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February 18, 2014

“The Art of Photoshop Compositing” Now Live on lynda.com!

I’m really excited to announce that my new class: The Art of Photoshop Compositing is now live  on www.lynda.com! 

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“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.”

Topics include:

  • 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!

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February 13, 2014

Finding the Master File in Lightroom

When working with Virtual Copies in Collections, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the Virtual Copy and choose Go To Folder in Library (since Virtual Copies are always located in the same Folder as the original). However, depending on your sort order,  this method might not display the Master file next to the Virtual Copy. Instead, try clicking on the arrow icon to the right of the Copy Name in the Metadata panel to quickly navigate to the Master file. 

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February 12, 2014

Finding Files Based on Date in Lightroom

Although you can use the Metadata filter to quickly find files based on capture date, if you already have an image selected and are looking to view other images captured on that same date, clicking the arrow icon to the right of the Capture Date in the Metadata panel will quickly filter the entire library (based on the capture date of the selected image). 

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February 11, 2014

More View Options in Lightroom

• Command + J (Mac) | Control + J (Win) displays View Options (so that you can customize Compact / Expanded Cell views etc.).

• Tapping the “J” key toggles through Hide Extras, Compact, and Expanded views.

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February 10, 2014

Controlling Info Displayed in Grid View in Lightroom

These two shortcuts help eliminate clutter in Grid view, allowing you to focus on your photographs:

• Command + Shift + H (Mac) | Control  + Shift + H (Win) will Hide Extras.

•Command + Option + Shift + H (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + H (Win) will hide metadata Badges.

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February 3, 2014

Adobe Photoshop Photography Program Offer

Back by popular demand, anyone can now take advantage of the Photoshop Photography Program (meaning that you don’t have to have a previous version of Adobe software to take advantage of it).

This offer includes access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, plus feature updates and upgrades as they are available; 20GB of cloud storage for file sharing and collaboration; and Behance ProSite for your own fully customizable professional portfolio. Basically, you get all the benefits of a Creative Cloud single-app membership for Photoshop CC, but with Lightroom 5 included as well, for a terrific monthly price.

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January 31, 2014

Adding Additional Images to a Saved Book Project

Once you have started creating and have saved a book project in Lightroom (by clicking the Create Saved Book button), I find it easiest to add additional images by returning to the Library module, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -clicking (Win) on the Saved Book Project and selecting Set as Target Collection. Then, I navigate to the image(s) that I want to add, select them, and tap the “B” key to add them to the targeted collection. Once they are part of the Saved Book Collection, return to the Book module and drag and drop them into your book layout. Note: if you are sorting by User Order, Lightroom will add the image(s) at the end of the collection.

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January 30, 2014

Creating Collections within Collection Sets in Lightroom

When adding a new Collection within an existing Collection Set, instead of clicking the “+” icon in the Collections panel header, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the Collection Set that you want the new collection to be in, and choose Create Collection. Lightroom automatically selects the Collection Set that was clicked on in the Collections panel, in the Location area. 

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January 29, 2014

Centering Text on the Spine of a Book in Lightroom

When creating a book in Lightroom, I prefer to have text that appears on the spine to be vertically centered. To have Lightroom automate this process, enter your text, then in the Type panel, click the Vertical Align Center icon. This is much easier than trying to use the Padding options in the Cell panel. 

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January 23, 2014

Video Tutorial – Tethered Capture with Lightroom 5

In this episode of The Complete Picture (Tethered Capture with Lightroom 5), Julieanne walks though setting up the Tethered capture setting in Lightroom and demonstrates how to automatically apply develop settings and presets as well as sort by descending order to view the most recently taken photograph.

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January 22, 2014

SF Bay Area Lightroom User Group – Jan. 30, 2014 at Adobe, San Francisco

If you’re in the Bay Area, be sure not to miss Sean Teegarden at this month’s SF Bay Area Lightroom User Group.

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January 14, 2014

Reducing the size of Lightroom’s Preview Size

The other day a customer asked me how to decrease the size of Lightroom’s Preview file (yourcatalogname Previews.lrdata). Although I had  previously posted this Quick Tip video (How to prevent Lightroom’s Previews File from Taking Over the Hard Drive), he noticed that when deleting files from the catalog, the preview file size wasn’t  immediately reduced. Well, it turns out that there is a slight time delay because, if you simply remove an image from the Lightroom catalog, you can still tap Command + Z (Mac) | Control + Z (Win)  to undo the removal and have the photo(s) appear back in the catalog. Therefore Lightroom waits to delay  that sort of clean-up task until there is an idle moment (when you aren’t making changes), and then runs in the background, so that priority tasks have all the processing power they need.

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January 8, 2014

The Adjustment Brush Overlay in Lightroom

When painting with the Adjustment Brush in the Develop Module in Lightroom, tap the “O” key to Show/Hide Mask Overlay. Add the Shift key to cycle the mask overlay colors (red, green and white). Displaying the mask overlay can make it much easier to see areas the areas that are included/excluded from the adjustment in order to make refinements to the mask. 

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January 7, 2014

Quickly Paste Develop Settings in Lightroom 5

If you repeatedly want to apply specific setting(s) to images in Lightroom’s Develop module, apply the setting(s) to a single image and then use the shortcut Command + C (Mac) | Control + Shift + C (Win) to copy the setting(s) using the Copy Settings dialog. Now, as you move through your images, you can quickly paste the setting(s) using Command + V (Mac) | Control + Shift + V (Win). 

This can help your productivity if, for example, you copied settings for the Post Crop Vignette. As you move through your images (making different adjustments and/or applying different presets that change color,  tone etc.), you can  easily paste the Post Crop Vignette settings  to the images that need it using Command + V (Mac) | Control + Shift + V (Win).

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December 19, 2013

Lightroom Files Can Contain Multiple Dates

Lightroom can display up to three different dates for a file in the Metadata panel: Date Time Original, Date Time Digitized and Date Time. Note: try setting the Metadata panel’s preset to EXIF to display them all. Here’s the explanation of when and why you might need these different dates:

• Date Time Original – This is the moment in time that is shown in the picture.  In other words, if you were at a new year’s eve party last year and took a picture at one minute before midnight, the Date Time Original of that picture is 12/31/2012 11:59 PM.

• Date Time Digitized – This is the moment in time at which the picture was committed to digital form.  For photos from a digital camera, this will always be identical to Date Time Original.  For film, it wouldn’t be.  For example, if you’d taken that new year’s eve picture on film, then waited exactly six months to scan (i.e., digitize) the film the Date Time Original would still be 12/31/2012 11:59 PM, but the Date Time Digitized would be 6/30/2013 11:59 PM.

• Date Time – This is the file creation date.  Again, for a picture from a digital camera that you haven’t mucked with, this will be identical to the previous two fields.  But if you generate a new file from the picture (using covert to DNG, as in your example, or via other means such as creating a PSD by editing in Photoshop) then this field will show the date on which the new file was created.  In other words, if you edited your new year’s eve picture in Photoshop at noon today, generating a new PSD in the process, the Date Time for the new file would be today’s date 12pm.

For most ordinary people shooting with a digital camera, the only field they care about is Date Time Original, and the only reason to ever edit it is if the clock on their camera was set incorrectly for some reason when they took the picture.  For example, if you’d traveled from California to New York for that new year’s party, and forgot to adjust your camera’s clock to account for the time zone change, then that picture you took would show a Date Time Original of 12/31/2012 8:59 PM.  Since you know that’s not correct, you would probably want to edit the capture time and use the “Shift by a set number of hours” option to move the Date Time Original field ahead by three hours.

Thank you so much Ben for this excellent explanation!

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