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Milestones for 2014
Besides the most popular and most commented-upon posts (which I posted here in Part 1 on Monday), we were pretty busy here on the blog during 2014. Here's some highlights of what we shared:

We raised nearly $40,000 for the Springs of Hope Orphanage
I don’t think anything we did this year was as important as this â” by having folks who participated in my 7th Worldwide  Photo Walk donate $1 when they signed up, we made a major difference in the lives of some really wonderful kids. Of everything we did this year, this is what I’m most proud of.

I started my love affair with
Last year when I posted my “Favorite Football Shots from the 2013 Season” I tried for the first time, and literally fell in love it, and it became my go-to source for photo-storytelling.  I used for a number of photo stories from the year, including:

A Walk in Rome (images from four days in Rome) – link
Shooting The U.S. Open – link
A Colorful Journey (images from my trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico) – link
Shooting The U.S. Open Men’s Final – link
Game Day with The Vols (shooting Tennessee football) – link
A Rolling Museum (my images of the classic American cars of Cuba) – link
Automotive Photography – link
Shooting the Firestone Grand Prix Indy Race – link
The World on a White Seamless Background – link
From Prague to Budapest (images from my trip along the Danube river)  – link
A little bit of London (shots from my quick trip across the pond) – link 

I tried some “silent movie style” 30-second Micro Photoshop Tips
I tried something new â” super quick tips I could do, at my kitchen table at home, without hooking up a mic and I would do them like a silent movie, with just text to explain the tip. The tips were cool, but ultimately the experiment failed, with many folks leaving me comments that “the audio wasn’t working.” You can check out some I posted here on the blog right here. 

We Took The Photoshop World Conference & Expo to Atlanta for the First Time
It’s pretty much been in Orlando for the past 15 years, but this year we thought we’d try something new by taking the show to Atlanta. The Cobb Galleria venue in Atlanta was absolutely ideal for a conference, and it was one of our best conferences ever! (but of course, everybody still wants to go to Vegas).

I taught at the WPPI Conference for the first time
What a great show, and a great experience. I spoke on the Conference Track teaching retouching and I got to speak in Canon’s booth to just huge crowds. Totally had a great time from start to finish and met tons of great people.

Adobe Launched Lightroom Mobile⦠
â¦and we were there with not only an in-depth Launch center, but we launched our first online class on Lightroom mobile to get everybody up and running fast. Here’s the link to the class.

Karen Hutton made me cry
I’ve never actually seen the finished interview, because it was so upsetting (and embarrassing) at the time, I couldn’t bring myself to watch it (if I had, I’m sure I would have made them cut out that part.

Apple pulled the plug on Aperture, and we had a Webinar on “How to move from Aperture to Lightroom” that very night
We can be really quick when we need to be. And of course besides that, we put together a full-length online class on exactly how to make the big switch.

We produced a free live Travel Photography Webcast called “From Prague to Budapest”
After my trip, I shared some photos, some tips, some tricks, some post processing techniques, I answered questions â” it was so much fun. You can watch the entire Webinar above.

I told probably my most embarrassing photography story ever (above). It is NOT pretty.

We broke some news about a little secret Adobe kinda snuck into the release of Lightroom 5.5 to allay a lot of folks’ concerns about the Creative Cloud photographers’ bundle. After you watch the video above, read the Q&A I put together to help explain it. Here’s the link (but again, watch the video first so the Q&A will make sense).

We got more love from this than you can imagine
It’s called “How Photographers Can Turn Their DSLR Video Clips Into Movies in Just 5 Minutes (using, believe it or not, just Photoshop). The clip is above. Yes, this is for you.

I Shared a Little Known Feature of Lightroom Mobile here
I shared a quick video tutorial (above) about a little-known feature of Lightroom Mobile that is just so darn cool. I do a live model shoot in the video above (which is much better than a dead model shoot) to show you how it all works. You’ll dig it.

I gave Project Luca a shot
This was fairly recently â” it’s a new iPad-based photo storytelling app, and I tried it out by doing a story on my very short photographic journey in London a few months ago. I wouldn’t say I trashed it, but it needs a few things before it’s ready for prime time (it’s still in beta, but the developers saw the article, responded the same day, and are fixing a bunch of stuff before it ships, so it’ll wind up being pretty darn cool). Here’s the link

Book Launches:

I launched Part 5 of my “The Digital Photography Book” Series here on the blog â” this one is all “Photo Recipes.”

