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Get Consistent Color with Conditional Mode Automation



The Conditional Mode Change command in Photoshop allows you to set a color mode among your images in a consistent way. In this tutorial, set up an action to specify which color mode you'd like the Conditional Mode Change command to convert your images to. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutori....

This tutorial is a single movie from the Up and Running with Photoshop Automation course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 37 minutes and shows how to utilize actions and automation in Adobe Photoshop and Bridge to speed up your workflow.

  • Introduction
  • 1. Understanding Actions
  • 2. Automate Commands
  • 3. Using Scripts
  • 4. Saving Time with Adobe Bridge
  • Conclusion


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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 26, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm Adobe
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Generating a Web Gallery with Adobe Bridge



In this tutorial, find out how to create a customized web gallery in Adobe Bridge. Watch more here. Bridge is a huge timesaver and one of the mot overlooked apps in Adobe Creative Cloud and Creative Suite.

This a single movie from the Up and Running with Photoshop Automation course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 37 minutes and shows how to utilize actions and automation in Adobe Photoshop and Bridge to speed up your workflow.

Introduction
1. Understanding Actions
2. Automate Commands
3. Using Scripts
4. Saving Time with Adobe Bridge
Conclusion

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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 18, 2013 at 6:29:00 pm Adobe
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Chromakeying in After Effects



Learn how to key footage with Adobe After Effects and Keylight



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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jun 4, 2013 at 3:46:57 pm Adobe
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Fixing Soft Focus in Photoshop

Cameras are much more likely to generate a soft focus under low light. The Smart Sharpen filter has the most options of any sharpening filter built into Photoshop. It allows you to choose the sharpening algorithm as well as control the amount of sharpening in shadow and highlight areas. This filter can produce dramatically better quality, but do not expect results like you see in a TV police drama.


1. Open the Sharpen1.tif file, available with other sample images in this downloadable ZIP archive, and zoom the document window to 100%. This will give you the most accurate view of the sharpening.

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2. Choose Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen and select the Advanced radio button.

3. Click and drag the image in the preview window so you can better see the wood texture.

4. Adjust the controls in the Sharpen tab:

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Amount. Sets the amount of sharpening. A higher value increases contrast between edge pixels, which gives the appearance of more sharpness.

Radius
. Determines the number of pixels surrounding the edge pixels that will be affected by the sharpening. A greater radius value means that edge effects will be more obvious, as will the sharpening.

Remove
. Allows you to set the sharpening algorithm to be used:

Gaussian Blur.
Is used by the Unsharp Mask filter. It works well on images that appear slightly out of focus.

Lens Blur.
Detects edges and detail in an image. It provides finer sharpening of detail and can reduce halos caused by sharpening.

Motion Blur.
Attempts to reduce the effects of blur caused by camera or subject movement. You will need to set the Angle control if you choose Motion Blur.

Angle
. Set this to match the direction of motion. It’s only available when using the Remove control’s Motion Blur option.

More Accurate
. Allows Photoshop to spend more time processing the file. It generates more accurate results for the removal of blurring.

5. You can refine the sharpening of dark and light areas—try using the Shadow and Highlight tabs. These controls should be used if you start to see halos in light or dark areas:
Fade Amount. Adjusts the amount of sharpening in the highlights or shadows regions.

Tonal Width
. Controls the range of tones in the shadows or highlights that are modified. Smaller values restrict the adjustments to smaller regions.

Radius
. Controls the size of the area around each pixel that determines if a pixel is considered a shadow or a highlight. Moving the slider to the left specifies a smaller region; moving the slider to the right defines a larger region.

6. When you’re satisfied, click OK to apply the filter.

Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Pro...




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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jan 2, 2013 at 6:19:00 pm Adobe
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New Photoshop Features Coming December 11



I told you that Creative Cloud customers would be getting new features sooner. Be sure to watch the video to see what's coming in the next Photoshop update.

