Archive for May, 2016

#CreativeFriday – Re-size your photographs to a larger size using Lightroom

Have you ever wanted to export your processed images from Lightroom, but at a much larger size than the original size.

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Above is a typical RAW file with some adjustments made within Lightroom. I would like the exported file to be 260cm on the long edge, with a resolution of 250 pixels per inch.

Below you can see the export dialog box (available from the Lightroom Menu / File / Export). You can see that in red, the export file type has been specified to be TIFF/16bit. Under the Image Sizing, the Long edge have been chosen (this can be changed based on your needs of course). Then the new length has been specific as 260.00cm, with a resolution of 100 Pixels per CM.

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Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 21.10.34Then clicking ‘Export’ will create the larger file in the specified location with the Lightroom adjustments applied.

Also, don’t forget, you can also up-sample an image in Photoshop as well. I wrote a blog post on this techinque a while ago when the new “Preserve Details” feature came out in the 2015 release.

 

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#CreativeFriday – Read only Libraires

The Creative Cloud Libraries got a lovely boost this week, by including the option to choose if a library collaborator is able to Read or Change a library that they have been invited to. Libraries are a great way to collaborate on assets that will be used within a document, be it inside Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, Premiere Pro or After effects. Libraries,  can be just for one person or a team, or even a whole organisation, it’s a great way to share graphics/fonts/colours/3D objects used by the team or the project.

To access your libraries on the Creative Cloud web site, navigate to creative.adobe.com. To open the Libraries, click on the Libraries link (marked in red below).

Library access

Once libraries are open, you will see something like the following. This screen is showing all the libraries that you own (or collaborating on). You will see that there is an option called ‘Collaborate’ available for each library entity. Collaborate will give you the option to add/remove people to the library.

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The new update, now enables you to invite collaborators, and specify if they are able to read or change items. When inviting collaborators, you now see the option to ‘Edit’ or the option to ‘View’.

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Once invited for edit, the contents of the shared library can be modified. If view is chosen, then they can only use the items and not change anything.

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This is a great leap forward for more controls of your assets, when using Libraries when collaboration.

 

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#CreativeFriday – Searching Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud Libraries

If you are using Creative Cloud Libraries, you are probably wondering how you would have survived without them! If you are not or just getting started, then there are a couple of things to look for, specifically around finding your content, as well as using Adobe Stock.

Here is a screen shot of a typical library in use in Photoshop (but could be any of our desktop applications).

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In total there are over 300 items in this list, which could take a while to find the item you need. Also, you may content in other libraries. To search the library that you are currently in, click on the drop down icon and choose ‘Current Library’. If in the example below, a search term left will be run across all content, within all Libraries.

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You can see below, if the word ‘abstract’ is used as a search term, then only those items that contain the search term in the name are included in the results.

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In this panel, you can also search the Adobe Stock library. This works the same as searching in a Library. Just in this case ‘Adobe Stock’ needs to be selected in the drop down, then the search term is used to find the content across our rich 50million high quality images.

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So you can see, it’s super easy to find existing content which you may have in a private or shared library, but also across Libraries that you are sharing. Then, to add additional content to your composites or designs, Adobe Stock is just a search work away. The Adobe Stock in this way is immensely powerful, unlike traditional Stock libraries where you need to head to a Browser, look, find, download, edit, license and manually replace. Adobe Stock is always there where and when you need it.

Why not get your 10 free images by heading to Stock.adobe.com, and have a go yourself. If you want to use the Stock imagery, then head to my other tutorial, which covers this in much more detail.

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