2014/01/22

Video Tutorial – Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC 14.2

In this episode of The Complete Picture (Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC), Julieanne takes a close look at several feature enhancements and refinements made to scripted patterns including placing patterns along a path, rendering unique trees for concept, architectural and fine art images, and scripted border designs. Learn how to unlock the background into a layer with a single click, choose recent colors from the swatches panel, and add and change color readouts for multiple color samplers at once. 

• Shift + Delete (Mac) | Shift + Backspace (Win) displays the Fill dialog.

5:20 AM Permalink
2014/01/21

Video Tutorial – How to Link Smart Objects in Photoshop CC

In this episode of The Complete Picture (How to Link Smart Objects in Photoshop CC), Julieanne will show you when to embed and when to link Smart Objects, update modified content, resolve missing files and filter based on smart object attributes.

• Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) drag and drop a file from Bridge to an open document in Photoshop to create a linked (not embedded) Smart Object. Note: this shortcut will also work if you drag and drop from Lightroom into an open Photoshop document on the Mac. 

• Command + Option + Shift + E (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + E (Win) will edit the contents of a Smart Object.

5:19 AM Permalink
2014/01/20

Video Tutorial – How to Use Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC

In this episode of The Complete Picture (How to use Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC), Julieanne walks through the new Perspective Warp feature in Photoshop CC. Learn how to create quads, adjust the layout and distort the perspective of an object in an image.

And the shortcuts for Perspective Warp:

• After selecting Edit  > Perspective Warp, tap the “L” and “W” keys to swap between “layout” and “warp”.

• Shift -drag the end of the plane in layout mode, allows you to make a plane longer without changing the shape/position.

• Shift click will straighten an individual edge of a plane in warp mode. The edge will turn yellow to reflect this.

• Tap the H key to hide the grids.

• Tap the arrow keys to nudge individual points. Add the Shift key to nudge in larger increments.

• Tapping the Enter (return) key while in Layout mode will switch to warp mode. Tapping the Enter (return) key while in Warp mode will commit changes.

5:09 AM Permalink
2014/01/15

Adobe Announces Photoshop CC 14.2 Now Available!

Adobe Photoshop CC 14.2 is now available! If you don’t see an update available for Photoshop in the Creative Cloud desktop application, it might be because of your time zone – the Creative Cloud desktop application only checks once a day. To force the CC desktop application to check for updates, quit the CC desktop app (click on the gear icon in the upper right and choose Quit). Then, launch the Creative Cloud desktop application again – it will check for updates upon launch. 

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These three videos will take you through my favorite new features:

Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC

Julieanne Kost, Adobe Principal Evangelist Photoshop and Lightroom, walks through the new Perspective Warp feature in Photoshop CC. Learn how to create quads, adjust the layout, and distort the perspective of an image.

Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC

Julieanne Kost, Adobe Principal Evangelist Photoshop and Lightroom, demonstrates Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC. Discover when to embed and when to link Smart Objects as well as learn how to update modified content, resolve missing files and filter based on Smart Object attributes.

Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC

Julieanne Kost, Adobe Principal Evangelist Photoshop and Lightroom, takes a close look at several feature enhancements and refinements made to scripted patterns including placing patterns along a path, rendering unique trees for concept, architectural and fine art images and scripted border designs. Learn how to unlock the background into a layer with a single click, choose recent colors from the swatches panel and add and change color readouts for multiple color samplers at once.

9:01 PM Permalink
2014/01/14

Reducing the size of Lightroom’s Preview Size

The other day a customer asked me how to decrease the size of Lightroom’s Preview file (yourcatalogname Previews.lrdata). Although I had  previously posted this Quick Tip video (How to prevent Lightroom’s Previews File from Taking Over the Hard Drive), he noticed that when deleting files from the catalog, the preview file size wasn’t  immediately reduced. Well, it turns out that there is a slight time delay because, if you simply remove an image from the Lightroom catalog, you can still tap Command + Z (Mac) | Control + Z (Win)  to undo the removal and have the photo(s) appear back in the catalog. Therefore Lightroom waits to delay  that sort of clean-up task until there is an idle moment (when you aren’t making changes), and then runs in the background, so that priority tasks have all the processing power they need.

5:32 AM Permalink

Adding Presets to Raw and JPEG Files in Bridge

If you create and save presets in Adobe Camera Raw, you can then quickly apply those presets in Bridge. Simply Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the image thumbnail and select Develop Settings > (your preset name). 

5:29 AM Permalink
2014/01/13

Clear Camera Raw Settings in Bridge

To quickly clear Camera Raw Setting from images in Bridge, Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the image thumbnail and choose Develop Settings > Clear Settings.

5:27 AM Permalink

Using Music to Reinforce the Visual Narrative

In the past, I have found it incredibly challenging to find music that reinforces my photographic vision. Lately however, the folks over at Triple Scoop Music have helped me to find, select and create a collection of songs that I find match the mood of my work. I’ve been told they are a bit on the haunting side, but I take that as a compliment. Click here if you’re interested in checking them outOf course they offer a huge variety of musical styles, so I’m sure you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for!

