The Photoshop Photography Program
Recently, Adobe introduced its Photoshop Photography Program, a deal to get Photographers on board with the Creative Cloud at a reasonable price. The Photoshop Photography Program includes all of the following for US $9.99/month with a 12-month commitment:
- Photoshop CC
- Lightroom 5
- 20GB of online storage
- Behance ProSite
- Access to training resources on Creative Cloud Learn
- Ongoing updates and upgrades
What’s New: Black Friday Promotion — ANYONE Can Participate!
That’s right – the previous restriction (that you have to be an existing Photoshop customer with CS3 or later) is temporarily lifted, for this limited time offer.
This offer lasts only until 9am PST on December 2, so act quickly if you want to take advantage of this. It really is an excellent deal. For $120/year you can keep up to date with the latest and greatest Lightroom and Photoshop features, plus the additional benefits listed above.
The Clone Source panel (Window > Clone Source) has options for the Clone Stamp tools or Healing Brush tools. You can set up to five different sample sources and quickly select the one you need without resampling each time you change to a different source. You can view an overlay of your sample source to make it easier to clone the source in a specific location. You can also scale or rotate the sample source to better match the size and orientation of the cloning destination, as I demonstrated in a recent video tutorial (view on YouTube).
You can set up to five different sampling sources at a time in the Clone Source panel. The Clone Source panel saves the sampling sources until you close the document.
I had the privilege last week of joining Kirsten Rourke and Rick Zanotti of Relate.com on eMedia Chat, for a pleasant discussion on Photoshop, Lightroom, Adobe’s Creative Cloud, and my favorite camera. It was a fun experience, and I’m looking forward to the next time.
eMediaChat 37: Michael J. Hoffman, CreativeCloud & more! from RELATECASTS on Vimeo.
On my recent visit to Maine, I spent some time one evening visiting Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse. This is a rather unique spot, as the lighthouse is in the middle of Rockland Harbor, at the end of a large breakwater jetty that projects nearly a mile from the shore. As I set out on my quest to see the lighthouse itself, I found myself far more entranced by the natural spectacle that was playing out on either side of the breakwater.
To my right, looking back towards Rockland, a gorgeous sunset, saturated with orange and violet and filled with the silhouettes of ships at rest in the harbor. But to my left, something unusual, odd, and somewhat eerie. The full moon was rising over Penobscot Bay, and the fog was rolling in. Now, we get fog in Florida, but it was nothing like this. The fog over the harbor was a thick bank, well defined, and was rolling in slowly, palpably, almost as though it were alive.
The fog was eerie enough on its own, but the rising full moon gave it a silvery sheen, and the remnants of colors from the sunset produced a sight unlike any I’ve see anywhere before. In a future post, I’ll offer the sunset view to the west, but for now, gaze upon the ominous fog as it rolls in off the bay.
I was glad to make it back off the breakwater and onto dry land before the fog finally rolled in!
The features keep dropping for subscribers to the Adobe Creative Cloud, and the latest application to get an update is Muse, the tool that allows designers to create HTML websites for desktop and mobile devices without writing code.
This update is available to Creative Cloud members now: Simply open Adobe Muse and click “Install Now” from the updater screen. Then, check out the new training videos in Creative Cloud Learn to help you get started, also included with your membership at no additional cost.
Not yet a Creative Cloud member? Sign up for a free membership and get access to 30-day trials of every Adobe creative desktop app, including Adobe Muse. Free members also have access to the new training videos in Creative Cloud Learn to get started.
This update brings Muse to version 7.0.314, and adds a ton of new and improved features, including the ability to:
- Access the new Adobe Muse Exchange to download the more than 100 design elements that have been submitted by the Adobe Muse community, including starter templates, prototyping tools, interactive widgets, and more.
- Collect reusable design elements like icons, buttons, headers and footers, styles, and grids using the new Library panel, and share them with teams and other designers.
- Easily connect sites to social media with a dozen new drag-and-drop Social Widgets including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest buttons, plus Google Maps, and Vimeo and YouTube videos.
- Choose from even more scroll effects options from the updated Scroll Effects panel, including the ability to apply opacity and fading to scroll elements and add scroll effects to Adobe Edge animations and slideshows.
- Set a full-screen slideshow that adjusts to the width of the screen whether on desktop or a mobile device.
For a complete list of new features and updates, read the Adobe Muse CC Release Notes.
Over the past few months, I’ve put together some introductory lessons on using 3D in Photoshop. The tutorials start with Photoshop CS6, and I’m using Photoshop CC in later videos, but the same techniques apply to both versions – so if you’re still using Photoshop CS6, nearly everything remains the same for you.
I’ve created a playlist on YouTube where you can watch these videos, or you can pick from any of the lessons individually as I’ve embedded them here. There are 8 videos so far, nearly 90 minutes of instruction, and I plan to keep adding to this playlist, so check back often. If you like these videos, I’d encourage you to subscribe to my YouTube channel to get access to not only Photoshop 3D, but a variety of Photoshop and Lightroom tips, tricks and tutorials.
Here is my course on Photoshop 3D. Comments or suggestions? I’d love to hear them!
Adobe Acrobat is a lot more than just creating and viewing PDF files. Acrobat has been the standard for portable document exchange for years, and it is used extensively in business, in government and in education to create and deliver electronic documents widely and efficiently. Adobe Acrobat can create documents that comply with standards, include security, certifications, and signatures, and support accessibility. PDF documents can include multiple types and sources of media, support Microsoft Office document formats, and can be used to provide a rich experience for the user.
There is much more to Acrobat than you might believe. Check out my video below on Adobe TV, and if you’d like to learn more, check the links in the sidebar here on the blog or visit my author page over at Infinite Skills. Some videos are free to view, and you can find more free training from me and from other authors on this page on Adobe TV.
Like many people, I’ve always been enchanted with lighthouses. The trouble is, in my part of the country, most lighthouses are several miles out at sea, and most have been rebuilt, fortified and automated, and are not much more than metal skeletons. So, I’ve always been a bit envious of places like Maine’s mid-coast, where there seem to be lighthouses on every point of land. On my recent trip to Maine, I was able to visit a number of lighthouses, including Pemaquid, which stands out for me as iconic and representative of all that I imagine a “real” lighthouse should be.
It seemed like it took a long time to get Lightroom 5.2 released, but now that it has we have Lightroom 5.3 right on its heels. The candidate for release has been posted and is available for download, and it fixes a host of bugs, while adding some new camera support. If you’re one of the people who have been impacted by these bugs, or if you just like living on the edge, head over to Adobe Labs and grab your copy, but remember – this is a Release Candidate only, and features and performance could change between now and the official final release.
Nevertheless, I’m always glad to see bug fixes come along, and it appears that this release will put to bed a number of nagging problems that have been pestering me and countless other Lightroom 5 users.
Adobe Camera Raw gets a bump to 8.3 Release Candidate as well, and the details and links for that are below the Lightroom announcement here.
According to Sharad Mangalick, Lightroom Product Manager, version 5.3 RC fixes these bugs:
The Note tool is an often overlooked feature in Photoshop, but I find it to be quite useful for keeping track of work in progress, and for leaving hints and descriptions of what I did or intended to do, in case I come back to a project later to make edits.
For example, on a recent project (Permanence XI) I used Silver Efex Pro, but rather than using a straight preset, I made some tweaks. I was in a hurry, and just pulling together a concept, but I knew this was something I’d come back to later (as it turned out, nearly a month later). But, because I left myself some good notes, I knew exactly what to do in order to recreate the effect later.