Happy Tuesday everybody. I know you probably already know about the Oil Paint filter, but while I use it in this tutorial, this tutorial is really about the 2nd and 3rd things — things that take the effect up a notch, by adding more depth to the paint strokes (using a different filter), and then adding a Canvas texture to the entire image (using yet another filter). Luckily, it’s all easy and quick to do.
I made a quick tutorial for you (below) that shows how easy it is. :)
Hi Gang: Ready for some serious learning this weekend? Here’s my pick for five classes (including a coupla my own) to make the most of these next few days. Check these out:
(1)Master Post-Processing: 10 Mistakes Every New Photographer Makes and How to Fix Them” with Kristi Sherk People are absolutely raving about her class. Start with it. You’ll love it, too!
(2) Going From Flat to Fabulous in Photoshop (with me) Come with me as I take a bunch of flat images straight out of the camera, and show you exactly step-by-step how to make them fabulous. Plus, I give you the practice files to download and follow right along.
(3) Post Processing Landscape Photos in Camera Rawwith Moose Peterson Moose truly gives you a different perspective on post processing landscapes, and really talks about the “Whys” in a really significant way, and of course, you’ll learn all the “hows” too. You’ll learn a lot.
(4) Inexpensive and DIY Photo Gear Tricks with Larry Becker Larry is the master of saving money on gear, and his class is a hit. Very clever stuff (and he’s really entertaining just to listen to).
(5) Photo Recipes: Dramatic Lighting with…me! In one of the installments from my new series of lighting, I cover Dramatic Lighting, and we do some fun, creative things, and I even include the retouching, so you see the entire process from start to finish.
There ya have it. If you’re not a KelbyOne member yet, you can still watch all these classes for free this weekend – just take the 10-day free trial and you can start watching them immediately.
Hi Gang: Yesterday it was “How to Shoot Awesome Fireworks shots!” and today it’s how to Edit them in Photoshop, including a really simple trick for creating your own custom “Fireworks Show Finale!”
Check out the short video I made for you below:
Pretty fun stuff. Hope you got some awesome shots last night (feel free to share yours below).
Tomorrow: Another KelbyOne Member’s-only Webinar We are psyched to have Adobe’s own Terry White (Adobe’s Worldwide Evangelist, and soon to be Photoshop Hall of Famer), as our guest and he’ll be taking your questions live about the just-released Photoshop CC 2015.5. It’s at 1pm tomorrow ET (if you’re a KelbyOne member – keep an eye on your email inbox for your invite).
Don’t Miss The Grid tomorrow at 4pm EDT Should be a fun one – Terry will be there too (but we’re not doing a Photoshop Q&A – that’s for members). Here’s the link to The Grid: http://kelbytv.com/thegrid
Have a great Tuesday and don’t forget to drop back for tomorrow’s guest blogger, wedding photographer Justin Wojtczak (last week, my guest blogger was concert photographer Alan Hess who had a rockin’ post [no pun intended, but what the heck, right?) about releases, and the business side of shooting bands and concerts. If you missed it, here’s the link.
P.S. Speaking of Alan – he’ll be teaching at Photoshop World later this month (the 19th-21st). So will Justin. And Terry. So will I. Hope you’ll be there, too (it’s not too late – http://photoshopworld.com)
(1) I need your help with a new course I’m working on. It’s called “Seven Photoshop Techniques Every Lightroom User Needs to Know.” The details are at this link (the how’s and whys of the class), but I need you to leave a comment with what you want learn in Photoshop (as a Lightroom user). Thanks in advance for your input. :) BTW: you can skip the rest of the page over there, because I share this same news over there – just read the top part about the class.
(2) As you saw from yesterday’s post, I released a new class called “Masking Hair and Compositing Made Easy” – and I saw some comments from folks who are totally digging the class, but would love to have the images from the class to practice with. Never fear, I’m posting a bunch of them (most of them), this morning (I couldn’t post every single one because a few were stock backgrounds), but you’ve got the important shots for sure. Here’s the link.
(3) The amazing Corey Barker has just recorded a class for us on “Advanced Compositing” as a follow-up to my “compositing made easy” class and it’ll be out in a few weeks (we release at least one new class every Thursday), so after watching my class, you’ll be ready for Corey’s. I’ll let you know when it goes live.
(4) The next stop for my “Shoot Like a Pro: Part 2 [reloaded]” full-day seminar is in Nashville, and if you’re in that area, I hope you’ll come out and spend the day with me. There’s an entire session on my Lightroom Seven Point System, and people are super diggin’ it.
(5)Did you notice that spiffy “7” Logo up top. Did you get the subtle Las Vegas vibe from it? You shoulda, cause we’re just 19 days from Photoshop World Las Vegas! Come out and join us. It’s a Lightroom / Photoshop / Photography love-fest. Get the details right here.
Thanks for stopping by, and here’s wishing you an epic weekend!
Hi Gang: Lots of folks hitting me up on social asking about how to move their plug-ins from the old Photoshop CC to the new version (Photoshop CC 2015.5) so I thought I’d do a quick video for you on the process.
I went to Adobe directly to find out the best way to do this, because there are a couple of different ways (and I’m going to show you both), but there’s also a new and smarter third way that Adobe has created so you never have to go through this process again. If you do this step, the next time that you update Photoshop, your plug-ins will move automatically. Anyway, I hope you find it helpful (I’ve embedded the short video below).
