#CreativeFriday – Create 3D printable Lithophane and print it directly from Photoshop CC

The Photoshop engineering team have been working on some innovative ideas to coincide with the Photoshop CC 3D printing update. They have created an action to create a 3D printable Lithophane from any photograph in a click.


A Lithophane is an etched or a piece of moulded artwork in a thin porcelain that can be seen clearly when it is back lit with a light source.


How does this relate to Photoshop? A final Lithophane is just a piece of 2D artwork or 2D photograph that has been converted into a special 3D image. This is technique used to have to be done manually, but with the help of Photoshop CC and the incredible folks in Photoshop engineering , they have worked on and created a free downloadable action that will create a Lithophane direct from Photoshop CC. This newly created Lithophane can then be sent to a  3D printer, such as a Makerbot Replicator 2 or 2x.

Downloading and running the action

Let us take this example. I would like to convert this image into a 3D printable Lithophane.

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First things first, you will need to download the following action (action is available here). When you visit the page, you should see something similar to the image below. The hyperlink in the Red box below will download a file called “Actions.zip”. Click on the link to download it to your computer. Once the .zip file has downloaded you may need to unzip it.

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To install the action into Photoshop, you will need to open the actions window. The actions window is available under the menu option Window / Action, or by choosing the large “Play button” Marked Red below.

Once the action panel is open, click on the fly out menu (marked blue below) and choose Load action. Unzip the downloaded actions.zip file.

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Once the file open dialog is shown, locate the folder Lithophane (this screen shot is from the Macintosh, but a windows computer should be similar). Select the “Make Lithophane.atn” file and load this into Photoshop CC.

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 17.34.53The following action should now be available inside Photoshop CC.

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Select the Background 2D layer (under the layers panel, marked purple below) in Photoshop CC and click the play icon  (marked Yellow) in the actions panel (it’s the play button.  The action (marked Red) will automatically convert the 2D image into a 3D printable object.

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The action will run it’s steps, then create the 3D object, next we can print it on a 3D printer.

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To print this 3D object from Photoshop CC, simple choose the menu option 3D /  3D print.

Once the 3D print option is selected, you should see the 3D printer panel (below). The 3D printer panel is also available by clicking on the 3D print properties icon (marked Red below).

The next thing to do, is select the printer. In the following i’ve selected the Maker Bot Replicator 2x (marked Green). The volume dimensions can be changed from millimetres to centimetres etc, so can the resolution of the final print (Marked Blue).

The Size of the model can be changed by modifying the X/Y/Z values. Scale to Print Volume will make the print the maximum size that will fit into the print chamber. To tell Photoshop CC to prepare this print, click the print icon (marked Pink below).

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Once Photoshop CC has analysed the object, it will show you a preview with scaffolding (if selected), for the MakerBot it’s wise to make sure scaffolding has been selected.

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To load the model to any of the Makerbot devices, click the Export button and create the .x3g file.

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Once the file has been created, copy it to an SD card, then place into the Makerbot printer (in this case), then choose print!

Once the print has completed,  holding it up and placing a light source behind it, it will reveal the design or scene.

That’s it. We hope you enjoy this Lithophane action.


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Photoshop tutorial: Use Photoshop 1.7 | lynda.com

Photoshop 1.7 tutorial by Deke of Lynda.com

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DataColor and Adobe – Top Tips with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop Webinar

Tuesday, May 6th – 7.00pm (GMT)

Join this joint Webinar from Datacolor and Adobe and you’ll learn some of the latest tips and tricks on how to get the best out of Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop softwares as well as how to combine this into a colour managed workflow with Datacolor’s range of Colour Management solutions.

About the speakers:

Richard Curtis – Adobe
Richard is a Principal Solutions Consultant at Adobe with a focus on Digital Imaging. Richard is the UK contact for Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements and Imaging workflows around the Creative Cloud. He is a keen technologist and a photographer for over 20 years, with a focus on travel and portrait photography.

Richard West
Having headed up the photographic and design markets for Apple in the UK for a decade and latterly been the face of Nik Software in the UK for the past two years, Richard has delivered seminars and training on colour management and creative workflow to vast numbers of companies in the UK and across Europe.


When - May 6 2014 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (BST)

Registration for this webinar is available here..

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Unable to Login to Lightroom mobile – Unexpected Sign in Failure – Solution

There was an issue for some people with logging into Lightroom mobile on the Mac last week. Typically the error message from Lightroom Desktop was :

Error: “Unexpected Sign in failure…nil value” occurs when syncing to Lightroom mobile,
You many also receive a server not responding message

There is now a solution to this problem,

This is a known issue. The following workaround will allow you sign-in access.

