Posts in Category "Adobe Photoshop"

November 21, 2017

3, 2, 1, Photoshop! Four Quick Ways to Use Photoshop’s Fill Command

Discover how to use the Fill command in Photoshop CC. Quickly fill areas in an image with color, patterns, history, and the content aware technology to remove distracting elements in an image.

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November 14, 2017

3, 2, 1, Photoshop! Five Reasons to use Smart Filters

In this episode (3, 2, 1, Photoshop! Five Reasons to use Smart Filters ), you’ll discover how to edit, mask, stack, move, duplicate, and change blend mode and the opacity of Smart Filters.

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November 8, 2017

The Key to Using Smart Guides in Photoshop CC

In this episode of 3, 2, 1, Photoshop, you’ll discover how to use Smart Guides to quickly align and distribute layers and shapes in Photoshop CC.

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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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October 10, 2017

3, 2, 1, Photoshop! Three Ways to Quickly Zoom in Photoshop CC

In this video, you’ll discover three ways to quickly zoom in Photoshop CC.

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October 4, 2017

3, 2, 1…Photoshop! Five Tips for Working with Brushes

Learn five quick tips for working with brushes in Photoshop in this next installment of 3, 2, 1…Photoshop!

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September 12, 2017

3, 2, 1, Photoshop! Six Easy Ways to Select Colors in Photoshop

In this episode of 3, 2, 1, Photoshop! Six Easy Ways to Select Colors in Photoshop, you’ll discover how to select color in Photoshop using the eyedropper tool, foreground, background and heads-up-display color picker.

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August 29, 2017

3, 2, 1, Photoshop! 10 Tips for Working with the Layers Panel

Discover ten essential tips for working with layers in Photoshop  in this episode of 3, 2, 1, Photoshop (10 Tips for Working with the Layers Panel ), including unlocking the Background, renaming, adding, deleting and duplicating layers, changing blend mode, opacity, visibility, color and customize Layer panel preview options.

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August 22, 2017

15 Layer Masks Tips for Photoshop CC

1) Adding Layer Masks

  • To add a layer mask to a layer, click on the “Add Layer Mask” icon in the Layers panel or, to create a custom keyboard shortcut for adding layer masks, select Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts. Set the “Shortcuts For” to Application Menus and toggle the disclosure triangle for the Layer menu. Scroll down to Layer Mask> and add your own shortcuts by clicking in the blank area to the right of the command. Note that there are separate options for adding layer masks while ignoring/respecting the current selection.

  • Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) the layer mask icon to add a layer mask to automatically hide the content of the layer (or the active selection).
  • Command + I (Mac ) | Control + I (Win) will invert a layer mask (or, click the Invert button on the Properties panel).

2) Deleting Layer Masks

  • Target the mask on the Layers panel and click the Trash icon to delete a layer mask. Or, Control -click (Mac) | right -click (Win) on the layer mask to choose between Delete Layer Mask or Apply Layer Mask from the context sensitive menu.
  • Or, on the Properties panel, target the Layer mask and click the Trash icon at the bottom of the panel.

3) Moving and Duplicating Layer Masks

  • Drag the layer mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to move it from one layer to another.
  • Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) the layer mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to create a copy of the mask.
  • Option + Shift -drag (Mac) | Alt + Shift -drag (Win) the layer mask thumbnail to create copy of a layer mask while simultaneously inverting the mask. Note: if the mask’s Density or Feather sliders has been changed using the Properties panel, this shortcut will not work. In this situation, (Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) the layer mask thumbnail to duplicate the mask, then use the shortcut Command + I (Mac) | Control + I (Win)  to invert the mask (or click the Invert button in the Properties panel).

4) Targeting the Layer Mask

  • Command + \ (Mac) | Control + \ (Win) targets a layer mask.
  • Command + 2 (Mac) | Control + 2 (Win) targets the layer.

5) Viewing Layer Masks

  • Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) the layer mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to target and view the mask.
  • Or, tap  “\”(backslash) to display the layer mask as an overlay (tap “\” again to hide the overlay).

