Posts in Category "Adobe Camera Raw and DNG"

October 18, 2017

Adobe Announces New Features for Photoshop CC 2018

I’m excited to announce new and improved features in Photoshop CC 2018!

Color and Luminance Range Masking in Adobe Camera Raw

In this video, Julieanne demonstrates how to make precise adjustments using the new  Color and Luminance Range Masking in Adobe Camera Raw.

New Brush Preset Management  in Photoshop CC 

In this video, Julieanne takes a look at several improvements made to the way we work with brushes in Photoshop CC including more powerful brush presets, new default brushes, drag and drop organization, and more!

Watch to find out more about:

  • New default brushes by Kyle Webster.
  • Renamed panels, the zoom slider and independent controls to display brush attributes.
  • Reordering brushes and organizing into Groups.
  • Saving tool options with Brush Presets.
  • Loading legacy brushes and tool presets.

Here are three additional shortcuts for working with Brush Groups:

  • Command -click  (Mac) | Control -click  (Win) the disclosure triangle next to a Brush Group to expand/collapse all Brush Groups in the panel.
  • Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) the disclosure triangle to expand/collapse all groups nested within the current Brush Group.
  • Option + Command -click (Mac) | Alt + Control -click (Win) the disclosure triangle to expand and collapse all Brush groups (nested or not).

Brush Stroke Smoothing and Paint Symmetry in Photoshop CC 

In this video, Julieanne demonstrates how the new smoothing option can help create beautiful brush strokes with the Brush, Pencil, Mixer Brush, and Eraser tools as well as how to use the Paint Symmetry technology preview to make symmetrical brush marks in Photoshop CC.

Watch to find out more about:

  • Stroke Catch Up , Adjust For Zoom, Catch-Up On Stroke End, and Pulled String Brush Stroke Smoothing modes.
  • Brush leash preferences.
  • Selecting different Paint Symmetry axis.
  • Performance improvements when painting on large documents, HiDPI screens, and large brushes.

Here are three additional shortcuts for working with the Smoothing option.

  • Option -tap (Mac) | Alt -tap (Win) a numeric key to add the percentage of the tapped number (1 = 10%, 2= 20% etc.). 
  • Option -taping (Mac) | Alt -tapping (Win) two numbers quickly will give you that exact amount (5 + 4 = 54% , 00 = 0%).
  • To disable smoothing completely, use the Smoothing option in the Brush Settings panel.

Note: if you prefer to turn smoothing off for all brushes (when painting in a layer mask for example), click the lock icon next to the Smoothing option in the Brush Settings panel (locking the setting allows you to select different brushes while keeping the Smoothing locked).

The New Curvature Pen Tool in Photoshop CC

Discover how easy it is to draw resolution independent, scalable vector paths in Photoshop CC with the new Curvature Pen tool.

Watch to find out more about:

  • Creating paths by simply clicking points in the shape of the curve, rather than the click -drag motion the traditional Pen tool requires.
  • Adding, subtracting, repositioning, and converting control points using the Curvature Pen tool.  
  • Converting a path to a shape.
  • Using the Path Select or Direct Select tools to modify paths.

Note: To change the default color and thickness for paths, choose Preferences > Guides, Grid, & Slices.

Variable Fonts and additional Typographic Enhancements in Photoshop CC 

Discover the power of  Variable Fonts and additional typographic enhancements in Photoshop CC.

Watch to find out more about:

  • Quickly finding, previewing and modifying the attributes of variable fonts and transitional forms.
  • Enhancements to the Properties panel.
  • Pasting type with or without formatting.
  • Copy and paste multiple type layers at one time within Photoshop.
  • Paragraph-level composer switching.

Rich Tooltips and the Learn Panel 

Photoshop has two new features to help new customers get started – Rich Tooltips and the Learn panel.

Hover the cursor over many of the more popular tools in the Tool panel PS displays a description and short animation of the tool in action (the animations will play twice, then disappear).

Some Rich Tooltips have links that, when clicked, display the Learn Panel. The Learn panel provides interactive step-by-step tutorials guiding you through basic concepts of Photoshop including: photography, retouching, combining images, and graphic design fundamentals. Note: You can also display the Learn panel by selecting Window > Learn. 

Selecting a tutorial, automatically opens a sample file. In addition to the instructions in the panel, pop-ups appear to help guide you through the steps.

