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To start us off today I would like to quickly explain the Blur, Sharpen and Smudge tools. The Blur Tool makes images obscure and softens an image making it look out of focus with a blur effect. The Sharpen Tool goes the other way and makes an image clearer, it sharpens around the edges of an image. Then we have the Smudge Tool which doesn’t blur or sharpen, instead what this tool does is smudge and bump pixels out of place. Now I’ve put together a small tutorial where you guys can experiment with these tools, you can find the working files Here.

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Masks are really useful when it comes to blending photos and images together, it hides portions of images without having to permanently cut them. Before we get stuck into it download the tutorial files Here. Now what I want you to do first is to open both images in Photoshop, put the Background image in Layer 1 and the Object image in layer 2. Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool to just roughly trace around the Object.

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The Magic Wand is used to select areas based upon color and similar shades. What I want you to do first is to select the Magic Wand tool, in the options panel (located at the top) for now just make sure the tolerance is set to 32. What this means is that when making a selection with your Magic Wand tool it is going to select 32 shades of the similar color lower and 32 shades higher. You can increase the tolerance to cover more area later on yourself.

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Layers in Photoshop help separate images from other images, this makes it easier to edit things. To give you a better idea of how layers work I want you to read and look at the image below at the same time. The first layer (Layer 1) has a background image, the second layer has an image of a hand and the third layer is empty.

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