Editor's Note: For Window's users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a solution. We invite you to check out a free trial of their application. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-4h_W517a4&feature=youtu.be In this video, we'll show you how to get a dual exposure look using ACDSee Ultimate 10. Dual exposure is a unique effect that photographers use to blend two images together. They often are composed of a subject and a background or landscape. … [Read more...] about Dual Exposure Tutorial with ACDSee Ultimate 10
It's a sunny, windy day. You're shooting architecture and using bracketing to ultimately capture an image that's exposed perfectly. But you forget about the flag on the building, and how it's waving in the wind. Putting your three or five bracketed shots together will create a blurry flag. All hope is lost, right? Wrong. Earlier this year I highlighted some of my New York photos from last fall, in showing how to use Photomatix Pro to create realistic HDR images. One of the photos I stumbled upon had an American flag front and center. … [Read more...] about Fixing HDR Ghosting with Photomatix Pro
You gotta join us live for our next Lightroom Live, totally free of charge. Not only will you learn terrific techniques, but if you tune in live, you can be entered to win excellent prizes to help you in your work. (Note: MUST BE TUNED IN LIVE TO WIN). We'll be giving away a copy of Perfectly Clear from Athentech. Plus you never know what else. We kick off Monday, May 22nd at 1:00 pm Eastern, 12:00 pm Central, 11:00 am Mountain, and 10:00 am Pacific. 2 pm in the Virgin Islands. Check out the YouTube event here and it'll show your local … [Read more...] about Lightroom Live: Lightroom for Mobile with Josh Haftel
Editor's Note: For Window's users looking for an all-in-one digital asset manager, RAW photo editor with layers, ACDSee Ultimate 10 offers a solution. We invite you to check out a free trial of their application. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abJsSCrebMs&feature=youtu.be In this tutorial we're going to take you on a brief tour that will outline each mode, and the features they offer. If you don't know anything about ACDSee, or ACDSee Ultimate 10, this is where to start. … [Read more...] about An Intro To ACDSee – Ultimate 10
It used to be that, if you wanted to use Photoshop for 3D images you'd need to invest in Photoshop Extended. Now however, 3D capabilities comes as standard but that doesn't mean it's any easier to understand or use straight out the box. To help us 2D people Adobe have made available two great applications, Fuse and Project Felix. https://youtu.be/hprjuA_WuUM In This Video Tutorial In this tutorial I take an image from Adobe Stock and 2 Fuse characters into Project Felix where I add a 3D suitcase. Then its back to … [Read more...] about Creating a Scene with Photoshop, Adobe Fuse and Project Felix
There are 5 badges that can appear on a thumbnail in the Grid view of the Library module or on the thumbs in the Filmstrip. From left to right: The tag shaped badge tells you that a keyword has been applied. The pin badge indicates the photo has location information (GPS). The double-boxes indicates the photo has been added to a collection. The dotted rectangle is that a crop has been applied. The +/– badge tells you that the photo has been adjusted in Develop. If you hover your cursor over a badge you'll see a tooltip … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: Thumbnail Badges
By default, the latest version of Photoshop becomes the primary external editor for Lightroom. If you go to Preferences > External Editing, you will see it listed at the top. This is the editor, and file settings, that are called into play when you use the (Mac) CMD+E / (Win) Ctrl+E keyboard shortcut or use the Photo > Edit In > Edit in Photoshop menu command. An external editor is any other pixel editor you may have installed on your machine. Aside from Photoshop, some of the most common are products from on1, Nik, Perfectly … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: Additional External Editors
In a typical workflow, you might start in Lightroom with a raw photo, then send a copy with Lightroom adjustments (Photo > Edit In > Edit in Photoshop) for additional editing. This copy will become either a PSD or TIF file based on your Lightroom preferences (Preferences > External Editing). Both file types support all the things you'd want to do in Photoshop, with the most common being using multiple layers, so either choice is fine (though multiple layer TIFs tend to be larger). In Photoshop, once you use the File > Save menu … [Read more...] about Lightroom FAQ: Edit in Photoshop Options
I shoot a lot of images on my iPhone. It’s the camera that’s always with me when I stumble upon something interesting. In 2015 Apple introduced Live Photos at the iPhone 6s release, which creates a video showing the moments right before and right after you take a picture. These “sidecar” video files are 2 seconds in length and are embedded into the photo on your phone. While it was a cool idea, and I was excited for them when they were first released, but they’re become a bother every time I import photos from my iPhone into my Lightroom … [Read more...] about Quickly Delete Apple Live Photos in Lightroom
I admit it…I’m not perfect. Sometimes the simplest things can come back and bite you. A few months ago, I made the trek up to Crescent City, California for a photo adventure in Redwood National Forest. The day I arrived, we checked into the hotel and went to find the beach for sunset. Being from the East Coast, I’ve dreamed of shooting a beautiful Pacific Coast sunset. It was getting late when we checked in. I asked the hotel front desk representative what she recommended for seeing the sunset. Very nonchalantly, she responded that the … [Read more...] about How To Ruin A Sunset Shot (And Save It In Lightroom)
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?