1. Open System Preferences in Mac OS.

2. Select Sharing.

3. Enter your computer name into the Computer Name field. The computer name you need to enter into this field is in the text directly under this field, and contains a .local suffix. The computer name you need to enter is this name, but without the .local.

Note: If the computer name in the text is just .local, enter whatever computer name you wish into the Computer Name field, but do not include the .local.

4. Close System Preferences.


Information was originally posted here.



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#CreativeFriday – Come Support Charlie and his 3D Egg at Adobe’s 3D Printing Studio

Adobe entered the 3D printing space with Photoshop CC only a few moths ago, and today saw the first ever Adobe 3D printing pop up store, and it’s in London. Now that’s exciting !!!

3D printing is just one of the many recent technical developments that have recently become available and, more importantly, affordable for the both the home user as well the creative professional. The Launch of Photoshop CC and the ability to print 3D objects makes it super easy for everyone to make a successful 3D print, and takes the hard work out of 3D printing in general.

This weekend the Adobe 3D printing studio goes that one stage further by inviting you into have a look at 3D printing actually working, but also offers the chance for you to work with a 3D designer to make your design come to life as a physical 3D print. It’s all free and fun and a chance for you to make an egg for yourself or create an unusual gift for someone special in your life (after all it is almost Easter time).

To start you off, we picked 25 artists (both 2D and 3D) to submit innovative egg designs (and they are all amazing), and we have printed these in full colour sandstone and will be on display in the store.

To get you in the mood our creatives have put together this really cool video about Charlie and his 3D egg.


You can find us over the weekend, at shop 7, 91 Brick Lane Old Truman Brewery and it’s open on Friday 11th April  and Saturday 12th April from 10 am to 5PM, then on Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

 If you can’t make it into the studio, then there is a chance to win a 3D printed egg of your own. All you need to do is send a tweet to @ADOBEUK including the #CreativityForAll hastag, telling us what creativity means to you.  Our favorite tweet will receive an exclusive Adobe CC full colour sandstone 3D egg in the post.

So help us celebrate Easter the Adobe way and get involved. We are looking forward to either meeting you or hearing from you on the social networks.


You can also visit Adobe.com/go/3DEgg to learn more about 3D printing and Photoshop CC. You can download a free trial of Photoshop CC as well as the other amazing creative apps from Download a free trial..


Note. The #CreativeForAll competition is only available in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgui, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark. The competition closes 9am GMT on 14.04.2014 and prizes are limited to one egg per person.( Details of participation. )


Images from Friday in the London 3D Print Pop up Shop are here.








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Creative Cloud Desktop File Sync is now available for all CC users.

If you are on the Creative Cloud then there is some amazing news! From today you should have have access to Creative Cloud Desktop File & Desktop Font Sync. If you are a member of one of the following subscriptions you will get the Typekit Desktop font sync as well:-

  • Single App
  • Full Creative Cloud
  • Creative Cloud for Education


What does this mean.

  • You can sync and save files from your Desktop into your creative cloud storage area (it’s ok you won’t loose anything, as it will be on your computer already)
  • If anything that is added in the browser version of Creative Cloud Files, then they will appear on your desktop.
  • If you are running CC single Edition, Creative Cloud for Teams or Creative Cloud full then you will also get your selected Typekit fonts synced to your desktop as well.

You should be on the current version of Creative Cloud and have the following options available. This application will keep a track of how much storage you have available, as well as making sure that your desktop folder and the Creative Cloud folder on the web are in sync. You can access your web storage here (http://creative.adobe.com).

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There are some configuration options that you can set up. Navigate to Preferences (click on the cog in the top right hand corner)


On the preferences menu there are options for Fonts and Files. On the Files tab, you can see the ability to turn on/off just the files sync  (marked Red), as well as the change local folder location (marked Purple). You can also control the transfer speed (both up and down).

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File sync can be paused independently as well, by choosing the Pause option directly from the Fly out menu.


On the Font tab you are able to control the individual sync.

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The Creative Cloud Blog

Have you been to the Creative Cloud blog recently? If not, why not head over there and check out what’s going on. You can find the blog here, or manually at http://blogs.adobe.com/creativecloud. You can also Subscribe via RSS.


