Photoshop Photography Program Extended (Again) Through Feb. 28

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Creative Cloud Deal

Adobe is beating this dead horse into the ground. I have lost count of how many times the Photoshop Photography Program has been extended.  This time, however, the deal is only available for those who own CS3 or later products, but the price remains $9.99/mo. And, yes, I do actually think this is a good deal, but Adobe is killing me with the on again/off again routine.

The Photoshop Photography Program offers access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 (plus respective feature updates and upgrades as they are available), 20GB of cloud storage and Behance ProSite, via Adobe Creative Cloud for $9.99/month as an annual subscription.

You can find more details here on Adobe’s website.

How To Transfer a Lightroom Catalog and Photo Library to a New Computer

Lightroom Catalog Transfer

If you have been using Adobe Lightroom for very long, you might be in the situation where your image catalog has outlasted your current computer. Accordingly, when you upgrade your computer to something newer and faster, you will want to take advantage of that improved speed and begin using it for your image processing workflow. Of course, you also don’t want to lose access to all of the images you processed on your old computer.

Lightroom works by using catalogs that contain processing info related to the images in your Lightroom library. As such, the Lightroom catalog does not contain the actual photo files, but rather data concerning organizational and processing actions you’ve made while working with your photos inside Lightroom.

And simply plugging in a hard drive that contains all of your photos from your Lightroom library won’t carry over your final edits. As a result, you will want to take your Lightroom catalog along with you to the new computer. But how do you do that?

It’s a fairly straightforward process actually. Follow these steps and you will be able to pick up right where you left off with your old machine. [Read more...]

Using Adobe Camera Raw as a Smart Filter in Photoshop CC

Check out this video that shows how to use Camera Raw as a Smart Filter in Photoshop CC.

In this video, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to take multiple exposures and combine them into a single 32-bit HDR file that can then be edited nondestructively using Adobe Camera Raw as a Smart Filter in Photoshop. In addition, you’ll discover how powerful using Camera Raw as a Smart Filter can be when working with layered files.

Premiere Pro CC Updated to Version 7.2.1

Premiere Pro CC

Adobe has released another update to Premiere Pro CC. This update, version 7.2.1, is primarily a bug fix update for the big December 2013 update.

Issues fixed in this update include:

  • Intermittent Buzzing could occur on audio playback where audio transitions were present
  • Reveal in project sometimes did not work in imported sequence when clips were present in the project
  • Premiere Pro could occasionally crash on playback of certain multi cam assets
  • Using matte cleanup tools in Ultra keyer could sometimes cause the top half of the image to disappear when paused in Open CL mode
  • Autosave could sometimes interrupt playback.
  • The AMD Radeon R9 290 Series has been added to the OpenCL supported card list
  • Inserting a merged clip with in/out points via menu or command would insert the entire merged clip, not the in/out range
  • Playing with preroll could sometime crash Premiere Pro
  • When editing in Anywhere mode, adding synthetics would sometimes show a 10 digit number under the progress panel’s Name column

I also confirmed with Adobe that these fixes include a fix for the warning we previously received about an issue with XML imports. The warning never clearly stated the issue; however, I am assuming it is the “reveal in project” bug fix mentioned on the second point. Regardless, if you import from other projects or XMLs, it should be safe to update now.

You can download the update through the Creative Cloud app.

Adobe Unleashes Several Updates for Premiere Pro, After Effects, SpeedGrade and Other Video Apps

Creative Cloud

Adobe has updated Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, SpeedGrade CC, Prelude CC and Media Encoder CC. Notably, this is the fourth update to Premiere Pro CC since the application made its debut earlier this year. The new updates add several new features and bug fixes. [Read more...]