Justin Buss

Justin Buss

Justin is a Painter Master Elite, successful freelance illustrator, and concept artist. Former classic Disney animator, Dave Zaboski, mentored Justin and you can see the whimsical influence in his current artistic style. Justin is an invaluable extended member of the Painter team who helps to develop brushes, tutorials and artwork that represent the Painter brand.

Get a hands on look at the Nikon D780 with Larry Becker! The D780 is an amazingly powerful performance camera that’s packed with features. In this class Larry gets you started quickly with a few need to know items before digging into the buttons and dials, metering modes, white balance, focusing controls, important settings, customization controls, and rounds it out with an explanation of the features and settings every D780 owner needs to know.

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Get a hands on look at the Nikon D780 with Larry Becker! The D780 is an amazingly powerful performance camera that’s packed with features. In this class Larry gets you started quickly with a few need to know items before digging into the buttons and dials, metering modes, white balance, focusing controls, important settings, customization controls, and rounds it out with an explanation of the features and settings every D780 owner needs to know.

Join Erik Kuna on location at the historic Launch Complex 39A, the epicenter of the space program, and learn everything you need to know to tell the story of a rocket launch. In this class you’ll learn about the history of space flight photography, the essential gear and camera settings you’ll need to use, how to capture breath taking streak shots, pad shots, and telephoto shots, the importance of pre-production, as well as tips and techniques for post processing all of your photos when the launch is over.

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Join Erik Kuna on location at the historic Launch Complex 39A, the epicenter of the space program, and learn everything you need to know to tell the story of a rocket launch. In this class you’ll learn about the history of space flight photography, the essential gear and camera settings you’ll need to use, how to capture breath taking streak shots, pad shots, and telephoto shots, the importance of pre-production, as well as tips and techniques for post processing all of your photos when the launch is over.

From time to time, the wintry weather provides opportunities to photograph in the early mist and to capture atmospheric landscapes. A few days ago, there was a particularly dense fog where I live, so I thought I’d head out and take some photos in Tring Park, a location I haven’t fully explored before. With somewhat limited visibility and no paths as such, I had to rely on my phone map app to navigate my way around.  Although you can’t see much other than a beautiful skeleton tree in this particular photograph, the park has an interesting history. It formerly belonged to the estate of Wal...

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From time to time, the wintry weather provides opportunities to photograph in the early mist and to capture atmospheric landscapes. A few days ago, there was a particularly dense fog where I live, so I thought I’d head out and take some photos in Tring Park, a location I haven’t fully explored before. With somewhat limited visibility and no paths as such, I had to rely on my phone map app to navigate my way around.  Although you can’t see much other than a beautiful skeleton tree in this particular photograph, the park has an interesting history. It formerly belonged to the estate of Wal...

As a landscape and cityscape photographer, I’ve found that around sunset is my time to take the best photos. I don’t even bother pulling out my camera during bright daylight because I know that the scene in front of my eyes will be ten times better around sunset. While I was in Paris, however, I decided to take every opportunity to take photos. So, the following are my best tips to render a very basic daylight photo into a fine-art, black-and-white photo!  Shooting Black-and-White in Daylight  Tip #1: Play with the patterns of light on the ground, and you’ll get a natural dodge-and-bu...

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As a landscape and cityscape photographer, I’ve found that around sunset is my time to take the best photos. I don’t even bother pulling out my camera during bright daylight because I know that the scene in front of my eyes will be ten times better around sunset. While I was in Paris, however, I decided to take every opportunity to take photos. So, the following are my best tips to render a very basic daylight photo into a fine-art, black-and-white photo!  Shooting Black-and-White in Daylight  Tip #1: Play with the patterns of light on the ground, and you’ll get a natural dodge-and-bu...

Forget everything you knew about how to create a custom default setting for your RAW photos, and let’s get up to speed on the new system. If you depend on a custom default setting in your workflow, you’ll want to address this before you update to Lightroom Classic 9.2/ACR 12.2 (released February 2020). Once you install the update, your old custom default settings won’t work on newly imported photos or when you click the Reset button. This will not affect previously imported photos (unless you click the Reset button). If you’ve never created a custom default for RAW photos, then you won’t no...

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Forget everything you knew about how to create a custom default setting for your RAW photos, and let’s get up to speed on the new system. If you depend on a custom default setting in your workflow, you’ll want to address this before you update to Lightroom Classic 9.2/ACR 12.2 (released February 2020). Once you install the update, your old custom default settings won’t work on newly imported photos or when you click the Reset button. This will not affect previously imported photos (unless you click the Reset button). If you’ve never created a custom default for RAW photos, then you won’t no...

Silver EFEX Pro 2

with Sean McCormack

Silver EFEX Pro 2 is the black-and-white plug-in from the DxO Nik Collection. For a long time, it was the B&W conversion plug-in of choice for tons of pros and amateurs alike. In response to its popularity, many other plug-in makers created their own versions. Some are long gone, but because of DxO’s taking the mantle, those of us with newer operating systems still get the benefit of the plug-in at a reasonable price. It was free for a while when Google abandoned it, but now the collection is one-half the price it was when Google was charging for it.  In this column, we’re continuing...

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Silver EFEX Pro 2 is the black-and-white plug-in from the DxO Nik Collection. For a long time, it was the B&W conversion plug-in of choice for tons of pros and amateurs alike. In response to its popularity, many other plug-in makers created their own versions. Some are long gone, but because of DxO’s taking the mantle, those of us with newer operating systems still get the benefit of the plug-in at a reasonable price. It was free for a while when Google abandoned it, but now the collection is one-half the price it was when Google was charging for it.  In this column, we’re continuing...

Black and White vs. Color

with Ibarionex Perello

We see the world in color; and for over half a century, our cameras, whether film or digital, rendered scenes in vibrant color photographs. Early practitioners, because of the limitations of their technology, were relegated to just black-and-white photographs, while modern photographers have the creative choice to create images either in color or black and white.  I emphasize the word creative, because the decision to use either method of reproduction is rooted in my intent. With the power and sophistication of today’s cameras, software, and printers, we can render a scene/subject in any...

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We see the world in color; and for over half a century, our cameras, whether film or digital, rendered scenes in vibrant color photographs. Early practitioners, because of the limitations of their technology, were relegated to just black-and-white photographs, while modern photographers have the creative choice to create images either in color or black and white.  I emphasize the word creative, because the decision to use either method of reproduction is rooted in my intent. With the power and sophistication of today’s cameras, software, and printers, we can render a scene/subject in any...

Lightroom Q&A

with Scott Kelby

I recently watched Scott’s SLIM (Simplified Lightroom Image Management) course [https://members.kelbyone.com/course/skelby-2019-lightroom-slim-system/]. Great course, but what happens after I edit a photo in Lightroom and I’m happy with it. What do I do? Before, I used to export it to another folder, but since watching the SLIM course, I’m not sure what to do.  Once you’re happy with an edited image (it’s a “final image”), I’d drag-and-drop it into your “Selects” collection (if it’s not already there). That way, when you want to see your best images, you just click on your Selects colle...

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I recently watched Scott’s SLIM (Simplified Lightroom Image Management) course [https://members.kelbyone.com/course/skelby-2019-lightroom-slim-system/]. Great course, but what happens after I edit a photo in Lightroom and I’m happy with it. What do I do? Before, I used to export it to another folder, but since watching the SLIM course, I’m not sure what to do.  Once you’re happy with an edited image (it’s a “final image”), I’d drag-and-drop it into your “Selects” collection (if it’s not already there). That way, when you want to see your best images, you just click on your Selects colle...

Lightroom Tips

with Sean Duggan

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF PRESETS IN LIGHTROOM  There are many ways that you can use presets in Lightroom Classic to speed up your workflow. The ones that most people are familiar with, partly due to all the third-party presets you can purchase, are those for the Develop module. In this article, I’ll focus on creating your own Develop presets, as well as offering some tips on general preset philosophy in terms of different types of presets, what they’re designed to do, when to apply them, and how to organize them. We’ll also cover installing purchased third-party presets.  BEFORE YOU SAVE A...

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TAKING ADVANTAGE OF PRESETS IN LIGHTROOM  There are many ways that you can use presets in Lightroom Classic to speed up your workflow. The ones that most people are familiar with, partly due to all the third-party presets you can purchase, are those for the Develop module. In this article, I’ll focus on creating your own Develop presets, as well as offering some tips on general preset philosophy in terms of different types of presets, what they’re designed to do, when to apply them, and how to organize them. We’ll also cover installing purchased third-party presets.  BEFORE YOU SAVE A...

There’s no better time to be alive than now when it comes to making selections and masks! Join Dave Cross as he teaches you the key tools and techniques for ending up with great selections and masks. In this class you learn the relationship between selections and masks, the fundamentals of selections, how to use the main manual selection tools, how to get the most out of the automated selection tools, specialized selection techniques, how to work with masks, and so much more. Dave gives you a chance to put all of this theory into practice by downloading the course files and following along on two projects designed to help you master these techniques.

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There’s no better time to be alive than now when it comes to making selections and masks! Join Dave Cross as he teaches you the key tools and techniques for ending up with great selections and masks. In this class you learn the relationship between selections and masks, the fundamentals of selections, how to use the main manual selection tools, how to get the most out of the automated selection tools, specialized selection techniques, how to work with masks, and so much more. Dave gives you a chance to put all of this theory into practice by downloading the course files and following along on two projects designed to help you master these techniques.

In this issue, I have a lot of useful tricks that we’re going to use in combination to build a sports design based on an ad I saw for Under Armour sportswear. It highlights the clothes by showing them in action without people in them. It’s a cool result that’s easy to achieve with the right photo. Along the way, we’ll add some effects you might find useful in other projects. There’s even a bonus video at the end on finishing effects.  Step One: In this exercise, we’ll use a studio athlete shot I found on Adobe Stock. If you’d like to download the low-res watermarked versions of this imag...

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In this issue, I have a lot of useful tricks that we’re going to use in combination to build a sports design based on an ad I saw for Under Armour sportswear. It highlights the clothes by showing them in action without people in them. It’s a cool result that’s easy to achieve with the right photo. Along the way, we’ll add some effects you might find useful in other projects. There’s even a bonus video at the end on finishing effects.  Step One: In this exercise, we’ll use a studio athlete shot I found on Adobe Stock. If you’d like to download the low-res watermarked versions of this imag...

Crafting surreal images is one of the great joys of using Photoshop. As Walt Disney is often credited as saying, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” To that end, this project explores a method of creating an impossible spiral-shaped lighthouse. This project does lean on some skills and techniques borrowed from traditional illustration methods, so be prepared to work with paths, the Pen tool, and reference lines. It may look intimidating if you aren’t experienced with these tools, but the effort is worth it.  Step One: Open the lighthouse stock image. If you’d like to download the lo...

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Crafting surreal images is one of the great joys of using Photoshop. As Walt Disney is often credited as saying, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” To that end, this project explores a method of creating an impossible spiral-shaped lighthouse. This project does lean on some skills and techniques borrowed from traditional illustration methods, so be prepared to work with paths, the Pen tool, and reference lines. It may look intimidating if you aren’t experienced with these tools, but the effort is worth it.  Step One: Open the lighthouse stock image. If you’d like to download the lo...

Automation in Photoshop is more than just actions. I think this needs to be said because that’s what a lot of people think of when it comes to automation: creating and using actions. But there’s a lot more to it. To help you better understand all of the different ways we can automate our work in Photoshop, perhaps it’s best to start with my definition of Photoshop automation: Automation is anything that helps you work faster, or is faster than the manual way of doing things, and gets to the end result more quickly.  Some people may be reluctant to consider using automation because every ...

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Automation in Photoshop is more than just actions. I think this needs to be said because that’s what a lot of people think of when it comes to automation: creating and using actions. But there’s a lot more to it. To help you better understand all of the different ways we can automate our work in Photoshop, perhaps it’s best to start with my definition of Photoshop automation: Automation is anything that helps you work faster, or is faster than the manual way of doing things, and gets to the end result more quickly.  Some people may be reluctant to consider using automation because every ...

Liquify Filter Shortcuts

with Gilmar Smith

Most of us know the Liquify filter (Filter>Liquify) for its magical plastic surgery powers; but the Liquify filter is more than just a tool to camouflage body insecurities. (Although, we’ve seen celebrities fail to use it correctly when posting their retouched pictures on social media.) It has a lot of different tools to rotate, pull, push, bloat, and pucker pixels in both 8- and 16-bit images.  Here’s a screen grab of all the tools you can find in the Liquify filter. Each of these tools can be modified in the Properties panel where you can change its brush Size, Density, Pressure, an...

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Most of us know the Liquify filter (Filter>Liquify) for its magical plastic surgery powers; but the Liquify filter is more than just a tool to camouflage body insecurities. (Although, we’ve seen celebrities fail to use it correctly when posting their retouched pictures on social media.) It has a lot of different tools to rotate, pull, push, bloat, and pucker pixels in both 8- and 16-bit images.  Here’s a screen grab of all the tools you can find in the Liquify filter. Each of these tools can be modified in the Properties panel where you can change its brush Size, Density, Pressure, an...

Trendy graphic treatments on websites and in newsletters are both visually interesting and fun to deconstruct. In this column, you’ll learn core Photoshop skills as you re-create a technique Fast Company regularly employs to isolate a black-and-white subject, give it a colorful new background, and then add a brightly colored shadow that you can offset in any direction.  Step One: Start by opening a photo in Photoshop. If you’d like to download the low-res watermarked versions of this image to follow along, click this link for the first image that we’re using, log in with your Adobe ID, a...

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Trendy graphic treatments on websites and in newsletters are both visually interesting and fun to deconstruct. In this column, you’ll learn core Photoshop skills as you re-create a technique Fast Company regularly employs to isolate a black-and-white subject, give it a colorful new background, and then add a brightly colored shadow that you can offset in any direction.  Step One: Start by opening a photo in Photoshop. If you’d like to download the low-res watermarked versions of this image to follow along, click this link for the first image that we’re using, log in with your Adobe ID, a...

Whenever you think about enhancing colors (or making colors pop), one property usually comes to mind: saturation. The problem, however, is that the Saturation slider equally amplifies the color of every pixel, even if particular pixels aren’t meant to be very colorful. What we actually want to do is enhance the colors of the areas proportionate to the amount of color they already have. In this article, we’ll learn how to use both saturation masks and Selective Color adjustment layers to enhance colors naturally.  Method 1: Saturation Masks  STEP 1: OPEN THE IMAGE First, let’s open ...

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Whenever you think about enhancing colors (or making colors pop), one property usually comes to mind: saturation. The problem, however, is that the Saturation slider equally amplifies the color of every pixel, even if particular pixels aren’t meant to be very colorful. What we actually want to do is enhance the colors of the areas proportionate to the amount of color they already have. In this article, we’ll learn how to use both saturation masks and Selective Color adjustment layers to enhance colors naturally.  Method 1: Saturation Masks  STEP 1: OPEN THE IMAGE First, let’s open ...

In this issue, we’re going to start out by discussing why retouching certain parts of old photos can alter their history and authenticity, and then we’ll jump into a tutorial on how to colorize lights when restoring old nighttime photos. It’s generally best to retouch all aspects of an old photo, but there are a few circumstances when it’s better not to. It’s also very important not to retouch/restore old images to the quality of modern photos because it can make the images look unrealistic.  One example is smoothing clothes (e.g., removing wrinkles not only in the main part of the cl...

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In this issue, we’re going to start out by discussing why retouching certain parts of old photos can alter their history and authenticity, and then we’ll jump into a tutorial on how to colorize lights when restoring old nighttime photos. It’s generally best to retouch all aspects of an old photo, but there are a few circumstances when it’s better not to. It’s also very important not to retouch/restore old images to the quality of modern photos because it can make the images look unrealistic.  One example is smoothing clothes (e.g., removing wrinkles not only in the main part of the cl...

Last issue, we looked at how to select tonal frequencies using the Select>Color Range feature in Photoshop. This time around, we’re going to look at how you can use Gradient Map adjustment layers to isolate specific tonal ranges, which you can then use to influence how you make a selection using techniques such as luminance masks. This technique was first shown to me by Scott Valentine, a fellow author here at Photoshop User.  Gradient Maps  You can find the Gradient Map option either by clicking the Create New Adjustment Layer icon (half-black/half-white circle) at the bottom of t...

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Last issue, we looked at how to select tonal frequencies using the Select>Color Range feature in Photoshop. This time around, we’re going to look at how you can use Gradient Map adjustment layers to isolate specific tonal ranges, which you can then use to influence how you make a selection using techniques such as luminance masks. This technique was first shown to me by Scott Valentine, a fellow author here at Photoshop User.  Gradient Maps  You can find the Gradient Map option either by clicking the Create New Adjustment Layer icon (half-black/half-white circle) at the bottom of t...

Critique as a Learning Tool

with Scott Valentine

If you read this column on a regular basis, you know I like to say: “Never let your tools get in the way of your art.” (If you haven’t heard me say that before, you have now.) If you’ve ever taken a self-defense course, watched an underdog hero movie, or had a class with Father Cronin, you know that the single best tool you have is your mind. Since “Photoshop Proving Ground” is all about tools, we shouldn’t neglect the most important one, should we? Anyway, I have a point to make: Never let your mind get in the way of your art.  Let’s talk about the art of critique, but not as a way to i...

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If you read this column on a regular basis, you know I like to say: “Never let your tools get in the way of your art.” (If you haven’t heard me say that before, you have now.) If you’ve ever taken a self-defense course, watched an underdog hero movie, or had a class with Father Cronin, you know that the single best tool you have is your mind. Since “Photoshop Proving Ground” is all about tools, we shouldn’t neglect the most important one, should we? Anyway, I have a point to make: Never let your mind get in the way of your art.  Let’s talk about the art of critique, but not as a way to i...

Just when you thought you were familiar with all the new features in the latest version of Photoshop, another one pops up that you didn’t even know was there. But thanks to a good friend of mine, Kladi, I was made aware of a “secret” feature called Capture from Image. This little, tucked-out-of-the-way addition to Photoshop is based on a phone app called Adobe Capture. (To be fair, Adobe didn’t even announce this feature at Adobe Max when they released Photoshop 2020 in November last year.) This new feature is a fun and useful addition to Photoshop 2020, so let’s dive into Capture from Imag...

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Just when you thought you were familiar with all the new features in the latest version of Photoshop, another one pops up that you didn’t even know was there. But thanks to a good friend of mine, Kladi, I was made aware of a “secret” feature called Capture from Image. This little, tucked-out-of-the-way addition to Photoshop is based on a phone app called Adobe Capture. (To be fair, Adobe didn’t even announce this feature at Adobe Max when they released Photoshop 2020 in November last year.) This new feature is a fun and useful addition to Photoshop 2020, so let’s dive into Capture from Imag...

Photoshop Q&A

with Dave Cross

Q: I heard someone make reference to a “channel-based selection.” What does that mean, and when would I use it? A: Making a channel-based selection means starting with the existing channels in a document to create a new channel that can be used to make a selection. Think of it this way: Rather than making a selection with the selection tools and then saving that as an alpha channel; in effect, you’d be creating an alpha channel that you’d then load as a selection. Typically, this is used to make complex selections such as the sky amongst the branches and leaves of a tree. Here’s the proc...

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Q: I heard someone make reference to a “channel-based selection.” What does that mean, and when would I use it? A: Making a channel-based selection means starting with the existing channels in a document to create a new channel that can be used to make a selection. Think of it this way: Rather than making a selection with the selection tools and then saving that as an alpha channel; in effect, you’d be creating an alpha channel that you’d then load as a selection. Typically, this is used to make complex selections such as the sky amongst the branches and leaves of a tree. Here’s the proc...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

I know you’ve been craving more tips for speed and cooler-looking images in Photoshop. Who doesn’t want their images to look 79% better in 48% of the time? While I can’t guarantee these tips will shave more than 50% off your workflow, they will reduce some repetition and allow you to have 100% more fun with the time you have left over. (If nothing else, you’ll find the tip on math useful.)  Combine All Open Windows into a Single Document  Have you ever had lots of windows open and you wanted to combine them into a single document? I know what many of you do (because I used to do it). ...

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I know you’ve been craving more tips for speed and cooler-looking images in Photoshop. Who doesn’t want their images to look 79% better in 48% of the time? While I can’t guarantee these tips will shave more than 50% off your workflow, they will reduce some repetition and allow you to have 100% more fun with the time you have left over. (If nothing else, you’ll find the tip on math useful.)  Combine All Open Windows into a Single Document  Have you ever had lots of windows open and you wanted to combine them into a single document? I know what many of you do (because I used to do it). ...

Why is it important to understand that image pixels are square?—Rasmus  First, not all image pixels are square; some are rectangular. (Rectangular pixels are used for some video formats, including D1/DV, HDV 1080/DVCPRO HD, and Anamorphic 2:1 projects.) But square or rectangular, image pixels are arranged in a raster, a grid in which each pixel perfectly aligns with those above, below, and to the left and right. You can see this in Photoshop when you zoom way in on an image.  Because each pixel used to represent a curve or diagonal line has sharp corners rather than rounded or angled ...

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Why is it important to understand that image pixels are square?—Rasmus  First, not all image pixels are square; some are rectangular. (Rectangular pixels are used for some video formats, including D1/DV, HDV 1080/DVCPRO HD, and Anamorphic 2:1 projects.) But square or rectangular, image pixels are arranged in a raster, a grid in which each pixel perfectly aligns with those above, below, and to the left and right. You can see this in Photoshop when you zoom way in on an image.  Because each pixel used to represent a curve or diagonal line has sharp corners rather than rounded or angled ...

Learn how to create photographs with the intention of transforming them into motion art using Plotagraph. Join Troy Plota in beautiful Siesta Key for a two part photo shoot on the beach followed by an indoor studio shoot. Images from the shoots will be available for download so you can follow along during the lessons on creating motion art at the end. During each shoot Troy shares the important considerations that pertain to creating images that will look amazing when animated. After the shoots are complete, Troy works through the process of creating three different motion art projects.

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Learn how to create photographs with the intention of transforming them into motion art using Plotagraph. Join Troy Plota in beautiful Siesta Key for a two part photo shoot on the beach followed by an indoor studio shoot. Images from the shoots will be available for download so you can follow along during the lessons on creating motion art at the end. During each shoot Troy shares the important considerations that pertain to creating images that will look amazing when animated. After the shoots are complete, Troy works through the process of creating three different motion art projects.

Gain the ability to command color in your images! Join Mark Heaps as he teaches you the terminology, fundamentals, theory, and tools to adjust, edit, change, and tweak the colors in your photos. You’ll learn how color exists within Photoshop, how to control saturation, different ways to isolate colors, how to match the color of objects, how to affect the mood of your images by adjusting color, and so much more. By the end of the class you’ll have the skills to approach editing color with confidence.

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Gain the ability to command color in your images! Join Mark Heaps as he teaches you the terminology, fundamentals, theory, and tools to adjust, edit, change, and tweak the colors in your photos. You’ll learn how color exists within Photoshop, how to control saturation, different ways to isolate colors, how to match the color of objects, how to affect the mood of your images by adjusting color, and so much more. By the end of the class you’ll have the skills to approach editing color with confidence.

Take advantage of the online portfolio option that is included in all Creative Cloud subscriptions, and showcase your work! Join Scott Kelby to learn how to use the latest templates and features found inside of Adobe Portfolio. In this class you’ll learn how to get started with Portfolio, how to build a single gallery, how to add multiple galleries, how to add a contact page, how to add an about the artist page, and how to customize the most important settings to make your portfolio reflect your personal style and taste. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to use once you learn the basics.

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Take advantage of the online portfolio option that is included in all Creative Cloud subscriptions, and showcase your work! Join Scott Kelby to learn how to use the latest templates and features found inside of Adobe Portfolio. In this class you’ll learn how to get started with Portfolio, how to build a single gallery, how to add multiple galleries, how to add a contact page, how to add an about the artist page, and how to customize the most important settings to make your portfolio reflect your personal style and taste. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to use once you learn the basics.

I hope your 2020 is off to a great start! Adobe has just released its first update of 2020 for the Lightroom ecosystem with a range of new features, camera support, lens profiles, and bug fixes. Hopefully, these updates will help make your Lightroom life in the new decade even better. Let’s dive in!  Heads Up!  I want to start off with a warning that one new feature replaces the old functionality for having a custom default setting for your RAW photos and, as such, your old defaults won’t work in this new version, so read on before updating.  New Custom Default Settings in Lightroo...

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I hope your 2020 is off to a great start! Adobe has just released its first update of 2020 for the Lightroom ecosystem with a range of new features, camera support, lens profiles, and bug fixes. Hopefully, these updates will help make your Lightroom life in the new decade even better. Let’s dive in!  Heads Up!  I want to start off with a warning that one new feature replaces the old functionality for having a custom default setting for your RAW photos and, as such, your old defaults won’t work in this new version, so read on before updating.  New Custom Default Settings in Lightroo...

Calibration Panel Color Effects

with Martin Evening

It was around four years ago that my daughter took up horseback riding; since then, I’ve spent a lot of time hanging around the riding schools in our local area. One thing I’ve noticed about all of these stables is how they love to accumulate old junk—and not just any old rubbish. At the most recent stables where she rides, there are some fascinating discarded old wrecks. In one corner of a field lie a pair of cream-colored MG MGC GT sports cars. As a teenager, this was a car (above all others) that I coveted owning one day; though not these two. And then there’s this long-neglected truck I...

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It was around four years ago that my daughter took up horseback riding; since then, I’ve spent a lot of time hanging around the riding schools in our local area. One thing I’ve noticed about all of these stables is how they love to accumulate old junk—and not just any old rubbish. At the most recent stables where she rides, there are some fascinating discarded old wrecks. In one corner of a field lie a pair of cream-colored MG MGC GT sports cars. As a teenager, this was a car (above all others) that I coveted owning one day; though not these two. And then there’s this long-neglected truck I...

This is a panorama taken in Zion National Park, Utah. I shot this panorama by taking six portrait (vertical) shots of the scene. They’re very underexposed because they were shot toward the sun and I didn’t want to do HDR, so the best option to get as much data possible was to underexpose. In this article, I’m going to show you how I created and retouched this panorama in the cloud-based version of Lightroom. Step One: Once you have your photos for your panorama, you can import them into Lightroom by going to File>Add Photos, or clicking on the plus icon at the top left of the interfac...

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This is a panorama taken in Zion National Park, Utah. I shot this panorama by taking six portrait (vertical) shots of the scene. They’re very underexposed because they were shot toward the sun and I didn’t want to do HDR, so the best option to get as much data possible was to underexpose. In this article, I’m going to show you how I created and retouched this panorama in the cloud-based version of Lightroom. Step One: Once you have your photos for your panorama, you can import them into Lightroom by going to File>Add Photos, or clicking on the plus icon at the top left of the interfac...

Having your camera directly connected to your computer while shooting offers many advantages to your workflow, and thankfully, the process in Lightroom Classic has been improved in recent updates. Some of the advantages include evaluating photos on a larger screen, having your photos already transferred to your computer when the shoot is done, being able to process your photos as they’re transferred, and the capability to share the photos online as you shoot by sending them to a synced collection.  The downside of tethering in Lightroom Classic is that the number of cameras it supports d...

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Having your camera directly connected to your computer while shooting offers many advantages to your workflow, and thankfully, the process in Lightroom Classic has been improved in recent updates. Some of the advantages include evaluating photos on a larger screen, having your photos already transferred to your computer when the shoot is done, being able to process your photos as they’re transferred, and the capability to share the photos online as you shoot by sending them to a synced collection.  The downside of tethering in Lightroom Classic is that the number of cameras it supports d...

Nik Color EFEX Pro Revisited

with Sean McCormack

Here at Maximum Workflow, we’ve reached another turning point. Most of the plug-ins we cover are going through update cycles with evolution rather than revolution. With the glorious archive available here at KelbyOne, you can look at previous articles on anything covered in the magazine. This means that unless a plug-in goes through a drastic change, there’s little need to keep going over the same stuff.  The other issue is that while we cover new features on a regular basis, we’ve often only barely touched on some of the older features because of space. I think we’ve come to the point w...

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Here at Maximum Workflow, we’ve reached another turning point. Most of the plug-ins we cover are going through update cycles with evolution rather than revolution. With the glorious archive available here at KelbyOne, you can look at previous articles on anything covered in the magazine. This means that unless a plug-in goes through a drastic change, there’s little need to keep going over the same stuff.  The other issue is that while we cover new features on a regular basis, we’ve often only barely touched on some of the older features because of space. I think we’ve come to the point w...

I made the opening photograph for this article on South Georgia Island during a 2020 Antarctica expedition. It’s my favorite image from the adventure for one main reason: It’s exactly the type of photograph I envisioned before I left home to explore the bottom of the world.  I like this photograph for another reason, which is more important to you: It illustrates many techniques, 22 to be exact, that help to make a good photograph.  In reading this article, keep in mind that even if one of your photographs illustrates only a few of these techniques, you’re on your way to making a pict...

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I made the opening photograph for this article on South Georgia Island during a 2020 Antarctica expedition. It’s my favorite image from the adventure for one main reason: It’s exactly the type of photograph I envisioned before I left home to explore the bottom of the world.  I like this photograph for another reason, which is more important to you: It illustrates many techniques, 22 to be exact, that help to make a good photograph.  In reading this article, keep in mind that even if one of your photographs illustrates only a few of these techniques, you’re on your way to making a pict...

The Art of Zootography

with Steven Gotz

The zoo is a wonderful place to begin or renew your love of photography! Join Steven Gotz at the Oakland Zoo as he takes you through all of the photographic opportunities that can be found at your local zoo. From shooting megafauna like lions and bears to microfauna like reptiles and insects, there’s always something to photograph at a zoo. In this class you’ll learn about the gear and camera settings you can use, how to shoot through fencing and glass, how to use small flash in surprising ways, how to shoot animals in natural looking habitats, the importance of doing your research before you go, and so much more. As Steven takes you through the zoo he shares many tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your zoo experience.

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The zoo is a wonderful place to begin or renew your love of photography! Join Steven Gotz at the Oakland Zoo as he takes you through all of the photographic opportunities that can be found at your local zoo. From shooting megafauna like lions and bears to microfauna like reptiles and insects, there’s always something to photograph at a zoo. In this class you’ll learn about the gear and camera settings you can use, how to shoot through fencing and glass, how to use small flash in surprising ways, how to shoot animals in natural looking habitats, the importance of doing your research before you go, and so much more. As Steven takes you through the zoo he shares many tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your zoo experience.

Lightroom Q&A

with Scott Kelby

Q. I’ve been using an external hard drive to keep my photos, but I plan on upgrading to an SSD drive. How do I get Lightroom to start using the new SSD drive after backing it up with data from the old drive? Thanks for your help!  A. When you go on your computer, and move your images from your old, external hard drive to your new SSD drive (good move, by the way—SSDs are so much faster and more reliable), and then unplug that old external hard drive, Lightroom will lose track of all your images (they’re not where Lightroom expects them to be). So all your images will be tagged as “missin...

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Q. I’ve been using an external hard drive to keep my photos, but I plan on upgrading to an SSD drive. How do I get Lightroom to start using the new SSD drive after backing it up with data from the old drive? Thanks for your help!  A. When you go on your computer, and move your images from your old, external hard drive to your new SSD drive (good move, by the way—SSDs are so much faster and more reliable), and then unplug that old external hard drive, Lightroom will lose track of all your images (they’re not where Lightroom expects them to be). So all your images will be tagged as “missin...

Lightroom Tips

with Sean Duggan

MIGRATING YOUR IMAGES TO A NEW HARD DRIVE  One of the realities of maintaining an archive of digital photographs is that hard drives will need to be replaced from time to time. The most common reason, of course, is that hard drives fill up with all the new photos you add to them. Even if a particular hard drive is already full and not being added to (e.g., from an earlier part of your archive), there’s also the consideration that older drives may need to be taken out of active service and replaced with newer drives. There are multiple ways to migrate your image files onto another hard dr...

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MIGRATING YOUR IMAGES TO A NEW HARD DRIVE  One of the realities of maintaining an archive of digital photographs is that hard drives will need to be replaced from time to time. The most common reason, of course, is that hard drives fill up with all the new photos you add to them. Even if a particular hard drive is already full and not being added to (e.g., from an earlier part of your archive), there’s also the consideration that older drives may need to be taken out of active service and replaced with newer drives. There are multiple ways to migrate your image files onto another hard dr...

This time around, I thought we’d explore the power of layer styles as a powerful and versatile design tool to create movie poster effects inspired by the new DC movie Birds of Prey. There are many a useful trick here to achieve dramatic effects!  Step One: We’ll begin with a simple texture. You can try this with just about any abstract texture that fits your overall look. The one we’re using here has some interesting scratches and a natural gritty look. As we’ll be using this texture in several different ways throughout this tutorial, you’ll want to have one that has a varied amount of t...

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This time around, I thought we’d explore the power of layer styles as a powerful and versatile design tool to create movie poster effects inspired by the new DC movie Birds of Prey. There are many a useful trick here to achieve dramatic effects!  Step One: We’ll begin with a simple texture. You can try this with just about any abstract texture that fits your overall look. The one we’re using here has some interesting scratches and a natural gritty look. As we’ll be using this texture in several different ways throughout this tutorial, you’ll want to have one that has a varied amount of t...

The Black Widow movie is the long-awaited MCU movie with a female lead. Essentially, it’s Marvel’s answer to DC’s Wonder Woman. With Natasha Romanoff finally leading her own film, the studios also released a spectacular poster promoting it. It’s a throwback to some classic movie poster design that looks like it’s more painting than photo. Using that as inspiration, we decided to dig into Photoshop and see how we might be able to come up with a similar effect, without having to actually paint the poster, that is! The result is a clever combination of filters and blending modes to create an e...

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The Black Widow movie is the long-awaited MCU movie with a female lead. Essentially, it’s Marvel’s answer to DC’s Wonder Woman. With Natasha Romanoff finally leading her own film, the studios also released a spectacular poster promoting it. It’s a throwback to some classic movie poster design that looks like it’s more painting than photo. Using that as inspiration, we decided to dig into Photoshop and see how we might be able to come up with a similar effect, without having to actually paint the poster, that is! The result is a clever combination of filters and blending modes to create an e...

In modern-day color photography, we tend to put more emphasis on our hues and neglect our tones; however, exposure and contrast are like the foundation of a building, so a good image relies more on tonal values than on color harmonies. The tools that can help us achieve tonal heaven are all grouped together at the top of Photoshop’s list of adjustment layers: Brightness/Contrast, Levels, Curves, and Exposure. In this article, we’re going to learn how to use these tools, and then we’ll apply our newfound understanding of them to create a couple popular looks through the application of stylis...

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In modern-day color photography, we tend to put more emphasis on our hues and neglect our tones; however, exposure and contrast are like the foundation of a building, so a good image relies more on tonal values than on color harmonies. The tools that can help us achieve tonal heaven are all grouped together at the top of Photoshop’s list of adjustment layers: Brightness/Contrast, Levels, Curves, and Exposure. In this article, we’re going to learn how to use these tools, and then we’ll apply our newfound understanding of them to create a couple popular looks through the application of stylis...

Welcome to the third installment of this Photoshop Composite series. In this part, I’ll show you different techniques and assets you can use to give your Photoshop composites the creative touches that will make your images stand out.  When putting together a Photoshop composite, always keep in mind the different elements that play in the story: the place, weather, atmosphere, movement, depth, light, etc. You can add all of these elements by using different brushes, textures, filters, colors, and light effects.  You can create your own textures, brushes, color grading filters, and acti...

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Welcome to the third installment of this Photoshop Composite series. In this part, I’ll show you different techniques and assets you can use to give your Photoshop composites the creative touches that will make your images stand out.  When putting together a Photoshop composite, always keep in mind the different elements that play in the story: the place, weather, atmosphere, movement, depth, light, etc. You can add all of these elements by using different brushes, textures, filters, colors, and light effects.  You can create your own textures, brushes, color grading filters, and acti...

Using the Gradients Panel

with Lesa Snider

The word gradient refers to a gradual blend between multiple colors. Gradients are useful for colorizing shapes, creating a new background, colorizing text, adding colors (or neutrals) to a photo, and more. In this article you’ll learn how to do all that using the improved Gradients panel in Photoshop 2020, as well as how to create a custom gradient of your own.  Filling an Object, Background, or Text with a Gradient  Step One: Create a new document by choosing File>New. You can make it any size you want; however, this example uses the 1000 Pixel Grid preset in the Art & Illust...

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The word gradient refers to a gradual blend between multiple colors. Gradients are useful for colorizing shapes, creating a new background, colorizing text, adding colors (or neutrals) to a photo, and more. In this article you’ll learn how to do all that using the improved Gradients panel in Photoshop 2020, as well as how to create a custom gradient of your own.  Filling an Object, Background, or Text with a Gradient  Step One: Create a new document by choosing File>New. You can make it any size you want; however, this example uses the 1000 Pixel Grid preset in the Art & Illust...

