Jan 212014

Photoshop Panorama PhotomergeI was thrilled to have the opportunity to create a video tutorial for Adobe Adobe Photoshopshowing 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 it does require Photoshop (or another program.)  In the video I do explain how to select photos in Lightroom and launch Photoshop’s Photomerge feature from there.

Combine Multiple Photos to Create a Panorama with Photoshop's Photomerge Feature

Photoshop Photomerge Panorama


Sep 042013

creative-cloud-adobeAdobe announced today  at Photoshop World a new more attractive photographer Creative Cloud offering, consisting of Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, 20 GB cloud storage, Behance ProSite membership, and access to online CC training content.

This offer will be available the week of September 16 to owners of Photoshop CS3 and newer, for signup through December 31, 2013. Adobe has not indicated whether a similar offer will be available for photographers who are new to Photoshop.

The monthly subscription price will be $9.99/month, paid annually. Adobe states that it has no plans to change the price for subscribers of this plan.

At Photoshop World today, Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty also demonstrated what is in development for Lightroom (later this year? next year?). We will be to easily sync our Lightroom catalog to our mobile devices, work with and share the photos from there using a Lightroom app, and have our work seamlessly sync back to our main catalog and computer. The 20 GB of online storage that the CC offers is important for this, as for it to work, all or part of our Lightroom catalog (or a copy of it) as well as smart previews of our photos must reside in the catalog.

Adobe’s May announcement that new (post-CS6) versions of Photoshop will only be available through the CC subscription model and not through a stand-alone (perpetual license) product raised quite an uproar — first, because a subscription model means that when you stop paying, you lose access to the software (but not your files), and second, because of the huge price increase for those of us who use only Photoshop and Lightroom, and who may not even upgrade Photoshop with every release.  This announcement does much to address the latter concern.

The price/ value equation is a very personal one. I personally am open to the subscription model, as long as I receive enough additional value to compensate for the loss of perpetual ownership of the software. With upcoming cloud capabilities, as well as the lowered price for Photoshop + Lightroom CC, that value (again, for me personally) now exceeds the price.  I already was paying $80/year to upgrade Lightroom — paying an additional $40/year for Photoshop upgrades as well as cloud access seems like quite a deal to me. Continue reading »

Jun 162013

Photoshop CC

Adobe’s new version of Photoshop, Photoshop CC, is now  available for download through its Creative Cloud subscription service. New features for photographers include a camera-shake-reduction filter, and improved Smart Sharpen and upsampling algorithms.

Adobe announced last month that new versions of Photoshop and other Creative Suite software would only be available via a Creative Cloud subscription. This  provoked an outcry amongst some pro and amateur photographers who use only Lightroom and Photoshop, and for whom even a single-product Cloud subscription to Photoshop would be a very large price increase.  There was also substantial criticism of the Creative Cloud’s “software-rental” model, where once you stop subscribing, you lose access to the software. (Note that Lightroom will continue to be available as a stand-alone perpetual-license product.)

Adobe has since indicated that while it is committed to the Cloud approach, it is working on a more tailored photographer offering.  If you’re not sure if a Creative Cloud solution is for you, I would  suggest waiting a month or two to see how this develops. Adobe has reassured customers that it will continue to sell Photoshop CS6 as a perpetual-license product, so there is no hurry to make a decision.

Adobe product manager Tom Hogarty demonstrated last month  a Lightroom app in development for our mobile devices, and hinted that we may be able to access at least some part of our main Lightroom catalogs on these devices via the Cloud and Lightroom 5’s new smart previews. This  shows us the potential of Adobe’s cloud offering. I’m optimistic that Adobe will come out with an offering that better balances price with value delivered.

For more on new features in Photoshop CC, pricing, and an FAQ, please visit my post from last month.

 Adobe Response to Creative Cloud Community Feedback

Adobe TV: Julieanne Kost’s Photoshop CC Favorite New Features for Photographers

Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photoshop CC page


Sep 042012

Mac Retina Display Support

Adobe announced this past week that within the next few months they will provide a free update to Lightroom and Photoshop (and some other programs) that will include MacBook Pro Retina Display support  (i.e. high pixel density display support). Until they are redesigned in these updates, certain elements of the software interface will appear jagged when viewed on these higher resolution displays.   Click here to read the announcement from Adobe. Note that if you are planning to get a Mac with the new Retina Display, there is no reason to hold off on account of Lightroom or Photoshop — the software interface still looks very good. Here is an article by Matt Klowskowski on his experience thus far.

Adobe Creative Cloud Pricing

Creative Cloud is Adobe’s subscription service for CS6, Lightroom and other software. For individuals, it is $49.99/month with an annual subscription, and entitles you to periodic updates to all software included in the Cloud. Adobe originally offered a special deal to current owners of at least one CS3 or later product — their first annual subscription at $29.99/month — but this was set to expire August 31, 2012. However, Adobe has now extended this offer for CS3 or later product owners through June 1, 2013.

Here’s an earlier post I wrote on the Creative Cloud and on deciding whether to subscribe to it or purchase stand-alone products.

Click here for more information from Adobe on the cloud and to subscribe.

May 092012


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 justify the $699 price tag, and are you willing and able to invest the time and money to learn this complicated program?

The first thing I recommend is that you get very comfortable with all of Lightroom’s Develop tools. Many people who have used Lightroom for years still haven’t explored or mastered all of its tools.  (Of course an excellent way to learn them is with my Lightroom Fundamentals & Beyond video series.)

Amongst serious amateurs and pro’s, usage of Photoshop  for photography purposes runs the full spectrum  — some are completely satisfied with just using Lightroom (more and more with each new Lightroom release!), some take some percentage to Photoshop to do more complicated work, and others take all their photos to Photoshop to do more complicated work or to use actions they have built or purchased.  I personally take about 5% of my straight photographs to Photoshop to do work I can’t do in Lightroom.  I also use Photoshop for creative compositing. Let me be clear that if you decide not to add Photoshop to your toolkit, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t serious about your photography — Lightroom is very powerful by itself.

Here are My Top 10  Reasons Why You May Want or Need Photoshop Continue reading »
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