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
2014/06/17

Cleaning Out Lightroom’s Catalog Backups

I’m typically pretty good at remembering to clean out my old Lightroom catalog backups, but the other day I noticed that I had 25+ backups sitting in my folder. Because they don’t take up a significant amount of space (as the preview files are not part of the backup) it’s really not that big of a deal, but I do like to keep my files tidy so I deleted all but the most recent five backups. In this video, I have some additional suggestions for backup strategies:

5:41 AM Permalink
2014/06/16

When Do I Convert  RAW files to DNG?

Since people often ask me when I convert my files to DNG, I will admit that I don’t convert until after I am finished editing the images (including rating, keywording and developing them).  Why? Because, although I could convert on import, I throw away a fair amount of images in my editing process, and I figure that there’s no sense in wasting the time to convert files that I’m going to throw away.

Of course you don’t have to wait until the end of your workflow to convert your images, I just find it satisfying to convert as a final step. Plus, this way I know that any image that is a DNG has made it through my entire workflow.

Below are two videos with more information about DNG:

5:38 AM Permalink
2014/06/13

Photo Romania Festival

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who worked so hard to make my experience at Photo Romania so memorable. I know that making a festival run smoothly is no small task and you all accomplished it with agility and grace. With every little detail taken care of, I was able to thoroughly  enjoy the event, meet a whole new group of friends and bring back wonderful memories and photographs  of not only Cluj-Napoca but also Bucharest, Brasov, and Sighisoara.

For now, here are a few of the images that I have posted via Instagram, I’m sure that I’ll be using the rest of my images in future tips, tricks, and tutorials!

Romania01_lrI really hope to see you at the festival again next year!

 

5:47 AM Permalink
2014/06/12

Refining a Selection with the Maximum and Minimum Filters in Photoshop

Although it is easy to use Select > Modify in order to expand or contract a selection by a specific number of pixels, for additional control, try using the Maximum and Minimum filters. To contract or expand a selection by a decimal number (not a whole number as is the limit for the Select > Modify command), first, make your selection, then click the Quick Mask icon to view the red overlay before selecting the filter (otherwise the filter will effect the pixels in the photo that you have selected). Then, choose Filter > Other > Minimum to contract the selection by a non-whole number or choose Filter > Other >  Maximum to expand the selection by a non-whole number.

Note: both of the filters are looking at the values of gray within the specified radius that you define. The Preserve Roundness option  will help keep round shapes round instead of being reduced using a more “rectangular” method which will cut corners when contracting. The Preserve Squareness will help keep rectangular shapes with more square edges from getting rounded. Both filters can be used for choke and spread operations on masks or images (removing dirt, enlarging bright points, etc.).

5:50 AM Permalink
2014/06/11

What is the Difference Between Opacity and Flow in Photoshop?

In Photoshop, the Opacity setting controls the opacity of the paint - are you painting with an opaque metallic paint or a transparent varnish. The Flow setting controls the speed at which paint is laid down - are you pressing the nozzle of the can of spray paint just a little or all the way down?

5:23 AM Permalink
2014/06/10

Adding Canvas Using the Crop Tool

To use the Crop tool to add canvas to your image, drag out a crop and release the mouse. Then, drag the crop handles outside of the image area and apply the crop. The area outside of the image will be added to the canvas. Note: to add transparency around the image (instead of filling the added space with the background color) convert the Background into a layer by selecting Layer > New > Layer From Background (or by clicking on the lock icon to the right of the word Background in the Layers panel).

5:17 AM Permalink
2014/06/09

How to Save and Load Actions in Photoshop

In order to save out one or more Actions in Photoshop, you must have a Set selected. For example, if you select a single action, the Save command will be grayed out, but selecting the set (even if it only contains one action) will allow you to choose Save Actions from the flyout menu on the Actions panel.

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4:47 AM Permalink
2014/06/05

Refining the Edge of a Mask in Photoshop

If a section of a mask isn’t quite correct, try using the Dodge or Burn tool in the mask to subtly adjust the edge (by lightening or darkening the grayscale values within the transitional area). In this example, the original mask is too soft and as a result, we can see  a green halo around the edge of the leaf.

The original mask shows a green fringe around the edge of the leaf.

Looking at the original mask, we can see that the edge of the mask needs to be reduced in width as well as shifted towards the edge of the leaf. Note: This is also known as “choking” the mask. Moving in the other direction would be “spreading” the mask.

The original mask's transitional area needs to be reduced and shifted into (choked) the leaf.

Using the Burn tool on the mask’s edge, darkens the values in the transitional areas of the mask, narrowing the transitional area and moving the mask in towards the leaf. (I realize that the change is subtle in this illustration, but notice how the edge of the mask in the illustration below appears sharper than in the illustration above.)

Using the burn tool on the transitional edge of the mask (in the grayscale areas), darkened the

As a result of choking the mask, the green halo is removed from around the edge of the leaf.

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5:11 AM Permalink
2014/06/04

Per-Panel Preview in Adobe Camera Raw 8.5

As a direct result of your feedback, ACR 8.5  has a new button designed to display a per-panel preview that is applied directly to the main view of the image! Clicking this button will reset the settings in the selected panel to their defaults. Clicking it again will reset them to the previous settings. Or, you can use the shortcut Command + Option + P (Mac) | Control + Alt + P (Win) to toggle the preview.

Image with per-panel preview toggled to reset panel to default settings.

Image with per-panel preview “Off” (modifications made to the HSL/Grayscale panel are visible in the image area).

Image with per-panel preview toggled to reset panel to default settings.

Image with per-panel preview toggled “On” (the HSL/Grayscale panel is set to the default settings).

Although the preview behavior might appear to look the same as it did in previous versions, this new button actually works a bit differently “under the hood”. Instead of simply showing and hiding the settings in a panel, this button actually resets the panel (clicking the button again restores the previous settings).

So, you might be asking why did we change the per-panel preview behavior? Well, since Camera Raw is not a database program (like Lightroom is), it can’t keep track of different “states” that a panel might be in. This means that in previous versions of Camera Raw, if you had toggled off the preview state of a panel, and then clicked “Done” or “Open Image”, Camera Raw would apply the slider values—even if the preview was turned off for that panel. Therefore, what you saw in Camera Raw may not have matched the resulting file. As you can imagine, when this mismatch occurred, it was not only confusing to the customer, but also unacceptable to the engineering team.

With this release, I believe the engineers have provided us with the best of both worlds; we can still use the new Before/After features (those are completely unchanged), as well as have an improved per-panel preview as a standalone feature.

5:04 AM Permalink
2014/06/03

Adobe Announces Camera Raw 8.5

Adobe Camera Raw 8.5, has a fantastic new addition to the Graduated and Radial Filters – a brush to selectively hide the effects! This first illustration is the original image.

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In the image below, a Graduated filter was added to darken the sky, however the effect is also applied to the top of the mountains because they are also affected by the Graduated filter.

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To remove the effect in the top of the mountains, with the Gradient Filter selected, choose the Brush option. The Brush options include Size, Feather and Flow as well as Auto Mask (used to automatically detect edges based on contrast and color) and Clear (to remove Brush overrides).

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This last image shows the result from using the Graduated Filter Brush to paint out the effect in the mountains while still retaining the effect in the sky area.

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And one more super shortcut – to keep the Graduated and Radial filters eraser size the same as the brush, click the flyout menu (to the right of the Graduated Filter panel header), and toggle “Separate Eraser Size” from the menu.

As mentioned here, updates to Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes.  The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC.

2:45 PM Permalink