Despite the fact that I’ve owned a copy of Adobe Photoshop since the 1990’s, I’ve rarely made a big deal about it in my workshops and presentations. That’s because the cost of ownership presented a huge barrier to amateur photographers. Moreover, Lightroom has become quite powerful in its own right; many users simply find they didn’t need to leave the Lightroom editing environment.
If you’re using Lightroom via the Adobe Photography Plan (Creative Cloud subscription), then you’re getting the complete version of Adobe Photoshop right along with it. If you have access to this powerful tool, you ought to know how to use it (at least in terms of your photos).
There are so many tools in Photoshop that it’s easy to get lost and intimidated. However, there are a few things that Photoshop lets you do that you can’t do in Lightroom, and for certain photos, those tools can be tremendously useful. Read on to see my list of “go-to” tools.
Focus Stacking: Infinite depth of field and maximum sharpness without a tilt-shift lens
Focus-stacking is a technique that macro photographers have used for years to maximize depth of field in close-up images. You can apply the same technique to landscape photos, too. While dedicated focus-stacking software has been around for a long time, this tool is now built-in to Adobe Photoshop CC (you just have to know where to find it). That means if you have the Adobe Photography subscription package, you can start experimenting with focus-stacking right away.
Free Download: Focus Stacking Guide (PDF)
I’ve put together a FREE focus stacking guide (PDF eBook) that you can download for free. Simply add the item to your cart and proceed to free checkout. The file will be delivered to you via email.
My focus stacking guide will show you how to:
Process RAW images in Adobe Lightroom
Merge and mask the stacked images automatically in Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop has some really good color correction tools hidden in the Curves tool, but sometimes they are too strong when you apply them globally. By targeting your color cast adjustments via a luminosity mask, you can fix color casts in specific tone ranges such as shadows, highlights, or midtones.
A powerful way to
adjust images in Adobe Photoshop
What are luminosity masks?
Luminosity masks are grayscale pixel images based on the brightness values in your image. Because they are created from your individual photographs, each mask blends in perfectly and allows for precise tone-based selections. Luminosity masks allow you to adjust brightness, contrast, and color on specific tone ranges in your image without the need for brushes or other selection tools.