April 30, 2014
When working with the vector tools (such as the shape tools), Photoshop has a preference to “Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid”. This preference is extremely helpful when creating shapes that need solid, straight edges as it snaps the edges of the shapes to be fully aligned to a pixel, preventing soft, anti-aliased edges).
This illustration demonstrates three options. The first shape was drawn with the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference turned on. As a result, all sides of the rectangle are solid (note, even though the initial rectangle shape might not have been drawn in perfect alignment to the pixel grid, Photoshop automatically snapped the rectangle to that grid because the preference was turned on).
The middle illustration was drawn with the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference turned off. This resulted in anti-aliased edges (varying levels of opacity) because the rectangle (the vector path) was not perfectly aligned to a pixel edge when the rectangle was drawn.
The final illustration is the same rectangle as in the second illustration ( the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference was turned off), however the Align Edges option was enabled for the rectangle shape layer (in the Options bar) after drawing the rectangle. Enabling the Align Edges option “jumped” the fill of the rectangle to the nearest pixel grid (you can still see that the original shape (the black path), is not aligned to the pixel grid, but the fill is being forced to Align Edges to the edges of the pixel grid. Align Edge is a convenient way to align objects to the pixel grid on a “per shape layer” basis if you want to turn off the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference.
However, I expect that most people will leave the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference turned on as it will help to avoid anti-aliased edges when drawing shapes as well as transforming them making alignment clean and precise.
March 26, 2014
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.
March 6, 2014
By default, Photoshop displays the Document Size at the bottom of the document window in the Status Bar. Clicking on the arrow to the right displays additional display options (such as document profile, dimensions etc.). Clicking and holding in the information area will display the documents width, height, channels and resolution (except when the Save Progress option is selected).
March 5, 2014
When retouching images (especially when checking for sensor dust or imperfections), I like to systematically move through the document starting at the upper right and then moving down screen by screen. When I reach the bottom of the column, I move over one screen and start moving up again. In order to do this, the following shortcuts can be truly lifesavers.
• The Home key moves to upper left corner, the End key moves to lower right.
• The Page Up and Page Down keys move you one full screen up or down one full screen.
• Command + Page Up and Page Down (Mac) | Control + Page Up and Page Down (Win) moves left or right one full screen.
March 4, 2014
Use either of these shortcuts to cycle through open, tabbed documents in Photoshop.
• Command + ~ (tilde) (Mac) | Control + ~ (tilde) (Win)
• Control + Tab (this is the same shortcut for both platforms).
Adding the Shift key to either shortcut will reverse direction.
March 3, 2014
Most of us probably know that tapping the Tab key will show and hide your panels and Tool bar, and Tab + Shift will hide and show only the panels, but did you know that while the panels are hidden, you can auto show/hide them by positioning your cursor to the edge of the application?
February 18, 2014
I’m really excited to announce that my new class: The Art of Photoshop Compositing is now live on www.lynda.com!
“Join Julieanne Kost as she walks you through her creative thought process and explains how she transforms concepts and raw images into entirely new works of art using Adobe Photoshop. Discover how to select the images you need to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Master the tools used in compositing, including adjustment layers, masking, blending, and Smart Objects, so that the technology doesn’t get in the way of expressing your creative vision. Learn how to adjust scale and perspective and manipulate texture and focus to help viewers temporarily suspend their disbelief long enough to enter your world.”
- What makes a good composite?
- Refining your story
- Composing using the basic principles of design
- Customizing your Photoshop workspace
- Preparing elements from your source images
- Adjusting color, tone, balance, and perspective
- Mastering the Pen tool
- Unifying with texture, focus, leading lines, and structure
I look forward to hearing your feedback!
February 11, 2014
• Command + J (Mac) | Control + J (Win) displays View Options (so that you can customize Compact / Expanded Cell views etc.).
• Tapping the “J” key toggles through Hide Extras, Compact, and Expanded views.
December 12, 2013
In order to quickly view any image’s file type while in the Grid view in Lightroom, I customize my Library View Options (View > View Options), to Show Grid Extras: Expanded Cells. Then, I set the Expanded Cell Extras to display the File Base Name in the upper left and the File Extension below it. This helps avoid the truncation of the file extension when thumbnails are small and file names are long.
December 5, 2013
As many of you have seen when I present, I like to have my panels docked to my tools on the left hand side of the screen. This saves me a significant amount of time over the course of the day when choosing tools, options and panel settings. In order to dock the panels to the tools, drag either the panel’s tab or the grey bar at the top of the panel and reposition it next to (maybe even a little bit overlapping) the tool bar.
When a blue bar appears between the tool bar and the panel(s), and release the mouse button. If the panels do not dock, then the panels will float above the image.
November 6, 2013
In this episode of The Complete Picture (Lightroom 5 Backup Strategies), Julieanne discusses backup strategies for the Lightroom catalog, incremental backup catalogs, photographs, presets, preferences, and additional supporting files. Of course there are many ways to manage files – this tutorial is intended to help you identify the best approach for your workflow.
October 14, 2013
Although you can’t change the size of Photoshop’s interface (unless you change the resolution of your monitor), you can choose between Small, Medium and Large Font size using Preferences >Interface > Text > UI Font Size.
September 24, 2013
In Photoshop CC, adding a Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle and/or Ellipse Shape layer (using the Shape tools) displays the Properties panel making it easier to access the Live Shape Properties. To stop this this auto-reveal behavior, in Photoshop CC (v14.1), from the Properties panel’s fly-out menu, uncheck “Show on Shape Creation”. Note: you must have a Shape layer with Live Shape Properties to access this fly-out menu.
September 16, 2013
In Photoshop CC, the Photoshop engineers added the ability to use either the Path Selection or Direct Selection tool to drag in the image area and select more than one path – even if the paths were on different layers. Given this feature, customers have since requested they be able to limit the layers that Photoshop allowed drag-selecting shapes from based on whether or not the layer was selected. So now, in Photoshop CC (v14.1), with either the Path Selection and/or Direct Selection tool selected, you can choose between selecting All Layers or Active Layers in the Options bar when drag-selecting paths in the image area.
In addition, using the Keyboard Shortcut editor, under Shortcuts For: Tools you can assign a keyboard shortcut to toggle between the options (Direct Selection Mode Toggle).
Note: Isolation Mode is inactive when in Active Layers mode.
September 5, 2013
I’m often asked if Lightroom’s panels can be moved to a secondary screen like you can do in Photoshop. And, while you can’t physically separate the panels in Lightroom and move them, Lightroom does have the option to use two monitors to display images. This video was recorded with a previous version of Lightroom but the information is still valid today. Click here to learn how to take advantage of using the different display options to compare images using multiple views, achieve a consistent look between images, and use two monitors in a sales environment.