Boundary Warp Now Available in Adobe Camera Raw 9.4 and Lightroom CC 6.4!

When stitching together multiple images of a scene to create a panorama, I often find that the edges end up being irregular (especially when shooting without a tripod). In the past, I typically had to either crop the the image (to avoid transparent areas) or take the panorama into Photoshop to use Content-Aware Fill, Liquify, Adaptive Wide Angle, or other techniques to fill in the missing areas. With the new Boundary Warp feature in Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Lightroom  you can  adaptively stretch or reshape the edges of a stitched panorama to fill the rectangle boundary.

In this example, the original stitching results in irregular edges.



Using Auto Crop removes the transparent edges, but has to also remove some of the foreground which I would prefer to keep.



Applying the new Boundary Warp feature reshapes the image to fill in the missing areas.



Here are some additional (animated) examples of the effects of setting Boundary Warp’s slider at 0, 25, 50, 75, and 100%.



This image was stitched from different exposure taken from a moving car (in case you were wondering why the bus was truncated and two of the the bicyclist appear multiple times.

This image was stitched from multiple exposures taken from a moving car (in case you were wondering why the yellow bus was truncated and two of the the bicyclist appear multiple times).

Boundary Warp may not work well on images with straight lines or architectural features as the process of warping the image to fill the surrounding canvas may bend the lines. In the example below (and in the general case of buildings with possibly many straight lines), it’s not possible to stretch the image to fit the canvas AND preserve the lines at the same time. In other words, something has to give (the windows in the upper right and light on the left look a bit distorted) .


And a video from the famous Dr. Brown!


For more information about new camera and lens profile support, how to install the updates, as well as bug fixes and other changes, please see this post from the Adobe Lightroom Journal.

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Masking Multiple Layers using Layer Groups

Not only are Layer Groups great for organizing your layers, they can also be used to mask the contents of multiple layers at one time. With the Layer Group targeted in the Layers panel, click the Add Layer Mask icon from the bottom of the Layers panel. Paint in the mask to control the visibility of all layers within the Layer Group.


This shortcut also works with vector masks (and a combination of both vector and raster) as shown below.


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Copying Merged Layers (and Groups)

Command + Shift + C (Mac) | Control + Shift + C (Win) copies a merged version of all visible layers within the selection onto the clipboard.

Option + Command + Shift + E (Mac) | Alt + Control + Shift + E (Win) , pastes a merged copy (of all visible layers) on a new layer above the topmost currently selected layer.

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Displaying the Contents of a Layer Group in Photoshop

Command (Mac) / Control (Win) -click the disclosure triangle next to a Layer Group to expand or collapse all layer Groups in the document.

Option (Mac) / Alt (Win)  -click the disclosure triangle to expand collapse all groups nested within the current group.

Option-Command (Mac) / Alt-Control (Win) -click the disclosure triangle to expand and collapse all groups (nested or not).

Control (Mac)/ right mouse (Win) -click the Group’s disclosure triangle and choose “Close/Open this Group” or “Close/Open all Other Groups”.

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Selecting Layer Groups with the Move Tool in Photoshop

To automatically select Layer Groups (instead of individual layers), with the Move tool selected, check the Auto-Select box in the Options bar and choose Group from the pull-down menu.

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Deleting Layer Groups in Photoshop

To delete a Layer Group, select Layer > Delete > Group or, with the Layer  Group selected on the Layers panel, click the trash can icon. Either method displays a dialog with the options to delete the “Group and Contents” (which deletes both), “Group Only” (which removes any Layer  Groups but leaves the layers), or “Cancel”.

To delete the Layer Group and all of its contents while bypassing the dialog select the Layer Group on the Layers panel and either drag the Layer Group to the trashcan icon or, Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) the trashcan icon.

Command  -drag (Mac) | Control  -drag (Win) a Layer Group to the trashcan icon to delete a Layer Group without deleting its contents.

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Duplicating Layer Groups in Photoshop

Here are three easy ways to duplicate a Layer Group in Photoshop:

1) With a Layer Group targeted in the layers panel, Select Layer > Duplicate Group.

2) Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) the Layer Group in the Layers panel until you see a heavy black line between the layers and release.

3) Use the context sensitive menu – Control -click (Mac) | right-mouse click (Win) on the Layer Group and select Duplicate Group.

