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.

Learn the secrets to amazing photos from the masters. Join Marc Silber in a complete course designed to help you with advancing your photography to the next level. In this class you’ll learn the fundamental concepts, terms, and techniques to help you continually elevate your photographic skills. Photography is a life long love affair, and Marc will help you understand the basics so that you can move through each aspect of a photographic workflow with confidence and a connection with your work.

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Learn the secrets to amazing photos from the masters. Join Marc Silber in a complete course designed to help you with advancing your photography to the next level. In this class you’ll learn the fundamental concepts, terms, and techniques to help you continually elevate your photographic skills. Photography is a life long love affair, and Marc will help you understand the basics so that you can move through each aspect of a photographic workflow with confidence and a connection with your work.

If you are a photographer stepping into video recording, then this class is for you! Recording good audio is not easy with just your DSLR alone. Join Larry Becker as he teaches you how to get started with two capable, yet simple, microphone setups. Larry also shares a variety of handy tips and techniques to help you capture the best audio soundtrack for working with later when you edit.

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If you are a photographer stepping into video recording, then this class is for you! Recording good audio is not easy with just your DSLR alone. Join Larry Becker as he teaches you how to get started with two capable, yet simple, microphone setups. Larry also shares a variety of handy tips and techniques to help you capture the best audio soundtrack for working with later when you edit.

On June 16, 2020, Adobe released updates across several of its Creative Cloud apps, including Photoshop, Lightroom, and InDesign. We covered all the Lightroom updates in Issue 62 of our sister publication, Lightroom Magazine, which we published as soon as Adobe announced the updates. You can click here to find that article. Here in Photoshop User, we’re obviously going to talk about the Photoshop updates. So let’s dive in. Select Subject: When Select Subject was first introduced more than two years ago, everyone was excited by how easy it was to get a good starting selection with just the ...

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On June 16, 2020, Adobe released updates across several of its Creative Cloud apps, including Photoshop, Lightroom, and InDesign. We covered all the Lightroom updates in Issue 62 of our sister publication, Lightroom Magazine, which we published as soon as Adobe announced the updates. You can click here to find that article. Here in Photoshop User, we’re obviously going to talk about the Photoshop updates. So let’s dive in. Select Subject: When Select Subject was first introduced more than two years ago, everyone was excited by how easy it was to get a good starting selection with just the ...

As you know, there are many ways to achieve the same effect in Photoshop, and duotone effects are no exception. One of the most common duotone techniques I’ve seen uses a gradient map, which does produce impressive results, but is somewhat limited as it requires the interaction of colors within the same layer. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you a cool method of breaking out the light and dark tones into separate layers for greater flexibility.  Step One: As usual, we’ll start with a photo. I chose this image because it has a strong light that’s producing harsh shadows on the subject...

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As you know, there are many ways to achieve the same effect in Photoshop, and duotone effects are no exception. One of the most common duotone techniques I’ve seen uses a gradient map, which does produce impressive results, but is somewhat limited as it requires the interaction of colors within the same layer. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you a cool method of breaking out the light and dark tones into separate layers for greater flexibility.  Step One: As usual, we’ll start with a photo. I chose this image because it has a strong light that’s producing harsh shadows on the subject...

If you’ve opened your copy of Creative Cloud recently, you’re probably familiar with the illustrated piece of a nurse with the title of HONOR HEROES below her. It’s a compelling illustration style and one that inspired the project in this tutorial. The artist who accomplished the original work is clearly very talented, and there’s no way to reproduce that effect without a bit of artistic skill. Still, there are some tricks in Photoshop that can assist with some of the foundational illustration components, and make it a lot easier to create them. This project makes extensive use of the Pen t...

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If you’ve opened your copy of Creative Cloud recently, you’re probably familiar with the illustrated piece of a nurse with the title of HONOR HEROES below her. It’s a compelling illustration style and one that inspired the project in this tutorial. The artist who accomplished the original work is clearly very talented, and there’s no way to reproduce that effect without a bit of artistic skill. Still, there are some tricks in Photoshop that can assist with some of the foundational illustration components, and make it a lot easier to create them. This project makes extensive use of the Pen t...

Blending Modes Explained

with Scott Valentine

I love me some blending modes. Love them! Blending modes show up in just about every professional technique and workflow in Photoshop, ranging from photographic corrections and effects to graphic design and illustration. You’ll find a little sample of each in the coming pages. It’s with great delight that I’ll be your tour guide through these absolutely essential capabilities in Photoshop, pointing out some of my favorite tidbits and giving you some hints of things to explore on your own. To that end, I’ve created some demo files that you can download here. These are just simple layered fil...

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I love me some blending modes. Love them! Blending modes show up in just about every professional technique and workflow in Photoshop, ranging from photographic corrections and effects to graphic design and illustration. You’ll find a little sample of each in the coming pages. It’s with great delight that I’ll be your tour guide through these absolutely essential capabilities in Photoshop, pointing out some of my favorite tidbits and giving you some hints of things to explore on your own. To that end, I’ve created some demo files that you can download here. These are just simple layered fil...

What the F Key!

with Gilmar Smith

Did you know there are a lot of Fs you can use to speed up your workflow in Photoshop? The Fs I’m talking about are the Function keys that reside on the top row of your keyboard. These shortcuts are often overlooked, but if you want to maximize your Photoshop experience, make sure to memorize these few shortcuts!  Note: If you’re using a Mac, you’ll need to press-and-hold the Fn key before pressing any of the Function keys to override the default macOS functions assigned to these keys. If you’d like to reverse the behavior of the Function keys on the Mac, click on the Apple icon at the t...

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Did you know there are a lot of Fs you can use to speed up your workflow in Photoshop? The Fs I’m talking about are the Function keys that reside on the top row of your keyboard. These shortcuts are often overlooked, but if you want to maximize your Photoshop experience, make sure to memorize these few shortcuts!  Note: If you’re using a Mac, you’ll need to press-and-hold the Fn key before pressing any of the Function keys to override the default macOS functions assigned to these keys. If you’d like to reverse the behavior of the Function keys on the Mac, click on the Apple icon at the t...

Photoshop’s automatic photo-stitcher, Photomerge, lets you easily merge and align multiple photos into a single image. By hiding (masking) parts of each image, you end up with a single photo containing an entire action sequence; much like a time-lapse, but with stills instead of video. It’s a practical technique for photographers and production artists alike, whether you’re a pro or an enthusiast. Read on!  If you’re photographing this technique, try using a tripod so the images have a head start on alignment; that said though, the examples used here were captured by hand-holding the cam...

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Photoshop’s automatic photo-stitcher, Photomerge, lets you easily merge and align multiple photos into a single image. By hiding (masking) parts of each image, you end up with a single photo containing an entire action sequence; much like a time-lapse, but with stills instead of video. It’s a practical technique for photographers and production artists alike, whether you’re a pro or an enthusiast. Read on!  If you’re photographing this technique, try using a tripod so the images have a head start on alignment; that said though, the examples used here were captured by hand-holding the cam...

Tattoos are permanent. There’s a lot of thinking, planning, and pain, not to mention money, that goes into getting a real tattoo. But what if you just wanna get a tattoo to show off in an Instagram post (Facebook, if you’re old-school)? Well then, why not just Photoshop it? That way you can get a new tattoo every week.  In this article, we’ll show you how to place tattoos on the skin in a realistic fashion using the wonders of blending modes and Blend If features in Photoshop. So without further ado, let’s get started! Step One: Open the Image  We’ll begin by opening the image of o...

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Tattoos are permanent. There’s a lot of thinking, planning, and pain, not to mention money, that goes into getting a real tattoo. But what if you just wanna get a tattoo to show off in an Instagram post (Facebook, if you’re old-school)? Well then, why not just Photoshop it? That way you can get a new tattoo every week.  In this article, we’ll show you how to place tattoos on the skin in a realistic fashion using the wonders of blending modes and Blend If features in Photoshop. So without further ado, let’s get started! Step One: Open the Image  We’ll begin by opening the image of o...

As a fashion and portrait photographer who specializes in developing models, one of the questions that I’m asked most frequently is how to get one’s foot in the door with modeling agencies. The answer to this multifaceted question comes down to one characteristic: consistency. This consistency includes all aspects from shooting quality work, to developing a rapport with models, to retouching the images in a way that meets agency standards.  As the fashion industry continues to be more inclusive and embraces imperfections, the aesthetic of the imagery being produced is progressively movin...

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As a fashion and portrait photographer who specializes in developing models, one of the questions that I’m asked most frequently is how to get one’s foot in the door with modeling agencies. The answer to this multifaceted question comes down to one characteristic: consistency. This consistency includes all aspects from shooting quality work, to developing a rapport with models, to retouching the images in a way that meets agency standards.  As the fashion industry continues to be more inclusive and embraces imperfections, the aesthetic of the imagery being produced is progressively movin...

One thing that’s as old as Photoshop itself is the creation of digital collages. This type of photo asset is used for everything from poster backgrounds to the covers of corporate financial reports. It’s a classic storyteller technique that mixes and blends a variety of images to create a visual motif. Below is an example of a collage representing science and research.  While working at an event recently, my team was asked to make 10 collages to be placed in a presentation for a high-level executive who was going onstage in 90 minutes! This meant we had to find the right five or so image...