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Creative Cloud Single App Subscriptions now have Portfolio plan from Typekit

Starting today, Creative Cloud single-app subscriptions will include a Portfolio plan from Typekit at no additional cost. This includes full access to desktop fonts sync, and should be especially good news for those of you who are excited to try out the new integrations with InDesign and Illustrator.


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Camera 8.4 Udpate

Camera Raw 8.4 is now available as a final release for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC.

The release for Photoshop CC provides new features including new preview controls, red eye correction for pets and updates to Local Corrections.  In addition, this release also includes bug fixes, support for new cameras and new lenses.

As mentioned here, updates to Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes. The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC.

DNG Converter 8.4 is provided for customers using versions of Photoshop older than Photoshop CS6.


Camera Raw 8.4 and DNG Converter 8.4 will not work on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Mac OSX 10.6.

Photoshop CS6 customers on Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion), Mac OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or Mac OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) will not be affected and will continue to receive updated camera support through future ACR 8.x dot releases.

Release Notes

Features (Photoshop CC):

Updates to the Preview Controls.  The main idea is a simple “Before/After” set of image settings.  Details:

  • The Preview checkbox 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. Details:
  • Select ‘Pet Eye’ from the new drop down menu in the Red Eye tool to fix pet eyes.
  • Add catchlights to Pet Eye corrections using the ‘Add Catchlight’ checkbox (enabled by default).
  • Reposition catchlights to create a more natural look by dragging within the overlay that surrounds the catchlight.

Changes to Local Corrections:

  • 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.)
  • 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 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 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 in Camera Raw 8.4

  • Canon EOS 1200D (REBEL T5, KISS X70)
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II (*)
  • Casio EX-100
  • DJI Phantom
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Hasselblad  H5D-50c
  • Hasselblad HV
  • Nikon 1 V3 (*)
  • Nikon COOLPIX P340
  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon D4S
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 (*)
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS40 (DMC-TZ60, DMC-TZ61)
  • Phase One IQ250
  • Samsung NX mini (*)
  • Samsung NX30
  • Sony Alpha a5000 (ILCE-5000)
  • Sony Alpha a6000 (ILCE-6000)


* denotes preliminary support

New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.4

Mount Name
Apple Apple iPhone 5c
Canon Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM
Canon Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM EXT
Canon Canon EF-S 18-55mm /3.5-5.6 IS STM


Canon Canon EF-S 25-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
Canon Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM A013
Canon Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZE
DJI Phantom Vision FC200 (for raw files)
Fujifilm Fujifilm X100S
GoPro GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition
Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
Nikon 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 Nikon COOLPIX P340
Nikon SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013
Nikon Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ZF.2
Sigma SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM A013
Sony E Sony E PZ 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony FE Sony FE 24-70 f/4 ZA OSS
Sony FE Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS
Sony Alpha Sony 20mm F2.8
Sony Alpha Sony 24mm F2 ZA SSM
Sony Alpha Sony 35mm F1.4 G
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



Bugs Corrected in Camera Raw 8.4

  • Fix bug that prevented opening Nikon D800/D800E raw images shot with a DX lens in Live View Video mode.
  • Grain effect now varies from image to image to facilitate editing time-lapse and video frame sequences.
  • When applying Grain, occasionally vertical artifacts would appear along the bottom edge of a photo.
  • Occasionally Bridge CC would exit abruptly when browsing TIFF images.
  • Enabled Mac 32bit support so APD in Bridge is now functioning
  • Fix incorrect white balance behavior for Nikon D3100 raw files when using Camera Matching color profiles.

Download  Links:


DNG Converter 8.4:

Windows   –   http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5739

Mac   –   http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5738


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Lightroom Mobile – Deep Dive

Lightroom mobile

 Lightroom mobile is the next leg in the journey for the professional and amateur Photographer/Image maker. The Lightroom mobile app is now available as a free download via the Apple App Store. Lightroom Mobile will allow Creative Cloud subscribers to log in with their Adobe ID and have their images available wherever they are. Lightroom Mobile enables basic adjustments to be made on the iPad, then automatically synchronised to the desktop (This also work in the other direction as well). Non Creative Cloud members can also sign up for a 30 day trial and see if it will work for them.

History of Lightroom mobile

When the Lightroom team were looking at the next evolution for Lightroom they looked at the origins of why Lightroom was created, they also looked at how people use Lightroom today and what the trends are happening within the image making industry. The outcome was that more than one workflow is required for image processing today. The majority of people will make their complete and complex edits on the desktop/laptop, as this combination is typically where the horse power will be, as well as the colour managed part of the workflow.

