Lightroom Presets – Focal Point Background Effects

A while back I had an idea about using the adjustment brush to create a focal point in certain parts of the photo (by darkening the rest of the photo). The vignetting controls (in the Effects panel) are great for doing this but if your subject isn’t in the middle of the photo then it doesn’t work as well. So I figured I could use the adjustment brush to darken parts of the photo and save it as a preset. Nope! I quickly found out you...

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Photoshop and Lightroom Seminar Update

I’ve got a few more Lightroom Live seminars coming up in the next month and Scott Kelby is taking his Photoshop for Photographers Seminar Tour out as well. Here’s the dates in case you’re in the area. Photoshop for Photographers with Scott Kelby -Sacramento, CA: Wednesday, August 22nd -Denver, CO: Wednesday, August 29th -Arlington, TX: Friday, September 14th Lightroom Live Seminar with Matt Kloskowski -Seattle, WA:...

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Video: Lightroom/Photoshop Before and After (Black and White Conversion)

This week I’m doing another Before/After video where I take a photo in Lightroom, hit the Reset button so we’re starting from scratch and walk you through the entire edit in Lightroom and over to Photoshop. This time around I’m converting to black and white so I’ll also show you the work I do to the photo in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2....

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Presets: Landscape Big Sky Presets

So, we’re driving home last night, and I look west toward the beach to see this crazy-cool-cloudy sunset. We live in Florida and this time of year (with all of the thunderstorms out there), you can imagine some of the dramatic scenes we get. So it got me thinking about some more Lightroom 4 presets for photographs with skies that have really cool clouds in ‘em. (yes, Lightroom 4 only – not Lightroom 3) There’s...

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Review: Tiffen Dfx V3 Lightroom/Photoshop Plug-In

I’ve been wanting to try out Tiffen’s Dfx V3 Lightroom and Photoshop plug-in for a while now. So I installed it a few weeks ago and started diving in. I’ve gotta tell ya up front. I’m a total onOne Software and Nik Software snob. For a while, I’ve felt that all I needed in a plug-in was covered by those their products, so why even try something else? Now that I’ve played with Dfx for a while I can...

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