Make sure you sign up for the event on December 11 – Details here



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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Nov 28, 2012 at 8:21:00 am Adobe
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I'm Live on The Photoshop Show

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Don't miss me this week where I'll be live on —

The Photoshop Show 17 With Guest Richard Harrington
Tue, October 2, 9:00 PM
On Air Hangout on Google Plus
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Join +Jan Kabili  and +Ron Clifford  we bring back Photoshop and Digital Video expert +Richard Harrington  as he helps you learn the hottest new feature of Photoshop CS6… video!

 If you have a ton of footage just sitting on your hard drive, it's time to do something with it.  Learn how to use the new tools in Photoshop CS6 to edit, color correct, and publish video.

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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Oct 1, 2012 at 8:00:12 pm Adobe
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Using Auto-Levels

When working with the Levels adjustment layer, you may have noticed the Auto button. This command button triggers an analysis of the histogram data by Photoshop that is then used to modify the individual controls of the Levels adjustment. In many cases this results in an image that is properly adjusted for color balance and exposure issues. In others it will get you closer to a corrected image.

1. Add a Levels adjustment layer by clicking the Levels icon in the Adjustments panel.
2. Click the Auto button to perform an automated adjustment for the image. The image’s levels and color are adjusted.

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3. To refine how the automatic adjustment works, hold down the Option (Alt) key and click the Auto button again. A new dialog box opens.
4. Select Enhance Per Channel Contrast and Snap Neutral Midtones to create a very natural balance of colors for the image.

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5. Click OK to close the dialog box.
6. Adjust the middle slider (gray) to refine the Levels adjustment to taste.
When working with the Levels adjustment layer, you may have noticed the Auto button. This command button triggers an analysis of the histogram data by Photoshop that is then used to modify the individual controls of the Levels adjustment. In many cases this results in an image that is properly adjusted for color balance and exposure issues. In others it will get you closer to a corrected image.
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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Aug 30, 2012 at 11:56:00 am Adobe
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New Features Added to Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe just released new features to Creative Cloud members. This is the start of a new trend that brings new features first to Creative Cloud members. While I'm looking to some more video and photo features, this first release targets web and illustration. New features were released today for Illustrator, Adobe Muse, and Edge preview.

  • Adobe Illustrator has three new features — available only to Creative Cloud members — that give you the ability to package files, un-embed images, and do more with the Links panel. To access these features, update Illustrator from its main menu by choosing Help > Updates.
  • Adobe Muse – now includes built-in support for contact forms and many other new exclusive features.
  • Adobe Edge Animate preview – now has resizable layouts, rulers and guides, and a more precise timeline. If you used Edge in the past, you’ll notice we’ve also updated the name.

This is one new feature that looks really useful:


To update Adobe Muse or Edge Animate preview, simply open either application and follow the instructions on the updater screen. To download any of these applications for the first time, go to www.creativecloud.com.



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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Aug 28, 2012 at 7:41:46 am Adobe
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15 Videos You May Have Missed

I regularly contribute to a great site called TipSquirrel.com which is all about Photoshop.

Over the years I've written several tutorials, but I've also recorded a bunch. These are typically never released anywhere else and often take a really close look at my workflow from start to finish. Well, here they are gathered on one page.

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Go enjoy some free learning! – http://www.tipsquirrel.com/videos-by-rich-harrington/




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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Aug 18, 2012 at 5:16:00 pm Adobe
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Calculations Command for Transparency

Instructor Richard Harrington revisits Photoshop's calculations command, and shows you how to generate an alpha channel or selection matte based on the color values of an image.




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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jul 6, 2012 at 7:01:00 am Adobe
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Become a Certified Instructor for Adobe Premiere Pro

Are you an existing Adobe Premiere Pro or After Effects instructor?
Are you looking to get certified to teach the official courses offered at training centers around the globe?


Don't miss the chance to take the official Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Certification Course to be held in Los Angeles.
Premiere Pro CS5 instructors must be re-certified in order to teach Premiere Pro CS6‹so don¹t miss this opportunity.

