2016/12/06

Custom Keyboard Shortcuts for Painting Tools in Photoshop CC

Did you know that you can create custom keyboard shortcuts to toggle options such as Brush Pressure Controls for Size and Opacity?

To do so, choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. Next to “Shortcuts For”, choose Tools. Then scroll down to the bottom of the list. To add a Keyboard shortcut to an item, click in the empty space to the right and tap the shortcut on the keyboard.

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Note: the “K” and “N” keys are not assigned to any other tools (in Photoshop’s default Essentials workspace), so you might want to assign those first. And, the keyboard shortcuts for Tools  are limited to a single key (i.e., you can’t add modifier keys like Command/Control or Option/Alt).

While you’re in this dialog, be sure to check out the other options that you can assign shortcuts to including the Mixer Brush and other options like Airbrush mode!

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2016/12/05

Photoshop Layer Count and Composite Layer Values

You can use the Info panel’s fly-out menu to choose to display the document Layer Count in the Info palette.

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You can also enable Always Show Composite Color Values to simplify the readout of the Info panel by only displaying the composite or “all layers” values.

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In Photoshop’s default state (the screenshot on the left), the Info panel displays two sets of values for tracking changes made to an image. Enabling “Always Show Composite Color Values” simplifies the panel and only displays the composite values (the screenshot on the right).

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2016/12/02

Updates to Adobe Spark Post

When you need to quickly create graphics that include both text and imagery, be sure to check out Adobe Spark Post. It’s really easy to use – simply start with one of the professionally created templates. Then, tap to remix the photo, apply a filter, add text, modify typographic styles, cycle through color palettes –  even add animation! When you’re ready, tap to automatically resize your design and share to your favorite social platforms, text, email and more. The team just added additional themes and fonts as well as made tweaks and enhancements to speed up your workflow.

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Click here for more information about Spark Post, Spark Page, and Spark Video. Enjoy!

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2016/11/28

Quick Access to the Lightroom mobile Camera on iOS

To access the Adobe Lightroom mobile in-app camera with a single swipe down, you can enable it using the Notification Center widget (on iOS).

Access Notifications by swiping downwards from the top of the screen. Scroll down and tap the Edit Button.

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In the “Add Widgets” screen, swipe down until you see Lightroom mobile and tap the green plus icon to add it.
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Once added, you can drag the grabber handle on the right to reorder if desired, and click Done. Lightroom mobile will now appear in the Notification Center enabling you to quickly access the in-app camera. There’s even a shortcut to edit the last photo. Enjoy!

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2016/11/25

Passenger Seat – Creating a Photographic Project from Conception through Execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom On Sale!

From now until November 26th, you can purchase my book Passenger Seat – Creating a Photographic Project from Conception through Execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for 35% off or buy any 2 books and save 55%. Here is the link with additional information:  peachpit.com/blackfriday

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Photoshop World 2017 – Orlando, Florida

If you’re thinking about going to Photoshop World 2017 in Orlando, Florida, and haven’t purchased your ticket yet, KelbyOne is offering a $300 discount from Thanksgiving until Cyber Monday!

Use this link for more information: http://kelbyone.com/cyber-2016/

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2016/11/21

One Image, Two Looks – Editing in Lightroom’s Develop Module

I wanted to share one more presentation – One Image, Two Looks – Editing in Lightroom’s Develop Module from Adobe MAX. Paul Burnett and I collaborated on this session entitled “One  Image, Two Looks”. We start with the same photograph and then walk through how we made specific edits using the Lightroom Develop module to achieve very different results.  Enjoy, and if you’re in the United States, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. See you next week.2016_11_14turnleft

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2016/11/18

Advanced Photoshop CC Tips for Photography and Compositing

I wanted to share with you my “Advanced Photoshop CC Tips for Photography and Compositing” presentation from earlier this month at Adobe MAX. Enjoy!

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2016/11/16

Cultivating the Creative Spark Seminar – Adobe MAX

I wanted to share with you the “Cultivating the Creative Spark” seminar that Chris Orwig and I presented this year at Adobe MAX. It’s about exploring how to more effectively ignite and sustain  the creative spark so that you can thrive. I hope you enjoy it.2016_11_cultivate01

 

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2016/11/15

Revealing Cropped Areas in Adobe Camera Raw

When using the Transform tool to correct perspective in Camera Raw, the resulting image is often cropped in order to avoid displaying blank areas around the edges. To help retain necessary information from the  original image that would otherwise be cropped use the Scale, X Offset, or Y Offset slider in the Transform panel to reposition the image within the canvas.

In the illustration below, after applying the Full Upright mode to correct perspective in Camera Raw, the image on the left was scaled to 90% using the Transform panel (revealing the transparent areas around the edges of the image). The image on the right is the result of opening the image in Photoshop, selecting the transparent areas and then filling them using the Edit > Fill with Contents set to Content-Aware.

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Revealing Cropped Areas in Lightroom

When using the Upright modes to correct perspective in Lightroom, the resulting image is often cropped in order to avoid displaying blank areas around the edges. To help retain necessary information from the  original image that would otherwise be cropped use the Scale, X Offset, or Y Offset slider in the Transform panel to reposition the image within the canvas.

In the illustration below, after applying the Full Upright mode to correct perspective in Lightroom, the image on the left was scaled to 90% using the Transform panel (revealing the transparent areas around the edges of the image. The image on the right is the result of opening the image in Photoshop, selecting the transparent areas and then filling them using the Edit > Fill with Contents set to Content-Aware. The image on the left was scaled after using the Guided Upright control in Lightroom. Then, the image was opened in Photoshop, the transparent areas selected and filled using the Content Aware option under Edit Fill.