What better way to dramatically draw the attention of the viewer to the subject than a spotlight? From theatrical performances, to music concerts, to the largest award shows on TV, everyone uses a spotlight! So why should we in the Photoshop community be left behind?  In this article, we’ll learn how to simulate a spotlight with filters in Photoshop. Creating a spotlight is one of the easiest and most fun things to do. The real challenge is in creating the shadow that forms as a result of the spotlight. Whether you’re creating the exact effect as shown here, or simply playing with light ...

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What better way to dramatically draw the attention of the viewer to the subject than a spotlight? From theatrical performances, to music concerts, to the largest award shows on TV, everyone uses a spotlight! So why should we in the Photoshop community be left behind?  In this article, we’ll learn how to simulate a spotlight with filters in Photoshop. Creating a spotlight is one of the easiest and most fun things to do. The real challenge is in creating the shadow that forms as a result of the spotlight. Whether you’re creating the exact effect as shown here, or simply playing with light ...

I’ll always remember Midge from the Arctic Fox Centre in Sudavik, Iceland, telling me this: “You photographers have a special way of making the aurora [borealis] look amazing.” He’s right: We do, and it’s all in the retouching. The northern lights are an incredible display of the strength and beauty of nature. As a light source themselves, caused by the colliding of plasma ejected from the sun hitting particles in our upper atmosphere, we don’t need a lot of it to get a great photo. Obviously, we could get a better display with a stronger aurora, ideally with a geomagnetic storm resulting f...

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I’ll always remember Midge from the Arctic Fox Centre in Sudavik, Iceland, telling me this: “You photographers have a special way of making the aurora [borealis] look amazing.” He’s right: We do, and it’s all in the retouching. The northern lights are an incredible display of the strength and beauty of nature. As a light source themselves, caused by the colliding of plasma ejected from the sun hitting particles in our upper atmosphere, we don’t need a lot of it to get a great photo. Obviously, we could get a better display with a stronger aurora, ideally with a geomagnetic storm resulting f...

In this issue, we’re going to continue with our previous themes of selecting things that are more atmospheric. Even though artificial intelligence and machine-learning technologies are being added to Photoshop (see recent article here), the truth is that machines can still only be taught what a particular thing is: pizza, car, person, dog, building, clock, etc. But, as an editor, there are often things that can’t be seen as an object or thing. That’s where we still have to solve the problems for our projects by applying some awareness of tone, physics, and light.  For this image, let’s i...

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In this issue, we’re going to continue with our previous themes of selecting things that are more atmospheric. Even though artificial intelligence and machine-learning technologies are being added to Photoshop (see recent article here), the truth is that machines can still only be taught what a particular thing is: pizza, car, person, dog, building, clock, etc. But, as an editor, there are often things that can’t be seen as an object or thing. That’s where we still have to solve the problems for our projects by applying some awareness of tone, physics, and light.  For this image, let’s i...

Levels Magic

with Scott Valentine

By now you’re probably pretty familiar with Levels, but it’s worth digging into how this original Photoshop tool actually works, and looking at some hidden features for getting even more oomph in your work. Levels has some basic controls in the form of two sets of sliders with text fields for input. At the very top of the Properties panel (Window>Properties) is a histogram, showing a representation of each luminosity value’s relative “strength” in your image. In the bottom half of this image, take a look at the gradient, which goes from 20% to 80% gray (as opposed to a pure black o...

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By now you’re probably pretty familiar with Levels, but it’s worth digging into how this original Photoshop tool actually works, and looking at some hidden features for getting even more oomph in your work. Levels has some basic controls in the form of two sets of sliders with text fields for input. At the very top of the Properties panel (Window>Properties) is a histogram, showing a representation of each luminosity value’s relative “strength” in your image. In the bottom half of this image, take a look at the gradient, which goes from 20% to 80% gray (as opposed to a pure black o...

Being creative and finding new effects in Photoshop is always fun. Sometimes you see a trend or an effect and wonder how it was made, and reverse-engineering it is as much fun as creating it. In this tutorial, we’ll look at a technique I’ve seen recently called the “pixel stretch effect.” This is an effect where the main colors of a subject are stretched out and manipulated to look like a ribbon flowing behind them. It’s actually not that difficult to replicate, so in this tutorial, we’ll walk through a method using the tools in Photoshop. We just need a subject, a background, and some jigg...

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Being creative and finding new effects in Photoshop is always fun. Sometimes you see a trend or an effect and wonder how it was made, and reverse-engineering it is as much fun as creating it. In this tutorial, we’ll look at a technique I’ve seen recently called the “pixel stretch effect.” This is an effect where the main colors of a subject are stretched out and manipulated to look like a ribbon flowing behind them. It’s actually not that difficult to replicate, so in this tutorial, we’ll walk through a method using the tools in Photoshop. We just need a subject, a background, and some jigg...

Photoshop Q&A

with Dave Cross

Q: I keep making new documents with the same settings (size, resolution, etc.). Is there some way to automate this?  A: There are a couple of options. You could record an action where you enter the settings for the new document and then stop recording. Then just play that action any time you want a new document in that size. One advantage of this method is that, while you’re recording, you can also add anything else that you always need, such as guides.  The other option is in the New Document dialog: enter the settings you want to use and enter a name, then click the button to the ri...

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Q: I keep making new documents with the same settings (size, resolution, etc.). Is there some way to automate this?  A: There are a couple of options. You could record an action where you enter the settings for the new document and then stop recording. Then just play that action any time you want a new document in that size. One advantage of this method is that, while you’re recording, you can also add anything else that you always need, such as guides.  The other option is in the New Document dialog: enter the settings you want to use and enter a name, then click the button to the ri...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hi, everyone! This issue, I decided to share an old-school “aha” group of tips: the tips that make you say, “Aha!” and then wonder why you didn’t realize these things before. Don’t feel bad; Photoshop is such an expansive program, we’re all discovering new things all the time. I hope this column helps you discover something new. If it does, you might consider going to some back issues to see what else you may have missed.  Presentation Mode and Tabbing Through Documents  If you don’t already know about presentation mode, don’t worry, it’s extremely easy to activate. Simply press the F...

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Hi, everyone! This issue, I decided to share an old-school “aha” group of tips: the tips that make you say, “Aha!” and then wonder why you didn’t realize these things before. Don’t feel bad; Photoshop is such an expansive program, we’re all discovering new things all the time. I hope this column helps you discover something new. If it does, you might consider going to some back issues to see what else you may have missed.  Presentation Mode and Tabbing Through Documents  If you don’t already know about presentation mode, don’t worry, it’s extremely easy to activate. Simply press the F...

In a recent issue of Photoshop User you discussed the importance of image resolution and pixels per inch. Can you please elaborate?—Quinn  When we use the word “resolution” in the context of Photoshop, it can refer to several different concepts:  Image resolution is the size of the image’s pixels when printed.  Camera resolution is the specific number of pixels captured by your camera.  Monitor resolution is the number of pixels displayed on your screen.  Printer resolution does not refer to pixels, but rather the number of ink droplets required to reproduce each image pixe...

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In a recent issue of Photoshop User you discussed the importance of image resolution and pixels per inch. Can you please elaborate?—Quinn  When we use the word “resolution” in the context of Photoshop, it can refer to several different concepts:  Image resolution is the size of the image’s pixels when printed.  Camera resolution is the specific number of pixels captured by your camera.  Monitor resolution is the number of pixels displayed on your screen.  Printer resolution does not refer to pixels, but rather the number of ink droplets required to reproduce each image pixe...

Illuminated Backdrops

with Corey Barker

Learn how make the impossible possible by using the 3D space inside of Photoshop! Join Corey Barker as he teaches you how to create a 3D scene from 2D objects, where you have complete control over everything. In this project you’ll create an illuminated backdrop from scratch, place it in 3D space, create a floor that interacts with the backdrop, and then place silhouetted figures on the floor with complete control over every element. This project is a lot of fun and provides lots of room for creativity and experimentation.

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Learn how make the impossible possible by using the 3D space inside of Photoshop! Join Corey Barker as he teaches you how to create a 3D scene from 2D objects, where you have complete control over everything. In this project you’ll create an illuminated backdrop from scratch, place it in 3D space, create a floor that interacts with the backdrop, and then place silhouetted figures on the floor with complete control over every element. This project is a lot of fun and provides lots of room for creativity and experimentation.

Create A 3D Polaroid Effect

with Corey Barker

Learn how make the impossible possible by using the 3D space inside of Photoshop! Join Corey Barker as he teaches you how to create a 3D scene from 2D objects, where you have complete control over everything. In this project you’ll start with a photo of a Polaroid photo, transform it into a 3D object, and then create an entire scene in 3D space that would be impossible to do in real life. This project is a lot of fun and provides lots of room for creativity and experimentation.

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Learn how make the impossible possible by using the 3D space inside of Photoshop! Join Corey Barker as he teaches you how to create a 3D scene from 2D objects, where you have complete control over everything. In this project you’ll start with a photo of a Polaroid photo, transform it into a 3D object, and then create an entire scene in 3D space that would be impossible to do in real life. This project is a lot of fun and provides lots of room for creativity and experimentation.

Learn how to photograph an airshow like a pro with Moose Peterson! Join Moose for two days of shooting during Aviation Nation at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada. In this class Moose shares his process for preparing for the show, the gear you’ll need, what to look for when choosing your shooting locations, the camera settings he uses, and a host of important considerations to help you get the most out of your time. After two days of shooting, Moose reflects on what he’s seen, what he’s learned, and how to keep on improving over the day before. Moose wraps up the class with a look at his process for reviewing photos and post processing the keepers.

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Learn how to photograph an airshow like a pro with Moose Peterson! Join Moose for two days of shooting during Aviation Nation at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada. In this class Moose shares his process for preparing for the show, the gear you’ll need, what to look for when choosing your shooting locations, the camera settings he uses, and a host of important considerations to help you get the most out of your time. After two days of shooting, Moose reflects on what he’s seen, what he’s learned, and how to keep on improving over the day before. Moose wraps up the class with a look at his process for reviewing photos and post processing the keepers.

Learn how to create and edit movies in Lightroom Classic! Just about every digital camera has the ability to record awesome video. However, many of us don’t take advantage of this feature because we don’t want to learn a video editing program. Well, you’re going to be stunned to learn what you can do with video inside of Lightroom Classic. You can create wedding movies, behind the scenes videos, promotional videos, interviews, and more! You can put all of these together right inside of Lightroom Classic, and in this class you’ll learn how to trim video clips to show the best parts, how to edit video clips using the Develop module, how to arrange clips and stills to form your movie, how to add music, how to add titles, and so much more.

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Learn how to create and edit movies in Lightroom Classic! Just about every digital camera has the ability to record awesome video. However, many of us don’t take advantage of this feature because we don’t want to learn a video editing program. Well, you’re going to be stunned to learn what you can do with video inside of Lightroom Classic. You can create wedding movies, behind the scenes videos, promotional videos, interviews, and more! You can put all of these together right inside of Lightroom Classic, and in this class you’ll learn how to trim video clips to show the best parts, how to edit video clips using the Develop module, how to arrange clips and stills to form your movie, how to add music, how to add titles, and so much more.

Take your wildlife photography game to the next level! Join Moose Peterson as he shares the wisdom he's earned from 30 years in the field photographing critters. By understanding the biology of your subject and its environment you'll do a better job of creating photographs that make a difference. In this class Moose shares how he got started and the early lessons he learned, the importance of using the gear you already have, why dressing in the field for comfort in function is key, how to become a wildlife detective, why you need to get your camera settings nailed down so you can focus on what’s in front of the camera, and so much more. By the end of the class you'll be itching to do your homework as you plan your next wildlife photography adventure!

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Take your wildlife photography game to the next level! Join Moose Peterson as he shares the wisdom he's earned from 30 years in the field photographing critters. By understanding the biology of your subject and its environment you'll do a better job of creating photographs that make a difference. In this class Moose shares how he got started and the early lessons he learned, the importance of using the gear you already have, why dressing in the field for comfort in function is key, how to become a wildlife detective, why you need to get your camera settings nailed down so you can focus on what’s in front of the camera, and so much more. By the end of the class you'll be itching to do your homework as you plan your next wildlife photography adventure!

Waddesdon Manor is a grand country house in Buckinghamshire, U.K., that’s open to the general public, and that puts on wonderful light shows each Christmas. Completed in 1883, it was built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild as somewhere to host weekend summer parties for his mates. Ferdinand de Rothschild spared no expense hiring a French architect to create a neo-Renaissance style French châteaux fitted out with all the latest mod cons of the time. Today, the house and grounds are managed by the National Trust and have been featured in lots of movies, doubling as Buckingham Palace. Most rec...

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Waddesdon Manor is a grand country house in Buckinghamshire, U.K., that’s open to the general public, and that puts on wonderful light shows each Christmas. Completed in 1883, it was built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild as somewhere to host weekend summer parties for his mates. Ferdinand de Rothschild spared no expense hiring a French architect to create a neo-Renaissance style French châteaux fitted out with all the latest mod cons of the time. Today, the house and grounds are managed by the National Trust and have been featured in lots of movies, doubling as Buckingham Palace. Most rec...

Because I started photography in 2005, I never used film, so I wanted to challenge myself by shooting film and processing it in Lightroom. First, I tried a 4:5 film camera to follow in the footsteps of Ansel Adams, but out of 50 shots, I only kept two that were properly exposed. There was no sensor, so I had to use an external sensor. Then I bought a medium-format Mamiya 7 II. It wasn’t a cheap camera, but I really wanted to get the good stuff. The Mamiya was much easier to use because it has a sensor—up to 1 second of exposure, you’re good; above 1 second of exposure, you need to use an...

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Because I started photography in 2005, I never used film, so I wanted to challenge myself by shooting film and processing it in Lightroom. First, I tried a 4:5 film camera to follow in the footsteps of Ansel Adams, but out of 50 shots, I only kept two that were properly exposed. There was no sensor, so I had to use an external sensor. Then I bought a medium-format Mamiya 7 II. It wasn’t a cheap camera, but I really wanted to get the good stuff. The Mamiya was much easier to use because it has a sensor—up to 1 second of exposure, you’re good; above 1 second of exposure, you need to use an...

In the two years since Adobe transformed what was Lightroom CC 2015/Lightroom 6 into Lightroom Classic CC and what was Lightroom Mobile into a cloud-centric ecosystem named Lightroom CC (though Adobe has since dropped the CC from both names), we’ve seen both programs continue to evolve and mature. Working on the KelbyOne Lightroom Help Desk, I’ve also seen a lot of confusion among customers trying to figure out which program best fits their needs (and even which program is which).  It seems that sometimes people find themselves using the wrong version of Lightroom or even unaware that th...

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In the two years since Adobe transformed what was Lightroom CC 2015/Lightroom 6 into Lightroom Classic CC and what was Lightroom Mobile into a cloud-centric ecosystem named Lightroom CC (though Adobe has since dropped the CC from both names), we’ve seen both programs continue to evolve and mature. Working on the KelbyOne Lightroom Help Desk, I’ve also seen a lot of confusion among customers trying to figure out which program best fits their needs (and even which program is which).  It seems that sometimes people find themselves using the wrong version of Lightroom or even unaware that th...

Luminar 4

with Sean McCormack

Skylum is working hard to keep Luminar feature-rich, and most importantly, easy to use, especially for the beginner or casual photographer. It’s also priced for this market, but not at the expense of a rich feature set. To this end, a lot of the new features are AI-based, which means that the hard work of figuring out where your filter should apply or where masks are required is done for you. Even for pros, less time in editing is more time for getting clients in and making more money, which of course, is the pros’ game. Luminar 4 is a new application. It’s not a refinement of the previo...

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Skylum is working hard to keep Luminar feature-rich, and most importantly, easy to use, especially for the beginner or casual photographer. It’s also priced for this market, but not at the expense of a rich feature set. To this end, a lot of the new features are AI-based, which means that the hard work of figuring out where your filter should apply or where masks are required is done for you. Even for pros, less time in editing is more time for getting clients in and making more money, which of course, is the pros’ game. Luminar 4 is a new application. It’s not a refinement of the previo...

Idea to Image

with Rick Sammon

Every artistic creation—in photography, music, painting, writing, and so on—starts with an idea. Oftentimes, an idea goes through several incarnations before it becomes a reality. Of course, sometimes we realize that our original idea was not that great to begin with, so we ditch it. Or maybe our original idea takes on an unexpected, and even better, reality.  Endless Possibilities  When it comes to digital-photography image making, which starts with image capture and ends in the digital darkroom or with a print, the idea-to-image possibilities are virtually endless. The only limitati...

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Every artistic creation—in photography, music, painting, writing, and so on—starts with an idea. Oftentimes, an idea goes through several incarnations before it becomes a reality. Of course, sometimes we realize that our original idea was not that great to begin with, so we ditch it. Or maybe our original idea takes on an unexpected, and even better, reality.  Endless Possibilities  When it comes to digital-photography image making, which starts with image capture and ends in the digital darkroom or with a print, the idea-to-image possibilities are virtually endless. The only limitati...

Lightroom Q&A

with Scott Kelby

Q. I’ve been using a Nikon 800E and Lightroom 6 for the past five years. I’ve recently purchased a Nikon 850 and so far so good, until I try importing into Lightroom. It tells me Lightroom can’t read my photos. Is there a button I haven’t pressed, or is it that the 850 has so many more pixels than the 800E and, therefore, Lightroom needs to be upgraded?  A. Don’t worry, it’s not you. Well, at least it’s not a button you didn’t press; it’s a camera you bought. Adobe doesn’t go back and update old software to support the latest cameras (Lightroom 6 is nearly five years old, which is a life...

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Q. I’ve been using a Nikon 800E and Lightroom 6 for the past five years. I’ve recently purchased a Nikon 850 and so far so good, until I try importing into Lightroom. It tells me Lightroom can’t read my photos. Is there a button I haven’t pressed, or is it that the 850 has so many more pixels than the 800E and, therefore, Lightroom needs to be upgraded?  A. Don’t worry, it’s not you. Well, at least it’s not a button you didn’t press; it’s a camera you bought. Adobe doesn’t go back and update old software to support the latest cameras (Lightroom 6 is nearly five years old, which is a life...

Lightroom Tips

with Sean Duggan

The first step for photos in your Lightroom Classic catalog is the import process. Whether you’re importing from a camera memory card or from a location on a hard drive, most importing starts with the Import dialog, but there are other ways that you can import photos into Lightroom. Let’s take a look at some alternative ways to import photos into your Lightroom catalog, as well as some of the ways you can use presets in the import process.  IMPORT DIRECTLY INTO AN EXISTING FOLDER  If you know that you want to import new images into a specific folder, Right-click on the folder in the F...

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The first step for photos in your Lightroom Classic catalog is the import process. Whether you’re importing from a camera memory card or from a location on a hard drive, most importing starts with the Import dialog, but there are other ways that you can import photos into Lightroom. Let’s take a look at some alternative ways to import photos into your Lightroom catalog, as well as some of the ways you can use presets in the import process.  IMPORT DIRECTLY INTO AN EXISTING FOLDER  If you know that you want to import new images into a specific folder, Right-click on the folder in the F...

Lightroom Workflow on the Go

with Clifford Pickett

Learn how to use Lightroom Classic and the Lightroom cloud together for a streamlined workflow that you can take with you anywhere you go! Join Clifford Pickett as he takes you through his steps for automating your import workflow into Lightroom Classic, use keywords to help you find your photos, group them into collections, and set up your Lightroom Classic catalog to sync with the cloud. From there he walks you through the steps for importing photos into the Lightroom cloud app on your mobile device when you are in the field, and how to use the mobile app for making selects, editing, and sharing your photos from where ever you are. Clifford wraps up the class with a look at how to manage your Lightroom Classic catalog and cloud storage when you return home.

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Learn how to use Lightroom Classic and the Lightroom cloud together for a streamlined workflow that you can take with you anywhere you go! Join Clifford Pickett as he takes you through his steps for automating your import workflow into Lightroom Classic, use keywords to help you find your photos, group them into collections, and set up your Lightroom Classic catalog to sync with the cloud. From there he walks you through the steps for importing photos into the Lightroom cloud app on your mobile device when you are in the field, and how to use the mobile app for making selects, editing, and sharing your photos from where ever you are. Clifford wraps up the class with a look at how to manage your Lightroom Classic catalog and cloud storage when you return home.

Learn how to take better portraits of the locals when you are traveling! Join Scott Kelby and Rick Sammon as they teach you a progression of techniques that you can use to make your travel photos come alive by including people in the scenes you capture. Scott and Rick start the class with a discussion of their favorite gear, and then jump right into giving you the tools you need to come back home with photos you are proud of and really show the culture of the location you visited. In this class you’ll learn about approaches for candid (and semi-candid) portraits, photographing the vendors and staff you interact with, getting the locals to pose, paying locals, hiring models, and so much more! Watch this class and decide to take these few extra steps on your next travel adventure and you’re sure to see an immediate change in your photography!

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Learn how to take better portraits of the locals when you are traveling! Join Scott Kelby and Rick Sammon as they teach you a progression of techniques that you can use to make your travel photos come alive by including people in the scenes you capture. Scott and Rick start the class with a discussion of their favorite gear, and then jump right into giving you the tools you need to come back home with photos you are proud of and really show the culture of the location you visited. In this class you’ll learn about approaches for candid (and semi-candid) portraits, photographing the vendors and staff you interact with, getting the locals to pose, paying locals, hiring models, and so much more! Watch this class and decide to take these few extra steps on your next travel adventure and you’re sure to see an immediate change in your photography!

Learn to see in a new way and rediscover your joy for photography! Join Ibarionex Perello in downtown LA for an exploration of the principles used to make great photographs. While this class uses street photography as the vehicle for seeing differently, the lessons learned can be applied to all types of photography. As you follow Ibarionex through the streets he’ll share his perspectives on gear and camera settings, how your mindset affects what you see, and how to see the world graphically so that you can use those graphic elements to build stronger photographic compositions.

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Learn to see in a new way and rediscover your joy for photography! Join Ibarionex Perello in downtown LA for an exploration of the principles used to make great photographs. While this class uses street photography as the vehicle for seeing differently, the lessons learned can be applied to all types of photography. As you follow Ibarionex through the streets he’ll share his perspectives on gear and camera settings, how your mindset affects what you see, and how to see the world graphically so that you can use those graphic elements to build stronger photographic compositions.

Join Scott Kelby and Larry Becker to learn where to go, what to see, and what to photograph in Chicago! In this class Scott shares an in-depth look at 21 visually rich locations to photograph in and around Chicago. Throughout each lesson Larry Becker asks the kinds of questions you are thinking to get Scott’s answers to the gear and camera settings he used, post processing techniques, insider tips for each location, and all the important information you’d want to know before you go. Be sure to download the PDF that includes all of the addresses for each location mentioned in the class.

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Join Scott Kelby and Larry Becker to learn where to go, what to see, and what to photograph in Chicago! In this class Scott shares an in-depth look at 21 visually rich locations to photograph in and around Chicago. Throughout each lesson Larry Becker asks the kinds of questions you are thinking to get Scott’s answers to the gear and camera settings he used, post processing techniques, insider tips for each location, and all the important information you’d want to know before you go. Be sure to download the PDF that includes all of the addresses for each location mentioned in the class.

Happy New Year! I thought we’d kick off this year of creative exercises with some really cool color compositing effects. We’re going to explore a few aspects of Photoshop you may not have used before and, by doing so, you might discover a new way to design with color and blending effects. Plus, we’ll throw in a few cool tips on formatting text as a design element. Step One: Go under the File menu and choose New to create a new document for the design composite. Set the Width to 1,600 and the Height to 2,000 pixels. Set the Resolution to 100 Pixels/Inch, leave the Background Contents set ...

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Happy New Year! I thought we’d kick off this year of creative exercises with some really cool color compositing effects. We’re going to explore a few aspects of Photoshop you may not have used before and, by doing so, you might discover a new way to design with color and blending effects. Plus, we’ll throw in a few cool tips on formatting text as a design element. Step One: Go under the File menu and choose New to create a new document for the design composite. Set the Width to 1,600 and the Height to 2,000 pixels. Set the Resolution to 100 Pixels/Inch, leave the Background Contents set ...

The Star Wars universe has long served as inspiration ground for artists of all kinds. Now that the property is more than 40 years old, we can see how the material has changed and adapted to a modern generation. What hasn’t changed is that it still inspires young and old. One of the latest properties is The Mandalorian streaming series. It’s undeniably Star Wars, but has a grittiness to it that feels more like a western than a sci-fi space drama. In this project, we delve into creating a Mandalorian-inspired character poster. Note: This project uses a few stock files from Adobe Stock. If...

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The Star Wars universe has long served as inspiration ground for artists of all kinds. Now that the property is more than 40 years old, we can see how the material has changed and adapted to a modern generation. What hasn’t changed is that it still inspires young and old. One of the latest properties is The Mandalorian streaming series. It’s undeniably Star Wars, but has a grittiness to it that feels more like a western than a sci-fi space drama. In this project, we delve into creating a Mandalorian-inspired character poster. Note: This project uses a few stock files from Adobe Stock. If...

Photoshop on the iPad

with Terry White

The day that many of us were waiting for has finally arrived! Adobe released the long-awaited Photoshop for iPad. Ever since it was teased at Adobe MAX in 2018, people anxiously awaited the actual release. Photoshop is such a diverse tool and everyone uses it in different ways, so expectations were all over the map. Honestly, I was afraid that no matter which features were released in this 1.0 version, it wouldn’t be enough to satisfy the masses. Fortunately, Adobe took the right approach even though it may not feel like it just yet.k Thirty Years of Photoshop Photoshop 1.0 was releas...

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The day that many of us were waiting for has finally arrived! Adobe released the long-awaited Photoshop for iPad. Ever since it was teased at Adobe MAX in 2018, people anxiously awaited the actual release. Photoshop is such a diverse tool and everyone uses it in different ways, so expectations were all over the map. Honestly, I was afraid that no matter which features were released in this 1.0 version, it wouldn’t be enough to satisfy the masses. Fortunately, Adobe took the right approach even though it may not feel like it just yet.k Thirty Years of Photoshop Photoshop 1.0 was releas...

Last issue, we talked about selections, layer masks, and perspective when it comes to building composites; this time, we’re going to dive a little deeper into different techniques, tricks, and shortcuts to make your next Photoshop composite epic. A big giveaway that images are Photoshop composites is when the elements lack depth and they look like a bunch images just stapled together. There’s a little trick that you can use to create depth when you’re adding elements to a composite. For the following shortcuts, I’ll be using the same pirate ship image I used in Part 1. Adding Depth ...

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Last issue, we talked about selections, layer masks, and perspective when it comes to building composites; this time, we’re going to dive a little deeper into different techniques, tricks, and shortcuts to make your next Photoshop composite epic. A big giveaway that images are Photoshop composites is when the elements lack depth and they look like a bunch images just stapled together. There’s a little trick that you can use to create depth when you’re adding elements to a composite. For the following shortcuts, I’ll be using the same pirate ship image I used in Part 1. Adding Depth ...

Real life is rarely perfect; but thanks to Photoshop, your photos can be. So, if that stunning shot of you (or your client) atop the ski mountain of your dreams lacks a mountainous reflection in your goggles, you can add it in post. The technique is nondestructive, so you won’t harm the photo, and covers foundational Photoshop skills. Let’s get started! Step One: In Photoshop, open an image of a skier with goggles. (If you’re starting in Lightroom, select the photo’s thumbnail and choose Photo>Edit In>Edit In Adobe Photoshop CC 2020.) If you’d like to download the low-res waterm...

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Real life is rarely perfect; but thanks to Photoshop, your photos can be. So, if that stunning shot of you (or your client) atop the ski mountain of your dreams lacks a mountainous reflection in your goggles, you can add it in post. The technique is nondestructive, so you won’t harm the photo, and covers foundational Photoshop skills. Let’s get started! Step One: In Photoshop, open an image of a skier with goggles. (If you’re starting in Lightroom, select the photo’s thumbnail and choose Photo>Edit In>Edit In Adobe Photoshop CC 2020.) If you’d like to download the low-res waterm...

Blend modes and adjustment layers are the building blocks of creating special effects in Photoshop. In this article, we’ll use these features to convert an image to a pencil sketch. To make the effect more realistic and convincing, we’ll also mix it up with a few manual brushstrokes. So without further ado, let’s get started! Step One: Open the Image First, let’s open the image of the subject in Photoshop. If you want to follow along with the photo used here, you may download the JPEG preview for free, or license the full-resolution version from Adobe Stock by clicking here . After lo...

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Blend modes and adjustment layers are the building blocks of creating special effects in Photoshop. In this article, we’ll use these features to convert an image to a pencil sketch. To make the effect more realistic and convincing, we’ll also mix it up with a few manual brushstrokes. So without further ado, let’s get started! Step One: Open the Image First, let’s open the image of the subject in Photoshop. If you want to follow along with the photo used here, you may download the JPEG preview for free, or license the full-resolution version from Adobe Stock by clicking here . After lo...

It’s as if a dream has come true in the world of selections in Photoshop. During the Adobe MAX event this past November, Adobe released Photoshop 2020, and there were some great advancements in the software, not only in performance, but also in feature upgrades. There’s a lot to play with and learn in this new version. Check out Julieanne Kost’s review of all the new elements , as well as Scott Valentine’s in-depth article from last issue on all the upgrades. So what’s the exciting update for selections? The Object Selection tool! When you upgrade to Photoshop 2020 and go into your Toolb...

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It’s as if a dream has come true in the world of selections in Photoshop. During the Adobe MAX event this past November, Adobe released Photoshop 2020, and there were some great advancements in the software, not only in performance, but also in feature upgrades. There’s a lot to play with and learn in this new version. Check out Julieanne Kost’s review of all the new elements , as well as Scott Valentine’s in-depth article from last issue on all the upgrades. So what’s the exciting update for selections? The Object Selection tool! When you upgrade to Photoshop 2020 and go into your Toolb...

Painting with Fresco

with Scott Valentine

With all of the energy surrounding Photoshop’s release on the iPad, you may have missed another worthy app that came out earlier this year: Fresco . Available on the iPad, Surface, and Wacom MobileStudio Pro tablets, Fresco is Adobe’s foray into digital-painting capabilities using the Photoshop look and feel for mobile devices. This issue, let’s look at Live Brushes in Fresco, and see them in action for converting a photo to a painting, as well as painting a digital background. First, let’s set some expectations: Fresco is not Photoshop and isn’t meant for image editing. You won’t find a...

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With all of the energy surrounding Photoshop’s release on the iPad, you may have missed another worthy app that came out earlier this year: Fresco . Available on the iPad, Surface, and Wacom MobileStudio Pro tablets, Fresco is Adobe’s foray into digital-painting capabilities using the Photoshop look and feel for mobile devices. This issue, let’s look at Live Brushes in Fresco, and see them in action for converting a photo to a painting, as well as painting a digital background. First, let’s set some expectations: Fresco is not Photoshop and isn’t meant for image editing. You won’t find a...

Photoshop 2020 was released at Adobe MAX last November, but now it’s actually the year 2020. Scott Valentine covered all the new features last issue , but in this issue, I want to focus on a specific updated feature: custom shapes (this will be a refresh to an article I wrote last year). Adobe had previously added the ability to manage brushes in the Brushes panel using folders, and now they’ve added that same functionality to the Swatches and Styles panels. Adobe also added new panels for Shapes, Gradients, and Patterns. Even though I’m only covering the updated features in the new Shapes ...

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Photoshop 2020 was released at Adobe MAX last November, but now it’s actually the year 2020. Scott Valentine covered all the new features last issue , but in this issue, I want to focus on a specific updated feature: custom shapes (this will be a refresh to an article I wrote last year). Adobe had previously added the ability to manage brushes in the Brushes panel using folders, and now they’ve added that same functionality to the Swatches and Styles panels. Adobe also added new panels for Shapes, Gradients, and Patterns. Even though I’m only covering the updated features in the new Shapes ...

Photoshop Q&A

with Dave Cross

Q: Sometimes I have elements on layers that are so small that even with the layer thumbnails set to large in the Layers panel, I can’t tell which layer is which. Any suggestions? A: If you use the flyout menu at the top of the Layers panel, there’s a menu option called Panel Options. In the resulting dialog you’ll see two options under Thumbnail Contains and, by default, it’s set to Entire Document, which means that each layer thumbnail displays the entire size of the document. The other option is Layer Bounds, which will change the display of all thumbnails to show only what appears on ...

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Q: Sometimes I have elements on layers that are so small that even with the layer thumbnails set to large in the Layers panel, I can’t tell which layer is which. Any suggestions? A: If you use the flyout menu at the top of the Layers panel, there’s a menu option called Panel Options. In the resulting dialog you’ll see two options under Thumbnail Contains and, by default, it’s set to Entire Document, which means that each layer thumbnail displays the entire size of the document. The other option is Layer Bounds, which will change the display of all thumbnails to show only what appears on ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Happy New Year! A new year means it’s time to learn new skills, and I have some great tips for you this issue to get you started. By the way, be sure to visit the archives on KelbyOne where you can access back issues of Photoshop User magazine and check out all my other tips. A great resolution for this year would be to learn one new Photoshop tip each day (or at least one a week), and then see how much faster you’re working in Photoshop a year from now. A Better Perspective on Things Vanishing Point (Filter>Vanishing Point) is a great way to clone and paint in perspective. Many pe...

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Happy New Year! A new year means it’s time to learn new skills, and I have some great tips for you this issue to get you started. By the way, be sure to visit the archives on KelbyOne where you can access back issues of Photoshop User magazine and check out all my other tips. A great resolution for this year would be to learn one new Photoshop tip each day (or at least one a week), and then see how much faster you’re working in Photoshop a year from now. A Better Perspective on Things Vanishing Point (Filter>Vanishing Point) is a great way to clone and paint in perspective. Many pe...

I heard that with the new macOS, I can use my iPad as a second screen and paint right on it. Is this true and, if so, do I no longer need my Wacom tablet?—Pauline Indeed, if you have the proper hardware and operating systems, you can use an iPad as a second screen. Just like connecting an external monitor, an iPad can mirror (show the same thing on both screens) or can extend your Desktop (providing additional workspace). Want to show a client some photos, but don’t want them looking over your shoulder? Connect the iPad, mirror the screens, and let them see on the iPad what you’re seeing...

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I heard that with the new macOS, I can use my iPad as a second screen and paint right on it. Is this true and, if so, do I no longer need my Wacom tablet?—Pauline Indeed, if you have the proper hardware and operating systems, you can use an iPad as a second screen. Just like connecting an external monitor, an iPad can mirror (show the same thing on both screens) or can extend your Desktop (providing additional workspace). Want to show a client some photos, but don’t want them looking over your shoulder? Connect the iPad, mirror the screens, and let them see on the iPad what you’re seeing...

Join Viktor Fejes and learn all of the Photoshop tips and tricks he wished he knew when he started out as a retoucher. Starting with the benefits of a tablet and proper monitor, Viktor dives into his favorite interface settings, how to get the most out of pen pressure on your tablet, key brush settings for retouching, how to easily tone down highlights on skin, brilliant tips for working with layer masks, alternative ways to cut out hair from a background, and so much more.

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Join Viktor Fejes and learn all of the Photoshop tips and tricks he wished he knew when he started out as a retoucher. Starting with the benefits of a tablet and proper monitor, Viktor dives into his favorite interface settings, how to get the most out of pen pressure on your tablet, key brush settings for retouching, how to easily tone down highlights on skin, brilliant tips for working with layer masks, alternative ways to cut out hair from a background, and so much more.

Take your photography to the next level with the Plotaverse platform! Join Troy Christopher Plota, the creator of the Plotaverse platform, as he teaches you how to get the most out of the Plotaverse suite of apps and utilize the motion art you create to promote your work on social media. In this class you’ll learn the ins and outs of the Plotaverse sharing platform, how to animate a still photo using Plotagraph, how to apply special effects and overlays to your motion art, how to create advanced motion effects, how to morph multiple photos into an animation, and how to create a portfolio of work that you can use to promote yourself to the world.

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Take your photography to the next level with the Plotaverse platform! Join Troy Christopher Plota, the creator of the Plotaverse platform, as he teaches you how to get the most out of the Plotaverse suite of apps and utilize the motion art you create to promote your work on social media. In this class you’ll learn the ins and outs of the Plotaverse sharing platform, how to animate a still photo using Plotagraph, how to apply special effects and overlays to your motion art, how to create advanced motion effects, how to morph multiple photos into an animation, and how to create a portfolio of work that you can use to promote yourself to the world.

