Tampa Bay Computer Society

Beginning February 24th there will be a new monthly presentation at the Tampa Bay Computer Society. This is not in place of Lightroom Tampa Bay meetings but as the subject matter will be Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom it may be of some interest to LRTB members.

The Tampa Bay Computer Society is located in Clearwater and this Special Interest Group “SIG” meeting will take place on the 4th Monday of each month between 7 and 9pm.

There is no fee for the meetings but if you plan on attending regularly you will want to become a member of the Tampa Bay Computer Society. They have several programs that may interest you.

The SIG will be led by Adobe Community Professional, David A Rogers.

If you have any questions please use the comments section below.

Creating a simple animation in Photoshop

V-animationAnimated gifs still have their place on the web. While there are alternative means available to make animations – Adobe Edge Animate for one, the gif can be created simply inside Photoshop.
Here we’re going to create a very simple animation that will be used in another larger animation as a “loading” icon. You know those things that repeat while some more stuff is going on in the background before the animation or movie plays. Read More…

Customize Photoshop with your own panels

If you’ve been working with Photoshop for any length of time then you’ll probably have a few favorite features and tools that you use on a regular basis. I know I do. Some of them have keyboard shortcuts and some can be assigned keyboard shortcuts. But one can quickly run out of keyboard shortcut options or simply get to a point that you cannot recall what they are.

Adobe have an answer to this problem and its been around for a while. Read More…

Brush Control

Sometimes the seemingly minor changes can make a huge difference. I use Brushes and the Clone Stamp and the Spot Healing Brush heavily in retouching. Very often I will change the shape of the brush too from the standard round to some variation of oval to squeeze pixels into certain areas with certain direction.
That process for the Brush and Clone Stamp was tedious as I had to open the massive brush panel, navigate to the roundness section in Brush Tip Shape then make a change.

Well when the Spot Healing Tool was introduced, its contextual panel (Right Click / Control Click) had the roundness built in. Why on earth didn’t the Brush and Clone Stamp have the same? I probably wasnt the only one asking for this way back in 2008 but at least its here now.

Brush control settings in Photoshop CS6

Brush control settings in Photoshop CC

Now the next step Adobe is to allow roundness adjustment on the fly with keyboard shortcuts. We can adjust the size and softness of a brush with Control+Option+Dragging up or down, but what if we could also add the shift key to change the angle and shape of the round brush.

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