Not a Fan of Photoshop Speed Keys? Here are the 10 Essential Ones …

Updated 08/24/21     Most people have a love / hate relationship with Speed Keys, regardless of the software program.  But they’re called Speed Keys for a reason – they can save you lots of time with repetitive functions.   You should get into the habit of using a few basic Speed Key Combinations: Once you start to memorize these, you’ll significantly increase the speed with which you work.   There are hundreds of speed key combinations — Don’t be over-whelmed, as you only need a handful.  The 10 shown below are the ones that I believe you’ll find the most

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Need to Calibrate and Profile your Monitor? Here’s how to do it correctly – WITH VIDEO

  Update 07/01/21:  See more on this subject in my post: Color Management 101 for Photographers”: https://blog.main.wattsdigital.com/?p=3858     There are 3 steps necessary to successful color management – Profiling your Monitor is “Step #1”.  But let’s face it:  the main reasons most people avoid profiling their monitor are because they’ve got to buy something, and/or they think it’s too complicated.   The truth is, it can be quite simple to get your monitor to match the output of your photo printer OR favorite custom print lab.  All you need are the right tools, the main one being a Monitor Profiling package, which consists of

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Photoshop CC: Soft-Proofing, plus RGB Color Spaces

  Updated 08/26/21       Two questions from Patrick C in San Diego, CA:   Should I be “soft proofing” my images before I send them to you? If so, do you provide any ICC profiles for your LightJet printer to view my images before uploading to you?   Do you use ProPhoto RGB Color Space (or something else) as your working Color Space in Photoshop?   The answers:   Interesting questions – some real “In the weeds” stuff – let me put on my “propeller-head” hat, and we’ll look at these one at a time …   _____________

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Photoshop: What is a Master File, and why do you need one? – WITH VIDEO

Updated:  09/09/21 – BONUS:  See my short video from YouTube below: X ___________ Question:   From Matthew S in San Diego, CA:   “Once you capture an image in RAW (or a 16-bit scan), what is the best way to save the image for printing purposes? Or should I convert the image to another format? I typically convert everything to a max quality JPG.  Supposedly any “lossy” degradation will be unnoticed to the eye, or so I’ve been told. But, is this the best way? I’d love to have this clarified.”     Answer:   Before I can fully answer your question,

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Why shoot in 16 bit (RAW), rather than 8 bit (JPG)?

  Updated: 08/26/21     I’ve been asked versions of these two questions so much lately that I had to share – In this post, we’ve got two important questions (and two timely answers) as seen from a “post-processing” point-of-view …   _____________________   Question #1:     From Kris K in Gilroy, CA:     “You’ve mentioned shooting in 16 bit RAW files, and I’ve always used 8 bit JPG’s.  What would be the advantages and disadvantages of using 16 bit versus 8 bit for a landscape architectural photographer?”     Answer:   Before I can fully answer your question, Kris, allow me

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Photoshop: A Trick of the Eye

Updated 08/29/21   Rods and Cones are Nature’s Own, but our eyes will still deceive us …   Our eyes are miracles that are created by God – but even God has a sense of humor!  – Do not underestimate how easily our eyes (and by extension, our brain) can be tricked – Magicians make use of this fact!   It has been my experience that of The Three Steps to Successful Color Management in Photoshop the most overlooked is #3: Assure that you have the proper Lighting Conditions and Perception. I want to prove my point on Perception (more

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Photoshop vs Lightroom? Wrong question! – WITH VIDEO

  Updated:  09/09/21 – BONUS:  See my short video from YouTube here:           FYI, this is Part 1 of a 3-part series on this subject – –    •  Part 2 is here:  https://blog.main.wattsdigital.com/?p=2375   •  Part 3 is here:  https://blog.main.wattsdigital.com/?p=2637   ________________   Lately, I’ve been asked a version of this question over and over –   “For working on my images, should I use Lightroom or Photoshop?”   To me, that’s the wrong question, perhaps not even a fair question.   Photoshop and Lightroom are NOT designed to replace each other; they’re designed to COMPLEMENT

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Photoshop CS6/CC: The Navigator and History Panels – Video Tutorial

  Updated: 05/01/19 …     The Navigator Panel allows you to “navigate” around your image at large magnifications.   •  When your image is enlarged bigger than your Document Window, simply drag the “Red Box” with your mouse to the desired location   •  Notice that the magnification of your image shows at the bottom, along with Sliders to reduce and enlarge.   •  This is also a good time to review these navigation “Speed Keys” (see this post for the 10 essential ones), as this is where you’ll use them in conjunction with the Navigator Panel:   To

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Photoshop CS6/CC: The Tools Panel and Color Picker – Video Tutorial

Updated: 05/01/19 …     In  the last blog post, we discussed how to set up a proper Workspace with Panels.  In this and future posts,  we’ll explore some of these Panels in detail, starting with the Tools Panel and the Color Picker.   The purpose of the Tools Panel and the Color Picker is to allow easy access to the some of the most commonly used tools and functions in Photoshop.   There are over 50 tools contained in the Tools Panel, including access to the invaluable Color Picker, but don’t be overwhelmed, you’ll only need a handful of

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Photoshop CS6/CC: Setting up your Workspace with Panels – Video Tutorial

  Updated: 10/10/19: Feeling adventurous?  You should definitely watch the video, but perhaps I can save you some time – once a small file, “WD Basic 1.psw”, is properly loaded on your computer, only the 9 “essential” Panels discussed in the video will show up in your Photoshop Workspace.  Easy installation instructions included (link near the bottom):   https://wattsdigital.com/free-useful-downloads   ____________________   Think of Panels as “miniature workspaces”, each accomplishing a different function.  There are almost two dozen different panels available to you, but in the spirit of K.I.S.S., I would suggest that you start with just nine, and add those you deem necessary

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