2016/11/14

Merging Layers in Photoshop

• Command +  E (Mac) | Control  + E (Win) will merge the selected layer with the layer below.

• Command +  E (Mac) | Control  + E (Win) will merge the selected layers when multiple layers are selected.

• Command + Shift + E (Mac) | Control  + Shift + E (Win) will merge visible layers.

• Command + Option + E (Mac) | Control + Alt + E (Win) with multiple layers selected creates a new layer and pastes a “flattened” version of the selected layers on it.

• Command + Option + Shift + E (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + E (Win) creates a new layer and pasted a “flattened” version of all (visible) layers on it.

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2016/11/10

Publish Images from Lightroom Web to Adobe Portfolio and Behance

Did you know that you can now select up to 50 images within a collection in Lightroom Web and share them directly to your Adobe Portfolio site? First, select the images that you want to post (by clicking the check in the upper right).

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Then, choose Share from the options.

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Choose Adobe Portfolio in the SEND TO area.

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Give your project a title, pick your project cover, and choose Continue. Notice that you can publish to Behance at the same time!

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Then, go to Adobe Portfolio to publish the project on your site.

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For more information about additional new features including Raw Technology Preview for Lightroom on Android, additional sharing options from Lightroom Web, and the ability to download original images from Lightroom Web,  check out this post on Lightroom Journal.

For more information about creating your Adobe Portfolio, click here to download the “CreatingYourAdobePortfolio” PDF.

If you’re not aware of Adobe Portfolio – here is a short overview:  If you are a member of Creative Cloud or the Creative Cloud for Photography Program, Adobe Portfolio is included in your membership. Portfolio is a simple way to create a beautiful, personalized, website with galleries of images, specialty pages (such as About, Contact, Awards etc.), social media links, and more. You can select from one of the beautifully designed layouts, which can be customized to match your personal style or, published as is. All edits that you make in the Portfolio editor are live (you see the changes as you make them), and anything you an see on the page, you can edit. Responsive design means that your layout will automatically adapt for best viewing on different devices, and access to Typkit fonts means pairing the right typographic style to complement your imagery. Add to that security options such as password protection and the option to disable right-click to protect your images, optional lightbox presentation of your images, custom domain name usage, and synchronization with Behance projects, and you have one powerful tool to use to share your work with the world (without knowing a single line of code)!

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2016/11/09

Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: Photography – Now Live on Lynda.com

I’m excited to announce that my new Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: Photography course is now live on Lynda.com!

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Whether you’re an experienced photographer or someone who has just recently purchased a camera, learning how to use Photoshop is the best investment you can make to get the most out of your pixels. In Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: Photography, Julieanne Kost reviews the Photoshop features and techniques that are most useful to photographers, from tonal adjustments to retouching.

Photoshop CC and its companion app, Camera Raw, are loaded with tools and features for photo editing, retouching, color correction, and creative effects, so you can always produce the highest quality images. This course gets you up to speed with Photoshop and shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, compositing, and even painting. Along the way, you will learn the secrets of nondestructive editing and mastering features such as layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, filters, layer masks, and other features that make Photoshop the most popular and powerful image editing software on the market.

Topics include:

• Making creative changes with adjustment layers

• Adding color and gradients with fill layers

• Retouching portraits

• Combining (aka compositing) multiple images

•Working with Smart Objects

• Applying filters like blurs and glow

• Painting with Photoshop

• Adding text and watermarks to photos

• Using artboards and libraries

• Exporting and sharing images from Photoshop

If you’re looking for more information, you can check out all of my Lynda.com courses here including:

Bridge CC Essential Training

Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training

Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: The Basics

Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: Design

Introduction to Photo Compositing

The Art of Photoshop Compositing

Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

And did you know that you can watch these videos off-line by using the Lynda.com desktop or mobile app?

Enjoy!

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2016/11/08

Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: Design – Now Available on Lynda.com!

I’m excited to announce that my new Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: Design course is now live on Lynda.com!

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Photoshop is a deep, complex, and at times intimidating product. If you’re using it for design, there may be many features you never want or need. In Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: Design, Julieanne Kost filters out the noise and complexity for designers, so that you’ll end up empowered and able to quickly get the results you want.

Photoshop CC and its companion app, Camera Raw, are loaded with tools and features for tonal adjustments, type and graphics treatments, and creative color, so you can always produce the highest quality output. This course gets you up to speed with Photoshop and shows the most efficient ways to perform common design tasks, including layout, image editing, drawing shapes, and working with type and fonts. Along the way, you will learn the secrets of nondestructive editing and mastering features such as layers, adjustment layers, filters, blending modes, layer effects, typography, custom brushes, and much more.

Topics include:

•Working with Smart Objects

•Warping images

•Reshaping images with Liquify

•Using filters, including blur and patterns

•Creating shapes

•Applying blend modes

•Applying layer effects and layer styles

•Working with type and fonts

•Painting in Photoshop

•Using and sharing libraries

•Exporting and sharing Photoshop files

If you’re looking for more information, you can check out all of my Lynda.com courses here including:

Bridge CC Essential Training

Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training

Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: The Basics

Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: Photography

Introduction to Photo Compositing

The Art of Photoshop Compositing

Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

And did you know that you can watch these videos off-line by using the Lynda.com desktop or mobile app?

Enjoy!

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2016/11/07

Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: The Basics – Live on Lynda.com

I’m excited to announce that my new Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: The Basics course is now live on Lynda.com!

