I’m Back & February is Gonna Be A Blast!

Hi all! Whew! Its been a while huh? Well, not really :-) It’s only been a month since I’ve been in here coaching. But I’m happy to announce that I’m your new guest coach for the month of February.

ON1 Plus started as “12 Months with Matt” 2 years ago when I used to work for ON1 full time. Then, last year, we rolled it into ON1 Plus and this website was born. It’s really cool to see where the community has come since then, and I’m happy to be back with you guys for the next four weeks. And even though I don’t work for ON1 anymore, I still use/teach the apps, and I’ve got some cool stuff planned for February.

The main thing I wanted to cover this month was Layers. Raw edits are great, but there’s going to be times where you need to work with multiple images and layers are the key for that. In fact, even if you don’t ever go into the “official” Layers app in ON1, you use layers all the time when you use Filters in Effects or even (in a way) the Local Adjustments in Develop.

I won’t take up much more of your time other than to say Hi again. And to also let you know that Hudson and I will be doing another Reverse Photo Challenge. If you didn’t see last years, it was a blast, and we got a ton of great feedback on it. The new challenge survey is open now go vote! And of course, Hudson will be joining me for the monthly photo critiques, and I’ll have a live Q&A Febuary 22nd, register now.

I’m really looking forward to hanging out with you guys over the next month. Take care and let me know if you have any questions.

PS: I know I used a few “Hudson and I” or “Hudson and me” phrases here. If they’re grammatically incorrect in any way, I take full responsibility and kindly ask that you resist your urge to point it out. Instead, just ask photography/editing related questions. Remember… the wise man’s proverb from the days of yore: “If you correct people’s grammar, just remember that nobody likes you” :-)

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26 comments on “I’m Back & February is Gonna Be A Blast!”

  1. On February 2, 2017 at 1:44 pm Anastasios Konstantinidis wrote:

    Great to have you back Matt! It sounds very exciting to learn more about the layers module. I would love it if you could show an example of replacing the sky (especially in difficult places like between tree-branches). Is there a trick of making the blending look more natural?

    1. On February 3, 2017 at 9:19 am mattkloskowski replied:

      Hi. Honestly, the real skill in replacing skies is picking the right photos. You can’t take a gloomy day and make it sunny. Once you have the right two photos to start with, pulling it off is hugely easier. But we’ll talk about that as the month goes on :-)

  2. On February 2, 2017 at 5:46 pm Bob Miller wrote:

    Looking forward to a wonderful month Matt! And like Anastasios, I too am looking forward to a deep probe into Layers!!

    Bob

  3. On February 2, 2017 at 6:52 pm Domenic Arrotta wrote:

    Welcome Matt, always so inspirational to have your positive and fun attitude to share your kindness, knowledge and inspiration with everyone.

    Look forward to your month with the Awesome ON1.

    Have a great day and year.

    Domenic

  4. On February 2, 2017 at 7:57 pm Adam Rubinstein wrote:

    Hi Matt, and we’re looking forward to hearing more of your insights and expertise. The focus on layers integration with the RAW workflow is a particularly useful topic.

  5. On February 3, 2017 at 1:17 am Heike wrote:

    Welcome back, Matt, great to have you here again, excellent education, snarky comments and all :-)
    Look forward to a month of layers, and as always when you teach there will be much more to pick up from your tutorials.

  6. On February 3, 2017 at 1:24 am James Whyte wrote:

    Hello and welcome return Looking forward to the layers tutorials. More learning ready to be absorbed ;-)

  7. On February 3, 2017 at 2:49 pm Jean-Claude Guillen wrote:

    Hi Matt,
    I joined ON1 Plus at the end of last year, but I have already learned quite a few things from some of your previous ON1 tutorials.
    I am really excited to hearing your expertise on layers -and on Layers too ;) -, and from what I have already seen, I am pretty sure that it’s gonna be happy and successful learning !

  8. On February 5, 2017 at 5:34 am David Wilson wrote:

    Hey Matt,
    So good to hear you’re back, I wish it was a permanent gig, you do a spectacular job of it.
    You should let us know where you are the rest of the year so we can keep tabs on you. Your energy and teaching delivery is the best.

    I had bought Photo 9, then 9.5 and even 10 but for some reason I either never had the time to dive in or the departure from PS to this different sort of platform just didn’t jive for me. But when RAW arrived, it caught my attention and now I’m soaking up all I can learn to get a handle on ON1 and this set of apps. So far, I’m really enjoying it but being a long long time PS user, it’s still a departure from what I’m used to. With that said, I think getting a solid insight into dealing with layers within PhotoRAW will make a big difference. Naturally, it’s all very similar in how layers interact, but working inside a non-destructive workflow and the way that masks work in RAW is where I need a few insights. If you could do some comparisons between PS and ON1-layers, that would be beneficial.
    Regardless of that, it’s great to hear you’ve stepping in for a month (I wish it was longer) and looking forward to your teaching, great energy and valued insights. Cheers brother!

