Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Reinventing the Crop tool, part of Photoshop Insider Training: Enhancing Photos.
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One of the most difficult parts of my job as the Senior Product Manager of…Photoshop is deciding which areas of the application to work on and which areas not to.…And one of the things that helped the most in CS6 was having access …to what's called Headlights.…In CS5 we implemented functionality called Headlights, which allows for an…Opt-in program where we can see how people are using the application.…Now we can't see a Photoshop user's images, but we can see which tools…they're using, which menus they're going through, which features they're…navigating through.…
So if someone who's charting the course on where we're going to develop …the application, this is priceless.…And one of the things that we found out in looking at all of that CS5 data, and…we had tens of millions of records, is that overwhelmingly the most used tool was the Crop tool.…And the Crop tool really hadn't been changed a lot over the course of over two decades;…it had been with Photoshop since the start.…It's obviously a fundamental part of the workflow, but it really hadn't…
The course begins with an exploration of Photoshop features that make changes to an entire image: the Crop tool, the Auto button that's present in many adjustment dialog boxes, and the Curves panel options. Next, Bryan explores sharpness and blur. Each has its place in a photograph, and Bryan details how the sharpening and blur features work and how to get the most out of them.
The course also looks at adjusting specific areas of an image with the Dodge, Burn, and Sponge tools, and at the growing array of content-aware features in Photoshop, showing how they work and what to do when they don't work. The course concludes with a tour of the powerful Liquify filter, features for correcting lens distortion, and the world of presets that allow you to apply settings with a single click.
- Reinventing the Crop tool
- Rediscovering the Auto button
- Getting the most out of curves
- Understanding Smart Sharpen
- Building blur and softness
- Working with a graphics tablet
- Using Content-Aware Fill, Scale, and Move effectively
- Correcting distortion automatically based on lens profiles
- Using presets