Photoshop User TV: PhotoshopUserTV: Creating a Bullet Hole Brush and Effective Smart Object Use – Episode 299


The weekly Photoshop TV show featuring "The Photoshop Guys" Scott Kelby, Corey Barker, Pete Collins, and RC Concepcion. Presented by KelbyOne.
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putv03132012 Corey shows viewers how to create a bullet hole brush. Pete talks about the basics of gradients and some tips on how to use them. Dave has a tutorial on using smart objects to work faster and easier.

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  1. Joseph Myers says:

    Hi thanks for the show again.

  2. Sandy says:

    Thanks you guys!! Liked Dave & Corey’s great tips!
    Like to win any books

  3. Al MacNEIL says:

    Love the show, I’m a huge fan of Joe McNally. Just finishing up the Hot Shoe Diaries, he is a very funny guy. And Dave, love the jersey, go Canada!
    Awesome tips, any good rumors on the release of Photoshop CS6??

  4. Gerardo Palermo says:

    Great show! Would love to see a more in depth tutorial on brushes settings. It’s oh so confusing to me for some reason. When is Photoshop World coming to MIami? It’s been a long while!

  5. slic says:

    nice show guys; great tip with the tile window I forget that one too Pete

  6. Marty Husband says:

    Thanks again for everything especially the gradient and use of the smart object.

  7. DAVID ROSAS says:

    Great show Dave always has great tips on how to work smarter not harder. Always saving as a “smart object. “.
    You guys are just too cool !

  8. Jesper Mathiesen says:

    Super Show

  9. Jayson Sanders says:

    Just purchased Lightroom 4 this week, would love to WIN Scott’s new book to help me learn the in’s and out’s!!!

    Looking forward to the 300th episode, keep up the amazing work gentlemen.

  10. Bob Thayer says:

    Great show. Thanks for the tips. Would love to win a Photoshop world pass. I work 2 blocks from the DC Convention Center and I need to get away from work (yes, I unfortunately work weekends too.)

  11. phil says:

    Come over to the UK (North West England )

  12. Wil says:

    Thanks,guys love the humor.

  13. Warren Donowho says:

    Great show!

  14. Melissa Grover says:

    Loved the tips again, gotta remember that tile trick! 😀
    Thanks again guys!

  15. Chuck Sider says:

    Thanks for the info . . .

  16. David Groene says:

    Great show guys!

  17. Bob M. says:

    I wish I was as lazy as Dave Cross.

  18. Peter Marks says:

    Interesting show

  19. Luis Mazier says:

    Great show. I enjoyed the gradient tips

  20. Don says:

    You guys rock

  21. jock Goodman says:

    Thanks Laddies. May the luck of the Irish be with me this week for the Joe McN book.
    I’d like to know more about the “blend if” sliders and how to benefit from them. I do use blend modes a lot to improve my event pics when they need it.
    If I win a PSW pass, can I “pass” it on tho the Vegas show in the fall? That’s the only time I can get away. airfare from Hawaii is already a deal breaker. mahalo, Jock

  22. jock Goodman says:

    While awaiting my comment being ‘MODERATED”, I thought i’d send a “moderate” comment: I too, remember Photoshop Radio No1. THAT was moderately cool …… Now, TheGridLive is massively cool. it’s Sooooo 2012 …..jock

  23. Charlie Young says:

    Great show guys. How about a tutorial on how to create the infamous blue and white world as depicted in the famous reptilian insurance ad?

  24. Ray says:

    If Dave keeps going, one day I’ll use a smart object. Interesting wrt gradients – can see some applications for that. (I’ve used ’em many times before, but something else has clicked)

    Best wishes,


  25. Ed Moxley says:

    I’d love to win………….. :)
    Good show today.

  26. I would love to see more on textures.

  27. geoff says:

    A prehencil is what artists used way before photoshop, in fact even before pencils if you can believe my tale!

  28. Larry N says:

    Super Show.
    I would to here about a tip on how win
    Joe’ s book and that Photoshop pass.
    Never been to one.
    How about some tips on eps files in photoshop.


  29. Hi Guys: Another good show. Would love to see more on blending modes with filters.

  30. Dora Edge says:

    When are you guys bring Photoshop World to Australia? I’ve got the Spare room all ready!

  31. Don says:

    Hi Guys,
    Nice show. Good gradient tips and thats cool that Scotts new Lightroom book has come out.


  32. glen thaxton says:

    another great show!!!

