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It’s been two years since the last major update to my bestselling Photoshop book, and since then, lots has changed — and not just new features in Photoshop CC (and there are plenty of them), but with how I do my Photoshop workflow today, so I went back and reworked the structure and design of the book to reflect how photographers are working today.

I take an update to this book very seriously, as it’s used in colleges and universities all over the world (it’s translated into many different languages) as their classroom text and curriculum. While it took longer than anticipated, it has to be right, and that’s why I am so excited about this new edition – I think it’s the best, most useful version of the book yet.

Here’s the trailer where I explain the book:

Amazon says it will be in stock on Dec. 22nd, but my sources are telling me it will actually be shipping by the end of next week (if not sooner), so if you want to get your copy first, now’s the time to order it.

Here’s the link to preorder it on Amazon

Thanks for letting me share this with you, and if you have any friends that would find a book like this helpful in their Photoshop journey, I hope you’ll share this post with them. :)

Have a great Monday and we’ll catch ya back here tomorrow!

Best,

-Scott

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Seriously…is there anything creepier than a ghostly Dave Clayton sitting in a chair staring blankly out the window? Not a chance — it’s as creepy as it gets. Luckily, creating a creepy Dave Clayton ghostly effect, using your own friends and family, is simple (and best of all — you don’t actually need Dave Clayton to do this, which is great because he’s usually creeping around the UK).

I wrote a step-by-step tutorial over on the Coca Cola Journey’s blog – here’ the link if you have a sec (it’s super easy).

I hope you all have a safe, happy Halloween (and keep an eye out for all those little ones out there trick-or-treating).

Best,

-Scott

Ready to go all “old school” with some quick Photoshop tricks that have been around since before the butter churn, but are packed with wholesome goodness and seven essential vitamins? Here ya go:

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Old School: Creating a Soft Spotlight “Behind” Your Subject
If you didn’t put a soft spotlight back behind your subject when you took the shot, this will do in a pinch.

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STEP ONE: Open the image you forgot to add a soft spotlight behind.

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STEP TWO: Duplicate the Background layer and change the layer blend mode to Multiply to darken the entire image (as seen above). Now, get the Elliptical Marquee tool; hold the Shift key, and drag out a large circular selection like the one you see here. Once it’s in place, go under the Select menu, under Modify and choose Feather. Enter 250 pixels for your Feather amount (to greatly soften the edges of your circular selection), and click OK.

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STEP THREE: Now just hit Delete (PC: Backspace) to knock a hole out of that top layer, which gives you a soft spotlight effect behind your subject, as seen above. Two more things: (1) If you want a more defined spot light effect, use less than the 150 pixel feather (maybe 100 or 75), and (2) Because her hair is so tall in this image, I had to add a layer mask to brush away the darkening that went over her hair, but chances are you won’t even have to mess with this.

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Old School Beam of Natural Light
This creates…umm…a beam of natural light coming from a window that isn’t there.

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STEP ONE: Get the Polygonal Lasso Tool (It’s kind of like a connect-the-dots selection tool), and draw out a selection in the shape of the beam of light you want (as seen above, where the beam is smaller at the top of the frame and grows larger toward to the diagonal bottom). 

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STEP TWO: To soften the edges of the selection, go under the Select menu; under Modify, and choose Feather. Enter 150 pixels and click OK. 

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STEP THREE: Press Shift-Command-I (PC: Shift-Ctrl-I) to Invert your selection (so everything outside the beam is selected), then press Command-L (PC: Ctrl-L) to bring up Levels. Drag the center Midtone slider to the right (as shown here) to darken the area outside the beam. Click OK. 

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STEP FOUR: Press Shift-Command-I (PC: Shift-Ctrl-I) to Invert your selection again (so the inside of the beam is selected), then press Command-L (PC: Ctrl-L) to bring up Levels. Drag the bottom left Output Levels slider to the right (as shown here) to brighten the soft beam. Click OK. 

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STEP FIVE: Deselect to complete the effect.

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Better Old School Black and White
Instead of just choosing “Grayscale” from the Image menu, under Mode, or even using the Black & White Adjustment layer, try this: Make sure you foreground color is set to its default of white and black, and then choose “Gradient Map” from the Adjustment Layer pop-up menu. Boom. Done.

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Ain’t no school…like the old school! Hope you found that helpful. :)

Want a Simple, yet effective Lightroom Retouching Eyes tip?
Check out my “Retouching Eyes” tip today over at LightroomKillerTips.com (inspired by a tip Kristi Sherk shared on this week’s episode of The Grid where we were doing blind photo critiques of retouching).

I’m shooting the Bucs/Raiders game this week (thank Goodness the Bucs are finally off the road). Hope you have a fantastic weekend! :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. The next stops for my seminar are in Denver and Las Vegas next month. Hope I’ll see you there.

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Hi gang — and greetings from the Sacramento airport (we wrapped up our seminar here today and Brad and I are headed home on a red eye. Zzzzzzzzz).

OK, so here’s what I’m working on…
It’s a new online class for KelbyOne on reducing noise in your photos, and I’m planning on covering it from both sides — the camera side of things, and of course the post processing, and here’s where I need your help: I want to make sure I cover all the most common noise scenarios, so if there’s a particular kind of noise you struggle with in your photography, please leave me a comment here, and I’ll try to include it in the class.

