When working with Photoshop, I find that I often need to toggle between viewing one open document and viewing all open documents (tiled in my workspace). To eliminate wasting valuable time looking through menus or trying to find icons, I customize Photoshop’s keyboard shortcuts . To do this, choose Window > Workspace > Keyboard Shortcut & Menus. Under the “Shortcuts for Application Menus”, select Window and and scroll down to “Tile” and “Consolidate to Tabs”. Add shortcuts that make sense to you (I used Shift + Command + T for Tabs ,and Shift + Command + R for Consolidate to Tabs – or, in my mind, “Return to primary image”).
Discover how easy it is to create a Diffuse Glow effect in Photoshop in my free video (Creating a Soft, Diffuse, Glow with Grain in Photoshop) from Lynda.com
See how easy it is to use blend modes to emulate an image transfer effect in Photoshop in my free video (Using Blend Modes to Emulate an Image Transfer Effect in Photoshop) from Lynda.com
Discover how to Select Soft Edge Objects using the Refine Edge feature in Photoshop in my free video from Lynda.com.
Discover how to “Quickly Blend Two Images Together Using Layer Masks in Photoshop in my free video from Lynda.com
Hovering the cursor above of Lightroom’s Identity Plate displays a white disclosure triangle. Click on the triangle to reveal the Activities Center in Lightroom CC. The Activities Center displays the progress of background operations including Lightroom mobile sync, address lookup (GPS), and indexing for face tagging. You can manage each of these tasks independently.
• Turn on Sync with Lightroom mobile to sync collections with other Lightroom mobile clients. Only the collections that you have enabled (by clicking the empty well to the left of the collection name) will be synchronized.
•Turn on Address Lookup to have Lightroom look up new GPS coordinates to provide city, state, and country suggestions.
•Turn on Face Detection to have Lightroom index the faces of people in all of your photos. Note: if you enable this and let Lightroom index all of your photos in the catalog, then when you enter People view, it will load faster.
Right-click within Lightroom’s Identity Plate to switch Identity Plates, control which background tasks show in the ID plate area, and edit an Identity Plate.
In addition, in the Catalog Settings > Metadata, you can set preferences for Address Lookup and Face Detection.
Learn how to customize your keyboard shortcuts in my free video (Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts), from Lynda.com.
I’m happy to announce that my Adobe Bridge CC Essential Training course is now available on Lynda.com! Here is the course description:
Learn to use Bridge CC to efficiently manage and organize media assets of all kinds. Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost shows how to download photos from a camera into Bridge, rename the files, add metadata, and view, rate, and label photos. She also shows how to share the best images with filters and collections, and showcase them in slideshows.
•Batch renaming files
•Saving collections and Smart Collections
• Organizing images into stacks
To rename your Lightroom catalog, locate the catalog and quit Lightroom. If you don’t know where your catalog is, the default Lightroom catalog is stored:
Mac (user) /Pictures / Lightroom
Win (user) / My Pictures / Lightroom
If you have made a new catalog, the easiest way to find it is to select Lightroom > Catalog Settings (Mac) / Edit > Catalog Settings (Win), and click General. Lightroom displays the path to the currently open catalog. Click the “Show” button to reveal the catalog in the Finder (Mac) / Explorer (Win).
There are three files that you need to rename. They are:
(your catalog name).lrcat
(your catalog name) Previews.lrdata
(your catalog name) Smart Previews.lrdata
Make sure that you leave the space between the catalog name and the word Previews in the two .lrdata files.
Note: If you have no smart previews in your catalog, you might not have the (your catalog name) Smart Previews.lrdata file.
I’m happy to announce that my new Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training is now available on Lynda.com!
Camera Raw is more than a plugin. It’s a powerful photo editing tool in its own right, capable of taking your photos from raw material to polished gems. In this course, Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost takes you through all of Camera Raw’s capabilities, from fixing common but vexing problems to finding more creative uses for the program’s rich and nondestructive editing tools. Learn how to correct color, fix perspective problems, and enhance detail and contrast to make images come alive. Then find out how to make localized color corrections, custom black-and-white images, and even panoramas and HDR composites. If you’re interested in becoming more efficient in Camera Raw, Julieanne also includes a chapter on using presets, synchronization, and batch processing to automate some of your corrections.
• Comparing raw and JPEG files
• Correcting lens distortion and perspective correction
• Removing chromatic aberration
• Cropping and straightening a tilted horizon
• Fixing color cast with the White Balance tool
• Revealing shadow and highlight detail
• Sharpening and reducing noise
• Removing haze and adding clarity
• Making localized adjustments
• Converting to black and white
• Emulating film grain
• Adding vignettes
• Retouching portraits: skin, eyes, and teeth
• Automating corrections
• Merging images for panoramas or HDR images