Discover subtle ways of making your photography even more beautiful using Photoshop CCa€™s new filters.
Tigz Rice is a London based photographer specialising in fashion and boudoir with a vintage aesthetic.
The launch of Photoshop CC has seen the introduction of some major new features, including some excellent photo retouch tools and expanded Smart Object support. Smart Objects allow for non-destructive editing, storing layers upon layer of retouching within one visible layer, rather like a family tree, to use a metaphor. Here we use the new Lens Correction, Shake Reduction and Smart Sharpen filters; and the new Camera Raw filter, which lets you adjust photos using Adobea€™s Raw processing engine, rather than just as you import images. The photo of burlesque dancer Billie Rae Ia€™m using here was the image I used in my first ever tutorial for Digital Arts back in 2011, as I want to show how the advancements in Photoshop have improved whata€™s possible in retouching. Therefore, the original image as edited in Photoshop CS3 is over to the right with the 2013 version, so you can compare the differences. Naming your Photoshop layers is good practice, but for Smart Objects ita€™s a necessity, which will become more apparent later on. This confirms the image has been converted into a Smart Object and can be edited non-destructively. Go to Filter > Camera Raw Filtera€¦ and in the right-hand panel, click the Iris icon to bring up the Basics tab.
My image had a pink hue, plus a very small amount of yellow from an artificial light in the studio. Still in the Camera Raw Filter dialog, nowa€™s a good time to open the Detail tab and apply any noise reduction necessary.
Now that the image is correctly exposed and colour-balanced, your Layer Panel should look like this. If you need to make any changes at this point to either of the processes wea€™ve just covered, the dialog boxes for both can be accessed by double-clicking either of the filter names in the Layer Panel.
These dialog boxes appear with your current settings intact, so minor adjustments can be made easily. Our next Smart Filter will involve some masking that we dona€™t want to affect our current changes, so wea€™re going to package our Smart Filters and the original image into a brand new Smart Object. With the a€?Sharpena€™ Smart Object selected, wea€™re now going to work on improving the sharpness of our image with a new feature in Photoshop CC that can detect and repair camera shake. For this image, I used the advanced features to add a second Blur Estimation Region to analyse both the face and the clothing as they had different motion patterns. Alternatively, for the last step, you can go to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen to enhance your image. Here you can remove the effects of lens and motion blur with Photoshopa€™s new and vastly improved sharpening algorithm. Sharpening is great for improving the appearance of eyes, and details in clothing and jewellery. In the Layers panel, click on the white rectangle called Smart Filters and, using a soft-edged black brush, mask over the areas of your image you dona€™t want sharpened. Select both layers this time and a€“ guess what a€“ repeat Step 2 again, renaming the new layer a€?Highlightsa€™.
Using the Dodge tool with its Range set to Midtones at 4% opacity, lift any shadows or blemishes on the skin, such as bags under the eyes or wrinkles. Here Ia€™ve used the Camera Raw filter again to apply a Split Toning effect to change the overall tone of the image, bringing out the green in Billiea€™s costume and pulling back the reds for a more subtle look that still has a really nice contrast to it. Ia€™ve also experimented with an Iris Blur to add depth to my photo by going to Filter > Blur > Iris Blur. Finally, when youa€™re happy with your image, right-click on the layer to convert to a final Smart Image, which wea€™ll call a€?Finished Imagea€™.
If youa€™re working with Raw images, when you open your chosen image the Camera Raw dialog box will appear. Alternatively, if youa€™re an Adobe Lightroom user, you can also use the a€?Edit In Photoshop As A Smart Objecta€™ option. If youa€™re interested in comparing the differences between the old and new Photoshop algorithms, click on the cog in the top right of the Smart Sharpen dialog box and tick the a€?Use Legacya€™ box. If at any point you need to make changes to your retouching, you can access your root folders by double-clicking on the Smart Object layer itself, which will take you down one level. The name of the Smart Object that appears will tell you what retouching was done within that Smart Object Group. If you want to learn how to use it and see it in action you can watch the above Lightroom for Mobile tutorial. Whilst Adobe PS Touch is one of our favourite photo editing apps on iPhone and iPad (watch review and tutorial), it has suffered by Adobe’s reluctance to update it and we hope that Lightroom for Mobile isn’t destined to the same fate (PS Touch is paid, where as Lightroom for Mobile is free).
