The Airbrush Attribute in Photoshop

Option + Shift + P (Mac) | Alt + Shift + P (Win) toggles the airbrush attribute on and off. When the airbrush attribute is in use, tapping a numeric key will set the Flow amount. If the airbrush attribute is not applied, then the opacity is affected. Use the Shift key to target the other field.

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It’s Photoshop Week at CreativeLive – February 23 – 28th!

I hope you will join me for CreativeLive’s Photoshop Week 2015! February 23rd, Creative Live will kick off 6 days of free educational training with 13 instructors and 48 classes covering an unprecedented number of tips and techniques for Photoshop and Lightroom! I hope you’ll join me for one of my presentations:

Feb 26 | 9:00am Searching for the Creative Spark with Julieanne Kost and Chris Orwig

Feb 26 | 10:45am Automating Your Workflow

Feb 27 | 9:00am Julieanne’s Favorite Tips and Tricks with Photoshop

Click here to view the entire schedule of presenters and topics. See you there!

5:15 AM Permalink

How and When to Rename Files in Lightroom

Since this is such a common question, I thought I would repost this tutorial. In this episode of The Complete Picture, I suggest several file naming conventions to use when creating templates for import, batch renaming, exporting, and editing in Photoshop, and I offer guidance on how and when to rename your files.

5:39 AM Permalink

Russell Brown and Julieanne Kost – LIVE Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Webinar – NOW!

Russell and I are currently in Singapore and we will both be presenting a LIVE webinar starting at noon today (8:00pm PST). Russell will be talking about some of his favorite Adobe mobile applications and I will be talking about my favorite new features in Photoshop CC 2014 and Lightroom 5.

Tune in here and check it out!

7:44 PM Permalink

Using Lightroom with Two Monitors

In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost shows you how to use 2 monitors to take advantage of Lightroom’s dual monitor solution. Even though I recorded this video a while back, I have been receiving a lot of questions about it lately so I thought I would repost it.

5:51 AM Permalink

Quick Tip – How to Remove Unwanted Collections when Exporting Catalogs in Lightroom

In this Quick Tip, Julieanne demonstrates how to quickly clean up an exported catalog of any extraneous collections.

5:35 AM Permalink

Adobe Announces Lightroom mobile 1.3 for iOS

Lightroom mobile 1.3 for iPhone and iPad is now available as an update in the App Store.  The goal of this update is to provide new features and bug fixes for issues identified in previous versions of Lightroom mobile. New Features include:

• Edit images faster by copying image adjustments and pasting them onto another photo.

•Easily find your favorite images !  The new Segmented view in Collections gives you a different way to view and engage with your photos.

•Want to pass your device around the family to look at your photos? With Presentation Mode, you can do that without worrying about your flags, ratings and adjustments being accidentally changed.

Be sure to check out Russell Brown’s overview video here.

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Layer Panel Preview Options in Photoshop

You can customize the preview settings for your Layer thumbnails by selecting Panel Options from the Layers panel fly-out. These settings can make it far easier to see the contents of a layer – especially when viewing on screens that have limited screen area.

• Select a desired Thumbnail Size. Note: if your image is significantly wider than it is high, selecting the smaller thumbnail sizes might display the generic icon for Adjustment layers.

• Under Change Thumbnail Contents, select  “Layer Bounds” to display a preview image of only the area in the layer that contains content.

With the Thumbnail content set to Layer Bounds, we see the  shells as large as possible in the thumbnail.

With the Thumbnail content set to Layer Bounds, we see the shells as large as possible within the thumbnail area.

Select “Entire Document” to display the layer content in relationship to the entire document.

With the Thumbnail content set to Entire Document, we see the location of the shells in relationship to the entire canvas size.

With the Thumbnail Content set to Entire Document, we see the location of the shells in relationship to the entire canvas.

• Use Default Masks on Fill Layers will automatically add layer masks to Fill layers.

