2014/05/19

Where does Lightroom Install Camera and Lens Profiles?

Lightroom reads camera and lens profiles from several locations on your computer depending on the operating system. If you use the Adobe Lens Profile Creator utility to create your own lens and camera profiles, Lightroom installs them here:

Mac

Applications/Adobe Photoshop Lightroom X/Right-click Show Package Contents/Resources/Camera Profiles

Applications/Adobe Photoshop Lightroom X/Right-click Show Package Contents/Resources/Lens Profiles

Win

X:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.2 RC\Resources\CameraProfiles\

X:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.2 RC\Resources\LensProfiles\

For more information about creating your own lens and camera profiles, click here.

 

5:08 AM Permalink
2014/05/16

Masking Video for Special Effects - Photoshop Playbook

Lex and Bryan asked me to do a guest appearance on the Photoshop Playbook series, so here’s How to Mask Video to Create Special Effects.


Now let’s go make something fun!  : )

10:00 AM Permalink

The Photograph as a Memory Aid

One of the greatest benefits of making images every day is that when I look back over the past, I’m often reminded of places that I’ve been, people that I’ve met and emotions that I’ve experienced – all which I might have forgotten if it weren’t for the aid of those still images that I made. Here are a few from Photoshop World – Atlanta, WPPI – Las Vegas,  and PPA’s Texas School – Dallas.

And this morning I ran across this quote: Besides the nobel art of getting things done, there is the nobel art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. -Lin Yutang

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5:14 AM Permalink
2014/05/14

Tell Your Story with Adobe Voice

Last week Adobe announced Adobe Voice—an iPad app that helps you tell your story using your beautiful images, your voice, and cinematic motion to create an engaging, animated video. After creating the video, you can embed it on your website and share with friends, connect with clients and even promote your business. I have to say, not only is it really easy to use, but it’s also free!

Click here for more information as well as see examples of how these videos are being used as the “Voice of a Cause”, the “Voice of Education” and the “Voice of an Entrepreneur”.

5:11 AM Permalink
2014/05/13

Entering a Feather Value in Photoshop

While using the Marquee and/or Lasso tools, tapping the return key (Mac) | Enter key (Win), will automatically highlight the Feather amount in the Options bar. Note: the feather amount is applied to the next selection that you draw with the tool.

5:33 AM Permalink
2014/05/12

Project Parfait Beta 

If you need to extract CSS properties directly from objects in your PSD files (without opening Photoshop), then be sure to check out the new Adobe Project Parfait beta. You can extract CSS font styles, in-line styles, colors and gradient values. This tool should be a huge help for any developer who needs to quickly turn PSD comps into code. Upload your own PSD here and give it a try. If you have questions, download the FAQ or check out the forums.

5:36 AM Permalink
2014/05/08

Are Layer Masks Transparent or White in Photoshop?

Layer masks in Photoshop are white by default, they are not transparent—even though they control the opacity/transparency of the contents of the layer.

If you Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -click on the layer mask thumbnail in the layers panel, you can view the contents of the mask. You will not see the checkerboard which, in Photoshop, represents transparency. Instead you will see white, black, or any shade of gray.

Where it might seem confusing is that the result of the mask is to show or hide the contents of the layer – in essence, hiding/revealing varying levels of transparency. But this is achieved by painting with shades of gray in the mask, not transparency.

5:04 AM Permalink
2014/05/07

Video Tutorial – How to Find Your Files Quickly in Lightroom 

In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to Find your Files Quickly in Lightroom), Julieanne shows you how to quickly filter your photographs in Lightroom.

9:05 AM Permalink

Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts to Add Layer Masks in Photoshop

To customize Photoshop’s keyboard shortcuts to add a layer mask, select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. Set the “Shortcuts For” to Application Menus and toggle the disclosure triangle for the Layer menu. Scroll down to layer Mask and add your own shortcuts by clicking in the blank area to the right of the command. Click Accept and then OK. Assigning shortcuts is a quick way to add a layer mask while ignoring/respecting the current selection.

