Archive for February, 2013

Photoshop Touch for Phones – Never loose that creative thought!

Adobe is proud to extend its touch based applications today by releasing a phone version of it’s already incredible and successful Photoshop Touch application. Whilst the tablet version (Android and iOS devices) has been designed for a distinct style working, the phone version enables you to work on your creations whilst on the go in a more run-and-gun workflow. Photoshop touch for phones is an amazing application that will enable you to create, enhance and edit Photoshop imagery using the tools you already know, whilst on the go. Now you will never loose the creative thought.

The application boasts the same feature set as the tablet version and equally enables you to create a new Photoshop Touch canvas from various sources (Empty, an asset from your Creative Cloud storage, the phone photo roll or the camera itself). Once a canvas has been created, the application provides a way to turn on and off layers within the image as well as a variety of effects and enhancements (including Sepia toning, Soft Skin, various Blur Filters, Gradient Maps and more).


You can also crop, rotate, add text and lens flare as well as other effects.

We all are striving to making our images pop out of the screen, and typically use Layer adjustments to do this. Photoshop Touch for phones has the usual suspects, Saturation, Brightness/Contrast as well as Curves, Shadow/Highlight and Levels, as well as the ability to use blending modes on each layer.

When you are wanting to edit and make composites from your images, you will need more powerful tooling, Photoshop Touch for Phones includes standard Photoshop tools of working with your images, including Copy/Cut and Paste, Healing Brush and Blur, Painting tools, Selection tools (Scribble and Magic Wand) as well as other functions.


Once you have completed work on your image you are than able to store the image locally to utilise your Creative Cloud storage to transfer to the web or to the Desktop version of Photoshop.


My eSeminar on this coming Thursday will be showing a photographer´s view of Creative Cloud and how to use Photoshop Touch (phones and tablets) as well as new features in Photoshop CS6 for Photographers. We we also look at creating a Digital App for mobile devices using the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite – Single Edition that comes with every Creative Cloud Membership.

Photoshop Touch for Phones is designed to work on the iPhone 4S or later, Android phones (with Ice Cream Sandwich) and  iPod Touch (5th Generation)

You are able to purchase the app from your relevant mobile app store. For more information, please navigate over to these links :-

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4RC and ACR 7.4RC

Adobe is pleased to announce Lightroom 4.4RC on Adobe Labs (Download link to Lightroom 4.4RC and Adobe Camera Raw 7.4RC). This release candidate contains additional RAW conversions for the following cameras :-

  • Canon EOS 1DC
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR700
  • Fujifilm X100s
  • Fujifilm X20
  • Hasselblad Lunar
  • Leica M
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Nikon 1 S1
  • Pentax MX-1

This release of the software also supports improvements in the Fuji X-Trans demosaic logic, which will improve  the rendering of RAW files from the following cameras:

  • Fujifilm X-Pro1
  • Fujifilm X-E1
  • Fujifilm X100S
  • Fujifilm X20

The improved demosaic conversion for the Fuji camera is an incredible leap forward, please see the example below. These image are straight out of the camera and have not had an adjustments made using Lightroom 4.4RC, the release notes are available here.

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a 1:1 render of the above image


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NB. This RC is not the final released version of this version of Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw.


Focus on Imaging, Birmingham NEC 3rd to 6th March.

Adobe will be presenting it’s portfolio of imaging solutions at Focus on Imaging from the 3rd – 6th of March at Birmingham NEC. We have decided to present our solutions across multiple stands, this will allow us to provide a flexible time schedule for everyone and to also accommodate any questions that you may have. Why not come and visit the Adobe team at the following locations and times and see how Creative Cloud, Photoshop CS6  and Lightroom 4 can improve your image making and workflow (you may even pick up some new valuable techniques!).

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N.B Please note that the presentations on the Hasselblad stand will cover Lightroom for the Hasselblad Cameras only and on the Nikon stand we will be convering Lightroom 4 in action.


With Creative Cloud™ it’s never been easier or more affordable to get access to all of our tools. For more information and registration, click here.


#CreativeFriday – retouching under the eyes in Photoshop

It’s creative Friday once again, unfortunately  this will be the last post for a couple of weeks, as i am making a Photography trip to the 2013 Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India.If there is an internet connection, i’ll try to post images here so you can get a snapshot in time.


Today’s blog is about retouching eyes. You have taken the photo of your favorite model, but, when you get back to the studio you see that there are some dark areas underneath the eyes. You can use the standard repair tools (Spot heal, healing brush, patch etc, in  ‘normal’ blending mode), but another  or additional way is to use the Clone Stamp tool with a blending mode applied to it, to work on just the dark areas and leaving the light areas alone.


I would sugest that you work on the transparent technique (found in a previous post) to do this, then at least you are able to control the opacity as well as reverting any changes that you have made. Once you have selected the tool and created the transparent layer, just pain on the affected areas and watch the dark areas dissapear…If you change the Blend mode to Darken, you will make the opposite effect.


