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Make the Most of Text with the Photoshop Character Panel

Photoshop has a great capability for manipulating text and there's a real powerhouse in the Character Panel. In this video for Fotolia I take a look at all the features in the panel to make a simple poster layout. I look at kerning, glyphs and font sizing among other great features. [More]

How to post to Facebook with Lightroom

Did you know you can post to Facebook from Lightroom, directly and automatically? Back in version 3, Adobe introduced Publish Services to Lightroom, and this continues to be the best way to manage your photos when you’re posting to social media. [More]

Lightroom Workflow : Good to Great

I get questions all the time about my workflow, and in this tutorial I’m answering some specific questions I got related to some recent bird photos I posted on my Flickr photostream. Some other photographers had been with me and struggled to capture images in the same location and time. In addition to the workflow I present in this video, I’ll add some additional tips [More]

My Fav Photoshop Easter Egg

An Easter Egg in computer terms is a hidden feature of software that has no effect on the software itself. In Photoshop there's a beauty! [More]

Lightroom 5 – Keyboard Shortcuts

Everybody loves keyboard shortcuts, and today on TipSquirrel, we have Lightroom 5 Keyboard Shortcuts for you! Learning keyboard shortcuts can help boost your productivity and can be the key to a smooth and consistent workflow. In addition, you’re taking some of the work away from your mouse, and that can be a benefit if you tend to suffer from repetitive motion stress. There are a few Lightroom 5 keyboard shortcuts everyone should know – for example, the big three in my mind are “G, E, D” (for grid view, loupe view, and develop module view). And there’s “R” for the crop tool. But there are oh, so many more Lightroom 5 keyboard shortcuts. [More]

Taking the Photoshop Adobe Certified Expert Exam

I was recently asked about becoming an Adobe Certified Expert and what I think is the best study tools, so I thought I’d make it the subject of my post this week. I’m not going to lie to you, taking the exam was a nerve-racking experience. I’ve taken it a few times now and I can’t say it gets any easier, but I like doing it, and I certainly like getting the results (so far). [More]

Lightroom Mobile Quick Setup Guide

As you may have noticed, Adobe has just released Lightroom 5.4, along with the new Lightroom Mobile for iPad. Lightroom mobile extends your workflow beyond the desktop, and onto your iPad, where you can review, rate and even edit your images, and have the changes synchronized automatically back to your main catalog. Lightroom uses the Creative Cloud storage services as the hub for this synchronization, and as a result, you must be a member of one of the subscription services for this to work, including any of the Creative Cloud plans, or the Photoshop Photography Program. The iPad app is completely free, so this is just another benefit of the Creative Cloud subscription. [More]

Photoshop Rounded Rectangles and Bender From Futurama

I recently created this Bender from Futurama as an exercise for a live class and posted the result on line. There was some interest so I thought I'd share it with all my TipSquirrel friends. As mentioned in the video, the file is available, with all the finished layers and guides. You'll find it beneath the video in the 'Media locker'. All this is is a way to share the post and keep the content free to all. [More]

Abstract Photoshop Technique

There are endless ways to create abstract images, but here’s one that’s just fun. This abstract Photoshop technique has you interacting with the image, pushing pixels around, and it can be as much fun as finger painting, but without all the mess. The way this works is to start with an image that has vibrant colors and a bit of contrast and texture, then warp and manipulate layers, blending the results together using the Photoshop layer blend modes. You’ll never know where you’ll end up when you start, but the exploration is half the fun. This abstract Photoshop technique is flexible and extensible, and you can add on to your heart’s content. In this video, I even go so far as to take a copy of the image and wrap it onto a 3D sphere to add some additional geometric surrealism. [More]

Photoshop Character Palette – Fotolia Beginner Guide Series

I thought I’d take the opportunity this week to tell you about a series I’ve been producing for our friends at Fotolia. This brilliant stock images site has been a supporter of TipSquirrel.com for some time and I’m delighted to be making these Photoshop for Beginners tutorials for them. In the latest tutorial I take a look at the Character Palette and discover how you can manipulate live text. [More]

A Portable Lightroom Catalog

Lightroom 5 brings with it a great new feature in Smart Previews. Combine the capabilities of Smart Previews (the ability to develop and export your images based on the relatively small file size of the Smart Preview) together with the convenience and decreasing cost of cloud storage systems (such as DropBox or Google Drive) and you have some interesting ways of creating a portable, no-hassle catalog solution. [More]
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