April 30, 2014
When working with the vector tools (such as the shape tools), Photoshop has a preference to “Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid”. This preference is extremely helpful when creating shapes that need solid, straight edges as it snaps the edges of the shapes to be fully aligned to a pixel, preventing soft, anti-aliased edges).
This illustration demonstrates three options. The first shape was drawn with the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference turned on. As a result, all sides of the rectangle are solid (note, even though the initial rectangle shape might not have been drawn in perfect alignment to the pixel grid, Photoshop automatically snapped the rectangle to that grid because the preference was turned on).
The middle illustration was drawn with the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference turned off. This resulted in anti-aliased edges (varying levels of opacity) because the rectangle (the vector path) was not perfectly aligned to a pixel edge when the rectangle was drawn.
The final illustration is the same rectangle as in the second illustration ( the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference was turned off), however the Align Edges option was enabled for the rectangle shape layer (in the Options bar) after drawing the rectangle. Enabling the Align Edges option “jumped” the fill of the rectangle to the nearest pixel grid (you can still see that the original shape (the black path), is not aligned to the pixel grid, but the fill is being forced to Align Edges to the edges of the pixel grid. Align Edge is a convenient way to align objects to the pixel grid on a “per shape layer” basis if you want to turn off the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference.
However, I expect that most people will leave the Snap Vector Tools and Transforms to Pixel Grid preference turned on as it will help to avoid anti-aliased edges when drawing shapes as well as transforming them making alignment clean and precise.
April 29, 2014
If you zoom into an image above 800%, a Pixel Grid is displayed on top of the image. This can be especially helpful when trying to align shapes such as rectangles so that they begin and end on a full pixel (to avoid anti-aliased edges). However, to toggle this off, you can uncheck Pixel View under View > Show Pixel Grid).
April 7, 2014
Take a tour of the new features with these videos:
Lightroom mobile – Setup, Collections and Flags
In this video Julieanne walks through syncing collections, reviewing, picking, rejecting, and filtering images using Lightroom mobile on the iPad.
Lightroom mobile – Cropping, Adjustments and Presets
In this video Julieanne demonstrates how to crop, adjust color and tone, and apply presets to your photographs using Lightroom mobile on the iPad.
Lightroom mobile – Managing Collections and Auto Import from Camera Roll
In this video Julieanne teaches you how to modify collections; move, add, and copy images between collections; and auto import from the camera roll using Lightroom mobile on the iPad.
Lightroom mobile – Showcasing and Sharing your Photographs
Description: In this video Julieanne shows how to quickly save, share, and show slideshows using Lightroom mobile on the iPad.
Click here for more information. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to share them on the Lightroom forums!
April 2, 2014
When using Guides, I prefer to change from the default Cyan color to something more calming. To do this, select Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices and either select a color from the drop down list, or, click in the color swatch to the right and choose any color you would like.
March 31, 2014
• Command + R (Mac) | Control + R (Win) quickly displays rulers along the top and left sides of an image in Photoshop.
• Command + ; (Mac) | Control + ; (Win) toggles the visibility of guides.
• Command + ‘ (Mac) | Control + ‘ (Win) toggles visibility of the grid.
July 16, 2013
In this video tutorial (Lightroom 5 – Select, Rate and Prioritize Your Images), you’ll find out which method of rating images works best for the photography you do in order to quickly edit down your shoot and view your best photographs.
April 19, 2013
Grid overlays aren’t limited to cropping anymore! In Lightroom 5 , you can choose to display a grid in the Library (while in Loupe view), the Develop module and during Tethered Capture by selecting View > Loupe Overlay > Grid. Note: by default the Grid menu option displays a dash (not a check) before its name because the overlay is not visible by default. To toggle the display of the overlay, select Grid from the menu (or use Command + Option + O (Mac) | Control + Alt + O (Win).
While the grid is visible, Command (Mac) | Control (Win) displays options for Size and Opacity. Click-drag left/right on Size to decrease/increase the grid size. Likewise, Click -drag left/right on Opacity to decrease/increase the grid opacity.