2018/11/20

3, 2, 1, Photoshop! How to Modify the Edge of a Layer Mask in Photoshop CC

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to modify the edge of a Layer Mask or Vector Mask in Photoshop:

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2018/11/14

Photoshop CC: Advanced Tips and Tricks with Julieanne Kost | AdobeMAX

If you weren’t able to attend Adobe MAX in person, you can still view my Advanced Tips and Tricks for Photoshop CC session on YouTube. Enjoy!

 

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2018/11/06

Seven Tips for Saving and Exporting in Photoshop CC

Here are seven quick tips for saving and exporting files in Photoshop CC:

1) Background Save 

Background Save is on by default and enables you to continue working in Photoshop when selecting File Save or Save As by saving the file in as a background task. Note: this feature can be disabled under Preferences > File Handling to improve performance for example, when automating PS.

2) Auto Save

Auto Save can help recover changes made to an open document if your computer crashes before you’ve had a chance to save. To select the Auto Save time interval, select Preferences > File Handling and choose from the list. Note: this feature can be also disabled under Preferences > File Handling for improving performance when running actions etc.

3) Saving Files to Their Original Folders

By default, when choosing Save As, Photoshop automatically “Saves As” to the same location as the original. To save files to a different location (such as a “processed folder), select Preferences > File Handling > and disable  “Save As to Original Folder”. 

4) Close All Files in Photoshop

Option- clicking (Mac) | Alt -clicking (Win) a file’s close button will instruct Photoshop to close all open documents, however Photoshop will ask whether or not you want to save each file before it closes it. I you know that you either want to save all or not save all, you can bypass the dialog by selecting File > Close All (instead of File > Close), and, when asked if you if you want to save changes, enable the option to Apply to All to save all documents without further prompts.  

5) Saving files with Maximize Compatibility

In order to save a layered Photoshop file with a high resolution preview for other applications to use (Lightroom for example), it is necessary for Photoshop to create a “flattened” version of the image and save this flattened version within the file. To have Photoshop automatically save the flattened version, set the  Preferences > File Handling > Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility to Always. Note: If you ever need to open a flattened (composite) version of a layered document, choose File > Open, navigate to the image, and  hold Option + Shift  (Mac) | Alt + Shift (Win) and click Open. A dialog appears with the message “Read the composite data instead?” Click OK to confirm. Note: this shortcut also works when opening PSD files in the OS. 

6) Requiring a Password to Open a Document

Saving a document as a Photoshop PDF allows additional security options. Choose Save As, select Photoshop PDF, and  select the PDF Security options on the left hand side. Assign the desired restrictions on the file such as passwords and permissions to open and print. 

7) Exporting files

Since saving files and exporting files go hand in hand, I thought I would  also include this episode of 3, 2, 1, Photoshop!  Three Ways to Export in Photoshop CC. Watch it and discover how to export entire documents, multiple Artboards, as well as individual layers and layer groups.

 

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2018/10/25

Photoshop CC 2019 Essential Training: Photography – Live on LinkedIn | Lynda.com

I’m excited to announce that my new Photoshop CC 2019 Essential Training: Photography course is now live on LinkedIn Learning and on Lynda.com:

Course Description:Whether you’re an experienced creative professional or someone who has just recently purchased a camera, learning how to use Photoshop efficiently and effectively is a hugely valuable investment that can help you get the most out of your pixels. Photoshop CC 2019 is loaded with tools and features that can help photographers quickly get the image results they want. In this course, Julieanne Kost gets you up to speed with Photoshop and shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including retouching, creatively using adjustment layers, and combining multiple images. Along the way, she shares how to work with type, Smart Objects, and artistic filters; create custom brushes; use the libraries to store content; quickly export and share images; and more.

