ACR 8.4 Release Candidate is now available on Adobe Labs

Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.4 for CC

Download Available here , and will expire 31st May 2014 (both CC and CS6)

Welcome to the Adobe® Photoshop® Camera Raw 8.4 plug-in for Creative Cloud release candidate on Adobe Labs. A “release candidate” label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers.

System requirements for Photoshop CC

NB

This release of Camera Raw 8.4 for CC is prerelease software and is designed for evaluation purposes only. The software contained within the installer is not final; but, many portions of the technology are fully implemented and ready for you to try and discuss.

  • Please note — Camera Raw 8.4 and DNG Converter 8.4 are no longer officially supported on the following platforms: Mac OS 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), Windows XP, Windows Vista.

Updates to Previews

Added the following preview preferences, which are accessed from the Preview Menu:

  • The Preview checkbox in earlier versions of ACR has been replaced by three buttons in the bottom-right of the ACR main dialog. From left to right, they are:
    • Mode: Click this button to cycle through left/right and top/bottom side-by-side and split-view modes. Click-and-hold this button to bring up a popup menu for directly choosing Preview modes and accessing the Preview Preferences. Keyboard shortcut: Press Q to cycle through the Preview modes.
    • Swap: Click this button to swap Before/After settings. Keyboard shortcut: Press P to swap Before/After settings for the primary selected image only; press Shift-P to swap Before/After settings for all selected images.
    • Copy: Click this button to copy the After settings to the Before settings. This is useful for establishing a temporary “checkpoint” for your image editing session. Keyboard shortcut: Press Option-P to copy After settings to the Before settings for the primary selected image only. Press Shift-Option-P to copy After settings to the Before settings for all selected images.
  • The After preview image always reflects the current slider and tool settings (White Balance, Exposure, etc.).
  • The standard single-image view always shows the After state.
  • In the side-by-side and split-view modes, the Before settings are always shown on the left or top, and the After settings are always shown on the right or bottom.
  • The Preview Preferences dialog supports customizing the Preview modes used for cycling and some drawing options.
  • When using any tool other than Zoom and Pan (hand) in a side-by-side or split-view, changes are only allowed on the After view. Using the Crop tool will put you back into the standard single-image mode.
  • Zooming and panning on one view will automatically zoom and pan the other.

Pet Eye Correction

The Red Eye tool can now correct bright pupils in animals. Select ‘Pet Eye’ from the new drop down menu in the Red Eye tool to locate and fix pet eyes.

Local Correction Changes

  • Added a mechanism to quickly reset all local correction sliders (Temperature, Exposure, etc.) to zero: right-click on a local adjustment pin and choose “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the context menu. Another way is to click on a local adjustment pin, and then choose “Reset Local Correction Settings” from the flyout menu.
  • Added “Fill Image” to context menu for Radial Filter. Right-click on a radial filter adjustment pin and choose “Fill Image” from the context menu to resize the radial filter to cover the image area. (Shortcut: double-click inside the ellipse overlay for a radial filter adjustment to accomplish the same task.)

Other Features

  • Added context menu to Histogram pane. The context menu can be used to enable Lab color readouts, even when the Workflow Options are set to another color space (such as Adobe RGB). The context menu and also be used to toggle the shadow, highlight, and gamut clipping warnings.
  • Added “Check All” and “Check None” buttons to Synchronize, New Preset, Save Settings, and Copy/Paste (Bridge) dialog boxes. These are shortcuts for checking all/none of the check boxes.
  • Added keyboard shortcut: When using the Crop Tool or Straighten Tool, press the X key to flip the crop aspect ratio (landscape to portrait, portrait to landscape).
  • Added explanatory note to Lens Correction “Profile” panel to indicate when built-in (metadata-based) lens profiles are automatically applied to the image.
  • Added Camera Matching color profiles (PROVIA/STANDARD, Velvia/VIVID, ASTIA/SOFT, MONOCHROME, etc.) for the following Fujifilm cameras:
    • Fujifilm X-A1
    • Fujifilm X-E1
    • Fujifilm X-E2
    • Fujifilm X-M1
    • Fujifilm X-S1
    • Fujifilm X-T1
    • Fujifilm X-Pro1
    • Fujifilm X10
    • Fujifilm X20
    • Fujifilm XF1
    • Fujifilm XQ1
    • Fujifilm X100
    • Fujifilm X100S

