#CreativeFriday – CreateNow 2014 Imaging Update

You may have seen the Adobe UK leg of the  world wide CreateNow 2014 tour and the Digital Imaging Update. If you didn’t you can re-watch it here. It’s defiantly worth while to see an overview of the new features, but also to watch the inspiring talk with Madame Peripetie (http://www.madameperipetie.com). It was a lot of fun to be part of this event and we are very excited about the 2014 release of Creative Cloud. I have posted the Photoshop and Lightroom update film here as a separate video (20 mins long), so if you are short of time and Photoshop/Lightroom is your thing, then maybe this video is for you.

 

 

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#CreativeFriday – Import 3D, 3D Painting and 3D Printing

This short video will show you how to import a 3D object into a Photoshop canvas, then how to unwrap the model and create a new UV map. The model will then have some parts painted using the regular bush on the UV map, then how to paint directly onto the 3D model using the same brush.

We will work with the new Adobe Sketch iPad application to design an idea of a background for the model that I would like Tony to draw for me in Adobe Illustrator. We will use the new private folder sharing capability in the 2014 release of Creative Cloud to collaborate on the final image, as well as adding other effects in to the illustration.

The model will be placed in to the 2D illustration using the Photoshop vanishing point grid and how to move the 3D model into position.

I’ll also talk about integrating the model in to the scene, by updating the IBL for more realism,  adding reflections and lighting to blend it in nicely.

The other opportunity here is to actually print the model using, either an online service like a Sculpteo or a Shapeways, in a variety of materials (including full colour sandstone, ceramic, wax or even various types of metal). In this video i’ll talk about printing to a local Makerbot 2 printer. Using the Makerbot required the model to have  it’s walls thickened, create a single shell, have the normals corrected, irregular faces as well as floating polygons removed. The final 3D model will be shown in the Photoshop 3D printing preview window.

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What happens to Lightroom after my membership ends?

Since the launch of the Creative Cloud, Adobe has engaged in an ongoing dialog with the photographic community. We’ve tackled mobile workflows, provided ongoing enhancements and lastly, provided a membership plan tailor made for all levels of photographers. With the latest update to Lightroom 5.5 I believe we’ve also addressed a lingering concern in the community: What happens to my photographs after my membership ends?  With Lightroom 5.5, at the end of a membership, the desktop application will continue to launch and provide access to the photographs managed within Lightroom as well as the Slideshow, Web, Book or Print creations that we know many photographers painstakingly create. The Develop and Map modules have been disabled in order to signal the end of the membership and the need to renew in order to receive Adobe’s continuous innovation in those areas. Access to Lightroom mobile workflows will also cease to function. We hope this meets the expectations of our customers and we look forward to an ongoing dialog.

 

Original post on the Lightroom Blog.

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Creative Cloud Market

A few weeks ago Adobe released the Creative Cloud market. Creative Cloud Market enables folks that are using the full Creative Cloud to download design graphics and art work to your computer (with a maximum of 500 per month) for use in your creative work. The Creative Cloud market is available via the Desktop App, which you should have had a request for update for already.

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Once the Creative Cloud Desktop application has been installed you will see that there is a new tab called Assets.

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Under this tab you will find Files, Fonts and market. The designs that are available for download are curated from the Behance site by the teams over there.

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If you are a full Creative Cloud user, then the files can be downloaded via the Desktop App’s sync mechanism and the assets (marked in pink), will appear in the Creative Cloud folder on the desktop (marked in Red, the location of the folder is marked in Yellow and is available under the current user on both the Mac and the PC.

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You can see this in this case the asset is a .PSD file, with simple instructions in the layers in Photoshop CC.

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We hope you enjoy the Creative Cloud Market. More information about Creative Cloud Market can be found here as well as on the Adobe help page.

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#CreativeFriday – Smart Guides in Photoshop CC 2014

On of my favourite enhancements in Photoshop CC 2014 is Smart Guides. I have used this a few times now and it’s saved me so much time and provided an ability to get very accurate results very quickly.

