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Photoshop: How to Combine Photos into a Panorama using Photomerge

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to create a video tutorial for Adobe showing how to easily combine multiple photos into a panorama using Photoshop’s Photomerge feature (available in Photoshop CSx as well as CC.)  In the video I also give some tips for how to photograph panoramas. To access the tutorial, go to the Adobe Photoshop panorama help page where you can download my sample images and follow along as you watch the video. If you enjoy the video, please do click on the “Let us know what you think” feedback link on that page to let Adobe know! Some day I hope that we will be able to make panoramas directly in Lightroom, but at this point [...more]

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10+ Reasons Lightroom Users May Want to Subscribe to Photoshop CC

With Adobe’s Current Black Friday sale on Photoshop CC + Lightroom,  I anticipate that a lot of photographers not currently using Photoshop are wondering if they should consider it. I am assuming for the sake of this article that you are already using Lightroom. The question here is, do you need Photoshop too? There is certainly much that you can do in Photoshop that you can’t do in Lightroom. The key questions are, do you need or want to do enough of those things to justify the $19.99/month $9.99/month Photoshop CC price tag, and are you willing and able to invest the time and money to learn this complicated program? I generally recommend that photographers learn Lightroom’s Develop tools well [...more]

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Ten Reasons Why Lightroom Users May Want to Buy Photoshop

Update 11/20/2013: Read my updated article, on reasons to subscribe to Photoshop CC. Photoshop CS6 started shipping yesterday, so I anticipate that a lot of photographers not currently using Photoshop are wondering if they should consider it.  I am assuming for the sake of this article that you are already using Lightroom.  (If not, you may want to read this post, which talks about why I think pro’s as well as amateurs who really care about their photography should.) The question here is, do you need Photoshop too? There is certainly much that you can do in Photoshop that you can’t do in Lightroom.  The key questions are, do you need or want to do enough of those things to [...more]

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My Favorite New Photoshop CS6 Features

Update: the official release of Photoshop CS6 turned out to be the same as the beta, so this article and the video are relevant to the official release as well. In this video, I show you the features that have most caught my attention so far in the Photoshop CS6 Beta: The content-aware patch tool feature Content-aware move and extend Easy skin tone selection within Select>Color Range New blur filters with on-screen controls and live preview Incredible performance boost in the Liquify filter preview Layer-based video editing — I didn’t expect this to be in my favorites list because I don’t shoot video, but it has made me want to start! (After you click on the play button, click on [...more]

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Adobe Demonstrates Their New Photoshop Image Deblurring Technology, and More

Ever loved a photo you took, but threw it away because it was blurry due to camera shake?  Well, stop doing that!! Adobe demonstrated its new Photoshop technology for removing camera-shake blur from photos at Adobe Max 2011.  Will this make it into Photoshop CS6?  I have absolutely no idea.  They even qualify this by saying that it may or may not make it into a future version.   All I know that when they started demonstrating Content Aware Fill, it made it into the next Photoshop version. Every time I start to think that it may be time to stop upgrading Photoshop, something mind-blowing comes along. Here’s the Adobe video of this exciting image deblurring technology. Here’s another cool [...more]

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Swapping Eyes & Heads Using Lightroom and Photoshop

In this Lightroom and Photoshop video tutorial, I demonstrate how to copy eyes, faces or heads (or anything) from one photo into another and transform them to fit.   This sweet cat of mine died a couple weeks ago, and I wanted to make a print of this image.  However, the eyes were out of focus — but fortunately I had another version that had in-focus eyes that I could borrow from. I don’t post much on Photoshop, because these days I don’t use it nearly as much as I do Lightroom. However, compositing is one example of where I still rely on it.  Compositing in Photoshop can be a complicated process.  This is a relatively easy example.  For those [...more]

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Why Doesn’t My Version of Photoshop or Lightroom Support My Camera?

As hard as Adobe works to keep up, when you buy a newly released camera, it may be quite a while before there is a new Lightroom release to support it.  In the meantime, Lightroom will not recognize your camera raw files.   And if you haven’t upgraded from Lightroom 1 or 2, you will never get direct support for newer cameras.  The same issues occur with Camera Raw and Photoshop. So what do you do if you have a new camera, or an older version of Lightroom or Photoshop?  Fortunately there is a free solution — it involves converting your raw files to Adobe’s DNG format first. Jeff Tranberry from Adobe has written a post on converting to DNG [...more]

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CS5 Features I’m Most Thrilled About

I like a lot of the new features for photographers in Photoshop CS5, but now that I have been using it for a while, I notice there are two that just continue to warm my heart. The first one may seem minor, but if you have used old versions where this feature wasn’t present, then you are probably really appreciating it as well.  It used to be that if you had a 16 bit file, and went to save a jpeg, the jpeg file option was not available.  You would have to cancel the save dialog, convert the file to 8 bit, and then go back into the save dialog.  Now, if the file is 16 bit, the jpeg save [...more]

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Photoshop CS5 Videos from Mark Johnson

For 10 days starting today, talented Photoshop instructor Mark Johnson presents videos on new features in Photoshop CS5. See today’s excellent video on content aware fill and content aware spot healing. If you can’t tune in each day to watch the video for freee, you can buy the whole set of 10 videos for $9.95 — a great deal. Click HERE to watch.

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An Introduction to Curves in Photoshop and Lightroom

Curves is certainly not one of those intuitive features of Photoshop (or Lightroom), or at least that was my perspective when I tried to figure it out on my own before I got formal training. Curves is used to brighten or darken tones in your image, and at a more advanced level, to do color correction work. The best way to use it in PS is with an adjustment layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Curves.) In Lightroom simply go to the Tone Curve panel in the Develop module. The curve will look like this (with different buttons and features around it depending on your software and version).  Photoshop gives you more point-by-point control, so I will begin there. So how do you [...more]

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