Posts By Scott Kelby

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Happy Friday folks! Here’s a few quickies:

(1) I need your help with a new course I’m working on. It’s called “Seven Photoshop Techniques Every Lightroom User Needs to Know.” The details are at this link (the how’s and whys of the class), but I need you to leave a comment with what you want learn in Photoshop (as a Lightroom user). Thanks in advance for your input. :)  BTW: you can skip the rest of the page over there, because I share this same news over there – just read the top part about the class. 

(2) As you saw from yesterday’s post, I released a new class called “Masking Hair and Compositing Made Easy” – and I saw some comments from folks who are totally digging the class, but would love to have the images from the class to practice with. Never fear, I’m posting a bunch of them (most of them), this morning (I couldn’t post every single one because a few were stock backgrounds), but you’ve got the important shots for sure.  Here’s the link. 

(3) The amazing Corey Barker has just recorded a class for us on “Advanced Compositing” as a follow-up to my  “compositing made easy” class and it’ll be out in a few weeks (we release at least one new class every Thursday), so after watching my class, you’ll be ready for Corey’s. I’ll let you know when it goes live.

(4) The next stop for my “Shoot Like a Pro: Part 2 [reloaded]” full-day seminar is in Nashville, and if you’re in that area, I hope you’ll come out and spend the day with me. There’s an entire session on my Lightroom Seven Point System, and people are super diggin’ it.

(5) Did you notice that spiffy “7” Logo up top. Did you get the subtle Las Vegas vibe from it? You shoulda, cause we’re just 19 days from Photoshop World Las Vegas! Come out and join us. It’s a Lightroom / Photoshop / Photography love-fest. Get the details right here.

Thanks for stopping by, and here’s wishing you an epic weekend!

Best,

-Scott

Hi Gang, and welcome to vivacious Tuesday (I just couldn’t write “happy Tuesday” again for the bajillionith time, so I hit up the thesaurus and came up with vivacious. Don’t judge).

Anyway, I’m not sure if you know this but in an effort to ensure I never sleep I write another blog called LightroomKillerTips.com and I share Lightroom tips there three days a week, and a lot of them are quick video tips on Lightroom and Lightroom Mobile so I thought I’d post a few of ’em here in hopes that:

(a) you might find them helpful, and
(b) you might start catching all my posts over at LR KillerTips. 

So, without further ado (yes, that was ado), here’s five of my recent favorites:

https://youtu.be/StbWrKch03s

https://youtu.be/xXHRrXI1nvQ

https://youtu.be/SOVAu5iqAcA

https://youtu.be/q-FLu-lmvR4

https://youtu.be/kdXGwq_w0Z4

Hope you find some, any, all of those helpful, and again, I invite you to follow me over at LightroomKillerTips.com for a year-round Lightroom love affair (say that last sentence with a French accent, and it sounds much more invite). ;-)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you’re in to travel photography, I hope you’ll follow me over on Instagram where I post travel photos daily. It’s really a super nice, very supportive community over there, and you’ll super dig it (and I’ll dig having you there). Here’s my Instagram account name. Ready? It’s @scottkelby – that’s all I could come up with. :)

Closing eyes

Very excited to have food photographer Steve Hanson as my guest this week on “The Grid” (my live weekly photography talk show), and we’re taking your submissions now to have your food photography critiqued on this week’s show with Steve.

If you’re not familiar with Steve, here’s a quick video he did for us (below), so watch that first (Steve’s got a great story, and this video has already been viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube!):

https://youtu.be/0MgeCe0-jis

Pretty awesome story, right?!  Here’s the link for submitting your images: (NOTE: submit only food photography images, and only submit 3 images total. Also, make sure your images are a reasonable size for viewing).

Once you’ve submitted, watch the show LIVE on Wednesday (details below):

Who: In-Studio Guest Steve Hanson
What: Blind Food Photography Critiques
Where: http://kelbytv.com/thegrid (we also stream live to my Facebook Page)
When: Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 4pm EDT (New York Time Zone)
Why: To learn new ways to improve your food photography

I hope you’ll submit some images, and we look forward to you joining us (we’ll be taking your comments and questions live on the air) on Wednesday. See you then!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Are you joining us at Photoshop World in Vegas next month? Ya know, you oughta. :)

Hi Gang: Lots of folks hitting me up on social asking about how to move their plug-ins from the old Photoshop CC to the new version (Photoshop CC 2015.5) so I thought I’d do a quick video for you on the process.

I went to Adobe directly to find out the best way to do this, because there are a couple of different ways (and I’m going to show you both), but there’s also a new and smarter third way that Adobe has created so you never have to go through this process again. If you do this step, the next time that you update Photoshop, your plug-ins will move automatically. Anyway, I hope you find it helpful (I’ve embedded the short video below).

https://youtu.be/klTS6-Baco4

That’s a pretty lame thumbnail for that video, but believe it or not, it was the best of the three YouTube presented me. :)

Feel The Lightroom Mobile Love…
Hey, if you’re into the Lightroom Mobile App (and I hope you are, because it’s awesome), I posted a timesaving tip today on how to import your images directly into a particular collection (saving you a step). I also posted Wednesday’s episode of The Grid with my guest, Adobe’s Lightroom Mobile Product Manager, Josh Haftel.  Josh was awesome on the show and shared lots of insights, answers, and was a terrific guest all the way around. Here’s the link to both.

OK, gotta run. Busy day today (but a good one!). Hope yours is, too! :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Today’s the cutoff for Photoshop World Guru Awards entries, and for the hotel room discounts at the Mandalay Bay resort. Just a heads up. :)

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It’s here! Adobe is rolling out a pretty big update to Photoshop CC, with some seriously cool new features; lots of little tweaks, enhancements and improvements throughout, and I’m here to give you a peek at some of my favorite parts of Photoshop CC 2015.5 (we’re going to do our best to overlook the fact that this 2016 release is actually named 2015.5. I would love to hear the reasoning behind that one…but I digress).

