Lightroom 5.7 – Collaboration Features and the Lightroom Web Interface

If you are not familiar with Lightroom’s web interface, it’s an excellent way to share collections of images with clients and friends so that they can make comments and add “likes” to images. This collaboration process can occur on any device that has web access via a browser (in other words, your clients and friends don’t have to have Lightroom or download any special viewing utility to see the collections that you share with them  – they do however need an Adobe ID).

To view all of your synced collections within a browser, go to lightroom.adobe.com. Or, from within the Lightroom desktop app, choose Help > View Your Synced Collections on the Web.


Click on a collection to view the contents.


Click on an image to view it. When someone else views your image, they will be able to add “comments” and “like” you image (see how to share your Collections below).


To view a collection in the web interface from within the Lightroom desktop app, Control -click (Mac)  |  Right -click (Win) on any synced collection in the Collection panel and choose Lightroom Mobile Link > View on Web.


Synced collections can be public or private (they are private by default). To share your collection, click the Share button at the top-right of the Grid View.


Once you have made a collection public, you can easily copy and share the link as well as choose to Unshare at any time.


Note: since Lightroom mobile is a service, it is available only via membership plans. Lightroom 5 perpetual license does not include access to Lightroom mobile. Click here for the FAQ for Lightroom mobile.

Since I can’t figure out how to add an illustration in the comments, here is a screenshot of the little triangle under the name of a collect. When clicked, it displays the Custom Sort order that was asked about in the comments…


5:21 AM Permalink

Adobe Announces Lightroom 5.7 and Camera Raw 8.7 Update Now Available!

These updates include support for 24 new cameras and 57 new lens profiles, as well as assorted bug fixes (click here to see the entire list).

Lightroom 5.7 now supports the Collaboration and Feedback features found in Lightroom mobile and the Lightroom web interface including the ability to view comments and likes from Lightroom web. More specifically:

  • Synced collections now show a more prominent share button at the top of the Toolbar in the Lightroom desktop app.  This allows you to quickly share your synced collection with friends, family, and clients using Lightroom web (http://lightroom.adobe.com).
  • Comments and likes left on Lightroom web now sync to the Lightroom desktop catalog.  Comments and Likes will be shown in the “Comment” panel for synced collections.
  • Images with comments and likes will display a badge indicating that there are comments and a colored badge to indicate that there are unread comments.
  • Additional details on the new Lightroom 5.7 can be found here.

The ACR 8.7 update for CC includes HiDPI support on Windows.

12:05 AM Permalink

Free Transform Shortcuts in Photoshop

Command + T (Mac) | Control + T (Win) displays the free transform bounding box. Holding the Shift key while dragging any of the corner anchor points (handles), forces proportional transformations. Adding the Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) key transforms from the center. In addition:

• Command  (Mac) | Control  (Win) -drag a corner anchor point to freely distort the image.

• Command + Shift  (Mac) | Control  + Shift (Win) -drag a center anchor point to skew the image.

• Command + Option + Shift (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift (Win) -drag a corner anchor point to change the perspective of an image.

• To apply the transformation tap the Return (Mac) | Enter (Win) key.

• To cancel a transformation tap the Escape key.

5:03 AM Permalink

Setting Color Samplers using the Eyedropper in Photoshop

With the Eyedropper tool selected, Shift-click in the image area to set a Color Sampler.

To delete a Color Sampler, Option + Shift  (Mac) | Alt  + Shift  (Win) -click on the Color Sampler (the icon will change to a pair of scissors).

5:07 AM Permalink

The Eyedropper Tool in Photoshop

Here are a few shortcuts for using the Eyedropper tool in Photoshop:

•  The Eyedropper’s Sample Size-  set in the options bar – affects the Magic Wand, Magic Eraser and the Background Eraser.

•  Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -click the Eyedropper to select the background color swatch (instead of the foreground) in the Tool panel.

