Keep track of your Behance WIP’s with this app

 

 

 

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You can get the app from the Apple iTunes app store here

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Be Inspired Everyday – Mac Behance App for Wallpapers

Just saw this on a tweet and had to have it…! You can download it to your Mac from the Apple app store by following this link

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3D Models of World Cup Mascots – by Ultimaker

The 3D printer company Ultimaker has created some 3D models of the World Cup Mascots for you to print.

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#CreativeCloud – New Updates and more to Photoshop CC 2014 release

The Creative Cloud 2014 release is finally here, and there are some great new additions and enhancements to Photoshop CC, Lightroom mobile as well as new mobile apps for the iPad and iPhone.

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New and Enhanced feature description

-Blur Gallery motion effects

Path and Spin blur are two great new filters, that will enable you to add additional motion to your images.

Path Blur can add wonderful multiple paths of motion blur to your images, whilst Spin blur adds amazing spinning motion to parts of your picture. Both of these new filters work very nicely on smart objects as part of the non destructive editing workflow.

-Type tools integrated into the Adobe Typekit service.

This new feature is a fantastic addition into Photoshop CC for designers. It will show the list of downloaded desktop Typekit fonts in the fonts list, as well as a feature rich way to search for fonts in search box. This integration of the Photoshop CC fonts and the Typekit service also means, if you are missing fonts within a document, Photoshop CC will automatically go to the online type kit library, and if it can find the missing font, will help you to resolve and download them to your computer(s), making them immediately available without having to close and re-open Photoshop CC .

-Smarter Smart Guides

Smart guides are now turned on by default, and have been enhanced to allow you to see the distances between other objects and edges in context of when you are working with the document and its elements.

-Improved Layer Comps

Layer comps have been improved to isolate position, visibility and effects, as well as providing sync of all comps. Layer comps are also visible in the parent file when you use a linked smart object.

-Focus Area

Focus area is an amazing piece of technology that will help you make a selection based up the depth of field of your photograph. If the object that you would like to isolate is in focus and the rest of the image is out of focus, then this feature will make selecting it so simple. It is also wired into the wonderful refine edge to make your selections extremely accurate.

-Linked Smart Objects enhancements (Convert Embedded to Linked Smart Objects, also,  Package Linked Smart Objects)

You now have a choice of embedding or linking to another file inside your Photoshop CC file. This means you can keep the parent file size nice and small, but also reference the child file in multiple places (i.e. a logo). If the child file subsequently changes, then all you need to do is open the parent files and update them to reflect the changes.

This release brings the ability to package up any linked files into a logical file structure, so that the parent and it’s children can be shared with other creatives without the manual effort (don’t forget that any Typekit fonts, can also be found by Photoshop CC, if the creative cloud person you are collaborating with does not have the font on their system (Desktop type kit fonts are also available in the 30 day trial).

-Enhanced Content-Aware technology

The content aware tools just keep getting better, the Move, Extend, Fill and Patch tool now have a colour option. This enhancement will look to matching the colour as well as the texture and lighting to make your re-touching even easier.

-Expanded 3D printing

We have added another parter to the 3D printing on-line service, you can now submit your prints to the fantastic Sculpteo service. We have also worked with Ultimaker and have their profiles as downloads from the Photoshop.com website.

We have also worked on the 3D print preview and included a render option, as well as showing which parts of the model have have the walls 

- Added ability to export 3D LUTs

This is one of my favourite features in this release of Photoshop CC. I like to shoot video’s on my DSLR camera, and I would like to edit and grade in Premiere Pro or even Photoshop CC. But, I don’t know colour grading tools, like Speedgrade. Now you can just grade in Photoshop CC! By just using any of the Adjustment layers you can create a custom look. Once you are happy with the look of your edit, you can export  a 3D LUT, then use this on a Colour Lookup Adjustment layer in the time line feature in Photoshop CC, or by using a Lumetri adjustment layer inside Premiere Pro or Speed Grade.