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Adding Layer Groups in Photoshop

Layer Groups are an excellent way to organize a complex multilayered document. To create an empty Layer Group, click the Create Layer Group (the folder) icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. The Group will be added above the currently targeted layer. If no layers are targeted, Photoshop adds the group to the top of the layer stack.

To create a new Layer Group while simultaneously placing targeted layers into that group Group select Layer > Group Layers or drag the targeted layers (in the Layers panel) to the New Group icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, or use the keyboard shortcut Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + G.  The group will be added above the topmost currently targeted layer.

To ungroup layers select Layer > Ungroup Layers or use the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + G (Mac) | Control + Shift + G (Win).

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Matching Image and Canvas Size in Photoshop

To make a document the same size as another open document, while in the Image Size and Canvas Size dialog boxes, select the other open document from the bottom of the Window menu and Photoshop will automatically fill in the values.

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Drag and Drop to the Center of a Document in Photoshop

Holding the Shift key while dragging and dropping a layer(s) between two documents will place the “dropped” layer(s) into the center of the destination document.

If there is a selection in the destination document, holding the Shift key while dragging and dropping an image will drop it into the center of the selection.

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Evening Lecture at the Booth Western Art Museum!

I am really excited to have the opportunity to give a special workshop and evening lecture at the Booth Western Art Museum on January 9th in Atlanta, GA. I am honored to have three of my images included in their current exhibition: Ansel Adams: Before & After where you can experience the iconic work of famed photographer Ansel Adams in a new light – set amongst the work of his predecessors, peers and contemporary photographers. If you’re in the Atlanta area, I hope you will join us on Saturday evening.

For more information please click here.

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Adding Layers to Layer Groups in Photoshop

When dragging and dropping a layer into a Layer group, Photoshop positions the layer at the top of the Layer stack (within the group). Holding the Shift key when releasing the mouse will position the layer at the bottom of the stack (within the group).

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Copying and Pasting Illustrator Artwork into Photoshop

When copying and pasting artwork from Illustrator to Photoshop, you now have the option to Paste the artwork as a Smart Object and “Add to your current library” which automatically converts the artwork to a Linked Creative Cloud Smart Object.


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Quiet Moments – My Year in Review

I’ve created a slideshow as a simple way to look back at my year through the images that I’ve posted using Lightroom mobile to my Instagram account. I find this yearly exercise yields interesting insights about where I am in my life and allows me to reflect upon the places that I’ve gone and the experiences that I’ve had. I would strongly encourage you to create a collection of your own images for the year to see the path that you followed in 2015.

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Free Training – Photoshop and Camera Raw Videos for the Holidays!

If you’re looking to increase some of your Photoshop and Camera Raw skills over the holidays, Lynda.com offers several of the videos in my Photoshop CC 2015 Essential Training and Adobe Camera Raw courses for free.

Navigate to this page Photoshop CC (2015) Essential Training with Julieanne Kost and click the play icon to watch any of the unlocked Photoshop videos. Or, navigate to the Camera Raw Essential Training page to watch any of the unlocked videos.

To watch the full course (and thousands of other videos on a  variety of different topics), sign up for a paid membership (what a great holiday gift idea!) .

Here is a list of the unlocked videos that you will find in the Photoshop CC (2015) Essential Training:

• Customizing the keyboard shortcuts

• How large can I print my image?

• Making the canvas bigger using the Canvas Size command

• Using Vanishing Point to paste in perspective

• Blending two images together using Layer Masks

• Selecting soft edge objects using Refine Edge

• Using blend modes to emulate an image transfer effect

• Swapping heads in a family portrait

• Straightening images using the Adaptive Wide Angle filter

• Creating a soft, diffuse glow with grain

• Adding flames to a photograph

• Clipping an image inside type

• Adding a keyline around an image

• Creating a time-lapse video

And here is a list of the unlocked videos for Camera Raw (2015) Essential Training:

• Bridge and Camera Raw or Lightroom: Which should you use?

• Correcting a tilted horizon

• Bringing it all together to make an image shine

• Customizing color using HSL

• Recreating traditional color toning effects

• Merging multiple images to create a panorama

In addition, all of the Lightroom and Photoshop videos that I create  for Adobe are free and can be accessed using the two links below.

Lightroom videos — http://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/lightroom-training-videos

Photoshop videos — http://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/photoshop-training-videos


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