2015/06/29

All New Photoshop CC Essential Training on Lynda.com!

My Photoshop CC Essential Training course on Lynda.com has been completely updated and re-recorded with new projects and images to help you quickly get the professional results you’re looking for with Photoshop!
Whether you’re an experienced creative professional or someone who recently purchased a camera, learning how to use Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best investment you can make to get the most out of your images.Click here to check it out.

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Julieanne Kost filters out the noise and complexity often associated with Photoshop, so you’ll feel empowered to get the image results you want. She concentrates on enhancing and compositing photos, as well as automating parts of the process for the most efficient workflow possible. She’ll cover cropping, retouching, and combining multiple images, and working with non-image-based assets such as type, shapes, and even video. Along the way, you’ll learn the secrets of nondestructive editing with Camera Raw, layers, masks, blending modes, Smart Objects, filters, and more. Start watching to quickly get the professional results you’re looking for with Photoshop.

Topics Include:
Customizing Photoshop’s interface
Resizing and resampling images
Comparing raw and JPEG files
An overview of Camera Raw
Cropping and straightening
Working with layers
Transforming, distorting, and warping
Taking advantage of Smart Objects
Working with layer masks and blend modes
Making selections
Adding adjustment layers
Retouching portraits, including skin, teeth, hair, and eyes
Combining multiple images
Working with filters
Creating character, paragraph, and type along a path
Shape layers and layer effects
Painting in Photoshop
Creating time-lapse videos and animated GIFs
Working with video
Sharing images

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Adobe North American Shutdown: June 29th – July 4th

Hi everyone! All Adobe North America offices will close for our annual summer break from Monday, June 29th through Friday July 4th, reopening on Monday, July 6th. I will be “off the grid” for the week, recharging my batteries. If you’re in the USA, have a happy (and safe) 4th of July!

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2015/06/26

The Painter Tool in Lightroom

In this Quick Tip, Julieanne will show you a few of her favorite uses for the little-known Painter tool in Lightroom.

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2015/06/25

Cyclical – The Creative Process

In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne reveals her Lightroom to Photoshop workflow used to create the still life “Cyclical”.
   

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2015/06/24

Artboards in Photoshop CC 2015

Even though I didn’t include Artboards as one of my top 5 new features in Photoshop CC 2015, they’re very useful – not only for website and mobile device designs – but also for photographers. Why? Because Artboards enable you to create multiple iterations of a design in a single document. This means that you can easily create multiple versions of a single layout within a single document, or multiple different layouts within a single document.

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To create a new Artboard:

• Select File > New and then select Artboard from the Document Type menu. Select from any of the presets, or create your own by filling in the width, height and resolution that you need.

• To create an Artboard from an open document, select the layers that you want to include in the Artboard and, from the Layers panel fly-out menu, choose Artboard From Layers. Each artboard has its own special Artboard layer group in the Layers panel.

To create additional Artboards within a document:

• Select the Artboard tool and drag out another Artboard (the Artboard tool is nested with the Move tool).

• To add an Artboard of a specific size, with the Artboard tool selected, click the Add New Artboard icon in the Options bar, choose the desired size from the list of presets, and click in the document preview area. Note: If you click on another Artboard, Photoshop will toggle to the Move tool.

• On the Layers panel, use the fly-out menu to choose Layer > New > Artboard, name it, and enter the desired size.

To duplicate an Artboard:

• With the Artboard Layer Group selected in the Layers panel, choose Layer > Duplicate Artboard.

• Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -drag the Artboard Layer Group to the New Layer icon on the Layers panel.

• Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -drag the name of the artboard to duplicate (in the document preview area or the Layers panel).

To change the size of an Artboard:

• With an Artboard tool selected, drag the handles surrounding the Artboard.

• With an Artboard tool selected, use the properties in the Options bar to change width, height and orientation.

• With an Artboard selected, use the properties panel to change the size. (Artboards can be different sizes within a single document.)

Other interesting Artboard facts and shortcuts:

• When you drag an element into an Artboard, it will be clipped by the Artboard boundary.

• To change the name of an Artboard, rename the Artboard Layer Group in the Layers panel.

• Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -drag to copy elements from one Artboard to another.

• Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -click the name of the Artboard Layer Group in the Layers panel to “Fit Artboard On Screen”.