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One thing that’s as old as Photoshop itself is the creation of digital collages. This type of photo asset is used for everything from poster backgrounds to the covers of corporate financial reports. It’s a classic storyteller technique that mixes and blends a variety of images to create a visual motif. Below is an example of a collage representing science and research.  While working at an event recently, my team was asked to make 10 collages to be placed in a presentation for a high-level executive who was going onstage in 90 minutes! This meant we had to find the right five or so image...

3D Text Room, Part 2

with Scott Valentine

Last issue, we set up our 3D effect using smart objects and Perspective Warp. This issue, we’re going to build some custom graphics to add to our 3D Room library, then we’ll add a few more elements to the room and take advantage of the smart objects we created. Finally, we’ll explore some variations on this technique to give it a little more flexibility for your designs.  To replicate the columns and look of a newspaper classified advertisement section, we need to create a few little design elements that we can reuse easily, and then save them to the 3D Room library we added last issue. ...

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Last issue, we set up our 3D effect using smart objects and Perspective Warp. This issue, we’re going to build some custom graphics to add to our 3D Room library, then we’ll add a few more elements to the room and take advantage of the smart objects we created. Finally, we’ll explore some variations on this technique to give it a little more flexibility for your designs.  To replicate the columns and look of a newspaper classified advertisement section, we need to create a few little design elements that we can reuse easily, and then save them to the 3D Room library we added last issue. ...

Blend modes have been around since 2000, five years after layers were first introduced in Photoshop. And while they’re very powerful for retouching and compositing, we can actually use them to get some great type effects. In this tutorial, we’re going to go through several design techniques where blend modes will help us achieve the desired effects.  Chalk Text  In this first technique, we’ll do something nice and basic that takes advantage of one of the lesser-used blend modes, Dissolve. This blend mode is great for making grainy effects, so in this demo, we’ll use it to make our typ...

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Blend modes have been around since 2000, five years after layers were first introduced in Photoshop. And while they’re very powerful for retouching and compositing, we can actually use them to get some great type effects. In this tutorial, we’re going to go through several design techniques where blend modes will help us achieve the desired effects.  Chalk Text  In this first technique, we’ll do something nice and basic that takes advantage of one of the lesser-used blend modes, Dissolve. This blend mode is great for making grainy effects, so in this demo, we’ll use it to make our typ...

Photoshop Q&A

with Dave Cross

Q: What’s the difference between opening a Camera Raw file as a smart object and applying the Camera Raw Filter as a smart filter?  A: When you open a RAW file from Camera Raw into Photoshop as a smart object, you can go back and edit the settings in Camera Raw, even after you’ve worked on the file in Photoshop. Just double-click on the smart object layer thumbnail in the Layers panel to return to Camera Raw. There. you’ll see the current settings you’ve applied. Make any changes, click OK, and the updated file will be returned to Photoshop.  If you use the Camera Raw Filter (Filter&g...

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Q: What’s the difference between opening a Camera Raw file as a smart object and applying the Camera Raw Filter as a smart filter?  A: When you open a RAW file from Camera Raw into Photoshop as a smart object, you can go back and edit the settings in Camera Raw, even after you’ve worked on the file in Photoshop. Just double-click on the smart object layer thumbnail in the Layers panel to return to Camera Raw. There. you’ll see the current settings you’ve applied. Make any changes, click OK, and the updated file will be returned to Photoshop.  If you use the Camera Raw Filter (Filter&g...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

There are some Photoshop tips that are well known and then there are some that aren’t. The important question is: Do you know them? If you don’t, then they’re not well-known to you. In this issue, we’re doing a mix of not well-known and some well-known, but forgotten tips. How many of these are new to you? Enjoy this installment of “Photoshop Tips”!  Update Photoshop  Has this ever happened to you? You hear about a new update to Photoshop, so you jump onto your computer, open the Creative Cloud app, and—crickets and tumbleweeds! You don’t see a new update at all. Here’s how to force-c...

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There are some Photoshop tips that are well known and then there are some that aren’t. The important question is: Do you know them? If you don’t, then they’re not well-known to you. In this issue, we’re doing a mix of not well-known and some well-known, but forgotten tips. How many of these are new to you? Enjoy this installment of “Photoshop Tips”!  Update Photoshop  Has this ever happened to you? You hear about a new update to Photoshop, so you jump onto your computer, open the Creative Cloud app, and—crickets and tumbleweeds! You don’t see a new update at all. Here’s how to force-c...

I have two different versions of a photo and I’d like to compare the difference, not just visually, but down to the pixel level. Is there an easy way to do this?—Stevie  If the two images are basically the same photo (identical pixel dimensions, neither cropped or resized, both with the same color profile), you can easily compare where the copies differ. Select the two images in Bridge and use the command Tools>Photoshop>Load Files into Photoshop Layers (or in Photoshop, go to File>Scripts>Load Files into Stack). The resulting Photoshop file will have two layers, one from eac...

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I have two different versions of a photo and I’d like to compare the difference, not just visually, but down to the pixel level. Is there an easy way to do this?—Stevie  If the two images are basically the same photo (identical pixel dimensions, neither cropped or resized, both with the same color profile), you can easily compare where the copies differ. Select the two images in Bridge and use the command Tools>Photoshop>Load Files into Photoshop Layers (or in Photoshop, go to File>Scripts>Load Files into Stack). The resulting Photoshop file will have two layers, one from eac...

As photographers we are often faced with having to retouch our own portrait sessions. Join Scott Kelby as he shows you 25 quick and easy portrait retouching techniques designed with photographers in mind. This class is designed so that you can jump into any lesson based on the topic you want to learn. Each lesson is short, sweet, and to the point, so whether you need to learn how to retouch an eyebrow, brighten skin, reduce wrinkles in clothing, add catchlights, or a whole host of other retouching techniques, just find the topics that interest you and dive right in!

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As photographers we are often faced with having to retouch our own portrait sessions. Join Scott Kelby as he shows you 25 quick and easy portrait retouching techniques designed with photographers in mind. This class is designed so that you can jump into any lesson based on the topic you want to learn. Each lesson is short, sweet, and to the point, so whether you need to learn how to retouch an eyebrow, brighten skin, reduce wrinkles in clothing, add catchlights, or a whole host of other retouching techniques, just find the topics that interest you and dive right in!

While we did see a minor Lightroom update come out in April, we haven’t seen a significant number of new features since the update released in February. There are lots of welcome additions to Lightroom Classic and the Lightroom cloud ecosystem of apps, but the first thing to be aware of is the branding changes made to Lightroom Classic and Lightroom. These branding changes are in line with what Adobe announced for Photoshop and the rest of the Creative Cloud applications at the end of May. Note that the new icons shown in the respective splash screens have replaced the old icons for each pr...

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While we did see a minor Lightroom update come out in April, we haven’t seen a significant number of new features since the update released in February. There are lots of welcome additions to Lightroom Classic and the Lightroom cloud ecosystem of apps, but the first thing to be aware of is the branding changes made to Lightroom Classic and Lightroom. These branding changes are in line with what Adobe announced for Photoshop and the rest of the Creative Cloud applications at the end of May. Note that the new icons shown in the respective splash screens have replaced the old icons for each pr...

Nevis is a small Caribbean island, which at the time my family visited was only accessible by a rather erratic local airline service operating out of Antigua. Although it’s hard to reach (from Europe at least), some friends of ours had attended a wedding there and told us what a wonderful place it was to visit, so we were prepared to make the extra effort to get there.  The island has a large population of wild vervet (also known as African green) monkeys. It’s thought that they were first brought to the islands as pets in the 17th or 18th centuries and since then, they’ve grown in numbe...

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Nevis is a small Caribbean island, which at the time my family visited was only accessible by a rather erratic local airline service operating out of Antigua. Although it’s hard to reach (from Europe at least), some friends of ours had attended a wedding there and told us what a wonderful place it was to visit, so we were prepared to make the extra effort to get there.  The island has a large population of wild vervet (also known as African green) monkeys. It’s thought that they were first brought to the islands as pets in the 17th or 18th centuries and since then, they’ve grown in numbe...

While most of the world is in quarantine and stuck at home, I’ve found that the best way to spend my time is by creating and retouching photos. In this article, I’m going to show you my secrets to getting perfect sunsets in-camera, as well as how to retouch them. I hope these tips will be useful and inspiring for you.  #1: Expose for the Highlights  I took this photo of the Pont Neuf and a beautiful sunset in Paris from the Pont des Arts. I shot it at 100 ISO, 1/12 second, and f/5.6, without a tripod. As you can tell, the photo is very underexposed. Why? Well, when you’re shooting a s...

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While most of the world is in quarantine and stuck at home, I’ve found that the best way to spend my time is by creating and retouching photos. In this article, I’m going to show you my secrets to getting perfect sunsets in-camera, as well as how to retouch them. I hope these tips will be useful and inspiring for you.  #1: Expose for the Highlights  I took this photo of the Pont Neuf and a beautiful sunset in Paris from the Pont des Arts. I shot it at 100 ISO, 1/12 second, and f/5.6, without a tripod. As you can tell, the photo is very underexposed. Why? Well, when you’re shooting a s...

