Conrad Chavez

Conrad writes books, articles, and training materials with a focus on digital imaging using Adobe Creative Cloud tools. He is the author of books such as Real World Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers (Peachpit), and is also a fine art photographer. You can find out more about Conrad at his web site,
  • Features: Written by Conrad Chavez on August 20, 2014
    What's the difference between the Basic Tone controls and the Tone Curve in Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw? While many believe they are the same, a close look reveals that they affect your images in subtle but important ways.
  • Features: Written by Conrad Chavez on July 21, 2014
    In photography, blurring the background is often desirable because it helps draw attention to the subject. Some digital compact cameras now have features that help you use traditional background blurring techniques which in the past would have required an SLR camera.
  • Features: Written by Conrad Chavez on June 9, 2014
    You can save time reformatting text you import into applications like Word and InDesign, and prevent unwanted styles from appearing in your documents, by taking advantage of features that automatically adapt text styles to match the current document.
  • Features: Written by Conrad Chavez on May 13, 2014
    How can one Photoshop image grow and shrink dramatically during production, even without compression? The answer could save you a lot of storage space on your hard drive or in the cloud.
  • Features: Written by Conrad Chavez on April 29, 2014
    The debut of Lightroom Mobile on the iPad naturally brings high expectations: Can this new app help a tablet replace a laptop in a raw photo workflow, and how well do photographers' favorite features of the desktop version of Lightroom translate to the Apple iPad?
  • Features: Written by Conrad Chavez on April 14, 2014
    Adobe Photoshop CC offers many tools for adding and correcting distortions. You can save a lot of time and effort (and get the results you want) by knowing how to choose the right distortion tool for the job.
  • Features: Written by Conrad Chavez on January 15, 2014
    The file filtering features in Adobe Bridge and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom can save you lots of production time by helping you quickly target files you need to work on, and tracking your progress.
  • Features: Written by Conrad Chavez on October 9, 2013
    How to use your domain name and subdomains to build up a unified online presence as you extend the reach of your creative business online.
  • Features: Written by Conrad Chavez on April 23, 2013
    Conrad Chavez shows you how to find the best photo hosting website for your work by considering the purpose of your photography, your budget, and your design requirements, and your workflow.
  • Features: Written by Conrad Chavez on April 10, 2013

    Digitizing an archive of film images can be a time-consuming process. Instead of opening hundreds of individual scans in Photoshop, things will go much faster if you use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw with Adobe Bridge. Their streamlined workflows and ability to edit TIFF and JPEG files can accelerate the process of importing, editing, and organizing incoming scans.

    This article assumes that you have some experience using Lightroom 4 or Adobe Camera Raw 7. What you’ve learned editing digital camera images in these applications will help you with film scans too.