To hide rich tool tips, select Preferences > Tools and uncheck Use Rich Tooltips.

Accessing Lightroom Photos from the Photoshop CC Start Screen

You can now use the Photoshop Start Screen to access photographs that are synced in the cloud via Lightroom. For those that want a more mobile workflow, this is another step towards device independence: sign on to any computer using your Adobe ID, launch Photoshop and choose LR Photos to see your synced photographs. The new LR Photos workflow in Photoshop works well  for customers that don’t necessarily have the Lightroom desktop application installed (in a classroom environment, or because they primarily use Lightroom on mobile for example) and still want to access their files in Lightroom’s cloud.

  • If you have imported photos using the all-new Lightroom CC, Lightroom on mobile, and /or Lightroom on web, LR Photos can access to the full-resolution photographs stored in the cloud.
  • If you have synced files using Collections in  Lightroom Classic, LR Photos can access to the lower resolution proxies called Smart Previews. Smart Previews have a maximum dimension of 2560 px on the long side.

Note: if you are using a computer that has either of the Lightroom desktop applications installed (the all-new Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic CC), you may prefer to launch the desktop application, select the desired images, and use the Edit-In Photoshop command to hand-off a copy of the file to Photoshop. The advantage of this workflow is that, when you’re finished editing the image in Photoshop and chose to save and close the file, Photoshop will then hand the file back to Lightroom where it will be added to the Library automatically. 

To view additional images in LR Photos:

  • Click “See More” to view all Recently Taken photos in a flat view.
  • If you’re using Lightroom CC, you may see Folders containing Albums as well as “loose” albums. Click a Folder to view the containing Albums. Click on an album to view it’s contents.
  • If you’re using Lightroom Classic, you will see your synced Collections (Collections are called Albums in the Photoshop Start screen, in Lightroom mobile, and Lightroom web). Click on an album to view it’s contents.

When you select the photo(s) and choose Import Selected, Photoshop downloads and opens a copy of the photo.

  • Because Lightroom CC stores the original photo in the cloud, Photoshop downloads a full-resolution copy of the image and opens the copy.
  • Because Lightroom Classic stores Smart Previews in the cloud, Photoshop downloads a copy of the Smart Preview and opens the copy. To help identify Smart Previews, Photoshop displays a black/white striped circular icon in the lower right of the thumbnail.

  • Note: one exception, if a photograph originates in Lightroom mobile or Lightroom web and is synced to Lightroom Classic, the full-resolution original is stored in the cloud (as well as is downloaded locally).

The file type determines how Photoshop opens the copy of the file:

  • JPEG files that haven’t been edited in Lightroom (don’t have any edit settings applied), will open directly into Photoshop.
  • JPEG files that have been edited (have edits applied) in Lightroom, will open in Camera Raw.
  • DNG  and any proprietary raw files, will open in Camera Raw.
  • A layered PSD or TIFF file synced from Lightroom Classic (Smart Preview), will open as a flattened document.
  • A layered PSD or TIFF file from Lightroom CC will open as layered document.
  • A layered PSD or TIFF file with Lightroom adjustments from either version of Lightroom will open as a flattened document.

Saving Changes

  • When you are finished making changes, choose File > Save (in Photoshop) to save the file. (Because Photoshop downloads a copy of the original photo, changes made in Photoshop won’t effect the original).
  • To add the file to Lightroom (after saving), click the Quick Share icon and choose Add to Lightroom Photos. The new file will be uploaded to the cloud and will be synchronized across devices.

Lightroom Photos Image Search using Adobe Sensei.

  • Click the Search icon to take advantage of Adobe Sensei’s artificial intelligence and machine learning to quickly find photos based on image content.

Photoshop displays images for LR Photos that match your search criteria as well as images from Adobe Stock.  

To access and open additional files from Lr Photos when a document is already open, choose Edit > Search and click Lr Photos.

Complete spherical 360 pano workflow in Photoshop CC

This video by Russell Preston Brown  gives you a quick overview of the new 360 spherical panoramic editing capabilities found in Adobe Photoshop CC 2018.  


Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC

Copy and Paste Multiple Layers

  • You can now copy and paste multiple layers in Photoshop—within a document and between documents—using the Copy, Paste, and Paste Into Place commands (this includes any type of layer:  shape, type, smart object, etc. and will also include masks).

