Category Archives: Adobe Photoshop

Digital editing software from Adobe – detailed, pixel level editing. The premier digital image editing package with many, many features. Photographers may find most of what they need in the Adobe Lightroom product and use Photoshop for special editing needs.

“If you are normal you won’t know that…”

A comic reference to mastering the seemingly complex features of modern software:

If you are normal you won’t know that…” –

a Quote from Julieanne Kost ( – Adobe product maestro/teacher (Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom) from the free online Video at

We all have areas of expertise and skill – Julieanne Kost shares quite a bit in this online video.  I created some Summary notes from the video – most ‘tips’ below are for Lightroom… This is one of the ways that I retain new information – take notes, then explore; so now I will share a list of topics covered in the video.  I do suggest watching the video for your own take-aways.  🙂

Escalate LIVE is more than a broadcasted photography conference. It’s a highly interactive conversation that will challenge you, inspire you and offer you a chance to change things for you and your business.”

The notes below are from the on-line video captured during the Escalate LIVE Be Boutique event  held October 4–5, 2010.

Workflow used to be Bridge + Photoshop.

Now, Suggested workflow is Lightroom + Photoshop.

Should you use Bridge or Lightroom?

Lightroom – can maintain a database of online/offline files. Bridge cannot. Which one fits your needs?

Single or multiple catalogs? Depends on your needs (and your hardware – IMO/experience small catalogs work well:  easy to archive images and catalogs when you keep them in the same working folders; much faster than using a large/huge catalog – again, in my experience…)

Lightroom 3 – performance should be good in the 2010 version….  Are ‘performance issues’ software or gear related?  Some gear/environment questions:

  • PC optimized for performance?
  • Size of files?
  • Location of images? (network?)
  • enough RAM?, CPU?

If you don’t want to create a monster/master catalog with all images then a suggestion is to  Create a Marketing Folder/Catalog – include the 10 best images from each shoot – you then have a semi-master catalog which can be used for both research and marketing purposes.  (This is what I have been doing…  Every photo gig has it’s own master folder and the Lightroom catalog for that gig is created in this master folder; backing up just one ‘gig’ is very simple – just copy the ‘master folder’ to the backup resource; restoring is just as simple…  Remembering to make the backup is key!)

More Resources

  • Adobe TV resources
  • Nine (9) –  15 minutes videos @ – free

Need custom sort – use a ‘collection’…

Snapshots vs Virtual Copies

  • Virtual Copy – when need separate image treaments
  • provides ability to develop each copy differently (without making a ‘copy’; you are simply creating a ‘recipe’ for that version of an output file…)
  • limit what is saved in snapshots, i.e. just vignettes, just color adjustment, etc.

Perspective corrections (are manual edit) vs lens corrections (which are auto-magic…)

Lens ‘profiles’ –  auto-correction on import

  • reset image that has already been imported
  • enable lens profile correction
  • set as default (future images will be ‘auto-fixed’)


  • flip  – press ‘X’ to ‘flip’
  • custom crop ‘shapes’ (from the menu)


  • Y key – before & after ‘split’
  • drag ‘states’ (history onto image) to ‘apply’ an adjustment
  • double click on slider names to ‘reset’

Photoshop Specific Items

  • Content Aware Fill – Photoshop – Is the image too cluttered – didn’t get the photo you need? CAF provides an automated replacement option that ‘pulls neighboring pixels’ into the area that you want ‘filled’.
  • Puppet Warp – 3d object manipulation – a real WOW type of tool… Need to un-slouch a subject?

Interview with J. Kost

  1. know your tools – there is no ‘instant solution’ – become a ‘master’; play and learn; use personal projects (just for fun OR to learn…)
  2. to master any tool/subject requires an investment – it takes time…

Adobe Photoshop Open File problems?

Have you encountered a Photoshop Error/Warning message: Could not complete your request because it is not the right kind of document…?

Ok, if you are like me you don’t upgrade to the latest version of every software package that you might be using – sometimes you simply don’t need all the new bells & whistles.  If, however, you do get a new camera then you may need to find a work-around to get your new camera image files into a form that your old software can use.

One solution – only use a file format that your software supports (i.e.  TIFF, JPEG, etc.)  Of course the downside to this is you may lose some of the special data that your RAW files contain; you will also lose some flexibility in image editing since RAW files may provide more room for aggressive editing.

In most cases (for higher end cameras) vendor software is typically provided for editing RAW image files.  If, however, you have Adobe Photoshop CS2 and RAW support for your camera is only available in Adobe Photoshop CS4 then what else can you do?

Enter a simple, portable solution from Adobe – Adobe DNG (digital negative) format.  The DNG converter/reader is FREE – download, install, convert your new RAW files to DNG and then crank up your old version of Photoshop.  The downside?  Hmm, you may not be getting access to all of the information available in the RAW file – which could also be true for ACR…

Another solution is to use some other image application tool(s) to access the RAW files and then move converted files into your version of Photoshop.  In my case I started using (purchased) Adobe Photoshop Lightroom – which does support the latest cameras AND also supports RAW to edit in CS2 (creates a copy of the converted file which you then edit.)  I do all of my custom printing from Lightroom – I think that it is a wonderful tool – when purchasing, make sure to check for discounts, i.e. if you have an education connection.

Another tool that I have recently explored is Bibble 5.   This tools is cross OS, provides a license for Windows/Linux, has a nice interface, incorporates a number of plugins – I will provide a better review later this year.  In the meantime – it also provides support for RAW files so it could be used to resolve your RAW file dilemma…