Archive for November, 2015

#CreativeFriday – Making your images supersized with Photoshop CC

I’ve been asked a few times over the past few weeks about how to make images really big. Luckily Photoshop CC had a feature enhancement a while ago now which is perfect for this job.

Let us take this example, below is a picture that i shot at the White Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.

One request this week from a UK based Photographer was to upsize to 600cm on the long edge. Let’s have a look and see how this is possible in Photoshop CC.

The Image upsize feature is available under the Image / Image Size menu option (marked in Red below). Once the dialog is open, there is an option to choose Bicubic Smoother or Sharper. These can be used depending on if the image was being made smaller or larger. The Automatic option could however, be used and it would select the correct option for you.

The new feature that makes such a great job of upsampling is the ‘Preserver Details’ option. This option has been designed to do a much better job at preserving the edge details of an image, that the other options.


Screen Shot 2015-11-26 at 21.32.21 copyTo upsample this image to 600cm using this feature, it’s as simple as choosing Centimeters and setting this value to 600cm. Photoshop CC, will then run the process, and the result will be the correct size with amazing detail still preserved.


The draw back, however, can be the resulting file size. Below, the dialog is reporting an output file size over over 26GB. This will be based on the resolution specified in the image size dialog box. To reduce the final output side, the resolution can be decreased, and the resulting file size will be decreased. You should tune this to be what your system can manage (as it is RAM and disk space dependent).



Once OK is pressed, Photoshop CC will work it’s magic and upsize the image.

You can see below, the file is now showing a zoom level of 3%, as the image size is quite large.

Screen Shot 2015-11-26 at 21.54.57If I zoom in to 50%, you will see the amount detail in the face of the camels owner.

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You can see in a comparison image of the original file,  I need to zoom into 500%, to get the same results.

Screen Shot 2015-11-26 at 21.59.44For comparisions and where this can go. I have succesfully upsized a 16mp file to be 72 inches on the long edge (Fuji x-PRO 1), as well as a 50mp file from the new Canon 5DSR to 65feet on the long edge.

Having printed these two outputs, i’m pretty sure that a 30cm minimum viewing distance is acheivable once the upsample has be done.


Of course, going too large wil increase the file size dramatically. This file in the exercise went to 12GB, the 65feet upscale went to 65GB and would take over 200 sheets of A2 to fully print it.

If you are looking to upsize an image, it’s definatly worth giving Photoshop CC a run for a it’s money, as the results are quite spectacular.


#CreativeFriday – Photoshop – Place Linked vs Place Embed

One operation that is used a lot in Photoshop, especially for photo compositors or matt painters is the Place command. A while ago in an update to Photoshop CC, this command was split into two. Splitting the Place command into two, now enables Photoshop to either Embed an asset (the old way), or to Link to an asset (new way). This post will show the difference of these two features, so you can adopt into your workflow if needed.


Let us take this Photoshop canvas. It’s a standard 10inch by 8inch canvas, totalling at 41.2mb:

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For the exercise,  i’m going to first embed a 144mb file into it,  then link to the output PSD file and see what the file sizes are for each.

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To embed the document into this canvas, just choose File / Place Embed and select the file.

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Once the file is embedded, the layer will look like the one marked in red below, note the symbol on the thumbnail (showing that it’s embedded). To be clear, the embedded document is now part of the document and will increase the file size by the size of the embedded document.

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If, on the other hand, within the same empty canvas as above, we choose Place Linked and choose the same file.

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The symbol on the layer (marked in red) becomes a chain, which is denoting the link to the file (not embedded). The file size in this case will only contain the resulting pixels, not the original file.

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Below shows the difference in file sizes of the two new PSD’s.

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The benefit of the Linked file approach, is that it will create a vastly reduced final PSD file. Therefore, Photoshop should perform more efficiently  as it’s using much less memory.

Of course the only issue is when you would like to distribute the files to someone else. The embedded file will contain the referenced file, where the Linked file will not. For the Linked file, Photoshop will show the rasterised version of it, but it won’t be available for edit. If you would like the other person to edit the linked file, then you can choose to ‘Package’ the file from within Photoshop CC.

If ‘Package’ is not available on your system, it’s most likely because this new composite is not saved, so complete a save on this document, then choose Package.

