Camera RAW 12.3 – RADICAL changes to the User Interface … with VIDEO

    ____________________________   Click once to embiggen & explore …   _____________________________   Well, gollie … as Gomer Pyle used to say, “surprise, surprise, surprise!“ … and, shazam – was he ever the prognosticator!   As you can see from the video & screen grab above (or if you’ve updated your CC apps in the last few days), Adobe has made radical changes to it’s Camera RAW plug-ins’ User Interface (UI) – – The new look is completely different.   I know, I know – change can be frustrating, and at first, I was indeed skeptical  – but, this new UI is growing on

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Video – Photoshop 101, Class 3: RAW Fundamentals

08/21 – See Updated Videos using Camera RAW 12.3 here:  Click for more       One of the most misunderstood (and mis-used!) concepts in digital post-processing is how to properly work with RAW files.   •  What to do with all that digital information?  How do you work with the format correctly & maximize your image’s potential?   •  When enhancing your image from RAW, what are the “Goals”,  and why?  What the heck are you even aiming for?   This video will answer those questions, and much more – enjoy!   __________   Download the notes for this

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Video – Photoshop 101, Class 5: Color Management 101 PLUS Editing for Success

      Howdy to all,   Class 5 is a “2-Fer”:   1) Color Management 101 (One Hour):   •  Proper Color Management allows you to accurately reproduce what you see on your monitor in printed form, whether it is to your photo inkjet printer or files you send to a custom lab. Being able to print with a great degree of consistency and accuracy saves you time, frustration, and money.   •  The old adage, “WYSIWYG” (What You See Is What You Get) readily applies when you are properly color-managed. John will show you the 3 steps to

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Video – Photoshop 101, Class 2: Control your Contrast & Color – 05/27/20

  So, have you ever asked yourself, “What makes a good color print, and how do I use the basics of Photoshop to achieve my desired results?”   If so, then this video is for you! Using the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) method, you’ll learn how to take well-exposed digital images and improve them, sometimes dramatically, with just a few key but critical functions.   When it comes to a good color print, it’s essential that you know what you’re aiming for before you can properly use the tools in Photoshop. I mean, what IS color, anyway?? Get ready

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Photoshop vs Lightroom? Wrong Question! – – Part 2

    FYI, this is Part 2 of a 3-part series on this subject – –    •  Part 1 is here:  https://blog.main.wattsdigital.com/?p=1840   •  Part 3 is here:  https://blog.main.wattsdigital.com/?p=2637   To see why Photoshop vs Lightroom is the “Wrong Question” (& much more), I’d encourage you to check out Part 1 (at the link above) before perusing Part 2 below – that way, some of the things discussed below will be put in their proper context …   __________________   So, here’s the perspective I’m coming from:   •  I am, at my core, a custom photographic printer, and have been professionally since the early 1980’s

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“Study” Video: Photoshop 101 – Class 4: Master File Creation & Workflow

      10-01-20:  Pssssst … wanna see more free Photoshop videos like the one below? https://wattsdigital.com/free-photoshop-101-videos   ___________________   •  Master File Creation and Proper Workflow should be essential elements in how you approach and use Photoshop, regardless of the version.   •  Creating a Master File is NOT for every image: it’s for those images that you want to spend time with, doing all that’s necessary to make your image “pretty”.   •  Here’s where you pour your artistic “blood, sweat and tears” into your image – more on Master File Creation here: https://blog.main.wattsdigital.com/?p=1853 … and on my webpage:

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Layer Mask Concepts & Basics – Part 2

      This blogpost is material straight from my online personalized Small Group Workshop, “The Power of Layer Masks in Photoshop”: https://wattsdigital.com/small-group-workshops   _______________________   There is incredible power in being able to work on your image in Photoshop “globally” (the whole image), as well as “locally” ( just part of your image).  It’s the digital post-processing equivalent of the legendary Ansel Adams’ & Fred Archers’ photographic  “Zone System”.   •  This is Part 2 of what will be a multi-part series of blogposts on Layer Masks.  Each post will be short and sweet, and focused on just one aspect of Layer

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Layer Mask Concepts & Basics – Part 1

      This blogpost is material straight from my personalized online Small Group Workshop, “The Power of Layer Masks in Photoshop”: https://wattsdigital.com/small-group-workshops   ______________________   There is incredible power in being able to work on your image in Photoshop “globally” (the whole image), as well as “locally” (just part of your image).  Being able to localize your image adjustments is the digital post-processing equivalent of the legendary Ansel Adams’ & Fred Archers’ photographic  “Zone System”.   This is Part 1 of what will be a multi-part series of blogposts on Layer Masks.  Each post will be short and sweet, and focused on just one aspect

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The Philosophy of RAW

  Updated 07/31/20     Psssst – wanna see the new User Interface in Camera RAW 12.3 in action?  WITH VIDEO … https://blog.main.wattsdigital.com/?p=3025   __________________________   One of the most misunderstood (and mis-used!) concepts in digital post-processing is how to properly work with RAW files.   What to do with all that digital information?  How do you work with the format correctly & maximize your image’s potential?   When enhancing your image from RAW, what are the “Goals”,  and why?  What the heck are you even aiming for?   First, what is a RAW File?   A Camera RAW file

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A Better Way to Sharpen in Photoshop …

    NOTE – For maximum clarity, you can zoom in on (or download) any image in this post!   For best results, maximize your browser, then click on the desired image – navigate as needed.    Having challenges getting your image sharpened properly in Photoshop? Try using this technique, rather than the generic Sharpening tools, which are not as effective and prone to over-sharpening – it’s also much harder to accidentally over-sharpen your image, and gives incredible results.   This is a “non-destructive” technique, which means it will minimize throwing out unnecessary pixels.  Without getting into total “propeller-head” mode,

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