Expanded Sharing Options

  • You can now share your creations to several services directly from within Photoshop by selecting File > Share or, clicking the Quick Share icon. For most services and social media channels, Photoshop will automatically convert the document to the JPEG format before sharing.
  • The OS determines the actual list of services appearing in the Share panel so different operating system will display different options. To tweak these preferences on Mac, use System Preferences > Extensions > Share Menu to add/remove services to the Share panel.
  • Windows always shares the current size of open document. On Mac, you can choose to share the file at the original or small size (constrained to 1200 px on the long side). Note: when using Quick Share to Add to Lightroom Photos, Photoshop will always share the original size.  

Deeply Integrated Adobe Stock Content

  • Photoshop makes it easier than ever to work with Adobe Stock. In the Properties panel, you can now:
    • View the asset on stock.adobe.com by clicking the asset ID (Adobe Stock File #).
    • License a preview image directly from the Properties panel.
    • Click Find Similar to quickly find additional stock assets on stock.adobe.com.

Microsoft Surface Dial

  • Photoshop supports the Microsoft Dial on bluetooth-enabled computers running the latest version of Windows 10 as a technology preview. The dial enables customers to change tool parameters such as brush size, opacity, hardness, flow, and smoothing without taking their attention from the canvas.

Improved Image Resize

  • Photoshop has an improved image size algorithm designed to detect and preserve the most important details and textures in images when resizing images, without introducing over-sharpening of prominent edges or smoothing out lower contrast details.  In addition to skin tones and hair textures, the technology improves preservation of harder-edged details like text and logos. To enable the technology, choose Preferences > Technology Preview > Enable Preserve Details 2.0 Upscale. Note: when using Image Size, Photoshop uses Preserve Details 1.0 when the Resample option is set to Automatic, even if the technology preview is enabled.

Save As PNG

  • When saving as PNG, Photoshop applies much better compression in far less time.

High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF)

  • Photoshop now supports Apple’s High Efficiency Image Format (HEIF). If the HEIF file contains a depth map, Photoshop can read, edit, and utilize the depth map (an alpha channel) to create a depth-of-field effect using the Lens Blur filter (Filter > Blur > Lens Blur (for example). Note: Adding contrast to the alpha channel can improve the alpha channel for the Lens Blur effect.

Performance Improvements:

  • Photoshop has improved the performance of many common tasks including:
    • File > Open  and File > New launch times.
    • Startup performance on Windows.
    • Common blending and compositing operations, Surface Blur, and Noise > Median filters.
    • Virtual memory system.

Improved Retouching Tools

  • Face-Aware Liquify detects more faces and gives more accurate results in when heads are smaller, rotated/turned or have more of their forehead concealed.
  • Face details are more protected when using Content-Aware Move, Auto Levels, Curves, Tone, Brightness, Contrast, and skin tone color range.
  • Content-Aware Crop and Content-Aware Fill creates better results on edges.
  • Select and Mask task space improvements include:
    • Improved Refine Edge tool accuracy (especially when the foreground and background color are visually similar).
    • Improved blending of original selection and matting results.
    • Transparency settings are no longer shared between Select & Mask and Quick Mask view modes.
    • Overlay view mode transparency settings are now decoupled from On White and On Black transparency settings.
    • New Decontamination slider control.
    • Ability to change Hardness, Spacing, Roundness, and angle for the Quick Select tool.  

Removed Items

  • The preference option for controlling the Recent Files behavior has been removed as has the workspace (and extension).
  • The Device Preview extension has been removed.
  • The CC Libraries “Auto-create from document” dialog that often popped up when opening files has been removed but, you can still create a CC library from a document through the CC Libraries panel pop-out menu.
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December 14, 2016

Using the Image Processor Script to Process Raw Files in Bridge or Photoshop

When using the Image Processor Script to batch process raw files in Bridge or Photoshop, it’s important to know that the workflow settings in Adobe Camera Raw might have an effect on the resulting files. In this example, I selected the raw files in Bridge and choose Tools > Photoshop > Image Processor. I want the resulting images to be a maximum of 2000 pixels in the long side so I enter that value in the width and height options.

If, in Camera Raw, the Image Sizing options are disabled (or if they are set larger than 2000 pixels), then I’ll have nothing to worry about. If however, the Resize to Fit option is enabled in the Workflow Options in Camera Raw, and the Long Side dimension set lower than 2000 pixels (as is illustrated in the example below), Camera Raw will resample the image down to 1000 pixels (throwing away information) and then the Image Processor Script will up-sample it (making up information) based on the Image Processor settings.

