Features and Essays



Photoshop CC 2018 Color Management

I published my last essay on Photoshop Color Management a few months after the release of CS6 (V.13) in 2012. So, here we are in April 2018 and Photoshop is now at version 19. Given the passage of time you'd be forgiven for thinking that much would have changed. However, with the exception of the UI, Color management in Photoshop is largely unchanged. As such, this essay is, for the most part, simply an update of earlier versions rather than a rewrite.

Similar tutorials for earlier versions of Photoshop can be accessed from below link

Photoshop CS6 Color Management

Photoshop CS5 Color Management

Photoshop CS4 Color Management

Photoshop CS3 - Color Management

Photoshop CS2 - Color Management

Photoshop CS - Color Management

Photoshop 7 - Color Management

Photoshop 6 - Color Management

Color Management in Photoshop 5


Photoshop CS3 - Print with Color with Color Management

This provides guidance on how to configure the Photoshop CS3 print dialog. I've also included information on the new Epson 3800 Mac OS X driver for Leopard.

Similar tutorials for earlier versions of Photoshop can be accessed from below link

Photoshop CS2 - Print with Color Management

Photoshop CS - Printer Color Management

Basic Printing in Photoshop 6 for Mac Users

Basic Printing in Photoshop 6 for Windows PC Users

Photoshop 6 - Advanced Printing


Adobe Lightroom - Recover Deleted Photos

Recovery of ‘accidentally’ deleted photos, which includes entire photo libraries, has been a long standing request (demand?) from customers since the early days of the mobile ecosystem. All applications within the Lightroom cloud-centric ecosystem now have a folder called ‘Deleted’ from which photos can be recovered.


LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast Tutorials

"LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast" is undoubtedly one of the best scanner software applications available. As scanner software goes it includes more features than any single user will likely ever need. Nevertheless, and good as they may be, these features tend to be complex and not always well explained in the accompanying documentation. Hopefully this series of essays/tutorials will help users better understand the various components that make up this very powerful program.




Adobe Lightroom - Will an SSD Improve Performance?

The question as to whether using a Solid State Drive (SSD) will help Lightroom performance is one that I regularly see in my Inbox. This essay discusses the aspects of Lightroom that can improved by an SSD along with those where the improvement is only marginal.



Lens Profiles for Lightroom 3 and Camera Raw 6.1+

Judging by my website statistics and recent email correspondence from readers of my Lightroom 3 Feature Review there is a lot of interest in lens profiles. It has also become apparent that the Lens Correction Profiles that I had made available are a lot more popular than I expected. This tutorial describes how you can create your own.



Lightroom 2.x Exporting Photos as New Catalog

In general, most Lightroom users will find that one catalog is the most efficient way of managing all of their photos. However, there are occasions when additional catalogs will be helpful. For example, we may wish to separate out a selection of photos into a dedicated catalog that can be taken with you whilst "on the road" or shared with clients. This short tutorial demonstrates the process of exporting photos to a new catalog.

8th June 2010 - The guidance provided in this tutorial is compatible with Lightroom 3 and higher



Printing from Lightroom 2.x with Mac OS X 10.5 and higher

I've updated my Lightroom printing tutorial for Mac OS X users to reflect the Print modules changes introduced with Lightroom 2.x I would  like to post a similar tutorial for Windows users, but the wide variation in drivers means the task is likely to help only a small subset of users. Matters are made worse in that Vista is different from XP.

8th June 2010 - This tutorial has been updated to cover Lightroom 3 and higher



Digitise Your Analog Images

I'm sure that it won't have gone without notice that it's been a few years since I published any material relating to scanning film. Nevertheless, the absence of such material doesn't mean that I don't scan film any longer, I do, but not in the quantities that I once did. It's also fair to say that when I do scan it will be from film that I shot a few years back or even longer. So why am still scanning film?  This linked essay that I wrote last year for LaserSoft Imaging and Epson answers the question. It's a 3.4MB Adobe Acrobat file that discusses some of the benefits of using a high-end flatbed scanner such as the Epson Perfection V750 Photo scanner and LaserSoft SilverFast Ai Studio and HDR Studio.



