Posts tagged "Interface"

March 4, 2014

Cycle Through Tabbed Documents in Photoshop

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.

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March 3, 2014

Panel and Tool Visibility in Photoshop

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? 

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February 18, 2014

“The Art of Photoshop Compositing” Now Live on!

I’m really excited to announce that my new class: The Art of Photoshop Compositing is now live  on! 


“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.”

Topics include:

  • 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!

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February 11, 2014

More View Options in Lightroom

• 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.

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December 12, 2013

File Format View Options in Lightroom 5

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.


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December 5, 2013

Docking Tools and Panels in Photoshop

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.



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November 6, 2013

Video Tutorial – Lightroom 5 Backup Strategies

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.

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October 14, 2013

Making Photoshop’s Interface Larger

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.


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September 24, 2013

Live Shape Layer Properties

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. 45PropPanel1

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September 16, 2013

Selecting Paths In Photoshop CC (v14.1)

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).

42CustomShortcutNote: Isolation Mode is inactive when in Active Layers mode.

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September 5, 2013

Using Lightroom with Two Monitors

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.


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July 11, 2013

Sync Settings in Photoshop CC

The new Sync Settings feature in Photoshop CC uses your Adobe ID to synchronize your settings between the two software installs allowed in the license agreement (your home and work computer for example).

To sync settings between your computers, (at work and at home for example), select Photoshop > (UserID) > Sync Settings and choose which settings you want to sync. Available settings include: Preferences, Actions, Brushes, Swatches, Styles, Gradients, Custom Shapes, Patterns, Contours and Tool Presets. This will sync (upload) the settings from this computer to your Creative Cloud account.

Note: You must have internet access and be signed in to your Adobe account to sync settings. To sign in, choose Help > Sign In.  

Then, on your second computer, (using your second install of Photoshop), select Photoshop > (UserID) > Sync Settings. This will sync (copy) the settings from the cloud to this computer.

In order to manage what settings to sync as well as what should happen if conflicts arise , select Photoshop > (UserID) > Manage Settings (or, select  Preferences > Sync Settings). If you don’t want certain settings to sync, simply uncheck them. When conflicts occur, (meaning that you have settings that are different on the local computer and the cloud), choose to either keep the remote or local settings (local is referring to the local computer and remote is referring to the settings in the cloud).

Note: you are always in control of when you sync your settings (i.e. there is not an option to “auto sync settings” – they will only sync when you select “Sync Settings Now”). 

And don’t forget, you can always sync your settings on a single machine/single install which can really save time when upgrading your machine or when bad things happen (like a drive goes down that has your settings/applications on it).

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July 9, 2013

Video Tutorial – Importing Your Images into Lightroom 5

In this video tutorial (Importing Your Images into Lightroom 5), Julieanne will reveal how to quickly download and import your images into Lightroom. Then, you can decide which method is the most efficient for your workflow.




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June 27, 2013

Video Tutorials – Top 10 Hidden Gems in Lightroom 5

In this video tutorial (Top 10 Hidden Gems in Lightroom 5), you’ll learn the additional, seldom talked about, features in Lightroom 5 that can make a huge difference in the way that you work with your images.

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May 22, 2013

Displaying Aspect Ratios as Overlays in Lightroom 5

In order to visualize how an image might be cropped when a specific aspect ratio (or several aspect ratios) are needed, in the Develop Module select the Crop Tool (R). Then, choose Tools > Crop Guide Overlay  > Choose Aspect Ratios.  Check to enable as many aspect ratio overlays as desired.

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Some additional shortcuts/features:

• Tapping the “O” key will cycle through Overlays.

•Shift + O cycles the Overlay orientation.

•To define which Overlays to cycle through, choose Tools > Crop Guide Overlay > Choose  Overlays to Cycle.

•To only display the overlay on mouse-down, choose Tools > Tool Overlay > Auto Show.

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