The first thing to be aware of is that despite this app being a free download from the App Store, it requires an Adobe Creative Cloud account in order to even open it. In order to use Lightroom for Mobile you need to sign in to your creative cloud account on both your computer and iPad in order to sync images between the two (learn how in our epic tutorial above). Collections View which displays your albums (which are synced with Lightroom on your computer but you create your own directly in the app).
Loupe View which allows you to mark your images and access your image adjustments, presets and crop features.
Something you might be wonder is does this sync RAW image to your iPad and if so, won’t that take up all your space really quickly?
Even if Adobe wanted to sync the full RAW image it couldn’t as iOS simply doesn’t support full RAW editing. Under the adjustments area of Adobe Lightroom for Mobile you get access to all your most common and essential image editing options including white balance, tint, auto tone, exposure, contrasts, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, clarity, vibrance, and saturation. You also get access to an onscreen Histrogram and EXIF information that make adjustments easier. Lightroom for Mobile also features a presets menu that allows you to apply predefined presets (sadly you can’t create and save your own in the app) including black and white, B&W filters, colour and effects such as grain and vignette. The image adjust features are very powerful and it doesn’t feel any less powerful than using the computer version to achieve the same adjustments.
If you are considering spending $9.99 a month on a subscription just for this app, don’t bother - instead check out Photogene, Filterstorm Neue or Handy Photo - they are easily as good if not more powerful. Hands on preview: The fifth incarnation of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is now out of beta and can now be downloaded as part of the Creative Cloud a€“ or as a standalone app. While Lightroom 5 is nominally part of Adobe's new subscription-based Creative Cloud successor to Creative Suite, it differs in that it is not just subscription-based. Oddly, while Adobe usually charges more than a direct US-dollars-to-UK-pounds conversion rate, Lightroom 5 is noticeably cheaper in the UK, at least if you're a new customer. Lightroom is popularly considered as a competitor to Apple's Aperture – which is not strictly a photo editor, but a photo management tool. By itself, Lightroom 5 has some handy new features, including a more advanced, flexible healing brush, the Upright straightening tool, a radial highlighting gradient, smart previews for remote editing, video slideshows, and advanced photo book creation capabilities, among many other enhancements. Lightroom 5's advanced healing brush offers many points of entry to remove unwanted parts of a photo, like the leaf that mars this alligator's handsome face. Under the Lens Corrections section, first enable profile corrections, then click the Upright tool in four configurations to straighten an angled photo. Images get skewed for a variety of reasons, ranging from not holding the camera straight, taking photos from an odd perspective, using the wrong lens for a shot – you name it. Upright analyzes images to detect skewed horizontal or vertical lines and lets you choose one of four correction methods. The radial gradient lets you highlight important parts of the image better than a traditional vignette. It's not exactly an optical illusion, but Lightroom's new radial gradient helps train the viewer's eye toward significant parts of the photo by creating off-center vignette effects, or multiple vignette areas within a single image. Just click and drag an oval around the part of the image you want to emphasize, then drop the Exposure, Sharpness, and Clarity sliders to modify everything outside of the oval.
Even if your full-size images are not on your hard drive, Smart Previews will let you work with them and apply edits when you connect back with your images. With new solid-state drives and lightweight laptops, photographers can carry significant portions of their photo library on the road – but not everything.
Generating Smart Previews on import gives photographers the freedom to disconnect from their storage device. Photographers are increasingly seeking innovative ways to share both still images and video clips in a single showcase. Lightroom 5 lets you combine pictures, video, and music into HD video slideshows for viewing on almost any computer or device. The Book module lets you create photo books with various presets, that you can print in PDF via Blurb. Lightroom 4 introduced the workflow for creating photo books, and with Lightroom 5, photographers can customize photo books even more, with numerous easy-to-use templates that you can edit for a customized look.


The program lets you customize font style, colour, size, and more with the same text technology available in Adobe InDesign. The latest version of Lightroom CC brings many new features, including new HDR and Panorama tools.
One interesting feature of the two merge functions in Lightroom CC is that they create a new DNG file if you begin with RAW images. The Panorama dialog is also very simple and straightforward as the only options available are Projection and Auto Crop.