Register Now >

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EVENT DETAILS

Date
Monday, August 13 - Thursday, August 16
9:00am - 5:00pm daily

Location:
Los Angeles, CA USA
The venue will be determined based on class size.

Fees:
Sign up early and get a $250 discount. Early bird registration fee is only $1,500.00 through Friday July 13. Standard registration is $1,750 after July 13. Includes a 12-month membership to Creative Cloud and all training materials.

Meals:
Light breakfast and lunch provided each day.

Travel & Lodging:
Plan to arrive the evening prior to the start date. The course will last for 4 full days, ending after 5:00 on Thursday. Plan your departure accordingly. Please see the registration site for lodging recommendations.

COURSE DETAILS

What¹s covered:
  • Overview to the new Adobe Certification Program
  • Classroom set-up strategies
  • Book methodology with new books supporting the CS6 version
  • A detailed walk-through of the 101 and 250 Teacher¹s Guides
  • What Makes a positive classroom experience: Premiere Pro CS6 teaching strategies
  • Instructor presentations and discussions: Trainers will be required to deliver a unit from each course
  • Stand-up certification with peer evaluations

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

In addition, each attendee will receive the following:
  • A complimentary 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud membership. This membership provides you with a comprehensive set of tools including the full offering of Adobe Creative Suite 6 desktop applications, Adobe Touch Apps, services and community features.
  • Instructor's Kit ($250 value).
  • We realize this program is outside the traditional Adobe certification. Please note that attendance is mandatory for both certification and re-certification for Premiere Pro CS6.

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If you unable to make the August date in Los Angeles, please send an email with your name and location to Doug Crookston. Doug will notify you of future sessions.

TRAINING IN THE UK

An additional session is planned for late September in London. Send an email to Doug Crookston to indicate your interest in attending the session in London. You will be notified once our plans are final.





Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jun 26, 2012 at 4:40:00 am Adobe
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Selecting color with the Color Range command in Photoshop



A Photoshop tutorial describing how to use the Color Range command to select a portion of your image based on color.

See the whole course on Lynda.com.
http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutorials/Practical-Photoshop-Selections/966...

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Posted by: Richard Harrington on May 16, 2012 at 10:09:00 pmComments (1) Adobe
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Free iStockphoto Plug-in for Adobe Creative Suite

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A site that I use frequently is iStockphoto to find illustrations and photos for both client jobs and presentations (they are also a sponsor of my blog, but I am a paying customer too).

They just released a very cool plug-in that let's you search for images right within some of the key Adobe apps. It currently works in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign (I'm hoping for some of the video apps in near future).

The official blurb

iStock Plug-in for Adobe Creative Suite

iStockphoto is the world's leading provider of royalty-free stock media and design elements, featuring millions of inspiring stock photos and illustrations to choose from.

With the iStockphoto Plug-in for Adobe® Creative Suite®, you can browse, download and edit photos and illustrations without ever leaving Photoshop®, Illustrator® or InDesign®. Crop them, resize them and make them your own, directly from the Creative Suite.

To use the iStockphoto Adobe Plug-in, simply:
  1. Ensure you have Adobe Creative Suite 5 or higher for PC or Mac
  2. Click “Install iStock Plug-in” above
  3. Open the downloaded file using the most up-to-date version of Adobe Extension Manager
  4. Enable the plug-in by selecting Window>Extensions>iStockphoto

You can download the free plug-in here – http://www.istockphoto.com/adobe.php





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Photoshop: Using the Refine Edge command



A Photoshop tutorial exploring how to use the Refine Edge command to select a complex object such as hair.

See the whole course on Lynda.com.
http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutorials/Practical-Photoshop-Selections/966...

If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
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Posted by: Richard Harrington on May 9, 2012 at 8:03:00 pm Adobe
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Adobe Story is Out of the Creative Suite

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Adobe Story has been dropped from the standalone versions of Adobe Creative Suite 6. Here are some official details.

