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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Adobe #CreateNow 2014 World Tour – London

Adobe UK will be broadcasting the 2014 creative show from Monday 14th to Thursday 17th. We will have product demonstrations, interviews, customer videos and a load of other interesting content.

 

More information about each day and it’s content as well as the live stream here.
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Adobe #CreateNow UK tour

Adobe UK technical team are coming to a UK and Ireland city near you. We will be show off what’s new in the 2014 release of Creative Cloud for all Creative desktop programs, as well as the new mobile apps. Registration is open at the following link and it’s free for all. It will also be a great opportunity for you to ask those burning questions and talk with the UK technical team about the new release :-

  • Dublin – 15th July (University College Dublin, Science Building, ALE 1.17/1.18 – See Building ’64’ on UCD Campus Map)
10:30 – Arrive
11am start – 1 pm finish
10:30 – Arrive
11am start – 1 pm finish

10:30 – Arrive, 11am start – 1 pm finish

Register here

10:30 – Arrive, 11am start – 1 pm finish

Register here

10:30 – Arrive, 11am start – 1 pm finish

Register here

  • Bristol – 16th September (Mshed, http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/)
10:30 – Arrive
11am start – 1 pm finish
  • Brighton – 18th September – Cancelled
  • Cambridge – 23rd September – Cancelled
  • London – 2nd October – (Venue to be confirmed)
  • Leeds – October 15th – Date to be confirmed

Just in case you missed it, the registration for the event is available here. Don’t forget to tweet about the event (before and during), to #CreateNow.

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#CreativeFriday – Photoshop CC 2014 Content Aware now includes colour matching

2014 release of Photoshop CC has brought some amazing features, one of these is the addition of colour matching on the content aware tools. Previously the lighting and texture were part of a content aware process, now these tools include colour matching.

The video below explains how the new control works.

 

 

You can see in the screen grabs below the same controls on the other content aware tools

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Photoshop CC 2014 – Sony RAW video support

The 2014 release of Photoshop CC video feature has been enhanced to support the Sony RAW video file as footage. This screen shot is showing RAW files from the Sony F55 video camera.

 

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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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