Archive for March, 2013

Access to the Behance ProSite via Adobe Creative Cloud

As part of the Adobe Creative Cloud you will get full access to the Behance Platform ProSite. The ProSite solution will enable you to create your online portfolio, web site etc. There is more information about ProSite here. Also the Behance guys have put together a beginners guide, available here.

To get some inspiration and see what others have done with ProSite, head over to the main site here.

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Showcase and Discover Creative Work

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If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud account you can now fully leverage and use the Behance network to promote, connect and discover creative work. As of this morning you are now able to link your Creative Cloud Adobe ID to your existing Behance /or create a brand new account.

When you log in or create your Behance account (make sure you use your Adobe ID), the platform will ask if you want to connect to your Adobe ID.

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By enabling this feature in the Behance platform, you will then be able to access sharing from within the Creative Cloud.

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Once you publish to the Behance platform you will be asked to complete more metadata data for the image, this will enable other creatives to find your work, so it’s well worth spending the time to ensure you have enough tags associated with your images.

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You can mange the privacy who will see your work

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You are then able to create a thumbnail image for your piece of work.

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Then of course you may want to promote your work across other social platforms that you have enabled within your Behance account.

 

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As soon as the process is complete, you are able to see your work on the Behance platform under the My Work tab / Work in Progress.

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If you need to refine your work presence, you are able to edit the details under the Work in Progress tab.

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The editing experience is the same as the original share from the Adobe Creative Cloud.

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You may also want to show the progress of your work by adding a new revision to your work.

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Clicking on the + sign at the bottom of this panel allows you to add a new revision for your peers/fellow community members to review.

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The call to action here is two fold :-

  • If you are an Adobe Creative Cloud user then all of this is available to you as part of the platform that you already have subscribed to.
  • You are also eligible to the Pro Site. The Pro Site will allow you to create your front facing portfolio.

If you head over to the Adobe Creative Cloud Apps tab, you will see some the new features

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Here you are presented with the Behance Service and the Pro Site. there are also two touch apps available for the iPhone (Behance for iPhone and Creative Portfolio for iPhone).

 

Don’t forget you can try this for your self by signing up for the free 30 day Adobe Creative Cloud trial.

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#CreativeFriday – Using Photoshop Touch, Creative Cloud and Photoshop Extended 3D

Where did this week go! I can’t believe it’s Creative Friday already….

Today’s post is around an eSeminar that i ran this week. The objective of this demonstration is to show you how to use the Adobe Photoshop touch apps (available on iOS as well as Android devices (both tablet and Phone)) to sketch up an idea.  Once the sketch is complete and has been saved in Photoshop Touch, we will use the Adobe Creative Cloud to synchronise to the desktop, ready for processing in Photoshop CS6. Once inside Photoshop CS6 we journey through the new 3D tooling and explain how to make your sketch come alive. I hope you enjoy this eSeminar, and if there is anything that you want to see more of then please let me know!

 

 

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Create content for tablet devices using Adobe Creative Cloud.

As you know Adobe UK are in full swing with it’s highly popular eSeminar series. If you would like to review the previous sessions or sign up for upcoming ones, then please head over to the web site for either on-demand playback or registration for future ones. I would like to point out that there maybe a couple of sessions that are relevant to Digital Image makers as well as Photographers but on first sight may have been overlooked.

I would like to draw your attention to two that have been created by my colleague Rupert Knowles. Rupert is Adobe UK’s solution consultant for the Digital Publishing Suite (DPS). The DPS platform is available to everybody with a Creative Cloud account, and each and everyone of you is able to create as many Single Edition Applications for use across multiple digital devices as you like (including iPad’s and iPhone’s as well as Android devices). In fact the only extra thing you need is an Apple Developer Account. Rupert has kindly created a session that introduces you to DPS and is worthwhile viewing, you can view the content here. Or more specifically for Photographers wanting to represent themselves on digital platforms (portfolios, body of work, image gallery etc) there is a session on making a digital photo book, available here.

We hope that these sessions give you an insight into what can be achieved as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud service. If you don’t have an account, then you are able to get a free 30 day trial here.

 

 

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Photoshop & Photoshop Touch & Creative Cloud with Digital Publishing for Photography

