Drag and Drop to the Center of a Document in Photoshop

Holding the Shift key while dragging and dropping a layer(s) between two documents will place the “dropped” layer(s) into the center of the destination document.

If there is a selection in the destination document, holding the Shift key while dragging and dropping an image will drop it into the center of the selection.

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Evening Lecture at the Booth Western Art Museum!

I am really excited to have the opportunity to give a special workshop and evening lecture at the Booth Western Art Museum on January 9th in Atlanta, GA. I am honored to have three of my images included in their current exhibition: Ansel Adams: Before & After where you can experience the iconic work of famed photographer Ansel Adams in a new light – set amongst the work of his predecessors, peers and contemporary photographers. If you’re in the Atlanta area, I hope you will join us on Saturday evening.

For more information please click here.

5:00 AM Permalink

Adding Layers to Layer Groups in Photoshop

When dragging and dropping a layer into a Layer group, Photoshop positions the layer at the top of the Layer stack (within the group). Holding the Shift key when releasing the mouse will position the layer at the bottom of the stack (within the group).

5:16 AM Permalink

Copying and Pasting Illustrator Artwork into Photoshop

When copying and pasting artwork from Illustrator to Photoshop, you now have the option to Paste the artwork as a Smart Object and “Add to your current library” which automatically converts the artwork to a Linked Creative Cloud Smart Object.


5:10 AM Permalink

Quiet Moments – My Year in Review

I’ve created a slideshow as a simple way to look back at my year through the images that I’ve posted using Lightroom mobile to my Instagram account. I find this yearly exercise yields interesting insights about where I am in my life and allows me to reflect upon the places that I’ve gone and the experiences that I’ve had. I would strongly encourage you to create a collection of your own images for the year to see the path that you followed in 2015.

8:00 AM Permalink

Free Training – Photoshop and Camera Raw Videos for the Holidays!

If you’re looking to increase some of your Photoshop and Camera Raw skills over the holidays, Lynda.com offers several of the videos in my Photoshop CC 2015 Essential Training and Adobe Camera Raw courses for free.

Navigate to this page Photoshop CC (2015) Essential Training with Julieanne Kost and click the play icon to watch any of the unlocked Photoshop videos. Or, navigate to the Camera Raw Essential Training page to watch any of the unlocked videos.

To watch the full course (and thousands of other videos on a  variety of different topics), sign up for a paid membership (what a great holiday gift idea!) .

Here is a list of the unlocked videos that you will find in the Photoshop CC (2015) Essential Training:

• Customizing the keyboard shortcuts

• How large can I print my image?

• Making the canvas bigger using the Canvas Size command

• Using Vanishing Point to paste in perspective

• Blending two images together using Layer Masks

• Selecting soft edge objects using Refine Edge

• Using blend modes to emulate an image transfer effect

• Swapping heads in a family portrait

• Straightening images using the Adaptive Wide Angle filter

• Creating a soft, diffuse glow with grain

• Adding flames to a photograph

• Clipping an image inside type

• Adding a keyline around an image

• Creating a time-lapse video

And here is a list of the unlocked videos for Camera Raw (2015) Essential Training:

• Bridge and Camera Raw or Lightroom: Which should you use?

• Correcting a tilted horizon

• Bringing it all together to make an image shine

• Customizing color using HSL

• Recreating traditional color toning effects

• Merging multiple images to create a panorama

In addition, all of the Lightroom and Photoshop videos that I create  for Adobe are free and can be accessed using the two links below.

Lightroom videos — http://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/lightroom-training-videos

Photoshop videos — http://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/photoshop-training-videos


5:05 AM Permalink

Adobe North American Holiday Break Closure

All Adobe North American offices will close for our annual Winter break from Monday, December 21 – Friday, January 1. I will get back to you as soon as possible after my return on Monday, January 4th. See you in the New Year!

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Lightroom mobile 2.1 is Now Available!

Check out all of the great new features and enhancements made to Lightroom mobile including:

iPad Pro Support – including support for iOS 9’s multitasking capabilities such as Split View and Slide Over (on supported devices).

Using "Slide Over" to make a quick change in Lightroom while working in Adobe Slate.

Using “Slide Over” to make a quick change in Lightroom while working in Adobe Slate.


Point Curve Mode in Tone Panel – take color control to the next level with a full function Tone Curve tool, enabling access to composite (RGB) as well as individual red, green, and blue color channels in your photo.


