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Using Lightroom on Two Computers
 
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My main Lightroom catalog is on a desktop Windows machine in my home studio, but I travel with a MacBook Pro, and use the laptop computer for working with Lightroom on the road. In this video, I'll discuss the way I merge photos from my remote shoots back into my main Lightroom catalog. In order to do this, I use Lightroom's _Export as Catalog_ and _Import from another Catalog_ features to transfer and merge my two separate catalogs into one. Keep in mind that this is one of a number of possible strategies, but it is the one that works for me.
Views: 19073 Michael Hoffman
3D in Photoshop CS6-CC - 08 - Image Based Lights
 
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Photoshop CS6 and later offers the traditional light sources for your 3D models: infinite lights, point lights, and spot lights, all fully customizable. However, there's another kind of light - an -image based light,- or IBL - that has some special features. We can use any image as a light source, and in doing so, we can help our 3D model to more closely match the colors of its environment, adding an extra touch of realism.
Views: 11438 Michael Hoffman
Add Copyright Data in Photoshop Automatically
 
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It's always a good idea to copyright your work, and that includes embedding the appropriate information into your image metadata. Learn the three step process to create a template to add copyright metadata, to create an action to apply your template, and to use Photoshop's Script Events Manager to run your action every time you work on a file. It may sound scary, but it's a simple process, and you can "set it and forget it."
Views: 38271 Michael Hoffman
3D in Photoshop CS6 - 05 - Combining 3D Objects
 
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In our continuing series on 3D in Photoshop CS6, we look at combining multiple 3D objects into a composite model. We'll create and combine separate 3D extrusions, and prepare our model for the addition of photo-realistic materials in the next episode.
Views: 33425 Michael Hoffman
3D in Photoshop CS6 - 03 - Extrusions
 
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Extrusions are a useful and fun way to create 3D objects in Photoshop CS6. In this tutorial, we'll cover the basics of creating and manipulating an extruded object in Photoshop CS6.
Views: 52825 Michael Hoffman
Wrap a 2D Image onto a 3D Cylinder in Photoshop
 
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Today we answer a viewer question from the TipSquirrel mailbag: How do I wrap an existing 2D layer of JPG file onto a 3D cylinder in Photoshop? The solution isn't difficult, but as with all things Photoshop, there are a number of ways to accomplish this task. In this video, I explore how to wrap a 2D layer onto a 3D cylinder that has been created as a mesh preset (there are a couple of ways to do it), and also how to add the same layer onto a cylinder that has been created as an extrusion.
Views: 76603 Michael Hoffman
Migrating A Lightroom Catalog
 
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One question I seem to get asked a lot is, "how do I move my Lightroom Catalog to another machine, and keep all my edits, collections, and metadata?" In today's video, I'll show you a quick and easy way to get your Lightroom catalog from one machine to another, without losing any data. In this example, we see the process using Lightroom 4, but the process hasn't changed since the first version of Lightroom, so everyone can use this tip.
Views: 33582 Michael Hoffman
3D in Photoshop CS6-CC - 09 - Depth Maps
 
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Creating a depth map within Photoshop's 3D engine is easy, and it's a great way to allow you to sculpt irregular surfaces. Using black and white similar to dodging and burning, you can lift and push the surface of your 3D object to give it added depth and realism.
Views: 29550 Michael Hoffman
3D in Photoshop CS6 - 01 - 3D Basics
 
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Photoshop CS6 makes creating and using 3D objects easier than ever. In order to become proficient with 3D, you have to master the basics. In this first video of an ongoing series, we'll explore the fundamentals of 3D and the Photoshop 3D workspace.
Views: 332613 Michael Hoffman
Publishing to Dropbox from Lightroom
 
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Cloud storage service Dropbox (dropbox.com) is a very handy and useful tool, allowing you to share files between your machines. For photographers, it provides and easy way to get your images on all your devices quickly and easily. If you're using Lightroom, then the Publish Services that were introduced with LR3 give you direct integration from Lightroom all the way through the cloud -- a very nice capability. In today's video tip, you'll learn how to set up a Publish Service to manage your Lightroom portfolios right within Dropbox.
Views: 25648 Michael Hoffman
3D in Photoshop CS6 - 02 - Creating 3D Objects
 
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Any 3D scene in Photoshop starts with some basic elements. In this video, learn the essential ways to create 3D primitive objects within Photoshop CS6.
Views: 60517 Michael Hoffman
Lighting Effects in Photoshop CC
 
