Using Variables in Photoshop

Another oldie but goodie! In this Episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost demonstrates the incredible power of Variables in Photoshop. You will learn how to cut hours out of your production time when you need to combine text and photographs. Although this feature has been in Photoshop for many releases, only a small number of customers know of its immense power for tasks such as automating event photography and creating web banners.

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A Short Course in Automating Photoshop

Yesterday I was asked if I had any comprehensive courses on Automating Photoshop. I recorded a video a number of years ago, and I’m surprised at how well it’s held up. Click here to watch a short (relative!) course on Automating Photoshop using Actions. You’ll see some additional features in your current version of Photoshop (such as conditional actions), but the concepts remain the same for creating and editing actions in Photoshop. 

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Assigning F-keys and Color Coding Actions in Photoshop

You can assign a function key to run an action when creating an action, or assign one after the fact by double clicking to the right of the action’s name or using the Actions panel’s fly-out and selecting Action Options.

Choose a function key from the list (the number of F-keys will vary depending on platform and keyboard layout) or add a keyboard modifier such as Shift. If you assign a F-key that is already in use by Photoshop (F5 for example, is assigned by default to show and hide the Brush panel), Photoshop will reassign it to your action. Note: different operating systems assign F-keys for certain tasks. To use those F-keys in Photoshop, they must be changed or removed in the operating system).

In addition, use the Action Options to color code actions, making them easily identifiable when viewed in Button Mode.

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Button Mode in Photoshop

In the Actions Panel, use the fly-out menu to select Button Mode to view your actions as buttons (clicking the button runs the action). If you’re working with several  actions in a production environment, you might want to rearrange the panel so that it fits horizontally along the bottom of your screen, making more actions accessible without scrolling. 2016_05_27Button


Note: Use the fly-out menu on the Actions Panel to toggle Button mode off in order to create new actions and/or make changes to existing actions.

5:38 AM Permalink

Adobe Sneak Peek at Content-Aware Crop

The Photoshop team is currently working on a much requested feature – the addition of content aware technology when cropping. With Content-Aware Crop, Photoshop looks at all the pixels around the edges of your image and automatically, seamlessly fills in the blank space with content when you expand or rotate an image. It’s not in the currently shipping product, but  I hope we’ll see it  soon!

Click here for more information.

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Hiding and Showing Panels in Lightroom CC

Command -click (Mac) | Control -click (Win) the header of a panel to close all panels (hiding all of their options at once). Command -click (Mac) | Control -click (Win) again to display the contents of all panels.

To display the contents of one panel at a time, Control -click (Mac) / right -click (Win) a panel header (excluding the Navigator and Histogram panel), and select Solo Mode. In Solo Mode, clicking one panel header automatically closes the others. This can be especially useful when working on a laptop or smaller display.

Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) the  triangle on the panel header will also enable Solo Mode. The triangle will be a dot pattern while in Solo Mode and solid in the default mode.

Shift -click an additional panel’s header to display the contents of more than one panel while in Solo Mode.

5:02 AM Permalink

Creating Patterns in Adobe Capture

Adobe Capture CC now makes it quick and easy to take images on Android and iOS  devices and turn them into interesting and unique patterns for use in Photoshop CC. Below is an example of the original image (upper left), that was used to create several patterns in Capture CC:


Once you save a pattern in Capture CC, Creative Sync makes it available in the Libraries panel in Photoshop.


Click on the thumbnail for the pattern in the Libraries panel to add the pattern to an open document. Photoshop automatically creates a Pattern Fill layer and displays options for scaling.


Click here to find out more about creating patterns in Adobe Capture CC.

If you’re new to Capture CC, get the free mobile app from the App Store or Google Play.

(If you already have Capture on your iPhone, iPad, iPad Pro, or Android phone, make sure you’ve updated it to 2.0.)


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Adding “Copy” when Duplicating Layers in Photoshop

When duplicating layers and layer groups, Photoshop adds “copy” to the name of the duplicated layer (or layer group) in the Layer’s panel. To disable this feature, use the fly-out menu on the Layers panel to select Panel Options and uncheck Add “Copy” to Copied Layers and Groups.


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Adobe Spark Page – Death Valley

After yesterday’s announcement of Adobe Spark Page (formally Adobe Slate), I decided that it was time to have some fun and post some images from a recent trip to Death Valley. I really appreciate how easy the team has made it to add photos and text (and even video) to a beautifully designed theme (template). It certainly makes it easy to share with others. Click here (or in the image below) to view the completed story.  Enjoy!


10:03 AM Permalink

Announcing Adobe Spark

If you’ve used Adobe Post, Adobe Slate, or Adobe Voice, then you’re going to love Adobe Spark! Click here to check out how you can quickly turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories, and animated videos—in minutes, all within one product.

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Setting Default Colors in Photoshop

Tap the “D” key to set the foreground/background colors to black/white.

Note: If you have a Layer mask selected, tapping the “D” key will set the foreground/background colors to white/black.

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Photoshop Advanced Tips and Techniques (Adobe MAX 2015)

Here is a link to my (Photoshop Advanced Tips and Techniques) presentation that I did at Adobe MAX last year.

I would suggest that you start at 4:30 to skip the portion where I talk about how they can use my blog as a reference etc.

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Using Lightroom to Reinforce the Visual Narrative (Adobe MAX 2015)

Here is a link to my presentation (Using Lightroom to Reinforce the Visual Narrative) at Adobe MAX last year.

Discover how to use the Lightroom Develop module to process images so that they reinforce the story you want to tell. Just as you choose a specific typeface to convey meaning, you can make adjustments to photographs in Lightroom to help define the mood, style and essence of the image. Adobe Evangelist Julieanne Kost will show you how to refine your personal style by using a combination of global and selective adjustments, as well as teach how to quickly apply those enhancements across multiple images.

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Changing Shape Tool Options in Photoshop

Before drawing with the Rounded Rectangle tool, [‘ or ‘]’ decreases/increases the corner radius by one pixel. Adding the Shift key will decrease/increase the radius in increments of 10. Likewise, when using the Polygon tool, ‘[‘ or ]’ decreases/increases the number of sides by one. Adding the Shift key will decrease/increase the number of sides in increments of 10.

When using the Custom Shape tool, ‘[‘ or ‘]’ goes to the previous or next shape in the Custom Shape Picker (in the Options bar). Adding the Shift key selects the first or last shape in the Custom Shape Picker.

Instead of clicking the gear icon in the Options bar to change settings specific to each shape tool, you might find it  easier to click in the image area with the shape tool selected to display options for the tool.


After drawing with the Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, or Ellipse shape tools, you can use also use the Properties panel to change the Live Shape attributes.

5:24 AM Permalink

Adding Arrowheads to the Line Tool in Photoshop

With the Line tool selected, click on the gear icon in the Options bar to access the Arrowheads option.


In addition, the ‘[‘ or ‘]’ (left or right bracket) decreases or increases the weight of the line by one pixel. Adding the Shift key will increase or decrease the line width in increments of 10. Note, this changes the setting for the next time you use the tool to create a line.

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