Archive for April, 2014

#CreativeFriday – Watermarks, Print Templates and Tethering into Lightroom

There are many times when an image or text is required to be overlayed on your images. This might be when an image is published to the web (in the form a a copyright logo/text), or maybe at an event where logos are overlaid and printed on the output. This blog post will explain how to set up text and graphics for an overlay, as well as including the overlay on a tethered capture.

Lightroom accepts both JPG and PNG files for watermarks, both of which are easy to create. We will use Photoshop CC to create a simple .PNG image overlay. The Benefit of using Photoshop CC, is that you can use anything for your image overlay and get it exactly where you need every time.


The first step is to think about the dimensions/size of the final output (you can change it later, but I find it best to design this early in the process.


The example used here is based on a standard 6×4 output.

First, open up Photoshop CC and create a canvas with an aspect ration of 6 inches by 4 inches, making sure that the background is transparent (this is import, as it will let the image be displayed through it (remember the watermark overlay will be above the image in it’s stacking order).


Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 13.34.16Photoshop CC will now show the transparent canvas

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Graphics and the like can be added to your overlay design. In this example, there is a simple piece of text (Font is coming from Typekit), as well as the Adobe logo and a white rectangle with a blurred edge.

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You can see that we have used the “Facit” font which has been downloaded as part of the Typekit Fonts.

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Save the template for Lightroom in the .PNG format. It’s also worth while saving the .PSD file as we may need to revisit it at a later time.

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Open Lightroom and head over to the Print module (Lightroom 5.4 is being used in this example).

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A new page setup will need to be created, to do this click on the “Page Setup” marked in Red below. For the image size that i’ve chosen in this example, a preset does not exist, so a new custom one will need to be created. Clicking on the “Manage Custom Sizes..” will take us to the custom page editor.

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A new page can be created by clicking on the “+” button on the dialog. Name the page preset as appropriate (in this case I have called it 6×4), then specify the width and height values.

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Press OK.

Inside the Print module of Lightroom (marked Red). You can see that the Single Image / Contact sheet (marked Yellow) has been selected. An image has also been loaded into the image area (done by selecting a picture) in the filmstrip. Within the Layout configuration (marked Purple) the margins have been zeroed, 1 row and column selected, as well as the cell size equalling the size of the page setup (6in x 4in (ruler units can be changed if required)).

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Open the “Page” tab (right hand side of the print module in Lightroom, “Watermarking” (Marked Red) has been enabled by clicking on on the tick box, then click on the “None” combo box to open the watermark selector. Notice there are already a few watermarks set up, and am able to call upon any saved ones when needed. To create a new one, select “Edit Watermark” (marked Yellow). The Watermark dialog will appear (marked Green).

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By default text might be enabled (radio button at the top of the panel). The text that is used for the watermark is shown and is editable on the bottom right hand side (under the picture). The Font can also be changed under the text options, including fonts from Typekit (which are now available if you are a Creative Cloud subscriber, if not then you can access a 30 day trial here).

To enable graphics, click on the Graphics radio button selector in the top right hand side of this panel. Then choose the .PNG file that  was created in Photoshop CC earlier.

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The transparent file will be shown over the example picture that was selected earlier.

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Under the watermark effects, physical attributes can be changed, i.e. Opacity, size (if the Photoshop page size was done correctly, this should need to be set to Proportional and 100%, otherwise, these can be adjusted), The anchor point can be changed as well, centre has been used on this example.

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But looking at the overlay, there is some of the underlying image missing, the original template needs to be changed to make the white rectangle more opaque,  just need to head back over to Photoshop CC and adjust the opacity of the white area. The adjustment is marked in Red below.

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Re-save the file as the .PNG version and re-load the image in to the Lightroom Watermark dialog. You can see the change makes more sense and shows the whole image.

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Before Save is pressed, you can update the current watermark or create a new one by opening the combo box (marked “RC (edited) above), at the top of the watermark editor dialog (shown below).

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Save the watermark. The image should update in Lightroom

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The print job can be set up as well, Printer configuration has been completed in the example, however, you can also create a JPG file as well from the result.

A Saved print can be made by clicking on the Create Saved Print button (marked Red below), then naming it and selecting the options.

