Posts By Scott Kelby

Here are seven of my favorite Photoshop keyboard shortcuts — ones I use every day in my work and I hope you find them useful in yours. Here goes:


Press Shift-Command-E (PC: Shift-Ctrl-E) to merge all your visible layers together — it’s like a shortcut for flattening (well, it is if you don’t have any layers turned off and hidden anyway).

Press ‘d’ then ‘x’ to set your Foreground color to white. Press “x” again to change it to black.

If you copy and paste (or drag) an image from one document to another and it doesn’t fit on screen, but when you go to Free Transform you can’t reach the Transform handles, press Command-0 [zero] (PC: Ctrl-0] and the window will resize  just enough so you can reach all the handles.

Press the Tab key to hide all your open panels — getting everything out of the way but your image.

Press the Left-bracket key to jump to the next smallest brush preset size; press the right-bracket key to jump up to the next largest. Note: the bracket keys are to the right of the letter P on your keyboard (provided you’re using an English language keyboard).

If you click with the eyedropper took, of course, whatever color you click on becomes your new Foreground Color. However, if you click the Eyedropper anywhere in your document and keep the mouse button held down, you can actually move outside of Photoshop’s window and steal a color from anywhere — from your desktop; from other applications, you name it.

This is more of a shortcut than a keyboard shortcut, but to unlock the Background layer, just click the lock icon beside to the right of the name Background Layer, and it’s unlocked.

Hope you found that helpful. 🙂

You keep sayin’…
…that one of these days you’re going to go to the Photoshop World Conference. Why not this year? If you register now you can save $100 with the Early Bird discount, plus right now you can snag a hotel room right at the Hyatt Regency (our host hotel) at a special discount rate for attendees. Plus, airfares are cheap to Orlando now. Come on, say it with me — “This is the year. I’m going!” All the details are at PhotoshopWorld.com

One more thing…
I’ve got a handy tip for how Lightroom works with Layered Photoshop files today over on my daily Lightroom blog, LightroomKillerTips.com. Here’s the link if you’ve got a sec. 🙂

Have a great Monday, everybody!

Best,

-Scott

The best photography, Photoshop, and Lightroom instructors in the world will be in Orlando, on May 31 – June 2, 2018, at the Photoshop World 2018 Conference in Orlando, Florida?

Don’t just read about it afterward, and see all the photos of the amazing classes, and parties and fun – this year, be a part of it.

Save $100 by getting your tickets before Friday, April 27th!
The Early Bird special $100-off deal ends April 27th, so get your tickets right now…then:

(1) Get your special hotel room discount for conference attendees
(2) Grab your airfare now while it’s cheap
(3) Pack your bags, ’cause we’re going to Orlando!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Need help convincing your boss you need to be there? We’ve written a “letter to your boss” for you, and it’s awesome (Here’s the link)  — just copy and paste it into an email to your boss, and we’ll see you there!

So, last week I was working in Photoshop on a splash screen YouTube thumbnail for a Lightroom tutorial I recorded on renaming your photos in Lightroom. I did this for my other site, lightroomkillertips.com and I ran into a few problems along the way, but the fixes worked out so well, I knew I needed to share them on the blog – it’s 2-1/2 (or more) tips mostly for fixing distracting stuff in your photo using The Patch Tool and a great trick for extending your background seamlessly. There are a few extra handy tips in here as well. :)

I hope you found anywhere from 1 to 2-3/4 of those tips helpful. :)

Hey, photographers in Atlanta…
300+ of you are coming out to my seminar there on Monday – if you’re not…it’s not too late. Here’s the link. Hey, Milwaukee — I’m there on Wednesday, come on out. Columbus, I’m headed there next month. Hope you’ll join me. 

Have a great weekend everybody!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Our interview last week with British fine art photographer Ian Munro (The Gallery at KelbyOne competition winner) – he was so brilliant that we’re airing it again in its entirety TODAY. Great insights and amazing images – streaming on my FB page today at 4pm ET (here’s the link) – don’t miss it.

Hi Gang — we’re only 76 days away from the Photoshop World Conference (May 31-June 2, 2018) in Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center (whoo hoo!), and I thought I’d give a quick update on what’s up, via a Q&A style post. Here we go:

Q. This is the only Photoshop World Conference this year, right?
A. That’s right, it the only one, so you should definitely come.  

