August 26, 2015
Hovering the cursor above of Lightroom’s Identity Plate displays a white disclosure triangle. Click on the triangle to reveal the Activities Center in Lightroom CC. The Activities Center displays the progress of background operations including Lightroom mobile sync, address lookup (GPS), and indexing for face tagging. You can manage each of these tasks independently.
• Turn on Sync with Lightroom mobile to sync collections with other Lightroom mobile clients. Only the collections that you have enabled (by clicking the empty well to the left of the collection name) will be synchronized.
•Turn on Address Lookup to have Lightroom look up new GPS coordinates to provide city, state, and country suggestions.
•Turn on Face Detection to have Lightroom index the faces of people in all of your photos. Note: if you enable this and let Lightroom index all of your photos in the catalog, then when you enter People view, it will load faster.
Right-click within Lightroom’s Identity Plate to switch Identity Plates, control which background tasks show in the ID plate area, and edit an Identity Plate.
In addition, in the Catalog Settings > Metadata, you can set preferences for Address Lookup and Face Detection.
May 12, 2015
In this episode of the Complete Picture, Julieanne Demonstrates how to eliminate repetitive tasks and increase efficiencies in Photoshop by customizing the tools you use the most and saving them as Presets.
May 8, 2015
In this quick tip, you’ll discover how to customize Lightroom’s view options to display the information you need Grid and Loupe view.
April 28, 2015
Take a brief tour through the Lightroom interface to familiarize yourself with Lightroom’s tools and modular workflow.
March 13, 2015
I find it to be well worth my time to configure the panels that I am going to be using for a project or specific type of task and then save them as a custom workspace. For example, when I am compositing multiple images together, I use very different sets of panels than I might when working on a document that is text heavy.
Below is a screenshot showing how I arrange my panels for compositing. I dock the panels that I use most often to the Tools (on the left side of the screen). This saves significant time over the course of the day by eliminating the need to travel back and forth across my monitor to select different panel options, tools, and tool options. I have also placed the Properties panel below the Layers panel so that when I add an adjustment layer, my cursor is automatically above the options for that layer.
This video (although recorded a while back) demonstrates how to streamline Phostoshop for your specific needs through the customization of Workspaces, Menus, Keyboard shortcuts, Preferences, Tool Presets, Palette options, and the Preset Manager.
March 12, 2015
To free up screen real estate, Photoshop offers several options for displaying panels. When viewing the panels as icons, clicking the icon expands the panel to reveal the options. Then, by default, the panel will automatically collapse back into the icon when you click anywhere outside of the panel. If you prefer the panels to remain open, select Preferences > Interface and uncheck the Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels option (or right click on the panel tab and select this option).
March 11, 2015
Tapping the Tab key in Photoshop will hide the tools as well as panels. Tapping again displays them. While they are hidden, positioning the cursor at the edge of the monitor will display the panels so that you can access the tools/options that you need and, when you move your cursor away, Photoshop will automatically hide them (similar to a roll-over effect). To toggle off this feature, choose Preferences > Interface > Auto-Show Hidden Panels.
February 11, 2015
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.
February 5, 2015
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 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.
• 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.
December 12, 2014
When doing detail work on an image (where, for example, you might need to be zoomed in to a very small portion of the overall image), it can be helpful to open a secondary window in order to see the changes that you are making in relationship to the entire photograph or design. To do so, simply select Window > Arrange > New Window For (XXX).
December 9, 2014
In almost all of the dialog boxes in Photoshop, holding the Option + (Mac) | Alt + (Win) key toggles the Cancel option to Reset.
And, more often than not, while in those same dialog boxes, Command + “+” (plus) (Mac) | Control (Win) +” (plus) zooms in and Command + “-” (minus) (Mac) | Control (Win) + “-” (minus) will zoom out.
November 24, 2014
When using the Post-Crop Vignette panel in the Develop Module in Lightroom, if you prefer Color Priority or Paint Overlay (instead of Highlight Priority) to be the default style, you can change it by customizing the Develop module’s Default Settings.
This video, Working with Camera Profiles, explains how to customize and save new default settings in the Develop module. Because the video was recorded when Adobe announced Camera Matching profiles (in LR2!), the first six minutes of the video discusses these profiles. However, it then it goes on to explain how to set your default settings in either Lightroom or Camera Raw and even though a lot has changed since then, you can still use the same method today for changing default settings for panels other than Camera Calibration – including Post Crop Vignettes and Lens Correction.
November 13, 2014
The Rotate View tool is extremely helpful when painting, drawing, or doing anything in Photoshop that benefits from rotating a document on the screen (allowing more natural hand positioning and movement) without actually rotating the contents of the document.
The Rotate View tool works very well in tandem with “Spring Loaded” cursors. Instead of tapping ”R” to select the Rotate View tool, hold the “R” key to temporarily access the tool. Then, when you release the key, you will automatically be returned to the selected tool. For example, if you are drawing a path with the Pen tool but need to change the rotation of the view – press and hold the “R” key, drag to rotate the view, and when you release the “R” key – you are back with the Pen tool, ready to continue drawing!
Double click the Rotate View tool to reset the view or, with the Rotate View tool selected, tap the Escape key to reset the view. Using the Options bar, you can also choose to rotate only the active document or all open images (Rotate All Windows).
October 23, 2014
The ability to “Overscroll” is extremely useful new feature in Photoshop CC 2014 – especially when free transforming images. Overscrolling enables an image that is smaller than the application frame to be repositioned within the application frame. In the example below, I’ve dragged and dropped a very large image onto a smaller document. Because the first document is so large, selecting Edit > Free Transform (to resize the large document down), draws the transformation handles far beyond the application frame. By enabling Overscroll (Preferences > Interface > Overscroll), and holding down the spacebar (to temporarily access the hand tool), I can reposition the document within the window. In past versions of Photoshop, the document was anchored to the center of the image, limiting access to the transformation handles without first zooming out.
I also find Overscrolling useful when I need to reposition small documents within the application frame to create screenshots and illustrations. Of course you can always switch views (changing to Full Screen or Floating view) if desired, but I find this method easier.
Note: Another way to quickly see the transformation handles is to use the shortcut Command + 0 (zero) (Mac) | Control + 0 (Win). This zooms out to fit the transformation handles on screen (just as Command + 0 (zero) (Mac) | Control + 0 (Win) will “fit” the image on screen when not in Free Transform).
July 22, 2014
In Photoshop CC, adding a Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, or Ellipse shape layer (using the Shape tools) automatically displays the Properties panel making it easier to access the “Live Shape” Properties. But sometimes I find that having the Properties panel automatically popping out from its iconic view can be distracting. To stop this “auto-reveal” behavior, from the Properties panel’s fly-out menu, uncheck “Show on Shape Creation”. Note: you must have a Shape layer with Live Shape Properties to access this fly-out menu.