New Camera Support

  • Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
  • Casio EX-100
  • DJI Phantom
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Hasselblad H5D-50c
  • Hasselblad HV
  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon D4S
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 (*)
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 (DMC-TZ60, DMC-TZ61)
  • Phase One IQ250
  • Samsung NX30
  • Sony Alpha a5000 (ILCE-5000)
  • Sony Alpha a6000 (ILCE-6000)

(*) denotes preliminary support

New Lens Profile Support

Lens Name Lens Mount
iPhone 5c Apple
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Canon
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Canon
SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013 Canon
Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZE Canon
Phantom Vision FC200 DJI
Fujifilm X100S Fuji
Nikon 1 NIKKOR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Nikon 1
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Nikon
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Nikon
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Nikon
SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013 Nikon
Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2 Nikon
SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013 Sigma
Sony E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Sony E
Sony 20mm F2.8 Sony Alpha
Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Sony Alpha
Sony 35mm F1.4 G Sony Alpha
Sony 50mm F1.4 Sony Alpha
Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA Sony Alpha
Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro Sony Alpha
Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Sony Alpha
Sony 85mm F2.8 SAM Sony Alpha
Sony 135mm F1.8 ZA Sony Alpha
Sony DT 11-18mm F4.5-5.6 Sony Alpha
Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM Sony Alpha
Sony DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA Sony Alpha
Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II Sony Alpha
Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM Sony Alpha
Sony DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM Sony Alpha
Sony DT 35mm F1.8 SAM Sony Alpha
Sony DT 50mm F1.8 SAM Sony Alpha
Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM Sony Alpha
Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM Sony Alpha

Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.4 for CS6

Welcome to the Adobe® Photoshop® Camera Raw 8.4 for CS6 plug-in release candidate on Adobe Labs. A “release candidate” label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers.

Download Available here ,

New Camera Support

The following new cameras are now supported:

  • Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
  • Casio EX-100
  • DJI Phantom
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Hasselblad H5D-50c
  • Hasselblad HV
  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon D4S
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 (*)
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 (DMC-TZ60, DMC-TZ61)
  • Phase One IQ250
  • Samsung NX30
  • Sony Alpha a5000 (ILCE-5000)
  • Sony Alpha a6000 (ILCE-6000)

(*) denotes preliminary support

New Lens Profile Support

Lens Name Lens Mount
iPhone 5c Apple
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Canon
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Canon
SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013 Canon
Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZE Canon
Phantom Vision FC200 DJI
Fujifilm X100S Fuji
Nikon 1 NIKKOR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Nikon 1
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Nikon
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Nikon
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Nikon
SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013 Nikon
Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2 Nikon
SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013 Sigma
Sony E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Sony E
Sony 20mm F2.8 Sony Alpha
Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM Sony Alpha
Sony 35mm F1.4 G Sony Alpha
Sony 50mm F1.4 Sony Alpha
Sony 50mm F1.4 ZA Sony Alpha
Sony 50mm F2.8 Macro Sony Alpha
Sony 85mm F1.4 ZA Sony Alpha
Sony 85mm F2.8 SAM Sony Alpha
Sony 135mm F1.8 ZA Sony Alpha
Sony DT 11-18mm F4.5-5.6 Sony Alpha
Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM Sony Alpha
Sony DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA Sony Alpha
Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II Sony Alpha
Sony DT 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 SAM Sony Alpha
Sony DT 30mm F2.8 Macro SAM Sony Alpha
Sony DT 35mm F1.8 SAM Sony Alpha
Sony DT 50mm F1.8 SAM Sony Alpha
Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM Sony Alpha
Sony DT 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 SAM Sony Alpha
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#CreativeFriday – Adding custom metadata to Photos using the Lightroom Spray Can.