Split Tone Adjustments – create a distinctive look to your photos by applying a color tone to the highlights or shadows, or to replicate the look of a split-toned black and white photo. 2015_12_14_SplitTone1


Shoot-through Presets. Apply one of five new, specially formulated, non-destructive presets while capturing a photo from the Adobe in-app camera including:

  • High Contrast – increases Contrast in Basic Panel and adjusts Tone Curve
  • Flat – decreases contrast in the Tone Curve
  • Warm Shadows – adjusts Blacks and Whites in Basic Panel, Tone Curve and Split Toning
  • High Contrast B&W – converts to B/W and increases Contrast in Basic Panel and adjusts Tone Curve
  • Flat B&W – converts to B/W and decreases contrast in the Tone Curve
Top Row: No Preset, High Contrast. Middle Row: Flat, Warm Shadows. Bottom Row: High Contrast B&W, Flat B&W

Top Row: No Preset, High Contrast. Middle Row: Flat, Warm Shadows. Bottom Row: High Contrast B&W, Flat B&W.

Note: Shoot-through presets are available for 64-bit devices only, such as iPhone 5s and later and iPad Air and later.

Notification Center Widget – get instant access to the Adobe in-app camera by enabling the Lightroom for mobile Notification Center widget, to automatically launch the in-app camera with a single swipe down.

I didn’t know how to enable the notification center widget for Lightroom mobile, so I included the following screenshots to help anyone else that was in the same situation:

In Settings, tap Notifications (your settings might be slightly different depending on your iOS and device).

Choose Settings

Select Lightroom from the list.

Scroll and select Lightroom

Enable “Allow Notifications” and “Show in Notification Center”.

Enable "Allow Notifications" and "Show in Notification Center".

Then, access Notifications by swiping downwards from the top of the screen. Tap Edit. Under the the “Do Not Include” section, tap the green plus icon next to Lightroom mobile to enable it.


Scroll to the top to verify Lightroom mobile has been added, and tap Done. Lightroom mobile will now appear in the Notification Center enabling you to quickly access the in-app  camera.



3D Touch support on iPhone 6s/6s Plus – press and hold on any photo in the Grid view to preview your photo with Peek and Pop.

In addition, there have been many usability improvements throughout the app including easier addition of multiple photos to collections, faster import options, and improved gesture support to get you quickly organizing, creating, and sharing amazing images anywhere you are!

If you’re new to Lightroom Mobile you might find these links helpful:

Updates to Lightroom for Web (10-2015)

Discover how easy it is to upload raw, psd, tiff and jpg images, organize your files, make non-destructive edits to your photographs, and share galleries – all from a web browser using Lightroom web!

Updates to Lightroom for Mobile (10-2015)

See how easy it is to  organize, edit, and share your photos from anywhere using Lightroom mobile.

Lightroom Mobile on the iPhone (6-2014)

Julieanne demonstrates the new features added to Lightroom mobile on the iPhone and iPad including  custom sort orders, star ratings, sharing images via email, and auto import from the camera roll.

Setup, Collections and Flags (6-2014)

Julieanne helps you get started with Lightroom for mobile.  She walks through creating and syncing collections, reviewing, picking, rejecting, and filter images using Lightroom for mobile on the iPad.

Cropping, Adjustments and Presets (6-2014)

Julieanne demonstrates how to crop, adjust color and tone and apply presets to your photographs using Lightroom for mobile on the iPad.

Managing  Collections and Auto Import from Camera Roll (6-2014)

Julieanne demonstrates how to modify collections, move, add and copy images between collections, and auto import from camera roll using Lightroom for mobile.

Showcasing and Sharing your Photographs  (6-2014)

Julieanne shows how to quickly save, share, and show slideshows using Lightroom for mobile.

For more information, see the blog post on Lightroom Journal.

7:15 AM Permalink

Julieanne Kost Rides Shotgun to Create her Most Recent Personal Project

Thank you Lex and team! I love the interview that you posted on the Photoshop.com blog about my new book. To learn more about what inspired me to make the Passenger Seat images and, why I think personal projects are so important, check out the Q & A here.


10:00 AM Permalink

Photoshop CC 2015.1.1 Update Now Available

Today Adobe released Photoshop CC 2015 update version 2015.1.1 (Mac and Windows) to address several workflow issues including:

Click here to check for an install the most current updates.

For additional information, please see Jeff Tranberry’s Digital Imaging Crawlspace.


8:37 AM Permalink

“Passenger Seat”, Julieanne’s New Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book is Now Available!

I’m excited to announce my new book Passenger Seat: Creating a Photographic Project from Conception through Execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom” is now available!


In her long career as Product Evangelist for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, Julieanne Kost has taught thousands of digital photographers how to get the most out of Adobe’s digital imaging software, in seminars, presentations, and blog posts ranging from nuts-and-bolts tips and tricks to inspirational tutorials on creating sophisticated artistic effects. As Lightroom has grown into the premier image organization and editing tool for photographers, she is often asked by her students and other fans to outline her own Lightroom workflow in a book. This is that book!