Adobe MAX began on November 4th, and with it, a whole lot of updates have been released across the spectrum of Adobe products. Let’s take a look at what goodies have been added to the Lightroom family of applications. Lightroom Classic Updates Lightroom Classic has been updated to version 9.0, and with it came some welcome additions, fixes, and new camera support. Also, don’t be surprised when you’re asked to upgrade a copy of your catalog on first launch (Scott has a great blog post on this). Export with Multiple Export Presets Applied This one has been a frequently requested f...

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Adobe MAX began on November 4th, and with it, a whole lot of updates have been released across the spectrum of Adobe products. Let’s take a look at what goodies have been added to the Lightroom family of applications. Lightroom Classic Updates Lightroom Classic has been updated to version 9.0, and with it came some welcome additions, fixes, and new camera support. Also, don’t be surprised when you’re asked to upgrade a copy of your catalog on first launch (Scott has a great blog post on this). Export with Multiple Export Presets Applied This one has been a frequently requested f...

“Did you see that?” exclaimed my friend Charles, as an MGB car sped around the chicane on three wheels. Indeed I had, but it took a few more laps before I managed to photograph the perfect moment when the front wheel could clearly be seen lifting up off the track. The occasion was this year’s Goodwood Revival festival, hosted by the Duke of Richmond at the UK’s Goodwood Motor Circuit. From the late 1940s through the mid-1960s, Goodwood was the spiritual home of British motor racing; but with the advent of Formula 1, the circuit was forced to close in 1966 because it was deemed too small. In...

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“Did you see that?” exclaimed my friend Charles, as an MGB car sped around the chicane on three wheels. Indeed I had, but it took a few more laps before I managed to photograph the perfect moment when the front wheel could clearly be seen lifting up off the track. The occasion was this year’s Goodwood Revival festival, hosted by the Duke of Richmond at the UK’s Goodwood Motor Circuit. From the late 1940s through the mid-1960s, Goodwood was the spiritual home of British motor racing; but with the advent of Formula 1, the circuit was forced to close in 1966 because it was deemed too small. In...

Using a five-year-old Mac computer to travel, I found some good tips to speed up my Lightroom Classic and I wanted to share these tips with you! This is going to save you time, so you can spend more time going out and shooting more amazing photos! Tip #1: Use an SSD Drive If you’re using a laptop or desktop that doesn’t have an SSD drive and are working with a Lightroom catalog, then you need to get a computer with an SSD. I personally use a Drobo to store all my photos, which are not on my SSD; but the Lightroom catalog is on the SSD. That’s very important, because SSDs are much fast...

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Using a five-year-old Mac computer to travel, I found some good tips to speed up my Lightroom Classic and I wanted to share these tips with you! This is going to save you time, so you can spend more time going out and shooting more amazing photos! Tip #1: Use an SSD Drive If you’re using a laptop or desktop that doesn’t have an SSD drive and are working with a Lightroom catalog, then you need to get a computer with an SSD. I personally use a Drobo to store all my photos, which are not on my SSD; but the Lightroom catalog is on the SSD. That’s very important, because SSDs are much fast...

Adobe updated all of their products in November 2019 (check out my article on all the updates to the Lightroom family of apps on p. 10), but I want to focus on two new additions to Lightroom Classic. The first has the potential to be a huge timesaver for anyone who needs to export multiple versions of photos with different settings (such as a print size and a web size, or a JPEG version and a TIFF version, and so on). Then I’ll wrap up with a nice-to-know addition to presets in the Develop module. Using Multiple Export Presets at Once For as long as I can remember, people have been as...

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Adobe updated all of their products in November 2019 (check out my article on all the updates to the Lightroom family of apps on p. 10), but I want to focus on two new additions to Lightroom Classic. The first has the potential to be a huge timesaver for anyone who needs to export multiple versions of photos with different settings (such as a print size and a web size, or a JPEG version and a TIFF version, and so on). Then I’ll wrap up with a nice-to-know addition to presets in the Develop module. Using Multiple Export Presets at Once For as long as I can remember, people have been as...

Exposure X5

with Sean McCormack

X5 marks the latest installment of the editing and photo-management package by Exposure Software (formerly Alien Skin). It’s all about constant evolution rather than being revolutionary, as the addition of photo-management features was way back. Still, this new version sees the addition of some very neat items. One minor one is chromatic-aberration control, which allows you to fix color fringes on highlight edges. I call it minor, but it’s actually a big thing—there’s a much bigger feature, too. Stock agencies will reject photos if fringing is present, for example. It’s also just plain ugly...

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X5 marks the latest installment of the editing and photo-management package by Exposure Software (formerly Alien Skin). It’s all about constant evolution rather than being revolutionary, as the addition of photo-management features was way back. Still, this new version sees the addition of some very neat items. One minor one is chromatic-aberration control, which allows you to fix color fringes on highlight edges. I call it minor, but it’s actually a big thing—there’s a much bigger feature, too. Stock agencies will reject photos if fringing is present, for example. It’s also just plain ugly...

Light Transformations

with Tom Bol

All photographers are students of light. Without light, there is no image. Landscape photographers get up at the crack of dawn to capture crimson sun rays as they scroll down jagged peaks. Sports photographers dial up their ISO to 6400 to freeze a slam dunk while working in low-light arenas. And wedding photographers fire speedlights to backlight the first dance between bride and groom. The quality and style of lighting directly affects what these photographers capture. In some situations, we can control the light, while in other scenarios, we are at nature’s discretion for interesting ligh...

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All photographers are students of light. Without light, there is no image. Landscape photographers get up at the crack of dawn to capture crimson sun rays as they scroll down jagged peaks. Sports photographers dial up their ISO to 6400 to freeze a slam dunk while working in low-light arenas. And wedding photographers fire speedlights to backlight the first dance between bride and groom. The quality and style of lighting directly affects what these photographers capture. In some situations, we can control the light, while in other scenarios, we are at nature’s discretion for interesting ligh...

Lightroom Q&A

with Scott Kelby

My question is: Since Lightroom applies sharpening automatically when you use Auto, do you need to reapply sharpening in Photoshop? Should you turn down all sharpening that Lightroom applies if you plan to sharpen in Photoshop? The sharpening that’s automatically applied in Lightroom doesn’t actually have anything to do with the Auto button in the Basic panel. It only adjusts tone, not sharpening. If you’re shooting in RAW, doing so turns off the sharpening in your camera that would be applied to your image automatically if you were shooting in JPEG. So, Lightroom automatically applies a...

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My question is: Since Lightroom applies sharpening automatically when you use Auto, do you need to reapply sharpening in Photoshop? Should you turn down all sharpening that Lightroom applies if you plan to sharpen in Photoshop? The sharpening that’s automatically applied in Lightroom doesn’t actually have anything to do with the Auto button in the Basic panel. It only adjusts tone, not sharpening. If you’re shooting in RAW, doing so turns off the sharpening in your camera that would be applied to your image automatically if you were shooting in JPEG. So, Lightroom automatically applies a...

Lightroom Tips

with Sean Duggan

This month, we have a variety pack of tips covering the cloud-based Lightroom, Lightroom for mobile on iOS, and some general housekeeping tips for Lightroom Classic after you upgrade to a new version of the program. NEW INTERACTIVE TUTORIALS IN LIGHTROOM AND LIGHTROOM FOR MOBILE In the November 2019 release, there was an exciting new feature added to both Lightroom (the cloud-based version) and Lightroom for mobile. I’m referring to the Learn and Discover sections of the Home screen, which feature tutorials from professional photographers that will help both beginners and seasoned use...

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This month, we have a variety pack of tips covering the cloud-based Lightroom, Lightroom for mobile on iOS, and some general housekeeping tips for Lightroom Classic after you upgrade to a new version of the program. NEW INTERACTIVE TUTORIALS IN LIGHTROOM AND LIGHTROOM FOR MOBILE In the November 2019 release, there was an exciting new feature added to both Lightroom (the cloud-based version) and Lightroom for mobile. I’m referring to the Learn and Discover sections of the Home screen, which feature tutorials from professional photographers that will help both beginners and seasoned use...

There’s a new version of Photoshop in town! Get up to speed fast with Scott Kelby where you’ll be introduced to all the new features debuted at Adobe MAX as well as all the new features Adobe has added to Photoshop over the last year. Photoshop 2020 is the best version to date, and it just keeps getting better and better. There’s a lot of cool new features that you’ll want to add to your workflow, so let’s dive in!

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There’s a new version of Photoshop in town! Get up to speed fast with Scott Kelby where you’ll be introduced to all the new features debuted at Adobe MAX as well as all the new features Adobe has added to Photoshop over the last year. Photoshop 2020 is the best version to date, and it just keeps getting better and better. There’s a lot of cool new features that you’ll want to add to your workflow, so let’s dive in!

This year, photographers from around the world gathered on October 5 to explore, photograph, share photos with one another, make new friends, and be a part of a great cause. The Worldwide Photo Walk supports the Springs Of Hope Kenya Orphanage, an organization that feeds, houses, educates, and empowers young orphans. With more than 860 walks and 17,800 walkers from all around the globe, this year we raised $10,768 for the Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage. On the following pages are the winners of this year’s Photo Walk contests, who won some incredible prizes from our amazing sponsors (click...

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This year, photographers from around the world gathered on October 5 to explore, photograph, share photos with one another, make new friends, and be a part of a great cause. The Worldwide Photo Walk supports the Springs Of Hope Kenya Orphanage, an organization that feeds, houses, educates, and empowers young orphans. With more than 860 walks and 17,800 walkers from all around the globe, this year we raised $10,768 for the Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage. On the following pages are the winners of this year’s Photo Walk contests, who won some incredible prizes from our amazing sponsors (click...

In this holiday-themed exercise, we’ll take some simple shapes and create a custom winter scene in the style of a multi-layered paper cutout effect. With just a few shapes and some simple layer styles you can craft a scene with realistic lighting and depth. You can use stock shapes or your own custom shapes to create a variety of scenes or even a series of holiday scenes. Step One: Start by going to the File menu and choosing New to create a new blank Photoshop document. Obviously, you can create whatever size you need but, for our purposes, we’re going to keep it small at 1100x1100 pixe...

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In this holiday-themed exercise, we’ll take some simple shapes and create a custom winter scene in the style of a multi-layered paper cutout effect. With just a few shapes and some simple layer styles you can craft a scene with realistic lighting and depth. You can use stock shapes or your own custom shapes to create a variety of scenes or even a series of holiday scenes. Step One: Start by going to the File menu and choosing New to create a new blank Photoshop document. Obviously, you can create whatever size you need but, for our purposes, we’re going to keep it small at 1100x1100 pixe...

The recent movie Joker is a fascinating exploration into the character of one of the most intriguing villains in comic book history. Whether the film did the iconic character justice is up for discussion, but there’s no denying that some of the promotional artwork was downright brilliant. This project draws inspiration from one of the movie posters that shows a Joker card with the double faces. The idea that the Joker’s smile is the frown of the man, Arthur Fleck, is an excellent bit of visual ingenuity. This project will pull out several of Photoshop’s more advanced tools in order to make ...

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The recent movie Joker is a fascinating exploration into the character of one of the most intriguing villains in comic book history. Whether the film did the iconic character justice is up for discussion, but there’s no denying that some of the promotional artwork was downright brilliant. This project draws inspiration from one of the movie posters that shows a Joker card with the double faces. The idea that the Joker’s smile is the frown of the man, Arthur Fleck, is an excellent bit of visual ingenuity. This project will pull out several of Photoshop’s more advanced tools in order to make ...

By now you’ve heard that Photoshop 2020 is available to Creative Cloud subscribers, and that means new stuff! This round has been all about streamlining your workflow, and I think the Photoshop team really delivered in some key areas, from updates to already powerful tools to better integration across devices. Here’s everything we could uncover about what’s new in Photoshop 2020. Be sure to stick around for a hidden bonus feature at the end! Note: If any of the new features in Photoshop 2020 don’t seem to be showing up for you, the usual remedy is to reset your preferences. Close Photosh...

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By now you’ve heard that Photoshop 2020 is available to Creative Cloud subscribers, and that means new stuff! This round has been all about streamlining your workflow, and I think the Photoshop team really delivered in some key areas, from updates to already powerful tools to better integration across devices. Here’s everything we could uncover about what’s new in Photoshop 2020. Be sure to stick around for a hidden bonus feature at the end! Note: If any of the new features in Photoshop 2020 don’t seem to be showing up for you, the usual remedy is to reset your preferences. Close Photosh...

Welcome to my “14th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide,” here in Photoshop User magazine. I know it’s hard to believe I’ve been writing this for 14 years, which must also mean that I’ve apparently amassed a huge collection of stuff that’s now horribly outdated. This is precisely why it’s so critical that I create a new “Holiday Gear Guide” each year, and sell the old stuff on eBay to pay for all my new stuff. It’s a vicious cycle, and one that I’m certain drives my wife crazy. But don’t let our holiday gift discord dissuade you from making the same mistake I have, because it’s the holidays and...

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Welcome to my “14th Annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide,” here in Photoshop User magazine. I know it’s hard to believe I’ve been writing this for 14 years, which must also mean that I’ve apparently amassed a huge collection of stuff that’s now horribly outdated. This is precisely why it’s so critical that I create a new “Holiday Gear Guide” each year, and sell the old stuff on eBay to pay for all my new stuff. It’s a vicious cycle, and one that I’m certain drives my wife crazy. But don’t let our holiday gift discord dissuade you from making the same mistake I have, because it’s the holidays and...

For some people, Photoshop compositing is a terrifying field, while for others it’s a magical place where imagination comes to play. Whether you’re looking to get started in Photoshop compositing or you’ve been doing it for a while, I’m going to give you some steps, tricks, and shortcuts to master this craft. So what comes first, the background or the subject? It really doesn’t matter. Sometimes a concept is born from a background image; sometimes the subject is shot first, and then we look for a stock image for the background; and sometimes all of the elements are shot purposely to crea...

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For some people, Photoshop compositing is a terrifying field, while for others it’s a magical place where imagination comes to play. Whether you’re looking to get started in Photoshop compositing or you’ve been doing it for a while, I’m going to give you some steps, tricks, and shortcuts to master this craft. So what comes first, the background or the subject? It really doesn’t matter. Sometimes a concept is born from a background image; sometimes the subject is shot first, and then we look for a stock image for the background; and sometimes all of the elements are shot purposely to crea...

Bokeh is a Japanese term for the aesthetic qualities of out-of-focus highlights, also known as specular highlights. You can create this effect in-camera using a shallow depth of field, which can require an expensive lens; however, you can mimic the effect in Photoshop using the Bokeh settings in the Field Blur filter. Read on to learn how! Step One: Open an image in Photoshop. (If you’re starting in Lightroom, select the photo’s thumbnail and choose Photo>Edit In>Edit In Adobe Photoshop CC 2019.) Shift-click to select the layers in your image and then choose Filter>Convert for S...

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Bokeh is a Japanese term for the aesthetic qualities of out-of-focus highlights, also known as specular highlights. You can create this effect in-camera using a shallow depth of field, which can require an expensive lens; however, you can mimic the effect in Photoshop using the Bokeh settings in the Field Blur filter. Read on to learn how! Step One: Open an image in Photoshop. (If you’re starting in Lightroom, select the photo’s thumbnail and choose Photo>Edit In>Edit In Adobe Photoshop CC 2019.) Shift-click to select the layers in your image and then choose Filter>Convert for S...

Using the power of the 3D features in Photoshop, we can generate bump maps from our images and use them to add realistic dimension and depth to portraits, landscapes, or just about any image where you want to break away from flatness and add more shape. Just creating the bump map isn’t enough; we’ll need to make some adjustments to it to make it work. Also, limiting it to only certain areas using layer masks will make the effect look even better. Less is more! So without further ado, let’s get started. Step One: Open the Image First, open the image of your subject in Photoshop. For...

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Using the power of the 3D features in Photoshop, we can generate bump maps from our images and use them to add realistic dimension and depth to portraits, landscapes, or just about any image where you want to break away from flatness and add more shape. Just creating the bump map isn’t enough; we’ll need to make some adjustments to it to make it work. Also, limiting it to only certain areas using layer masks will make the effect look even better. Less is more! So without further ado, let’s get started. Step One: Open the Image First, open the image of your subject in Photoshop. For...

Let’s be honest, as photographers, our goal is to capture as much as possible of the final image in-camera, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. Sometimes it’s not until later, when we examine the finished catalog of images, that we realize they just aren’t popping the way we intended. Something’s missing. In this case, adding a bit of blur to specific areas of the image is a great way to give our photographs a little extra drama. Step One: Open your image in Photoshop, and duplicate the Background layer using the keyboard shortcut Command-J (PC: Ctrl-J). You’ll want to work on this ...

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Let’s be honest, as photographers, our goal is to capture as much as possible of the final image in-camera, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. Sometimes it’s not until later, when we examine the finished catalog of images, that we realize they just aren’t popping the way we intended. Something’s missing. In this case, adding a bit of blur to specific areas of the image is a great way to give our photographs a little extra drama. Step One: Open your image in Photoshop, and duplicate the Background layer using the keyboard shortcut Command-J (PC: Ctrl-J). You’ll want to work on this ...

Turning a single rainbow into a double rainbow is actually a rather challenging proposition because rainbows, like many artifacts of light, don’t have hard edges, plus they’re semitransparent, which makes them challenging to select. You can try tools such as the Magic Wand, but it can only select pixels based on a color sample. We need something that understands a level of blending for the rainbow. Select>Color Range could handle some of these challenges with its ability to isolate particular frequencies of color such as red, yellow, green, etc. There’s a tool we could use for this th...

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Turning a single rainbow into a double rainbow is actually a rather challenging proposition because rainbows, like many artifacts of light, don’t have hard edges, plus they’re semitransparent, which makes them challenging to select. You can try tools such as the Magic Wand, but it can only select pixels based on a color sample. We need something that understands a level of blending for the rainbow. Select>Color Range could handle some of these challenges with its ability to isolate particular frequencies of color such as red, yellow, green, etc. There’s a tool we could use for this th...

Color Matching with Helper Layers

with Scott Valentine

One of the trickier tasks in compositing is matching colors from images shot under different lighting conditions. This is compounded if you have less-than-perfect working conditions for your monitor or workspace (and even worse if you’re just a teensy bit color blind, like me). Fortunately, we can make use of some really simple techniques to help out our eyes. I’ve replaced the background behind this model, which has a roughly similar dynamic range and quality of light; however, her shadows and colors are far enough off that I need to do some manual tweaking in both areas. There are a fe...

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One of the trickier tasks in compositing is matching colors from images shot under different lighting conditions. This is compounded if you have less-than-perfect working conditions for your monitor or workspace (and even worse if you’re just a teensy bit color blind, like me). Fortunately, we can make use of some really simple techniques to help out our eyes. I’ve replaced the background behind this model, which has a roughly similar dynamic range and quality of light; however, her shadows and colors are far enough off that I need to do some manual tweaking in both areas. There are a fe...

Making Merch Is Cool!

with Dave Clayton

One of the best things about design is turning your creations into something you can print and hold, whether it’s a poster, flyer, wedding invites, business cards, etc. When I plan out content, I use a really cool notebook called Field Notes made by a company based out of Chicago. Each quarter, they release a new set of notebooks with different designs that are very cool and collectible. With today’s advances in printing technology, you can use online companies to make small quantities of your own merchandise to sell, gift, or use yourself. In this tutorial, we’re going to create three c...

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One of the best things about design is turning your creations into something you can print and hold, whether it’s a poster, flyer, wedding invites, business cards, etc. When I plan out content, I use a really cool notebook called Field Notes made by a company based out of Chicago. Each quarter, they release a new set of notebooks with different designs that are very cool and collectible. With today’s advances in printing technology, you can use online companies to make small quantities of your own merchandise to sell, gift, or use yourself. In this tutorial, we’re going to create three c...

Photoshop Q&A

with Dave Cross

Q: How does the option in the Crop tool, Delete Cropped Pixels, work? If I turn it off what does that mean? A: When the Delete Cropped Pixels option is on (checked) and you crop with the Crop tool, the pixels outside the cropped area are deleted. Once the document is saved, there’s no way to retrieve those deleted pixels (unless you have a backup copy of the original file). By turning off the Delete Cropped Pixels option (unchecked) the crop isn’t permanent and the deleted pixels can be recovered, even after saving. To retrieve the cropped pixels, use the command, Image>Reveal All. ...

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Q: How does the option in the Crop tool, Delete Cropped Pixels, work? If I turn it off what does that mean? A: When the Delete Cropped Pixels option is on (checked) and you crop with the Crop tool, the pixels outside the cropped area are deleted. Once the document is saved, there’s no way to retrieve those deleted pixels (unless you have a backup copy of the original file). By turning off the Delete Cropped Pixels option (unchecked) the crop isn’t permanent and the deleted pixels can be recovered, even after saving. To retrieve the cropped pixels, use the command, Image>Reveal All. ...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

In this installment of Photoshop Tips, I’m going to show you some tricks to make images look dazzling, as well as some time-slashing tips that you’re going to love. Grab your beverage of choice (I’m talking coffee, of course), and let’s get started. Fixing Squishy Kinks in Puppet Warp The puppet warp tool is really useful for bending and warping lots of things, especially re-posing the limbs of people and animals. You choose Edit>Puppet Warp on an extracted layer. Once you add pins to move, pivot, or anchor parts of the image, you can drag the pins to warp the image. The problem is...

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In this installment of Photoshop Tips, I’m going to show you some tricks to make images look dazzling, as well as some time-slashing tips that you’re going to love. Grab your beverage of choice (I’m talking coffee, of course), and let’s get started. Fixing Squishy Kinks in Puppet Warp The puppet warp tool is really useful for bending and warping lots of things, especially re-posing the limbs of people and animals. You choose Edit>Puppet Warp on an extracted layer. Once you add pins to move, pivot, or anchor parts of the image, you can drag the pins to warp the image. The problem is...

Earlier this year, in a “From the Help Desk” column, you said that the size of pixels is important when printing images. How so?—Owen To start, we need to clarify the term resolution. (No, not the one you broke on January 2.) It’s a word that pops up in a variety of contexts, including: Camera resolution generally refers to the number of pixels captured by a camera’s sensor, typically measured in megapixels. Monitor resolution is simply how many pixels are displayed on your screen. Printer resolution: Rather than pixels, this refers to the number of tiny droplets of ink per in...

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Earlier this year, in a “From the Help Desk” column, you said that the size of pixels is important when printing images. How so?—Owen To start, we need to clarify the term resolution. (No, not the one you broke on January 2.) It’s a word that pops up in a variety of contexts, including: Camera resolution generally refers to the number of pixels captured by a camera’s sensor, typically measured in megapixels. Monitor resolution is simply how many pixels are displayed on your screen. Printer resolution: Rather than pixels, this refers to the number of tiny droplets of ink per in...

There are a lot of ways to convert a color photo to B&W, but have you ever considered what goes into doing it with the highest level of control by harnessing some of Photoshop’s most powerful tools? If not, then join Viktor Fejes for a deep dive into how to properly convert your photos to B&W. No matter what method you use to convert to B&W you are always concerned with removing color, controlling contrast and tonality, and enhancing detail. In this class Viktor steps you through his B&W workflow and demonstrates techniques for using adjustment layers, creating a LUT for re-use, dodging and burning, manipulating tonal values locally, bringing out detail, adding grain, and so much more to achieve that B&W mood you had in your minds eye from the start. You’ll come away with a new set of techniques and a greater understanding for the fundamentals of B&W conversions.

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There are a lot of ways to convert a color photo to B&W, but have you ever considered what goes into doing it with the highest level of control by harnessing some of Photoshop’s most powerful tools? If not, then join Viktor Fejes for a deep dive into how to properly convert your photos to B&W. No matter what method you use to convert to B&W you are always concerned with removing color, controlling contrast and tonality, and enhancing detail. In this class Viktor steps you through his B&W workflow and demonstrates techniques for using adjustment layers, creating a LUT for re-use, dodging and burning, manipulating tonal values locally, bringing out detail, adding grain, and so much more to achieve that B&W mood you had in your minds eye from the start. You’ll come away with a new set of techniques and a greater understanding for the fundamentals of B&W conversions.

Get a hands on look at the Canon 90D with Larry Becker! The 90D is an amazingly powerful performance camera that’s packed with helpful modes and information for beginners and high end shooters alike. In this class Larry gets you started quickly with a few need to know items before digging into his recommended camera settings, the auto shooting modes, auto focus capabilities, how to get the most out of the creative shooting modes, a look at the video capabilities, and rounds it out with an explanation of the features and settings every 90D owner needs to know.

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Get a hands on look at the Canon 90D with Larry Becker! The 90D is an amazingly powerful performance camera that’s packed with helpful modes and information for beginners and high end shooters alike. In this class Larry gets you started quickly with a few need to know items before digging into his recommended camera settings, the auto shooting modes, auto focus capabilities, how to get the most out of the creative shooting modes, a look at the video capabilities, and rounds it out with an explanation of the features and settings every 90D owner needs to know.

Boost your creativity and have fun shooting artistic macro floral photographs with Jackie Kramer! Join Jackie in the Florida Botanical Gardens to learn how you can create stunning floral images of your own. In this class you will learn how to bring out character in a flower, what gear you’ll need, optimal camera settings, how to overcome challenges you’ll face in the field, how to capture textures and color washes you can use in post production, how to shoot in-camera multiple exposures, and so much more! Jackie wraps up the class with a series of lessons on her post production techniques to edit the photos and bring her vision to life.

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Boost your creativity and have fun shooting artistic macro floral photographs with Jackie Kramer! Join Jackie in the Florida Botanical Gardens to learn how you can create stunning floral images of your own. In this class you will learn how to bring out character in a flower, what gear you’ll need, optimal camera settings, how to overcome challenges you’ll face in the field, how to capture textures and color washes you can use in post production, how to shoot in-camera multiple exposures, and so much more! Jackie wraps up the class with a series of lessons on her post production techniques to edit the photos and bring her vision to life.

Join Rammy Kazemi for advanced techniques for editing landscape photographs. In this class you’ll learn the importance of focus stacking landscape images, how to blend images taken at different focal lengths together to bring the background closer, how to replace the sky with one that is more interesting, how to enhance the colors in the photo, why you should dodge and burn to enhance the lighting in the scene, and some final touches that help to unify the end result. Understanding these techniques will help you shoot differently to capture all of the necessary elements and give you the skills to blend them all together for eye popping results.

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Join Rammy Kazemi for advanced techniques for editing landscape photographs. In this class you’ll learn the importance of focus stacking landscape images, how to blend images taken at different focal lengths together to bring the background closer, how to replace the sky with one that is more interesting, how to enhance the colors in the photo, why you should dodge and burn to enhance the lighting in the scene, and some final touches that help to unify the end result. Understanding these techniques will help you shoot differently to capture all of the necessary elements and give you the skills to blend them all together for eye popping results.

Goldstream Provincial Park is located just off the Malahat Trans-Canada Highway on Vancouver Island, a fairly short distance from Victoria, B.C. The parkland area is an especially popular tourist destination during the fall when the river levels rise and chum salmon swim up the Goldstream River to reach their spawning grounds. I haven’t been there during the salmon run season but, by all accounts, it’s a sorry scene with hundreds of salmon dying of exhaustion having reached their final goal and successfully spawned the next generation of salmon fry. This summer, I visited Goldstream Park to...

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Goldstream Provincial Park is located just off the Malahat Trans-Canada Highway on Vancouver Island, a fairly short distance from Victoria, B.C. The parkland area is an especially popular tourist destination during the fall when the river levels rise and chum salmon swim up the Goldstream River to reach their spawning grounds. I haven’t been there during the salmon run season but, by all accounts, it’s a sorry scene with hundreds of salmon dying of exhaustion having reached their final goal and successfully spawned the next generation of salmon fry. This summer, I visited Goldstream Park to...

Avoiding the following five mistakes in Lightroom can really help you as a photographer. Even if it’s to promote your photography on social media, to sell your prints, or to send your photos to the press, these ideas apply to everyone. As a photography teacher, I review many photos from students, and I see the same mistakes over and over again, so this is why I want to help you to avoid them. Mistake #1: Too Much Clarity, Contrast, and Texture This example has too much of all three. Especially when you have clouds, everything gets very sharp, there’s a lot of Contrast and Clarity in t...

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Avoiding the following five mistakes in Lightroom can really help you as a photographer. Even if it’s to promote your photography on social media, to sell your prints, or to send your photos to the press, these ideas apply to everyone. As a photography teacher, I review many photos from students, and I see the same mistakes over and over again, so this is why I want to help you to avoid them. Mistake #1: Too Much Clarity, Contrast, and Texture This example has too much of all three. Especially when you have clouds, everything gets very sharp, there’s a lot of Contrast and Clarity in t...

Managing Profiles

with Rob Sylvan

A while back, Adobe revamped the entire functionality behind applying camera profiles to our photos in Lightroom Classic, Camera Raw, and the cloud-based Lightroom. They really took it up a few notches by giving us the ability to create custom profiles, as well as install profiles from third-party suppliers. If you’re like me, you’ve probably explored the pre-installed ones, downloaded and installed a bunch, and possibly even created some of your own. Managing those profiles over time isn’t incredibly intuitive, so here are some tips to help. Let’s start in Lightroom Classic’s Basic pane...

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A while back, Adobe revamped the entire functionality behind applying camera profiles to our photos in Lightroom Classic, Camera Raw, and the cloud-based Lightroom. They really took it up a few notches by giving us the ability to create custom profiles, as well as install profiles from third-party suppliers. If you’re like me, you’ve probably explored the pre-installed ones, downloaded and installed a bunch, and possibly even created some of your own. Managing those profiles over time isn’t incredibly intuitive, so here are some tips to help. Let’s start in Lightroom Classic’s Basic pane...

Adding Beams of Light

with Scott Kelby

This effect makes use of the fact that Lightroom has two brushes, and you can make each of the brushes a different size and switch between the two. We use that to create a transition between a small brush and a large brush, and the feathering keeps the transitions smooth. Super-easy to do, and on the right image, it’s really effective. Step One: Here’s the original RAW image we want to add light beams to. If you’re thinking, “Scott, that’s a pretty lame photo,” well, I would have to agree, but it does have one thing going for it: the sun is peeking through the trees. But, I’m with you on t...

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This effect makes use of the fact that Lightroom has two brushes, and you can make each of the brushes a different size and switch between the two. We use that to create a transition between a small brush and a large brush, and the feathering keeps the transitions smooth. Super-easy to do, and on the right image, it’s really effective. Step One: Here’s the original RAW image we want to add light beams to. If you’re thinking, “Scott, that’s a pretty lame photo,” well, I would have to agree, but it does have one thing going for it: the sun is peeking through the trees. But, I’m with you on t...

Over the past 40 years, I’ve traveled to more than 100 countries, as well as to many of the awesome national parks throughout the United States. Over those years I’ve learned much about travel photography; mostly that traveling is a great education, but I’ve also made probably every mistake in the book. In this article, I’ll share with you some tips that I call, “The 5 Ps of Travel Photography: Planning, Packing, Photographing, Processing, and being Prepared.” I hope these tips help you to avoid common mistakes, and get the most out of your photography, as well as your travel experience....

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Over the past 40 years, I’ve traveled to more than 100 countries, as well as to many of the awesome national parks throughout the United States. Over those years I’ve learned much about travel photography; mostly that traveling is a great education, but I’ve also made probably every mistake in the book. In this article, I’ll share with you some tips that I call, “The 5 Ps of Travel Photography: Planning, Packing, Photographing, Processing, and being Prepared.” I hope these tips help you to avoid common mistakes, and get the most out of your photography, as well as your travel experience....

In the last issue of Lightroom Magazine, I read the nice article on the updates to Adobe Portfolio by Rob Sylvan . Based on that article, I’d like to ask a related question: Is it possible to use a smart collection as your source to synchronize photos in your portfolio?—Jorge Not at this point, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like that added in the future (no inside info here—just a guess). It would be great to take an image out of a smart collection, add one or more in, and have your portfolio updated automatically. Here’s hoping you’ll go to Adobe’s Feature Request page an...

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In the last issue of Lightroom Magazine, I read the nice article on the updates to Adobe Portfolio by Rob Sylvan . Based on that article, I’d like to ask a related question: Is it possible to use a smart collection as your source to synchronize photos in your portfolio?—Jorge Not at this point, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like that added in the future (no inside info here—just a guess). It would be great to take an image out of a smart collection, add one or more in, and have your portfolio updated automatically. Here’s hoping you’ll go to Adobe’s Feature Request page an...

Lightroom Tips & Tricks

with Sean Duggan

I recently returned from a three-week trip to Maine and Quebec and for the first time in a long while (maybe ever!), I didn’t have a computer with me. Instead, I relied on Lightroom for mobile on my iPhone and iPad to work with the images while I was on the trip. In this issue’s column, I’ll share some tips for getting images into the mobile app when you’re traveling without a laptop computer. Before You Go: Check the Available Storage Space on Your Devices Whether you’re using an iOS or Android phone or tablet, one important thing to do before you depart is see how much available sto...

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I recently returned from a three-week trip to Maine and Quebec and for the first time in a long while (maybe ever!), I didn’t have a computer with me. Instead, I relied on Lightroom for mobile on my iPhone and iPad to work with the images while I was on the trip. In this issue’s column, I’ll share some tips for getting images into the mobile app when you’re traveling without a laptop computer. Before You Go: Check the Available Storage Space on Your Devices Whether you’re using an iOS or Android phone or tablet, one important thing to do before you depart is see how much available sto...

Join Corey Barker and take your 3D skills to new depths with depth maps! In this class Corey takes you through a project that starts with multiple 2D images and simple Photoshop filters and uses them to create a cool futuristic 3D scene. In this class you’ll learn how to create 3D objects, bring them into Adobe Dimension, adjust the lighting and positioning, and add finishing touches that take it to the next level. Be sure to check out the <a href="https://members.kelbyone.com/course/cbarker-depth-maps/">second class</a> in this bundle too!

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Join Corey Barker and take your 3D skills to new depths with depth maps! In this class Corey takes you through a project that starts with multiple 2D images and simple Photoshop filters and uses them to create a cool futuristic 3D scene. In this class you’ll learn how to create 3D objects, bring them into Adobe Dimension, adjust the lighting and positioning, and add finishing touches that take it to the next level. Be sure to check out the <a href="https://members.kelbyone.com/course/cbarker-depth-maps/">second class</a> in this bundle too!

Join Corey Barker and take your 3D skills to new depths with depth maps! In this class Corey takes you through a project that starts with a single 2D photo and transforms it into a dramatically lit 3D scene. Download the starter image and follow along as you learn how to create the depth map, apply it to the photo, adjust the lighting for dramatic effect, add realistic touches, and even add text. Be sure to check out the <a href="https://members.kelbyone.com/course/cbarker-3d-effects-2d-filters/">second class</a> in this bundle too!

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Join Corey Barker and take your 3D skills to new depths with depth maps! In this class Corey takes you through a project that starts with a single 2D photo and transforms it into a dramatically lit 3D scene. Download the starter image and follow along as you learn how to create the depth map, apply it to the photo, adjust the lighting for dramatic effect, add realistic touches, and even add text. Be sure to check out the <a href="https://members.kelbyone.com/course/cbarker-3d-effects-2d-filters/">second class</a> in this bundle too!

Join Erik Kuna for the post processing companion to his previous class, <a href="https://members.kelbyone.com/course/ekuna-milky-way/">Demystifying Milky Way Landscape Photography!</a> In this class Erik shares his Lightroom Classic and Photoshop techniques, tips, and tricks for bringing your Milky Way photos to life. Erik demonstrates each step in the process with examples taken during the first class. You’ll learn how to nail white balance, correct distortion, adjust tonal values, add presence and color, make localized adjustments, reduce noise, composite multiple exposures together, and so much more. Erik reinforces the techniques with a start to finish workflow to bring it all home.

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Join Erik Kuna for the post processing companion to his previous class, <a href="https://members.kelbyone.com/course/ekuna-milky-way/">Demystifying Milky Way Landscape Photography!</a> In this class Erik shares his Lightroom Classic and Photoshop techniques, tips, and tricks for bringing your Milky Way photos to life. Erik demonstrates each step in the process with examples taken during the first class. You’ll learn how to nail white balance, correct distortion, adjust tonal values, add presence and color, make localized adjustments, reduce noise, composite multiple exposures together, and so much more. Erik reinforces the techniques with a start to finish workflow to bring it all home.

No matter what you’re doing in Photoshop, there’s always a use for smart objects as a means of nondestructive editing, but what about nondestructive design? In this exercise, you’ll learn how to create an eye-catching design with just one photo and a few smart layers, plus a few other interesting tricks along the way. Of course, the beauty of this technique is that you can easily swap out the main subject image with all the effects intact. Step One: We need to start with an image, so here’s a nice stock shot of a cellist that would make for a modern poster design. (Note: The image dimens...