I released a big update to my book, “The Photoshop CC Book for Digital Photographers” – it’s my first all “CC” version and it’s gone over really, really well. Still very excited about it (the video above explains it).

I released an ebook of nothing but my Chapter Intros (to raise money for the Springs of Hope Orphanage) - The book is available right here.

We did some stuff that mattered
Like Behind the Lens: An evening with Joe McNally â” it was just an electrifying presentation, a magical night, and one of our most popular and most talked-about classes of the entire year. Every photography student should be required to see it. (link)

We also did our first documentary: Moose Peterson’s “Aviation Photography: Warbirds and the Men Who Flew Them.” It came out so wonderfully, we shared it with the world with a one-night free premiere, with Moose himself on hand. There’s wasn’t a dry eye in the house. This was something we were all really proud of.

We launched a new series of in-depth interviews called “Trailer Blazers: Powerful Women of Photography” showcasing women who changed and challenged our industry.

We also did our first-ever “Creative Cloud Month” where each day we released a new full-length online class on one of Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications. (Interesting note: When we launched this, Adobe had around 1.5 million subscribers to the Adobe Creative Cloud. Today they have only 3.5 million).

Jeremy Cowart in Miami â” portraits on location revisited
A few years after our classes in Venice Beach, California with Jeremy (which were such a hit), we caught up with Jeremy again on Miami’s South Beach and, son-of-a-gun, man can that guy turn nothin’ into something. It’s like a masterclass on how to shoot anywhere, and it was as big a hit as his classes from Venice. You can watch the intro right here and you’ll see what I mean (even if you’re not a KelbyOne member).

SmugMug Films mini-documentery on me (above) as an educator and photographer was such an honor (and they produced it beautifully).

That's just some of the highlights of what we covered in 2014 here on the blog and at KelbyOne. Next week we'll wrap up with Part 3, which will be our top-10 episodes of "The Grid" (our weekly photography talkshow) and I'll embed the episodes right on the blog so you can watch â˜em right there.

Have a great weekend everybody and we'll see you next week!



Hey gang – it’s finally here! (yay!). If you’ve got a quick sec, check out the really short video above for why this version of the book is so different from previous editions.

Good news — it should be shipping by this weekend, and you can get yours first if you preorder your copy at Barnes & Noble or Amazon  or wherever shiny happy new books are sold.

My thanks to everybody who has supported this book over the years — I hope you find this latest version the most helpful yet.



P.S. If you’d like me to sign and personalize your copy of the book (and I would love to!), you can order it direct from us at this link.

This is a short clip from an episode of “The Grid” (hosted by RC and me) that has gotten a ton of buzz, mostly because so many Photoshop users had no idea that Photoshop could even do this (I think it’s the best-kept secret in Photoshop).

We start a five minute timer, and even with me messing up the first step and literally having to close and restart Photoshop and start over, we still comfortably got all seven steps completed in five minutes. You’ll be stunned at how easy this is, because we’re using a photography application that lets us create video, instead of making us photographers learn a video application from scratch. You’ll super-dig it.

Here’s wishing you a better than average Monday!



Hi Gang: I thought I’d kick off this Monday by answering a question I was asked over on my Twitter page:

To answer John’s question, the first thing we have to get over is the age-old myth that you need to print at 300 dpi. For today’s ink-jet printers you need a minimum of around 200 ppi (and people love to argue this next figure endlessly) but most of the pros I know who are seriously into printing feel that the “sweet spot” resolution for today’s printers is 240 ppi, and anything above that doesn’t give you a better print (just a larger file size).

I print at 240 ppi max, sometimes less, but I personally don’t print at a higher ppi than 240 ever (by the way; that’s Lightroom’s default printing resolution as well). If you want to argue about resolution, feel free to go find a printing forum and have at it — I really didn’t want to host that debate here, but John asked me and I’m answering him (based on how I do it) here because I know some other folks might have similar questions. To make it easier I did a short video on two different ways to use Photoshop to get the size and resolution you want (since Lightroom does all this math automatically under the hood). Here ya go:

I hope you found that helpful.

