The Adobe Photoshop What A Tip Contest closed on May 5, 2019 @ 11:59 PM PST. There were many useful tweets and encouraging community participation. We’re now ready with the results!
While choosing the winners, we went with the quality and number of contributions eligible as per the contest rules. And here’s who we chose:
- First Prize: Stephen G Petrany. Stephan is a full-time designer and part-time instructor at Bradley University, USA. View his Linkedin profile here. Stephan wins an Amazon Gift Voucher worth US $150.
- Second Prize: Karandeep Sachar. Karandeep is a Senior Technical Writer working with Information Mosaic, New Delhi, India. View his Linkedin profile here. Karandeep wins an Amazon Gift Voucher worth US $100.
Congratulations, winners! We’ll soon be in touch with you with details of your prizes.
- Joel Brandt and Samartha Vashishtha
The Photoshop Generator feature offers great flexibility in the ways you can rename layers/layer groups to specify size and quality parameters. Stepping beyond the recommendations in the Help article, this blog post looks at some valid variations that you can use while tagging layer/layer group names.
Before we begin, let’s look at the conventions followed in this blog post:
- The filename portion of a layer/layer group name can include space characters. For example:
250% Foo Bar Baz.gif
Result: Generates a single file named Foo Bar Baz.gif scaled by 250%
- While specifying absolute sizes, you can omit the space character between the height and the width. For example:
Result: Generates a 100 px x 80 px-sized PNG file named foo.png
- Do add a space character between the size parameter (prefix) and the layer name. For example:
- You can omit the space character following the separator (, or +). For example, any of the following layer names generates two files—foo 1.png and foo 2.jpg—from the tagged layer:
foo 1.png,foo 2.jpg
foo 1.png, foo 2.jpg
foo 1.png+foo 2.jpg
foo 1.png + foo 2.jpg
- Do not add a space character between an absolute size dimension and its unit. For example, the following layer names are invalid:
80 x 100 px imagename.png
4 in x100 imagename.png
90 mm x120 cm imagename.png
- Do not add a space character between the layer name and the suffix. For example, the following layer/layer group name is invalid:
100×100 imagename.png 5%
While specifying the size parameter, it’s OK to mix and match the supported units—px, cm, mm, and in.
If no unit is specified for a dimension, Photoshop assumes it to be px.
- 80 x 100px foo.png
- 4in x100 foo.png
- 90mm x120cm foo.png
While specifying absolute sizes, you can use the ? wildcard in place of a dimension.
- 100x? foo.png
- ?x60in foo.png
Hyphenated quality parameters
You can add a hyphen before the quality parameter (suffix) to make your layer/layer group names more readable.
Some other Don’t’s
- Don’t use unsupported units.
- Don’t mix absolute and relative sizes. For example, the following layer name is not valid:
50% 80×100 foo.png
- Don’t specify out-of-bounds values. For example:
That’s all for now! Hope you have fun using Generator and other exciting enhancements in the September 2013 release of Photoshop. In case you haven’t already reviewed the What’s New, here’s the link.
We’ve just published two new articles in the CQ best practice series:
A list of the five articles published so far is at this URL. In the days to come, we’ll post more best practices, tips, and tricks that you can apply to your work.
You can disable content indexing to improve Content Services ES2 performance. However, keep in mind that disabling indexing will also disable text-based search within new content. To disable indexing:
- In the adobe-contentservices.ear file, navigate to
LiveCycle Content Services.ear/contentservices.war/WEB-INF/classes/alfresco/model and open the contentModel.xml file for editing.
- Locate the following line:
- Set the index enabled and tokenized properties to false.
- Change <index enabled=”true”> to <index enabled=”false”>.
- Change <tokenized>true </tokenised> to <tokenized>false </tokenised>.
For additional performance improvements, you can disable the conversions required for indexing. To disable conversions:
- In adobe-contentservices.ear, browse to
- Preserve a backup of the custom-metadata-extractors-context file.
- Delete this file from the EAR.
I recently contributed an article on my favorite FrameMaker tips to Indus, the newsletter of the India chapter of STC. Check out the article here!