Q. I see you’re at the Hyatt this time instead of the Orange County Convention Center.
A. You bet! The Hyatt was our host hotel last year and we absolutely loved it. What we didn’t love was having to walk all the way through the Hyatt Convention Center, just to walk to another convention center. Now, you just come downstairs and you’re right in the middle of everything. The Hyatt’s convention center is much newer, and we can have a bigger keynote, a bigger partner pavilion, and we’re all together in just one convenient place. We’re pretty psyched! 

Q. Is that where all the staff and instructors are staying?
A. 
Yup, we’re all staying at the beautiful Hyatt Regency. You can stay there, too but it’s filling up very fast (they have a special discount for our attendees) details here.

Q. Is that where Joe McNally is staying?
A. 
No. Actually, Joe insists on staying at Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World. He takes a limo over each morning. 

Q. Really?
A. 
Of course not. He takes a carriage. It’s why we have to end all conference events by 11:45 PM.

Q. Scott, I’m more of a visual person, and I need to see it to really understand it. Is there any way you could create some sort of short slideshow, set to some upbeat royalty-free music, with lots of photos? Also, could you make it around 90-seconds? —  I have a short attention span. 
A. 
Well, when you make it that specific, I feel like I have to. Here it is (below) to your exact specs.

Q. What kind of conference is this really?
A. 
It’s ‘clothing optional’

Q. Are you serious?
A. 
Well, it’s really up to you. That’s why we call it “optional.”

Q. It’s called Photoshop World?— is it all just Photoshop classes?
A. 
It’s grown to be much more than just Photoshop. We have full conference tracks on Lightroom and photography, and lighting/flash, and graphic design, and Business/Career, and more. Of course lots of Photoshop classes, too.

Q. Do I have to pick my classes in advance?
A. Nope. You can go to any class you want, any time you want, and move between classes as you like. No pre-registration necessary unless you’re coming a day early for the pre-conference workshops.

Q. Are the workshops the day before still available?
A. 
There are ten pre-conference workshops, but a few of them are almost sold out, so if you’re thinking of coming a day early to get into one of these in-depth workshops, I’d get your ticket for the one you want now, so it’s not sold out.

Q. If I’m a beginner will I be lost?
A. 
Only if you don’t follow the directional signs in the Hyatt.

Q. I meant in the sessions?
A. 
We have a lot of beginners that come to Photoshop World each year, and they’re able to follow along no problem with most of the sessions. Of course, if a session is named “Advanced” then you should probably sit that one out, but there are nearly 100 sessions so there will be plenty of other classes to choose from. Also, while you might arrive as a beginner, you won’t leave as one.

Q. Last year you guys had Stacy Pearsall for your special evening presentation, and she was awesome. Who will it be this year?
A. We are truly excited this year to bring you “An evening with Jeremy Cowart.” He is one of the most engaging, passionate, driven photographers and champions for social good in our industry, and it will truly be a very special evening for everyone.

Q. Will Roberto Valenzuela be there?
A. Absolutely! He’ll be rocking it.

Q. Peter Hurley? Joe McNally?
A. You bet!

Q. What about Stella Kramer? Please tell me Stella’s gonna be there!
A. She is. Everybody loves Stella!

Q. What about Lindsay Adler? Terry White, Matt Kloskowski? Dave Black? Julieanne Kost? Scarlett Johansson? Kristina Sherk? Dave Cross, Corey Barker, What about them?
A. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, no, yes, yes, yes.

Q. Any international instructors?
A. Oui! (see what I did there?). We’re talkin: Glyn Dewis, Serge Ramelli, Frank Doorhof, Dave Clayton, and Tim Wallace (aw, yeah)

Q. Moose?
A. Moose! :)

Q. Kaylee Greer and her doggos?
A. Si, con mucho mas doggos y puppers!

Q. Any new instructors?
A. Always! We’re welcoming Family/newborn photographer Tracy Sweeney (link), and Photoshop design sharks Mark Heaps and Jesus Ramirez. 

Q. Alright, I’ll go register right now. Just checking — Joel Grimes, he will be will be there too, right?
A. You bet. 

Q. Isn’t there a competition for people who attend the conference?
A. There is — they’re called “The Guru Awards”  and winning a prestigious “Guru” award has launched many a career. Here are the details on entering.

Q. So the Guru Awards are only open to be people who attend the conference?
A. That’s right.

Q. That doesn’t seem fair.
A. It does to me.

Q. Will the Partner Pavilion vendor area be open to the public?
A. 
It will not, but if you want to bring a spouse or someone traveling with you, we can arrange a special free pass for them.

Q. OK, this sounds like a go. Do I get a discount if I sign up early?
A. 
You can save $100 bucks off the full conference pass if you register before April 28, 2018. 

