Posts By Scott Kelby

It’s not a print on metallic paper — it’s actually printed on metal, and when you see it in person it’s like that day when you saw your first 4K TV at BestBuy and your jaw dropped. I got my first metal print back in 2009, from the same folks I got this one from — ImageWizards — and I have to say, I am once again absolutely blown away by how it looks. It’s like a 4K TV print.

Here’s a picture of the print (above); hanging in my living room. It was taken the day before my travel photography workshop in Guilin, China, last year. It was shot on a Canon EOS R (30.2 megapixels), and that print you see above is 60″x40″ (whoo hoo!), and it looks just stunning in person. Now all I want to do is order more prints on metal (and I’m going to do just that this weekend, but probably 24×36″ size or smaller for the rest).

One thing that really surprised my wife and me was — despite its ginormous size, it’s not really heavy. It’s surprisingly light (especially considering that it’s metal), and it comes mounted to a frame for hanging.

I found this video on their YouTube page (it’s embedded below) about how they prep your images for printing on metal. It’s less than 90-seconds long, and when you see the lengths they go when prepping your print for color accuracy and consistency, it’s pretty amazing. They call it a promo video, but again, it’s really about their process, so it’s worth a quick look:

They are offering a discount to my readers this weekend

I told them I was going to do this post about my print, and so they are offering my readers a 15% off deal right now, so go to ImageWizards.com and use the code Kelby 15 at checkout to get the deal. Thanks to the folks at ImageWizards for the deal, and for rockin’ that 60×40 print — it looks incredible (and makes me wish we could still travel).

We talked about all this on The Grid on Wednesday

I’ve embedded the episode, but I set it so it starts right when Erik and I start talking about the print, so you can pick it up right there — just hit play.

If you’re as passionate about printing as I am, I hope you’ll check them out. I just cannot recommend them enough (and no, they’re not a sponsor), but I’ve been getting prints from them since back in 2009, and it’s been a love affair with their work ever since. Great people, and a great product. If you get one of their metal prints, send me a pic on Facebook or Twitter — I’d love to see it! :)

Next Tuesday The Photoshop Conference Kicks Off

We’re going to have over 1,000+ photographers learning from an all-star crew of the best Photoshop instructors anywhere and you do not want to miss out. Don’t wait and hear how awesome it was after the fact — instead, why not be a part of it? It’s next Tuesday and Wednesday (July 14-15, 2020); it’s all live-streamed online so you can watch it wherever you are; plus all the classes are archived for you until the end of the year, and tickets are available right now at kelbyonelive.com — You’ve been wanting to really learn Photoshop — now’s your chance! :)

Hope you all have a great weekend. Look out for each other. Stay safe, love your neighbor, and we’ll catch you back here next week.

-Scott

Hard to believe it’s just a little over a week away, but we’re so excited — this is going to be HUGE and I want you to be a part of it. Check out this short video trailer below to see if it’s right for you:

These are the dates:

Tuesday and Wednesday | July 14-15, 2020

This live-streamed event is open to everyone, everywhere, and you can register today at https://kelbyonelive.com/photoshop-conference – sign up right now to get the best pricing (it’s so affordable, anyone can attend).

Have a great Monday (stop snickering), stay safe; look out for each other, and we’ll see you online. :)

-Scott

P.S. Over on my Lightroom Blog today I shared “10 Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts I Use Every Day”here’s the link if you’ve got a sec.

If you’re planning on shooting the fireworks tomorrow for “the fourth” (or if you’re shooting off your own private display), check this out: Last year we did a special 4th of July episode of ‘The Grid’ all about how to take great fireworks shots. Erik (the Rocket Man) Kuna and I cover everything from the gear to the techniques to the post-processing in Photoshop and Lightroom and lots of helpful tips along the way.

We get right to it from the start (we have a lot to cover), and if you’re looking to make great fireworks shots tonight, we give the exact time-tested recipe of settings that can’t miss!