Having the Resize to Fit option enabled might produce unexpected results.

Because resampling down and then up will lower the quality of the final image, I would be better off unchecking the Resize to Fit option in Camera Raw (or setting it to the same dimensions that I have set in the Image Processor Script).

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December 8, 2016

Adobe Announces Updates for Lightroom Mobile, Lightroom CC, and Adobe Camera Raw

Today Adobe announced updates for Lightroom Mobile, Lightroom CC, and Adobe Camera Raw. Here’s the short list of new features and enhancements:

  • iPhone
    • Completely new edit experience including the ability to quickly find and access tools and ensure the fastest way to enhance and edit images on a phone.
    • New Info panel, where you can easily add Titles and Captions to your photos, customize copyright information.
    • New capture experience with pro mode, providing control over seconds (shutter speed), ISO, and focus.
    • Support for all of the cameras and lenses provided in the ACR update.
  • iPad
    • New capture experience with pro mode, providing control over shutter speed, ISO, and focus.
    • Support for all of the cameras and lenses provided in the ACR update.
  • Android
    • Support for all of the cameras and lenses provided in the ACR update.
    • Bug fixes.

Click here for more information from the product team or click the following links to open new windows for the announcements of Lightroom 6.8 and Adobe Camera Raw 9.8.

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November 18, 2016

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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November 15, 2016

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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October 26, 2016

Free Week of Learning | October 24-30

Hey, hey, great news! I just found out that now through October 30th, 2016, LinkedIn members are able to access the LinkedIn library (of over 5,000 courses) on LinkedIn Learning, entirely for FREE!

Here is the link to the Week of Learning: https://learning.linkedin.com/week-of-learning

All of my courses are available – so I hope you’ll watch anything and everything that you’re interested in. My courses include:

Bridge CC Essential Training

Adobe Camera Raw Essential Training

Photoshop CC Essential Training (2015)

Introduction to Photo Compositing

The Art of Photoshop Compositing

Photoshop CS6 Essential Training

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Enjoy!

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June 8, 2016

Adobe Announces Guided Upright in Adobe Camera Raw 9.6

Now you can quickly correct perspective in a photograph with precision and control using the new Transform Panel, Guided Upright tool, and Offset sliders. Watch as Julieanne demonstrates how to manually position guides to automatically correct converging vertical and horizontal lines in images, which can then be repositioned within the canvas area.

Here are some handy shortcuts to know use while using the Guided Upright tool:
Shift + T will select the Guided Upright tool
Shift + L toggles the Loupe on and off (Note: Loupe requires GPU support)
Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) with Loupe enabled to activate precision (slower) drag
Shift + G toggles the Grid overlay
“V” toggles tool overlay.
Command + Option | Control + Alt -drag to reposition the image in the preview area via the Offset X/Y sliders. Add the Shift key to constrain to horizontal/vertical directions.
Bird’s Eye View (or Navigator) – Press and hold “H”. Click in the preview area and drag the zoom rectangle over the location that you want to zoom into. Release the mouse. Release the “H”. The image zooms to the chosen area and the selected tool remains unchanged. (Note: Birds Eye View requires GPU support.)
Click here for more information via the Lightroom Journal.

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March 17, 2016

Full Screen Mode in Camera Raw

F toggles Normal / Full Screen modes in Camera Raw.

Note: this is the same as clicking the Full Screen Mode icon on the far right side of the tool bar, next to the Histogram.

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March 16, 2016

Viewing Tool Overlays in Camera Raw

V toggles the visibility of the Adjustment Brush pins and/or the tool overlay for Graduated and Radial Filter, Spot Removal, and Red Eye Removal tools.

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February 12, 2016

Customizing the Default Setting for ACR and Lightroom

I have customized my default processing settings for Lightroom in order to apply both Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration on import. To do this, I selected a raw image, moved to the Develop module, and clicked the Reset button to remove any previous edits made to the file. Then, I checked both the Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration options.

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To save the settings, choose Develop > Set Default Settings > Update to Current Settings.

Note: Although the dialog says that the changes are not undoable, it only means that the shortcut Command + Z (Mac) | Control + Z (Win) won’t undo the settings. Don’t worry, you can return to the dialog at any time and choose Restore Adobe Default Settings if needed.

