Photoshop Photography Program Extended (Again) Through Feb. 28

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Creative Cloud Deal

Adobe is beating this dead horse into the ground. I have lost count of how many times the Photoshop Photography Program has been extended.  This time, however, the deal is only available for those who own CS3 or later products, but the price remains $9.99/mo. And, yes, I do actually think this is a good deal, but Adobe is killing me with the on again/off again routine.

The Photoshop Photography Program offers access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 (plus respective feature updates and upgrades as they are available), 20GB of cloud storage and Behance ProSite, via Adobe Creative Cloud for $9.99/month as an annual subscription.

You can find more details here on Adobe’s website.

Using Adobe Camera Raw as a Smart Filter in Photoshop CC

Check out this video that shows how to use Camera Raw as a Smart Filter in Photoshop CC.

In this video, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to take multiple exposures and combine them into a single 32-bit HDR file that can then be edited nondestructively using Adobe Camera Raw as a Smart Filter in Photoshop. In addition, you’ll discover how powerful using Camera Raw as a Smart Filter can be when working with layered files.

Improving iPhone Images in Photoshop

Adobe just added lens support for the iPhone 5S in Camera Raw 8.3. In this video Photoshop Sr. Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes explains the process of improving iPhone images in Photoshop.

iPhone Editing in Photoshop

I do many of these same things with my iPhone images; however, I import my files into my Lightroom library. I generally just dump my iPhone images into my Lightroom library every so often. I use a dedicated folder simply labled ‘iPhone’ for each year, so that all of my photos from 2013 from iPhone are in a single folder. From there, I can edit and add to collections as I see fit and I can always go back to find images from my iPhone in a single folder. As an added bonus, all of these images are geotagged, so I have another way to sort if needed.

Do you guys use Photoshop or Lightroom for editing images from your iPhone or Android phone?

Mastering Photoshop Layers – New Book

Mastering Photoshop Layers

Mastering Photoshop Layers is a new book from Juergen Gulbins. “Layers allow for both global and local adjustments to images and can be used to create a number of special effects. Best of all, layers allow for nondestructive editing of your original image. New Photoshop users often see layers as too complicated, and they miss out on the program’s full potential.

This book will remove the confusion factor by providing an in-depth introduction to layers. Clear, step-by-step instructions and illustrations help the reader quickly master the tools that are relevant for photographers.

In this book you will learn about:

• Working with and building multiple layers
• Blending layers and which Options to use
• Using layers to enhance and retouch your images
• Creating and using layer masks
• Creating luminosity and saturation layer masks
• Using Smart Objects and Smart Filters
• Advanced layer techniques
• Time-saving shortcuts, tips, and tricks”

Mastering Photoshop Layers retails for $44.95; however, it is currently available for $31.02 on Amazon.com.