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psforphbMy first live seminar of the year is coming up at the end of this month as we bring my “Photoshop CS4 for Digital Photographers” tour to the Arlington Convention Center (just outside Dallas) on Friday, January 29th. I’m teaching five classes during full-day seminar:

  1. My “Seven-Point System” for Camera Raw
  2. Portrait Retouching Techniques
  3. Killer Photoshop Tips for Photographers
  4. Printing Techniques and How to Show Your Work
  5. My Photoshop Editing Workflow, from Start to Finish

Here’s the full class schedule, more details, and how to sign up (it’s just $99 for the full day, including the printed workbook and goodies disc, or just $79 for NAPP members). I hope I’ll get to meet you in person in Dallas in just a few weeks!


Over the past few weeks, I’ve been highlighting some of the those little improvements Adobe snuck into Lightroom 3 Public Beta. These aren’t the features that are going to get any big fanfare, but may wind up impacting your daily workflow more than you’d think by either removing frustration or simply making things easier (and I’m all for that).

The first one is a really helpful tweak they made to the Import Image window (which has been completely revamped in Lightroom 3, but it’s not about the redesign—it’s about one particular tweak).


Above: Previously, your only Import choice was lots of thumbnails.


Now you can zoom in for a much larger preview to check sharpness, details, etc.

#1 The first tweak is that you now get some of the same preview functionality in the Import Window before you import the photos, that normally you wouldn’t get until after images are imported into Lightroom. Here’s what I mean: if you double-click on a thumbnail in the Import window, it now zooms into full size. Click again, it zooms in even tighter. Press the letter “G” and you’re back to the thumbnail Grid. This is really handy if you’re trying to find just one or two images you want to import from a shoot, or quickly check the sharpness of a photo to see if you even want to import it at all. Now, back in Lightroom 2, you could get a little larger view by increasing the size of all the thumbnails, but it was el-clunk-a-roonie. This is much better (and more consistent).

#2 The second tweak is actually something that helps new users probably more than anyone else, but it probably will save us all a click or two when we go Export our photos to JPEGs, TIFFs, etc. In the Export window, at the top of the window, is now a clearly visible pop-up menu that lets you choose whether you’re saving your images to disc, or burning them to a CD.


The little menu up top is now so obvious, actual users may find it!

This feature was actually in Lightroom 2, but it was hidden way over on the right side—I know it doesn’t look like a menu, but click and hold on it—and the default was to burn a disc, rather than saving to your computer. Again, it’ll probably help new users a lot (and I’ve gotten a lot of emails over the years about it), so I’m glad they made this feature “More Discoverable” (which is Adobe-speak for “now it’s not hidden”).

By the way—while we’re on the topic of Hiding things; there’s one feature in Photoshop that is so hidden, yet so important, that I can’t believe after all these years they’re still hiding it. It’s the button that Resets your current tool to it’s default settings. I get asked how to do this all the time, because if you didn’t know this feature was hidden there, you’d never find it.


Above: Here’s how you’d imagine this reset button would appear in the Options Bar
(way too easy for users to find).


Above: here’s what you actually have to do in Photoshop to find this hidden Reset button. You have to Ctrl-click (PC: Right-click) on the little down-facing arrow to the right of the Tool Presets pop-up menu in the top left corner of the Toolbar (as shown here).


Above: ….and from the pop-up menu that now appears (shown below), you can choose Reset Tool, or Reset All Tools.

Now, you might be saying to yourself, “Scott, what’s the big deal about having to right-click on that button? That doesn’t look so complicated.” You’re right—It’s not—as long as you already know to click that button in the first place. That’s the “gotcha!” Most users don’t know that (how would they?).

So, if anybody out there in Adobeland is reading this, and you feel like making life a little better for everybody, but especially for new Photoshop users, I hope you guys consider this little improvement for the next version of Photoshop. :)

The fairly embarrassing “behind the scenes/not so best-of” video clip above is designed to distract you from the fact that two days ago we should have launched the new 13-week season of Photoshop User TV on our new set, with our new format (so go ahead and watch that video clip now—-it helps ease the pain).

In short, here’s what happened: When we showed up to tape the show last week, we all kind of realized that everything wasn’t quite in place yet (ugh!). The set is much larger than before, and as soon as we started blocking the segments, we realized that we needed a lot more studio lighting than we thought, so we ordered a whole new lighting set-up from Westcott (they make video lighting, too and we already use their stuff on our green screen set and it rocks, so we’re totally relighting our real set with their lights). The lighting should be here today, as well as some mounts we’re missing for the video panels, and well…it all just wasn’t ready yet, so once again, we wait.

Anyway, you all have been really (overly) patient while we’re getting this all together, so thanks for hanging in there with us. Dave, Matt, and I are really excited about the new format, and we think you guys will totally dig it, if we can just get everything together and launch this new season. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we can shoot the season premiere early next week.

