photographs or nearly any kind of image.

What’s the Difference Between Pixels and Vectors?

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cbfbb4d0d88f.jpg" />As the basis of nearly every image format worth using, Pixels and Vectors are the broad categories of modern 2D image files. But what are they exactly, and how are they different?

How to Batch Resize Groups of Photographs Using XnView

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cb5636c9c00f.jpg" />After taking several dozen large, multi-megapixel photos, the last thing I want to do before uploading is manually shrink them. Rather than deal with long upload times, freeware application XnView comes to the rescue, batching resizes in a few easy steps.

Quickly Remove Backgrounds in Photoshop Using the Magic Eraser

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cad9d509d23c.jpg" />One of the most common questions I get from inexperienced Photo editors is “How do I remove the background from my picture?” There are probably dozens of ways in any version of Photoshop to do this, and each has its challenges. This technique is most likely the simplest.

How to Download Your Photos and Videos from Facebook

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cad9b17a49e8.jpg" />If you’re tired of your photos and videos being impossible to retrieve from Facebook, you’ll be happy to know that they are rolling out a new feature that allows you to download all of them in one big zip file. Here’s how it works.

How to Easily Straighten Crooked Photographs in Photoshop

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cabef677d488.jpg" />It happens to the best of us: we take a quick pic, hoping to blog it or print it. And despite good intentions, it never comes out straight! Here’s a quick fix in any version of Photoshop to straighten and correct perspective of those frustrating photographs.

What’s the Difference Between JPG, PNG, and GIF?

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4caa9bc360a84.jpg" />As we keep building on old image technology, types of file formats keep piling up, each with their own nuances and uses. JPG, PNG, and GIF have become the most common of these, but what sets them apart from each other?

Remove Complex Backgrounds from Images in Photoshop

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-09-30-1-17-04-59.jpg" />While tools like the Magic Eraser can sometimes remove your backgrounds, the fact is you're going to have to get your hands dirty with the eraser if you have images with complex backgrounds that need removing.

Quick and Dirty Vintage Photo Effect in Photoshop

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-09-28-1-08-20-05.jpg" />Looking for a quick way to transform your photos into handsome, convincing vintage art? Lots of programs offer vintage photograph filters, but these are often rough and give unexciting, unconvincing results. Here's how to do it in Photoshop.

Other Ways to Use Your PC When Your Internet Dies

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-08-25-[21-22-10].png" />Nothing is more annoying than getting your Internet connection shut down, due to weather, or perhaps forgetting to pay your bill. Let’s take a look at some ways you can be productive and entertained without the Internet.

Change the Actions for File Types in Opera

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-08-25-[17-53-52].png" />Opera is a solid, well built browser that is easy to customize once you become familiar with it. If you want to tweak how Opera handles actions such as viewing images or pdf files without saving them to your computer then here is how to do it.

Group Video Chat With Family and Friends For Free

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/Copy of sshot-2010-07-29-[18-06-18].png" />Whether it’s a graduation or new birth, there are many special occasions in life that we’d like to be present for but can’t due to distance. When a call doesn’t cut it, here’s how to video chat with up to 20 friends or family with Tokbox.

Take Awesome Screenshots of Webpages in Chrome

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-07-26-[16-06-33].png" />Would you like to take great screenshots of a webpage, annotate them, and share them, all from Chrome? Here’s how you can do it with the great Awesome Screenshot addon.