We're introducing a COOL new feature for Photofocus readers. A free preset and LUT each week. Normally these will be newsletter exclusives (be sure to sign up for our newsletter below). But for the month of June, we'll post them on our site for free. Starting July 1 though, you must subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get them. Matte Look This week's preset is the perfect boost for shadowy images. Add warm light and a gentle lift. What's in the pack Adobe Camera Raw Creative Profile – Works in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Camera … [Read more...] about Free Preset of the Week – Matte Look
We're introducing a COOL new feature for Photofocus readers. A free preset and LUT each week. Normally these will be newsletter exclusives (be sure to sign up for our newsletter below). But for the month of June, we'll post them on our site for free. Starting July 1 though, you must subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get them. Warm Sunset This week's preset is the perfect boost for shadowy images. Add warm light and a gentle lift. What's in the pack Adobe Camera Raw Creative Profile – Works in Lightroom, Photoshop and Camera Raw … [Read more...] about Free Preset of the Week – Warm Sunset
So here I am at 11 p.m. organizing some images after upgrading my Lightroom Classic to 8.3, and I see on the top of my Mac's menu bar a giant block of blue. You see, I'm running a little tool called iStat Menu, a hardware monitoring tool that shows nerds, like myself, temperatures, CPU activity, Read/write speeds and so forth. On that wonderful menu bar, I see all 20 threads of my Mac Pro's processor being used. I scrambled for a bit as I tried to recall what I had Lightroom do — I had moved a bunch of images, moved catalogs around, cleared … [Read more...] about Did Adobe actually add functional multicore support for Lightroom Classic?
You might have noticed two companies in the photography industry doing things that are frustrating you. It's possible one of these companies is even confusing you. Today I want to share two mistakes that I know are frustrating me, and could likely be frustrating you. My hope is that these companies notice some commentary here on Photofocus and respond to your frustrations. Nikon First up is Nikon, but before I dive in, know that I am a Nikon photographer. I have been forever and will continue as such. But when a company does something that … [Read more...] about Two brand mistakes that are frustrating photographers
Adobe has unveiled its latest updates to the Lightroom ecosystem, which includes both Lightroom and Lightroom Classic. Amongst these updates are a new Texture slider in all programs as well as contextual help and step-by-step tutorials in Lightroom. These updates are available today. Help and interactive tutorials Lightroom — formerly known as Lightroom CC — received the brunt of the updates. The new contextual help will allow users to fully understand what each slider does. For more in-depth assistance, users can take a look at several … [Read more...] about Adobe adds new Texture slider, contextual help and tutorials to Lightroom ecosystem
This week, we want to know if you subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud. If you didn't hear earlier this week, Adobe is in the midst of testing the removal of the $9.99 Photographers plan to some of its website visitors. Vote below and then sound off in the comments! … [Read more...] about Question of the Week: Do you subscribe to Creative Cloud?
If you've been trying to purchase the Adobe $9.99 photography plan, you may have been in for a bit of a shock this morning, as it was removed from Adobe's website. Instead, users were presented with the option for the 1 TB Photography plan, $9.99 Lightroom plan or $52.99 Creative Cloud All Apps plan. Adobe says they're running tests on the website, and that the $9.99 Photography plan might not show: "From time to time, we run tests on Adobe.com which cover a range of items, including plan options that may or may not be presented to all … [Read more...] about Adobe removes $9.99 Photography plan from website; here’s how you can still get it
In celebration of today being National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, the Adobe Lightroom team has partnered with photographer duo JUCO to give spcaLA's shelter pets a total photo makeover as a part of a project titled "Picture Me Rescued." Photos of cats and dogs dominate feeds on social media, but the one place you won't usually find high-quality pet photos are in the profile pic section of animal rescue shelters. While JUCO completely transformed these photographs for spcaLA, you don't have to be a pro photographer to get similar results. Below … [Read more...] about Give your pets a photo makeover with these tips from Adobe
Many photographers feel that they are limited in the final file size by the number of megapixels provided by their camera. In a way that’s true. In this tutorial I’ll give you a workaround to create huge, single image files with the camera you are currently using. Go big or go home In another post I shared getting a different look for your images by making panoramic photos. The idea here is to leverage that concept to the next level so we can have the size and shape photograph we would like, not just a long skinny image. The image … [Read more...] about How to get high megapixel files with the camera you already have
We're introducing a COOL new feature for Photofocus readers. A free preset and LUT each week. Normally these will be newsletter exclusives (be sure to sign up for our newsletter below). But for the month of April, we'll post them on our site for free. Starting May 1 though, you must subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get them. Bright Shadows This week's preset is the perfect boost for shadowy images. Add warm light and a gentle lift. What's in the pack Adobe Camera Raw Creative Profile – Works in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Camera … [Read more...] about Free Preset of the Week – Bright Shadows
