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By Colleen Wheeler | Friday, May 18, 2012

iPhoto and Photoshop integration: Editing iPhoto images with Adobe Camera Raw

After watching our popular Photoshop CS5 Essential Training course, and hearing all about the photo-developing power of Adobe Camera Raw, one of our members wanted to know how to open her JPEG files in Adobe Camera Raw directly from within iPhoto. With a few Preference-setting hoops to jump through, it is entirely possible to set up iPhoto and Photoshop so that you can use iPhoto as your Photo organizing database of choice and still use Camera Raw in Photoshop to edit your JPEGs. Here’s a quick video tutorial that shows you the path of least resistance:

Note that for quick one-way edits (meaning you don’t have any need to go back to iPhoto with your newly edited image), you can set the Photoshop preferences as shown in the video, then simply drag an image from your iPhoto preview window onto the Photoshop icon in your dock  and the image will open in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). Also note, while I recorded this in Photoshop CS5, the preference settings are identical in Photoshop CS6. As a bonus, if you’re already using Photoshop CS6, expect to see some improvements to ACR developing, too.

Please keep the feedback and the thoughtful questions coming, we appreciate it. Do you have any follow-up questions you’ve noted after completing a lynda.com course? We’d love to hear them!

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Suggested courses to watch next:Photoshop CS6 Essential TrainingPhotoshop CS5 Essential TrainingPhotoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New FeaturesPhotoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Deke's Techniques: Masking with Photoshop's Quick Selection tool and Magic Wand

If you’re trying to mask a challenging subject, Photoshop certainly has a hoard of sharply honed tools that will allow you to create the most nuanced selection imaginable. But sometimes, you just want to throw some brute Photoshop force at a project so you can get on with your busy life. In this week’s free-to-all Deke’s Techniques video, Deke McClelland shows you how to quickly mask this greenish-on-green hummingbird with two very blunt instruments that you don’t hear Deke recommending often—the Quick Selection tool and the Magic Wand.

Hummingbird with green background

Deke starts by showing you how to use both of the tools to the best of their limitations, and how to incrementally save each phase of selection to a mask that serves to “collect” your progress so that you don’t undo your work. Finally, when the blunt instruments have done all they can, Deke shows you how to refine those results with the aptly named Refine Mask command. The result is this rough-hewn but ultimately useful mask:

Hummingbird Photoshop Mask

Which in turn allows you to place the hummingbird in an entirely new environment:

Hummingbird with cloud background

Of course, masking in Photoshop can mean anything from this rough-hewn utilitarian outcome to highly nuanced meticulous sections. If you’re more of the meticulous selections Photoshop user, Deke has two new courses for members of the lynda.com Online Training Library®that will take you deep into the science of masking and compositing:Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals and Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Advanced Blending.

See you back here next week with two new Deke’s Techniques!

Interested in more? • The entire Deke’s Techniques collection • Courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library® • All courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library®

Suggested courses to watch next: • Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals• Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Advanced Blending• Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery

By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Deke's Techniques: Tracing an image with path outlines in Photoshop

In this week’s free Deke’s Techniques movie, Deke McClelland demonstrates how to trace a fairly complex shape in Photoshop without relying heavily on the often unintuitive Pen tool. Being able to select a complex shape—like this week’s light bulb—without relying on a complex manipulation of anchor points and control handles can be a very handy way to trace objects in Photoshop. For those of you, like me, who find the Pen tool somewhat daunting, this week’s technique is an early holiday gift from Master Deke.

Deke starts with this image from the Fotolia image library:

Light bulb image from the Fotolia image library

Then, deftly adding and subtracting ‘primitive shapes’ (namely circles and rectangles), Deke ultimately creates an accurate vector-based path outline around the entire object. Here’s a diagram of all the shapes that go into creating this combined path.

Light bulk image with Photoshop primitives

After you ingeniously apply the Combine button to your primitives, you magically arrive at this single meticulous path:

Light bulb image with Photoshop vector path

Of course, aside from just merely selecting the light bulb, having it designated by a vector-based path means that you can easily create a vector mask from it. By doing so, you can apply effects that remain constrained to the light bulb. In this week’s Online Training Library® exclusive members-only movie, Turning path outlines into a vector mask, Deke shows you how to create that mask and then apply some cool effects to create this image:

Light bulb image with vector mask applied

If you’d like to dive deeper into this light bulb project in particular, check out Chapter 27 of Deke’sPhotoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery course. If you tend to create your vectors in Illustrator instead, Mordy Golding walks you through a similar Illustrator philosophy in the Drawing artwork vs. building artwork chapter of his Illustrator Insider Training: Drawing Without the Pen Tool course.

See you back next week with more Deke’s Techniques.

Interested in more? • The entire Deke’s Techniques collection • Courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library® • All courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library®

Suggested courses to watch next:Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: MasteryPhotoshop Designers: Shape LayersPhotoshop for Designers: Layer EffectsIllustrator Insider Training: Drawing Without the Pen Tool

By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Deke's Techniques: Shooting and assembling a stereoscopic photo

In this week’s free Deke’s Technique, you’ll see how to create a classic anaglyphic stereoscopic 3D image in Photoshop. Anaglyph images are created by superimposing two slightly different perspectives of the same scene, with each version seen by only one eye or the other, resulting in a sense of depth when your brain fuses the two images into one. In this case, Deke shows you how to create an image intended to be viewed through the old-school red (left) and cyan (right) glasses.

