Photoshop has become the main tool used by most professionals who need visuals of any kind. It is the digital darkroom of the photographer. It is the canvas of the painter. It is the data visualization of the scientist. It has become such an everyday tool that its very name has become a verb.

The fact that you are reading this says that you are ready to take your work to the next level. You are beyond the “I just want to fix the red eye” stage. You are ready to master this powerful tool in order to turn your work into a masterpiece!

But, when you launch Photoshop you are confronted by a myriad of tools, menu items, and panels that can, at times, be overwhelming. Some of those features are particularly difficult to understand. Take for ...

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