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The lighting effects filter in Photoshop has come a long way, and it borrows many concepts from the world of 3D. However, you don't need 3D to create some very dramatic lighting effects very quickly with this often overlooked filter.
Views: 49361 Michael Hoffman
Clone Source Panel Symmetry with Photoshop
 
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When you use the Clone Source Panel in conjunction with the Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop, you can make your image literally stand on its head. Use the Clone Source Panel to display, distort, mirror and stretch your clone source to create a more dynamic effect.
Views: 4607 Michael Hoffman
Pen Tool in Photoshop - 01 - Path Fundamentals
 
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The pen tool is one of the most powerful means of creating precise selections.In this series of videos, we are going to work our way from the basics to pen tool mastery, but we need to start with the fundamentals. In fact, in this video, I'm not even going to use the pen tool. Instead, we'll spend our time understanding how paths work in Photoshop, so that when we do start using the pen tool, we'll be on familiar ground.
Views: 5095 Michael Hoffman
Make Lightroom Default Develop Settings ISO Specific
 
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You can set Lightroom Default Develop Settings so that certain parameters are automatically applied every time you import an image. But some parameters, like Noise Reduction, require different settings based on the specific ISO setting of that camera. Fortunately, Lightroom Default Develop Settings can be assigned to specific combinations of camera and ISO. This can be a real productivity enhancer when you're working with high volumes of photos, especially if you have photos created under a variety of lighting conditions, or with a variety of different cameras. In this video, I'll show you how to create camera and ISO specific Lightroom Default Develop Settings.
Views: 4850 Michael Hoffman
Abstract Photoshop Technique
 
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There are endless ways to create abstract images, but here's one that's just fun. This abstract Photoshop technique has you interacting with the image, pushing pixels around, and it can be as much fun as finger painting, but without all the mess. The way this works is to start with an image that has vibrant colors and a bit of contrast and texture, then warp and manipulate layers, blending the results together using the Photoshop layer blend modes. You'll never know where you'll end up when you start, but the exploration is half the fun. This abstract Photoshop technique is flexible and extensible, and you can add on to your heart's content. In this video, I even go so far as to take a copy of the image and wrap it onto a 3D sphere to add some additional geometric surrealism.
Views: 9950 Michael Hoffman
3D in Photoshop CS6 - 07 - Lighting Basics
 
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I'm back with more 3D goodness in a continuation of my series on learning 3D in Photoshop CS6. Today's topic is lighting your models. Learn the different types of lights that are available in Photoshop's 3D space, and how to control and manipulate them for best effect.
Views: 27118 Michael Hoffman
Lightroom and Photoshop - Smart Editing
 
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When you make adjustments to your raw files in Lightroom, you have the flexibility and the power of non-destructive edits -- and unlimited undo steps. But, when you edit in Photoshop, the changes are written into the pixels and the result is a raster layer, ready for editing. However, Lightroom and Photoshop have another editing path available -- one that preserves the raw data during the handoff, and maintains the non-destructive flexibility. Lightroom and Photoshop are made to work together, and there is more than one way to move files between them. In this video, we will examine the workflow in which a raw file in Lightroom is sent over to Photoshop as a Smart Object. Smart Objects in Photoshop Within Photoshop, the raw file itself can be embedded, and then you can re-open the raw data within Camera Raw at any time to make further adjustments. This includes ALL the capabilities of camera raw, including crops, local adjustments, and even camera calibration changes. Lightroom and Photoshop can share and preserve the power of raw editing in this way. As an added benefit, since Photoshop CC 2014's latest update includes some new features that aren't yet available in Lightroom, this is a slick workaround that will allow you to make changes with the new tool, while still preserving a Lightroom centric workflow.
Views: 1671 Michael Hoffman
Color Correct Mixed Light Sources in Photoshop
 
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Wouldn't it be great (for image artists) if you could arrange to have all your light sources share the same temperature? Unfortunately, that doesn't happen in real life, and between flash, tungsten lights, fluorescent lights, and sunlight, you may find yourself with a mixed lighting bag. No single white balance setting will correct the entire image, so you have to resort to local corrections. In this video, I'll show you a technique in Photoshop for selecting the contaminated color areas easily, then a way to match the color of these areas to the rest of the image using some layer blending mode tricks.
Views: 8715 Michael Hoffman
3D in Photoshop CS6 - 06 - Materials Properties
 
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In the conclusion of this segment, we will look at assigning and modifying properties of 3D objects to define transparency and reflections. We'll create a reflection on the ground plan, and make some basic adjustments to the light in the image to soften the shadows.
Views: 19068 Michael Hoffman
Guides and Rulers
 
