Thursday, October 25, 2018

Non-Destructive Editing (PS and PSE)

Photoshop and PhotoShop Elements

Content aware fill, the Spot Healing Brush and the Patch Tool

When editing in PS or PSE, Always Create a Blank Layer and do the edits in the blank layer.

When using any of the tools like the Clone or Healing Brush or Spot Healing Brush to edit pixels, First create a Blank Layer and then in the use the Tools “Option Bar” to toggle on “Edit layers below”


Here’s a short tutorial that uses “Edit Layers Below”

PS Layers








How to make a “layer” when using The “patch” Tool

Patch tool You probably noticed that the "Patch Tool" Located in the Tool bar (Keyboard shortcut "j") has no option for "editing layers below"  The solution here is to draw your selection and use the keyboard combination: "Command + j" (Mac) or "Control + j" (PC). This puts your patch selection on a new transparent layer.  Typically you'd use the patch to to cover a large patch of skin, or to make eyebrows symmetrical, or to smooth out edges on the hairline or banks.

When you make a selection with the patch tool, draw a contour that follows the upper shape of the eyebrow.


When you make a selection with the patch tool, draw a contour that follows the upper shape of the eyebrow.



NEXT: Use the Menu item:
Select > Modify > Feather...
Or Keyboard short cut Shift + F6 (PC  and Mac)
Then Choose 3 - 5 pixels
This will make a soft edge around your selection.


Patchtoolcommad jNow you can press the “Command + j” (Mac) or “Control + j” (PC).
Notice that you now have a blank layer with your selection… Now select the Move tool
Tool Bar keyboard shortcut The letter v
Move the selection with the mouse down to cover the “rough” edges at the top of the eye brow…
You might have to use the eraser or other tool to clean up the selection… and you might need to lower the transparency of the layer.  You mileage will vary. Experiment


I turned on the transform controls for the move tool so you can see the “selection”…

Patchtoolcommad done



Patchtoolcommans proof

Remember: Symmetry Rules! Even in "Particle Physics and the Big Bang Theory"

If you need to make more edits! Like work on the "other" eyebrow You'll need to make a flattened copy of the visible layers...




RULE:  Make a Flattened copy of the visible layers , If you can only directly edit pixels.

Mac (Command + Option + Shift + E)
PC (Control + Alt + Shift + E)


This is also useful if you want to use the Menu HDR Toning

Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlight…or any other "Adjustment" that do not have an "Adjustment layer".

(Note Well) The adjustment HDR Toning…
Menu: Image > Adjustments > HDR Toning…
Automatically flattens all layers. So, if you want to preserve layers before you use this adjustment, save the file first as a .PSD and then do the HDR Toning…as it flattens all layers to make a "single" image!

To Flatten Selected layers Keyboard Short cut

Mac (Command + Option + Shift + E)
PC (Control + Alt + Shift + E)
and apply the Adjustment to the flattened copy of the all the layers…

To re-edit the Shadow/Highlights… you’ll need to delete the layer and repeat the process…

Enjoy! As Always ’holler (send an email) if you have a question or comment.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Lightroom for Mobile July Releases

You can read the full news release  at  the Adobe Lightroom Blog website

Two big updates for Lightroom for mobile are now available for download: Lightroom for iOS 2.4 and Lightroom for Android 2.1.

Dreams of Meteora || Greece

Photograph by Elia Locardi of the valley in Meteora, Greece. Shot in raw on a Fuji XT-2 and edited on location with an iPad Pro with Lightroom for iOS.

Lightroom for iOS 2.4

IMG_4385In version 2.4, two major improvements have been added: a raw technology preview and the addition of local adjustment tools. In addition to these major improvements, we’ve also added the ability to use keyboard shortcuts with physical keyboards connected to iPads, the ability to add your copyright to all imported photos, functionality to turn on lens profiles (if your camera and lens combination are supported), as well as the usual bug fixes and improvements.


Friday, June 10, 2016

Lightroom: Essentials and Beyond

A Clark College Continuing Education Class

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Register for Clark College Class
Mondays, July 11 - August 8, 2016
6:00pm - 09:00pm
Sign up Now! Lightroom Essentials and Beyond

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Lightroom CC 2015.4 / 6.4 now available

New Lightroom and Photoshop Camera Raw update

You can read all of the release information at Lightroom’s Blog


Lightroom CC 2015.4 and Lightroom 6.4 are now available on  The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.  This release also includes a new Boundary Warp feature for Creative Cloud members.

Introducing Boundary Warp (New Feature)

Stitched panoramas often have non-rectangular boundaries. There are several ways to handle irregular boundaries. The most common approach is to apply a rectangular crop. This is straightforward, but important image details near the boundary may be lost due to cropping. Another approach is to use Content Aware Fill (in Photoshop) to fill in the transparent areas outside the boundary. This can be effective, but may require multiple attempts to obtain a satisfying (smooth, artifact-free) result. It can also be expensive and requires rendering out the panorama to an output-referred(non-raw) format. Boundary Warp is a feature that provides another approach to handling the irregular boundary of panoramas. The feature analyzes the boundary and warps the image so that its edges fit a rectangular frame.  Here’s a visual example of the feature:


Friday, June 26, 2015

Camera Techniques Opportunity

Are you happy with your photographs?
  • Are they too dark?
  • Color and details washed out?
  • Out of focus? Blurry?
  • The composition is wonky?
  • The color is funny?
  • Not enough detail?

No matter what kind of camera you own, you can take amazing beautiful photographs. How? Take the the Clark College class "How do I take Better Digital Photographs!"

Learn 10 basic rules that will give you command of your camera and let you snap PHOTOGRAPHS you will be proud of…

You can signup for this hands-on camera class here... Better Digital Photographs

Garry Stasiuk
Your instructor!
How Do I Take Better Digital Photographs website

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Liberate your Photos with Lightroom

Class at Clark College begins on July 6th

The images speak for themselves...

Lightroom and Photoshop for Photographers at Clark College
Starts on July 6th

Register now and learn how… with Lightroom and Photoshop 


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Columbia River Nature Photowalk

Clark College: Columbia River Nature Walk, Saturday, July 11, 2015

 Register here!

BoardWalk AOn this walk, along the on the  Columbia River boardwalk our subjects will include watery landscapes with Sailboats, Ospreys, Geese and Herons and the possible Eagle… After the walk, we will meet in a Clark College software lab to learn digital techniques for managing, improving and sharing your artistic views. 
Learning Outcomes At the end of this course, the student should be able to:Discover what photo subjects interest other photographers. Improve photo techniques and skills by consulting with other photographers and shooting local flora, fauna, landscapes and people.Evaluate the resultant photograph in the camera.Improve a resultant photo from in-camera review.Down load Photographs to a computer.Evaluate the resulting photos on a Computer.Share photographs with other class members.Be inspired by your class photographers!Get exercise as we will walk approximately 3.5 miles.


For a closer look at past Photowalk images check out these images



See this webpage for map of walk and more info...