I wanted to share with you my “Advanced Photoshop CC Tips for Photography and Compositing” presentation from earlier this month at Adobe MAX. Enjoy!
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When using the Transform tool to correct perspective in Camera Raw, the resulting image is often cropped in order to avoid displaying blank areas around the edges. To help retain necessary information from the original image that would otherwise be cropped use the Scale, X Offset, or Y Offset slider in the Transform panel to reposition the image within the canvas.
In the illustration below, after applying the Full Upright mode to correct perspective in Camera Raw, the image on the left was scaled to 90% using the Transform panel (revealing the transparent areas around the edges of the image). The image on the right is the result of opening the image in Photoshop, selecting the transparent areas and then filling them using the Edit > Fill with Contents set to Content-Aware.
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Now you can quickly correct perspective in a photograph with precision and control using the new Transform Panel, Guided Upright tool, and Offset sliders. Watch as Julieanne demonstrates how to manually position guides to automatically correct converging vertical and horizontal lines in images, which can then be repositioned within the canvas area.
Here are some handy shortcuts to know use while using the Guided Upright tool:
Shift + T will select the Guided Upright tool
Shift + L toggles the Loupe on and off (Note: Loupe requires GPU support)
Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) with Loupe enabled to activate precision (slower) drag
Shift + G toggles the Grid overlay
“V” toggles tool overlay.
Command + Option | Control + Alt -drag to reposition the image in the preview area via the Offset X/Y sliders. Add the Shift key to constrain to horizontal/vertical directions.
Bird’s Eye View (or Navigator) – Press and hold “H”. Click in the preview area and drag the zoom rectangle over the location that you want to zoom into. Release the mouse. Release the “H”. The image zooms to the chosen area and the selected tool remains unchanged. (Note: Birds Eye View requires GPU support.)
Click here for more information via the Lightroom Journal.
F toggles Normal / Full Screen modes in Camera Raw.
Note: this is the same as clicking the Full Screen Mode icon on the far right side of the tool bar, next to the Histogram.
V toggles the visibility of the Adjustment Brush pins and/or the tool overlay for Graduated and Radial Filter, Spot Removal, and Red Eye Removal tools.
I have customized my default processing settings for Lightroom in order to apply both Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration on import. To do this, I selected a raw image, moved to the Develop module, and clicked the Reset button to remove any previous edits made to the file. Then, I checked both the Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration options.
To save the settings, choose Develop > Set Default Settings > Update to Current Settings.
Note: Although the dialog says that the changes are not undoable, it only means that the shortcut Command + Z (Mac) | Control + Z (Win) won’t undo the settings. Don’t worry, you can return to the dialog at any time and choose Restore Adobe Default Settings if needed.
Once the defaults are changed, any images taken with that camera model will automatically have the Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration settings applied when they are imported into Lightroom (any images that are already in the catalog remain as they were). Because you are simply enabling Profile Corrections, if you change lenses, Lightroom will automatically look for and apply the appropriate lens correction profile based on the EXIF data in the photo.
If you are using multiple camera models, you will need to customize the default settings for each one (by taking a raw file from each camera model into the Develop module and changing and saving the settings). You can even save out different settings for each camera based on ISO settings and serial number using Preferences > Presets > Make defaults specific to camera serial number and/or Make defaults specific to camera ISO setting. This can be very useful when using custom camera profiles and/or changing Noise Reduction options for example.
Personally, I like automating the application of Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration to my images. However, there are some drawbacks. First, because I have told Lightroom to render Lens Corrections on every image I import, if I import 1,000 images but end up using only 100 of them, adding the Lens Correction to all of the “unused” files may add additional rendering time for previews (how much time depends on your system, file size etc.). If you notice a slowdown in your workflow, you may prefer to create a Lens Correction preset and apply it just to your best images. In addition, if you have lenses that you don’t want corrected, you would have to remove the settings. It’s really up to you and how you prefer to work.
Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) changes the Reset button to Set Default and displays the Set Default Settings dialog.
Finally, you should know that when you choose to customize the default settings in either Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw, those settings are saved for both products.
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This is a fast way to navigate across the image, especially when zoomed in. It is similar to the existing feature in the Photoshop app itself. Here’s how to use it:
• Press and hold H.
• Click and drag to set the position of the zoom rectangle as desired. The zoom rectangle is shown as an outline around the cursor.
• Release the mouse. The image zooms to the area chosen in the previous step. The selected tool remains unchanged.
• If you start in Fit View mode or smaller, the zoom rectangle will represent 100% pixel view (1:1). This is a quick way to zoom to 1:1 at a specific part of the image (such as a person’s face, or other area of interest).
• If you start zoomed in, then after you release the mouse you’ll return to the same zoom level. For example, if you start at 200%, then after releasing the mouse you’ll be back at 200%.
Note: Birds Eye View is only available when GPU is enabled.
(Thank you Sharad for that tip!)
When using the Upright modes to correct perspective in Lightroom, the resulting image is often cropped in order to avoid displaying blank areas around the edges. To help retain necessary information from the original image that would otherwise be cropped use the Scale, X Offset, or Y Offset slider in the Transform panel to reposition the image within the canvas.
In the illustration below, after applying the Full Upright mode to correct perspective in Lightroom, the image on the left was scaled to 90% using the Transform panel (revealing the transparent areas around the edges of the image. The image on the right is the result of opening the image in Photoshop, selecting the transparent areas and then filling them using the Edit > Fill with Contents set to Content-Aware.
When the view won’t fit in a single exposure, discover how to Merge multiple images to create a panorama in Adobe Camera Raw in my free video from Lynda.com.
Discover how to make subtle yet impactful adjustments to color in my free video (Customizing color using HSL in Adobe Camera Raw) from Lynda.com.
Discover how to use Adobe Camera Raw to improve your image in this free tutorial (Bringing it all together to make an image shine in Adobe Camera Raw), from Lynda.com.
Command + Option + R on Mac (Control + Alt + R on Win) will reset the sliders for the Local Adjustment Tools in Adobe Camera Raw. This shortcut will work regardless of whether you have a local correction selected or not. (If you don’t have one selected, it’ll simply reset the sliders to zero for the “next” correction that you create. Note that in ACR, attempting to create an “empty” correction will result in a warning dialog.)
You can also reset the sliders by right-clicking the pin in the preview area and choosing “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the popup menu, or choose the same entry from the flyout menu in the local correction pane.