Adobe Sneak Peek at Content-Aware Crop

The Photoshop team is currently working on a much requested feature – the addition of content aware technology when cropping. With Content-Aware Crop, Photoshop looks at all the pixels around the edges of your image and automatically, seamlessly fills in the blank space with content when you expand or rotate an image. It’s not in the currently shipping product, but  I hope we’ll see it  soon!

Click here for more information.

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Hiding and Showing Panels in Lightroom CC

Command -click (Mac) | Control -click (Win) the header of a panel to close all panels (hiding all of their options at once). Command -click (Mac) | Control -click (Win) again to display the contents of all panels.

To display the contents of one panel at a time, Control -click (Mac) / right -click (Win) a panel header (excluding the Navigator and Histogram panel), and select Solo Mode. In Solo Mode, clicking one panel header automatically closes the others. This can be especially useful when working on a laptop or smaller display.

Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) the  triangle on the panel header will also enable Solo Mode. The triangle will be a dot pattern while in Solo Mode and solid in the default mode.

Shift -click an additional panel’s header to display the contents of more than one panel while in Solo Mode.

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Creating Patterns in Adobe Capture

Adobe Capture CC now makes it quick and easy to take images on Android and iOS  devices and turn them into interesting and unique patterns for use in Photoshop CC. Below is an example of the original image (upper left), that was used to create several patterns in Capture CC:


Once you save a pattern in Capture CC, Creative Sync makes it available in the Libraries panel in Photoshop.


Click on the thumbnail for the pattern in the Libraries panel to add the pattern to an open document. Photoshop automatically creates a Pattern Fill layer and displays options for scaling.


Click here to find out more about creating patterns in Adobe Capture CC.

If you’re new to Capture CC, get the free mobile app from the App Store or Google Play.

(If you already have Capture on your iPhone, iPad, iPad Pro, or Android phone, make sure you’ve updated it to 2.0.)


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Adding “Copy” when Duplicating Layers in Photoshop

When duplicating layers and layer groups, Photoshop adds “copy” to the name of the duplicated layer (or layer group) in the Layer’s panel. To disable this feature, use the fly-out menu on the Layers panel to select Panel Options and uncheck Add “Copy” to Copied Layers and Groups.


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Adobe Spark Page – Death Valley

After yesterday’s announcement of Adobe Spark Page (formally Adobe Slate), I decided that it was time to have some fun and post some images from a recent trip to Death Valley. I really appreciate how easy the team has made it to add photos and text (and even video) to a beautifully designed theme (template). It certainly makes it easy to share with others. Click here (or in the image below) to view the completed story.  Enjoy!


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Announcing Adobe Spark

If you’ve used Adobe Post, Adobe Slate, or Adobe Voice, then you’re going to love Adobe Spark! Click here to check out how you can quickly turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories, and animated videos—in minutes, all within one product.

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Setting Default Colors in Photoshop

Tap the “D” key to set the foreground/background colors to black/white.

Note: If you have a Layer mask selected, tapping the “D” key will set the foreground/background colors to white/black.

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Photoshop Advanced Tips and Techniques (Adobe MAX 2015)

Here is a link to my (Photoshop Advanced Tips and Techniques) presentation that I did at Adobe MAX last year.

I would suggest that you start at 4:30 to skip the portion where I talk about how they can use my blog as a reference etc.

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Using Lightroom to Reinforce the Visual Narrative (Adobe MAX 2015)

Here is a link to my presentation (Using Lightroom to Reinforce the Visual Narrative) at Adobe MAX last year.

Discover how to use the Lightroom Develop module to process images so that they reinforce the story you want to tell. Just as you choose a specific typeface to convey meaning, you can make adjustments to photographs in Lightroom to help define the mood, style and essence of the image. Adobe Evangelist Julieanne Kost will show you how to refine your personal style by using a combination of global and selective adjustments, as well as teach how to quickly apply those enhancements across multiple images.

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Changing Shape Tool Options in Photoshop

Before drawing with the Rounded Rectangle tool, [‘ or ‘]’ decreases/increases the corner radius by one pixel. Adding the Shift key will decrease/increase the radius in increments of 10. Likewise, when using the Polygon tool, ‘[‘ or ]’ decreases/increases the number of sides by one. Adding the Shift key will decrease/increase the number of sides in increments of 10.

When using the Custom Shape tool, ‘[‘ or ‘]’ goes to the previous or next shape in the Custom Shape Picker (in the Options bar). Adding the Shift key selects the first or last shape in the Custom Shape Picker.

Instead of clicking the gear icon in the Options bar to change settings specific to each shape tool, you might find it  easier to click in the image area with the shape tool selected to display options for the tool.


After drawing with the Rectangle, Rounded Rectangle, or Ellipse shape tools, you can use also use the Properties panel to change the Live Shape attributes.

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Adding Arrowheads to the Line Tool in Photoshop

With the Line tool selected, click on the gear icon in the Options bar to access the Arrowheads option.


