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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