Author: Jessica Maldonado

Tip Tuesday: Smart Preview Status In Lightroom’s Histogram Panel

When a smart preview is present for an image, you’ll see a status line indicating this under the Histogram for the selected image. When the original image can be accessed by Lightroom, it will read “Original + Smart Preview.” Click on this to prompt a dialog that will allow you to discard the smart preview for the selected file. When the original file is offline, this status will show “Smart Preview.” If there’s no smart preview and the photo is offline or missing, there will be no histogram and the status line will read “Photo is Missing.” In the...

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Top Three Signs Of Over-Retouching, And How To Protect Yourself
By Kristina Sherk

Over the past two years, I’ve started doing quite a bit more Photoshop education as part of my retouching business, Shark Pixel. While the bulk of my teaching can be found on KelbyOne.com, I also do live speaking engagements both nationally and around the world. More often than not, at the end of my seminars, I’ll usually receive one or two questions similar to this: “This is all really useful information and I can’t wait to incorporate it into my retouching, but one problem that I continually have is that I don’t know when enough is enough, and sometimes I catch myself over-retouching my images. How do you protect yourself against doing this?”

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Tip Tuesday: How to Save a RAW Photo Taken with Lightroom Mobile’s Camera App to Your Camera Roll

By default, RAW photos taken with Lightroom Mobile’s built-in camera app go directly into Lightroom — not into your cell phone’s Camera Roll, but if you want to save one of those original RAW images to your Camera Roll (apparently, a lot of folks want to do this), here’s how: Tap on the image you want to save to your Camera Roll, then tap on the “Share” icon up top. A pop-down menu will appear and you’ll want to tap on ‘Export Original’ and the RAW image will be saved to your camera roll. Easy as that.   This...

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Tip Tuesday: Blend Colors Together in Photoshop

When using the Brush tool (B), there are times when you need to blend two colors together. A gradient won’t work because you’re painting on an uneven shape, so what you need are in- between colors. Here’s a way to do that: Sample one of the colors and then reduce the brush Opacity to 50% in the Options Bar. Paint up to the edge of the other color. Hold down the Option (PC: Alt) key and sample the new color. Paint over most of the way at 50%. Sample the new color and repeat. With a little practice, you’ll...

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