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Quick Slide Mounts

About three years ago, I did a tutorial here in the Down & Dirty Tricks book on how to make your own digital slide mounts. The end result looked authentic, but getting there was pretty brutal, because creating rounded corners for your slide took a series of channels, blurs, Levels adjustments, and a host of other “pain-in-the-butt” steps. The tutorial took four full pages, and 10 to 15 minutes. Now it's down to three pages and 60 seconds—thanks to new features in Photoshop—and that's good because displaying your photos in slide mounts (for online portfolios, wedding shots, ads, etc.) is becoming popular once again.

Quick Tip: Find the right histogram by its color

In Photoshop CS's new Histogram palette, you can either view one histogram or you can view the histograms for all the channels at the same time, but they're all black. When it comes to making quick adjustments, nothing beats seeing your channels in color. To view the individual channels in their colors (red, green, and blue respectively) go to the Histogram palette's pop-down menu and choose All Channels View (to view the histograms for all the channels), then choose Show Channels in Color.



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