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If I had a cool technique to show you, but it has a lot of steps, would you do it if:

(a) You kew up front that it’s super easy to do. Anyone can do this.
(b) You’ll learn some really helpful stuff, and shortcuts, just by doing it even once.

OK, are you in?
Remember â” it’s not hard at all. It’s simple. It just takes a bunch of steps, but I promise you’ll enjoy it (and it’ll be worth it).

OK, so I’m in the Atlanta airport a few weeks ago and I keep seeing this ad campaign for Microsoft Cloud, so I snapped this pic of it (above).  While my photo of it is kinda lame (snapped at the last minute on a moving escalator with my cell phone), I think the effect is pretty cool, and it’s pretty simple to do in Photoshop. It does take a few steps, but they’re all super-easy, so I thought today I’d make it my “Photoshop Down & Dirty Trick” to inspire you into the weekend (and to inspire the thousands of folks heading out to the Photoshop World Conference & Expo in Vegas next week). Here goes:

STEP ONE:
If you look at the airport sign image at the top, you see it’s one large main image surrounded by around 20 or so smaller images, so the first step is to gather 20 or so images (here I’ve grabbed 20 random shots from a trip a few years ago), and then them in a folder. Then create a new blank document at the size you want for your effect (I made mine 14″x10″ at 300ppi but you can choose any size you’d like). 

STEP TWO:
Now, go under the File menu, under Scripts and choose “Load Files into Stack.” This will let you choose all 20 images, and it will automatically bring them into your document, each on its own separate layer. When you choose “Load Files into Stack” it asks you which files you want to load; choose that folder of 20 or so images; select all 20 photos inside it, and click OK.

STEP THREE:
Now all your images will appear as layers in your document, but chances are they’ll be pretty large (in my case, they filled the entire screen). So, to get them much smaller in size (and to have them all the same small size), go to Layers panel; hold the Command-key (PC: Ctrl-key) and select all the layers. Now press Command-T (PC: Ctrl-T) to bring up the Free Transform control handles. Hold the Shift key (so it scales down in size proportionally); then grab a corner and drag inward to scale all 20 layers down at the same time, as if they were one unit (and as seen here). When it’s down to a similar size to what you see above, press the Return key (PC: Enter key) to lock in your transformation.

 

STEP FOUR:
Now we’re going to arrange our 20 layers into kind of an oval shape (like you see above). You do this by getting the Move tool (press the letter “v”) holding the Command-key (PC: Ctrl-key), and then clicking on the image you see on screen. By holding the Command-key like this, it automatically selects that layer. Now just drag it into position around your imaginary oval. Then do the same thing to the next image down in the bottom left corner. It selects that layer, and then drag it into position. It’ll only take you about minute to do all 20 layers using this “point and click on the image to make its layer active” technique. When you’re done, it should pretty much look like what you see above.

STEP FIVE:
In the Layers panel, scroll down to the bottom layer in your layer stack and click on the bottom layer to select it. Now hold the Command-key (PC: Ctrl-key), and click on the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel (as shown here), and it creates a new blank layer directly beneath your current layer (that’s what holding the Command-key does â” otherwise it would have created a new layer above your current layer). Now press the letter “d” on your keyboard to set your Foreground color to black. Now, to fill this new layer with black, press Option-Delete (PC: Alt-Backspace), so your image should look like it does here, with a black layer on the bottom, and all 20 image layers above.  OK, it’s taken a few steps to get there, but this is easy stuff, right? Right!

STEP SIX:
We’re going to make all that 20 layers black and white, all at once. First, in the Layers panel scroll to the top of the Layers stack and click on the top layer. Then go to the Adjustment Layer menu at the bottom of the Layers panel (it’s the fourth icon from the left â” it’s icon looks like half white/half gray circle), and choose Black & White. When you do this, it adds a Black & White Adjustment layer on top, and all the layers below it instantly turn black and white (as seen here).

STEP SEVEN:
Finally, we get to the fun stuff! Add a new blank layer at the top of the Layers stack (as seen above), and then switch to the Gradient Tool. When you have the Gradient tool, go up to the Options bar across the top and click on the tiny down-facing arrow to the right of the current gradient preview (near the top left of the bar). This brings up the Gradient Picker (seen here). Click on the Gradient that looks like a rainbow with red on either end (it’s called “Spectrum” as seen above).

STEP EIGHT:
Up in the Options Bar there are five gradient types. Click on the center one of the five (it’s called the “Angle Gradient); then click it in the center of your oval circle of photos and drag over to the left of your screen (as seen here) to add a spectrum gradient to your layer.

