Why Auto Hiding Your Edit Pins Can Help

Hi y’all. It’s Tuesday, and Benjamin Warde has a quick little 60-second (or less) video on why Auto Hiding pins can be awesome when you’re working with the Adjustment Brush.

Not too shabby, eh? 🙂

Hope you found that helpful, and we’ll catch ya back here tomorrow (well, that’s the plan, so stick to the plan). 😉

Best,

-Scott

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Creating The “Tilt Shift” Look in Lightroom

Mornin’ everybody — glad to see you here today. 🙂

Normally, we’d go to Photoshop and use its Blur Gallery “Tilt Shift” filter to create the “tiny town” look made famous by Tilt Shift lenses — where you photograph a scene from a high angle, (maybe on a rooftop or from a hotel window), and then applying this effect makes the scene look like a tiny toy model. Anyway, here’s a way you can do the whole thing in Lightroom.

Cool that you can do the whole thing right within Lightroom.

OK, ready for a cool Photoshop technique?
I did a step-by-step tutorial over on my daily blog on how to create a drop shadow effect that was inspired by “The Gallery at KelbyOne” winner Mark Wegner’s portfolio. When we showed Mark’s work, one of my readers asked how to create a similar shadow effect, and that’s what I did today over on the blog.

Hope you find at least one of those helpful.

Stop by back tomorrow — it’s very possible that I’ll have something unusually super cool to show you (OK, it’s more than possible). 🙂

Best,

-Scott

P.S. We’re around 60-days from the Photoshop World Conference in Orlando (we’re not doing Vegas this year – just Orlando) so come out and spend three days with us learning and laughing, and making new friends. Click right here to watch the official trailer (betcha it makes you wanna come to Orlando with us!). 

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How The “Flow” Control For The Adjustment Brush Brings Awesomeness

It’s Tuesday (and I’m back from my quick one-day trip to NYC), and it’s time for a Lightroom Coffee Break with Benjamin Warde. This one is about what the often misunderstood (or avoided altogether) “Flow” slider does when you use it with the Adjustment Brush. This is really a helpful one to know.

Thanks Benjamin — now we’re all going with the flow! (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself).

Tomorrow on “The Grid” it’s Stella!
Pulitzer prize-winning photo editor, the wonderful Stella Kramer, is my guest tomorrow on The Grid, and we are super psyched. PLUS, she’s doing a special “KelbyOne Members Only” Webcast where she’s critiquing member-submitted Websites and it is going to be an incredible eye-opener, so don’t miss it.

Who: Stella Kramer
What: The Grid (our live weekly photography show)
When: 4PM ET tomorrow
Where: http://kelbytv.com/thegrid

Check out the official trailer for Stella’s class on Building Your Portfolio: Editing and Sequencing Your Photos (below)

Love, did I mention love?
Today is a day…of love. Happy Valentine’s Day everybody and I hope you get a big ol’ giant red heart filled with chocolate or B&H Photo gift cards (both are totally appropriate).

Hope you have an awesome day…of love. 🙂

Best,

-Scott

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Lightroom Film Noir “Light Coming Through The Shades” Trick

Happy Monday ya’ll, and #rolltide!

Today we’re doing a Lightroom trick that mimics the look of light streaming though some window shades and falling on your subject. Amazingly easy to do, and you have a lot of control over the final effect. Check it out:

Hope you found that helpful! I’m off to Dallas tomorrow for my seminar there on Wednesday (not too late to come out and spend the day with me if you can).

Here’s wishing you an awesome week!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you’re looking for a Lightroom course to watch tonight, check out my class called “7 Photoshop Techniques Every Lightroom User Needs to Know.” Here’s the link.  

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Kristi Sherk’s Awesome “Portrait Retouching in Lightroom CC” Class is Here!

Since we released Kristi’s new “Portrait Retouching in Lightroom CC” class, we’ve been getting a flood of over-the-top comments about how fantastic this new online class is. Kristi totally nailed it, and the stuff she does with Lightroom Brushes and Brush Presets is really just very clever — I think it’s the best class ever on the topic of Lightroom retouching.

Check our the official Trailer below:

Kristi is a gifted trainer and retoucher, and we’re thrilled to have her training here with us at KelbyOne. 🙂

Here’s the link to her course (and if you’re not already a KelbyOne member, you can take the 10-day free trial and watch her entire course for free right now!).

Hope you have a great week this week, and we’ll catch you back here tomorrow for Ben Warde’s Lightroom Coffee Break. 🙂

Best,

-Scott

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Lightroom Coffee Break Tip: Easily Update Local Adjustments with Multiple Sliders

Cup of coffee and notepad

It’s Tuesday, that means it’s time for another awesome installment of Adobe’s own Ben Warde, and his one-minute “Lightroom Coffee Break” tips:

Sweet, right? Ben rocks!