One of Lightroom’s core strengths is it’s ability to support the photographers need to find images extremely quickly, regardless of where the image is located. This is enabled within Lightroom by the use of a Database that contains information about the image, that information is collected when an image is imported into the Lightroom. The type of information that is collected by default is the camera settings for the picture when it was taken (i.e. If the flash fired, the Aperture value, ISO, capture date, GPS co-ordinates, as well as many other attributes), this is all important and valuable data that can help narrow down a selection of images when required. However, to add even more context to the image and enable you to find the right images, Lightroom enables the ability to add user defined data to the image, for example, where the photograph was taken, who is in the picture, where the picture has been published to etc etc. It’s free format text, so can contain anything that will help you quickly find and group images together. This additional meta data (as previously described in this blog post), can be added at multiple places within the workflow, i.e. On import of images into Lightroom or via the keyword panel in the library module. Another way of adding the type of meta data to images is by using the Lightroom Spray can, this tool can help when speed is required.

The Lightroom Spray can tool is a simple and effective way to add additional meta data (as well as other attributes), to an image or a set of images. The Spray can (marked Red below) can be found in the tool bar (marked Yellow) (incidentally, the Tool bar is available by pressing ‘T’ on the keyboard if it is not displayed in your Lightroom environment).

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You enable the Spray can by just clicking on it, it will then be taken out of its holding area (see area marked Red below). Once the tool has been selected, a specific activity can be chosen (you can see area marked Light blue below). One of these options is key wording, and can be used to “paint” a keyword(s)/meta data into an image’s meta data.

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I would like to mark specific images for my Turban project and will paint this into the keyword data. To achieve this, I have entered the word ‘Turban Project’ in the text field next to the tool,  you can specify multiple keywords using a comma to separate the keywords.

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To apply the additional data to a single image, take the Spray can and click on a photo. To apply the data to a series of images, hold the right click button down on your mouse or pen and paint over the images that are to be tagged. Once the keyword has been applied, you will see a notification appear in the bottom third of the screen.

This tool is a very efficient and fast way to add additional keyword(s) and more context into your images that will ultimately improve your results when searching for images, especially when you are short or rushed for time.

You can explore the other options that are available on the Spray can in your own time as they all work the same way.

 

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Photoshop 14.2.1 Creative Cloud Update

Photoshop CC update version 14.2.1 (for Creative Cloud members, Mac and Windows) has been released, resolving the following issues:

  • Fixed issue where Smart Object is not updating correctly after going back in history with parent document Fixed issue with Generator and Linked Illustrator Smart Objects Fixed issue where bounds of layers exported via Generator are wrong
  • Fixed program errors when Generator is enabled
  • Fixed issue where backspace key doesn’t delete last point for Polygonal Lasso, Magnetic Lasso, Magnetic Pen Fixed issue where Generator stops generating files in documents with a large number of layers
  • Fixed coordinate incompatibility between 14.0 and 14.2 when using 3D/actions
  • Improved start-up time when scanning presets
  • Fixed issue where clipboard is not retaining the correct size unless the resolution is set at 72 when copied from Illustrator
  • Fixed issue with Smart Object updating incorrectly after drag and drop between unsaved documents
  • Fixed issue rendering PSDs with 3D content created in prior versions
  • Fixed issues errors, stability, and rendering issues with Scripted Pattern Fill Fixed crash on quit after creating video Smart Object
  • Fixed stability issue when running Camera Shake Reduction filter on new Mac Pro
  • Fixed issue with context menus not working on Windows (document titlebar, unit menu on w & h during transform, etc)
  • Fixed issue where New Linked Smart Object via Copy layer updates wrong Smart Object after edit
  • Fixed issue with inverted bump maps
  • Fixed several crashing issues using Generator
  • Fixed crashing issue build 3D print for Shapeways 3D print
  • Fixed 3D issue with rendering after unchecking Surface Detail
  • Fixed 3D crash when default presets are missing
  • Fixed crashing issue when saving and closing document quickly after applying a filter
  • Fixed issue with merging down 3D extrusion Material Fixed crashing issue with 3D cross-sections
  • Fixed issue with placing linked Smart Object containing animation/motion
  • Fixed issue when placing 3D files using Javascript
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#CreativeFriday – Solving Tricky Clone and Heal problems with Lightroom

