Julieanne Kost

The Background Layer Clicking the lock icon next to the Background layer on the Layers panel converts the Background to a layer enabling transparency, repositioning  in the image area and changing the stacking order. Double click the Background layer to display the New Layer dialog for additional options (renaming, color coding etc.). Renaming Layers To […]

Fundamental Layers Panel Tips and Techniques

The Blur Gallery filters  (Field Blur, Iris, Tilt-Shift, Path, and Spin) are incredibly powerful filters that can help selectively blur a photograph in order to remove distracting elements, help direct the viewers eye through an image, or just add creative effects! To apply these filters in a nondestructive manner, I would recommend that you first […]

Tips for Working with Blur Gallery in Photoshop CC

Here are my favorite tips for working with color in Photoshop CC. 1) The Foreground / Background Color Picker Tap the “D” key to set the foreground/background colors to black/white. If a Layer mask is selected, tapping the “D” key will set the foreground/background colors to white/black. Tap the “X” key to exchange the foreground […]

Tips for Working with Color in Photoshop CC

Here are my favorite shortcuts for Photoshop’s Crop tool! 01) Shortcuts “C” selects the Crop tool. “X” swaps the width and height values Or, click the arrow icon in the Options bar. “O” cycles through view overlays (Rule of Thirds, Grid, etc.). “H” hides the image area beyond (outside of) the Crop marquee.  Note: the forward slash key […]

Essential Tips for Cropping in Photoshop CC

Because of the aspect ratio of most displays, when creating a slideshow of my photography, I typically show a single image when it’s orientation is landscape, and two images when the orientation is vertical images. Although it may be more work to find images that work well together, displaying two vertical images can better fill […]

Creating Diptychs in Lightroom CC

When capturing images in Lightroom mobile (or when importing them into Lightroom mobile from your camera roll), Lightorom uploads those photographs to the cloud and then downloads them to Lightroom CC on the desktop. By default, the images appear in the Folders panel under a new drive header with the same name as your mobile device. […]

Setting a Default Folder for Lightroom Mobile