2015/11/13

Merging Lightroom Catalogs

In this video (How to Use Lightroom On Location), Julieanne discusses how to create a template catalog for use on-location and merge the “on-location” catalog with a master catalog upon return in order to retain edits made to images while in the field.

5:35 AM Permalink
2015/11/12

The Navigator Panel in Photoshop

To change the zoom percentage in the Navigator panel, enter a percentage, drag the slider, click on the Zoom In or Zoom Out icons (the small or large mountains), or Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -drag in the thumbnail over the area that you want to zoom into.

5:03 AM Permalink
2015/11/11

Info Panel Shortcuts in Photoshop

• Click the eyedropper icon to quickly select how information is presented (Actual or Proof Color, Color Mode, Total Ink or Opacity and Bi Depth options).

• Click the cross-hairs icon to quickly change the units of measurement used to track cursor coordinates.

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• Use the fly-out menu to display additional status information including Adobe Drive, Document Size, Document Profile, Document Dimensions, Measurement Scales, Smart Objects, Scratch Sizes, Efficiency, Timing, and Current Tool). In addition, choose to hide or show Tool Hints (brief suggestions for using the currently selected tool).

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5:00 AM Permalink
2015/11/10

Image Adjustments as Smart Filters in Photoshop

After converting layer(s) to Smart Objects, applying Image > Adjustments > (xxx), adds the adjustment as a Smart Filter. This can be helpful when the same mask is needed for all adjustments (although you could also achieve this by placing all adjustments within a Layer Group and adding the mask to the group).

Available adjustments are: Brightness/Contrast, Levels, Curves, Exposure, Vibrance, Hue/Saturation, Color Balance, Black and White, Photo Filter, Channel Mixer, Color Lookup, Invert, Posterize, Threshold, Gradient Map, Selective Color, and Shadows/Highlights. 

Available adjustments are: Brightness/Contrast, Levels, Curves, Exposure, Vibrance, Hue/Saturation, Color Balance, Black and White, Photo Filter, Channel Mixer, Color Lookup, Invert, Posterize, Threshold, Gradient Map, Selective Color, and Shadows/Highlights.

I would be curious to know how (if) you are using this feature…

5:08 AM Permalink
2015/11/09

Selecting a Color from an Image in Lightroom

When using any of the Local Adjustment tools (Radial Filter, Graduated Filter, or Adjustment Brush), click in the Color swatch to choose a color from the Color Picker. To select a color from the image, first click in the color picker, then continue to hold the mouse down and drag over the image area to choose a color from the photo.

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Note: applying color using the local adjustment tools is similar to adding a color wash, not a solid paint stroke (which would obscure details in the photograph). Adding color in this way can create a hand-colored look (similar to the traditional technique of applying colored pencils over on a B&W image).

5:50 AM Permalink
2015/11/06

Fit on Screen for Artboards

Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click the disclosure triangle next to an Artboard to “Fit Artboard On Screen”  (as well as expand or collapse all Layer Groups in the document).

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5:15 AM Permalink
2015/11/05

Displaying Layer Group and Artboard Contents in the Layers Panel

• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click the disclosure triangle next to a Layer Group/Artboard to expand/collapse all layer Groups in the document. As you expand/collapse the Layer Groups/Artboards, note that any nested Layer Groups remain in their original state.

The original state of the document, Cmd/Ctr -click once on the disclosure triangle collapses all Layer Groups, Cmd/Ctr -click again expands them (note that the nested Layer Groups remain in their original state.

These three screenshots of the Layers panel reveal: the original state of the Layers panel; Cmd/Ctr -clicking once on the disclosure triangle to collapse all Layer Groups/Artboards; and Cmd/Ctr -clicking again to expand them. (Note that the nested Layer Groups remain in their original state.

• Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click the disclosure triangle next to a Layer Group/Artboard to expand/collapse all Layer Groups/Artboards in the document ­- including nested Layer Groups.

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These three screenshots of the Layer panel reveal: the original state of the Layers pane; Option/Alt -clicking the disclosure triangle to expand collapse all groups nested within the current group; Option/Alt -clicking the disclosure triangle again to reveal all contents of all Layer Groups – including nested Layer groups (“Nested Group 2” is expanded using this shortcut).