When Apple introduced the feature to Aperture, professional photographers asked for a way to disable it. But you’ll also notice that the top of the rocks got that blue tint, which is not what we are looking for. While the addition of the brush tool within the filters is great, we have to deplore the fact that Lightroom CC still does not display the adjustments in a way I like. All of the above features apply to the standalone version of Lightroom 6 and the Creative Cloud version Lightroom CC. Syncing with Creative Cloud is nothing new to Lightroom CC; it was introduced in the previous release.
This way you can import a set of pictures in Lightroom CC, have them synced to the cloud, and browse them with your phone or tablet once you’re on the road.
The new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC brings lots of welcome improvements for photographers.
Steve’s review has covered all of the key new items really well (leaving aside the new Lightroom mobile features for a separate review). Regards syncing collections it isn’t likely Lightroom will ever support smart collections for the time being.
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Founder and chief executive Tim Norton told The Australian Financial Review that its revenue has grown 300 per cent in the past year and is turning over $1 million a month, as it approaches the significant start-up milestone of breaking even. Big investorThe investment was organised through Sequoia Capital India's Singapore-based office, and Mr Norton said other local start-ups should consider approaching big US VCs through their Asian operations, rather than their US-based and US-focused Silicon Valley operations."To get an investor like Sequoia is a great thing for any technology company, regardless of the stage you are at," Mr Norton said. AirTree Ventures co-founder Craig Blair says the deal is evidence the Australian venture capital sector is coming of age. Growth plansJust less than 70 full-time staff are employedA in operations in Singapore, London, Tokyo, Manila, Sydney and Auckland. Mr Blair said dealings with Sequoia on earlier investments meant there was a good relationship already in place.
An Adobe Community Professional and Wacom Influencer, she originally trained in digital illustration before naturally progressing into the world of photography and retouching. When the parent image is altered at the roots (or DNA), its effects are automatically seen throughout the branches (the offspring). In the Layers panel, double-click on the background layer to unlock it and name your layer a€?Originala€™ for reference. Click on a€?Convert To Smart Objecta€™ option, which will bring up a small icon on the bottom right of the layera€™s preview image.
First, go to Filter > Lens Correctiona€¦ and in the Auto Correction tab select the Camera Make, Model and Lens from the drop-down menus.
In general this works just like the pre-processing tool from previous versions of Photoshop a€“ and which still appears when you bring in a Raw file a€“ though it gains support for the latest cameras and SLRs.
Drag the Blur Estimation Region (the selection box) over the area you want to analyse and experiment with different settings until you reach the desired effect. Use the Alt key to select your sampling area and then start brushing over any blemishes or stray hairs.
Set the blending mode to Overlay and tick the box to fill the layer with a 50% grey as before. This is where we will now add any required stylisation to our images, as this is the element most likely to need changing in the future. Continue to double-click down through the root folder until you reach the layer you need to adjust. Adobe Lightroom for Mobile, which is currently available on the iPad only, with an iPhone version coming sometime in the future, is Adobe’s most recent mobile app release and probably it’s most polished.
We would have happily paid $10-$15 for a stand alone version but sadly for now at least this is not an option. It just feels natural and if you already use Lightroom on the computer you will not be disappointed. They all operate via a slider that makes fine adjustments easy and you can double tap the slider to reset to defaults.
These can act as a great starting point as you can then go back to the Adjustments pane and fine tune it, or the presets can be used as a nice finishing option to apply some grain for a more analogue effect. It’s also easy to create collections, move or copy images between collections (drag over files to quickly select multiple images – if only Apple would implement this in their own Photos app) and of course you can import images from your Camera Roll and edit and sync them to Lightroom on your computer. The design and functionality rival some of the best iOS photo editors, however the fact that this is limited to creative cloud subscribers is a huge drawback (or a plus if you’re already a member). Adobe is well aware that Lightroom's main audience of professional and amateur photographers won't stump up for a subscription just for this (and Photoshop) – so is selling Lightroom as a traditional download too. That said, both have extensive photo editing capabilities – so much so, that many Adobe photo hobbyists may now consider Lightroom a substitute for much of what they can accomplish in Photoshop, for a lot less money.
