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GUIDE (1)Sure, you can apply a preset or photo effect to your entire image, but why would you want to do that? There are certain instances when applying an effect globally will only hurt the image rather than make it better.

For instance, you wouldn’t want to apply a blemish removal filter found in Topaz Clean to the entire image. If you own a copy of Photoshop, there is a valuable tool you must start using now if you haven’t already. This feature is called layer masks.

In his book, The Digital Photographer’s New Guide to Photoshop Plug-Ins, author Scott Stulberg refers to layer masks as the “best kept secret in Photoshop.” By using layer masks with plugins, you are granted more control in the editing process as you can selectively apply adjustments to your image, while leaving other areas untouched.

So are you ready to have complete control in your editing workflow? Whether new or experienced with layer masks, read on for some tricks on how to use layer masking with plugins.

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travel (1)For the month of August our photo enhancement plugin Topaz Adjust is on sale for $25 (that’s 50% savings!). To receive the discount, apply the coupon code AUGADJUST to your cart.

If looking to try before you buy, you may download a free 30-day trial here.

Already own Adjust? The plugin has received a minor upgrade to version 5.1 and is a free upgrade for existing users. To upgrade, simply navigate to our downloads page at topazlabs.com/downloads to download the latest version. New features include an updated user interface along with an added grid view mode. Should you need any other assistance upgrading, please see our knowledge base.

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Joel Wolfson is a fine art and nature photographer who conducts photo workshops worldwide from his native Southwest to Italy, France and other locales. His roster of notable clients include Newsweek, Elle, Seventeen, Houghton Mifflin, and corporate clients such as Apple, AT&T, 3M, United Airlines and Pillsbury.

His technical articles on digital imaging have been translated for use in more than 30 countries.  Yet he is best known for his artistic images and unexpected views of everyday places around the globe.

Tips and Techniques from a pro by Joel Wolfson

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In my last article I covered the equipment side of travel photography including how to get your gear to your destination and back safely along with the images. Now I’d like to share some tips and techniques I’ve developed from years of taking travel photos.

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