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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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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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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Are you clear on Clarity in Lightroom?

The clarity slider was introduced in Lightroom 1.1, and is also now in Camera Raw. A positive clarity value punches up an image, makes it look a little more three dimensional, by enhancing contrast along edges. The changes are concentrated in the midtones, and do little to highlights and shadows. Here is an example, a portion of an image with Clarity set to 0, and then set to 60.

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