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Mike Hoffman

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]

Lightroom’s Filename Template Editor

July 16, 2013

There are various places within Lightroom where you can rename files - during import, during export, and within the Library module. But, in each case, Lightroom offers a Filename Template with a powerful editor. Understanding the capabilities of the Filename templates is the key to unlocking tremendous flexibility in renaming your image files. [More]

Layer Comps in Photoshop

February 5, 2013

The Layer Comps feature in Photoshop allows you to create and save a variety of different compositions within a single file, and switch back and forth between the layouts quickly and easily. You can even save all your comps automatically to a group of files. [More]

Tag Your Images–Keywords in Lightroom

March 15, 2011

Today’s tip is one that grew in the telling. When I sat down to create today’s tutorial, I had originally intended to discuss Collections in Lightroom, as a great way to organize your images. [More]

Exporting multiple files with Image Processor

February 15, 2011

Sometimes tried-and-true methods are very efficient at getting the job done, and the Image Processor script (which has been around for quite some time) is one of those old standby tools. When you [More]

Capturing Details with Refine Mask

January 18, 2011

Last week on TipSquirrel, I introduced the Masks Panel, and today we’re going to take a closer look at an old feature that is new again with CS5. A few versions ago, Adobe introduce the Refine Edge [More]

Using the Photoshop Masks Panel

January 11, 2011

In the past several tips I’ve explored ever more deeply into the art of creating selections. Of course, one of the primary uses of selections is to create a mask, in order to non-destructively hide [More]

Selecting with Color Range

January 4, 2011

One of the most powerful and useful tools for creating a selection in Photoshop is also the most often ignored and the least understood. In fact, it generally isn’t even regarded as a tool at all, [More]

When Selections Define Your Image

December 21, 2010

Over the past few weeks, I’ve discussed various basics of creating and selecting areas of your image, and today, we’ll have a bit of fun with it – to give you an idea of the power that is at [More]

Photoshop Selection Techniques

December 7, 2010

In last week’s tip, I presented some Selection Basics in Photoshop that were intended to get you thinking about selections in new ways and with a better understanding of what was happening. In [More]

Day into Night with Photoshop

November 10, 2010

  Here’s a fun effect and a way to change perspective on reality… using Photoshop adjustments to turn day into night. The difference is mostly a matter of temperature and illumination, after [More]

Zoomify your Panoramas in Photoshop

November 1, 2010

Over the past few version updates, Adobe has given us a Photoshop capable of creating some magnificent large images using the Merge to Panorama feature. Creating these images can give you quite a [More]

Jack-O-Lantern in 3D (Part 2)

October 26, 2010

Last week on TipSquirrel, I started a project to create a 3D scene of a Jack-O-Lantern, together with some spooky text. This week, as promised, we will finish this project by adding some light [More]

Jack-O-Lantern in 3D (Part 1)

October 19, 2010

Almost exactly one year ago, I posted my first tutorial on TipSquirrel – carving a Jack-O-Lantern using layer styles. And, since it is that time of the year once again, I thought it would be a good [More]
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