STEP NINE: 
Now, at the top left of the Layers panel, change the Layer Blend mode from “Normal” to “Color” (as seen above), and now the color spectrum appears over your black & white images, but not the solid fill. That’s what I love about color mode â” you get all the color, but none of the fill. See you learned something handy to know right there.

STEP 10: 
We’re getting close but something’s still something missing â” the shadows around each photo. This is quick and easy.   Go to the fx menu at the bottom of the Layers panel (it’s the 2nd icon from the left), and from the list of Layers styles that appears, choose Outer Glow. When the Outer Glow window appears (a close-up is shown above), just change these settings: (1) Change the Blend mode to Normal. Set the Opacity of the glow to 75%. Click on the color swatch and choose Black as your glow color. Lastly, increase the size to around 100 pixels, and you’re done.

Above: see those building on the left. I applied the black outer glow to that photo. It looks like a drop shadow, but it’s on all sides, instead of just down and to the right like a standard drop shadow. 

STEP 11:
Now we’re going to copy that Outer Glow Layer Style from that layer, with those exact settings, and paste it onto all the other layers at once. Here’s how: start by right-clicking directly on the words “Outer Glow” that now appear just below your layers name, and the pop-up menu you see above appears. Choose Copy Layer Style (as shown here). Next, in the Layers panel; hold the Command-key (PC: Ctrl-key) and click on all the other layers to select them. Now right-click on any layer and from the pop-up menu that appears, choose “Paste Layer Style” to paste that Outer Glow effect to all 19 of your selected layers, all at once.

Above: Here’s what it should look like once you paste that Outer Glow Layer Style to all the other layers. OK, now we’re really close! 

STEP 12:
The final step is to open the image you want as your image image in the center (in this case, it’s a guitarist with a cigarette tucked into the headstock of his guitar), and copy and paste it into your document, and use Free Transform to size it down (as seen here). You’ll also want to copy and paste that Outer Glow Layer Style onto this layer, too (a shortcut is to hold the Option key on Mac / the Alt key on PC, and over in the Layers panel click on any one of the Outer Glow Layer Styles you’ve added and literally drag and drop a copy onto your new layer (holding the Option/Alt key like that makes a copy of what you drag). Lastly, to finish off this image, I went to the color gradient layer and lowered the opacity to 65% so the colors weren’t so vibrant.

OK, that’ it â” you did it. You made it. It took a few minutes, but it was all super easy, right? And, you hopefully picked up some cool techniques along the way (if you already knew all the techniques, that’s OK too â” you just learned a new special effect. One cool enough that Microsoft paid somebody do it over and over again in a whole series of ads).

Corey does this type of stuff all the time!
If you’re a KelbyOne member, you probably already know there’s a “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks” column in each issue of Photoshop User magazine (the KelbyOne members’s print and/or digital magazine created just for members), and our own Corey Barker is always coming up with really cool stuff in that column, so make sure you check it out when you get your next issue.

I’m off to Photoshop World Vegas!
I’ve got a fashion shoot on a dry lake bed on Sunday in the 115-degree desert heat (it’s part of a class I’m doing on using the Elinchrom ELB 400 Pro Head Kit battery pack strobe kit on location), and then it’s PSW time! Hope to meet a whole bunch of you there!

Have a great weekend everybody!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you’re going to Photoshop World Vegas, remember Canon is still running that special where if you buy a Canon DSLR (like a 7D Mark II, or a 5D Mark III, or a 6D), you get a year of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photographers Bundle (Lightroom cc and Photoshop CC), and a year of a bunch of our training on how to learn it all. Canon will be at the Expo, so stop by their booth, or go to this link with more details. See you there!

 

Greetings from Swingin’ London everybody! So, check this out â” Canon just released a special, limited-time bundle deal and I am so excited that we’re a part of it. Here’s the scoop:

If, during the run of this offer, you buy either a:

> Canon 5D Mark III, or a Canon 7D Mark II, or Canon 6D

It comes with:

> A full year subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (so, basically Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC),

PLUS

> A full-year of online training on Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC from us at KelbyOne.

So, it’s the camera, the software, and the tools to learn Photoshop and Lightroom. Oh yeah!

Here’s the link with full details on the “Power to Create” offer. Also, check out the promo video below:

Hope you all have a great Monday!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Hope to meet a whole bunch of you tomorrow at my seminar in London. It’s not too late to get a ticket if you want to come join me (here’s that link).