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2016/11/14

Merging Layers in Photoshop

• Command +  E (Mac) | Control  + E (Win) will merge the selected layer with the layer below.

• Command +  E (Mac) | Control  + E (Win) will merge the selected layers when multiple layers are selected.

• Command + Shift + E (Mac) | Control  + Shift + E (Win) will merge visible layers.

• Command + Option + E (Mac) | Control + Alt + E (Win) with multiple layers selected creates a new layer and pastes a “flattened” version of the selected layers on it.

• Command + Option + Shift + E (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + E (Win) creates a new layer and pasted a “flattened” version of all (visible) layers on it.

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2016/11/10

Publish Images from Lightroom Web to Adobe Portfolio and Behance

Did you know that you can now select up to 50 images within a collection in Lightroom Web and share them directly to your Adobe Portfolio site? First, select the images that you want to post (by clicking the check in the upper right).

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Then, choose Share from the options.

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Choose Adobe Portfolio in the SEND TO area.

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Give your project a title, pick your project cover, and choose Continue. Notice that you can publish to Behance at the same time!

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Then, go to Adobe Portfolio to publish the project on your site.

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For more information about additional new features including Raw Technology Preview for Lightroom on Android, additional sharing options from Lightroom Web, and the ability to download original images from Lightroom Web,  check out this post on Lightroom Journal.

For more information about creating your Adobe Portfolio, click here to download the “CreatingYourAdobePortfolio” PDF.

If you’re not aware of Adobe Portfolio – here is a short overview:  If you are a member of Creative Cloud or the Creative Cloud for Photography Program, Adobe Portfolio is included in your membership. Portfolio is a simple way to create a beautiful, personalized, website with galleries of images, specialty pages (such as About, Contact, Awards etc.), social media links, and more. You can select from one of the beautifully designed layouts, which can be customized to match your personal style or, published as is. All edits that you make in the Portfolio editor are live (you see the changes as you make them), and anything you an see on the page, you can edit. Responsive design means that your layout will automatically adapt for best viewing on different devices, and access to Typkit fonts means pairing the right typographic style to complement your imagery. Add to that security options such as password protection and the option to disable right-click to protect your images, optional lightbox presentation of your images, custom domain name usage, and synchronization with Behance projects, and you have one powerful tool to use to share your work with the world (without knowing a single line of code)!

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2016/11/09

Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: Photography – Now Live on Lynda.com

I’m excited to announce that my new Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: Photography course is now live on Lynda.com!

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Whether you’re an experienced photographer or someone who has just recently purchased a camera, learning how to use Photoshop is the best investment you can make to get the most out of your pixels. In Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: Photography, Julieanne Kost reviews the Photoshop features and techniques that are most useful to photographers, from tonal adjustments to retouching.

Photoshop CC and its companion app, Camera Raw, are loaded with tools and features for photo editing, retouching, color correction, and creative effects, so you can always produce the highest quality images. This course gets you up to speed with Photoshop and shows the most efficient ways to perform common editing tasks, including noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, compositing, and even painting. Along the way, you will learn the secrets of nondestructive editing and mastering features such as layers, adjustment layers, blending modes, filters, layer masks, and other features that make Photoshop the most popular and powerful image editing software on the market.

Topics include:

• Making creative changes with adjustment layers

• Adding color and gradients with fill layers

• Retouching portraits

• Combining (aka compositing) multiple images

•Working with Smart Objects

• Applying filters like blurs and glow

• Painting with Photoshop

• Adding text and watermarks to photos

• Using artboards and libraries

• Exporting and sharing images from Photoshop

If you’re looking for more information, you can check out all of my Lynda.com courses here including:

Bridge CC Essential Training

Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training

Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: The Basics

Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: Design

Introduction to Photo Compositing

The Art of Photoshop Compositing

Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

And did you know that you can watch these videos off-line by using the Lynda.com desktop or mobile app?

Enjoy!

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2016/11/08

Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: Design – Now Available on Lynda.com!

I’m excited to announce that my new Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: Design course is now live on Lynda.com!

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Photoshop is a deep, complex, and at times intimidating product. If you’re using it for design, there may be many features you never want or need. In Photoshop CC 2017 Essential Training: Design, Julieanne Kost filters out the noise and complexity for designers, so that you’ll end up empowered and able to quickly get the results you want.

Photoshop CC and its companion app, Camera Raw, are loaded with tools and features for tonal adjustments, type and graphics treatments, and creative color, so you can always produce the highest quality output. This course gets you up to speed with Photoshop and shows the most efficient ways to perform common design tasks, including layout, image editing, drawing shapes, and working with type and fonts. Along the way, you will learn the secrets of nondestructive editing and mastering features such as layers, adjustment layers, filters, blending modes, layer effects, typography, custom brushes, and much more.

Topics include:

•Working with Smart Objects

•Warping images

•Reshaping images with Liquify

•Using filters, including blur and patterns

•Creating shapes

•Applying blend modes

•Applying layer effects and layer styles

•Working with type and fonts

•Painting in Photoshop

•Using and sharing libraries

•Exporting and sharing Photoshop files

If you’re looking for more information, you can check out all of my Lynda.com courses here including:

Bridge CC Essential Training

Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training

Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: The Basics

Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: Photography

Introduction to Photo Compositing

The Art of Photoshop Compositing

Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

And did you know that you can watch these videos off-line by using the Lynda.com desktop or mobile app?

Enjoy!

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