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Looking for great books on digital processing? Browse this collection of my favorites.

Learn how to make the most of your digital images. You’ll find inspiration and information in this collection of books that set the standards for the industry.

Enjoy!

Find more great books here.

Adobe Creative Cloud just offered new updates.

What’s new? Check out this list.

See Terry White demonstrate new features in this video.

(Note, don’t miss his tips on content aware tech at minute 18.)

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Smart Objects are smart layers, and they have been in Photoshop for years. They have been evolving, but few people truly understand them and fewer still take full advantage of them. There are major benefits to learning what Smart Objects offer you and how they can change your workflow. Here are four things Smart Objects can do for you.

1. Change Or Update RAW Conversion Settings.

2. Apply Filters Nondestructively.

3. Apply Nondestructive Scaling And Distortion To Layers.

4. Blend Multiple Exposures Or Layers With Stack Modes. 

The first benefit, Change Or Update RAW Conversion Settings, is the most essential; something every Photoshop user should know how to use. Here’s how to use it.

Whether you’re using Lightroom or Bridge/Photoshop, if, and only if, you acquire a RAW file as a Smart Object, by double-clicking it, you’ll be able to change conversion settings and even update the RAW-processing algorithms to the latest version. Forgot to adjust a setting? Found better settings? Want to take advantage of advances made in the latest process version of ACR? All of these are reasons to use Smart Objects.

To acquire a RAW file as a Smart Object in Lightroom, go to Photo > Edit In > Open As Smart Object In Photoshop. With Adobe Camera Raw, click the blue underlined line at the bottom of the window to access Workflow Options and check Open In Photoshop As Smart Objects, which will set this as a default for opening files. The Open Image button will change to Open Objects. Notice that in Photoshop the bottom layer uses the file name instead of Background, and it contains a small rectangular icon that indicates it’s a Smart Object.

But wait, there are three more reasons to use Smart Objects. You’ll find the steps for the other three benefits detailed in my column on Digital Photo Pro.

There’s more than one kind of Smart Object; those that reaccess Raw file data and those that don’t. Smart Objects have limits; the list is steadily diminishing. Smart Objects come at a price; larger file sizes. While Smart Objects aren’t simple, but they’re extremely powerful and flexible. For this reason, I consider them essential components of an optimum Photoshop workflow. Exactly how and when you implement Smart Objects will depend on the specific challenges you face with a given image. While everyone needs to be aware of the possibilities Smart Objects offer, make your use of Smart Objects as simple as possible, but not simpler. You’ll find that even the most minimal implementation of Smart Objects will be extremely helpful.

Read more details in my column R/Evolution on Digital Photo Pro.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

“See Photoshop Product Manager, Stephen Nielson, demonstrate the powerful and exciting new 3D printing features in Photoshop CC. Visualize your 3D designs in the real world thanks to new support that allows you to easily create, refine, preview, and print your 3D designs directly to a locally connected 3D printer or online service.”

View more Photoshop Videos here.

Learn more in my Digital Photography and Digital Printing Workshops

Julieanne Kost, Adobe Principal Evangelist Photoshop and Lightroom, demonstrates Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC. Discover when to embed and when to link Smart Objects as well as learn how to update modified content, resolve missing files and filter based on Smart Object attributes.”

View more Photoshop Videos here.

Learn more in my Digital Photography and Digital Printing Workshops.

Julieanne Kost, Adobe Principal Evangelist Photoshop and Lightroom, walks through the new Perspective Warp feature in Photoshop CC. Learn how to create quads, adjust the layout, and distort the perspective of an image.”

View more Photoshop Videos here.

“Watch as Photoshop Product Manager, Stephen Nielson, shows new Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC. See how you can fluidly adjust the perspective of a specific part of your image without affecting the surrounding area, change the viewpoint from which an object is seen, and seamlessly composite images with different vanishing points or camera positions.”

Find out more about the new Photoshop CC (14.2) features here.

View more Photoshop Videos here.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

“In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne demonstrates five of her favorite new and improved features for working with vectors. Discover path creation improvements, isolation mode, drag-selecting paths, path operation shortcuts, and more.”

View more Photoshop Videos here.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

Bryan O’Neil Hughes quickly demonstrates how to use masks to make Content Aware Fill’s effects more targeted and precise.

View more Photoshop Videos here.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.

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Before Blur FX

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After Blur FX

There are many reasons to explore blur in your images: remove distractions, direct attention, enhance space, modify mood and add interesting visual artifacts are a few among many. Blur can be controlled at the point of capture and in post-processing. Thoroughly understanding your post-processing options will help you make choices about when and how to control blur in your images before, during and after exposure.

When it comes to post-processing blur, you’ve got options! Photoshop currently offers 14 filters: Field Blur, Iris Blur, Tilt-Shift, Average, Blur, Blur More, Box Blur, Gaussian Blur, Lens Blur, Motion Blur, Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Smart Blur, Surface Blur – in order of appearance in the Filter > Blur drop-down menu. (If you want to extend your software palette even further, explore onOne Software’s FocalPoint.)

At first glance, the list is overwhelming. Where do you start? Get started with this quick visual survey of available options.

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Average

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Box Blur

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Gaussian Blur

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Motion Blur

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Radial Blur

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Shape Blur

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Smart Blur

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Surface Blur

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Lens Blur

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Field Blur

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Iris Blur

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Tilt Shift Blur

Read more about controlling Blur FX on Digital Photo Pro.

Learn more in my digital photography and digital printing workshops.


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