2015/06/22

Image Processor Pro for Photoshop CC 2015

Image Processor Pro has been updated (v3.2.2) for CC 2015 and can be downloaded from here:
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Save for Web in Photoshop CC 2015

If you have questions/comments/concerns about Save for Web in Photoshop CC 2015, check out this link where Jeff Tranberry answers the most frequently asked questions.

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Lightroom CC –  Adding Vignette and Grain Effects

In this video, you’ll learn how to add vignettes and simulate traditional film grain effects in Lightroom.

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2015/06/19

Lightroom CC – Creating and Saving Presets in the Develop Module

In this video, Julieanne demonstrates how to create and apply presets to multiple files in Lightroom.

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2015/06/16

Dehaze in Camera Raw 9.1 for Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC

The new Dehaze control in Lightroom CC and Adobe Camera Raw 9.1 can help you to dramatically improve an image by removing haze. The Dehaze technology is based on a physical model of how light is transmitted, and it tries to estimate light that is lost due to absorption and scattering through the atmosphere. For the best results, you’ll want to set the white balance for the image before using Dehaze. Then, in the Effects panel, move the slider to the right – to easily remove the haze from the original scene. Move the slider to the left to add a creative haze effect.You can choose to make very subtle to very significant adjustments – if you’re pushing the slider to the extreme, you might want to refine the image using the Basic panel (increasing the shadow detail or refining the Vibrance slider) in order to achieve the exact look that you’re after. Check out the video below to see Dehaze in action.

Original image and with the addition of the Dehaze feature (slider set to +68).

Original image and with the addition of the Dehaze feature (slider set to +68).

Original image and with the subtraction of the Dehaze feature (slider set to -72)

Original image and with the subtraction of the Dehaze feature (slider set to -72)

When moving the slider, there is very little change in the highlight area (on the right side of the Histogram), while the shadows and lower portion of the histogram is clearly being changed. If you are concerned that the darker values in the image are being clipped to pure black, Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) -drag the slider to see the black point clipping visualization. When you see black areas appear in the image, you know that you’re starting to clip to pure black and can back off. In addition, Dehaze can be added locally by applying ACR as a Smart Filter in Photoshop.
Click here for more information about Camera Raw 9.1 including new camera and profile support.

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2015/06/15

Photoshop CC 2015 FAQ

Please read this important information about installing Photoshop CC 2015. By default Photoshop CC 2015 will:

  • Uninstall prior versions of Photoshop CC you have installed
  • Migrate your presets, preferences and any compatible Add-Ons
  • Not migrate 3rd party plug-ins

For more information, please click here.

11:05 PM Permalink

Julieanne’s Top 5 New Features in Photoshop CC 2015

There are a lot of great new features in the Photoshop CC 2015 release. Here are my top 5 for photographers!
1) Dehaze

The new Dehaze control in Lightroom CC and Adobe Camera Raw can help you to dramatically improve an image by removing haze. The Dehaze technology is based on a physical model of how light is transmitted, and it tries to estimate light that is lost due to absorption and scattering through the atmosphere. For the best results, you’ll want to set the white balance for the image before using Dehaze. Then, in the Effects panel, move the slider to the right – to easily remove the haze from the original scene. Move the slider to the left to add a creative haze effect.You can choose to make very subtle to very significant adjustments – if you’re pushing the slider to the extreme, you might want to refine the image using the Basic panel (increasing the shadow detail or refining the Vibrance slider) in order to achieve the exact look that you’re after.

Original image and with the addition of the Dehaze feature (slider set to +68).

Original image and with the addition of the Dehaze feature (slider set to +68).

Original image and with the subtraction of the Dehaze feature (slider set to -72)

Original image and with the subtraction of the Dehaze feature (slider set to -72)

When moving the slider, there is very little change in the highlight area (on the right side of the Histogram), while the shadows and lower portion of the histogram is clearly being changed. If you are concerned that the darker values in the image are being clipped to pure black, Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) -drag the slider to see the black point clipping visualization. When you see black areas appear in the image, you know that you’re starting to clip to pure black and can back off. In addition, Dehaze can be added locally by applying ACR as a Smart Filter in Photoshop.

2) Restore Noise in Blur Gallery

As many of you have already discovered, Photoshop has the ability to add a number of different types of blurs to an image. However in previous versions, it was always a challenge to add noise back into the blurred area in order to create a more realistic effect. Now, when selecting any of the blur gallery filters, you have the option to add Uniform, Gaussian or Grain noise back into the blurred areas in order to closely match the restored noise with the original image. For the most flexible and nondestructive workflow, convert the layer(s) into Smart Objects before using Blur Gallery.

Path Blur without Noise applied.

Path Blur without Noise applied.