One of the most frequent questions I’ve had over the last few years is some form of, “Since it’s not possible to open a Lightroom Classic catalog over a network connection, how can I use Lightroom Classic to access the same catalog and photos on multiple computers?” This isn’t surprising considering how many of us so often switch between computers (and mobile devices) in the course of our workflows.  You may have a powerful desktop workstation as your primary photo station and also use a laptop when traveling. Or maybe you just got a brand-new laptop, but still want to be able to use you...

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One of the most frequent questions I’ve had over the last few years is some form of, “Since it’s not possible to open a Lightroom Classic catalog over a network connection, how can I use Lightroom Classic to access the same catalog and photos on multiple computers?” This isn’t surprising considering how many of us so often switch between computers (and mobile devices) in the course of our workflows.  You may have a powerful desktop workstation as your primary photo station and also use a laptop when traveling. Or maybe you just got a brand-new laptop, but still want to be able to use you...

Nik Collection 3

with Sean McCormack

Occasionally in life, there are opportune moments. Our look at editing with the Nik Collection in recent issues is continuing, but something happened to make it all the more interesting: DxO announced an update to the collection. Yes, we now have Nik Collection 3!  Part of the reason for an update is in response to user feedback. Obviously, DxO took a product that Google abandoned (which was free as a result) and has had to build it up for new operating systems and a new generation of users. Keeping those users happy, while gaining more, is a key element in DxO’s strategy. You’re seeing ...

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Occasionally in life, there are opportune moments. Our look at editing with the Nik Collection in recent issues is continuing, but something happened to make it all the more interesting: DxO announced an update to the collection. Yes, we now have Nik Collection 3!  Part of the reason for an update is in response to user feedback. Obviously, DxO took a product that Google abandoned (which was free as a result) and has had to build it up for new operating systems and a new generation of users. Keeping those users happy, while gaining more, is a key element in DxO’s strategy. You’re seeing ...

Ansel Adams said, “A photograph is usually looked at—seldom looked into.” I agree 100 percent! In this article, we’ll look into a few of my favorite photographs, analyzing them as to what I feel makes them good photographs. The colors correspond to the analysis you’ll see throughout this article.  Of course, this analysis is subjective, like everything else in life. I’m sharing this stuff with you so perhaps you’ll take a closer look at your own photographs and think more deeply as to what makes a good photograph.  Girl with a Pearl Earring Some of you have seen (looked at) my phot...

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Ansel Adams said, “A photograph is usually looked at—seldom looked into.” I agree 100 percent! In this article, we’ll look into a few of my favorite photographs, analyzing them as to what I feel makes them good photographs. The colors correspond to the analysis you’ll see throughout this article.  Of course, this analysis is subjective, like everything else in life. I’m sharing this stuff with you so perhaps you’ll take a closer look at your own photographs and think more deeply as to what makes a good photograph.  Girl with a Pearl Earring Some of you have seen (looked at) my phot...

Lightroom Q&A

with Scott Kelby

I’m buying a new laptop and I want to make sure I buy one with enough RAM, so Lightroom will run as fast as possible on this new machine. How much RAM should I buy? Adobe says that to increase the performance of Lightroom, they recommend 12 GB of RAM, and while that will do the trick, I’d go with 16 GB (that’s what I’ve been using on my laptop for the past eight or so years and it’s been great—my Lightroom hauls butt!). After you’ve got 16 GB of RAM, rather than buying even more RAM, I’d invest in a large, fast SSD drive for your laptop; you’ll definitely feel the speed increase, and no...

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I’m buying a new laptop and I want to make sure I buy one with enough RAM, so Lightroom will run as fast as possible on this new machine. How much RAM should I buy? Adobe says that to increase the performance of Lightroom, they recommend 12 GB of RAM, and while that will do the trick, I’d go with 16 GB (that’s what I’ve been using on my laptop for the past eight or so years and it’s been great—my Lightroom hauls butt!). After you’ve got 16 GB of RAM, rather than buying even more RAM, I’d invest in a large, fast SSD drive for your laptop; you’ll definitely feel the speed increase, and no...

With the June 2020 release, Lightroom Classic has benefited from several improvements, and also some new features. Two of the most exciting developments, in my opinion, are the ability to apply local hue adjustments (covered in the feature article by Rob Sylvan in this issue), and the improvements to the Tone Curve panel. Both are welcome additions that provide enhanced control for applying color edits to your images. In this month’s column, we’ll be taking a look at the changes to the Tone Curve, as well as some other useful tips for working with curves in general.  The Tone Curve Gets ...

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With the June 2020 release, Lightroom Classic has benefited from several improvements, and also some new features. Two of the most exciting developments, in my opinion, are the ability to apply local hue adjustments (covered in the feature article by Rob Sylvan in this issue), and the improvements to the Tone Curve panel. Both are welcome additions that provide enhanced control for applying color edits to your images. In this month’s column, we’ll be taking a look at the changes to the Tone Curve, as well as some other useful tips for working with curves in general.  The Tone Curve Gets ...

Anything you can imagine you can make happen with landscape composites! Join Bret Malley as he takes you on a journey of creativity while teaching you the techniques and concepts you’ll need to use to create eye catching composites of outdoor scenes. You’ll learn the importance of key blending modes, how to replace skies, multiple techniques for blending graphic elements into a scene, how to use selections and masks, tips for fine tuning your creations, and how to add atmosphere and final touches. This is a great way to learn powerful Photoshop techniques while breathing new life into your landscape photographs.

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Anything you can imagine you can make happen with landscape composites! Join Bret Malley as he takes you on a journey of creativity while teaching you the techniques and concepts you’ll need to use to create eye catching composites of outdoor scenes. You’ll learn the importance of key blending modes, how to replace skies, multiple techniques for blending graphic elements into a scene, how to use selections and masks, tips for fine tuning your creations, and how to add atmosphere and final touches. This is a great way to learn powerful Photoshop techniques while breathing new life into your landscape photographs.

Take your newborn photography journey to the next step! Join Tracy Sweeney as she takes you through six different live newborn shoots from concept to completion. Tracy starts the class with a look at her lighting and gear, and then quickly moves on to the hands on tasks of creating props, attention to styling and posing, wrapping each newborn for their comfort and for creativity, how she works through each photo session, and then a close up look at her post processing workflow techniques from Lightroom Classic to Photoshop. By the end of the class you’ll have new skills for creating timeless artwork that your clients will treasure.

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Take your newborn photography journey to the next step! Join Tracy Sweeney as she takes you through six different live newborn shoots from concept to completion. Tracy starts the class with a look at her lighting and gear, and then quickly moves on to the hands on tasks of creating props, attention to styling and posing, wrapping each newborn for their comfort and for creativity, how she works through each photo session, and then a close up look at her post processing workflow techniques from Lightroom Classic to Photoshop. By the end of the class you’ll have new skills for creating timeless artwork that your clients will treasure.

From the fundamentals to the advanced, this digital classroom on lighting covers everything you need to know to start creating beautiful photographs in all kinds of lighting environments. Bob begins the class by discussing the qualities of light, and then explains all of the various light modifiers you can employ in your photography. Building on the previous lessons, Bob demonstrates how to judge an accurate exposure, use an incident light meter, and then works through a series of scenarios on location with a subject putting everything you’ve learned into practice. You’ll explore on camera light, off camera light, window light, studio strobes, controlling multiple lights, and getting creative results with speedlights in a variety of outdoor settings. By the end of the class you’ll have a whole new set of tools for adding that sparkle to your photographs through your masterful use of light.

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From the fundamentals to the advanced, this digital classroom on lighting covers everything you need to know to start creating beautiful photographs in all kinds of lighting environments. Bob begins the class by discussing the qualities of light, and then explains all of the various light modifiers you can employ in your photography. Building on the previous lessons, Bob demonstrates how to judge an accurate exposure, use an incident light meter, and then works through a series of scenarios on location with a subject putting everything you’ve learned into practice. You’ll explore on camera light, off camera light, window light, studio strobes, controlling multiple lights, and getting creative results with speedlights in a variety of outdoor settings. By the end of the class you’ll have a whole new set of tools for adding that sparkle to your photographs through your masterful use of light.

Go behind the scenes with Tracy Sweeney during a sunset beach photo shoot with her two five year old daughters. Tracy shares her process and thoughts for guiding and directing the girls during the shoot, as well as her choices in gear and camera settings. After the shoot Tracy takes a deep dive into her post processing workflow using Lightroom Classic and Photoshop. Sharing her techniques for bringing out the beauty, light, and color in the photos from her sunset shoot will reveal how you can apply that to your own photography. Tracy wraps up the class with a demonstration of how to breathe life and color into photos that were taken in less than ideal natural light.

