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Why and How to Use Modal Control for Action Step in Adobe Photoshop

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Modal control for Photoshop action step is one of the most useful options available from the Actions panel which allows you to customize result or effect of action step. Modal control can not be turned on for each step which can be recorded but it can be extremely useful and turned on/off depending on situation and customization requirement.

In this tutorial, I will explain to you why and how to turn on or off modal control for the action step in Adobe Photoshop.

What is modal control for the action step and how to turn it on/off Modal control is instruction for Photoshop to wait for input and confirmation before proceeding to the next step. If you want to see some dialog or to pause step for your input then turn modal control on - click on the first square on the left side of the step. To turn off modal click on the same square to disappear icon leaving the empty square.


Modal control can not be turned on/off for every step what is logical because there is no sense to customize ever…

Free Cracked Marble Textures

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In this post, I have to share unique marble textures/backgrounds saved as highest quality JPEG files. Use textures free for personal and commercial projects as everything else listed in Freebies section.

If you need more highest quality textures, please check my Adobe Stock portfolio page.


What is included in the package This package contains 5 different textures. Dimensions of background images are 5184 x 3456 px. All files will be delivered to you in JPEG file format with maximum quality.

Preview Here are previews of all textures included in this package.





Why and How to Use Vector Drawing Tools to Create Vector Mask or Selection in Photoshop

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Adobe Photoshop is the most powerful image editing software for selections and masking tasks. Among other techniques, there is one which requires vector drawing tools to create an outline before creating a selection or vector mask.

In this post, I want to draw your attention to selection and masking technique which involves vector drawing tools in Photoshop. Vector path can be used to create vector mask. Another use is to convert path to selection to combine it with selection created using selection tools. The main reason to use this technique is in pleasant and smooth lines.

When to use vector drawing tools to create selection or vector mask The very first question which you may have deserves an immediate answer. Use vector drawing tools to create selection/vector mask whenever subject which you want to extract has straight or curved lines without many details. Here are some obvious examples:

AppleGift BoxBuildingEggProduct shoot of jeans, wallet, bag...Wooden fence

Create a vector ma…

Why and How to Convert Path to Selection in Adobe Photoshop

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One of the most useful features in Photoshop is to draw paths. There are many ways to use paths including to convert the path to shape, vector mask or selection. One of the most used options is to load path as the selection which can be used to create a layer mask, to restrict painting, adjustment or filter to a specific area of the image.

In this post, I will explain to you a couple of ways to convert the path to selection in Adobe Photoshop.

Why convert the path to selection Let me first mention a couple of reasons why you may need to convert the path to selection:

To create a layer mask. Sometimes it is better to outline object using vector drawing tools like Pen tool then to convert the path to selection instead of using selection tools.To paint, heal, clone, erase or cut out only a specific part of the imageTo apply adjustment like Levels or some filter to only selected part of the image.To combine with some other selection. Sometimes it is easier and better to outline object u…

Free Cracked Asphalt Textures

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In this post, I have to share unique cracked asphalt textures/backgrounds saved as highest quality JPEG files. Use textures free for personal and commercial projects as everything else listed in Freebies section.

If you need more highest quality textures, please check my Adobe Stock portfolio page.


What is included in the package This package contains 5 different textures. Dimensions of background images are 5184 x 3456 px. All files will be delivered to you in JPEG file format with maximum quality.

Preview Here are previews of all textures included in this package.






Contribute to Adobe Stock and Get Creative Cloud or Photography Plan as Bonus

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Adobe announced a reward or bonus for Adobe Stock contributors. Every contributor can earn Creative Cloud or Photography plan. The only requirement is to contribute to Adobe Stock.

With 300 accepted file assets during Jan 1-Dec 31, 2019 you will qualify for Photography Plan. You must have at least 50% acceptance ratio.

With 300 accepted video assets during Jan 1-Dec 31, 2019 you will qualify for Creative Cloud. You must have at least 50% acceptance ratio.

It is an official bonus for Adobe Stock contributors and you can read more from official page Creative Cloud Contributor Bonus FAQ.

How to earn Creative Cloud or Photography Plan as Adobe Stock Contributor Fortunately, it is easy enough for everyone to get started and to qualify for a bonus.

The very first step is to create Adobe Stock contributor account.The second step is to start uploading a file or video assets. Before you start uploading process search on Adobe Stock to see what others are uploading and what quality you should m…

Why and How to Create Alpha Channel in Adobe Photoshop

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Layer masks are one of the building blocks of Adobe Photoshop. Every time you create a layer mask it is stored in the alpha channel. Alpha channel is a grayscale image which can store selection permanently so you can reload it at any time.

In this post, I will explain to you why and how to save alpha channel in Photoshop.

Why use Alpha channel in Photoshop Alpha channel is holding information about layer mask. Another use is to permanently store information which can be easily converted to selection and optionally to the layer mask.

Alpha channel is often used for layer masks and to restrict painting or adjustment to a certain area of the image by converting it to selection. Sometimes channels are used when creating complex or gradual effects using colors, gradients, and filters. Another common use is in Photoshop actions to create unbelievable final effects.

Layer mask vs alpha channel Layer mask and alpha channel are very similar but not the same: layer mask is showing/hiding conte…