What change did you make?
We have decided to remove Adobe Story CS6 from the perpetual versions of Master Collection, Production Premium, Premiere Pro and After Effects.
 
Why did you pull story from Master Collection, Production Premium, Premiere Pro and After Effects?
We were bundling a static AIR version of Adobe Story with these products through the Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 cycle, while this gave users access to Adobe Story, we updated the core application four times throughout the year, leaving the perpetual users with technology that was not the latest version. Adobe Story was designed to be a collaborative cloud service from day one and with the big push toward services with the upcoming announcement of Creative Cloud, we've made the decision to move Adobe Story to a full services model.
 
What versions are still available?
Adobe Story is available now with Adobe Story Free, as an online scripting tool. Adobe Story Plus, a collaborative pre-production tool with integrated scheduling and scriptwriting capabilities is expected to be available as a stand-alone subscription, as well as a version with the upcoming Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription.
 




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Posted by: Richard Harrington on May 4, 2012 at 8:03:00 pmComments (2) Adobe
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Using the Healing Brush in Adobe Photoshop



Learn to fix blemishes in a photo.



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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Apr 8, 2012 at 8:10:25 am Adobe
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Photoshop CS6 First Look with RC Concepcion and Rich Harrington



RC shows some great features as we take a look at what's in the Photoshop CS6 Public Beta. More to come soon on the video editing features.




Posted by: Richard Harrington on Mar 25, 2012 at 7:30:00 pm Adobe
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Meet Bryan O'Neil Hughes



Time for another in our series that captures the real stories, unique personality and uber talent of the Photoshop team... Meet Bryan O'Neil Hughes - Senior Product Manager - whose ability to connect with users and get them excited about Photoshop recently landed him in the NAPP Photoshop Hall of Fame.




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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Mar 17, 2012 at 5:30:00 pm Adobe
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This is Photoshop CS Next and Video



This is quite cool… made with the next version of Photoshop.


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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Mar 9, 2012 at 3:22:14 pm Adobe
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Filtering a Video Clip with Photoshop Extended

I've posted an article over at Tip Squirrel about using video inside Adobe Photoshop Extended – http://www.tipsquirrel.com/index.php/2012/02/filtering-a-video-clip-with-ph...

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Photoshop’s filters are pretty powerful (and certainly diverse). Knowing this, you may find yourself wanting to apply a filter to a video clip. This is very possible, but there’s a specific workflow you must follow.First, you must use Photoshop Extended to open a video clip. Other versions of Photoshop can’t do this task. If you run a filter on a video clip on its own, the filter will only apply to the current frame. This is why you must convert the video layer into a Smart Object. You can create Smart Objects by choosing File > Place or by choosing Filter > Convert for Smart Filters. Remember, a Smart Object embeds the original content of the layer inside the Smart Object.

Read the whole article here.
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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 16, 2012 at 2:08:00 pm Adobe
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Adobe Premiere Pro Audio Bug Fix

I've seen this problem pop up a few times. I think it's tied to a bad audio plugin that conflicts between Apple and Adobe software. It seems to happen on only a few machines.

It seems to be with CS 5.5 where an Apple audio PLIST file becomes corrupt. The symptoms are that Premiere Pro will play for a few seconds and stop.

Here's the fix:
 
  1. Open Finder and navigate to /YOUR_HD/Library/Preferences
  2. Move to the Trash the file:   com.apple.audio.AggregateDevices.plist
  3. Relaunch The Program

Hope it helps



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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 15, 2012 at 5:01:00 pm Adobe
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Photoshop Background Save and Liquefy Sneak Peek



Get an early look at a popular request - background save and the most powerful liquify tool ever, from Photoshop Product Manager, Zorana Gee.



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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 12, 2012 at 12:58:00 am Adobe
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Adobe Camera Raw 7 Sneak Peek



In this video taken straight from the laptop of our Senior Product Manager, Bryan O'Neil Hughes, get an early look at some of the things the Photoshop team is working on for Camera Raw.



