2016/04/29

Creating your Adobe Portfolio (PDF tutorial)

After posting the “10 Day Adobe Portfolio Challenge” last month, several of you requested that I create a single PDF document that contained all of the assignments to create your portfolio. So, here it is!

Click here CreatingYourAdobePortfolio to download the PDF.

Enjoy!

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2016/04/28

Hong Kong and Singapore Lightroom Library Shortcuts

Thank you to everyone who attended our “Take It | Make It” event in Hong Kong and I’m looking forward to the event this afternoon in Singapore! Because we will be covering so much information in such a short amount of time, I thought I should post my notes for the Lightroom module section in order to help reinforce the topics and shortcuts covered in the seminar.

Click here 2016 Tips_Library_Mod to download the PDF.

To watch additional tutorials and tips about Lightroom (including “What’s new in Lightroom”, The Lightroom CC Getting Started Series”, “Lightroom on Mobile Devices” and more) , click on the Lightroom Video Tutorials in the “Additional Information” area to the right.

To watch additional tutorials and tips about Photoshop (including “What’s New, Layers and Masking”, Automation” and more), click on the Photoshop Video Tutorials in the  “Additional Information” area to the right.

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2016/04/27

Duplicating Saved Books, Slideshows, Prints, or Web Galleries in Lightroom

When you choose to create a Saved Book, Slideshow, Print, or Web Gallery in Lightroom, the project is saved in the Collections panel. To create a duplicate of any saved project (to create another book with the same layout but different images for example), Option-drag (Mac)  | Alt-drag (Win)  the collection until  you see a gray highlight and then release the cursor.

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2016/04/26

Paste Into a Selection in Photoshop

If you have an active selection in your document (marching ants) and have content on the clipboard, selecting Edit > Paste Special > Paste Into will paste the content from the clipboard onto a new layer  and automatically convert the selection into a Layer mask!

Command + Option + Shift + V (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + V (Win) is the shortcut for Paste Into.

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Image with active selection.

 

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Selection converted to a layer mask after choosing Edit > Paste Special > Paste Into.

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2016/04/25

Targeting a Layer Mask in Photoshop

Command + \ (Mac), Control + \ (Win) targets a layer mask.

Command + 2 (Mac), Control + 2 (Win) targets the layer.

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2016/04/22

Pasting into a Layer Mask in Photoshop

To paste content (from the clipboard) into a Layer mask, Option -click (Mac)/ Alt -click (Win) the Layer mask icon on the Layers panel. This shortcut does two things – it targets the mask as well as toggles off the visibility of the mask. Then, choose Edit > Paste to paste into the mask.

Note: if you don’t want to use the shortcut, you can paste into a layer mask by clicking on the mask in the Channels panel and toggling ON the visibility.  Choosing Edit > Paste will paste into the mask, displaying the mask as a red overlay.04_22chanelVis

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2016/04/21

Unlinking Masks from Layers in Photoshop

Click on the link icon between the layer icon and the mask icon in the Layers panel to unlink the mask from the layer (allowing either to move independently of the other).

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2016/04/20

Temporarily Disabling & Enabling Masks in Photoshop

Shift-click in the layer or vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to temporarily disable the mask.

Click again on the layer mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to enable it.

For a vector mask, you must shift -click the thumbnail again to enable it.

You can also Control-click (Mac) / Right mouse -click (Win) on either type of mask in the Layers panel and choose to Enable or Disable a mask.

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2016/04/18

Passenger Seat eBook Discounted for Earth Day

The electronic version of my book Passenger Seat – Creating a photographic project from conception through execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, is featured as part of Pearson’s Earth Day sale, starting today!

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Use the discount code EARTH to get 45% off.

Offer good from April 18 through April 22, 2016.
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Vector Masks Visibility in Photoshop

Clicking on the Vector mask icon in the Layers Panel will toggle the path’s visibility.

When the path is visible, drawing a path with the Pen tool (or a Shape tool with the tool mode in the Options bar set to Path), will add to the mask.

When the path is hidden, drawing with the Pen tool (or a Shape tool with the tool mode in the Options bar set to Path) creates a new Work Path.

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2016/04/13

Embedding Video into an Adobe Slate

For those of you who haven’t been introduced to Adobe Slate, I have to tell you that I absolutely love this simple, yet elegant storytelling app from Adobe. And now, you can embed video from either YouTube or Vimeo as a part of your story!

Click the plus icon and select Video.

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Copy and paste the embed code from YouTube or Vimeo. Note that the embed code is different from the Web Address (URL). On whichever site you used to post your video, look for a button that says “embed”. In the case of YouTube, click the Share button (under the video), and then click Embed. Copy the code, return to the Add an Embedded Video window in Adobe Slate, and paste the embed code for your video.

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FYI: in this example, the embed code is longer than what appears in the window.

That’s all there is to it, your video is now embedded into your story.

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Click here to log on and get started with Adobe Slate.

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2016/04/12

“Creating a Photographic Project from Conception Through Execution”  In-Depth Workshop at Photoshop World

04_11PS World600If you’re going to be attending Photoshop World, Las Vegas, I hope you will join me for an in-depth workshop – Passenger Seat: Creating a Photographic Project from Conception Through Execution. We’ll learn what it takes to define and execute a photographic project. I’ll focus on the techniques and workflows that enabled me to publish my most recent book and body of work: Passenger Seat. You’ll discover how to organize your personal project starting from the initial idea, continuing through planning and executing the shoots, mastering the post-capture workflow, to delivering the project for publication and distribution as a book, slideshow, exhibit, or social media. Defining who you want to be as an artist and what you want to create will give you permission to emerge – allowing discovery and imagination to flourish.

This in-depth workshop will be held from 12-3 on Monday, July 18th 2016. I hope to see you there!

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2016/04/11

Previewing Images Full Screen in Bridge

Tapping the spacebar displays all selected files in Bridge in Full Screen Mode with a dark grey background. This is a great way to quickly review files without having to open them in Photoshop. Tap escape to return to Bridge.

Command + L (Mac) / Control + L (Win) displays selected images in Slideshow Mode and automatically transitions between images every five seconds using a dissolve. Chose View > Slideshow Options to access additional Display, Slide, and Transition options.

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2016/04/07

The Art of Photoshop Compositing Course on Lynda.com

Even if you’re not a member of Lynda.com, a portion of each of my video courses are available for free. If you’re interested in Learning about Compositing, here are four free videos from my The Art of Photoshop Compositing course:

What makes a good composite?

A compelling story

Compositional considerations

Creating your own image bank

The complete course is available for paid members. Click here for more information or to start your free trial.

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2016/04/06

Double Check the Layer Mask in Photoshop

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 -click (Mac) / Alt -click (Win) on the mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to display the mask in the image area. With the mask visible, check to see if there are any unwanted or awkward transitional areas that might not have been visible in the complex composite (a sharp edge from a selection or a small area unknowingly left unpainted, for example).

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