What about the additional workflow?

Now a days, with the rise of the iPad and other mobile/tablet devices, the way that people engage with information has changed. There is a now a casual or laid back approach to working electronically. People have started to carry their iPad/tablet and phone with them everywhere, even replacing their laptop in some cases. There is a lot of activity on tablets when people commute or have a free bit of time (coffee breaks, commuting etc). Image makers at home might also want to select images, make basic edits and generally look at their pictures  in the evening, but not always be tied in front of the computer. Other examples of remote working may include when the image editor is in a coffee shop and finds a little time to review images without having a cumbersome laptop with them, or maybe on a trip, holiday or an assignment, the image maker may want to review, select and make basic adjustments to images.

Recently on a Photography trip a good friend of mine was shooting with just a set of SD cards and no computer to review his pictures on, he said that he wasn’t bothered about seeing them, but I think if there was a way to do this with an iPad he would have had a look.

The Lightroom mobile companion app has been designed with the laid back approach in mind and providing access to your images everywhere. The Lightroom mobile app has the added benefit of being able to review, pick/unpick, make basic edits, some pre-configured presets as well as a run a slide show on your images. However, in this workflow, Lightroom Desktop is at the center of this process, or the single point of truth. You can apply basic edits (including highlights, shadows, black point, white point, temperature etc), whilst on the move, in a plane, bus or even on the water. Any adjustments that are made in the Lightroom mobile app will  sync automatically when Lightroom mobile next gets a connection to the internet. Likewise, if any edits are made in Lightroom Desktop, and the images are part of a synced set of images, these changes will be sent to Lightroom mobile once a connection is obtained.


When Lightroom is first open you will need to sign in with your Adobe ID and be a member of Creative Cloud or be on the 30 day trial. It’s likely that an empty screen will appear (as below).


Lightroom mobile content is controlled by collections within Lightroom Desktop.

N.B.You will need to be running Lightroom Desktop 5.4 (5.4 is Mobile enabled), to have your images available on your iPad via Lightroom mobile, and will also need an internet connect for synchronising images. Lightroom 5.4 is available as an update to both Creative Cloud and to the box version of Lightroom 5.

The Lightroom mobile connection is managed in the Lightroom Desktop Preferences screen under the Lightroom mobile tab (marked Red below). At this point you will need to login using your Adobe ID. Once you have completed this step, Lightroom mobile will create the structures on the server that are needed to store your images and provide a sync to your iPad.


Under the Identity plate configuration you can choose to show any Lightroom mobile activity (marked Red). This activity will show the queue of images or activity that is happening to and from Lightroom Desktop or downloading pictures that have been taken using Lightroom mobile (from the camera roll). Any adjustments that are made within the Lightroom desktop or within the mobile client are also synchronised at the same time.

5Double clicking on the Lightroom mobile activity (top right of Lightroom) will show the Lightroom mobile preferences as well.


The images are stored in the Creative Cloud and are also available via the Lightroom web view. Available at lightroom.adobe.com.

N.B. The images that are part of Lightroom mobile will not use any of the Creative Cloud storage and is managed separately within the Lightroom mobile solution.


Sign in with your Creative Cloud Adobe ID to see your collection(s) and pictures.


Once you have signed in, you will see your synced collections. Notice that there is nothing synced at the current time, as we have not selected any collections in Lightroom Desktop.


Back in the Lightroom Desktop, we can control which images are sent to the Lightroom mobile and the web view.

Lightroom mobile and the Lightroom web view are fed from synced collections within the Lightroom desktop. Collections in Lightroom provide a great way to organise images into a group, then re-order as required. A collection can be defined as a synced to mobile collection, as well as control which images are sent to Lightroom mobile application. This means that you can add or remove collections as appropriate, but also change the content of them when you need to. As soon as items are added/removed/changed in a collection, Lightroom will start to synchronise the changes to Lightroom mobile and the web view.

The process for creating a collection and configuring for Lightroom mobile is relatively easy. You can either initially select the images to include in the collection or just create an empty one. In the following screen shot the images have been selected then clicked on Create a new Collection (marked Red). On creating the collection, the “include selected photos” is selected as well as the “Sync with Lightroom mobile”. This one action will add all selected pictures to the collection and start to sync with the Lightroom mobile and the creative cloud.

N.B. You are able to sync one catalog at a time with Lightroom mobile. However, you can sync more than one collection inside a single catalog.


