5 Tips For Customizing Your Copy of Photoshop

Happy Monday everybody. Today we’re doing five tips for making your Photoshop look and act the way you want it by customizing a few key things (including a couple of hidden things that are pretty cool. Check out the short video below.

Hope you found that helpful.

Here’s wishing you the best Monday this year so far!

Best,

-Scott

 

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Scatter 3D Text By Letter in Photoshop

In this video I take the techniques from the last two videos and then ‘scatter’ the text, individually. Just for fun I also make the ground plane reflective too! Creating a 3D Ground Plane to Match an Image in Photoshop Create 3D Glass Text in Photoshop

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The Beginners’s Guide to the Pen Tool in Photoshop

In today’s retouching video, I teach how to use the pen tool when working with product photography.

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Create 3D Glass Text in Photoshop

  Following on from my last post where I showed you to how to move text to an existing ground plane, in this video I make some glass effect 3D text. I also recorded a video for Photofocus, Creating a 3D Ground Plane to Match an Image in Photoshop  

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Orange and Teal LUTS and Photoshop Actions

Add amazing orange-teal and orange-blue effects with these free Photoshop actions and LUTs. Orange and teal is a great way to add color contrast to your photos/videos and is used in many movies and posters. It’s also being increasingly used on Instagram and vlogs. The best effect in this package is the “Berlin” look. The Berlin look completely transforms a photo giving you the vintage/retro feeling with bright and vibrant colors. The actions are compatible with Photoshop CS1 and newer (including Photoshop CC) as well as Photoshop Elements 11 and newer.

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Download Details

Free Download

  • 5 Looks
  • Fully Editable Layers
  • “Play All Effects” Action
  • 5 LUTs
  • No Stackable LUTs
  • No Face Detection Skin Tone Masking
  • No Automatic Error Correction
  • Download

Pro Version

  • 16 Looks
  • Fully Editable Layers
  • “Play All Effects” Action
  • 16 LUTs
  • 16 Stackable LUTs
  • Face Detection Skin Tone Masking (Photoshop CC)
  • Automatic Error Correction (Photoshop CC)
  • Creative Market
  • SparkleStock

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Portrait Retouching Tip of the Day

The tip is simple. Don’t do what you see above. Don’t go too far.

When people submit images for blind critiques on “The Grid” and we say “That’s some bad retouching…” it’s not that they don’t know the Photoshop techniques, or don’t understand how to retouch a photo — it’s that they always take it too far. Their eyes are “too white” – the skin is like plastic (see above) with no visible pores – everything is just simply too much.

If you want to have better, more realistic-looking retouches, you don’t need to learn some fancy new technique. You just need to do “less” of the ones you already know. If you’re fairly new to retouching, and you think you’ve got it looking about right, go and back off everything by about 35% and you should be “there.”

Hope you find that helpful. :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Only 4-days left to save $100 on a Photoshop World 2017 Conference Pass using the early bird sign-up special. The conference is next month in Orlando, Florida (April 20-22, 1017). Tickets and more details here. 

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The Advantage of “Open as Smart Object in Photoshop”

Happy Monday everybody (stop snickering). OK, let’s get to it. When you take an image from Lightroom over to Photoshop (to do some things Lightroom can’t do), you can choose to send a regular “pixel-based” image over there, or you can send it over as a “Smart Object” (as shown above — where I right-clicked on the image to bring up this pop-up menu).

One of the main advantages of doing this is that you can maintain the non-destructive nature of the RAW image and re-edit the RAW file (or resize your image non-destructively) all while you’re over in Photoshop (instead of having to return to Lightroom). Here’s an example:

When you bring an image over to Photoshop as a Smart Object, it’s non-destructive because the RAW image is embedded into the Photoshop document (it’s not just a pixel-based copy of your file). You’ll know that it’s a Smart Object layer because there’s a little ‘page’ icon in the bottom right corner of the layer’s thumbnail in the Layers panel (I’m pointing my cursor at it in the capture above).

If you decide that you wanted to re-edit that RAW image right within Photoshop (maybe you thought the image was too bright, or need more contrast, or needed a white balance tweak and you wanted to apply those to the RAW image itself), just double-click on that Smart Object Layer in the Layers panel, and it opens the RAW image in the Camera Raw window (seen above).

When you’re done editing the Smart Object layer, just click ‘OK’ in the Camera Raw window and you can return to your editing (as seen here where the changes I outlined were applied to the RAW image).

That’s just a peek into why you might want to take your image over to Photoshop as a Smart Object, rather than a pixel-based image.

Hope you found that helpful.

South Philadelphia, born and raised…
OK, I just lamed borrowed a line from the Fresh Prince to deftly slide into a mention that I’ll be in Philly next Monday (a week from today) with my full day “Lightroom On Tour” seminar, and I’m hoping if you’re in the Philly area (or know a photographer who is), you’ll come and spend the day with me.

It’s just $99 for the full day including my detailed workbook and my Lightroom Presets Pack (10 of my favorite custom Lightroom presets). Here’s the link with ticket info. Also, I’ll be in Boston this Friday – if you’re not already signed up, it’s not too late.

Have a butt-kickin’, boot scootin’, bass-fishin’, tailgate liftin’, kind of Monday (I have no idea what any of that means).

Best,

-Scott

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Creating a 3D Ground Plane to Match an Image in Photoshop

When you’re adding a 3D element to an image its often difficult to line up the ground in the image to the ground plane for the 3D image. In this post I’ll outline how to make sure they line up perfectly, every time. In this example I’ll add some 3D text to a shelf; Creating the 3D Text To make things easier I’m going to change the workspace to 3D, this makes the 3D and Property panels available; To make the ‘Home’ layer three dimensional select the Source, 3D Extrusion and then Create; This creates the 3D layer with it’s own ground plane. By luck its a close match but not quite right; You could use the Move tool to move the Scene, but this is fiddly. Creating the Ground Plane Turning off the Home layer makes this next part a little more clear. I used the rulers to drag down a guide that matches the two horizontal lines of the shelf. Then I drew a 1px red line along them. (Snap really helps here. Menu: View>Snap); Once the lines are drawn I can clear the guides using the Menu: View> Clear Canvas Guides. This often helps pinpoint horizontals and [...]

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3 Ways to Convert to Black and White in Photoshop

In today’s retouching video, I teach you three ways of converting your images to black and white using adjustment layers.  

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Create a Realistic Lightsaber in Photoshop

In today’s retouching video, I teach you how to create a realistic Star Wars lightsaber easily in Photoshop.

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