Adding a star rating to an image is a quick way to quickly sort through your images. Each image can be given 1 to 5 stars, but what's your system, how do you rate your images? Adding Star Ratings Adding a star rating to an image is really easy. With the image selected in Bridge press the Cmd (Mac) or Ctrl (PC) key and tap the number for the number of stars that you want to assign. In Lightroom hold down the Ctrl key on both Mac and PC and tap the number you want to assign. Alternatively, click the dot relevant to the number of stars you'd … [Read more...] about Adding Ratings to Images In Bridge and Lightroom – What’s Your System?
A week doesn’t go by that I don’t hear from someone who is struggling to find something that has seemingly vanished from Lightroom. In the interest of helping you avoid this sensation of panic and frustration, I have compiled my list of the top ten things that seem to go missing (or appear out of nowhere) of their own accord, and, more importantly, how to put things back to normal. 10. Individual Panels It is possible to hide many of the individual panels completely from view. I don’t mean collapsing the panels, but outright removal from the … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: Where did that thing go?
Have you tried out the new Perfectly Clear? It's a plugin for Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, Photos for Mac, Aperture, and Capture One. One of our favorite new features is the addition of LOOKs. (Here's a special sale just for our readers). What's a LOOK? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQvMYzTqx1g Unlike a simple preset, LOOKs use a complex table of colors to remap the tone, color, and depth of an image. You can use several built-in looks to simulate film stocks, add color grades, or convert to black and white. We've also … [Read more...] about Perfectly Clear Tip: Use LOOKs for Stylized Images
Lightroom’s interface isn't as customizable as Photoshop's, but it can be changed in a number of ways to maximize the space devoted to your photos, to make your workflow more efficient, and to hide the parts you just don’t use very often. Panel Groups There are four main panels that appear in all Lightroom modules. They can be manipulated as needed to allow you to control the size of the center workspace where your photos appear, as well as to only reveal the set of tools required for the task at hand. These four panels are called the Left … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: How Can I Customize the Interface?
In this video, I take you through how to add a ground plane to a 3D image in Photoshop. This is helpful if you want to add a 3D element into an existing image. Give it a try and share your results on the Photofocus Facebook group. https://youtu.be/iNutyWf6yNc You can find the text version of this tutorial here at TipSquirrel.com. … [Read more...] about Easy 3D Text With This Basic Tip
Smart collections allow you to harness the power of the database inside of Lightroom by leveraging the information contained in your photo’s metadata. Plus, any additional data you may have added (like keywords, titles, captions, etc.), to automate the process of finding, grouping, and organizing your photos in meaningful ways. You can think of smart collections simply as saved searches that run automatically. Smart collections are just one of three types of collections you can find in the Collections panel. If you click the plus arrow sign … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: What are Smart Collections?
Perfectly Clear Complete Version 3 was just released and has some terrific new and refined tools for finishing your pictures. However, version 2 was also awesome, and I assumed any image editing tools would also be great, and they are. The surprising thing in version 3 is the way they've refined preset management. The new settings and organization make it easier to make and share presets, and it makes my workflow just a little bit faster, which makes me a whole lot happier. Built-In Presets Presets simply move sliders to a starting … [Read more...] about Perfectly Clear’s New Preset Area Rocks
If you're working with Macphun’s Luminar, be sure to try out the Image Radiance filter. The use of the Image Radiance filter is the perfect finishing touch for many photos. It works by softening image luminescence, essentially making the brighter areas less intense and blurrier. It then boosts the contrast and saturation. Using the Image Radiance effect Would you like to give your images a dreamy look? Here's how. Step 1: Open an image you’d like to adjust Step 2: Click the Add Filter button (+) and choose Image … [Read more...] about Macphun Tip: Add a Beautiful Glow with Image Radiance
I've been helping a little with the development of Athentech's new image perfection software-Perfectly Clear Complete version 3. The team has created a really useful plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom that enhances proofs and really adds finishing touches to selects. I decided to work with one of my favorite models, Vanessa Guilemette, to show some PCCv3 magic. Clean face & clean face with Beautify + The left-hand photo is of Vanessa with her face freshly washed and her hair straight from the shower. She is lit with a beauty dish about … [Read more...] about Does Digital Makeup Work? Comparing Real World to Perfectly Clear Complete version 3
Free Presets We've released a bunch of freebies lately to help you get more out of your software. This post gives you access to all of them in one convenient place. Photofocus LOOKs for Perfectly Clear Complete V3 Inspired Style presets for Macphun Luminar 44 Free Presets for Photomatix Free Presets for OnOne Super Deal on Perfectly Clear Complete (version 3) Perfectly Clear Complete started shipping this AM. We've got an exclusive bundle that saves you a bunch of money Perfectly Clear Complete v3 ($129 … [Read more...] about Free Presets & Exclusive Software Bundle for Photofocus Readers
