Three Photoshop gems photographers will love


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I can’t believe a year has passed since I was speaking about some of my favourite Photoshop features at the 2015 Photography Show. As well as the headline grabbing features I also showed a few of Photoshop’s lesser known tweaks and enhancements, in other words, things that photographers may have overlooked.
With this year’s Photography Show right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to see what’s new. So here are three of my favourite Photoshop hidden gems from the past year that I’ll be demoing at the Adobe Theatre during The Photography Show 2016.
Perfect Panoramas
I love shooting multi image panoramic images and I guess I’m not alone because there’s been a couple of new features in Photoshop that make creating panos a whole lot easier. The headline feature is the ability to create panoramas inside Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom and great as that is, it’s not the feature I’m pointing you towards.
Most of my panoramas are shot handheld which is very convenient but almost always leads to transparent gaps around the edges. Some years back we got a great fix for that in the shape of Content Aware Fill but it’s a bit fiddly to use and often got ignored. Now I can choose to automatically fill in the transparent edges BEFORE the images are even stitched and it’s as easy as ticking a box.
Transparent edges on the panorama shot before stitching
The process is really simple, click File – Automate – Photomerge as usual. After taking a moment to admire the new blue and grey design, take a closer look at the check boxes at the bottom. You’ll spot a new option to Content Aware Fill Transparent Areas, tick it and create your pano as normal. At the end of the stitching you’ll get the usual layers and masks but now the top layer will be a merged pano with content aware fill already applied.
The Photomerge tool, with the Content Aware Fill Transparent Areas option
The final panorama image
Customise the tool bar
I’m a photographer and I use Photoshop to create and adjust my photos. Much as I’d love to say otherwise, I’m really not a graphic designer, 3D artist or a typographer and as such I’ve removed the panels that relate to those areas from my workspace. That really tidies up the right side of my screen but the Tool Bar on the left has always been untouchable… until now.
At long last I can customise my tool bar and all I had to do was click Edit – Toolbar. So it’s bye bye to the Path Selection tools, so long Type Mask tools and the Paint Bucket tool can really kick the bucket.
Customised Toolbar editing
However I can also promote some tools that are hidden in groups such as the Patch Tool and Magic Wand Tool which can now have their own place on my custom toolbar. Of course the day might come when I might actually need the single column marquee tool and when it does all I have to do is click on last tool bar on the list (or the three little dots) and I’ll can find all the extra tools there.
Oil paint
As well as not being a graphic designer or 3D artist I can add painter to that list. Unlike the others, I’m not a painter for the simple reason that I really can’t paint or even draw anything that looks even vaguely like I hoped. Trust me, I’ve tried.
That’s why I was really sad to see the oil paint filter disappear from Photoshop a while back and even happier to see it return very recently.
Like most filters the result you get from Oil Paint depends on a number of factors but the best images to use tend to have plenty of detail. You can use the filter on any image and you can run it as a smart filter but I find the best way to use the Oil Paint Filter is to start by making a duplicate layer and applying the filter by clicking Filter – Stylise – Oil Paint.
The Oil Paint filter tool in action
Before Oil Paint editing
I like to make it obvious that I’ve applied an effect so I set both the Stylisation and Cleanliness to their maximum and switched off Lighting. I then go back to the original layer and apply the Oil Paint filter a second time but with much lower settings. The final effect comes together by using a layer mask on the upper layer to reveal finer detail such as the face from the less filtered layer below.
After Oil Paint editing – the final image
And there’s more…
These are just three of the hidden gems in Photoshop CC for photographers and there’s plenty more I could and will talk about. If you’re coming along to The Photography Show 2016, make sure a visit to the Adobe Theatre is on your list.
The Photography Show 2016 is taking place from March 19-22, so if you haven’t already, register here. You can get £3 adult tickets using the code ADOTPS16 until 16 March.
 

Rasant, agil und individuell: Credo der Adobe Digital Marketing Days 2016 in München


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Disruptive Technologien haben etablierte Unternehmen vor völlig neue Herausforderungen gestellt: Waren sie über Jahre hinweg erfolgreich in ihrem Tun, hat die digitale Transformation sie in ihren Grundfesten erschüttert. Wer heute noch analog denkt, hat längst verloren. Die Adobe Digital Marketing Days 2016 machten gestern Halt in München und boten Marketingverantwortlichen sowie kreativen Entscheidern aus B2C- und B2B-Unternehmen mit hochkarätigen Speakern Einblicke in die Herausforderungen und Bewältigung der digitalen Transformation. Zwischendurch sowie im Anschluss der Veranstaltung boten sich den Teilnehmern hervorragende Möglichkeiten zum Netzwerken bei Speis und Trank.