Previously, the brush offered only a circular shape, making it difficult to remove oddly shaped objects from a photo. Use this effect with busy photos to naturally draw the viewer's eye toward the important aspects of the picture without having to crop away all the detail. You can also blend the adjustment by dragging the Feather slider to the right to widen the feathered area or to the left to narrow it. To build smart previews while importing, just check the Build Smart Previews checkbox within the File Handling panel in the Import dialog box. We were waiting for a new version last year, when Adobe released Photoshop 2014, but it never came. In the past, for either one of those tools, you had to export your images to the full Photoshop or to a third party plugin.
Doing so will keep all the RAW information from the original pictures, while many software programs will save the result in a lossy JPEG format. A dialog will appear on screen; you’ll have to wait a few seconds for the software to create a preview, then you can adjust some parameters to your liking.
The Auto Align should probably be checked all the time, since there is no option to manually align the pictures if you unchecked it.
For example, you can take a multi-shot HDR (say three exposures) and move your camera to extend the field of view, take another three exposures, until you have your complete panorama. Adobe added GPU acceleration in the Develop module to help edit those large files generated by new cameras and file merging. If you are one of those users who previously played with the similar feature in iPhoto and Aperture for Mac, you already know what it is all about. While this feature is effective for keeping track of your friends and family pictures, it may not be so useful to deal with if you’re a portrait or events photographer. In Lightroom CC you can disable the face detection by clicking on your identity plane and pausing it.
With the new version of Lightroom CC you can now brush in or out the effect created by those filters. By brushing out the Graduated Filter from the rocks, we can recover the original colors while keeping our sky blue. In our previous review of Lightroom 5, we proposed a Photoshop like layer display in the right panels. If you ever photographed pets, you know how their eyes are prone to get red or yellow from the light or flash used. The Web Module now features three new HTML5 templates that are compatible with desktop and tablet computers. You get some additional features with Lightroom CC when you are subscribing to one of the Creative Cloud plans.
To sync pictures with your Creative Cloud account from Lightroom CC, you need to create a Collection and enable syncing for it. He has studied computer science for 15 years, with a college degree in computer science, a backchelor degree in computer with a minor in mathematics, and a Master degree in computer science.
To be precise the Photomerge HDR and Photomerge Panorama are not actually creating a true raw file. There is a 30,000 image limit and if you think about the dynamic nature of smart collections this could cause all sorts of problems – Lightroom mobile would not be up to the bandwidth requirements or be able to reliably keep up.


Please send us a message by filling out the form below and we will get back with you shortly. Sequoia will take a seat on the company's board.90 Seconds is five years old and operates an online marketplace that connects brands and agencies with video creative professionals such as videographers, directors, editors, producers, animators, drone operators and photographers in over 70 countries. He said the investment showed the increasing trend for big United States VCs to view Australian and New Zealand start-ups as global opportunities. I was mostly happy with this photo, but I made a few minor adjustments to the neck and soften the ribcage a little.
This is a non-destructive layer that will allow us to dodge out blemishes while preserving the original Smart Image. With creative cloud accounts ranging from anywhere between $9.99 in it’s most basic form to $50 per month (on a 12 month contract) it’s not something you are likely to purchase in order to take advantage of this app. It’s interface design is simple and elegant and it takes only a minute or so for you to feel like you have been using it for ages. What Adobe Lightroom for Mobile actually syncs is something Adobe refer to as a Smart Preview. The great thing about this workflow is the image adjustments you make to the files on the iPad are synced back to Lightroom on your computer and applied to the original RAW file so at the end of the process you get the highest possible quality, even when edited on the iPad app.
If only Adobe allowed you to at least edit photos from your Camera Roll and then reserved the sync option to creative cloud subscribers then this would be the iOS photo editing app to beat, but sadly it isn’t so. This improvement will prove especially convenient for removing facial flaws from portraits. You no longer have to buy any of those programs if you are satisfied with the results Lightroom CC provides. The number of parameters you can play with is very slim in each dialog, but they are effective. The Auto Tone will give you a basic realistic toning that you can fine tune in the Develop Module later.
The first two options are better suited for landscape photography, while the last one will be mostly useful for architectural or interior shots (see picture below). To proceed, first do the HDR on each of the set of three exposures, then take the HDR merged files to create a panorama of them. For example, the panorama file of the kitchen above is composed of five 11MB original RAW images which end up into a file of 80 MB on disk once merged.
