The Digital Photo Guy

Monday Morning Tip – 08/03/09

by on Aug.02, 2009, under Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photoshop CS2/4, Photoshop Elements, Webcast, Workshops

Today, we have a video MMT to showcase Focus Magic, a Photoshop and Photoshop Elements (PSE) plugin that makes sharpening a slam-dunk simple process. If you’ve been intimidated by Unsharp Mask (USM) and never quite know what it’s doing or how to make it better, Focus Magic will make life much easier. As always, MMTs require a password that is e-mailed to registered users.

If you’d like to buy a copy of Focus Magic, at a discount, let me know. If enough people sign up, it’s normally $45 but I can get it for $39. If you’re interested, send me an e-mail or leave a comment here. If you’re the impatient sort, you can buy it directly at

FocusMagic is a small part of what you’ll learn in the full 6 week Photoshop Elements webinar. Learn PSE in 6 easy lessons of 1 hour each week for just $99 ($79 Economic Stimulus Special for Sept 9 session). Click here to go to my Workshop page for details.

Quick Tip

In Bridge CS4, you can open any photo directly into Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) by selecting a photo and pressing Ctrl + R (Win) or Cmd + R (Mac). So, what’s the big deal, you ask? If you want to open a JPEG or TIFF in ACR, it’s a big deal. Opening a raw file in ACR is just a double-click (as long as your camera raw is supported) but opening a JPEG has always been more convoluted. You can accomplish the same thing by selecting a file and clicking the Open in Camera Raw icon (below).

Open in Camera Raw Icon
Open in Camera Raw Icon

I picked up this tidbit from Julieanne Kost’s site. Julieanne, as most of you know, is Adobe’s Digital Imaging Evangelist (aka, Goddess of Geek). The specific pdf with the CS4 info is here.

Unfortunately, I haven’t found an equivalent command in Photoshop Elements (PSE) Organizer so PSE users are “up the creek” (a technical term) and must do it the old way. Keep in mind that you must be in PSE Editor to open a JPEG in ACR. Use File->Open As and select Camera RAW (not Photoshop RAW).

To learn why it’s beneficial to process JPEGs in ACR, take my Photoshop Elements class via Webinar. There, you have direct access to me over 6 weeks of class time and 90 additional days of e-mail support. Click here for more details.

San Diego Zoo Photoshoot

On Sunday, August 16, I’m going back to the San Diego Zoo to photograph things that I noticed this past week. I hadn’t been to the zoo in several years and saw many new exhibits that I’d like to photograph now that I have an idea of the conditions. This WILL NOT be a walk through the zoo. I plan to spend 2-3 hours making specific images that I have in mind.
If you’d like to join me, send me an e-mail or leave a comment here. This is not a class but simply an opportunity to practice photography at the zoo.

Registering for My Site

Over the past few months, some readers did not receive confirmation e-mails when registering for my site. The problem was caused by spam prevention techniques used either by the readers’ ISP (Internet Service Provider) or my Mail Server.
I believe the problem has now been corrected. If you received a manual e-mail from me with the password for the registered reader areas, please try again. Registration gets you the password but also gives you advance notice of special offers or events such as the SD Zoo photoshoot. Thanks.
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2 Comments for this entry

  • Lee

    Hi Ellen,
    I need 8 orders to make this work. So far, I have just 2 including you.

    Unlike you, most people just don’t seem to read the details so they probably don’t even know about the offer. Oh well.

  • Ellen

    Nice video, I’d be interested in Focus Magic and if you can get a discount that would be swell. If it’s not too much trouble let me know. Thanks, I’m trying to catch up one your ever helpful MMTs.

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