One of my favorite features within Lightroom is the Straightening Tool. I have the exceptional ability to consistently produce images with slightly crooked horizons; my theory is that I am somehow 5 degrees off kilter to the planet. The Straightening Tool fixes this quickly and easily; click, drag, fixed! But, you don’t always have a distinct horizon to go by to get things straightened out, which requires you to do some experimentation to get your shot looking right. Since I photograph around a lot of water, I picked up a trick in Lightroom … [Read more...] about Straighten Your Photos with a “Reflection Correction”
Have you tried Luminar yet? It's a great app for developing photos with a stylized look (here's our detailed review). We like it so much that we've put together a great collection of free presets. Here are 15 ways to stylize your image. 15 Free Presets for Macphun Luminar These offer a wide range of looks, from dramatic to subtle. Rember that all presets have a blending slider so you can mix them with the original image. How to Install Download the free presets from here — http://bit.ly/pfluminar Unzip the file … [Read more...] about 15 Free Presets for Macphun Luminar
If you're working with Macphun’s Luminar be sure to try out the Adjustable Gradient filter. It's the perfect companion to any landscape picture as it allows you to easily adjust two different parts of a photo. For example, you can selectively adjust exposure, contrast, vibrance and warmth for the sky and the landscape separately. This filter should be part of just about every landscape workspace but can be used in other ways too. Using the Adjustable Gradient Step 1: Open an image you want to edit. Step 2: Click the Add Filter (+) … [Read more...] about Macphun Tip: Get Perfect Landscapes with Adjustable Gradients
Sometimes you look at a photo and you know something just isn’t right. If there is one thing that will cause that uneasy feeling, it is unfixed lens distortion in a photo. Our brain knows buildings have straight lines, faces have certain proportions, and animals don’t lean as they are standing. Curved trees, crooked buildings, or pinched faces - they all subconsciously scream “unnatural” to our brain. Fortunately, there are many ways to fix lens distortions within the digital darkroom. In just a few clicks, using Lightroom's Lens … [Read more...] about How to Make Distortion Disappear with Lightroom’s Transform Tools
Recently Instagram added the “multiple photos” feature, where an image post can include up to 10 images and/or videos which you can swipe through. Although sharing an album of shots from a trip or shoot is the most obvious choice, I am always on the lookout for new ways to share my work and the stories behind it. Below are some creative ways to use multiple photos in my Instagram posts, as well as a short primer on how to use this new feature. Ideas for Things You Can Do with Multiple Photos Action Sequence (See it on Instagram. Best … [Read more...] about Getting Creative With Instagram’s Multiple Photos Feature
The Adobe team has released a new update to Adobe Camera Raw. This affects Photoshop users and should also match other changes that dropped in the recent Lightroom 6.9 update. Just use your Creative Cloud app to update. New Camera Support in Camera Raw 9.9 Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II Casio EX-ZR3200 Fujifilm GFX 50S Fujifilm X100F Fujifilm X-A10 Fujifilm X-T20 Leica M10 Olympus E-M1 Mark II Panasonic DC-FZ80 Panasonic DC-GF9 Panasonic DC-GH5 Panasonic DMC-TZ82 Phase One IQ3 100MP (“S” compression … [Read more...] about Adobe Tip: What’s New in Adobe Camera Raw 9.9
If you're working with Macphun’s Luminar be sure to try out the Orton Effect. This filter allows enhancements to an image that includes glow and focus which produces photos that are sharp and blurry at the same time. This is a great way to add a unique look to your photos. The effect is based on the techniques of photographer Michael Orton. For this approach, an in-focus image is combined with an out of focus image. Step 1: Click the Add Filter button and choose the Orton Effect from the Creative category. Step 2: Choose a type … [Read more...] about Macphun Tip: The Orton Effect
I received an email from a reader saying he followed our advice and created a copyright preset in Lightroom. He is excited that all future images will now have his copyright information embedded in the image metadata. He wished he’d done it years ago on his older images. I told him here’s how to quickly find all unknown copyright images in your Lightroom catalog and then apply the copyright preset. Lightroom’s powerful search feature To find all images with an unknown copyright status, click Metadata on the Library filter. Change a column … [Read more...] about Find Unknown Copyright Status in Lightroom and Fix it
The Photofocus team has formed a great partnership with the folks behind Perfectly Clear. In fact we've been deeply involved in the development of the new version that is being revealed today. Our team has created presets, designed LOOKs and even helped shape a few features with extensive feedback during the product development. We're really excited how its turned out and think you will be too. The Lowest Price on Perfectly Clear Complete Version 3 Missed the sale? Click HERE Buy v2 for Special Price of $89.00 USD and get v3 plus Bonus … [Read more...] about Perfectly Clear Version 3 is Unveiled Today (Plus Save Before 3/29)
When you make edits in Lightroom, those changes are usually stored in your Lightroom catalog settings. That's useful right? But not always. What happens if the catalog is lost or damaged? What about if you want to open a photo up in another application outside of Lightroom? Well there's an easy change to fix this. XMP to the Rescue Adobe uses XMP or Extensible Metadata Platform to hold information about the file. This is an open system and it makes your files more compatible with other apps. It also means you pictures are backed … [Read more...] about Lr FAQ: How do I Backup my Lightroom Edits?
