Transform Again in Photoshop

Command + Shift + T (Mac) | Control  + Shift + T (Win) transforms the layer(s) again by applying the same transformation settings.

Command + Option + Shift + T (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + T (Win) will create a copy of a layer and apply the same transformation settings. Note this shortcut does not work with multiple layers selected.

5:10 AM Permalink

Reference Point Location for Free Transform in Photoshop

When using Free Transform, the “Reference Point Location” (also referred to as the “center point”) can be changed to determine the location around which transformations occur.  You can drag the center point freely within the image area, click on one of the nine reference point locations, or set it numerically using the Options bar. This can be particularly useful when trying to align objects or rotate around a point that is off-center.

5:04 AM Permalink

Free Transform and Warp Mode in Photoshop

When in Free Transform, if you want to toggle to Warp mode, you need to click the Warp icon in the Options bar (or Control -click (Mac)  |  Right -click Win within the transformation bounding box and chose Warp from the list). However, while in Warp mode, Command +T (Mac) | Control + T (Win) toggles from Warp mode back to Free Transform mode.

5:49 AM Permalink

Announcing “Introduction to Photo Compositing” with Julieanne Kost on Lynda.com

I’m excited to announce my new Introduction to Compositing course on Lynda.com! If you’re interested in learning how to create new visual narratives with the power of photo compositing, then this course is for you. Here is a more detailed description:

By choosing elements that work together to form a cohesive message, Julieanne Kost is able to create a composite image that’s more powerful than its individual parts. In this course, she shares the fundamental creative and technical concepts behind photo compositing, from creating diptychs that juxtapose images in separate “frames,” to assembling multiple exposures and strengthening visual impact with textural information. With these simple yet powerful techniques, Julieanne shows how to pull together different imagery and create new, unified visual narratives.


Topics include:

• Unifying images through subject, theme, and composition

• Creating diptychs in Lightroom and Photoshop

• Using layers and masking to blend photographs

• Applying textures with blend modes and opacity

• Blending nighttime and daytime images

• Creating unity with color and tone

5:00 AM Permalink

Locking the Zoom Position in Lightroom

Depending on the sequence of images that I’m viewing in the Library module, sometimes I want Lightroom to zoom to the same location in each image as I move through the shoot (comparing focus in a certain area for example), but other times I want Lightroom to pay attention to different areas that I’ve zoomed into in each image (comparing the sharpness of a bird that moved significantly between frames for example).  The Lock Zoom Position (Command + Shift + = (Mac) | Control  + Shift + = (Win)) toggles between these two different ways of previewing images. With Lock Zoom Position enabled, Lightroom will zoom to the exact same area of each image (regardless of where you may have previously zoomed into) as you move through your sequence. With Lock Zoom Position disabled, Lightroom will remember and display the zoom position from when you previously viewed the image.

5:16 AM Permalink

Customizing the Default Settings in Lighroom’s Develop Module

When using the Post-Crop Vignette panel in the Develop Module in Lightroom, if you prefer Color Priority or Paint Overlay (instead of Highlight Priority) to be the default style, you can change it by customizing the Develop module’s Default Settings.

This video, Working with Camera Profiles, explains how to customize and save new default settings in the Develop module. 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 it 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 Post Crop Vignettes and Lens Correction.


5:14 AM Permalink

Creating Collections that Automatically Sync with Lightroom Mobile

When creating a collection in Lightroom, if you check the option to “Sync with Lightroom mobile”, any image added to the collection will automatically be uploaded to the cloud so that it can sync with Lightroom mobile.



Note:  you must be signed in using your Adobe ID to enable this feature and, since Lightroom mobile is a service, it is available only via membership plans. Lightroom 5 perpetual license does not include access to Lightroom mobile. Click here for the FAQ for Lightroom Mobile. 

5:28 AM Permalink

Lightroom 5.7 – Collaboration Features and the Lightroom Web Interface

If you are not familiar with Lightroom’s web interface, it’s an excellent way to share collections of images with clients and friends so that they can make comments and add “likes” to images. This collaboration process can occur on any device that has web access via a browser (in other words, your clients and friends don’t have to have Lightroom or download any special viewing utility to see the collections that you share with them  – they do however need an Adobe ID).

To view all of your synced collections within a browser, go to lightroom.adobe.com. Or, from within the Lightroom desktop app, choose Help > View Your Synced Collections on the Web.


Click on a collection to view the contents.


Click on an image to view it. When someone else views your image, they will be able to add “comments” and “like” you image (see how to share your Collections below).


To view a collection in the web interface from within the Lightroom desktop app, Control -click (Mac)  |  Right -click (Win) on any synced collection in the Collection panel and choose Lightroom Mobile Link > View on Web.


