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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: 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).

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.

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:

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

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!

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:

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). :)

Not only is it here (the eBook version is available now, and the print version is right behind it), we’ve got a screamin’ deal on it, too! (More on that in a sec).

First, here’s what the book’s about (it’s only 33-seconds long – come on – you’ve got 33 seconds – hit play).

So, this Photoshop book is a follow-up to my book “How Do I Do That in Lightroom?” which really resonated with a lot of users as it gets you right to the thing you want to do, and just that, so it was natural to follow up with a Photoshop edition. Just like in the Lightroom book – you’re not learning everything in Photoshop; just that thing you need to do right now (like the video says). Also, it’s not for brand new beginners. It’s for folks who kind of already know their way around the program a bit and kinda know what they want to do, but can’t remember (or just don’t know) how to do it (or where it’s hidden). That’s who the book is really for.

OK, check out this rockin’, smokin’ (add your own adjective with an apostrophe here) deal for both KelbyOne members and non-members (courtesy of the book’s publisher, Rocky Nook):

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KelbyOne members can get the eBook for just $10 NOW, pre-order the paperback for $20, or get BOTH for $25 at this link – This is a 10-day-only special offer. Once you enter your KelbyOne info, you’ll receive access to the exclusive coupon codes.
If you’re not a KelbyOne member, you can get the eBook NOW on Amazon or pre-order the paper back on Amazon or Barnes & Noble
OK, that’s the scoop
Tomorrow on The Grid I’ve got a special guest, and a new product reveal, but if I mention who it is, it might give it away, so I’ll share that tomorrow, but it’s cool stuff. :)
Have a great Tuesday everybody!
-Scott

Happy Tuesday, everybody! It’s a happy Tuesday because I’m stickin’ a fork in this series because I think both of us (you, and me) have had about enough of this series. It sounded like a good idea at first, but after 7 posts and a combined total of just 10 comments between all of them (so, an average of 1.43 comments per post), I figured it’s time to bail on this fairly lame idea, so I put the final three all in this one video.

This last one is actually better than it sounds, ’cause I’ve got three good little things in there, but if history is an indication, it will raise a collective yawn, and perhaps 1.43 comments, so…..here’s the video.

OK, now we can put that behind us, and enjoy a wonderful Guest Blog Wednesday tomorrow from the awesome Stacy Pearsall.

Have a great Tuesday folks!

-Scott

P.S. Next week I’m in Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale with my seminar. Ya’ll come out. :)

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