Photoshop CC’s “Two Install” issue
Those of you who installed last week’s Photoshop CC update (the one called “The 2014 update of Photoshop CC” – ugh), have learned that it left your old Photoshop CC there and installed a new separate version. Terry White did a post about the hows and why and what to do with your extra copy over on his tech blog.

By the way, did I mention that Terry actually works for Adobe as their worldwide evangelist (I think he’s worked there around 14 or so years now) and he would love to hear your comments (his words) over on his tech blog, so if for any reason you’re unhappy, grumpy, or perhaps you’re happy, cheerful and full of glee, here’s the link to Terry’s blog — that’s Terry “the human pin cushion” White from Adobe Systems where you are going straight to the source directly, fully and totally unfettered (whatever unfettered means).

That’s it for today!
Hope you all have an awesome Monday and we’ll see ya back here tomorrow. :)



After Adobe’s launch of the latest version of Photoshop CC on Wednesday, I saw some comments (and some grumbling) from folks who were complaining that Adobe hadn’t really been “fulfilling the promise” of the Creative Cloud which was for us not to have to wait 18-24 months for Adobe to release any new Photoshop features, but instead they’d release regular updates to Creative Cloud subscribers as soon as the features were ready.

I also saw people asking “Well if Adobe has been releasing features regularly, why did they have this big launch event?” I didn’t ask Adobe this question directly, but I can tell you my thoughts on why I think they had to do it.

The invisible feature updates
I sat in numerous one-on-one meetings with Adobe and I talked frankly about what I saw as the biggest problem with the frequent feature updates idea. It’s great for people who are subscribed to the Creative Cloud; they log in one day and they get a little pop-up notice that says something like “Hey, you’ve got new features in Photoshop!” (but in a much more corporate way).  That’s awesome, right? So they go download the latest version (it’s a free update), and they have all these features and improvements and tweaks.

But if you’re not a Creative Cloud subscriber, not only do you not get the updatesâ¦you don’t even realize that there were updates. There’s no big product launch â” no new name â” all the blogs aren’t buzzing about the new features, so for people outside the Creative Cloud, this release of great new set of features is invisible. It’s as if they never happened. It’s one thing not to get them â” it’s another thing not to even know they existed.

This didn’t happen back when Adobe had a clear version numbering system 
If you were on Photoshop CS2 and then CS3 came out â” everybody knew it. There was a big launch â” all the sites were talking about it â” it was huge. Now, it’s like the features silently sneak onto your computer at night while you’re sleeping. This is why I think Adobe did this launch-style event. So it’s not just the current Creative Cloud subscribers that realize there are a bunch of new Photoshop (and other CC app) features â” now the whole world knows again.

Now, the fact that Adobe chose to call this “The 2014 version of Photoshop CC” isâ¦wellâ¦ummm. I don’t get it. There’s only six more months left in 2014. What will they call it in January of 2015. Or February? Will will be in 2015 and Adobe is still offering just the 2014 version of Photoshop CC? Will we all be using “last year’s” Photoshop?

If they wait to do another big launch like this next year around the same time, we’ll spend at least half of 2015 using software that’s already sounds out-of-date. Why didn’t Adobe do what car manufacturers do? If you go buy a new car today, you be getting the 2015 Ford Fiesta or the 2015 Toyota Camry. That’s why I don’t understand why Adobe chose to back-date this release. It should have been “The 2015 version of Photoshop CC” so it feels like we’re using the software of the future, especially when it becomes 2015. I am stepping off the soapbox now (especially since it’s probably too late anyway, but at least I got it off my chest).

