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Life, Work, and Photography…from the Window Seat

My name is Julieanne Kost and I’m the Principal Evangelist for Lightroom and Photoshop at Adobe. Some of you may know me from the tips and tutorials that I’ve created or perhaps a few of you know me because of my photography and digital illustrations. If we’ve never met, well, hi.

I travel about 250 days a year, and, for better or worse, I’m required to fly to get to almost all of the places I visit. As a result, I spend a great deal of time on airplanes in those tiny, cramped seats with little to do but try to work or read.

Shooting photographs allows me to stay sane during those long flights, because what most people don’t know is that I have a bit of a handicap when it comes to flying; I am scared to death of it. I’ve always been afraid of flying, but during one particular 20-minute bout of turbulence in the middle of the Andes years ago, I found myself white-knuckled, fingers embedded in the hard plastic arm-rests. It was in that instant that the camera became a comforting buffer between the reality of that moment and my own thoughts.

Newark to Omaha, 2006

Newark to Omaha, 2006


3.2 Million Minutes and Counting: The Photoshop Playbook Index

As the Photoshop team heads in to 2015, we’ve got a lot to celebrate, but not without first reflecting on 2014. This past year we released fifty episodes of the Photoshop Playbook, our video tutorial series answering some of the most frequently asked questions on our social channels and in the forums.

This series was one of the highlights of my year. I loved showing you new ways of doing things in Photoshop, helping you to work faster or better than you were already. Some of you even learned completely new skills, and it was fun to show you new techniques to “add to your Playbook.”

In total, the fifty episodes of the Photoshop Playbook were viewed over 1.3 million times, with about 3.2 million minutes watched. If you string all of those minutes together, that adds up to six years time spent watching the Photoshop Playbook. Wow!

In case you missed some of the episodes, embedded below you’ll find five of the most popular videos in the series, followed by the full index of all fifty episodes of the Photoshop Playbook. Bookmark this page and come back to it to brush up on the basics and to learn entirely new skills.

Thanks to Julieanne Kost for guest hosting a few of the episodes and thanks again to you for watching. We hope you always keep learning.

Photoshop Playbook: Making Fine Hair Selections

Photoshop Playbook: Selective Focus


Sharing Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop

Just two months ago, we introduced the Libraries panel to Photoshop CC 2014. Libraries help you Store your favorite things, Use them over and over, and as of today, you can now Share your Libraries with your team.


Libraries can save all types of content—that specific color, the client’s logo or watermark, or your favorite style of text. Just grab any content from your design and drag it into the panel. Libraries can store one or more layers or groups, in addition to Smart Objects. Libraries can also extract colors, text styles, and even layer effects like drop shadows by simply clicking on one of the buttons in the Libraries panel.

You can create as many Libraries as you want: one for each project, type of project, or even just your favorites.

Once you store something in Libraries, you can access it anywhere. Everything is automatically (and securely) synced to Creative Cloud.

How to Store All Types of Content in Creative Cloud Libraries

35 Reasons You Can’t Live Without Today’s Updates to the Photoshop and Lightroom Family of Products

Today we release 35 exciting updates to Photoshop CC, Lightroom mobile, Lightroom web, Photoshop Sketch and Photoshop Mix that will change how you work with images, PSDs and drawings across your desktop and mobile devices. We can’t wait to hear what you think.


First, we are thrilled to announce a new update to Photoshop CC, our third feature release in just four months! This release introduces new features including a great new Creative Cloud service, major improvements to existing features, and on-going refinements to the entire application. Dan Mall, Founder at SuperFriendly, says, “I always look forward to the latest Photoshop updates, and this latest release is no exception. The new Creative Cloud Libraries feature is perfect for anyone looking for smart tools to create responsive design systems.” We on the Photoshop team are excited to get this into the hands of all our customers!

ONE: Creative Cloud Libraries

Get quick access to your most used content in a new panel. New Creative Cloud Libraries presents all your favorite graphics, colors, type styles, layer styles, brushes, and more in a panel, ready for use. Just drag in the design elements you want constant access to into the panel – for example, layers, Smart Objects, color, text or layer styles – and they are always there for you. Then click or drag the elements back out to use them. Plus, those items are synched with Creative Cloud via your Creative Profile, so you can access them any time in Photoshop CC or in Illustrator CC. Our new mobile apps also support saving to Libraries, so you can access the brush you created in Adobe Brush CC, the Color Theme from Adobe Color CC, or the drawing you created in Adobe Photoshop Sketch.

Learn more.

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Thrown in the Pit: The Fast-paced World of Motorsports Photography

My first love was photography. My mom put an old Minolta rangefinder in my hands at a party when I was seven years old and from that moment I was hooked. Cars came next. My step-dad arrived in my life driving a 1972 Porsche; not only did I suddenly have a dad, but he was cool. Cars and photography became obsessions, and I gave myself entirely to both. For obvious reasons, it seemed like shooting motorsports would be my dream job. At 21, I realized this dream and quickly saw my shots published in magazines. Suddenly, I started to dislike both passions; it was as if each trip of the shutter taunted me for not being in the driver’s seat. It simply wasn’t meant to be. Luckily, the next year I found Photoshop, and the year after that my career at Adobe. Over time, my love for both came back.

Nineteen years later I’ve just had lunch with my old friend Michael Troutman (the track photographer for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca) and his colleague Bobby Nichols. They’re both passionate Lightroom and Photoshop users, and it was interesting to hear how both played into their work. I began to imagine myself visiting my old stomping grounds, trackside, to tell their story. I floated this idea by Michael, who came back almost immediately with word from the track: “You can’t shadow me. That isn’t allowed. But I don’t see why you couldn’t shoot alongside us!”  That’s how I came to wear an orange vest once again, spending the day as a motorsports photographer.

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Bryan O’Neil Hughes (center) hits the track with photographers Bobby Nicols (left) and Michael Troutman (right)

While I literally grew up at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (that same cool step-dad is also the track engineer), I wasn’t about to wander in there as if all of these years hadn’t changed anything. I needed a quick lesson from Michael and Bobby on the kind of gear I’d need to get started.