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6:05 AM Permalink
2014/05/05

Adding Layer Masks in Photoshop

If you make a selection in your image and then add a layer mask by clicking the add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, the layer mask will be created based on the selection. If you need Photoshop to ignore the selection when making the mask, Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -click the add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel or, choose Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All.

5:35 AM Permalink
2014/05/02

Screen Modes in Photoshop

Tapping the F key cycles through Photoshop’s three screen modes: Standard Screen Mode, Full Screen with Menu Bar and Full Screen Mode. When in Full Screen Mode, the panels and tools are automatically hidden and the image is surrounded by a solid black background.

To change the background color in any of the screen modes, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) in the area surrounding your image and choose  from the context sensitive menu.

To change the color and border options in any of the Screen Modes, select Preferences > Interface and customize the Appearance menus.

Note: even though you can use your context sensitive menus to change the color that surrounds the image in Full Screen mode, the old “secret shortcut” still works – select your desired color as your foreground color swatch in the Tool bar and Shift-click in the background area with the Paint Bucket tool.

5:12 AM Permalink
2014/05/01

Customizing the View Options in Photoshop

Command + H (Mac) | Control + H (Win), toggles the visibility of several features including layer and selection edges, paths, guides, grids and more. To control exactly what is toggled on/off choose View > Show > Show Extra Options. Here you can choose exactly what you want to hide and show.

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Note, the first time you use this shortcut on the Mac OS, Photoshop will display a dialog asking “Would you like to use Command + H to hide Photoshop (Mac standard), or to hide/show selections, guides, etc. (Photoshop traditional)? Click “Hide Extras” unless you want to “Hide Photoshop” every time you use the shortcut. If you do choose to “Hide Photoshop”, you can change this behavior later by choosing Edit >Keyboard Shortcuts. Set the “Shortcuts For” to Application Menus and toggle the disclosure triangle for the View menu. Scroll down to Extras, change the Shortcut back to Command + H and click Accept and then OK.2014_04_29Shortcuts01

5:31 AM Permalink
2014/04/30

Align and Snap to Pixel Grid in Photoshop

When working with the vector tools (such as the shape tools), Photoshop has a preference to “Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid”. This preference is extremely helpful when creating shapes that need solid, straight edges as it snaps the edges of the shapes to be fully aligned to a pixel, preventing soft, anti-aliased edges).

This illustration demonstrates three options. The first shape was drawn with the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference turned on. As a result, all sides of the rectangle are solid (note, even though the initial rectangle shape might not have been drawn in perfect alignment to the pixel grid, Photoshop automatically snapped the rectangle to that grid because the preference was turned on).

The middle illustration was drawn with the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference turned off. This resulted in anti-aliased edges (varying levels of opacity) because the rectangle (the vector path) was not perfectly aligned to a pixel edge when the rectangle was drawn.

The final illustration is the same rectangle as in the second illustration ( the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference was turned off), however the Align Edges option was enabled for the rectangle shape layer (in the Options bar) after drawing the rectangle. Enabling the Align Edges option “jumped” the fill of the rectangle to the nearest pixel grid (you can still see that the original shape (the black path), is not aligned to the pixel grid, but the fill is being forced to Align Edges to the edges of the pixel grid. Align Edge is a convenient way to align objects to the pixel grid on a “per shape layer” basis if you want to turn off the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference.

However, I expect that most people will leave the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference turned on as it will help to avoid anti-aliased edges when drawing shapes as well as transforming them making alignment clean and precise.

4:56 AM Permalink
2014/04/29

Displaying a Pixel Grid in Photoshop

If you zoom into an image above 800%, a Pixel Grid is displayed on top of the image. This can be especially helpful when trying to align shapes such as  rectangles so that they begin and end on a full pixel (to avoid anti-aliased edges). However, to toggle this off, you can uncheck Pixel View under View > Show Pixel Grid).

5:34 AM Permalink
2014/04/25

Using Only the Audio from a Video Clip in Photoshop

To import the audio from a video clip (but not the video), open a new document and show the Timeline panel. In the Timeline panel, click the “Create Video Timeline” button.

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Click the Notes icon and choose “Add Audio” from the drop down menu to select your video. Only the audio will be added.

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5:34 AM Permalink