5:21 AM Permalink
2014/01/09

Video Tutorial – Top 5 Tips for Working with Vectors in Photoshop CC

In this episode of The Complete Picture (Top 5 Tips for Working with Vectors in Photoshop CC), Julieanne demonstrates five of her favorite new and improved features for working with vectors. Discover path creation improvements, isolation mode, drag-selecting paths, path operation shortcuts, and more. 

Note: If you are new to Photoshop or skipped version 6, you might want to take a look at the re-engineered shape tools in this video “What’s New in Adobe Photoshop CS6” (vector layers begin at @ 44:45).

And, you can learn about rounded rectangles and Live Shape Properties in this video: “Adobe Photoshop: Favorite Features for Photographers”.

5:05 AM Permalink
2014/01/08

The Adjustment Brush Overlay in Lightroom

When painting with the Adjustment Brush in the Develop Module in Lightroom, tap the “O” key to Show/Hide Mask Overlay. Add the Shift key to cycle the mask overlay colors (red, green and white). Displaying the mask overlay can make it much easier to see areas the areas that are included/excluded from the adjustment in order to make refinements to the mask. 

5:02 AM Permalink
2014/01/07

Quickly Paste Develop Settings in Lightroom 5

If you repeatedly want to apply specific setting(s) to images in Lightroom’s Develop module, apply the setting(s) to a single image and then use the shortcut Command + C (Mac) | Control + Shift + C (Win) to copy the setting(s) using the Copy Settings dialog. Now, as you move through your images, you can quickly paste the setting(s) using Command + V (Mac) | Control + Shift + V (Win). 

This can help your productivity if, for example, you copied settings for the Post Crop Vignette. As you move through your images (making different adjustments and/or applying different presets that change color,  tone etc.), you can  easily paste the Post Crop Vignette settings  to the images that need it using Command + V (Mac) | Control + Shift + V (Win).

5:01 AM Permalink
2013/12/20

Fractured Moments – 2013 Year in Review

Last year I created a short slideshow (Moments Alone), from images taken over the year using my mobile phone. I found it to be a enjoyable way to look back at the year and reflect upon the places that I’ve gone, the people I’ve met and the things that I paid attention to. So, I decided to do it again this year and here is the result  “Fractured Moments”. I would strongly encourage you to create a collection of your own images for the year -I have found both the process and the results to be very insightful.

See you after the Holidays! And don’t forget, every time a bell rings, a layer gets its mask… : )

5:15 AM Permalink
2013/12/19

Lightroom Files Can Contain Multiple Dates

Lightroom can display up to three different dates for a file in the Metadata panel: Date Time Original, Date Time Digitized and Date Time. Note: try setting the Metadata panel’s preset to EXIF to display them all. Here’s the explanation of when and why you might need these different dates:

• Date Time Original – This is the moment in time that is shown in the picture.  In other words, if you were at a new year’s eve party last year and took a picture at one minute before midnight, the Date Time Original of that picture is 12/31/2012 11:59 PM.

• Date Time Digitized – This is the moment in time at which the picture was committed to digital form.  For photos from a digital camera, this will always be identical to Date Time Original.  For film, it wouldn’t be.  For example, if you’d taken that new year’s eve picture on film, then waited exactly six months to scan (i.e., digitize) the film the Date Time Original would still be 12/31/2012 11:59 PM, but the Date Time Digitized would be 6/30/2013 11:59 PM.

• Date Time – This is the file creation date.  Again, for a picture from a digital camera that you haven’t mucked with, this will be identical to the previous two fields.  But if you generate a new file from the picture (using covert to DNG, as in your example, or via other means such as creating a PSD by editing in Photoshop) then this field will show the date on which the new file was created.  In other words, if you edited your new year’s eve picture in Photoshop at noon today, generating a new PSD in the process, the Date Time for the new file would be today’s date 12pm.

For most ordinary people shooting with a digital camera, the only field they care about is Date Time Original, and the only reason to ever edit it is if the clock on their camera was set incorrectly for some reason when they took the picture.  For example, if you’d traveled from California to New York for that new year’s party, and forgot to adjust your camera’s clock to account for the time zone change, then that picture you took would show a Date Time Original of 12/31/2012 8:59 PM.  Since you know that’s not correct, you would probably want to edit the capture time and use the “Shift by a set number of hours” option to move the Date Time Original field ahead by three hours.

Thank you so much Ben for this excellent explanation!

5:13 AM Permalink
2013/12/18

How to Change Capture Time in Lightroom 5

In this episode of The Complete Picture (How to change Capture time in Lightroom 5), Julieanne demonstrates two ways to change the capture time of your images. The first enables you to offset a time zone change and the second supports a custom adjustment to align multiple cameras used to shoot one event but with different date/time settings in-camera.

5:11 AM Permalink
2013/12/17

Using the Fastest Drive when Editing

Since I’m always looking for ways to make image editing faster, I will typically store the files that I’m currently working with on my internal drive (which happens to be a speedy little solid state drive). However, this drive is much too small to hold all of my images so when I’m finished editing the project, I will move them to my external storage drives (which are slower) to make room for the “new” work in progress.

5:10 AM Permalink
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