Earlier this month, GQ magazine published an article about tech titans who visited Brunello Cucinelli’s Italian village. The photo following the article showed fifteen men and two women of Silicon Valley. But something about the photo looked off. And indeed, it was – there were actually no women in it, they were Photoshopped in before the photo was published.
When it comes to image editing software, each of us has our own preferences. When it comes to Adobe’s programs, many photographers use both Lightroom and Photoshop, each to a certain extent.
However, if you’re just starting out, it can be difficult to learn both programs simultaneously. And after all, do you really need to use both? In this video, Marc Newton of The School of Photography will answer this question and help you decide which of these is a better option if you must only choose one.
Whatever you do in Photoshop, chances are there are a few ways to do it. The same goes for zooming in and out when you need to work on details of an image. In this video from Photoshop Training Channel, Jesús Ramirez shows you a quick and simple trick for zooming in that you may not have discovered yet.
Most of us will probably only ever use a handful of layer blending modes in Photoshop. Normal, Darken, Multiply, Screen, and maybe Overlay. This mostly down to the fact that what they do is quite obvious. We often ignore many of the other blend modes because when we scroll through them they don’t seem to be of much use at all. But mostly because we don’t understand how they work.
In this video, Unmesh Dinda at PiXimperfect walks us through all 27 of Photoshop’s layer blending modes and exactly how they work. These blend modes don’t just exist for layers, though. They often come up as an option for Photoshop’s various tools like the brush, clone stamp and healing brush tools. So it’s useful to know what they do.
The Retouching Toolkit has become a very popular addon for retouching in Photoshop. It’s seen a number of iterations, and a massive update with version 3.0 just over 6 months ago. Now it’s received a 3.1 update with more big changes.
The new version comes with reinvented dodge & burn as well as frequency separation techniques, selective saturation, and the Configurator – a tool which lets you create your own Photoshop panels.
Adobe has posted a short but to the point blog post stating that many older versions of Creative Cloud applications will be removed, limiting availability to only the two most recent major versions of each (except for Acrobat – which will only allow the latest version) and their minor updates. This is an attempt, Adobe says, to help keep users updated with the latest features as well as ensure critical bug fixes and security updates are applied.
National Geographic is facing criticism after posting an article containing a manipulated photograph by photographer Beth Moon of the Botswana night sky. It shows Baobab trees silhouetted against the Milky Way. The criticism is over the fact that the Milky Way has been quite obviously manipulated, showing several cloned areas of the Milky Way.
If this isn’t just a website glitch, then is going to upset one or two people. It appears that the $9.99 Photography plan for Creative Cloud has disappeared for US customers. You can still get a $9.99 package, but you won’t get Photoshop anymore. Oh, no. For that, you’ll be paying $19.99 instead.
See updates at the end of this post.
Sometimes, the scene before you that you want to shoot just doesn’t line up with the sky that you want. Maybe it’s cloudy every night or perhaps the Milky Way just rises and falls on the wrong part of the sky. But what you can you do about it? Well, after watching this video from astrophotographer Milky Way Mike, you’ll be able to shoot and composite your scene exactly the way you want it.
Making selections and cutting out is probably the most common use for Photoshop. It’s used on countless product shoots, not to mention compositing. And it’s something that almost all of us need to do at some point during our photography journey.
Selections can be tricky, though, especially if you’ve not used them before. And even sometimes if you have used them before, given how often Adobe seems to change how they work. But here’s Colin Smith from photoshopCAFE to show you five tricks to help get perfect selections in Photoshop.