• Or, Control (Mac)/ right (Win) -click the disclosure triangle next to a Layer Group/Artboard and choose “Close/Open this Group” or “Close/Open all Other Groups” from the context sensitive menus.

5:58 AM Permalink
2015/11/02

Adobe Slate – Now Available on the Web

For those of you who haven’t been introduced to Adobe Slate, I have to tell you that I absolutely love this simple storytelling app from Adobe. In the past, Slate creations were limited to the iPad, but I’m so happy to announce that it is now available on the web. This means that you can create and tell your story with Slate from your desktop!

Here is an example of a Slate that I created on my flight back from New Zealand earlier this year.

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(Click/tap the image to see the photographs.)

Whether you are a student, teacher, small business owner, or someone who wants to document a lifetime of events, with Adobe Slate you can easily design and share visual stories that look beautiful on any device.

Click here for more information about Adobe Slate.

5:28 AM Permalink
2015/10/30

Viewing Layer Masks in Photoshop

To view a Layer mask, Option -click (Mac) / Alt -click (Win)  on the mask thumbnail in the Layers panel.   Tapping the  “\”(backslash) toggles the display of a layer mask on and off (as a red rubylith overlay).  Looking at the Channels panel, you can see that this shortcut toggles the channels visibility.

5:04 AM Permalink
2015/10/29

Targeting the Layer Mask in Photoshop

Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + “\” (backslash) targets the layer mask in the Layers panel. Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + 2 targets the layer.

5:03 AM Permalink
2015/10/28

Moving and Duplicating Masks in Photoshop

Drag a layer mask or vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to move it from one layer to another.

Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) a layer or vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to create a copy of the mask.

Option + Shift -drag (Mac) | Alt  + Shift -drag (Win) to create copy of a layer mask while simultaneously inverting the mask. (Note: this shortcut does not work with a vector mask – in order to invert a vector mask, select the path with the Direct Selection tool and click the “Subtract From Shapes Area” icon  in the Options bar.)

5:02 AM Permalink
2015/10/27

Deleting Masks in Photoshop

To delete a mask, target it on the Properties panel and click the Trash icon at the bottom of the panel.

If you prefer to use the layers panel,  target the mask and click the Trash icon, or drag the mask thumbnail to the Trash icon at the bottom of Layers panel. If you prefer to bypass the option dialog box, add Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) while clicking the trash icon will delete the mask without applying it.

Most of the time, I prefer to Control -click (Mac) | right -click (Win) on the layer mask and choose delete or apply the mask from the context sensitive menu.

5:01 AM Permalink
2015/10/26

Join Photoshop for the #PsMystery 2015 game – in Space

In this year’s #PsMystery, travel with us to the year 2398. The IXS FarStar has been cleared for re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere on Oct. 31. But at 16:47 Zulu Time today, Commander Nova Ryder informed us that Pilot Maladie Harbinger has been compromised by an unknown illness.

Collect the clues to diagnose the ailment and cure the patient…

For more information, and to play the game, click here!

11:34 AM Permalink

Adding Masks in Photoshop

To add a mask to a layer, click on the “Add Layer Mask”  icon in the Layers panel. Click once to add a layer mask and click again to add a vector mask (or you can Command -click (Mac) | Control -click (Win) the mask icon to add a vector mask).

To add a layer mask that automatically hides the content of the layer (or the selection), as opposed to revealing it as it does by default, Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) the icon.

Use Command + I (Mac ) | Control + I (Win) to invert a layer mask, or click the Invert button on the Properties panel!

5:00 AM Permalink
2015/10/23

Moving from Brush to Brush in Photoshop

‘<’ or ‘>’ moves to the “previous” or “next” brush in the list on the Brushes Panel. Shift + ‘<’ or ‘>’  goes to the first or last brush in list. (At first glance these shortcuts may appear to be making the brush larger and smaller, but that would be because you’re moving from a smaller to larger brush (or vice-versa) in the Brushes panel).

5:08 AM Permalink