-Improved brush strokes and expanded stylus support on Windows 8.

If you are using a Windows 8 tablet then you will notice improvements when using the brush and have more interactive stylus’s.

- Improved performance when using Photoshop CC Up-sample.

The Mercury engine saves the day once again and has this time been used to increase the performance on the Upsample processing for an image.

- Experimental Features

The Photoshop team now have a way to release features to you to have a play with before they are fully released. In this version, we have support for :-

  • Multi-tone printing (Two heads) on the MakerBot replicator 2x
  • HiDPI for Windows devices
  • Touch interaction on Windows touch devices

-  Sync Settings now support syncing Workspaces, keyboard shortcuts, and menu customisations.

- We have simplified the upload and download of presets with sync settings across two computers.

- Simple SVG export from the Generator features (just add .svg extension to Photoshop CC vector layers).

- The generator feature now has the ability to export a subfolder, by specifying the folder name before the file name i.e. myfolder/imageasset.png.

- Allow gradients with a single stop (any saved single stop gradients will not be supported with previous versions of Photoshop.

- Allow transparency dithering in gradients.

- Create new gradient stop sampled from current gradient preview (option-click in gradient preview)

- Added Pin Edges to Liquify for warping in from the image edges

- A selected brush preset will be highlighted as Blue, any changes to the brush preset are now represented in Orange, which will help you to identify which brush is still selected.

- ‘Reset All Tools’ also resets the toolbar slots to their default position

-Very large PNG support (up to Photoshop maximum and 2 GB limit)

Camera Raw 8.5

  • Ability to Modify Graduated and Radial Filter masks with a brush
  • Mask visualization is now available for the Graduated and Radial Filters
  • Added new Per-Panel Preview default toggle

Lightroom Mobile

Lightroom mobile is now available for the iPhone. Lightroom mobile for both the iPad and the iPhone both now have the ability to include star ratings on your pictures.

Photoshop Mix

Photoshop Mix is a brand new application, designed around making a composite around 2 layers. These images can be selected from your camera roll, the camera, Lightroom mobile as well as any files inside your Creative Cloud storage area. The Photoshop Mix app also utilises the new Creative Cloud SDK (currently in Beta) to leverage technology that was previously only available inside Photoshop CC. Photoshop Mix has the ability to use the Upright feature (to make your pictures straight), as well as enabling the Photoshop Camera Shake Reduction and Content Aware Fill.

Creative Cloud App

A brand new app on the iPad to view your creative synced content.

Adobe Voice

This app is great to record audio content direct to your iPad, this app has now been updated to use your Lightroom mobile images.

 New Photo Plan for Photographers

Due to the popularity of the Photography plan promotion, we are making available a continuous plan for the same monthly price as the original promotion. Which means that you don’t need to have a previous copy of Photoshop or any of the applications, and it’s not time limited. In the uk this plan is available for 8.78 and is available to buy here.

Private collaboration on assets  

You can now collaborate with other Creative Cloud users using the Private Folder Sharing feature, more details can be found here.

Over the next few weeks, i will be releasing videos of all of the new features and how they can be used in the real world on real images. 

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#CreativeFriday – Renaming Options in a Tethered Workflow with Lightroom

