Drawing Straight Lines in Photoshop

Holding the Shift key will constrain the painting tools to a straight line. In addition, To have a painting tool connect (draw a line) between two points, click once to start a line then, hold down the Shift key and click again to set the end point.

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Brushes on Photoshop – Anytime, Anywhere!

With a painting tool selected, control -click(Mac) | right -click(Win) anywhere in the image area to access the Brushes Preset Picker.

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Blend Mode Shortcuts in Photoshop

Almost all of the blend modes in Photoshop have their own keyboard shortcut. They all begin with Option + Shift + a letter (Mac)/ Alt + Shift + a letter (Win). Most often the letter is the first letter of the name, but not always!

Normal + N

Dissolve + I

Behind  + Q (Brush tool only)

Clear  + R( Brush tool only)

Darken + K

Multiply + M

Color Burn + B

Linear Burn + A

Lighten + G

Screen + S

Color Dodge + D

Linear Dodge + W

Overlay + O

Soft Light + F

Hard Light + H

Vivid Light + V

Linear Light + J

Pin Light + Z

Hard Mix + L

Difference + E

Exclusion + X

Hue + U

Saturation + T

Color + C

Luminosity + Y

I couldn’t find a shortcut for Subtract or Divide, but if you know of one, please add it in the comments!

If you want to quickly cycle through the painting tool’s blend modes, hold the Shift key and hit the “+” (plus) or “-” (minus) to move forward or backwards. Careful: f you have a tool selected that is not a painting tool, these shortcuts will affect the blend modes on the Layers panel.

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Loading Luminosity in Photoshop

Command + Option + 2 (Mac) | Ctrl + Alt + 2 (Win) loads the luminosity of an image as a selection. This can then be used for a variety of manipulations such as adjusting color or building density.

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Spot Color Channels in Photoshop

Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click the new channel icon to create a new Spot Color channel. (Spot Color channels are used primarily for printing additional “spot colors” on the printing press.)

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Point vs. Paragraph Type in Photoshop

Clicking with the Type tool will create Point Type (or headline type), where lines of type have to be manually broken to wrap. To create Paragraph Type, (type that flows within a bounding box) click and drag with the Type tool to draw the bounding box.  Or, Option -click  (Mac) / Alt -click (Win) in the image area with the Type tool to display the Paragraph Text size dialog box and numerically enter the height and width of the bounding area.

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Previewing Type in Photoshop

While type in the image is selected, Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + H will hide the selected “reversed out” type enabling a more accurate preview of the type.

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Selecting Type in Photoshop

Clicking the cursor within a type block will auto-select the Type layer on the Layers panel. Shift-click with the Type tool to create a new Type layer (in case you’re close to another type block and Photoshop tries to auto-select it). Double clicking on the “T” icon on the Layers panel will select all of the type on the layer.

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Entering Text in Photoshop

When entering text, you’re in a semi-modal state in Photoshop – similar to Free Transform. However, the return or enter key will break the text to the next line – not commit to it (like it would apply the transformation). In order to apply (or commit the text) use Command + return (Mac) / Control (Win) + enter.

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Lightroom CC Updates Now Available!

Discover how to dramatically improve an image either by removing or adding haze to an entire photo, or to specific regions using the local adjustment tools. Note: this technology is also available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CC.

This update also includes support for new cameras and lens profiles, as well as assorted bug fixes (click here to see the entire list).

Updated 11-17-2015 to remove Import videos. The following are now current with Lightroom 6 and CC.

02. Lightroom –  Importing Images From a Camera Card

03. Lightroom –  Importing Photos from your Computer into Lightroom

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Updates to Lightroom for Web 

Discover how easy it is to upload raw, psd, tiff and jpg images, organize your files, make non-destructive edits to your photographs, and share galleries – all from a web browser using Lightroom web!