As for matching existing name in your library, it may match the wrong face with an existing name. For those of you using Photoshop, it is the equivalent of using a layer mask to brush where the layer effect is displayed or not. That way we could name the adjustments, like we do for Photoshop layers, to remember what they do, hide them by clicking the eye, and see the details by clicking on them in the panel (see my mockup below). But the one you’ll benefit the most from is probably the GPU acceleration in the Develop Module. In high school he was initiated to computer on an Apple II, then his parents bought him a Commodore 64, then a Mac Plus. You could mention the ability to link Lightroom mobile syncing with tethered shooting, which in an ideal situation (i.e.
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Lightroom for Mobile is really just another nice feature for those who already have a subscription and Lightroom for Mac or PC. This is a file that is between 1-2mb (vs the original 20mb plus RAW file on your computer) and as a result doesn’t eat up your iPad’s available hard drive space too quickly.
This new version is named Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 if you buy the standalone version, or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC if you subscribe to it from one of the Creative Cloud programs.
Once you’re satisfied, just click the Merge button and Lightroom CC will add the new image in your library with a “-HDR” or “-PANO” added at the end of the file name.
The Auto Crop option will save you some time by removing the unwanted area of a merge image that has no pixels.
Because Lightroom CC is creating RAW files in each step, you’ll get in the end a great panorama that is also very rich in details and contrast with the HDR process. By using the GPU to develop those files, Lightroom CC frees your main CPU from those complex tasks. Click on it in a folder or collection where you know you have people in it, and Lightroom will show you those faces and ask to enter or confirm their names. Lightroom detected thousands of faces in those photo shoots that I do not know and can’t name.
In Aperture, when you disabled the face detection, the software was removing all traces of the feature.
You will then be able to better tune your picture in Lightroom CC without having to go to an external editor for some fine adjustments. You can see where the filter is applied and by which amount by clicking Show Selected Mask Overlay checkbox. The Edit Pins are not really intuitive and even distract the eyes while editing the picture. Another option lets you choose to Pan and Zoom the photos in the slideshow (remember the Ken Burn Effect?); a slider lets you select how much of this feature you want to have.
The Red Eye Correction tool in the Develop Module now has a subsection specifically dedicated to make your pets look at their best. MyMac will cover those functionalities and features in a soon to be posted new review article.
But the new version of Lightroom CC now offers us a way to import new images into a collection in the Import dialog. All of this information will sync back to your desktop version of Lightroom CC so you can continue your photo editing from there. Even if you do not plan to use the HDR and Panorama features very much, the GPU acceleration is worth the upgrade from the previous version. But in computer science, DOS and Windows PC were used mostly, so he switched to the dark side for a while.
AirTree co-founder and managing partner Craig Blair said he saw no reason why its rapid growth rate could not continue for a number of years. Once you click on the Merge button, the merge will be completed in a background task that lets you continue your work.
This is mostly useful if you have moving objects in the frames, such as people, that may have moved from one frame to the other.
While invisible to the eyes, the use of the GPU provides the user a faster rendering and a more efficient user experience.
In the Keyword List panel, Lightroom CC now shows a People category that help you filter based on identified faces.
In Lightroom CC what you are really doing is disabling the background task of face detection. The reddish areas are where the filter is applied: the darker the red is, the more effect you have in this area. While this is a nice improvement, I still feel that Lightroom falls behind the defunct iPhoto with all of its 3D effects. You can create a new Collection directly in the Import dialog and choose to sync it with Lightroom mobile.
One missing thing I would like to be able to do in the Lightroom mobile versions is refine my keywords. If you subscribe to a Creative Cloud plan, you get even more features out of the software that let you edit and show your pictures everywhere you go. In 2000 he began doing some photography, then discovered iPhoto which make him come back to the Macintosh in 2002.
I remember doing this once using iChat many years ago with Jeff Schewe in Chicago watching the shoot progress. Lightroom CC will do its best to make sure you do not have shadows of those movements in your final image. Approving suggested name or changing names on multiple pictures is also very easy to perform by selecting multiple images at once.
If you click on the face icon in the toolbar, you can still use it but may have to wait for the process to execute the face recognition. In the second picture I have adjusted the image with a Graduated Filter to make the sky look better.



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