Posts in Category "Video Tutorials"

November 26, 2014

Announcing “Introduction to Photo Compositing” with Julieanne Kost on

I’m excited to announce my new Introduction to Compositing course on! 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.


Topics include:

• 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

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October 24, 2014

Video Tutorial – Adding Textures to Photographs in Photoshop CC

I’m sorry, I completely forgot to blog about this! I was asked to make another guest appearance on the Photoshop Playbook series, so here’s a short tutorial on how to add textures to photographs (both locally as well as selectively) in Photoshop.  I hope it’s helpful!

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June 20, 2014

Video Tutorial – Masking Images to Shapes & Type

There are a number of different techniques for displaying a photograph within type or other graphics. In this quick tip, you’ll learn how to apply a clipping mask to a layer group enabling you to mask multiple layers at once while keeping the type, the graphics and the photograph re-editable.

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June 16, 2014

When Do I Convert  RAW files to DNG?

Since people often ask me when I convert my files to DNG, I will admit that I don’t convert until after I am finished editing the images (including rating, keywording and developing them).  Why? Because, although I could convert on import, I throw away a fair amount of images in my editing process, and I figure that there’s no sense in wasting the time to convert files that I’m going to throw away.

Of course you don’t have to wait until the end of your workflow to convert your images, I just find it satisfying to convert as a final step. Plus, this way I know that any image that is a DNG has made it through my entire workflow.

Below are two videos with more information about DNG:

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May 16, 2014

Masking Video for Special Effects – Photoshop Playbook

Lex and Bryan asked me to do a guest appearance on the Photoshop Playbook series, so here’s How to Mask Video to Create Special Effects.

Now let’s go make something fun!  : )

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May 7, 2014

Video Tutorial – How to Find Your Files Quickly in Lightroom 

In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to Find your Files Quickly in Lightroom), Julieanne shows you how to quickly filter your photographs in Lightroom.

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April 23, 2014

Video Tutorial – How to View Your Best Photos from the Past 6 Months in Lightroom 04-23-2014

In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to View Your Best Photos from the Past 6 Months in Lightroom), Julieanne reveals the power of Smart Collections to reveal your best photos.

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April 16, 2014

Quick Tip – How to Copy Files to an External Hard Drive in Lightroom

In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to Copy Files to an External Hard Drive in Lightroom), Julieanne shows how to copy files to an external drive that Lightroom is unaware of.

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March 26, 2014

Quick Tip – How to Stop Lightroom from Switching Folders After Importing Images

In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to Stop Lightroom from Switching Folders After Importing Images), Julieanne  demonstrates how to prevent Lightroom from automatically switching folders when importing files.

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March 13, 2014

Video Tutorial – How to Quickly Add Photographs to a Collection in Lightroom

In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to Quickly Add Photographs to a Collection in Lightroom), Julieanne demonstrates how to easily add images into a target collection using a single keystroke. 

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February 18, 2014

“The Art of Photoshop Compositing” Now Live on!

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


“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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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

Video Tutorial – Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC 14.2

In this episode of The Complete Picture (Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC), Julieanne takes a close look at several feature enhancements and refinements made to scripted patterns including placing patterns along a path, rendering unique trees for concept, architectural and fine art images, and scripted border designs. Learn how to unlock the background into a layer with a single click, choose recent colors from the swatches panel, and add and change color readouts for multiple color samplers at once. 

• Shift + Delete (Mac) | Shift + Backspace (Win) displays the Fill dialog.

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January 21, 2014

Video Tutorial – How to Link Smart Objects in Photoshop CC

In this episode of The Complete Picture (How to Link Smart Objects in Photoshop CC), Julieanne will show you when to embed and when to link Smart Objects, update modified content, resolve missing files and filter based on smart object attributes.

• Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) drag and drop a file from Bridge to an open document in Photoshop to create a linked (not embedded) Smart Object. Note: this shortcut will also work if you drag and drop from Lightroom into an open Photoshop document on the Mac. 

• Command + Option + Shift + E (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + E (Win) will edit the contents of a Smart Object.

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January 20, 2014

Video Tutorial – How to Use Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC

In this episode of The Complete Picture (How to use Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC), Julieanne walks through the new Perspective Warp feature in Photoshop CC. Learn how to create quads, adjust the layout and distort the perspective of an object in an image.

And the shortcuts for Perspective Warp:

• After selecting Edit  > Perspective Warp, tap the “L” and “W” keys to swap between “layout” and “warp”.

• Shift -drag the end of the plane in layout mode, allows you to make a plane longer without changing the shape/position.

• Shift click will straighten an individual edge of a plane in warp mode. The edge will turn yellow to reflect this.

• Tap the H key to hide the grids.

• Tap the arrow keys to nudge individual points. Add the Shift key to nudge in larger increments.

• Tapping the Enter (return) key while in Layout mode will switch to warp mode. Tapping the Enter (return) key while in Warp mode will commit changes.

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