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
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?
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?
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”
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
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
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?
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
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
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
I admit that I resisted as long as I could. For many years I was an Aperture user and refused to learn Adobe Lightroom. Then Apple decided to become a watch company and they dropped Aperture. Lightroom became my only real option. It was more difficult for me at first than it probably was/will be for you, because I had an Aperture brain. But one thing that saved my bacon is the fact that LR had some great keyboard shortcuts that I was able to remember. While there are LOTS of keyboard shortcuts in LR, these are the five that I use every … [Read more...] about My Five Favorite Adobe Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts
Many Lightroom users also use Adobe Photoshop. The two programs can work hand in hand. Lightroom is great for organizing images and making basic corrections while Photoshop has advanced tools for repairing problems and compositing. I'd like to show you a cool tip on how to apply a filter non-destructively. This means you can jump back in at any time and easily edit or adjust. To Apply the Filter Make sure you have Lightroom and Photoshop installed. Select an image in your Lightroom Library that you want to send to Photoshop. Choose … [Read more...] about How to Apply a Filter to a Lightroom Image Non-Destructively (and Still be Able to Edit)
Like many photographers, I have a website that I've put a lot of time into, and that has some e-commerce and blogging features. But one thing I don't have is a side portfolio to showcase my non-client related work. For me, Adobe Portfolio made clear sense to fill this role, especially because it was included in my Creative Cloud membership. What's in My Personal Portfolio As a professional photographer, I typically work with companies in my area to photograph events or to help them with new marketing images. But in my free time, I love to … [Read more...] about Using Adobe Portfolio for a Second Portfolio
In this video tutorial Dave Cross shows how to selectively apply Dehaze in Photoshop. It can be faster and easier than using the Adjustment Brush in either Lightroom or Camera Raw. The answer lies in using the Camera Raw filter in Photoshop and a mask. https://youtu.be/V9D_-8OawLI For more Adobe Tips – Click Here … [Read more...] about Photoshop Tip: How to use Dehaze in Photoshop
My colleague Victoria Bampton reminded me that February 19th marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of Lightroom 1.0. She has a wonderful post that takes a walk down the Lightroom memory lane highlighting some of the significant changes over the years. This got me thinking of what it was like working with Lightroom 1 back in 2007 ... so I downloaded and installed Lightroom 1.4.1, grabbed a photo taken in 2007 and gave it a run through Lightroom 1. I decided to grab a less than perfect photo (of which I have many to choose from), one where the … [Read more...] about Happy Birthday Lightroom! Let’s Look Back on Lightroom Version 1
If you'd like to create the most professional black and white conversion, be sure to head over to Adobe Photoshop. True black and white image in film are heavily influenced by the colors present in the original image (and are not just a desaturated photo). The Black & White adjustment in Photoshop is easiest to use as an adjustment layer. The interactive controls and On Image tool make it much easier to create a custom black and white conversion. Open your photo file with Photoshop (File > Open). To get the maximum dynamic … [Read more...] about Photoshop Tip: Advanced Black and White Conversion
Having a custom domain elevates your website to that next step in terms of professionalism. They're easier to remember, and it can help make you look legit to potential clients. With Adobe Portfolio, using a custom domain has never been easier. Purchase Your Domain Most dot-com domains range from $9.99 to $12.99 per year, depending where you buy from. The go-to place for domains is GoDaddy. While GoDaddy offers a plethora of other services like email hosting, website hosting, etc., they've always been known for their simple domain purchasing … [Read more...] about Using a Custom Domain with Adobe Portfolio
Digital capture technology is really awesome and has truly changed photography, improving it in a multitude of ways. But sometimes, digitally captured images have a certain exaggerated colorfulness, that just looks a little off, for those of us raised on the old fashioned film days! I have found that this has to do with the way color gets saturated as contrast increases. Even standard rendering presets increase contrast a bit through a global RGB composite curve, often indirectly. It seems that when contrast increases this way a … [Read more...] about How to Desaturate Shadows in Photoshop, for 3D Contrast
Lightroom is to photo processing as Microsoft Word is to word processing. You use MS Word to read or edit a word document. It doesn’t store your document files inside Word—it stores your documents in a folder you select. You can take a document file and open it on a different computer that has the same version of MS Word installed. Applying this Concept to Lightroom Here’s how the “concept” of Word and Lightroom are similar. Simply put, Lightroom is a photo processor and image organizer program. It allows the viewing, organizing and … [Read more...] about Understanding Lightroom Basics
I've long been a believer in the need to showcase your work. Showing your work will make you better as a photographer, whether you’re a professional or not. But what makes this different from sharing on social media? When I started to get into photography as a hobbyist, I posted everything I could on Flickr. I didn't have a website, a business Facebook page or any other means to showcase my work. But I soon learned that, while Flickr was great for showing off your work to the photography community, it wasn't great at showing your images past … [Read more...] about Why Every Photographer Should Have an Online Portfolio