Once we get that done, we can move onto getting D-Town TV up and running on its new set and get that baby launched. I know, I know….one thing at a time. Ugh!


What do you and more than 500 Philadelphia-based photographers have in common? If you come to my seminar on Monday in Philly, we’ll all have something in common, as I’m teaching my “Photoshop Tour for Digital Photographers” there, and I hope you can make it.

Also, just so you know; there’s no way you can lose if you come, because this day is 100% money-back guaranteed—if it’s not the best Photoshop training seminar you’ve ever been to, at any price, we’ll refund your money on the spot. Really!

Here’s a link with all the details (it’s gonna be fun; you’ll learn a whole bunch, and I promise to make it worth your while). :)


First, a big thanks to the hundreds of photographers who came out to my “Photoshop Tour for Digital Photographers” seminar yesterday in Boston. I totally had a great time, and it was an awesome way to kick off this new tour.

Next Stop: Philadelphia on Monday
The next stop for me on the tour is Philly, next Monday, November 2nd, and I hope you can join me. There’s already well over 400 photographers signed up, so if you’re thinking of going, I hope you sign up quick (here’s the link). See you in Philly!

Jeff Schewe updates “Real World Sharpening” Book
Photoshop Hall of Famer Jeff Schewe has just released a major update to a very important book; “Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom” (by Bruce Fraser and Jeff Schewe; published by Adobe Press; cover seen above). I can’t think of anyone more appropriate, or more qualified, than Jeff to take Bruce’s original work forward (since Bruce’s passing just a few years ago). There are few topics as important as sharpening (and few that can support an entire book), but this topic, and this author, are right on the money. Kudos to Jeff for his work, and for his dedication to honoring Bruce’s legacy. I think Bruce would be very proud indeed. Here’s the link to it on Barnes & Noble, and Borders (and it’s available wherever Photoshop books are sold).

My first “Light it; Shoot it; Retouch It” online class is now live!
It took a while to get it up there, but the first in my three-part series called “Light-it, shoot-it, Retouch it” is now online at Kelby Training. In this series, I pick one particular lighting look, and built it from scratch (you see every step along the way), then once the lighting is set, we do the shoot with you along for every aspect (including all the on-set tweaking), and then I take the images from the camera and show you how I edit the shoot from start to finish, so you see every step along the way. Here’s the link with more details. ALSO: Matt Kloskowski’s Lightroom 3 Beta “Power Session” just went live, too! Here’s that link.

What I learned From Julieanne
I mentioned in my post yesterday that I learned something new while stepping into Julieanne Kost’s Lightroom session at Photo Plus East last week, and a couple of folks asked exactly what I learned. Now, I’ll tell you, but you have to promise not to post a comment that says anything along the lines of , “Scott!!!! You didn’t know THAT??? I knew that three years ago!” I thought you were supposed to know these things, etc, blah, blah). OK, here it is; you know how the Crop Tool has that rule of thirds Grid that appears over it when you click on the Crop tool? Well, there’s a setting you can choose called “Auto Show” that makes the Grid invisible until you actually touch one of the adjustment handles, and only then the Grid appears, which for me, is great because although I like the Grid, I don’t like seeing it all the time. It’s found under Lightroom’s View menu, under Tool Overlay.

Tim Mantoani at Photo Plus
At Photo Plus, I finally got to meet a particular person face-to-face, whose work I really admire; Tim Mantoani. I don’t know if you remember Tim’s fantastic Guest Blog post here (link), but one of the projects he talked about was his project where he made portraits of famous photographers posing with one of their favorite prints, but he shot these with a huge 20×24 Wisner camera. Well, he had the camera set up at Photo Plus, and I got a chance to check it out in person,  (Tim and I have emailed back and forth, but this was the first time I got to actually shake his hand). I saw a couple of the prints while I was there, and I was so impressed with him, and his work. Besides this project, Tim’s sports portraits are just fantastic, and if you’ve got a minute, stop by Tim’s site and check out his latest work—-it’ll start your Tuesday off right.

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is….
….someone very special indeed. Photoshop Hall of Famer, and one of the fathers of modern digital art. Photoshop World instructor, brilliant artist, and my friend, Bert Monroy.

Bert is truly a living legend of Photoshop, and if you’ve got two seconds, jump back with me to my post on Bert’s recent gallery showing outside San Francisco, and take a quick peek at some of his work, and then make sure you’re back here tomorrow to experience Bert’s Guest Blog for yourself. It’s truly an honor to have him guesting here on the blog. Can’t wait!!

That’s it for today, folks.
Here’s wishing you a wonderful Tuesday—-I hope it’s your best yet!