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I would also recommend that a Lightroom template is made. Navigate to the Lightroom Print Templates and click on the “+”sign. Then name the template as needed and press Create.

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Once the template has been created a right click will update it with subsequent changes, as well as able to export and import other templates in other Lightroom’s (if you are transferring the templates, you might need to also transfer the image used for the overlay as well).


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One useful purpose and a trigger for this post is event photography, having images captured via tethering and having the watermark automatically applied. To do this, Plug the camera into the computer using a tether cable (or your preferred method). Head over to the library module and start tethered capture.

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Once tethered capture has been selected, you will need to select a few options (like the shoot name). This name will be used later to select the images captured.

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Press OK. The tethered tool bar will appear and should connect to the camera. Notice that a development setting can be applied at the time of tether, this will allow you to make your prints with a development preset already having been applied, giving your prints  finished look. Also, notice the name of the session appears on the left hand side of the Library module.

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To make sure that the print template is applied to the images that are taken in this shoot, a smart collection can be used to hold the images coming in from the camera (this is nice and clean, especially if you are showing clients that are with you in the shoot). Locate the collections panel in the Library module and click on the “+” icon, then select the “Create Smart Collection” as shown below (marked Red).

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The Smart Collection will need some more information (i.e. where to find the images), for this make a rule that will select all images where the folder name contains all of the words of the tethered capture shoot name, in this example “Studio Session 2”.

Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 16.35.21Head over to the Print module, select the newly made Smart Collection, the film strip should be empty. Any pictures taken on the camera as part of the tether should will be placed in this Smart Collection and have the template applied automatically. Markings in Red are the configurations in Lightroom, the areas marked Yellow will create the Print or the file.


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The last thing, is that the operator just needs to press CTRL+P and the result will be printed on the printer.



Typekit Desktop Fonts Available for All Including the Photographers Bundle

In January 2014 the Adobe Typekit team launched their fonts to be synchronised via the Creative Cloud Desktop App and used on the Desktop inside the Creative Apps (or any apps on the desktop) as well as on web sites. So far the response has been fantastic, with more that 140,000 users syncing fonts, and using them within their designs in the desktop applications.

Starting today (April 24th), all individual Creative Cloud users at all plan levels, including the Photography Bundle and free memberships, will be able to sync fonts to their desktop for use in the applications. Free and open source fonts are now available to use in any Adobe or third-party application on Windows and OS X – that’s over 130 fonts, including the entire Adobe Source collection, popular families from League of Movable Type, and more.

To access the fonts, open up the Creative Cloud Desktop App.

The Creative Cloud Desktop app can sync the fonts to your desktop and NEEDS to be enabled all of the time to have the fonts available for use. If the Font sync is turned off your Creative Cloud desktop app will most likely look like the following.

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To turn Font sync on, you need to click on the “Turn Font Sync On” button in the middle of the panel. Othewise, you can click on the cog (placed in the top right of the app), and choose “Preferences”.

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Then choose Fonts and click the “On” for the  Sync on/off option.

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Once the Fonts are enabled for sync you can then choose which font to download by clicking on the blue button “Browse Fonts on Typekit” (manage fonts is covered at the end of this post).

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Browse Fonts on Typekit

This option will take you to, desktop fonts and allow you to filter and search for the font that you need (accessing from the Creative Cloud should login you automatically, however, you can also manually navigate to this website and log in from anywhere, your font’s will then be downloaded to the computers where the Creative Cloud Desktop app is running and syncing).

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Once the Font has been selected, you can see previews of the Font weights etc.  You can choosing to download the font to the desktop by clicking the “Use Fonts” button marked in Red below).

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Once the font has been chosen for usage(by clicking on the desktop icon under the font itself (marked Red above) it will be added to the download queue.

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Once the font has completed syncing, it will be displayed in the Creative Cloud Notification area

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and will be visible in the Fonts list as part of the Creative Cloud Desktop App.

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The Fonts are also available in the apps.

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Selecting Manage Fonts from the Creative Cloud App will take you to your account page and the Font’s that are already synced page on

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#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 “”. 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 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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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..

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.



#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 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.








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 (

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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 You can also Subscribe via RSS.


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.