Adobe Announces Lightroom mobile for Android phones now available

I’m happy to announce that Lightroom mobile is now available for Android phones!

Lightroom mobile allows you to utilize your Android phone to review and edit images that have been synchronized using Lightroom on the desktop. Once changes are made, they are automatically synchronized back to your Lightroom catalog (on the desktop).

This post on the Lightroom Journal provides details on how to get started as well as supported features. Enjoy!

Note: It may take up to 24 hours for Lightroom mobile to be available in your local Google Play app store.

Click here to read the Lightroom mobile FAQ.

9:12 PM Permalink

Accessing Special Type Characters in Photoshop

As a follow up to Monday’s blog – here are a few shortcuts for accessing special characters within Photoshop (assuming that the font that you have selected contains those characters!).

Bullet (•) – Option + 8 (Mac) | Alt + 7 (Win)

Cent (¢) – Option + 4 (Mac) | Alt + 155 (Win)

Copyright (©) – Option + G (Mac) | Alt + 0169 (Win)

Degree (°) – Option + Shift + 8 (Mac) | Alt + 248 (Win)

Ellipsis (…) – Option + Semi-colon (Mac) | Alt + 0133 (Win)

En dash (–) – Option + dash (Mac) | Alt + 0150

Em dash (—) – Option + Shift + dash  (Mac) | Alt + 0151

Registered Trademark (®) – Option +R (Mac) | Alt + 0174 (Win)

Trademark (™) – Option + 2 (Mac) |  Alt + 0153

5:44 AM Permalink

Julieanne’s Favorite Type Shortcuts in Photoshop CC 2014

Here is a list of my favorite shortcuts for working with Type in Photoshop:

1) Basic Formatting Shortcuts:
• Command + Shift + < or > (Mac) | Control  + Shift + < or > (Win) increases/decreases point size by 1.
• Command + Option + Shift + < or > (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + < or > (Win) increases/decreases point size by 5.
• Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) left/right arrow key decreases/increases kerning (the amount of spacing between two characters).
• Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) left/right arrow key decreases/increases tracking (if greater than 2 letters are selected).
• Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) + up/down arrow increases/decreases leading (the amount of vertical space between lines in a paragraph).
• Command + Option (Mac) | Control + Alt  (Win) + up/down arrow increases/decreases leading by 5.
• Option + Shift (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) Shift + up/down arrow increases/decreases the baseline shift by 1.
• Command + Option + Shift + A (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + A (Win) reverts back to Auto Leading.
• Command + Return (Mac) | Control + Enter (Win) commits the text (simply clicking return/enter will add a line break).
• Command + Shift + L/C/R (Mac) | Control + Shift + L/C/R (Win) aligns text Left/Center/Right (when using the Horizontal Type tool).
• Command + Shift + L/C/R (Mac) | Control + Shift + L/C/R (Win) aligns Top/Center/Bottom when using the Vertical Type tool.

2) Changing Font Style
If a font “family” (Myriad or Minion for example) has a font “style” (Bold or Italic for example), then the following keyboard shortcuts will change the Font Style. If the font doesn’t contain the style then “Faux” styling will be applied.
• Command  + Shift + B (Mac) / Control + Shift + B (Win) sets Bold.
• Command + Shift + I (Mac) / Control + Shift + I (Win) sets Italic.
• Command + Shift +  K (Mac) / Control + Shift +  K (Win) sets All Caps.
• Command + Shift +  H (Mac) / Control + Shift +  H (Win) sets Small Caps.

3) Selecting Type
• Shift + Left Arrow/Right Arrow selects 1 character left/right.
• Shift + Down Arrow/Up Arrow selects 1 line down/up.
• Command + Shift + Left/Right Arrow (Mac) | Control + Shift + Left/Right Arrow  (Win) selects 1 word left/right.
•  While the type (or a portion of the type) is selected, Command + H (Mac) | Control + H (Win) hides the selected “reversed out” type enabling a more accurate preview of the type (especially when selecting a color).
• Double click the “T” (Type Layer thumbnail) in the Layers panel to select all of the type on the Layer.
• Select multiple type layers at one time (using the Layers panel) to change attributes for multiple layers at once.