Lightroom 5.0 introduced the new advanced clone and heal tool, this tool allows the creation of a shape to be cloned / healed instead of the regular circle that was available in previous versions. Lightroom 5.2 introduced the feather control on the clone / healing tool. These two features are great additions to the product, and will certainly help when it comes to removing some unwanted items from a scene.

In this post, I wanted to show you an image that I used it on recently and I think it shows how powerful these additions really are.

I took this image at the Maha Kumbh Mela last year

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This is a shot that when I saw it happen, really caught my eye. So I took a grab shot, checking the corners of the frame and the contents, but still hoping for the best. However, in-between checking the scene, one chap put his hand up and it appears out of the red turban (at least it’s not a pipe or a tree as per usual ;-). Even though the Kumbh is a little scruffy I still would like to show the best image possible, so ideally, I don’t want this item in the frame, as it’s very distracting. I also have a lot of images to work on from this shoot, so I need to use my time efficiently to get all of the edits done quickly before I head over to Photoshop CC for finishing. Working in Lightroom certainly helps me with this, and thanks to the addition of the advanced healing brush with feathering will allow me to use my time in a better way.

The first thing we need to do is to break down the scene and work out how Lightroom 5 can remove this item from the scene, my thoughts so far are :-

  • I will need to use the clone tool as it needs to be a direct replacement, not a heal.
  • There is plenty of sky with the same colour and tone to replace the hand.
  • Red’s are tricky as they can bleed colour, especially with a blue sky behind it.
  • I will have to make multiple clone and heals in order to remove the object cleanly without affecting the red turban.
  • I will need to use precision and care so will need to zoom in heavily into the scene.

To make a clean removal and not affect the red turban, a hard edged clone of where the arm intersects the turbo will be needed. To do this, i’ll zoom into the maximum 11:1, as this will give me more control in this tricky selection. Click on the zoom ratio layer (just under the zoom level pop up box) and i’ll going to select the 11:1 to get as far into the image as Lightroom will allow (marked Red). If the image does not zoom into the right place, then use the white location controller (marked Yellow) in the Navigator window to move the main image around.

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Once the right location has been found, the clone/heal tool needs to be configured. For this replacement i’ll need to have a very hard edge, so i’ve just turned the feather on the tool down to zero (marked by the white box).

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The clone/heal tool is then used to make a clean seperation between the two items. The source is then moved to a location that could be a candidate for the replacement (you may need to locate and test different areas to get the right match (also, don’t forget that opacity can help blend the area in)).

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Next the clone/heal tool is used to replace the arm/hand by using the same approach, this time the feather will need to be altered to make sure that the replacement blends in with the sky, but not too much that runs into the turban. In this case there are 2 clone/heals needed to remove the arm. You could acheive the replacement with just 1 clone/heal, but, because the total area to replace is not visible at any one time at this zoom level and the precision is required to not go into the turban and stay within the first cloned/heal area, then I think it’s best to use 2 operations to remove the arm and hand.

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Turning on the visualisation spots, you can see it’s a clean heal.

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You can see the final result and the difference it makes to the photograph.

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#CreativeFriday – Working with Cinema 4D Lite (bundled w/After Effects CC) and Photoshop CC 3D Printing

Are you a full Creative Cloud subscriber ? If so there is an application that you may not know about. Bundled with After Effects CC is Cinema 4D Lite. This great addition to the many applications in full CC actually does a little more that just the CG graphics GPU-pipeline integration with After Effects. It will also allow you to create a model and open it into Photoshop CC. Why would you want to bring it into Photoshop CC? Photoshop for a lot of people is the tool used for finishing/texturing and blending a 2D scene. Photoshop CC can now be used for outputting a model to a 3D printer.