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Choosing Package will ask for a location. Photoshop will then create a folder structure and package the links, as well as the Photoshop document (as shown below).

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Linked files are defiantly a great improvement in many ways, benefits include, reducing the number of files within a PSD document, improving performance of Photoshop, sending a file to another Creative (both for editing and a non editable approach).

SWPP Convention – Adobe Seminar Room Schedule

We are pleased to announce that Adobe will be attending the Societies (SWPP) convention with a Seminar room and free talks. The talks are on a first come first served basis and will be 25 minutes long with 5 minutes of question and answer at the end.  We hope that the schedule we have planned will suite all tastes and photographic needs, and are very much looking forward to showing you lots of techniques and creative ideas, as well as meeting everyone at the show. You will be able to find the Adobe seminar room on the ground floor at the entrance to the trade show.

Until then we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and we hope that you are taking lots of pictures and maybe receive a few Christmas photographic gifts (even if you have to buy them yourself (i know that i have a few items that i’ll be buying!).


Schedule for Adobe Seminar room at the SWPP


Friday & Saturday

10:30 – 11:00 – Using Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC in your retouching workflow

11:15 -11:45 – Retouching with Lightroom

12:00 – 12:30 – Video Editing with Photoshop CC

12:45 – 13:15 – Photoshop CC for Photographers

13:30 – 14:00 – Colour Management with Datacolor- Perfecting your workflow 14:15 -14:45 – 3D Printing for Photographers

15:00 – 15:30 – Retouching with Lightroom CC and Lightroom Mobile

15:45 – 16:15- Using Adobe Slate to publish your work

16:30 -17:00 – Using Lightroom and Photoshop in your retouching workflow



10:30 – 11:00 – Using Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC in your retouching workflow

11:15 -11:45 – Retouching with Lightroom

12:00 – 12:30 – Video Editing with Photoshop CC

12:45 – 13:15 – Photoshop CC for Photographers

13:30 – 14:00 – Colour Management with Datacolor – Perfecting your workflow

14:15 -14:45 – 3D Printing for Photographers

15:00 – 15:30 – Retouching with Lightroom CC and Lightroom Mobile

15:45 – 16:15- Using Adobe Slate to publish your work


Talk Descriptions 

Using Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC in your retouching workflow  

This session will look at the essence of the Creative Cloud Photography plan and show where both Lightroom and Photoshop can be used to edit your photographs. The take away for this session is to be able to use both applications seamlessly in your workflow for making even more beautiful pictures.

Retouching with Lightroom CC and Lightroom Mobile

We will be exploring how to edit your photographs using the combination of Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Mobile/Web. This talk will walk you through how to set up and configure Lightroom Mobile, as well as how it can be used as part of your editing workflow, the presented will provide some hints, tips and tricks along the way.

Retouching with Lightroom

 We will focus on using just Lightroom for editing your photographs, offering ideas, tips and tricks for working with your photographs.

3D Printing in Photoshop for Photographers

3D Printing is taking the world by storm, and this technology is opening up new creative ideas for Photographers. In early 2014 Photoshop CC gained the ability to create/print 3D objects using a variety of printers, materials and services. This talk will walk you through 3D printing in Photoshop CC with examples of how Photographers can embrace it in their work.

Video Editing in Photoshop CC

We all have cameras that are able to create stunning photographs, and many can now record stunning HD /4K quality video too. This session will show how you can import your video clips into Photoshop / Lightroom and use your existing Photoshop skills to edit and create a compelling short film.

Colour Management with Datacolor- Perfecting your workflow

This session is brought to you in conjunction with Adobe and Datacolor and will provide an end-to-end solution for colour management. We will explain how colour management can easily be incorporated into your workflow from ‘in the camera’, to the screen and finishing at the printer and transform your workflow forever. This session will ensure that you are able to make perfect looking prints every time.

Photoshop CC for Photographers

This session will focus on Photoshop for editing your Photographs. Due to only 25 minutes for this session and the vast amount of tools and techniques that Photoshop has to offer, each session will be different and a good place to learn more editing techniques.

