At the recent Boston Creative Pro User Group (formerly Final Cut Pro User Group) meet, editor Ben Consoli showed off his work flow for multicam edits in Final Cut Pro X. Consoli jumped on the FCP X bandwagon early on and has since moved his entire studio to FCP X exclusively. [Read more…]
Anyone who said Adobe would rest on its laurels with updating its software now that it is subscription only may have a change of heart after seeing how Adobe has already updated Premiere Pro CC. The new update adds 25 new features – several of which I can see speeding up my own workflow.
The first one is a big helper: “create a unique title by duplicating a sequence title.”
Previously, when you alt-drag to copy (a feature introduced in CS6) a title clip in a sequence, it would just duplicate that instance of the title. And, if you made changes to the title, it affected the original clip as well (b/c it’s a duplication of that title clip). Now, if you alt-drag to copy a title clip in a sequence, you get a brand new title clip that you can edit independently of the clip you just copied.
It saves a few mouse clicks for each duplication. And those mouse clicks add up over the course of editing a sequence. I’m pretty happy about this one.
Dragging clips to the source monitor from Finder is another cool one.
The update is available through the Creative Cloud app manager.
Check out the full list of new features below. [Read more…]
Glyn Dewis put together a solid tutorial on his post production of a sports scene, for which he created a grungy feel. Dewis uses a combination of Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz Detail and Topaz Clarity to achieve this look. Additionally, he shows alternative methods to get effects from third-party plug-ins with only Photoshop.
If you have ever tried to use Smart Sharpen in Photoshop, you have undoubtedly encountered the noise problems it creates. The adaptive sharpening technology in Photoshop CC minimizes noise and halo effects for much better sharpening from a tool that was previously unusable for many circumstances.
Check out the short video below for a demo of Smart Sharpen in Photoshop CC. [Read more…]
Watch this short, 60-second video to learn how to use a simple blend mode edit in Photoshop Elements to make colors pop on a washed out photo.
For a sub-$100 program, Photoshop Elements 11 has more editing power than many amateurs will ever use. If you are put off by the thought of “renting” the full version of Photoshop through Adobe’s recent Creative Cloud move, consider if Elements is enough for you at this minimal expense for a perpetual license.
- Tap the “V” key to toggle the visibility of the spot overlays.
- Shift -drag constrains the brush spot to a horizontal or vertical stroke.
- Shift -click connects the selected spot with the new spot via a straight brush stroke.
- Command -drag (Mac) | Control -drag (Win) will create a circle spot and allow you to drag to define the source.
- Tap the Forward Slash key (/) to select new source for existing circle or brush spot.
- Press Delete to delete a selected spot.
- Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) on a spot to delete it (the cursor will change to a pair of scissors).
- Option -drag (Mac) | Alt -drag (Win) in the image area over multiple spots to batch-delete (the icon changes to a marquee while dragging.
- Tap the “Y” key to toggle on/off Visualize spots. Note – this is also available as a checkbox and slider in Toolbar.
She walks through the Spot Removal Tool, as well as several other new features in Photoshop CC, in the video below. [Read more…]
onOne Software has just released Perfect Photo Suite 7.5. There are three editions:
- For Lightroom & Aperture
Perfect Photo Suite 7.5 includes the following applications:
- Perfect Effects 4
- Perfect B&W
- Perfect Portrait 2
- Perfect Layers 3
- Perfect Resize 7.5
- Perfect Mask 5.2
- FocalPoint 2
onOne Software offers support for Aperture 2.1 and 3, Photoshop CS6, CS5 and CS4, Lightroom 5, 4, 3, 2 and Photoshop CC. All versions are also capable of working as a standalone application.
The updates in Perfect Photo Suite 7.5 are noted in the breakdown from onOne Software below: [Read more…]
Dashwood Editor Essentials is a set of utility plugins for Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Motion and After Effects. The plugins can repair footage or do tasks that would normally require a lot of time and effort. Check out the video below for a closer look at the various tools.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6l25VX2fsY&w=640&h=360]
Dashwood Editor Essentials is available from Noise Industries for $49. More details here on Noise Industries website.
Topaz Labs has updated B&W Effects 2 to version 2.1. New features in version 2.1 include the following:
- A Zone System: Allows users to identify various zones in their images as well as observe the changes in zones as exposure and other adjustments are made.This is not an adjustment tool, but a visual aid.
- Borders: Prior versions of B&W Effects only had a choice of 2 borders: Solid Black or Solid White. This version adds many more options!
- Tone Quicktools: Similar to the Color Filter buttons, quicktools have been added for Silver and Paper toning for: Selenium, Cyanotype (Gold/Blue), Copper (Red), Sepia and Antique Dye
- Apply Button: This feature allows a user to apply changes without having to exit the program. Multiple presets can be applied one on top of another and so forth.
- Language Support: B&W v2.1 supports Spanish, French, German, (Brazilian) Portugese, Japanese and Chinese (Simplified and Taiwanese). If your machine has one of these languages set in the region/language settings, the UI will be rendered in that language.
The upgrade is free for existing users and is available at a discount through April 21, 2013. Use the coupon code bw21 to get 30% off Topaz B&W Effects 2 or the complete bundle on Topaz Labs’ website.