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Go behind the scenes with Tracy Sweeney during a sunset beach photo shoot with her two five year old daughters. Tracy shares her process and thoughts for guiding and directing the girls during the shoot, as well as her choices in gear and camera settings. After the shoot Tracy takes a deep dive into her post processing workflow using Lightroom Classic and Photoshop. Sharing her techniques for bringing out the beauty, light, and color in the photos from her sunset shoot will reveal how you can apply that to your own photography. Tracy wraps up the class with a demonstration of how to breathe life and color into photos that were taken in less than ideal natural light.

For many years now, I’ve loved visiting the city of Chicago, not least because my good friend Jeff Schewe is based there, and Chicago has been the starting point for many fun and interesting photographic adventures. The photo I’ve selected to edit for this issue is one from several that I shot from Northerly Island, looking northwest toward downtown Chicago. Jeff and I had both set off at dawn one summer morning to make the most of the early morning light.  As we arrived, a few other photographers were already there, including a man who was setting up a lovely old wooden baseboard 5x4 fi...

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For many years now, I’ve loved visiting the city of Chicago, not least because my good friend Jeff Schewe is based there, and Chicago has been the starting point for many fun and interesting photographic adventures. The photo I’ve selected to edit for this issue is one from several that I shot from Northerly Island, looking northwest toward downtown Chicago. Jeff and I had both set off at dawn one summer morning to make the most of the early morning light.  As we arrived, a few other photographers were already there, including a man who was setting up a lovely old wooden baseboard 5x4 fi...

I recently returned from a terrific trip to Iceland where I witnessed the most amazing landscapes. Walking on the ice and the black sand was like stepping into a piece of art. It’s a must for every photographer! In this issue’s article, I’d like to share with you a few of my favorite photos from the trip, and show how I retouched each of them in less than five minutes.  The key to saving time in Lightroom is to use presets. I created a few simple basic presets that you can download for free by clicking here. Hopefully, you’ll find these presets useful for your own images. To install the ...

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I recently returned from a terrific trip to Iceland where I witnessed the most amazing landscapes. Walking on the ice and the black sand was like stepping into a piece of art. It’s a must for every photographer! In this issue’s article, I’d like to share with you a few of my favorite photos from the trip, and show how I retouched each of them in less than five minutes.  The key to saving time in Lightroom is to use presets. I created a few simple basic presets that you can download for free by clicking here. Hopefully, you’ll find these presets useful for your own images. To install the ...

In this time of staying at home, I’ve been trying to learn about focus stacking as a way to keep shooting what’s available to me right now. I still have a lot to learn (which is awesome), but it got me thinking about all the many ways Lightroom Classic allows us to increase our postprocessing efficiency through various batch-editing functions. I couldn’t believe how many options there were when I started listing them.  Batching the Baseline  The first place to start is by setting your Raw Defaults, which I covered in my “Under the Loupe” column in Issue 59 of Lightroom Magazine, so be...

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In this time of staying at home, I’ve been trying to learn about focus stacking as a way to keep shooting what’s available to me right now. I still have a lot to learn (which is awesome), but it got me thinking about all the many ways Lightroom Classic allows us to increase our postprocessing efficiency through various batch-editing functions. I couldn’t believe how many options there were when I started listing them.  Batching the Baseline  The first place to start is by setting your Raw Defaults, which I covered in my “Under the Loupe” column in Issue 59 of Lightroom Magazine, so be...

Picture Instruments

with Sean McCormack

This issue, we’re taking a short break from our “getting-things-done-in-plug-ins” series to chat about three new Lightroom plug-ins from Picture Instruments. These are the first Lightroom plug-ins that we’ve seen from Picture Instruments, which is no stranger to plug-ins, as they offer a wide range of tools for apps such as Photoshop, Capture One, Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro.  The three plug-ins are Preset Adjust, Skin Tone Adjust, and Section Adjust. Preset Adjust gives slider control over various aspects of an applied preset, Skin Tone Adjust allows you to make specific skin color ...

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This issue, we’re taking a short break from our “getting-things-done-in-plug-ins” series to chat about three new Lightroom plug-ins from Picture Instruments. These are the first Lightroom plug-ins that we’ve seen from Picture Instruments, which is no stranger to plug-ins, as they offer a wide range of tools for apps such as Photoshop, Capture One, Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro.  The three plug-ins are Preset Adjust, Skin Tone Adjust, and Section Adjust. Preset Adjust gives slider control over various aspects of an applied preset, Skin Tone Adjust allows you to make specific skin color ...

Attention all Lightroom Classic and Lightroom cloud users! It is time to get up to speed on all of the new features that have been added to each of the Lightroom apps in the last 18 months. Scott begins with a look at all of the new features added to Lightroom Classic, then moves on to the desktop version of the Lightroom cloud app, before wrapping up the class with a look at what’s new in the Lightroom for mobile app. This is a huge class that will absolutely get you up to speed with everything you need to know about what is new across the entire Lightroom ecosystem.

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Attention all Lightroom Classic and Lightroom cloud users! It is time to get up to speed on all of the new features that have been added to each of the Lightroom apps in the last 18 months. Scott begins with a look at all of the new features added to Lightroom Classic, then moves on to the desktop version of the Lightroom cloud app, before wrapping up the class with a look at what’s new in the Lightroom for mobile app. This is a huge class that will absolutely get you up to speed with everything you need to know about what is new across the entire Lightroom ecosystem.

Earlier this year, I did a talk at a photo club where I presented images from my world travels. Who wouldn’t like seeing those exotic, colorful landscapes and dramatic wildlife images? As I often say to workshop participants, a big step in creating great images is just getting out and taking pictures: you create your own luck. During my presentation, an audience member asked, “Without traveling to the far ends of the planet, what photo opportunities can I pursue at home?” Great question! And my answer was simple: Create your own backyard bird photography station.  Feeding birds is a stap...

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Earlier this year, I did a talk at a photo club where I presented images from my world travels. Who wouldn’t like seeing those exotic, colorful landscapes and dramatic wildlife images? As I often say to workshop participants, a big step in creating great images is just getting out and taking pictures: you create your own luck. During my presentation, an audience member asked, “Without traveling to the far ends of the planet, what photo opportunities can I pursue at home?” Great question! And my answer was simple: Create your own backyard bird photography station.  Feeding birds is a stap...

Lightroom Q&A

with Scott Kelby

Q. I’m using Lightroom Classic and recently I also started using Lightroom for the cloud. What’s driving me crazy is that some of the keyboard shortcuts aren’t the same. Why would Adobe make them different?  A. There’s lots to cover here. First, Lightroom Classic and Lightroom Cloud (as I call it) were never meant to be used together. In fact, Adobe recommends choosing one or the other. They’re not designed to sync with each other and mobile and, well, it just creates some issues that will drive you even crazier. Once we get past that, yes, Adobe did change some of the keyboard shortcuts...

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Q. I’m using Lightroom Classic and recently I also started using Lightroom for the cloud. What’s driving me crazy is that some of the keyboard shortcuts aren’t the same. Why would Adobe make them different?  A. There’s lots to cover here. First, Lightroom Classic and Lightroom Cloud (as I call it) were never meant to be used together. In fact, Adobe recommends choosing one or the other. They’re not designed to sync with each other and mobile and, well, it just creates some issues that will drive you even crazier. Once we get past that, yes, Adobe did change some of the keyboard shortcuts...

Lightroom Tips

with Sean Duggan

As current events have seen me spending more time in my home office and studio in recent weeks, my thoughts have turned to some of the essential shortcuts that can speed up your work in Lightroom Classic (one of the side effects of not getting out much—or at all!). It’s easy to forget about these shortcuts, or think that everyone already knows them; but talking with new Lightroom users never fails to remind me that sometimes the biggest revelations can come from learning something very simple that helps to elevate your knowledge of the program. So, for this issue, we’ll focus our attention ...

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As current events have seen me spending more time in my home office and studio in recent weeks, my thoughts have turned to some of the essential shortcuts that can speed up your work in Lightroom Classic (one of the side effects of not getting out much—or at all!). It’s easy to forget about these shortcuts, or think that everyone already knows them; but talking with new Lightroom users never fails to remind me that sometimes the biggest revelations can come from learning something very simple that helps to elevate your knowledge of the program. So, for this issue, we’ll focus our attention ...

Let’s go on a lighting journey with Bob Davis! Join Bob as he walks you through his process for lighting and shooting and entire wedding day. From the morning details through the ceremony to the reception and the final image of the night, Bob shares his tips and techniques for creating beautiful photographs that will become timeless keepsakes for his clients.

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Let’s go on a lighting journey with Bob Davis! Join Bob as he walks you through his process for lighting and shooting and entire wedding day. From the morning details through the ceremony to the reception and the final image of the night, Bob shares his tips and techniques for creating beautiful photographs that will become timeless keepsakes for his clients.

This time around, we’re going to explore creating vibrant backgrounds for fashion shots based on the clothes the models are wearing. By sampling the colors directly from the clothes and using similar patterns, you can create elements that mimic the look and feel of the fashion designs, thus creating a harmonious layout.  Step One: This tutorial begins with the basic model shot. Whether using stock or shooting your own images, you want to be able to select and extract the subjects rather easily. These subjects should also be wearing clothes with vibrant colors and motifs that will influen...

