Posts By Scott Kelby

Hi, gang, and happy Monday! I’ve been sailing the seven seas (not really), and I’ve dug up (not really) some more Photoshop Buried Treasure (OK, this part is true), and this time it’s on how to get back to the previous version of Select and Mask, which used to be called “Refine Edge.”

Adobe updated Refine Edge with a new mathematical algorithm and a totally new workspace (rather than it just being a floating panel), and while the new math works better for some images, it doesn’t work as well for some other, so being able to jump back to the other method (and old math) when you need to is pretty handy. Here’s a quick rundown:

Above: Here’s the current Select & Mask workspace, with its own toolbar on the left side, and side panel on the right, using the new math. I really love this new interface, and how it works most of the time, but there are certain instances where the old version works better, and that’s why Adobe added a way for us to get back to the older version.

STEP ONE: To access the old Refine Edge feature, hold the Shift-key, then go under the Select menu up top, and choose Select and Mask from the menu (as shown here — it doesn’t work if you hold Shift and click the Select and Mask button in the Options Bar — you have to choose it from the pop-down menu as shown here).

STEP TWO: Now the regular Photoshop interface remains in place, and the old Refine Edge window appears, as seen above, and you can use it like you always used (provided, of course, that you always used to). :)

Hope you found that little piece of Photoshop Buried Treasure helpful! :)

Don’t forget — Friday at 8:00 pm — LIVE from the “Gallery at KelbyOne”…
It’s an interview and behind-the-scenes from KelbyOne member’s solo gallery show in the Gallery at KelbyOne. Join the most awesome Larry Becker, as he sits down with competition winner Melanie Kern-Favila to talk about her amazing photography, and get to know her and work. It’s free; everyone’s invited to join us, and it will be simulcast on my Facebook, this Friday, July 21st. Ask anyone who attended the first opening with Mark Wegner, it’s really a fun, inspiring night, and a great opportunity to join us in celebrating the wonderful work of our members.

When: Friday, July 21st, 8:00 PM, EDT
Where: My Facebook page live

See you then! Have a great Monday, ya’ll!

-Scott

P.S. If you’re a KelbyOne member and you’d like to join us in person at the Gallery this Friday at 7 pm for a wine and cheese reception for Melanie’s Gallery Opening, you are welcome to join us and enjoy her work in person (it’s free for KelbyOne members, but there’s limited seating, so grab your seats now – here’s the link).

Last week I was very fortunate to have Paris-based photographer and Photoshop/Lightroom expert Serge Ramelli as my guest on ‘The Grid’ and I have to say, he shared some real-world experience and insights about getting work by how you post your images on Social Media that was absolutely just blowing people away! I’ve had people emailing me, tweeting, etc., about this episode and how much insight they gained from what Serge shared. It’s literally money in your pocket if you’ve been trying to sell your work, or get noticed or get hired via social media. Really brilliant stuff.

I’ve embedded the episode below, but before we got into our topic, we covered lots of other industry news, including Lexar getting out of the Memory Card business; Canon’s new 6D Mark II announcement (and the standard techie whiny that accompanies any new camera announcement), and a bunch of other stuff, so all that is up front, and we really get to the meat of the topic about 1/2 way through the show, but you should still watch the whole thing because…well…ya know…ya just should. :)

Here’s the episode (below) – I really think you’ll get into what Serge has to share:

Well, there ya go. Viva le Serge! :)

BTW: Serge is recording some awesome Lightroom classes for us at KelbyOne, so be looking for those soon (I’ll let you know when they’re released).

Have a great Tuesday everybody, and we’ll catch ya back here tomorrow for Guest Blog Wednesday (it’s a good one!). :)

Best,

-Scott

Hi gang, and happy Monday (groan). Aw come on, it’s going to be a great week (especially since I’m on vacation out in Vegas. Whoo hoo!).

Anyway, here’s another installment in my on-going series of Photoshop Buried Treasure — this time it’s about a filter in Photoshop CC that’s been there for a while, but it’s hidden deep within Photoshop’s dense forest of filters (sorry, couldn’t help myself). Anyway, it’s a filter that makes trees. I am not making this up (see above where I added that tree. Not the treasure map. Up at the very top). Check it this filter out below, mateys:

Hope you found that helpful. :)

Hey, Richmond and Nashville, some Lightroom training is coming your way…
…as I’m coming there for my full-day seminar later this month. Here’s a link with all the details. Come on out and spend the day with me. Just $89 if you book your ticket now. Includes LOTS of goodies (like presets and stuff). See you there!

Have a good one everybody, and plant a tree today (even if it’s a digital one). ;-)

Best,

-Scott

Here ya go, guys – this weekend only – a 72-hour sale on a KelbyOne annual membership (unlimited access to all our courses and all the benefits of membership for an entire year) but this deal is just for folks who read my blogs.

With this deal, you get $25.00 OFF a new annual membership (this is for new members only).

Here’s the sale link with the special code embedded.

This deal is only good this weekend (it expires early on Monday the 10th), so if you’ve been holding out for a killer deal…well…this is your chance. :)

Welcome aboard to all the folks who are going to take advantage of this 72-hour sale – we’re delighted to have you on board – it’s going to be an amazing year, and we’re so glad to have you with us. Have a great, safe, fun weekend everybody. :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. For more info on KelbyOne, you can visit our Website, but to get this deal, you have to use the link I shared above.

I want to wish all my readers Happy Independence Day (well, at least the US-based ones).

I’m taking today off to spend some time with my family, and I hope you’re able to do the same. Have a great day and we’ll see you here tomorrow for “Guest Blog” Wednesday, and on ‘The Grid’ tomorrow I have Paris-based photographer Serge Ramelli.

Just in Case: Here’s What ‘Independence Day’ Really Means to Us
Today is a national holiday celebrating our country’s independence from traditional film. No longer will we press the shutter button thinking, “Well, that just cost me 22¢” or “Well, that’s 36 — time to pop in another roll.”or that phrase heard so often on vacation, “I need to stop and buy some film.”

Should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: No longer will we wait hours, or days, to see our prints only to find out that someone was blinking or the flash didn’t fire. No longer will we go quitely into the night, to drop off our film in an overnight drop box. We’re going to live on to shoot for free another day — free from the tyranny of film chemicals and safe lights; changing bags and temperature regulators; cotton gloves and Print tongs. No today as we gather together to fill our 32 and 64-gig cards with wild abandon we celebrate our real Independence Day! (insert wild cheers here).

So, that’s what Independence Day really means to us Americans. That and right to eat stuff we’re not supposed to. Mostly the 2nd one.

Hope yours is a happy 4th wherever you are! :)

Best,

-Scott

Hi Gang: Friday I did a post on “How to Shoot Awesome Fireworks shots!”  and today it’s how to Edit them in Photoshop (that way you’re prepared for the editing, now, too!). The video includes a really simple trick for creating your own custom “Fireworks Show Finale!” So cool you’ll drop your hot dog. That sounds bad but you know what I mean. 

Check out the video I made for you below:

Pretty fun stuff. Hope you get some awesome shots!.

Our offices are closed tomorrow for the Holiday…but…
We’ll be back on Wednesday for another gripping episode of “The Grid” and you don’t want to miss it because…well…you just don’t want to miss it. Ya know. Missing it is bad. Etc.

Have a great Monday, and be safe tomorrow and get back here Wednesday in one piece.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Are you coming out to my full-day Lightroom seminar in Nashville or Richmond this month? Ya oughta. It’s a pretty fun day, and you’ll learn a bunch, and you’ll have the opportunity to buy a really expensive bland convention center lunch. Here’s the link with details. 

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