2014/04/14

Auto Sync in the Library Module in Lightroom

Did you know that the Library module in Lightroom has the ability to Auto Sync?  I find this especially useful when using Survey mode. Let’s say, for example, I start with 10 similar images and then remove the less important ones until I only have 4 left. If I want to flag, rate or label all four of those images at one time, without leaving Survey mode, I just flip on the Auto Sync switch. Then, whatever I do to one, is done to all. 

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Just don’t forget to flip off Auto Sync when you are finished.

5:14 AM Permalink
2014/04/10

Presets for Lightroom and Camera Raw

A number of people have been asking me to post the presets that I have showed when demonstrating Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw. Although I don’t feel that they are earth shattering by any means, I do hope that they may prevent us all from individually recreating the wheel.

To install: download and unzip the presets for Lightroom JKostLRDevPreset and/or Camera Raw JKostACRPresets and place them in the following location:

Lightroom

• Mac (user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets

• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/Lightroom/Develop Presets

Photoshop

• Mac(user)/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Camera Raw/Settings

• Win (user)/Application Data/Adobe/Camera Raw/Settings

Note: If you are on a Mac, the Library menu may be hidden depending on your operating system. To reveal it, hold the Option key down while selecting the “Go” menu in the Finder.

There are presets for converting to grayscale using the B & W and HSL panels, toning using the Split Tone and Tone Curve panels, and adding grain and post crop vignetting using the Effects panel. The preset names differ slightly for each product as Camera Raw does not support folders in the Presets tab and I wanted similar presets grouped together. These presets are meant to be a starting point,  you can customize any of them as you see fit, create  your own, and delete the one’s that you don’t want to use.

Note: If you watch the sliders when applying these presets, you will see that each preset only moves the slider positions in a single panel. Therefore, if you click on one preset that changes sliders in the Tone Curve panel for example, and then click to apply a second preset that changes the sliders in the same panel, the second one will replace the first.

6:13 AM Permalink

Lightroom Mobile and Smart Previews

After yesterdays release of Lightroom mobile, I want to reiterate that when you sync a collection of images from Lightroom on the desktop to Lightroom mobile we are syncing Smart Previews – not the entire raw files. This means that you should not think of Lightroom mobile as a “backup solution”. 

There are a number of reasons for using Smart Previews in today’s workflow including; bandwidth, speed, performance, and storage space. So although you might have thought that Smart Previews were only useful for working with off-line files, now you know that they were designed for and specifically optimized to be used on a mobile device.

And don’t worry, Lightroom will create Smart Previews for the images that you choose to sync automatically, so you don’t have to do a thing. 

 

5:37 AM Permalink
2014/04/07

Adobe Announces Lightroom Mobile, Lightroom 5.4, and Lightroom Web Now Available!

Take a tour of the new features with these videos:

Lightroom mobile – Setup, Collections and Flags 

In this video Julieanne walks through syncing collections, reviewing, picking, rejecting, and filtering images using Lightroom mobile on the iPad.

Lightroom mobile – Cropping, Adjustments and Presets

In this video Julieanne demonstrates how to crop, adjust color and tone, and apply presets to your photographs using Lightroom mobile on the iPad.

Lightroom mobile – Managing  Collections and Auto Import from Camera Roll

In this video Julieanne teaches you how to modify collections; move, add, and copy images between collections; and auto import from the camera roll using Lightroom mobile on the iPad.

Lightroom mobile – Showcasing and Sharing your Photographs

Description: In this video Julieanne shows how to quickly save, share, and show slideshows using Lightroom mobile on the iPad.

Click here for more information. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to share them on the Lightroom forums!

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9:10 PM Permalink

Photoshop World – Precons Start Today!

I hope that you’re able to join Adobe and NAPP this week at Photoshop World in Atlanta. It’s an excellent opportunity to learn from and be inspired by some of the top Photoshop, Lightroom and photography instructors in the world! It’s going to be a busy show – here are a few of the events that I will be participating in. If you’re at Photoshop World, please come by and say hello. 

Tuesday, April 8th

9:00 am to 10:15 am Opening Ceremony and Keynote

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm Organizing your Images in Lightroom

Wednesday, April 9th

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm The Creative Composite

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Art of Digital Photography Panel

Thursday, April 10th

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Lightroom – The Develop Module

See you there!

5:03 AM Permalink
2014/04/04

Changing Ruler’s Point of Origin in Photoshop

The point of origin (or the starting or zero point of the rulers) can be changed by simply clicking and dragging the box in the upper left corner of the rulers (where they meet) and repositioning.  Double clicking at the intersection of the rulers resets the point of origin to the upper left corner of the open document.

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5:17 AM Permalink
2014/04/03

Photoshop CC: The Creative Composite at Santa Fe Workshops July 13 – July 18, 2014

I’m excited to be returning to the fabulous Santa Fe Workshops this year to teach a 5 day workshop on Photoshop CC: The Creative Composite!

