Posts By Scott Kelby

Here are seven Photoshop shortcuts to help speed your workflow — these are ones I use every day in my own work and I hope you find them useful in yours. Here goes:


Quickly change the value in most any field (like the Opacity field in the Layers Panel, or any of the fields up in the Options Bar) using the ‘Scrubber Slider” shortcut. You do this by clicking and holding directly on the field’s name, then drag to the right to increase the amount, or to the left to decrease it. This is a super fast way to set the value to 0% or 100%, or anything in-between. Start using this one and you’ll never go back to using a slider or typing in numbers.

To move the location of your Type layer while you’re editing it, just move your cursor away from the text and it temporarily changes into the Move tool so you can drag your text where you want it. When you move your cursor back near the text, it changes back into the Text cursor so you can continue editing your type.

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.

When you’re ready to flatten your image, Press Shift-Command-E (PC: Shift-Ctrl-E). As long as you don’t have any layers turned off or hidden, it acts like a “Flatten All Layers” shortcut, but the name of the shortcut is “Merge Layers” and it takes all your visible layers and combines them into one.

When you’ve zoomed in tight and you’re working on an image, hold the Space Bar and your cursor changes into the Grabber Hand, and now you can click and drag your image to navigate your way around, rather than trying to use the scrollbars. Super handy.

Move a Selection while you’re still drawing it by holding the Spacebar. If you’ve ever to select something circular, you already know how many times it takes you to get that circle size just right. With this trick, it only takes once. Start drawing your selection (works with all the selection tools like the Rectangular Marquee, Lasso, etc.), then hold the Spacebar and drag it where you want it. I love this one!

Repeat your last transformation. Let’s say you’re copying and pasting some images into your main image, and you’re going to resize them all to the same smaller size. Once you’ve used Free Transform once to do this, you can have Photoshop automatically resize the next one to the exact same size by pressing Option-Command-T on Mac, or Alt-Ctrl-T on Windows.

Hope you found that helpful. 🙂

How ‘Bout Some Lightroom Stuff?

I’ve got a another post today on “Why Apple’s iPad Pro is Perfect for a DSLR or Mirrorless Photographer’s Mobile Lightroom Workflow.” You can read it over on my daily Lightroom blog, LightroomKillerTips.com. Here’s the link if you’ve got a sec. 🙂

Heads up to KelbyOne Members

If you’re a KelbyOne member, the August 2020 issue is here — 120 pages of the latest Photoshop stuff (tutorials, articles, news, reviews, features, and even a few ads). ;-) – go download it now in the KelbyOne Mags app, or on the member’s site. :)

Have a great Monday, everybody. Stay safe, and stop back by tomorrow for “Travel Tuesdays with Dave” (celebrating its third year here on the blog).

-Scott

There are a bunch of ways, including the Orton Effect, but this one is really quick, really easy, anybody can do, and well…here ya go:

NOTE: If you want it even softer, just duplicate the layer; blur it again (same amount) and lower the Opacity to 20%. Boom, done.

Hope you found that helpful. :)

Have you heard about our Landscape Photography Conference coming next month?

t is blowing up!!! Huge interest in this all online, two-day, two track conference. If you haven’t heard the news, check out the video below (or click here for more details and tickets).

Have a great weekend everybody, stay healthy, and I hope to catch you here next week for more Lightroom love.

-Scott

P.S. Did I mention if you sign up early for the Landscape Conference you save $150. That’s a ton. Totally worth it. Here’s that link again.

…and if you think it’s because I stayed up way too late last night playing Call of Duty Modern Warfare with my friend Terry, man are you off base. ;-)

Anyway, sorry I whiffed on today’s post, but if you’re a Lightroom user, I did (earlier in the day yesterday) get a post together for my other blog (yes, one blog is clearly not enough, though I obviously have a hard time keeping up with even one), and it’s on how to create multi-photo layouts in Lightroom’s print module (and no you don’t have to print the layouts —  you can save them as JPEGs and share them on social, email them, post them on Instagram, etc.).

Here’s a link to the post and the short video where I show you how easy it is (you’ll be surprised). :)

Here’s to a great week; one where you are more productive than I was last night. :)

-Scott

The publisher of my book, ‘The Landscape Photography Book” made this excerpt available to everybody, and it the recipes behind four different landscape images, and the recipe to get similar images like it yourself. These are from the “Photo Recipes” chapter of the book. In it, I cover:

  • The Characteristics of each type of shot
  • The Ingredients to make it happen
  • The Location where each was taken
  • The Camera Settings used in each shot

Here’s the link to check them out.

Thanks to my awesome publisher, Rocky Nook, and to Ted, Scott and whole Rocky Nook crew for making this available to everybody. If you find those recipes helpful, and you want to pick up a copy of the entire book for yourself (either in print or as a eBook), you can get it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble right now.

It’s going to be a great week! Let’s stay safe, look out for each other, love your neighbor, and please stop back by tomorrow for the wonderful “Travel Tuesdays with Dave.”

-Scott

You can watch this top-rated online course free this weekend: Check out the trailer below:

Best of all, the entire course is free (really free – no credit card required or any of that stuff).