(You can also create a collection for a whole folder, by just dragging the original folder into the collection area).

Once the collection is created, Lightroom will start to sync (marked Red below).


In the background Lightroom will either create smart previews or use the existing smart previews for the images on Lightroom mobile (A Smart preview is 2560 pixels on the long edge).

Each thumbnail in Lightroom Desktop will have the the small sync icon (above), this tells you that the file is part of a Lightroom mobile sync. Lightroom web view will show that the images are coming through to the Creative Cloud.


If the big thumbnail is clicked, the contents of the collection will be shown. From here you can start a slide show of the collection in the browser (marked Red), as well as share the collection publicly (marked Yellow). If you have flags set within Lightroom or in Lightroom mobile you can turn the display on to show the status by clicking the flag icon marker (marked Pink). There is also an option to reverse the sort order, by clicking the icon marked in brown.


Clicking the sharing icon will show the current state of public view of the collection. You can easily make this available for public viewing by clicking on the “Make Public” button.


Once the Public option is taken, anyone with the URL will be able to view the contents. The collection can be shared a range of social networks from this screen as well, or view the link as others will see it. A collection can also be made private at any point.


Lightroom mobile, also has gestures enabled. Touching the Lightroom icon (top left) of the screen will show the help screen(clicking out side of this area will hide the help) :-

  • Sync can be enabled only for Wifi connections (to protect from running up large data bills).
  • Presentation mode will show where gestures and clicks are placed.
  • Collect usage data is way for Adobe to collect anonymous information about how the application is used. This helps us understand the workflows and how the app is used in the real world.
  • The disk usage is available here (this is important when you want to take the images off line, discussed later in this post).
  • Gestures – All Lightroom mobile gestures are documented.


Images should have already started to synchronise into Lightroom mobile. Double clicking to the right of the image tile will show different pieces of information about the collection.


The three dots on the bottom right hand side of the large tile icon will allow the collection to be renamed, (this will also sync back to Lightroom web view and the desktop). The collection can be removed from Lightroom mobile only. Other options will be discussed later in this post. The play arrow on the bottom left of each thumbnail will start a slide show of the collection from the beginning.


  If the large tile is touched, previews of the images will been synced for this collection and thumbnails will be displayed in a grid view.


Clicking on any thumbnail will open a full preview of the image. By default the images will be just thumbnails and you will need an internet connection to be able to review/edit your image as a higher resolution image (2560 pixels on the long edge). Once the image is clicked, Lightroom mobile will start to download the Smart Preview. Activity in Lightroom mobile is shown by the three small dots in the top right hand corner of the screen (marked Red below). Detail of the activity is shown in the box (marked purple) and this can be revealed by touching the three dots. In the screen shot below (marked purple), the Smart Preview is being downloaded, whilst this is happening the circle will be displayed on the image and the edit features won’t be available. 


 As soon as the higher resolution image is available, Lightroom mobile will show the histogram, as well as the adjustment options at the base of the screen.

The first option (Marked red), is of the filmstrip and can be moved from left to right using a swipe gesture.


 The iPad can be rotated at any point in time. This is useful to show landscape images. Touching the top left of the screen with two fingers will show more metadata  for the image (that was captured by the the camera).


Clicking on the second icon (show red below), will show the basic development settings. There are multiple options here, and are available by swiping the screen (left or right). Basic adjustments can be made, including,  Exposure, White balance, Tint, White point, Black point, Highlights plus others. Some of these options will also reveal a mask to show the clipping items if two fingers are used.


Once an item has been selected a slider will appear between the image and the adjustments. At this point adjustments can be made, and any changes that are made will be synced back to the Lightroom desktop via the Creative Cloud (assuming that an internet connection is available). This will happen automatically, but can be forced by pressing the “Sync Now” button (marked Yellow).


If two fingers are held down and the one on the slider moved, the clipping mask will be shown. You can clearly see that two fingers are pressed (two red circles, when using the presentation mode). A double tap on the adjustment bar will reset this slider back to zero.



The mask can be shown for Highlights, Shadows, Whites and Blacks. 

Clicking the next icon will bring up the effects adjustment panel


Once adjustments have been made you can easily compare against the before image by holding three fingers on the image (shown below), the text (marked in Red), tells you that you are viewing the before version.


Images can be cropped in Lightroom mobile, by selecting the last option (marked Red below).