We’re Extending Our “Cyber Monday Deal” for 24-hours
If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for our best deals of the year, you’ve got a few extra hours to take advantage of them.

> $50.00 off on a KelbyOne annual membership [so it’s just $149] and/or…

> A whopping $300 off a Photoshop World 2017 Conference Pass (April 20-22nd, 2017, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida).

Here’s the link

Thanks for stoppin’ in, and we’ll catch you here tomorrow for more Lightroom Love!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Dog photographer extraordinaire, wonderful educator, and just an absolutely delightful person all around, Kaylee Greer, is my guest tomorrow on “The Grid” (my weekly talkshow for photographers) at 4pm ET. Hope you can join us.  

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Why The Ability to Move Adjustment Brush Edits Can Be Really Handy

Happy Friday, everybody! Today I’m answering a question with a quick video — the question is “Why would I ever need to move an edit I made with the Adjustment  Brush?” and not only is there a really, it can really save a lot of time, and help speed your workflow in certain cases. Either way — it’s a good one to know.

Hope you all have a great weekend, and I hope we’ll see ya back here on Monday. 🙂

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Want to learn some really helpful Photoshop techniques this weekend? Check out my online class called “How to remove distracting stuff” using Photoshop. The reviews on it have been off the charts. Here’s the link (by the way — if you’re not already a KelbyOne member, you can still watch the class — just sign up for the 10-day free trial and you can watch it right now). 

 

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Brightening Eyes in Lightroom (ala Kristina Sherk)

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Hi everybody, and a happy Friday it is! On Wednesday my guest on “The Grid” was none other than the “Shark Pixel” herself, pro retoucher Kristina Sherk, and we were doing retouching blind critiques. During the broadcast, Kristina talked about a quick fix in Lightroom for brightening eyes, and I thought I’d share it here (especially since it’s different, and faster than the way I normally do it using the Adjustment Brush).

ABOVE: Take a look at our subject — his eyes are kind of gray and flat-looking and need to be brightened up a bit (not a bunch — just a bit).

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STEP ONE: Get the Radial Filter tool (from the toolbar just under the Histogram) and drag out an oval around one of your subject’s eyes (as seen here). We want to brighten the eye a bit, so double-click on the word “Effect” in the Brush panel and it resets all the sliders to zero. Now drag the Exposure to the right a bit, as seen here (at this point, it doesn’t matter how far you drag — you’ll be able to adjust it afterward). By default, this brightens the area outside of the oval (his face, his hair, the background, etc.) which is just the opposite of what we actually want — we want to affect the area inside the oval — his eye — not outside of it.

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STEP TWO: Scroll to the bottom of the Brush panel and turn on the checkbox for “Invert Mask” (as shown here) so now it affects the area inside the oval (his eye) instead of outside the oval. As you can see here, now it’s too bright, but that’s OK — remember, that’s the arbitrary amount we chose earlier. We can dial in the right amount in the next step.

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STEP THREE: Grab the Exposure slider and drag to the left to dial in the amount of brightness that you think looks right to you (remember — we just want to brighten it a bit). Here I lowered the amount from +1.01 down to +0.41 (making his eye area not quite a 1/2 stop brighter). Now, let’s copy this oval over to the other eye. Right-click inside the oval, and when the pop-up menu appears, choose Duplicate (as shown here). This makes a duplicate over and it stacks it directly on top of the first oval, so don’t be surprised if you see the eye get much brighter, as it’s stacking up the brightening.

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STEP FOUR: Click and drag on this top copy of the oval and drag it over to the other eye. The nice thing about this is — you have separate brightness controls for both eyes, so the eye that is farthest from the light (the eye on the right) you can brighten a bit more than you’ll need for the eye fully in the light on the left. Here I set the exposure for the oval on the left eye to +0.44, then I click back on the right eye and increased it to +0.75 so the two look balanced.

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Above: Here’s a before and after of the subtle eye brightening (remember, it was supposed to be just a bit brighter — not a ton brighter).  Thanks to Kristina for sharing this technique on The Grid!

More Lightroom Retouching on the way
Kristina taped a full-length course for KelbyOne today on Portrait Retouching all in Lightroom, and my crew in the studio were already raving about how great Kristina was, and what she showed. I’ll let you guys know when it comes out (it’ll probably be four weeks or so).

Hope you all have a great Weekend (I’m shooting the Bucs/Raiders game on Sunday — #GoBucs). 🙂

Best,

-Scott

P.S. The next stops for my seminar are in Denver and Las Vegas next month. Hope I’ll see you there.

 

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