Topics Include:

  • Dodging and burning with Curves
  • Tinting and toning techniques
  • Using color lookup tables
  • Brightening eyes and lightening teeth
  • Using the Healing Brush
  • Combining multiple images
  • Creating a double exposure effect
  • Creating a panorama in Photoshop
  • Creating a soft glow with grain
  • Creative blurring effects
  • Painting essentials
  • Type and layer effects
  • Working with artboards and libraries
  • Quickly exporting images
  • Sharing images to social media
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2018/10/24

Photoshop CC 2019 Essential Training: Design – Live on LinkedIn | Lynda.com

I’m excited to announce that my new Photoshop CC 2019 Essential Training: Design course is now live on LinkedIn Learning and on Lynda.com:

Course Description:

Adobe Photoshop is a powerful program used across many industries, from art and design to scientific imaging. This course was created specifically to help designers master this complex technology, with the goal of removing technical barriers so you can start creating as soon as possible. Photoshop CC 2019 boasts tools and features for making tonal and color adjustments, applying effects and treatments to type and graphics, and distorting, filtering, and layering elements—all while maintaining the highest-quality output. In this course, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to efficiently perform common design tasks, including editing images, drawing shapes, and working with type and fonts. As she helps you master key Photoshop features, she shares practical tips for boosting your productivity.

Topics Include:

  1. Working with Smart Objects
  2. Creative transformations and warping
  3. Essential filters for designers
  4. Emulating traditional drawing techniques
  5. Working with shape and fill layers
  6. Pen tool basics
  7. Applying layer effects and styles
  8. Type essentials
  9. Creative brush techniques
  10. Working with libraries and artboards
  11. Exporting files and sharing images
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2018/10/23

Photoshop CC 2019 Essential Training: Basics – Live on LinkedIn | Lynda.com

 I’m excited to announce that my new Photoshop CC 2019 Essential Training: Basics course is now available on LinkedIn Learning and on Lynda.com:

Course Description:In this course, Julieanne Kost filters out the noise and complexity for you so that you’ll end up empowered and able to quickly get the image results you want. Julieanne reviews the basics of digital imaging—from working with multiple images to customizing the Photoshop interface to suit your needs. She shows how to use different Photoshop tools to crop and retouch photos, while always maintaining the highest-quality output. She also demonstrates the most efficient ways to perform common tasks, including masking and working with layers. Along the way, she shares the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and helps you master features such as adjustment layers, blend modes, filters, and much more.

Topics Include:

  • Opening documents in Photoshop
  • Opening files from Bridge and Lightroom
  • Working with multiple documents
  • Panning and zooming documents
  • Customizing the Photoshop interface
  • Modifying keyboard shortcuts for speed
  • Understanding file formats
  • Choosing color modes, bit depth, and color space
  • Cropping and transforming images
  • Working with layers and layer masks
  • Making selections
  • Removing distracting elements
  • Getting to know the blend modes
  • Working with adjustment layers
  • Applying nondestructive filters
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2018/10/15

Adobe Announces Updates to Photoshop CC 2019 (v20)

I’m excited to announce several new features and enhancements to Photoshop CC 2019 including a new Content-Aware Fill workspace, Frame tool,   Color Symmetry options, color picker, live Blend Modes and much, much, more!

Photoshop CC’s Content-Aware Fill feature has been updated to include new controls for selecting source information as well as adapting content based on rotation, scale, and mirroring in order to create a better match when filling in areas of a photograph. Check out the video below to learn more. 

The Radial and Mandala Paint symmetry have been fully integrated into the symmetry options for painting in Photoshop CC.  Watch the video below to see how easy it is to mirror and repeat paint strokes around your desired axis as well as access the new Color Wheel in Photoshop CC. 

The new Frame tool enables quick “clipping” of content to a shape. In the video below, see how to place images, drag and drop form the OS or other applications such as Lightroom or,  use the Libraries panel to quickly add a photo within a rectangle, ellipse, or any shape converted to a frame.

Note: the Frame tool is a fast and easy way to clip an image within a shape and will be very useful  – especially for those that are new to Photoshop. However for more advanced users looking for the ultimate in flexibility, clipping masks are still an excellent way to clip content (photos, adjustment layers, Layer Groups etc. to shapes and type because once a shape is converted to a frame, the frame is no longer editable. Click here to read more about clipping masks, or, click here to watch a video.

Here are 10 additional improvements made to make Photoshop CC easier to use:

1) The Undo command has been updated to provide consistency between Adobe applications such as Illustrator and InDesign.

