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Articles by Michael Hoffman

About Michael Hoffman (224 Articles)
Mike has been a photographer, artist, educator, and technophile for most of his life. Early in his career, he created technical illustrations and photographs for electronic equipment manufacturers, and taught classes in computer aided drafting and 3D modeling software. When digital cameras became widely available in the late 1990s, the move was a natural one, and has led to a happy combination of technology, software, photography and art. Mike is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Acrobat, and is well versed in Lightroom and Photoshop Elements, as well as Illustrator and InDesign. He has also contributed his time and efforts to the excellent work being done by Operation Photo Rescue, in restoring photographs damaged by natural disasters. As an active member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, he continues his quest for excellence in art, excellence in design, and excellence in education.

Lightroom Radial Filter Lighting Effects

November 2, 2015

The Radial Filter in Lightroom has been around for the past few versions, and as a local adjustment, it seems straightforward. Click and drag a circular area, and you can create a vignette – and the vignette doesn’t have to be centered in the image. However, the Radial Filter has a much broader capability as a creative tool. With its soft edges and configurable effects, you can create a variety of lighting effects. In this video, we take day to night and add some dramatic spotlight effects using the Radial Filter in Lightroom. [More]

Vintage Portrait Effect with Photoshop

April 21, 2015

In this video, what's old is new. We'll look at the restoration process in reverse! We'll take a modern image, and explore ways to simulate the vintage look of vintage photographs. While there are plug-ins that can do some of this work for you, I rather like the hand-crafted, unique results that you get when you experiment with different effects and techniques, and that's exactly what we'll do here. [More]

Searching and Filtering Tricks in Lightroom 5

January 27, 2015

Lightroom 5 offers quite a few ways to make searching and filtering your images easy. In this video, we’ll take a look at a few of the hidden tools to make locating your images easier. Do you want to locate just your videos? All the PSD files in a folder? Any virtual copies in a given folder or folders? These searching and filtering tricks will help you learn how to use the Filter Bar in Lightroom 5 to your best advantage. [More]

Edit Multiple Photos in Lightroom

September 16, 2014

Often, when we’re working in Lightroom, we have groups of similar images that need similar adjustments. We can step through the images, making the same adjustments over and over. We can also use presets to make this faster. But for applying the same adjustments to a series of images, we can edit multiple photos in Lightroom directly from within the Develop module, quickly and easily. [More]

Photoshop CC 2014 Typekit Integration

September 2, 2014

Back in April, Adobe announced that they were making the Typekit font product available to all users of the Creative Suite, at all subscriptions levels. This is a fantastic benefit for users of Photoshop within the Creative Cloud environment, and at that time, I put together a short how-to guide for using Typekit with your Creative Cloud subscription. Fast forward, and now Photoshop CC 2014 includes some very nice integration with Typekit. As a Creative Cloud member, you have access to a vast trove of excellent fonts for desktop use. In this tutorial, we’ll look at some of the new features for Photoshop CC 2014 Typekit integration – font management tools that make things a whole lot easier. [More]

Lightroom and Photoshop – Creating Panoramas

August 19, 2014

Once you have the images imported into Lightroom, you can send them directly into Photoshop from Lightroom with a click of a menu; it’s easy. And the advantage here is that once you save from Photoshop, your newly created panoramic image is imported automatically back into Lightroom’s catalog. Lightroom and Photoshop cooperate well together in many ways! [More]

Lightroom and Photoshop – Lens Corrections

August 5, 2014

Lightroom and Photoshop can work together in powerful ways, and each seems to have strengths where the other has weaknesses. Lightroom has a powerful new feature called “Upright,” found in the Lens Corrections panel of the Develop Module. This feature was a welcome addition in version 5, and it makes very quick work of a variety of perspective problems. Sometimes, especially with very wide angle shots, Upright doesn’t quite do the job, and we need to bring out the big guns. [More]

Lightroom Additional External Editors

July 15, 2014

In this video, we’ll examine how to choose additional external editors, how to configure presets additional external editors, and how to set up Lightroom to quick-launch a photo with any of the additional external editors that you desire. [More]

Lightroom and Photoshop – Smart Editing

July 8, 2014

When you make adjustments to your raw files in Lightroom, you have the flexibility and the power of non-destructive edits – and unlimited undo steps. But, when you edit in Photoshop, the changes are written into the pixels and the result is a raster layer, ready for editing. However, Lightroom and Photoshop have another editing path available – one that preserves the raw data during the handoff, and maintains the non-destructive flexibility. Lightroom and Photoshop are made to work together, and there is more than one way to move files between them. In this video, we will examine the workflow in which a raw file in Lightroom is sent over to Photoshop as a Smart Object. [More]

Lightroom and Photoshop – Round Trip Editing

July 1, 2014

If you're new to Lightroom, the process of sending images to Photoshop for editing can be confusing. In this video, I review some of the ways of sharing files back and forth between Lightroom and Photoshop, pointing out some key considerations and some traps you'll want to avoid. [More]

Lightroom and Photoshop – Open as Layers

June 10, 2014

Now that Photoshop and Lightroom are available as part of the popular Photoshop Photography program from Adobe, many people are starting to use Lightroom and Photoshop together for the first time. Naturally, that leads to some confusion when it comes to workflow. [More]

Make Lightroom Default Develop Settings ISO Specific

June 4, 2014

You can set Lightroom Default Develop Settings so that certain parameters are automatically applied every time you import an image. But some parameters, like Noise Reduction, require different settings based on the specific ISO setting of that camera. [More]

Wrap a 2D Image onto a 3D Cylinder in Photoshop

May 27, 2014

Today we answer a viewer question from the TipSquirrel mailbag: How do I wrap a 2D image onto a 3D cylinder in Photoshop? For an existing file or JPG image, the solution isn’t difficult, but as with all things Photoshop, there are a number of ways to accomplish this task. [More]
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