So what have they added, and when did they add it?
I did a little digging to see if I could find a running list of which features Adobe had actually added to Photoshop since the initial Creative Cloud version launch back in 2013, and when I found the page on Adobe’s site that listed them all, even I was surprised how many features have been released, and this have all been within just the last year. Here’s the full list (from Adobe’s site) with a list of what features have been added and when they were added. Hope you find it helpful:


June 18, 2014
Photoshop CC (2014)

Smart Object improvements
Maintain the links to external files by automatically packaging them in a single directory. You can also convert your existing embedded Smart Objects to linked Smart Objects. See how it works

Improved Layer Comps
Save time now that you can change the visibility, position, or appearance of one layer in a Layer Comp and then sync that change to all the others. Plus, easily see the attributes of each Layer Comp, and toggle a Layer Comp within a Smart Object. See how it works

Blur Gallery motion effects
Use Path Blur to add blur along any path and Spin Blur to create circular or elliptical blurs. The Mercury Graphics Engine makes all Blur Gallery interactions fast and fluid. See how it works

Focus Mask
Let Photoshop help you start a mask by automatically selecting the in-focus areas of your image. Focus Mask works great with potraits and other images that have shallow depth of field, and the Mercury Graphics Engine delivers fast performance.

Improvements to Content-Aware technology
New technology in Content-Aware Fill, Move, and Patch smoothly blends areas containing gradients, like skies, so you can create seamless, realistic results like never before. See how it works

Smarter Smart Guides
Forget trying to align multiple shapes or objects at exact distances from one another on canvas. Now you can quickly see the distance in pixels between objects so you can lay out content with precision. See how it works

Desktop fonts from Typekit
Choose the fonts you need from the Typekit library, sync them to your desktop, and get immediate access to them in your Photoshop font menu. Photoshop will even automatically replace missing fonts in your documents. See how it works

Font Search
Search for fonts by name, and see instant previews of each font to zero in on the perfect one. See how it works

Expanded 3D printing capabilities
Now you can see exactly where and how Photoshop repaired your 3D meshes so it’s easy to refine your designs in third-party 3D modeling apps. Get more accurate renderings of your models prior to printing thanks to WYSIWYG previews. And get support for more 3D printers and service providers. See how it works

Adobe Generator enhancements
Simplify the process of naming Generator assets and get greater flexibility in organizing the output from Generator by setting document-wide defaults, and by specifying subfolders for exported assets. Generator also offers new APIs so developers can create even more powerful plug-ins. See how it works

Adobe Camera Raw 8 enhancements
Heal images, fix perspective distortions, and create vignettes with greater precision. Plus, access an interactive histogram, before/after previews, and more. See how it works

Improved Windows 8.1 stylus support
Get to work quickly and comfortably with your stylus on Windows 8.1 devices, and enjoy smoother brush strokes thanks to higher-frequency sampling.

Expanded Mercury Graphics Engine support
Upsample images up to 15 times faster (depending on file size and video card configuration) now that the Mercury Graphics Engine delivers an OpenCL performance boost. The engine powers new Blur Gallery motion effects and the Focus Mask feature, too.

Experimental features
A new preference setting allows you to test drive and help shape new Photoshop features before they're officially released.

Intelligent upsampling, even faster
Enlarge a low-res image so it looks great in print, or start with a larger image and blow it up to poster or billboard size. Upsampling preserves detail and sharpness without introducing noise, and now you get even more immediate results thanks to an OpenCL boost from the Mercury Graphics Engine. See how it works

Workflow Enhancements
Work faster and smarter thanks to new feature enhancements throughout your workflows. Now you have access to an expanded Color Panel; you can access your most recently used brushes, sync your workspaces, keyboard shortcuts, and menu customizations with Sync Settings; and more.

And so much more
Also includes: support for very large PNG files; the ability to export 3D LUTs; support for new video formats including Sony RAW and Canon RAW; and more. See full release notes


JAN. 15, 2014
Photoshop CC (14.2)

Perspective Warp
Adjust the perspective of a specific part of your image without affecting the surrounding area. Change the viewpoint from which an object is seen. For example, turn a telephoto shot into a wide-angle shot, or vice versa. And seamlessly composite images with different vanishing points or camera positions. See how it works

Linked Smart Objects
Improve collaboration and work more efficiently. Use linked Smart Objects that reference files stored on your local system or network drive, and thus can be repurposed across multiple Photoshop documents. You get smaller files and save hard-disk space as well. See how it works

3D printing
Visualize your 3D designs in the real world using 3D printing in Photoshop. Easily create, refine, and preview your design, and then print models directly to a locally connected 3D printer or online service. See how it works

Faster performance
Get better responsiveness when editing with key tools like Smart Sharpen, Liquify, and Puppet Warp. A next-generation Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine delivers more immediate results with OpenCL, even when editing your largest files.