Note: Although the dialog says that the changes are not undoable, it only means that the shortcut Command + Z (Mac) | Control + Z (Win) won’t undo the settings. Don’t worry, you can return to the dialog at any time and choose Restore Adobe Default Settings if needed.

Once the defaults are changed, any images taken with that camera model will automatically have the Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration settings applied when they are imported into Lightroom (any images that are already in the catalog remain as they were). Because you are simply enabling Profile Corrections, if you change lenses, Lightroom will automatically look for and apply the appropriate lens correction profile based on the EXIF data in the photo.

If you are using multiple camera models, you will need to customize the default settings for each one (by taking a raw file from each camera model into the Develop module and changing and saving the settings). You can even save out different settings for each camera based on ISO settings and serial number using Preferences > Presets > Make defaults specific to camera serial number and/or Make defaults specific to camera ISO setting.  This can be very useful when using custom camera profiles and/or changing Noise Reduction options for example.

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Personally, I like automating the application of Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration to my images. However, there are some drawbacks. First, because I have told Lightroom to render Lens Corrections on every image I import, if I import 1,000 images but end up using only 100 of them,  adding the Lens Correction to all of the “unused” files may add additional rendering time for previews (how much time depends on your system, file size etc.). If you notice a slowdown in your workflow, you may prefer to create a Lens Correction preset and apply it just to your best images. In addition, if you have lenses that you don’t want corrected, you would have to remove the settings. It’s really up to you and how you prefer to work.

Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) changes the Reset button to Set Default and displays the Set Default Settings dialog.

Finally, you should know that when you choose to customize the default settings  in either Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw, those settings are saved for both products.

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February 2, 2016

Calling all Students: Passport to Creativity!

The Adobe Student Marketing team is very excited to launch Passport to Creativity! Passion Passport will give six students from around the world the chance to travel to the world’s most protected natural environments, capture them, and showcase their work. Students can simply tag their Instagram photos, videos or Behance portfolios with #MadeThis and #PassportToCreativity.

Q: Who is eligible to participate?
A: Students who are currently enrolled in a college or university, from all majors and backgrounds, are eligible. You must be 18 years of age, or older.

Q: I don’t live in the US. Can I participate?
A: Yes. The opportunity is available globally.

Q: Will I be paid for my work?
A: No. However Adobe will be providing room and board, food and travel.

Q: Can I tag multiple posts?
A: Yes, you can tag as much of your work as you’d like with #MadeThis #PassportToCreativity.

Q: Do I need Creative Cloud to participate?
A: Not at all, but it can’t hurt your chances to be familiar with it. We encourage everyone to apply if they have a passion for creativity and exploration. Get started by downloading a free trial of Creative Cloud here: http://adobe.ly/1NctzEp

Click here for more information and application deadlines.

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December 14, 2015

Birds Eye View for Fast Navigation in Adobe Camera Raw

This is a fast way to navigate across the image, especially when zoomed in. It is similar to the existing feature in the Photoshop app itself. Here’s how to use it:

• Press and hold H.

• Click and drag to set the position of the zoom rectangle as desired.  The zoom rectangle is shown as an outline around the cursor.

• Release the mouse. The image zooms to the area chosen in the previous step. The selected tool remains unchanged.

• If you start in Fit View mode or smaller, the zoom rectangle will represent 100% pixel view (1:1). This is a quick way to zoom to 1:1 at a specific part of the image (such as a person’s face, or other area of interest).

• If you start zoomed in, then after you release the mouse you’ll return to the same zoom level. For example, if you start at 200%, then after releasing the mouse you’ll be back at 200%.

Note: Birds Eye View is only available when GPU is enabled.

(Thank you Sharad for that tip!)

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November 8, 2015

Revealing Cropped Areas in Adobe Camera Raw

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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September 29, 2015

Merging multiple images to create a panorama in Adobe Camera Raw

When the view won’t fit in a single exposure, discover how to Merge multiple images to create a panorama in Adobe Camera Raw in my free video from Lynda.com.09_25pano

 

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September 25, 2015

Customizing Color Using HSL in Adobe Camera Raw

Discover how to make subtle yet impactful adjustments to color in my free video (Customizing color using HSL in Adobe Camera Raw) from Lynda.com.09_25Blue Truck01

 

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