Using her own stunning images as the starting point, Julieanne shares her working methods with the reader, starting from the initial idea for a photo project, continuing through planning and executing the shoots, and spending the bulk of the time describing the post-capture workflow: organizing the images in Lightroom, performing basic and advanced edits, off-loading images to Photoshop for special purposes, then packaging the project for publication and distribution as a book, slideshow, or web site.

Readers will reap the benefit of Julieanne’s long and deep experience with both Lightroom and Photoshop as well as her refined artist’s sensibility. The book deftly combines practical information about working with the camera and computer, but under Julieanne’s guidance the practical is always presented in the service of maintaining and supporting the photographer’s vision for the overall project.

There are other books on using Lightroom to catalog and edit images, but they tend to be general-purpose manuals that cover any and all types of images and uses. This book focuses on those techniques and workflows that Julieanne finds most useful for her own photographic projects; in this case a series of images shot from the window of a moving car going through a variety of landscapes at different times of the year.  

—Victor Gavenda, Executive Editor, Adobe Press

Check out the ad in the back of the book for details on becoming an Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan member for up to 20% off your first year!

5:01 AM Permalink

Birds Eye View for Fast Navigation in Adobe Camera Raw

This is a fast way to navigate across the image, especially when zoomed in. It is similar to the existing feature in the Photoshop app itself. Here’s how to use it:

• Press and hold H.

• Click and drag to set the position of the zoom rectangle as desired.  The zoom rectangle is shown as an outline around the cursor.

• Release the mouse. The image zooms to the area chosen in the previous step. The selected tool remains unchanged.

• If you start in Fit View mode or smaller, the zoom rectangle will represent 100% pixel view (1:1). This is a quick way to zoom to 1:1 at a specific part of the image (such as a person’s face, or other area of interest).

• If you start zoomed in, then after you release the mouse you’ll return to the same zoom level. For example, if you start at 200%, then after releasing the mouse you’ll be back at 200%.

Note: Birds Eye View is only available when GPU is enabled.

(Thank you Sharad for that tip!)

5:22 AM Permalink

Photoshop CC Essential Training (2015) Updated Videos Available

I’m thrilled to announce that my Photoshop CC Essentials Training has been released on Lynda.com! Here’s the course description as well as a list of topics that I cover in this 13+ hours of Bridge, Camera Raw and Photoshop training series.


Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.

Topics include:

• Using Bridge to batch rename files and add keywords and metadata to photos

• Viewing, rating, filtering, and creating collections to isolate your best work

• Comparing raw and JPEG file formats

• Retouching and automating workflow with Camera Raw

• Navigating documents and the Photoshop interface

• Understanding file formats, resolution, canvas size, and print size

• Cropping, straightening, transforming, warping, scaling, and resizing images

• Selecting, stacking, aligning, and grouping layers

• Making precise selections using the Marquee, Lasso, and Brush tools

• Using Refine Edge, Quick Selection, and layer masks to isolate soft edge objects

• Improving tone, contrast, and color selectively

• Converting to black and white and tinting images

• Retouching blemishes, smoothing skin, whitening teeth, and brightening eyes

• Retouching with the Liquify, Content-Aware Fill, Healing Brush, and Patch tools

• Merging multiple exposures

• Making nondestructive changes with Smart Filters

• Adding texture, edge effects, and drop shadows with blend modes

• Working with type

• Creating, modifying, and combining shapes using the Shape tools

• Adding layer effects

• Saving and sharing images via contact sheets, web galleries, and Save For Web

• Editing video and audio clips

• Panning and zooming still photos

5:11 AM Permalink

Slip Editing Video in the Timeline in Photoshop

After trimming the in and out points of a clip, you may need to display a different area of the clip, while changing neither the location of the clip on the timeline nor the duration of the clip.. To do this, Option + Command -drag (MAC)  | Alt + Control -drag within the thumbnail area of the clip on the timeline.

To see this in action, here is a video from Meredith Payne Stotzner at Adobe.

5:22 AM Permalink

Import SVG file into Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC 2015 now supports SVG files. Choose File > Open and then choose to rasterize the image at the desired file size.

SVG Rasterization options.

SVG Rasterization options.

Or, to retain the file as vector paths, chose File  > Place Embedded or Place Linked. Double click to edit the contents of the Smart Object (the SVG file in Illustrator). In addition,  you can drag and drop an SVG from the Libraries panel.

Note: Photoshop only supports static SVG content.

5:26 AM Permalink