I plan on covering everything from long exposure noise reduction, to high ISO / low-light issues, along with issues that come from opening up the shadow areas even on low ISO images. I’m going to share lots of different strategies, including 3rd party plug-ins, native solutions, in-camera options, and more. Let me know the kind of stuff you’re having to deal with, and I’ll try to tackle it in the class (again, just leave me a comment below).

I’ve got another new Photoshop class coming out this week…
On Thursday we’re releasing my new “Removing Distracting Stuff using Photoshop” online class. I packed that baby full of stuff that we run into day in/day out, and I think it’s going to help a lot of people. I did it one problem at a time, so people can just go right to the type of thing they want to remove and, short and sweet, you’ll see exactly how to remove them. I’m also posting lots of downloadable practice files so you can practice along with the tutorials. More on Thursday when it launches.

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Above: Here’s a shot from Monday morning, before we opened the doors at my seminar in Sacramento. It probably looks pretty much the same right now, since it’s been 5-1/2 hours since the seminar ended. LOL!). Really enjoyed meeting everybody – such a wonderful crowd of photographers to present to (and thanks for the great turnout!). Can’t wait to come back!

OK, that’s it for tonight (well, by the time you read this…it’ll be morning, right?)
Hope you all have a good night. I’m home for a while, until my next seminar, which is in Denver on Monday, November 14th, and then Las Vegas on Wednesday, November 16th. Here’s where you get tickets.

Best,

-Scott

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P.S. Did I mention I got a new guitar? Well…I did! (it’s not actually “new” – it’s used – just new to me). It’s a 2008 Schecter PT Tele with coil tapped Super Rock humbuckers. I’ve had my eye on one for a while, but I finally came across the right deal, and now she’s sitting at my desk. I haven’t had much of a chance to play her (or change her funky colored strings), but I’m hoping to get a chance this week.

Dig the high gloss finish and lack of pick-guard (which I particularly love, since tele’s pretty much always come with a pick guard). OK, now I have to sell one (or two) to make room. Reverb.com here I come!

Hi Gang, and greetings from the yummy cheese capital of the USA – Milwaukee, Wisconsin (here for my seminar today – looking forward to meeting everybody!).

So, here’s the scoop (well, as it relates to Photoshop anyway). Basically, Adobe would like your feedback on how often you’d like to see Photoshop updated, as well as your thoughts on balancing new features, bug fixes and polish to existing features.

They put together a quick survey over at this link

I took the survey myself, and you have lots of opportunities to share your thoughts with Adobe, by answering Multiple Choice questions, or by writing in your own comments (totally optional).

Anyway, this is so worth doing, and a great opportunity to be heard directly by the Photoshop team at Adobe — I hope you take advantage of it.

In other news…

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It’s just 8-days away, and we have walks set up in over 1,000 cities around the world. There’s still plenty of time to join a local walk near you (it’s free, it’s fun, you’ll make new friends, you’ll take a lot of pictures, and you might even win a cool prize or two). Here’s the link to see if there’s a walk near you.

Here’s wishing you a fantastic weekend! :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m shooting the Bucs/Rams home opener in Tampa on Sunday, but if you want to read a really shocking football photography “incident” that happened to me a few years back, read my story “Aaron Rodgers Owes me a New Monopod.” You will never forget it. Here’s the link.

Howdy, everybody. I’ve got a pretty cool Photoshop tutorial for ya, but first with all the exciting news about the Worldwide Photo Walk yesterday, I wanted to hit a couple of questions real quick, then we’ll get on to the Photoshop stuff.

“Why aren’t you doing a photo walk in my city?”
We get this question a lot, but you’ll be happy to know we don’t actually pick the cities — every city, everywhere is invited to create a photo walk — you just need a photographer in your city to apply to lead one.  So, if you search for a walk in your city and you don’t see one – it just means someone hasn’t volunteered to lead a walk there yet.

Now, we just publicly launched yesterday, and a whole bunch of cities added photo walks yesterday and bunch more will be coming online today, so if you don’t see a walk in your city…just wait a few days and check back — there will probably be one there (especially if you live in a fairly good-sized city).

“What if I still don’t see one?”
Then maybe you should consider leading one. :)  Just go to the official site; click on “Lead a Walk” and apply to lead one in your city, and you’re up and running. Anyway, I know a lot of folks are under the impression that we pick the cities, but in reality — you pick the cities, so just wanted to give everybody everywhere a chance to join us. Hope that helps.

“Do you have a short video that explains the walk?”
Man, was I hoping you’d ask that. I sure do – it’s right below.

 

OK, now back to Photoshop and stuff
Today I have a Photoshop retouching mini-tutorial for ya, for when your subject has one eye that is more open than the other (which is surprisingly common), and you’ll learn a few cool tricks and shortcuts along the way. I made this video (2nd video below) just for you guys and it’s only around 5-minutes, but I hope you’ll find it’s worth it. :)

There ya have it – it’s “Two Video Tuesday” (at no extra charge!).

Hey, I hope you join me as part of my 9th annual Worldwide Photo Walk. The prizes are awesome. The cites around the world that are hosting walks are awesome, and the awesome is awesomely awesome (take that evil grammarians!). ;-)

Best,

-Scott
A guy who is back from Nashville already, but is in Orlando today doing a site inspection for next year’s Photoshop World Conference 2017. Whoo Hoo! :)

P.S. Hey! Psssst! Wanna come see me in Indy next week (the 25th) with my full day seminar? Sure you do! Here’s the link where you can get tickets. All the cool kids will be there. 

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