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Course Description: Somewhere between the decisive moment of still photography and the time compression offered by moving pictures lies the world of digital compositing—a place where multiple images captured at different times are layered together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. During our five days together, Julieanne helps you discover how to transform concepts and ideas into images. You master the tools used in compositing, including layers and masking, blend modes, adjustment layers, the properties panel, opacity, and clipping paths. Then you take these concepts to the next level using Smart Objects and Smart Filters, making complex selections using channels and the pen tool, and creating knockout layer effects using advanced blending options, clipping masks, Layer Groups, and the Refine Edge command.

Mornings are dedicated to instruction, with time set aside in the afternoon for you to work on your own images. This is the chance for you to reinforce your understanding of techniques applicable to your photography and engage in individual critique sessions. Using the most flexible, non-destructive editing process imaginable, Julieanne combines creative inspiration with image-manipulation techniques to help you rediscover your enthusiasm and unleash your potential.

I hope you will be able to join us! Click here for more information about the class, and to view the entire Santa Fe Workshops calendar, click here.

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Finding the Center of an Image in Photoshop

To quickly find the center of an image, set the rulers to percentage. Setting the rulers to percentage can also be helpful when recording actions that will  run on files of different sizes where you might want an effect to be applied to a certain percentage of an area.

5:06 AM Permalink
2014/04/02

Changing Guides and Grid Color in Photoshop

When using Guides, I prefer to change from the default Cyan color to something more calming. To do this, select Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices and either select a color from the drop down list, or, click in the color swatch to the right and choose any color you would like. 

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5:15 AM Permalink
2014/04/01

Changing Ruler Units in Photoshop

To quickly change Ruler units, double click in the ruler area to display the Units & Rulers preferences. Or, to simply change the ruler’s unit of measurement,  Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) within the ruler area to select from the context sensitive menu. 

5:14 AM Permalink
2014/03/31

Displaying Rulers, Guides and Grid in Photoshop

• Command + R (Mac) | Control + R (Win) quickly displays rulers along the top and left sides of an image in Photoshop. 

• Command + ; (Mac) | Control + ; (Win) toggles the visibility of guides.

• Command + ‘ (Mac) | Control + ‘ (Win)  toggles visibility of the grid.

5:12 AM Permalink
2014/03/27

Resizing Files While Placing into Photoshop

Dragging and dropping a file from Bridge or Lightroom on top of an open document in Photoshop will (by default) place the file as an embedded Smart Object.

2014_03_25DragDrop01For more control over how the image is added, select  Photoshop Preferences > General:

• Resize Image During Place – this will automatically scale down any file that is placed into a document smaller than it. But don’t worry, because Photoshop converts the file being placed into a Smart Object before it scales it down, all of the original data is there if you need to transform it larger.

• Always Create Smart Objects when Placing – this converts the file to be placed into a Smart Object. If you have reason to place an image as a regular, pixel based layer, uncheck this option.

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5:01 AM Permalink
2014/03/26

Quick Tip – How to Stop Lightroom from Switching Folders After Importing Images

In this Quick Tip for Lightroom (How to Stop Lightroom from Switching Folders After Importing Images), Julieanne  demonstrates how to prevent Lightroom from automatically switching folders when importing files.

4:51 AM Permalink
2014/03/25

Navigating Through a Document in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom

As some of you have pointed out, the shortcuts used to navigate through an open document in Photoshop (to make sure that you don’t miss any spots from sensor dust for example), are slightly different than when navigating through an open document in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom. 

Tapping the Home and End keys in ACR and Lightroom take you to the top-left and bottom-right corners of the picture, respectively.  These shortcuts are the same as Photoshop. Likewise, tapping the Page-down key takes you down 1 full screen: the same as Photoshop.

Unlike Photoshop, however, if you’re already at the bottom of the image in ACR or LIghtroom, tapping the Page-down key again takes you back to the top, and to the right by 1 full screen.  So, if you start at the top-left of the picture, pressing page-down repeatedly will take you through your image, 1 screen at a time, till you’re at the bottom-right corner of the picture. Page-up does the same thing, but in the opposite direction.

In a nutshell, think of your picture like a book, with the top-left corner as the beginning, and the bottom-right corner as the end.  Press Home to visit the beginning, then press Page Down till you get to the end.  By doing so, you will see every single pixel of the image at least once.

Folks on the ACR and Lightroom team (myself included) think this variation is an improvement over Photoshop, because for those of us who need to do final inspection of their pictures (e.g., to make sure there aren’t any dust spots, etc.), it’s important to have an easy way to make sure we’ve seen every part of our pictures up close.  With Photoshop, I have to remember where I am in the picture, because if I’m in the bottom-left corner of the picture, then tapping the Page Down key does nothing.  In ACR and Lightroom, I have a guaranteed way to see all the pixels in the image, and Page Down/Page Up shortcuts allow me to continue navigating regardless of where I am in the picture.

You might not agree – which is absolutely fine, but now you know why the behavior is different between the programs.  : )

Thank you Eric for helping me to explain this and for offering the book example above!

5:29 AM Permalink
2014/03/24

Toggle the Crop Shield in Photoshop

The forward slash key (/) toggles on and off the Shield (the shading of the area outside of the crop) while using the Crop tool in Photoshop.

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