Here are a few helpful keyboard shortcuts for navigating Lightroom Web:

When viewing a collection:

Tap “S” to show sharing options

Tap “?” show current keyboard shortcuts

While viewing a single image:

Escape cancels photo selection and returns to grid

Tap 1-5 to add star ratings in a collection

Tap P, U, X to pick, unflag or reject an image in a collection

Spacebar toggles play/pause when viewing video

Left/right arrow navigates back/forward through single image (loupe view)

Tap “I” to open/close Photo Info side panel

Tap “O” to open/close Comment side panel

When editing a photo:

Tap “W to select the White Balance tool

Tap “R” to select the Crop options

Tap “A” to toggle aspect ratio lock


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Camera Raw 9.2 Now Available!

Dehaze is now available as a local adjustment (including the Radial and Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush) in Camera Raw 9.2!

Original image

Photo with and without Dehaze applied. 


For more information about ACR, visit the Lightroom Journal here.

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Updates to Lightroom for Mobile

See how easy it is to organize, edit, and share your photos from anywhere using Lightroom mobile!

New in Lightroom for mobile for iOS, version 2.0:

  • Get from shoot to finish faster with the new Adobe in-app camera on your iPad or iPhone.
  • Control haze with the newly added Dehaze filter.
  • Adjust the hue, saturation, and brightness of colors throughout your image directly with the new Target Adjustment Tool in the Color / B&W adjustment tool.
  • Send a collection of photos over the newly updated Adobe Premiere Clip 2.0 and create amazing video stories, synced to the beat of your music.
  • Get professional quality retouching with Photoshop Fix  which is now seamlessly integrated with Lightroom for mobile with CreativeSync, accessed through the new Edit In option.
  • Lightroom for mobile for iOS can now be used on your phone or tablet without a paid membership, coming soon to Android.

New in Lightroom for mobile for Android, version 1.3 includes:

  • Refine individual colors in your photos with the new Color / B&W adjustment tool.
  • Precisely control the tone of your photo with the new Tone Curve adjustment tool.
  • Bring out the best in your photos with adjustable vignettes.
  • Crop the perfect photo with a redesigned experience that enables you to quickly adjust, align, and auto-straighten.
  • TIFF files are now supported.

You can get Lightroom from the links below:

Read more about Lightroom on the Lightroom Journal here.

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Adobe Announces Photoshop Fix for iOS

Photoshop Fix is the ideal app for anyone who enjoys photography and wants to use Photoshop’s image retouching and restoration-focused editing tools to liquify, heal, smooth, lighten and make other edits and adjustments with precise controls on a mobile devices.

Features include:

• Open photos from Creative Cloud, Lightroom mobile, or via Creative Cloud Libraries.

• Crop and Adjust — Crop away unwanted areas of an image and refine exposure, contrast, saturation, shadows, and highlights

• Liquify—Push, pull, rotate, swell or reshape any area to create subtle or drastic effects.

• Heal and patch—Fix imperfections using content from surrounding areas and then blending the result.

• Smooth—Simply paint to smooth or sharpen skin, landscapes or other content.

• Lighten and darken—Add or remove light from specific parts of a photo.

• Color—Desaturate to remove all color or to create a mix of color and black-and-white.

• Paint—Get precise effects with an eyedropper that lets you sample colors, an adjustable brush and an eraser.

• Vignette—Add vignettes and control exposure, contrast and saturation

• Defocus—Blur part of a photo to draw attention to your key subject.

• Send your images directly to Photoshop CC on the desktop with all layers intact so you can refine them and take them further.

Photoshop Fix is currently only available for iPhone and iPad users, with Android support coming.

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Adobe Announces Photoshop Mix 2.0

Enjoy the magic of compositing on you iOS device using Photoshop Mix 2.0! New features include:

• Addition of multiple layers – Mask and blend more than 2 layers together to create more complex collages away from your desktop.

• Blend modes – Create more realistic composites using different blend modes and opacities  for each layer.

• Multiple looks per layer – Selectively add looks and effects to different layers or even apply multiple looks on a single layer to create just the right effect.

• Open photos from Creative Cloud, Lightroom mobile, or via Creative Cloud Libraries. Save masked and layered PSDs from Photoshop Mix back to Creative Cloud as a native PSD and continue editing in Photoshop or, share with other Adobe apps including Photoshop Fix.

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Get Mix 2.0 for iOS here.

Get Mix 1.2 for Android here.

For more information about Mix visit here.

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