Path Blur with Noise applied.

Path Blur with Noise applied.

The Noise panel includes the following adjustments:
• Noise – this checkbox turns the Noise on/off. (It’s not just a preview, if you turn it off, the noise will not be applied to the result.)
• Type – select between Uniform, Gaussian, and Grain (this is the same Grain that is found in Camera Raw).
• Amount – the amount of contrast added to the noise.
• Size –  controls particle size for Grain. It is the same control as found in Camera Raw and is not available for Gaussian or Uniform.
• Roughness –  controls the regularity of the grain. A negative value makes the grain more uniform, a positive value makes the noise more uneven. It is the same control as found in Camera Raw and is not available for Gaussian or Uniform.
• Color – controls how much color appears in the grain (from monochromatic to highly saturated).
• Highlight – suppresses the application of noise in the highlight areas (for better highlight/shadow matching).
in addition, the Spin and Path blurs now also have the ability to save their own masks. (The Field, Iris, and Tilt-Shift blurs are still combined in a single mask.)
Note: If the Noise panel is not visible, choose Reset Blur Gallery from the workspace menu in the top right.)

3) Improvements to Content Aware
• The Healing Brush, Spot Healing, and Patch tool are now faster (healing in real time!) and deliver higher quality results.
• The Content-Aware Move tool can now rotate, scale and flip images – allowing you to transform the object being moved. The tool’s Extend option includes the same “transform before dropping” capability as well.
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• File > Automate > Photomerge has a new check box that enables automatic filling of transparent edges using Content-Aware technology (the fill is placed upon its own layer so that you can quickly refine if necessary).
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Photoshop automatically applies Content-Aware fill in the transparent areas of the panorama.

Photoshop automatically applies Ccontent-Aware Fill in the transparent areas of the panorama.

4) Multiple Layer Styles
You can now add multiple strokes, color and gradient overlays, and drop shadows as Layer Styles in Photoshop. Click the plus icon to add multiple copies of these effects (each one can be applied up to 10 times). Use the arrows to reorder within the group with in the Layer effects panel (or reposition in the Layers panel).

Multiple strokes applied to the same layer using Layer Styles.

Multiple strokes applied to the same layer using Layer Styles.

5) The Glyphs Panel
Photoshop has a Glyphs panel! Choose to see all of the glyphs for the entire font, or any of the subsets from the list. If the character shows a black dot in the lower right corner, clicking and holding will display variances. Double-click on a glyph to insert it. At the bottom of the Glyphs panel, use the slider to zoom the glyphs, or use the scale-down/scale-up icons to zoom the preview within the grid.

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If you’re a designer, be sure to check out this video to find out more about additional new features in Photoshop including Artboards, CC Libraries, Layer Styles, and Adobe Stock. Or, if you more involved in screen design/Web/UI/UX, be sure to check out this video to find out more about Adobe Stock, CC Libraries, Layer Styles, Design Space (Preview), Live Device Preview, and Quick Export.

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Synchronizing Photographs in Lightroom CC

In this quick tip, you’ll learn how to synchronize a folder so that Lightroom can add new photos to a previously imported folder.

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2015/06/12

The Creative Composite – Hindsight

In this Episode of the Complete Picture I demonstrate some basic compositing techniques in Photoshop, used to illustrate the feeling and mood of Iceland. In this tutorial, you’ll discover how easy it is to combine multiple images together using Layers, masking, blend modes, and transparency in Photoshop.

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2015/06/11

Quick Tip – Adding Cross Process Effects in Lightroom

In this quick tip, you’ll learn how to create a cross-process effect using the Split Tone panel in Lightroom.

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2015/06/10

Lightroom CC – Adding Color Toning to Black and White Images

Discover an easy way to add color toning effects to black and white photographs in Lightroom.

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2015/06/09

Quick Tip – Taking Advantage of Virtual Copies in Lightroom CC

Discover how virtual copies can help you create several different “looks” for the same image.

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2015/06/08

Lightroom CC –  Converting Photographs to Black and White

Discover how to convert color photographs to black and white with precision and control in Lightroom.

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2015/06/05

Pairing to Create Diptychs and Triptychs (Part 2)

Learn how to use Lightroom’s Develop module to use color, tone, placement of content, and stylistic effects to give a series of images a unified look and feel. You’ll learn how to use leading lines to tie images together as well as repeating shape, detail and balance to form a cohesive story.

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2015/06/04

Creating Diptychs and Triptychs (Part 1)

In this episode of The Complete Picture we’re going to discuss how to select multiple images to work together as diptychs and triptychs. You will learn how similar attributes such as color and shape, mood and lighting, line and form will help to unify two (or more) photographs, perhaps even creating new meaning through the relationship of the imagery.

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