Stay safe; keep the heck away from everybody, and here’s wishing and your family a happy, safe, and fun 4th of July. Hope you get some great shots! :)

-Scott

If you’re a regular here on the blog, you probably caught my post a couple of weeks ago called “Why Adobe was right to do with a subscription model” (if you missed it, here’s the link). I used as an example something I was experiencing outside of the Adobe world, in my music production.

In short, I have a home recording studio, based around the popular Logic Pro X digital audio workstation software from Apple. There’s another piece of software I need to be able to isolate the lead vocal tracks from the songs I want to recreate in my studio. However, as I shockingly found out that software costs $1,200. This is just my hobby. There’s no way I could justify spending $1,200 for this software, which is actually designed for professionals (ya know, like Photoshop, which is designed for image editing professionals). Anyway, what I wished in that post was that the company would offer a subscription model that would allow me to use this professional-level audio software but without the professional-level price (like Adobe does for Lightroom and Photoshop, which was the point of my whole article).

Here’s the punch line

Sadly, they do not offer a subscription option (I searched their site up and down). However, when I shared the story on Facebook one of my followers there asked me in the comments if I subscribe to “Splice Audio,” (an online subscription service for music producers, and as luck would have it I already was a subscriber). Anyway, he let me know that there is a Splice membership level which includes full use of that very software I needed.

I raced over to the site – upgraded my account to a $15.99 a month plan (you can cancel anytime or just pause your membership), and 15 minutes later, I was working on my songs and absolutely loving it! (the software, Izotope RX 7 Standard, is just incredible!).

Above: Here’s the RX 7 Standard page on Splice. Totally a great deal.

They offered a 3-day free trial — I could have joined, isolated, and exported all the lead vocals from the list of songs I had been compiling — all on day one, and then canceled my subscription before they ever even charged my card. But when people do stuff like that, it doesn’t help software companies stay in business, and doesn’t keep the engineering genius’ that come up with this technology employed [or feed their families]. It keeps companies from making amazing software like Izotope RX 7 in the first place), so I’m happy to pay even though I already have converted the songs I need.

Anyway, my thanks to my Facebook follower Aaron OTT who is going to get a signed copy of my latest book (on press now), as my way of saying thanks. It made my whole month. :)

Well, there ya have the rest of the story.

I’m Getting blasted on Social Media

Last week on The Grid I thought it would be cute to order a custom KelbyOne Mask and wear it at the beginning of the show. I wear a mask all the time when I come in to the office, except when the cameras are rolling, and at that point, everyone is at least 10+-feet from me and 10+ feet from each other (we’re serious about our social distancing). Anyway, after I wore it for a minute at the beginning of the show, people watching starting asking where they could get a KelbyOne mask for themselves.

When I got home, people were texting and emailing me about where they could order one, but mine was a one-off (it cost me, with shipping, around $20). So, I text’d Erik Kuna (who maintains our Zazzle online swag store for KelbyOne members so they can buy KelbyOne t-shirts, mugs, etc.), and asked him if they offer masks, and if so could we make one available? About 20 minutes later, Erik emails me that it’s up and running. How cool is that — people were asking for it, and in 20 minutes Erik got it in the store. You gotta love the Internet.

However, when I posted the news on Facebook, I got hammered in the comments. People couldn’t wait to tell me how greedy I am, how they don’t trust me anymore, how I’m profiting from the pandemic, and on and on. Essentially now I’m a bad person, our company is terrible, etc. and so on. A lot of people complained that the price was ridiculously high, which just proved we were ripping people off.

It might be helpful to know: (1) we don’t set the price. The price is set automatically by Zazzle (the company that creates and fulfills these orders). and I think they charged around $15.95 each for the masks. (2) 100% of the profits from this mask and every KelbyOne t-shirt, hat, jacket, sweater, etc., we sell goes to support the Springs of Hope orphanage in Nakuru, Kenya. Always has.

