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.
In response to customer concerns, Adobe has improved upgrade options for CS3 and CS4 customers. While subscription plans offer some big benefits for future versions, a lot of users don’t want to make that leap just yet. So you’ll be able to purchase a standard upgrade until the end of the year.
John Nack’s excellent post lays out all the options.
Many people like a border around their photos. The way to do this isn’t obvious in Lightroom, because there’s no border option when you export photos. One trick is to do it through the Print module. Here’s how:
- In the Library module, select the photo you want to have a border, then switch to the Print module.
- In the Template Browser on the left side of the application, select a Single Image template the correlates to the size you want the photo to be, such as 4 x 6 or 8 x 10.
- In the Image Settings panel on the right side of the application, select Stroke Border. Specify a Width of the desired size (such as 10 points) and click the color swatch to choose a color, such as white.
- In the Print Job panel, choose Print To > JPEG File. Specify the resolution and other options (sharpening, JPEG quality, etc.).
- Click Print to File.
There. You’ve just “exported” a JPEG of your photo with a border. Now you can post it online, upload to a print service, or do whatever you do with JPEGs that have borders.
For additional Help with Print module panels and tools, see Printing photos or, more specifically, Print borders around photos or Specify options in the Print Job panel.
A second way to do it is to create a border effect in Photoshop, and then apply it to your photo in Lightroom as an identity plate. Scott Kelby shows how in the tutorial Adding cool frame borders to your photos. The tutorial is old—for Lightroom 1 and Photoshop CS3—but the principles still apply and you can do it using Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5.1. For another (Lightroom 1) tutorial of this technique, see Sean McCormack’s frames video.
A final way is to use an export plug-in, such as Timothy Ames’s LR/Mogrify 2 plug-in.