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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 11, 2012 at 12:57:00 am Adobe
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Selective Resizing with Content-Aware Scaling

The Content-Aware scale command is a useful way to force your still photos to fit a specific shape (for example that of a video screen or particular print size). When used correctly, the Content-Aware Scale command can automatically adapt to preserve vital areas during the scale. You may often need to combine a skin tones option or an alpha channel to better define the areas that will be protected from distortion.

1. Open a still image.
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2. Double-click the locked Background layer and give it a new name. The layer cannot be locked if you want to scale it.

3. Change the canvas size (Image > Canvas Size) to match your needs. You can also paste the layer into a new document.

4. Choose Edit > Content-Aware Scale.

5. Click the Protect Skin Tones button to tell Photoshop to attempt to preserve regions that contain skin tones.
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You can also create an alpha channel if needed to protect a selected area. Create the alpha channel before invoking the Content-Aware Scale command then choose it in the Options bar.
Figure-3

6. Drag a resize handle on the bounding box to scale the image. Hold down the Shift key to scale proportionately. You can also hold down the Option (Alt) key to scale from the center of the image.

7. Size the image so it fits the width of the canvas.
Figure-4

8. Click the Commit button or press the Return (Enter) key to apply the change.

Need Photoshop training? Check out Understanding Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop for Video.




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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 2, 2012 at 1:45:00 pm Adobe
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Sizing a Picture for Video

Photos that are intended for use in a video project have much lower resolution requirements than those for print projects. Additionally, video has very specific pixel dimensions that need to be followed. Otherwise unwanted black bars can show up around the image on the video screen. Let’s learn an easy workflow.

1. Create a video-sized documentChoose File > New... and choose a preset that matches your video editing timeline.

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2. Add your source photoChoose File > Place then navigate to your desired image file and click Place and then click OK. Your source photo may have a different pixel shape than your video graphic document. Many of the video presets rely upon non-square pixels, but Photoshop will handle all of the conversion internally.

3. Scale the image to sizeDrag the Transform handles to size the photo. Be sure to hold the shift key to scale the image proportionately.
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4. Commit the imagePress Return (Enter) to complete the Place command and add the image to your document.

5. Change your mindWhen using the Place command, the new layer is added as a Smart Object. This means that you can choose to scale the image up to its original size at any time. To modify the scale, choose Edit > Free Transform to resize the image.

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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Dec 16, 2011 at 12:30:14 pm Adobe
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Working with Shadows and Highlights in Raw Images

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I've posted a new tutorial over at the great Tip Squirrel site. This one is a quick look at how to use
Shadow and Highlights with Adobe Camera Raw. The tutorial will work with Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. Ideally you'll use a raw photo, but the Adobe Camera Raw module can also open TIFF or JPEG files.


"In this follow-up to last week’s video, Rich Harrington teaches us how to fix clipped shadows, overblown highlights, and soft detail when working with photos shot under low lift conditions."


I hope you enjoy it.




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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Nov 28, 2011 at 6:36:03 am Adobe
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Working Faster with Photoshop’s Spot Healing Brush Tool

Do you read Tip Squirrel? If not you should… tons of great Photoshop experts post tips over there (including me).
Here's a recent post on the Spot Healing Brush

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The Spot Healing Brush tool was added to Photoshop as a way to harness powerful blending technology with less work (although the Healing Brush is pretty labor-free to begin with). It can quickly remove blemishes and imperfections in photos without requiring a sample point to be set.
The Spot Healing Brush tool automatically samples pixels from the area around the retouched area.
Let’s give the tool a try:
1. Open a file with a blemish (or
download our sample image)
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Look closely at the image; you’ll see some acne on the child’s forehead and a wet spot on her shirt. Both are easy fixes with the Spot Healing Brush tool.
2. Activate the Spot Healing Brush tool from the Tools panel.
3. Choose a soft-edged brush from the Options bar. Make the brush only slightly larger than the problem areas. For this image, a brush size of 25 pixels and a hardness of 25% will work well.
4. Set the blending mode in the Options bar to Replace to preserve noise, grain, and hair texture at the edges of the stroke.
5. Choose a Type of repair in the Options bar:

  • Proximity Match. Pixels from the edge of the selection are used as a patch for the selected area. This should be the first attempt at repair; if it doesn’t look good, switch to the Create Texture option.
  • Create Texture. Pixels in the selection are used to create a texture to fix the damaged area. If the texture doesn’t work, try dragging through the area one more time.
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6. Click once on an area you want to fix. You can also click and drag over a larger area. After fixing the acne, touch up the wet spot on the child’s shirt. If you are unhappy with the spot healing stroke, simply undo and try again with a smaller brush. You can also try stroking in different directions to modify your results.
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Upon close examination, you should notice that you have healed several blemishes in the photo. If only life were so easy.





Posted by: Richard Harrington on Oct 23, 2011 at 8:29:00 pm Adobe
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Photoshop's Content Aware Scale


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In this installment of Photoshop and AE Video Adrenaline, I demonstrate how to combine Photoshop and After Effects to look at a great feature called Content Aware Scale. In Photoshop, you can detect skin tones or choose to protect a selected area from transform, but be able to completely re-scale an image while leaving the selected area unchanged. I then bring these concepts into After Effects for video in the next installment of Video Adrenaline for Photoshop and After Effects.

See it at Creative Cow!





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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Oct 5, 2011 at 10:34:00 pmComments (1) Adobe
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Useful Filter Shortcutsfor Photshop

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Here are useful shortcuts when working with filters in Photoshop

Repeat previous Filter

  • Command+F (Ctrl+F)
  • Runs the last filter again with the previously used vales. No dialog box opens.
  • Mac Think "I command the filter to run again"
  • PC Think "I control the filter to run again"

Reopen previous Filter with same settings loaded

  • Command+Option+F (Ctrl+Alt+F)
  • Opens the last filter dialog box with previously used values loaded.Can adjust then apply it.
  • Mac Think "I want command the last filter, but with options to adjust"
  • PC Think "I want command the last filter, but with alternatives to adjust"

Fade previous Filter:

  • Command+Shift+F (Ctrl+Shift+F)
  • Must run immediately after a filter. Let's you mx back original with a fade amount as well as use blending modes.
  • Mac Think "I command the filter to fade and blend"
  • PC Think "I control how the filter fades and blends"

Trust me… these are useful.



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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 30, 2011 at 7:59:00 am Adobe
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Photoshop's Auto-Levels

When working with the Levels adjustment layer, you may have noticed the Auto button. This command button triggers an analysis of the histogram data by Photoshop that is then used to modify the individual controls of the Levels adjustment. In many cases this results in an image that is properly adjusted for color balance and exposure issues. In others it will get you closer to a corrected image.

1. Close any open files, and then Open the file Ch10_Auto_Levels.tif from the Chapter 10 folder on the DVD.
Fig 10-11 Auto Levels 1
2. Add a Levels adjustment layer by clicking the Levels icon in the Adjustments panel.
3. Click the Auto button to perform an automated adjustment for the image. The image’s levels and color are adjusted.
Fig 10-12 Auto Levels 2
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4. To refine how the automatic adjustment works, hold down the Option (Alt) key and click the Auto button again. A new dialog box opens.
5. Select Find Dark & Light Colors and Snap Neutral Midtones to create a very natural balance of colors for the image.
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6. Click OK to close the dialog box.
Fig 10-15 Auto Levels 5


Rinse and Repeat


If you have several images from the same camera or shoot, they may need the same Levels adjustment. The Save button allows you to save a Levels adjustment (to the folder that contains the image is a good place). You can then click the Load button to apply that adjustment to another image.