That’s a pretty lame thumbnail for that video, but believe it or not, it was the best of the three YouTube presented me. :)
Feel The Lightroom Mobile Love… Hey, if you’re into the Lightroom Mobile App (and I hope you are, because it’s awesome), I posted a timesaving tip today on how to import your images directly into a particular collection (saving you a step). I also posted Wednesday’s episode of The Grid with my guest, Adobe’s Lightroom Mobile Product Manager, Josh Haftel. Josh was awesome on the show and shared lots of insights, answers, and was a terrific guest all the way around. Here’s the link to both.
OK, gotta run. Busy day today (but a good one!). Hope yours is, too! :)
It’s here! Adobe is rolling out a pretty big update to Photoshop CC, with some seriously cool new features; lots of little tweaks, enhancements and improvements throughout, and I’m here to give you a peek at some of my favorite parts of Photoshop CC 2015.5 (we’re going to do our best to overlook the fact that this 2016 release is actually named 2015.5. I would love to hear the reasoning behind that one…but I digress).
Anyway, don’t spend too much time on that one (it will make your head hurt), and instead, let’s look at what’s new in this full release, which is technically Photoshop version 17. :-)
Better Masking Is Here! Adobe has been making big strides in making tricky selections easier (like windblown hair), and the new “Select & Mask” Task Space environment is better, faster, and more powerful (yes, it replaces the much-loved Refine Edge, but don’t worry — it does everything Refine Edge did and more). Check out the video below.
Facial Aware Liquify This is that next level of Liquify for retouching portraits, because it automatically detects facial features, and lets you adjust them quite simply by just using sliders. No complicated masking or brushing — just drag a slider (if you’ve seen the retouching miracle that is the “Adobe Fix,” app, you’ve seen this technology before, and I’m thrilled it made its way over to Photoshop. Here’s a quick video:
Content Aware Cropping This one will save you time, but not only does it save time — it does a better, faster job of it.
Match Font This is some serious font recognition magic — you open an image with a font visible in the image (a flattened image is fine), and it recognizes the font; tells you which one it is (if you have that font installed), or it will suggest similar fonts if you don’t, and then you can download it directly from the Adobe TypeKit library so you can start using it. Pretty darn slick!
Faster Speed Is Here, Too! Lots of important speed enhancements, including stuff like Content Aware that’s 3x faster (and that was about the slowest thing in Photoshop, but I guess not anymore, eh?). Plus, 4x faster loading of the your fonts in the font menu, and even documents open faster in CC 2015.5 (stop giggling about the 2015.5 thing). Because of stuff like this, the whole application feels snappier and more responsive.
Lots of Tweaks, and enhancements, too Stuff like better results from Content Aware Fill (according to Adobe, these include: “…improvement in details, reduction in blur/smudge, and improved color adaptation”). Plus, you’ve got Photoshop libraries that you can make “read only” so you can share it with other people without them messing up the assets, or a new preference setting that lets you use the old legacy Healing Brush algorithm. How about stuff like bringing back the small color swatch size in the Swatches palette, or the ability to add a keyboard shortcut to toggle on/off the Airbrush mode. Plus, they’ve really stepped up on the Adobe Stock integration (I’ve been using the heck out of Adobe Stock by the way, and I’m loving it, but I’ll probably love it more now that I can license images from right within Photoshop). Anyway, there’s a whole bunch more stuff like that. Oh yeah, and a bunch of bug fixes. It’s all good.
IMPORTANT: Don’t miss this little (but big) detail about plug-ins As I mentioned earlier, this is Photoshop 17 — a full release, which means you’ll need to reinstall all your 3rd party plug-ins (I know, I know); however, they are implementing a new plug-in location going forward that will keep us all from having to do this in the future, but for now…ya know…we still have to do it this one last time.
Also, if you want to wait and move your plug-ins later,and not overwrite your current copy of CC (with all your plug-ins), then when you go to install, click the Advanced Options button at the bottom of the installer and uncheck “Remove Old Version.” That way, you can move your plug-ins over at your leisure, then uninstall the old version later.
When is it available? It will be rolling out today (I already got my update) but depending on where you are in the country and in the world, will ultimately depend on when it’s actually available for download, so I’ll just say, “very, very soon” ;-)
Get More Videos Straight From Adobe! Go check out Julieanne Kost’s blog — she’s got some great videos there on the new most-important features (here’s the link) and since she’s one of Adobe’s Photoshop evangelists, she’s always got great insights, and really helpful tips.
Don’t forget about tomorrow’s Lightroom Mobile Lovefest! Adobe’s own Lightroom Mobile Product Manager Josh Haftel is here in our studios, and tomorrow we’re doing a special KelbyOne members-only Webcast with Josh, and then later in the day (at 4pm), Josh will be my guest on The Grid. Hope to see you at one of those tomorrow.
-Scott A very happy guy on upgrade day!
P.S.I don’t know if you can tell (wink), but I am freakin’ lovin’ this update. Thank you to the Adobe engineers for continuing to literally create “magic” and for giving us such amazing tools to create with. What an awesome time to be a Photoshop user!