I didn’t try to push these masks on anyone; I’m not “hawking” them. I made them available for the people that asked for them. We do it for our community, we do it the Springs of Hope, and we do it for fun, and let me tell you, it’s been a lot of fun for me lately. Ugh. You gotta love the Internet. ;-)

I don’t want to leave you on a crappy note, so…

Want a surprisingly good animated comedy/action movie to watch one night this week? On Saturday we watched, “Spies in Disguise” featuring the voice-over work of Will Smith, Rachel Brosnahan (Ms. Maisel), and even DJ Kahlid (among others). Way better than you’d think, and Will Smith is…totally Will Smith (I love Will, so I guess I was pre-disposed to like it). It’s like James Bond meets the Men in Black. It’s streaming on Apple TV and a bunch of other places. If you watch it, let me know what you think. Here’s the trailer (below).

Let’s have a great week everybody. Stay safe, watch a funny movie, look out for each other; love your neighbor, and I wish you all good health.

-Scott

If you can’t wait for the print version, the eBook version is on Amazon right now. The print version is literally on press as we speak (so don’t let the late date that Amazon put on it scare you off — it’ll be here fairly soon). If you missed the news about this major update to the bestselling book on digital photography in history, check out the video below.

Here’s the link to the eBook edition (available now)

Here’s the link to pre-order the print edition (on press now).

This is for photographers who do their own portrait retouching:

We just released a Photoshop class I did on “25 Quick and Easy Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers.” I wanted photographers who wind up doing their own retouching to have a resource where they could go and quickly learn exactly the particular retouch they need to know right now for the image they’re working on. So, if they needed to learn how to trim eyebrows, there’s a quick lesson on just that. Hotspots? Check. One eye higher than the other? Got it. Need to reduce wrinkles — go right to that lesson and there it is — quick and easy. Hope you’ll give it a look this weekend. Here’s the link.

We’re just a few weeks away from our Photoshop Conference

It’s two full days, all live online with with two simultaneous training tracks, and an incredible team of instructors. Best of all, it’s all online, so everybody, everywhere can attend, and it’s so affordable anybody can be a part of it. Hundreds of photographers have already signed up – you can too at https://kelbyonelive.com/photoshop-conference – sign up right now to get the best pricing.

Have a great weekend, everybody. Safe safe and sane and we’ll catch you next week. 🙂

-Scott

Lots of Photoshop news today as Adobe just released a really nice update to Photoshop (more on that in a moment), and Lightroom (we’re covering that over at LightroomKillerTips.com), and today we are announcing an awesome two-day KelbyOne online live Photoshop Conference, sponsored by Adobe and Photoshop User magazine, which will include training all the latest new stuff in Photoshop released today, and so much more.

It’s two full days, all live online with with two simultaneous training tracks, and an incredible team of instructors. Best of all, it’s all online, so anybody anywhere can attend, and it’s so affordable anybody can be a part of it.

Check out the video below to see if it’s for you:

I want to catch every single class! (Well, maybe not the ones I’m doing, since I pretty much know that stuff). ;-) — but what a great class offering and roster — it’s going to be the Photoshop training event of the year — you don’t want to miss this, and we’d love for you join us for this remarkable training experience.

…and it all happens in just a few weeks from now:

July 14-15, 2020
11:00 AM – 5:45 PM (EDT)

This live-streamed event is open to everyone, everywhere, and you can register today at https://kelbyonelive.com/photoshop-conference – sign up right now to get the best pricing.

Thanks in advance to everyone for helping us spread the word. Whoo hoo —  it’s a great day to be a Photoshop user! :)

Onto The New Photoshop Stuff

I love these feature updates from Adobe, and there are some very nice things in this update for photographers. There are three “biggies.”