4) Resizing Type — When editing type, Command-drag  (Mac) | Control-drag  (Win) the anchor points (of the bounding box) to resize the type. Add the Shift key to constrain proportions.

5) Repositioning Type—Positioning the cursor slightly outside of the Type’s bounding box, temporarily toggles the icon to the Move tool. Drag to reposition the type in the image area without first having to commit to the type.

6) Adding a New Type Layer—Shift-click the Type tool in the image area to create a new type layer when close to another type block. (Adding the Shift key prevents Photoshop from auto selecting nearby text, which can be very helpful when a image contains several type layers in close proximity).

7) The Adobe Single vs Multi-Line Composer —The overall “look and feel” of justified text can be vastly improved by calculating the justification settings based on more than one line of text in a paragraph (as opposed to setting each line individually).  The next time you create a block of paragraph text in Photoshop, select the type and use the shortcut• Command + Option + Shift + T (Mac) | Control + Alt + Shift + T (Win) to toggle between the Adobe Single-line and Every-line Composer. The Adobe Every-line Composer will almost always produce tighter, better-looking paragraphs with more consistent spacing.

8) Paragraph Formatting Shortcuts
• Command + Option + Shift + H (Mac) / Control + Alt + Shift + H (Win) toggles paragraph hyphenation on/off.
• When creating Paragraph (or “Area”) type, Option -click (Mac) | Alt -click (Win) in the image area to set the width and height of the paragraph type bounding box.
• Command + Shift + J (Mac) | Control  + Shift + J (Win) will justify the paragraph and left justify the last line.
• Command + Shift + F (Mac) | Control  + Shift + F (Win) will justify the paragraph AND justify the last line.

9) Warping Type Layers — To warp multiple layers of text as a single unit, select the layers and convert them into a single Smart Object. Then, add the warp. (Edit > Transform > Warp or Type > Warp Text)

10) Changing the Color of Type
• Option + Delete (Mac) | Alt  + Backspace (Win) fills any selected type with the foreground color.
• Command + Delete (Mac) | Control + Backspace (Win) fills any selected type with the background color.
Note: If the type layer is selected, but no individual letters within the text block are selected (there isn’t any text insertion point in the text), these shortcuts will change the color of all of the type on a layer.

11) Previewing Fonts
Now that Photoshop displays live font previews in the image area, you might want to turn off the preview in the font menu (allowing you to see more of your image, and less of the menu). Choose  Type > Font Preview Size > None to turn off (or make smaller) the font preview menu.

The video below has more information on Instant Font Preview, Font Search and Typekit Features in Photoshop CC:

And here is more information on Typekit Font Matching in Photoshop CC

And a blog post about System Font Matching and Sub Pixel Rendering in Photoshop CC

What to know how to set default Type Styles in Photoshop CC? Watch the video below.

Learn more about Paragraph and Character Styles in the following Photoshop video:

I’m sure that there are more shortcuts that you find useful. If so, please share!

5:15 AM Permalink

Photoshop CC 2014 FAQ Available – Features That Require Video Card Usage (GPU)

The advantages of using a compatible video card (GPU) with Photoshop are  better performance and access to more features. In this document, you will quickly find out everything you need to know about how Photoshop uses the Video Card (GPU) in your system including troubleshooting steps and features that have been recently updated to take advantage of the GPU.

This document provides a quick reference guide to video card usage in Photoshop. Some features require a compatible video card. If the video card or its driver is defective or unsupported, those features don’t work. Other features use the video card for acceleration; if the card or driver is defective, those features run slowly.

Thank you Tina and Adam for putting this together!

5:30 AM Permalink

Creating Trees in Photoshop CC 2014

Did you know that Photoshop CC has the ability to create really cool trees? Although the feature was first available in the CC release, it was greatly improved for the 2014 release and was made much more discoverable by moving it  (from the hard-to-find option under scripted patterns within the Fill dialog), to the Filter menu. Living in the filter menu, it  is able to create a live preview and can render the trees 5-15 times faster than before. In addition, you can choose from over 30 tree types and refine them using several new parameters including the ability to change the size and type of leaves as well as the height of branches. It’s important to note that these trees are not clip art. They can be altered (randomized) to create slightly different, unique trees every time the filter is run!!