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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 8, 2011 at 6:00:00 pm Adobe
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Take Control of the Photoshop Application Frame

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When working in Photoshop CS4 or CS5, you’ll see that the entire user interface is contained within an Application Frame. This frame will block out your desktop and generally makes it easier to keep the many panels and interface elements neatly organized. Across the top of the frame is the Application bar, which attempts to consolidate several commands into one strip. Photoshop has been reorganized to emphasize task-based workflows, which attempt to guide you to the right tools.

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  1. View Extras – Lets you see things like Guides, Grids, and Rulers.
  2. Zoom Level– Lets change magnification levels of your image.
  3. Layout Control – Allows you to display different number of open documents in a tiled view or as tabs.
  4. Screen Mode Switcher – Lets you access Photoshop’s three screen modes that affect how the user interface is presented on your monitor.
  5. Workspace switcher – Allows you to switch between different arrangements of windows designed for specific tasks like color correction, typography, video, and web. For the rest of this chapter we’ll be using the Essentials workspace.

Tip: Frame & Panels Begone!

On a Mac you can disable the Application Frame if you decide you don’t like it. Simply choose Window > Application Frame to toggle it on or off. To turn all panels off, simply press the Tab key. If you want to disable all panels except the Tools panel and Options panel, press Shift+Tab.




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Toning and Stylizing a Portrait in Photoshop



In this exclusive video, author Rich Harrington uses some of the newer features and Blend Modes of Photoshop to stylize a portrait.

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Toning and Stylizing a Portrait in Photoshop
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Temporary Banishment of Photoshop Panels

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If you want to hide your panels in Adobe Photoshop, you can quickly toggle them off and on:
  • Press the Tab key to hide all the panels.
    • Press the Tab key again and they return.
    • Press Shift+Tab to hide everything except the Options bar and toolbox.
    • To focus on only on your image, press the F key once to go to Full Screen Mode With Menu Bar mode. Press the F key again to go to Full Screen and hide all the user interface elements. Press the F key once more to cycle to Standard Screen Mode.



Temporary Banishment of Photoshop Panels Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on May 1, 2011 at 7:41:00 am Adobe
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Want to Make Your Adobe Software Better?

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In the world of software development, there's two types of feedback companies need to make their tools better.

Feature Requests – A feature request adds functionality to software. Adobe reads all of these that come in. The more something is asked for, the more likely it is to happen. For example, if every reader of this blog asked for the same new feature, it would become a top priority for the next development cycle.

Bug Report – If you find something wrong with an Adobe application (such as a command the regularly makes it crash) then report a bug.

Please bookmark this page
http://adobe.ly/videowishlist

The more you submit... the more likely the tools you depend on will get better and better.





Want to Make Your Adobe Software Better? Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Apr 25, 2011 at 8:34:00 am Adobe
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History Brush – 212 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to paint backwards in time using the History Brush in Photoshop CS5.
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History Brush – 212 UAP Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Mar 29, 2011 at 6:22:00 pm Adobe
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Photoshop Layer Styles Shortcuts

When it comes to Photoshop layer styles, how do you add shortcuts to a technology based on shortcuts?
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The designers at Adobe managed to squeeze a few in. Here’s the most useful shortcuts related to layer styles.

  • Double-click on a layer in the layer’s panel (except on the name), and you will be in the Layer Style dialog box.
  • To edit a specific effect, double-click that effect’s name in the Layers panel.
  • Turn effects off temporarily by clicking on the eyeball icon next to it.
  • Copy and paste layer styles by right-clicking on the effect icon in the Layers panel and choose Copy layer style.
  • You can also paste a copied effect to multiple layers that are selected or linked. Just right-click on the Effect icon and select Paste Layer Style.
  • You can move a layer style from one layer to another by dragging it.
  • You can Option + drag (Alt + drag) a layer style from one layer to another to copy it.