Enhanced Scripted Patterns and Fills
Preview your Scripted Pattern fills and refine them with new controls. Fill along a path; and generate customizable frames, borders, and nearly two dozen unique tree graphics. for new creative options. See how it works

Workflow enhancements
Save time on common tasks, thanks to small but frequently requested features from users like you. Create paths more easily with new modifier keys, move a path with the spacebar, and more. See how it works

Faster performance with Mercury Graphics Engine
Get better responsiveness when editing with key tools like Upsample, Blur Gallery, Smart Sharpen, Blur Gallery, Liquify, and Puppet Warp. A next-generation Adobe Mercury Graphics Engine delivers more immediate results with OpenCL, even when editing your largest files.

And so much more
Also included: performance boosts for Smart Sharpen, Adobe Generator improvements for rescaling Smart Objects and adding padding, and improved font transformations and shape selections. See full release notes


September 08, 2013
Photoshop CC (14.1)

Adobe Generator
Adobe Generator technology gives developers deeper access to Photoshop files, paving the way for intelligent tools that automate time-consuming tasks and provide easier workflows. See how it works

Real-time image asset generation
Skip the hassle of manual asset slicing and export when designing for screens. As you work, Photoshop CC uses Adobe Generator technology to save tagged layers and layer groups as individual image files in formats you choose, all collected in a single folder.

And so much more
Also included: improvements to Camera Shake Reduction, including UI enhancements and HiDPI preview support for retina display; new controls to modify the range and fuzziness for Shadows, Highlights, and Midtones; and more. See full release notes


June 17, 2013
Photoshop CC (14)

All-new Smart Sharpen
Rich textures, crisp edges, and distinct details. All-new Smart Sharpen is the most advanced sharpening technology available today. It analyzes images to maximize clarity and minimize noise and halos, and it lets you fine-tune for high-quality, natural-looking results. See how it works

Camera Shake Reduction
Save shots you thought were lost due to camera motion. Whether your blur was caused by slow shutter speed or a long focal length, Camera Shake Reduction analyzes its trajectory and helps restore sharpness. See how it works

Adobe Camera Raw 8 and Camera Raw as a filter
Apply Camera Raw edits as a filter to any layer or file, and then enhance them any way you want. And with new Adobe Camera Raw 8, you get more precise ways to heal images, fix perspective distortions, and create vignettes. See how it works

Image resizing improvements
The Image Size command now includes a method to Preserve Details and provide better sharpness while enlarging images. In addition, the Image Size dialog box has been updated for ease of use. See how it works

Editable rounded rectangles
Resize shapes, edit them, and re-edit them â” before or after they’re created. Even edit individual corner radiuses in rounded rectangles. If a shape is bound for the web, export CSS data from the file to save time. See how it works

Multi-shape and path selection
Select multiple paths, shapes, and vector masks at once. Even in multilayered documents with lots of paths, you can easily target the path (and any layer) you want right on canvas using a new filter mode. See how it works

Adobe Edge Reflow CC integration
With just a click, bring the assets from your Photoshop mockup into Edge Reflow CC to quickly adjust your layouts to fit all your desired devices. It's responsive web design made easier by Adobe Generator.

Extended features included
Photoshop CC now includes the advanced 3D editing and image analysis tools that were previously in Photoshop Extended.

System anti-aliasing for type
Get a realistic preview of how your type will look on the web with an option that closely matches the anti-aliasing of your Mac or Windows system. See how it works

Behance integration
Share projects directly from within Photoshop to your Behance portfolio. See how it works

Sync settings
Synchronize your workspace settings â” including preferences, brushes, and actions â” across multiple computers. See how it works

Expanded Smart Object support
Apply Blur Gallery and Liquify effects nondestructively thanks to Smart Object support. Your original file stays intact as you add blur effects or push, pull, pucker, or bloat the image or video. Edit or remove the effects at any time â” even after saving your file. See how it works

Improved 3D painting
Live previews are now up to 100x faster and more responsive when you paint on 3D objects and texture maps. With the powerful Photoshop painting engine, you can make any 3D model look terrific. See how it works

