February 8, 2017

Opening JPEGs Automatically in Camera Raw

Here’s a quick post that some of you might enjoy.  I know a lot of you are big fans of Adobe Lightroom for most of your file handling and we can open your images in Camera Raw easily. I use Lightroom for certain things and Photoshop for others. I’ve always been a big fan of Photoshops Bridge, so when I want to open a JPEG or TIFF file in Camera Raw, I’ll just hit the Camera Raw button on the top menu bar to open my images up. Easy right?  But, did you know you could open any JPEG or TIFF in Camera Raw for you automatically without going into Lightroom, Photoshop or the Bridge?

It’s actually pretty easy to set it up to do this for you. When you’re in Photoshop CC, go up to the Edit drop-down menu and scroll down to Preferences (all the way at the bottom) and choose Camera Raw. When the Camera Raw dialog box opens, you’ll notice down near the bottom a section called JPEG and TIFF handling. From the JPEG pop-up menu just choose “Automatically Open All Supported JPEGs” and then click OK. You can do the same for the TIFF files below that, or just leave that alone and go up to the top of that dialog box and choose OK.

Now, your JPEG images will open automatically in Camera Raw for personal processing before you ever open them in Lightroom or Photoshop.  Nice huh?

January 5, 2017

Getting better prints from your printer

Can you believe it, 2017 is already here?  I’m hoping everyone enjoyed the holidays and got some time to spend with family and loved ones. Maybe Santa brought you a few of those goodies you asked for like that printer you had your eye on?

These days the costs of printers have gone down drastically and the quality has actually gotten much better, which is a good thing right? Maybe you picked up a new printer recently but for some reason you’re not getting the quality you were expecting. A lot of times I’ll see someone with a nice printer but they just can’t seem to get their images quite right? Does this sound like you? I know that sometimes your monitor might need to be calibrated, but this is assuming that’s already done and you’re working in the right color space (sRGB, RGB, Pro RGB etc.)

One of the quickest and easiest ways to improve your images is by making sure you have the right ICC printer color profile for your printer.  I use a bunch of different papers for various projects, but I always make sure I’ve got the correct profile for my printer / paper combination.  Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the paper profiles that come with your printer are pretty good and I use them myself quite often for printing JPEGs or anything on plain paper. But when I’m using a quality paper, I always make sure I’ve downloaded the correct paper profile for my printer.
The first thing you want to do is go to the paper manufacturer’s website and download the correct profile. Search for color profiles and it’ll take you to a profile locator page with a list of available printer brands and models. Choose your printer brand and model from the pop-up menus and that will send you to a list of free color profiles for your paper type and printer. I download mine into a special folder with all my other color profiles, along with instructions.  They’ll all show you how to install them (sometimes with a video) basically because they want you to purchase more paper right?  Installing these is basically a no-brainer and very simple. 
Once you’ve installed your profile, it’s time to make your print. Just choose your ICC profile in Photoshops Print Settings dialog box (Command P or Ctrl+P on a PC)  Under Color Management, choose Photoshop Manages Colors from the Color Handling menu and then choose the correct profile from the profile menu below it. You’ll notice that I’ve selected the MOAB Lasal Luster profile. Right from the start your images will be a whole lot better because now the paper and printer match up perfectly.

Pretty Nice huh?  I hope this helps you and remember, as always, keep shooting and have some fun!

December 7, 2016

How to keep using Refine Edge in Photoshop CC 2017

( Select and Mask button )
First and foremost, I want to wish all of my photographer friends out there a very Merry Christmas and I hope Santa brings you those new photo toys and gadgets you’ve been waiting for.

( Select and Mask panel )

This month’s tip is more or less designated for those of you out there who are currently using Photoshop CC.
As you probably already know, Photoshop has recently made another upgrade to version 2017.  I don’t know about you, but for me it means there are usually a lot of new or improved changes and features to learn.  Personally I still keep a full version of CS6 on my PC because I like the Configurator Panel and CC doesn’t offer it.  I’m also a Cloud subscriber and have a version of Photoshop CC so I can try to keep up with the changes and because I get Lightroom upgrades forever.    

( Select drop-down menu )
One of my favorite features that was introduced back in Photoshop CS5 was the Refine Edge tool.  When I saw this I knew right from the start I was going to love it and when I upgraded to CS6 they improved it even more. Well, when Adobe upgraded their Cloud version to 2015.5, it looked like Refine Edge was replaced with Select and Mask. Seriously, I was very bummed out and thought it was gone forever. The good news is Refine Edge isn't gone, you just have to know where to find it. Like a lot of features in Photoshop, sometimes they aren’t that easy to find. Here is the little known hiding place to help you to keep using it in the newest version of Photoshop CC.

( Refine Edge panel)
In the first photo, you’ll notice the Select and Mask button on the menu bar. If you click that button it will open that panel. 
(see second photo)  
Here’s how to open Refine Edge instead. Go up to Select drop down menu and you’ll see the Select and Mask option about halfway down, but you don’t want to click on it just yet. (see third photo) Hold down your Shift key and then click on it. This will open our old favorite, the Refine Edge panel.  Nice huh?

I hope you find this tip useful, and as always, keep shooting and have some fun!

© D. Gould Photography