Julieanne Kost’s Blog: Docking Tools and Panels in Photoshop.
Docking panels on the left? Weirdsville. Gotta try it.
John Nack on Adobe: Russell Brown’s new Layer Namer for Photoshop.
Interesting. There are other plugins that do this sort of thing, too, but for a premium price.
Lightroom Killer Tips: Bringing Back The Old Fill Light Slider in Lightroom 5.
Every tool is useful; even if ‘old’.
Blogs.Adobe.com: Editing your pictures with local adjustments using Lightroom.
These are techniques I use on all my photos. If you’re not familiar with ‘em all, this is a really good short overview of the astonishing things you can do to improve a mundane image. [Just be bloody careful about overexposing shadow areas, and always check 1:1 before publishing!]
Another Creative Cloud App update.
One crash, one successful install, for a total of two attempts. Second time in a row. C’mon Adobe … you can get it down to one successful install, I know you can.
Lightroom workflow change.
In the past, I’ve just imported .CR2’s (Canon Raw Format) and done my work in Lightroom. I heard a rumor, and performed a small test over the weekend. DNG’s are significantly faster to process in Lightroom 5. 5’s been significantly slower on my system than 4, so any speed gain is to the good. DNG’s preview faster, show changes faster - everything’s faster. So now I during import, I copy my original .CR2’s to a separate backup drive, while creating a DNG and using the DNG as my main editable file on my working system. This may cause some backup nightmares, but I’m working that out at the moment. I’ll let you know how I get along with this setup, over the longer term.
CSO: Adobe confirms stolen passwords were encrypted, not hashed.
Ouch. It would be helpful if all online services would tell us how they store our account information now, wouldn’t it? Or some sort of voluntary security body that assigned graphical badges so we could know if a service was using proper programming practices.
Creative Cloud Desktop update improvement.
It only crashed once in the update process - for a total of two tries, second one successful. It was four or five last go-round.
Lightroom Killer Tips: Video – Retouching Tips in Lightroom.
Nice tip … I found this by happenstance over the last couple of weeks.
CNet: Adobe hack attack affected 38 million accounts.
“We have completed e-mail notification of these users. We also have reset the passwords for all Adobe IDs with valid, encrypted passwords that we believe were involved in the incident — regardless of whether those users are active or not.” Erm, I was never notified by email. I received a physical mailed notification that looked like an advertisement. When I received it, I went to Adobe.com immediately, and found they were requiring me to reset my password. Yet I had been running Creative Cloud with my existing password for a few weeks since the hacking.
Whether or not you’ve been notified by Adobe - if you haven’t reset your password, do it now.
Adobe/Curtis: Lightroom 5.2 – Clone/Heal tool feathering.
Yes, but. If that’s going to be enlarged (say, a 16x20 print), I’d sure see it. I’d clone in smaller pieces, using multiple clones to rebuild a coherent root structure, matching the lighting, textures and gradients … and being very wary of ‘soft’ mask edges. If I can barely detect it at 1:1, then it’s OK. I’ll still make a test print to verify.
Lightroom 5.2 update bizarreness.
After my update, it asked for registration information (never done this before). Then, when the interface built onscreen, all my images were gone. Everything. Zip. Zero. Nada. Nothing in Lightroom at all (I knew my images were still on disk - and backed up on external).
I waited. After about three minutes, the images began to show up, folders first. It doesn’t seem to be rebuilding a catalog or anything, but something is getting processed between first startup and display of existing catalogs.
So don’t panic. Just wait.
Creative Cloud is screwed up this morning.
Be patient. Don’t go reinstalling CC.
Later: Mine’s working. Quit CC in the menu bar, restart from the App folder (mine somehow managed to restart an older version at one point). Leave it be so it can synch for a couple of minutes, and your updates should start showing again.
Adobe/Monahan: Enabling CUDA for Premiere Pro and After Effects in the MacBook Pro Retina.
Creative Cloud desktop observations.
Used to be, the desktop app only needed two installs (first always failed) to get it updated. Now I’m up to four installs to get an update applied. That’s a record for software, for me. Trick is, damn the error messages, keep installing. If it quits, restart it, restart the update procedure. When it finally starts and takes a really, really long time to update — that’s the good one.
Macworld Review: Adobe Dreamweaver CC makes CSS more visual, less coder-friendly.
Still needs a major UI rethink, IMHO. I rarely open it anymore. Code editors are more appealing, and once you’ve gotten used to Emmet, there’s really no going back. [Disambiguation: Not a regular DM! reader, but a software add-on.]
Lightroom Killer Tips: The Top Q&A’s About The Lightroom 5 Upgrade.
Good to know. Adobe should really spell this stuff out clearly in their upgrade website FAQ.
Lightroom Solutions: Lighroom 5 beta.
CNet: Adobe unplugs Creative Cloud sync tool during transition.
Turned mine off. I was getting annoyed by the constant “Creative Cloud can’t sync” messages. I don’t use the feature anyway, at the present time. Leaving it deactivated still gives me quick access to the Creative Cloud website from the menu bar. Note the link at the bottom of the article to the CC Status page.
Luminous Landscape: Clouding the Issue.
Well, I’ve been on the cloud for a few months now, and the experience has been good so far. Better than with a CS disc. The only glitch … the Creative Cloud Connection widget loses sync capability too frequently. I turn it off most of the time, unless I’m actively needing it. The cost? Cost of doing business these days. Raise a ‘cloud’ of anger if you wish; I’m over it and moving on already.
The future of Adobe Fireworks.
From the horse’s mouth: “While we are not planning further feature development for Fireworks, we will continue to sell Fireworks CS6 as well as make it available as part of the Creative Cloud. We will provide security updates as necessary and may provide bug fixes. We plan to update Fireworks to support the next major releases of both Mac OS X and Windows.”
PS Insider: First Look—The 7 Hottest Features of Lightroom 5.
Such a pair of chuckleheads. But they cover some really great updates. Can’t wait for it to release.
DP Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Public Beta hands-on preview.
You know, I never screw with Lightroom betas any more. My catalogs and images are too voluminous now to risk any sort of corruption … in spite of multiple backups. It would be too time-consuming to fool with.
Macworld: Adobe granting sneak peek at pro video apps to broadcasters conference.
Adobe’s not going to give Apple any leeway to win back editors, if they can help it. I hear rumors of a Cinema 4D “lite” product to be bundled with AE. Will that be part of Creative Cloud? Please?