Select Subject is Now Officially Awesome

Last year Adobe added an AI-powered helper that make simple selections for you. It was really great at selecting objects (like a banana, a bowling ball, a vase, etc., and it’s OK at selecting people, especially if they were bald or did tightly trimmed hair). In short, it wasn’t made for selecting people, but at least it got you started and then you’d go to Select & Mask and do the masking part. Well, check this out, because this AI feature has obviously been working overtime on the learning.

Above: Here’s our image and we open it in Photoshop 2020 (the new one just released today), and we only do one thing — click the Select Subject button up in the Options Bar (if you don’t see that button, just click on the Magic Wand tool or the Quick Select tool in the toolbar and it will become visible). That’s it. Let’s see the results.

If you’re thinking that’s a pretty cruddy mask it made, you’re right. That’s how the Select Subject featured worked literally just yesterday. That’s the results of clicking that button (I got the mask you see above by opening Select & Mask, just so you could see what Photoshop is creating selection wise). Now let’s look at how the new version handles this exact same image:

What???!!!! That is incredible! It’s selecting the hair (instead of chopping it off). What a massive improvement. Just crazy!!! Yes, you’d still probably have to go to Select & Mask and fine tune it a bit, but now it’s 15-seconds there instead of five minutes. This is a game changer when it comes to selections. Literally leaps and bounds! (High-five Adobe). So, that’s the biggest biggie, and it’s big!

Camera Raw goes all “Lightroomy”

There is also big major overhaul to Adobe’s Camera Raw interface as it now looks and feels much more like Lightroom’s Develop module. Now it won’t feel like two different worlds when you go back and forth from Lightroom to Photoshop, and you won’t have to remember where everything is, and why you can’t find certain things. Now it will feel very familiar. Check it out:

Film strip along the bottom — right side panels one on top of another (instead of in a horizontal tab) — it’s just so…Lightroom like! (photos here by Terry White). You also now have some options for how the filmstrip itself looks, and the ability to save images and do other workflow stuff right from the filmstrip itself.

However, unlike Lightroom you do have the option to have your filmstrip horizontally across the bottom (like you see here), or vertically along the left side.

There are three modes for the right side panels you can choose from. Single Panel mode is like Lightroom’s Solo Mode (you only see one panel — the one you’re working on). Then there’s Responsive panel mode, which has Camera Raw automatically opening or closing panels based on the size of your monitor (well, based on how large you have Camera Raw within your monitor. Multi Panel mode all the panels stay open (they don’t close unless you close them manually.

There’s also a new Local Hue feature

This new feature lets you use the Adjustment Brush (or any of the local adjustments like the Radial Filter, or the Graduated Filter) to change the color of something in your image, like her shirt (seen below) which was originally red. and using one of the local tools you can select that area (in this case, the part of her shirt on the right), then go the Local Hue controls (seen below) where you can change the color of that area you selected (to purple in this case), and change the saturation amount as it. Very intuitive to use (and this feature is also found in Lightroom, and even Lightroom mobile, too).

Plus, there are other nice little tweaks, like a new interface for the Curves panel that’s pretty cool, and new crop overlays, plus they moved the toolbar over to the far right side so it’s not across the top left anymore saving you from traveling 10 miles across your screen to get a tool. Lots of nice little enhancements that just make working in Camera Raw easier and faster. That’s a quick look at some of the new stuff for photographers in Photoshop.

Catch Terry White’s “What new in Photoshop & Lightroom” Webcast today

Watch here at 10:00 AM: https://twhite.me/2YG06B5

Here’s where to learn about all the new Lightroom stuff

Lightroom didn’t get left out of this upgrade cycle, and there’s all sorts of new things for all the different Lightrooms (Classic, Mobile, Cloud) and it’s all covered by our own Rob Sylvan over at my other blog, LightroomKillerTips.comhere’s the link.

Hope you found that helpful (thanks for the cool new stuff Adobe), and here’s wishing you and your loved ones health, safety and sanity. :)

Cheers,

-Scott and the crew (great name for a band by the way)

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