Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Tips for syncing projects between Adobe Portfolio and Behance

I’ve written about Adobe Portfolio previously. Its an extremely simple (and free) way to create an attractive, responsive, easy-to-update portfolio Web site that showcases your work. If you create a Portfolio Web site, you can choose to mirror your Portfolio projects on Behance also. Why would you want to do this? What is the difference between putting your work on a Web site built with Portfolio and putting your work on Behance?

Behance is “the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work”. Think of Behance as a way to show your work and gain visibility within the creative community, and your Portfolio Web site as a place to showcase your work to potential clients and be discovered via search engines.

When you add a project to your Portfolio Web site, you have the option to post that project on your Behance site also, and vice versa. If you stick with simple text formatting in Portfolio, assigning Header, Subheader, Paragraph and Caption styles, these styles will be mapped to corresponding styles in Behance.

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But here’s an important tip: When you Edit a Text Style in Portfolio, you can add space below paragraphs by specifying a Bottom Margin. But if you do this, the space below the paragraphs will disappear when the project appears in Behance. The solution? Instead of specifying a bottom paragraph margin in Portfolio, add add extra returns between paragraphs. These empty return characters will be honored in Behance also.

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Here is more information about how Behance and Portfolio work together.  

Here is a handout from a recent workshop that I gave about Behance and Portfolio.


Friday, February 24, 2017

How to copy a file path on a Mac

This is obscure, but I ran across this recently and thought it might help someone else out. I frequently need to copy the path to a file on my Mac or on a server, so that I can include that path in documentation or in a support email with a customer. Here’s how to do it:

1. Select the file you want in the Finder

2. Choose File > Get Info (command-i)

3. Select the full path next to “Where” in the Get Info dialog box

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4. Choose Edit > Copy (command-c)

The file path is now on the clipboard, and can be pasted into a text document or an email. The path will look like this after pasting:

/Users/keithgilbert/Dropbox/Stock/Vector/Open Clipart Library/openclipart-0.18-svgonly/clipart/education


I just discovered by reading Dan Rodney’s excellent list of Mac Keyboard Shortcuts that if you select a file in the finder and press command-option-c the path name is copied. This method also puts the filename on the end of the path, so in my example above, the result is:

/Users/keithgilbert/Dropbox/Stock/Vector/Open Clipart Library/openclipart-0.18-svgonly/clipart/education/logaritmic_diagram_01.svg


Jamie McKee at MacKey Composition alerted me to this: You can right-click on a file or folder in the Finder, and then hold down the option key and choose “Copy [filename] as Pathname”. 

Wow. I had no idea there were so many ways to do this. Good to know!