Synced collections can be public or private (they are private by default). To share your collection, click the Share button at the top-right of the Grid View.


Once you have made a collection public, you can easily copy and share the link as well as choose to Unshare at any time.


Note: since Lightroom mobile is a service, it is available only via membership plans. Lightroom 5 perpetual license does not include access to Lightroom mobile. Click here for the FAQ for Lightroom mobile.

Since I can’t figure out how to add an illustration in the comments, here is a screenshot of the little triangle under the name of a collect. When clicked, it displays the Custom Sort order that was asked about in the comments…


5:21 AM Permalink

Adobe Announces Lightroom 5.7 and Camera Raw 8.7 Update Now Available!

These updates include support for 24 new cameras and 57 new lens profiles, as well as assorted bug fixes (click here to see the entire list).

Lightroom 5.7 now supports the Collaboration and Feedback features found in Lightroom mobile and the Lightroom web interface including the ability to view comments and likes from Lightroom web. More specifically:

  • Synced collections now show a more prominent share button at the top of the Toolbar in the Lightroom desktop app.  This allows you to quickly share your synced collection with friends, family, and clients using Lightroom web (http://lightroom.adobe.com).
  • Comments and likes left on Lightroom web now sync to the Lightroom desktop catalog.  Comments and Likes will be shown in the “Comment” panel for synced collections.
  • Images with comments and likes will display a badge indicating that there are comments and a colored badge to indicate that there are unread comments.
  • Additional details on the new Lightroom 5.7 can be found here.

The ACR 8.7 update for CC includes HiDPI support on Windows.

12:05 AM Permalink

Free Transform Shortcuts in Photoshop

Command + T (Mac) | Control + T (Win) displays the free transform bounding box. Holding the Shift key while dragging any of the corner anchor points (handles), forces proportional transformations. Adding the Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) key transforms from the center. In addition:

• Command  (Mac) | Control  (Win) -drag a corner anchor point to freely distort the image.

• Command + Shift  (Mac) | Control  + Shift (Win) -drag a center anchor point to skew the image.

• Command + Option + Shift (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift (Win) -drag a corner anchor point to change the perspective of an image.

• To apply the transformation tap the Return (Mac) | Enter (Win) key.

• To cancel a transformation tap the Escape key.

5:03 AM Permalink

Setting Color Samplers using the Eyedropper in Photoshop

With the Eyedropper tool selected, Shift-click in the image area to set a Color Sampler.

To delete a Color Sampler, Option + Shift  (Mac) | Alt  + Shift  (Win) -click on the Color Sampler (the icon will change to a pair of scissors).

5:07 AM Permalink

The Eyedropper Tool in Photoshop

Here are a few shortcuts for using the Eyedropper tool in Photoshop:

•  The Eyedropper’s Sample Size-  set in the options bar – affects the Magic Wand, Magic Eraser and the Background Eraser.

•  Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -click the Eyedropper to select the background color swatch (instead of the foreground) in the Tool panel.

•  The Eyedropper can sample colors from outside of Photoshop. Make the color visible (on the desktop, in another application etc.). Then, click with the Eyedropper within the image area and then drag to sample the desired color on the desktop/other application.

5:07 AM Permalink

Rotate View and Spring Loaded Cursors in Photoshop

The Rotate View tool is extremely helpful when painting, drawing, or doing anything in Photoshop that benefits from rotating a document on the screen (allowing more natural hand positioning and movement) without actually rotating the contents of the document.

The Rotate View tool works very well in tandem with “Spring Loaded” cursors. Instead of tapping ”R” to select the Rotate View tool, hold the “R” key to temporarily access the tool. Then, when you release the key, you will automatically be returned to the selected tool. For example, if you are drawing a path with the Pen tool but need to change the rotation of the view – press and hold the “R” key, drag to rotate the view, and when you release the “R” key – you are back with the Pen tool, ready to continue drawing!

Double click the Rotate View tool  to reset the view or, with the Rotate View tool selected, tap the Escape key to reset the view.  Using the Options bar, you can also choose to rotate only the active document or all open images (Rotate All Windows).

5:47 AM Permalink

Adding New Layers to a Document in Photoshop

• Command + Shift + N (Mac) | Control  + Shift + N (Win) will add a new layer and display the New Layer dialog box (so that you can name the layer, change blend modes etc.).

• Command + Option + Shift + N (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + N (Win) add a new layer bypassing the New Layer dialog box.

5:46 AM Permalink

Dragging Horizontal and Vertical Guides in Photoshop

When dragging out a guide out from the ruler, Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win)  toggles the orientation of the guide (vertical to horizontal).

5:45 AM Permalink