Laura Shoe

Jun 182014
Photoshop CC

Today in a live event Adobe announced the release of new versions of Photoshop CC and 13 other CC desktop apps, plus  Lightroom 5.5 (discussed in another blog post.)

Photoshop CC 2014 new features of particular interest to photographers:

  • Focus Mask, which allows automatic selection of in-focus objects.
  • New motion blur filters in the Blur Gallery (with live preview):

- Spin blur: cusomize an oval or circular motion blur
– Path blur: create motion blurs along user defined paths

  • Improvements to Content Aware Features to allow for better color blending

In addition there are many design-related enhancements, such as smarter smart guides, new text features, improved layer comps and smart object enhancements, as well as other smaller changes.

Note that due to technical constraints, the Oil Paint filter has been removed. If you would like to continue to use it, do not uninstall the last version of Photoshop CC (they can both reside on your computer.)

Watch Terry White’s video on What’s New below:

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Jun 112014

Lightroom Developing - Free Webinar

[UPDATE: COMPLETED!] If you missed this webinar on “A Tour of Lightroom”, please sign up to my Lightroom newsletter below for more information on upcoming free webinars and alerts to new Lightroom video tutorials and articles!

Join me Saturday, June 14, in this free webinar as I  discuss what makes Lightroom so attractive, explain how it works differently from other programs, and give you a tour of the fundamentals of the program (Library and Develop) by importing and processing a photo shoot. Whether you have never seen the program and are wondering if it is something you should consider, or you already have it and wonder if you are leveraging all it can do, this information-packed webinar is for you. (Lightroom 5 will be used, but it is also applicable to earlier versions.)

Saturday June 14

When: Saturday, June 14, 12 pm Pacific Daylight Time (Los Angeles/Seattle) / 2 pm CDT / 3 pm EDT / 7 pm GMT / 8 pm London. 90 minutes.

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Jun 032014

Lightroom Catalog PanelI get this question frequently, or more specifically,  how to move photos from Previous Import or All Photographs, which are entries in the Catalog panel.  Your photos actually never reside in the Catalog panel – they reside instead in folders, which are displayed in the Folders panel. Therefore it is not meaningful to “move photos from the Catalog panel.”

Lightroom Catalog PanelThe Catalog panel simply has shortcuts to various groups of these same photos, for your convenience:

  • All Photographs: every photo in your Lightroom catalog (in every folder)
  • Current or Previous Import: photos you last imported
  • Quick Collection: a temporary collection of photos
  • Other entries: based on tasks that you have performed, such as exporting photos into a new catalog, importing from another catalog, finding missing photos, etc.

If you have an entry in the Catalog panel selected and want to get to the folder that one of the photos displayed resides in, right-click in the photo and choose Go to Folder in Library. Lightroom will jump to that folder, and it will be highlighted in the Folders panel.


May 272014
In this video tutorial I show you how to easily brighten, whiten, and fix flaws in teeth, using Lightroom’s adjustment brush and spot removal tool.
For best quality, hit Play, then click on the Youtube sprocket wheel. in the bottom right and choose 720/HD.

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Apr 302014
Lightroom Synchronize Folder Option

If you have a folder in Lightroom such as your Pictures folder, but you are not sure that all of the photos in that folder and its subfolders have been imported into Lightroom, you can have Lightroom check for you.

I revive this post every couple years because I think it is a very handy one for everyone to know, with many uses:

  • You haven’t been that organized and you want to make sure all your photos are in Lightroom
  • You regularly add, for example, iPhone photos or scanned photos to a folder and want to bring recent additions into Lightroom.
  • You have been shooting raw+JPEG, and have been importing only the raw files, but now want to import the JPEGs. (Read this Shooting in Raw+JPEG post and change your Preferences to treat them separately first).

Here’s how:

Right-click on the folder you want Lightroom to check (all subfolders of this folder will also be checked), and choose Synchronize Folder…Lightroom Synchronize Folder Option

The dialog that opens (after a delay while it checks the folder; shown below) will show you how many new photos it found, if any, and give you the option to import them. I recommend checking Show import dialog before importing, so that you can be sure that you really do want to import them.




This dialog also gives you the opportunity to have Lightroom look for missing photos (with question marks) in your catalog. I don’t recommend checking the box to remove them using this process — Continue reading »

Apr 212014
Lightroom mobile ebook from Victoria BamptonWhen I don’t know something about Lightroom, I turn to Victoria Bampton, the Lightroom Queen — so I turned to her new 90-page Lightroom mobile e-book, Lightroom for Mobile 1: The Missing FAQ to fill in gaps in my own knowledge, and as usual, I was not disppointed.

If you’re using or planning to use Lightroom mobile for the iPad, do check it out. It’s very well-written, comprehensive, and well-designed visually. Not only will you find out about features that would be difficult to discover on your own, but she has suggested work-arounds for some of Lightroom mobile’s current limitations (such as its lack of star ratings, inability to import raw files directly, and more.)   It’s well worth the approximately USD $6.50! Continue reading »

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