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No matter what you’re doing in Photoshop, there’s always a use for smart objects as a means of nondestructive editing, but what about nondestructive design? In this exercise, you’ll learn how to create an eye-catching design with just one photo and a few smart layers, plus a few other interesting tricks along the way. Of course, the beauty of this technique is that you can easily swap out the main subject image with all the effects intact. Step One: We need to start with an image, so here’s a nice stock shot of a cellist that would make for a modern poster design. (Note: The image dimens...

Do you remember the movie, The Dark Crystal? For many of us, this movie was a part of our childhood experience, as it was filled with wonder, magic, and strangely…Muppets. Netflix has revived that nostalgic property with a series of its own. The show looks to recapture that same eerie sense of magic with a colorful world filled with strange creatures and settings. In this project, we draw inspiration from the title card for the series to craft a text effect of our own using nothing more than the magic of Photoshop’s layers and layer styles. Step One: Open Photoshop and create a new docum...

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Do you remember the movie, The Dark Crystal? For many of us, this movie was a part of our childhood experience, as it was filled with wonder, magic, and strangely…Muppets. Netflix has revived that nostalgic property with a series of its own. The show looks to recapture that same eerie sense of magic with a colorful world filled with strange creatures and settings. In this project, we draw inspiration from the title card for the series to craft a text effect of our own using nothing more than the magic of Photoshop’s layers and layer styles. Step One: Open Photoshop and create a new docum...

Some like their Photoshop tips hot, but we like them really hot. The spicier the better! In fact, these tips have so much heat, they’ll bring tears to your eyes and Photoshop will melt in your clutch (they’re almost too much). These tricks have been cooked up by some of the best designers, retouchers, and photographers in the business, using secret ingredients that even blow away the Carolina Reaper on the Scoville scale. So get them while they’re hot, and you’ll soon be smokin’ through Photoshop and burning up the competition. Corey Barker Extrusion Preset If you use 3D in Phot...

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Some like their Photoshop tips hot, but we like them really hot. The spicier the better! In fact, these tips have so much heat, they’ll bring tears to your eyes and Photoshop will melt in your clutch (they’re almost too much). These tricks have been cooked up by some of the best designers, retouchers, and photographers in the business, using secret ingredients that even blow away the Carolina Reaper on the Scoville scale. So get them while they’re hot, and you’ll soon be smokin’ through Photoshop and burning up the competition. Corey Barker Extrusion Preset If you use 3D in Phot...

More Retouching Shortcuts

with Gilmar Smith

Retouching images can be very time-consuming. Some people love it; others dread it. Whether you enjoy it or not, I’m going to give you eight random and handy Photoshop shortcuts to take your retouching game to the next level. Shortcut #1: Selecting Brightness Levels to Adjust Values and Color Grade You can adjust the values of an image based on its brightness levels, and even color-grade it by adding colors to the shadows, midtones, and highlights. To load a selection of the brighter pixels in an image, press Command-Option-2 (PC: Ctrl-Alt-2). This is the same as Command-clicking (PC:...

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Retouching images can be very time-consuming. Some people love it; others dread it. Whether you enjoy it or not, I’m going to give you eight random and handy Photoshop shortcuts to take your retouching game to the next level. Shortcut #1: Selecting Brightness Levels to Adjust Values and Color Grade You can adjust the values of an image based on its brightness levels, and even color-grade it by adding colors to the shadows, midtones, and highlights. To load a selection of the brighter pixels in an image, press Command-Option-2 (PC: Ctrl-Alt-2). This is the same as Command-clicking (PC:...

Ten Tips for Text

with Lesa Snider

Text has the power to make or break a design, and Photoshop has a veritable smorgasbord of text-creation and -formatting options to help you set pro-level prose. In this column, you’ll learn 10 tips specifically for text that will serve you well for the duration of your creative professional career. Read on! Tip 1: Text That Automatically Line Wraps When you click within a document using the Type tool (T), text starts at a certain spot (or point) and continues along a single line. To add a line break, you have to press Return (PC: Enter) on your keyboard. This is called “point text.” ...

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Text has the power to make or break a design, and Photoshop has a veritable smorgasbord of text-creation and -formatting options to help you set pro-level prose. In this column, you’ll learn 10 tips specifically for text that will serve you well for the duration of your creative professional career. Read on! Tip 1: Text That Automatically Line Wraps When you click within a document using the Type tool (T), text starts at a certain spot (or point) and continues along a single line. To add a line break, you have to press Return (PC: Enter) on your keyboard. This is called “point text.” ...

Let’s think of mockups as content placeholders. They allow us to place our content on a given template and automatically make adjustments to it to match the template. The applications of mockups are limitless, from e-commerce (such as selling T-shirts, mugs, mobile cases, etc.) to creating powerful templates for your social media. In this article, we’ll create a mockup for a white T-shirt. After creating the file, you’ll be able to drag-and-drop any design on the T-shirt, and the effects to make it look realistic will be applied automatically. So, without any further ado, let’s get start...

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Let’s think of mockups as content placeholders. They allow us to place our content on a given template and automatically make adjustments to it to match the template. The applications of mockups are limitless, from e-commerce (such as selling T-shirts, mugs, mobile cases, etc.) to creating powerful templates for your social media. In this article, we’ll create a mockup for a white T-shirt. After creating the file, you’ll be able to drag-and-drop any design on the T-shirt, and the effects to make it look realistic will be applied automatically. So, without any further ado, let’s get start...

Photo colorization can take a while if the photo isn’t a portrait, but realistic colorization of a reflection or sheen takes even longer. When people colorize images, they tend to omit colorizing reflections or sheen on and through objects, which is a disservice to the overall image. Despite not obviously seeing color in water, glass, or a grand piano, as is the case with the image used in the first part of this article, light color is present. Before beginning work on an image that has a reflection/sheen, determine the color of the object first, then Google shades of that color. For exa...

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Photo colorization can take a while if the photo isn’t a portrait, but realistic colorization of a reflection or sheen takes even longer. When people colorize images, they tend to omit colorizing reflections or sheen on and through objects, which is a disservice to the overall image. Despite not obviously seeing color in water, glass, or a grand piano, as is the case with the image used in the first part of this article, light color is present. Before beginning work on an image that has a reflection/sheen, determine the color of the object first, then Google shades of that color. For exa...

This month, we’re going to focus on using custom brush settings for masking when you need to work quickly. Anyone who has been working with this tool for a long time will tell you how important it is to understand your brush tools. There are a powerful set of controls related to the various types of brushes that can help you fake your way into the right selection or mask that you need. Painting with custom brushes, such as the grass brush, is often a great way to isolate things based on the edge texture of the subject you want to mask/select. You can use this same grass brush technique t...

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This month, we’re going to focus on using custom brush settings for masking when you need to work quickly. Anyone who has been working with this tool for a long time will tell you how important it is to understand your brush tools. There are a powerful set of controls related to the various types of brushes that can help you fake your way into the right selection or mask that you need. Painting with custom brushes, such as the grass brush, is often a great way to isolate things based on the edge texture of the subject you want to mask/select. You can use this same grass brush technique t...

A few issues back , we looked at using Curves adjustments to lift the color palette from one image and apply it to another. This issue, let’s take that concept further with a close look at color lookup tables, and how to exploit them for expression and consistency across projects or bodies of work. The first thing to realize about color lookup tables (CLUTs) is that they reassign colors using a “lookup table” that’s effectively a translation. For any given color in your starting image, there's a directly mapped or interpolated result. This is different from gradient maps that do a simple...

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A few issues back , we looked at using Curves adjustments to lift the color palette from one image and apply it to another. This issue, let’s take that concept further with a close look at color lookup tables, and how to exploit them for expression and consistency across projects or bodies of work. The first thing to realize about color lookup tables (CLUTs) is that they reassign colors using a “lookup table” that’s effectively a translation. For any given color in your starting image, there's a directly mapped or interpolated result. This is different from gradient maps that do a simple...

Halloween Animated GIF

with Dave Clayton

In this issue’s tutorial, because it’s October, we’re going to create a cool Halloween animated gif using a photo, some text, and some simple brushes. You can do this using a mouse but a Wacom and stylus would make it easier. We’re going to do some very loose painting around some text, and piece the strokes together to make an animation. If you’d like to preview the final animations before you get started, click here . Step One: Set up a new document (File>New). For this tutorial, it doesn’t really matter what size it is but, if it’s something you’re going to put on a website, then co...

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In this issue’s tutorial, because it’s October, we’re going to create a cool Halloween animated gif using a photo, some text, and some simple brushes. You can do this using a mouse but a Wacom and stylus would make it easier. We’re going to do some very loose painting around some text, and piece the strokes together to make an animation. If you’d like to preview the final animations before you get started, click here . Step One: Set up a new document (File>New). For this tutorial, it doesn’t really matter what size it is but, if it’s something you’re going to put on a website, then co...

Photoshop Q&A

with Dave Cross

Q: How can I copy just a selection area (not the pixels) to another document? A: You can do this by using drag-and-drop with any selection tool (rather than the Move tool). With a selection tool (such as the Marquee tool), click-and-hold on the selection and then drag it onto the other document. If you’re using tabbed documents, drag it onto the other document’s tab, and then wait for that document to become active. Once you can see the other document, drag it from the tab onto the image area and release. Q: Someone told me to use Image Processor to save a bunch of PSD files as JPEGs....

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Q: How can I copy just a selection area (not the pixels) to another document? A: You can do this by using drag-and-drop with any selection tool (rather than the Move tool). With a selection tool (such as the Marquee tool), click-and-hold on the selection and then drag it onto the other document. If you’re using tabbed documents, drag it onto the other document’s tab, and then wait for that document to become active. Once you can see the other document, drag it from the tab onto the image area and release. Q: Someone told me to use Image Processor to save a bunch of PSD files as JPEGs....

In the last issue of Photoshop User , you mentioned that you’d explain the advantages/disadvantages of 8 Bit/Channel vs.16 Bit/Channel color. Can you do that in this issue?—Nora Sure! But before we get into the nitty-gritty details, let’s explain in simple terms what we’re actually talking about. Bit: A “bit” is the smallest unit of measure in computing. Everything, truly everything, processed or recorded by computer is actually nothing more than a series of zeros and ones. Each zero or one is a “bit” of information. Channel: Every digital image with which you work in Photoshop has...

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In the last issue of Photoshop User , you mentioned that you’d explain the advantages/disadvantages of 8 Bit/Channel vs.16 Bit/Channel color. Can you do that in this issue?—Nora Sure! But before we get into the nitty-gritty details, let’s explain in simple terms what we’re actually talking about. Bit: A “bit” is the smallest unit of measure in computing. Everything, truly everything, processed or recorded by computer is actually nothing more than a series of zeros and ones. Each zero or one is a “bit” of information. Channel: Every digital image with which you work in Photoshop has...

Join Rammy Kazemi for his latest installment of advanced Photoshop techniques for travel and landscape photographers! In this class Rammy takes you through his entire process for blending two photos taken at different times to create a result that is truly greater than the sum of its parts. Through each step in the process Rammy shares his unique take on evaluating the best parts of each photo, how to seamlessly blend the photos together, how to adjust contrast and color, how he approaches dodging and burning, and his special technique for adding depth and dimension. You're bound to be inspired as well as learn techniques you can apply to your own photography.

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Join Rammy Kazemi for his latest installment of advanced Photoshop techniques for travel and landscape photographers! In this class Rammy takes you through his entire process for blending two photos taken at different times to create a result that is truly greater than the sum of its parts. Through each step in the process Rammy shares his unique take on evaluating the best parts of each photo, how to seamlessly blend the photos together, how to adjust contrast and color, how he approaches dodging and burning, and his special technique for adding depth and dimension. You're bound to be inspired as well as learn techniques you can apply to your own photography.

Learn cool new compositing effects with Corey Barker! In this class Corey takes you step-by-step through the process of adding creative particle effects to a photograph to transform it into a realistic looking scene of a man bursting with fire. Using a variety of source photos for compositional elements and textures, Corey demonstrates techniques involving brush effects, layer styles, selections, and more to create the final realistic result. Be sure to catch the bonus lesson at the end on how to animate a particle effect.

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Learn cool new compositing effects with Corey Barker! In this class Corey takes you step-by-step through the process of adding creative particle effects to a photograph to transform it into a realistic looking scene of a man bursting with fire. Using a variety of source photos for compositional elements and textures, Corey demonstrates techniques involving brush effects, layer styles, selections, and more to create the final realistic result. Be sure to catch the bonus lesson at the end on how to animate a particle effect.

Learn how to use textures to affect the look and feel of a design. In this class Corey Barker breaks down a design project with a distinctive vintage look that was made entirely in Photoshop. Starting with a range of photographs that serve as both design elements and sources for textures, Corey demonstrates the steps he followed to create the final project. From isolating each design element from its original background to layering them all together to create a completely customizable and fully editable effect, Corey teaches you techniques you can apply to projects of your own.

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Learn how to use textures to affect the look and feel of a design. In this class Corey Barker breaks down a design project with a distinctive vintage look that was made entirely in Photoshop. Starting with a range of photographs that serve as both design elements and sources for textures, Corey demonstrates the steps he followed to create the final project. From isolating each design element from its original background to layering them all together to create a completely customizable and fully editable effect, Corey teaches you techniques you can apply to projects of your own.

Learn how to capture breathtaking photos of the Milky Way with Erik Kuna! In this class Erik gets you up to speed on the gear you’ll need, the settings you’ll use, tools to help you plan your shoot, essential information about the Milky Way, and techniques to get tack sharp stars, all before heading out to some dark sky locations in the American Southwest. Erik wraps up the class with a review of some of the photos captured and some tips to help you move forward.

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Learn how to capture breathtaking photos of the Milky Way with Erik Kuna! In this class Erik gets you up to speed on the gear you’ll need, the settings you’ll use, tools to help you plan your shoot, essential information about the Milky Way, and techniques to get tack sharp stars, all before heading out to some dark sky locations in the American Southwest. Erik wraps up the class with a review of some of the photos captured and some tips to help you move forward.

Of all the landscape features that characterize the southwestern United States, none are so distinctive, or unusual, as the slot canyons of Utah and Arizona. Slot canyons also occur in northern Spain, the Pyrenees, Australia, and Jordan, but the canyons in the southwestern U.S. are probably the most well known. On a recent trip I had the opportunity to photograph the famous Upper Antelope Canyon, near Page, Arizona. Here, floodwaters and wind have carved through the sandstone to produce a narrow canyon passage that is 120' deep with beautifully sculpted walls. Antelope Canyon is a Navajo...

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Of all the landscape features that characterize the southwestern United States, none are so distinctive, or unusual, as the slot canyons of Utah and Arizona. Slot canyons also occur in northern Spain, the Pyrenees, Australia, and Jordan, but the canyons in the southwestern U.S. are probably the most well known. On a recent trip I had the opportunity to photograph the famous Upper Antelope Canyon, near Page, Arizona. Here, floodwaters and wind have carved through the sandstone to produce a narrow canyon passage that is 120' deep with beautifully sculpted walls. Antelope Canyon is a Navajo...

Being able to use Lightroom and its local adjustment tools, such as the Adjustment Brush, Radial Filter, and Gradient Filter, is vital. I can’t tell you how many times I was picked for a job over another photographer because there was that pop of life or dramatic look that I created in Lightroom. This is why I want to show you a tip for making a great dark, moody image in Lightroom. The back story of this trick is that I was shooting in Montmartre during the day and I wasn’t happy with how my photo looked, and my friend showed me this “day-for-night” technique. Basically, back in the 194...

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Being able to use Lightroom and its local adjustment tools, such as the Adjustment Brush, Radial Filter, and Gradient Filter, is vital. I can’t tell you how many times I was picked for a job over another photographer because there was that pop of life or dramatic look that I created in Lightroom. This is why I want to show you a tip for making a great dark, moody image in Lightroom. The back story of this trick is that I was shooting in Montmartre during the day and I wasn’t happy with how my photo looked, and my friend showed me this “day-for-night” technique. Basically, back in the 194...

I first wrote about Adobe Portfolio a few years ago and, needless to say, a lot has been added since then. Check out my article “Create a Portfolio Website in Minutes” in Issue 25 of Lightroom Magazine for tips on getting started. In a nutshell, Adobe Portfolio is a simple way to create a great-looking portfolio website for your work that’s designed to display perfectly on the myriad devices, screens, and browsers in use today. The best part of Adobe Portfolio is that it’s included in all of the Creative Cloud subscription plans. Just head over to myportfolio.com and log in with your Ado...

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I first wrote about Adobe Portfolio a few years ago and, needless to say, a lot has been added since then. Check out my article “Create a Portfolio Website in Minutes” in Issue 25 of Lightroom Magazine for tips on getting started. In a nutshell, Adobe Portfolio is a simple way to create a great-looking portfolio website for your work that’s designed to display perfectly on the myriad devices, screens, and browsers in use today. The best part of Adobe Portfolio is that it’s included in all of the Creative Cloud subscription plans. Just head over to myportfolio.com and log in with your Ado...

AKVIS for the Artist in You

with Sean McCormack

AKVIS is a prolific plug-in maker. Not only that, they’re constantly updating these plug-ins, so there’s no fear of them being left behind. This isn’t our first brush with their plug-ins though; we’ve seen a few from them already in the form of Refocus, MakeUp, and LightShop. In that article , we promised a look at the artistic effect plug-ins in the future, so here we are with the first of these. As with the first set of plug-ins, the interface is reasonably consistent, so you’ll find it easy to get used to. The first artistic plug-in for our walkthrough is ArtWork. This is a painting p...

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AKVIS is a prolific plug-in maker. Not only that, they’re constantly updating these plug-ins, so there’s no fear of them being left behind. This isn’t our first brush with their plug-ins though; we’ve seen a few from them already in the form of Refocus, MakeUp, and LightShop. In that article , we promised a look at the artistic effect plug-ins in the future, so here we are with the first of these. As with the first set of plug-ins, the interface is reasonably consistent, so you’ll find it easy to get used to. The first artistic plug-in for our walkthrough is ArtWork. This is a painting p...

For the past 10 years, I’ve been working on film sets as a photographer, studying how various directors of photography choose to light scenes or subjects, often using an indirect lighting source. Usually, it’s some kind of 4x4' white board mounted with a grip head on a light stand. As a photographer, I photograph the actors with this lighting while the scene is being filmed. My own lighting setups come when I shoot a “gallery” or the “key art,” as that’s the only time on a film or television series where I have complete control over the set. For most of my career, I’ve employed softboxes...

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For the past 10 years, I’ve been working on film sets as a photographer, studying how various directors of photography choose to light scenes or subjects, often using an indirect lighting source. Usually, it’s some kind of 4x4' white board mounted with a grip head on a light stand. As a photographer, I photograph the actors with this lighting while the scene is being filmed. My own lighting setups come when I shoot a “gallery” or the “key art,” as that’s the only time on a film or television series where I have complete control over the set. For most of my career, I’ve employed softboxes...

I want to start using Lightroom on iPad, and from what I understand it uses smart previews. Do I have to create these, or does Lightroom do it for me? Also, how much space will it take up on my iPad? I don’t have a lot of free space available. When you sync a collection of RAW images from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom on your mobile device, Lightroom creates smart previews for you behind the scenes, so you don’t have to mess with them at all. Also, these smart previews have all the features and benefits of a RAW file without the size (they’re kind of a “Small RAW” file, if you will). Si...

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I want to start using Lightroom on iPad, and from what I understand it uses smart previews. Do I have to create these, or does Lightroom do it for me? Also, how much space will it take up on my iPad? I don’t have a lot of free space available. When you sync a collection of RAW images from Lightroom Classic to Lightroom on your mobile device, Lightroom creates smart previews for you behind the scenes, so you don’t have to mess with them at all. Also, these smart previews have all the features and benefits of a RAW file without the size (they’re kind of a “Small RAW” file, if you will). Si...

Lightroom Tips & Tricks

with Sean Duggan

Creating a photo book is a great way to present a series of images in a format that can be shared and enjoyed outside the screens of our computers, tablets, and phones. It’s very satisfying to see your images presented in this tangible form, and it also gives you the opportunity to explore placing a group of photos in a sequential or narrative context. In this month’s article, we’ll explore some useful tips and suggestions for working in the Book module in Lightroom Classic. START WITH A COLLECTION A good photo book actually begins before you ever enter the Book module. Creating a col...

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Creating a photo book is a great way to present a series of images in a format that can be shared and enjoyed outside the screens of our computers, tablets, and phones. It’s very satisfying to see your images presented in this tangible form, and it also gives you the opportunity to explore placing a group of photos in a sequential or narrative context. In this month’s article, we’ll explore some useful tips and suggestions for working in the Book module in Lightroom Classic. START WITH A COLLECTION A good photo book actually begins before you ever enter the Book module. Creating a col...

In this segment of the exclusive sports design bundle by Corey Barker you’ll be guided, step-by-step, through the completion of a high-impact sports design graphic. The creation of this composite image involves a wide array of Photoshop tricks and techniques that you can apply to many different projects. In this class you’ll use layer styles, custom brushes, 3D design, lighting effects, extractions, selections, and more. Be sure to download the practice files and follow along as Corey teaches you what’s possible when you experiment, create, and have fun in Photoshop.

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In this segment of the exclusive sports design bundle by Corey Barker you’ll be guided, step-by-step, through the completion of a high-impact sports design graphic. The creation of this composite image involves a wide array of Photoshop tricks and techniques that you can apply to many different projects. In this class you’ll use layer styles, custom brushes, 3D design, lighting effects, extractions, selections, and more. Be sure to download the practice files and follow along as Corey teaches you what’s possible when you experiment, create, and have fun in Photoshop.

In the first part of this exclusive design bundle by Corey Barker you’ll be guided step-by-step through the process of creating a composite image of a soccer player appearing to kick a ball through a glass window. One of the greatest aspects of a composite image is that it allows us to create scenes that would be too dangerous or impossible to do in real life. Download the practice files and follow along as Corey demonstrates how to blend each element of the final composite into a dynamic sports graphic. You’ll learn techniques using masking, 3D, layer styles, and more along the way.

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In the first part of this exclusive design bundle by Corey Barker you’ll be guided step-by-step through the process of creating a composite image of a soccer player appearing to kick a ball through a glass window. One of the greatest aspects of a composite image is that it allows us to create scenes that would be too dangerous or impossible to do in real life. Download the practice files and follow along as Corey demonstrates how to blend each element of the final composite into a dynamic sports graphic. You’ll learn techniques using masking, 3D, layer styles, and more along the way.

Learn a fun technique for creating B&W fine art architectural photographs with Scott Kelby! In this class Scott goes through the essential gear you’ll need and the shooting setup to capture the starting photos, but the key to this technique is in the post processing you’ll do in Photoshop to create this dynamic look. There’s only four basic steps, and Scott gives you everything you’ll need to get started doing this right away. From converting to B&W to a variety of techniques for making selections, Scott gives you the foundational skills you need, then he wraps up the class with a start to finish project to help you see how it all comes together. He even provides practice files you can download and follow along.

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Learn a fun technique for creating B&W fine art architectural photographs with Scott Kelby! In this class Scott goes through the essential gear you’ll need and the shooting setup to capture the starting photos, but the key to this technique is in the post processing you’ll do in Photoshop to create this dynamic look. There’s only four basic steps, and Scott gives you everything you’ll need to get started doing this right away. From converting to B&W to a variety of techniques for making selections, Scott gives you the foundational skills you need, then he wraps up the class with a start to finish project to help you see how it all comes together. He even provides practice files you can download and follow along.

MORE THAN 1,000 creatives from all TYPES OF backgrounds took over Las Vegas, Nevada, August 21–23, 2019, for Photoshop World. With various classes on photography, Photoshop, Lightroom, and more, there was no shortage of knowledge and learning. To honor the Photoshop World attendees who’ve practiced and honed their skills, the coveted Guru Awards were born back in 1999. Every year since then, attendees have been encouraged to submit their work in various unique categories in which we choose two finalists and one winner. From all of those entries, a Best of Show is also chosen. Best of Sho...

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MORE THAN 1,000 creatives from all TYPES OF backgrounds took over Las Vegas, Nevada, August 21–23, 2019, for Photoshop World. With various classes on photography, Photoshop, Lightroom, and more, there was no shortage of knowledge and learning. To honor the Photoshop World attendees who’ve practiced and honed their skills, the coveted Guru Awards were born back in 1999. Every year since then, attendees have been encouraged to submit their work in various unique categories in which we choose two finalists and one winner. From all of those entries, a Best of Show is also chosen. Best of Sho...

This time around, we’ll once again explore creating realistic depth of field using 3D in Photoshop to build a customizable design effect with text. You’ll see how a 3D scene allows you to create realistic depth-of-field photo effects by varying the distance of the objects in relation to the camera, just as you would in real life. The best part is you can revise the scene with new images and design elements without starting over. Step One: Pick a photo of a subject for the background of your design. A close-up dramatic photo like this one works well but it really depends on what you’re tr...

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This time around, we’ll once again explore creating realistic depth of field using 3D in Photoshop to build a customizable design effect with text. You’ll see how a 3D scene allows you to create realistic depth-of-field photo effects by varying the distance of the objects in relation to the camera, just as you would in real life. The best part is you can revise the scene with new images and design elements without starting over. Step One: Pick a photo of a subject for the background of your design. A close-up dramatic photo like this one works well but it really depends on what you’re tr...

Sudsy Soap Bubble Fun

with Kirk Nelson

The idea of using soap bubbles in portrait sessions always seems like such a great idea. Those colorful soap bubbles catching the light and sparkling around your subject—the mental image of it is almost too good not to try. Then reality sets in and doesn’t care about your vision. The bubbles are wildly uncontrollable and are never the right size or shape or in the right place. What can you do? Why, create them in Photoshop, of course! In this tutorial, we delve into some obscure Photoshop features and filters to create realistic soap bubbles that include colorful reflections. Step One: T...

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The idea of using soap bubbles in portrait sessions always seems like such a great idea. Those colorful soap bubbles catching the light and sparkling around your subject—the mental image of it is almost too good not to try. Then reality sets in and doesn’t care about your vision. The bubbles are wildly uncontrollable and are never the right size or shape or in the right place. What can you do? Why, create them in Photoshop, of course! In this tutorial, we delve into some obscure Photoshop features and filters to create realistic soap bubbles that include colorful reflections. Step One: T...

Eyes are incredibly important. They’re not only the instruments we use to see the world, but they’re also the first things we notice in photographs. We’re drawn to them, and we tend to judge people based on the appearance of their eyes. After all, “The eyes are the windows to the soul.” Hence, it’s incredibly vital to learn how to retouch eyes properly so the subjects in our images can look their best. The aim is to make them look compelling but natural, and bright, but not so bright they burn into our screens. It’s worth noting that when we’re talking about eyes, it involves more than j...

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Eyes are incredibly important. They’re not only the instruments we use to see the world, but they’re also the first things we notice in photographs. We’re drawn to them, and we tend to judge people based on the appearance of their eyes. After all, “The eyes are the windows to the soul.” Hence, it’s incredibly vital to learn how to retouch eyes properly so the subjects in our images can look their best. The aim is to make them look compelling but natural, and bright, but not so bright they burn into our screens. It’s worth noting that when we’re talking about eyes, it involves more than j...

Beauty Retouching Shortcuts

with Gilmar Smith

Beauty photography retouching is an art. Every photographer has a particular way of retouching their images, but there are a few series of steps you need to take to make sure you take an image to the next level. Everything starts with RAW file processing. I am a Lightroom user, but you can also use Adobe Camera Raw or Capture One. There, you can make basic adjustments such as exposure, white balance, cropping, contrast, lens corrections, and some local adjustments, before opening the image in Photoshop. In this installment of Shortcut City, I’m going to give you a list of shortcuts th...

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Beauty photography retouching is an art. Every photographer has a particular way of retouching their images, but there are a few series of steps you need to take to make sure you take an image to the next level. Everything starts with RAW file processing. I am a Lightroom user, but you can also use Adobe Camera Raw or Capture One. There, you can make basic adjustments such as exposure, white balance, cropping, contrast, lens corrections, and some local adjustments, before opening the image in Photoshop. In this installment of Shortcut City, I’m going to give you a list of shortcuts th...

Attending to minor distractions in your portraits can add a noticeably professional touch to the final piece. Whether a portrait is plagued by stray hairs, blemishes, or even an unwanted piercing, Photoshop’s retouching tools have you covered. In this column, you’ll learn how to remove these items realistically and without harming the original image. Step One: Let’s start with the easiest retouch first: removing roundish blemishes. Open your image in Photoshop. (If you’re starting in Lightroom, select the photo’s thumbnail and choose Photo>Edit In>Edit In Adobe Photoshop CC 2019.) ...

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Attending to minor distractions in your portraits can add a noticeably professional touch to the final piece. Whether a portrait is plagued by stray hairs, blemishes, or even an unwanted piercing, Photoshop’s retouching tools have you covered. In this column, you’ll learn how to remove these items realistically and without harming the original image. Step One: Let’s start with the easiest retouch first: removing roundish blemishes. Open your image in Photoshop. (If you’re starting in Lightroom, select the photo’s thumbnail and choose Photo>Edit In>Edit In Adobe Photoshop CC 2019.) ...

Often, you don’t have to do a time-consuming complete skin makeover. For instance, let’s say you have a portrait where everything about the skin is perfect, but the dark bags under the eyes are distracting, so we just need to fix them. Or, maybe the transition of the skin tones near the cheek would look much better if softened. In those circumstances, there are just a couple of things that need to be fixed. In this article, we’re going to learn a super-simple and versatile technique that can do it all—remove dark eyebags, fix tanned skin areas or discoloration, modify the skin structure, an...

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Often, you don’t have to do a time-consuming complete skin makeover. For instance, let’s say you have a portrait where everything about the skin is perfect, but the dark bags under the eyes are distracting, so we just need to fix them. Or, maybe the transition of the skin tones near the cheek would look much better if softened. In those circumstances, there are just a couple of things that need to be fixed. In this article, we’re going to learn a super-simple and versatile technique that can do it all—remove dark eyebags, fix tanned skin areas or discoloration, modify the skin structure, an...

Photography has been evolving since the black-and-white film days. Before the 1960s, it was mainly black-and-white photography, and postprocessing and tweaking the images was much easier than color film for all photographers. The general public knew very little about post-capture work, although heavy post work was both practiced and accepted by everyone. Photographers started doing more color work after the 1970s, and working with film became much more difficult. The work that had to be done to tweak the photographs was too complex for most people; therefore extreme manipulation of film ...

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Photography has been evolving since the black-and-white film days. Before the 1960s, it was mainly black-and-white photography, and postprocessing and tweaking the images was much easier than color film for all photographers. The general public knew very little about post-capture work, although heavy post work was both practiced and accepted by everyone. Photographers started doing more color work after the 1970s, and working with film became much more difficult. The work that had to be done to tweak the photographs was too complex for most people; therefore extreme manipulation of film ...

One of the reasons that so many users love Photoshop is that there are always new things to learn about the program. As much as people like to complain when Adobe changes something, it’s usually in an effort to make the program better, with respect and consideration for new and old users. In this month’s article, we’re going to show a feature that’s relatively new to Photoshop. It’s actually been a part of the program since Photoshop CC 2014, but I’ve been reluctant to show it, or even use it, because I struggled to get good results with it. After some recent changes, however, this is becom...

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One of the reasons that so many users love Photoshop is that there are always new things to learn about the program. As much as people like to complain when Adobe changes something, it’s usually in an effort to make the program better, with respect and consideration for new and old users. In this month’s article, we’re going to show a feature that’s relatively new to Photoshop. It’s actually been a part of the program since Photoshop CC 2014, but I’ve been reluctant to show it, or even use it, because I struggled to get good results with it. After some recent changes, however, this is becom...

Liquify with Guides

with Scott Valentine

Love it or hate it, we all need to use Liquify at some point. It has great power to distort reality, and with great power, well, you know the rest. This issue’s column will take a look at a couple of spiffy ways to control that power, and a handy tip for working around a little glitch. I mean, “potentially confusing feature.” Not a glitch (ahem!). The Liquify filter (Filter>Liquify) basically pushes pixels around by letting you deform a fine grid (called a mesh), and remapping pixels from their original spot to the new location. Using a stock image of some graph paper will let us see ...

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Love it or hate it, we all need to use Liquify at some point. It has great power to distort reality, and with great power, well, you know the rest. This issue’s column will take a look at a couple of spiffy ways to control that power, and a handy tip for working around a little glitch. I mean, “potentially confusing feature.” Not a glitch (ahem!). The Liquify filter (Filter>Liquify) basically pushes pixels around by letting you deform a fine grid (called a mesh), and remapping pixels from their original spot to the new location. Using a stock image of some graph paper will let us see ...

Get Your Shape Game Strong!

with Dave Clayton

There are times when I think we take Photoshop for granted and forget that some of its basic tools are some of the most useful, powerful, and timesaving features. For example, there’s a set of tools I use often that are tucked away in the Toolbar: the Shape tools. Generally, people only use these for the odd arrow or basic shape in a project but there’s so much more you can do with them. In this article, I’ll show you where the custom shapes live, how to use them, how to create your own custom shapes, and how to save your own sets of shapes. Photoshop comes with a standard set of Shape t...

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There are times when I think we take Photoshop for granted and forget that some of its basic tools are some of the most useful, powerful, and timesaving features. For example, there’s a set of tools I use often that are tucked away in the Toolbar: the Shape tools. Generally, people only use these for the odd arrow or basic shape in a project but there’s so much more you can do with them. In this article, I’ll show you where the custom shapes live, how to use them, how to create your own custom shapes, and how to save your own sets of shapes. Photoshop comes with a standard set of Shape t...

Photoshop Q&A

with Dave Cross

Q: I applied a Gaussian blur to a layer mask to give it a soft edge, but now I can’t edit it further. Can I make it a Smart Filter to be able to keep editing it? A: Unfortunately you cannot convert a layer mask into a smart object to be able to use Smart Filters. (I so wish we could!). In order to be able to come back and change the softness of the mask at any time, instead of using a filter such as Gaussian Blur, apply the Feather setting in the Properties panel (Window>Properties). With the layer mask active, go to the Properties panel and drag the Feather slider to get the desir...

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Q: I applied a Gaussian blur to a layer mask to give it a soft edge, but now I can’t edit it further. Can I make it a Smart Filter to be able to keep editing it? A: Unfortunately you cannot convert a layer mask into a smart object to be able to use Smart Filters. (I so wish we could!). In order to be able to come back and change the softness of the mask at any time, instead of using a filter such as Gaussian Blur, apply the Feather setting in the Properties panel (Window>Properties). With the layer mask active, go to the Properties panel and drag the Feather slider to get the desir...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Happy September, everyone! In celebration of this month, I have a selection of special Photoshop tips just for you. You’ll find tips that range from changing the behavior of Photoshop to useful shortcuts and, of course, those hidden combination moves that everyone loves. What’s so special about September? It’s my birthday month, so this gift is on me. I hope you enjoy. SHIFT-DRAG GOT YOU CONFUSED? When you press Command-T (PC: Ctrl-T) for Free Transform, you can use the bounding box to scale and position objects on a layer. Easy, right? But since Adobe made what seems a minor change i...

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Happy September, everyone! In celebration of this month, I have a selection of special Photoshop tips just for you. You’ll find tips that range from changing the behavior of Photoshop to useful shortcuts and, of course, those hidden combination moves that everyone loves. What’s so special about September? It’s my birthday month, so this gift is on me. I hope you enjoy. SHIFT-DRAG GOT YOU CONFUSED? When you press Command-T (PC: Ctrl-T) for Free Transform, you can use the bounding box to scale and position objects on a layer. Easy, right? But since Adobe made what seems a minor change i...

I’m confused about the term bit when discussing color in an image. Specifically, I scanned an image using 24-bit, but in Photoshop the image shows only 8-bit color. What gives?—Mike When discussing digital images and color, we can start with the big picture (so to speak) and work our way down, bit by bit (oh, the puns!). Every digital image—in your camera, on your computer, and as data being sent to a printer or posted on a webpage—is nothing more (or less) than a series of colored squares that we know as pixels. (Pixel is short for “picture element.”) That’s not a tree or Uncle Bob, it’...

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I’m confused about the term bit when discussing color in an image. Specifically, I scanned an image using 24-bit, but in Photoshop the image shows only 8-bit color. What gives?—Mike When discussing digital images and color, we can start with the big picture (so to speak) and work our way down, bit by bit (oh, the puns!). Every digital image—in your camera, on your computer, and as data being sent to a printer or posted on a webpage—is nothing more (or less) than a series of colored squares that we know as pixels. (Pixel is short for “picture element.”) That’s not a tree or Uncle Bob, it’...