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Here are the details:

Learning how to use Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best investment you can make to get the most out of your pixels. Photoshop CC Essential Training: The Basics filters out the noise and complexity so that you understand the basic features and concepts you need to use Photoshop effectively, whether you’re a photographer or designer.

Julieanne Kost reviews the basics of digital imaging, from bit depth to image size, and shows how to use different Photoshop tools to crop and retouch photos, while always maintaining the highest-quality output. She shows the most efficient ways to perform common tasks, including working with layers, making selections, and masking. Along the way, you will learn the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and master features such as adjustment layers, blend modes, filters, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.

Topics include:
• Opening files in Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom
• Arranging your workspace
• Modifying keyboard shortcuts
• Changing color mode, bit depth, and document size
• Cropping and straightening images
• Working with layers and layer masks
• Using brushes
• Making detailed selections
• Retouching
• Editing images with the Content-Aware tools
• Using blend modes
• Creating Smart Objects
• Using adjustment layers to change color, tone, contrast, and saturation
• Applying filters

If you’re looking for more information, you can check out all of my Lynda.com courses here including:

Bridge CC Essential Training

Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training

Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: Design

Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: Photography

Introduction to Photo Compositing

The Art of Photoshop Compositing

Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

 

And did you know that you can watch these videos off-line by using the Lynda.com desktop or mobile app?

Enjoy!

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2016/11/02

In-Application Search in Photoshop CC 2017

In this video, Julieanne will show how easy it is to find tools, menu items, CC Learn content, and Adobe Stock assets using the new in-application Search command in Photoshop CC 2017.

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Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC 2017

In this video, Julieanne demonstrates several of  the little known feature enhancements in Photoshop CC 2017 that can make a big difference in your workflow, including improvements to Artboards, the Properties panel, Copy As SVG, SVG font support, Export As, and more!

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Creating New Documents, Presets, and Templates in Photoshop CC 2017

In this video, Julieanne demonstrates how to quickly create new documents, save custom presets, as well as download and license templates from Adobe Stock using Photoshop’s New Document workflow.

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New Features and Enhancements to Libraries and Adobe Stock in Photoshop CC 2017

In this video tutorial, Julieanne demonstrates the new features and enhancements made to Photoshop’s Libraries panel, including recent and alphabetized Libraries, undo options for deleted assets, the new find similar feature, drag and drop Adobe Stock search results and more!

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2016/11/01

Zoom and Pan All Images in Photoshop CC

When viewing multiple images simultaneously, Shift -drag with the Hand tool to pan all open documents. Similarly, shift -clicking with the Zoom tool will zoom all images simultaneously. To set this as the default behavior, with the Zoom or Hand tool selected, check the “Zoom all Windows” and/or “Pan all Windows” in the Option bar.

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2016/10/31

Delicate Mask Clean-Up in Photoshop CC

After adding a layer mask to hide portions of a layer, it can sometimes be difficult to determine if there are any small bits of the layer that have been accidentally left behind. In this case, it might be helpful to temporarily add a layer effect such as a bright red stroke ( Layer > Layer Style > Stroke, and click the color swatch to choose a vibrant color) . The stroke will now appear around any small areas of the mask that you may need to clean up. When finished, simply delete the layer effect).

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2016/10/26

Free Week of Learning | October 24-30

Hey, hey, great news! I just found out that now through October 30th, 2016, LinkedIn members are able to access the LinkedIn library (of over 5,000 courses) on LinkedIn Learning, entirely for FREE!

Here is the link to the Week of Learning: https://learning.linkedin.com/week-of-learning

All of my courses are available – so I hope you’ll watch anything and everything that you’re interested in. My courses include:

Bridge CC Essential Training

Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training

Photoshop CC Essential Training (2015)

Introduction to Photo Compositing

The Art of Photoshop Compositing

Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

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Enjoy!

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HUD Color Picker in Photoshop CC

To access the HUD color Picker, with a painting tool selected, Control + Option + Command (Mac) -click and drag to select a color. On Windows, Shift + Alt + right-click and drag to select a color. The HUD Color Picker can be displayed as either a Strip or a Wheel. From Preferences > General, select the preferred display from the  HUD Color Picker drop down menu. Note that both the strip and wheel options can be displayed at different sizes.

When the HUD color picker is displayed, continue to hold the mouse down while releasing the shortcuts keys and press the spacebar. The spacebar freezes the selection of the color and allows you to “jump” from the strip or wheel to the Hue/Saturation area (or vice versa) in order to refine one with out moving the other. Why would you want to do this? Well, you’ll quickly discover, that sometimes you have the correct luminosity and saturation selected but not the correct hue selected (or vice versa), and need to jump to the other portion of the interface to select it.  This is a bit tricky when you first start using it, but makes the HUD color picker infinitely more useful.

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2016/10/25

Double Check your Layer Mask in Photoshop CC

When working on intricately composited, multi layered documents, I often find it useful to check each of the layer masks before finalizing the image. To do this, Option  (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click  on the mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to display it. With the mask visible, check to see if there are any unwanted awkward transitional areas that might not have been visible in the complex composite (a sharp edge from a selection or hard edge brush for example).

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2016/10/24

Working with Presets in Photoshop CC

Option  (Mac) | Alt (Win) -clicking a preset on a panel (Brush Presets, Swatches, Tool Presets etc.), will delete the preset (the icon swaps to a pair of scissors).

In order to reorder presets, select Edit > Preset > Presets Manager. Under Preset Type, select Brushes, then drag and drop the brush icons into the desired order. Note: this shortcut also works with any of the preset lists in the Preset Manager (Swatches, Gradients, Styles etc.).

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