Adobe UK hosted a photography workflow eSeminar on 28th February 2013. We have edited the video for YouTube and is now available for watching below. The video is just over 40 minutes in length and will show you how to use Photoshop Touch (available for both Android and iOS devices on the appropriate app stores) to make a simple composite image. The workflow then takes you on a journey through the Adobe Creative Cloud and into Photoshop CS6 for Creative Cloud on the desktop.
We also wanted to show you a new way to publish your content and creations. Once the Photoshop work is complete, most users take their Photoshop work to the Web in the form of a web gallery on a web site or slide show, or maybe they print their work to show it off. Adobe Creative Cloud allows you the possibility to create Interactive Digital Applications that can be published to digital devices, and create a extremely immersive experience. The Interactive Applications can be made for both tablets and phones (available on Android or iOS devices) using the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite – Single Edition (known as the Adobe DPS platform) via InDesign CS6 for Creative Cloud. Oh i forgot to mentioned that you are able to create as many as you like for free !!!
The art and creative industies are always looking for new talent as well as new ways to show off content and imagery. Why stay with the rest of the pack when you are now able to create your portfolio/image gallery/body of work or even a documentary onto a tablet device.
You are not just limited to text and images though, if you would like to include video or animation then you can, just by downloading After Effects CS6 and Premiere Pro CS6 (as part of your Creative Cloud subscription) and really make your content come alive. Wait! i hear you say, may be you don’t know these products. Then there is a lot of content already available for you, head over to Adobe TV, pick your product and consume all content available. Or for more in depth tutorials, head over to YouTube, Lynda.com or Kelby Training.
I hope you enjoy this video and it shows you something exciting and it allows you to start that new project and enables you to stand apart from your competition.
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New ! Wacom CINTIQ 13HD

Wow, the folk at Wacom have been busy. They have announced a new addition to the CINTIQ range, a 13inch HD display, it really is a highly portable version of it’s big brother.

For more information about this and other devices in the range, visit the Wacom CINTIQ page. This could be that late or early Christmas present to yourself !
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#CreativeFriday – Double RAW conversion using Smart Objects in Lightroom/Camera RAW (ACR), Photoshop and Camera RAW

Smart Object technology inside Photoshop is a great way to preserve the original file from any adjustments and also introduce a smarter way of working.

Before we get in the details, let me explain what a Smart Object is.

Think of a Smart Object as a transparent envelope, it will usually contain the original image or art work or even a video in Photoshop CS6. It’s intention is to be a container of items/objects, and to protect the embedded items from any changes. Once something has been converted to a Smart Object (either from Lightroom/Camera RAW or from even within Photoshop), it will enable adjustments/layer enhancements to be made, but only to the Smart Object and not to the items within it. At any point in time the Smart Object will allow re-editing of it’s contents. For example, if you apply a Smart Object filter to an image from inside Photoshop (using Filter/Apply Smart Object Filter), then apply a free transform to it, the original items inside the Smart Object won’t be affected (they will keep the original shape and form), the transformed object however will take on the newly transformed shape. This makes the Smart Object technology inside Photoshop extremely practical and useful in many editing scenarios. As a bonus the Smart Object technology is available outside of Photoshop and inside Adobe Camera RAW as well as Lightroom, thus extending the natural work flow.

Sometimes there is a requirement to have a non-destructive work flow between Lightroom, Camera RAW and Photoshop. In traditional editing, once an image is brought from Lightroom to ACR to Photoshop the opportunity to re-edit the RAW adjustments has gone.Even more so after you have made an extensive layer edit inside Photoshop and suddenly realise that you need to change the RAW conversion. You would have to re-edit the RAW conversion, remember the adjustments that you had previously made, then subsequently correct them, and then manually re-insert the image into Photoshop. By using the Smart Object technology to open the file initially will remove this complexity.

In this example we will wrap the image from Lightroom as a Smart Object inside Photoshop and preserving the RAW work flow, however, there isn’t a link back to Lightroom from Photoshop, so we will use Camera RAW to re-edit the RAW file with the original RAW adjustments applied. 

If Lightroom is your source for your editing, then rather than using CMD+E or CTRL+E on a PC, we will open it into Photoshop using the “Edit in Photoshop as a Smart Object”. This menu is available from the Photo/Edit in menu or by Right Clicking on the image (under the Edit In option).

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This will open the image into Photoshop CS6 and will automatically embed the image into the Smart Object technology (This feature is also available in Camera RAW (ACR) and Bridge and is explained at the end of this post.

Once inside Photoshop, The image has a small icon embedded within it.

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If this icon/image is now double clicked (using the Mouse, Trackpad or a Wacom tablet), Photoshop will transfer the image along with it’s original RAW adjustments (from Lightroom) into Adobe Camera RAW.

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This operation can be done as many times as required, allowing unlimited tweaking of the RAW conversion. Once the OK button is pressed the image will be transferred back to Photoshop. If any adjustment layers have been made in the Photoshop edit, they will be re-applied once the image has been successfully updated.

N.B Some operations are not allowed on a Smart Object, these menu options/filters are greyed out. If there is an operation that you need to apply that is not allowed on a Smart Object, then it may be a natural time to break the connection to the RAW object by rasterizing the layer. Rasterizing the layer can be done by applying a right click on the Smart Object layer in Photoshop and choosing rasterize layer, or on the menu tool bar by selecting Layer / Smart Object / Rasterize.