Anyway, don’t spend too much time on that one (it will make your head hurt), and instead, let’s look at what’s new in this full release, which is technically Photoshop version 17. :-)

Better Masking Is Here!
Adobe has been making big strides in making tricky selections easier (like windblown hair), and the new “Select & Mask” Task Space environment is better, faster, and more powerful (yes, it replaces the much-loved Refine Edge, but don’t worry — it does everything Refine Edge did and more). Check out the video below.

https://youtu.be/K0QDp6umxy0

Facial Aware Liquify
This is that next level of Liquify for retouching portraits, because it automatically detects facial features, and lets you adjust them quite simply by just using sliders. No complicated masking or brushing — just drag a slider (if you’ve seen the retouching miracle that is the “Adobe Fix,” app, you’ve seen this technology before, and I’m thrilled it made its way over to Photoshop. Here’s a quick video:

https://youtu.be/vyBGGuJhESU

Content Aware Cropping
This one will save you time, but not only does it save time — it does a better, faster job of it.

https://youtu.be/oKbmtndZ8Vg

Match Font
This is some serious font recognition magic — you open an image with a font visible in the image (a flattened image is fine), and it recognizes the font; tells you which one it is (if you have that font installed), or it will suggest similar fonts if you don’t, and then you can download it directly from the Adobe TypeKit library so you can start using it. Pretty darn slick!

https://youtu.be/yxLoh1wQWHw

Faster Speed Is Here, Too!
Lots of important speed enhancements, including stuff like Content Aware that’s 3x faster (and that was about the slowest thing in Photoshop, but I guess not anymore, eh?). Plus, 4x faster loading of the your fonts in the font menu, and even documents open faster in CC 2015.5 (stop giggling about the 2015.5 thing). Because of stuff like this, the whole application feels snappier and more responsive.

Lots of Tweaks, and enhancements, too
Stuff like better results from Content Aware Fill (according to Adobe, these include: “…improvement in details, reduction in blur/smudge, and improved color adaptation”). Plus, you’ve got Photoshop libraries that you can make “read only” so you can share it with other people without them messing up the assets, or a new preference setting that lets you use the old legacy Healing Brush algorithm. How about stuff like bringing back the small color swatch size in the Swatches palette, or the ability to add a keyboard shortcut to toggle on/off the Airbrush mode. Plus, they’ve really stepped up on the Adobe Stock integration (I’ve been using the heck out of Adobe Stock by the way, and I’m loving it, but I’ll probably love it more now that I can license images from right within Photoshop). Anyway, there’s a whole bunch more stuff like that. Oh yeah, and a bunch of bug fixes. It’s all good.

 IMPORTANT: Don’t miss this little (but big) detail about plug-ins
As I mentioned earlier, this is Photoshop 17 — a full release, which means you’ll need to reinstall all your 3rd party plug-ins (I know, I know); however, they are implementing a new plug-in location going forward that will keep us all from having to do this in the future, but for now…ya know…we still have to do it this one last time.

Also, if you want to wait and move your plug-ins later, and not overwrite your current copy of CC (with all your plug-ins), then when you go to install, click the Advanced Options button at the bottom of the installer and uncheck “Remove Old Version.” That way, you can move your plug-ins over at your leisure, then uninstall the old version later.

When is it available?
It will be rolling out today (I already got my update) but depending on where you are in the country and in the world, will ultimately depend on when it’s actually available for download, so I’ll just say, “very, very soon” ;-)

Get More Videos Straight From Adobe!
Go check out Julieanne Kost’s blog — she’s got some great videos there on the new most-important features (here’s the link) and since she’s one of Adobe’s Photoshop evangelists, she’s always got great insights, and really helpful tips.

Don’t forget about tomorrow’s Lightroom Mobile Lovefest!
Adobe’s own Lightroom Mobile Product Manager Josh Haftel is here in our studios, and tomorrow we’re doing a special KelbyOne members-only Webcast with Josh, and then later in the day (at 4pm), Josh will be my guest on The Grid. Hope to see you at one of those tomorrow.

Best,

-Scott
A very happy guy on upgrade day!

P.S. I don’t know if you can tell (wink), but I am freakin’ lovin’ this update. Thank you to the Adobe engineers for continuing  to literally create “magic” and for giving us such amazing tools to create with. What an awesome time to be a Photoshop user!

Howdy everybody – and happy Monday! OK, onto the Photoshop stuff (this is one for beginners but I bet even some more advanced folks won’t know that this one thing has changed — for the better).

Well, did you know you have WAY more than just one “undo” in Photoshop? Yup. In fact, (spoiler alert): you’re getting more than ever before!). Watch the short video:

https://youtu.be/Nk8YUPsnXMU

Hope you found that helpful (I sure did). :)

It’s “Big Lightroom Mobile Week” at KelbyOne
Adobe’s own Lightroom Mobile product manager Josh Haftel is at our studios this week, and it’s going to be a busy one:

(1) He’s doing a LIVE special Lightroom Webinar just for KelbyOne members (more on this shortly)
(2) He’s taping a Lightroom Mobile online class for KelbyOne Members
(3) He’s my guest this week on “The Grid” (Wednesday at 4pm EDT at this link).
(4) Plus other cool stuff I can’t quite reveal yet.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. 30-days to Photoshop World. If you want to come (and you know you do), it’s not too late to join us. http://photoshopworld.com (btw: KelbyOne members get $100 off, just for being members). :)

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