Archive for June, 2016

#CreativeFriday – Content Aware Crop in Photoshop 2015.5

Well big news this week with the launch of the new update to Photoshop CC 2015.5 !

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Content aware crop is a super feature that I think will save lots of time when working on crop correction with some of your images. Take this image below.

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This shot was taken in Mongolia at a Buzkashi, at one of the Nadaam’s outside of Ulgi (Western Mongolia). This event is fast paced and the scene is changing every second, so grabbing the perfect shot is challenging. I also shot this on a 90mm lens, so we were pretty close to the action.

One of my philosophies with photography is trying to fill the frame with activity and elements of the scene, in turn, my images tend to be quite tight to the edges (not to tight of course). In this case, the image horizon is not level, and neither are the horses. In this case I would normally leave the image alone and not do anything with it, as fixing it would take to long (probably more than 5 or 10 minutes, as well taking a few steps to correct the errors). However, with the new content aware crop tool, things now are managed for me and takes seconds, with just a single step.

When the image is rotated and the crop previewed (without the addition of content aware) the problem is evident.

The tail of the horse on the right hand side will be chopped off, as well as the nose of the left hand side horse. As soon as the Content-Aware check box is turned on, the canvas will be extended to accommodate the original aspect ratio and Photoshop CC will automatically manage any empty spaces that have been created.


Also Photoshop CC 2015.5 comes with performance and quality improvements to the content aware family, so the results should be significantly superior than before.


Final image, the crop is complete and the image is completely useable in just a few seconds of work.

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#CreativeFriday – 3D Look’s in Photoshop CC from Adobe Capture

Adobe Capture on the iPhone/iPad and Android phones has supported 3D Look /LUT creation for a while, but recently Photoshop CC was enhanced to be able to consume this content for application to a video(s) or still image(s).

Adobe Capture is a lovely app which allows capture of real world textures, patterns, colours as well as a colour spectrum for 3D looks/LUT’s from anything that you point the phone camera at. Below is a screen shot of some tones captured from a series of regular household items.


Because Adobe capture is configured to automatically sync to the Creative Cloud and then to the desktop apps (in this case MyLibrary), any assets that are created, will be available in Photoshop CC (in this case), almost immediately, marked below in the bottom red box.

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Once in Photoshop CC, it can be added to an image or video, really quickly.

Images. To use on an image, just click on the Look in the Library and it will be applied as a layer to the layer stack.

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When used on video, just click the Look and a new layer with the Look will be applied, but you will most likely want to drag it out of the group, into it’s own layer, depending how it’s going to be used.

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I think that this support for Colour Looks’/Lut’s has got a lot of mileage to be very creative on making these types of assets for use on video or images in Photoshop CC.

#CreativeFriday – Lightroom CC 2015.6 – Guided Upright

Lightroom 6.6 and Lightroom CC 2015.6 was were released this week. The post is focused on the new features that are now shipping with Lightroom CC 2015.6, which is the new Guided Upright tool.


I’ve found that working with the tool for my recent film scans is incredible (as well as for my digital work of course). The reason why i’ve focused this blog on traditional film, is that it’s quite challenging to get the images corrected without having to head over to Photoshop CC, especially when working with complex angles. Typically i will head to Photoshop CC and use the “Adaptive wide Angle filter”, but does cost me time when i have many images to process.

Let is take this image, of this old school scanned negative


As this Helter Skelter is quite tall, the angle of the photo was taken from below, therefore the converging verticals are to strong.

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Selecting the “Auto” feature in the Transform panel, does’t fix the issue, just rotates the image.

So, on this occasion, i’m going to select the new “Guided Upright” tool, marked in red (Notice the tool has be taken from the left hand side of the Transform panel). Once the tool is moved over the image, a loupe will appear, this loupe will give you more precision when selecting the areas that need to be corrected.

in this case, i am going to use the sign on the Helter Skelter and drag two horizontal lines (using the top and bottom of the sign only), as well as two vertical lines on each of the sides. This should give me the right perspective.



To set this up, position the Loupe on the image and select the edges that will help control the perspective/converging verticals. Just click on the image and drag a guide out, in this case the verticals are added first (but there is no right and wrong way to do this). Also, adding one guide will do nothing, you will need the opposite to create the correction.

As you can see above, the result is very impressive. You will also notice, the “Constrain Crop” is turned on, this means that the crop will be applied automatically.

You can see below, when the “Constrain Crop” is turned off, in conjunction with the scale slider, you can re-scale the image in Lightroom. The other options here are the X offset and Y offset sliders, these are used to re-position the image, left/right and top/bottom.


If, once the edit is completed, it needs to be re-edited, then just re-click on the guided tool, and the correction can be altered.

This is a super addition to Lightroom within the Creative Cloud (including the Photography plan) and there are very many pictures that I am sure will benefit from this tool.

For more details about Lightroom 6.6 and Lightroom CC 2015.6 (including camera support and bug fix details), please head over to the Lightroom Blog, Lightroom CC 2015.6/6.6, Camera Raw 9.6.

#CreativeFriday – Sharing an image(s) with Lightroom mobile

I was looking what’s new with Lightroom web today and found a small feature that now allows me to share a single or as many photos as i need, as opposed to a whole collection.

Once in Lightroom web (hyperlink will take you there) and have logged into your Creative Cloud account, then you can select “Photos” to see your images.

Now on the top tool bar, a “select” option (marked in red) is available. This option allows me to select one or multiple images (from either a shared collection or from pictures that have been added from the camera roll on the phone/tablet).


Once, select is clicked, the screen turns into a photograph picker

Once selected, clicking the “share” icon, will tell Lightroom mobile to provide a link for your viewers to see your work. You can see in the following screen shot, i’ve even given the link a name.


Clicking finish will provide a shortened URL for you


Heading over to another browser (which isn’t logged on) will show what the viewer will see.

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The great thing is that the link is live, so if you add more pictures to it at a later date, your customers/viewers will see the new images.



The beauty of the Creative Cloud is that these types of updates are added to the product as they are created, for you to enjoy and exploit in your workflow.