If Lightroom is running a little slow for you, a hardware, preference setting, or workflow change might improve performance.
Check out Lightroom Performance Hints.
The Lightroom team is always looking for specific performance issues and coming up with fixes. The most important performance tip is to check for updates. In Lightroom choose Help > Check for Updates.
This is the time of year many of us think about creating a photo book to give to family and friends. If you are using Lightroom 4, try the Book module to lay out your book and upload it to the Blurb book printing service.
The book module is covered in the Adobe Lightroom 4 Classroom in a Book. Peachpit press has provided the detailed book lesson free on their web site. See Creating a Photo Book in Lightroom 4. You’ll need to follow along using your photos rather that the tutorial files, but you’ll end up with a book of your own. Skip the instructions about importing the tutorial files and put the photos you want to use into a collection.
Tip for tablet users: View the lesson article on your iPad or other tablet device as you follow along in Lightroom.
If you are looking for a quick start to the Book module, I recommend Julieanne Kost’s video:
Book Module Basics
When you are done with that, Julieanne has 2 more videos on the book module.
Modifying Book Layouts
Advanced Book Features
Photoshop is a complex program. I bet even its engineers don’t always remember all of the shortcuts and tool locations!
The new Photoshop CS6 Quick Reference Guide can help. This searchable online database makes it easy to find Photoshop shortcuts, tools, and more.
The Photoshop CS6 Quick Reference Guide.
You can enter in a search term and, if the results are too broad, filter the results in several ways. You can search for the path of a menu item, help links, shortcuts, and descriptions.
The Quick Reference Guide is in beta, and its creators (Julia Grummel and Janelle Flores, both interns with Adobe’s Community Help & Learning group) welcome your feedback. To let them know what you think, click “Please tell us here” .
If you or someone you know is in the early stages of exploring Photoshop, there’s a new learning destination that’s worth a visit. Photoshop for Beginners is a sub-forum on Adobe.com that is tailor-made for newcomers to the powerful but complex software.
Ask any question in Photoshop for Beginners and you’ll receive an answer that emphasizes visuals — including video how-tos — and steers clear of unnecessary jargon.
Some popular web searches for Photoshop CS6 features occasionally come up empty. Over time, web crawlers will better target the best content. Until then, check out the following:
You can download a Photoshop extension that not only makes it fun to learn image editing but may even earn you Amazon gift cards or a year’s subscription to the Creative Cloud.
LevelUp for Photoshop is a game of missions that help you learn basic Adobe Photoshop skills. You complete missions to get points and badges. The more you interact with the game and learn about Photoshop, the more points you earn!
Starting on June 15, 2012, every 400 points gives you an entry in a weekly drawing to win a $100 Amazon.com gift card. One lucky person will win the grand prize, a year’s subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud.
You can download the extension now from http://bit.ly/LevelUpforPS . The contest will run from June 15 through July 15, 2012.
Playing the Game
- Complete the download (about 16M).
- Decompress the .zip.
- Double-click on the game package.
- Accept the Extension Manager license agreement.
- Launch Photoshop.
- Go to Window>Extension>Level Up for Photoshop to launch the game panel.
The game begins with a mission to correct red eye. You can use the supplied image or one of your own. Accomplish the task in fewer steps to rack up higher points. You also earn points by sharing your progress on Facebook and Twitter, passing quizzes, and more.
There are many other missions, including removing unwanted objects, turning a photo into an oil painting, and replacing colors.
You’ll need Photoshop CS5 or CS6 to play. If you don’t own CS6, you can download the free trial version from http://adobe.ly/bsJSQB.
For more about the contest, see the game’s Facebook page and the game’s microsite.
Want to talk about us on Twitter? The LevelUp for Photoshop hashtag is #levelupforPS.
Want an overview of new Photoshop CS6 features, with links to detailed descriptions and third-party tutorials?
Check out Photoshop CS6 Help.
Tutorial Builder lets you quickly create tutorials that interact directly with Photoshop CS6 tools and commands. Your audience can view steps and control related Photoshop features either within the application itself, or from iPad tablets. (Tablet-based tutorials free up valuable screen real estate for images and workspaces.)
Watch an overview video and download Tutorial Builder.
By now, you’ve likely seen the many big-ticket improvements in Photoshop CS6, from video, to 3D, to seamless image recomposing and beyond. But did you know that CS6 includes over sixty “Just Do It!” features?
These so-called JDI’s cover a range of small, yet key enhancements that Photoshop users have long clamored for. To complete common tasks quicker, give this overview a look.
We all know that one way to make it difficult for other people to take credit for your photographs is to watermark the images before you post them on the Web. But have you heard of a watermark that could put your photos in front of four million people?
It’s called the “Photoshop CS6 Beta Watermark,” and the way it works is simple:
1. Download the Photoshop CS beta.
2. Create cool imagery in the beta.
3. Download the Powered by Photoshop CS6.zip file and drag the unzipped action onto your Photoshop CS6 application icon.
4. Watermark your image using the Powered by Photoshop CS6 action.
5. Upload the image to the Photoshop Facebook Wall and include the sentence “This image is powered by Photoshop CS6 beta” in your post.
The Photoshop team will choose two watermarked images each week as the cover image for the Photoshop Facebook page, which has more than 4 million fans.
If your image is chosen, don’t worry—they’ll give you credit.
For detailed instructions on the install and submission process, see Jeff Tranberry’s post. Contest rules are here.
Here’s a screenshot from today’s Photoshop CS6 beta Watermark Facebook gallery:
The Photoshop CS6 Beta Watermark Gallery