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“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 (JKost.com) – Adobe product maestro/teacher (Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom) from the free online Video at http://escalatelive.com/.

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 @ JKost.com – 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’)

Cropping

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

Develop

  • 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…

Printing from Photoshop with Epson Printers (PC or Mac)

Having problems getting the right/correct colors when printing from Photoshop? or Adobe Lightroom?

[note – originally posted on  my Photography Services web.]

Digital Inkjet Printing from Photoshop to Epson Printer (PC or Mac) – The
Zany, goofy, eccentric, etc, etc, Dr. Brown explains printing from Photoshop – let
Photoshop manage the Color…  These steps should apply for Photoshop CS2-CS4 as well as to Adobe Lightroom.

Photoshop & Lightroom – Color Printing tutorial with Russell Brown (Adobe)


Quick Summary:

  1. Calibrate your monitor,
  2. download & install the latest drivers for your printer and version of Photoshop,
  3. in the Photoshop print dialog set Photoshop to ‘manage‘ the colors,
  4. in Photoshop print dialog set your ‘profile‘ (i.e. paper type like ‘Epson Premium Luster PK‘), and
  5. in your printer options dialog the printer should be set to ‘no color management’ (in other words, let Photoshop manage the color for the entire process.)

Dr. Brown also demonstrates using Photoshop ‘proofing preview’ (flip a switch and your image will change to ‘look’ like a paper print – typically darker.)  Side note: I set all my photo printer drivers to ‘Preview before Printing‘ – that way I will always see an on-screen preview before anything is sent to the printer.  I have found that (using the color management outlined above) Epson 2200 previews will have a reddish/magenta cast – the prints are fine; my guess is that this is a feature of the print driver.  I suggest that you experiment with small paper (i.e. glossy or matt 4×6 paper that is the same or has similar properties as your desired paper) and then use larger paper when things are working as desired…

More Videos from Adobe and Dr. Brown.

More information on digital inkjet printing – typical problems – double color management.

Due to the number of variables involved in inkjet printing it is quite easy to have printing problems like bad/wrong colors. The variables (things that affect the results OR things that you control) include:

  • software versions (photo editing software as well as operating system and printer drivers) – always use the correct and latest combinations for your environment
  • output medium choices (type of paper in combination with the printer)
  • the settings in your Photo software AND the settings for your printer; if both are set to manage color then expect to have problems; essentially you have to choose between having the Photo editing software control color OR having the printer driver control it – I suggest that you try both.  My experience is that using the approach discussed by Dr. Brown provides the most consistent results.