• Command  (Mac) | Control  (Win) -click on an Artboard in the Layers panel to Collapse/Expand all Artboards.

• Rulers will adapt for Artboards (however, guides are currently document specific, not Artboard specific).

To Export an Artboard:

• Choose File > Export > Export As… to export each Artboard as an individual, flattened file.

• From the Layers panel, select the desired layers and choose Quick Export as… or Export As to export each Artboard as an individual, flattened file.

• Choose File > Export > Artboards to PDF.

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2015/06/23

Creativity and Magic: Photoshop remixed by melodysheep

This is definitely the closest that I will ever get to being a musician. Photoshop is dropping the beat, with help from Melodysheep. What just happened! : )

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Lightroom CC –  Viewing Images on a Map

In this video, you’ll discover how to use the Map module in Lightroom to view images based on location information.

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2015/06/22

Image Processor Pro for Photoshop CC 2015

Image Processor Pro has been updated (v3.2.2) for CC 2015 and can be downloaded from here:
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Save for Web in Photoshop CC 2015

If you have questions/comments/concerns about Save for Web in Photoshop CC 2015, check out this link where Jeff Tranberry answers the most frequently asked questions.

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Lightroom CC –  Adding Vignette and Grain Effects

In this video, you’ll learn how to add vignettes and simulate traditional film grain effects in Lightroom.

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2015/06/19

Lightroom CC – Creating and Saving Presets in the Develop Module

In this video, Julieanne demonstrates how to create and apply presets to multiple files in Lightroom.

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2015/06/16

Dehaze in Camera Raw 9.1 for Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC

The new Dehaze control in Lightroom CC and Adobe Camera Raw 9.1 can help you to dramatically improve an image by removing haze. The Dehaze technology is based on a physical model of how light is transmitted, and it tries to estimate light that is lost due to absorption and scattering through the atmosphere. For the best results, you’ll want to set the white balance for the image before using Dehaze. Then, in the Effects panel, move the slider to the right – to easily remove the haze from the original scene. Move the slider to the left to add a creative haze effect.You can choose to make very subtle to very significant adjustments – if you’re pushing the slider to the extreme, you might want to refine the image using the Basic panel (increasing the shadow detail or refining the Vibrance slider) in order to achieve the exact look that you’re after. Click here to see Dehaze in action.

Original image and with the addition of the Dehaze feature (slider set to +68).

Original image and with the addition of the Dehaze feature (slider set to +68).

Original image and with the subtraction of the Dehaze feature (slider set to -72)

Original image and with the subtraction of the Dehaze feature (slider set to -72)

When moving the slider, there is very little change in the highlight area (on the right side of the Histogram), while the shadows and lower portion of the histogram is clearly being changed. If you are concerned that the darker values in the image are being clipped to pure black, Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) -drag the slider to see the black point clipping visualization. When you see black areas appear in the image, you know that you’re starting to clip to pure black and can back off. In addition, Dehaze can be added locally by applying ACR as a Smart Filter in Photoshop.
Click here for more information about Camera Raw 9.1 including new camera and profile support.

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2015/06/15

Photoshop CC 2015 FAQ

Please read this important information about installing Photoshop CC 2015. By default Photoshop CC 2015 will:

  • Uninstall prior versions of Photoshop CC you have installed
  • Migrate your presets, preferences and any compatible Add-Ons
  • Not migrate 3rd party plug-ins

For more information, please click here.

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Julieanne’s Top 5 New Features in Photoshop CC 2015

There are a lot of great new features in the Photoshop CC 2015 release. Here are my top 5 for photographers!
1) Dehaze

The new Dehaze control in Lightroom CC and Adobe Camera Raw can help you to dramatically improve an image by removing haze. The Dehaze technology is based on a physical model of how light is transmitted, and it tries to estimate light that is lost due to absorption and scattering through the atmosphere. For the best results, you’ll want to set the white balance for the image before using Dehaze. Then, in the Effects panel, move the slider to the right – to easily remove the haze from the original scene. Move the slider to the left to add a creative haze effect.You can choose to make very subtle to very significant adjustments – if you’re pushing the slider to the extreme, you might want to refine the image using the Basic panel (increasing the shadow detail or refining the Vibrance slider) in order to achieve the exact look that you’re after.

Original image and with the addition of the Dehaze feature (slider set to +68).

