Major improvements in 10 seconds (or less)

Here’s a quick tip to greatly improve most dull pictures in 10 seconds. Probably even faster, actually! You can do it in Lightroom or with the equivalent tools in Adobe Camera Raw.

The goal is to enhance colors and contrast, as well as give more depth to images, in just a few quick and easy steps.
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Camera calibration profiles

The Camera calibration panel in Lightroom’s Develop module gives you the ability to quickly, and sometimes greatly, improve your pictures’ colors before you start playing with the other tools. I’m not talking about adjusting specific settings here, which I admit I never do, but just checking the available profiles and selecting the one that gives the best results. Continue reading

The disappearance of my custom Photoshop workspace

After a recent update of Photoshop CC 2015.1 (around the end of November or early December 2015, I didn’t really pay attention), my custom workspace disappeared. Indeed, when opening Photoshop after that update, the interface was set to the default “Essentials” workspace and the one I had customized and used for the last couple of years wasn’t even in the list. Fortunately, it was not completely removed from my system and I could restore it. Continue reading

New in Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC was released not long ago and here are the main new features:

  • Facial recognition: You can now easily assign keywords for people in your pictures. Lightroom automatically detects people’s faces and is often able to recognize who they are.
  • HDR Merge: Combine multiple pictures to create High-Dynamic Range photos.
  • Panorama Merge: As for HDR, you can now stitch pictures together to create amazing panoramas without having to use Photoshop.

I’ll do my best to write about those features in details in the near future, especially about facial recognition, which I think is in itself well worth the upgrade.

Essential Ligthroom shortcuts

Just like Photoshop, Ligthroom makes extensive use of shortcuts. And just as in Photoshop, there are so many shortcuts in Lightroom, some quite complicated, that it’s next to impossible to remember them all. So here are the ones that I find the most useful, not only because they are associated to very common tasks, but also because they are pretty easy to remember, many of them being just one key. Continue reading