September 08, 2011
Shoot and Edit: Week 35 – Back to School…EDIT (Keyboard Shortcuts)
Welcome to the 35th week of Shoot and Edit: Part 2. Click HERE for all the details and upcoming prompts/themes (also including previous editing tutorials). This week’s theme or prompt was to show us one “Back to School” SOOC shot (this was just a suggestion, you can show us any SOOC shot). Hopefully you linked up with Jill’s blog earlier this week.

Each Thursday, I will take my SOOC shot and provide a simple/basic or advanced Photoshop/Photoshop Elements or Lightroom tutorial. You can then try my tutorial on your own photos and link up here – linky will now open EARLY on Thursdays and be open THROUGH SUNDAY. If you’d prefer, can simply share your own edit and show us what you did to achieve the look.

We want this challenge to be a learning experience, so feel free to teach us something new too! Also, it does not matter what editing program you use. Although I tend to work within Adobe CS5 (Photoshop), Photoshop Elements, Adobe Camera Raw and now Lightroom…it does not mean that you have to use the exact same program. I hope you’ll be able to take the concepts and apply them in the program you feel most comfortable using.

This week, I decided to keep it simple…especially since I’m on “blogcation.” Here’s my SOOC again:
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When I shoot these types of shots with my white foam board and flash, my processing typically requires little more than a white balance adjustment…and if I spent just another minute setting up my shot, it probably wouldn’t require that.

But before I share my final edit, I thought you might be interested in a few Photoshop and Lightroom keyboard shortcuts. Yet one more way to speed up your workflow.
Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts by Smashing Magazine
Lightroom users have a lot more shortcuts – didn’t exactly fit in a diagram. I will tell you that a number of the keyboard shortcuts that work for Photoshop do translate…many don’t. Click HERE for a complete list of shortcuts. They are sorted by version. That ought to keep us all busy for a while, right?

Alright, back to my edit – what do you think?  What about that watermark? Although I love the simplicity of my web address, I can’t decide if I prefer my custom watermark (which I love), this version or just ashleysisk.com. I’ll probably stick with my custom one, but I’d already marked these and didn’t feel like redoing it.
Colored Pencils RS
So, to recap our lesson, today I shared some keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop and Lightroom.  Here’s a final look at my before and after:
Colored Pencils CompareFor your edit, I would love to see you continuing using the lessons we’ve covered in the past 34 weeks as well as apply today’s lesson or share something you’ve learned recently. I hope you all have a great Thursday and I look forward to seeing your edits. Next week’s theme is “Night Shots.” Have a great Thursday!
Good to WOW

By the way, don’t forget to add your edited photo to our good to WOW {EDIT} Flickr Group (for those of you that prefer to upload and visit that way). When adding your photos to the group pool, be sure to include the Week #, the Theme and EDIT in the description section. You may upload one photo per week. I also want to point out that we are all here to improve our editing skills. When offering constructive criticism (either on Flickr or within blog comment sections), be sure to point out at least one thing you really like about the edit before offering any advice for improvement.



27 COMMENTS

    Thank you for sharing the short cuts…I use some but there are a few news one’s there! And I love the colored pencils…great edits! But the SOOC looks awesome too!

    Oh wonderful!!! What a helpful guide! That will come in handy for sure. And I love this back to school photo. :)

    I lake it this guide, very interesting, thank you for sharing dear Ashley!
    Beautiful scool shots!

    Have a great weekend:)

    Gorgeous edit!

    I prefer your custom watermark too. It’s so unique.

    I’ve never used any lightroom shortcuts so I’ll have to check those ones out.

    I really like the way you used the flash to whiten the background of the pencils and even though I like your brighter edit Ashley – I’m still lovin that sooc still as I prefer the deeper colour of those coloured pencil tips.

    As for a watermark I prefer your custom one.

    Hope you are enjoying your blog-a-cation.

    Delicious and subtle composition. A beautiful approach, lovely photo.

    Ashley for what its worth – I love your original watermark. If you start using the web address it looks like everyone else who thinks they need to do that for some reason. Sorry, but truly art is supposed to be different and what is it with all the people who say we have to do it all the same with our watermarks. Keep it creative. It is your branding and people know its you – you can always make it smaller, softer or lighter. But please don’t change it :-)

    Love the edit :-) Praying you are having a SUPER blessed trip!
    Love,
    Jill

    I may be super silly but I tried adding your button to my post and it wouldn’t come up said it had a broken “a”. Lovely photo by the way!

    happy blogcation!!! hope you’re soaking up every second. love this clean edit and you know I vote for your custom watermark. it’s awesome!

    I like how you brightened the white in your edit, but the sooc is just as awesome. Thanks for the shortcut lists…. Totally goes with the back to school theme. :)

    And I have to follow the crowd it would seem and encourage you to stick with your custom watermark. :) if you want to freshen it up a bit, sure… But keep what really is you. Now that I have a custom watermark I love, you’ll see me using it instead of my blog name. :)

    Enjoy your time away…. Only a few days left!

    What a wonderful edit! i love how clean it is and the colors of the pencils just pop!! And i love your custom watermark!!

    I can’t help but agree with everyone else!!
    I have been enjoying the guests this week, while missing you as well.
    Thanks for encouraging our creativity!!

    yep I agree love the original watermark.

    Love your edits.

    The original photo was so perfect I didn’t think it needed editing, but you still managed to improve it.

    I’ve been thinking about doing a shot like that but all my pencils are used. Love your angle!

    Love your custom watermark…it’s awesome!!!! I need to participate in these.. argh!!! ;)

    This really is a lovely photo and I would have thought the background was perfectly white before, but the edit is clearly whiter. Really fascinating!

    Love the simplicity of the pencils lined up. Nice edit and I really like your original watermark.

    I was an art teacher in my early days…I love this picture!

    Ah it’s so nice that I’m back on your blog! It just wouldn’t load for me! Love the edited photo! The colours look much cleaner.

    Killer shot! Killer tutorial! You Rock Ashley!!!

    When you use your flash in this set-up, where do you bounce it? Ceiling? This is a great photo, I can see it framed in a playroom or over a desk!

    Great edit. Thanks for the shortcuts. I like your old watermark better.

    Great info, and once again great image! I like your own stylized watermark best!

    Cool shortcuts. I have a similar shot I did sans flash. Actually just added it to etsy. Like the reflection here.

    Perfect processing. I’m glad you kept it simple because the SOOC was so great to begin with! I really need to learn a few more shortcuts. Thanks for sharing.

    Always great info Ashley! You amaze me!


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