6) Temporarily Disabling / Enabling Masks

  • Shift-click in the layer mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to temporarily disable a layer mask. Click  the layer mask thumbnail again to enable it.
  • Or, Control -click (Mac) | right -click (Win) on a mask in the Layers panel and choose Enable/Disable Layer Mask.

7) Unlinking Masks from Layers

  • Click the link icon (between the layer icon and layer mask icons) to unlink the mask from the layer (allowing either to move independently of the other).

8) Pasting Content into a Layer Mask

  • To paste content from the clipboard into a layer mask, Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) the Layer mask icon on the Layers panel to make it visible. Then, select Edit > Paste.
  • Or, on the Channels panel, click on the Layer mask to target it AND click in the empty well to toggle the visibility of the layer mask (the mask will be displayed as a red overlay), and choose Edit > Paste. To hide the red overlay, click the eye icon.

  • In this Quick Tip, Julieanne reveals a simple technique to paste content directly into a layer mask in Photoshop.

9) Delicate Mask Clean-Up

  • After adding a layer mask, it can sometimes be difficult to determine if there are any small bits of the layer that have been accidentally left unselected. 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 appear around any small areas of the mask that you may need to clean up. When finished, simply delete the layer effect.

10) Create Layer Mask from Transparency

  • In order to automatically convert the transparent areas of a layer into a mask, select Layer > Layer Mask > From Transparency.
  • To create a mask on a layer based on the transparency of another layer, in the Layers panel, select the layer that you want the mask to be added to. Then, drag the layer that you want to become the contents for the mask to the Add Mask Icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. Important: don’t click and release the mouse on the layer that you want to become the contents of the mask – clicking will select the layer, you need to drag that layer instead.

11) Non-destructive Edge Softening of Layer Masks

  • When working with layer masks, instead of trying to guess the feather value needed to soften the edges of a mask (because the feather amount will vary depending on the resolution of the image and the desired softness of the edge that is being feathered), use the non-destructive Feather slider on the Properties panel. If the image is resized or other adjustments are made at a later time, the feather can be appropriately adjusted.

12) Changing the Density of a Layer Mask Non-destructivly

  • Use the Density slider in the Properties panel to reduce the opacity (density) of the mask non-destructively.

13) Painting in a Layer Mask

  • Changing the blend mode of a painting tool can be very helpful when painting in a layer mask. For example, when drawing with the default gradient in a mask, if the mask isn’t quite right, it’s easy to draw another gradient to replace the first one. If, however, you want to draw a secondary gradient that will add to or subtract from the mask (instead of replacing it), change the blend mode for the Gradient tool to Multiply (to add black) or Screen (to add white) and then drag the second gradient.

14) Blending two Images Together using Layer Masks

15)  Swapping Heads in a Family Portrait

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August 17, 2017

Shortcuts for Working with Layer Groups in Photoshop CC

Here are some tips and  shortcuts for working more effectively with Layer Groups:

  • To create an empty Layer Group, click the Create Layer Group (the folder) icon at the bottom of the Layers panel. The Group will be added above the currently targeted layer. If no layers are targeted, Photoshop will add the group to the top of the layer stack.
  • Command + G (Mac) | Control + G (Win) creates a new Layer Group while simultaneously placing selected layers into that group. The group will be added above the topmost currently targeted layer.
  • Command + Shift + G (Mac) | Control + Shift + G (Win) will ungroup layers.

Adding Layers to Layer Groups

  • When adding a layer to a Layer Group, Photoshop positions the layer at the top of the layer stack (with in the group).
  • Adding the shift key when releasing the mouse will position the layer at the bottom of the stack (within the group).

Repositing Layers

  • When changing the stacking order layers in the Layers panel, I found it difficult to predict if the layer I was dragging was going to land within a Layer Group or outside of it. In the example below, I want to drag the “paper” layer above the “walnuts” layer, but I didn’t want to include it within the “texture” Layer Group.

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  • If you look carefully at the next illustration you can see that the hand icon is positioned over the bottom layer in the Layer Group. If I release the mouse at that point, the “paper” layer would be added within the “texture” Layer Group.

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  • Instead, if I position the curser a bit lower (below the baseline of the Layer Group), and release the mouse (as it’s positioned in the next illustration), the layer will be repositioned above the “walnuts” layer but not within the “texture” Layer Group.