Command + Z now continues to step back in time

Command + Shift + Z move forward in time

Command + Option + Z toggles the last state off/on (after the most recent command)

Note: it might take a bit to re-train your “muscle memory” so if you’re under deadline at the moment or prefer not to change your shortcuts,  can select Edit > Keyboard shortcuts > and enable Use Legacy Undo Shortcuts. 

2) Dragging any anchor point while in Transform will transform proportionally by default. To distort the transformation, add the Shift key. Note: Transforming shapes and paths are the exception – they will be left un-proportional by default). 

3) When in Transform, the reference point is hidden by default to prevent accidental repositioning. Quickly show/hide the reference point using the Options bar or use Edit > Preferences > Tools > Show reference point when using Transform.

4) It’s easier than ever to commit to (apply changes) made by Tools that have modal states (including Type, Crop, Transform, and Content-Aware Scale). Simply select another tool or layer, click outside the canvas or click inside the canvas, but away from the bounding box. Note: when using tools such as Puppet Warp, the team didn’t want to make to too easy to “accidentally” apply a warp so some of these “commit” shortcuts may not apply).

5) To edit Type layers more quickly, just double click on the text with the Move tool to automatically select the Type tool and the text on the layer. 

6) Clicking with the Type tool in the image area automatically displays placeholder text to preview font, size, color etc. The placeholder text is replaced as soon as you start to type. To disable, choose Preferences > Type > Fill New Type Layers With Placeholder Text.

7) To help make on-canvas controls easier to see, select Preference > Guides Grid & Slices. Use the Path options to change color and width of paths and shapes and the Control option to change the color of on-canvas controls such as Transform and Warp commands, Blur Gallery and Liquify filters and Gradient and Eyedropper tools.

8) To change the font size for the interface, choose Preference > Interface > UI Font size and enable Scale UI To Font. Note: changes won’t take effect until the next time you restart Photoshop.

UI Font size set to Large.

UI Font size set to Small.

9) The Crop tool now displays the handles outside of the cropped area,  no longer obscuring the edges of the document.

10) For additional control over your workspaces, choose  Panel > Workspace > Lock workspace. You can still add additional panels, but locking them prevents you from  inadvertently moving them.

Are here are my favorite 10  Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC. 

Live Blend Modes Hovering your cursor over any blend mode in the Layers panel previews the results instantly in the image area. 

New Layer Alignment Options Easily distribute objects of different sizes based on the spacing between them (not their size). Choose Layer > Distribute > Horizontally or Vertically. Or, with the Move tool selected, click the More icon (three dots) in the Options bar and click the desired Distribute Spacing icon.  Note: this menu item can be recored as part of an action.

Three shape layers.

Distributed via centers of objects.

Distributed via Spacing between objects.

Long Layer Names  When displaying layers with long names, the Layers panel now truncates the middle of the name (not the end) making it easier to identify the layer. 

Math Calculations Photoshop now supports addition (+), multiplication (*), subtraction (-) and division(/) in text entry fields. 

Custom Groups in Libraries Panel While you can still view your assets in a Library by Photoshop’s default view based on element type, you can also create your own groups of mixed assets depending on your needs. 

Flip Canvas View Selecting View > Flip Horizontal quickly flips the document view which can help provide a new perspective on the document or troubleshoot why an image isn’t working as planned. Note: to actually flip the document (not the view) choose Image > Image Rotation > Flip Canvas… 

Toggle the Visibility of the Home Screen Click the new Home icon in the Options bar in Photoshop at any time to access the Home screen (to create new or open recent files, discover Learn content and access LR Photos).

Click the PS icon on the Home screen to return to Photoshop. Note, to assign a custom keyboard shortcut to toggle the Home screen choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts > Help > Home.

New Product Tour and Learn Content  When you first launch PS, the Home screen will display the New Product Tour and additional Learn content. The contents of Home screen will evolve over time, but you can always access the product tour by choosing File > Open Recent > Clear Recent File List. 

Japanese Characters and Fonts. Show Similar Fonts now includes Japanese characters.And, when using Match Font, you can choose between Roman and Japanese characters.