•  The Eyedropper can sample colors from outside of Photoshop. Make the color visible (on the desktop, in another application etc.). Then, click with the Eyedropper within the image area and then drag to sample the desired color on the desktop/other application.

5:07 AM Permalink

Rotate View and Spring Loaded Cursors in Photoshop

The Rotate View tool is extremely helpful when painting, drawing, or doing anything in Photoshop that benefits from rotating a document on the screen (allowing more natural hand positioning and movement) without actually rotating the contents of the document.

The Rotate View tool works very well in tandem with “Spring Loaded” cursors. Instead of tapping ”R” to select the Rotate View tool, hold the “R” key to temporarily access the tool. Then, when you release the key, you will automatically be returned to the selected tool. For example, if you are drawing a path with the Pen tool but need to change the rotation of the view – press and hold the “R” key, drag to rotate the view, and when you release the “R” key – you are back with the Pen tool, ready to continue drawing!

Double click the Rotate View tool  to reset the view or, with the Rotate View tool selected, tap the Escape key to reset the view.  Using the Options bar, you can also choose to rotate only the active document or all open images (Rotate All Windows).

5:47 AM Permalink

Adding New Layers to a Document in Photoshop

• Command + Shift + N (Mac) | Control  + Shift + N (Win) will add a new layer and display the New Layer dialog box (so that you can name the layer, change blend modes etc.).

• Command + Option + Shift + N (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + N (Win) add a new layer bypassing the New Layer dialog box.

5:46 AM Permalink

Dragging Horizontal and Vertical Guides in Photoshop

When dragging out a guide out from the ruler, Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win)  toggles the orientation of the guide (vertical to horizontal).

5:45 AM Permalink

Locking Guides in Photoshop

When changing the Image Size of a document, by default Guides are also resized proportionally. If you do not want the guides to be resized, be sure to lock them using View > Lock Guides before resizing the document using Image > Image Size.

5:23 AM Permalink

Cropping to a Selection in Photoshop CC 2014

If an open document has an active selection when the Crop tool is selected, Photoshop automatically matches the Crop marquee to the bounding rectangle of the selection.

The initial selection made with the Rectangular Marquee Tool.

The initial selection made with the Rectangular Marquee tool.

When the Crop tool is selected, it automatically matches the selection.

When the Crop tool is selected, it automatically matches the bounding rectangle of the selection.

If you do not want to crop to the selection, tapping the escape key will reset the crop to the image bounds (or as close to the image bounds as possible if there is an Aspect Ratio set for the Crop tool in the options bar).



5:17 AM Permalink

Preset Migration in Photoshop CC

I’ve received a lot of questions lately with regards to migrating presets between different versions of Photoshop. This link provide a lot of information on what is included and how to do it!


5:07 AM Permalink

Auto Temperature and Tint Sliders in Camera Raw

Camera Raw has separate Auto Temperature and Auto Tint controls. Shift -double click on either the Temperature or Tint sliders to apply them.

5:15 AM Permalink

Crop Tool Snaps to Edge Behavior in Photoshop 

By default the Crop Tool in Photoshop is set to “Snap To” the edges of the document. To turn off this snapping behavior, choose View > Snap To and toggle off (uncheck) Document Bounds. To temporarily disable this “Snap to” behavior, press and hold the Control key while dragging the Crop marquee near the edges of the document.

5:06 AM Permalink

Copy/Paste with Transparency from Photoshop CC 2014 to Keynote

Photoshop CC now maintains transparency when copying and pasting layers into Keynote and PowerPoint (MAC only).

5:04 AM Permalink

Duplicating Smart Filters Masks in Photoshop CC 2014

Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -dragging a Smart Filter from one layer to another has different behavior based on where in the Layers panel you click and drag from. For example, Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -dragging from the text “Smart Filters” will duplicate the Smart Filter including the layer mask:


While Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) -dragging the name of the Smart Filter duplicates without copying the mask.


5:32 AM Permalink