This post is dedicated to the folks at Artmedia in the UK. Artmedia offer a digital operator to high end photographers in the UK.
When in a studio environment, it is typical that the photographer will want to have the camera tethered direct to the computer, and in this case to Lightroom. However, one area that the digital operator needs to focus on is how the files are organised on the capture, as well as how they are re-named when they are sent to the client/retoucher or the photographer.
This post is how Lightroom can be used to support this type of workflow, how files can be named and organised when using Lightroom to manage the tether in the studio, as well as options for file naming on the export. This post won’t be covering the actual connection of the camera to Lightroom, as this is fairly simple to do.
For this post, i’ll start with an empty catalog, as I think it will be clearer.
Starting the Tether options
Lightroom works by having the catalog store activity from the captured file, the file preview information, keywords (if used), as well as camera information (ISO, File Type, F stop etc). Any images that are captured from the tether are stored outside of the catalog and referenced within Lightroom, within a folder specified on the tether configuration. Pictures will be added as soon as the shutter button is pressed.
To start a new tethering session, choose from the menu bar, File / Tethered Capture / Start Tethered Capture.  This activity will show the Tethered Capture settings dialog.
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Once the tether capture settings dialog box comes up you will need to set up the session.
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  • The Session name is how you will recognise this capture session inside Lightroom, as well as the folder name on the disk.
  • “Segment Photos by Shots” – you can break down the whole session and categorise by a sub shoot. This check box will enable the sub shoot name and create a folder to store the pictures in (marked in red below). For example, say you are shooting items for a catalog and each item has a unique reference number, this reference number can be used in the shot name (The client may ultimatly want to be able to reference the images by this number).
  • The template option will allow you to rename the image(s) once they come in from the camera.
  • Custom text is a way to specify manual file name details.
  • Start number is where to start the file numbering from.
  • Destination is where the physical pictures will be stored (remember Lightroom does not store the pictures inside the catalog, so you will need to tell it where to actually store them). This can be changed by clicking the choose button.
  • You can add additional meta data to the images (copyright etc), as well as Keyword(s) for each picture. Keywords can be used to organise the pictures, which can be used as filters later. i.e. If this is for a brand (i.e. Adobe), then you may want to have “Adobe” here in the keyword, which will allow you to group pictures together across shoots.
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Once the configuration is done, press OK to start the tether session.
Once started then the tether toolbar will appear. The tether tool bar will show you the camera settings (i.e. ISO, Aperture, F-stop etc), as well as the shot name (“xyz123″ below). The large button on the right hand side of the the tether tool, will fire the shutter button.
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You can see the additional shot name data “XYZ123″ on the tether bar, this will create a sub folder under the main shoot folder. The shots name can be changed at anytime, by clicking on it. The shot name dialog box will be displayed and you can change the shot name.  This change will create another sub folder under the session name. If the shot name entered is an existing folder/shot name, Lightroom will re-select it and start to shoot into an this folder (this is handy to re-shoot items).
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Exporting images.
As we know Lightroom does not touch or change the physical Raw file. Any development or meta data changes that are made in Lightroom are stored as metadata . This metadata can be stored within the catalog (default), or as a sidecar file (configured in the Lightroom catalog settings, using the save as XMP checkbox), or next to the original raw file (NEF, CR2 etc). If an Adobe DNG Raw file is used, the metadata is stored within the DNG file, and not as a side car file. N.B. The DNG format is a file container (like PDF) and has the ability to store multiple pieces of information, it makes it easy to transfer the development changes as a single file.
Any Development setting that are made in Lightroom, are applied during the image export process from Lightroom. This output file will most likely be in an output format (such as tiff, psd, jpg etc). You can export a DNG file or the original file as well.
Export, has many configurable options, and are different to the import/tethered capture configuration :-
The files that are created from the export can be placed in :
  • The same file as the original – This can be the session name or if the shot name is specified, will be the session name + shot name (you can also specify a sub folder if required)
  • On export - This is handy to place the files in a very specific place, i.e. in the session folder and not the shot folder (if shot name is used).  This might be called Output, and is where all files are placed (different file types, resolution etc).
  • A specific folder – the same folder name each time, you can also specify a sub folder if required.

The add to catalog will ensure that the output folder is created automatically in the Lightroom catalog.

