2014/07/15

2/50 – Making Nondestructive Adjustments using Liquify in Photoshop CC

The Photoshop team has made a significant number of enhancements to the Liquify feature over the years. In Photoshop CS6, they added larger brushes, faster performance (by doing the calculations on the GPU instead of the CPU) and the ability to load the last created Mesh (so that you can apply it to multiple layers or documents). But the icing on the cake happened in Photoshop CC when they made Liquify a nondestructive filter by enabling it as a Smart Filter. This means that not only can you re-edit the filter at any time, but you have access to the Smart Filter mask to selectively show and hide the filter, the Smart Filter Blend Modes and Opacity options and, since you can create a smart object from multiple layers, you can now apply Liquify to all of those layers at once. This video will show you how:

In addition (since the video above was created), Photoshop also added the Smooth tool to help “smooth out” the mesh when moving a portion of the image using many small warps. In the past, many small strokes applied to the mesh could result in scallops or discontinuities in the warp. The Smooth Tool will remove the scallops but leave the overall warp undisturbed. I think of it as if the Smooth tool runs a Gaussian filter over the warp mesh vectors. Note: to view the mesh, check Advanced Mode, then under View Options check Show Mesh.
Another new addition is the ability to “Pin Edges” when using Liquify. This can help eliminate any gaps near the edge of the file when warping the image. The video below shows a quick demonstration:

And don’t forget you can also apply Liquify to a video layer if you convert the video to a Smart Object first.
In addition, here are a few shortcuts when working with Liquify:
The tools:

• “W” – Forward Warp tool

• “R” – Reconstruct tool

• “C” – Twirl Clockwise tool

• “S” – Pucker tool

• “B” – Bloat tool

• “O” – Push Left tool

• “F” – Freeze Mask tool

• “D” – Thaw Mask tool

• “H” – Hand tool

• “Z” – Zoom tool

In addition, Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) toggles between the:
• The Twirl Clockwise and Twirl Counter Clockwise tools
• The Pucker and Bloat tools
• The Freeze Mask and Thaw Mask tools
And, when working with the Push Left tool, clicking and dragging up pushes the content under the brush to the left. Dragging down pushes the content to the right.

5:11 AM Permalink
2014/07/14

Julieanne’s Top 50 Features in Photoshop CC – 1/50 – Refinements to the Crop Tool

Since Adobe’s transition to Creative Cloud, Photoshop has delivered five major updates containing dozens of new tools, feature enhancements, and productivity improvements. Looking back at the content that I’ve created during this time, I realize that I had done a very poor job of naming the tips, tricks, and tutorials that I’ve posted (for example, I have multiple videos called “What’s new in Photoshop” and “Hidden Gems”), that cover multiple (different) new features – it’s very confusing!

In light of this, I’ve selected my top 50 features since Adobe transitioned to CC and am going to be posting them over the next 10 weeks. So, if you want to get up to speed with the latest and greatest incarnation of Photoshop, check out these posts and you’ll have mastered all of the new features by the end of summer!

Today, we’ll start with the refinements made to the Crop tool. For me, the most significant enhancement is that you can now change crop dimensions/aspect ratio with out backing out of the crop. I also like that after using the Crop tool to crop an image – and applying (or committing to) that crop, Photoshop automatically hides the crop marquee even though the Crop tool is still selected. Of course even with the marquee hidden, if the  first crop was incorrect and you need to use the Crop tool again, simply drag with the Crop tool in the image area to redefine the crop. The new Overlay options (Rule of Thirds, Grid, Diagonal etc.) as well as Overlay View options are really useful as well. The video below will walk you through them.

And although not all of the following shortcuts are new, they certainly save me time when working with the Crop tool:

• To access the Crop tool, tap the “C” key
• Tap the ““X” key to swap the Width and Height values (or click the arrow between them in the Options bar).
• Tap the “I” key to  auto-populate the Width, Height, and Resolution values using the properties of the front image (which can then be used to crop another image, define a preset etc.).
• “O” cycles through the different View overlays.
• “H” hides the image area that is beyond (outside of) the Crop marquee.
• “P” enables “Classic Mode” where the Crop marquee behaves as in previous versions: you move the Crop marquee, not the image under the Crop marquee. Note: you must make an adjustment to the Crop marquee before tapping the “P” key, otherwise tapping the “P’ key will select the Pen tool.

5:50 AM Permalink
2014/07/11

Inverting a Quick Mask in Photoshop

Option -click  (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) on the Quick Mask icon to invert the selection when entering Quick Mask mode.

5:48 AM Permalink
2014/07/10

Quick Mask Options in Photoshop

Double click on the Quick Mask icon to access the Quick Mask Options dialog box to change color, transparency and opacity options.

5:46 AM Permalink
2014/07/09

Scroll All Windows in Photoshop

With the Hand tool selected, checking Scroll All Windows (in the Option bar) will scroll (or pan) all open documents at once. Shift -drag (or pan) with the Hand tool to temporarily toggle the Scroll All Windows option.

 

5:45 AM Permalink
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