Learn how to animate your photographs without shooting video! Join Erik Kuna for an in-depth look at Plotagraph Pro software to explore the possibilities for adding motion to a still photograph that really grabs the viewer’s attention. Cinemagraphs bridge the gap between still photographs and video and provide a unique method for bringing your photos to life. In this class Erik takes you through the installation and setup of Plotagraph on the desktop and on the iPad, then walks you through a series of demonstrations to show you how to animate water, clouds, smoke, fire, hair, clothing, and more! Erik wraps up the class with a look at key export settings for sharing your animations with the world, and ideas for how to take your cinemagraphs to the next level.

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Learn how to animate your photographs without shooting video! Join Erik Kuna for an in-depth look at Plotagraph Pro software to explore the possibilities for adding motion to a still photograph that really grabs the viewer’s attention. Cinemagraphs bridge the gap between still photographs and video and provide a unique method for bringing your photos to life. In this class Erik takes you through the installation and setup of Plotagraph on the desktop and on the iPad, then walks you through a series of demonstrations to show you how to animate water, clouds, smoke, fire, hair, clothing, and more! Erik wraps up the class with a look at key export settings for sharing your animations with the world, and ideas for how to take your cinemagraphs to the next level.

Join Corey Barker for a fun project that creates a 3D scene from a flat 2D piece of art while exploring a certain part of movie history. Corey provides the original 2D art so you can follow along as he explains and demonstrates each step in the process. By the end of the class you’ll have your own version of the 3D scene and a new set of Photoshop 3D techniques that you can use in your own creative projects.

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Join Corey Barker for a fun project that creates a 3D scene from a flat 2D piece of art while exploring a certain part of movie history. Corey provides the original 2D art so you can follow along as he explains and demonstrates each step in the process. By the end of the class you’ll have your own version of the 3D scene and a new set of Photoshop 3D techniques that you can use in your own creative projects.

Take your Photoshop creativity to new levels by exploring Hollywood style compositing tricks with Corey Barker! In this class Corey teaches you how to create amazing effects using layers, brushes, masks, selections, and other Photoshop tools while building a movie poster. This project will expose you to a variety of techniques and give you a lot of ideas that you can use in other projects. Corey steps through the project from the base image to the background, and all of the cool atmospheric effects and textures that bind the final image into a masterpiece!

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Take your Photoshop creativity to new levels by exploring Hollywood style compositing tricks with Corey Barker! In this class Corey teaches you how to create amazing effects using layers, brushes, masks, selections, and other Photoshop tools while building a movie poster. This project will expose you to a variety of techniques and give you a lot of ideas that you can use in other projects. Corey steps through the project from the base image to the background, and all of the cool atmospheric effects and textures that bind the final image into a masterpiece!

The August 2019 update for Lightroom Classic, Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), and the cloud-based Lightroom has been released. Check the Adobe Creative Cloud application manager or the app store on your device for the update. With this release, Adobe continues to include performance-related improvements, as well as new features, new camera and lens support, and bug fixes. Let’s dive in and see what we can find. GPU Accelerated Editing The most-welcome feature is likely to be the improved editing performance in Lightroom Classic and ACR that comes from being able to take advantage of your comp...

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The August 2019 update for Lightroom Classic, Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), and the cloud-based Lightroom has been released. Check the Adobe Creative Cloud application manager or the app store on your device for the update. With this release, Adobe continues to include performance-related improvements, as well as new features, new camera and lens support, and bug fixes. Let’s dive in and see what we can find. GPU Accelerated Editing The most-welcome feature is likely to be the improved editing performance in Lightroom Classic and ACR that comes from being able to take advantage of your comp...

As a regular visitor to Vancouver Island, I’ve become very familiar with the city of Victoria, and the harbour area in particular. It’s always a hive of activity both on and offshore, especially with the seaplanes and ferries, plus the small water buses that transport people back and forth from Fisherman’s Wharf Park. In fact, it was at Fisherman’s Wharf that I was first drawn to photographing the colorful houseboats and their reflections. This, in turn, has led to a greater interest in creating time-slice composites. The image shown here is one of a series of photographs I’ve worked on ...

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As a regular visitor to Vancouver Island, I’ve become very familiar with the city of Victoria, and the harbour area in particular. It’s always a hive of activity both on and offshore, especially with the seaplanes and ferries, plus the small water buses that transport people back and forth from Fisherman’s Wharf Park. In fact, it was at Fisherman’s Wharf that I was first drawn to photographing the colorful houseboats and their reflections. This, in turn, has led to a greater interest in creating time-slice composites. The image shown here is one of a series of photographs I’ve worked on ...

A lot of people traveling this summer have probably encountered some amazing beaches. As a photographer, it’s not always easy to capture the perfect sunset shot at the beach, even more so when you have lots of people in the scene, no foreground element, and sand in your tripod! So here are my tips on how to make amazing photos at the beach. Tip #1: To get an amazing photo at the beach, you have to compose your photo properly with a simple message, including a foreground, middle ground, and background element. My first tip is to get close to the water, but be careful not to get salt water...

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A lot of people traveling this summer have probably encountered some amazing beaches. As a photographer, it’s not always easy to capture the perfect sunset shot at the beach, even more so when you have lots of people in the scene, no foreground element, and sand in your tripod! So here are my tips on how to make amazing photos at the beach. Tip #1: To get an amazing photo at the beach, you have to compose your photo properly with a simple message, including a foreground, middle ground, and background element. My first tip is to get close to the water, but be careful not to get salt water...

Develop presets are very useful as they can save you time, help you remain consistent in your editing, and can even help you discover new looks and editing styles. Develop presets, which I’ll simply refer to as presets from here on out, are simply a type of text file that can store a combination of Develop module adjustments, so that you can reapply those adjustments in a single click, any time you want. These presets have also undergone a bit of an evolution in recent times, which provides the benefit of having them shared between Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw (the file extensi...

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Develop presets are very useful as they can save you time, help you remain consistent in your editing, and can even help you discover new looks and editing styles. Develop presets, which I’ll simply refer to as presets from here on out, are simply a type of text file that can store a combination of Develop module adjustments, so that you can reapply those adjustments in a single click, any time you want. These presets have also undergone a bit of an evolution in recent times, which provides the benefit of having them shared between Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw (the file extensi...

Photolemur 3

with Sean McCormack

Imagine that you’re under pressure to get some files edited and out to a client. There are a mix of shots with various exposures, people, places, and a few other details to boot. You don’t have time to edit them all individually and, of course, a preset isn’t going to cut it. What options do you have? A surprising amount, really, but this is one of those instances for which Photolemur 3 was designed. Using AI and deep learning, Photolemur 3 allows you to edit your photos automatically. You can also choose from six built-in looks called Styles and, at the time of this writing, three addit...

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Imagine that you’re under pressure to get some files edited and out to a client. There are a mix of shots with various exposures, people, places, and a few other details to boot. You don’t have time to edit them all individually and, of course, a preset isn’t going to cut it. What options do you have? A surprising amount, really, but this is one of those instances for which Photolemur 3 was designed. Using AI and deep learning, Photolemur 3 allows you to edit your photos automatically. You can also choose from six built-in looks called Styles and, at the time of this writing, three addit...

Howdy, pardners! Before I round up my best horse-photography tips, for the greenhorns who are reading this article, here’s some background on the terms giddy-up, pardners, and greenhorns. These are cowboy terms: When a cowboy wants his horse to get moving, he says “giddy-up!” A pardner is a friend or companion. And a greenhorn is a person who’s inexperienced when it comes to riding a horse. Okay, let’s ride! Photographing horses is a ton of fun. It can also be a challenge. In this article I’ll share with you some tips that will make your horse photography fun and rewarding. These tips wi...

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Howdy, pardners! Before I round up my best horse-photography tips, for the greenhorns who are reading this article, here’s some background on the terms giddy-up, pardners, and greenhorns. These are cowboy terms: When a cowboy wants his horse to get moving, he says “giddy-up!” A pardner is a friend or companion. And a greenhorn is a person who’s inexperienced when it comes to riding a horse. Okay, let’s ride! Photographing horses is a ton of fun. It can also be a challenge. In this article I’ll share with you some tips that will make your horse photography fun and rewarding. These tips wi...

What do I need to do to import MOV files into Lightroom? Luckily, you don’t need to do anything special. Lightroom supports the importing of .mov by default. In the Library module, look up in the top-left corner of Lightroom as you click the Import button at the bottom of the left side panels. Just before the Import window appears, you’ll see it says “Import Photos and Videos.” Now navigate to where you have the movie on your computer and it will appear in the Import window as its own thumbnail, just as if it were a still image. Once your video imports, you’ll know it’s a video clip b...

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What do I need to do to import MOV files into Lightroom? Luckily, you don’t need to do anything special. Lightroom supports the importing of .mov by default. In the Library module, look up in the top-left corner of Lightroom as you click the Import button at the bottom of the left side panels. Just before the Import window appears, you’ll see it says “Import Photos and Videos.” Now navigate to where you have the movie on your computer and it will appear in the Import window as its own thumbnail, just as if it were a still image. Once your video imports, you’ll know it’s a video clip b...

Lightroom Tips & Tricks

with Sean Duggan

In this issue’s column, I’m directing my Lightroom lens onto the Develop module in Lightroom Classic and the Edit section in the cloud-based Lightroom to share some useful tips and handy shortcuts for working in those areas of the two programs. RESET INDIVIDUAL DEVELOP SLIDERS: LIGHTROOM CLASSIC AND LIGHTROOM The many different sliders are one of the main ways that you apply your changes to an image in the Develop module. You can easily reset individual adjustments to the default setting by simply double-clicking on a slider. Reset Slider Groups to Defaults: Lightroom Classic Li...

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In this issue’s column, I’m directing my Lightroom lens onto the Develop module in Lightroom Classic and the Edit section in the cloud-based Lightroom to share some useful tips and handy shortcuts for working in those areas of the two programs. RESET INDIVIDUAL DEVELOP SLIDERS: LIGHTROOM CLASSIC AND LIGHTROOM The many different sliders are one of the main ways that you apply your changes to an image in the Develop module. You can easily reset individual adjustments to the default setting by simply double-clicking on a slider. Reset Slider Groups to Defaults: Lightroom Classic Li...

Learn how to earn from your vacation photos with Dave Williams! As a professional travel photographer Dave shares his insider information on different ways you can turn your travel and vacation photos into an income stream. In this class you’ll learn the importance of planning before you travel, how to get into stock photography and how to caption and keyword your photos so that they can be found, how to get started as an instagram influencer, and how to network with the right people to market your work directly to the people who are looking for content. There are endless opportunities for creating images that will appeal to tourist boards, magazines, stock libraries, hotels, and others in the travel industry. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, so join Dave and get prepared for your next travel adventure!

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Learn how to earn from your vacation photos with Dave Williams! As a professional travel photographer Dave shares his insider information on different ways you can turn your travel and vacation photos into an income stream. In this class you’ll learn the importance of planning before you travel, how to get into stock photography and how to caption and keyword your photos so that they can be found, how to get started as an instagram influencer, and how to network with the right people to market your work directly to the people who are looking for content. There are endless opportunities for creating images that will appeal to tourist boards, magazines, stock libraries, hotels, and others in the travel industry. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity, so join Dave and get prepared for your next travel adventure!

This effect is comprised of a few different tricks that you can use to generate a design from a single photo or a group of photos. Here, we’ll go with a CMYK-themed design by creating color effects that mimic the various color plates. These techniques can be adapted to just about anything, with an endless combination of colors and shape effects to accommodate whatever design theme you’re going for. Step One: As usual, we’ll begin with a photo. Now, the good thing about this technique is that it works with just about any theme. In fact, at the end, you’ll see an example of the same effect...

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This effect is comprised of a few different tricks that you can use to generate a design from a single photo or a group of photos. Here, we’ll go with a CMYK-themed design by creating color effects that mimic the various color plates. These techniques can be adapted to just about anything, with an endless combination of colors and shape effects to accommodate whatever design theme you’re going for. Step One: As usual, we’ll begin with a photo. Now, the good thing about this technique is that it works with just about any theme. In fact, at the end, you’ll see an example of the same effect...

The promotional materials for Wonder Woman 1984 are even more eye-catching than the usual superhero fare. The poster features a kaleidoscopic explosion of bright and vivid colors. Our task this issue is to create a similar effect using Photoshop. Crafting the trippy background is a fun process that uses some underutilized filters and clever applications of Gradient Map adjustment layers. There are a lot of seemingly trivial details with the Gradient Editor to wade through, but that’s just to demonstrate the technique to get the exact effect shown here. The technique is widely versatile and ...

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The promotional materials for Wonder Woman 1984 are even more eye-catching than the usual superhero fare. The poster features a kaleidoscopic explosion of bright and vivid colors. Our task this issue is to create a similar effect using Photoshop. Crafting the trippy background is a fun process that uses some underutilized filters and clever applications of Gradient Map adjustment layers. There are a lot of seemingly trivial details with the Gradient Editor to wade through, but that’s just to demonstrate the technique to get the exact effect shown here. The technique is widely versatile and ...

Color. Is it a big mystery? It seems like every week I come across a question on user forums, social media groups, etc., asking, “Why don’t I get the right color when I send my images to .” It seems that, as Adobe continues to make our tools simpler to use, the more that advanced and deep technical knowledge of those tools fades into history for many users. Don’t get me wrong, most of us don’t miss making clipping paths for Quark Express, or a lot of the other techniques we needed to know for older technologies! But understanding, or simplifying, color management is something that seems to ...

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Color. Is it a big mystery? It seems like every week I come across a question on user forums, social media groups, etc., asking, “Why don’t I get the right color when I send my images to .” It seems that, as Adobe continues to make our tools simpler to use, the more that advanced and deep technical knowledge of those tools fades into history for many users. Don’t get me wrong, most of us don’t miss making clipping paths for Quark Express, or a lot of the other techniques we needed to know for older technologies! But understanding, or simplifying, color management is something that seems to ...

Layers Panel Shortcuts

with Gilmar Smith

The Layers panel in Photoshop is where we spend the most time when editing our images. Having a clean and organized workflow is critical. Properly labeling, color-coding, organizing layers in groups, and deleting unnecessary layers will save you lots of headaches and allow you to work more efficiently. In this installment, I’ll show you a few shortcuts that will optimize and speed up your workflow. Let’s start with the essential shortcuts. Shortcut #1: To create a new layer, press Command-Shift-N (PC: Ctrl-Shift-N). A dialog will appear where you can name and color code the layer in adva...

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The Layers panel in Photoshop is where we spend the most time when editing our images. Having a clean and organized workflow is critical. Properly labeling, color-coding, organizing layers in groups, and deleting unnecessary layers will save you lots of headaches and allow you to work more efficiently. In this installment, I’ll show you a few shortcuts that will optimize and speed up your workflow. Let’s start with the essential shortcuts. Shortcut #1: To create a new layer, press Command-Shift-N (PC: Ctrl-Shift-N). A dialog will appear where you can name and color code the layer in adva...

Aging a Photo

with Lesa Snider

Adding years to a photo is useful in several situations. Maybe you’re matching recent family photos to those taken long ago or perhaps you’re designing a vintage ad, book cover, or event poster. In this column, you’ll learn how to use filters and custom brushes to fade, streak, and damage a photo—all without harming the original. Read on! Adding Streaks The first step is to discolor the photo so it looks faded, and then make it look streaked. An easy way to do this is to use a couple of filters: Cloud and Motion Blur. Step One: Open the image in Photoshop. (If you’re starting in Li...

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Adding years to a photo is useful in several situations. Maybe you’re matching recent family photos to those taken long ago or perhaps you’re designing a vintage ad, book cover, or event poster. In this column, you’ll learn how to use filters and custom brushes to fade, streak, and damage a photo—all without harming the original. Read on! Adding Streaks The first step is to discolor the photo so it looks faded, and then make it look streaked. An easy way to do this is to use a couple of filters: Cloud and Motion Blur. Step One: Open the image in Photoshop. (If you’re starting in Li...

Whether you wish to turn the clock back and catch the brilliant sunset you missed or you want to add a sunset effect, this article is for you. We’ll learn how to create a sun and the atmosphere around it just by using the power of blending modes and adjustment layers in Photoshop. In the process, we’ll learn techniques to add drama and warmth to simulate the dramatic nature of a sunset. So without any further ado, let’s get started! STEP ONE: OPEN THE IMAGE First, let’s open an image into Photoshop. You can add this effect to any landscape you wish. If you’d like to follow along with ...

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Whether you wish to turn the clock back and catch the brilliant sunset you missed or you want to add a sunset effect, this article is for you. We’ll learn how to create a sun and the atmosphere around it just by using the power of blending modes and adjustment layers in Photoshop. In the process, we’ll learn techniques to add drama and warmth to simulate the dramatic nature of a sunset. So without any further ado, let’s get started! STEP ONE: OPEN THE IMAGE First, let’s open an image into Photoshop. You can add this effect to any landscape you wish. If you’d like to follow along with ...

Removing People with Statistics

with David Williams

There are times when we can deal with cluttered shots packed full of tourists by simply arriving at a location early, before the rest of the world wakes up. But, sometimes, there are reasons why this isn’t possible and we end up unable to avoid tourists. Luckily for us, there’s a seriously smart solution offered in Adobe Photoshop that lets us remove tourists and, with only a little prep on location, we end up with a clutter-free shot. Here’s how it works: As a result of countless tests and research surveys, there are many smart algorithms at work inside Photoshop, trying to determine wh...

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There are times when we can deal with cluttered shots packed full of tourists by simply arriving at a location early, before the rest of the world wakes up. But, sometimes, there are reasons why this isn’t possible and we end up unable to avoid tourists. Luckily for us, there’s a seriously smart solution offered in Adobe Photoshop that lets us remove tourists and, with only a little prep on location, we end up with a clutter-free shot. Here’s how it works: As a result of countless tests and research surveys, there are many smart algorithms at work inside Photoshop, trying to determine wh...

Distorted Geometry

with Mark Heaps

In this selection series, we’ve talked a lot about the traditional means of making selections and offered lots of case studies about selecting by sampling color or luminosity . We’ve also discussed the popular approach of painting selections in masks, especially the Quick Mask mode. There’s also been the less popular, but extremely precise, use of the Pen tool to produce a selection. This month, however, we’re ignoring all of that. In fact, we’re going to get back to basics and use a little feature that’s less utilized than it probably should be. Geometric Selections with Transformations...

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In this selection series, we’ve talked a lot about the traditional means of making selections and offered lots of case studies about selecting by sampling color or luminosity . We’ve also discussed the popular approach of painting selections in masks, especially the Quick Mask mode. There’s also been the less popular, but extremely precise, use of the Pen tool to produce a selection. This month, however, we’re ignoring all of that. In fact, we’re going to get back to basics and use a little feature that’s less utilized than it probably should be. Geometric Selections with Transformations...

Textscape Workflow

with Scott Valentine

Have you ever finished a project where you realized that if only you’d done a little prep, the actual work would have gone pretty quickly? This issue, let’s build a small cityscape out of text and look at a handful of tricks to make the process easier and more fun—in other words, getting our tools out of the way of our creativity! As you can see, our cityscape involves lots of individual text layers and a lot of transforming. With a little planning and customization, it goes pretty smoothly and turns out to be a lot of fun. Step One: Gather the Materials Just like with photo compos...

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Have you ever finished a project where you realized that if only you’d done a little prep, the actual work would have gone pretty quickly? This issue, let’s build a small cityscape out of text and look at a handful of tricks to make the process easier and more fun—in other words, getting our tools out of the way of our creativity! As you can see, our cityscape involves lots of individual text layers and a lot of transforming. With a little planning and customization, it goes pretty smoothly and turns out to be a lot of fun. Step One: Gather the Materials Just like with photo compos...

I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge space fan. The Apollo 11 mission and moon landing just celebrated its 50th year and, of course, Cape Canaveral is in Florida, home of KelbyOne! So what better subject to use for this month’s article than those amazing astronauts and that awesome mission to create a cool typography poster? But, you may be asking where we’ll get images from the Apollo 11 mission that we can use. Well, it just so happens that NASA recently made some (actually quite a lot) of its database of space images available to the public for free and commercial use here . The ...

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge space fan. The Apollo 11 mission and moon landing just celebrated its 50th year and, of course, Cape Canaveral is in Florida, home of KelbyOne! So what better subject to use for this month’s article than those amazing astronauts and that awesome mission to create a cool typography poster? But, you may be asking where we’ll get images from the Apollo 11 mission that we can use. Well, it just so happens that NASA recently made some (actually quite a lot) of its database of space images available to the public for free and commercial use here . The ...

Photoshop Q&A

with Dave Cross

Q: Is it possible to use Content-Aware Fill on a smart object? A: Unfortunately not, but you can take advantage of Content-Aware technology by using the Patch tool. Add a blank layer above the smart object layer, and in the Options Bar settings for the Patch tool, set the Patch menu to Content-Aware and check Sample All Layers. Make a selection around the problem area, and then drag it to the area you want to use as the patch. When you release the mouse button, the selected area will update with the patch information. Note: If the results are not ideal, you can adjust the Structure an...

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Q: Is it possible to use Content-Aware Fill on a smart object? A: Unfortunately not, but you can take advantage of Content-Aware technology by using the Patch tool. Add a blank layer above the smart object layer, and in the Options Bar settings for the Patch tool, set the Patch menu to Content-Aware and check Sample All Layers. Make a selection around the problem area, and then drag it to the area you want to use as the patch. When you release the mouse button, the selected area will update with the patch information. Note: If the results are not ideal, you can adjust the Structure an...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

In this installment of “Photoshop Tips,” I’m going to show you a bunch of tricks that will enable you to create your own presets, make better selections, and generally open some new areas of Photoshop to you. So, happy tipping! Moving a Selection When you make a selection with the Elliptical Marquee tool (nested under the Rectangular Marquee tool in the Toolbar), it’s really difficult to get the circular selection in the right place. It seems that no matter where you start the selection, it just doesn’t line up where you want. Save yourself some pain and use the Spacebar. While you’re...

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In this installment of “Photoshop Tips,” I’m going to show you a bunch of tricks that will enable you to create your own presets, make better selections, and generally open some new areas of Photoshop to you. So, happy tipping! Moving a Selection When you make a selection with the Elliptical Marquee tool (nested under the Rectangular Marquee tool in the Toolbar), it’s really difficult to get the circular selection in the right place. It seems that no matter where you start the selection, it just doesn’t line up where you want. Save yourself some pain and use the Spacebar. While you’re...

In a recent column about Levels and Curves, you mentioned “layer groups.” What are they and how can I use them in my image editing? A layer group is a subset of the layers in an image, created in the Layers panel. They are most common in highly complex projects, such as image composites and illustrations, although they can be useful in any image-editing project. Layer groups can simplify the Layers panel, making it easier to identify and select the layer on which you want to work. The layers within a layer group can be hidden or exposed in the panel by clicking the small triangle to t...

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In a recent column about Levels and Curves, you mentioned “layer groups.” What are they and how can I use them in my image editing? A layer group is a subset of the layers in an image, created in the Layers panel. They are most common in highly complex projects, such as image composites and illustrations, although they can be useful in any image-editing project. Layer groups can simplify the Layers panel, making it easier to identify and select the layer on which you want to work. The layers within a layer group can be hidden or exposed in the panel by clicking the small triangle to t...

Boost your Photoshop productivity with actions! Join Kristi Sherk as she takes a deep dive into the world of Photoshop actions. In this class you’ll learn what actions are, why they are so powerful, when you should use them, how to record your own, and how they can help keep you on track as you work. Kristi steps through the process of creating several different actions that you can start using right away. You’ll even learn how to use one action to run other actions and how to run an action on a batch of images. By the end of the class you’ll be prepared to start creating your own custom actions as well as making the most of the free actions provided by the instructor. Work smarter, not harder, with actions!

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Boost your Photoshop productivity with actions! Join Kristi Sherk as she takes a deep dive into the world of Photoshop actions. In this class you’ll learn what actions are, why they are so powerful, when you should use them, how to record your own, and how they can help keep you on track as you work. Kristi steps through the process of creating several different actions that you can start using right away. You’ll even learn how to use one action to run other actions and how to run an action on a batch of images. By the end of the class you’ll be prepared to start creating your own custom actions as well as making the most of the free actions provided by the instructor. Work smarter, not harder, with actions!

Demystifying PhotoPills

with Erik Kuna

Learn how to get the most out of PhotoPills when planning your next outdoor photography adventure! Join Erik Kuna as he explains exactly what this app can do, why photographers should care about using an app like PhotoPills, and how best utilize all of the features and functions within the app. In this class you’ll learn the basic terminology needed to use the planner, how to use the app to plan a photo shoot based around the position of the sun, the moon, or the milky way, how to discover when the next eclipse will occur at a given location, how to perform useful calculations, and so much more! Erik even breaks down all the steps he used in planning for a variety of different photographic scenarios. By the end of the class you’ll have a whole new appreciation for the ability to plan around celestial events using PhotoPills.

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Learn how to get the most out of PhotoPills when planning your next outdoor photography adventure! Join Erik Kuna as he explains exactly what this app can do, why photographers should care about using an app like PhotoPills, and how best utilize all of the features and functions within the app. In this class you’ll learn the basic terminology needed to use the planner, how to use the app to plan a photo shoot based around the position of the sun, the moon, or the milky way, how to discover when the next eclipse will occur at a given location, how to perform useful calculations, and so much more! Erik even breaks down all the steps he used in planning for a variety of different photographic scenarios. By the end of the class you’ll have a whole new appreciation for the ability to plan around celestial events using PhotoPills.

Prepare for your next travel photography adventure with Dave Williams! In this class Dave teaches you how to identify locations that are on trend, what sights are popular and iconic, and then how to identify the gaps and opportunities that you can leverage at each destination. Dave also shares his perspective on gear, his techniques for minimizing crowds in photographs, how to avoid the status quo, and the importance of continually investing in yourself. By the end of the class you’ll be well armed with the knowledge you need to capture new perspectives of wherever your adventures take you.

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Prepare for your next travel photography adventure with Dave Williams! In this class Dave teaches you how to identify locations that are on trend, what sights are popular and iconic, and then how to identify the gaps and opportunities that you can leverage at each destination. Dave also shares his perspective on gear, his techniques for minimizing crowds in photographs, how to avoid the status quo, and the importance of continually investing in yourself. By the end of the class you’ll be well armed with the knowledge you need to capture new perspectives of wherever your adventures take you.

The Glenfinnan monument commemorates the Scottish Jacobite rising of 1745 when Bonnie Prince Charlie, having just arrived by boat from France, raised his royal standard close to this spot and made a claim on the British throne. Supported militarily by a number of Scottish clans, the rising was short-lived. After their defeat at Culloden, the “Young Pretender” Charles returned to Glenfinnan as he evaded the British troops. The monument that can be seen here today was commissioned in 1815 by Alexander Macdonald of Glenaladale and is topped by a statue of an unknown Highlander. It has a slight...

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The Glenfinnan monument commemorates the Scottish Jacobite rising of 1745 when Bonnie Prince Charlie, having just arrived by boat from France, raised his royal standard close to this spot and made a claim on the British throne. Supported militarily by a number of Scottish clans, the rising was short-lived. After their defeat at Culloden, the “Young Pretender” Charles returned to Glenfinnan as he evaded the British troops. The monument that can be seen here today was commissioned in 1815 by Alexander Macdonald of Glenaladale and is topped by a statue of an unknown Highlander. It has a slight...

A panorama is a great way to make any photo more cinematic and more impressive. It just has that look—a window open to the outdoors. So, in this article, I want to share with you my best tips to make your landscape photos more spectacular by making an incredible panorama! The first thing is to shoot with the idea of making a panorama. For Lightroom to stitch it together properly, you’ll need to take a few shots of the same subject from right to left or up and down, with around 30% overlap in each frame. Here are four RAW files that I shot in Los Angeles. Step One: Click on the first p...

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A panorama is a great way to make any photo more cinematic and more impressive. It just has that look—a window open to the outdoors. So, in this article, I want to share with you my best tips to make your landscape photos more spectacular by making an incredible panorama! The first thing is to shoot with the idea of making a panorama. For Lightroom to stitch it together properly, you’ll need to take a few shots of the same subject from right to left or up and down, with around 30% overlap in each frame. Here are four RAW files that I shot in Los Angeles. Step One: Click on the first p...

Lightroom on the web, or sometimes simply referred to as Lightroom web, is basically Lightroom in a web browser. That might sound limiting, but there’s an amazing amount of functionality built into Lightroom web, which can be utilized by people who use either Lightroom Classic or the cloud-based Lightroom. Note: Adobe recently dropped the “CC” from the names of all Lightroom products, so now we have Lightroom Classic (instead of Lightroom Classic CC) and Lightroom (instead of Lightroom CC). Access Synced Collections To get there, point your web browser to lightroom.adobe.com and log ...

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Lightroom on the web, or sometimes simply referred to as Lightroom web, is basically Lightroom in a web browser. That might sound limiting, but there’s an amazing amount of functionality built into Lightroom web, which can be utilized by people who use either Lightroom Classic or the cloud-based Lightroom. Note: Adobe recently dropped the “CC” from the names of all Lightroom products, so now we have Lightroom Classic (instead of Lightroom Classic CC) and Lightroom (instead of Lightroom CC). Access Synced Collections To get there, point your web browser to lightroom.adobe.com and log ...

Aurora HDR 2019

with Sean McCormack

Aurora HDR 2019 is the latest version of Skylum’s dedicated HDR application. Collaboratively created with Trey Ratcliff, a world-renowned HDR photographer, it works on both Mac and PC. In this version, it can work directly with RAW files, so the processing can be done with Aurora instead of Lightroom, if desired. While we touched on Aurora HDR 2018 as an alternative to Lightroom HDR last year, we haven’t really looked at it properly since the 2017 version. In the meantime, Skylum has been working hard to improve a great product and add even more features. The important feature is the ...

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Aurora HDR 2019 is the latest version of Skylum’s dedicated HDR application. Collaboratively created with Trey Ratcliff, a world-renowned HDR photographer, it works on both Mac and PC. In this version, it can work directly with RAW files, so the processing can be done with Aurora instead of Lightroom, if desired. While we touched on Aurora HDR 2018 as an alternative to Lightroom HDR last year, we haven’t really looked at it properly since the 2017 version. In the meantime, Skylum has been working hard to improve a great product and add even more features. The important feature is the ...

“Okay, we’re only doing this once,” Patrick says, with obvious tension in his voice, over the thunderous roar of the waterfall. “We’ll have a safety boater below the falls in case something goes wrong.” I’m not sure who is more nervous, Patrick or me. I’m perched on a rock pinnacle, tied to a rope, looking down into a maelstrom of whitewater and mist. I’m photographing some friends who want to paddle off Lower Mesa Falls, a 65' waterfall in Idaho. Yesterday, in Colorado, we were talking about summer plans when we heard conditions were perfect to run Lower Mesa Falls. On a complete whim, ...

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“Okay, we’re only doing this once,” Patrick says, with obvious tension in his voice, over the thunderous roar of the waterfall. “We’ll have a safety boater below the falls in case something goes wrong.” I’m not sure who is more nervous, Patrick or me. I’m perched on a rock pinnacle, tied to a rope, looking down into a maelstrom of whitewater and mist. I’m photographing some friends who want to paddle off Lower Mesa Falls, a 65' waterfall in Idaho. Yesterday, in Colorado, we were talking about summer plans when we heard conditions were perfect to run Lower Mesa Falls. On a complete whim, ...

I know very little about Camera Raw, so I was wondering, should I use Camera Raw prior to going into Lightroom Classic or Photoshop to improve my images? Camera Raw and Lightroom’s Develop module are essentially the same. Well, not even essentially, they are the same. The same sliders, in the same order, that do the exact same things, but with different names (thanks, Adobe). ;-) So, there’s no advantage to using Camera Raw first and then Lightroom. In fact, the preferred workflow would be to start and finish in Lightroom and skip Camera Raw in Photoshop altogether. Later, as you get ...

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I know very little about Camera Raw, so I was wondering, should I use Camera Raw prior to going into Lightroom Classic or Photoshop to improve my images? Camera Raw and Lightroom’s Develop module are essentially the same. Well, not even essentially, they are the same. The same sliders, in the same order, that do the exact same things, but with different names (thanks, Adobe). ;-) So, there’s no advantage to using Camera Raw first and then Lightroom. In fact, the preferred workflow would be to start and finish in Lightroom and skip Camera Raw in Photoshop altogether. Later, as you get ...

Lightroom Tips & Tricks

with Sean Duggan

In this issue’s article, we’ll take a look at some shortcuts that will help you save time in Lightroom Classic. As useful as shortcuts may be to access a specific command or function, sometimes they can lead to unintended consequences, especially if they’re invoked by accident. This can sometimes result in parts of the program’s interface being hidden, or to an interruption in expected functionality. So, in addition to reviewing some of the more useful shortcuts for navigating in Lightroom Classic, I’ll also point out those that can cause unintended confusion. If you know the shortcuts, you...

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In this issue’s article, we’ll take a look at some shortcuts that will help you save time in Lightroom Classic. As useful as shortcuts may be to access a specific command or function, sometimes they can lead to unintended consequences, especially if they’re invoked by accident. This can sometimes result in parts of the program’s interface being hidden, or to an interruption in expected functionality. So, in addition to reviewing some of the more useful shortcuts for navigating in Lightroom Classic, I’ll also point out those that can cause unintended confusion. If you know the shortcuts, you...

Master the art of color grading your photos with Unmesh Dinda! In this class you’ll learn practical steps you can apply to your photographs in a variety of ways and to achieve dramatic and moody results. You’ll learn how to color grade using gradient maps, curves, selective color adjustments, look up tables, and more. Unmesh even teaches you techniques for incorporating film-like grain, overlays, light flares, and spot light effects to take your creativity and color grading to new heights.

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Master the art of color grading your photos with Unmesh Dinda! In this class you’ll learn practical steps you can apply to your photographs in a variety of ways and to achieve dramatic and moody results. You’ll learn how to color grade using gradient maps, curves, selective color adjustments, look up tables, and more. Unmesh even teaches you techniques for incorporating film-like grain, overlays, light flares, and spot light effects to take your creativity and color grading to new heights.

Learn how to perform amazing portrait retouching with Perfectly Clear Complete. Perfectly Clear Complete is a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom Classic that was developed from the ground up exclusively for retouching digital photographs. In this class you’ll get oriented to the interface and learn how to make the most of its face selection capabilities to apply intelligent edits to faces, eyes, teeth, and skin. Best of all you can leverage the built-in presets to create your own that you can batch apply right out of Lightroom Classic. <a href="https://eyeq.photos/try/perfectly-clear-complete-v3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Click here</a> for a <strong>FREE TRIAL</strong> of Perfectly Clear or <a href="https://sites.fastspring.com/athentech/product/athentechproducts?coupon=THESHARK" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">click here</a> to get <strong>20% off</strong> the purchase price.

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Learn how to perform amazing portrait retouching with Perfectly Clear Complete. Perfectly Clear Complete is a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom Classic that was developed from the ground up exclusively for retouching digital photographs. In this class you’ll get oriented to the interface and learn how to make the most of its face selection capabilities to apply intelligent edits to faces, eyes, teeth, and skin. Best of all you can leverage the built-in presets to create your own that you can batch apply right out of Lightroom Classic. <a href="https://eyeq.photos/try/perfectly-clear-complete-v3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Click here</a> for a <strong>FREE TRIAL</strong> of Perfectly Clear or <a href="https://sites.fastspring.com/athentech/product/athentechproducts?coupon=THESHARK" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">click here</a> to get <strong>20% off</strong> the purchase price.

MORE THAN 1,300 creatives from all TYPES OF backgrounds took over Orlando, Florida, May 30–June 1, 2019, for Photoshop World. With various classes on photography, Photoshop, Lightroom, and more, there wasn’t a shortage of knowledge and learning. To honor the Photoshop World attendees who’ve practiced and honed their skills, the coveted Guru Awards were born back in 1999. Every year since then, attendees have been encouraged to submit their work in various unique categories in which we choose two finalists and one winner. From all of those entries, a Best of Show is also chosen. Best of Sh...

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MORE THAN 1,300 creatives from all TYPES OF backgrounds took over Orlando, Florida, May 30–June 1, 2019, for Photoshop World. With various classes on photography, Photoshop, Lightroom, and more, there wasn’t a shortage of knowledge and learning. To honor the Photoshop World attendees who’ve practiced and honed their skills, the coveted Guru Awards were born back in 1999. Every year since then, attendees have been encouraged to submit their work in various unique categories in which we choose two finalists and one winner. From all of those entries, a Best of Show is also chosen. Best of Sh...