Die dritte Station der Adobe Digital Marketing Days in diesem Jahr war im Münchner Gasteig. Hier brachten die geladenen Speaker ihr Marketing mit den entscheidenden Trends und wichtigen Themen auf ein neues Level: Mit Dietmar Dahmen, dem Chief Innovation Officer bei ecx.io, hat Adobe einen ganz besonderen Gast an Bord der Roadshow holen können. Der Visionär und Stratege zu Themen rund um die digitale Transformation gab in seiner Keynote Insights in die Lösung vieler Probleme und hebt gemeinsam mit dem Publikum ab.
“Die Zeit zur Adaption ist jetzt!” – Dietmar Dahmen

Wer stehen bleibt, wird überholt. Kaum ein anderer steht so für Innovation und Fortschritt wie Dietmar Dahmen. Eine unglaubliche Dynamik kombiniert mit bildgewaltigen Slides zogen den Zuschauer in den Bann.
Unternehmen müssen das Neue gut finden und sich nicht vor Veränderung sträuben. Dahmen bedient sich dabei an nachvollziehbaren, realen Beispielen, um das Scheitern von Unternehmen sowie den disruptiven Aufstieg anderer Unternehmen zu erzählen.
Beispiel Elon Musk, bei dem alle gesagt haben „Geht nicht!“, aber Elon Musk sagte einfach “Ich mach das!”. Tesla ist erfolgreich und hat den Markt wachgerüttelt.
"Real Time ist toll, aber Before Time ist besser" – @MrDahmen #digitaljourney pic.twitter.com/6ZLAMTnWEy
— Tina Bauer (@face_the_news) March 3, 2016

Adobe: Die End-to-End Lösungsplattform
Im Anschluss zeigten Andreas Helios und Klaus Kurz, wie die Marketing Cloud der Kreativität mittels Big Data auf die Sprünge hilft. Sie lieferten wertvolle Einblicke in die tatsächliche Leistungsfähigkeit der Produktpalette. Andreas Helios hob hervor, dass alle Nutzer von der Gesamtheit der Marketing Cloud profitieren, da es eine innovative Plattform am Zahn der Zeit ist.
„Content Velocity“ – der neue Energydrink
Mit den Solution Spotlights des One-Adobe-Experten-Teams wurde dem Publikum anhand einer praxisnahen Show veranschaulicht, was es bedeutet mit der Marketing Cloud zu arbeiten. Mit ihrer Hilfe wird es möglich, die richtige Ansprache im richtigen Moment und über die passenden Kanäle anzuvisieren. Als Beispiel hat Adobe sich eine ganz besondere Kampagne überlegt: Von der Kreation, über die Werbemittelgestaltung und der Erstellung der Website bis zur tatsächlichen Produktion eines neuen Energydrinks namens „Content Velocity“.
Neu – Der Drink für #München: Content Velocity – Aqua Isara – Est. 2016.#digitaljourney pic.twitter.com/P31Vf3Nybf
— Marketing Cloud DE (@Adobe_MC_DACH) March 3, 2016

Weitere Speaker wie Tanja Winne von der HypoVereinsbank, Martin Brösamle von eggs unitymedia und Amir Mirshahi von TRACK gaben als Experten Einblicke in erfolgreiche Use Cases und innovative Handlungsmöglichkeiten bei einer immer im Vordergrund stehenden Usability über alle Devices hinweg.
Unglaublich. Bis 2020 wird es 35 Milliarden Devices auf dem Markt geben. @Broes_eggs @eggsunimedia #digitaljourney pic.twitter.com/RIWIaR3aiw
— Marketing Cloud DE (@Adobe_MC_DACH) March 3, 2016