  33. Pawel Folfasinski says:

    Hi guys,
    I wonder why episode 202 is not available, I hope nothing bad happened during recording. Everyone is alive?

    Best Regards

  34. Reg Westly says:

    Great show, as usual.

    Dave, Photoshop world should come to Canada :)

  35. Harry Hom says:

    Thanks for the great shows!

  36. Tim Erskine says:

    I like how you guys don’t just take an area of expertise but each of you tend to hit the same topic with your own twisted technique :)
    I’d love to learn Joe’s lighting tips!

  37. Baz says:

    Great stuff as always

  38. Line Aubut says:

    Great show…I would really be happy to win!

  39. Pat Fogleson says:

    Tip: Your bullet holes are exit holes not entrance holes. Neat idea though.

  40. MDub says:

    Great Show! I love the gradient tips. I’ve been using a new layer filled with black, then square selection using marquee tool, refine edge with feather, then delete to knock the hole in the middle, but that seems waaaaay easier :-) I also plan to overuse the tile view for sure!!!!


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  42. Rich E. says:

    Great episode guys. I really enjoyed the tip by Dave Cross.

  43. Glenn Hewitt says:

    Very nice – as always

  44. Skip Wolff says:

    Great show. More brush tutorials.

  45. Joshua Pierson says:

    Wait a darn minute. Am I supposed to believe that Dave Cross likes Smart Objects?!? Next you guys will try to convince me that Corey works with 3D tools.

  46. Frances Prine says:

    Great Show. Would like the book but cannot use the pass.

  47. An alternative to using the background/foreground to transparent gradient is to change the blend mode of the gradient to “Darken” or “Lighten”. The effect is much the same, but this might be more convenient in some situations.

  48. Dave Bliss says:

    Good to see Dave again

  49. Floyd F Sones says:

    Hey, Guys! Great show. I am mesmerized every time I watch you guys do a tutorial. (Even when Pete does one)

  50. Dave Moore says:

    Great show as usual!

  51. W Patrick Clements says:

    Great tips and show….

  52. Gary Hagemeister says:

    Thanks for a great show!

  53. Don Schierer says:

    Great show again guys. Sure would like to win one of your prizes.

  54. VM Sakai says:

    Thanks for the great episode. Bullet hole segment was fun.

    Any chance you could demo how the new versions of Photoshop use GPU power to speed functions. Which functions in the CS benefit the most from these improvements?

  55. Eduardo Fernandez says:

    good tips great to have you back Dave.

  56. Great Show. I sure needed help with Gradiants

  57. jason biron says:

    you guys rock …i have been learning so much from all of you…keep the tips coming !!!

  58. Tsuriel says:

    love this show!!!!

  59. Oliver Smith says:

    does the touch feature on the tablet cause problems if you rest your wrist on it when you draw?

    also im having difficulty trying to make a square appear evenly using a 3d sphere tool. like imagine a coloured grid that i want to look like how the longitude and latitude grid look on a globe. tight at the top, then even, then tight again at the bottom.

    thanks guys. go canada… woo

  60. Linda says:

    That wood texture with transparency makes me want to get busy and try out using textures.

  61. Julie-Ann Samuelson says:

    2nd the request for more tutorials and information on how the brush options (any tool options) affect the default setting.

    Always catch a tip from seeing how you work – it’s the nuances that help.

    So glad it’s not just audio now.

  62. Paula Coley says:

    Great show. Would love to win. When do you pick the winner. Do we have to do this on Tuesday or is it latter in the week. Cannot always watch right away. Have a Blessed Day

  63. Jerry Barnett says:

    Another entertaining show.

  64. Eric Saar says:

    Always great tips. Keep them coming and see you all in DC!

  65. Eric Saar says:

    Thanks for another great show, keep up the great work. See you all in DC.

  66. John Content says:

    Thanks guys for more great tips!

  67. Great show. BTW…is Adobe holding the launch of CS6 pending Scott finishing his Photoshop CS6 book? :=}

  68. Tracy Brown says:

    Bullet Holes, oh I am so messing with people now….thanks, Corey!

  69. Nice show!!!

    Count me in for the non-PSW prizes :-)

    A question on gradients. What if you have a light gradient, like a flash spilling into the photo, from one side and fading to the other side (a gradient). Any suggestion on how to correct that?

  70. Clair Staples says:

    Great show some helpful tips.
    I would love to see some 3d animation tutorials

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