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Learn to use Guides and Rulers in Photoshop to accurately and precisely place and align images and objects. Guides are essential when exact measurements or precise alignment is required.
Views: 18044 Michael Hoffman
Smarter Sharpening
 
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Sharpening traditionally has three phases: capture sharpening, creative sharpening, and output sharpening. In a photographic workflow, Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom does a fine job of capture sharpening, but where do you go for the rest? Unsharp Mask is tried and true, but no longer the best tool in the toolbox. In this video we'll look at Smart Sharpen in tandem with Smart Objects for the ultimate in photographic sharpening control.
Views: 2029 Michael Hoffman
Edit Multiple Photos in Lightroom 5
 
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Often, when we’re working in Lightroom, we have groups of similar images that need similar adjustments. We can step through the images, making the same adjustments over and over. We can also use presets to make this faster. But for applying the same adjustments to a series of images, we can edit multiple photos in Lightroom directly from within the Develop module, quickly and easily. In this video, we’ll see how to repeat previous edits, how to copy and paste settings between images, and how to synchronize edits, both manually and even automatically. If you learn to edit multiple photos in Lightroom, you’ll become more efficient and more productive in your Lightroom workflow.
Views: 13633 Michael Hoffman
Video Masking in Photoshop
 
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Learn to create a clipping mask for your video within Photoshop CS6 - and see how to animate the clipping mask as well. Create unique effects for your video projects.
Views: 18397 Michael Hoffman
Live Shapes in Photoshop CC
 
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Photoshop CC continues the progression started in version CS6, of offering ever more powerful and flexible vector shape capabilities. In addition to true fill and stroke, we have live shape properties adjustable on the fly. Learn how to take advantage of the new live shapes in Photoshop CC.
Views: 19390 Michael Hoffman
3D Filmstrip Effect in Photoshop
 
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Take advantage of the 3D capabilities of Photoshoip to make a real film strip that you can twist, move and position in your composition with complete flexibility.
Views: 13084 Michael Hoffman
Pen Tool in Photoshop - 02 - Drawing Straight Paths
 
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In part 2 of my series on using the Pen Tool within Photoshop, we finally do break out the Pen Tool, and start drawing straight line paths. Learn how to place and modify corner anchor points, and how to close a path. With the closed path, we'll learn how to load the path as a selection and use it as a layer mask.
Views: 3352 Michael Hoffman
Perspective Crop in Photoshop
 
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Sometimes it is the simplest tools that get the job done most quickly and efficiently. Photoshop's Perspective Crop Tool isn't the most glamorous tool in the toolbox, but it does its job well and with a minimum of fuss. Fix perspective distortion quickly and easily with this simple tool.
Views: 957 Michael Hoffman
A Portable Lightroom Catalog
 
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Lightroom 5 brings with it a great new feature in Smart Previews. Combine the capabilities of Smart Previews (the ability to develop and export your images based on the relatively small file size of the Smart Preview) together with the convenience and decreasing cost of cloud storage systems (such as DropBox or Google Drive) and you have some interesting ways of creating a portable, no-hassle catalog solution. Visit my associated post on tipsquirrel.com for links to other resources on Smart Previews.
Views: 12442 Michael Hoffman
Mapping Images with a Tracklog in Lightroom
 
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Using a tracklog file generated by a smart phone or a dedicated GPS unit, you can add location metadata to your photos with just a few clicks in Lightroom.
Views: 1467 Michael Hoffman
Scanned Sketch Extraction in Photoshop
 
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If you have a scan with a white background, how do you remove the white? There are several ways, some more effective and more versatile than others. In this video, we'll take a look at a variety of ways to drop out the white and leave you with the details you need.
Views: 3128 Michael Hoffman
Pen Tool In Photoshop - 04 - Drawing Smooth Curves
 
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We've been chipping away at the Pen Tool in Photoshop, and in this part 4 of our series, we finally begin to draw curved paths, freeform, with the Pen Tool. Learning to use control points and control handles requires some practice and some experience, but with the knowledge base from the first three segments in this series, we're ready to tackle curved paths. If you haven't already viewed the previous segments of this series, you'll benefit greatly by watching them first: Pen Tool in Photoshop -- Path Fundamentals Pen Tool in Photoshop -- Straight Paths Pen Tool in Photoshop -- Adding Paths and Anchor Points Keep an eye out for the next installment in this series as we continue our exploration of the Photoshop Pen Tool.
Views: 10395 Michael Hoffman
3D in Photoshop CS6 - 04 - Basic Materials
 
