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Is This Capture One Pro’s Missing Feature?

What is one photography technique that a lot of landscape photographers use extensively? Panorama. Lightroom, in its last big update, introduced a HDR and panorama stitching algorithm, that proves to be really quite useful. Should Phase One include a native feature like that in Capture One?

The other day, I was making a panorama for my brother using Lightroom (I have Adobe CC so I just quickly downloaded it) and thought to myself that it is really convenient to do all of your work in one software. Then, I wondered about the Capture One update and how they don’t have anything to particularly attract landscape photographers. I mean, if they keep adding more and more killer feature to let edit your photos, maybe they should let you stitch frames and make HDR with them too, right? Maybe they should have a built-in focus stacker too. Maybe they should add an innovative on-screen shooting help (for example, automatically check if your horizon is straight). They have a superb Focus Mask feature that makes it really easy to check your focus. I think that, if they added at least one or two incredibly useful features, they could win some Lightroom users over. For my part, I would love a built-in focus stacker; it would speed things up a bit. Now, don’t get me wrong. I still think that Capture One Pro is an incredible piece of software with a lot of power, I’m just thinking that it would be even better if the software had some more built-in features!

 

What do you wish would be included in Capture One Pro? Share it with us in the comments below!

Cheers,

Trista

The Three Best Tools to Tweak Colours in Photoshopt

Colour is arguably one of the most important aspect of a photograph. It can drastically change the mood and feel of the artwork by altering our senses and perception. In product and still life photography, you need to make sure that the tones are the closest to what they are in the real product. You may also want to help better sell a particular object by provoking emotions in the viewer’s eyes by controlling what the colours are like. Photoshop has a slew of tools used to modify such an aspect of the photo and here are my 3 favourites.


Color Balance Adjustment Layer

Niched in the Adjustments panel, the Color Balance tool creates an adjustment layer with a mask. The tool lets you shift either the shadows, the midtones or the highlights toward Cyan, Magenta or Yellow, or their complementary colours. There is a Preserve Luminosity checkbox that lets you keep a hand on the lightness of the colours and only modify their hue. One more thing I enjoy about this particular tool is the fact that it is really easy to globally adjust the colours (useful for colour correction). Finally, I like that, even if you play with the highlights, the tool does not modify whatsoever the pure white backgrounds of your image.

 

Hue/Saturation Layer

This tool is probably the most powerful on this list. It enables you to significantly alter each colour group by tweaking the three colour parameters: Hue, Lightness and Saturation. You can also change those settings for the whole image or give a particular feel to you shot with the Colorize checkbox. It is super easy to add pop to a particular colour group using the dragging hand. Just click the little hand icon besides the box where you can choose to colour you want to affect. Then, just head over the area of the photo that you want to add saturation to and drag to the right. Moving your cursor to the left will reduce the saturation of that colour group. This is a godsend that helps you quickly get super accurate and precise colouring. In addition to all this, you can also save presets.

 

Dodge/Burn Too

If you only want to tweak the lightness part of a colour but do it in a selective way, I recommend you use the Dodge and Burn technique. Taking it’s name from the olden days film method of increasing (Dodge) and reducing (Burn) the light level of an image’s area, it is one of the most effective ways to add charism and definition to your photo. By darkening shadows and lighting up highlights you can add contrast in a very controllable way. You can also use it in the opposite way to correct your image’s light levels. The built-in Dodge and Burn tools work well enough but I have made freely available a Photoshop action that takes care of setting up an overlay layer filled with 50% neutral grey. You only need to use your black and white brushes to act as the Burn and Dodge tools, respectively. My technique offers more control in a less destructive way. More details and download links are available on my blog.

Those three tools are what I use on almost all of my product and still life photographs. They help me easily control my colours. What tool do you prefer? Why? Let your mind speak in the comments below!

Cheers,

Tristan

 

How to Batch Process Images in Photoshop

Sometimes, when you are working on the computer, you find yourself in the scenario where you have a bunch of images that you have to apply the same processing to. You might have to shrink them down to a particular size, convert them to B&W or to sRGB, bump their saturation, etc…. The list is endless. Fortunately, Photoshop has a way to apply the exact same processing to an enormous list of photos. Here’s how.

 

First, make sure that all of your files are in the same folder. This is required. Then, fire up the software and go up to File > Automate > Image Processor. The first step there is to select the folder where your files are located. After that, you need to select the destination folder where they will be saved. Photoshop makes a new file for each of the images. Then, the file type has to be chosen. Most of the time, I go with JPEG at maximum quality and I enable the conversion to the sRGB colour space. I also often choose to size the images down. Finally, and this is the most important step, you have to choose the action you want the software to perform on each photo. You can even add Copyright info. I often put my name there, just to let people know that this is my file. Then, you can hit “Run” and let the program do its thing. It’s quite satisfying to see it chew through your data in such an orchestrated manner!

You can now navigate to your folder and you should have your newly batch processed images!

 

This is a new trick that Photoshop has under its sleeves. It comes in very handy sometimes.

 

How did you used to batch process your image? Let us know below in the comments section!

 

Cheers,

 

Tristan

 

Yet Another Tip to Speed Up Your Workflow in Photoshop

Who doesn’t like a good and quick Photoshop tip? Today’s is designed to help you paint masks.

You know when you are painting a layer mask for an adjustment layer or to hide parts of a layer, you often have to switch between black and white. Well, no longer do you have to manually click on the small arrow in the tools panel. You can press the X key on your keyboard to switch the foreground and background colour that you’re painting with!

Since we’re at it, you can also change the opacity of the brush in a snap by pressing on a number on your keypad. This number represents the first digit of the opacity value. For example, pressing on 6 will the brush’s opacity to 60%. Also, pressing two number in a rapid succession will change the opacity. For example, smashing down 4 and then 3 right after will set the brush’s transparency to 43%.

Those two tips will save you a ton of time and will improve your workflow for sure! What small Photoshop tricks do you enjoy using? Share it with us below!

Cheers,

Tristan

 

 

Quick Tip: Effortlessly Visualize your Selection in Photoshop

One of the actions that you perform a lot in Photoshop is making selections of things. It may be to selectively add an effect or to cut something out of its background or even for another purpose. What’s more is that you often desire to blur a selection in order to work with smoother edges.

Well, a super easy way to see exactly what you have selected is to press on the “Q” key while having a selection. This will put a red overlay over everything that is not selected. From there, you can easily add a blur by going up to Filter, down to Blur and choose Gaussian Blur. Here’s a GIF of the action in question.

I really like this trick as it makes it dead easy to perfectly visualize your selection. Pretty cool.

What tricks do you employ in order to make your selection work easier inside of Photoshop? Share it with us below!

Cheers,

Tristan