Images from Antarctica

2016_09_29_antarctgridI’m back, and I have to admit that I enjoyed my time off immensely – primarily due to the fact that I was able to spend the majority of time working in Photoshop! I know that might seem a bit odd to many of you, but even through I work in Adobe products on a daily basis, I seldom carve out large chunks of time to work on my own photography. Having time to tone, retouch, and publish photographs for my gallery as well as create a body of work from my visit to Antarctica, was certainly a gift. In the next few weeks I hope to share my thought process, techniques, and shortcuts used to tone and enhance the images from Antarctica that I’ve been posting to my Behance and Adobe Portfolio site.

But for today (while I catch up on email and all-things Adobe), here are links to the four galleries that I’ve posted thus far:

Blue Ice

Quiet Moments

Antarctic Reflections



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Adobe’s Fantastic Sabbatical Program!

I’m going to take the next two months to rejuvenate, revive, and replenish my creativity thanks to Adobe’s sabbatical program. I will not be posting to my blog, nor answering comments (or email), but will be working on my own special  projects instead. I will be returning on October 4th and look forward to seeing what has evolved in my absence.


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Scrubby Sliders in Photoshop

Positioning the cursor over the text or icon next to a numeric entry field in the Options bar (and in most panels and dialog boxes) displays the “Scrubby Sliders” icon (a hand with small arrows pointing to the left and right). When the Scrubby Slider icon is visible, clicking and dragging decreases/increases the value as you drag left/right. Adding the Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) + dragging decreases the values more slowly while adding the Shift key increases the values more quickly.

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Resizing Images Using Open Documents

To make a document the same size as another open document, while in the Image Size or Canvas Size dialog box, select the other open document from the bottom of the Window menu (PS will automatically fill in the values).

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Making Finer Adjustments in Lightroom’s Develop Module

When making adjustments in the Develop module, you can click within any of the numeric entry areas to set a specific value. Then, use the arrow keys to modify the value (add the Shift key to modify in larger increments). However,  if you prefer to make changes using the sliders, click-drag to extend the develop module panel to make finer adjustments. Adding the Option (Mac) Alt (Win) key will allow you to expand it even farther.

Position the cursor over the left edge of the panels. The curser changes to double headed arrows. Click and drag left/right to resize.

Position the cursor over the left edge of the panels (where the red arrow is pointing). When the cursor changes to a double headed arrow, click and drag left/right to resize.

Note: this shortcut works with any of the panels in Lightroom.

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Resetting Files in Lightroom

Clicking the Reset button in Lightroom’s Develop module resets the image to Lightroom’s default settings. If, however,  you want to zero out all of Lightroom’s settings (including sharpening and noise reduction), apply the “Zeroed” preset in the Lightroom General Presets folder.

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If you have applied a preset on import, and want to reset the image to its imported state, use the History panel and click the Import state.

2016-07-23 HIstory

The video below describes how to change the default Develop module settings in Lightroom (to enable Lens Correction and/or Remove Chromatic aberration for example). Because the video was recorded when Adobe announced Camera Matching profiles (in LR2!), the first six minutes of the video discusses these profiles. However, it then goes on to explain how to set your default settings in either Lightroom or Camera Raw and even though a lot has changed since then, you can still use the same method today for changing default settings for panels other than Camera Calibration – including Lens Correction.

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Opening a Composite (Flattened) document from a Layered PSD File

If you ever need to open a flattened (composite) version of a layered document, choose File > Open and navigate to the image. Then, hold Option + Shift  (Mac) / Alt + Shift (Win) and click Open. A dialog appears with the message “Read the composite data instead?” Click OK to confirm.

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You can use the same keyboard modifiers and double click a PSD file in the Operating System to open a flattened version of the file

Note: this shortcut only works if the file was saved with the Maximize (PSD and PSB) File Compatibility preference turned on.

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Adobe Spark Page – The Great Ocean Road and Kangaroo Island

I had the opportunity to visit the Great Ocean Road as well as Kangaroo Island earlier this year and used Adobe Spark Page to put together a small portfolio of images from the adventure. Click on the photo below to view the Spark Page.


And here is a video that demonstrates how to create your own Adobe Spark Page.

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Add Mastheads and Contact Forms to Your Adobe Portfolio

You can now add mastheads and custom forms to Adobe Portfolio.
• Mastheads can be global or gallery based and can include photos, background colors, buttons, and social media profiles.
• Contact Forms have a standard layout of three fields (Name, Email Address, and Message), but you can add up to 10 customized fields.
Here’s a short video that will show you how:

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Lightroom for iOS 2.4 and Android 2.1. are now available for download!

Lightroom for iOS 2.4 includes the addition of local adjustment tools (Radial and Linear), raw file format support (technology preview), the ability to copyright photos on import, automatic lens profile correction (if your camera and lens combination are supported), and the ability to use keyboard shortcuts when a physical keyboard is attached to an iPad.

Local Adjustments Tools:

To use a local adjustment, tap the Local Adjust icon.

01 local adj icon

Tap the icon in the lower left to choose between the  Linear and Radial Selection tools.

02Choose tool

Tap-drag in the image preview to apply the tool and change the settings as desired. Note: swipe in the options area to access additional settings to the right of Clarity.

03 Options

For the Linear Gradient:

  • Tap-drag the pin to reposition.
  • Tap-drag the center line to rotate
  • Tap-drag the start/end lines to increase/decrease the length of the fade
  • Tap the trash icon to delete the pin
  • Tap the plus icon to add a second adjustment

Note: each time you add a new adjustment, all settings are reset to zero.