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This time around, we’re going to explore creating vibrant backgrounds for fashion shots based on the clothes the models are wearing. By sampling the colors directly from the clothes and using similar patterns, you can create elements that mimic the look and feel of the fashion designs, thus creating a harmonious layout.  Step One: This tutorial begins with the basic model shot. Whether using stock or shooting your own images, you want to be able to select and extract the subjects rather easily. These subjects should also be wearing clothes with vibrant colors and motifs that will influen...

Did Netflix know that we’d all be quarantined for weeks on end? They seem to be well positioned with their streaming entertainment and original content to help us all cope with the endless hours on the couch. To that end, let’s craft a show ad inspired by one of the most critically acclaimed original shows on the platform, Dolemite is My Name. In this project, we’ll use a clever method of turning a black suit white, and even add in some 3D text to complete the design.  Step One: Open Photoshop and create a new document (File>New), set the Width to 1,500 pixels, the Height to 2,222 pix...

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Did Netflix know that we’d all be quarantined for weeks on end? They seem to be well positioned with their streaming entertainment and original content to help us all cope with the endless hours on the couch. To that end, let’s craft a show ad inspired by one of the most critically acclaimed original shows on the platform, Dolemite is My Name. In this project, we’ll use a clever method of turning a black suit white, and even add in some 3D text to complete the design.  Step One: Open Photoshop and create a new document (File>New), set the Width to 1,500 pixels, the Height to 2,222 pix...

One of the things I’ve always done—one of the cornerstones of my teaching career—is to deconstruct Photoshop techniques that are complex and time-consuming to see if I can get most of the way to that look without breaking a sweat, or having to have mad Photoshop skills. That’s what I’m hoping to do here today, as I’ve been asked so many times if there’s an easy way to create this very popular fine-art architectural look.  It’s a super-popular look right now, and it’s usually fairly complex, but I’m going to break it down to where you can take the image from start to finish in less than t...

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One of the things I’ve always done—one of the cornerstones of my teaching career—is to deconstruct Photoshop techniques that are complex and time-consuming to see if I can get most of the way to that look without breaking a sweat, or having to have mad Photoshop skills. That’s what I’m hoping to do here today, as I’ve been asked so many times if there’s an easy way to create this very popular fine-art architectural look.  It’s a super-popular look right now, and it’s usually fairly complex, but I’m going to break it down to where you can take the image from start to finish in less than t...

Curves are one of the most powerful and versatile tools in Photoshop. They control the light and dark pixels of an image, and they’re usually used to add contrast, control luminosity, color grade, adjust colors and tones, and even as a way to match and blend two images. They can also be used as a visual aid when retouching images. Retouchers often use “solar” and “negative” curves to spot imperfections missed by the human eye.  You can use Curves in three different ways: directly as an adjustment on a layer; as a nondestructive smart filter on a smart object; or as an adjustment layer. I...

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Curves are one of the most powerful and versatile tools in Photoshop. They control the light and dark pixels of an image, and they’re usually used to add contrast, control luminosity, color grade, adjust colors and tones, and even as a way to match and blend two images. They can also be used as a visual aid when retouching images. Retouchers often use “solar” and “negative” curves to spot imperfections missed by the human eye.  You can use Curves in three different ways: directly as an adjustment on a layer; as a nondestructive smart filter on a smart object; or as an adjustment layer. I...

There are (at least) two sides to most everything: day and night, stillness and movement, coins, arguments, etc. The subjects we photograph have multiple sides, too, be it happy and mad or serious and silly; however, that’s tough to capture in one pose. In this column, you’ll learn how to combine two poses into a creative portrait using nothing but color channels.  Step One: Open two photos from the same shoot on two different layers within a single Photoshop document (this technique works best if the photos have a solid dark or light background). There are many ways to do this; however,...

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There are (at least) two sides to most everything: day and night, stillness and movement, coins, arguments, etc. The subjects we photograph have multiple sides, too, be it happy and mad or serious and silly; however, that’s tough to capture in one pose. In this column, you’ll learn how to combine two poses into a creative portrait using nothing but color channels.  Step One: Open two photos from the same shoot on two different layers within a single Photoshop document (this technique works best if the photos have a solid dark or light background). There are many ways to do this; however,...

One of the biggest challenges we face while creating a composite is to get the images to blend in a realistic fashion, right? Whenever we’re putting together two or more elements, we need to make sure that a set of five properties match: Type and direction of light, color, perspective, atmosphere, and depth of field. This issue, we’re going to focus on matching color, which doesn’t have to be difficult at all. In most cases, all you need are two buttons (sometimes three)!  In this article, we’re going to place a woman hiker on a brand-new background and learn a few essential techniques t...

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One of the biggest challenges we face while creating a composite is to get the images to blend in a realistic fashion, right? Whenever we’re putting together two or more elements, we need to make sure that a set of five properties match: Type and direction of light, color, perspective, atmosphere, and depth of field. This issue, we’re going to focus on matching color, which doesn’t have to be difficult at all. In most cases, all you need are two buttons (sometimes three)!  In this article, we’re going to place a woman hiker on a brand-new background and learn a few essential techniques t...

I’m baaack! I’m so thrilled to be writing another article here in Photoshop User, and you guys are in for a treat this issue. I have a super-simple and quick way to add customized punch and contrast to your subject’s eyes. The awesome thing about this method is that it pulls directly from the eyes in the photograph to create an intricate dimension like you’ve never seen. And did I mention it’s super easy?  Most of the time when people accentuate eyes using Photoshop, all they do is broadly brighten the color in the iris. If you’re a little more advanced, you know to lighten only the area...

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I’m baaack! I’m so thrilled to be writing another article here in Photoshop User, and you guys are in for a treat this issue. I have a super-simple and quick way to add customized punch and contrast to your subject’s eyes. The awesome thing about this method is that it pulls directly from the eyes in the photograph to create an intricate dimension like you’ve never seen. And did I mention it’s super easy?  Most of the time when people accentuate eyes using Photoshop, all they do is broadly brighten the color in the iris. If you’re a little more advanced, you know to lighten only the area...

Masking and making selections is still one of the most fundamental skills in Photoshop. It used to be much more complicated, but with the inclusion of new technology, such as Adobe Sensei, we’re continually seeing the process get easier. But that doesn’t mean you should forget about best practices when it comes to your workflow and how to protect yourself from dreaded “rework” in the future.  Need to Know  If you’ve been using Photoshop for any length of time, or have been reading this series, you’re familiar with layer masks, those handy little elements you can attach to a layer so y...

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Masking and making selections is still one of the most fundamental skills in Photoshop. It used to be much more complicated, but with the inclusion of new technology, such as Adobe Sensei, we’re continually seeing the process get easier. But that doesn’t mean you should forget about best practices when it comes to your workflow and how to protect yourself from dreaded “rework” in the future.  Need to Know  If you’ve been using Photoshop for any length of time, or have been reading this series, you’re familiar with layer masks, those handy little elements you can attach to a layer so y...

3D Text Room, Part 1

with Scott Valentine

This is a fun effect that can be developed with a number of techniques, including 3D and some brute-force transform power; but it also requires some attention to detail and a little planning. In fact, most of the actual work is in the setup. For Part 1, we’ll get everything laid out and prepared, then in Part 2 we’ll add our content and spiffy up things with some variations. Here in Part 1, we’re going to use only what we need from various tools and features to draw on a broad set of problem-solving skills, rather than trying to show off a single feature or tool.  We’re going to create a...

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This is a fun effect that can be developed with a number of techniques, including 3D and some brute-force transform power; but it also requires some attention to detail and a little planning. In fact, most of the actual work is in the setup. For Part 1, we’ll get everything laid out and prepared, then in Part 2 we’ll add our content and spiffy up things with some variations. Here in Part 1, we’re going to use only what we need from various tools and features to draw on a broad set of problem-solving skills, rather than trying to show off a single feature or tool.  We’re going to create a...

Designing in Photoshop

with Dave Clayton

When Photoshop for the iPad was announced in 2018, it was almost a year later before it was properly launched at Adobe Max in 2019. So, we finally have a version of Photoshop working on our iPads. Now, it’s not a full version of Photoshop but it’s a great start. There are many features that still need to be added, some basic and some more advanced, but for many of us, it means that we can sit on our sofas and start creating designs and retouching images that can then be uploaded to “proper” Photoshop for further editing.  Terry White has a great article in a previous edition of Photoshop...

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When Photoshop for the iPad was announced in 2018, it was almost a year later before it was properly launched at Adobe Max in 2019. So, we finally have a version of Photoshop working on our iPads. Now, it’s not a full version of Photoshop but it’s a great start. There are many features that still need to be added, some basic and some more advanced, but for many of us, it means that we can sit on our sofas and start creating designs and retouching images that can then be uploaded to “proper” Photoshop for further editing.  Terry White has a great article in a previous edition of Photoshop...

