2014/09/01

36/50 – Camera Raw Previews in Photoshop CC

Camera Raw can now display a before/after Preview (with side-by-side and split-view support) to compare your edits to the original. The Preview check box in earlier versions of ACR has been replaced by three buttons in the bottom-right of the ACR main dialog. From left to right, they are Mode, Swap and Copy:

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• Click the Mode button to cycle through left/right and top/bottom side-by-side and split-view modes.

• Click-and-hold the Mode button to bring up a popup menu for directly choosing Preview modes and accessing the Preview Preferences (the Preview Preferences support customizing the Preview modes used for cycling as well as some drawing options including divider and pane options).

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• Tap Q to cycle through the Preview modes.

• Click the Swap button to swap Before/After settings.

• Tap P to swap Before/After settings for the primary selected image only.

• Shift + P to swap Before/After settings for all selected images.

• Click the Copy button to copy the After settings to the Before settings. This is useful for establishing a temporary “checkpoint” for your image editing session.

• Option + P (Mac) | Alt  + P (Win) to copy After settings to the Before settings for the primary selected image only.

• Option + Shift + P (Mac) | Alt + Shift + P (Win) to copy After settings to the Before settings for all selected images.

• When making changes to images, the changes can only be made to the “after” image and the slider settings (in the panels) will always reflect the “after” image settings.

• The standard single-image view always shows the “after state”.

• Zooming and panning on one view will automatically zoom and pan the other.

Note: while tapping the Q key will cycle through all of the Preview modes in Camera Raw in Photoshop, I primarily use the same view 95+% of the time. So that I don’t have to cycle through so many different options, I click-hold the Mode button to display the pop-up menu for Preview Preferences. Unchecking all but one of the Preview modes allows me to tap the “Q” key to quickly toggle my Before/After Left Right view on and off.

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2014/08/29

35/50 – Red Eye Removal Enhancements in Camera Raw

The Red Eye tool can now correct bright pupils in animals. Select the tool and, in the Red Eye Removal panel, Select ‘Pet Eye’ from the drop down menu to locate and fix pet eyes. You can also automatically add catchlights and drag to reposition them.

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2014/08/28

34/50 – Adding Grain to Image Sequences (Time Lapse) in Camera Raw

The Grain effect in Camera Raw now varies from image to image to facilitate editing time-lapse and video frame sequences.

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2014/08/27

33/50 – Interactive Histogram and LAB Color Readouts in Camera Raw

The Histogram is now interactive in Camera Raw. Instead of selecting the sliders in the Basic panel, simply click and drag on the Histogram to adjust the Blacks, Shadows, Exposure, Highlights, and Whites. The video below demonstrates how.

In addition, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) within the Histogram to enable Lab color readouts, even when the Workflow Options are set to another color space (such as Adobe RGB). Note: the context menu can also be used to toggle the shadow, highlight, and gamut clipping warnings.

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2014/08/26

32/50 – Reposition and Duplicate Local Adjustment Brush Adjustments in Photoshop CC

Discover all of the new refinements made to the Adjustment Brush in Camera Raw including the ability to reposition brush adjustments in the video below.

In addition, these shortcuts will help when using the Adjustment Brush:
• Command + Option -drag (Mac) | Control + Alt -drag (Win) an Adjustment Brush pin to duplicate the pin.
• Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click(Win) to delete the pin.
• If you prefer, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) displays both options – to duplicate or delete a pin.
• Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the pin to access the option to “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the context menu. Or, use the fly-out menu to choose “Reset Local Correction Settings” – whichever is faster for you.

5:36 AM Permalink
2014/08/25

31/50 – Reducing Color Noise using Adobe Camera Raw

When photographing in low light, shadow areas within an image can appear to have “splotchy” areas of color. Watch the video below to see how to remove this low-frequency color mottling using the new Color Smoothness adjustment slider in Camera Raw.

5:32 AM Permalink
2014/08/22

30/50 – How to Use Layer Comps for Multi State Mock-ups in Photoshop CC

Discover the powerful new abilities of Layer Comps in Photoshop CC including the new icons for options being saved, syncing changes across multiple Layer Comps, and accessing layer comps within Smart Objects.

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2014/08/21

29/50 – How to Align and Distribute Layers using Smart Guides in Photoshop CC

As many of you have noticed, Smart Guides have been much improved in the 2014 Release of Photoshop CC. Check out the video below to learn how.

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2014/08/20

28/50 – Converting Embedded Smart Objects and Packaging Linked Files in Photoshop CC

In the video below, you’ll discover how to convert an Embedded Smart Object to Linked as well as package your linked files when collaborating with others.

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2014/08/19

27/50 – Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC

In the video below, you’ll learn when to embed and when to link Smart Objects,as well as how to update modified content, resolve missing files, and filter layers based on Smart Object attributes.

