Archive for July, 2016

#CreativeFriday – Face Aware Liquify – Photoshop 2015.5

You may have seen the great new Face Aware Liquify feature in the last update to Photoshop CC. It’s a wonderful tool, and designed to help with your image manipulation around the face and remove the complexities that existed around working with faces previsouly.

Let’s take this image. I met this father and son in Bhutan a few years ago and I thought would make a great image. The only issue is that, whilst taking the shot, the son is looking away from the camera.

The second and last shot that I have is the following

On this occasion, they are both looking at the camera, but not smiling.

This is a great real world usecase for the new Face Aware liquify in Photoshop CC 2015.5. Face Aware Liquify first made an appearance in the mobile application Photoshop Fix.

The Face Aware liquify is available under the Filter / Liquify menu option (i’m using this on a Smart Object, which gives me a way to apply the effect, then to change it if required, or to fine tune, all non destructively of course).

FixSmile-FaceAwareLiquifyOnce inside the Liquify tool, with the Face selected. Photoshop will automatically recognise all faces, and intelligently search and find the eyes, nose, mouth and face edges, then allow you to re-configure using the sliders on the right hand side.

Just a quick movement on the smile tool, either directly on the picture, or by using the slides on the right hand side panel, will correct this image and put a slight smile on the both people.

SmileFixedIt’s a very simple process and takes a couple of minutes. It’s worth an explore to see what else is achievable, you might event want to create something like the following.

Young handsome man in glasses smiling

#CreativeFriday – Photoshop 2015.5 – Match Font

Inside Photoshop CC 2015.5 a new feature for designers was introduced, Match Font. The idea of match font is to help and identify and find similar fonts from an image or any kind of capture that has no information about the font that was used, then to provide similar fonts for you to use in your own designs. This feature has the ability to save huge amounts of time to create your masterpiece. Let’s take this image below, which I grabbed from my phone camera.


To identify the font and provide a list of similar matched fonts, just place a marque around the font or letters required and let Photoshop CC 2015.5 do the work. In this case ‘ZOO’ is marked and the menu item Type / Match font is selected.


Once ‘Match Font’ runs, the similar fonts will be shown. These fonts can be from Typekit, as well as fonts on your system. If the font that is similar is on Typekit, and it’s not been downloaded to your system yet, then click the cloud download icon and it will be installed on the fly, directly into the desktop applications (without the need to close anything down).


Once the font has been downloaded, it will be available without closing down Photoshop CC.

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 21.18.39

This feature is a welcome addition to anyone that finds a font in the real world, but would otherwise be tricky to identify, saving you huge amounts of wasted time, and allowing you to get on with your creativity.


#CreativeFriday – Adobe Stock Creative Cloud Update (2015.x)

You might not have noticed, but in the last Creative Cloud update, Adobe Stock received an update as well. Adobe Stock now has deeper integration from the outset, both in the desktop apps, as well as from the browser. This release really streamlines the Stock usage and licensing process.

1. If you are searching for Stock Assets, you might have noticed on the browser view the open in…


When engaging with the asset, you now you have “Open Preview in …” as well as “Open in..”. The top Open in is from the last session and will open the Stock asset (either Licensed or Preview) directly into the last application that used in the last session. The Open In at the bottom of the panel, will open the asset in an application of your choice. This means there is no more downloading to the desktop and manually placing into your canvas/timeline of the desktop app.

Also, you still have the ability to load the asset direct to the Creative Cloud Library from this panel as well.

2. If you prefer to use the save to Creative Cloud Library, the asset (either preview or licensed) will automatically sync to the Library that was selected on the browser, and into the library panel with the Desktop applications.


In previous release you had to license the asset from the Library panel itself. In this update, you can now right click on the layer that contains the preview/watermarked stock asset, and from within the pop-up menu, the asset can be licensed.


Now licensing Adobe Stock imagery only takes a single step to license an image, regardless of if anything has been adjusted (using Layers, Effects, Adjustments etc). If lots of Stock imagery has been used across many layers to complete your composite or artwork , then this licensing feature will save you heaps of time.

Did you see the Make A Masterpiece series yet ?