Most of us probably know that tapping the Tab key will show and hide your panels and Tool bar, and Tab + Shift will hide and show only the panels, but did you know that while the panels are hidden, you can auto show/hide them by positioning your cursor to the edge of the application?
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Join me today, Wednesday February 26th, from 9:00 am – 10:30 am on creativeLIVE for 90 minutes of “Advanced Photoshop Layer Tips” during Photoshop Week. Then, stay tuned because from 10:45 am – 12:15 pm, I’ll be covering all sorts of tips and techniques to help speed up your workflow “Automating Camera Raw” in Photoshop. The best news, is that all of the courses are free during the live broadcast! And, if you’re in a different time zone, the sessions will be rebroadcast. See the complete schedule and RSVP here.
As mentioned here, updates to Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes. The new features listed here are only available in Photoshop CC.
Here’s an overview of my favorite features:
1) Previews – Camera Raw can now display a before/after Preview (with aside-by-side and split-view support) to compare your edits to the original. The Preview check box in earlier versions of ACR has been replaced by three buttons in the bottom-right of the ACR main dialog. From left to right, they are Mode, Swap and Copy:
Click the Mode button to cycle through left/right and top/bottom side-by-side and split-view modes.
• Click-and-hold the Mode button to bring up a popup menu for directly choosing Preview modes and accessing the Preview Preferences (the Preview Preferences support customizing the Preview modes used for cycling as well as some drawing options including divider and pane options).
•Tap Q to cycle through the Preview modes.
Click the Swap button to swap Before/After settings.
• Tap P to swap Before/After settings for the primary selected image only.
• Shift + P to swap Before/After settings for all selected images.
Click the Copy button to copy the After settings to the Before settings. This is useful for establishing a temporary “checkpoint” for your image editing session.
• Option + P (Mac) | Alt + P (Win) to copy After settings to the Before settings for the primary selected image only.
• Option + Shift + P (Mac) | Alt + Shift + P (Win) to copy After settings to the Before settings for all selected images.
Additional Notes: with regards to Previews: when making changes to images, the changes can only be made to the “after” image and the slider settings (in the panels) will always reflect the “after” image settings. The standard single-image view always shows the “after state”. Zooming and panning on one view will automatically zoom and pan the other.
2) Local correction changes – you can now easily reset all sliders when using the selective adjustment tools (Graduated and Radial filter and Adjustment Brush) by Control -clicking (Mac) | Right Mouse -clicking (Win) on the pin and choosing “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the context menu. Or, you can use the flyout menu to choose “Reset Local Correction Settings” – whichever is faster for you.
Previously, double clicking inside of a Radial Filter set it to fill the image bounds. This still works, however Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the pin and choosing Fill Image accomplishes the same thing.
3) When synchronizing, creating new presets, saving settings (all in ACR) and copy and pasting settings (in Bridge), you can now single-click a button to check all/none.
4) Tap X when using the Crop Tool or Straighten Tool to flip the crop aspect ratio (landscape to portrait, portrait to landscape).
5) The Grain effect now varies from image to image to facilitate editing time-lapse and video frame sequences.
6) Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) within the Histogram to enable Lab color readouts, even when the Workflow Options are set to another color space (such as Adobe RGB). Note: the context menu can also be used to toggle the shadow, highlight, and gamut clipping warnings.
7) There are several new color matching profiles for Fuji X-Trans customers that emulate the camera presets including Provia (Standard), Velvia (Vivid), Astia (Soft) etc.. For a full list of supported cameras, click here.
8) The Red Eye tool can now correct bright pupils in animals. Select the tool and, in the Red Eye Removal panel, Select ‘Pet Eye’ from the drop down menu to locate and fix pet eyes. You can also automatically add catchlights and drag to reposition them.
In addition, ACR 8.4 RC adds new camera support and bug fixes. Click here for more detailed information.
Note: Camera Raw 8.4 and DNG Converter 8.4 are no longer officially supported on the following platforms: Mac OS 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), Windows XP, and Windows Vista.
I’m really excited to announce that my new class: The Art of Photoshop Compositing is now live on www.lynda.com!
“Join Julieanne Kost as she walks you through her creative thought process and explains how she transforms concepts and raw images into entirely new works of art using Adobe Photoshop. Discover how to select the images you need to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Master the tools used in compositing, including adjustment layers, masking, blending, and Smart Objects, so that the technology doesn’t get in the way of expressing your creative vision. Learn how to adjust scale and perspective and manipulate texture and focus to help viewers temporarily suspend their disbelief long enough to enter your world.”
- What makes a good composite?
- Refining your story
- Composing using the basic principles of design
- Customizing your Photoshop workspace
- Preparing elements from your source images
- Adjusting color, tone, balance, and perspective
- Mastering the Pen tool
- Unifying with texture, focus, leading lines, and structure
I look forward to hearing your feedback!