Original image and with the addition of the Dehaze feature (slider set to +68).

Original image and with the subtraction of the Dehaze feature (slider set to -72)

Original image and with the subtraction of the Dehaze feature (slider set to -72)

When moving the slider, there is very little change in the highlight area (on the right side of the Histogram), while the shadows and lower portion of the histogram is clearly being changed. If you are concerned that the darker values in the image are being clipped to pure black, Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) -drag the slider to see the black point clipping visualization. When you see black areas appear in the image, you know that you’re starting to clip to pure black and can back off. In addition, Dehaze can be added locally by applying ACR as a Smart Filter in Photoshop.

2) Restore Noise in Blur Gallery

As many of you have already discovered, Photoshop has the ability to add a number of different types of blurs to an image. However in previous versions, it was always a challenge to add noise back into the blurred area in order to create a more realistic effect. Now, when selecting any of the blur gallery filters, you have the option to add Uniform, Gaussian or Grain noise back into the blurred areas in order to closely match the restored noise with the original image. For the most flexible and nondestructive workflow, convert the layer(s) into Smart Objects before using Blur Gallery.

Path Blur without Noise applied.

Path Blur without Noise applied.

Path Blur with Noise applied.

Path Blur with Noise applied.

The Noise panel includes the following adjustments:
• Noise – this checkbox turns the Noise on/off. (It’s not just a preview, if you turn it off, the noise will not be applied to the result.)
• Type – select between Uniform, Gaussian, and Grain (this is the same Grain that is found in Camera Raw).
• Amount – the amount of contrast added to the noise.
• Size –  controls particle size for Grain. It is the same control as found in Camera Raw and is not available for Gaussian or Uniform.
• Roughness –  controls the regularity of the grain. A negative value makes the grain more uniform, a positive value makes the noise more uneven. It is the same control as found in Camera Raw and is not available for Gaussian or Uniform.
• Color – controls how much color appears in the grain (from monochromatic to highly saturated).
• Highlight – suppresses the application of noise in the highlight areas (for better highlight/shadow matching).
in addition, the Spin and Path blurs now also have the ability to save their own masks. (The Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift blurs are still combined in a single mask.)
Note: If the Noise panel is not visible, choose Reset Blur Gallery from the workspace menu in the top right.)

3) Improvements to Content Aware
• The Healing Brush, Spot Healing, and Patch tool are now faster (healing in real time!) and deliver higher quality results.
• The Content-Aware Move tool can now rotate, scale and flip images – allowing you to transform the object being moved. The tool’s Extend option includes the same “transform before dropping” capability as well.
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• File > Automate > Photomerge has a new check box that enables automatic filling of transparent edges using Content-Aware technology (the fill is placed upon its own layer so that you can quickly refine if necessary).
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Photoshop automatically applies Content-Aware fill in the transparent areas of the panorama.

Photoshop automatically applies Ccontent-Aware Fill in the transparent areas of the panorama.

4) Multiple Layer Styles
You can now add multiple strokes, color and gradient overlays, and drop shadows as Layer Styles in Photoshop. Click the plus icon to add multiple copies of these effects (each one can be applied up to 10 times). Use the arrows to reorder within the group with in the Layer effects panel (or reposition in the Layers panel).

Multiple strokes applied to the same layer using Layer Styles.

Multiple strokes applied to the same layer using Layer Styles.

5) The Glyphs Panel
Photoshop has a Glyphs panel! Choose to see all of the glyphs for the entire font, or any of the subsets from the list. If the character shows a black dot in the lower right corner, clicking and holding will display variances. Double-click on a glyph to insert it. At the bottom of the Glyphs panel, use the slider to zoom the glyphs, or use the scale-down/scale-up icons to zoom the preview within the grid.

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Here is a quick overview of the new features in the Creative Cloud Photography plan.

If you’re a designer, be sure to check out this video to find out more about additional new features in Photoshop including Artboards, CC Libraries, Layer Styles, and Adobe Stock. Or, if you more involved in screen design/Web/UI/UX, be sure to check out this video to find out more about Adobe Stock, CC Libraries, Layer Styles, Design Space (Preview), Live Device Preview, and Quick Export.

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Synchronizing Photographs in Lightroom CC

In this quick tip, you’ll learn how to synchronize a folder so that Lightroom can add new photos to a previously imported folder.

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