Here are examples of  some of the different types of trees (shown with their default leaves). If you would like to see all of these examples larger (and with more detail), click here to download the PDF.2015 Trees

Threes from left to right, top to bottom: Redwood, Ginko, Young Maple, Aspen,  Populus Nigra, Yound Ash, Willow, Young Robina, Sakura Cherry Blossom, Fraxinus Griffithii. Acer, Palm, Bamboo, Cyprus, Stylized Tree #.

Top Row: Redwood, Ginko, Young Maple, Aspen, Populus Nigra. Middle Row:Young Ash, Willow, Young Robina, Sakura Cherry Blossom, Fraxinus Griffithii. Bottom Row: Acer, Palm, Bamboo, Cyprus 2, Stylized Tree 3.

Here are the different types of Leaves Type that you can apply to the branches of the trees:


And, you can change the angle of the light.

Lighting set to 180, 135, 90, 45, and 0 degrees.

Light Direction set to: 180, 135, 90, 45, and 0 degrees.

The camera angle can be changed as well.

Camera tilt set to 0, 12, and 24.

Camera Tilt set to 0, 12, and 24.

You can choose anywhere between bare branches to thick, bushy, leaves.

Number of Leaves set to 0, 20, 40, 60, and 100.

Leaves Amount set to 0, 20, 40, 60, and 100.

The leaf size is also adjustable.

Leaf Size set to 1, 50, 100, 150, and 200.

Leaves Size set to 1, 50, 100, 150, and 200.

You can alter the branches height (where the branches begin extruding from the tree), as well as the branches thickness.

Branch Height set to 70, 184, and 300. Branch Thickness set to 0, 100, and 200.

Branches Height set to 70, 184, and 300. Branches Thickness set to 0, 100, and 200.

Of course you can create your own tree/leaf (not-of-this-world) combination as well as customize the leaf color.

Different leaf and tree combinations as well as custom colors.

Different leaf and tree combinations as well as custom colors.

Leaves can be “locked” so that they don’t rotate (this can result in more of an illustrative look). Leaves and Branches can have natural or flat shading and leaves can be rendered with additional contrast. Even the color of the branches can be modified.

Normal and Locked leaves (note that they aren't rotating), normal and "flat" shading for branches, normal, flat and enhanced contrast for leaves and custom branch colors are all additional options.

Top Row: Normal and Leaves Rotation Lock applied. Normal and “flat” shading examples for branches. Bottom Row: Normal, Flat Shading, and Enhanced Contrast applied to leaves, and custom branch color applied.

If you check the “Randomize Shapes” option, the branches and leaves change every time (even if you keep all other options the same).  In other words, you have no control over the  branch/leaves shapes – it’s completely random. (even if you keep all of the other options the same).  This can be very useful if you want to make a number of trees that are are similar to one another, but not identical. For example, if you automate the Tree filter using Actions, each tree will be unique in the forest.

With the Randomize button the attributes are changed every time a tree is created.

With the Randomize button the Branches and Leaves attributes are changed every time a tree is created.

If, on the other hand, you uncheck “Randomize Shapes”, you can render trees with identical branches and leaves. In the illustration below, the first and second tree was rendered with the Randomize Shapes checked and you can see that they’re identical. If, however, you do not like the shape of the branches and leaves on the tree you can use the Arrangement slider to modify them. In the third and fourth tree below, I kept the Randomize Shapes unchecked but moved the arrangement slider to create a different combination of branches and leaves.
With the Randomize button unchecked, the first two trees are identical. Using the Arrangement slider modify the next two trees (Arrangement set to 50 and 100).

With the Randomize button unchecked, the first two trees are identical. The Arrangement slider was then used to modify the third and fourth trees (Arrangement set to 50 and 100).

