2014/07/08

Fit the Image “On Screen” in Photoshop

Double-clicking the Hand tool in the Tool Panel is the same as selecting View > Fit on Screen (Photoshop will display the entire image as large as possible on screen. Note: Command + 0 (Mac) | Control + 0 (Win) also displays the image as large as possible.

5:42 AM Permalink
2014/07/07

The Hand Tool in Photoshop

To select the Hand tool, tap “H”. Or, holding down the spacebar (while most other tools are selected) will temporarily give you the Hand tool allowing quick panning of images that are zoomed in.

5:40 AM Permalink
2014/06/30

Window Seat  – The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking by Julieanne Kost is Now Available!

I’m pleased to announce that my book Window Seat  – The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking is now available as an eBook via the iTunes store!  First published as a soft-back book, this redesigned and revised eBook was published as a Fixed Layout EPUB directly from the newest release of InDesign CC (2014). It has been enhanced with new photographs as well as updated image processing techniques in Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw and Photoshop.

Part manifesto, part artist’s portfolio and part technical manual, Window Seat, The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking is guaranteed to awaken, delight, and inspire the creative spirit that lives in all of us. 

Photographer, creativity guru and Adobe digital imaging evangelist, Julieanne Kost travels by plane 200+ days a year. For the past decade, she’s been shooting photographs from those airplane windows, recording the extraordinary world that lies beyond the everyday drudgery of business travel on a commercial jet. 

She urges us to consider – and embrace – that which is outside of our daily experience. To see all that we do in our lives as creative acts. To continually strive to stay awake and aware, challenging ourselves to go beyond the status quo.

Click here for more information, download a sample, and purchase the book.

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5:05 AM Permalink
2014/06/25

2014 release of Photoshop CC: Experimental Features

Check out this great post by Jeff Tranberry explaining the new Experimental Features introduced in the 2014 release of Photoshop CC.

 

5:53 AM Permalink
2014/06/24

Lightroom Mobile Presets

As some of you might have noticed, there are a number of presets available on Lightroom mobile that are different from the default presets available in the Lightroom desktop app. This is because some of the presets for Lightroom mobile were redesigned to be optimized for images originating on mobile devices. Click this link - Lightroom mobile presets, if you would like to download, unzip and install these presets in the Lightroom desktop app.

To install: download and unzip the “Lightroom mobile presets.zip” file and place the subfolders (01 CREATIVE, 02 COLOR etc.), in the following location:

• Mac (user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets

• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets

If you are on a Mac, the Library menu may be hidden depending on your operating system. To reveal it, hold the Option key down while selecting the “Go” menu in the Finder.

Note: you can also access this folder from within Lightroom by choosing Preferences > Presets. Under Location, click Show Lightroom Presets Folder.

Be sure to drag the subfolders (not the parent folder) into the Develop Presets as Lightroom can’t see presets in nested folders.

If you are interested in installing only the presets that are different (to avoid duplication) you can download and install these UniqueLRmobilePresets instead.

5:05 AM Permalink
2014/06/23

FAQ for the 2014 Release of CC

Jeff Tranberry has created an excellent FAQ for the 2014 release of CC covering the most common questions about installing, troubleshooting and  getting up to speed with this new release.

 

5:51 AM Permalink
2014/06/20

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.

10:30 AM Permalink
2014/06/18

Installing the 2014 Release of Creative Cloud

Most of you are probably noticing that when you install the 2014 release of Creative Cloud (Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere etc.), via the Creative Cloud desktop app, you’re actually installing NEW versions of the application. Yes, that’s correct, the new 2014 versions of CC apps will be installed in addition to (and can run along side of) the previous CC versions (they will not replace them). So, unlike the past few updates, the 2014 release will install a new, stand-alone version of most applications – such as Photoshop, InDesign etc.), and that’s also why it lists them separately in the CC desktop app).

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The fact that the 2014 release of Photoshop is a separate install might be why some of you aren’t seeing your custom plugins etc. that you might have installed with Photoshop CC.

Note: there are a number of different reasons that customers ask Adobe to create versions, including both hardware and software compatibility issues, access to features that are no longer supported as a result, support for external plug-ins etc.

In addition, some applications (Photoshop CC for example) might display an update option in the CC desktop app so that it can make updates to Camera Raw or other features.

If you are a subscriber to Creative Cloud, the new versions are included in your subscription.

If you have additional questions with regards to installing/updating/upgrading, this resource –  2014 release of Photoshop CC FAQ - is very informative!

If your question is not answered in the FAQ, please ask additional questions on this forum: https://forums.adobe.com/community/download_install_setup/creative_cloud_faq

2:03 PM Permalink

Adobe Announces Largest Software Release Since CS6

Today Adobe announced all new versions of 14 CC desktop applications, 4 new mobile apps, the immediate availability of creative hardware, and new offerings for Enterprise, education and photography customers.