Using Adobe Slate to publish your work

Adobe Slate is a new way to create a wonderful online content. Adobe Slate will allow you to turn your ideas and photos into engaging visual stories. This session will walk you though creating an Adobe Slate project. To get an idea of what can be created, here is one that I prepared earlier (

(Link to the Societies page)


#CreativeFriday – Configuring Lightroom’s Auto Import feature

I was presenting this week to some photographers and a question was raised about Lightroom’s Auto Import function. The question was, how to set it up to watch a folder and auto import the content.

There are many ways to use the Auto Import feature, and will depend on your workflow scenario. Some examples are, auto import from an application like Photo mechanic, from a 3rd party tether app, from dropbox or even from the Creative Cloud. I wanted to show and explain how to set up a practical example, based on a scenario that I have recently had.

In my home studio (shown below). You can see Lightroom on the main computer (iMac in the middle), then a Wacom Cintiq Companion 2 on the right side, with a film scanner on the left. My process was to scan from the scanner to the Wacom Cintiq, then once each film has been scanned (36 exposures), they are transferred by memory card to the iMac and into Lightroom.




The question, raised a good point, can I improve this workflow and get the import into Lightroom the films in a much better way.

The Auto Import feature in Lightroom can be configured to watch any folder, even a Creative Cloud folder. On the Cintiq I have Vuescan running, scanning the negatives, then outputting to a folder. Let’s see how to have the output folder be a Creative Cloud folder and the inbound one being the same on a different computer.

The series of steps will walk through how to configure this up and get the Auto Import running.

  1. On the Cintiq side, i’ve created a folder structure on the Creative Cloud called Scans / Current Scan. This folder, once created, will be synced to the iMac  (as long as the Creative Cloud Desktop and Folder Syncing is turned on, on both machines).


2. Vuescan is configured to save the TIFF file to the ‘CurrentScan’ folder above.

N.B. The file should be set to Date and Time (, this will allow each file to have a unique file name.

3. Once the negative has been scanned, the output TIF file will be placed into the Current Scan folder. (N.B Vuescan will write the initial file and streams the content to it, the Creative Cloud sync will start when the initial file is created, but will report errors because it’s not closed until Vuescan has finished creating the file. Once Vuescan has completed it’s processing, the Creative Cloud Sync will transfer the file).


4. The iMac has the same file configuration, because the Creative Cloud has synced everything across (I am logged in with the same User ID, so it’s not a share with anyone else).

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5. Within Lightroom, the Auto Import Settings can be found under the menu option ‘File / Auto Import / Auto Import Settings’, select this option and the following dialog will be shown.


We know that the file will be created on the Creative Cloud Current Scan folder, this should be specified as the watched folder.

We know where the file should be placed once Lightroom has completed the import. This folder will be the Scan folder that relates to the physical index of the negative set (in this case, the series 29102015_5 (the 5th film in the series from the 29th October 2015, a recent trip to india)). (The subfolder name index (_5) should be manually increased by 1 for the next film, or a new index reference, that relates back to your film archive strategy).

I also would like to make the series look like the HP5 film type, luckily, I have the VSCO HP5 treatment, so i’ve selected this from the Develop Settings list. I’ve also added my metadata template (this contains my copyright and contact details), as well as the global keyword for the film set.

The Enable Auto Import has been turned on, once the OK button is pressed this watched folder will start. After the images have been imported, the file will removed automatically from the Current Scan Folder.

(N.B. The watched folder must be empty when the background job starts)

6. Within Lightroom, the destination folder will appear on the left hand side within the folders section. The image will appear on the film strip and within the grid view.

This is ideal for a local set up, but it could also be extended to someone scanning in a remote location or multiple people scanning from many locations.

Hopefully this will give you creative ideas on using the Auto Import watched folder feature for a scenario that you may have.

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Among Eagle Hunters and Nadaams – An Adobe Slate Creation.

A recent trip to Mongolia sent time with the Eagle Hunters and Nadaams, here is my short portfolio of the trip (All made with Adobe Slate). Why not make your own and see how easy Adobe Slate is to use.

Among Eagle Hunters and Nadaams


#CreativeFriday – Webinar with Datacolor – Creative Cloud Photography Plan features from Max

Earlier this week Datacolor and I held a webinar on Colour Management as well as the Creative Cloud Photography plan. The main topics of this session were updates from Lightroom CC/6 as well as some of the new Photographic iPhone and iPad apps, including Photoshop Fix, Lightroom. You can watch the webinar on-demand below.