November 26, 2014
I’m excited to announce my new Introduction to Compositing course on Lynda.com! If you’re interested in learning how to create new visual narratives with the power of photo compositing, then this course is for you. Here is a more detailed description:
By choosing elements that work together to form a cohesive message, Julieanne Kost is able to create a composite image that’s more powerful than its individual parts. In this course, she shares the fundamental creative and technical concepts behind photo compositing, from creating diptychs that juxtapose images in separate “frames,” to assembling multiple exposures and strengthening visual impact with textural information. With these simple yet powerful techniques, Julieanne shows how to pull together different imagery and create new, unified visual narratives.
• Unifying images through subject, theme, and composition
• Creating diptychs in Lightroom and Photoshop
• Using layers and masking to blend photographs
• Applying textures with blend modes and opacity
• Blending nighttime and daytime images
• Creating unity with color and tone
November 19, 2014
These updates include support for 24 new cameras and 57 new lens profiles, as well as assorted bug fixes (click here to see the entire list).
Lightroom 5.7 now supports the Collaboration and Feedback features found in Lightroom mobile and the Lightroom web interface including the ability to view comments and likes from Lightroom web. More specifically:
- Synced collections now show a more prominent share button at the top of the Toolbar in the Lightroom desktop app. This allows you to quickly share your synced collection with friends, family, and clients using Lightroom web (http://lightroom.adobe.com).
- Comments and likes left on Lightroom web now sync to the Lightroom desktop catalog. Comments and Likes will be shown in the “Comment” panel for synced collections.
- Images with comments and likes will display a badge indicating that there are comments and a colored badge to indicate that there are unread comments.
- Additional details on the new Lightroom 5.7 can be found here.
The ACR 8.7 update for CC includes HiDPI support on Windows.
November 18, 2014
Command + T (Mac) | Control + T (Win) displays the free transform bounding box. Holding the Shift key while dragging any of the corner anchor points (handles), forces proportional transformations. Adding the Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) key transforms from the center. In addition:
• Command (Mac) | Control (Win) -drag a corner anchor point to freely distort the image.
• Command + Shift (Mac) | Control + Shift (Win) -drag a center anchor point to skew the image.
• Command + Option + Shift (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift (Win) -drag a corner anchor point to change the perspective of an image.
• To apply the transformation tap the Return (Mac) | Enter (Win) key.
• To cancel a transformation tap the Escape key.
November 17, 2014
With the Eyedropper tool selected, Shift-click in the image area to set a Color Sampler.
To delete a Color Sampler, Option + Shift (Mac) | Alt + Shift (Win) -click on the Color Sampler (the icon will change to a pair of scissors).
November 14, 2014
Here are a few shortcuts for using the Eyedropper tool in Photoshop:
• The Eyedropper’s Sample Size- set in the options bar – affects the Magic Wand, Magic Eraser and the Background Eraser.
• Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) -click the Eyedropper to select the background color swatch (instead of the foreground) in the Tool panel.
• The Eyedropper can sample colors from outside of Photoshop. Make the color visible (on the desktop, in another application etc.). Then, click with the Eyedropper within the image area and then drag to sample the desired color on the desktop/other application.
November 13, 2014
The Rotate View tool is extremely helpful when painting, drawing, or doing anything in Photoshop that benefits from rotating a document on the screen (allowing more natural hand positioning and movement) without actually rotating the contents of the document.
The Rotate View tool works very well in tandem with “Spring Loaded” cursors. Instead of tapping ”R” to select the Rotate View tool, hold the “R” key to temporarily access the tool. Then, when you release the key, you will automatically be returned to the selected tool. For example, if you are drawing a path with the Pen tool but need to change the rotation of the view – press and hold the “R” key, drag to rotate the view, and when you release the “R” key – you are back with the Pen tool, ready to continue drawing!
Double click the Rotate View tool to reset the view or, with the Rotate View tool selected, tap the Escape key to reset the view. Using the Options bar, you can also choose to rotate only the active document or all open images (Rotate All Windows).
November 12, 2014
• Command + Shift + N (Mac) | Control + Shift + N (Win) will add a new layer and display the New Layer dialog box (so that you can name the layer, change blend modes etc.).
• Command + Option + Shift + N (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + N (Win) add a new layer bypassing the New Layer dialog box.
November 11, 2014
When dragging out a guide out from the ruler, Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) toggles the orientation of the guide (vertical to horizontal).
November 10, 2014
When changing the Image Size of a document, by default Guides are also resized proportionally. If you do not want the guides to be resized, be sure to lock them using View > Lock Guides before resizing the document using Image > Image Size.
November 7, 2014
If an open document has an active selection when the Crop tool is selected, Photoshop automatically matches the Crop marquee to the bounding rectangle of the selection.
The initial selection made with the Rectangular Marquee tool.
When the Crop tool is selected, it automatically matches the bounding rectangle of the selection.
If you do not want to crop to the selection, tapping the escape key will reset the crop to the image bounds (or as close to the image bounds as possible if there is an Aspect Ratio set for the Crop tool in the options bar).
November 6, 2014
I’ve received a lot of questions lately with regards to migrating presets between different versions of Photoshop. This link provide a lot of information on what is included and how to do it!
November 5, 2014
Camera Raw has separate Auto Temperature and Auto Tint controls. Shift -double click on either the Temperature or Tint sliders to apply them.
November 4, 2014
By default the Crop Tool in Photoshop is set to “Snap To” the edges of the document. To turn off this snapping behavior, choose View > Snap To and toggle off (uncheck) Document Bounds. To temporarily disable this “Snap to” behavior, press and hold the Control key while dragging the Crop marquee near the edges of the document.
November 3, 2014
Photoshop CC now maintains transparency when copying and pasting layers into Keynote and PowerPoint (MAC only).
October 31, 2014
Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) -dragging a Smart Filter from one layer to another has different behavior based on where in the Layers panel you click and drag from. For example, Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) -dragging from the text “Smart Filters” will duplicate the Smart Filter including the layer mask:
While Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) -dragging the name of the Smart Filter duplicates without copying the mask.