To add another level of Smart Object magic, the Smart object layer can be duplicated inside Photoshop to create another independent RAW object (derived from the original RAW file), which can work in conjunction with the first layer.  This can be useful within and Photoshop edit by enabling the second layer to act on the original object using a blending mode (maybe to create additional contrast, a grungy effect or many other alternative looks to the final image).

To see this working and to experiment with the feature, right click on the original Smart Object and choose “New Smart Object via Copy” option and create the new Smart Object (it must be a new Smart Object and not a duplicate layer).

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The Smart Object layer will be duplicated above the original Smart Object. Once this layer has been created, double click it and the embedded RAW file will be opened back into Camera RAW. Any settings that were applied to original RAW file, will be applied to this version as well, however, you are able to independently make changes to this version, without affecting the original RAW file conversion (hence a double RAW conversion).

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As an exercise, convert this image to grayscale and apply more contrast using the highlights/shadows/white point and black point/Clarity and Contrast, maybe a bit of sharpening as well. This is really in experimental mode and you will need to play with the options in Camera RAW to find the effect that you like. Then click OK.

Once you are back inside Photoshop, change the blending modes to have this layer blend with the layer below it.

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For this example we will use the Luminosity blending mode (we have converted  the image to grayscale in the previous step, therefore want to affect the luminosity of the underlying layer). Please feel free to experiment here and see what works for you.

This technique can be used for many creative looks. It can increase contrast, reveal more details or even apply a grungy look to your images.

The final image that is used for this demonstration can be found here.

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As we are in the Adobe Creative Cloud, you are able to turn on and off any of the layers of the final PSD document and see the effect it has on the final image.

Alternative Option 1 – Starting out with Camera RAW inside Photoshop

If you are using Camera RAW from Photoshop you will most likely use Mini Bridge

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Selecting this option will open the file into Adobe Camera RAW.

If you are using Adobe Bridge to open the RAW file, right click on the image and select “Open in Camera RAW” or choose File/Open in Camera RAW

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Either way you will end up inside Camera RAW.

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At the base of the image there is a hyperlink, in the image above this is labeled “Pro Photo RGB etc”, if you click on this, it will open up a dialog, from here you can select to open in Photoshop as Smart Objects, check this box. You are also able to open a single image as a Smart Object by holding the Shift key then click the “Open Image” button.

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Alternative Option 2 – Converting to a Smart Object inside Photoshop.

If you started out in Photoshop and want to make use of the Smart Object filter, then you can convert any layer or group of layers into a Smart Object by using Filter/ Convert for Smart Filters. This method of converting won’t go back into Camera RAW, however will enable you to protect the original file or adjustments to take part in another process.

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Also remember that you can convert video to a Smart Object as well a 3D object.

 

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RPS – Creative Photography, Commerce Lectures and Portfolio Reviews

For the first time ever the Royal Photographic Society are holding an event that will bring together the best in the business, providing a series of lectures and portfolio reviews (under 35 or students) in the South West. This event has been created in partnership with University of the West of England and supported by other organisations. The event will take place on the 22nd March 2013 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the WaterShed Bristol.

Why not head over to the RPS’s event page and have a look for yourself.

An Adobe take away for this event is to use the 30 day free trial of the Adobe Creative Cloud and Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop Lightroom 4 to fully maximise what you learn at this event.

 

 

 

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#CreativeFriday – Add speed to your Photoshop workflow with on screen Brush modifications

When you are editing your images or working on your designs and are using the brush tool in Photoshop (available by pressing the B key, or via the Tools menu (Image A)), changing the Brush attributes (Size, Hardness and Opacity) on the tool panel (Image B) can reduce your performance and get in the way of your working.

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You are able to work much faster by changing the size, opacity and hardness of the brush while you are editing. This option is available when you are in in the brush tool and if you are using a mouse or a tablet (i.e. Wacom tablet). Holding down the CTRL+ALT keys (if you are using a mouse, you will  also need to hold down the Right mouse button), however a Wacom tablet (like the Intuos 5) works great with no additional actions. When this keyboard shortcut is used with a movement of the mouse or a Wacom pen a heads up brush with configuration attributes will be displayed. By default Photoshop is configured to change the brush diameter when moved from left to right, and moving up and down will change the hardness (see below), the red colour will reflect the brush configuration and the attributes are show within the black box.

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Changing the “Vary Round Brush Hardness Based on the HUD vertical Movement” setting on the Photoshop preferences panel under the general tab will allow the Hardness configuration to be changed to control the Opacity of the Brush

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The brush settings in Photoshop CS6  are always shown using the Black heads up display when using this feature.

 

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On a side note, this information is powered by the Graphics Processor on the computer you are using, so should not have an impact on the performance of Photoshop CS6.

 

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How to reset the Photoshop preferences file

Out of the thousands of people that came to Focus on Imaging this year there were a few people that wanted to know how to reset the Photoshop preferences file, please find the official help documentation here.

 

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