c|net: Fantastic Adobe video spotlights 25 years of Photoshop artistry.
Photoshop was my saviour, as I’ve expressed many times. Not many of us can still claim that we learned to do drop shadows in channels, because layers didn’t exist.
Tangent, slight: There were many graphics software packages before PS. I see a bundle of news articles today missing this fact. I used to use Rio on Vista and NU-Vista graphics boards in PCs. Rio was *very* powerful, more powerful than the first Photoshops. PS didn’t do true 32 bit graphics for many years. But it was a tres handy Swiss Army knife for converting TGAs to other formats. I could quickly get Mac and PC formats into TGAs for my video system in less than fourteen steps ... and for that, I’ll be eternally grateful.
CreativeMarket: The Best Tricks to Reduce Photoshop File Size.
A solid color layer on top of all other layers? “Photoshop’s high quality file previews are surprisingly weighty, so simplifying them as much as possible saves you tons of space on huge files.” Learn something new every day.
Lightroom Killer Tips: A Quick (but very powerful) Adjustment Brush Tip.
Lightroom Killer Tips: 7 Really Useful Lightroom Shortcuts.
And they are. Really useful.
Bittbox/Photoshop 101: True Black (CMYK).
Later, important: Read the comments here, and on the article.
BittBox: Make a Dotted Line in Photoshop.
Omigod. Why didn’t I think of that?
Lightroom Killer Tips: Getting Better Results From Lightroom’s Spot Removal Tool.
Didn’t know this one. If it doesn’t choose right the first time, I usually move the sample spot manually. Trying this soon.
The Verge: Adobe’s got Photoshop running in Chrome.
AppleInsider: Adobe announces Lightroom 5.7 with new Aperture and iPhoto importer tool.
That, and a slew of other CC updates.
Adobe Blogs: Photoshop & Mac OSX 10.10 (Yosemite).
To date, no issues reported. Good to know.
The Digital Reader: Adobe is Spying on Users, Collecting Data on Their eBook Libraries.
“Adobe isn’t just tracking what users are doing in DE4; this app was also scanning my computer, gathering the metadata from all of the ebooks sitting on my hard disk, and uploading that data to Adobe’s servers. In. Plain. Text.”
Later: It seems Ars Technica has confirmed most of this.
Behance Blog: Adobe Sketch - Natural drawing tools, seamlessly integrated with Behance.
Don’t know if I’d necessarily want to insta-post drawings. Nice to have the feature, though, I’m sure.
Updates to Creative Cloud this morning.
Between Apple and Adobe, I’m wondering when we hit the point where they’re applying so many updates that we cannot be social anymore, for eating up all the bandwidth. We need bigger ‘pipes’.
Adobe: Creative Cloud desktop applications and Mac OS X “Yosemite”.
Photoshop Insider/Kelby: My First Studio Shoot Using Lightroom Mobile.
Of interest to fellow Lightroom users.
Adobe Help: CC Cleaner Tools.
Bookmarked, Evernoted, in case I ever need them. You too, perhaps.
Apple Insider: Apple’s ‘Photos’ for OS X to come with pro-level image search, editing, plugins, more
“As for current Aperture users, Apple said it will roll out a final update to bring compatibility with OS X Yosemite, but there are no plans to continue software development beyond that point. [snip] Interestingly, Apple also mentioned it is concurrently working on a transitionary workflow from Aperture to Adobe’s Lightroom, suggesting Photos may not fit the needs of photography professionals.” My italic emphasis.
Lightroom Killer Tips: 10 Things Aperture Users Need to Know About Lightroom.
For those of you still on Aperture.
Julieanne Kost’s Blog: Lightroom Mobile Presets.
Some of the presets are different than those in the Desktop app; this article has a link for download of those presets.
Terry White’s Tech Blog: Why do I have 2 copies of my CC Apps?
Uninstall info also. Mine did not ‘automatically transfer’ my presets and settings. I had to transfer those manually. So don’t uninstall too quickly. Dig through your Plugins/Presets/etc. folders to be sure you’ve gotten everything. I just option-drag copies over to the new install folders.
Prolost: Lightroom for Your Camera.
Apparently, with a flaw: it strips GPS metadata. Read on. I wouldn’t call it ‘fatal’, per se. Workflow is still pretty shiny.
PetaPixel: Creative Cloud Update Allows You to Install Previous Versions of Adobe Software.
This was the first version of Creative Cloud’s menu bar widget to update in one fell swoop, cleanly and flawlessly. Better late than never! [Previous versions have taken up to four reinstalls on my 10.7.4 machine. I have since the last update, gone to 10.7.5 in anticipation of moving to Mavericks shortly.]
The Register: Adobe blames ‘maintenance failure’ for 27-hour outage.
“The failure happened during database maintenance activity and affected services that require users to log in with an Adobe ID.” Perhaps, but this indicates there’s something terribly wrong with their procedures.
Twitter: Adobe Creative Cloud update [back online].
AppleInsider: Adobe ID failure takes Creative Cloud down for nearly 24 hours.
“Because Creative Cloud applications require users to be online to verify their subscription, subscribers who already have the software installed may be able to work around the authentication problems by taking their computer offline before opening the applications.” Um … I’m having *zero* problems opening my CC apps, sans verification. I think AI needs to amend that statement. Some are having problems. Adobe’s put up a marginally helpful page for workarounds.