After you have created the desired tree, use the Custom menu at the top of the Trees dialog to save those settings to use in the future or share with friends. And, a little known fact, the Tree filter can follow paths! For example, using the custom shape tool to create a heart and then creating a Willow or Pine tree without any leaves is illustrated below.


I have also found that Puppet warp can be very helpful when trying to make small adjustments to a tree to reshape them.

Have Fun!

5:26 AM Permalink

Visual Memories – The Year in Review

I can’t believe that it’s already the end of the 2014! I’ve created a slideshow with my favorite images that I’ve posted over the past year on Instagram. I enjoy reflecting on the year to try to discover relationships between events in my life. I would strongly encourage you to create a collection of your own images for the year – I have found both the process and the results to be very insightful. Happy Holidays!

And, if you’re interested, below are are the videos from the past 3 years:

2013 Fractured Moments

2012 Moments Alone

2011 The Red Thread

5:55 AM Permalink

Julieanne’s 68 Favorite Photoshop CC Features

If you have recently updated to Creative Cloud, here is an updated list of my 68 favorite new  tools, feature enhancements, and productivity improvements since Photoshop CS6. Have fun!


1/50 Refinements to the Crop Tool

2/50 – Making Nondestructive Adjustments using Liquify in Photoshop CC

3/50 -Applying Non-destructive Field, Tilt & Iris Blur Filters in Photoshop CC

4/50 – How to Add Realistic Spinning Motion Blur Effects using Spin Blur in Photoshop CC

5/50 – Using Path Blur to Add Motion Blur Effects Along a Path in Photoshop CC

6/50 – Re-Editable Rounded Rectangles in Photoshop CC (Live Shapes)

7/50 Disabling Photoshop’s Properties Panel from Auto Showing on Shape Creation

8/50 –  Path Creation and Selection Improvements in Photoshop CC

9/50 – Upright Perspective Corrections in Camera Raw for Photoshop CC

10/50 – Sync Upright’s Numeric Transforms in Camera Raw

11/50 – The Radial Filter in Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

12/50 – The Graduated and Radial Filter’s New Brush Feature in Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

13/50 – The Advanced Healing Brush in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

14/50 – Additional Secrets of the Advanced Healing Brush (Spot Removal Tool) in Adobe Camera Raw

15/50 – Using Adobe Camera Raw as a Smart Filter  to Create a High Dynamic Range ( HDR) Image

16/50 – Setting Default Type Styles in Photoshop CC

17/50 – System Font Matching and Sub Pixel Rendering in Photoshop CC

18/50 – Typekit Font Matching in Photoshop CC

19/50 – Font Search, Instant Type Preview and Typkit Features in Photoshop CC

20/50 – Camera Shake Reduction as a Smart Filter in Photoshop CC

21/50 – The Crop Tool, Workflow Options and Image Size in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CC

22/50 – Workflow Presets Now Available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

23/50 – New Save Image Options in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

24/50 – New Image Sizing Options in Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

25/50 – Soft Proofing Now Available in Adobe Camera Raw 8.1 for Photoshop CC

26/50 – Improved Image Size and Smart Sharpen Technologies in Photoshop CC

27/50 – Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC

28/50 – Converting Embedded Smart Objects and Packaging Linked Files in Photoshop CC

29/50 – How to Align and Distribute Layers using Smart Guides in Photoshop CC

30/50 – How to Use Layer Comps for Multi State Mock-ups in Photoshop CC

31/50 – Reducing Color Noise using Adobe Camera Raw

32/50 – Reposition and Duplicate Local Adjustment Brush Adjustments in Photoshop CC

33/50 – Interactive Histogram and LAB Color Readouts in Camera Raw

34/50 – Adding Grain to Image Sequences (Time Lapse) in Camera Raw

35/50 – Red Eye Removal Enhancements in Camera Raw

36/50 – Camera Raw Previews in Photoshop CC

37/50 – Per-Panel Preview in Camera Raw in Photoshop CC

38/50 – Save to Behance from Photoshop CC

39/50 – Conditional Actions in Photoshop CC

40/50 – How to Remove Distracting Elements using the Enhanced Content Aware Tools in Photoshop CC

