Posts tagged "Interface"

September 5, 2013

Using Lightroom with Two Monitors

I’m often asked if Lightroom’s panels can be moved to a secondary screen like you can do in Photoshop. And, while you can’t physically separate the panels in Lightroom and move them, Lightroom does have the option to use two monitors to display images. This video was recorded with a previous version of Lightroom but the information is still valid today. Click here to learn how to take advantage of using the different display options to compare images using multiple views, achieve a consistent look between images, and use two monitors in a sales environment.


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July 11, 2013

Sync Settings in Photoshop CC

The new Sync Settings feature in Photoshop CC uses your Adobe ID to synchronize your settings between the two software installs allowed in the license agreement (your home and work computer for example).

To sync settings between your computers, (at work and at home for example), select Photoshop > (UserID) > Sync Settings and choose which settings you want to sync. Available settings include: Preferences, Actions, Brushes, Swatches, Styles, Gradients, Custom Shapes, Patterns, Contours and Tool Presets. This will sync (upload) the settings from this computer to your Creative Cloud account.

Note: You must have internet access and be signed in to your Adobe account to sync settings. To sign in, choose Help > Sign In.  

Then, on your second computer, (using your second install of Photoshop), select Photoshop > (UserID) > Sync Settings. This will sync (copy) the settings from the cloud to this computer.

In order to manage what settings to sync as well as what should happen if conflicts arise , select Photoshop > (UserID) > Manage Settings (or, select  Preferences > Sync Settings). If you don’t want certain settings to sync, simply uncheck them. When conflicts occur, (meaning that you have settings that are different on the local computer and the cloud), choose to either keep the remote or local settings (local is referring to the local computer and remote is referring to the settings in the cloud).

Note: you are always in control of when you sync your settings (i.e. there is not an option to “auto sync settings” – they will only sync when you select “Sync Settings Now”). 

And don’t forget, you can always sync your settings on a single machine/single install which can really save time when upgrading your machine or when bad things happen (like a drive goes down that has your settings/applications on it).

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July 9, 2013

Video Tutorial – Importing Your Images into Lightroom 5

In this video tutorial (Importing Your Images into Lightroom 5), Julieanne will reveal how to quickly download and import your images into Lightroom. Then, you can decide which method is the most efficient for your workflow.




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June 27, 2013

Video Tutorials – Top 10 Hidden Gems in Lightroom 5

In this video tutorial (Top 10 Hidden Gems in Lightroom 5), you’ll learn the additional, seldom talked about, features in Lightroom 5 that can make a huge difference in the way that you work with your images.

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May 22, 2013

Displaying Aspect Ratios as Overlays in Lightroom 5

In order to visualize how an image might be cropped when a specific aspect ratio (or several aspect ratios) are needed, in the Develop Module select the Crop Tool (R). Then, choose Tools > Crop Guide Overlay  > Choose Aspect Ratios.  Check to enable as many aspect ratio overlays as desired.

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Some additional shortcuts/features:

• Tapping the “O” key will cycle through Overlays.

•Shift + O cycles the Overlay orientation.

•To define which Overlays to cycle through, choose Tools > Crop Guide Overlay > Choose  Overlays to Cycle.

•To only display the overlay on mouse-down, choose Tools > Tool Overlay > Auto Show.

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April 26, 2013

Changes to Full Screen Mode in Lightroom 5

Tapping the “F” key in Lightroom 5  will go to a “true” full screen mode where the image is displayed full screen and the panels, filmstrip, modular picker and tool bar are all hidden – all with one keystroke.

Note: if you prefer the legacy behavior, use Shift + F.

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March 21, 2013

Returning to the Previous Module in Lightroom

Command–Option–Up Arrow will toggle between the currently selected module and the previous module visited in Lightroom.

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February 12, 2013

Hiding Menu Items in Photoshop

If there are menu items that  you never use in Photoshop, you can hide them by selecting Edit > Menus. Navigate to the menu that you want to hide and click the eye icon (the Visibility button), to toggle it off. If you hide menu items for a category (such as File, or Edit etc.), a new “Show All Menu Items” command will be listed at the bottom. You can click this command to temporarily display the hidden menus.

Note: To make switching between tasks in Photoshop easier (such as painting or working with video), changes made to both Menus and Shortcuts can be saved as Sets (using the icons at the top of the Keyboard Shortcuts and Menus dialog).