I was recently asked how to create this effect, which someone saw online. While there are numerous approaches, I knew it would be a cool 3D effect. So here we’ll explore, once again, how you can use 3D to create dramatic design effects in a way you can edit and modify easily into a new design. Step One: In the beginning, it was a blank document. Well, it starts with a blank document. In Photoshop, go to the File menu and choose New. In the New (PC: New Document) dialog, set the Width to 500 pixels and the Height to 1000 pixels. Set the Background Contents to Black, and click Create. S...

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I was recently asked how to create this effect, which someone saw online. While there are numerous approaches, I knew it would be a cool 3D effect. So here we’ll explore, once again, how you can use 3D to create dramatic design effects in a way you can edit and modify easily into a new design. Step One: In the beginning, it was a blank document. Well, it starts with a blank document. In Photoshop, go to the File menu and choose New. In the New (PC: New Document) dialog, set the Width to 500 pixels and the Height to 1000 pixels. Set the Background Contents to Black, and click Create. S...

Do you know why drawing a human face realistically is so difficult? In reality it’s no more challenging than any other complex object, but we’re so accustomed to viewing human faces that minor mistakes in the drawing are more easily noticed. It’s our familiarity with the subject matter that makes artistic reproductions so difficult. In this project, we key in to that same sense, but purposely lean against it. By fragmenting a portrait into separate panels and making minor misalignments, it creates that sense of unease upon viewing. Anytime you can use art to create an emotion in your audien...

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Do you know why drawing a human face realistically is so difficult? In reality it’s no more challenging than any other complex object, but we’re so accustomed to viewing human faces that minor mistakes in the drawing are more easily noticed. It’s our familiarity with the subject matter that makes artistic reproductions so difficult. In this project, we key in to that same sense, but purposely lean against it. By fragmenting a portrait into separate panels and making minor misalignments, it creates that sense of unease upon viewing. Anytime you can use art to create an emotion in your audien...

Photoshop has a dizzying array of tools and techniques available to sharpen and enhance detail in your images. That causes lots of confusion, and gives rise to certain mythologies that not only become persistent, but also tend more toward dogma than wisdom. My own mythology is based on the idea that sharpness is a perceptual element, rather than technical. While we can talk about image processing and math, and compare notes on untold ways to sharpen, in the end, the image is the important thing. Sharpening should not only present the image in a pleasing way, it should also support the inten...

Living on the Edge: An Exploration of the Sharpening Tools in Photoshop close

Photoshop has a dizzying array of tools and techniques available to sharpen and enhance detail in your images. That causes lots of confusion, and gives rise to certain mythologies that not only become persistent, but also tend more toward dogma than wisdom. My own mythology is based on the idea that sharpness is a perceptual element, rather than technical. While we can talk about image processing and math, and compare notes on untold ways to sharpen, in the end, the image is the important thing. Sharpening should not only present the image in a pleasing way, it should also support the inten...

Have you ever thought that you’d broken Photoshop only to realize that the fix was a simple keyboard shortcut? In this article, I’ll give you 11 shortcuts that will prevent you from cursing, damaging your gear, or hating on Photoshop. Shortcut #1: “My cursor is stuck on the Hand tool.” This just means that Photoshop is waving at you (just kidding!). If this happens to you, before going into a mad rage, press the Spacebar on your keyboard. That usually fixes the problem. Shortcut #2: “My Brush tool has disappeared; all I see is a crosshair instead of the brush preview. Photoshop is ...

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Have you ever thought that you’d broken Photoshop only to realize that the fix was a simple keyboard shortcut? In this article, I’ll give you 11 shortcuts that will prevent you from cursing, damaging your gear, or hating on Photoshop. Shortcut #1: “My cursor is stuck on the Hand tool.” This just means that Photoshop is waving at you (just kidding!). If this happens to you, before going into a mad rage, press the Spacebar on your keyboard. That usually fixes the problem. Shortcut #2: “My Brush tool has disappeared; all I see is a crosshair instead of the brush preview. Photoshop is ...

Applying Creative Blurs

with Lesa Snider

Photoshop sports a wide variety of filters that you can use to blur a photo. In this column, you’ll learn: how to change a photo’s depth of field to create a realistic, in-camera blurry background; the look of a tilt-shift lens; and realistic motion. Read on for some serious fun! Using the Iris Blur Filter The first method uses the Iris Blur filter to alter a photo’s depth of field, which is handy when you want to accentuate the foreground and downplay distracting elements in the background. Step One: Open an image in Photoshop. (If you’re starting in Lightroom Classic, select the ...

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Photoshop sports a wide variety of filters that you can use to blur a photo. In this column, you’ll learn: how to change a photo’s depth of field to create a realistic, in-camera blurry background; the look of a tilt-shift lens; and realistic motion. Read on for some serious fun! Using the Iris Blur Filter The first method uses the Iris Blur filter to alter a photo’s depth of field, which is handy when you want to accentuate the foreground and downplay distracting elements in the background. Step One: Open an image in Photoshop. (If you’re starting in Lightroom Classic, select the ...

Fix any Color Distraction

with Unmesh Dinda

In this issue, we’ll discover the power of color targeting to easily manipulate any color in Photoshop. We’ll learn how to use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to manually target a specific color range to fix a color cast; however, you can use the same technique to repair any color issues, such as removing color stains, fixing tanned skin, equalizing uneven skin tones—the applications are limitless. This is also an incredible technique for changing colors. In this example image, let’s take a closer look at our subject. She has a greenish color cast on her face that we want to remove. ...

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In this issue, we’ll discover the power of color targeting to easily manipulate any color in Photoshop. We’ll learn how to use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to manually target a specific color range to fix a color cast; however, you can use the same technique to repair any color issues, such as removing color stains, fixing tanned skin, equalizing uneven skin tones—the applications are limitless. This is also an incredible technique for changing colors. In this example image, let’s take a closer look at our subject. She has a greenish color cast on her face that we want to remove. ...

Many old photos fade over time because of improper storage, handling, exposure to harsh weather, etc. Although the photo may be faded, most of the time the image’s “information” is still there, and sharpening techniques can help to make that information visible again. Here’s a method I like to use to enhance the detail, and sharpen faded photos. Step One: Open the image in Photoshop and press Command-J (PC: Ctrl-J) to duplicate the Background layer and work nondestructively. Step Two: Right-click on the duplicate layer in the Layers panel, choose Convert to Smart Object, and go to Fil...

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Many old photos fade over time because of improper storage, handling, exposure to harsh weather, etc. Although the photo may be faded, most of the time the image’s “information” is still there, and sharpening techniques can help to make that information visible again. Here’s a method I like to use to enhance the detail, and sharpen faded photos. Step One: Open the image in Photoshop and press Command-J (PC: Ctrl-J) to duplicate the Background layer and work nondestructively. Step Two: Right-click on the duplicate layer in the Layers panel, choose Convert to Smart Object, and go to Fil...

For many users, making a selection is a simple act of sampling. We covered that in a previous article , and we’ve also covered the surgical precision approach of making selections using the Pen tool . Once you’ve made your selection, the process of refinement can involve many different techniques. We’ve also discussed refinement using the Quick Mask Mode where you can use paintbrush tools in a temporary mask mode to modify your selection. Being able to paint and adjust your selection is very intuitive, but it can be slow because of the accuracy you use to paint with the Brush tool. But, ...

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For many users, making a selection is a simple act of sampling. We covered that in a previous article , and we’ve also covered the surgical precision approach of making selections using the Pen tool . Once you’ve made your selection, the process of refinement can involve many different techniques. We’ve also discussed refinement using the Quick Mask Mode where you can use paintbrush tools in a temporary mask mode to modify your selection. Being able to paint and adjust your selection is very intuitive, but it can be slow because of the accuracy you use to paint with the Brush tool. But, ...

Color Grading with Curves

with Scott Valentine

There’s an adage passed around by Photoshop users that there’s always more than one way to do anything in Photoshop. That’s especially true when it comes to color manipulation. This issue, we’re going to repurpose the trusty Curves adjustment and get it to do some heavy, but fast, lifting for applying a color theme based on another image or color palette. The nifty thing about this approach is that you can easily get in the ballpark of matching reference images without breaking a sweat. Hollywood poster guru Lisa Carney loves this trick for fast production and comping work. The process i...

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There’s an adage passed around by Photoshop users that there’s always more than one way to do anything in Photoshop. That’s especially true when it comes to color manipulation. This issue, we’re going to repurpose the trusty Curves adjustment and get it to do some heavy, but fast, lifting for applying a color theme based on another image or color palette. The nifty thing about this approach is that you can easily get in the ballpark of matching reference images without breaking a sweat. Hollywood poster guru Lisa Carney loves this trick for fast production and comping work. The process i...

Fun with Stock Models

with Dave Clayton

Quite often when I need to create artwork that requires images of people, I can’t always get a model, or I don’t know the right model for the project. In these cases, I often go to Adobe Stock, type in a few key phrases for the type of images I require, and then scroll through the results to find the right person or situation. This is great for adverts, flyers, brochures etc., but when you want to get creative, you might wish you had that person in front of you to try different poses or outfits. One of the great little hidden features of Adobe Stock is the ability to find similar images ...

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Quite often when I need to create artwork that requires images of people, I can’t always get a model, or I don’t know the right model for the project. In these cases, I often go to Adobe Stock, type in a few key phrases for the type of images I require, and then scroll through the results to find the right person or situation. This is great for adverts, flyers, brochures etc., but when you want to get creative, you might wish you had that person in front of you to try different poses or outfits. One of the great little hidden features of Adobe Stock is the ability to find similar images ...

Photoshop Q&A

with Dave Cross

Q: I’d like to create several variations of my logo from which to choose when I add it to a document. What’s the simplest way to do that, without having to save separate files? A: Layer comps are a great way to access multiple variations of a logo (using layers) within one document. The idea of a layer comp is to capture the current status of the Layers panel: what layers are visible, where they’re positioned, and what layer styles (if any) are applied. So in this example, you can save a layer comp for each different look of your logo, and then save the document as a PSD file. Then you c...

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Q: I’d like to create several variations of my logo from which to choose when I add it to a document. What’s the simplest way to do that, without having to save separate files? A: Layer comps are a great way to access multiple variations of a logo (using layers) within one document. The idea of a layer comp is to capture the current status of the Layers panel: what layers are visible, where they’re positioned, and what layer styles (if any) are applied. So in this example, you can save a layer comp for each different look of your logo, and then save the document as a PSD file. Then you c...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Welcome to this installment of Photoshop Tips. As always, these tips are going to help you do things faster and more efficiently. My goal is to bring excitement—that feeling when you discover a better way of doing something. That’s how I feel when I discover an exciting new tip. Aim Your Lights When you’re working in 3D in Photoshop, your models and scenes will look much better when they’re correctly lit using one of the three types of lights in Photoshop. The spotlight usually gives the best result; however, sometimes it’s tricky to position the spotlight to hit the spot on the model...

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Welcome to this installment of Photoshop Tips. As always, these tips are going to help you do things faster and more efficiently. My goal is to bring excitement—that feeling when you discover a better way of doing something. That’s how I feel when I discover an exciting new tip. Aim Your Lights When you’re working in 3D in Photoshop, your models and scenes will look much better when they’re correctly lit using one of the three types of lights in Photoshop. The spotlight usually gives the best result; however, sometimes it’s tricky to position the spotlight to hit the spot on the model...

What’s the difference between Levels and Curves adjustments, and how can I best apply them? Both Levels and Curves are used to adjust the luminosity (the brightness/darkness of pixels). They can be used on an entire image or a selection within an image. Both can be applied as adjustments using a floating dialog or, for nondestructive editing (changes to an image that can be altered or reversed at a later time), as adjustment layers using the Properties panel. For multilayered documents, an adjustment layer can be applied to all layers below it in the Layers panel, applied to just the lay...

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What’s the difference between Levels and Curves adjustments, and how can I best apply them? Both Levels and Curves are used to adjust the luminosity (the brightness/darkness of pixels). They can be used on an entire image or a selection within an image. Both can be applied as adjustments using a floating dialog or, for nondestructive editing (changes to an image that can be altered or reversed at a later time), as adjustment layers using the Properties panel. For multilayered documents, an adjustment layer can be applied to all layers below it in the Layers panel, applied to just the lay...

Learn the latest workflow for client proofing using either version of Lightroom! Join Terry White as he breaks down the process for selecting the best photos from a shoot, syncing them to the cloud, sharing them with your client, and viewing their interactions back in Lightroom. Through each step in the process Terry shares the ins and outs of what’s required and shows you the results that a client would see. Terry wraps up the class with an alternative workflow to include watermarks if that’s what your needs require. The collaborative proofing workflow in Lightroom is brand new and still evolving, so learn how to get started with it today!

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Learn the latest workflow for client proofing using either version of Lightroom! Join Terry White as he breaks down the process for selecting the best photos from a shoot, syncing them to the cloud, sharing them with your client, and viewing their interactions back in Lightroom. Through each step in the process Terry shares the ins and outs of what’s required and shows you the results that a client would see. Terry wraps up the class with an alternative workflow to include watermarks if that’s what your needs require. The collaborative proofing workflow in Lightroom is brand new and still evolving, so learn how to get started with it today!

Learn how to work faster and more efficiently in Photoshop with Unmesh Dinda! In this class you’ll learn how to match colors, correct perspective while cropping, add drama to skies, make your colors pop, leverage automatic functions in Photoshop, fix motion blur, discover hidden tools and settings, save your looks as presets, and so much more. You’ll be amazed at all of things you’ll be able to add to your workflow to make your Photoshop life so much easier.

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Learn how to work faster and more efficiently in Photoshop with Unmesh Dinda! In this class you’ll learn how to match colors, correct perspective while cropping, add drama to skies, make your colors pop, leverage automatic functions in Photoshop, fix motion blur, discover hidden tools and settings, save your looks as presets, and so much more. You’ll be amazed at all of things you’ll be able to add to your workflow to make your Photoshop life so much easier.

Learn how to get started as a digital painter in Photoshop with Victoria Pavlov! Whether you’ve painted before or are just getting started, this class will give you the foundation you need to add digital painting to your skillset. Victoria guides you through setting up your workspace for painting, organizing your brushes and brush presets, and introduces you to Creative Cloud libraries before diving into the art of painting itself. There are lessons on starting a digital painting from scratch, digital painting for photographers, and tips and techniques for making your paintings more visually interesting and engaging. By the end of the class you’ll be much more comfortable in your digital photography workflow.

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Learn how to get started as a digital painter in Photoshop with Victoria Pavlov! Whether you’ve painted before or are just getting started, this class will give you the foundation you need to add digital painting to your skillset. Victoria guides you through setting up your workspace for painting, organizing your brushes and brush presets, and introduces you to Creative Cloud libraries before diving into the art of painting itself. There are lessons on starting a digital painting from scratch, digital painting for photographers, and tips and techniques for making your paintings more visually interesting and engaging. By the end of the class you’ll be much more comfortable in your digital photography workflow.

Learn how to become a master of metadata in Lightroom Classic! Join Terry White as he takes a deep dive into all of the ways you can add, edit, and utilize information about your photographs in your workflow. Metadata is simply information about your photos, and can include information applied during capture by your camera as well as information you add within Lightroom Classic. In this class Terry teaches you how to create and apply metadata templates, how to manually enter IPTC information, the value of keywording, how name people using facial recognition, how to apply location information, and how to manage that metadata during export. The more information you apply to your photographs the better able you’ll be to organize and find them over time.

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Learn how to become a master of metadata in Lightroom Classic! Join Terry White as he takes a deep dive into all of the ways you can add, edit, and utilize information about your photographs in your workflow. Metadata is simply information about your photos, and can include information applied during capture by your camera as well as information you add within Lightroom Classic. In this class Terry teaches you how to create and apply metadata templates, how to manually enter IPTC information, the value of keywording, how name people using facial recognition, how to apply location information, and how to manage that metadata during export. The more information you apply to your photographs the better able you’ll be to organize and find them over time.

This past May, Adobe released an update for the Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw family of applications. Before getting into the new features, it’s important to note that Adobe has dropped the “CC” from the names of Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC. This is because all versions of Lightroom are now only available via a Creative Cloud subscription, so there’s no need to differentiate the CC version from the perpetual license version. One could make the case that having the “CC” on the end did help differentiate between Lightroom Classic and the cloud-based version of Lightroom, but we’...

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This past May, Adobe released an update for the Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw family of applications. Before getting into the new features, it’s important to note that Adobe has dropped the “CC” from the names of Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC. This is because all versions of Lightroom are now only available via a Creative Cloud subscription, so there’s no need to differentiate the CC version from the perpetual license version. One could make the case that having the “CC” on the end did help differentiate between Lightroom Classic and the cloud-based version of Lightroom, but we’...

The first time I visited Venice, I was 13 years old and on an educational school cruise around the Mediterranean. Our history teacher, Mr. Frampton, was put in charge of our class. We were told we could explore the city on our own, but we had to make sure we returned on time, and there was to be absolutely no alcohol consumption! Looking back at the color slides I shot on that first trip, what stands out now is how few people there were during normal daylight hours in the spring. Some four decades or more later, the city is constantly heaving with tourists, especially around the most popula...

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The first time I visited Venice, I was 13 years old and on an educational school cruise around the Mediterranean. Our history teacher, Mr. Frampton, was put in charge of our class. We were told we could explore the city on our own, but we had to make sure we returned on time, and there was to be absolutely no alcohol consumption! Looking back at the color slides I shot on that first trip, what stands out now is how few people there were during normal daylight hours in the spring. Some four decades or more later, the city is constantly heaving with tourists, especially around the most popula...

In this article, I’m going to reveal to you the one trick that I use in my interior design photography retouching that will make your photos look incredible. This one tip gave me the most success, and thus the most work as an interior design photographer. It’s going to make a difference between people liking your photo and loving your photo. Step One: Before we get to Lightroom, here are a few tips for taking great interior design photographs: Shoot on a tripod, shoot straight, and shoot with a wide-angle lens. If you’re in a smaller room, set your tripod in a corner to make the image lo...

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In this article, I’m going to reveal to you the one trick that I use in my interior design photography retouching that will make your photos look incredible. This one tip gave me the most success, and thus the most work as an interior design photographer. It’s going to make a difference between people liking your photo and loving your photo. Step One: Before we get to Lightroom, here are a few tips for taking great interior design photographs: Shoot on a tripod, shoot straight, and shoot with a wide-angle lens. If you’re in a smaller room, set your tripod in a corner to make the image lo...

If you haven’t checked out the cloud-based version of Lightroom for Mac and Windows recently, it might be worth taking another look. Before going any further, you may want to read through my article in this issue (p. x) on the May 2019 updates to Lightroom to better understand the most recent name change Adobe has made to its Lightroom family of applications (short version: they dropped the “CC” from all Lightroom product names). When I say the cloud-based version of Lightroom, I’m referring to that Lightroom ecosystem of apps for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, ChromeOS, Apple TV, and even ...

Taking a Closer Look at the Cloud-Based Lightroom for Desktop App close

If you haven’t checked out the cloud-based version of Lightroom for Mac and Windows recently, it might be worth taking another look. Before going any further, you may want to read through my article in this issue (p. x) on the May 2019 updates to Lightroom to better understand the most recent name change Adobe has made to its Lightroom family of applications (short version: they dropped the “CC” from all Lightroom product names). When I say the cloud-based version of Lightroom, I’m referring to that Lightroom ecosystem of apps for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, ChromeOS, Apple TV, and even ...

AKVIS creates a range of tidy and functional plug-ins. While natively Photoshop plug-ins, they can be used with Lightroom via the External Editor Preferences. Some of the functions they provide have no direct use inside Lightroom, e.g., SmartMask serves no purpose because there are no layers in Lightroom to avail of the masking. Those aside, there are still quite a range of plug-ins that adds functionality to Lightroom. All the plug-ins have a similar interface, so we’ll look at some in more detail than others, depending on the differences. Quite a lot of the plug-ins are art-related, me...

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AKVIS creates a range of tidy and functional plug-ins. While natively Photoshop plug-ins, they can be used with Lightroom via the External Editor Preferences. Some of the functions they provide have no direct use inside Lightroom, e.g., SmartMask serves no purpose because there are no layers in Lightroom to avail of the masking. Those aside, there are still quite a range of plug-ins that adds functionality to Lightroom. All the plug-ins have a similar interface, so we’ll look at some in more detail than others, depending on the differences. Quite a lot of the plug-ins are art-related, me...

A “Flying Flower”: That’s what many nature lovers, including myself, call a butterfly. Surely a butterfly is one of nature’s marvels. It begins life as a crawling sack of goo, and magically transforms itself into one of the most beautiful, colorful, virtually weightless and graceful life forms on the planet. I’ve been photographing butterflies, like the tailed jay that opens this article, for more than 20 years. In this article, I’ll share with you some of my favorite butterfly photographs along with some tips that will help you get great shots during the upcoming butterfly season. You c...

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A “Flying Flower”: That’s what many nature lovers, including myself, call a butterfly. Surely a butterfly is one of nature’s marvels. It begins life as a crawling sack of goo, and magically transforms itself into one of the most beautiful, colorful, virtually weightless and graceful life forms on the planet. I’ve been photographing butterflies, like the tailed jay that opens this article, for more than 20 years. In this article, I’ll share with you some of my favorite butterfly photographs along with some tips that will help you get great shots during the upcoming butterfly season. You c...

Now that Adobe has added a Texture slider, should I stop using Clarity? It kind of seems like they’re doing the same thing. They do both enhance detail, but they do it in a very different way, and they affect the images differently. The best way to see the difference is to just drag each slider from 0 to 100, and back again a few times. You’ll notice that Texture enhances detail without really changing the underlying exposure very much, so it’s effect may seem more subtle, whereas Clarity controls midtone contrast, so it does affect the exposure of the image. In many cases, however, that...

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Now that Adobe has added a Texture slider, should I stop using Clarity? It kind of seems like they’re doing the same thing. They do both enhance detail, but they do it in a very different way, and they affect the images differently. The best way to see the difference is to just drag each slider from 0 to 100, and back again a few times. You’ll notice that Texture enhances detail without really changing the underlying exposure very much, so it’s effect may seem more subtle, whereas Clarity controls midtone contrast, so it does affect the exposure of the image. In many cases, however, that...

Lightroom Tips & Tricks

with Sean Duggan

As we head into the summer travel season, I want to focus on the Lightroom for mobile app for iOS and Android devices in this month’s article. Working with Lightroom on your phone or tablet is a great way to make the most of the image capture and processing possibilities that are offered by this excellent app. We’ll begin with an overview of some recent name changes to Lightroom, take a look at sync behavior across the Lightroom ecosystem, and finish up with a few handy tips for reviewing and rating your images in the mobile app. CC HAS LEFT THE BUILDING Shortly before this issue was ...

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As we head into the summer travel season, I want to focus on the Lightroom for mobile app for iOS and Android devices in this month’s article. Working with Lightroom on your phone or tablet is a great way to make the most of the image capture and processing possibilities that are offered by this excellent app. We’ll begin with an overview of some recent name changes to Lightroom, take a look at sync behavior across the Lightroom ecosystem, and finish up with a few handy tips for reviewing and rating your images in the mobile app. CC HAS LEFT THE BUILDING Shortly before this issue was ...

Break out your flashlight and join Dave Black for some lightpainting fun with flowers, models, and more. You may know Dave Black as a sports photographer, but he has taken the art of lightpainting to new levels from years of practice, experimenting, and getting creative. Dave begins the class with a daytime walk scouting for small world subjects to photograph, and then takes you step-by-step through his process for lightpainting small world scenes in daylight. From there, Dave heads into the studio for a stunning series of lightpainting portraits with a talented ballerina. Dave wraps up the class with a large scale lightpainting scene during twilight with a model on a very cool outdoor set. From daytime to night, indoors and out, Dave teaches you new ways to see the world and photograph it using creative lightpainting techniques.

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Break out your flashlight and join Dave Black for some lightpainting fun with flowers, models, and more. You may know Dave Black as a sports photographer, but he has taken the art of lightpainting to new levels from years of practice, experimenting, and getting creative. Dave begins the class with a daytime walk scouting for small world subjects to photograph, and then takes you step-by-step through his process for lightpainting small world scenes in daylight. From there, Dave heads into the studio for a stunning series of lightpainting portraits with a talented ballerina. Dave wraps up the class with a large scale lightpainting scene during twilight with a model on a very cool outdoor set. From daytime to night, indoors and out, Dave teaches you new ways to see the world and photograph it using creative lightpainting techniques.

You’ve probably seen this look before, and there are so many different ways to achieve it, but most involve multiple steps that result in a ridiculous number of layers. Here I have a rather elegant approach that relies on the power of layer styles to make things a little easier. While a Polaroid look does demonstrate this effect well, I encourage you to explore other uses of this technique once you have the basic concept down. Plus it’s kinda fun! Step One: One approach in the past was to just go ahead and create the Polaroid frame using a couple simple shapes right here in Photoshop. Wh...

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You’ve probably seen this look before, and there are so many different ways to achieve it, but most involve multiple steps that result in a ridiculous number of layers. Here I have a rather elegant approach that relies on the power of layer styles to make things a little easier. While a Polaroid look does demonstrate this effect well, I encourage you to explore other uses of this technique once you have the basic concept down. Plus it’s kinda fun! Step One: One approach in the past was to just go ahead and create the Polaroid frame using a couple simple shapes right here in Photoshop. Wh...

The HBO series Veep, with Julia-Louis-Dreyfus, is an intriguing satire that looks at politics and the office of the vice president; but even more interesting than the show’s premise is the poster art! The poster shows the titular character’s portrait on a postage stamp, including rubber-stamped postmarks and all. In this project, we’ll explore some ways to mimic that effect in Photoshop. Most notable is the ability to generate half-tone patterns within the program. There are two methods explored here, each with slightly different results. Step One: In Photoshop, create a new document (Fi...

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The HBO series Veep, with Julia-Louis-Dreyfus, is an intriguing satire that looks at politics and the office of the vice president; but even more interesting than the show’s premise is the poster art! The poster shows the titular character’s portrait on a postage stamp, including rubber-stamped postmarks and all. In this project, we’ll explore some ways to mimic that effect in Photoshop. Most notable is the ability to generate half-tone patterns within the program. There are two methods explored here, each with slightly different results. Step One: In Photoshop, create a new document (Fi...

Plug-In and Charge Up Photoshop

with Sean McCormack

While I suspect it’s not news to most people reading this magazine, plug-ins are a way of extending or speeding up tasks in Photoshop. As much as Photoshop is the 800-pound gorilla of the imaging world, it doesn’t do everything. The last few years have seen great changes in the world of Photoshop plug-ins, both from the perspective of what’s available to complement Photoshop, as well as plug-ins that have become their own applications to not only enhance your Photoshop workflow, but also to compete with Photoshop itself. But this article isn’t about the latter, so you won’t see Luminar, ...

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While I suspect it’s not news to most people reading this magazine, plug-ins are a way of extending or speeding up tasks in Photoshop. As much as Photoshop is the 800-pound gorilla of the imaging world, it doesn’t do everything. The last few years have seen great changes in the world of Photoshop plug-ins, both from the perspective of what’s available to complement Photoshop, as well as plug-ins that have become their own applications to not only enhance your Photoshop workflow, but also to compete with Photoshop itself. But this article isn’t about the latter, so you won’t see Luminar, ...

Adobe Camera Raw Shortcuts

with Gilmar Smith

Hello, my fellow pixel punishers. Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” In this issue, I’m going to talk about one of the most useful tools in Photoshop, Camera Raw. I’m going to give you lots of useful shortcuts to improve and speed up your workflow to make you look like a total Camera Raw Wizard. Whether you use Camera Raw to process RAW images, or you use it as a Photoshop filter, here are some of my favorite and most handy shortcuts that I use in my daily workflow. Shortcut #1: If you’re using Camera Raw as a Photoshop filter, convert the layer into a smart object first so you can use the...

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Hello, my fellow pixel punishers. Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” In this issue, I’m going to talk about one of the most useful tools in Photoshop, Camera Raw. I’m going to give you lots of useful shortcuts to improve and speed up your workflow to make you look like a total Camera Raw Wizard. Whether you use Camera Raw to process RAW images, or you use it as a Photoshop filter, here are some of my favorite and most handy shortcuts that I use in my daily workflow. Shortcut #1: If you’re using Camera Raw as a Photoshop filter, convert the layer into a smart object first so you can use the...

Faking a Fisheye Lens Look

with Lesa Snider

A fisheye lens let’s you capture extremely wide angles of view. The end result is a heavily distorted image that looks like it’s bulging outward, much like the eyes of a fish (hence the lens name). Though expensive, these lenses are popular because of the artistic, eye-catching, and often comical look that they produce. In this column, you’ll learn two techniques for faking the effect in Photoshop. Using the Warp Command The first method uses Photoshop’s Transform command to warp the image. It’s a super-fast way to produce a look akin to a fisheye lens. Step One: Open an image in Photo...

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A fisheye lens let’s you capture extremely wide angles of view. The end result is a heavily distorted image that looks like it’s bulging outward, much like the eyes of a fish (hence the lens name). Though expensive, these lenses are popular because of the artistic, eye-catching, and often comical look that they produce. In this column, you’ll learn two techniques for faking the effect in Photoshop. Using the Warp Command The first method uses Photoshop’s Transform command to warp the image. It’s a super-fast way to produce a look akin to a fisheye lens. Step One: Open an image in Photo...

Blend modes are the lifelines of Photoshop, and their applications are infinite. Today, we’ll learn how to create an interesting wet-glass effect to make the image look as if it were captured through a moist window. With a key role played by the Hard Mix blend mode, we’ll combine the power of Curves, masks, and filters to achieve realistic results. Step 1: Open the Image of the Subject First, let’s open our image into Photoshop. You can add this effect to any image you want. If you wish to follow along with the image used here, click this link to download the JPEG Preview for free, or...

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Blend modes are the lifelines of Photoshop, and their applications are infinite. Today, we’ll learn how to create an interesting wet-glass effect to make the image look as if it were captured through a moist window. With a key role played by the Hard Mix blend mode, we’ll combine the power of Curves, masks, and filters to achieve realistic results. Step 1: Open the Image of the Subject First, let’s open our image into Photoshop. You can add this effect to any image you want. If you wish to follow along with the image used here, click this link to download the JPEG Preview for free, or...

When I’m traveling, I often witness spectacular landscapes that don’t have a great sky or light, and it really takes all the magic out of the moment. So here’s a great way for you to always make amazing shots in Photoshop, no matter the circumstances. (Note: Before you attempt this quick technique, make sure your version of Photoshop is updated to at least 20.0.1.) One of my favorite tips to be efficient in replacing skies is to use the Libraries panel in Photoshop. When I see a nice sky, I capture it so I can add it to my CC Libraries for future use. With this article, I’m offering you ...

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When I’m traveling, I often witness spectacular landscapes that don’t have a great sky or light, and it really takes all the magic out of the moment. So here’s a great way for you to always make amazing shots in Photoshop, no matter the circumstances. (Note: Before you attempt this quick technique, make sure your version of Photoshop is updated to at least 20.0.1.) One of my favorite tips to be efficient in replacing skies is to use the Libraries panel in Photoshop. When I see a nice sky, I capture it so I can add it to my CC Libraries for future use. With this article, I’m offering you ...

Technology is a wonderful thing because it makes our lives easier in so many ways. Tasks that were previously considered laborious or mundane have become simple and sometimes not much more involved than one click of a button. Automation, optimization, and other systematic approaches to industrial-scaled tasks are what turbocharged our evolution into a technologically driven society. Take the mindset of someone such as Henry Ford who was always looking for ways to streamline production, and we can see that same ethos trickle down into the most basic production roles today. Characteristically...

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Technology is a wonderful thing because it makes our lives easier in so many ways. Tasks that were previously considered laborious or mundane have become simple and sometimes not much more involved than one click of a button. Automation, optimization, and other systematic approaches to industrial-scaled tasks are what turbocharged our evolution into a technologically driven society. Take the mindset of someone such as Henry Ford who was always looking for ways to streamline production, and we can see that same ethos trickle down into the most basic production roles today. Characteristically...

This issue, let’s try our hand at re-creating stenciled, grainy airbrush works, using an oft-overlooked blending mode, Dissolve. Inspiration for this look can be found in shading for illustrations from the 40s through 60s, and even some concept art from Disney’s famed Eyvind Earle and Mary Blair. It’s kind of a stepchild of half-tone screened images, where transparency is simulated by spacing out evenly sized dots. Dissolve is an interesting beast. When applied to a painting tool such as a brush or gradient, it treats Opacity like a distribution function, instead of an actual Opacity val...

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This issue, let’s try our hand at re-creating stenciled, grainy airbrush works, using an oft-overlooked blending mode, Dissolve. Inspiration for this look can be found in shading for illustrations from the 40s through 60s, and even some concept art from Disney’s famed Eyvind Earle and Mary Blair. It’s kind of a stepchild of half-tone screened images, where transparency is simulated by spacing out evenly sized dots. Dissolve is an interesting beast. When applied to a painting tool such as a brush or gradient, it treats Opacity like a distribution function, instead of an actual Opacity val...

Get Organized

with Dave Clayton

This issue’s tutorial is about discipline and preparation. Time is precious for a designer, and having a few set disciplines will help every project run smoother. Once you get into the habit of doing some of these, you’ll become much more efficient. We all fall into the same trap when designing: We don’t prepare, we rush, we throw the kitchen sink at every job, and we don’t do any real housekeeping to make it easy to get back to that file in the future to quickly make amends. We’re all guilty of badly organized layers, panels all over the place, searching for assets, and never knowing where...

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This issue’s tutorial is about discipline and preparation. Time is precious for a designer, and having a few set disciplines will help every project run smoother. Once you get into the habit of doing some of these, you’ll become much more efficient. We all fall into the same trap when designing: We don’t prepare, we rush, we throw the kitchen sink at every job, and we don’t do any real housekeeping to make it easy to get back to that file in the future to quickly make amends. We’re all guilty of badly organized layers, panels all over the place, searching for assets, and never knowing where...

Photoshop Q&A

with Dave Cross

Q: How can I add a white border to my 8x10" photo, without the border cutting off part of my photo and without changing the canvas size? A: It can be done, but the only caveat is that you’ll lose a little from the top and bottom of a horizontal photo, or the left and right edges of a vertical photo. Start by adding a blank layer above your photo and fill it with any color other than white. Click on the Add a Layer Style icon (fx) at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Stroke. Click on the Color swatch, select white in the Color Picker, and click OK to close the Color Picker. Set t...

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Q: How can I add a white border to my 8x10" photo, without the border cutting off part of my photo and without changing the canvas size? A: It can be done, but the only caveat is that you’ll lose a little from the top and bottom of a horizontal photo, or the left and right edges of a vertical photo. Start by adding a blank layer above your photo and fill it with any color other than white. Click on the Add a Layer Style icon (fx) at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Stroke. Click on the Color swatch, select white in the Color Picker, and click OK to close the Color Picker. Set t...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Tips, tips, and more tips. Anyone want some tips? If you’re new here and wondering what to expect, this is it. To be specific, Photoshop tips. Occasionally, I sneak an Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) or Bridge tip past the editor, Chris. (Quick, while he isn’t looking, hold down the Option key when moving the Basic sliders in ACR.) FASTER BRUSHSTROKES WHILE RETOUCHING Have you noticed lately that the Brush tool (B) seems lagging or just kind of weird in Photoshop? That’s because of a new feature that’s aimed at people who draw or paint in Photoshop. It’s like a camera stabilizer for your brush, an...

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Tips, tips, and more tips. Anyone want some tips? If you’re new here and wondering what to expect, this is it. To be specific, Photoshop tips. Occasionally, I sneak an Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) or Bridge tip past the editor, Chris. (Quick, while he isn’t looking, hold down the Option key when moving the Basic sliders in ACR.) FASTER BRUSHSTROKES WHILE RETOUCHING Have you noticed lately that the Brush tool (B) seems lagging or just kind of weird in Photoshop? That’s because of a new feature that’s aimed at people who draw or paint in Photoshop. It’s like a camera stabilizer for your brush, an...

Is there anything that third-party plug-ins can do that I can’t do using Photoshop alone?—Jack   Nope. Since you can paint any color any place in any image with a one-pixel brush, you can do anything at all to alter an image in Photoshop. You have broad control over the general appearance of an image using Photoshop’s adjustments, adjustment layers, and filters. You can make selections and apply those adjustments to a portion of the image rather than across the entire image. You can work with layers and adjust the Opacity and blending mode of those layers to control how they inte...

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Is there anything that third-party plug-ins can do that I can’t do using Photoshop alone?—Jack   Nope. Since you can paint any color any place in any image with a one-pixel brush, you can do anything at all to alter an image in Photoshop. You have broad control over the general appearance of an image using Photoshop’s adjustments, adjustment layers, and filters. You can make selections and apply those adjustments to a portion of the image rather than across the entire image. You can work with layers and adjust the Opacity and blending mode of those layers to control how they inte...