Photoshop Layer Styles Shortcuts Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Mar 28, 2011 at 7:32:00 pm Adobe
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Using the Mixer Brush – 211 UAP



Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates the new Mixing Brush Tool in Photoshop CS5.
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Using the Mixer Brush – 211 UAP Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Mar 23, 2011 at 9:22:00 am Adobe
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Straighten Your Photos in Photoshop

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If your photos are crooked, they can look very distracting when edited together with your video. Thin, crooked lines look very poor, in fact they can vibrate or flicker on-screen. If a photo is not straight (because it was shot at a slight angle), it is easy to fix.

  1. In Photoshop, select the Ruler Tool (I).
  2. Locate a line or surface that you think should be horizontal (or vertical).
  3. Click and drag a line to measure the angle.
  4. In the Options bar click the Straighten button.
  5. The correct value is used to rotate the image and it is automatically cropped to avoid any gaps at the edges.

For more on Photoshop check out
Understanding Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop for Video.



Straighten Your Photos in Photoshop Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Mar 1, 2011 at 5:31:00 pm Adobe
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Flick Panning in Adobe Photoshop

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This is a great feature from Photoshop CS4 that many don't use. The Flick Panning feature allows you to quickly throw the image canvas around as a way to navigate. It takes a little getting used to, but it feels very natural with a little practice.

  1. Check your General Preferences to make sure Flick Panning is turned on by Pressing Command+K (Ctrl+K).
  2. In the General tab, make sure a check mark is next to Enable Flick Panning and click OK.
  3. Set the the Zoom level set to 400% (or greater) for the image.
  4. Switch to the Hand tool by pressing H.
  5. Click to grab the image then quickly move your mouse in the direction you want to flick and release the mouse button.
  6. To stop the pan, simply wait and let “inertia” kick in or you can click again to stop at a desired point.

Be sure to check out my two Photoshop books –
Photoshop for Video and Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5.




Flick Panning in Adobe Photoshop Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jan 9, 2011 at 7:03:00 am Adobe
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Make Your Mark in Premiere Pro's Timeline

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As you work in the timeline or source window, you'll come to rely upon In and Out points in order to accurately edit. These two points can clearly define which part of a clip you want to use, what section of the timeline you want to replace, or where to remove footage.

Here are the most essential commands:
  • In – Press I to add an In point
  • Out – Press O to add an Out point
  • Clear In – Press D to clear an In point
  • Clear Out – Press F to clear an Out point
  • Clear In & Out – Press G to clear both an In & Out point
  • Go To In – Press Q to go to an In point
  • Go To Out – Press W to go to an Out point
  • Lift – Press ; to remove the media between the In and Out Point and leave a gap.
  • Extract – Press ' to remove the media between the In and Out Point and close the gap.




Make Your Mark in Premiere Pro's Timeline
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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jan 1, 2011 at 11:44:33 pm Adobe
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Photoshop's Black and White Adjustment Laye



Learn how to get the very best Black and White photo conversions in Photoshop




Photoshop's Black and White Adjustment Laye Republished by Richard Harrington

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DSLR and Adobe Workflow Slides



As promised... Here are my slides from yesterday's conference in New York City about Adobe and DSLR Video workflow. Hope they help.

Be sure to check out From Still to Motion as well as the Facebook page and Creative COW forum.



DSLR and Adobe Workflow Slides Republished by Richard Harrington

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Creating Custom Actions in Photoshop

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If you’re a Photoshop enthusiast or professional, you should really be using Photoshop actions. Photoshop is an extremely efficient program, but you’re truly missing out if you don’t learn how to use its automation features.

Photoshop Actions record a series of commands for playback on future images. They can be used to generate extremely complex results. Actions should seem pretty appealing, let’s learn how to create your own.

You must first create a set to hold your personal actions. Sets hold actions, and there’s no limit to how many actions can be placed into a set or how many sets you can load. Let’s give it a try.

See the full article here for free




Creating Custom Actions
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Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jul 6, 2010 at 8:20:52 pm Adobe
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