The Maximum and Minimum filters Filter > Other are useful for modifying masks.
- The Maximum Filter has the effect of applying a spread (dialation) – Spreading out the white and choking in the blacks.
- The Minimum Filter has the effect of applying a choke (erosion) – spreading out the black and shrinking the white.
It works really well on non-masks as well, and, with Photoshop CC 2014 and the option to choose squareness/roundness, the maximum filter is really good at simulating some nice soft camera bokeh,
Of course, it goes without saying that Photosho’s Camera Raw module runs on the same engine as Lightroom… so these features are in Lightroom as well.
- Upright will automatically correct the image to set verticals and horizontals to be straight
- Radial filter is a … radial filter
Preferences > File Handling > File Compatibility section > Camera Raw Preferences >
Options for JPG and Tiff handling. For those times that you want to process JPGs and TIFFs with Camera Raw settings as just plain JPGs
- Disable JPEG Support – Camera Raw dialog box does not open
- Automatically opens JPEG Settings – Camera Raw Dialog box opens if the JPG has been processed with Camera Raw before
- Automatically open all supported JPEGs – Camera Raw dialog box opens for all jpg files.
You can now use Camera RAW as a regular filter. You no longer have to open your JPEGs as camera raw if you just want to use some of Camera RAW’s settings and sliders. Go to Filter > Camera RAW. This also means you can apply Camera raw beyond traditional image types, and use it on PNGs, videos, and more. Cool Beans!
Live Shapes are all the rage these days. “Live” in this case, primarily means the ability to easily change corner radius and potentially shapes. In Photoshop, working with vector shapes have always been kind of awkward. It’s a forced evolution from Paths to Vector Masks to Shape layers, and it’s a bit of a stretch. The whole thing with live shapes seems to be that it can easily be translated to CSS.
Just like Illustrator, Live Shapes really places emphasis on Rectangles and Rounded Rectangles (really there is no difference anymore). In Photoshop, Live Shapes Properties are displayed in the Properties Panel when a shape is selected. A few things to note
- There is basically no difference between rectangle and rounded rectangle
- Ovals don’t get radius options (duh) but you still get to set stroke options
- Polygon, line and custom shapes don’t have any options at all. They are NOT smart.
Related: See our post on Illustrator Live Shapes here. https://tinytutorials.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/illustrator-cc-2014-live-rectangles-and-rounded-rectangles/