Learn how to bring new life to old photos! Join Dave Cross for an in-depth look at various tools, techniques, and strategies for restoring old photographs. Dave starts with a look at options and considerations for capturing digital versions of your photos, then lays out his fundamental strategies for his restoration workflow. Dave builds on that foundation with a series of lessons that tackle the common scenarios you will encounter when working with old photos. From dealing with faded color to removing various types of spots to putting torn photos back together again, you’ll leave this class well prepared to tackle your next restoration project.

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Learn how to bring new life to old photos! Join Dave Cross for an in-depth look at various tools, techniques, and strategies for restoring old photographs. Dave starts with a look at options and considerations for capturing digital versions of your photos, then lays out his fundamental strategies for his restoration workflow. Dave builds on that foundation with a series of lessons that tackle the common scenarios you will encounter when working with old photos. From dealing with faded color to removing various types of spots to putting torn photos back together again, you’ll leave this class well prepared to tackle your next restoration project.

Get ready to fall in love with making photo books in Lightroom Classic! Join Scott Kelby for a close up look at what’s new, how to get started on the right foot, and how to make your photo book look amazing. Adobe has added new features to the Book module that take the experience of customizing a photo book to a whole new level. Whether you are making books for a gift, for sale, or for yourself, you will come away with the skills to create an absolutely beautiful book that will knock your socks off.

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Get ready to fall in love with making photo books in Lightroom Classic! Join Scott Kelby for a close up look at what’s new, how to get started on the right foot, and how to make your photo book look amazing. Adobe has added new features to the Book module that take the experience of customizing a photo book to a whole new level. Whether you are making books for a gift, for sale, or for yourself, you will come away with the skills to create an absolutely beautiful book that will knock your socks off.

Last year, I was approached by the local Castle Trust to photograph the castle ruins in our town as part of a local heritage project. You’d think that if your town had a castle, this would be a big deal, but the local Berkhamsted residents don’t appear to make much use of it, hence the project to promote awareness of the castle as a place to visit all year round. To be honest, what remains is no grand fortress. It mostly consists of the original earthworks and some crumbling, flint walls. But, with a little imagination and a helpful guide, you can envision what the castle might have once...

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Last year, I was approached by the local Castle Trust to photograph the castle ruins in our town as part of a local heritage project. You’d think that if your town had a castle, this would be a big deal, but the local Berkhamsted residents don’t appear to make much use of it, hence the project to promote awareness of the castle as a place to visit all year round. To be honest, what remains is no grand fortress. It mostly consists of the original earthworks and some crumbling, flint walls. But, with a little imagination and a helpful guide, you can envision what the castle might have once...

Dodging and burning has become one of my best assets for retouching photos and getting me noticed as a photographer. These techniques take a nice photo to a spectacular piece of art. So, if you want to improve your retouching skills and make your photos breathtaking, keep on reading, practice all the tips in this article, and you’ll get there! First let’s make it clear to everyone exactly what it means to dodge and burn an image. It’s a photography technique that guides the eyes of your viewer in your photo by making some parts of the photo darker and other parts brighter. Let me show yo...

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Dodging and burning has become one of my best assets for retouching photos and getting me noticed as a photographer. These techniques take a nice photo to a spectacular piece of art. So, if you want to improve your retouching skills and make your photos breathtaking, keep on reading, practice all the tips in this article, and you’ll get there! First let’s make it clear to everyone exactly what it means to dodge and burn an image. It’s a photography technique that guides the eyes of your viewer in your photo by making some parts of the photo darker and other parts brighter. Let me show yo...

As a follow-up to my column in Issue 49 on “A Simple Lightroom Classic & Lightroom CC for Mobile Workflow,” I want to share some of my favorite things about the camera module within the Lightroom CC app for mobile (iOS and Android). When you sync your Lightroom Classic catalog with Lightroom for mobile, all the photos you take in the mobile app are automatically uploaded to the cloud, and then eventually downloaded to the computer running Lightroom Classic. To me, this is an unbeatable combination just for that alone, but there’s a lot more in the Lightroom camera to love. Some of th...

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As a follow-up to my column in Issue 49 on “A Simple Lightroom Classic & Lightroom CC for Mobile Workflow,” I want to share some of my favorite things about the camera module within the Lightroom CC app for mobile (iOS and Android). When you sync your Lightroom Classic catalog with Lightroom for mobile, all the photos you take in the mobile app are automatically uploaded to the cloud, and then eventually downloaded to the computer running Lightroom Classic. To me, this is an unbeatable combination just for that alone, but there’s a lot more in the Lightroom camera to love. Some of th...

Auto FX GRFX Studio Pro

with Sean McCormack

GRFX (pronounced Graphics) Studio Pro is a preset-based image editor that offers a range of quick finishes and effects for your photos. It’s from Auto FX Software who produce Mystical FX, which we’ve looked at in the past . The plug-in contains more than 1,275 effects that can be applied with one click. Not only that, but you can also build the effects on top of each other to add light, edges, skies, lightning, snow, and rain from among the available effects. What Does It Do that Lightroom Doesn’t? Most plug-ins have a big crossover with Lightroom, especially the Basic panel. GRFX Stu...

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GRFX (pronounced Graphics) Studio Pro is a preset-based image editor that offers a range of quick finishes and effects for your photos. It’s from Auto FX Software who produce Mystical FX, which we’ve looked at in the past . The plug-in contains more than 1,275 effects that can be applied with one click. Not only that, but you can also build the effects on top of each other to add light, edges, skies, lightning, snow, and rain from among the available effects. What Does It Do that Lightroom Doesn’t? Most plug-ins have a big crossover with Lightroom, especially the Basic panel. GRFX Stu...

Making Images with Impact

with Rick Sammon

“I want to make images with impact.” That’s what one of my photo workshops students, and now good friend, Gary Potts, said when I asked him to share his goal for the workshop. In other words, Gary wanted to make dramatic pictures that would immediately draw the viewer into the scene. I commended Gary on his goal, and offered some advice for making images with impact. Following are just a few suggestions, as a full list could fill this entire issue. Strong Eye Connection Strong eye connection helps the viewer of a photograph identify with the subject, be it a person or an animal. Em...

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“I want to make images with impact.” That’s what one of my photo workshops students, and now good friend, Gary Potts, said when I asked him to share his goal for the workshop. In other words, Gary wanted to make dramatic pictures that would immediately draw the viewer into the scene. I commended Gary on his goal, and offered some advice for making images with impact. Following are just a few suggestions, as a full list could fill this entire issue. Strong Eye Connection Strong eye connection helps the viewer of a photograph identify with the subject, be it a person or an animal. Em...

I’ve been sharpening my photos over in Photoshop for years, but since I spend most of my time in Lightroom, I’d prefer to do my sharpening there. The reason I’ve been hesitant to “cut the Photoshop sharpening cord” is that I’m not able to see the amount or effect of sharpening in Lightroom as clearly as I do in Photoshop. Is there anything you could tell me about sharpening in Lightroom that might save me all those trips to Photoshop? Let’s start with the visibility issue which, if you ask me, is a very real problem. In Photoshop, you can see the effects of sharpening at pretty much any ...

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I’ve been sharpening my photos over in Photoshop for years, but since I spend most of my time in Lightroom, I’d prefer to do my sharpening there. The reason I’ve been hesitant to “cut the Photoshop sharpening cord” is that I’m not able to see the amount or effect of sharpening in Lightroom as clearly as I do in Photoshop. Is there anything you could tell me about sharpening in Lightroom that might save me all those trips to Photoshop? Let’s start with the visibility issue which, if you ask me, is a very real problem. In Photoshop, you can see the effects of sharpening at pretty much any ...

Lightroom Tips & Tricks

with Sean Duggan

This issue we’re going to take a look at ways to make your Lightroom Classic Develop settings (as well as other metadata) “portable” so that they can move with a file, making those settings accessible when the image is imported into another Lightroom Classic catalog, or opened into Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). HOW LIGHTROOM STORES THE CHANGES YOU MAKE TO PHOTOS Whether you’re using Lightroom Classic or the cloud-based Lightroom CC, both programs are nondestructive in terms of any changes you make to your photos. The specifics of what you do to a photo—whether that’s Develop settings, or ke...

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This issue we’re going to take a look at ways to make your Lightroom Classic Develop settings (as well as other metadata) “portable” so that they can move with a file, making those settings accessible when the image is imported into another Lightroom Classic catalog, or opened into Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). HOW LIGHTROOM STORES THE CHANGES YOU MAKE TO PHOTOS Whether you’re using Lightroom Classic or the cloud-based Lightroom CC, both programs are nondestructive in terms of any changes you make to your photos. The specifics of what you do to a photo—whether that’s Develop settings, or ke...

Essentials for a SPORTS Photography Business

with Dave Black & Scott Kelby

For anyone wanting to get started in sports photography there’s no better brain to pick than the legendary Dave Black. In this class, moderated by Scott Kelby, Dave takes questions from a live audience on a range of sports photography topics. As the questions come in and the answers flow, Dave shares his well earned insights into a range of topics, such as choosing the right gear for the sport you are covering, how to work with a wire service, how to get credentials, what makes a photo publishable, who owns the copyright of your photos, how to get started in the commercial side of sports photography, and more. All along the way Dave shares fascinating stories from his decades of experience covering a wide range of sports.

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For anyone wanting to get started in sports photography there’s no better brain to pick than the legendary Dave Black. In this class, moderated by Scott Kelby, Dave takes questions from a live audience on a range of sports photography topics. As the questions come in and the answers flow, Dave shares his well earned insights into a range of topics, such as choosing the right gear for the sport you are covering, how to work with a wire service, how to get credentials, what makes a photo publishable, who owns the copyright of your photos, how to get started in the commercial side of sports photography, and more. All along the way Dave shares fascinating stories from his decades of experience covering a wide range of sports.

Pack your virtual bags and join Rick Sammon in beautiful Costa Rica as he shares his tips, tricks, and techniques for getting the most out of a trip to the rainforest. In this class you’ll learn what gear to bring and how to care for it, how to photograph everything from wildlife to seascapes, how to use accessories like polarizers, ring flash, and macro lenses, along with a ton of tips for enhancing your rainforest experience. In every lesson Rick shares his approach to getting the shot while sharing useful information that you can easily apply to other types of photography too. So whether you are heading to the rainforest or just dreaming about it you’ll be sure to learn new information that will take your photography to a new level.

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Pack your virtual bags and join Rick Sammon in beautiful Costa Rica as he shares his tips, tricks, and techniques for getting the most out of a trip to the rainforest. In this class you’ll learn what gear to bring and how to care for it, how to photograph everything from wildlife to seascapes, how to use accessories like polarizers, ring flash, and macro lenses, along with a ton of tips for enhancing your rainforest experience. In every lesson Rick shares his approach to getting the shot while sharing useful information that you can easily apply to other types of photography too. So whether you are heading to the rainforest or just dreaming about it you’ll be sure to learn new information that will take your photography to a new level.

I’ve seen this look numerous times both online and in print. It’s a rather simple technique, but it’s visually effective and can come in handy when you need something in a pinch. It’s a fun way to use masking and brush effects to blend images and text, and once you have the basics down, this technique can be used in a variety of ways. Step One: As this is built around a photo, this is where we must start. Here’s a very nice shot of a surfer dunking under a wave. It has beautiful light and color and there’s enough difference between the subject and the background to tell them apart, becau...

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I’ve seen this look numerous times both online and in print. It’s a rather simple technique, but it’s visually effective and can come in handy when you need something in a pinch. It’s a fun way to use masking and brush effects to blend images and text, and once you have the basics down, this technique can be used in a variety of ways. Step One: As this is built around a photo, this is where we must start. Here’s a very nice shot of a surfer dunking under a wave. It has beautiful light and color and there’s enough difference between the subject and the background to tell them apart, becau...

Currently, one of the most notable heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Captain Marvel. Not only is she a great character, but her movie is also enjoying huge amounts of success. Part of what makes her so fun to watch is her flashy power set. Those glowing photon blasts are awesome! Even the movie poster is glowing with that same energy effect. In this project we’ll explore how to achieve a similar effect in Photoshop, both by manipulating stock images and by homegrown effects in Photoshop. Step One: Open the image you’d like to use in Photoshop. If you’d like to download the low-r...

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Currently, one of the most notable heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Captain Marvel. Not only is she a great character, but her movie is also enjoying huge amounts of success. Part of what makes her so fun to watch is her flashy power set. Those glowing photon blasts are awesome! Even the movie poster is glowing with that same energy effect. In this project we’ll explore how to achieve a similar effect in Photoshop, both by manipulating stock images and by homegrown effects in Photoshop. Step One: Open the image you’d like to use in Photoshop. If you’d like to download the low-r...

With today’s advanced technology, we often take for granted how much easier it is to edit our photos. Younger photographers will never know how difficult it was to remove something as simple as a power line or any other unwanted object back in the film days. In most cases, it meant a reshoot, which could get really expensive, or you had to hire a highly trained and expensive retoucher to fix it, which back then was known as airbrushing. That’s why photographers took every precaution and paid close attention to every detail during a shoot. As the technology of shooting digital photos beca...

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With today’s advanced technology, we often take for granted how much easier it is to edit our photos. Younger photographers will never know how difficult it was to remove something as simple as a power line or any other unwanted object back in the film days. In most cases, it meant a reshoot, which could get really expensive, or you had to hire a highly trained and expensive retoucher to fix it, which back then was known as airbrushing. That’s why photographers took every precaution and paid close attention to every detail during a shoot. As the technology of shooting digital photos beca...

Brush Tool Shortcuts

with Gilmar Smith

Hello, my fellow pixel punishers! Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” This installment is all about my favorite tool in Photoshop: The Brush tool. The Brush tool is the most useful and versatile tool in Photoshop. It has unlimited options, and you can easily customize its behaviors. In this issue, I’m going to give you lots of Brush tool shortcuts that are not only going to blow your mind, but also speed up your workflow. Now, without any further ado, let’s get started. Shortcut #1: The keyboard shortcut for the Brush tool is B. Shortcut #2: With the Brush tool active, press D to set ...

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Hello, my fellow pixel punishers! Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” This installment is all about my favorite tool in Photoshop: The Brush tool. The Brush tool is the most useful and versatile tool in Photoshop. It has unlimited options, and you can easily customize its behaviors. In this issue, I’m going to give you lots of Brush tool shortcuts that are not only going to blow your mind, but also speed up your workflow. Now, without any further ado, let’s get started. Shortcut #1: The keyboard shortcut for the Brush tool is B. Shortcut #2: With the Brush tool active, press D to set ...

Taming Distracting Edges

with Lesa Snider

In this column, you’ll learn two ways to handle distracting edges: by using Content-Aware Crop to both straighten and fill in empty areas that result from rotating an image, as well as using the Select and Mask workspace to give edges an interesting, creative look. Both techniques are wonderfully useful and excellent foundational skills to have in your Photoshop toolbox. Content-Aware Crop Step One: If you have cropping to do, it’s best to do it first, before any color correcting. Open an image and grab the Crop tool (circled) by pressing C. In the Options Bar, turn on Content-Aware (...

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In this column, you’ll learn two ways to handle distracting edges: by using Content-Aware Crop to both straighten and fill in empty areas that result from rotating an image, as well as using the Select and Mask workspace to give edges an interesting, creative look. Both techniques are wonderfully useful and excellent foundational skills to have in your Photoshop toolbox. Content-Aware Crop Step One: If you have cropping to do, it’s best to do it first, before any color correcting. Open an image and grab the Crop tool (circled) by pressing C. In the Options Bar, turn on Content-Aware (...

All you need is a combination of two blend modes to realistically place anything on any surface. Whether it’s placing text on a wall or lipstick on a face, this secret recipe works on everything. For this issue’s example, we’ll learn how to place a logo or a graphic on a piece of fabric. You’re welcome to try any surface or image you like. STEP ONE: OPEN THE SURFACE IMAGE Let’s start by opening the image of the surface where we’ll place our logo. Feel free to pick anything you like, whether it’s a wooden plank or a piece of metal. If you wish to follow along with the image used here, ...

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All you need is a combination of two blend modes to realistically place anything on any surface. Whether it’s placing text on a wall or lipstick on a face, this secret recipe works on everything. For this issue’s example, we’ll learn how to place a logo or a graphic on a piece of fabric. You’re welcome to try any surface or image you like. STEP ONE: OPEN THE SURFACE IMAGE Let’s start by opening the image of the surface where we’ll place our logo. Feel free to pick anything you like, whether it’s a wooden plank or a piece of metal. If you wish to follow along with the image used here, ...

In today’s age of digital media, the push is to create as clear and crisp images as possible. Manufacturers are packing cameras with as many megapixels as humanely possible in order to do away with even the tiniest smidge of pixelation. We love a great high-quality image, but there’s something exciting and nostalgic about an old comic book image, with its Ben-Day dots printing technique, the way those primary colored dots jump off the page, the bubbles of dialog, the animation—all of it! And now with Photoshop, you can take your digital images straight back to the 1950s in no time. Let’s ge...

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In today’s age of digital media, the push is to create as clear and crisp images as possible. Manufacturers are packing cameras with as many megapixels as humanely possible in order to do away with even the tiniest smidge of pixelation. We love a great high-quality image, but there’s something exciting and nostalgic about an old comic book image, with its Ben-Day dots printing technique, the way those primary colored dots jump off the page, the bubbles of dialog, the animation—all of it! And now with Photoshop, you can take your digital images straight back to the 1950s in no time. Let’s ge...

Changing Colors in Photoshop

with Kristina Sherk

Have you ever taken a photograph then, later while reviewing it, decided you’d love to see a certain aspect of the photograph in a different color? Well, let me show you how to do just that in this article. We’ll use two different methods in Adobe Photoshop to change the color of a portion of a photograph: Replace Color and Selective Color. For this tutorial, we’ll be using an image of a model in a red dress, and we’ll change the color of the dress, lipstick, nail polish, and jewelry. Replace Color The first color-changing technique I want to show you is Replace Color. This method ...

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Have you ever taken a photograph then, later while reviewing it, decided you’d love to see a certain aspect of the photograph in a different color? Well, let me show you how to do just that in this article. We’ll use two different methods in Adobe Photoshop to change the color of a portion of a photograph: Replace Color and Selective Color. For this tutorial, we’ll be using an image of a model in a red dress, and we’ll change the color of the dress, lipstick, nail polish, and jewelry. Replace Color The first color-changing technique I want to show you is Replace Color. This method ...

This is one of those selection techniques that has existed for decades but is still heavily under-utilized. Truth be told, it requires a certain amount of comfort with digital color theory and understanding luminance, but if you truly understand how it works, it can be powerful. As we break down images into simpler forms, basic information like black and white with 254 shades of gray between those two end points (256 total values on a scale of 0–255), Photoshop can use that information to build a mask or selection. (We’ve covered much of this in previous parts of this series.) A very han...

Quick-Click Selections, Luminance Masks, and Digital Color Theory close

This is one of those selection techniques that has existed for decades but is still heavily under-utilized. Truth be told, it requires a certain amount of comfort with digital color theory and understanding luminance, but if you truly understand how it works, it can be powerful. As we break down images into simpler forms, basic information like black and white with 254 shades of gray between those two end points (256 total values on a scale of 0–255), Photoshop can use that information to build a mask or selection. (We’ve covered much of this in previous parts of this series.) A very han...

It always helps to have another tool under your belt, so in that spirit, let’s take a look at a slightly unusual technique to add to your selection toolbox. It involves using a unique feature of the Difference blending mode to build a nice mask directly in the Layers panel. If you’d like to download the low-res watermarked version of this image to follow along, click this link , log in with your Adobe ID, click the Save to Library button, and choose the Library to which you want to save it. Double-click the image in the Libraries panel (Window>Libraries) to open it in Photoshop. St...

Hue/Saturation Difference Selection close

It always helps to have another tool under your belt, so in that spirit, let’s take a look at a slightly unusual technique to add to your selection toolbox. It involves using a unique feature of the Difference blending mode to build a nice mask directly in the Layers panel. If you’d like to download the low-res watermarked version of this image to follow along, click this link , log in with your Adobe ID, click the Save to Library button, and choose the Library to which you want to save it. Double-click the image in the Libraries panel (Window>Libraries) to open it in Photoshop. St...

Superhero Type

with Dave Clayton

If you’ve been following my tutorials, you know I love typography, retro styles, comics, and superhero imagery. It’s also a big month for superhero films, so what better time to do a tutorial on a superhero technique and share some tips on how to create a comic-style lettering effect with some basic faux 3D and shading, using layers and nondestructive styles. You can use any font or background for this technique, but for the effect to work, try to use a font that has some weight, preferably one that has multiple weights so you can pick two different ones to make the style work. The on...

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If you’ve been following my tutorials, you know I love typography, retro styles, comics, and superhero imagery. It’s also a big month for superhero films, so what better time to do a tutorial on a superhero technique and share some tips on how to create a comic-style lettering effect with some basic faux 3D and shading, using layers and nondestructive styles. You can use any font or background for this technique, but for the effect to work, try to use a font that has some weight, preferably one that has multiple weights so you can pick two different ones to make the style work. The on...

Photoshop Q&A

with Dave Cross

Q: Is it possible to scale the size of pattern when you apply it? A: As long as you use the Pattern Overlay Layer Style you can change the scale of the pattern (Other methods such as the Fill command and the Pattern Stamp tool do not have the a sizing option). Add a new layer and fill it with any color, then add the Pattern Overlay Layer Style. In this settings for Pattern Overlay there is a Scale slider. Choose the scale you want, knowing that as a Layer Style you can always come back to this setting and change it. If your pattern contains transparency, change the Fill Opacity of the la...

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Q: Is it possible to scale the size of pattern when you apply it? A: As long as you use the Pattern Overlay Layer Style you can change the scale of the pattern (Other methods such as the Fill command and the Pattern Stamp tool do not have the a sizing option). Add a new layer and fill it with any color, then add the Pattern Overlay Layer Style. In this settings for Pattern Overlay there is a Scale slider. Choose the scale you want, knowing that as a Layer Style you can always come back to this setting and change it. If your pattern contains transparency, change the Fill Opacity of the la...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Welcome to the “Photoshop Tips” column. This is where you can try on all those stylish tips for size. Feel free to take whatever you like and dress up your Photoshop skills. Your lucky images will look extra sharp with less effort than you’re currently expending on doing things longhand. The column that actually saves you time as you read it—it’s a miracle! MAKE ME SMILE Have you ever looked at a picture of yourself and wished you’d smiled in it, or maybe smiled a little less? You can easily adjust your smile (or anyone else’s) in Photoshop. Choose Filter>Liquify, and any face in t...

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Welcome to the “Photoshop Tips” column. This is where you can try on all those stylish tips for size. Feel free to take whatever you like and dress up your Photoshop skills. Your lucky images will look extra sharp with less effort than you’re currently expending on doing things longhand. The column that actually saves you time as you read it—it’s a miracle! MAKE ME SMILE Have you ever looked at a picture of yourself and wished you’d smiled in it, or maybe smiled a little less? You can easily adjust your smile (or anyone else’s) in Photoshop. Choose Filter>Liquify, and any face in t...

I want to “wow” my client with a triptych of a panorama. One little problem: I have no idea what I’m doing. Help!—Kelly It’s pretty easy to create a three-panel print (“triptych”) from a panorama. Actually, you can create as many panels as you want—there’s no reason (other than the non-existent “Good Taste Filter”) why a panorama couldn’t be printed on five or six panels. Generally speaking, the panels would be of equal size and hung evenly spaced, but that’s not a hard-and-fast rule. For instance, one panel could encompass half of the image and each of the other two contains one-quarter...

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I want to “wow” my client with a triptych of a panorama. One little problem: I have no idea what I’m doing. Help!—Kelly It’s pretty easy to create a three-panel print (“triptych”) from a panorama. Actually, you can create as many panels as you want—there’s no reason (other than the non-existent “Good Taste Filter”) why a panorama couldn’t be printed on five or six panels. Generally speaking, the panels would be of equal size and hung evenly spaced, but that’s not a hard-and-fast rule. For instance, one panel could encompass half of the image and each of the other two contains one-quarter...

Step right up, step right up, and welcome to the big show! Join Kirk Marsh at the Vernardos Circus for a class on conceptual composite photography. In this class Kirk goes through his process of separately photographing a circus strongman and a juggler with the goal of compositing them both together into a fantastic and magical final image. Kirk goes through the gear used, his camera settings, the location set up, props, wardrobe, and how to approach creating the elements for the final composition. After the strongman and juggler shoot is completed, Kirk has an additional shoot with just the juggler in a variety of positions to create a fantasy composite of her in multiple locations within the final image. After the images are captured Kirk heads into the studio to share his compositing workflow. By the end of the class you’re sure to be inspired to create cool composites of your own or maybe even run away and join the circus!

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Step right up, step right up, and welcome to the big show! Join Kirk Marsh at the Vernardos Circus for a class on conceptual composite photography. In this class Kirk goes through his process of separately photographing a circus strongman and a juggler with the goal of compositing them both together into a fantastic and magical final image. Kirk goes through the gear used, his camera settings, the location set up, props, wardrobe, and how to approach creating the elements for the final composition. After the strongman and juggler shoot is completed, Kirk has an additional shoot with just the juggler in a variety of positions to create a fantasy composite of her in multiple locations within the final image. After the images are captured Kirk heads into the studio to share his compositing workflow. By the end of the class you’re sure to be inspired to create cool composites of your own or maybe even run away and join the circus!

We’ve all had those days when you’re racking your brain for something to photograph. Join Jeff Leimbach for a class packed with inspiration for new ideas, places, and times to create photos! It’s always a good idea to have some additional photographic ideas in your back pocket for those occasions when your original plans just don’t work out. No matter where you are, the time of day, or the type of weather, there’s always something to shoot if you are creative. By the end of the class you’ll be motivated to grab your camera, get out there, and make some photo magic.

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We’ve all had those days when you’re racking your brain for something to photograph. Join Jeff Leimbach for a class packed with inspiration for new ideas, places, and times to create photos! It’s always a good idea to have some additional photographic ideas in your back pocket for those occasions when your original plans just don’t work out. No matter where you are, the time of day, or the type of weather, there’s always something to shoot if you are creative. By the end of the class you’ll be motivated to grab your camera, get out there, and make some photo magic.

Learn how to improve your creative vision by mastering techniques to nail your in-camera exposure. Join Rick Sammon for an incredibly comprehensive class where you’ll learn about important camera settings, the exposure triangle, exposure compensation, white balance, the histogram, qualities of light, exposing for flash, creating compelling HDR, and so much more. Rick draws on decades of experience using an incredible diversity of visual examples to illustrate these important concepts, and all along the way sharing the tips, tricks, and easy to remember sayings that will help you incorporate what you’ve learned into your photographic style.

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Learn how to improve your creative vision by mastering techniques to nail your in-camera exposure. Join Rick Sammon for an incredibly comprehensive class where you’ll learn about important camera settings, the exposure triangle, exposure compensation, white balance, the histogram, qualities of light, exposing for flash, creating compelling HDR, and so much more. Rick draws on decades of experience using an incredible diversity of visual examples to illustrate these important concepts, and all along the way sharing the tips, tricks, and easy to remember sayings that will help you incorporate what you’ve learned into your photographic style.

The Personal Side of Dave Clayton

with Dave Clayton & Kalebra Kelby

Dave Clayton has been fascinated with good design since he was a child, but there is much more to Dave than just being a graphic designer. In this in-depth interview with Kalebra Kelby, Dave opens up about his personal side in a way we’ve never seen before. In this interview you’ll hear Dave share stories about how his family, friends, and mentors have opened him up to the opportunities and experiences that have made him who he is today. Plus, you’ll love hearing the story of how he met his wife.

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Dave Clayton has been fascinated with good design since he was a child, but there is much more to Dave than just being a graphic designer. In this in-depth interview with Kalebra Kelby, Dave opens up about his personal side in a way we’ve never seen before. In this interview you’ll hear Dave share stories about how his family, friends, and mentors have opened him up to the opportunities and experiences that have made him who he is today. Plus, you’ll love hearing the story of how he met his wife.

Some years ago, my wife and I took a long driving holiday across South Africa, arriving first at Cape Town on the west coast. Our South African hosts were particularly keen that we should start our trip by visiting the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. To be honest, our first impressions were something of a reverse culture shock, as on our first day out in Cape Town we were met with a luxurious shopping mall experience, such as you might expect to find in any modern city. Between the tapas and sushi bars there wasn’t really anything that showed the authentic history of Cape Town. But onc...

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Some years ago, my wife and I took a long driving holiday across South Africa, arriving first at Cape Town on the west coast. Our South African hosts were particularly keen that we should start our trip by visiting the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. To be honest, our first impressions were something of a reverse culture shock, as on our first day out in Cape Town we were met with a luxurious shopping mall experience, such as you might expect to find in any modern city. Between the tapas and sushi bars there wasn’t really anything that showed the authentic history of Cape Town. But onc...

When you shoot a landscape or cityscape using a long exposure with a sky that isn’t remarkable, it’s easy to go black and white to create something spectacular! Step One: As soon as you get back from your photo shoot, go through all your photos in Lightroom and rate each photo with one star that you think has potential. Now you can download my black and white presets and let’s make magic! You can either click here or visit kelbyone.com/magazine to download the presets. Step Two: To import the downloaded presets, go to Lightroom, click on the + sign at the top right of the Presets pane...

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When you shoot a landscape or cityscape using a long exposure with a sky that isn’t remarkable, it’s easy to go black and white to create something spectacular! Step One: As soon as you get back from your photo shoot, go through all your photos in Lightroom and rate each photo with one star that you think has potential. Now you can download my black and white presets and let’s make magic! You can either click here or visit kelbyone.com/magazine to download the presets. Step Two: To import the downloaded presets, go to Lightroom, click on the + sign at the top right of the Presets pane...

I receive a steady stream of questions that go something along the lines of, “Any advice on using the Lightroom CC for mobile app on my phone and Lightroom Classic on my desktop?” You can substitute any Lightroom CC supported iOS or Android device for “phone” and any computer running Mac or Windows for “desktop.” I’ve been using these two apps this way since Lightroom for mobile (now called Lightroom CC for mobile) first came out, and it works great as a vehicle for transferring photos captured or imported with the mobile device to your computer, and as a way to make photos in your Light...

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I receive a steady stream of questions that go something along the lines of, “Any advice on using the Lightroom CC for mobile app on my phone and Lightroom Classic on my desktop?” You can substitute any Lightroom CC supported iOS or Android device for “phone” and any computer running Mac or Windows for “desktop.” I’ve been using these two apps this way since Lightroom for mobile (now called Lightroom CC for mobile) first came out, and it works great as a vehicle for transferring photos captured or imported with the mobile device to your computer, and as a way to make photos in your Light...

PortraitPro 18

with Sean McCormack

Anthropics are a pretty prolific bunch with new products being launched or being updated. PortraitPro Body has gone to version 3, LandscapePro is at version 3, and they also recently launched Smart Photo Editor. We’re looking at their flagship product PortraitPro, which is now at version 18. The main new feature this time around is the addition of advanced artificial intelligence (AI). It’s probably clear from the last few columns that AI is the new big thing in plug-ins, and in image editing in general. One of the most important aspects of PortraitPro is the selection of facial featu...

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Anthropics are a pretty prolific bunch with new products being launched or being updated. PortraitPro Body has gone to version 3, LandscapePro is at version 3, and they also recently launched Smart Photo Editor. We’re looking at their flagship product PortraitPro, which is now at version 18. The main new feature this time around is the addition of advanced artificial intelligence (AI). It’s probably clear from the last few columns that AI is the new big thing in plug-ins, and in image editing in general. One of the most important aspects of PortraitPro is the selection of facial featu...

When it comes to street photography, respecting your subject is the most important thing to keep in mind. If you respect the subject, you’ll have a better chance of getting the type of pictures you envision. What’s more, you’ll have a better chance of not getting into a confrontation with a subject who may not want his or her picture taken. With the thought of “respect” in mind, I thought I’d share some of my Canon EOS R photographs from my January 2019 10-day trip to India. Before we get going, here are three thoughts on street photography. Each photographer will tell a different s...

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When it comes to street photography, respecting your subject is the most important thing to keep in mind. If you respect the subject, you’ll have a better chance of getting the type of pictures you envision. What’s more, you’ll have a better chance of not getting into a confrontation with a subject who may not want his or her picture taken. With the thought of “respect” in mind, I thought I’d share some of my Canon EOS R photographs from my January 2019 10-day trip to India. Before we get going, here are three thoughts on street photography. Each photographer will tell a different s...

I heard that Adobe just did a big overhaul to how tethering works in Lightroom, and that it’s much faster and more stable, but do you ever think they’ll add the feature where you can change your camera’s settings directly from the Tethering heads-up display (HUD)? Adobe didn’t make a big deal about this (in fact, it hardly gets mentioned), but you can now actually change your settings from right on the Tethering HUD—just click-and-hold on one of the current settings (they’ve always been displayed there, but now they’re actually adjustable), and a pop-up menu will appear so you can change...

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I heard that Adobe just did a big overhaul to how tethering works in Lightroom, and that it’s much faster and more stable, but do you ever think they’ll add the feature where you can change your camera’s settings directly from the Tethering heads-up display (HUD)? Adobe didn’t make a big deal about this (in fact, it hardly gets mentioned), but you can now actually change your settings from right on the Tethering HUD—just click-and-hold on one of the current settings (they’ve always been displayed there, but now they’re actually adjustable), and a pop-up menu will appear so you can change...

Lightroom Tips & Tricks

with Sean Duggan

In this issue’s collection of Lightroom tips and techniques, we’re going to take a look at ways you can access your slide shows when you’re away from your home base. We’ll start with the Slideshow module in Lightroom Classic, explore ways to move your slide show onto another computer, and then we’ll move on to the cloud-based Lightroom CC, Lightroom on the web, and Lightroom CC for mobile. SAVING A SLIDE SHOW COLLECTION The Slideshow module in Lightroom Classic offers a lot of control over the appearance and transitions of the slide show. The most common way of working with this featu...

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In this issue’s collection of Lightroom tips and techniques, we’re going to take a look at ways you can access your slide shows when you’re away from your home base. We’ll start with the Slideshow module in Lightroom Classic, explore ways to move your slide show onto another computer, and then we’ll move on to the cloud-based Lightroom CC, Lightroom on the web, and Lightroom CC for mobile. SAVING A SLIDE SHOW COLLECTION The Slideshow module in Lightroom Classic offers a lot of control over the appearance and transitions of the slide show. The most common way of working with this featu...

Join Ramtin Kazemi in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains to learn how to create timeless landscape photographs! In this class Rammy teaches you his approach to scouting locations, camera settings, gear, composition, and the importance of getting into the right location for a truly unique perspective. The weather doesn’t always cooperate with your plans, so you need to be flexible and ready to roll with the conditions. Rammy wraps up the class with an in-depth post processing session that takes his photos to the next level.

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Join Ramtin Kazemi in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains to learn how to create timeless landscape photographs! In this class Rammy teaches you his approach to scouting locations, camera settings, gear, composition, and the importance of getting into the right location for a truly unique perspective. The weather doesn’t always cooperate with your plans, so you need to be flexible and ready to roll with the conditions. Rammy wraps up the class with an in-depth post processing session that takes his photos to the next level.

Scott Kelby demonstrates how the Learning Light works, utilizing different lighting styles and set ups. He will discuss diffused vs. hard Lighting, how to use lighting patterns and Gobos, how to set up for split lighting, as well as broad and short lighting styles. A link to this new product is coming soon!

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Scott Kelby demonstrates how the Learning Light works, utilizing different lighting styles and set ups. He will discuss diffused vs. hard Lighting, how to use lighting patterns and Gobos, how to set up for split lighting, as well as broad and short lighting styles. A link to this new product is coming soon!

Learn how to make simple night portraits with Sam Haddix! Join Sam and a group of his friends as they walk around Ybor City at night looking for locations to create interesting portraits. Sam takes you through his gear, camera settings, and lighting setups at each location. With the right mindset you can create amazing photos with a minimal amount of gear and a short amount of time. After the shoot, Sam returns to the studio where he demonstrates his process for making selects, and then works through his typical Lightroom to Photoshop workflow for finishing his portrait edits.

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Learn how to make simple night portraits with Sam Haddix! Join Sam and a group of his friends as they walk around Ybor City at night looking for locations to create interesting portraits. Sam takes you through his gear, camera settings, and lighting setups at each location. With the right mindset you can create amazing photos with a minimal amount of gear and a short amount of time. After the shoot, Sam returns to the studio where he demonstrates his process for making selects, and then works through his typical Lightroom to Photoshop workflow for finishing his portrait edits.