Note: at 7:21 I say that you can’t change an embedded Smart Object to a linked Smart Object (because this video was recorded before the 2014 release of Photoshop). However, if you run the update to the 2014 release of Photoshop you can now convert from embedded to linked and vice versa!

In addition, here are a few of the shortcuts that I mentioned in the video:
• Drag and drop a file from Bridge to an open document in Photoshop to create an embedded Smart Object.
• Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) drag and drop a file from Bridge to an open document in Photoshop to create a linked Smart Object. Note: this shortcut will also work if you drag and drop from Lightroom into an open Photoshop document on the Mac.
• Command + Option + Shift + E (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + E (Win) will edit the contents of a Smart Object.
• Shift -double click a raw file in Bridge to open it in Photoshop while bypassing the Camera Raw dialog.

Also, if you lose the linked smart object (or the linked smart object is off-line), Photoshop will still be able to print the document with high quality at the same size as it was saved (or smaller) because Photoshop includes a flattened version of the entire document within the PSD or TIFF file when saved (be sure to enable the option to Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility in the File Handling Preferences). This also means that even if the file is linked, you’re going to see a file size increase.

5:26 AM Permalink

Updates to FAQ about the 2014 Release of Photoshop CC

Jeff Tranberry has been very busy creating, curating and updating resources to help answer frequently asked customer questions about the transition from Photoshop CC to the 2014 Release of Photoshop. He found that the majority of questions focused around “Where’s my Stuff…” Click here for the answers to questions such as:

Where are my settings & workspaces?

Where are my presets?

Where are my custom panels?

Where are my 3rd party plug-ins?

Why do I now have two versions of Photoshop installed?

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In addition, if you want to know more about Photoshop CC 2014 and HTML5 Compatible Extension Panels, click here.

4:55 AM Permalink
2014/08/18

26/50 – Improved Image Size and Smart Sharpen Technologies in Photoshop CC

The video below demonstrates two new technologies in Photoshop that can help you to get the highest possible quality out of your image. The first is found in Image size where you can not only expand the preview but also utilize the new edge preserving algorithm when you select the Preserve Details (enlargement) option for Resampling. Note, this option is also used when the image is upscaled and the Resampling option is set to Automatic. The second technology refines the way that we sharpen images using the Smart Sharpen Filter. Notice the reduced noise in the image, especially in the shadow areas as you compare the current technology to the legacy algorithm (tap the “L” key to toggle between them).

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2014/08/15

25/50 – Soft Proofing Now Available in Adobe Camera Raw 8.1 for Photoshop CC

Camera Raw in Photoshop CC now includes the ability to select RGB, CMYK and LAB ICC profiles to soft proof images. To select a profile, click the workflow Options (accessed via the blue hyperlink at the bottom of the Camera Raw window) and in the Color Space section, choose the Space from the pop-down menu. Once a profile is selected, Camera Raw displays a “soft proof” of that image. In addition you have the ability to choose either Perceptual or Relative as your rendering Intent and can choose whether or not to Simulate Paper and Ink. Note: there is not an option for Black Point Compensation because it is always enabled in Camera Raw. In addition, Grayscale color profiles will only appear in the Space popup when processing a monochrome image or when converting a color image to grayscale. And finally, when using a Lab or CMYK color space, the histogram and color readouts will change accordingly. Check out the details in the video below:

Note: For accurate results, monitor calibration is a must! In addition, there may very well be some colors that simply aren’t reproducible on a monitor that can be printed and vice versa.

5:09 AM Permalink
2014/08/14

24/50 – New Image Sizing Options in Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

There are two choices in the Image Sizing area of the Workflow Options in Camera Raw that I didn’t understand the difference between: Width & Height and Dimensions. Well, thanks to Eric Chan, now I know!

• Width & Height: One would use this option to resize using both the image width and height. The width of the resized image will be limited to the unit specified in the “W” field, and the height of the resized image will be limited to the unit specified in the “H” field. It’s like you’re setting a bounding rectangle for the image to fit inside of (while maintaining the aspect ratio of the image).

• Dimensions: This option is similar to the “Width & Height” described above, but it disregards the image orientation. That is, the longer edge of the resized image will be limited to the larger of the two specified units. Similarly, the shorter edge of the resized image will be limited to the smaller of the two specified units.

In addition, when changing image size, a new option to change based on Percentage is available in the drop down menu.

5:07 AM Permalink
2014/08/13

23/50 – New Save Image Options in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

As many of you know, batch saving multiple images from Camera Raw, can be a significant time saver.

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In Camera Raw in Photoshop CC, the Save Image options have been updated to  include Color Space, Image Sizing and Output Sharpening. This gives us the benefit of being able to quickly save out our images using the Save Image button without having to change our current workflow settings.

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And, if you use the same Save Image setting again and again, be sure to save them as presets so that they’re easily accessible.

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