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AI-powered software that can automatically colourise old black and white photos exists, but it's often far from perfect. In comparison, manually colourising an image in Photoshop yields stunning results, if you have a lot of time and impressive skills. But a new app, developed at the University of California at Berkeley, cleverly merges both approaches so it's easy to accurately colourise a black and white pic.

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Before it started obsessing about copying Snapchat, Instagram's main goal was getting your phone photos looking their best. The app's smart image processing doesn't have to stay locked on your mobile though — you can replicate the effects in Photoshop or any photo editor with similar tools.

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Ever wonder why your photos never turn out as amazing those posted by your favourite Instagrammer? There's probably a lot of post-processing happening in Photoshop you don't see. But instead of poking at sliders for an hour, computer scientists want to make it incredibly easy for even amateur photographers to achieve results comparable to a professional's.

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Using stock images and Johannes Vermeer's 1664 painting The Concert as a base, photographer Erik Almas admirably recreated the lost masterpiece in Photoshop. Heck, it might be able to fool you into thinking it were the real thing... if you were standing and squinting from very far away. Still. It's pretty neat to see Almas' workflow and how creative he gets in trying to mimic the original.

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Video: It's time to face the facts: Lightsabers aren't real, and they're simply not going to exist in your lifetime. The closest you can get to realising your Jedi fantasies is through this excellent tutorial by Mathieu Stern showing you how to properly fake a lightsaber using Photoshop.

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You may not realise it, but many of the gadget photos you see in ads and on websites are actually faked using computer graphics. It's the easiest way to ensure the lighting, angle, shadows and details are all absolutely perfect. And now Adobe has created a new tool, code-named Project Felix, that makes it easy for even designers to flawlessly fake a product shot.

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You don't necessarily need Photoshop or a desktop computer to employ eye-catching photo editing techniques. You just need your regular smartphone and a well-chosen app to go with it. Here are some of the best tricks you can do with the gadget in your pocket, with no expert training required.

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Selfie sticks are inherently silly, but they somehow become even sillier when they get Photoshopped to replace guns in movie scenes. So instead of Clint Eastwood balancing his revolver in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, he's now angling a selfie stick to take a picture of himself smoking a cigar. Instead of menacing characters dueling off with guns in The Hateful Eight, it's two ridiculous people pointing a selfie stick in the snow. It's hilarious.

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Photoshop is a vast program, packed with all kinds of sophisticated tools and functions to keep the professional photography world turning. Whatever your level of experience with the software, though, there are some quick and easy tips you can take advantage of to improve your Photoshop experience — here are some of our favourite ones.