Cinema 4D Lite

Cinema 4D Lite is a cut down version of it’s bigger brothers, more details and Product comparisons available here. You don’t have all of the Mo Graph (Motion Graphics) components (albeit there are a few to experiment with), or access to the more complex model and re-shaping technology. However, it could be a great way to start working with 3D and creating some models for printing. Cinema 4D Lite is also limited to Primitive shapes.

N.B. If you happen to have the bigger Cinema 4D solutions, then this workflow still works and is also supported by the GPU pipeline in After Effects CC and Photoshop CC.

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As well as the deformers

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And the Nurb modifiers.

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as well as Boole and Array.

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Even with just primitive objects, you still have a good entry point into 3D.

N.B. Of course 3D in Photoshop CC is much easier and you can still achieve quite a lot as an entry point into the world of 3D.

So how do you take an object from Cinema 4D Lite into Photoshop CC.

The first step is to download and install at the Photoshop C4D plugin from Maxon and follow the instructions (ignore the CS5/CS6 reference).

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Then install and open After Effects CC

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Once After Effects CC loads, ignore the interface and choose File / New / Maxon Cinema 4D File.

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You will be prompted for a name and location, enter a suitable name for your model. Cinema 4D Lite will open and you can start creating your model.

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Now, i need to point out that I am not 3D artist, so please excuse my first demo model, and I apologise to all 3D artists out, who maybe reading this blog!

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To create this model, I have just used simple primitives (Sphere, Cylinder and Capsules), combined with a twist deformer for the tail. Now we have a model, we can save it for opening inside Photoshop CC.

Choose File / Save Project for Malange and give the file a name (I have kept this file separate from the original file that I initially created inside After Effects CC).

Now open Photoshop CC and open the model (from above), using the new C4D plugin. Notice that the lights and all components from Cinema are also imported (see Red box).

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Also notice the diffuse data comes in also.

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To move Photoshop CC into 3D mode, use the V key or select the move tool (first one in the tools dialog).

This example will cover just the 3D printing aspect, but future posts will be on other options available in the 3D module inside Photoshop. You can read more about 3D printing in Photoshop CC as part of the 14.2 update post.

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There you have another option to create and print 3D models, all just with the full Creative Cloud subscription.

 

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Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Bundle is back and no need for CS3!

The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography bundle is back for a limited time. You can join this Creative Cloud plan without prior owner ship of and Adobe version (includes CS3). It includes access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, plus feature updates and upgrades as they are available, 20GB of cloud storage for file sharing and collaboration, and a Behance ProSite. And it’s just 8.78 in the UK/month when you sign up for a one-year plan (For other currencies please refer to the web site).

If you want to sign up now and take advantage of this amazing offer, then follow this link.

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#CreativeFriday – Video Editing for Photographers using Photoshop CC

Today’s creative Friday post comes from the recent SWPP show that was held in London.

We know that DSLR/compact systems cameras are able to shoot high quality video, but not many photographers are taking advantage of it. From the SWPP session it was clear that there are some people that would like to experiment with video, but are concerned that it’s too complicated when editing the footage in post. The other aspect to video is that it is very complimentory when used with your still images to provide more context. This “how to” video will take you through the journey of taking footage from the DSLR/compact systems camera and turning it into a 40 second video, as well as showing how you are able to use standard Photoshop re-touching techniques to solve a few technical issues. It will also show how to take footage from a YouTube/Vimeo channel and host onto your Behance page to show other creatives your story.

 

 

The Burma/Myanmar story that I have used as an example in this video can be found here.

Adobe will be at the UK Photography show in March, and will be holding free seminars on how to edit video as well as other Lightroom and Photoshop techniques and new features. More information about the seminars are available here Photoshop / Lightroom.

If this is something that you would like to try and don’t have access to Photoshop, then why not take a 30 day trial and have a go.