Just sign up for a FREE KelbyOne Free-Level Membership and you’ll have access to not only this awesome built a home studio course from Rick Sammon, but some other courses from me as well like this one (below – that’s the trailer) that teaches Lightroom users how to use the most important stuff in Photoshop (without having to learn all of Photoshop, which is a lot ’cause…well…it’s Photoshop).

Here’s the link to that course (it’s free, too) .

Anyway, I hope you’ll check one, both or all of the free courses out. If course, if you want to accelerate your learning, you can join our Pro Membership plan and you’ll have unlimited 24/7 access to nearly 800 online courses on photography, Lightroom and Photoshop. We’ve got a special deal running right now because so many folks are still stuck at home, and this will help you make the most of this down time.

There ya have it — hope you found those courses helpful, and here’s wishing you a safe and happy weekend. :)

-Scott

First, a world of thanks to you folks on my blog who attended last week’s Photoshop Conference. We’re so grateful for the incredible turnout, and we’re just tickled to death with the wonderful feedback we’re getting. We had the greatest crew of instructors, and a fun, totally-into-it group of participants. My humble thanks to you all for being a part of this event — the sense of community and togetherness was just incredible. You guys are awesome!

If you follow me regularly, you know I do most of my daily work in Lightroom, and jump over to Photoshop when I need to, but because our conference last week was a Photoshop Conference (and not a Lightroom Conference — we did that one earlier in the year); I did a lot of my post work in Camera Raw, and opened it as a filter numerous times to do things I would normally do in Lightroom.

Seeing me do so much in Camera Raw confused a number of folks, and In fact, one question I got was, “If Photoshop does all this amazing stuff and has Camera Raw, why should I use Lightroom at all?”

So, today I thought I would try and help clear things up , and answer that gentleman’s question at the same time. It’ll help if we start out with a very brief history lesson (it’s really quick, but it’ll really help). Let’s go:

Adobe Camera Raw Came First

It was born in 2003 (it was created by Adobe’s Thomas Knoll; the same guy who originally wrote Photoshop), and it was a plug-in to Photoshop, much like it is to this very day. It was a pretty ground-breaking thing and changed the way the world worked with their images from that day forward.

Then, three years later, Lightroom was born

When Adobe released Lightroom 1.0 (actually, they did a free 1-year public beta before the actual 1.0 release), they took Camera Raw, as is, and put it directly into Lightroom. The same sliders in the same order using the same math that all do the exact same thing. They did change one thing, though, it was a biggie (and helped bring us to the land of confusionville).

Adobe could have named the module in Lightroom “Camera Raw” (as seen in my mock-up above), and everybody would have known exactly what it was. However, they decided that instead of calling it Camera Raw, they would change the name (and only the name) to “Develop.” So, the Develop Module we know and love in Lightroom Classic (and the Edit section of Lightroom “the cloud version”) are both in reality, Adobe Camera Raw (or ACR as well call it for short).

So, to recap: all three; Camera Raw in Photoshop; The Develop Module in Lightroom Classic, and the Editing functions in Lightroom ‘cloud’ are ‘Camera Raw.” They all have the same sliders, in the same order, using the same math, that all do the exact same thing. They are (say it with me), the same.

This added a tiny bit more confusion…

Now, one cool thing Adobe did (which also helps to add a tad bit more confusion), was that you could use Camera Raw as a filter in Photoshop. Yup, it’s under the Filter menu as “Camera Raw Filter.” So, if anytime you’re working on an image in Photoshop, and let’s say you want to edit your White Balance, you can just go up to the Filter menu and choose Camera Raw Filter; the regular window pops up; you tweak your White Balance (using the Temperature and Tint sliders just like you would in Lightroom), and then click OK. It essentially works like any other filter in Photoshop. You open it; use it, and click OK. Boom. Done.

Now, back to that guy’s question, which was:

“If Photoshop does all this amazing stuff and has Camera Raw, why should I use Lightroom at all?”

It’s because Lightroom’s strength is in its organization (I’ve yet to see any other program with the depth and features of Lightroom’s organizational tools), and the Print features of Lightroom Classic are unmatched — blows Photoshop’s away. And, it’s got top drawer sharing and mobile features. Plus, it has Camera Raw built right it, and better yet it was designed from the very beginning, from version 1.0, to work seamlessly with Photoshop, so if there’s something I can’t do in Lightroom, I can bounce over to Photoshop, do it there, and send that file right back to Lightroom. It’s a seamless, easy roundtrip.

So, what I’m hoping all this did, was (a) help clear up the confusion. (b) re-answer that guy’s question, and (c) I don’t really have a “c.” Anyway, I hope that helped anybody out there who was a bit confused, and if you were, believe me, it’s understandable.

We just announced it last Wednesday, but…

…nearly 400 photographers have already signed up for “The Landscape Photography Conference,” coming this September 8-9, 2020. If you missed the news, catch the short launch video below :

Here’s the link to get your tickets. It’s going to be something very special, and you don’t want to miss out.

Here’s wishing you a great week, good health, and lots of creative possibilities.

-Scott

P.S. Don’t miss Travel Tuesdays with Dave here tomorrow, because one day, hopefully soon, we’ll be able to travel again.

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