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Dear Adobe: 
It’s 2017, and we still have to hold the Shift-key to resize things proportionally. Can we please, please just resize images like nearly every modern application on the planet does, where the default is to resize proportionally by just dragging, but then if you want to squash or stretch the image non-proportionally, then you hold the Shift key?

I know, this is “the way we’ve always done it…” but it’s not too late to change this for us, and for future generations of Photoshop users (especially people new to the program, who are used to resizing images without having to hold a modifier key).

If you’re concerned about those people who hate change, how about a compromise — make it an option in Photoshop’s Preferences. Give us a checkbox in the General Preferences that says “Resize with Shift, ” and it can even be on by default, but at least we could turn it off and resize images proportionally without having to hold a stinkin’ modifier key.

Imagined History Lesson
A buddy of mine and I were talking about this very topic a while back, and he said he imagined what happened was this:

Somewhere around Photoshop 3.0 (when Layers were introduced), an Adobe Product Manager said to the engineers, “We need a way to resize an image on a Layer,” and they said, “OK, here ya go, it’s called ‘Free Transform.’ The product managers started testing it and said, “Hey, it doesn’t resize proportionally — it stretches everything!” so the engineers went back, added that feature, and said “OK, we added it. Just hold the Shift key and now you can resize proportionally.”

Now, we have no idea if that’s how it all came down, but it sure sounds plausible to me.

There’s Still Time…
For the past few years, at Adobe’s Max Conference (coming up in October) they have announced/released new features for Photoshop CC, and since it’s only June, there’s probably time to add a preference for turning off the Shift-key thing. So, my plea to Adobe (on behalf of Photoshop users everywhere) is:

Please either swap the Shift key thing (make it only necessary when you don’t want to resize proportionally) or give us an option in preferences to change it ourselves. 

Now, what I would say to Adobe is this:

“I know you don’t want to change this (because if you did, you already would have), but if you had to start over from scratch and rebuild Photoshop all over today, would you still make proportional resizing require holding the Shift key? Of course not. You know how I know this is true? Because recently you did build a new application from the ground up — Adobe Muse — and when you resize images in Muse, they resize proportionally without holding the Shift key.”

Adobe, this simple change would make you heroes to many, many longtime Photoshop users out there. Remember when you let us change the name of a Layer by just double-clicking on it? It used to take a pop-up dialog box, but then you fixed it, and we cheered. Little things like this mean a lot to people who live and work in Photoshop CC every day. We’re not asking for some miracle technology. We’re not asking for the next healing brush or Vanishing Point. It’s “the little things.” Just add a simple preference to make our lives easier. It’s hero time.

Drops the mic. ;-)

Hope you all have a great Monday, with minds open to change and not just doing things because “that’s the way we always did them.”

Best,

-Scott

Howdy, folks. Now, if you’re a Lightroom user, you’re probably not going to find much use for this feature because Lightroom was born to make contact sheets with it’s awesome Print module, but if you’re just using Photoshop, this is one of those things you probably didn’t even realize was there (plus, Adobe took it out for a while, but enough people screamed that they brought it back after a while). Anyway, here ya go, mateys!

STEP ONE: Go under the File menu, under Automate, and choose Contact Sheet II.

STEP TWO: When the window opens, up top choose which folder of images you want to have Photoshop make into a contact sheet. The bottom section (Document) is where you choose the size of the document you want it to create (in this case, I was feeling nostalgic for a paper size nobody’s digital camera actually cares about), so I made it an 8×10″, and I chose a resolution of 240 ppi. In the Thumbnails section, you choose how many columns and how many rows you want (and some other options are there that are self-explanatory), and if you want the file name to appear beneath the images (helpful if you’re making an actual contact sheet for yourself or a client), then you can turn on “Use Filename as Caption” at the very bottom.

STEP THREE: Now sit back and let Photoshop “do its thing” and in a couple of minutes you’ll have your contact sheet. By the way — an especially cool feature is that it will create as many individual documents as it necessary to put all the images in the folder you choose on contact sheets, so don’t be surprised if you see 4, 5 or more tabs across the top when it’s done if you had a lot of photos in that folder.

There ya have — we’ve dug up some more Photoshop buried treasure!

Hope you have a great Monday everybody!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. We added new July tour stops in Richmond and Nashville to my “Lightroom On Tour” full-day seminar. Get your tickets now and come spend the day with me learning Lightroom like a boss! 

Hi gang, and happy Friday. I’ve got a video for you today from Adobe’s own photography and design evangelist Terry White, and this is a recording of a short (30 or so minutes) live stream webinar he did on Photoshop CC’s Liquify tool, and if you haven’t seriously looked at Liquify in a while, you will be blown away by some of the stuff Adobe has added. Here’s his video (and then check back after the jump):

Thank Terry, that rocked! :)

NEWS STUFF: 

(1) Yesterday they released a free update to Luminar
It has an awesome new AI filter (Yes, I included it in my upcoming class, and I gave it a nickname. I call it “The make everything look better slider.” :)  More on this later, but go get the upgrade if you use Luminar. They added a lot of stuff and improved performance big time for some of the tools.