 

 

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Photography Show 2014 – Adobe Seminar Schedule

Hi,

We are excited to announce that Adobe will be attending the UK’s Photography show at the NEC from March 1st to March 4th. We have been working very hard on a seminar schedule with some amazing photographers, re-touchers and creatives to create what we think will have something for everyone. As the photographer and creative professional is changing rapidly we are looking to make sure that we cover all parts of the Adobe Imaging solution set, so we will be hosting sessions on Lightroom and Photoshop retouching, as well as combining 3D into your 2D scenes, Creative Cloud overview and deep dive as well as video in Photoshop.

To enable this to happen we will have 2 seminar rooms called the Lightroom and Photoshop studios as well as an Adobe stand for Q&A, Competitions and general chit chat on Photography and Imaging. So if you would like to see how something is achieved, ask a burning question to want to just talk to us about Adobe solutions and Photography, then by all means come to the stand.

So, what does the schedule look like and who’s presenting what:-

You can see the list of speakers on this page with more information and what they look like.

At the Photography we will have two seminar rooms, the Photoshop Studio and the Lightroom Studio. We will also have a stand there as well (details below the seminar room schedules)

Updated – 5th February 2014

If you are coming to the show, why not use the special Adobe discount code “ADO142014″ and get your ticket early from the Photography show website? (It will reduce the price of an adult ticket to £10 (it is not valid for concession tickets) and is valid until 20/02/2014).

 

Photoshop Studio – A detailed view is available here

Every Day Overview PS

Lightroom Studio - A detailed view is available here

Every Day Overview LR

Adobe stand

Adobe will be having a stand at the show also. There will be an opportunity to get hands on with software and hardware. Exact details will be listed here once we are able to share what we will be doing.

Both the above schedules are available on Behance as well via the following links

Photoshop Seminar Room

Lightroom Seminar Room

Why did we use Behance to publish the schedules ?

We feel that Behance is a wonderful way to publish images, get inspiration and be inspired by others (including both photographers and artists). The other elements that we took into consideration are portability and access. By using Behance you are able to access the schedule using any browser on your laptop, desktop or mobile device without having a signup or login to anything. However, access to Behance is completely free and is a great way to publish your own content. There are mobile apps on the iPhone and iPad for Behance (Free to download and access), which will allow you to see the schedules and add them to your personal collection (shown below), as well as a way to share the schedules with your colleagues or friends via other social networks (pintrest, Facebook, twitter etc).

We think that the Photography show will be an amazing event, it will be different from Focus on Imaging because it is more about learning and being inspired as opposed to just a trade show.

If you think that the show will be worthwhile, then please share the links. Maybe while you are sharing and browsing the schedules have a look around Behance and see what exciting work people are posting !!!

How to access the Behance schedules on your iPad / iPhone

The best way to access the schedules is via the Behance app on your Desktop computer, iPad, iPhone. To find the schedules you can search for “Photography Show 2014″ (see below).

Desktop Computer

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iPad/iPhone. The best way is to download the Behance application (it’s free) from the Apple iTunes store, then you can search for “Photography Show 2014″ in the same way as above.

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If you login to Behance you can still find the schedules in the same way. However, when you login, you will be able to add to a collection and have access to them when ever you need them (before or at the show). Also, don’t forget, you can take a screen grab of the schedule as you, so you don’t even need to be online to refer to them

To create a collection, once you have found the schedules. Click on the “+” icon in the top right of the screen (same on the iPhone). Then click Create a new collection, or add to an existing one.

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If you are creating a new Collection, give it a name.

 

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Click on the collection to add this project, then click Save (top right of the collection panel)

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Once the schedule is added to your collections, you can access it from your profile. Make sure that you are selected (marked Yellow below), then click Collections (marked Red)

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Your collections are shown as a list.

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You can access the collection by clicking on it (you can see here i have just added one of the two, depending on your interest)

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You will then be able to scroll down the project. The schedules have been organised by a quick view of all days, then a more detailed view by day.

