Lightroom For iPad Coming (maybe) . . .

I recently took a survey for our favorite creative software company, Adobe, about user experience, pricing, and overall impressions of the company.  I jumped at the chance to be heard since so many of my students complain about Adobe's software license practices, especially with the new subscription based Creative Cloud. The survey was typical, but some of the questions shed a little light on a possible introduction of an iPad lightroom component.  Here are some interesting screen grabs.

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Notice at the bottom of the list, Lightroom Mobile.  The pricing is ludicrous!  $4 a month when you can buy most apps for $0.99.  Come on Adobe!  That is why everyone hates you!

But what would Lightroom Mobile do? Well from other areas of the survey, I found the following:

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 1.28.59 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 1.30.18 PMIf your wish is to seamlessly sync your iPhone/iPad images to Lightroom, and to be able to do similar editing on the device itself. . . it sounds like Adobe has a fun thing coming!  Too bad they are probably gonna leave a bad taste in our mouths with pricing (as usual).

Now Everybody Playing - C

You down with QPT, yeah you know me!

Ok, some of you out there don't know what a QPT is.  A QPT is a new series of postings that will give you Quick Photoshop Tips.  Get it.  So lets get rolling. 1. For beginners who cant read the small font that photoshop presents us with (tiny tiny panels), you can make the font size bigger.  This is also a major comfort necessity if you are on a laptop.

Go to General > Preferences >  Interface, and the bottom you have the choice of Small (default), Medium, and Big.  When you make the change, you have to restart photoshop to see it in action.

Here is what they look like small to big:


Clearly, everyone should just choose big!  I know, where is the wow factor in this tip. But you know what they say, "it's the little things in life."

- C -

RAM Explanation (CNET) and How to Upgrade Your Mac!

RAM (random access memory) is crucial to making all your programs run fast, especially if you design, do photoshop, or video edit.  CNET is a staple for technology news and guidance, and I found this great article on RAM  and what apple machines are upgradeable to top tier performance.  By that I mean, the  brand new precious is the Mac Pro with Retina Display.

Sure the display is really nice, but something to drool over other than pretty pixels is the capability to put 16gb of RAM into a laptop to make it really fast.  Yes, true beauty is on the inside.  On Apple's site, you can only upgrade the Retina Mac to 16 gb, all other models are only allowed to 8 gb (retina mac upgrade screen  below)

However, as you will learn in the CNET article, there are a lot of Mac laptops that can be boosted to 16gb. If your interested, then the start of the article is below, and just click on the image or link to go to read the rest of the article.  Below that is a link on where to buy the RAM and not pay $600, but $160 instead, finally ending with an install video from Other Worldly Computing which shows you scaredy cats how easy it is to do.  FYI, I'm also available to do it for you for $400, New York trip money, but come on, it's more fun if you do it yourself.

Your Welcome,

- C -

Click above or go here for the rest of the article and to see which Mac Laptops are Compatible: CNET

LINK on where to buy the 16gb or at least upgrade from 4gb to 8gb of RAM:

Tutorial Video on installation

Have a different Mac other than than the 13"mac pro, then go here:

Free Instagram Actions for Photoshop! - Thanks Daniel Box

So I'm late to the whole adding instagram effects to pro res images party because I felt that instagram is meant for iPhone shooting so why make those same retro effects on the computer?  Right? Nope, wrong.  People love love love these effects and there is no slowing down of this love in sight.

Because I'm fashionably late, I've brought party favors!  A student of mine recently asked me how to get these effects, and it actually takes a lot of Photoshop knowledge to get them.  Luckily, Daniel Box of dbox has created them as actions and gives them away for free on his website. Here is how you insert them into your Photoshop CS5 or 6.

1.  Download the actions here:

2. Go to your applications folder on your computer, and find the Adobe Photoshop folder  which has a presets folder.  In that folder there is an actions folder.  Place your downloaded folder from Daniel Box there.

3.  Launch Photoshop with an image.

4. Go to your Actions Panel.  If it is not open, go to window at the top of the screen and drop down to actions to bring it up.

5. Find the Instagram Set.  Single click your Instagram effect.

6.  With it highlighted (due to the single click you just did), hit the little triangle at the bottom of the actions panel.  It looks like a play button, which is for playing or running actions.

7.  Notice that there are even actions for the retro boarders as well.

8. Don't forget to thank Daniel at his blog for the retro mayhem you are about throw out into the world.

There you have it folks.  As if there weren't enough instagram retro photo styled images out there, now we can make even more of them!

Insta - Party!- Carlos


Cloth! - A New Reason To Take Pictures of Yourself

The Cloth iPhone app is a quirky little idea.  When you got a good clothing ensemble going, snap a picture of yourself and catalog it.  Next time your stuck trying to decide what to wear, just check that archive.  Time saved! I won't begin to judge what type of person would use this app, needless to say, I just downloaded my copy of it.  Below is the promo video, and you can get the app here 

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Creative Cloud CS6!

Adobe unleashed CS6 today which has upgrades for all the beloved Adobe programs like Photoshop, In Design, Illustrator, and my new love Premiere Pro (to happily replace Apple's Final Cut Pro X).  But they also fully released the Creative Cloud, which is a subscription based pay as you go service from Adobe.  For $49.99 per month, you have all the adobe programs as up-to-date versions. That is right.  For that low cost, you basically have access to the Master Collection which retails for $2599.00.  Since you don't have a calculator in front of you, it would take you 52 months at $50 to reach that retail price.  So what is the deal . . . well Adobe is finally catching on that their software is super over priced and they are losing customers because of it.  Ah, but the real reason is to stop piracy.  With such cheap access to the suite, isn't better to pay $50, and have legit full fledged design access with no problems, crashing, or viruses, than try and get a bootleg copy that doesn't work right, crashes, and causes viruses to spread like the computer apocalypse.  Good move Adobe, well played.  Here is a video link on what this is all about. . .


One more thing, Lightroom is not included in this . . . yet.