Middle Eastern and South Asian Layout Paragraph Composer  Photoshop now has support for entering text using 5 new Southeast Asian languages —Thai, Burmese, Lao, Sinhala, and Khmer. Choose Edit > Preferences > Type to choose the Middle Eastern and South Asian text engine option and create a new document. Create a new Type layer and, in the Character panel, choose the desired language. Choose your font  (Adobe Thai or Noto Sans Thai for Thai, for example) and Copy & Paste the Thai text. Or, if you have a Thai keyboard set up, simply type away.

Note: On Windows, to use these languages properly, you will have to install the Language and Font packs for the particular language you want to use. Microsoft has all the information on this. Just Google something like “Windows Thai Language Pack”.

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Create High Dynamic Range (HDR) Panoramas in One Step in Adobe Camera Raw

It’s easier than ever to create raw, high dynamic range, raw panoramas using the new Merge to HDR Panorama feature in Adobe Camera Raw. Instead of having to first merge each of the bracketed exposures together and then stitching the resulting HDR files together, you can now do both at once with the new Merge to HDR Panorama command. The video below demonstrates how. 

Additional Tips for working with the Merge to HDR Panorama feature in Camera Raw

  • Lens Correction Profiles are applied if Camera Raw can auto-detect which profiles to use. If Camera Raw can’t auto-detect the correct profile, an alert appears asking you to apply a lens profile correction for best results. Camera Raw always remove chromatic aberration as part of the merge.
  • If you make adjustments to an individual exposures that can be copied over to the merged file (such as conversion to B/W or Split Toning adjustments), make sure that the exposure with the adjustment(s) is the active or “most selected” image before running Merge to HDR Panorama. 
  • If there are spots that occur in the same location in every image (dust on the sensor, for example), you can fix them in one exposure, sync the spot corrections to the others, then merge  the files and Camera Raw will apply the spot corrections to the source images before merging.
  • To use the Deghost feature, bracketed exposures must be merged independently (Merge to HDR… ) and then stitched (Merge to Panorama…).  
  • Camera Raw saves the final Panorama (with the suffix HDR-Pano ), and discards the intermediate HDR images.
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Adobe Announces Updates to Lightroom Classic CC (v8.0)

I’m excited to announce several new features and enhancements to Lightroom Classic CC including one-step, high-dynamic range Raw panorama creation, support for HEIC depth maps, faster and more reliable tethered capture for Canon cameras and more.  

HDR Panorama It’s easier than ever to create raw, high dynamic range panoramas using the new HDR Panorama command. Instead of having to first merge each of the bracketed exposures together and then stitching the resulting HDR files together, you can now do both at once by selecting Photo > Photo Merge > HDR Panorama. Watch the video below to learn more. 

Additional Tips for working with HDR Panoramas in Lightroom Classic:

  • Lens Correction Profiles are applied if Lightroom can auto-detect which profile to use. If Lightroom can’t auto-detect the correct profile an alert appears asking you to apply a lens profile correction for best results. Lightroom always remove chromatic aberration as part of the merge.
  • If you make adjustments to an individual exposures that can be copied over to the merged file (such as conversion to B/W or Split Tone adjustments), make sure that the exposure with the adjustment(s) is the active or “most selected” image before running HDR Panorama. 
  • If there are spots that occur in the same location in every image (dust on the sensor, for example), you can fix them in one exposure, sync the spot corrections to the others, then merge  the files and Lightroom will apply the spot corrections to the source images before merging.
  • To use the Deghost feature, bracketed exposures must be merged independently (PhotoMerge > HDR ) and then stitched (PhotoMerge > Panorama).  
  • HDR Panorama needs access to the original files (it will not work with Smart Previews).
  • Lightroom saves the final Panorama (with the suffix HDR-Pano), and discards the intermediate HDR images.

Support for HEIC Depth Maps Lightroom Classic now has the ability to apply selective adjustments to photographs based on embedded depth information in the image using the new Depth option for the Range Masking tool. Currently, this is limited to HEIC files captured using Lightroom mobile’s Depth Capture technology preview or, with the built-in iOS camera app in Portrait mode (iPhone 7+, 8+ and X).

To capture HEIC files with embedded depth information using Lightroom mobile:

  • In Lightroom mobile, tap the settings icon.