41/50 – How to Use Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC

42/50 – Apply an Arrow Along A Path Using Photoshop CC

43/50 – Create Unique Trees in Photoshop CC

44/50 – Adding a Picture Frame (Border) in Photoshop

45/50 – Additional Filters Available for 32-bit Files in Photoshop CC (v14.1)

46/50 – How to Use Focus Area to Make Selections in Photoshop CC

47/50 – Refining a Selection with the Maximum and Minimum Filters in Photoshop CC

48/50 – Color Range Improvements in Photoshop CC

49/50 – Automatic Asset Creator – Generator in Photoshop CC

50/50 – Sync Settings in Photoshop CC

51/55 But Wait, There’s More – Additional New Features for Photoshop CC!

52/55 – Color and Brush Panel Enhancements in Photoshop CC

53/55 – The Experimental Feature Manager in Photoshop CC

54/55 – 3D Printing and Manipulation in Photoshop CC

 55/55 Exporting Color Lookup Tables in Photoshop CC

56 Extract Assets for Generator  in Photoshop CC

57 Tips and Tutorials Accessible via Photoshop’s Welcome Screen  in Photoshop CC

58 Flame Generator Filter  in Phtoshop CC

59 New Guide Layout and Guide From Shape in Photoshop CC

60 The Libraries Panel in Photoshop CC

61 Modifying Selections in Photoshop CC

62 Feathering the Edges of a Selection along the Edge of a Document in Photoshop CC

63 Quick Photoshop CC Shortcuts: Improvements to Layer Groups, updates to Live Shape Properties, and new Fill Options

64 Layer Visibility and Locking Layers shortcuts in Photoshop CC.

65 Overscroll Documents Feature in Photoshop CC

66 Animation Support for 3D Printing in Photoshop CC

67 “Rigged File Support and 3D Animations in Photoshop CC

68 3D PDF Import/Export in Photoshop CC

5:07 AM Permalink

5 years and 1,600 Photoshop and Lightroom Tips, Tricks and Techniques

For the past five years (where did the time go?), I’ve been posting a Photoshop or Lightroom Tip, Trick or Technique almost every weekday. Next year, I’m going to post less often, but hope to cover features and techniques more in-depth. Thank you all for your support over the years!

(Of course all of the past tips will remain on my blog – just use the search box to quickly find past posts on the topic you’re interested in.)

5:10 AM Permalink

Changing Brush Size Quickly in Camera Raw

To quickly change the size of the Adjustment Brush in Camera Raw, Control -click (Mac) | Right -click Win drag left/right to decrease/increase the size of the brush. Add the Shift key and drag left/right to decrease/increase the Feather value.

5:05 AM Permalink

Updating “Modified” Linked Content in Photoshop CC 2014 

Photoshop CC 2014 makes it really easy to update a Linked Smart Object when changes are made to the external, linked file. In the illustration below, I have placed a graphic that was created in Adobe Illustrator into my Photoshop document. The image is still being refined by another artist on my team.


The Pattern graphic was added into this document using the File > Place Linked command in Photoshop.

After the artist updated the graphic (the linked document) in Illustrator, I opened the “master” document. Photoshop automatically displays a warning icon in both the Layers and Properties panel. Photoshop doesn’t automatically update the master document with the updated linked file because, in some instances,  you might not want that updated version – perhaps you disagree with the artist’s updates.  : )


To update the link, click on the Icon in the Properties panel and choose Update Modified Content.


Voilà! The master document is updated.


5:42 AM Permalink

Duplicating Documents in Photoshop

When creating illustrations for this blog for example, I often want to duplicate the open document -leaving the original in it’s current state and creating a duplicate document to make the changes to. Although I could choose Image > Duplicate, name the duplicate document, and click OK, I find it more efficient to click the “Create New Document from Current State” icon at the bottom of the History panel.