Q. Do I get a discount if I’m a KelbyOne Pro member?
A. You bet! You save $100 off a conference pass.

Q. It says the conference is produced by KelbyOne. Is it only for members?
A. 
Anyone may attend (well, anyone who’s cool), and if you’re not a member yet, you will be – a one-year KelbyOne Plus membership is included in your conference price for all attendees who buy a full conference pass at $699 or more.

Q. So I can keep learning from the Photoshop World Conference instructors even after the conference?
A.
You so “get this!” Yes, yes you can keep learning from them after the conference in their awesome online courses. Thank you for asking such a non-set-up, spontaneous, impromptu, unplanned, yet marketing savvy question. I so dig you.

Q. So, if I’m a KelbyOne member and I register before April 28th, 2018 –  I can get $200 off, right?
A. You are right. It’s a steal at full price, but you can still get $200 off if you’re quick about it.

Q. What if I have a question that’s not answered here?
A.
Well, that’s hard to imagine, but if somehow one slipped by, check our official FAQ or you can chat with our team directly from the site unless you do it late at night when they’re all busy on match.com

Q. Well Scott, this has been incredibly informative.
A.
 That’s really more of a statement, but since it’s so on the money, I’ll let it stand.

Q. I’ve always wanted to go — this is the year. I’m going!
A. 
Now yer talkin’!

Well, I hope you found this at least 22.4% helpful. Have a great week everybody!

Best,

Scott

P.S.
Q. Scott, is there any way you might embed a short video below that might just push me over the edge about going?
A. I’m reluctant to do that, but OK — it’s below, but only because you asked. ;-) Here are some highlights from last year’s conference, but just know — this year will be even awesomer! 

British Photographer Ian Munro will have his own solo show tonight at “The Gallery at KelbyOne”
Tonight, at a special wine & cheese reception we’ll be celebrating the photographic work of Ian Munro and you’re invited to be a part of the opening, no matter where you are in the world.

Ian won a competition we hold several times a year for KelbyOne Pro members where the winner gets a solo gallery show with images beautifully printed on Vivid Satin by Bay Photo Lab using their unique Xpozer print display system.

We’re live-streaming our interview with Ian tonight, and you’ll get a peek at the gallery, and his witty, wonderfully inspiring work.” It will be a night to remember, and you’ll see it all unfold live.

Details: 

Who: Photographer Ian Munro and our host Larry Becker (Plus, a bunch of people enjoying wine and cheese). Mmmm. Cheese.
What: 
The Opening reception and interview from Ian’s solo show at  “The Gallery at KelbyOne”
When: Tonight – Friday, March 16th – the live broadcast with Ian starts at @8pm ET
Where: My Facebook Page, or at http://kelbyone.com/gallery-webcast
Why: To showcase the amazing work of our KelbyOne members, and share their work with a worldwide audience

The presentation starts at 8 PM ET (Note to International viewers: the US observes Daylight Savings Time so we recently moved our clocks forward 1-hour). Hope you can join us. :)

For more details about the gallery competition (including how to enter when we open the next round of entries shortly), jump over here.

See you tonight – you will enjoy meeting Ian, and you absolutely love his work.

Best,

-Scott

So my buddy Jim sends me a photo he took with his iPhone of the first Photoshop World Conference brochure ever to let me know the first one was back in 1999 and this is our 19th year of producing the Photoshop World Conference (whoo hoo!). Anyway, the photo he sent was pretty much a mess, and this was something I wanted to keep for posterity.

So, I used Photoshop (and some slick Lens tricks) to bring the brochure back to life and you see the whole process from Start to Finish, and as luck would have it, it’s a perfect segue for me to mention that the annual Photoshop World Conference is indeed less than 90-days away (in Orlando, Florida no less) and you should come. But first, the tutorial:

Thanks for sending me that crappy photo, Jim. 😂

Hey, since we’re all talking about the Photoshop World Conference and all that, check out this quick little trailer about it below:

OK, go sign up right now, while you can still snag at room right there at the Hyatt Regency Orlando (where all the stuff, instructor and yours truly are staying. Here’s the link.

Have a kick butt Monday, everybody! (stop with the eye roll. Monday’s can kick butt!).

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I did a fun interview with the awesome Ross Chevalier (from the Photo/Video Guy Podcast) all about photography and Photoshop education. It’s an audio-only podcast so you can just let it run in the background while you work in Lightroom. Here’s the link if you’ve got a sec. 

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