Linear and Radial adjustments can be quickly duplicated within an image:

  • Tap and hold the pin
  • Tap Duplicate Selection
  • Tap-drag the pin to reposition the duplicate05Dupe

You can also apply the same setting to another file using the Previous button (the second to last option in the row of tiles).

For the Radial Gradient:

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  • Tap the white/black square with the arrows in it to invert the mask
  • Tap-drag the small white circles to change size.
  • Tap-drag the white line to rotate.
  • Tap-drag the large circle (with the gradient) to change the feather radius (fade range).

Note: the Radial selection can be larger than the image. Use the pinch gesture to zoom out and drag as desired.

07 PinchZoom


Raw File Format Support (Technology Preview)

You can now transfer raw files to your iOS device and work on them in Lightroom mobile. Add your files to the iOS camera roll. From there, import into Lightroom mobile.

There are a variety of ways to add files to Lightroom mobile including:

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  • Tap the Lr icon and enable  Auto Add Photos (to add photos to the All Photos view).
  • Tap the three dots next to any collection and Enable Auto Add (to add photos to that specific collection).
  • Within a collection, tap the Add Photos… button.

The raw files that you import onto Lightroom mobile (as well as any changes made to them) will be synchronized across devices including the Lightroom desktop application. In this workflow, a full version of the raw file is stored in the cloud (if you start by downloading photographs into the Lightroom desktop app, Smart Previews are stored in the cloud). Depending on your camera, you may notice that raw files take longer to download and take up more space on your device because of their size). This new functionality should enable me to leave my laptop behind more often as I can now select, edit, and publish raw images from my SLR while on location.

Lens Profiles and Copyright Data

You can also enable lens profile corrections for Raw only or All files as well as Add copyright metadata on import. Tap the Lr icon to access the settings and tap Import.


Choose to Enable (lens profile) Corrections on All files or Raw only and Apply Copyright data.

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If you have a physical keyboard attached to your iPad, you can use keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom for mobile

Note: Local adjustments and raw support are available for members with a Creative Cloud subscription or for a limited time through a free trial. As before, all of the rest of Lightroom for mobile works without being a paid member.

Lightroom for Android 2.1

The capture experience for Android has been redefined with the new Lightroom Camera widget. Not only can you capture raw files (DNG), the camera has a new Pro mode that allows you to control shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and focus manually. In addition, you can download and export full resolution files (if the files are within the Lightroom ecosystem).

Additional videos about Lightroom mobile can be found here: Lightroom Video Tutorials.

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New Custom Keyboard Shortcuts Available for Brush Options in Photoshop CC

Keyboard Shortcuts  can now be assigned to quickly toggle airbrush and pressure sensitivity controls for qualifying painting tools (such as the Brush, Clone Stamp, History etc.).


To assign your custom keyboard shortcut, select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts and Shortcuts For: Tools.


  • Use Toggle Brush Airbrush Mode to assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle the Airbrush attribute.
  • Use Toggle Brush Pressure Controls Opacity to assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle the Brush Pressure controls (when off, the brush pressure is controlled by the Brush preset).
  • Use Toggle Brush Pressure Controls Size to assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle the Brush Size controls (when off, the brush size is controlled by the preset).


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Document Layer Count in Photoshop CC 2015.5

To quickly view the number of layers in a document, click the chevron to the right of the status box (at the bottom of the image preview area) and choose Layer Count.

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Or, use the flyout menu on the Info panel to enable Layer Count. In addition, the Info panel has the option to Always Show Composite Values.



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Updated! Photoshop CC Essential Training (2015) on Lynda.com

I have updated and refined several of my videos in the Photoshop CC Essential training course on Lynda.com to include the recently announced new features and product enhancements. Even if you’re not a Lynda.com member, you can watch a number of the videos for free! Navigate to this page (Photoshop CC (2015) Essential Training with Julieanne Kost), click on the Table of contents tab and click the play icon to watch any of the unlocked Photoshop videos including:

• Customizing the keyboard shortcuts

• How large can I print my image?

• Making the canvas bigger using the Canvas Size command

• Using the Perspective Crop Tool

• 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

• 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

Or, navigate to the Camera Raw Essential Training page to watch any of the unlocked videos for that course:

• 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

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 way to celebrate the 4th of July! : )

You can check out all of my Lynda.com courses here including:

• Bridge CC Essential Training

• Introduction to Compositing

• The Art of Photoshop Compositing

And did you know that you can watch these videos off-line by using the Lynda.com desktop or mobile app?

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

Photoshop videos


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Default Workspace in Photoshop 15.5

The default configuration of panels in the Essentials workspace displays differently depending on your monitor resolution. On higher resolution monitors, the Libraries panel appears in its own separate column:


On lower resolution monitors, the Libraries panel will be nested with the Adjustments and Styles panel:


This slight difference might not seem like a big deal for most people, but I wanted to point out that in a teaching environment, your students might not all be looking at the same default interface.

I prefer to rearrange my panels and save them as a custom workspace. I have more information about creating custom workspaces in this blog post (Custom Panels and Workspaces in Photoshop) as well as in my Photoshop CC Essential Training on Lynda.com.

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Swatches Panel Improvements in Photoshop CC

When adding spot colors to a document, you can now sample a color from the Swatches panel while in the Spot channel dialog.









And, the name (or color value depending on what swatches you have loaded), will shown in the tooltip for recently used colors in the Swatches palette.


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