My latest digital painting

My latest digital painting in Adobe Photoshop CC using Wacom Cintiq and Microsoft Surface 

Superman – Adobe Photoshop CC and Wacom Cintiq

Superman

 

Rose – Adobe Photoshop CC and Microsoft Surface

Red Rose

Three my favorite options to speed up my workflow in Adobe Photoshop

Three of my favorite (along with many others 🙂  ) options to speed up my workflow  in Adobe Photoshop CC.

1: Show “Start” Workspace When No Documents Are Open

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Using this option I can access my Libraries, Presets, and open my Recent Files in no time.  It’s quick and easy.
If for some reason you don’t need or want to have “Start” Workspace you can uncheck ” Show “Start” Workspace When No Documents Are Open” : PREFERENCES > GENERAL

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2: Recent Files in “Start” Workspacerecent files

I can open my recent files with just in one click! No more asking myself ”  What was the file I was working on yesterday or the day before yesterday? And what did I name it and and where did I save it?

If for some reason you don’t need or want to have “Recent Files” you can uncheck ” Show “Recent Files” Workspace When Opening a File” : PREFERENCES > GENERAL

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3: Always Create Smart Objets when Placing

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Using this option I don’t worry any more about remembering to convert my layer to a Smart Object to avoid loosing my layer’s image quality because of resizing my image size down/up.
If for some reason you don’t need or want to have this option you can uncheck “Always Create Smart Objects when Placing” : PREFERENCES > GENERAL

 

Arkon

File Saving Options in Adobe Photoshop CC

File Saving Options in Adobe Photoshop CC

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One of the basic “intelligent” rules in Adobe Photoshop is setup the right (and that means >>> right for you)  saving options. And this is NOT something that you’ll remember to do later on. Just do it NOW. It will make your life easier and your files more protected.

Here is my preference in File Saving Options in Adobe Photoshop CC.

Image Previews:
We have three options
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Never Save (If I go with this option I am at risk of losing my work)
Always Save » This is my preference  (In this case my files will be saved all the time so I am protected against losing my file/work) 
Ask When Saving  (if I go with this option it will slow down my workflow. Could you imagine clicking every single time on Save/Don’t save?)

√ Save As to Original Folder
√ Save in Background
√ Thumbnail

Append File Extension
We have three options
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Never Save
Always Save » My option 
Ask When Saving

√ Use Lower Case

The last option in File Saving Options is VERY important:  Automatically Save Recovery Information Every 5, 10,15,30, 1 Hour.
With this option if your computer crashes when you are working on your file, the next time you open your Photoshop your latest autosaved version of your file will be opened as well.
I setup this option to Automatically Save Recovery Information Every 5 minutes.  

How to do portrait retouching in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

How to do portrait retouching in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 

Lightroom

Join me as we explore how to do portrait retouching in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. We’ll use the Develop module not only to make global adjustments, but also local adjustments and best part is that all of these edits will be non-destructive.

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A Few Reasons to Attend Scott Kelby’s Seminar

A few reasons to attend  Scott Kelby’s Shoot Like a Pro: Reloaded Seminar Tour:

I have been a  member of KelbyOne (previously NAPP) for MANY years. It’s a one stop for everything: training, inspiration, community and much more.

Yesterday I attended Scott Kelby’s latest seminar in Atlanta. As usual  there was a LOT of information, tips and tricks along with his GREAT sense of humor that makes learning FUN. The seminar atmosphere made it easy to adopt a TON of  information without being overwhelmed.

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