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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

 

Hi, gang – here’s another in my new series of Photoshop’s Buried Treasure – this one is a quick, one-click mega zoom that not takes you to a tight zoom right where you want it, it instantly returns you to the tool you were last using. Really handy stuff (and it’s not the trick you were thinking).

Hope you found that helpful!

Here’s wishing you an awesome Tuesday!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Looking forward to meeting everybody up here for my Lightroom seminar here in Indianapolis today! 

 

Hi gang, and welcome to my new series on Photoshop features that can really be helpful…if you only knew they existed, and what they did. There’s some really great stuff buried in Photoshop, and it’s stuff that maybe we don’t use every day, but once unearthed, they can make a big difference.

I’m calling this new series “Buried Treasure” and we’re starting with one of my favorites (I had to use it just yesterday), and in the short video tutorial below, I’ll show you how I used it, and a way you might not have thought of where it can be really helpful. Here goes:

Hope you found that helpful. More to come later this week. :)

See you on Friday in Minneapolis?
I hope so — I’ll be there with my Lightroom On Tour seminar, and so will about 300 other photographers who are ready to make a big leap in their Lightroom life. Hope I’ll get to meet you there.

Have a great week (’cause it’s gonna be a great week!).

Best,

-Scott

Hi gang, and happy Monday. It’s going to be a great week! :)

Just a quick tip today, but the thing I’m going to show you is pretty hidden, and you’d use it when a tool starts behaving differently than it usually does. You might have a made a change to a setting up in the Options Bar the last time you were you using Photoshop, and you can’t remember which setting you changed that’s now causing it to act wonky. If that happens, here what ya do:

Above: Look up at the Options Bar up top. On the very far left you see an icon of the tool you currently have selected. You see that little down-facing arrow to the immediate right of it? If you click that, any tool presets you have for that tool pop-down in a menu (as shown here, but I don’t’ have any tool presets for the Move tool, but the menu pops down either way). However, there’s something hidden here.

Above: If instead, you hold the Command-key on Mac (Ctrl-key on PC), instead you get a pop-up menu with two options: (1) Reset Tool. That resets all of the settings back to their default for just the currently selected tool (in this case, I have the Healing Brush selected, so it resets the Option Bar settings for just that one tool). If you choose ‘Reset All Tools’ it does just what it says — it resets every tool back to its factory fresh default setting (and just know if you need to choose this one, you musta really messed up somethin’ big time!). :-)

Anyway, just a quickie but I know some folks who could get a lot out of resetting a tool or two.

Did you catch ‘The Grid” last Wednesday?
It’s my weekly photography show, and last week my guests were my awesome wife Kalebra and our in-house producer Jen Coffin, and our topic was “How to produce your next shoot.” Jen and Kalebra had some great insights, and I shared my own workflow for setting up a location shoot.  If you’ve got a few minutes, I’ve embedded that episode above (you can let it play in the background while you do other stuff, ya know…like work). ;-)

Here’s wishing you a great week, and that it starts off with a much better than usual Monday!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m about 11 days from my being in Minneapolis with my “Lightroom On Tour” full-day seminar. I’m in Indy four days later. Tickets and info here. 

Hi, gang – Happy Tuesday! Today I wanted to share some Lens Correction stuff in Photoshop (this works in Lightroom, too!) that a lot of folks have overlooked (like the Aspect slider for one). This is really powerful stuff — it uses a number of different parts of the Lens Correction and Transform panel, but it’s good solid stuff; it’s easy to use, and there will be times when you really oughta be using it.

I made a video for ya (below). Lots of little tips inside this one:

Again — that works the same way in Lightroom — the panels are just in a different location.

Hope you found that helpful. :)

I’m in Indy in three weeks from today with my Lightroom Seminar
You can be there, too. Here’s the link with details. 

Have a great Tuesday everybody, and see you tomorrow for “Guest Blog Wednesday.”

Best,

-Scott

Happy Friday, everybody. (even if you don’t watch the tip – make sure you read my P.S. at the bottom of the post. It’s guaranteed to make you wish I was younger and had more hair). 

I’ve got a great tip for you today from our dear friend, UK-based graphic designer Dave Clayton, who shared this tip on ‘The Grid” on Wednesday and people were just loving it. Alan Hess wrote “This will change my workflow forever!” and I gotta tell ya — I agree (I didn’t know this tip either). Check out this short video we made just for you guys on the blog here today:

Pretty sweet, right? Thanks, Dave (after speaking at Photoshop World, he came and taped two online classes for KelbyOne — one on Photoshop design for social media, and one straight-up design class for Photoshop users). Such a great guy (and such a great tip!).

Hope you have a great weekend, and we’ll catch you back here next week (well, at least that’s the plan). ;-)

Cheers,

-Scott

P.S. Tomorrow night I’m playing a gig on drums — it’s my high-school reunion (well, technically it’s the year before I graduated reunion), but I’m playing with the same guys I played with back in high school in my first band (three of them were seniors, I was a junior, so it’s really their reunion). Nevertheless, I’m playing it — a bunch of classic rock songs from the late 70s/early 80s (same stuff we played back then), and a couple of newer songs. Yes, I’m making my wife Kalebra go, too. I make her come watch me play every five years as some kind of cruel punishment. She has dubbed it as the “Not my reunion” gig. Follow her tomorrow night on Twitter for many photos and sadly hilarious commentary. Her Twitter handle is @kalebrakelby – it’s gonna rock! (or something like it). 

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