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Rename Files can employ a custom setting, or a pre-defined name.
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When the “Edit” is selected on rename files, the following dialog will be displayed. This dialog will define the new name for the file.
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The renamed image can contain the original file name, file name and suffix, or the folder name, this is handy as it will include the shoot name if this was chosen on the tether.
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Metadata can also be used on the file name, and can be selected from the following options.
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Using this method, a file name can be created to resemble the sessions and the shot name if used. i.e.  File name + folder name + shot name + counter.
i.e. file name will now become – filename_XYZ123_sequence number.
This is one example, and will make it easy to have images that have been taken to include the shot name that was used to segment the different shots under the session.  This will make it easy for the client / retoucher or photographer to recognise the images that were taken. Using the Photographer name will also make sure that the images can always be tracked back to the person performing the shoot.
Controlling the Second screen during a tether.
Once the tether is up and running and the second screen is showing the pictures to the client. The operator of Lightroom can control what the client sees (with Developments applied) from the main Lightroom session. The blog post is available here.
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#CreativeFriday – Using the Lightroom Secondary Panel

This blog post was inspired by art media in the UK. Sometimes when you are working you might want to have a Lightroom second panel running. The second screen is used in many ways, retouchers might use it to see how the image and how it is progressing, It may be used for the grid mode, whist the main screen is the single/loupe view. In the studio however, it may be that the second screen will be used as a client facing screen on a second screen (the second screen might be in portrait or landscape mode, most feed back i have had is that it will be in portrait mode). The second screen is shown by clicking the “2” icon (marked red below).
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Once the second view has been enabled, you will see the panel similar to the following. This panel can be moved onto the second screen by dragging it across. Of course you might want to maximise the panel, by using the window maximize buttons on the window it self.

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Once the panel has been moved to the second screen it can be managed by clicking on the small down arrow on the second screen manager icon (marked in red), or from the menu bar (Windows / Secondary Display). This is highly useful if the second screen is not next to you. For example, In the studio this might be in a client viewing area.

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Within the second screen there are the same controls as the main Lightroom panel. The second panel can be moved into the Grid, Loupe, Compare and Survey mode by clicking on the relevant tab, but if the screen is not near you, then the fly out menu or menu bar options will enable you to control the second window remotely. The screen blow is showing the Loupe or Single view.
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The additional options can be removed by clicking on the small arrows (marked red below), this will make the second screen much cleaner, especially when used for client facing work.
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The compare mode is used to compare two images against each other, which is great when working with your edit (when i say edit, i am referring to the the image selection process and not the development process). As a refresher, the Select side of the screen is showing the images that will be compared to and can be changed, by just selecting it and then choosing the image from the film strip. The Candidate is the compare image, this can be changed by selecting it on the on panel and then choosing from the film strip. The tools at the bottom of the panel will allow you to switch images (marked in Blue), and replace the select with the candidate (marked in Yellow).
The lock button (marked pink) when locked, will make sure that both the select and candidate to the same focus and zoom point, which means that if i zoom into the picture, the other side will zoom in as well. If the lock button is off then the images will zoom independently, buy can be synced manually by clicking the Sync button (marked in White).
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The Survey mode is a way to show all selected images at any one time. This is good to show the final edit, or to show the client the final set of images. I tend to use this mode to refine the edit, or to compare more than one image  to find the strongest one, this is typical for me when street shooting and there are many frames of the same scene, to capture the decisive moment.
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I hope that this post is useful when working with the second screen setup in Lightroom.

 

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Creative Cloud add-ons marketplace

The Creative Cloud add-ons marketplace website was released recently; https://creative.adobe.com/addons. It supports the 14 different Adobe desktop apps including Premiere Pro.  We would love to see your product on Adobe Add-ons.

If you would like to publish something then head over to the producer website ( https://www.adobeexchange.com/producer).

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Adobe Camera Raw 8.5 RC for Photoshop CS6 (Release Candidate)

The Camera Raw team would like the community to help verify the quality of the plug-in through normal usage as this will ensure that the plug-in is tested on a diversity of hardware and software configurations not available internally at Adobe. If you do experience an issue with this release candidate please report it within the Camera Raw discussion forum.