Zooming into the picture is enabled by dragging on the image with two fingers. Smart previews have a largest resolution of 2560 on the long side. The image that is being worked on is effectively a reduced size, compressed version of the RAW file. This has major benefits. Whilst on a trip recently, I was able to sync my 24mp images to Lightroom Desktop, then to Lightroom mobile and zoom in to make sure that items in the frame were sharp. With the compressed RAW files, I was also able to sync 2600 images to Lightroom mobile over a hotel WIFI network within a couple of hours (over dinner). This was a great test to make sure that the application is highly useable in a real world scenario. I have also managed to sync a small collection of images over 3G was well (but don’t recommend this, as it may cause an increase of data usage with your mobile provider). The benefits of using Smart Previews in this way, means that we can now take huge RAW files, review and pick them on the iPad and sync changes back and forth between Lightroom mobile to the Desktop.


 The most valuable item for me though is the ability to Flag my images, and create an initial selection of images.

Images can be Picked, Un-picked and un flagged by using a up or down swipe gesture on the image, or pressing the flag in the bottom left hand corner.


If changes were not desired there is always the option to go back a step at a time (marked red) through the history of changes, or back to a previous point (marked Yellow).


Notice the web view includes the adjustments from Lightroom mobile, including the pick flag.

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Changes from Lightroom on the desktop will also be synced to Lightroom Mobile. In the following example, presets have been used to   make this image look like an old film type – Fuji Neopan 1600++.

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The changes are then sent through to Lightroom mobile in seconds (will vary and depend on the bandwidth that is available).


Images can be moved or copied to different locations, by clicking on the output arrow (top right, marked Red below). From here you can share, copy the image to another collection, remove or play a slide show from this point in the collection.


Sharing from here will open up the iOS 7 share dialog box.


Of course the workflow that has just been described is great if you have a reliable internet connection. If you are not so lucky and want to use Lightroom mobile in more remote and extreme locations, then you will not be able to rely on downloading the Smart Previews on the fly. Collections can be enabled for off line editing. The three dots on the bottom right hand side of the large tile, allow selection of  “Enable Offline Editing”. As long as there is an internet connection, the smart previews / Higher resolution images will be downloaded to the iPad for editing and reviewing when a connection to the internet is not available. When this option is, Lightroom mobile will start to download the Smart Previews.

N.B this will take up space on your device. Some recent tests on my trip showed that if  30GB of original RAW files exist, then approximately 1.1gb on the iPad will be required for offline storage. For 2600 images, about 3gb or so of space was used on the iPad.


Enable for Off Line editing knows how much space is left on the device and will alert you and keep you updated. This is the workflow that i used on a a recent trip. I would sync my day shoots in the evening using the hotel WiFi, then download to the iPad. The following day whilst traveling to the next shoot/destination, I could make basic adjustments, pick my images for selection, then the same evening all adjustments would be synced back to the Lightroom mobile via the Creative Cloud and into Lightroom Desktop.


The order of the pictures can be changed. Touching on the title of the album, in this case “Holi 2014″, will show different sorting and filtering options.


Also, back in the grid view you can double click on the images to get more information about the image.

You can show any adjustments (notice the pick and adjustments marked in Red).


Also, show details of the shot (marked Red below).


Lightroom has the capability to populate the Lightroom Desktop with pictures that have been taken by the iPad camera roll. A collection can be created on Lightroom mobile (marked Red) and renamed (marked Yellow).


This will create a collection on the iPad and auto sync back to Lightroom Desktop. Pictures can be added one by one from the camera roll by selecting the “Add from Camera Roll” button, then select the images to add. Photos can be automatically added by turning on “Enable Auto Import”, pictures from the camera roll will be added to the collection when they are taken using the in built camera.


Selecting images from the camera roll is fast and not limited to just a few images.


 Once they have been selected they will be populated in Lightroom desktop (assuming that there is an internet connection). There is a link to the iPad (marked in Red) and a clearly defined place when images are imported from the iPad.

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You can then work on the pictures inside Lightroom Desktop (applied a crop to the image that has been selected below).

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Then a few adjustments are made,  split tone, vignette and some grain.

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Within a few seconds (assuming that there is an internet connection), the changes are uploaded to Lightroom mobile via Creative Cloud and are visible inside Lightroom mobile.




Hopefully you will be able to use Lightroom mobile in your extended workflow and take advantage of the amazing sync and offline capabilities that are now available.

System Requirements

Lightroom mobile is available now on iPad 2 or later, and works on iOS7 or later. You can download Lightroom Mobile App from here.

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