• Expand New Effects  displays the contents of layer styles when applied.

• Add “copy” to Copied Layers and Groups will add the word copy to the layer name when duplicating layers in the Layers panel.

5:04 AM Permalink

Resizing Brushes and Customizing Cursors in Photoshop

If you’re tired of tapping the left and right brackets to increase / decrease your brush size, try using the drag-resize brush cursor keyboard shortcut in Photoshop to make rapid changes to the brush size. Ctrl + Option (Mac) / alt + right click (Win) -drag left to right to decrease/increase brush diameter while displaying a red overlay of the density and feather of the brush for visual reference. Drag up and down (using the same shortcut) to increase/decrease the hardness/softness of the brush. If you prefer to change the Brush Opacity (instead of the Brush Hardness), based on the vertical drag movement, select Preferences > General and uncheck “Vary Round Brush Hardness based on HUD vertical movement”. By disabling this preference, Photoshop enables a change in Opacity when dragging up/down.

To customize the display of the Brush (as well as other cursors), select Preferences > Cursors. Select one of the following: Standard (the small iconic cursors), Precise (cross hairs), Normal Brush Tip (size represents pixels to be painted with greater than 50%  effect), Full Size Brush Tip (size represents all pixels to be painted). Check “Show Cross hairs in Brush Tip” to easily see the center of the brush. To display only the cross hairs in the brush enable Show Only Crosshair While Painting.

Other Tool icons can also be set to Precise in the Preferences > Cursors dialog, or can be temporarily invoked by enabling the “caps lock” key.

Finally, the red color overlay can be customized in Preferences > Cursors > Brush Preview.

6:47 AM Permalink

175+ Free Photoshop Training Videos on Lynda.com until 2-2-2015

I just wanted to post a reminder that my Photoshop CC Essential Training course is free on Lynda.com until Monday, February 2nd. If you’re looking to brush up on your skills and you have some free time this weekend, be sure to check it out!

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Insights into “How My Brain Composites Images Together”

Because so many people ask me how I come up with the ideas for my digital illustrations, I put together a short slideshow to demonstrate how I layer different elements together.

The video below provides a more detailed Photoshop tutorial demonstrating how “Isostacy” was created.

The video below provides a more detailed Photoshop tutorial demonstrating how “Twilight” was created.

For more complete training on how I use Photoshop to create these composites, you can watch either of my two training series on Lynda.com:
Introduction to Compositing
The Art of Photoshop Compositing

5:33 AM Permalink

Photoshop CC Essential Training on Lynda.com – Free Until 2-2-2015!

As a thank you to their one million fans on Facebook, the fine folks at Lynda.com have posted my PSCC Essential Training for anyone to view FOR FREE until February 2nd, 2015!


Here’s the course description as well as a list of topics that I cover in this 13+ hours of Bridge, Camera Raw and Photoshop training series.

Learning how to use Adobe Photoshop efficiently and effectively is the best way to get the most out of your pixels and create stunning imagery. Master the fundamentals of this program with Julieanne Kost, and discover how to achieve the results you want with Photoshop and its companion programs, Bridge and Camera Raw. This comprehensive course covers nondestructive editing techniques using layers, masking, adjustment layers, blend modes, and Smart Objects. Find out how to perform common editing tasks, including lens correction, cropping and straightening, color and tonal adjustments, noise reduction, shadow and highlight detail recovery, sharpening, and retouching. Julieanne also shows how to achieve more creative effects with filters, layer effects, illustrative type, and the Photomerge command for creating panoramas and composites.