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In this tutorial, we dive more deeply into the world of 3D in Photoshop CS6. Building on the extrusions from the previous video, we add some basic materials, create some texture and then composite our 3D object into a scene.
Views: 27242 Michael Hoffman
Pen Tool in Photoshop - 03 - Adding Paths and Points
 
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In part 3 of this series on learning to use the Pen Tool in Photoshop, we learn how to add paths together to create complex selections, and how to add anchor points to our paths to create more complex shapes. If you missed the previous segments in this series, please be sure to check them out first: Part 1 - Pen Tool in Photoshop -- Path Fundamentals Part 2 - Pen Tool in Photoshop -- Straight Paths There's more Pen Tool goodness in store... We're just getting started!
Views: 3833 Michael Hoffman
Lightroom and Photoshop - Round Trip Editing
 
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If you're new to Lightroom, the process of sending images to Photoshop for editing can be confusing. In this video, I review some of the ways of sharing files back and forth between Photoshop and Lightroom, pointing out some key considerations and some traps you'll want to avoid.
Views: 1501 Michael Hoffman
3D Fish in Photoshop CC
 
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Use the 3D extrusion capabilities of Photoshop CC to create a realistic school of 3D fish, easily, by starting with a simple flat image.
Views: 5720 Michael Hoffman
Lightroom and Photoshop -  Open As Layers
 
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Now that Photoshop and Lightroom are available as part of the popular Photoshop Photography program from Adobe, many people are starting to use Lightroom and Photoshop together for the first time. Naturally, that leads to some confusion when it comes to workflow. Over the next few weeks, I'll be presenting a series of video tutorials demonstrating a variety of Lightroom and Photoshop workflow tips, tricks and options. The two programs working together can form the foundation of a very efficient and productive workflow, if you know the tricks for using them together effectively. In this video, I'll present a technique for combining multiple files together in Photoshop right out of Lightroom, with the resulting composite returned back to Lightroom's catalog automatically. Lightroom and Photoshop were made to be used together, so let's begin our exploration of how to make that happen.
Views: 2441 Michael Hoffman
Adding A Top Level Folder in Lightroom
 
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It's best to organize your Lightroom folders under a top level folder for portability and ease of maintenance. But, what if you have many top level folders? Watch this video to learn how to gather them up under one folder, simply and easily.
Views: 1748 Michael Hoffman
How to post to Facebook from Lightroom
 
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Did you know you can post to Facebook directly from Lightroom, automatically? Back in version 3, Adobe introduced Publish Services to Lightroom, and this continues to be the best way to manage your photos when you're posting to social media. In this video, I'll step through the basics of setting up a Facebook Publish Service, which will allow you to post to Facebook with just a couple of clicks, once the service is set up. You can repeat this process to set up a publish service for multiple Facebook albums, and the process for other sites, such as Behance and Flickr, is very similar. With a little time spent setting up the publishing service, you can be assure of an easy, consistent and well managed social media integration. Post to Facebook from Lightroom with a minimum of fuss!
Views: 8571 Michael Hoffman
Photoshop Retouching Tips - Nondestructive Healing
 
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The cloning and healing tools in Photoshop continue to improve all the time, and now most of the retouching tools offer Adobe's amazing "content-aware" technology. However, in order to get the most from the Healing Brush, Patch Tool, Clone Stamp, and all the others, you'll want to explore ways to accomplish nondestructive healing during your retouching sessions. Nondestructive healing is different from just blasting away with the high tech tools that Photoshop has to offer. With nondestructive healing, you take extra steps to protect the original image data, and leave yourself a path of retreat if the retouching goes wrong. Fortunately, the retouching tools have settings available that lend themselves well to a nondestructive workflow.
Views: 1357 Michael Hoffman
Pen Tool in Photoshop - 05 - Drawing Cusp Points
 
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In this, our 5th installment of our series on using the Pen Tool in Photoshop, we explore the problem of cusp points. Cusps are formed when two curves meet, but not in a smooth point -- rather in a corner or sharp angle, as you might see on a heart, or perhaps on the fin of a fish. The technique for drawing this type of shape in Photoshop is not obvious, but it is easy once you know how. If you haven't already viewed the previous videos in this series, I recommend watching them first to bring you up to speed with our current progress: 1. Pen Tool in Photoshop -- Path Fundamentals 2. Pen Tool in Photoshop -- Straight Paths 3. Pen Tool in Photoshop -- Adding Paths and Anchor Points 4. Pen Too in Photoshop -- Smooth Curves Next week, we'll continue our series, learning to convert anchor points from one type to another. I hope you'll continue to join us!
Views: 2836 Michael Hoffman
The 3D Ground Plane in Photoshop CS6 Extended
 
