Posts in Category "Adobe Photoshop"

December 6, 2016

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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December 5, 2016

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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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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November 14, 2016

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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November 9, 2016

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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November 8, 2016

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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November 7, 2016

Photoshop 2017 Essential Training: The Basics – Live on Lynda.com

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

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Here are the details:

Learning how to use Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best investment you can make to get the most out of your pixels. Photoshop CC Essential Training: The Basics filters out the noise and complexity so that you understand the basic features and concepts you need to use Photoshop effectively, whether you’re a photographer or designer.

Julieanne Kost reviews the basics of digital imaging, from bit depth to image size, and shows how to use different Photoshop tools to crop and retouch photos, while always maintaining the highest-quality output. She shows the most efficient ways to perform common tasks, including working with layers, making selections, and masking. Along the way, you will learn the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and master features such as adjustment layers, blend modes, filters, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.

Topics include:
• Opening files in Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom
• Arranging your workspace
• Modifying keyboard shortcuts
• Changing color mode, bit depth, and document size
• Cropping and straightening images
• Working with layers and layer masks
• Using brushes
• Making detailed selections
• Retouching
• Editing images with the Content-Aware tools
• Using blend modes
• Creating Smart Objects
• Using adjustment layers to change color, tone, contrast, and saturation
• Applying filters

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: Design

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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November 2, 2016

In-Application Search in Photoshop CC 2017

In this video, Julieanne will show how easy it is to find tools, menu items, CC Learn content, and Adobe Stock assets using the new in-application Search command in Photoshop CC 2017.

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Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC 2017

In this video, Julieanne demonstrates several of  the little known feature enhancements in Photoshop CC 2017 that can make a big difference in your workflow, including improvements to Artboards, the Properties panel, Copy As SVG, SVG font support, Export As, and more!

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Creating New Documents, Presets, and Templates in Photoshop CC 2017

In this video, Julieanne demonstrates how to quickly create new documents, save custom presets, as well as download and license templates from Adobe Stock using Photoshop’s New Document workflow.

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New Features and Enhancements to Libraries and Adobe Stock in Photoshop CC 2017

In this video tutorial, Julieanne demonstrates the new features and enhancements made to Photoshop’s Libraries panel, including recent and alphabetized Libraries, undo options for deleted assets, the new find similar feature, drag and drop Adobe Stock search results and more!

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November 1, 2016

Zoom and Pan All Images in Photoshop CC

When viewing multiple images simultaneously, Shift -drag with the Hand tool to pan all open documents. Similarly, shift -clicking with the Zoom tool will zoom all images simultaneously. To set this as the default behavior, with the Zoom or Hand tool selected, check the “Zoom all Windows” and/or “Pan all Windows” in the Option bar.

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October 31, 2016

Delicate Mask Clean-Up in Photoshop CC

After adding a layer mask to hide portions of a layer, it can sometimes be difficult to determine if there are any small bits of the layer that have been accidentally left behind. In this case, it might be helpful to temporarily add a layer effect such as a bright red stroke ( Layer > Layer Style > Stroke, and click the color swatch to choose a vibrant color) . The stroke will now appear around any small areas of the mask that you may need to clean up. When finished, simply delete the layer effect).

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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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