Perhaps the most useful function in any application is Undo. Most of us master it to a point where we just subconsciously perform Undo as soon as we realize our action was not successful. But what if you have recognized an error several steps later and Undo is not practical? Thankfully, Adobe Photoshop has a History Panel which lets you go back numerous steps and even allows you to make Snapshots of your progress, which you can easily go back to if needed. Getting familiar with History panel will greatly improve your workflow. Continue Reading
If you often find yourself doing repetitive tasks in Adobe Photoshop and wish you could optimize your workflow, you need to know about Actions and understand how they operate. This tutorial is intended to those of you who are not familiar with Actions and would like to learn how to install, create and manage these Actions, as well as perform Batch processing. Continue Reading
After a shoot, many clients will often want to review images right away, to select successful images for further editing or to just see general results of a shoot. In this case you should consider using an automated service which can create a contact sheet for a customer to review. This contact sheet can be exported as PDF or a Web Gallery. Additionally, you can use this feature to create quick galleries of your work to be showcased on your website. In this tutorial I will mostly focus on a Web Gallery creation because it is the most commonly used method to present fresh images to a client over the internet. Continue Reading
Layers are one of the most basic aspects of image editing software. Understanding and learning how layers work is essential for anybody who wants to use post-processing to improve their images. Layers are such a rudimentary part of an editing workflow that once you start editing your images on a regular basis it will feel as a second nature to you. But it is important to get into a habit of using them correctly and structure them orderly to avoid mistakes and confusion later. Today I would like to introduce layers in Adobe Photoshop, describe their basic functions and structure. This tutorial is for people who are new to image editing software and are looking to learn how layers work. Continue Reading
If you are completely new to photo editing and are not yet familiar with post-processing software functions, it might seem complicated to achieve simple tasks, such as cropping, resizing or rotation an image. This basic tutorial is aimed at people who are entirely new to Photoshop, since these functions are essential elements of editing and serve as pillars for more advanced practices. However, Photoshop is a very advanced software and it is priced accordingly, so if you are just interested in performing these basic tasks and don’t plan to learn any advanced editing techniques in the future, purchasing Photoshop might be a waste of money. These basic functions are available on much cheaper programs such as Photoshop elements, or you can even perform them online for free with programs such as Pixlr. While I discuss all the steps for these functions on Photoshop CS6, these steps and concepts are similar on all the other programs. Continue Reading
Adobe Lightroom is a great program to catalog, manage, edit and even publish photos. I myself have been somewhat resilient against adopting Lightroom in my workflow but after experimenting with it for a while I have to admit that it greatly improves my efficiency, especially with my travel photography collections. So if you are just starting out with Lightroom or considering purchasing it, here is a basic tutorial on how to import files into your catalog, and all the different options you will encounter. Understanding how Lightroom import function operates is essential because everyone has to use it to work with photos and it is one of the initial steps in anybody’s workflow.
When using import function in Lightroom, you can achieve several steps at once. Most importantly you can copy the files from your memory card to your primary storage device while adding the files to a Lightroom catalog. You can also make a second copy to another location as a backup, set an automatic renaming of files, add keywords and copyright data to the entire batch and even apply basic filters and effects, all during the import process. These options can significantly improve handling of large batches and reduce time spent on processing. Remember, however, that Lightroom Catalog file does not store actual images, but only collect information about their locations and applied changes. Therefore note the destination of your photos during import. Continue Reading
Every professional photographer knows that mastering light and camera function is only half the work when trying to achieve great photos. The other part is post-processing. Some photos may look good straight out of the camera but most photos might need some adjustment. Ultimately every photo that you will choose to showcase will need to be “processed,” even if it’s just to resize the image. If you are not familiar with post-processing software, a range of different tools can seem overwhelming. That’s why I would like to briefly go over s some of the tools most used by photographers and their general purposes. These notes are intended for people who are completely new to editing software.
In this article my tool descriptions are based on Adobe Photoshop because that it the most advanced and versatile program, widely used by professional photographers. However, I understand that Adobe Photoshop is very expensive and is cost prohibitive to most beginning photographers. Fortunately many of these tools are available in other editing software such as significantly cheaper Adobe Photoshop Elements and free alternative programs such as GIMP, Pixlr and Paint.net. Continue Reading