Photoshop Q&A

with Dave Cross

Q: What are the best settings to use for the Patch tool in the Options Bar?  A: The first two settings to consider using for the Patch tool (which can be found nested under the Spot Healing Brush tool [J] in the Toolbar) are Patch: Content-Aware (as opposed to Normal) and Sample all Layers, which will allow you to add a blank layer, where the results of the Patch tool will appear. It’s best to change the settings for Structure and Color once you’ve used the Patch tool. Note: This is one of the few tools where the settings in the Options Bar can be changed once the tool has been used; wit...

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Q: What are the best settings to use for the Patch tool in the Options Bar?  A: The first two settings to consider using for the Patch tool (which can be found nested under the Spot Healing Brush tool [J] in the Toolbar) are Patch: Content-Aware (as opposed to Normal) and Sample all Layers, which will allow you to add a blank layer, where the results of the Patch tool will appear. It’s best to change the settings for Structure and Color once you’ve used the Patch tool. Note: This is one of the few tools where the settings in the Options Bar can be changed once the tool has been used; wit...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

This issue, I have lots of nice tips for you. Some of these are only in the latest version of Photoshop and others will work in almost any version of Photoshop. I hope you enjoy them!  Open RAW Files as Smart Objects  When you open a RAW image in Camera Raw, you can open your photo in Photoshop either as a regular image or as a smart object. Smart objects are often the best option, because they enable you to go back into the Camera Raw settings by double-clicking the thumbnail in the Layers panel, which means you’re working nondestructively.  To open an image as a smart object from...

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This issue, I have lots of nice tips for you. Some of these are only in the latest version of Photoshop and others will work in almost any version of Photoshop. I hope you enjoy them!  Open RAW Files as Smart Objects  When you open a RAW image in Camera Raw, you can open your photo in Photoshop either as a regular image or as a smart object. Smart objects are often the best option, because they enable you to go back into the Camera Raw settings by double-clicking the thumbnail in the Layers panel, which means you’re working nondestructively.  To open an image as a smart object from...

I think someone ripped off my logo (which I have copyrighted). How can I prove it?—Ricky [Author’s Note: This column is not providing legal advice. It’s explaining some procedures that one might use to compare designs and design elements. For legal advice, see a legal professional who specializes in copyright and trademark matters.]  First we need to understand copyright, what works can be copyrighted, the mechanics of copyright, and the difference between a copyright and a registered copyright. Since that’s a book in itself, I’ll point to the source for people in the US: Copyright.go...

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I think someone ripped off my logo (which I have copyrighted). How can I prove it?—Ricky [Author’s Note: This column is not providing legal advice. It’s explaining some procedures that one might use to compare designs and design elements. For legal advice, see a legal professional who specializes in copyright and trademark matters.]  First we need to understand copyright, what works can be copyrighted, the mechanics of copyright, and the difference between a copyright and a registered copyright. Since that’s a book in itself, I’ll point to the source for people in the US: Copyright.go...

Take your family portrait skills to the next level with Tracy Sweeney! Join Tracy for an in-depth look at her process for creating beautiful images in even the drabbest locations. In this class you will learn what to look for in locations, how to minimize background distractions, what to think about when choosing a lens, how to make the most of available light, techniques for posing families, and so much more. Tracy demonstrates her process during two on locations shoots, with one in an urban industrial setting and another in a more natural rural location. Tracy ends the class with a look at her post processing workflow from the two on location shoots.

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Take your family portrait skills to the next level with Tracy Sweeney! Join Tracy for an in-depth look at her process for creating beautiful images in even the drabbest locations. In this class you will learn what to look for in locations, how to minimize background distractions, what to think about when choosing a lens, how to make the most of available light, techniques for posing families, and so much more. Tracy demonstrates her process during two on locations shoots, with one in an urban industrial setting and another in a more natural rural location. Tracy ends the class with a look at her post processing workflow from the two on location shoots.

Heads up Canon shooters, this is a class just for you! Join Scott Kelby as he shares his recommendations for which lenses he suggests using for each different genre of photography. These are the same recommendations he gives friends who ask him these types of questions all the time. From landscapes to weddings and astrophotography to street photography, Scott discusses the reasons behind each lens choice and gives suggestions for full frame, mirrorless, and crop sensor camera bodies. By the end of the class you’ll find that there are just a few key lenses that will probably cover the majority of your favorite photography scenarios.

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Heads up Canon shooters, this is a class just for you! Join Scott Kelby as he shares his recommendations for which lenses he suggests using for each different genre of photography. These are the same recommendations he gives friends who ask him these types of questions all the time. From landscapes to weddings and astrophotography to street photography, Scott discusses the reasons behind each lens choice and gives suggestions for full frame, mirrorless, and crop sensor camera bodies. By the end of the class you’ll find that there are just a few key lenses that will probably cover the majority of your favorite photography scenarios.

Take an in-depth look at how to control your light with Bob Davis! Join Bob as he takes you through his core kit of gear, then begins to build a strong foundation for how to control your light, no matter what light source it is, through a variety of shooting situations. In this class you’ll join Bob for an engagement shoot, a model shoot in an abandoned building, a complete wedding shoot, and a really fun shoot using a variety of DIY lighting tools. Each lesson builds on foundational concepts to help you learn how to accomplish the vision you have in your minds eye.

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Take an in-depth look at how to control your light with Bob Davis! Join Bob as he takes you through his core kit of gear, then begins to build a strong foundation for how to control your light, no matter what light source it is, through a variety of shooting situations. In this class you’ll join Bob for an engagement shoot, a model shoot in an abandoned building, a complete wedding shoot, and a really fun shoot using a variety of DIY lighting tools. Each lesson builds on foundational concepts to help you learn how to accomplish the vision you have in your minds eye.

Creating Tone Map Profiles

with Martin Evening

In these extraordinary times, my thoughts are with photographers everywhere who are struggling to make a living, as well as those who are forced to self-isolate. Let’s hope and pray we can all make it through safely. With that in mind, I have focused this month on taking photos within the home, and the challenges you may face balancing the exposure between the available light indoors and the outside daylight.  Although much of my career has been spent shooting studio work, I started out photographing many types of subjects, including interiors. Back then, I’d typically take a lot of bulk...

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In these extraordinary times, my thoughts are with photographers everywhere who are struggling to make a living, as well as those who are forced to self-isolate. Let’s hope and pray we can all make it through safely. With that in mind, I have focused this month on taking photos within the home, and the challenges you may face balancing the exposure between the available light indoors and the outside daylight.  Although much of my career has been spent shooting studio work, I started out photographing many types of subjects, including interiors. Back then, I’d typically take a lot of bulk...

Dodge-and-burn is one of the key features in Lightroom’s ability to do local retouching. But there is a way to do it that has been kept secret for a long time, and I’m now going to reveal the trick, which you can apply on landscape and portrait images! Over the last decade, the key thing that I’ve learned with retouching is dodge-and-burn. Let me show you an example of how to perform dodge-and-burn on a photo taken in Tuscany. (I really love Tuscany because it has a natural dodge-and-burn with the touches of lights.) We’ll do a basic retouch first: Bring down the Highlights to –100, o...

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Dodge-and-burn is one of the key features in Lightroom’s ability to do local retouching. But there is a way to do it that has been kept secret for a long time, and I’m now going to reveal the trick, which you can apply on landscape and portrait images! Over the last decade, the key thing that I’ve learned with retouching is dodge-and-burn. Let me show you an example of how to perform dodge-and-burn on a photo taken in Tuscany. (I really love Tuscany because it has a natural dodge-and-burn with the touches of lights.) We’ll do a basic retouch first: Bring down the Highlights to –100, o...

I hope you’re healthy and hunkered down wherever you may be. Now that we’re all facing a bit more time at home, it’s a good time to do all of those less-than-glamorous (but still super-important) Lightroom Classic chores that are so easy to put off. In this article, we’re going to focus on the Lightroom catalog files.  Check the Location of Your Catalog  This may seem silly, but you’d be surprised at how often I encounter people who don’t know where their catalog is located, or discover that it’s not where they expected. Under normal operation, you don’t actually need to know where th...

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I hope you’re healthy and hunkered down wherever you may be. Now that we’re all facing a bit more time at home, it’s a good time to do all of those less-than-glamorous (but still super-important) Lightroom Classic chores that are so easy to put off. In this article, we’re going to focus on the Lightroom catalog files.  Check the Location of Your Catalog  This may seem silly, but you’d be surprised at how often I encounter people who don’t know where their catalog is located, or discover that it’s not where they expected. Under normal operation, you don’t actually need to know where th...

ON1 Effects 2020

with Sean McCormack

We haven’t covered ON1 Photo in quite a while. Photo Raw 2020 is a progression of the older versions, with both performance enhancements and feature additions. For this article, we’ll actually be looking at the ON1 Effects 2020 plug-in, which is available separately or as a part of Photo Raw. We’ll also stay with the model of getting things done in the software rather than doing an interface walkthrough. Even when it was only available as a standalone plug-in way back, ON1’s Effects has been one of my favorite photo-finishing plug-ins. It just makes things easier than running tons of acti...