Of course this includes new features, enhancements and updates to both Photoshop and Lightroom for design and photography including the new Spin and Path Blurs in Blur Gallery, new typographic controls including Font Search and Typekit integration, enhancements to Smart Objects, Smart Guides, and Layer Comps, improved Content-Aware technologies, new selection capabilities using Focus Mask, as well as hidden gems and workflow timesavers.

Check out the latest advancements in Photoshop CC in the videos below:

Photoshop CC (2014): New features and enhancements (3 minute overview)

How to Add Realistic Spinning Motion Blur Effects in Photoshop CC

Adding Motion Blur Effects Along a Path in Photoshop CC

New Typographic Features in Photoshop CC

How to Align and Distribute Layers using Smart Guides in Photoshop CC

How to Use Layer Comps for Multi State Mock-ups in Photoshop CC

New Smart Object Features in Photoshop CC

How to Remove Distracting Elements using the Enhanced Content Aware Tools in Photoshop CC

How to Use Focus Mask to Make Selections based on Focus in Photoshop CC

More Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC

In addition, Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 the Radial and Graduated Filters have a new Brush option designed to selectively hide the filter in unwanted areas. This example demonstrates how useful it can be. 

Plus, Camera Raw 8.5 has new Per-Panel Preview toggle button.

And of course the Camera Raw team included additional bug fixes, new camera and lens profile support.

Click here for more information about Adobe’s Announcement 
Click here for more the Creative Cloud FAQ
Click here for more information about Lightroom mobile for iPhone

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to share them on the Photoshop forums!

8:45 AM Permalink

Adobe Announces Lightroom Mobile for iPhone

Check out the video below to see the new features for Lightroom mobile on the iPhone and iPad including custom sort orders, star ratings and sharing images via email. Plus, walk though the auto import from camera roll workflow on the iPhone.

If you’re looking for a more complete tour of Lightroom mobile, check out the videos below:

Lightroom mobile – Setup, Collections and Flags

Lightroom mobile – Cropping, Adjustments and Presets

Lightroom mobile – Managing  Collections and Auto Import from Camera Roll

Lightroom mobile – Showcasing and Sharing your Photographs

Click here for more information on Lightroom.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to share them on the Lightroom forums!

8:44 AM Permalink
2014/06/17

Cleaning Out Lightroom’s Catalog Backups

I’m typically pretty good at remembering to clean out my old Lightroom catalog backups, but the other day I noticed that I had 25+ backups sitting in my folder. Because they don’t take up a significant amount of space (as the preview files are not part of the backup) it’s really not that big of a deal, but I do like to keep my files tidy so I deleted all but the most recent five backups. In this video, I have some additional suggestions for backup strategies:

5:41 AM Permalink
2014/06/16

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:

5:38 AM Permalink
2014/06/13

Photo Romania Festival

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who worked so hard to make my experience at Photo Romania so memorable. I know that making a festival run smoothly is no small task and you all accomplished it with agility and grace. With every little detail taken care of, I was able to thoroughly  enjoy the event, meet a whole new group of friends and bring back wonderful memories and photographs  of not only Cluj-Napoca but also Bucharest, Brasov, and Sighisoara.

For now, here are a few of the images that I have posted via Instagram, I’m sure that I’ll be using the rest of my images in future tips, tricks, and tutorials!

Romania01_lrI really hope to see you at the festival again next year!

 

5:47 AM Permalink
2014/06/12

Refining a Selection with the Maximum and Minimum Filters in Photoshop

Although it is easy to use Select > Modify in order to expand or contract a selection by a specific number of pixels, for additional control, try using the Maximum and Minimum filters. To contract or expand a selection by a decimal number (not a whole number as is the limit for the Select > Modify command), first, make your selection, then click the Quick Mask icon to view the red overlay before selecting the filter (otherwise the filter will effect the pixels in the photo that you have selected). Then, choose Filter > Other > Minimum to contract the selection by a non-whole number or choose Filter > Other >  Maximum to expand the selection by a non-whole number.

Note: both of the filters are looking at the values of gray within the specified radius that you define. The Preserve Roundness option  will help keep round shapes round instead of being reduced using a more “rectangular” method which will cut corners when contracting. The Preserve Squareness will help keep rectangular shapes with more square edges from getting rounded. Both filters can be used for choke and spread operations on masks or images (removing dirt, enlarging bright points, etc.).

5:50 AM Permalink
2014/06/11

What is the Difference Between Opacity and Flow in Photoshop?

In Photoshop, the Opacity setting controls the opacity of the paint - are you painting with an opaque metallic paint or a transparent varnish. The Flow setting controls the speed at which paint is laid down - are you pressing the nozzle of the can of spray paint just a little or all the way down?

5:23 AM Permalink
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