Want to learn how to blend 3 bracketed exposures of the same scene to create a single photo with greater dynamic range? Here’s a great 17-minute video tutorial by travel photographer and educator Jimmy McIntyre on how to do so in Photoshop CC.
“In this example we use 3 exposures because the difference between the brightest exposure (also the base exposure) and the darkest exposure is too much,” McIntyre says. “So we bridge the gap by using a middle exposure.”
His technique is a clean, 100% non-destructive workflow. While he shows how easily the job can be done using his own Photoshop plugin, Raya Pro, McIntyre also demonstrates how you can do the same things using ordinary Photoshop.
Things you’ll learn in the tutorial include precision masking and working with smart objects imported directly from Adobe Camera Raw.
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Deal alert! A pre-paid annual subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan is currently deeply discounted over at Amazon. Instead of paying $119 for a year of Photoshop CC and Lightroom (~$10/month), you can buy a year for just $89 (~$7.42/month) — a savings of 25%.
To get started, head over to the product page on Amazon and confirm that the price shows as ~$89 for you.
You can choose between receiving your serial number as a “download” (having it displayed on screen) or on a physical key card that’s mailed to your shipping address.
If you choose the download option, your new serial number is displayed on your screen as soon as you complete your purchase.
What’s great about this offer is that it’s open to existing Creative Cloud subscribers. Simply visit the Adobe page for redeeming redemption codes: creative.adobe.com/redeem and punch in the serial number you receive.
Once you redeem your code, 12 months of the Photography plan are added to your account, pushing your next billing date back by a year. Congrats! You’re now subscribed to Photoshop CC and Lightroom with a 25% discount.
Selective color, bad HDR, over-sharpening, we’ve all seen (and if we’re honest, probably made) these Photoshop mistakes… but are you sure you’re still not committing some Photoshop faux pas? In this video, Nate Dodson of TutVid covers 10 common novice mistakes you should avoid.
The list isn’t comprehensive—some of the most obvious mistakes, nuclear eyes for example, are left out on purpose—but there’s a good chance you’ve done at least one of these in your early days using Photoshop. Maybe you’re still doing one or two now.
Here’s the whole list, complete with timestamps, so you can jump to whichever tip(s) you think will be most useful to you:
- Bevel and Emboss | 1:27
- Selective Color | 4:39
- Over-Whitening Teeth | 6:23
- Exporting any Code for Web Design | 8:48
- Too much HDR/Unsharp Mask/High Pass/Clarity | 10:14
- Retouching Directly on a Layer | 13:22
- Applying Adjustments to a Layer | 15:50
- Applying Filters Directly to a Layer | 17:25
- Not using TypeKit | 19:58
- Bad Selection Edges for a Composite | 22:10
Check out the video up top to find out how Nate tackles each of these issues, and learn some suggested alternatives that are considered better. Well, except for Selective Color… that you just need to avoid at all costs.
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Adobe announced today that the next Photoshop CC update will contain a brand new feature called Content-Aware Crop. It will let help to fill in gaps in your photos while you’re using the crop tool to rotate images or expand canvases. The 2-minute video above is a sneak peek demo at this powerful tool.
Adobe says that bringing Content-Aware technology to the Crop tool has been an oft-requested feature.
“Every now and then, as we are building a new feature, we decide that it’s just too good to keep to ourselves and we show it to you early – before it is ready to ship to customers,” the company writes. “You asked for it and we are delivering.”
The tool examines all the pixels around the edges of your image and then intelligently fills in blank space with new content when you rotate or expand your photos. Use cases include moving your horizon by adding more sky or ground to your photo, changing your aspect ratio, filling in corners when doing rotations, “and probably more we haven’t even imagined ourselves,” Adobe says.
No word yet on exactly when the next major release will be pushed out, but it’ll likely be sooner rather than later now that the cat’s out of the bag. Stay tuned!