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We haven’t covered ON1 Photo in quite a while. Photo Raw 2020 is a progression of the older versions, with both performance enhancements and feature additions. For this article, we’ll actually be looking at the ON1 Effects 2020 plug-in, which is available separately or as a part of Photo Raw. We’ll also stay with the model of getting things done in the software rather than doing an interface walkthrough. Even when it was only available as a standalone plug-in way back, ON1’s Effects has been one of my favorite photo-finishing plug-ins. It just makes things easier than running tons of acti...

I find my deepest sense of inspiration by telling stories that are sparked by the many magical wonders of childhood. For my subjects and me, fun collaborations are where the magic begins. Children are the best creative directors in the world, and I love helping them bring their ideas to life through every stage of the process: from concept to photo shoot to the final image.  We should all allow ourselves to step out of reality from time to time and let the magic of imagination take over. My kids and I practice this at home regularly. We have an incredible creative bond, and our photo adv...

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I find my deepest sense of inspiration by telling stories that are sparked by the many magical wonders of childhood. For my subjects and me, fun collaborations are where the magic begins. Children are the best creative directors in the world, and I love helping them bring their ideas to life through every stage of the process: from concept to photo shoot to the final image.  We should all allow ourselves to step out of reality from time to time and let the magic of imagination take over. My kids and I practice this at home regularly. We have an incredible creative bond, and our photo adv...

Lightroom Q&A

with Scott Kelby

Q. I currently have multiple catalogs in Lightroom (seven in all) but I only want one. Is there a way to combine catalogs?  A. First off, good on ya for only wanting one catalog. It’s what I always recommend, it’s what Adobe recommends, and it makes your entire organizational situation vastly easier. The process of combining those seven catalogs is easier than it sounds. First, decide which of those seven catalogs you want to be your main catalog. If you don’t have one that stands out to you, just create a fresh new empty Lightroom catalog from scratch, and then you can import all seven ...

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Q. I currently have multiple catalogs in Lightroom (seven in all) but I only want one. Is there a way to combine catalogs?  A. First off, good on ya for only wanting one catalog. It’s what I always recommend, it’s what Adobe recommends, and it makes your entire organizational situation vastly easier. The process of combining those seven catalogs is easier than it sounds. First, decide which of those seven catalogs you want to be your main catalog. If you don’t have one that stands out to you, just create a fresh new empty Lightroom catalog from scratch, and then you can import all seven ...

Lightroom Tips

with Sean Duggan

EDITING STRATEGY: OVERALL EDITS, THEN SELECTIVE EDITS My typical approach for editing photos in either Lightroom Classic or the cloud-based Lightroom is to start with overall adjustments that affect the entire image, and then move on to selective adjustments that affect a specific tonal region (highlights, midtones, or shadows), color characteristic (hue, saturation, lightness), or a certain area of the scene. For adjustments that apply to a specific area of an image, I rely on the Graduated Filter, the Radial Filter, and the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom Classic. In the cloud-based Ligh...

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EDITING STRATEGY: OVERALL EDITS, THEN SELECTIVE EDITS My typical approach for editing photos in either Lightroom Classic or the cloud-based Lightroom is to start with overall adjustments that affect the entire image, and then move on to selective adjustments that affect a specific tonal region (highlights, midtones, or shadows), color characteristic (hue, saturation, lightness), or a certain area of the scene. For adjustments that apply to a specific area of an image, I rely on the Graduated Filter, the Radial Filter, and the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom Classic. In the cloud-based Ligh...

Take your Photoshop and Lightroom Classic portrait workflow to the next level! Building on his previous class, <a href='https://members.kelbyone.com/course/scott-kelby-intermediate-lighting-profoto/'>Intermediate Lighting Setups with Profoto</a>, Scott Kelby steps through his editing routine for the final images from the ballerina shoot. In this class you’ll learn the steps Scott takes for completing the compositing of the plate shots, cleaning up distractions from the backgrounds, making tonal value adjustments, completing the silhouette shots, adjusting color, and so much more. Be sure to watch the first class to see how each photo was made on location, then come back and see the final images come to life.

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Take your Photoshop and Lightroom Classic portrait workflow to the next level! Building on his previous class, <a href='https://members.kelbyone.com/course/scott-kelby-intermediate-lighting-profoto/'>Intermediate Lighting Setups with Profoto</a>, Scott Kelby steps through his editing routine for the final images from the ballerina shoot. In this class you’ll learn the steps Scott takes for completing the compositing of the plate shots, cleaning up distractions from the backgrounds, making tonal value adjustments, completing the silhouette shots, adjusting color, and so much more. Be sure to watch the first class to see how each photo was made on location, then come back and see the final images come to life.

Recently, I did this cool illuminated backdrop effect using 3D in Photoshop, but this time we’re going to explore the same effect without using 3D at all. By utilizing the power of smart objects and filters you can achieve impressive results.  Step One: Start by going under the File menu and choosing New, or press Command-N (PC: Ctrl-N). Set the Width to 1700 px, the Height to 850 px, and the Resolution to 100 ppi. Also, set the Background Contents drop-down menu to Black, and click OK or Create.  Step Two: Once the new canvas is created, make a duplicate of the black Background layer...

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Recently, I did this cool illuminated backdrop effect using 3D in Photoshop, but this time we’re going to explore the same effect without using 3D at all. By utilizing the power of smart objects and filters you can achieve impressive results.  Step One: Start by going under the File menu and choosing New, or press Command-N (PC: Ctrl-N). Set the Width to 1700 px, the Height to 850 px, and the Resolution to 100 ppi. Also, set the Background Contents drop-down menu to Black, and click OK or Create.  Step Two: Once the new canvas is created, make a duplicate of the black Background layer...

Happy quarantine, everybody. We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. Chances are good that most people are spending a lot more time watching their favorite streaming services, and enjoying some of the original content being offered. Netflix has found some success with Altered Carbon and has released a second season of the sci-fi mystery adventure series. Part of the promotion for the show is a poster with the main character depicted as a stone statue crumbling apart. That’s the inspiration for this project as we explore methods to re-create the effect in Photoshop.  Step One: In...

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Happy quarantine, everybody. We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. Chances are good that most people are spending a lot more time watching their favorite streaming services, and enjoying some of the original content being offered. Netflix has found some success with Altered Carbon and has released a second season of the sci-fi mystery adventure series. Part of the promotion for the show is a poster with the main character depicted as a stone statue crumbling apart. That’s the inspiration for this project as we explore methods to re-create the effect in Photoshop.  Step One: In...

Sometimes we become so familiar with a place that we forget there are little corners we’ve ignored for a long time. We walk by something and barely give it any notice, perhaps thinking that we’ll check it out later. That becomes especially easy in big areas, where we get so used to our routines that we just don’t even think about exploring.  That happens with our tools, too. Photoshop has been around a long time, and most of us tend to head straight for the familiar paths, rarely looking around to see what we’ve missed. Let’s take some time to wander through these digital halls and open ...

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Sometimes we become so familiar with a place that we forget there are little corners we’ve ignored for a long time. We walk by something and barely give it any notice, perhaps thinking that we’ll check it out later. That becomes especially easy in big areas, where we get so used to our routines that we just don’t even think about exploring.  That happens with our tools, too. Photoshop has been around a long time, and most of us tend to head straight for the familiar paths, rarely looking around to see what we’ve missed. Let’s take some time to wander through these digital halls and open ...

We build our workflow based on the tools and techniques we use regularly, and many Photoshop shortcuts are less known and not routinely used. I assure you, however, these underdogs are worth a try and they’ll save you a little time! Shortcut #1: There’s no shame in asking for help, but before you leave Photoshop and run to YouTube or start Googling for stock images, make sure to check all the fantastic educational content and stock images that are available to you, right in front of your eyes, in the Photoshop Search menu. Just press Command-F (PC: Ctrl-F) to take you to the Photoshop...

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We build our workflow based on the tools and techniques we use regularly, and many Photoshop shortcuts are less known and not routinely used. I assure you, however, these underdogs are worth a try and they’ll save you a little time! Shortcut #1: There’s no shame in asking for help, but before you leave Photoshop and run to YouTube or start Googling for stock images, make sure to check all the fantastic educational content and stock images that are available to you, right in front of your eyes, in the Photoshop Search menu. Just press Command-F (PC: Ctrl-F) to take you to the Photoshop...

Photoshop provides you with infinite possibilities for creativity. All you need is a photo, your imagination, and—let’s be honest—a little patience. In this column, you’ll learn how to use brushes to mask a photo so it looks similar to a watercolor. You’ll also add texture and a new background, all without harming the original.  Step One: Open an image in Photoshop. 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, and click the Save to Library button. Double-click the image in the Libraries panel (Window&...

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Photoshop provides you with infinite possibilities for creativity. All you need is a photo, your imagination, and—let’s be honest—a little patience. In this column, you’ll learn how to use brushes to mask a photo so it looks similar to a watercolor. You’ll also add texture and a new background, all without harming the original.  Step One: Open an image in Photoshop. 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, and click the Save to Library button. Double-click the image in the Libraries panel (Window&...

