Monday
Jun
2008
30

Your Final Votes Are in: Here’s “The Top 10 Things You Want Most In The Next Version of Photoshop”

by Scott Kelby  |  11 Comments

Over 2,500 of you voted on Friday’s survey. Here are the top 10 results, in order by popularity:

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Interesting stuff to note:

  • You didn’t ask for wild new features, and stuff Photoshop can’t already do; instead you just asked for improvements to things Photoshop can already do.
  • A lot of things you asked for, can already be done in Photoshop, but only through workarounds. For example, you can apply Shadow/Highlight as a Smart Filter (after you convert your layer to a Smart Layer), but obviously that’s not what we want; we want it as a real Adjustment layer.

    Same thing for wanting Filters to be applied as Adjustment Layers. Smart Filters offer the same basic functionality as an Adjustment layer (it comes with a layer mask, it’s fully editable after the fact, you can change the blend mode and opacity, you can save your Smart Filter layers in a layered Photoshop document, and you can delete your Smart Filter layers any time—all traits of an Adjustment layer), but obviously; that’s not what we want. We want to apply filters as a simple Adjustment layer without converting it to a Smart Layer first.

    Also, you can certainly apply watermarks in Photoshop, and you can even create an action that will do it for you—but that’s not what we want. We want a dedicated Watermarking feature.

  • Seeing a quick before/after (like Lightroom lets you do) was one of the top 3 most requested features. Again, you could do this, in most cases, by going to the History palette—but that’s not what we want. We want a simple before/after keyboard shortcut, or button, etc.
  • Overall, speed isn’t an issue—even having Photoshop launch faster wound up near the bottom of the list.
  • Better noise reduction is the #1 feature request (but of course, this is skewed by my audience, which is skewed toward photographers).
  • Just a reminder: Remember my original premise: Adobe could add 50 or even 100 other features as well, but in this “feature dreamland” they’d have to include your top 10 (as shown above) in the next release. Then, after a while another version of Photoshop would come out, and then you’d get to vote again, and they’d have to include your next top 10. I know–the mind reels.

Last night I forwarded your Top 10 to a list of people at Adobe, including Photoshop product managers, engineers, etc. Hey, ya never know. :)

My personal thanks to everyone who participated in this survey, and for sharing such great ideas with me, my readers, and Adobe.

Monday
Jun
2008
30

How I Did Those Italy Calendar Layouts, Step-by-Step

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

I had so many questions and requests to show how I made those calendar layouts last week using photos from my vacation to Italy, that I’m going to give you a step-by-step on how it was done (and how to make your own).

Now, before I go any further; most of this was done using Apple’s iPhoto application (which comes free with every Mac), and it’s absolutely brilliant for stuff like this. If you’re using a Windows PC, then later in the week I’ll have a separate tutorial on how to achieve a similar look in Photoshop (but it takes a bit more work).

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STEP ONE: Import your photos into Apple’s iPhoto application, then create an Album (similar to a collection in Lightroom, or a Playlist in iTunes) by clicking on the + (plus sign) icon in the bottom left corner of the iPhoto window. Name your Album, then drag your newly imported photos into this album. Once your photos are in their own Album (seen above—click for a larger image), click the Calendar button in the toolbar at the bottom of the window (as shown above).

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STEP TWO: This brings up the Calendar window (shown above) where you choose which theme you want for your calendar from the list of themes on the left side. I choose the Classic Theme (as seen above), and it shows you a preview of how that style of calendar looks in the main part of the window. Once you’ve chosen Classic, click the Choose button. Continue reading

Friday
Jun
2008
27

The Day Before Photoshop World…

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Last year we had a number of disappointed people who found out too late that a Photoshop World pre-conference workshop they wanted to attend was sold out, so I’m just giving you a heads up now—-they’re gonna sell out, so if you want to go to one, you need to snag your spot now.

[Note: Pre-conference workshops are optional in-depth four-hour workshops on a specific topic, with a limited class size, held the day before the Photoshop World Conference & Expo begins. Most are $89 if you sign up in advance, but some of the live locations shoot are a bit more, because we have to provide buses, and rent locations, etc.].

