Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


PHOTOSHOP 2015.5 – Big Changes

If you just updated photoshop to the new version via creative cloud which is Photoshop 2015.5, there are some big changes especially as it relates to Refine Edge and Masking.  I’m just now starting to review these changes and naturally it’s slowed me down a bit.  I’m sure I’ll get used to them eventually lol.

Here’s an article that explains the changes and how to modify your preferences.  Also the video below explains the major changes.  To go right to the changes related to masking, skip to 13:56.

Change is always difficult and it annoyed me that I had to learn something else but seems it’s the way of the world these days!




One Photo Focus – March 2016

For those of you who don’t know this challenge, it consists of everyone editing the same photo taken by one person.  Below you’ll find my image as well as the original image provided by Nancy Merrill.  Thanks much to Nancy for this image!  Please do check out Stacy’s blog when you have time to see everyone’s submissions.  It’s always fun to see everyone’s edits!

Lately I’ve seen a lot of photos superimposed on car sideview mirrors, so I thought I’d go with it.  I happened to have a photo taken on my iPhone while sitting in my car, but with cherry trees in the mirror, so I superimposed Nancy’s photo into the mirror.

Basic Process (it’s so simple it’s embarrassing):

  • Opened my iPhone photo in Photoshop.
  • Masked out the image in the mirror where the cherry trees were.
  • Added a layer underneath containing Nancy’s image.
  • Added some colorization on the entire thing via Nik Color Efex.
  • Voila!


One Photo Focus - March

Original by Nancy Merrill