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January 22, 2013

Viewing Photoshop CS6 in “Low Resolution” on a Retina Display

To make Photoshop CS6 behave like a non-retina application, select the Photoshop application in the Finder and choose File > Get Info. If you have a Retina display, under General, there will be an option to “Open in Low Resolution”. This probably isn’t something that most people will do, but I used it when demonstrating Photoshop last week.

You will only have Retina support if you have downloaded the update to Photoshop CS6. Here’s how to get the update:

1. In Photoshop, choose Help > Updates.

2. The Adobe Application Manager will launch. Select Adobe Photoshop CS6 and choose Update.

How to confirm that the Update worked

1. In Photoshop, choose Help > About Photoshop (Win), or Photoshop > About Photoshop (Mac)

2. For Mac perpetual customers, the version at the top should be Version: 13.0.3

3. For Win/Mac Creative Cloud members, the version at the top should be Version: 13.1.1



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January 4, 2013

Adding Custom Keyboard Shortcuts to Workspaces in Photoshop

Did you know that you can add custom keyboard shortcuts to toggle between your custom Workspaces? To do this,  arrange your panels as desired, then choose Window > Workspace > New Workspace, name your workspace and click OK. Then choose Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts (or Window > Workspace > Keyboard Shortcuts & Menus) Select “Shortcuts For”Application Menus (see illustration below), toggle the disclosure triangle next to Window and scroll down to see your custom workspace. Click in the blank area on the right and add your custom shortcut.

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December 4, 2012

How to Show/Hide Badges in Lightroom’s Filmstrip

If the images in the Filmstrip are really small, then neither the badges nor any of the View Options (including Rating and Picks, Stack Counts, Photos in Navigator on Mouseover or Photo Info Tooltips) will be displayed. However, increasing the size of the thumbnails in the filmstrip will display the badges.

To customize what is displayed in the Filmstrip when the Thumbnails are larger (hide the Badges), choose Preferences > Interface.

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December 3, 2012

Using Badges to Quickly Identify Changes to an Image in Lightroom 4

To help identify what treatments/adjustments have been applied to an image in the Library module in Lightroom, the team created several different badges including: GPS Coordinates, Collections, Keywords, Cropping, and Develop Module Adjustments.

To toggle the Badges on and off, in the Grid view in the Library Module, select View > View Options and check on/off the Grid View > Cell Options > Thumbnail Badges. Notice that you can also choose to show/hide Flags, Unsaved Metadata and Quick Collection Markers.

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November 20, 2012

Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels in Photoshop

There is a little known feature that can help automatically show and hide panels when working in Photoshop CS6: Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels. I find this useful when I have two columns of panels: where the panels on the far right are fully expanded and the second row of panels are collapsed. If you look at the screenshot, you can see that I have my Properties panels in the collapsed, iconic state.

If I have the Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels option turned on, and add an adjustment layer, the Properties panel automatically expands so  that I can make changes. When I’m finished, the panel automatically closes.

To toggle the Auto-Collapse Iconic Panels option on or off, Control -click (Mac) / Right Mouse -click (Win) in the empty space to the right of an expanded panel’s name.


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November 5, 2012

Customizing the Type Tool’s Default Settings in Photoshop CS6

To change the Type tool’s default settings, close all open documents and make your changes in the Options bar. These settings will now be your new defaults.

If you often set type in Photoshop, you can also use Tool Presets to save and reuse certain combinations of fonts, sizes, colors etc. To save a Tool preset, customize the Type options, then save them as a tool preset either from the Tool Presets panel of the Tool Presets drop down in the Options bar.

Of course if you are using Photoshop CS6, you also have the ability to save Character and Paragraph styles. Watch the video below for more information on the new Type features in Photoshop CS6.

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October 2, 2012

On Screen Color Picker in Photoshop CS6

Update! Click here (Tips for Working with Color in Photoshop CC) to see all tips for working with color in Photoshop CC in a single post.

In Photoshop CS5, Adobe introduced the HUD Color Picker to make the selection of a color even easier. (To access the HUD Color Picker with a painting tool selected, Control + Option + Command (Mac) -click anywhere in the image area and drag to select a color. On Windows, Shift + Alt + right-click and drag to select a color.) In Photoshop CS6, the HUD Color Picker (both the Hue Strip and Hue Wheel) have an additional choice for size – small medium and large which can be set via Preferences > General.
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