Here’s the list of this year’s pre-conference workshops:

  1. NAPP On-Location Photo Safari (with Moose Peterson & Joe McNally) (SOLD OUT)
  2. On-Location Wedding Shoot (with David Ziser–shown above)
  3. The Epson Print Academy (with Jeff Schewe, John Paul Caponigro, and Andrew Rodney)
  4. Canon Live Fashion Shoot (with Eddie Tapp & Jack Reznicki)
  5. Impressions of Nature; a landscape & seascape painting class (with Fay Sirkis)
  6. Building an Electronic Photography Portfolio (with Rich Harrington)
  7. Channels & Masks (with Deke McClelland)
  8. Lighting, Posing, Metering (with Kevin Ames)
  9. Shooting for Photoshop (with Ben Willmore)
  10. Inside the Digital Photography Studio (with Jim DiVitale)
  11. Lab Color In Depth (with Dan Margulis)
  12. Believing is Seeing (with Vincent Versace)
  13. 3D Lenticular Imaging with Photoshop (with Russell Brown)

Click here for full description of these workshops (Note: these workshops are only available to registered Photoshop World conference attendees)

Thursday
Jun
2008
26

The Initial Results Are In For “How to Get Exactly What We Want in The Next Version of Photoshop…”

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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A couple of weeks back, I ran an article called “How to get exactly what we want in the next versions of Photoshop and Lightroom” (here’s the link), and in it I floated this fairly “out there” concept: Imagine if Adobe agreed to contact it’s registered Photoshop users to find out exactly which features they wanted to see in the next version of Photoshop, and then Adobe’s engineers committed to including ALL of the “top 10″ most popular features in the next version of Photoshop, no ifs, ands or butts. That’d be pretty wild, eh?

Now, I want to make it clear that Adobe could add absolutely as many “other” features as they wanted, so they’re could be 50 or 100 new features, but those “top 10″ would have to be included no matter what. That way, we’d get exactly what we want, plus whatever Adobe’s engineers can dream up (which is usually some incredibly amazing stuff).

I went on to list the features that I’d love to see in the next version, and then I invited you (my readers) to post your ideas for what you’d like to see in the next Photoshop. After a few days, I’d compile the top 25 or so most frequent feature requests (from your comments), and then put up an online survey where you could vote for your top 10 from that list. Then, whatever that final top 10 wound up being, I’d deliver that list to the Photoshop product managers at Adobe.

Now, it’s important to note that Adobe hasn’t agreed to do any of this—it’s just an experiment—kind of a “wouldn’t it be cool if….” kind of thing, and because it’s not a poll of Adobe’s registered users, but instead a poll of people who read my blog, it’s totally unscientific. That being said: Tomorrow I’m running that online survey here on the blog, where I’ll list the top 25 or so most requested features (according to your comments), and then you’ll be able to vote for the 10 features you’d like to see most in Photoshop, and I’ll post the results from that survey on Monday.

Now, what I did find interesting where what some of your most-requested features were. For example:

  • Have the Crop Tool include a “rule of thirds” grid (Like Lightroom) was a common request
  • Requests for better built-in HDR process was the #1 most frequent comment
  • Adding the ability to customize the toolbar was very popular
  • Making Shadow/Highlight a real Adjustment Layer (not just having a workaround as we do currently) was a very popular request
  • Better built-in Noise Reduction was one of the most popular requests
  • The ability to change the default settings for Layer Styles was big, with numerous references to the dreaded “Red Stroke” default (in fact, if Adobe just changed the default stroke color to black, they’d probably win a lot of love)
  • A lot of overall requests to make Photoshop work, look, and act more like Lightroom

There were a lot of other really great ideas, in fact some of them were brilliant; it’s just that many were features needed to address an individual’s particular problem for the particular type of Photoshop work they’re doing. In those instances, only that one person requested that feature, and in this type of “majority rules” decision-making process, those very nichey types of feature requests wouldn’t make the list, but that doesn’t lessen the quality or legitimacy of the request.

For example, if you use Photoshop in your work as a dental surgeon, there are probably a few things Adobe could change, or add, that would make your job SO much easier, but unfortunately there’s just not a big enough number of dental surgeons to have that feature show up in a “top 10″ list. Also, the feature one dental surgeon might be clamoring for, another dental surgeon might not find all that useful, so you can quickly see how these niche areas are going to be underserved when it comes to a feature popularity contest. If you go back and read some of the comments from that post, you’ll see some people in a similarly frustrating situation.

Anyway, tomorrow you’ll get to vote on the full list, and choose your favorite wish-list features from the list, and then Monday we’ll see the final results. See you here tomorrow for the voting!

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