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!

5:08 AM Permalink

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.

5:06 AM Permalink

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.



5:56 AM Permalink

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.

7:00 AM Permalink

Duplicating Saved Books, Slideshows, Prints, or Web Galleries in Lightroom

When you choose to create a Saved Book, Slideshow, Print, or Web Gallery in Lightroom, the project is saved in the Collections panel. To create a duplicate of any saved project (to create another book with the same layout but different images for example), Option-drag (Mac)  | Alt-drag (Win)  the collection until  you see a gray highlight and then release the cursor.

5:06 AM Permalink

Paste Into a Selection in Photoshop

If you have an active selection in your document (marching ants) and have content on the clipboard, selecting Edit > Paste Special > Paste Into will paste the content from the clipboard onto a new layer  and automatically convert the selection into a Layer mask!

Command + Option + Shift + V (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + V (Win) is the shortcut for Paste Into.


Image with active selection.



Selection converted to a layer mask after choosing Edit > Paste Special > Paste Into.

5:07 AM Permalink

Targeting a Layer Mask in Photoshop

Command + \ (Mac), Control + \ (Win) targets a layer mask.

Command + 2 (Mac), Control + 2 (Win) targets the layer.

4:54 AM Permalink

Pasting into a Layer Mask in Photoshop

To paste content (from the clipboard) into a Layer mask, Option -click (Mac)/ Alt -click (Win) the Layer mask icon on the Layers panel. This shortcut does two things – it targets the mask as well as toggles off the visibility of the mask. Then, choose Edit > Paste to paste into the mask.

Note: if you don’t want to use the shortcut, you can paste into a layer mask by clicking on the mask in the Channels panel and toggling ON the visibility.  Choosing Edit > Paste will paste into the mask, displaying the mask as a red overlay.04_22chanelVis

To hide the red overlay, click the eye icon.04_22chanelHide04_22_toggleVis

5:17 AM Permalink

Unlinking Masks from Layers in Photoshop

Click on the link icon between the layer icon and the mask icon in the Layers panel to unlink the mask from the layer (allowing either to move independently of the other).

04_20_Link Maks

5:15 AM Permalink

Temporarily Disabling & Enabling Masks in Photoshop

Shift-click in the layer or vector mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to temporarily disable the mask.

Click again on the layer mask thumbnail in the Layers panel to enable it.

For a vector mask, you must shift -click the thumbnail again to enable it.

You can also Control-click (Mac) / Right mouse -click (Win) on either type of mask in the Layers panel and choose to Enable or Disable a mask.

4:54 AM Permalink

Passenger Seat eBook Discounted for Earth Day

The electronic version of my book Passenger Seat – Creating a photographic project from conception through execution in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, is featured as part of Pearson’s Earth Day sale, starting today!


Use the discount code EARTH to get 45% off.

Offer good from April 18 through April 22, 2016.
3:00 PM Permalink

Vector Masks Visibility in Photoshop

Clicking on the Vector mask icon in the Layers Panel will toggle the path’s visibility.

When the path is visible, drawing a path with the Pen tool (or a Shape tool with the tool mode in the Options bar set to Path), will add to the mask.

When the path is hidden, drawing with the Pen tool (or a Shape tool with the tool mode in the Options bar set to Path) creates a new Work Path.

5:04 AM Permalink

Embedding Video into an Adobe Slate

For those of you who haven’t been introduced to Adobe Slate, I have to tell you that I absolutely love this simple, yet elegant storytelling app from Adobe. And now, you can embed video from either YouTube or Vimeo as a part of your story!

Click the plus icon and select Video.


Copy and paste the embed code from YouTube or Vimeo. Note that the embed code is different from the Web Address (URL). On whichever site you used to post your video, look for a button that says “embed”. In the case of YouTube, click the Share button (under the video), and then click Embed. Copy the code, return to the Add an Embedded Video window in Adobe Slate, and paste the embed code for your video.

04_01SlateEmbed copy

FYI: in this example, the embed code is longer than what appears in the window.

That’s all there is to it, your video is now embedded into your story.


Click here to log on and get started with Adobe Slate.

5:03 AM Permalink

“Creating a Photographic Project from Conception Through Execution”  In-Depth Workshop at Photoshop World

04_11PS World600If you’re going to be attending Photoshop World, Las Vegas, I hope you will join me for an in-depth workshop – Passenger Seat: Creating a Photographic Project from Conception Through Execution. We’ll learn what it takes to define and execute a photographic project. I’ll focus on the techniques and workflows that enabled me to publish my most recent book and body of work: Passenger Seat. You’ll discover how to organize your personal project starting from the initial idea, continuing through planning and executing the shoots, mastering the post-capture workflow, to delivering the project for publication and distribution as a book, slideshow, exhibit, or social media. Defining who you want to be as an artist and what you want to create will give you permission to emerge – allowing discovery and imagination to flourish.

This in-depth workshop will be held from 12-3 on Monday, July 18th 2016. I hope to see you there!

5:10 AM Permalink

Previewing Images Full Screen in Bridge

Tapping the spacebar displays all selected files in Bridge in Full Screen Mode with a dark grey background. This is a great way to quickly review files without having to open them in Photoshop. Tap escape to return to Bridge.

Command + L (Mac) / Control + L (Win) displays selected images in Slideshow Mode and automatically transitions between images every five seconds using a dissolve. Chose View > Slideshow Options to access additional Display, Slide, and Transition options.

5:06 AM Permalink