Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Camera RAW for Designers

Photoshop’s “Camera Raw” dialog box was created specifically for the needs of photographers. The controls in this box are presented in terminology that avid photographers are familiar with, so it can be intimidating to graphic designers and others who aren’t photographers.

But there are many things that that this dialog box does much easier than anywhere else in Photoshop. And with the ability to use the Camera Raw dialog box on any photo in Photoshop via Filter > Camera Raw Filter, these features are accessible to anyone. Here are 5 of my favorites:

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1. Open a photo that exhibits “fall away”, which happens when you shoot a photo of a tall building from street level

2. Choose File > Camera Raw Filter

3. Click the Lens Corrections tab

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4. Click the “A” icon. This will attempt to fix the photo, applying a “balanced” amount of perspective correction. Compare the image below to the image above.

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Post crop vignette

Adding a bit of vignette to photos, especially portraits, can help focus the viewer’s eye on the subject. Camera Raw makes this simple.

1. Click the Effects tab

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2. Find the “Post crop vignette” slider, and drag it to the right to add white, or to the left to add black. I’ve purposely overdone the amount of vignette in the example below to make the effect obvious.

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White balance

Sometimes photos taken under incandescent lighting are too warm and yellow, and photos taken under fluorescent lighting are too cold and blue. This is easily fixed with Camera Raw’s “White Balance” settings.

1. Click the Basic tab

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2. In the “White Balance” drop-down, choose Auto, and then further tweak the Temperature and Tint sliders as desired.

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Clarity

The Clarity feature applies a local contrast algorithm to the image, which often makes the image look sharper and more vibrant.

1. Click the Basic tab 

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2. Locate the Clarity slider and drag it to the right until the image looks good.

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Dehaze

Dehaze is amazing. It excels at removing haze from outdoor scenes.

1. Click the Effects tab

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2. Locate the Dehaze control, and drag the Amount slider to the right.

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Want to learn more Photoshop? Join me at the CreativePro Conference in Minneapolis in July!

Friday, April 08, 2016

List of apps created with AEM Mobile

I’m frequently asked by clients to provide a list of public apps that have been created with Adobe’s AEM Mobile platform. I thought I’d publish the list here, and try to keep it current as I become aware of new apps. If you are aware of an AEM Mobile app that should be added to this list, please post a comment below.

I’m limiting this list to apps available in the US Stores. There are many privately-distributed corporate apps that have been created with AEM Mobile, but since those aren’t available to the general public, I’ve not listed them here.

Academy of Art University Schools [iOS]

Adobe Create [iOS] [Android] [Windows]

Adobe Youth Voices [iOS] [Android]

AECOM See Further [iOS] [Android]

Canberra Visitor Guide [iOS] [Android]

Citygram Austin [iOS] [Android] [Windows]

Colmar Mag [iOS] [Android]

Experience Life Magazine [iOS] [Android]

Gather Journal [iOS] [Android] [Windows]

Gourmet Traveller Wine [iOS] [Android]

Happy Wedding Magazine [iOS] [Android]

Inside Energy [iOS] [Android]

National Theatre Backstage [iOS]

Qantas Magazine [iOS] [Android]

Rochester Institute of Technology Media Sciences [iOS] [Android]

SapientNitro Insights [iOS] [Android]

SiNTLUCAS [iOS] [Android

South Bay Pulse [iOS] [Android]

Swiss Universe [iOS]

The Times of London Weekly [iOS]

The Window from Barneys New York [iOS]

Thunder Plus [iOS] [Android]

Thomson Reuters Our Story [iOS] [Android]

Top Gear Magazine [iOS]

UNC Leadership [iOS] [Android

Virgin Australia Voyeur Magazine [iOS]

Voice of Wealth [iOS] [Android

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

A fix for ExtendScript Toolkit running slow

This post will only be of interest to people who create or edit scripts for Creative Cloud applications such as InDesign.

Since the end of 2014, the ExtendScript Toolkit, which is Adobe’s script editing tool, has had a problem with running very slowly on Macintosh computers running OS X 10.10 or later. See this forum thread for more details.

Scripter extraordinaire Chuck Weger discovered that disabling the “App Nap” feature of OS X restores the performance of the ExtendScript Toolkit.

1. Press Command-Shift-U to open the Utilities folder on your Mac

2. Double-click on the Terminal app

3. At the prompt, type:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAppSleepDisabled -bool YES

For more information, see this article.

Want to learn more about scripting InDesign? See my InDesign Scripting Made Easy course on Lynda.com

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Upcoming events

I’m going to be speaking at a number of events in the upcoming months. If you are a reader of this blog, and attend one of these events, please introduce yourself!

April 1, Brookings, SD: "Adobe Day" InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Creative Cloud tips and tricks.

April 11, Grand Rapids, MI: West Michigan Design Week Designing and Prototyping your Next App with Adobe XD and You Can Do Creative Work on Mobile Devices

April 13, St. Paul, MN: Twin Cities InDesign User Group 8 troubleshooting steps every InDesign user needs to know.

April 20, Portland, OR: AIGA Portland TypeFest How to Use Typography & Design to Stand Out in a Crowd

June 6-8, San Diego, CA: PePcon Getting Started with Tablet Apps

July 11-13, Minneapolis, MN: CreativePro conference Color, Resolution, and Other Image Essentials

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Upcoming seminar in the Twin Cities!

There are still a few seats available in a seminar that I’m presenting on March 3, 2016 at Bolger. The title is “Creative Cloud Libraries, Behance and Adobe Portfolio”. I’ve really found Creative Cloud libraries to be very useful in my workflow, and I’ll be showing all the ins and outs of how to use them. Then, we’ll talk about Behance, and what it can do for you, and finish by looking at the new Adobe Portfolio, a platform for creating a portfolio web site.

A full description and registration details can be found here.

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