Download the RC build here.

New Camera Support

The following new cameras are now supported:

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fuji FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 (*)

(*) denotes preliminary support

New Lens Profile Support

Lens Name Lens Mount
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014 Canon
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014 Canon
Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016E Canon
Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100 Fuji
Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM Nikon
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Nikon
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014 Nikon
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014 Nikon
Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016N Nikon
Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011N Nikon
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 Pentax
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014 Sigma
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014 Sigma
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 Sony Alpha

 

Please note — Camera Raw 8.5 and DNG Converter 8.5 are no longer officially supported on the following platforms: Mac OS 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), Windows XP, Windows Vista. For more info, see here.

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Adobe Camera RAW 8.5RC for Photoshop CC (Release Candidate)

The Camera Raw team would like the community to help verify the quality of the plug-in through normal usage as this will ensure that the plug-in is tested on a diversity of hardware and software configurations not available internally at Adobe. If you do experience an issue with this release candidate please report it within the Camera Raw discussion forum.

Download from here.

Features

  • Modify Graduated and Radial Filter masks with a brush:
    • After adding or selecting a Graduated or Radial Filter instance, click the new ‘Brush’ mode (next to existing ‘New’ and ‘Edit’ mode buttons) to reveal brush controls that allow you to modify the selected mask.
    • Use the ‘Brush +’ and ‘Brush -’ icon buttons in the brush controls pane to add to or erase from the selected mask.
    • Press the ‘Clear’ button to remove all brush modifications from the currently selected mask.
    • When a Graduated or Radial Filter instance is selected, Shift-K can be used to enter and leave brush modification mode.
  • Mask visualization is now available for the Graduated and Radial Filters. Use the Mask checkbox at the bottom of the Local Corrections pane or press ‘Y’ to toggle the mask overlay.
  • Added new Per-Panel Preview default toggle
    • If the current panel’s settings are not the ACR defaults, clicking the new Per-panel Toggle Button will reset the panel to the ACR defaults.
    • Clicking the button again will restore the previous settings.
    • This is a standalone feature, separate from the new Preview controls
    • The changes are applied to the main view; if you have both the Before and After panes visible, changes will appear in the After pane.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog, and (2) review images shot at ISO settings higher than 1600 for unexpected brightness changes.
  • Fixed image quality issue (noisy result) when applying spot healing to floating-point (HDR) images.
  • Fixed issue with reading lossless compressed Nikon raw files (NEF files) from the camera models listed below. Previously, some images could be read but would appear as random noise, whereas attempting to open others would result in an error dialog. You will need to purge your Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog.
    • Nikon D1
    • Nikon D1H
    • Nikon D1X
    • Nikon D2H
    • Nikon D2Hs
    • Nikon D2X
    • Nikon D2Xs
    • Nikon D100
    • Nikon D200

New Camera Support

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fuji FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 (*)

(*) denotes preliminary support

New Lens Profile Support

Lens Name Lens Mount
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014 Canon
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014 Canon
Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016E Canon
Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100 Fuji
Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM Nikon
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Nikon
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014 Nikon
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014 Nikon
Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016N Nikon
Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011N Nikon
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 Pentax
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014 Sigma
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014 Sigma
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 Sony Alpha

Please note — Camera Raw 8.5 and DNG Converter 8.5 are no longer officially supported on the following platforms: Mac OS 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), Windows XP, Windows Vista. For more info, see here.

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DataColour webinar – Top tips with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Almost forgot, DataColor asked me to sit and co-present a webinar with them on top tips with Lightroom and Photoshop. For anyone that didn’t see it, you can review the recording below.

Don’t forget, if you are not a subscriber to CC then you can pick a plan, (Photo bundle is available here), or have a 30day free trial to what it’s all about. Also, don’t forget about the special live stream on the 18th June to what’s new in Creative Cloud.

 

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