Improved type styles
You spend hours getting text to look just right. Type styles let you save your formatting as a preset that you can then apply with just a click. You can even define type styles to use across all your Photoshop documents. See how it works

Enhanced CSS support
Import color swatches directly from HTML, CSS, or SVG to easily match existing web schemes. Generate CSS code for colors and other design elements, like rounded corners, and then copy and paste the code into your web editor to get the exact results you want. See how it works

Conditional Actions
Put routine processing jobs on autopilot with Conditional Actions. These commands use if/then statements to automatically choose between different actions based on rules you set up. Learn more

Improved 3D Scene panel
Make a smoother transition from 2D to 3D editing with a 3D Scene panel that has many of the options you already know from the Layers panel, like Duplicate, Instance, Groups, and Delete. See how it works

Minimum/Maximum filter enhancements
Create more precise masks and selections with more powerful Minimum and Maximum filters, which now include options to preserve squareness or roundness.

Workflow timesavers
Work faster and smarter thanks to feature enhancements throughout the app. Access the expanded Color Panel as well as your most recently used brushes; sync your workspaces, keyboard shortcuts, and menu customizations with Sync Settings; and more.

And so much more
Also included: Support for Indic languages; export CSS code directly from layers or groups; enhancements to preset migration; and more. See full release notes


Honestly, I was pretty surprised when I saw how long this list was, and I’m a bit embarrassed to see a few features in there that I hadn’t realized had been added, but there’s an awful lot there (which I think is a good thing) so I’m using that as my “get out of jail free” card.

I hope this list helps you get a better overview of what Adobe has been doing, and how the promise of the Creative Cloud has been developing.

We Put Together a “Creative Cloud Resource Center”
If you want to see all the new features in Photoshop, and all the rest of the Creative Suite Apps (everything from InDesign to Illustrator to Muse, Premiere Pro and more), we (the crew here at KelbyOne) put together a kick-butt online Creative Cloud Resource Center — completely free â” where you can check out a ton of short concise little clips on all the new CC features, improvements and stuff. Here’s the link.

Wait! One more thing
I don’t know if you caught this important little news nugget with all the big announcements and stuff, but Adobe announced that it has now made that “Photographer’s Bundle” deal (Photoshop CC and Lightroom plus Lightroom mobile for the iPad and iPhone for $9.99 a month) a permanent thing (and not just a limited time offer).The official name for it is the “Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan” and here’s a link to all the details.

Hope you all have an awesome weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday.



I am on my way to beautiful Nashville, Tennessee for my SOLD OUT seminar there tomorrow (Whoo Hoo!!!). Very excited to meet everybody (and thanks for the wonderful turn-out Nashville).

I’m getting in to town early and not surprisingly Nashville has a lot of music stores, so I’ll be hitting a bunch of them this afternoon. If you’re a local and know of a music store I shouldn’t miss, please leave me a comment below so I make sure I stop by there.

I’m especially on the lookout for cool used guitars or vintage guitars (and of course my search continues for a distressed Fender Strat with a British Union Jack flag painted on it (like this one here — I’ve contacted them about getting that exact one — so far, no reply at all. Not looking good). Anyway, I know finding one in Nashville is a bit of a long-shot, but hey â” ya never know, right?

Is Photoshop Dead for Photographers?
That was the headline from an article I ran across last week (Well, it was actually worse than that â” it said “Is Photoshop Dead?” and it showed a tombstone with the Photoshop Icon on the tombstone). We tackled that article and issue on last week’s episode of “The Grid” (which I’ve embedded right above).

Our buddy Mike “Hollywood” Kubeisy was our in-studio guest and we also got to talk with him what it’s like working with celebrities and on Hollywood sets and he shared lots of interesting stories (and answered lots of questions from our viewers). Anyway you can watch it right above.

The big Adobe Event is this week!!!
I’ll be tuning in live on Wednesday (and so can you â” it’s free â” here’ the link), and of course we’ll be talking about all the new stuff on “The Grid” that afternoon, but in the meantime all I can say is there is some really slick stuff coming our way from the folks in San Jose (hey, that rhymes). Mark it on your calendars.

Hope you all have a first-rate Monday, and I look forward to seeing a whole bunch of you in person tomorrow at my seminar here in Nashville.