Photoshop CC 2014 – Canon RAW video support

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

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Photoshop CC 2014 – 3D printer profile updates

As part of the Photoshop CC 2014 release, there is support for some more 3D printers for Photoshop. These printer profiles are available for download from the Photoshop.com 3D printing page . As well as local printing to the Makerbot, MCOR, 3D Systems Cube and the Solidoodle, we also support the online printing services from Sculpteo and Shapeways.

 

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#CreativeFriday – Photoshop 2014 – Deep Dive on Linked Smart Objects and Layer Comps

The 2014 release of Photoshop CC introduced the package facility for objects that contain any linked smart objects, as well as supporting access to any Layer Comps inside the smart object. This feature will offer great flexibility and time saving when it comes to re-using content across your PSD file, as well as an efficient way of packaging up these into a folder structure, ready for distribution. This release also introduced the ability to have Fonts from Typekit follow the document around with anyone that is on the Creative Cloud (30 Day trials also have access to this feature).

Distribution of assets can be achieved with many different technologies, but the Creative Cloud now offers private folder sharing to fully managed and utilise your creative assets, with a way to roll back and forward changes in a 10 day rolling window.

 

I have put this video together to you you all of these features and walk you through how it all works.

 

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Lightroom 5.5 now available

Lightroom 5.5 now available

Lightroom 5.5 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 5.  The goal of this release is to provide support for Lightroom mobile, additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

Release Notes

New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.5

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fujifilm FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 S2
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic DMC-GH4
  • Pentax 645Z
  • Samsung NX3000
  • Sony DSC-RX100 III
  • Sony A7S (ILCE-7S)
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II (ILCA-77M2)

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom 5.5

Mount Name
Canon   Sigma 50m 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 Dill VC PZD MACRO B0163
Fujifilm   Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100
Nikon   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 18-200 F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Nikon   Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B016N
Nikon   Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011N
Pentax   Sigma 30mm F.14 DC HSM A013
Sigma   Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
Sigma   Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Sony Alpha   Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013
Sony Alpha   Sony Alpha 28-75mm F2.8 SAM

Bugs Corrected in Lightroom5.5

  • Improved responsiveness in Develop module while Lightroom mobile sync is occurring.
  • Custom Develop module default settings were not syncing correctly to Lightroom mobile.
  • Initial rendition in Develop would sometimes appear posterized.
  • Undo function failed and applied a preset instead.
  • Scaling looked inaccurate when scaling to 200% in Windows.
  • Manual slideshows sometimes did not advance to the next slide as expected.
  • Aspect ratio changed when modifying the crop rectangle and when rotating the crop
  • Image flips between portrait and landscape after switching orientation while shooting tethered with Leica S cameras.
  • 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 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 Preferences dialog.
    • Nikon D1
    • Nikon D1H
    • Nikon D1X
    • Nikon D2H
    • Nikon D2Hs
    • Nikon D2X
    • Nikon D2Xs
    • Nikon D100
    • Nikon D200

Download Links:

Lightroom 5.5:

Mac – http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5791

Win – http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5792

 

Post taken from the Lightroom Journal – http://blogs.adobe.com/lightroomjournal.

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Adobe Kuler panel is now available for Photoshop CC 2014

The Kuler panel for Photoshop CC 2014 is back ! and better than ever. As well as the ability to create a new theme, you can also find swatches, as well as access your own from your creative identity. If you have created a new swatch using the Kuler iPhone app for example, and synced to the Creative Cloud, then you will see it the next time you login to this panel in Photoshop CC. You can get the new panel from the Adobe Add-ons page on the Creative Cloud web view, or via your adobe.com creative identity. The Kuler panel is easy to find, either type “Kuler” into the search field marked in red below.

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Once you have found the plugin, click the icon and you should see the summary page.

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Once downloaded, the Kuler panel will be available within the Extensions menu option.

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The Kuler panel is made up of “Creation, Explore, My themes” as well as the ability to edit and use them in your artwork. Any swathes that have been added into your creative identity will appear under My Themes.

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#CreativeFriday – Photoshop CC 2014 and Focus Area

The new Photoshop CC 2014 Focus Area is a brand new way to select parts of an image based on the depth of field within an image. The Focus Area is very different from the regular selection tools, these tools tend to work on edge contrast to create the selection. The Focus Area tool will examine the photograph and look for parts of the image in the foreground and isolate those first from layers of Depth of field.
The tool will run in automatic mode initially, but, can be changed later by using the in-focus range slider (marked in Red below).
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If the noise level is too high in the background, you can increase or decrease the Image noise level slider. (marked purple).
The output (marked Yellow), of the feature is able to create the following :-
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The Focus Area will create a binary result (on the focus plane or not on the focus plane), this can result in a hard mask, the edge can be softened by using the check box (marked in blue). To enhance the output result, the refine edge command can be run and allow you to mark the areas on the cut out to make a more refined selection.
What is the purpose of the Advanced slider  – “Image Noise Level”
With the tests that I have made on my own images, this slider is used to tell Photoshop that there are larger amounts of noise in the image and to take this into consideration when making the Focus Area selection. Noise in an image alters the way that blurred parts of the image interact with the sharp areas making difficult to automatically work out where the DOF occurs.
Take this image below
There is no noise in this image and not a large DOF.
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Using the Focus Area tool on this image will perform a great starting point, notice how the image noise level is set to auto, and the result is extremely low in this case.
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If there is noise in the image (as below)
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The Focus Area selection is harder to make when using auto in the image noise level.
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If the image noise level slider is increased, then the selection returns back to normal and the foreground figure is selected without a problem
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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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