When working in Photoshop’s Layers panel, one of the most common questions from users is: “What’s the difference between Opacity and Fill?” Many of us know that the layer styles’ visibility is affected by Opacity but not by Fill; however, what most of us don’t know is that there are a few special blend modes that react differently to Opacity and Fill.  Today, we’ll use these special blend modes to create a unique look, while also learning how Fill can control the actual projection of the layer with these sets of special blend modes.  STEP ONE: OPEN THE IMAGE First, let’s open an im...

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When working in Photoshop’s Layers panel, one of the most common questions from users is: “What’s the difference between Opacity and Fill?” Many of us know that the layer styles’ visibility is affected by Opacity but not by Fill; however, what most of us don’t know is that there are a few special blend modes that react differently to Opacity and Fill.  Today, we’ll use these special blend modes to create a unique look, while also learning how Fill can control the actual projection of the layer with these sets of special blend modes.  STEP ONE: OPEN THE IMAGE First, let’s open an im...

Make Your Own LUT

with David Williams

Just how many ads have you seen for presets on social media lately? They’re usually full of buzzwords telling you just how FAST and EASY it is to edit your photos with them, and they have exotic names like the “Bahamas Pack” or the “Fall Forest Look.” I’ve even seen some advertised with celebrity names this past week. The thing is that you actually have three options when it comes to these presets: You can buy them, find them for free, or make them.  A look-up table (LUT) is essentially a preset; the difference being that a preset makes adjustments to a wide range of parameters in your i...

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Just how many ads have you seen for presets on social media lately? They’re usually full of buzzwords telling you just how FAST and EASY it is to edit your photos with them, and they have exotic names like the “Bahamas Pack” or the “Fall Forest Look.” I’ve even seen some advertised with celebrity names this past week. The thing is that you actually have three options when it comes to these presets: You can buy them, find them for free, or make them.  A look-up table (LUT) is essentially a preset; the difference being that a preset makes adjustments to a wide range of parameters in your i...

Selections by Calculation

with Mark Heaps

In this month’s issue, we’ll discuss features that are lesser known in Photoshop. Thanks to Dave Williams, our resident travel photography guru, for pointing out that I haven’t shown Calculations for making Selections up to this point. Calculations have been around for a really long time and were a well-kept secret by professional editors for many years.  Like so many selection techniques in Photoshop, Calculations is a way to build a selection or mask through a focus on channels. Found under Image>Calculations, it allows you to choose how to blend together multiple channels, while us...

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In this month’s issue, we’ll discuss features that are lesser known in Photoshop. Thanks to Dave Williams, our resident travel photography guru, for pointing out that I haven’t shown Calculations for making Selections up to this point. Calculations have been around for a really long time and were a well-kept secret by professional editors for many years.  Like so many selection techniques in Photoshop, Calculations is a way to build a selection or mask through a focus on channels. Found under Image>Calculations, it allows you to choose how to blend together multiple channels, while us...

Creating Star Trails

with Scott Valentine

Creating star trails in nighttime photos doesn’t have to commit you to an evening of caffeine and chills, where your series could be ruined by a stray set of headlights or a dead camera battery. While dedication certainly pays off, for some of us a more tactical (or lazy) approach is just fine. Let’s use a single image and synthesize the effect, all inside Photoshop.  This effect uses the Maximum stack mode, one of Photoshop’s statistical tools for image analysis. Like all stack modes, Maximum considers the value of each pixel on each channel in the context of an entire stack of images. ...

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Creating star trails in nighttime photos doesn’t have to commit you to an evening of caffeine and chills, where your series could be ruined by a stray set of headlights or a dead camera battery. While dedication certainly pays off, for some of us a more tactical (or lazy) approach is just fine. Let’s use a single image and synthesize the effect, all inside Photoshop.  This effect uses the Maximum stack mode, one of Photoshop’s statistical tools for image analysis. Like all stack modes, Maximum considers the value of each pixel on each channel in the context of an entire stack of images. ...

As always, there are many features in Photoshop that you might forget about because you don’t use them very often. One such tool that I think is very creative is the Offset filter for generating seamless repeating patterns, which are great for textile designs or backgrounds. These patterns aren’t hard to create once you know the couple of little gotchas that can arise, such as getting the offset correct. That means should one object “fall off” on one side, it will reappear on the opposite side to keep the pattern infinitely continuous.  Step One: In this tutorial, I’m using a vector file...

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As always, there are many features in Photoshop that you might forget about because you don’t use them very often. One such tool that I think is very creative is the Offset filter for generating seamless repeating patterns, which are great for textile designs or backgrounds. These patterns aren’t hard to create once you know the couple of little gotchas that can arise, such as getting the offset correct. That means should one object “fall off” on one side, it will reappear on the opposite side to keep the pattern infinitely continuous.  Step One: In this tutorial, I’m using a vector file...

Photoshop Q&A

with Dave Cross

Q: I want to save a photo inside a hexagon (with the remainder transparent). What’s the best way to do that?  A: Activate the Polygon tool (under the Rectangle tool [U]) in the Toolbar and, in the Options Bar, change the first setting to Shape and the Sides to 6 (the Fill color doesn’t matter). Click-and-drag to draw the hexagon and create a shape layer. Drag the photo above the shape layer (you may have to unlock the photo layer first by clicking on the lock icon). Then, with the photo layer active, go to the Layer menu and choose Create Clipping Mask, and the photo will only appear wit...

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Q: I want to save a photo inside a hexagon (with the remainder transparent). What’s the best way to do that?  A: Activate the Polygon tool (under the Rectangle tool [U]) in the Toolbar and, in the Options Bar, change the first setting to Shape and the Sides to 6 (the Fill color doesn’t matter). Click-and-drag to draw the hexagon and create a shape layer. Drag the photo above the shape layer (you may have to unlock the photo layer first by clicking on the lock icon). Then, with the photo layer active, go to the Layer menu and choose Create Clipping Mask, and the photo will only appear wit...

Photoshop Tips

with Colin Smith

Hello, Tip Junkies! I’m back with a fresh haul of Photoshop tips. These are the tips you’ve been looking for. If you want to get things done faster, better, or just generally look cooler than your peers, read on.  Why the Dull Colors?  One question I often receive is, “Why do the colors in my images look so dull in Photoshop compared to Lightroom?” There are several possibilities, such as color profiles, but here’s one possibility that’s easy to check. Sometimes people accidentally trigger the color proofing feature in Photoshop without realizing it. Command-Y (PC: Ctrl-Y) will toggle...

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Hello, Tip Junkies! I’m back with a fresh haul of Photoshop tips. These are the tips you’ve been looking for. If you want to get things done faster, better, or just generally look cooler than your peers, read on.  Why the Dull Colors?  One question I often receive is, “Why do the colors in my images look so dull in Photoshop compared to Lightroom?” There are several possibilities, such as color profiles, but here’s one possibility that’s easy to check. Sometimes people accidentally trigger the color proofing feature in Photoshop without realizing it. Command-Y (PC: Ctrl-Y) will toggle...

I often get asked by friends whether or not an image has been “Photoshopped.” What are some of the things I should look for?—Quentin The most common “fakes” are images in which a face from one photo (usually a celebrity) is pasted into an image of another person’s body (usually unclothed). These days, however, we’re seeing doctored photos appearing everywhere with varying subject matter. In addition to composites (combining parts of two or more images into a single “photo”), you might run across photos in which one element has been digitally altered. You might also see images in which th...

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I often get asked by friends whether or not an image has been “Photoshopped.” What are some of the things I should look for?—Quentin The most common “fakes” are images in which a face from one photo (usually a celebrity) is pasted into an image of another person’s body (usually unclothed). These days, however, we’re seeing doctored photos appearing everywhere with varying subject matter. In addition to composites (combining parts of two or more images into a single “photo”), you might run across photos in which one element has been digitally altered. You might also see images in which th...

Take your location lighting skills to the next level! Join Scott Kelby in an iconic theater for an intermediate level class on lighting setups. With a talented ballerina as the model, Scott takes you through the process of telling a story with photographs. From the cramped dressing room, through the cluttered hallway, to the beautiful stage, Scott shares his process for working through the challenges each location presents. You’ll start the class with a brief look at the gear, but then it is on to one shoot after the other, with six unique shoots in all. Throughout each one you’ll learn about the lighting settings, the process of positioning lights, the importance of camera angles, how to make the best of what the location presents, how to work with your subject, and so much more!

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Take your location lighting skills to the next level! Join Scott Kelby in an iconic theater for an intermediate level class on lighting setups. With a talented ballerina as the model, Scott takes you through the process of telling a story with photographs. From the cramped dressing room, through the cluttered hallway, to the beautiful stage, Scott shares his process for working through the challenges each location presents. You’ll start the class with a brief look at the gear, but then it is on to one shoot after the other, with six unique shoots in all. Throughout each one you’ll learn about the lighting settings, the process of positioning lights, the importance of camera angles, how to make the best of what the location presents, how to work with your subject, and so much more!

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...

Making Highlights Sparkle with Bokeh close

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 ...

Using Blur to Give Photos a Creative Edge close

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...

Color Matching with Helper Layers close

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’...

From the Help Desk: Understanding Bits close

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...

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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 ...

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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...