2017/04/18

John Paul Caponigro on Blending Modes in Photoshop

I’m a huge fan of John Paul Caponigro and I just discovered an insightful article of his which explains how to isolate the effects of adjustment layers using blending modes in Photoshop. I would highly recommend that you take the time to check out the article here (The Beauty of Blending Modes), as well as the incredible wealth of information that he has on his site (johnpaulcaponigro.com)

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2017/04/17

Photography from Japan – Created in Adobe Spark

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to participate in the CP+ event in Yokohama, Japan. Fortunately, I was able to extend my stay and visit a number of incredible locations in Kyoto and Tokyo.

This weekend, I created a Spark Page of my travels in preparation for my presentation at Photoshop World. I really appreciate how easy it is to make my collection in Lightroom, sync it with my mobile devices, and then layout my story using a beautifully designed template on my mobile device or desktop computer.

Click on the image below to view the images and let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Depending on your internet speed, it might take a few minutes to load because I included a large number of images…

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2017/04/13

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Training in Dallas, TX

I’ll be presenting a series of educational programs on Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography program (including Photoshop, Lightroom, Lightroom mobile, Spark, Portfolio and more) on Saturday, April 22nd, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dallas. These are going to be fast-paced, fun, and information-packed programs!  The price to attend both programs is only $47 if you have registered for Texas School. Admission is $97 if you have not registered. Click here to register!

Topics include:

10:00 – 11:00 Adobe Lightroom Mobile and Adobe Capture

11:00 – 12:00 Adobe Lightroom Workflow

12:00 – 1:00 Adobe Lightroom – What’s New in the Develop Module!

2:00 – 3:00 Photoshop Layers and Masking

3:00 – 4:00 Adobe Spark Page and Spark Post

4:00 – 5:00 Adobe Behance and Portfolio

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2017/04/12

Crop and Straighten Photos in Photoshop CC

To speed up scanning or photographing multiple images, it might be faster to scan them as a single document. Then, choose File > Automate > Crop and Straighten Photos to automate the “cutting apart” of the images into their own documents.

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2017/04/11

Content Aware Fill – Control the Source in Photoshop CC

When removing unwanted objects in an image, selecting the area to be removed and then choosing  Edit > Fill with the Contents set to Content Aware, can magically fill in areas using surrounding information. However, in some images, Photoshop may select and fill with areas that you wish it wouldn’t. In order to tell Photoshop to ignore certain areas of an image, add a layer mask and paint in the mask to hide the areas that you don’t want Photoshop to use as a fill source (in other words, if you can’t see the information, then neither can the Content Aware Fill technology). When finished, discard the layer mask without applying.

Note: make sure to run the Content Aware Fill on the Layer, not the Layer Mask.

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2017/04/03

Updated- Lightroom CC Tips,Tricks, and Quick Reference Guide!

Although I really appreciate that you can search my blog for Lightroom tips and shortcuts, several customers have requested that I create a single, condensed document that contains the Lightroom CC shortcuts that I use most often. So, click here to view/download the document.

The PDF file is 20+ pages long, and still doesn’t contain every shortcut… If you run across any mistakes/typos, please let me know and I’ll update the document.

And, if you’re looking for more information about my Lightroom workflow, be sure to check out my book Passenger Seat: Creating a Photographic Project from Conception through Execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom”.

Have a great week!

5:01 AM Permalink
2017/03/27

Setting a Default Folder for Lightroom Mobile

When capturing images in Lightroom mobile (or when importing them into Lightroom mobile from your camera roll), Lightorom uploads those photographs to the cloud and then downloads them to Lightroom CC on the desktop. By default, the images appear in the Folders panel under a new drive header with the same name as your mobile device. While it’s easy to select and drag the files  to another folder, it might be easier to import them directly into your desired folder. To do this, you need to change the default location for your mobile files. Under Preferences > Lightroom mobile, enable Specify location for Lightroom mobile images, click Choose, and navigate to the desired folder. 

Note: you can also have Lightroom automatically create folders based on capture date.

5:31 AM Permalink
2017/03/24

Quickly Apply a Preset using the Painter Tool in Lightroom CC

A very powerful, but seldom used feature of the painter tool is it’s ability to “spray-on” presets in the Library module. Select the Painter tool, set the Paint option to the desired preset, and click on an image to apply it. Note: you can also click -drag across multiple images to add a preset.

5:04 AM Permalink
2017/03/23

Sync and Reposition Local Adjustments Between Images in Lightroom CC

Lightroom’s ability to sync local adjustments between images can help increase your productivity when workignwith several, similar images. This video (Hidden Gems in Lightroom CC), will show you how.  (The link above should take you directly to the portion of the demo that covers syncing local adjustments from 6:15 – 7:20).

Note: if it’s easier, you can use the Copy… button (located at the bottom of the left panels in the Develop module) to copy Local Adjustments. Then select a different image, and paste those adjustments. It just depends on your workflow.

