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Advanced Photoshop Issue No. 119: The Ultimate Guide for Professional Photoshop Skills

Advanced Photoshop Issue No. 119: A Review

If you are looking for a magazine that can help you master professional Photoshop skills, you might want to check out Advanced Photoshop Issue No. 119. This issue is packed full of expert advice, in-depth tutorials, inspirational interviews, and free resources that will take your digital art to the next level. Whether you are interested in digital painting, photomanipulation, graphical illustration, or typographical effects, this issue has something for you. In this article, we will review the main features of this issue and show you why it is worth your time and money.

Advanced Photoshop Issue No. 119

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What is Advanced Photoshop?

Advanced Photoshop is a monthly magazine that caters to the more advanced digital artist. It covers all the key Photoshop skills, from basic tools and techniques to advanced effects and styles. Each issue is inspired by the latest commercial trends and showcases some of the best work from the creative industry. The magazine also features interviews with some of the biggest names in the creative world, a tailored Photoshop Helpdesk, and features looking in more detail at industry skills and services.

What's inside the issue?

Professional composites

One of the main tutorials in this issue is about how to create realistic composites using photos and custom brushes. You will learn how to paint unique characters using a mix of photos and custom brushes, how to blend different elements together using layer masks and adjustment layers, how to add lighting and shadows using dodge and burn tools, and how to enhance the mood and atmosphere using color grading and filters. This tutorial will teach you how to create stunning composites that look like they were taken from a movie or a video game.

20 ways to work faster in CC

If you want to speed up your workflow in Photoshop CC, you will find this article very useful. It contains 20 tips and tricks that will help you save time and improve your efficiency in Photoshop CC. Some of these tips include how to use smart objects, how to customize your workspace, how to use keyboard shortcuts, how to use actions and scripts, how to use quick masks, how to use content-aware tools, how to use camera raw filter, and more. By following these tips, you will be able to work faster and smarter in Photoshop CC.

Abstract scenes

Another tutorial in this issue is about how to create an underwater scene by mixing creative photography with textures. You will learn how to use stock photos, textures, brushes, and filters to create a surreal and abstract scene that looks like it was taken from a dream. You will also learn how to use blending modes, layer styles, adjustment layers, and masks to create depth and contrast in your scene. This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop to create artistic and imaginative scenes that stand out from the crowd.

Master 3D blends

If you want to learn how to work with 3D render passes and post-production techniques in Photoshop, you will enjoy this tutorial. You will learn how to use Photoshop's 3D tools to import and edit a 3D model, how to use render passes to adjust the lighting, shadows, reflections, and ambient occlusion of the model, how to use blending modes and masks to blend the model with the background, and how to use filters and adjustment layers to add color and detail to the final image. This tutorial will teach you how to create realistic and impressive 3D blends in Photoshop.

Interviews and portfolios

This issue also features some of the most fascinating and inspiring interviews and portfolios from the creative world. You will get to know some of the secrets and tips from the experts, such as:

  • Pro panel: A group of contributors share their Photoshop secrets and techniques.

  • Portfolio interview: A showcase of the fascinating creations of digital artist David Delin.

  • Project focus: A behind-the-scenes look at the path to persuasive advertising by Studio Output.

  • Special portfolio interview: A cross media design portfolio by Tom Muller.

  • How I made: A step-by-step guide on how two amazing artworks were created: The Secrets of Snakes Part 2 by Marta Dahlig and Adversus by Alexander Fedosov.

  • Reader interview: A digital illustration portfolio by Matt Dixon.

Resource project: Shooting smoke

If you want to learn how to shoot smoke using a DSLR camera and a flash, you will find this guide very helpful. It will show you how to set up your equipment, how to choose the right settings, how to capture different shapes and forms of smoke, and how to edit your photos in Photoshop. You will also get some tips on how to use smoke in your compositions, such as creating abstract backgrounds, adding texture and depth, or creating custom brushes. This guide will show you how to shoot smoke like a pro.


This issue also reviews two software products that can enhance your Photoshop experience: Perfect Photo Suite 8.1 and SILKYPIX Developer Studio Pro5. Perfect Photo Suite 8.1 is a collection of eight modules that can help you edit, enhance, retouch, resize, and stylize your photos. SILKYPIX Developer Studio Pro5 is a raw converter that can help you process your raw files with high quality and accuracy. You will find out the pros and cons of each product, as well as their features, performance, usability, and price.

What's on the disc?

This issue comes with a free resource disc that contains files to aid you with the tutorials, as well as free resources, video tutorials, wallpapers, fonts, layer styles, stock photos, brushes, light effects, actions, and more. Some of the highlights of the disc are:

  • Advanced creative collection: An exclusive video tutorial on compositing 3D renders by Alexander Fedosov, a bonus video on how to avoid common Photoshop mistakes by Matt Dixon, premium fonts worth $67 by HypeForType, layer styles by Giallo86, stock photos by Dreamstime, watercolor washes and ink stroke brushes by WeGraphics.

  • Essential Light Effects Volume 2: A collection of 50 high-resolution light effects images that can add drama and impact to your compositions.

  • Light Leak Photoshop Actions: A set of 10 actions that can create realistic light leak effects on your photos.

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In conclusion, Advanced Photoshop Issue No. 119 is a great magazine for anyone who wants to master professional Photoshop skills. It has a variety of tutorials, tips, interviews, portfolios, reviews, and resources that will inspire you and challenge you to create amazing digital art. Whether you are a Photoshop professional or simply aspiring to be one, this issue will help you perfect your art. You can buy this issue online or from your local bookstore for $14.99.


Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about the issue:

  • Q: How can I subscribe to Advanced Photoshop?

  • A: You can subscribe to Advanced Photoshop online at You can choose from print, digital, or bundle subscriptions. You can also save up to 35% off the cover price when you subscribe.

  • Q: How can I contact Advanced Photoshop?

  • A: You can contact Advanced Photoshop by email at You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

  • Q: How can I contribute to Advanced Photoshop?

  • A: If you have a great idea for a tutorial, feature, or portfolio that you would like to share with Advanced Photoshop, you can send your proposal to Please include a brief outline of your idea, some examples of your work, and your contact details.

  • Q: How can I get featured in Advanced Photoshop?

  • A: If you have created an amazing artwork using Photoshop and you would like to get featured in Advanced Photoshop, you can submit your work to their online gallery at You can also tag your work on social media with #AdvancedPhotoshop. The best submissions will be selected for publication in the magazine.

  • Q: How can I learn more about Photoshop?

  • A: If you want to learn more about Photoshop, you can visit the official website at You can also find more tutorials, tips, and resources on the following websites:

  • Photoshop Cafe

  • Phlearn

  • Photoshop Tutorials

  • Tuts+ Design & Illustration




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