Adobe Photoshop is still one of the most used tools when it comes to retouching photos, but for workflow and lighter editing, Adobe Lightroom is king. You can set up pre-defined steps for all photos to go through, and with the sorting and categorising features, managing your vast library is a breeze. But are you using Lightroom to its full extent? Perhaps you have taken a Lightroom course to learn the basics, and you know how to manage your photos, but have you ever used any of the following features?
- Lights Out. This nifty feature – to quickly dim the screen to better focus on the image at hand – can be accessed by pressing “L” on the keyboard. This will dim everything on the screen but the image to 80% of the normal brightness. Pressing “L” again will make the whole screen go pitch black, except the image area. The main advantage of this feature is in minimising the distractions of the sidebars, and you can fully focus on the image. In the Lightroom settings you can adjust how much you want to dim the screen when pressing the shortcut.
- Visualise Spots. Cameras and lenses
Photoshop Tutorial: Processing Smoke Photographs
In this tutorial, I will show you how to process your smoke photographs using Photoshop. This is a follow up to the tutorial on “How to Photograph Smoke – Step-by-Step Tutorial.”
If you want to know how to photograph smoke, please read the above article and then come back to this tutorial when you’re done.
The main aim of this tutorial is to point out the key elements needed to bring out the smoke and make it more visually stimulating. I will be showing you my own methods that I learned through trial and error as well as tips from others. Photoshop has a myriad of tools that some professionals either don’t use or even know existed, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
For simplicity, I have written this tutorial with the novice Photoshop user in mind and hope it is quite easy to follow. To avoid confusion, I will not be using any Photoshop shortcuts, unless there is no other way to perform an action. If you know the shortcuts to the tasks I describe throughout the tutorial, then by all means use them.