(2) Just a day and a half in, and Kalebra’s new iPhone Photography class is already a hit!
Here are some of the comments from KelbyOne members:

> “Just finished watching You Shot That with Your iPhone with Kalebra Kelby… loved it :slight_smile: What a great course! Really enjoyed hearing Kalebra’s thought process behind her photography…added bonus a wicked sense of humour made the learning fun! Introduced to lots of new apps that I haven’t used before…excited to try them out.”

> “So much great info. I will have to come back a few times to get it all.”

> “Just watched the first segment, already learning new stuff.”

> “I love my DSLR and almost never use my iphone for photos. When I am cought without a camera and am forced to shot with my phone, I feel like I lost the shot even though I took it. I am only a little ways through your class and am amazed at all the thing I have already learned.”

> “What a great course I never knew my iPhone [was] so powerful…”

> “Just finished Kalebra Kelby’s iPhone camera course. It was fantastic and learned a lot of neat tips and loved the app recommendations! I sent a recommendation to this course to all of my camera club members too.”

> “This is a fantastic class, and I love that it was done as a dialog with Larry; it’s light and funny, and very educational. I love that you talked about purpose and composition, as well as showcased how cool these apps can be once one starts to really dig into them.”

I’m very excited, and very proud!!! I’m so glad she did this class!

Here’s the link to her class. :)

(3) Just added Nashville and Richmond, VA to my Lightroom On Tour seminars in July 
Very excited to have added two more cities, and both are at the end of next month:

Richmond, VA on July 26th, 2017
Nashville on  July 28th, 2017

Snag your tickets right now and come out and spend the day with me learning Lightroom like a boss!

Have a great weekend everybody!

Best,

-Scott

Happy Tuesday everybody, and here’s another in my series of Photoshop buried treasure — this time it’s in the form of a little-known Adjustment Layer called “Color Lookup” and what Adobe did was hire a color expert to create color “looks” based on classic films, and all you have to do is find one you like, and boom — drop the mic, you’re done! It gives you some of those Instagram old-school film looks, and cross processing looks, and a lot of those looks that are popular in fashion post-processing these days. Here’s how it works:

STEP ONE: Here’s our original image. At the bottom of the Layers panel, click on the Adjustment Layer pop-up menu and choose Color Lookup (as shown here).

Above: That brings up the Color Lookup options in the Properties panel. One reason this panel hasn’t taken off is — if you click once on any of those three panels, it brings up an “Open” dialog asking you to load a LUT, Abstract Profile, or DeviceLink Profile, to which our answer is, “Huh? What are those” so we hit cancel, never to return (and if that sounds like you, don’t feel bad, this has happened to right around a ba-zillion people so far).

STEP TWO: If instead you click and hold (in this case, I clicked and held on the 3D LUT menu), a pop-up menu of predesigned color looks appears (as shown above). Just choose one and you get a color look applied to your image (as I did here where I applied a Crisp.Winter.look).

Above: Here’s another one of the look — filmstock_50.3dl. What’s nice is — these appear as Adjustment Layers, so if you feel the look is too intense, you can simply lower the Opacity of that Adjustment Layer.

Above: here’s another look — this one is based on a Fuji F125 Kodak look. Another benefit of these being Adjustment Layers is that you can change the blend mode of this layer to get different looks as well. Surprisingly powerful little tool, this one.

Okey, Dokey — that’s it for today’s “Photoshop Buried Treasure” hunt.

Hey, did I mention Moose Peterson is on “The Grid” tomorrow? 
Well he is, and we’re talking about getting sharp shots, so come on by at 4 pm ET tomorrow at this link (or over on my Facebook page, where we simulstream).

Heads up KelbyOne members: Moose is doing a live Members-only Q&A Webcast, tomorrow, too!
Moose will be answering your questions on wildlife, aviation photography, and landscape photography — just for KelbyOne members at 2PM ET tomorrow. Stop by your Member’s Dashboard for a direct link.

Have a good one everybody! :)

-Scott

Oh yeah, Calculations — buried indeed, but in the spirit of the latest installment of Pirates of the Caribbean, we’ve hoisted it up from its briny grave so you can make better-than-average black and white conversions without even using a plug-in.

Before we “dive in” just want to remind you about my FREE webinar tomorrow at 2-pm EDT for beginner photographers. It’s called “Beginner’s Breakthrough” and if you know somebody new to photography and they want to kick their images up a big notch, I think I have some things that will really help.

If you could share this link with them, I would much appreciate it. Tell them they won’t be alone – thousands of photographers from all over have already signed-up to be there tomorrow – it’s going to a lot of fun (and hopefully lots of “ah-ha” moments). Now, shiver me timbers (sorry, couldn’t resist), there be buried treasure below!

There ya have it, mateys! (again, couldn’t resist. Can’t wait for “Talk like a pirate day.“).

Here’s wishing you a great Tuesday, and hope to see you tomorrow for my Beginner’s Breakthrough free webinar.

Best,

-Scott

 

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