One can probably imagine the amount of annoyance felt when unwanted black freckles show up on an image you're cleaning up. Not very long ago, I smashed more than three dollars worth of Hi-Chews in my hand out of sheer frustration over a bug known in Adobe's Photoshop CC 2018 and 2019. Sadly, it was unknown to me, but known to Adobe. Adobe has the bug aptly named, "Black artifacts on image after using the Liquify filter." The issue comes down to having graphics acceleration turned on when using the Liquify Filter when you're using certain … [Read more...] about Photoshop CC 2018/2019 and macOS Mojave 10.14: Black artifacts
Photographing in the panoramic format can give your images a different look. Anything out of the ordinary can help set your images apart. And that’s a good thing. Here's how. Photographing panorama images: Technique Let’s talk for a moment about the technique of making a panoramic capture of a scene. While this may seem obvious to many I find that it is a common error in holding your camera in the horizontal orientation. While there might be a time for this, the resulting panorama will be very thin. You can add some pixels and height to your … [Read more...] about Capturing Red Rock panoramas
If I didn't know much about photography and just wanted photos to easily sync up with my Mac and all my iOS devices all while being able to lightly edit photos, Apple Photos would be a grand piece of software. The option for iCloud Photo Library within the Photos app makes it super easy and hassle-free to have your photos synchronized to a remote server (iCloud), and consequently other Macs, iPads and iPhones that have that feature turned on. That's pretty awesome because if you lose your device, you at least know your pictures are safe on … [Read more...] about Why switch from Apple Photos to Adobe Lightroom?
eGPU's, external graphics cards connected over the relatively new Thunderbolt 3 connection, are fascinating pieces of hardware that enable Thunderbolt 3 equipped laptops to use high performance desktop graphic cards. With an entry price point of around $400 for a plug and play system for both Mac and PC, you might want to see if it's worth the money for your laptop. These devices range in sizes but are typically smaller than the average desktop computer and come either prepackaged with a graphics card or come as an enclosure only. The latter … [Read more...] about eGPU: Why you should or shouldn’t get one
For a limited time, Adobe is offering 20% off its All Apps Creative Cloud plan, offering you programs like Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC, Premiere Pro, Audition, Illustrator, InDesign and more for just $39.99/month. That's a savings of $13 per month! You can also subscribe to the plan plus Adobe Stock for $69.99/month (originally $82.98 per month). Adobe rarely offers discounts on its All Apps plan, so be sure to subscribe today! Visit adobe.com to get started. … [Read more...] about Get 20% off Creative Cloud!
We invite you to join us for Boosting Your Photoshop Workflow with New Technology with Richard Harrington How can AI, LUTs, and Tone mapping improve your images? Live Video Event in the Photoshop and Photography Group Saturday, February 16th at 11 AM Pacific Time. Join us here – https://www.facebook.com/events/376493476476815/ Would you like to dramatically improve how you work in Photoshop or Lightroom? In this Live Video event, you’ll learn how new and emerging technology can dramatically improve your photos. Join Rich Harrington as he … [Read more...] about Free Photoshop Webinar Today
There's a great piece by Adobe on their blog about visual trends, "Natural Instincts: Finding Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellness on Planet Earth." Unless you’re living under a rock (which may actually be a good thing) you’re aware of the back to nature, connecting with earth trend that is making an appearance in just about every aspect of our lives lately. Consumerism and commercialism have taken us away from some of the most basic joys of life, nature and the world around us. What does this have to do with photography? As stated … [Read more...] about Back to nature trends
This morning, Adobe announced its February round of updates to its Lightroom ecosystem. The most exciting new feature is Enhance Details, which is powered by Adobe's Sensei technology. Harnessing the power of machine learning and computational photography, Enhance Details takes a brand new approach to demosaicing raw photos. An integral part to RAW processing, this technology enables users to increase the resolution of both Bayer and X-Trans based photos by up to 30%. Enhance Details works on any RAW file (apart from files converted to a … [Read more...] about Lightroom update highlights new Sensei-powered feature, Enhance Details
Sometimes, even the best of us have to deal with underexposed images. Here is a comparison between three popular RAW developing software plus important tips to help us in our quest to recover tough exposure! Starting point Bad location or bad lighting can leave us with tough exposures to recover. Fortunately, RAW files can be modified and enhanced with good developing software. With so many of them available on the market, it isn't always easy to know which one suits best our needs. I got into the game and edited the same image with three … [Read more...] about Tips to recover tough exposures