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When the 3D Ground Plane first made its appearance in Photoshop CS5 Extended, it was slightly useful, a little bit tricky, and very much hidden from view. With CS6, Adobe brings us a more useful design element - one that catches shadows, and casts reflections - and all in real time while you edit. This makes it an interactive tool that is both wasy to use and effective in bringing added realism to your composites.
Views: 8522 Michael Hoffman
Photoshop 3D Timelapse - Festive Mood Demo
 
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I was working on some ideas with Photoshop CC using the 3D engine, and I recorded my session. I hope you'll enjoy it - I liked the results and I have a few ideas for tutorials coming out of this little exercise.
Views: 912 Michael Hoffman
Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC
 
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Adobe Photoshop CC now has a new Perspective Warp feature that will allow you to adjust the perspective of image elements in an automated and controlled way. This will help you to create more realistic composites from images that may not match in their original perspective.
Views: 2014 Michael Hoffman
Photoshop CS6 Adjustment Brush Tricks
 
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The Camera Raw Adjustment Brush control keep getting better, and with Photoshop CS6 you have even more control and flexibility than ever before. Don't be afraid to experiment with different settings, and to combine multiple adjustments in a single brush.
Views: 19175 Michael Hoffman
Pen Tool in Photoshop - 06 - Converting Points
 
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We continue to progress through the tricks and details of using the Pen Tool in Photoshop, and today we look at ways of converting anchor points from corners, to smooth curves, to cusp points and back. This final skill, combined with what we've learned in the previous videos, will give you everything you need to manage creating and editing of virtually any complex path in any image. If you haven't already viewed the previous videos in this series, I recommend watching them first to bring you up to speed with our current progress: 1. Pen Tool in Photoshop -- Path Fundamentals 2. Pen Tool in Photoshop -- Straight Paths 3. Pen Tool in Photoshop -- Adding Paths and Anchor Points 4. Pen Too in Photoshop -- Smooth Curves 5. Pen Tool in Photoshop -- Cusp Points In the next video, we'll wrap up this series with a start-to-finish project using a complex subject, creating multiple paths for selections. I do hope you'll stick around!
Views: 2856 Michael Hoffman
Lightroom Additional External Editors
 
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Lightroom automatically sets Photoshop or Elements as its primary external editor, but you can have many additional external editors configured. These editors allow you to export directly to almost any other program, and allow you to create a variety of photo-handling edit options from directly within Lightroom. In this video, we'll examine how to choose additional external editors, how to configure presets additional external editors, and how to set up Lightroom to quick-launch a photo with any of the additional external editors that you desire.
Views: 1482 Michael Hoffman
Photoshop Signature Brushes and Shapes
 
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Whether you want to watermark your images, or just an a tasteful signature for artistic flair, there are several ways to accomplish this in Photoshop. In this tutorial, we'll look at two ways to create a signature that can be applied over and over -- one method using Photoshop's Brush Engine, and the second using Photoshop Custom Shapes.
Views: 2528 Michael Hoffman
Lightroom and Photoshop - Creating Panoramas
 
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Lightroom and Photoshop work well together, and Lightroom offers more than a few integration features directly with Photoshop’s processing capabilities. On of the direct links is to Photomerge, the Photoshop engine for merging images together into a panorama. Shooting a panorama is easy, just pan your camera across a scene and take multiple images, making sure to overlap by at least 20-25% (I tend to overlap by about 50% just to be sure). Once you have the images imported into Lightroom, you can send them directly into Photoshop from Lightroom with a click of a menu; it’s easy. And the advantage here is that once you save from Photoshop, your newly created panoramic image is imported automatically back into Lightroom’s catalog. Lightroom and Photoshop cooperate well together in many ways!
Views: 723 Michael Hoffman
Lightroom 4 Adjustment Brush Tricks
 
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Lightroom 4 brings all the same capabilities you'll find in Camera Raw for the Adjustment Brush, as well as the Graduated Filter. Add multiple effects, control your image non-destructively. Plus, Lightroom adds some nifty controls all its own to make your editing more efficient.
Views: 10666 Michael Hoffman

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