By now, you’ve likely seen the many big-ticket improvements in Photoshop CS6, from video, to 3D, to seamless image recomposing and beyond. But did you know that CS6 includes over sixty “Just Do It!” features?
These so-called JDI’s cover a range of small, yet key enhancements that Photoshop users have long clamored for. To complete common tasks quicker, give this overview a look.
We all know that one way to make it difficult for other people to take credit for your photographs is to watermark the images before you post them on the Web. But have you heard of a watermark that could put your photos in front of four million people?
It’s called the “Photoshop CS6 Beta Watermark,” and the way it works is simple:
1. Download the Photoshop CS beta.
2. Create cool imagery in the beta.
3. Download the Powered by Photoshop CS6.zip file and drag the unzipped action onto your Photoshop CS6 application icon.
4. Watermark your image using the Powered by Photoshop CS6 action.
5. Upload the image to the Photoshop Facebook Wall and include the sentence “This image is powered by Photoshop CS6 beta” in your post.
The Photoshop team will choose two watermarked images each week as the cover image for the Photoshop Facebook page, which has more than 4 million fans.
If your image is chosen, don’t worry—they’ll give you credit.
For detailed instructions on the install and submission process, see Jeff Tranberry’s post. Contest rules are here.
Here’s a screenshot from today’s Photoshop CS6 beta Watermark Facebook gallery:
The Photoshop CS6 Beta Watermark Gallery
Steve Caplin, author of the How to Cheat in Photoshop book series, combined a still photo and 3D type to create a realistic new scene. He says that the new 3D tools in the Photoshop CS6 beta are so easy to use that it only took him minutes.
To see Steve’s before and after images and learn more about how he did it, read his post in the beta forum. He’s even offered to go through his process in-depth if anyone would like to know details.
For a soup-to-nuts walkthrough of every big feature in Photoshop CS6 Beta, check out this one-hour conversation with Senior Product Manager Zorana Gee:
In this Ask A CS Pro session, Zorana not only provides detailed tips, but also addresses common questions from the large live audience. Dozens more questions are covered in the interactive Chat pod.
Photoshop CS6 Beta seamlessly integrates 3D into Photoshop workflows you’re already familiar with. If you’d like to do more 3D work but have been waiting for more intuitive tools, give the beta a try.
Then check out this set of 3D video tutorials from expert Daniel Presedo.
Want to get a head start on the next generation of digital imaging?
First, download the Photoshop CS6 Beta.
Then, check out the following tutorials to discover the revolutionary new features:
If you are having trouble getting your web gallery posted from Lightroom, watch this video from Tim Grey. He walks through the Lightroom FTP settings and provides tips on the type of information you’ll need from your internet provider.
Posting a Web Photo Gallery to Your Website
See more free videos from video2brain photography and Lightroom 4 courses.
Peachpit Press posted several free Lightroom 4 articles. Here are a few highlights.
By Dan Moughamian:
• Tips on getting the most out of the new Process Version 2012 image controls.
• Learn about new Adjustment brush controls to make corrections to specific areas of a photo.
From Martin Evening’s excellent Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book.
• Importing photos into Lightroom 4.
Reading tip: Click the Print button on the article page to display an HTML page that contains the entire article.
Visit the Peachpit Lightroom 4 page for more book excerpts and videos.
If you upgraded to Lightroom 4 and imported some new images, you might be a bit perplexed with the Develop module’s Basic controls. Fill Light, Recovery, and the Brightness sliders are gone.
Here is an explanation in the Lightroom Journal: http://adobe.ly/wMpLrU
Julieanne Kost goes into detail in this video:
The Lightroom Queen, Victoria Bampton, provides a quick insight in how to think about these new controls:
By the way, if your question is: Where are these new controls? They are right there in the Basic panel, but you need to convert your image to Process Version 2012. Click the ! icon in the lower right of the image area. Julieanne discuss this in her video.
Lightroom 4 is shipping! Here are some videos to get you going.
In-depth look at the new Lightroom 4 features by Julieanne Kost:
The NAPP overview of Lightroom 4 new features:
Laura Shoe has a video overview of what is new.
Laura’s blog is sure to have more info coming.
Getting started with Lightroom or need a refresher?
In this series, Julieanne Kost takes you through in-depth tutorials to learn Lightroom 4.
The official Lightroom Help and Support page
Got a question? Try asking the Lightroom experts in the Lightroom forum.