In addition, the ‘[‘ or ‘]’ (left or right bracket) decreases or increases the weight of the line by one pixel. Adding the Shift key will increase or decrease the line width in increments of 10. Note, this changes the setting for the next time you use the tool to create a line.

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Adobe’s MAKE IT Event in APAC on May 5th!

Are you ready for one of the biggest creativity conferences in Asia-Pacific? Adobe is teaming up with some of the world’s top creative thinkers for #MAKEITAPAC on May 5! Whether you’re a designer, developer, animator, video editor, marketer or creative director, Adobe’s MAKE IT is the event for you. We’ve gathered a stellar host of international guest speakers as well as world-class creative thinkers for this event.  Hear from some of the biggest names in the industry on a variety of topics that will change the way you view the creative process.

This live event is being held in Sydney, Australia, so for those of you who are not in this region, be sure to check your time zones or you might miss out on watching this live streaming event! 

You can follow the event using #MakeITAPAC on Twitter or join us online and watch the livestream here – http://adobe.ly/1UEjAjI

Here’s a peek at what is lined up for the day:

Overcoming fear of failure, Erik Johansson

Swedish photographer and retoucher Erik Johansson creates impossible pictures, capturing not moments but ideas. While some ideas succeed, there are many obstacles in the path from planning and shooting to retouching the final artwork that challenge the artistic process. Erik will reflect on how problem solving is a large aspect of his work, but more importantly, how failure drives success and stimulates creativity.

Blurring the Boundaries of Typography, Illustration and Art, Gemma O’Brien

After studying a Bachelor of Design at the College of Fine Arts Sydney, Gemma O’Brien was interested in finding a space to work, primarily with typography, outside the traditional constructs of design.  Over the last five years she developed a multi-faceted practice that attempts to balance the commercial with the creative, merge craft with concept and embraces a variety of techniques such as illustration, calligraphy and large-scale typographic murals. Along the way, various forms of fear – procrastination, creative block, self-doubt, comparing one’s work with others, overthinking and perfectionism – have emerged in her creative process.  In her presentation, Gemma will discuss how she managed these setbacks within different commercial projects and how over time she has started using fear to fuel bolder, better work.

On the Edge, Jason Little

To be a designer is to perpetually sit between failure and success – so how do you reach a creative balance? How do you find purpose and meaning in a job rife with rejection and inner struggles? What happens when your work doesn’t match the aspirations you have for it, and how can you help yourself to overcome obstacles to reach creative fulfilment? Jason Little, designer and co-founder of the recent creative startup, For The People will share why he created the studio, For The People, and what led him to throw away everything in order to start again.

Q&A with Vanessa Tamblyn

Also, hear from Vanessa Tamblyn, head of the creative team at Sydney Opera House as she chats with Adobe evangelist Paul Burnett on what it’s like to head up the creative team at Sydney’s best known icon and how she arrived at where she is today.

Blindspot, Kevin Dart

Hear how Kevin overcame a surprising shortcoming to forge a successful career in visual development for film and television.

And, not to be missed are our very own Adobe speakers Julieanne Kost, Paul Burnett, Karl Soule, Chantel Benson, Paul Robson, and Sarah Gormley bringing you the latest updates to Creative Cloud.

I hope you can join us!

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Resetting Tool Options in Photoshop

Control -click (Mac) / Right -click (Win) the tool icon in the Options bar (officially called the Tool Preset Picker) and choose Reset Tool or Reset All Tools to set the tool(s) options (found in the Options bar) to their default state(s). This shortcut is a great way to trouble shoot why a tool might not be working the way that you think it should – perhaps you changed the tool’s blend mode, feather, or other option the last time you used it, and have since forgotten to set it back.
Note: this shortcut doesn’t reset the visibility or grouping of the tools, only their options.

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Creating your Adobe Portfolio (PDF tutorial)

After posting the “10 Day Adobe Portfolio Challenge” last month, several of you requested that I create a single PDF document that contained all of the assignments to create your portfolio. So, here it is!

Click here to download the “CreatingYourAdobePortfolio” PDF.



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Hong Kong and Singapore Lightroom Library Shortcuts

Thank you to everyone who attended our “Take It | Make It” event in Hong Kong and I’m looking forward to the event this afternoon in Singapore! Because we will be covering so much information in such a short amount of time, I thought I should post my notes for the Lightroom module section in order to help reinforce the topics and shortcuts covered in the seminar.

Click here 2016 Tips_Library_Mod to download the PDF.

To watch additional tutorials and tips about Lightroom (including “What’s new in Lightroom”, The Lightroom CC Getting Started Series”, “Lightroom on Mobile Devices” and more) , click on the Lightroom Video Tutorials in the “Additional Information” area to the right.

To watch additional tutorials and tips about Photoshop (including “What’s New, Layers and Masking”, Automation” and more), click on the Photoshop Video Tutorials in the  “Additional Information” area to the right.

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