Photoshop’s 23rd Birthday


PhotoShop 23


Photoshop’s 23rd birthday is coming up and we want YOU to be a part of the celebration!

We’re asking everyone to create a birthday cake design using Photoshop (why not try the new 3D features in Photoshop Extended, for a short demo have a look at these demos 1, 2, 3) !

We’ll choose one submission to be created into a REAL cake to be delivered to Adobe HQ on our birthday, Feb. 19!

We’ll also share your artwork in a photo album on our Facebook page. SUBMIT your photo here before Feb. 8…

If you don’t have Photoshop Extended and want to have a go anyway, why not try the Creative Cloud 30 day free trial, you can download here.


We are looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

#CreativeFriday – Skin Retouching with Frequency Separation in Photoshop

Would you like another great way to re-touch skin? A good photographer/freelancer and Photoshop trainer friend of mine (Dave Wall) explained a great skin retouching technique in Photoshop. This particular process isolates the skin texture from the colour so that they can worked on separately, it is relatively simple to apply, but will touch on some more complex uses of blending modes.  It’s an amazing process and will certainly help the process of re-touching skin and keeping the delicate texture in tact. Dave’s technique focuses on beauty, however, i am going to show this technique based on a travel photography scenario.

Open the image inside Photoshop.


As you can see in the image, there are a few blemishes in the skin which i might want to fix. I can use the spot heal tool as well as other tools in Photoshop, however this is focused on skin as opposed to generic retouching. I posted the transparent layer technique last week, so please refer to this for non destructive editing.

We may have made other adjustments to the image before we do the retouch, so to make sure that we are working non destructively with a way to get back to the prior enhancements, press the keyboard shortcut CMD(Mac) or CTRL(Win) + Shift+ alt+E (probably the longest photoshop keystroke i know, this keystroke will not work on a single layer). This action will create a merged visible layer at the top of the layer stack. Then duplicate this layer twice.

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Rename the layers ‘Texture’ and ‘Colour’ as in the example above (it’s good practice to rename the layers so that you can retrace your steps), to edit a layer name, double click on the name itself and type in the new name. Then turn off the Texture layer, by clicking in the eye icon next to the layer.

Place a surface blur on the ‘Colour layer’, by using Filter / Blur / Surface Blur. When working with this filter i am looking for a smoothness of the skin that will remove any texture and detail. I have used a value of 25 pixels for radius and 25 levels for threshold, you may need to work with different values to achieve a similar look on your image. Then press OK.

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Next, turn on the ‘Texture’ layer by clicking the eye next to the layer and select it.

We are now going to use an old school technique to combine two layers, once you have chosen the ‘Texture’ layer, choose Image / Apply Image, the dialog below should be displayed.

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Choose the ‘Colour’ layer from the Layer drop down box, also choose a blending more of ‘Subtract’, a scale of ‘2’ and and offset of ‘128’. Then press OK.

(The subtract blending mode will subtracts pixel values of one layer from the other. In case of negative values, black is displayed). To find more about blending modes review the Adobe documentation here)

To enable the texture to be worked on and use this magical technique, change the blending mode of the ‘Texture’ layer to be ‘Linear Light’ (I also tried Vivid light here an achieved an interesting smoothing effect).

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You are now able to fix the texture and the colour separately by cloning and healing on the independent layers.

Cloning and Healing….

The first option for cloning and healing is by making changes to the ‘Texture’ or  ‘Colour’ layer(s), but it is important to note that the clone/heal brush settings must be set to ‘current layer’ only when using this approach.

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As in all clone and heal retouching, make sure you select a source texture area near the target to keep a similar texture. Press the ALT key and chose the source, then paint in texture with a nice soft brush, with a size relative to the area you are fixing (i find a Wacom tablet good to paint with, as i can control the pressure with the pen (see demonstration here)). Make sure you try different opacity and flow strength to achieve the texture required, but as always be careful and don’t over do the retouch. Alternatively  you can create a transparent non destructive layer above this layer (see this post) and have it selected, change the sample layer in the tool to be ‘current and below’, then paint the replacement texture on the transparent layer.  Remember that you are able to change the opacity on the transparent layer to control the effect.

If you want to work on the ‘colour’ as opposed to the ‘texture’, then switch layers and perform the above in the same way (on the actual layer or on a transparent layer).


Advanced Photoshop Freaky Training

Glyn Dewis and Calvin Hollywood are hosting a very special Photoshop event at the Tabernacle in Nottinghill (London) on March 24th 2013. The Photoshop Freak Show will be an advanced Photoshop day, but knowing Glyn will be full of surprises and you’ll be guaranteed to learn a lot of new Photoshop techniques.


(Click on the image to enter the site to find out more)

Calvin Hollywood is a member of the NAPP team (more information here) led by Scott Kelby and a Digital Artist & Photographer.

Glyn Dewis (more information here) is also a contributor to the NAPP team and is a Professional Photographer / Retoucher and trainer.