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Once you get to the section that you are interested in, you are able to click the screen to see it in full screen mode. At this point you are able to take a screen shot from your device (if you need to).

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If you would like to share this information with others, please do so by clicking the box with an arrow pointing upwards and choosing how you would like to share.

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Photoshop CC 14.2 update – Deco Patterns

The release of Photoshop CC 14.2 adds and refines features to the Scripted Deco Patterns feature.

You are now able to control the parameters of the following scripted patterns user interface controls.

  • Brick Fill
  • Cross Fill
  • Random Fill
  • Spiral
  • Symetry Fill

BrickFill

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Make sure that Pattern is selected in the “Use” combo box and the Scripted patterns check box is selected. In the screen shot below “Brick Fill” has been selected.

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  • Pattern Scale = Size of each pattern object
  • Spacing = padding between each pattern object
  • Offset between rows = number of pixels for each row to shift
  • Colour randomness = Randomness of colour
  • Brightness randomness = Randomness of brightness
  • Pattern rotate angle = rotation angle of each object

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The final output

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The other patterns have a similar configurable panel with different options and are worth trying.

  • Cross Fill
  • Random Fill
  • Spiral
  • Symetry Fill

There are three additional scripted patterns in this release of Photoshop CC.

  • Place along a path
  • Picture Frame
  • Tree

 Place along a path

The idea of this scripted pattern is to place something along a drawn path. Firstly let us create a new pattern (a pair of scissors) on a transparent background.

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Then let us change the colour of the scissors using a gradient.

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We can create the new pattern using Menu Item / Edit / Define Pattern.

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We can then use the Pen tool to create a path (notice that Path is selected next to the Pen tool options), then choose Menu Item / Edit / Fill.

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The choose/select the pattern that is to be used, from the custom patterns list.

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The dialog that is displayed will show a view of how the final result will look, you also have attributes that can be changed on the right hand side. These will update the results view, once the slider or option has been changed.

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The result from the above configuration is shown below.  You can also Fill within the Path as well.

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Picture Frame

The picture frame scripted pattern will draw the configured item within the canvas, or within a marquee. To create the picture frame using the marquee. 

You can create a marquee using the Marquee tool, then use the Edit / Fill command to create the picture frame within the constraints of the marque.

PF1

Choose “Picture Frame” in the Fill dialog.

PF2

The default frame will be shown.

PF3

There are many different configurations for the Picture Frame, so a bit of experimentation is needed. The main frame can be customised with the Yellow marked options. The Red marked options are for decorations around the frame (if needed).

PF4

Once the Picture frame is configured, the results are returned inside the marquee.

PF5

You can also use the whole canvas as a constraint for the picture frame, instead of the marquee.

Tree

To create a tree from the scripted patterns, create a new canvas, then choose Menu Item / Edit / Fill.

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Then choose Tree from the scripted patterns.

PF2

The tree dialog is then displayed with the last configured tree. There are many options to choose from in this dialog, and experimentation is the key to a beautiful tree.

PF3

After a small amount of configuration, here is a quick new type of tree.

PF4

The final tree is placed on the canvas. If a marquee had been drawn (the same as in the Picture Frame), the tree would be placed within the marquee.

PF5

You are also able to place the tree on a path. Draw a path using the pen tool (note the options marked Red). Then choose Menu Item / Edit / Fill.

PF5

The result will be a tree using the path as a guide for the trunk.

PF6

You can also place the treat within the path as well. Once the path has been drawn, you can right click on it and choose “Fill Path”,  select “Tree” on the Fill path dialog.

PF8

The result will be the tree within the path.

PF9

 

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#Creative Friday – Photoshop 14.2 update – Workflow Improvements (JDI’s)

Photoshop CC (14.2 update) includes some great workflow improvements, commonly called JDI’s (or Just Do It’s).
1. Specify custom background on new canvas
Now with Photoshop CC 14.2 you are able to create a new canvas and specify a custom background on creation
See Folder 14.2 – Custom Background folder
Click on the colour picker next to the background contents.
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2. Increase of number of sample points, from 4 to 10.