  • Tap Technology Previews.

  • Enable Depth Map Support (this enables a new depth capture mode within the camera, letting you capture HEIC photos with depth maps).

  • Once Depth Map Support is enabled, select Depth from the drop-down menu in the camera and take the photo.

  • Note: be sure to enable Sync in Lightroom Classic on the desktop to access the photo.

To capture HEIC files with embedded depth information using the built-in iOS camera app:

  • On the iOS device, under Settings> Photos be sure to enable “Keep Originals” to maintain the original HEIC format with the depth map. 
  • Take a photo in Portrait mode. 
  • Plug the phone into your computer and use the usual Lightroom Classic Import workflow to import the HEIC files from your phone.
  • Note: at this time, it is not possible to import the HEIC files directly from the Camera App into Lightroom mobile and maintain the depth information.

To make edits to the photo using the embedded depth preview information in Lightroom Classic.

  • In the Develop module, use any of the selective adjustment tools to create the desired selection.

In this example, I painted over the entire photograph using the Adjustment Brush with the Saturation set to -100.

  • From the Range Mask drop down menu, choose Depth.
    • Enable  the “Show Range Mask” checkbox to view the depth map of the image (the red color represents the masked area). 

With Show Depth Mask enabled we see the red depth mask overlay.

  • Use the Range slider in combination with the Smoothness slider to isolate the portion of the range mask to use.
    • Use the eye dropper tool to sample only a single point or an area.
    • Use the Smoothness slider to define how smooth the falloff is.
    • Option -scrub (Mac) | Alt -scrub (Win) with the Smoothness slider to preview the mask.

Here I’ve refined the Depth options (Range and Smoothness) in order to limit the adjustment to the leaves in the background.

  •  Uncheck the Show Depth Mask icon to view the adjustment.

The white portion of the depth map is unaffected by the change made with the Adjustment Brush. 

Faster and More Reliable Tethered Capture for Canon Cameras When shooting tethered with a Canon camera, you should see a significant increase in stability and transfer time as well as a new option to “Disable Auto Advance” which, when enabled, stops Lightroom Classic from automatically selecting the latest tethered image. While this release improves the experience for  Canon cameras, the team is working hard to expand the functionality to Nikon tethered capture in a future release. 

New Process Version 5 With the new PV5, negative Dehaze has been significantly improved, making it much more perceptually uniform, and providing a more useful range, especially for HDR images. In addition, PV5 includes improvements to image quality (improved shadow detail and reduced purple/magenta color cast) for high ISO raw files. 

Luminance Range Mask You can now use the eye dropper tool to select a single point (or an area) to set the range of the Luminance Range Mask.

Video Support Lightroom Classic now supports HEVC for macOS 10.13 or higher.

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Adobe Announces Updates to Lightroom CC Desktop, Mobile, and Web

I’m excited to announce several updates across the Lightroom CC ecosystem including People View, improved Search, and refined Sharing controls. 

The following three features are available across Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS:

  • People View Using Adobe Sensei, Lightroom CC’s new People view can help find, organize, and view the people in your photos by grouping them together — with minimal time spent manually tagging images. 

  • Improved Search Get better search results with automatic search suggestions provided to you as you type in the search box. Lightroom CC provides suggestions for metadata like cameras, lenses, aperture, ISO, locations, keywords, and more.

  • Share Tab The new Share tab gives you an easy way to browse and access shared albums and images that are created using Lightroom Web – lightroom.adobe.com (more details below).

The following feature is available on Mac and Windows:

  • Connectors As part of the new Share tab, you can share albums directly to your portfolio hosted on Adobe Portfolio from within Lightroom CC using the new Connector feature. Click + Add Collection and then connect with Adobe Portfolio.

The following feature is available on Mac:

  • Apple Photos Migrator Use the new Apple Photos Migrator to easily migrate your Apple Photos library into Lightroom CC on your desktop.

The following feature is available on iOS and Android:

  • Additional Sharing Options When sharing your albums to Lightroom Web you can now choose to only share images that are flagged or that have a certain star rating or higher, while controlling the display theme, directly from Lightroom CC.
  • While in an album, tap the More icon and then tap Share to Web.