Smart guides are also now turned on by default, and are available under the view / show / smart guides menu option. If you need to turn this option off, you can, just be deselecting the smart guides menu option.

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How can smart guides be used to speed up our design and accuracy. Let us take this example below. I have created 3 rectangles on the canvas and I would like to align them up so that the distance between them are the same.

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Notice the lower left hand lower rectangle (highlighted in blue dashes), is selected in the layers panel (highlighted in yellow), and the move tool is selected. To get the measurements, hold down the CMD key on the Mac or CTRL on a PC then by moving the cursor over the top left hand rectangle (highlighted in red), Photoshop CC will show the purple distance marker between the two objects, the number shown in the pink box is the distance in CM.

If CM is not the required measurement, then it can be changed in the preferences panel.

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If we scoot back to the canvas, we can also check the distances to other objects as well, by using the CMD key (Mac)/CTRL (PC). In the following example, the rectangle marked with blue dashes, is selected in the layers panel (marked yellow). As the cursor is moved over the other rectangles the distances will be shown, in this case, the top right rectangle (marked in red), notice that there are two distances measured, this will help lining up. While the cursor is over the top right rectangle, the arrow keys can be pressed to nudge the objects around, in this case, it can be moved left until the correct distance is reached.

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The distances to the edge of the canvas can also be read by moving the cursor out of the canvas area, while any object is selected in the layers panel.

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In the example below, the blue icon (marked in pink) is out of alignment from the others on the page. The layer that relates to the icon can be found by selecting the move tool (marked in red), then right clicking on the canvas. The tree of objects (marked in yellow), will be displayed. Selecting the ‘icon-genre-electronic.png’ in this case will select the layer marked in orange (as shown below).

Once selected in the layers panel, the CMD key (Mac) / CTRL key (PC) can be used to hover over the next closest icon to find the  distance. Using the arrow keys, the object can be moved. Assuming that at least 2 objects are next to each other (and if more they are also equally spaced), then the moving object will snap into place, then all distances will be shown.

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In the following example, all distances are shown that are equal, the icon is now in the correct place.

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Adobe #CreateNow 2014 World Tour – London

Adobe UK will be broadcasting the 2014 creative show from Monday 14th to Thursday 17th. We will have product demonstrations, interviews, customer videos and a load of other interesting content.

 

More information about each day and it’s content as well as the live stream here.
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Adobe #CreateNow UK tour

Adobe UK technical team are coming to a UK and Ireland city near you. We will be show off what’s new in the 2014 release of Creative Cloud for all Creative desktop programs, as well as the new mobile apps. Registration is open at the following link and it’s free for all. It will also be a great opportunity for you to ask those burning questions and talk with the UK technical team about the new release :-

  • Dublin – 15th July (University College Dublin, Science Building, ALE 1.17/1.18 – See Building ’64′ on UCD Campus Map)
10:30 - Arrive
11am start – 1 pm finish
10:30 - Arrive
11am start – 1 pm finish
  • Edinburgh – 4th September
  • Birmingham – 9th September
  • Bristol – 16th September (Mshed, http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/)
10:30 - Arrive
11am start – 1 pm finish
  • Brighton – 18th September
  • Cambridge – 23rd September
  • London – 25th September

Just in case you missed it, the registration for the event is available here. Don’t forget to tweet about the event (before and during), to #CreateNow.

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#CreativeFriday – Photoshop CC 2014 Content Aware now includes colour matching

2014 release of Photoshop CC has brought some amazing features, one of these is the addition of colour matching on the content aware tools. Previously the lighting and texture were part of a content aware process, now these tools include colour matching.

The video below explains how the new control works.

 

 

You can see in the screen grabs below the same controls on the other content aware tools

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Fill

 

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Photoshop CC 2014 – Sony RAW video support

The 2014 release of Photoshop CC video feature has been enhanced to support the Sony RAW video file as footage. This screen shot is showing RAW files from the Sony F55 video camera.

 

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Photoshop CC 2014 – Canon RAW video support

The 2014 release of Photoshop CC video feature has been enhanced to support the Canon RAW video file as footage. This screen shot is showing RAW files from the Canon C300 video camera.

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