  • Note: Another way to be sure that the “paper” layer wasn’t included in the texture Layer Group would have been to close the  Layer Group before repositioning the layer.

Duplicating Layer Groups

  • Command + J (Mac) | Control + J (Win) will duplicate the selected Layer Group(s).
  • Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) the Layer Group (in the Layers panel) to simultaneously duplicating and repositioning a Layer Group.
  • Control -click (Mac) | right mouse -click (Win) on the Layer Group and select Duplicate Group.

Deleting Layer Groups in Photoshop

  • With the Layer Group selected, tap the Delete key or Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) the trash can icon.
  • To delete a Layer Group but keep the layers, choose Layer > Delete > Group or click the trash can icon. Either method displays a dialog with an option to delete “Group Only” (which ungroups the layers within the group and removes the Layer Group while leaving the Layers in tack).
  • Command -drag (Mac) | Control -drag (Win) a Layer Group to the trash can icon to delete a Layer Group without deleting it’s contents.

Selecting Layer Groups

  • To automatically select Layer Groups using the Move tool, enable the Auto-Select box in the Options bar and choose Group from the pull-down menu.

Nesting Layer Groups

  • You can nest layer Layer Groups up to 10 groups deep. That should help organize even the most complex documents!

Displaying the Contents of Layer Groups in Photoshop

  • Command (Mac) | Control (Win) -click the disclosure triangle next to a Layer Group to expand/collapse all Layer Groups in the document.
  • Option (Mac) | Alt (Win)  -click the disclosure triangle to expand/collapse all groups nested within the current Layer Group.
  • Option + Command (Mac) | Alt + Control (Win) -click the disclosure triangle to expand and collapse all groups (nested or not).
  • Control (Mac) | right mouse (Win) -click the Group’s disclosure triangle and choose “Close/Open this Group” or “Close/Open all Other Groups”.

And, if you’re looking for eight reasons to use Layer Groups, be sure to watch this short video that I recently posted:

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August 15, 2017

3, 2, 1, Photoshop – Eight Reasons to use Layer Groups in Photoshop

In this episode of 3, 2, 1, Photoshop, Julieanne demonstrates eight reasons to use Layer Groups in Photoshop in Photoshop CC.

The reasons are also listed below for those of you who prefer to read a list instead of watching a video!

  1. Layer Groups can help you to organize the Layers panel but putting similar layers in a group which can be collapsed/expanded as needed.
  2. Layer Groups can help when you want to effect multiple layers at once. For example, select the Layer Group and choose Free Transform to transform all of the contents of the group at once. Or, select a Layer Group and use Command + D (Mac) | Control + D (Win) to duplicate a Layer Group.
  3. Change the opacity of a Layer Group to effect the opacity of all layers within the group.
  4. Layer Effects/Layer Styles can be applied to a Layer Group. Note: when you add an Effect/Style to a group, Photoshop treats the contents of the group as if they are merged/flattened before adding the Effect/Style. As long as nothing on the layers overlaps, then the effet will be visually identicle to applying Layer Effects/Styles to individual layers (and if you only have one Layer style to update if you need to make changes). If you do have multiple layers that overlap (and don’t want the effect to appear as if the layers are merged), then you can apply the Effect/Style to one layer and copy/paste it to others.
  5. Blend modes can be applied to Layer Groups. (Similar to Layer Effects/Styles, if the contents of the layers within the Layer Group overlap, the Blend mode behaves differently than when applied to individual layers.)
  6. The effects of Blend Modes applied to individual layers within Layer Groups can be restricted to only effect those layers within the group by changing the Layer Groups Blend Mode to Normal.
  7. Layer Groups can be used as the base layer to apply Clipping Masks in order to “clip” or restrict the contents of a layer(s) to appear only where there is content within the Layer Group.
  8. Adding a layer Mask to a Layer Group enables masking of all layers within that group simultaneously.
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August 8, 2017

3, 2, 1… Photoshop! Three Tips for Photoshop’s Crop Tool

In this episode of 3, 2, 1, Photoshop, Julieanne demonstrates three tips for working with the crop tool, including quickly defining the crop area, maintaining flexibility while cropping to a specific aspect ratio, and cropping two images to the same size.

