The Color Dodge & Color Burn Blend Modes

Dodging and Burning with Blend Modes and Colors If you have spent any amount of time with me you know that I am always trying to come up with new ways of using Blend Modes.  I have recently started experimenting with the Color Dodge and Color Burn Blend Modes.   At...

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The 5 Tone Heat Map in Photoshop

See your tones with a color-coded 5 Tone Heat Map The 5 Tone Heat Map is a concept I have been working on for quite a while.  I first started working with the idea in November of 2017 while showing the f.64 Elite community how to edit a Milky Way photo. What I...

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Sharpening in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom

Sharpening and Noise Reduction at the Exact Same Time httpv://youtu.be/UWJwQ0bnbWI For years I have received emails about the proper way to sharpen and reduce the noise in your photos.  Some people say sharpen at the end and do noise reduction at the beginning. ...

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The Auto Button in ACR and Lightroom

Is there really a discussion about going Auto in ACR and LR? The answer is yes!  Adobe recently updated the entire Lightroom Ecosystem as well as Adobe Camera Raw.  Among the usual camera model updates, Adobe added a new algorithm for the Auto...

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Content-Aware Crop in Photoshop CC

Content-Aware Crop... Like Magic?  Or just Photoshop?  The jury is still out. If you have ever opened the crop tool, you may have noticed the Content-Aware checkbox in the menu bar.  It is a pretty incredible feature that automates a lot of stuff I used to do when I...

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3 Techniques for Compelling Black and White Photos

Artistic Black and White Processing I have been producing Black and White images for as long as I can remember.  Actually, like many photographers, I started out shooting only for Black and White.  With nearly 20 years of Black and White processing, you'd think I...

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How To Make Natural Light Rays in Photoshop

Photoshop is GREAT for Natural Light Rays There are many programs and plugins you can use to make light rays bursting through your image.  However, few have the control over the effect that Photoshop does.  Using things like Blend If, or Opacity you can protect...

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ON1 Photo RAW 2018!

ON1 Photo RAW 2018 is looking mighty fine! As many of you may know, I am a guest coach and ON1 Guru.  That means I work alongside the ON1 team to bring education to their platform.  They are a wonderful group of people to work with, and they have done a phenomenal job...

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How to Cull Your Photos in Adobe Camera Raw

Edit Before You Cull Your Photos with Adobe Camera Raw I usually cull my photos rather fast and delete them before they have a chance to see the light of day.  Why?   Because 42 Megapixel images take up a lot of space and if the shot was bad, there is no sense keeping...

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