Photoshop CC Essential Training (2015) Updated Videos Available

I’m thrilled to announce that my Photoshop CC Essentials Training has been released on Lynda.com! 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

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Slip Editing Video in the Timeline in Photoshop

After trimming the in and out points of a clip, you may need to display a different area of the clip, while changing neither the location of the clip on the timeline nor the duration of the clip.. To do this, Option + Command -drag (MAC)  | Alt + Control -drag within the thumbnail area of the clip on the timeline.

To see this in action, here is a video from Meredith Payne Stotzner at Adobe.

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Import SVG file into Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC 2015 now supports SVG files. Choose File > Open and then choose to rasterize the image at the desired file size.

SVG Rasterization options.

SVG Rasterization options.

Or, to retain the file as vector paths, chose File  > Place Embedded or Place Linked. Double click to edit the contents of the Smart Object (the SVG file in Illustrator). In addition,  you can drag and drop an SVG from the Libraries panel.

Note: Photoshop only supports static SVG content.

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DNG Pros, Cons, and Myths

To find out everything you want to know about DNG, be sure to check out Martin Evening’s excellent article on the Photoshop.com blog: The Pros, Cons, and Myths about DNG.

If you’re not familiar with Martin’s books —and you want to know everything there is to know about Photoshop and Lightroom, be sure to check them out:

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC / Lightroom 6 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers — by Martin Evening

Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers — by Martin Evening



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Lightroom Mobile for Android 1.4 now available and free!

In October, Adobe released Lightroom 2.0 for iOS which made it possible to use Lightroom on iPhones and iPads without a paid subscription, and the response has been phenomenal. Today we’re excited to announce Lightroom for Android version 1.4, which adds the same free offering for Android users. The ability to use Lightroom for mobile without a paid subscription means that anyone can take advantage of the organizational, editing, and sharing abilities that Lightroom for mobile offers. Signing up for a free trial or logging in with a Creative Cloud subscription adds the ability to synchronize files and edits with Lightroom on a desktop or laptop, as well as with Lightroom Web. (Thank you for this post Josh!)

For more information please click here.

And the download is available here: Lightroom Mobile for Android 1.4

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The Oil Paint Filter in Photoshop CC

In this video, Julieanne demonstrates how to apply a painterly look to an image using the completely re-coded Oil Paint filter in the November release of Photoshop CC 2015.

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Working with the Libraries Panel in Photoshop CC

With the addition of linked Smart Objects, Creative Cloud Libraries are now more powerful than ever. In this video, Julieanne will demonstrate the Libraries panel’s new features and enhancements including sharing assets using linked Smart Objects as well as create a Library from a document in a single click in the November release of Photoshop CC 2015.

Note: As I mention in the video, Option (Mac) -dragging | Alt (Win) -dragging a graphic from the Libraries panel will place it into the document without linking to the the Creative Cloud Library (allowing you to work  the same way as in previous versions).

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New Typographic Features in Photoshop CC

In this video, Julieanne covers all of the improvements made to the Type tool including viewing recent fonts, filtering by classification, selecting favorite fonts, viewing similar, and more in the November release of Photoshop CC 2015.

In addition, if a glyph is selected and you change fonts, the glyph will remain selected. And, if you select a single glyph in a type layer (on canvas), the glyph will automatically be selected in the Glyphs panel.

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Working with Artboards in Photoshop CC

In this video, Julieanne demonstrates how Artboards can increase your productivity when designing multiple versions of an image within a single document, as well as the new features and enhancements added to Artboards in the November release of Photoshop CC 2015.

And here are three additional Artboard feature enhancements that I didn’t point out in the above video:
1) You can hide the name of the Artboards using View > Show > Artboard Names.
2) “Snap To” behavior has been improved when using the marquee on Artboard (View > Snap To > Artboard Bounds).
3) You can change the matte color and border type for Artboards under Preferences > Interface.

9:15 PM Permalink

The Start and Recent Files Workspaces and Customizable Toolbar in Photoshop CC

In this video, Julieanne walks through the new Start and Recent Files workspaces, updated interface, and customizable Toolbar in the November release of Photoshop CC 2015.

Note: depending on the type of Creative Cloud account you have (for example if you are accessing Creative Cloud via an Enterprise ID, you may or may not see the additional icons and links at the bottom of the Start workspace.

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New Quick Export and Export As Feature Enhancements in Photoshop CC

Discover how Quick Export and Export As can be used to save entire documents, multiple Artboards, as well as individual layers and layer groups in the November release of Photoshop CC 2015.

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Cropping Shortcuts in Lightroom

• If you crop one image in Lightroom’s Develop module (let’s say to a 4 x 5 aspect ratio) and then move to the next image (which has a different aspect ratio), tapping Shift + A applies the same (or previously applied) aspect ratio.

• Option + Command  + R (Mac) | Alt + Control + R (Win) will reset the crop.

• Option + Command + Shift + R(Mac) | Alt + Control + Shift (Win) + R will reset the crop as shot.

• A toggles on/off (locks/unlocks) constrain aspect ratio.

• And Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) will crop from the center (instead of the upper left position).

• “X” toggles the orientation of the crop.

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Heal and Clone Between Documents in Photoshop

You can use the Healing Brush and Clone Stamp tools between two open documents: Option (Mac) / Alt (Win) -click in the source document and then clone in the destination document.

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More Shortcuts for Targeting Layers via the Keyboard in Photoshop

• Option + “[“ or “]” (Mac) | Alt + “[“ or “]” (Win) targets the layer above or below the currently targeted layer.

• Option + Shift + “] “or + “[“ (Mac) | Alt + Shift + “] “or + “[“ (Win) adds the next layer up or down to the targeted layer(s) (note when you get to the top or bottom of the layer stack, Photoshop will “wrap around” to continue adding/subtracting layers).

• Option  + “,“ or “.”  (Mac) | Alt  + “,“ or “.” (Win) targets the bottom/top -most layer.

• Option + Shift + “,“ or “.”  (Mac) | Alt + Shift + “,“ or “.”  (Win) targets all layers that fall between the currently targeted layer to the top or bottom of the layer stack.

Note: these shortcuts are essential when recording actions as they help to select layers, but do not record the specific “name” of the layer in the action.

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Moving Layers in Photoshop

Command + “[“ or “]” (Mac) | Control + “[“ or “]” (Win) moves selected layers up or down.  This is a very useful shortcut when recording actions as the specific name of the layer is not recorded.

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