    1. On February 5, 2017 at 12:35 pm mattkloskowski replied:

      Hi David – You can find me over on my website at mattk.com
      I send out emails to my community about every 2 weeks recapping what I’ve done and where I am: http://mattk.com/follow/

      I wrote an interesting workflow article a couple weeks ago: http://mattk.com/state-post-processing-photo-editing-2017/

      And if you’re in to PS, I have a big Photoshop course coming up in early March. Best thing to do is sign up to follow here: http://mattk.com/follow/

      You’ll get emails about what’s going on. Thanks so much! :-)

  9. On February 5, 2017 at 6:45 am Loretta Franklin wrote:

    Hi Matt, Glad to see you’re back here for a time. I’m looking forward to your layers tutorials!

  10. On February 5, 2017 at 6:52 am Jennifer Stepanski wrote:

    Hi Matt,

    One of my favorite Ps tutorial books is your book on Layers so I am eagerly awaiting your month of coaching.

    The beauty of On1 Raw is that it is quite intuitive to use and it is capable of really creative editing. But currently I’m rooted in Ps and there are enough differences between the two types of software that it can be frustrating to use – the learning curve is slowing down my processing time. I really love what On1 Raw has to offer, and I’m excited to delve further into it. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to your tutorials!

  11. On February 5, 2017 at 8:38 am Raj Patel wrote:

    Welcome back Matt,
    Great to hear you will be focusing on layers. That is the one thing I miss from Photoshop in Lightroom. And the one thing I am not all that comfortable in using in PhotoRaw.Can you teach it in a way that will help Photoshop users will be able to take advantage of?
    thanks
    -raj

  12. On February 5, 2017 at 8:40 am arleen.mcdaniel@gmail.com wrote:

    Really glad you are going to be working with layers, I am not very good at it, So will be glad that some of the things will be explained. I thank you for the time and effort that that you are taking to help us all out.

  13. On February 5, 2017 at 9:02 am Alan Brunelle wrote:

    Aw, when I first started reading this I thought “Cool! Matt & Hudson are going to show us their best east-coast/west-coast 5-layer dip recipe for Super Bowl Sunday!” Then I remembered that neither of you probably care about the Super Bowl – seeing as your local teams aren’t in it. It’s tough being a Patriots fan and having to lose all those extra weekend days rooting for the team in playoff games rather than out getting photographs. ;-) Glad to have you back on the clock Matt – you are a great educator and I never fail to learn something from your lessons. Looking forward to the next few weeks. Best regards, Alan

  14. On February 5, 2017 at 9:12 am Alf M. Ellingsen wrote:

    Welcome back Matt,

    will we find you as instructor at lynda.com with your On Photo 10, On1 Photo RAW 2017, and LR courses? My Company (21000 employes) tried Kelbyone twice at my recommendation, mostly because of your eminent LR courses, but IT department finaly gave in on Kelbyone since the lessons never stoped randomly buffering . We never got any problem with Lynda.com what so ever.

  15. On February 5, 2017 at 10:13 am William Moss wrote:

    Matt,

    You seem a little thinned skinned re your grammar issue, so am I.

    If it helps use what I use. A very kind and wise man once told me that ‘Everyone is ignorant of something. No one knows it all. It is a mark of a good man when they know someone is in error but refrain from conveying that ignorance in public and instead help guide that person along their way in a much more private setting’. We would all be better off if we practiced a little more kindness and respect for others.

    And if that doesn’t help – remember. If they are so d___ smart they wouldn’t need you to teach then how to use the software they bought (without knowing how to use it) or how to perfect their camera skills.

    Welcome back!

    Bill

  16. On February 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm Dennis Golombek wrote:

    OK finished your Ultimate LR class and am looking forward to Layers here in ON1.

    Dennis

  17. On February 5, 2017 at 1:02 pm evelyn young wrote:

    Hi Matt. Welcome back. I’m sure I speak for the on1 community when I say that we missed you. just remember, if we wanted grammar lessons, we would have joined a book club and not the on1 plus group. So you go guy. I’m looking forward to your month with us.

  18. On February 6, 2017 at 3:26 am John Woodman wrote:

    Very pleased to hear you are covering layers. By far the least intuitive part of ON1 for me. As a never-PS user – a PS avoider in fact – I have tried and failed several times in the past to get my head around layers. Most teachers take it for granted that you are on board with all sorts of stuff from PS. So – looking forward to hearing from you. You have taught me so much in the past. No pressure, then.

  19. On February 8, 2017 at 11:30 am LYNN B wrote:

    ‘Glad to have you back, Matt! Your input always teaches and encourages. –I also think you and Hudson make a great comedy pair! (That’s a compliment!) You keep things laid back, but organized at the same time.

  20. On February 9, 2017 at 8:26 am Eric Dreczko wrote:

    I find it interesting that my prior comment has been removed.
    You know… the one where I responded to your “If you correct people’s grammar, just remember that nobody likes you” and state that it seems very unprofessional.

    If you feel the need to censor comments, you COULD just refund my subscription and I will remove ON1 products from my machine.

  21. On February 14, 2017 at 9:25 pm caroline jackson wrote:

    Back in the saddle here, and I’m looking forward to your layers training. I always need refreshers.

    Is there a link to the photo critique for January? I must have missed it…

    Caroline J

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