Lightroom 2.x Keyboard Shortcuts and Modifier Keys

Irrespective of whether you love them or loathe them keyboard shortcuts and modifiers have an important role to play in the Lightroom workflow. Unfortunately, some folk are less than satisfied with some of the functionality that Adobe have provided and are continually looking ways to remove some of the restrictions placed upon them. In this short tutorial I will share some of the tips and tricks that I use to get round the Lightroom keyboard shortcut limitations.



Lightroom 2.x Finding Missing or Moved Photos and Folders

Whether it's simply due to your photo library getting larger or you realise that it's become overly complex there will be occasions when it becomes necessary to reorganise things. Unfortunately, if you're not careful this can lead to photos or even whole folders going missing.

8th June 2010 - The guidance provided in this tutorial is compatible with Lightroom 3 and includes a short explanation as to how to store photos off-line.



Configuring Camera Defaults in Lightroom 2.x

I have updated my tutorial on setting camera default profiles in Lightroom and Camera Raw. The update now includes references to Lightroom 2.0 and Adobe Camera Raw 4.5

8th June 2010 - This tutorial has been updated to cover Lightroom 3 and higher



Apple Display Calibration Utility

Apple users often contact me to ask how they can best calibrate their Cinema Displays or laptops without going to the expenses of a dedicated hardware calibration system. This tutorial describes the process of calibrating an LCD display using the Apple built-in Display Calibrator Assistant Utility.



Printing in Lightroom 1.x (Mac OS X 10.5)

This tutorial is intended to aid Adobe Photoshop Lightroom users who use Epson printers with Mac OSX 10.5 (aka Leopard). It's a tutorial that many pundits, myself included, thought would not be required.



Lightroom 1.x - Locating Missing Files and Folders

From time to time questions arise on the Adobe User to User Lightroom forum that often require a more comprehensive answer than forum participants have time. This tutorial was written to address one such question, but I have since expanded  it to include details of at least one hidden feature.



Lightroom 1.x and Photoshop Color Management

This short tutorial is intended to aid Adobe Lightroom 1.x users achieve a seamless color managed workflow when working with Photoshop.



Lightroom 1.x - Creating a Unitary Library and Managing Off-line Photos

If asked to identify their two most sought after features for Adobe Lightroom I think most users would pick the management of off-line photos and synchronising of laptop/desktop computer libraries. Unfortunately, neither seems likely to be included anytime soon. So, how do we overcome what are very real problems for many photographers?



 IT8 Calibration Targets

This article was written to complement my Optimising the Scanner Response tutorial. It also discusses some of the quality issues surrounding IT8 targets.


Optimising the Scanner Response Curve

Scanner Gamma is sometimes referred to as Scanner Tone Response and most scanner applications will include a facility for altering it.  This tutorial makes extensive use of LaserSoft SilverFast, however, even if you don't use SilverFast I recommend that you read through the tutorial and try applying it to your preferred scanner software.



Adobe Bridge & Camera Raw - Tips and Tricks

This tutorial pulls together a number tips and tricks that I've provided to Bridge users on the Adobe User to User forums.



 Adobe Bridge & Camera Raw - 100% Previews

The original idea for this essay came about following a query raised on the Adobe User to User forums way back in late April 2005. Similar queries have been raised since as has been the answer. Anyway, I decided that it was time to convert a quickly typed response into a proper tutorial.



Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw - Keyboard Shortcuts

This article originally was published on Photoshop News.com is now available on this site as are updated versions of the PDF files that accompanied the article. The updated PDF's include revised and new shortcuts added by Adobe as part of the version 1.02 update released in July 2005.



Photoshop CS - Working with the File Browser

When Photoshop CS was first introduced many experts sung the praise of the updated File Browser. Unfortunately using it in the real world is somewhat less intuitive than claimed. Furthermore, many users have found that the performance of Photoshop can be greatly effected by the way the new File Browser preferences have been configured. This tutorial should help explain many of those areas causing greatest confusion.





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