Tanja Winne und Martin Brösamle überzeugten die Zuschauer durch eine lebhafte und anschauliche Präsentation, die eine Einführung in den komplexen Bereich des Verkaufs von Anlageprodukten im Netz bot. Besonders die Identifizierung verschiedener Personas und die unterschiedlichen Customer Journeys kombiniert mit Offline-Filialbesuchen schuf eine nachvollziehbare Geschichte. Auch die Umsetzung und Vorstellung der überarbeiteten Internetseite nach neusten Standards überzeugte.
Stephanie Ruf (Namics) mit Kundencase der Schwäbisch Hall Bausparkasse
Stephanie Ruf sah sich mit ihrer Firma der Herausforderung gegenüber in einem regulierten Bereich wie dem Thema Bausparen, dem Online-Auftritt ihres Kunden neue Impulse zu geben.
Jetzt auf der Bühne: @stephanieruf von @namics mit einem aktuellen Kundencase. #digitaljourney pic.twitter.com/7SIS0j9Ncq
— Marketing Cloud DE (@Adobe_MC_DACH) March 3, 2016

„Es gilt, die Customer Journey des jeweiligen individuellen Produktes zu betrachten. Nicht etwas machen, nur weil es jeder macht.“  Mit dieser Herangehensweise wurde 1. die Situation realistisch eingeschätzt und 2. die identifizierten Probleme und Hürden erfasst. Ruf riet, dass man bei der Abarbeitung der nötigen Schritte immer am Anfang der Customer Journey anfangen und sich langsam vorarbeiten sollte. Wenn direkt am Anfang eklatante Fehler in der Customer Journey existieren, hilft auch der bestmögliche Schlußteil nicht mehr. Um die Webseite rund um das Thema Bausparen für die Suchmaschine durch organischen und bezahlten Traffic zu verbessern, wurde das Rad nicht neu erfunden. Fundierte Keywordanalyse, Optimierung und Testing der verschiedenen Landingpages, Anreicherung der Seiten mit hochwertigem Content, dem Arbeiten mit wiederkehrenden und Trust-schaffenden Elementen, sowie einer verstärkten internen Verlinkung war es möglich, die Seite zum Suchwort „Bausparen“ bei Google innerhalb von 4 Wochen von Platz 30 auf Platz 7 zu heben. Mit allen Optimierungen konnte ein erheblicher Anstieg des Traffics sowie eine deutlich niedrigere Absprungrate realisiert werden.
Jetzt auf dem Markt: „Content Velocity“ – der Energydrink
Günter Kraemer, Head of Solution Consulting Digital Marketing bei Adobe Systems, fasste die Live-Kampagne zusammen und ordnete das Nutzungsspektrum in das gesamte Ökosystem ein. Am Ende stand der neue Drink fertig für den Zuschauer bereit:
Eben nur digital, jetzt schon als Produkt. Wohl bekomm's! Velocity – der Drink! #digitaljourney pic.twitter.com/tVN6MMGpR7
— Marketing Cloud DE (@Adobe_MC_DACH) March 3, 2016

Anders Indset, Wirtschaftsphilosoph und Entrepreneur, zeigte in seiner Keynote die Elemente der Veränderung auf und gibt Lösungsansätze aus einer gesamtheitlichen Betrachtungsweise. Indset beschreibt die vier Kräfte der modernen Gesellschaft: Technologie, Globalisierung, Frauen und Wildes Wissen. Diese Kräfte sind unsere Zukunft, wenn wir nur an einem Strang ziehen und sie ernst nehmen.  Mit „Men talk to people and women talk with people“ beschreibt er beispielsweise ziemlich genau, was unsere Zeit so besonders macht: Die veränderte Wahrnehmung der weiblichen Rolle steht stellvertretend für die gesamtheitliche Disruption, die es nur anzunehmen gilt.

Mit einem abwechslungsreichen Programm, mitreißenden Speakern, einem tollen Publikum und feiner Verpflegung gingen die Adobe Digital Marketing Days 2016 in München zu Ende. Weiter geht es nächste Woche in Hamburg am 10 März http://www.adobe.com/de/event/digital-marketing-days/hamburg.html.

