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Five More Adobe Photoshop Tips in Five Days: Tip 5 - Automating Your Workflow in Camera Raw

In the previous post, I talked a little bit about how the changes in Camera Raw with CS5 now take the automation of tasks and make them easier, but what if you have been using Camera Raw for a while and all you’ve been doing is working on a file at a time? What if you don’t know just how much you can automate right from within Camera Raw?  Let’s take a look at this now.

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By Rafael ConcepcionApril 23, 2010
Topics: Adobe Photoshop

Five More Adobe Photoshop Tips in Five Days: Tip 3 - Using Mini Bridge

Sometimes working with multiple assets in a Creative Suite environment means a lot of hunting and gathering of images.  In earlier versions of Adobe® Photoshop®, it was easy with the File Browser in Photoshop CS.  By the time CS2 came around, the File Browser had disappeared to be replaced with Adobe Bridge.  While this was a great addition as it let you browse and search for other content in a separate application, I always hated having to leave Photoshop in order to search for things.  Thankfully all of this has been changed back with the inclusion of Mini Bridge in Photoshop CS5.  There are a couple of features in here that I think are really valuable. 

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By Rafael ConcepcionApril 22, 2010
Topics: Adobe Photoshop

Five More Adobe Photoshop Tips in Five Days: Tip 4 - Awesome Additions to Adobe Camera Raw

As a photographer, I am beyond excited at the new Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 release.  While there are tons of things that Photoshop gives me, at its core, I am looking to be able to speed up any work that I do repetitively.  In that, I rely heavily on Adobe Camera Raw to take care of the majority of problems before I start any touch up editing in Photoshop.  Thankfully, Adobe has included some new features inside of Camera Raw that take the processing of images and make them even easier.

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By Rafael ConcepcionApril 22, 2010
Topics: Adobe Photoshop

Five More Adobe Photoshop Tips in Five Days: Tip 2 - Making 3D Objects with Paths in Repousse

Whenever we talk about Repousse in Adobe® Photoshop® CS5, it’s almost always seen as a feature that will allow you to extrude text.  While that may be true, it’s important to note that this feature will let you extrude all sorts of different things, and it’s up to you to experiment with those things and see how they fit for you.  Let’s go through a couple of examples of what you could be playing with in Repousse.

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By Rafael ConcepcionApril 20, 2010
Topics: Adobe Photoshop

Five More Adobe Photoshop Tips in Five Days: Tip 1 - Customizing Bristle Brushes for Calligraphy

Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 has a great new feature called Bristle Brushes.  If you are using a pressure sensitive tablet (like a Wacom Intuos4) these brushes let you manipulate how you use them by simply tilting the brush to the left and to the right.  The beauty of these brushes, however, is that you can also configure them to make special brushes of your own.  Now you can resurrect that Calligraphy class you so badly wanted to take!

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By Rafael ConcepcionApril 19, 2010
Topics: Adobe Photoshop

Five Adobe Photoshop Tips in Five Days: Tip 5 - Selections Made Easy with Photoshop CS5

A great change in Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 is the smarter way to be able to make selections.  Photoshop CS5 now offers things like Smart Radius and Color Decontamination- two tools that will take all of the pain about making selections. Let's explore that now.

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By Rafael ConcepcionApril 16, 2010
Topics: Adobe Photoshop

Five Adobe Photoshop CS5 Tips in Five Days: Tip 4 - Using Photoshop CS5 Extended: Repousse

The biggest difference between Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 and the Extended version is the inclusion of 3D into the program.  In CS4, you were able to turn a graphic into a 3D postcard, allowing you to manipulate the element in 3D space, but the options were very limited when it came to text.  Photoshop CS5 Extended now comes with a new feature called Repousee – the ability to turn text into a 3D shape.  I think once people get over their initial fears of what 3D is, they are really going to start picking up this technology and doing some cool stuff with it.

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By Rafael ConcepcionApril 15, 2010
Topics: Adobe Photoshop

Five Adobe Photoshop CS5 Tips in Five Days: Tip 3 - Make a Twitter Client for Photoshop CS5

We spent some time in another post talking about how cool it is that Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 allows you to create Flash Panels to launch from inside of the application. These panels can be made with Configurator 2, available at the Adobe website.  In an earlier post we made a panel that allowed us to use specific tools for a retouching workflow. One of the best changes that they have made with this is the inclusion of WebKit – allowing you to embed HTML pages with ease inside of the panels. Let’s go ahead and do something fun now, creating a mobile Twitter client that will run inside of Photoshop CS5. 

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By Rafael ConcepcionApril 14, 2010
Topics: Adobe Photoshop

Five Adobe Photoshop CS5 Tips in Five Days: Tip 2 - Finish Building Panoramas in Photoshop CS5

The new Content-Aware Fill Feature in Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 is a great way to remove items in a specific image.  But did you know that the tool is also great for adding stuff in places where it's missing - namely panoramas? Let’s explore this a little further.

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By Rafael ConcepcionApril 13, 2010
Topics: Adobe Photoshop

Five Adobe Photoshop CS5 Tips in Five Days: Tip 1 - Create a Customized Retouching Panel

Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 has support for making Flash Panels.  These Flash Panels allow you to list all of the tools and menu options you need, leaving out all of the tools that you don’t. You can add scripts, menu items, and even movies. I think it’s a great idea to use these panels to get rid of all of the extra tools that you see in Photoshop that you don’t use.  By hand selecting the tools you want to use, you can make your workflow fly!

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By Rafael ConcepcionApril 12, 2010
Topics: Adobe Photoshop