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Photoshop as a verb. Now there’s a thing! Adobe Photoshop is huge and it’s the industry standard, so it’s no surprise that the word “Photoshop” has become a verb, meaning to retouch an image, and this blog post today is all about why it’s so important that us photographers should be proficient in its use. But first!

I’m Dave Williams, and as usual, this post for #TravelTuesday on is by me, dropping in once a week to impart some of my bountiful wisdom. Before we get into it, I’ll take this opportunity to remind you all that the walker contest for the Worldwide Photo Walk is now open! Get your image entries in now for a chance to bag a haul of awesome prizes!

So, I’m probably addressing an audience who already knows the importance of Photoshop, but in any case, if this isn’t brand new information it still serves as a reminder. Adobe Photoshop is a world-famous photo manipulation app that is used by photographers, designers, and other creatives, and it’s so simple yet it holds so much depth. It can turn basic images into absolute masterpieces.

There’s a school of thought that we shouldn’t need to use Photoshop because as photographers, we should be able to get it right in-camera, but while it’s true that we should get it right in-camera, we can still add so much to an image (or take away from it) by using Photoshop creatively and effectively. We can correct our mistakes, if we make them, by tweaking exposure, shadows, highlights, perspective, straightening, tone, crop, etc., to just give our images that little bit of a boost that we may not have straight out of camera.

Shifting up a gear, we can use some simple, yet effective tools to move elements, remove elements, add texture, resize images—you know, all these little things with big results. As I said, preaching to the choir here, so here’s the real deal behind this post:

The “purist” crowd—the people who are abject to using Photoshop to manipulate their photos in any way because the image should be right in the first place and shouldn’t require any adjustments—it’s you who I’m talking to here. Adobe Photoshop is no longer a huge investment; it’s a subscription. Personally, I feel like that big investment is worth it anyway, but we’ve seen a shift away from that model, and the point to highlighting that is that it’s easy to give Photoshop a try if it turns out I’m right with this.

Photoshop is an incarnation of something that’s always existed in photography. All of the basic tools we have at our disposal were not created for Photoshop. They’re things that were done in the darkroom already and have simply been given a digital spin, making it faster and easier than it was before. Cropping and levelling are things that were done in the darkroom by simply rotating and framing the photo. Dodging and burning, adjusting shadows, highlights, exposure, these were done in the darkroom by covering and revealing parts of the photo to allow the exposure to develop at differing rates. Almost all of the “everyday” adjustments made in Adobe Photoshop are inherited from the days of the darkroom, and although they’re achieved through the use of expertly crafted algorithms translated into simple button clicks onscreen, the truth of it is that it’s nothing new. Take a look at this marked-up image of James Dean in Times Square: –

This marked-up image on the left and the resulting image on the right shows the darkroom workflow that we apply in Photoshop today—it’s just that it happened on a film photo rather than a digital photo. So, all of you “purists” who don’t believe in Photoshop—get over it. Photoshop is awesome. Embrace it, learn it, and make the most of it.

*mic drop*

Much love

I’m here with a quick “Photo Tip Friday” (we post these every Friday on our Facebook page) and this is a cool little tip that uses the Dehaze filter in the opposite way we’d normally use it. Check it out (below):

Not bad, right? Hey, the class I was referring to at the end of that was my new online Photoshop course on Mastering the all new Camera Raw working environment. Here’s the link if you want to check it out (and the official trailer is below):

Totally kick-butt “Photo Tip Friday” from Serge Ramelli On How To Get Your Work Noticed

Check this out – it’s less than one minute long and I promise you will LOVE it! An incredible amount of priceless info in under 60-seconds. Here it is:

I wasn’t kidding, right? You’re hearing the real deal. If you want to learn how to make the type of image Serge is talking about in that tip, watch Serge’s Fine Art Photographer Master Class online at KelbyOne. Incredible stuff! Here’s that link. (I put the official course trailer below):

OK, if that stuff doesn’t get you feeling like grabbing your camera (or at the very least, grabbing your mouse or pen/tablet), then…well… (not sure what goes next here, so let’s move on). OK, lots to watch and learn this weekend – let’s make the most of it. :)

Hope to see you back here in Monday. Have a wonderful weekend; stay safe, look out for each other, be kind to everybody, and here’s wishing you good health. :)


P.S. We’re only 11 days from the start of ‘The Landscape Conference.” It’s going to be awesome, and you don’t want to miss it. Details and tickets at this link. Go, go, go! :)

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, 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).


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.


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.

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.


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

Watch the short 2-min+ video below and you’ll see what it’s all about and why it might be just what you’ve been waiting for:

The official dates are:

September 8-9, 2020 with a special pre-conference session the day before open to all registered attendees. Here’s the link to get your tickets. It’s going to be something very special, and you don’t want to miss out.

Thanks to everyone who attended “The Photoshop Conference”

Yesterday we wrapped up our two-day live online Photoshop Conference, where over 1,200 folks joined us from all over the globe, and it was. just. awesome! We had incredible instructors and equally incredible folks to present to which made the whole thing an awful lot of fun. There’ was such a great spirit of community and that we’re all in this together; learning, laughing, and being inspired by each other.

Here are just a few attendee comments from the Conference:

“I can’t thank KelbyOne enough. This conference was exactly what I needed. I’m feeling inspired and like opportunities are limitless.” — Nikki

This was really awesome, so much great information. I am already using some of the things I learned. Looking forward to the Landscape event. Thank you! so much! — Vicki

“Fantastic learning experience with kindred souls! Already registered for the Landscape Conf. Thanks!” —RB

“This one course has been more beneficial than anything I have watched before. PS is so confusing to me, but a lot of stuff is making sense now.” –Jill  

“The sneak peak bonus session was worth what I paid for the entire conference.” — Tony

Concur, the entire conference was great. I learned so much. The Kelbyone crew is excellent. — Cathy

This conference was great! A great way for us who are unable to travel to physically attend conferences. Thank you so much KelbyOne!!!” —Robert

“I’m literally already creating actions in my documents from Terry’s last session” — Marie

Thank you Scott and Larry and ALL of the instructors…this was awesome!” — John

“Great Conference. Loved every second!” –TW

“Fantastic conference – Big thanks to everyone making it possible! Love the online format.” — Susan

“Great conference – see you at the landscape conference!!!
Cannot wait!”

I would love to take credit for how awesome the whole thing came off, but honestly — it’s the instructors. They were brilliant. So “on,” so into it, so engaged, and so willing to share and engage with everybody. Answering questions one-on-one, helping people solve their Photoshop problems on the fly — it was a beautiful thing to see, and I’m honored that I got to play a small role it in all.

I’m so grateful to the instructors, and to our conference host, the just out-and-out fantastic Larry Becker, and I’m so thankful to have the crew we have at KelbyOne. Erik “The Rocket Man” Kuna, Christina Sauer, and her Top Gun quality video production crew. Our Web team, marketing and design crew, accounting, our member services dept., everybody worked together, and so hard, under a challenging lock-down environment, to do something important and much needed in our Photoshop community, and I couldn’t be prouder.

We’re taking the things we’ve learned at this conference and using them to make The Landscape Photography Conference even that much better. We’re constantly learning, evolving, and working to always make the next thing we better than the one before for our attendees and for KelbyOne members, and the best is yet to come. Hope you can join us in September. It is going to rock! (get it, landscapes? Rock? Oy. OK, I guess we could still do some work on the jokes).

Here’s wishing you a great weekend. Stay healthy. Look out for each other. Love your neighbor (not too much, mind you), and we’ll catch you back here next week.