Updated Flash Player 21 betas available on Adobe Labs

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Updated Flash Player 21  betas, code named Sutter, are now available on Adobe Labs. This beta release includes new features as well as enhancements and bug fixes related to security, stability, performance, and device compatibility for Flash Player 21.
Learn more about Flash Player 21
Download Flash Player 21 beta
As always, we appreciate all feedback. We encourage you to post in our beta forums or create bug reports or feature requests on our public bug database.
Flash Player Beta forum
Bug database

Adobe’s Participation in the Presidential Conventions

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We’ve received some questions about our sponsorship of the U.S. Presidential nominating conventions, so we thought it would be helpful to provide more context. Like many other tech companies, Adobe provides both the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention with access to our products for a short period of time leading up to and during their presidential nominating conventions. We do this to help citizens and government officials understand the ways in which Adobe products and technology can help modernize the efficiency and effectiveness of government services. This is important to all citizens – regardless of political affiliation.
Every four years when we undertake this process, we are careful to provide our products to the two respective organizations that manage the Conventions and not to the national parties, candidates or candidate committees. In addition, we make certain that we are providing our products to both Conventions, not just one, in a nonpartisan manner.
Although there may be different points of view regarding Adobe’s participation in the Convention process, we believe these donations are a good way for Adobe to support the democratic process in the United States in a nonpartisan manner.

What Makes a Best Place to Work?


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Posted by Donna Morris, Executive Vice President, Customer and Employee Experience
Today, Adobe was named to FORTUNE’s Best Companies to Work For list, our 16th year of recognition. We are proud to be recognized for creating a great employee experience, especially since this ranking is determined in large part by our employees’ own feedback. In past years, the spotlight tended to be on the “perks” – free dry cleaning, unlimited free food, pets under your desk, posh game rooms and free massages to name a few. While we’ve got some great perks at Adobe, those aren’t among them. My dog is super cute but would be a disaster in the office! The point is, after the novelty fades, perks are just one very small piece of what makes a workplace great and they certainly don’t influence employees to stay, grow and contribute. That’s why we were pleased to see FORTUNE’s focus this year on what makes a great corporate culture, rather than simply showcasing elaborate perks.
When looking for your own best place to work, look for these five qualities:

Market and customer impact: Ask yourself: Will you have the opportunity to make an impact and will your responsibilities align with the company’s mission and strategy? If yes, this is the best sign of an opportunity with the potential to provide a bright future and personal fulfillment.
Challenge: You should never stop learning. If you aren’t feeling slightly overwhelmed with your learning curve, you’re not growing. Your company should provide you with the opportunity to seek out new challenges to accelerate your growth.
Respect: You should feel valued by your manager, team and broader corporate culture – regardless of your gender, ethnicity or background. Look for investments that the company makes in your continuing education, your ability to take time off for family needs and your ability to be your true self each day.
Values: Your company’s values should align with your own. Ethical business practices, sustainability and community impact are just a few examples of things that could be important to you. If you don’t see them reflected in your company, you may struggle to feel connected.
Mentorship: You should have a supportive manager and a network of colleagues who care about your success. This includes giving and receiving honest feedback and enabling you to achieve your professional goals. While it may sound obvious, this is where I see the most frequent gap in employees’ experience across the industry, and it inevitably leads to frustration and departure.

You probably spend more time at work than you do anywhere else. So your company needs to be the right fit for you and have an environment that brings out your best so you can achieve great things. In the end, the overall employee experience (not the “perks”) is what will bring you joy.
What do you think makes a great workplace?
Share your thoughts with me on Twitter @DonnaCMorris
Article originally posted on the Adobe Conversations Blog.

Upcoming Security Updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader (APSB16-09)

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A prenotification Security Advisory has been posted regarding upcoming updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2016.
We will continue to provide updates on the upcoming release via the Security Advisory as well as the Adobe PSIRT blog.
This posting is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights. 

Troubleshooting the Flash-less Connect Addin Launch Feature


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In order for the Flash-less Connect Meeting Addin to work, you must install the latest Connect Addin as an executable. The reason behind this requirement is that the Addin executable setup inserts needed registry keys within the Windows platform that are necessary to launch the Meeting Addin without Flash. The default, Lightning Addin download by design does not have admin access and cannot configure the Windows client for Flash-less Meetings.
With reference to Macintosh clients, the same rule applies as well. The complete installer needs to be run locally on each client to enable launching the Connect Meeting Addin without Flash.