If you create and save presets in Adobe Camera Raw, you can then quickly apply those presets in Bridge. Simply Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the image thumbnail and select Develop Settings > (your preset name).
To quickly clear Camera Raw Setting from images in Bridge, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the image thumbnail and choose Develop Settings > Clear Settings.
Since I still get this question quite often, I thought I would repost this video on “Should I use Lightroom or Bridge?”
Lightroom can understand changes made in Bridge and Camera Raw (such as the addition of metadata like copyright and contact information as well as enhancements made using ACR such as modifications made to Color Temperature or Exposure). By default however, if you open a file in Bridge and make changes to the Metadata, Lightroom will NOT automatically update the Metadata. Instead, Lightroom displays an icon warning that the file has been changed by an external application.
You can then choose whether or not you want to use the updated Metadata from Bridge/Camera Raw or use the information in Lightroom’s database. To update the file with the external application’s Metadata, click the icon and choose “Import Settings from Disk” (or select the file in the Grid view and choose Metadata > Read Metadata from File). If the information in the Lightroom database is correct, choose Overwrite Settings.
Note: Additional software applications that follow the XMP standard should also be able to read/write Lightroom and Photoshop’s metadata.
PDF presentations and Web Galleries (otherwise known as the Adobe Output Module) are now available in Bridge CC. Click here for the link to the installation instructions.
I’m thrilled to announce that my Photoshop CC Essentials Training has been released on Lynda.com! Here’s the course description as well as a list of topics that I cover in this 13+ hours of Bridge, Camera Raw and Photoshop training series.
Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.
• Using Bridge to batch rename files and add keywords and metadata to photos
• Viewing, rating, filtering, and creating collections to isolate your best work
• Comparing raw and JPEG file formats
• Retouching and automating workflow with Camera Raw
• Navigating documents and the Photoshop interface
• Understanding file formats, resolution, canvas size, and print size
• Cropping, straightening, transforming, warping, scaling, and resizing images
• Selecting, stacking, aligning, and grouping layers
• Making precise selections using the Marquee, Lasso, and Brush tools
• Using Refine Edge, Quick Selection, and layer masks to isolate soft edge objects
• Improving tone, contrast, and color selectively
• Converting to black and white and tinting images
• Retouching blemishes, smoothing skin, whitening teeth, and brightening eyes
• Retouching with the Liquify, Content-Aware Fill, Healing Brush, and Patch tools
• Merging multiple exposures
• Making nondestructive changes with Smart Filters
• Adding texture, edge effects, and drop shadows with blend modes
• Working with type
• Creating, modifying, and combining shapes using the Shape tools
• Adding layer effects
• Saving and sharing images via contact sheets, web galleries, and Save For Web
• Editing video and audio clips
• Panning and zooming still photos
When working in Bridge, select your file and choose File > Place > In Photoshop. If you have no other documents open, the document will be placed into a new document as a Smart Object in Photoshop (with transformation handles so that you can resize if necessary – tap the Return or Enter key to apply any transformation).
If you already have a file open in Photoshop, selecting File > Place > in Photoshop will open your document into the currently active document and resize it to fit within the image (with transformation handles so that you can resize if necessary – tap the Return or Enter key to apply any transformation).
In this video tutorial (Why Does the Photograph’s Preview Change in Lightroom and Bridge? ), Julieanne explains one of the great mysteries of Lightroom and Bridge – why Lightroom (or Bridge) displays a photograph one way and then changes the way it looks a moment later. It will all become clear with just a little information about how digital camera files are captured and displayed by different applications.
When using the Image Processor feature in Photoshop (File > Scripts > Image Processor) or Bridge (Tools > Photoshop > Image Processor), enter a value between 1-12 for JPEG quality (1 being the lowest quality and 12 being the highest). Since some applications have a scale from 1-10 or 1-100, I thought that it would be helpful to point out the range.
In Photoshop CS4, the core functionality of Contact Sheet and PDF presentation were updated and moved to Bridge and, in fact, this core functionality can still be found in Bridge today under the Output workspace -for a video tutorial click here (Creating Web Galleries and PDF Files).
If you still prefer to use Contact Sheet (which has the advantage of being able to save each thumbnail and text on its own layer), from Bridge CS6 choose Tools > Automate > Contact Sheet II. If starting in Photoshop CS6, choose File > Automate > Contact Sheet II. The only difference between starting in Bridge vs Photoshop is that in Bridge you can easily select your files first. From Photoshop, you will need to add files using the Contact Sheet dialog box. PDF Presentation can be found in Photoshop under File > Automate > PDF Presentation.
If you’re a beginner to Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop or, if you simply need to brush up on some of the features that you use less often, then this is the perfect training course for you! With 150 crisp, concise videos, Julieanne makes it easy to find information on exactly the topic you’re looking for so that you can get professional results as soon as possible. To see a table of contents and more information, click here.
For more information on how to become a Lynda.com member, click here.