5:44 AM Permalink

Using Multiple Windows in Photoshop CC

When doing detail work on an image (where, for example, you might need to be zoomed in to a very small portion of the overall image), it can be helpful to open a secondary window in order to see the changes that you are making in relationship to the entire photograph or design. To do so, simply select Window > Arrange > New Window For (XXX).

5:07 AM Permalink

Creating A Simple Slideshow in Photoshop

If you’ve ever wanted to quickly create a slideshow from a sequence of images in Photoshop, start in Bridge and select your images. (Ideally, the images that you select in Bridge should be at the correct size and in the order that you want them to be in your slideshow.) Then, choose Tools > Photoshop > Load Files into Photoshop Layers.


In Photoshop, select all of the layers by choosing Select > All Layers – or use the shortcut Command + Option + A (Mac) | Control + Alt + A (Win).  Then, to reverse the order of the layers, choose Layer > Arrange > Reverse. (For some reason, Photoshop loads the layers so that the first layer ends up at the top of the layer stack, which is most likely the reverse order that you intended).


In the Timeline panel, click Create Video Timeline. This adds all of the selected layers to the Timeline.


In the Timeline panel, click the filmstrip icon and choose New Video Group From Clips. This will sequence all of the photographs, one after another, in the timeline.


Add audio by clicking the Musical Notes icon on the Timeline and selecting Add Audio. Trim the audio clip if necessary.


Choose File > Export > Render Video and select the desired preset from the list or enter your own custom values.

Of course, if you’re working with Lightroom, you can create a video using the Slideshow panel, however if you want to use Photoshop’s tools (such as adjustment layers, Smart Filters, and animated layer masks), to enhance the images, then Photoshop is a great way to get your feet wet without learning another program.

And don’t worry, if you decide to get more “involved” with video and motion graphics, then Premiere and After Effect will be waiting for you.  : )

For more information on working with stills and video in Photoshop (including how to add filters, work with adjustment layers, create animated masks and work with timelapse, check out the videos below. Note: some were recorded with CS6, but are still relevant today!

Working with Video in Photoshop CS6

How to Pan and Zoom Video in Photoshop CS6

Masking Video for Special Effects in Photoshop CS6

Quick Tip – Creating Masks to Move Over Time in Photoshop CS6

5:05 AM Permalink

Using the Gradient Tool in a Layer Mask in Photoshop

When drawing with the default gradient in a mask, if the mask isn’t quite right, it’s easy to draw another gradient to replace the first one.

Dragging the Default gradient from white to black, hides the adjustment in the lower portion of the image.

Dragging the default gradient from white to black hides the adjustment in the lower portion of the image.

However dragging a second gradient replaces the first one.

By default, dragging a second gradient replaces the first one.

If, however, you want to draw a secondary gradient that will add to or subtract from the mask (instead of replacing it), change the blend mode for the Gradient tool to Multiply (to add black) or Screen (to add white) and then drag the second gradient.

Setting the Gradient to screen will add the lighter portion of the gradient while hiding black.

Setting the Gradient tool’s blend mode to screen (before dragging the second gradient) will add the lighter values to the mask. If you are hiding an area and want the darker values of the Gradient to show, then change the Gradient Tool’s blend mode to Multiply.

Note: in the example above, I selected Edit > Undo to undo the gradient that drew in the second illustration before changing the blend mode to Screen and redrawing the gradient.

Of course there are other ways to draw masks, but I find this to be straightforward. Plus if you use the radial gradient you can create a cool looking “bubble mask” by drawing multiple black to white radial gradients with the Gradient tool’s  blend mode set to Darken – although I’ve never actually used a bubble mask like this for anything useful – but I’m sure that someone has!


5:07 AM Permalink

Shortcut to Reset Dialog Boxes in Photoshop

In almost all of the dialog boxes in Photoshop, holding the Option + (Mac) | Alt  + (Win) key toggles the Cancel option to Reset.

And, more often than not, while in those same dialog boxes, Command + “+” (plus)  (Mac) | Control  (Win) +” (plus) zooms in and Command +  “-” (minus) (Mac) | Control  (Win) + “-” (minus) will zoom out.

5:06 AM Permalink