Nov 122008
 

I’ll be out of town for the rest of the week teaching a Lightroom 2 workshop in Eugene, Oregon. Please check back on Monday for my next post. Remember, if there is a topic or question you would like me to address, click on “Submit a Question” to the right, and email it to me — I would love to hear from you. Thanks for dropping by!

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Nov 122008
 
What is that cool color?  Find Out Using Photoshop

I was creating a web gallery in Lightroom today for a friend, and I wanted it to look as consistent with her website as possible in terms of colors and fonts. The issue I faced was how to determine what the website background color was. Here’s how to do it using Photoshop (UPDATE – click here to learn how you can do this in Lightroom): Open up Photoshop, open any image and make sure you have the background layer highlighted in the layers palette. Resize the Photoshop window so that the web page (or any other document) you want the color from is next to it. Grab the Eyedropper tool (shortcut I), click anywhere in the image, and then drag […more]

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Nov 092008
 
Chromatic Aberration

When you are working on an image for print, or any application where it will be viewed full size, it is important that you zoom in to 100%, and inspect the entire image for issues that you can’t see when it is smaller. I was working on this image today and when I zoomed in to 100% I discovered a red and cyan colored fringe around the bird in the image. Here it is zoomed in to 400% so you can really see it:

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Nov 062008
 

From my experience teaching, I know that some folks love shortcuts and others much prefer to use menus. But even if you are in the second group, you will find that learning and using just a handful or so of the most important shortcuts will really speed up your Lightroom experience. I dare say, you will not go back! G takes you to the Library Grid view E takes you to the Library Loupe view D takes you to the Develop Module Tab hides and reveals your left and right panels Shift-Tab hides and reveals both the panels and filmstrip hides and reveals the filter bar at the top. 0-5 assign 0 to 5 stars to your image. 6-9 assign […more]

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Nov 032008
 

Here’s a nice summary of Photoshop CS4 new and upgraded features that pertain to photographers, from John Nack of Adobe: http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2008/11/cs4_for_photographers.html There are a couple new very powerful features, and then there are alot of changes that make it easier to get around in Bridge and Photoshop, and easier to do things that you could already do before. The first new feature is the ability to do local adjustments in Camera Raw using the graduated filter and the adjustment brush. Scott Kelby has a video demo of these at www.photoshopuser.com/cs4 These were also introduced into Lightroom 2, so if you use Lightroom (and followed my advice from an earlier post to upgrade to Lightroom 2), you already have these features […more]

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Nov 022008
 

Just a quick post for today, with my most used shortcuts. I can’t recommend these enough — they work everywhere, Photoshop, Camera Raw, Lightroom, and in places where other shortcuts don’t necessarily work, like in Photoshop filters. First, the left bracket key [ and right bracket key ] for decreasing and increasing brush size … paint brush, healing brush, clone stamp, adjustment brush, spot removal tool, eraser, etc, etc.. Don’t waste your time going into brush menus for this! Similarly, shift [ and shift ] control how soft or hard your brush is, in 20% increments. Second, for zooming in and out on an image, I use Ctl/Cmd + and Ctl/Cmd -. Again, in all of these programs. Holding the […more]

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