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August 1, 2017

Lightroom & Photoshop Workflows: Start to Finish Studies on Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning

I’m excited to announce that my new “Lightroom & Photoshop Workflows: Start to Finish Studies” course is now live on Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning!

 

Learn Lightroom and Photoshop workflow and image editing techniques by watching a pro. In this project-oriented course, Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost takes five images from start to finish, beginning in Lightroom and ending in Photoshop. As Julieanne walks through each workflow, she helps you understand which image editing techniques you’d apply to your photos in Lightroom, and when you’d want to switch to Photoshop to make further changes. She demonstrates how to adjust tone and enhance images in Lightroom using more traditional tools and techniques, and then proceed to Photoshop for more elaborate manipulations. Plus, she explains how to use retouching tools to remove distracting elements, and unify the color and tone of multiple images.

Topics include:

  • Selecting Lightroom or Photoshop to edit images
  • Optimizing in Lightroom, and then proceeding to Photoshop
  • Retouching to remove distracting elements
  • Using multiple photographs to quickly replace unwanted elements
  • Unifying multiple images using color and tone
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July 25, 2017

Photoshop Automation: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

I’m excited to announce that my new Photoshop Automation: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques course is now live on Lynda.com and on LinkedIn Learning!If you’re like most creative pros, you probably spend a lot of time in Photoshop. And if you’re like a lot of Photoshop users, you probably spend an undue amount of time performing the same tasks. In this course, learn how to automate repetitive tasks in Photoshop, so that you can accomplish more in less time. Join Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost as she discusses a variety of productivity-boosting techniques for Photoshop automation. She shares tips for working with actions, using the Batch command, scripting, and more.

Topics include:

  • Quickly saving images as different file types
  • Creating single and multi-step actions
  • Saving and loading actions
  • Inserting stops, menu items, and conditionals
  • Tips for working with layers
  • Using the Batch command
  • Creating droplets
  • Automatically creating graphics from layers using generators
  • Working with variables and scripts
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July 11, 2017

Five Reasons to use Smart Filters in Photoshop

In order to apply Smart Filters in Photoshop, first turn the layer(s) into a Smart Object using one of the following methods:

  • Select the layer(s) and choose Layer > Smart Object > Convert to Smart Object.
  • Select the layer(s) and choose Filter > Convert for Smart Filters.
  • Control -click (Mac) | Right -click (Win) on the layer (s) in the Layers panel and choose Convert to Smart Object.

1) Smart Filters are non-destructive and re-editable

  • Double click the name of the Smart Filter (on the Layers panel) to change the Smart Filter parameters.
  • Double click the Filter Blending icon to change Opacity and/or Blend mode of the Smart Filter.

Double click the Smart Filter name or Filter Blending icon to edit.

2) Multiple Smart Filters can be added to a Smart Object

  • You can apply multiple Smart Filters to a Smart Object. If needed, drag the filter name (in the Layers panel) to change the order in which the filters are applied.

3) Smart Filters can be selectively applied using the Smart Filter Mask

  • Painting with black in the Smart filter mask will hide the filter. Painting with white will reveal the filter. This is an excellent way to apply selective sharpening to an image.

4) Each Smart Filter can have it’s own mask

  • To use a different filter mask for each Smart Filter, nest the Smart Objects/Filters:
    • Apply the first Smart Filter and paint in the mask as desired.
    • Then, choose Layer > Smart Objects > Convert to Smart Object (essentially “nesting” the smart filter and the mask).
    • Apply another Smart Filter and paint in the mask as needed.

This video demonstrates this technique:

5) Smart Filter can easily be moved or duplicated to other Smart Objects

  • Drag the name of the Smart Filter to move it from one layer to another.
  • Option -dragging (Mac) | Alt  -dragging (Win) a Smart Filter from one layer to another will behave differently based on where you click and drag:
    •  Dragging the “Smart Filters” text (next to the mask) will duplicate the Smart Filter and it’s layer mask.

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    • Dragging the name of the Smart Filter (Blur Gallery in this example) duplicates the Smart filter without copying the mask.

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