#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.

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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.

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#CreativeFriday – Content Aware Crop in Photoshop 2015.5

Well big news this week with the launch of the new update to Photoshop CC 2015.5 !

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Content aware crop is a super feature that I think will save lots of time when working on crop correction with some of your images. Take this image below.

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This shot was taken in Mongolia at a Buzkashi, at one of the Nadaam’s outside of Ulgi (Western Mongolia). This event is fast paced and the scene is changing every second, so grabbing the perfect shot is challenging. I also shot this on a 90mm lens, so we were pretty close to the action.

One of my philosophies with photography is trying to fill the frame with activity and elements of the scene, in turn, my images tend to be quite tight to the edges (not to tight of course). In this case, the image horizon is not level, and neither are the horses. In this case I would normally leave the image alone and not do anything with it, as fixing it would take to long (probably more than 5 or 10 minutes, as well taking a few steps to correct the errors). However, with the new content aware crop tool, things now are managed for me and takes seconds, with just a single step.

When the image is rotated and the crop previewed (without the addition of content aware) the problem is evident.

The tail of the horse on the right hand side will be chopped off, as well as the nose of the left hand side horse. As soon as the Content-Aware check box is turned on, the canvas will be extended to accommodate the original aspect ratio and Photoshop CC will automatically manage any empty spaces that have been created.


Also Photoshop CC 2015.5 comes with performance and quality improvements to the content aware family, so the results should be significantly superior than before.


Final image, the crop is complete and the image is completely useable in just a few seconds of work.

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#CreativeFriday – 3D Look’s in Photoshop CC from Adobe Capture

Adobe Capture on the iPhone/iPad and Android phones has supported 3D Look /LUT creation for a while, but recently Photoshop CC was enhanced to be able to consume this content for application to a video(s) or still image(s).

Adobe Capture is a lovely app which allows capture of real world textures, patterns, colours as well as a colour spectrum for 3D looks/LUT’s from anything that you point the phone camera at. Below is a screen shot of some tones captured from a series of regular household items.


Because Adobe capture is configured to automatically sync to the Creative Cloud and then to the desktop apps (in this case MyLibrary), any assets that are created, will be available in Photoshop CC (in this case), almost immediately, marked below in the bottom red box.

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Once in Photoshop CC, it can be added to an image or video, really quickly.

Images. To use on an image, just click on the Look in the Library and it will be applied as a layer to the layer stack.

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When used on video, just click the Look and a new layer with the Look will be applied, but you will most likely want to drag it out of the group, into it’s own layer, depending how it’s going to be used.

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I think that this support for Colour Looks’/Lut’s has got a lot of mileage to be very creative on making these types of assets for use on video or images in Photoshop CC.

#CreativeFriday – Lightroom CC 2015.6 – Guided Upright

Lightroom 6.6 and Lightroom CC 2015.6 was were released this week. The post is focused on the new features that are now shipping with Lightroom CC 2015.6, which is the new Guided Upright tool.


I’ve found that working with the tool for my recent film scans is incredible (as well as for my digital work of course). The reason why i’ve focused this blog on traditional film, is that it’s quite challenging to get the images corrected without having to head over to Photoshop CC, especially when working with complex angles. Typically i will head to Photoshop CC and use the “Adaptive wide Angle filter”, but does cost me time when i have many images to process.

Let is take this image, of this old school scanned negative


As this Helter Skelter is quite tall, the angle of the photo was taken from below, therefore the converging verticals are to strong.

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Selecting the “Auto” feature in the Transform panel, does’t fix the issue, just rotates the image.

So, on this occasion, i’m going to select the new “Guided Upright” tool, marked in red (Notice the tool has be taken from the left hand side of the Transform panel). Once the tool is moved over the image, a loupe will appear, this loupe will give you more precision when selecting the areas that need to be corrected.

in this case, i am going to use the sign on the Helter Skelter and drag two horizontal lines (using the top and bottom of the sign only), as well as two vertical lines on each of the sides. This should give me the right perspective.



To set this up, position the Loupe on the image and select the edges that will help control the perspective/converging verticals. Just click on the image and drag a guide out, in this case the verticals are added first (but there is no right and wrong way to do this). Also, adding one guide will do nothing, you will need the opposite to create the correction.

As you can see above, the result is very impressive. You will also notice, the “Constrain Crop” is turned on, this means that the crop will be applied automatically.

You can see below, when the “Constrain Crop” is turned off, in conjunction with the scale slider, you can re-scale the image in Lightroom. The other options here are the X offset and Y offset sliders, these are used to re-position the image, left/right and top/bottom.


If, once the edit is completed, it needs to be re-edited, then just re-click on the guided tool, and the correction can be altered.

This is a super addition to Lightroom within the Creative Cloud (including the Photography plan) and there are very many pictures that I am sure will benefit from this tool.

For more details about Lightroom 6.6 and Lightroom CC 2015.6 (including camera support and bug fix details), please head over to the Lightroom Blog, Lightroom CC 2015.6/6.6, Camera Raw 9.6.

#CreativeFriday – Sharing an image(s) with Lightroom mobile

I was looking what’s new with Lightroom web today and found a small feature that now allows me to share a single or as many photos as i need, as opposed to a whole collection.

Once in Lightroom web (hyperlink will take you there) and have logged into your Creative Cloud account, then you can select “Photos” to see your images.

Now on the top tool bar, a “select” option (marked in red) is available. This option allows me to select one or multiple images (from either a shared collection or from pictures that have been added from the camera roll on the phone/tablet).


Once, select is clicked, the screen turns into a photograph picker

Once selected, clicking the “share” icon, will tell Lightroom mobile to provide a link for your viewers to see your work. You can see in the following screen shot, i’ve even given the link a name.


Clicking finish will provide a shortened URL for you


Heading over to another browser (which isn’t logged on) will show what the viewer will see.

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The great thing is that the link is live, so if you add more pictures to it at a later date, your customers/viewers will see the new images.



The beauty of the Creative Cloud is that these types of updates are added to the product as they are created, for you to enjoy and exploit in your workflow.


#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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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.


#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.


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’.



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.


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


#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.