The golden ratio or golden mean — have you already heard about it? It's a very popular composition rule in the photographic world. But did you know there is a golden ratio for a face's beauty as well? What are those ratios based on, and how do people look like with those perfect features? Here' what I found. I wrote part one of this series in a very serious vein. Now it's is time to have some fun. A revised and scientific procedure I must confess. I felt quite inaccurate once part one had been posted. I did my Photoshop transformation based … [Read more...] about Reflections on beauty standards and photo editing, part two
This morning, Adobe has announced the winner of its "Summon the Terror of Undermountain" contest, in partnership with Wizards of the Coast. The contest, which asked artists to create a scary Dungeons & Dragons monster using Photoshop, was announced in November. Will Kalkanis was chosen as the winner. He won $5,000 and will sit side-by-side with Wizards of the Coast creatives at the Dungeons & Dragons studios to concept future dragons and beasts together. And the coolest part? His art depiction of "The Terror of Undermountain" will be … [Read more...] about Adobe announces winners of Dungeons & Dragons contest
Overnight, Adobe released updates to its photography ecosystem, including Lightroom Classic, Lightroom CC and Camera Raw. The updates contain a variety of improvements as well as support for new cameras and lenses. Lightroom Classic December's update to Lightroom Classic is focused on workflow and performance improvements. For a complete look at what's new, visit adobe.com. Customize Develop Panel You can now customize the order of the tools in the Develop module to reflect your workflow. Right-click on any panel header in the Develop … [Read more...] about Adobe releases updates to Lightroom Classic, CC
In this article and video, I'm going to show you how to change the look of the sky in a photograph using a basic layer mask that we attach to a curves adjustment layer, so we apply a different lighting to the sky portion of a photograph. You can also use this same technique to change any other parts of the photo as well. In addition, you'll notice that I open my RAW and TIFF files in Photoshop as Smart Objects. To learn more about how to do that, check out the article "Settings for Photoshop Camera RAW and a quick look at the adjustments … [Read more...] about How to change the look of the sky using a layer mask in Photoshop CC 2019
We're sorry to interrupt your holiday if you are celebrating. But if you're an Adobe Creative Cloud user (or want to be) this is a great sale and it only lasts for one day. These offers expire 11/23/18. Creative Cloud This offer is supposed to be for first-time buyers (but you can create a new Adobe ID if you aren't feeling new enough) The entire collection of 20+ creative desktop and mobile apps including Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. Includes: 100GB of cloud storage, Adobe Portfolio, … [Read more...] about Use Creative Cloud? Renew early and save
Adobe has partnered with Wizards of the Coast for a crazy Photoshop contest. They're looking for people to design a scary Dungeons & Dragons monster. No, seriously. Instead of the normal 7-day trial, Adobe is offering a 30-day trial if you download from the contest page. A benefit in itself. The page also offers a Monster toolkit to help you with the contest. Are you brave enough to bring forth the latest Dungeons & Dragons monster: The Terror of Undermountain? Harness the powers of Photoshop and your own imagination for a … [Read more...] about Photoshop + D&D = Crazy Contest
On Tuesday, Adobe gave a sneak peek to attendees of the Adobe MAX Conference, of upcoming technologies that may or may not make it into future versions of Creative Cloud applications. Co-hosted by Adobe's Senior Creative Cloud Evangelist Paul Trani and comedian, actress and writer Tiffany Haddish, the "Sneaks" showed 10 short demos led by Adobe engineers. There were three Sneaks geared towards photographers and videographers, outlined below. #ProjectSmoothOperator If you've ever felt constrained by Instagram's vertical video format, … [Read more...] about Adobe gives a sneak peek of upcoming technologies at MAX Conference
Thank you for joining us for the Day 2 Keynote at the Adobe MAX Conference! This page updates automatically; please do not refresh. … [Read more...] about Live Blog: Adobe MAX Keynote, Day 2
Fresh off the announcement of Photoshop CC for the iPad, I had the chance to sit down with Stephen Nielson, Director of Project Management for Photoshop, to discuss the new platform for Adobe's flagship program. We spoke in-depth about the updates for the desktop version of Photoshop and touched on what users should expect from the iPad experience. Photoshop has evolved year after year since its introduction in 1990, and the 2019 version brings some notable updates for both photographers and designers. "What we have in Photoshop is an … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Diving into the future of Photoshop CC
Thanks for joining us! The keynote has concluded. Scroll down past the video to see our roundup, discussion and analysis. … [Read more...] about Live Blog: Adobe MAX keynote
Adobe has officially announced that it's bringing Photoshop CC to the iPad and other devices. First rumored this summer, the new version of Photoshop CC will deliver a familiar interface with many of the same tools that its desktop counterpart has. This means you'll be able to open and edit a PSD on the iPad, using tools like layers and masks in your workflow. It can be used on its own, or in tandem with the Photoshop CC desktop version. It'll also work with pencil devices, allowing you to have precision when working. Anything you do … [Read more...] about Adobe announces Photoshop for iPad, major updates to Photoshop CC