Turn on Enable Sharing for the album and enter a Title.

Tap Sharing Options to control Downloads, Comments and Likes, Metadata and Location options.

Return to the Share to Web screen and tap Display to control  Title, Author, Theme, Appearance and Filter.

The following feature is available in Lightroom Web (lightroom.adobe.com):

  • Display View  The new Display view enables the addition of titles and text, control over the layout and background color, and dividers to segment images into groups.

Click the Share icon and select the Album to share.

Click Display to add text and change layout options.

Click Sharing to see a preview of the images that you are sharing just as your viewers will see it (click the link).

Note: Click here to see the new features for Lightroom Classic CC

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2018/10/09

Three Ways to Export in Photoshop CC

In this episode of 3, 2, 1, Photoshop! you’ll discover the best way to  export Documents, Layers, and Layer Groups in Photoshop.

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2018/10/05

Key Photoshop Tricks for Photographers at PhotoPlus Expo 2018

PhotoPlus Expo is just around the corner and I’m busy preparing my new seminar — Key Photoshop Tricks for Photographers! On Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 2:00 – 3:30, I’ll be showcasing my favorite Photoshop techniques, little-known features and hidden gems to empower you to create your best photographs faster than ever. This fast-paced, information-packed session will include new features, selecting, masking and compositing; using smart objects and smart filters; and working with Content Aware, camera RAW and adjustment layers.

Click here to receive a free expo pass OR a 15% discount on a 1-Day or 3-Day Conference Pass

I hope you’ll join me if you’re looking to gain serious insights and solid Photoshop skills that you can put to use immediately.

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2018/09/18

3, 2, 1, Photoshop! Explore Different Artistic Filters in Photoshop CC

In this Episode of 3, 2, 1, Photoshop! You’ll explore different artistic filter and learn how to apply them nondestructively using smart objects in Photoshop.

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2018/09/12

Now or Later – When to Share Photographs

For several years, my goal was to post three new photographs a day  in order to exercise my creative muscle and improve my photography. My “self-imposed” requirement was that the images were at least loosely related to one another (in theme, color, subject or some other way). Doing the same thing for several years however, had started to loose its charm so when Instagram changed the way they display images (preventing my three images to appear sequentially in the feed), I though it would be the perfect time for me to shake up my process as well. 

Today, I’ve started paying more attention to the quality of the images that I post rather than the speed at which I post them. I’m looking to share photographs that still have impact weeks, months (hopefully even years), after they were taken. Although some may feel that delayed publishing goes against the immediacy of social media, I am thrilled to have let go of the idea of posting “same-day” images for several reasons including:  

• Time is a lovely editor. I find that I’m often so excited about the process of making the photograph that while I’m still “in the moment”, I can’t be objective as to whether or not the photograph successfully communicates the emotion/story that I’m trying to tell. I don’t want to confuse the experience of making the photograph (being awed by a beautiful landscape for example), with the photo itself.  If I’m only paying attention to my part of the equation (my roll in the making of the image) while ignoring the fact that the viewer is going to complete the experience, then I might not be posting my most compelling work.  

• Publishing a body of work with a deliberate order (sequence) can help create a more cohesive story. In other words, the order of images matters, but it often takes time for me to see the relationship between images.  

• Social media has an appetite that’s never satisfied. By giving myself permission to allow time to pass between capture and sharing, I can make more thoughtful decisions about my work. And, when I don’t worry about immediately posting an image, I am able to better enjoy my roll as a participant in the world – not only as an observer.

So, all that was my way of saying, I’m so glad that I didn’t immediately post all of the images that I took in the Valley of Fire. I needed to take some time to live with my photographs for a while before I shared them – as a result, I think I made a significantly tighter edit which resulted in a better (much smaller) body of work to share. 

Below are three of the images as they were captured (left) and after editing in Lightroom Classic and Photoshop.

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2018/09/04

3, 2, 1, Photoshop! Five Ways to Change the Canvas Size in Photoshop CC

In this Episode of 3, 2, 1, Photoshop, you’ll learn five different ways to change the canvas size of a document based on the task at hand. 

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