For images see 14.2 Colour Samples 10 folder
In this release of Photoshop CC the  number of  sample points has been increased from 4 to 10
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also notice the clear button has been renamed to clear all on the colour sampler tool.
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You are also able to change all of the sample points to the same reading by holding the ALT key down at the same time as right clicking on the eye dropper icon (marked in red below).
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Not new, but holding the CMD (Mac), Ctrl key on a PC will allow you to move the sample point
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3.  Unlock background layer with a click

In release 14.2 of Photoshop CC you can now unlock the background layer easily with just a single mouse click
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4. Access recently used colours via the Colour swatch panel.
You are now able to easily access the recent colours used from the swatches menu, and store upto 16 continuous ones.
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This option is on by default, but of course can turn it off by clicking on the Show recent colours option in the fly out menu (highlighted in red) below
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5. Better negative number support in Curves when used in Lab colour mode.
Another update in 14.2 is better support of negative numbers in the curves dialog for LAB values. If your  file is set to LAB mode then you are now able to enter larger numbers into the a and b entries
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The LAB image mode can be found under the Photoshop Image menu
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Lab Color mode
The CIE L*a*b* color model (Lab) is based on the human perception of color. The numeric values in Lab describe all the colors that a person with normal vision sees. Because Lab describes how a color looks rather than how much of a particular colorant is needed for a device (such as a monitor, desktop printer, or digital camera) to produce colors, Lab is considered to be a device-independent color model. Color management systems use Lab as a color reference to predictably transform a color from one color space to another color space.
The Lab Color mode has a lightness component (L) that can range from 0 to 100. In the Adobe Color Picker and Color panel, the a selector is used to modify the  green-red values, whilst the component modifies the blue-yellow. These colours can range from +127 to –128.

LAB Mode VS RGB Mode

It can be hard to pump up the colors in a photograph without making it look unnatural. In RGB mode, changing your colors in curves will also produce changes in brightness and exposure. To fix this, we can easily switch to LAB Mode by selecting it from the Image drop down menu.
LAB stands for Lightness, with an A and B Channel. If you apply a curves adjustment layer in LAB mode, you’ll see that your red, green, and blue channels have been replaced with Lightness, A, and B. Your A and B Channels will ONLY affect the colors in your image, so you are able to change the values without altering the exposure.
Once you are happy with the new colours you like (you can always quickly see the before and after image, by pressing the ‘\’ key whilst in the curves dialog box), you can then create a new layer above the rest (merge visible upwards) by pressting Shift + Alt/Option + Command + E keys. You can then drag this layer back into your RGB mode image and the incredible colors will stay the same (you will need to have the original. Try using this technique and post your re-colored images in the comment section below!
Workflow change in 14.2
Photoshop 14.2 now enables the linking of Smart Objects, as well as embedding of objects. This is great for this type of work, as it provides a mechanism to keep the Lab colour mode in the file and just link to it from the RGB document.
To use this method, you would need to save the Lab file as a separate file, then open the original file and place as a linked smart object into a new file. Then you can re-use the LAB version, modify it to your hearts content, the file which uses this modified file will then be updated on the next open / manually if you required.
If both documents are open will override the preferences “Auto update open documents”)
6.  New option for Narrow Options Bar, for small displays
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7.  Smart Sharpen filter now moves to the Mercury Graphics Engine (GPU) and gains a performance boost.
8. Other enhancements

  • Added a “do not show again” checkbox to the missing fonts dialog
  • Enabled Share on Behance for more languages
  • Improved history states for editing text, editing and applying Character and Paragraph styles
  • Generator can export padding in image assets by using layer masks
  • Layer names can now be up to 255 characters long
  • Generator now properly rescales Illustrator Smart Objects when exported at 200%
  • Smart Objects count and stats on Info panel.
  • Smart Object Search in the layers panel.
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