Topics include:

• Using Bridge to batch rename files and add keywords and metadata to photos

• Viewing, rating, filtering, and creating collections to isolate your best work

• Comparing raw and JPEG file formats

• Retouching and automating workflow with Camera Raw

• Navigating documents and the Photoshop interface

• Understanding file formats, resolution, canvas size, and print size

• Cropping, straightening, transforming, warping, scaling, and resizing images

• Selecting, stacking, aligning, and grouping layers

• Making precise selections using the Marquee, Lasso, and Brush tools

• Using Refine Edge, Quick Selection, and layer masks to isolate soft edge objects

• Improving tone, contrast, and color selectively

• Converting to black and white and tinting images

• Retouching blemishes, smoothing skin, whitening teeth, and brightening eyes

• Retouching with the Liquify, Content-Aware Fill, Healing Brush, and Patch tools

• Merging multiple exposures

• Making nondestructive changes with Smart Filters

• Adding texture, edge effects, and drop shadows with blend modes

• Working with type

• Creating, modifying, and combining shapes using the Shape tools

• Adding layer effects

• Saving and sharing images via contact sheets, web galleries, and Save For Web

• Editing video and audio clips

• Panning and zooming still photos


5:30 AM Permalink

Life, Work, and Photography…from the Window Seat

Photoshop.com featured my aerial photography today in a post titled: Life, Work, and Photography from the Window Seat. Window or Aisle? I choose the window, for good reason.  : )

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How to Create a Seamless Pattern (Tile) in Photoshop

In order to create a seamless pattern in Photoshop open the desired image and choose Filter > Other > Offset.

Original image.

Original image.

Increase the values so that you will be able to easily see the offset and for Undefined area, choose Wrap Around.


If you see that the tonal values shift dramatically, choose Edit > Undo (to undo the offset filter) and make any necessary adjustments to even out  the lighting across the image.

Here we can see that the values were quite different across the original image. The pattern will tile better if you fix those before continuing.

Here we can see that the tonal values shifted significantly from the left to the right side of the original  image.  The tile will not be seamless in this case, unless the tonality is fixed before continuing.

This is a much better starting point. The lighting is significantly more even across the image. (Adjustments were made using the Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush in Camera Raw.)

This is a much better starting point because the lighting is more even across the image. (Adjustments were made using the Graduated Filter and Adjustment Brush in Camera Raw.)

After applying the offset filter to the evenly lit image, the seems are much less noticeable.

After applying the offset filter to the evenly lit image, the seams are much less noticeable.

Use the Healing Brush or clone stamp tools to remove any noticeable seams – being careful next to the borders of the image (if you change the border areas, it might not tile seamlessly).

01_10Pattern05To verify that the pattern will be seamless, run the filter again – this time you shouldn’t see any seams. If you do, use the Healing brush to remove them and run the filter again.


Once the file is seamless, choose Select > Select All and then Edit > Define Pattern. Give the pattern a notable name and click OK. This pattern will now be available when using Edit > Fill, Layer Styles, Pattern Fill Layers, the Pattern Stamp, Healing Brush, Shape Tools (for both Fill and Stroke) and when creating Brushes (using the Texture attribute).

Note: because it is easier to create a seamless pattern when the original image is evenly lit, I have found that scanning  textures (such as paper), produces very  good results. In addition, try to avoid obvious items in the texture that will easily be spotted when the pattern is repeated.

5:52 AM Permalink

Sharing Libraries in Photoshop CC 2014

Photoshop’s new Libraries panel can help creative teams share assets when collaborating on projects. Not only can you share images and graphics, Layer Styles, colors, and the style of your text (font, size, style and color) between two machines (installs) using the same Creative Cloud account, you can also share those Libraries with other Creative Cloud members.

To share a Library, click on the flyout and select Collaborate.



Enter the email addresses of the people you want to share with. Once they accept the invitation, they will have access to that library where they can view, edit, move or delete contents of the library.


Note: if you have concerns that someone that you collaborate with might inadvertently delete the content in your library, then follow these steps to duplicate your library before you share it:

1) Create a new library.

2) Navigate back to the Library that you are going to share.

3) Select all of the items in the library, right-click within the Libraries panel, and select “Copy to” and select the Library to be shared.

Click here for more information about using the Libraries panel.

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