 

Hey Gang: Adobe just announced The 2015 Release of Creative Cloud, and there’s cool new stuff in Photoshop, Lightroom, and Lightroom for your Mobile Devices, plus there’s some cool mobile apps, new “Adobe Stock” stock photos accessible right from within your CC applications, and a whole bunch more fun stuff for Creative Cloud subscribers.

You can check out Adobe’s 2015 Release of Creative Cloud page for more details.

Visit our KelbyOne 2015 Release Launch Center for some free training on the Creative Cloud’s new features.

Also, I did a write up on all the cool new Lightroom & Lightroom for your Mobile Device new features over at our sister site: LightroomKillerTips.com – so you can check that out right here. 

It’s a big fun day – lots of cool new stuff across a whole bunch of Apps – will share more soon!

Best,

-Scott

 

 

 

Hi Gang: If you’re into travel photography (or just want to learn some interesting things about one of the most amazing places on this planet), then you’re invited to join us for a FREE travel photography Webcast this Thursday night at 7pm called “Unpacking Dubai.”

RC and Brad (who were both in Dubai this month) will be joining me, plus we’ll be giving away some goodies, including a big beautiful print from my trip. We’ll be taking your questions live on the air, and sharing everything from photography tips and techniques to the post processing side of it all. Here’s the details:

Who: Me, Brad and RC
What: A Free Webcast called “Unpacking Dubai” (for travel photographers)
Where: At this link (register for the free webcast now)
When: This Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm New York Time (link to World Time Zone converter)
Why: Because we love travel photography and sharing cool techniques

I've got lots of fun stuff to share and some really helpful photo tips, so I hope you can join me (it's Free) at 7:00 pm ET Thursday (mark your calendar). Also, can you help me spread the word? :) [NOTE: If you can’t make the live broadcast, we’ll start free re-broadcasts the following day.] 

In the meantime, don’t forget these three things:

(a) Tomorrow is “The Grid” with Peter Hurley as our in-studio guest live at 4pm ET
(b) Follow me on the Periscope App for lots of live behind-the-scenes fun
(c) If you’re into Lightroom, come and learn lots of new stuff at lightroomkillertips.com

Best,

-Scott

Happy Friday every-ba-day! :)

If you’re out in Vegas this week for the WPPI show (the big Wedding and Portrait photography show), I hope you’ll stop by and check out my talks at Canon’s booth and the KelbyOne Theater on the Expo floor. All the talks are free and open to anyone attending the WPPI expo.

Canon Booth: My talk is called “Photo Recipes Live”
Monday @ 1:45 pm
Tuesday @ 10:45 am

KelbyOne Theater: My talk is on Portrait Retouching Secrets
Monday at 10:30 am 

You may also be able to catch my short talk called “My order” at the counter at the In/Out Burger location behind the New York, New York Hotel & Casino at some point during this event.

If you’re out at the show, I hope you’ll stop by one of my sessions and say “hi.”

Hope you all have an awesome weekend, and we’ll see ya back here on Monday (I have a cool post for Monday about me rethinking some cool technology). :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. One more thing: Our third episode of “The Lightroom Show” went live today (we release them every Friday), and we packed some awesome Lightroom tips and techniques in a very short package. Here’s the link if you get a sec. 

It’s hard to believe, but Photoshop is 25-years-old! Yesterday was its official birthday, and yesterday in honor of, and to celebrate, “The Photoshop Guys” did a special broadcast about Photoshop, and we shared some tips and techniques, and you can watch it right above.

You’re Invited!
25 years is a pretty amazing milestone, so to continue the celebration we’re hosting a free Webcast where we’re going to look through the years at the different versions of Photoshop, and we’re going to share our favorite features introduced in each version by sharing our favorite Photoshop tips for each feature (and I’m hoping that last sentence made any sense whatsoever). In short â” wanna come to a free live webcast packed with Photoshop tips? Well, you’re invited.

When you sign up for the free Webcast, you also get a link to download a PDF of our 25-year-tribute feature from Photoshop User magazine written by Adobe’s own Bryan O’Neil Hughes. Here’s the link to sign up.

One more thing!
Adobe’s Worldwide Evangelist, Terry White, did a really cool tribute for Photoshop’s birthday yesterday; he did an entire demo of Photoshop 1.0. You will be amazed at how many things were in that initial release that we still use day in/day out today. I’ve embedded his demo below.

I hope you’ll join me in wishing Photoshop, the coolest program ever made, a big “Happy Birthday!” :)

Hope you all have a great weekend (try to stay warm. If it was 28° down here last night in Tampa, I can’t imagine how cold it must be up north. Brrrrrrrr!).

All my best,

-Scott

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