Revolutionary War Poster

with Corey Barker

One of the reasons I’m such a big fan of movie posters is that, like the movies they represent, the posters themselves can tell a story. In this exercise, we’ll combine several images into a Revolutionary War–themed composite. Step One: Let’s start with a new Photoshop document (File>New) measuring 850x1200 pixels to create a poster format. Also, set the Background Contents drop-down menu to Black, and click Create. Step Two: To build the image, we’re going to start with a base texture. Here’s a simple parchment texture from Adobe Stock. You can, of course, use any texture you like...

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One of the reasons I’m such a big fan of movie posters is that, like the movies they represent, the posters themselves can tell a story. In this exercise, we’ll combine several images into a Revolutionary War–themed composite. Step One: Let’s start with a new Photoshop document (File>New) measuring 850x1200 pixels to create a poster format. Also, set the Background Contents drop-down menu to Black, and click Create. Step Two: To build the image, we’re going to start with a base texture. Here’s a simple parchment texture from Adobe Stock. You can, of course, use any texture you like...

Hand-lettered designs are beautiful sources of inspiration. Something about the imperfections of the hand-drawn lines is very appealing in a world filled with perfect, machine-generated artwork. Design studios such as Tanamachi Studio offer gorgeous hand-lettered designs by talented artists. Using this for inspiration, this tutorial explores some methods of crafting a similar effect in Photoshop. The final effect feels very organic and inspiring, achieved by some clever uses of custom brushes and vector paths in Photoshop. Don’t let the idea of using brushes and paths scare you off; this pr...

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Hand-lettered designs are beautiful sources of inspiration. Something about the imperfections of the hand-drawn lines is very appealing in a world filled with perfect, machine-generated artwork. Design studios such as Tanamachi Studio offer gorgeous hand-lettered designs by talented artists. Using this for inspiration, this tutorial explores some methods of crafting a similar effect in Photoshop. The final effect feels very organic and inspiring, achieved by some clever uses of custom brushes and vector paths in Photoshop. Don’t let the idea of using brushes and paths scare you off; this pr...

The imagination is marvelous. Our mind is a brilliant canvas, and our imagination is a master painter with limitless potential. The technique of compositing isn’t merely a process of combining various images together, but rather a kind of mind-photography—we can imagine, capture the pieces that match our unique vision, and then bring them all together into a new and compelling image that others can experience and enjoy; a picture generated straight from our mind’s eye! While appropriating the credibility of photography, compositing has the potential to allow viewers to suspend their disb...

From Imagination to Reality: Creating Composites close

The imagination is marvelous. Our mind is a brilliant canvas, and our imagination is a master painter with limitless potential. The technique of compositing isn’t merely a process of combining various images together, but rather a kind of mind-photography—we can imagine, capture the pieces that match our unique vision, and then bring them all together into a new and compelling image that others can experience and enjoy; a picture generated straight from our mind’s eye! While appropriating the credibility of photography, compositing has the potential to allow viewers to suspend their disb...

Clone Stamp Tool Shortcuts

with Gilmar Smith

Hello, my fellow pixel punishers. Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” This time I’m going to tell you a few secrets about one of my favorite tools in Photoshop: the Clone Stamp tool. The Clone Stamp allows you to sample one area of an image and then paint to copy it to another area. It’s an excellent tool to get rid of imperfections and blemishes, as well as duplicate elements. The Clone Stamp tool can also be used across different documents in Photoshop by simply sampling from one document and cloning in the other. But before you ever use the Clone Stamp, be sure to add a new blank layer (...

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Hello, my fellow pixel punishers. Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” This time I’m going to tell you a few secrets about one of my favorite tools in Photoshop: the Clone Stamp tool. The Clone Stamp allows you to sample one area of an image and then paint to copy it to another area. It’s an excellent tool to get rid of imperfections and blemishes, as well as duplicate elements. The Clone Stamp tool can also be used across different documents in Photoshop by simply sampling from one document and cloning in the other. But before you ever use the Clone Stamp, be sure to add a new blank layer (...

Image Reflections

with Lesa Snider

A great trick you can perform with the Transform command is to add a simple image reflection. Though this technique takes a few steps, it’s well worth the effort. Besides adding depth to an otherwise flat photo, a reflection can make an object look as if it were shot on another surface, like a table (handy for making product shots without a proper studio setup). Step One: Open a photo, activate the photo layer, and then duplicate it by pressing Command-J (PC: Ctrl-J). If your image is comprised of several layers, as in this example, create a stamped copy instead. Think of stamping as a s...

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A great trick you can perform with the Transform command is to add a simple image reflection. Though this technique takes a few steps, it’s well worth the effort. Besides adding depth to an otherwise flat photo, a reflection can make an object look as if it were shot on another surface, like a table (handy for making product shots without a proper studio setup). Step One: Open a photo, activate the photo layer, and then duplicate it by pressing Command-J (PC: Ctrl-J). If your image is comprised of several layers, as in this example, create a stamped copy instead. Think of stamping as a s...

It’s extremely simple to change the color of an object if it already has some color. This can be done easily by using a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and targeting that specific color. But what if the object is black or white? Today, we’ll learn the techniques to turn a black car to gold, or any other color you wish. In the end, don’t forget to post these to social media and make your friends envious. Just kidding. STEP ONE: OPEN THE IMAGE First, let’s open our image in Photoshop. You can use this technique with any surface that’s black and shiny. Whether it’s your phone or a simple...

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It’s extremely simple to change the color of an object if it already has some color. This can be done easily by using a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and targeting that specific color. But what if the object is black or white? Today, we’ll learn the techniques to turn a black car to gold, or any other color you wish. In the end, don’t forget to post these to social media and make your friends envious. Just kidding. STEP ONE: OPEN THE IMAGE First, let’s open our image in Photoshop. You can use this technique with any surface that’s black and shiny. Whether it’s your phone or a simple...

The Hue tab and all its sliders in Adobe Camera Raw are easy to misunderstand and are therefore often overlooked. The power to change colors lies in these sliders, and to best understand the Hue tab, it’s important to understand color. “The degree to which a stimulus can be described as similar to or different from stimuli that are described as red, green, blue, and yellow.” That’s hue—now you know! That definition tells us that hue describes the appearance of color. You can switch out the word “color” with “hue” in the sentence “What color is that?” without changing the meaning. So h...

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The Hue tab and all its sliders in Adobe Camera Raw are easy to misunderstand and are therefore often overlooked. The power to change colors lies in these sliders, and to best understand the Hue tab, it’s important to understand color. “The degree to which a stimulus can be described as similar to or different from stimuli that are described as red, green, blue, and yellow.” That’s hue—now you know! That definition tells us that hue describes the appearance of color. You can switch out the word “color” with “hue” in the sentence “What color is that?” without changing the meaning. So h...

If you haven’t had a chance to play around with the features inside Liquify that are devoted to modifying facial features, you’re in for a serious treat. Face-Aware Liquify is a module inside the Liquify dialog that uses Adobe’s artificial intelligence to identify all the facial features in an image so you can use sliders to easily change those features however you need. Say goodbye to the old days of liquifying things freehand. By incorporating Adobe Sensei (Adobe’s A.I. engine) into this module, they have completely revolutionized the entire tool, and I can’t wait to show you what it’s ca...

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If you haven’t had a chance to play around with the features inside Liquify that are devoted to modifying facial features, you’re in for a serious treat. Face-Aware Liquify is a module inside the Liquify dialog that uses Adobe’s artificial intelligence to identify all the facial features in an image so you can use sliders to easily change those features however you need. Say goodbye to the old days of liquifying things freehand. By incorporating Adobe Sensei (Adobe’s A.I. engine) into this module, they have completely revolutionized the entire tool, and I can’t wait to show you what it’s ca...

So far in this column, we’ve looked at a lot of the various tools for making or altering selections. For a quick review, most selection-based tools in Photoshop will let you add to or subtract from a selection using either Shift or Option (PC: Alt), respectively. If you’re new to Photoshop, getting comfortable with this approach can be somewhat confusing and often stressful. Most users, however, quickly become comfortable with the simplicity of using the Brush tool. The idea of painting or erasing pixels is a very rudimentary concept. So this issue, we want to answer the question: What if y...

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So far in this column, we’ve looked at a lot of the various tools for making or altering selections. For a quick review, most selection-based tools in Photoshop will let you add to or subtract from a selection using either Shift or Option (PC: Alt), respectively. If you’re new to Photoshop, getting comfortable with this approach can be somewhat confusing and often stressful. Most users, however, quickly become comfortable with the simplicity of using the Brush tool. The idea of painting or erasing pixels is a very rudimentary concept. So this issue, we want to answer the question: What if y...

Robot Girl Composite, Part 2

with Scott Valentine

Last issue , we cut out pieces from a single large texture and placed them to create a kind of patchwork metal face for our model. To finish our steampunk robot woman, we’ll do some good old painting, dodging and burning, and add a touch of warp and layer style to bring it all together. Like our robot, the technique involves bringing together many smaller pieces that are individually simple, but work together to create a finished product. Step One: We left off with a fairly flat-looking face, so let’s add some depth with two dodge-and-burn passes. For the first pass, I’m using two Curves...

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Last issue , we cut out pieces from a single large texture and placed them to create a kind of patchwork metal face for our model. To finish our steampunk robot woman, we’ll do some good old painting, dodging and burning, and add a touch of warp and layer style to bring it all together. Like our robot, the technique involves bringing together many smaller pieces that are individually simple, but work together to create a finished product. Step One: We left off with a fairly flat-looking face, so let’s add some depth with two dodge-and-burn passes. For the first pass, I’m using two Curves...

Go Retro to Save Images

with Dave Clayton

This issue’s tutorial is all about making art with those photos that you don’t quite know what to do with; you know, the ones that aren’t composited right, are a little blurred, etc. We all have them, and they sit on our hard drives but never get used. So, we’re going to use a couple of these types of images to create some art using effects in Photoshop. These new images can be used for postcard designs, notecards, or even art for your home. For those of us old enough to remember the days of printing, there were all sorts of print techniques available to us. One in particular was called ...

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This issue’s tutorial is all about making art with those photos that you don’t quite know what to do with; you know, the ones that aren’t composited right, are a little blurred, etc. We all have them, and they sit on our hard drives but never get used. So, we’re going to use a couple of these types of images to create some art using effects in Photoshop. These new images can be used for postcard designs, notecards, or even art for your home. For those of us old enough to remember the days of printing, there were all sorts of print techniques available to us. One in particular was called ...

Photoshop Q&A

with Dave Cross

Q: What’s the difference between a layer mask and a clipping mask? A: The key difference is what causes areas of a layer to be hidden: a layer mask uses shades of gray while a clipping mask uses transparency. In addition, a layer mask is added to a layer, while a clipping mask is a separate layer that can mask one or more layers. To hide portions of a layer using a layer mask, paint with black. To create a clipping mask, add a layer below the layer(s) you want to be masked and make sure that this layer contains transparency. For example, putting a photo “inside” a type layer is a comm...

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Q: What’s the difference between a layer mask and a clipping mask? A: The key difference is what causes areas of a layer to be hidden: a layer mask uses shades of gray while a clipping mask uses transparency. In addition, a layer mask is added to a layer, while a clipping mask is a separate layer that can mask one or more layers. To hide portions of a layer using a layer mask, paint with black. To create a clipping mask, add a layer below the layer(s) you want to be masked and make sure that this layer contains transparency. For example, putting a photo “inside” a type layer is a comm...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Get ready for some nice juicy tips. These pan-fried Photoshop goodies are sure to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face. Get ready to wow your friends and amaze your peers. If none of that happens, at least you’ll be saving time and frustration as you fly around in Photoshop. MASTER OPACITY SLIDER IN CAMERA RAW FILTER If you’ve used Photoshop plug-ins, you may have noticed that many of them have a master slider that’s called something like Amount or Intensity. This is great because you can fade the overall amount of the effect on your original image. You’d think that some...

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Get ready for some nice juicy tips. These pan-fried Photoshop goodies are sure to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face. Get ready to wow your friends and amaze your peers. If none of that happens, at least you’ll be saving time and frustration as you fly around in Photoshop. MASTER OPACITY SLIDER IN CAMERA RAW FILTER If you’ve used Photoshop plug-ins, you may have noticed that many of them have a master slider that’s called something like Amount or Intensity. This is great because you can fade the overall amount of the effect on your original image. You’d think that some...

Do you have any tips on combining two or more images into one? For example, what do I do if I need to add additional blooms to a photo of a rose bush, or perhaps add a person to a group photo?—John Some jobs are easier than others, of course, but even with the simplest changes, I recommend nondestructive editing. Think of it as the photographer’s version of a physician’s Hippocratic Oath, often shortened to “First do no harm.” This workflow includes always making backup copies of your photos and working on a copy of the original. (You would hate to lose an image because you accidentally ...

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Do you have any tips on combining two or more images into one? For example, what do I do if I need to add additional blooms to a photo of a rose bush, or perhaps add a person to a group photo?—John Some jobs are easier than others, of course, but even with the simplest changes, I recommend nondestructive editing. Think of it as the photographer’s version of a physician’s Hippocratic Oath, often shortened to “First do no harm.” This workflow includes always making backup copies of your photos and working on a copy of the original. (You would hate to lose an image because you accidentally ...

Take your location lighting to the next level with Scott Kelby! In this KelbyOne Community inspired class, Scott gives you more of what you have been asking for, which is demonstrating a variety of lighting setups you can use on location. Whether you are shooting with strobes or speedlights, you’ll be able to learn the camera settings and lighting placement needed to recreate these awesome looks. Scott starts off the class with a discussion of gear and settings, and then he’s off doing shoot after shoot in a variety of locations with both male and female subjects. By the end of the class you’ll be ready to light your next portrait session in new ways.

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Take your location lighting to the next level with Scott Kelby! In this KelbyOne Community inspired class, Scott gives you more of what you have been asking for, which is demonstrating a variety of lighting setups you can use on location. Whether you are shooting with strobes or speedlights, you’ll be able to learn the camera settings and lighting placement needed to recreate these awesome looks. Scott starts off the class with a discussion of gear and settings, and then he’s off doing shoot after shoot in a variety of locations with both male and female subjects. By the end of the class you’ll be ready to light your next portrait session in new ways.

The Personal Side of Mike Kubeisy

with Mike Kubeisy & Kalebra Kelby

If you’re a fan of the popular TV show NCIS, then you’ve already seen Mike Kubeisy’s work. Mike has been shooting celebrities in Hollywood for over 30 years as a motion picture and stills photographer. In this in-depth interview with Kalebra Kelby, Mike opens up about the more important aspects of who he really is as a person. Mike shares stories of how his career began, the mistakes he’s learned from, the amazing story of how he met his wife, and how his life has seemingly come full circle from when he first visited a movie set as a child.

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If you’re a fan of the popular TV show NCIS, then you’ve already seen Mike Kubeisy’s work. Mike has been shooting celebrities in Hollywood for over 30 years as a motion picture and stills photographer. In this in-depth interview with Kalebra Kelby, Mike opens up about the more important aspects of who he really is as a person. Mike shares stories of how his career began, the mistakes he’s learned from, the amazing story of how he met his wife, and how his life has seemingly come full circle from when he first visited a movie set as a child.

Join Frank Dorhoof on his home turf in The Netherlands to learn how to shoot portraits in any location! Learn how to create amazing looking photographs in your own backyard or wherever your travels take you. Using just a single strobe and one light modifier, Frank takes you through a series of location shoots around his home town of Emmeloord. From open country roads to the banks of a canal to the wall of a building across the street, Frank takes you through each of his lighting set ups, posing techniques, and framing to show how to create photos with drama, emotion, and interest regardless of where you are located. Frank wraps up the class with a series of lessons highlighting aspects of his post processing workflow to create the final looks he was after.

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Join Frank Dorhoof on his home turf in The Netherlands to learn how to shoot portraits in any location! Learn how to create amazing looking photographs in your own backyard or wherever your travels take you. Using just a single strobe and one light modifier, Frank takes you through a series of location shoots around his home town of Emmeloord. From open country roads to the banks of a canal to the wall of a building across the street, Frank takes you through each of his lighting set ups, posing techniques, and framing to show how to create photos with drama, emotion, and interest regardless of where you are located. Frank wraps up the class with a series of lessons highlighting aspects of his post processing workflow to create the final looks he was after.

Learn the essentials for shooting in the studio with Scott Kelby! In this class Scott has honed in on the ten most essential techniques every photographer needs to know before they start shooting in a studio environment. Scott goes through the basic gear you’ll need, the camera settings, and then takes you step-by-step through each technique. With a live model on set you’ll see each technique put into practice, and all the while Scott shares the tips and tricks you’ll need to get great results. This class is not about any particular brand of gear, and everything can be applied to shooting with an off-camera flash or a studio strobe.

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Learn the essentials for shooting in the studio with Scott Kelby! In this class Scott has honed in on the ten most essential techniques every photographer needs to know before they start shooting in a studio environment. Scott goes through the basic gear you’ll need, the camera settings, and then takes you step-by-step through each technique. With a live model on set you’ll see each technique put into practice, and all the while Scott shares the tips and tricks you’ll need to get great results. This class is not about any particular brand of gear, and everything can be applied to shooting with an off-camera flash or a studio strobe.

Adobe recently released the first update to Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC, and Adobe Camera Raw for 2019. There are always the anticipated updates for new cameras and lenses (as well as some bug fixes), but let’s first take a closer look at the main feature included in this release. Enhanced Details This is a new feature that was added to Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC for Mac and Win, and Adobe Camera Raw. As I primarily use it in Lightroom Classic, that’s where my examples were made. In a nutshell, Enhanced Details is a new algorithm for demosaicing RAW files into pixels with the...

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Adobe recently released the first update to Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC, and Adobe Camera Raw for 2019. There are always the anticipated updates for new cameras and lenses (as well as some bug fixes), but let’s first take a closer look at the main feature included in this release. Enhanced Details This is a new feature that was added to Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC for Mac and Win, and Adobe Camera Raw. As I primarily use it in Lightroom Classic, that’s where my examples were made. In a nutshell, Enhanced Details is a new algorithm for demosaicing RAW files into pixels with the...

Cadillac Ranch is an iconic U.S. art installation that you’ve probably seen photographed many times before. Created in 1974 by a group of artists and designers known as “The Ant Farm,” it features 10 Cadillac cars half buried in a field just west of Amarillo, Texas, on the historic Route 66. To get there, it’s just a short stroll from the car park, which is perfect for working off a 32 oz. steak from the local Big Texan Steak Ranch. The Cadillacs have survived quite well considering their age, although some look like all that’s holding them together is spray paint. On the day I visited, ...

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Cadillac Ranch is an iconic U.S. art installation that you’ve probably seen photographed many times before. Created in 1974 by a group of artists and designers known as “The Ant Farm,” it features 10 Cadillac cars half buried in a field just west of Amarillo, Texas, on the historic Route 66. To get there, it’s just a short stroll from the car park, which is perfect for working off a 32 oz. steak from the local Big Texan Steak Ranch. The Cadillacs have survived quite well considering their age, although some look like all that’s holding them together is spray paint. On the day I visited, ...

I always love creating panoramas and HDR images, so doing both at the same time is twice as much fun! With this technique, you can make impressive large prints, and your landscapes will look so much more spectacular. So, after you read this article, I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s easy to accomplish, and if you’re passionate about photography, trust me when I say that you’ll become addicted to this technique. To do the following steps, you’ll need Lightroom Classic 8.0 or higher. Here comes the HDR panorama! Step One: I took these photos at sunset at McWay Falls on the coast of Big Sur...

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I always love creating panoramas and HDR images, so doing both at the same time is twice as much fun! With this technique, you can make impressive large prints, and your landscapes will look so much more spectacular. So, after you read this article, I hope you’ll give it a try. It’s easy to accomplish, and if you’re passionate about photography, trust me when I say that you’ll become addicted to this technique. To do the following steps, you’ll need Lightroom Classic 8.0 or higher. Here comes the HDR panorama! Step One: I took these photos at sunset at McWay Falls on the coast of Big Sur...

The Book module has been around for many years now, but it has recently gotten a few useful updates and new features. In this article I want to highlight all those new goodies and tackle the most common questions I get about the Book module. If you haven’t made a book in a while it might be time to give it another shot. Getting Started in Library One of the most important tips I can pass along is to start your book-making process in the Library module by making a collection to contain the photos you want to use in your book. I’ll usually start a book with a given theme, location, even...

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The Book module has been around for many years now, but it has recently gotten a few useful updates and new features. In this article I want to highlight all those new goodies and tackle the most common questions I get about the Book module. If you haven’t made a book in a while it might be time to give it another shot. Getting Started in Library One of the most important tips I can pass along is to start your book-making process in the Library module by making a collection to contain the photos you want to use in your book. I’ll usually start a book with a given theme, location, even...

Topaz Labs has been making plug-ins for a long time now, and they cover the whole gamut of possible effects from re-creating paintings to lens and texture effects. Some plug-ins are vast, while others do a specific task. It’s two of these specific plug-ins that we’ll be looking at in the “Maximum Workflow” this issue: JPEG to RAW AI and A.I. Gigapixel, both of which use machine learning to enable their prime functions. (Note: For this issue’s article, we were only able to get our hands on the trial versions of the plug-ins, so our apologies for any differences that you might find in the ...

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Topaz Labs has been making plug-ins for a long time now, and they cover the whole gamut of possible effects from re-creating paintings to lens and texture effects. Some plug-ins are vast, while others do a specific task. It’s two of these specific plug-ins that we’ll be looking at in the “Maximum Workflow” this issue: JPEG to RAW AI and A.I. Gigapixel, both of which use machine learning to enable their prime functions. (Note: For this issue’s article, we were only able to get our hands on the trial versions of the plug-ins, so our apologies for any differences that you might find in the ...

“It’s not about the setup; it’s about the birds,” Gene Gwin says as he carefully prunes a purple flower near our ground-level blind. Delicately twisting his sheers like a master gardener, he carefully trims off small twigs, making sure the slashes are invisible to the camera. “You need to cut twigs off so every part of the plant is in the same plane for good depth of field. Also, it allows the birds to put their tails down for a better shot.” I’m standing at first light in the thorny Tamaulipan scrub at Laguna Seca Ranch. I’ve been a birder for 30 years, and I’m finally fulfilling a buck...

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“It’s not about the setup; it’s about the birds,” Gene Gwin says as he carefully prunes a purple flower near our ground-level blind. Delicately twisting his sheers like a master gardener, he carefully trims off small twigs, making sure the slashes are invisible to the camera. “You need to cut twigs off so every part of the plant is in the same plane for good depth of field. Also, it allows the birds to put their tails down for a better shot.” I’m standing at first light in the thorny Tamaulipan scrub at Laguna Seca Ranch. I’ve been a birder for 30 years, and I’m finally fulfilling a buck...

I’m thinking about starting to use Lightroom CC on my iPad, but I don’t want all my images from Lightroom on my computer to sync over to my iPad—I don’t have enough room. Is there a way for me to try it out without all the images coming over? You don’t actually have to sync any images at all—you can just use it to edit the images that are already on your iPad (or iPhone for that matter). When you turn on syncing, it only syncs collections that you choose to sync (and by the way—it only syncs Lightroom collections from Lightroom Classic, not Folders), so nothing happens without your knowl...

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I’m thinking about starting to use Lightroom CC on my iPad, but I don’t want all my images from Lightroom on my computer to sync over to my iPad—I don’t have enough room. Is there a way for me to try it out without all the images coming over? You don’t actually have to sync any images at all—you can just use it to edit the images that are already on your iPad (or iPhone for that matter). When you turn on syncing, it only syncs collections that you choose to sync (and by the way—it only syncs Lightroom collections from Lightroom Classic, not Folders), so nothing happens without your knowl...

Lightroom Tips & Tricks

with Sean Duggan

In this issue’s musing on Lightroom tips and techniques, I want to focus on some under-the-hood settings in Lightroom Classic that are good to know about and that you may find useful. NEW CREATIVE CLOUD AUTO-UPDATE FEATURE With the most recent updates to Lightroom Classic (8.2 Release), the updated Adobe Creative Cloud app (accessed via the Creative Cloud icon in the main menu bar) offers the ability to auto-update all of the apps you have installed. This is enabled by default. If you think this would be a good idea, then go ahead and leave it checked, but if you’d rather decide for y...

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In this issue’s musing on Lightroom tips and techniques, I want to focus on some under-the-hood settings in Lightroom Classic that are good to know about and that you may find useful. NEW CREATIVE CLOUD AUTO-UPDATE FEATURE With the most recent updates to Lightroom Classic (8.2 Release), the updated Adobe Creative Cloud app (accessed via the Creative Cloud icon in the main menu bar) offers the ability to auto-update all of the apps you have installed. This is enabled by default. If you think this would be a good idea, then go ahead and leave it checked, but if you’d rather decide for y...

Join Frank Doorhof in his own studio and learn how to take your lighting from zero to hero! In this class Frank shares his tips, tricks, and techniques for being creative with studio lighting. You’ll see him work through a range of studio lighting setups where he demonstrates how to use various lighting modifiers, single and multiple lights, avoiding glare in glasses, coaching your subject, and the importance of following your creative impulses. Frank wraps up the class with a series of post processing sessions to help you understand his retouching workflow.

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Join Frank Doorhof in his own studio and learn how to take your lighting from zero to hero! In this class Frank shares his tips, tricks, and techniques for being creative with studio lighting. You’ll see him work through a range of studio lighting setups where he demonstrates how to use various lighting modifiers, single and multiple lights, avoiding glare in glasses, coaching your subject, and the importance of following your creative impulses. Frank wraps up the class with a series of post processing sessions to help you understand his retouching workflow.

Learn how to create and composite your own amazing lighting effects with Bret Malley! In this class you'll discover the techniques Bret uses to create cool lighting effects with inexpensive tools you can use do almost anywhere. Beyond the gear and tools you'll learn how to set up the shots, the importance of pre-visualizing the final looks, how to capture the lighting elements, how to review and select the pieces you'll need, and how to pull it all together in post processing. No special plug-ins are needed, just basic camera gear, a dark space, Photoshop, and your imagination.

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Learn how to create and composite your own amazing lighting effects with Bret Malley! In this class you'll discover the techniques Bret uses to create cool lighting effects with inexpensive tools you can use do almost anywhere. Beyond the gear and tools you'll learn how to set up the shots, the importance of pre-visualizing the final looks, how to capture the lighting elements, how to review and select the pieces you'll need, and how to pull it all together in post processing. No special plug-ins are needed, just basic camera gear, a dark space, Photoshop, and your imagination.

With the football season recently ending, I thought we’d explore one more sports-themed design. In this tutorial, you’ll not only learn cool tricks for adding background effects but also how to create a colorful and realistic-looking reflective visor to give a player’s face mask a more dramatic look. All you need are a few simple lighting and color effects that you can use in a variety of ways. Step One: As usual, it all starts with a photo. Here’s a nice studio shot of a football player in full uniform. It’s a great pose with good lighting, but let’s say you wanted to add a prop that wa...

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With the football season recently ending, I thought we’d explore one more sports-themed design. In this tutorial, you’ll not only learn cool tricks for adding background effects but also how to create a colorful and realistic-looking reflective visor to give a player’s face mask a more dramatic look. All you need are a few simple lighting and color effects that you can use in a variety of ways. Step One: As usual, it all starts with a photo. Here’s a nice studio shot of a football player in full uniform. It’s a great pose with good lighting, but let’s say you wanted to add a prop that wa...

What’s behind the face you show to the world? We all present a certain veneer that we deem as appropriate to display to those around us. A mask. A facade. But did you ever wonder what’s just behind the polished image that others allow you to see? This project explores that very idea by using missing puzzle pieces to reveal the emotions hidden behind a face that’s presented to the rest of the world. Step One: This tutorial is showing the full-resolution versions of stock images from Adobe Stock. You can download the watermarked versions to follow along. Click this link for the first image...

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What’s behind the face you show to the world? We all present a certain veneer that we deem as appropriate to display to those around us. A mask. A facade. But did you ever wonder what’s just behind the polished image that others allow you to see? This project explores that very idea by using missing puzzle pieces to reveal the emotions hidden behind a face that’s presented to the rest of the world. Step One: This tutorial is showing the full-resolution versions of stock images from Adobe Stock. You can download the watermarked versions to follow along. Click this link for the first image...

Color correction is as much science as it is art. A good color-corrected image can serve as the perfect base for further color grading, or it can be a pleasingly natural photograph at which to look. Unfortunately, it’s an often misunderstood aspect of digital imaging, and it can take a lot of time to master. In this article, I’m going to give you some tips and techniques that I use in my day-to-day image processing to edit colors. What Is Color Correction? In digital postproduction, color correction refers to the process of changing colors to reflect their neutral states. Generally, you c...

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Color correction is as much science as it is art. A good color-corrected image can serve as the perfect base for further color grading, or it can be a pleasingly natural photograph at which to look. Unfortunately, it’s an often misunderstood aspect of digital imaging, and it can take a lot of time to master. In this article, I’m going to give you some tips and techniques that I use in my day-to-day image processing to edit colors. What Is Color Correction? In digital postproduction, color correction refers to the process of changing colors to reflect their neutral states. Generally, you c...

Move Tool Shortcuts

with Gilmar Smith

Hello, my fellow pixel punishers! Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” This installment is all about the Move tool, which is meant to be used for moving layer content, but did you know that you could also use it to transform, align, and resize layer content or groups? I’m sure you’ve used the Move tool a few times before, but let’s go in-depth into its functions. Shortcut #1: The shortcut for the Move tool is V. Shortcut #2: With the Move tool active, click on Auto-Select in the Options Bar. This allows you to move elements in your document without first having to click on their layers in...

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Hello, my fellow pixel punishers! Welcome back to “Shortcut City.” This installment is all about the Move tool, which is meant to be used for moving layer content, but did you know that you could also use it to transform, align, and resize layer content or groups? I’m sure you’ve used the Move tool a few times before, but let’s go in-depth into its functions. Shortcut #1: The shortcut for the Move tool is V. Shortcut #2: With the Move tool active, click on Auto-Select in the Options Bar. This allows you to move elements in your document without first having to click on their layers in...

An easy way to correct tone and color in your photos is to use the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) plug-in that comes with Photoshop. Its powerful, yet easy-to-use sliders make adjusting photos a breeze. ACR is a nondestructive editor, too, so you won’t harm your original. The following steps work with RAW files, JPEGs, and TIFFs. Tip: As an added bonus, you can use much of this workflow in Adobe Lightroom, too. Step One: If the photo is in RAW format—the unprocessed information the camera recorded—summon ACR by double-clicking the file’s icon on your hard drive. Alternatively, locate the image t...

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An easy way to correct tone and color in your photos is to use the Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) plug-in that comes with Photoshop. Its powerful, yet easy-to-use sliders make adjusting photos a breeze. ACR is a nondestructive editor, too, so you won’t harm your original. The following steps work with RAW files, JPEGs, and TIFFs. Tip: As an added bonus, you can use much of this workflow in Adobe Lightroom, too. Step One: If the photo is in RAW format—the unprocessed information the camera recorded—summon ACR by double-clicking the file’s icon on your hard drive. Alternatively, locate the image t...

Creating a cinematic effect involves stylizing your image in a way that captures a mood. In this issue, let’s learn one of the simplest ways to give your images an impactful cinematic feel by using the power of Blend If and blend modes in Photoshop. This method gives you freedom to mix and match colors and create your own color combinations. The technique is divided into three broad steps: Adding color to highlights Adding color to shadows Adding overlays It’s that easy, so let’s jump right in! Step One: Open an Image Let’s start by opening an image in Photoshop. If y...

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Creating a cinematic effect involves stylizing your image in a way that captures a mood. In this issue, let’s learn one of the simplest ways to give your images an impactful cinematic feel by using the power of Blend If and blend modes in Photoshop. This method gives you freedom to mix and match colors and create your own color combinations. The technique is divided into three broad steps: Adding color to highlights Adding color to shadows Adding overlays It’s that easy, so let’s jump right in! Step One: Open an Image Let’s start by opening an image in Photoshop. If y...

Starting in the 1860s, photographers began exposing their shots two, three, or even more times before moving to the next frame, allowing them to superimpose various images into the same photograph. Thus was the birth of double-exposure photography, an entirely new outlet for photographers striving to create interesting and thought-provoking imagery. And, while it’s still an absolute rush to create a stunning double exposure in-camera, it can be just as exciting and creatively stimulating to do the exact same thing using only Photoshop. Step One: Choose Your Photos To create this parti...

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Starting in the 1860s, photographers began exposing their shots two, three, or even more times before moving to the next frame, allowing them to superimpose various images into the same photograph. Thus was the birth of double-exposure photography, an entirely new outlet for photographers striving to create interesting and thought-provoking imagery. And, while it’s still an absolute rush to create a stunning double exposure in-camera, it can be just as exciting and creatively stimulating to do the exact same thing using only Photoshop. Step One: Choose Your Photos To create this parti...

Welcome back, you beautiful Photoshop-loving folks! Last issue, we tweaked a fun, quick snapshot that my mom took of my daughter and me, and we started the process of turning it into something that really stands out, looks beautiful, and would be suitable for a holiday card. But in this month’s article, we’re going to take the image even further and make it more epic by adding some fun foreground elements completely in Photoshop! This is going to make the image look much more like a professional portrait that was artistically shot. As a reminder, here’s our original image and where we le...

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Welcome back, you beautiful Photoshop-loving folks! Last issue, we tweaked a fun, quick snapshot that my mom took of my daughter and me, and we started the process of turning it into something that really stands out, looks beautiful, and would be suitable for a holiday card. But in this month’s article, we’re going to take the image even further and make it more epic by adding some fun foreground elements completely in Photoshop! This is going to make the image look much more like a professional portrait that was artistically shot. As a reminder, here’s our original image and where we le...

Let’s Get Surgical

with Mark Heaps

There are generally two different camps of thinking when it comes to making selections in Photoshop: really fast or really accurate. In this issue, we’re going to look at the tool most people use when they want surgical precision in their selections. So let’s introduce… The Pen Tool If you’re new to Photoshop, let’s meditate for a moment—breathe in, breathe out. You’ll need to stay calm while learning how to use the Pen tool. It isn’t that complicated, but unguided new users are generally very frustrated by it. It just doesn’t operate in a way that’s logical to most people outside the...

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There are generally two different camps of thinking when it comes to making selections in Photoshop: really fast or really accurate. In this issue, we’re going to look at the tool most people use when they want surgical precision in their selections. So let’s introduce… The Pen Tool If you’re new to Photoshop, let’s meditate for a moment—breathe in, breathe out. You’ll need to stay calm while learning how to use the Pen tool. It isn’t that complicated, but unguided new users are generally very frustrated by it. It just doesn’t operate in a way that’s logical to most people outside the...

Robot Girl Composite, Part 1

with Scott Valentine

This issue in “Proving Ground,” we’re going to throw a few individually simple techniques together to create a robot composite. One of the secrets to professional work is not only putting together easy pieces to make something more complex, but also in tweaking little things here and there with the intent of either keeping flexibility or making things easier for future steps. In this case, we’ll set up the working environment and use a couple of tricks to keep the work flowing rather smoothly. Step One: To start off, I went on Adobe Stock and added a few portraits and some metal textures...

Robot Girl Composite, Part 1 close

This issue in “Proving Ground,” we’re going to throw a few individually simple techniques together to create a robot composite. One of the secrets to professional work is not only putting together easy pieces to make something more complex, but also in tweaking little things here and there with the intent of either keeping flexibility or making things easier for future steps. In this case, we’ll set up the working environment and use a couple of tricks to keep the work flowing rather smoothly. Step One: To start off, I went on Adobe Stock and added a few portraits and some metal textures...

One important aspect of design is controlling and managing color. Creating color swatches is a great way of building libraries of color that you can use over and over again. Quite often, when you’re handed a design project, you aren’t given any brand colors with which to work, or it may be a brand-new project for which you’re tasked with creating specific colors. In this tutorial, we’re going to look at a couple of ways to extract colors from photographs to add to your Swatches panel. In both Illustrator and InDesign, there are ways of extracting colors from artwork that aren’t available...

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One important aspect of design is controlling and managing color. Creating color swatches is a great way of building libraries of color that you can use over and over again. Quite often, when you’re handed a design project, you aren’t given any brand colors with which to work, or it may be a brand-new project for which you’re tasked with creating specific colors. In this tutorial, we’re going to look at a couple of ways to extract colors from photographs to add to your Swatches panel. In both Illustrator and InDesign, there are ways of extracting colors from artwork that aren’t available...

Photoshop Q&A

with Dave Cross

Q: I’d converted my document to Lab mode and added an adjustment layer, but when I converted back to RGB, everything was flattened so I couldn’t keep the adjustment layer. Is there any way around thi