Turn any photo into a dot grid artwork with these Photoshop actions. You'll get great results with dots that change size. They get larger in brighter areas and smaller in darker areas. Free download available.
Simply draw lines to straighten edges. Hold the Shift key while drawing to make an edge perfectly horizontal or vertical.
This filter works great for fixing ultra wide angle photos. Slanted and curved lines were straightened in less than 1 minute. It also fixed the perspective of the image (ex. both beds are equal size in the after photo).
19. Using the Liquify tool on gigantic imagesThe Liquify tool is pretty much the same thing except that it’s now useful for your gigantic 15+ megapixels images. In CS5, liquifying an image isn’t real-time; you have to liquify then wait for Photoshop to render it. Now in CS6, you can liquify an image with no lag. This is possible with the new Mercury Graphics Engine which uses your GPU to do the work. You can even edit using the new max brush size of 15,000 pixels (up from 1500 pixels) without lag.
The performance improvement and larger brush sizes makes it easier to liquify high-res images.
Using the larger brush sizes, you can create curved horizons on high-res photos.
20. Turning photos into oil paintings in secondsThis new artistic filter lets you easily turn photos into oil paintings and it works on Smart Objects. Unfortunately, it suffers the same problem that many other artistic filters – the settings don’t scale with the image size. That means that if you are working on a high-res photo, you might not get an effect that is strong enough. The only way around this is to resize your photo down, rasterize the layer (if you are using Smart Filters), then enlarge it back.
Turn photos to oil paintings in seconds
The Oil Paint filter
Settings you can adjust to get the look you like
21. Selective blurring with Field Blur, Iris Blur, and Tilt-ShiftSelective blurring has been popular in the last few years and Photoshop CS6 makes it even easier to do selective blurring. Unfortunately, these filters are not available as Smart Filters which means you can’t go back and edit the settings at a later time.
The filters can be found in the Filter > Blur menu.
Although the filters are listed as three separate menu items, they appear in one gallery with three different tools.
22. Using the new Lighting Effects filterRemember in CS5 where you get a tiny preview window for the Lighting Effects filter? Photoshop CS6 threw that away and replaced it with a gigantic preview area that’s accelerated with Photoshop’s new Mercury Graphics Engine.
The new Lighting Effects filter in Photoshop CS6
23. Filling with Scripted PatternsUsing the Fill tool (Edit > Fill), you can fill using scripted patterns. These are 5 presets that alter the way you fill patterns. Unfortunately, their usefulness is limited because they don’t offer options for the scripts.
Checkmark the Scripted Patterns option to access the pattern scripts
The 5 scripted pattern fills
24. Using groups like layersBefore, to apply clipping masks and layer styles to groups, you’d have to convert the group into a Smart Object. Now you can do this in CS6 without having to convert the group into a Smart Object.
Take advantage of this new feature to keep your layers organized and to a minimum.