In order to achieve this classic effect, you have to first correctly shoot a pair of images with a slightly shifted perspective, like the ones shown below shot by lynda.com’s own Jacob Cunningham. You can see in the top two images (each with a simulated filter applied), slightly means slightly—as in the distance between your two eyes. Then the two images are placed on separate layers in the same file, and the color channels are turned off so that each of your eyes (with the requisite glasses on) sees a slightly different image. Then, your brain does the rest.

If that’s not enough depth for you, lynda.com members can see an exclusive video in the Online Training Library®, in which Deke (again with the help of Jacob) demonstrates how to create a stereoscopic image with an object projecting out beyond the screen plane.

So grab your cardboard glasses and come experience Deke in 3D! And come back again next week for another free (3D) technique from Deke.

Related links:Deke’s Techniques courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library® courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Deke's Techniques: Creating a flawless panorama

This week, Deke broadens your horizons with his helpful tips for creating a seamless panorama. Although the Photomerge process in Photoshop is not particularly difficult to use, shooting good images to go into the merged panorama takes some thought. Working carefully will give you the best results, despite the automatic nature of the processing. For instance, worry less about locking down your settings or using a tripod, and more about your feet and framing the shot all the way through. Deke also has some tips for using Photomerge as well. Ultimately, Deke shows you how to seamlessly stitch together photos shot from the Accademia Bridge in Venice that will make you feel like you’re gliding down the Grand Canal.

And what do you think of Deke’s observation about the current trend against photo stitching— lining up the individual photos that would normally go into a panorama, but leaving them in separate frames? For instance, do you prefer modern tetraptych (yes, I had to look that word up) in the upper image below, or the classic panorama in the lower image? I may be a helpless romantic when it comes to Venezia, but for me, it’s the image below that evokes my nostalgia for standing on the Ponte dell’Accademia in one of the most magical cities in the world. And isn’t that what a panorama is supposed to inspire?

Join us again next week for another free video technique. As usual, lynda.com members can check out the entire collection in the Online Training Library® (which includes some exclusive members-only video). See you next week!

Related links:Deke’s Techniques courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library® courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Deke's Techniques #14: Fixing chromatic aberrations in Photoshop

This week’s technique from Deke is about using Photoshop to fix a common problem that occurs in photographs: transverse chromatic aberration, otherwise known by its far less daunting name, color fringing. This phenomenon— caused by light breaking up into its primary components— leaves outlines of aberrant color around the edges in your photograph. Have no fear, however, because despite its daunting name, transverse CA is easily fixed in Photoshop. In this week’s free movie from Deke’s Techniques, Deke not only illustrates how the phenomenon occurs, but also shows you how to fix it, armed with the Lens Correction filter and a modicum of analytical ability (or simple trial-and-error).

Check out the before and after results on this photo of Venice’s Rialto Bridge, and notice how the stripes of color around the statue and windows have disappeared in the image on the right.

For members of the lynda.com library, this week’s exclusive members-only movie will show you a second approach for removing transverse chromatic aberration with Adobe Camera Raw. Either way, it’s a quick technique that will help you make quick work of this common problem.

Join us each week for another free technique from Deke!

Related links:Deke’s Techniques courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library® courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

By Colleen Wheeler | Monday, March 14, 2011

Deke's Techniques #11: Masking Highlights and Shadows Independently

This week’s free technique gives you one of Deke McClelland’s many Photoshop tips for using an image to select itself, specifically isolating the highlights and shadows of a photograph to select the light and dark areas using the underrated Color Range command. By using the image’s own details to create the mask, you don’t have to rely on the unreliable Quick Selection or Magic Wand Tool. And you can fine-tune your mask to add areas to it. Another hidden benefit of using Color Range is that you can either generate a selection (working blind, as Deke likes to call it) or you can directly create a layer mask, and thus see what you’re doing as you do it.

For lynda.com members, Deke has an exclusive movie in the Online Training Library® that shows you how to use this same basic technique to actually mask glass (yes glass), against a sunset. If you’d like to see more from Deke about masking in Photoshop, check out Chapter 26, Masking Essentials, of hisPhotoshop CS5 One-on-One Mastery course.

Stop back by again next week for another free technique from Deke!

By Colleen Wheeler | Monday, March 07, 2011

Deke's Techniques #10: Making 3D type with Repoussé

Nothing gives your words more weight than adding a third dimension to your text. This week, Deke shows you how to create 3D text using the Repoussé feature in Photoshop CS5 Extended. With this tool, you can take ordinary text, give it heft, add color to each of its newly created sides, and twirl it around to show off its new facets. Deke also shows you how to smooth out the edges and polish up your object by applying ray tracing. It may take a while to render, but, hey, it’s adding a whole new dimension to your Photoshop repertoire. Here’s what I created in just over 10 minutes, by just following along with Deke.

By the way, if you like the background in this week’s project (especially since the infiniteness of synthetic space reduces your need to match perspective with your 3D object), you can see how to make it from scratch in last week’s free video technique.

And for lynda.com members, there are two exclusive videos available inside the Deke’s Techniques course in the Online Training Library® this week, both of which further explore the Repoussé feature in Photoshop CS5 Extended. In the first movie, Deke shows you how to use one 3D object to cast shadows on another. And in the second, you’ll see how to adjust the lighting in the scene to modify your shadows.

Meanwhile, we’ll see you back on planet earth next week for another free video from Deke’s Techniques.

Related links:Deke’s Techniques courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library® courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®

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