For Macintosh we have .pkg installer rather than a .dmg installer: http://www.adobe.com/go/adobeconnect_9_addin_mac
The Windows installer is here: http://www.adobe.com/go/adobeconnect_9_addin_win

If the Flash-less launch continues to be problematic, check for older version of the Addin and uninstall them:

If the problem still persists, check also in the registry as there may be residual “connectpro” entries there under HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT:

Manually delete these entries carefully.

Empowering Students to Tell Their Creative Story with Dan Armstrong


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As an Adobe Education Leader, Dan Armstrong is constantly looking for new ways to foster his students’ creative growth. A few days ago,  Dan (change all references form Armstrong to Dan) was kind enough to sit down to discuss  how he integrates Adobe Creative Cloud into his everyday curriculum, and how it enables him and his students to stay on top of current industry  best practices
Dan cautions that “technology changes so quickly, if you use the older versions of software it makes students less employable and gives them challenges competing when they get to university”. By always being able to use the latest versions of software through the Creative Cloud, Dan feels as though he and the rest of the Skyview High School staff are sending students into the word prepared to better face design and creativity challenges in the years to come.
Specifically, Dan shared his excitement that once Fuse–an Adobe product the enables creation of custom 3D characters for Photoshop projects­–was released, he was able to have the software up and running in his classroom just two days later. He was then able to include projects created with this software when working with his students to help them build portfolio websites to showcase their work.
Stressing the importance of students having a wide variety of different tools available to them–from Illustrator and Photoshop to Premiere Pro–Dan feels that in the end it’s all about allowing students to properly tell their story while working to advance their creative careers.
“Maybe they are an audio learner, or are more into video. Creative Cloud gives students all the tools for how they want to create and tell their story”. – Dan Armstrong, Skyview High School, Nampa Idaho
Other helpful links:

Adobe Education Exchange
Creative Cloud Help | User Guides

 

Lightroom mobile for iOS 2.2 Now Available with Full-Resolution Output

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I’m excited to announce Lightroom for iOS 2.2 which now supports full-resolution output:
“With version 2.2, we added in the ability for Lightroom mobile to output full resolution files for any file that was either captured on the device or added to the device, either through the camera connection kit, transferred via Wi-Fi from a camera directly, or transferred to the device via services like email, Dropbox, or Google Drive. Additionally, any files that were added directly to an iPhone or iPad are transferred in full resolution to other mobile devices signed into the same account. This way, files captured with your iPhone are available for further editing and exporting from your iPad, in full resolution and vice-versa.”
In addition, Lightroom for iOS 2.2 now supports  3D Touch in the Camera Roll browser view so that you can quickly preview your image with Peek & Pop when browsing Camera Roll photos in the app.
Lightroom mobile 2.2 is available immediately for iPhones and iPads from the App Store.
Enjoy!

Lightroom for iOS 2.2 now available!


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Lightroom 2.2 for iOS is here, and brings a bunch of improvements, including an oft-requested feature: full resolution output.
With version 2.2, we added in the ability for Lightroom mobile to output full resolution files for any file that was either captured on the device or added to the device, either through the camera connection kit, transferred via Wi-Fi from a camera directly, or transferred to the device via services like email, Dropbox, or Google Drive. Additionally, any files that were added directly to an iPhone or iPad are transferred in full resolution to other mobile devices signed into the same account. This way, files captured with your iPhone are available for further editing and exporting from your iPad, in full resolution and vice-versa.
One of my favorite workflows is shooting with my camera and transferring to my iPhone for quick editing and sharing. The photo in this post was shot the last time I was in Japan for cherry blossoms, and after reading about how cherry blossom season is going to be extra early this year, I felt it was finally time to finish the image. I transferred the file via Wi-Fi to my iPhone, imported it into Lightroom mobile, edited the file, and exported. Of course, our blog then down sampled the image, but that’s a different story…
The full list of improvements are:

New: Full resolution output. Now, export and share photos that were captured on your device or that you added to your device at full resolution.
Updated: 3D Touch support in the Camera Roll browser view. Quickly preview your image with Peek & Pop when browsing Camera Roll photos in the app.
Fixed: Issue that lead to a potential crash.
Improved: Various bugs and issues.

Lightroom mobile 2.2 is available immediately for iPhones and iPads from the App Store.
We’d love to know what you think, and don’t forget to rate it if you like it
-Josh and the Lightroom mobile team