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).
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.
Join me today, Friday February 28th, from 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm on creativeLIVE for 90 minutes of “Automating Photoshop Using Actions, Droplets, and Variables” during Photoshop Week. The best news is that the courses are free during the live broadcast! And, if you’re in a different time zone, the sessions will be rebroadcast. See the complete schedule and RSVP here.
Join me today, Thursday February 27th, from 10:45 am – 12:15 am on creativeLIVE for 90 minutes of “Working with Video in Photoshop” during Photoshop Week. The best news is that the courses are free during the live broadcast! And, if you’re in a different time zone, the sessions will be rebroadcast. See the complete schedule and RSVP here.
Join me today, Wednesday February 26th, from 9:00 am – 10:30 am on creativeLIVE for 90 minutes of “Advanced Photoshop Layer Tips” during Photoshop Week. Then, stay tuned because from 10:45 am – 12:15 pm, I’ll be covering all sorts of tips and techniques to help speed up your workflow “Automating Camera Raw” in Photoshop. The best news, is that all of the courses are free during the live broadcast! And, if you’re in a different time zone, the sessions will be rebroadcast. See the complete schedule and RSVP here.
As mentioned here, updates to Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes. The new features listed here are only available in Photoshop CC.
Here’s an overview of my favorite features:
1) Previews – Camera Raw can now display a before/after Preview (with aside-by-side and split-view support) to compare your edits to the original. The Preview check box in earlier versions of ACR has been replaced by three buttons in the bottom-right of the ACR main dialog. From left to right, they are Mode, Swap and Copy:
Click the Mode button to cycle through left/right and top/bottom side-by-side and split-view modes.
• Click-and-hold the Mode button to bring up a popup menu for directly choosing Preview modes and accessing the Preview Preferences (the Preview Preferences support customizing the Preview modes used for cycling as well as some drawing options including divider and pane options).
•Tap Q to cycle through the Preview modes.
Click the Swap button to swap Before/After settings.
• Tap P to swap Before/After settings for the primary selected image only.
• Shift + P to swap Before/After settings for all selected images.
Click the Copy button to copy the After settings to the Before settings. This is useful for establishing a temporary “checkpoint” for your image editing session.
• Option + P (Mac) | Alt + P (Win) to copy After settings to the Before settings for the primary selected image only.
• Option + Shift + P (Mac) | Alt + Shift + P (Win) to copy After settings to the Before settings for all selected images.
Additional Notes: with regards to Previews: when making changes to images, the changes can only be made to the “after” image and the slider settings (in the panels) will always reflect the “after” image settings. The standard single-image view always shows the “after state”. While in the standard single-view, tapping the “P” key will still hide/show settings for only the selected panel. Zooming and panning on one view will automatically zoom and pan the other.
2) Local correction changes – you can now easily reset all sliders when using the selective adjustment tools (Graduated and Radial filter and Adjustment Brush) by Control -clicking (Mac) | Right Mouse -clicking (Win) on the pin and choosing “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the context menu. Or, you can use the flyout menu to choose “Reset Local Correction Settings” – whichever is faster for you.
Previously, double clicking inside of a Radial Filter set it to fill the image bounds. This still works, however Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the pin and choosing Fill Image accomplishes the same thing.
3) When synchronizing, creating new presets, saving settings (all in ACR) and copy and pasting settings (in Bridge), you can now single-click a button to check all/none.
4) Tap X when using the Crop Tool or Straighten Tool to flip the crop aspect ratio (landscape to portrait, portrait to landscape).
5) The Grain effect now varies from image to image to facilitate editing time-lapse and video frame sequences.
6) Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) within the Histogram to enable Lab color readouts, even when the Workflow Options are set to another color space (such as Adobe RGB). Note: the context menu can also be used to toggle the shadow, highlight, and gamut clipping warnings.
7) There are several new color matching profiles for Fuji X-Trans customers that emulate the camera presets including Provia (Standard), Velvia (Vivid), Astia (Soft) etc.. For a full list of supported cameras, click here.
8) The Red Eye tool can now correct bright pupils in animals. Select the tool and, in the Red Eye Removal panel, Select ‘Pet Eye’ from the drop down menu to locate and fix pet eyes. You can also automatically add catchlights and drag to reposition them.
In addition, ACR 8.4 RC adds new camera support and bug fixes. Click here for more detailed information.
Note: Camera Raw 8.4 and DNG Converter 8.4 are no longer officially supported on the following platforms: Mac OS 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), Windows XP, and Windows Vista.
The next few weeks are going to be jammed pack with opportunities to learn Photoshop and Lightroom including:
February 24 – 28 | creativeLIVE Photoshop Week | San Francisco, CA and Live Broadcast. 12 instructors, 5 days, over 30 classes!
March 3-6 | WPPI | Las Vegas, NV. Use promo code WPPISpeaker and receive $75 off a Full Conference Pass.
March 6-9 | Society for Photographic Education | Baltimore, MD. Collaborative Exchanges: Photography in Dialogue. Join the conversation as the 51st gathering of SPE celebrates the power of community and social exchange to propel new thinking in photographic practice.
March 9-12 | ADIM Conference | Boulder, CO. Invest in your future, upgrade your skills and have an INSANE amount of fun with Russell Brown Registration includes a free one year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud (or a one-year extension if you already subscribe, a $600 value).
April 8-10 | Photoshop World, Atlanta, GA | Need I say more? It’s the Photoshop Guys that you know and love!
April 26 | Texas School, Dallas, TX | This one-day Lightroom and Photoshop Intensive is an excellent way to warm up for a week long class!
June 2-8 | Sedona PhotoFest | Your gateway to the arts, located in beautiful, Sedona, AZ
Did you know that Lightroom has a feature that will take all of your flagged images (the ones that have the pick flag), and demote them to unflagged while also demoting all images that are unflagged to rejected? All you have to do is choose Library > Refine photos. I’m curious to hear if any of you have ever used this feature and what were the circumstances?
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!
Wow. I had no idea just how beautiful it would be. Trust me, these images don’t do it justice – but maybe they will inspire you to check it out someday. Really, if you ever have a chance to drive through Death Valley, I would highly recommend it.
And I did captured some great backgrounds and textures to be incorporated into future composites…