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2017/03/22

Assigning Keywords using the Painter Tool in Lightroom CC

In this video (Hidden Gems in Lightroom CC), you’ll discover how to access Recently Used Keywords as well as Saved Keyword Sets using the Painter tool in Lightroom CC. Note, the link above should take you directly to the keywording portion of the demo (1:50 – 2:55).

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2017/03/20

Using the Painter tool to Add Images to a Collection in Lightroom

To use the Painter tool to add images to a collection in Lightroom, in the Library module, right-click on a regular collection (not a smart collection) and choose Set as Target Collection. Then, select the painter tool and choose Target Collection from the list of Paint options. While the painter tool is selected, clicking on an image in the grid to add it to the collection. You can also click – drag across multiple images to add them to the target collection.

The video below demonstrates how to set a target collection when creating collection, tapping the “B” key to add an image to the targeted collection as well as using the Painter tool to add images to a collection (2:15):

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2017/03/15

Adding Photo Grids to Behance and Portfolio

Uploading and viewing photography on Adobe Behance and Adobe Portfolio just got even better. Photo Grids are a new way for you to easily showcase larger groups of images. Add images directly from your computer, Lightroom Collections, or Creative Cloud files, and start building a beautiful, responsive grid that makes viewing your set of images effortless.

You can add a photo grid when you start building a project or, add individual images and then insert a grid at any time. Click and drag any image within the grid to reorganize or sort them alphabetically in a single click.

Click here to view an example of using a Photo Grid in Behance or here to view in Portfolio.

For more information and step by step instruction to create your own photo grids in Behance click here and for Portfolio click here.

 

5:10 AM Permalink
2017/03/08

Filtering Collections in Lightroom CC

To quickly find a collection in Lightroom CC, type the name of the collection in the search field.

Filtering collections a huge time-saver as I have (literally)  hundreds of collections of images in my Lightroom catalog).

5:14 AM Permalink
2017/03/06

Adobe Announces Lightroom Mobile for iOS 2.7 and Android 2.3

I’m excited to announce that Lightroom mobile now includes the ability to capture raw, high dynamic range (HDR) images! In the Lightroom mobile app, tap the camera icon and then choose HDR from the drop down at the bottom of the screen.

Lightroom mobile automatically analyzes the scene to determine the appropriate spread of exposure values over three shots (most other apps only average two exposures). Then, Lightroom automatically aligns, de-ghosts, and tone maps the image, creating a 16-bit floating point DNG file which can then be edited as desired. The resulting DNG file offers a much larger dynamic range than a singe raw file while maintaining all other advantages of a raw file such as higher bit-depth per color, lack of JPEG compression, and the ability to address white balance after capture with no loss of information! Although, HDR files are larger, I believe the superior image quality and greater editing flexibility are well worth the increase in file size.  Plus, while in HDR capture mode, you also have access to exposure compensation, white balance, and the manual focus slider.

Note: for iOS users, the HDR mode requires a device that can capture in DNG such as an iPhone 6, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, iPhone SE, or iPad Pro 9.7″. For Android users, the Samsung S7, S7 Edge, Google Pixel, and Pixel XL are supported. 

In addition, Speed Review is back! In Review mode, tap -drag up/down on the left side of the screen to add star ratings. Tap -drag up/down on the right side of the screen to add pick/reject flags.

Export Original enables you to export DNG files captured in Lightroom mobile (as well as raw files imported from your camera to Lightroom mobile or Lightroom web) to the camera roll. Tap the Share icon and choose Export Original.

Note: if you’re images originated in, and were synchronized from Lightroom CC on the desktop, you can not export the original raw file from Lightroom mobile because Lightroom CC on the desktop does not upload the full resolution raw file to the cloud (instead it uses a Smart Preview).

And, for Android Creative Cloud members, both the Radial and Linear selective adjustments are now available!

In addition, the team has improved sync speed and stability and added background sync and upload features.

For more information about Lightroom mobile  click here to see how  to use the Force Touch and Notification Center widget on iOS or, click here to see my Lightroom mobile Getting Started Series.

8:05 AM Permalink
2017/03/03

Convert Smart Collections to regular Collections

I often use Quick Collection in Lightroom to create a temporary collection of images (to submit to a client, use in a demo, etc.). However there are times when, after making the Quick Collection, I want to convert it to a regular collection. To do so, Control-click (Mac)  | right-click (Win) on Quick Collection in the Catalog panel and choose Save Quick Collection. In addition:

• Command + Option + B (Mac) | Control + Alt + B (Win)  will convert (or save) a Quick Collection to a regular Collection.

• Command + B (Mac) | Control + B (Win) will  display the contents of a Quick Collection. Tapping it again returns you to your previous location (folder, collection etc.).

• Command + Shift + B (Mac) | Control  + Shift + B (Win)  will delete the contents (clear) of a Quick Collection.

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