A great way to stylize your images with Macphun’s Luminar is to use a texture layer. This option lets you place a custom image or texture above your photo. It can then be blended as a layer into the current image. Textures can easily give your photos new unique looks, especially when you’re trying to achieve a vintage or grungy look. Get some textures First, you're going to need some textures. Here are 3 options Scan 'em. Place papers, objects, fabric etc. on your scanner (even the all in one printer/scanner will do) and capture … [Read more...] about Macphun Tip: Adding Textures to Photos
If you ask a random group of photographers what their favorite things about photography are, odds are "spending hours keywording images" is not on anyone's list! Keywording is a task that is easy to put off. I am guilty of this and quite often behind getting it done. I've set aside a specific "keywording" day on the calendar, used keyword lists to make it easier, I've even adked my wife to hide my memory cards until I get the latest batch of images done. For all of this, keywording remains my number one most procrastinated task on my … [Read more...] about Fast & Easy Photo Keywording from the Cloud
Our friends at Athentech have a new version of Perfectly Clear Complete about to drop. We've seen it and it's awesome. If you want to learn all about it, join us for an in-depth webinar that explores how to get the best results from Perfectly Clear Complete V3! Register for FREE here Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Time: 1:00 pm ET | 10:00 am PT REGISTER HERE … [Read more...] about Say Hello to Perfectly Clear Complete Version 3
Lightroom Mobile is far and away my most used app on my phone and iPad, and Adobe have just suped it up even more. The latest version of the app adds power to the integrated camera by unlocking the ability to shoot RAW HDR from within the app. That means you'll have greater control over the colors and tones of the pictures captured on your mobile device. And yes, this is for both iOS on Apple phones and for Android (affected models are listed below). The thing that blows my mind is that this app continues to be included with your Creative … [Read more...] about Lightroom Mobile Update: RAW HDR’s for iPhone and Android
Conditional Actions have been available in Photoshop for a few versions and can save a great deal of time. The idea is that you can create a single action that calls other actions depending on a condition. One of the most popular uses of Conditional Actions in Photoshop is to add a watermark, logo or contact information to a group of images placing them differently if they are portrait or landscape orientated, here’s how; For this example I’ve chosen 8 images from the Adobe Stock collection. In Adobe Bridge I can, using the … [Read more...] about Saving Time with Photoshop Conditional Actions
One of the coolest things about Macphun’s Luminar is the ability to customize the layout of the application. Have a favorite set of tools? No problem you can create your own workspace. The concept exists in a few other apps, but Luminar takes it to a whole new level. Saving a Custom Workspace By tailoring which Filters are visible (and the order they are applied), you can speed up editing tasks. This can also create a guided workflow so you know how to approach image correction. To create a new workspace, click the Workspaces … [Read more...] about Macphun Tip: Creating a Custom Workspace
What do you think of when you think of HDR? Over-sharpened, bright photos? The majority of HDR photos I've seen — you know, the ones you always see on real estate sites — are over-contrasted, too bright and just unappealing. But there's a different side to HDR, one that's more realistic to a natural-looking photograph. Why Use HDR? HDR is really just the practice of blending photos together. Usually this involves bracketing, taking into account a different shutter speed and exposure settings as you're shooting. Doing so can boost shadows, … [Read more...] about Toning Down the HDR Look with Photomatix Pro
If you've picked up Perfect Eyes or Perfectly Clear Complete, making your subject's eyes look their best is easy. Below is a tutorial on how to make eyes look their best. Feel free to download a trial and test it for yourself in Photoshop or Lightroom. We've also heard that the next version of Perfectly Clear drops later this month (and has the ability to manually add faces too). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOZgyLHwioc … [Read more...] about Athentech Tip: Get Great Looking Eyes
Often when I crop, its all about precision. I frequently need to crop to a specific aspect ratio. Sometimes its for the screen (video projects and slideshows) as well as print output. In these cases, I need the shape of my photo to precisely match my target. Fortunately Lightroom makes this easy Step 1: Select an image for cropping Step 2: Choose the Crop Overlay tool by pressing the R key. This will even switch you from the Library module to the Develop module. An outline appears around the image with adjustment handles to modify the … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: How to Crop in Lightroom with a Preset
A quick way to resize several photos for a project is with Photoshop's Image Processor script. It works very well when you need to convert several JPEG files to PSD or TIFF. It can also be used to process multiple Camera Raw files with the same setting. The greatest benefit is the ability to quickly size photos as part of the command. Choose > File > Scripts > Image Processor. Choose the images you want to process. You can use open images or navigate to a folder to select specific images. Select a location to save the … [Read more...] about Photoshop Tip: Save Time in Photoshop with the Image Processor Script