There has just been a new Lumenzia update made available today. Existing users need to update this as soon as possible, especially those using the latest iteration of Photoshop CC 2015. The update fixes compatibility errors with the “Combine Tool”.
Anyone who HAS NOT invested a few dollars in LUMENZIA needs to do so – not having it is a fools game!
REMEMBER – Lumenzia is NOT another filter FX set; it’s a tool that helps the uninitiated conquer the fearsome Photoshop skill of Luminosity Masking. It also helps with all sorts of other Photoshop tasks and image improvements.
I’ve been promoting the Lumenzia Photoshop extension for a year now. Over that time it has grown into something that represents even greater value for money than it did in the first place. And it was great VFM then!
Important – if you are reading this post about the new Guided Upright Tool via subscription email PLEASE view it directly on the blog instead.
Yesterday Adobe released updates for Lightroom CC 2015, Lightroom 6 (non CC) and Photoshop CC2015.
These updates reconciled a few bug fixes and added new camera support BUT, Lr CC subscribers got themselves a new tool – yeah!
And what a useful tool it is – the Guided Upright Tool.
Below you’ll see a video of me showing how to deploy the tool, but basically it makes a damn fine job of getting rid of awkward and complex distortions from wide angle lenses that I’ve always had to resort to fixing with the Photoshop Warp Tool.
Firstly, lets take a look at the develop module panel where it lives:
Compared to the old Lens Correction Panel in previous versions of Lightroom:
As you can see from the comparison image at the top of the page, this tool does a fine job of quickly and effectively removing the skewed field curvature from the lighthouse – watch the video below on how I did this – really simple!
You might want to click the YouTube link at the bottom of the video to view at full size.
Something I forgot to stress in the video – you MUST check the ENABLE PROFILE CORRECTIONS in the lens corrections panel in order for the Guided Upright Tool to function.
You can only use a maximum of 4 lines, so choose them wisely!
When you add a third or fourth line you MAY get a warning “ ! Invalid Guide Configuration” – if you do, simply hit the backspace/delete key to remove the line causing the conflict.
Because the resulting correction can result in a major ‘crop’ to the image, you may loose vital pixels and end up with a less than desirable composition.
Fast, effective and a time-saver; giving you the ability to correct for distorted horizontals and vertical at the same time.
I rate this as one of the best tools Adobe have added to Lightroom in ages, though I can’t give it 10/10 because we end up with a cropped image, and as I hinted at earlier, there are ways to do this in Photoshop that maintain ALL the pixels in the image.