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Using Design Templates and Presets to Get Started, Fast
Creating a new project in Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator, can sometimes be a daunting task, confronted with a blank canvas, or an idea you're not sure how to bring to life. To help get those creative juices flowing, you can instead choose from a wide variety of design templates from Adobe Stock. Templates often include assets and illustrations or special effects that you can build on to complete your project. When you open a template in Photoshop, you can work with it just as you would work with any other Photoshop document.
November, 2019
Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud Libraries
Recently, I've been writing a series of articles on the connections between Creative Cloud Libraries and Adobe Stock. I'm very pleased to say that I've completed the series, as Spark Page projects!  Initially, I had written one very long article on the subject. But, Spark Page does not support any kind of internal page navigation (liked named anchors) I decided that it would be easier for people to focus in on their specific challenges by breaking up the article into segments. This idea also inspired another article, focused on collaboration. I'm adding links to all four projects here.
August, 2019
Searching with Sensei
Adobe Stock just broke the 150-million asset ceiling this March, but a huge collection of great content doesn't mean much if you can't quickly find what you need. With that sentiment in mind, I dig deep into searching for assets on Adobe Stock and talk about the various ways that Adobe's Artificial Intelligence, Sensei, can help you find what you need, fast.
March, 2019
Using Adobe Stock with Creative Cloud Libraries
Ever wondered about the connection between Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud Libraries? Well, wonder no more; check out my latest article about this integration.
June, 2019
What a Rush!
Recently, I participated in a video training workshop at Adobe in San Jose CA, geared towards making us more comfortable not just with video-editing software, but also the process of making videos. All the Digital Media Solutions Consultants (SCs) and Customer Success Managers (CSMs) took part in this training. Hands down, this training was one of the most relevant and effective uses of my professional development time, to date, at Adobe. Let's face it, to the novice, creating videos can be quite intimidating. But this 2-day workshop opened my eyes to the creative possibilities of video.
January, 2019
Using a Custom Domain Name in Adobe Portfolio
Recently, I decided it was finally time to switch from the Adobe Portfolio domain name - jimbabbage.myportfolio.com - to one of my custom reserved domain names; jimbabbage.photography. I mean, why not? I honestly don’t know why I didn’t think to do this sooner.  The process for making this happen - while a little geeky - was not particularly difficult and that is where this tutorial comes in.
February, 2017
Working with Lightroom Mobile and Photoshop Mix
August, 2015
From Analog to Digital - Retouching the Film
I've recently started digitizing my decades-old slide collection. One of the challenges I've had is dust/dirt/residue on the film itself. This project shows the improvements I've been able to make using Lightroom and Photoshop to clean up the images.
February, 2015
Digital Me - Assignment 3 - Logo
The past week was packed with travel for work, so I did not have the time to create a new logo for myself. However, I did go through this exercise just over a year ago (maybe longer) and I did still have all the original files. I decided to try creating the social media logos using just mobile tools.
April, 2017
Many faces of Jim
As part of an Adobe Generation Professional (AGP) course I'm taking, I was asked to shoot or upload a headshot I would use as part of my personal brand. The first shown here is one I captured, and then edited using Instagram. I've also included a few others, most of which were not captured by me, but represent aspects of my character. The current course I'm enrolled in is called Digital Me: Digital Portfolios, Assessment & Employability.
June, 2014
Creating a killer resume
While perhaps not a "killer resume", this new version is miles ahead of my old MS Word version. Producing an updated resume is the second assignment for the Adobe Generation Professional course, Digital Me. I go into detail on my process for creating the resume in my Learning Journal, so I won't repeat myself too much here.
March, 2017
Lightroom Mobile Workflows
I recently learned of some new integration between Lightroom Mobile on iOS (at least), and many of Adobe's mobile apps, such as Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Fix, Adobe Comp, Adobe Capture, the new newly released Adobe Spark storytelling apps, and Lightroom Desktop. I'm going to walk through these workflows in this tutorial and also share some other tidbits I've discovered.
June, 2016
Lightroom Smartens Up
If you weren't paying attention last week, something crazy cool happened to Lightroom. It's learning to see. Read on to learn more about Technology Previews within Lightroom.
March, 2016
Star Light, Star Bright
July, 2015
Don't Delete it; Dehaze it!
I've been reviewing some of my images lately, from trips taken in the past couple years and - as I do from time to time - have reprocessed several. In some cases it was to do b/w conversions, in other cases it was to see how new features in Lightroom might help. In yet other situations, it was to totally reconsider the initial rejection of an image for either aesthetics or some other lack of visual impact.
February, 2016
Social Media Imagery with Adobe Post
A few months ago, Adobe released a new and free mobile app called Adobe Post. Simply put, Adobe Post is a fun and fast way for anyone (and I mean anyone) to create stunning social graphics. You pick a photo, add text, and apply some design filters to instantly create beautiful designs. 
February, 2016
Create a "social silhouette" using Adobe mobile apps
One of the hands-on activities at Adobe Max this past October was helping attendees create a Social Media Silhouette. It was a fun little project that gave attendees direct experience in using Adobe mobile apps. The Make It booth was stocked with iPads, computers and staffed with Adobe employees from across the organization. At a recent conference in Calgary, Alberta, I wanted to generate activity at our booth and show off the apps by recreating what was done at MAX, but on a smaller scale. This post explains how I managed it.
December, 2015
Working with Adobe Fuse, Lightroom and Photoshop
December 1st, 2015 was a little like Christmas morning for many creatives; Adobe released huge updates to many of the Creative Cloud apps. I'll talk about one of the new releases called Adobe Fuse (Preview). What I find really interesting, is its integration with Photoshop! What follows is the overall workflow I used from start to finish to blend a newly created 3D character with one of my existing photos. I won't go into exhaustive detail on how to build a character, but will outline the process of how I got to my final scene.
December, 2015
Photoshop Fix - Project 1 - Retouching
September, 2015
Photoshop Fix - Project 2 - Face Facts with Liquify
September, 2015
Working with HDR - a progression
April, 2014
HDR Processing with iPhone, Photoshop and Lightroom
May, 2014
Hoover Tower HDR and perspective correction
May, 2014
Moonrise Over Lake Ontario - A Photo Composite Project
May, 2014
Creating image collages in Lightroom
August, 2014
Same image, 7 years apart
August, 2014
Lightroom Processing and Virtual Copies
August, 2014
Before and After - Revisited
September, 2014
From iPhone to Lightroom to Lomo
September, 2014
Garden Fairy - Hand Coloring in Lightroom
September, 2014
iPhone Panoramic to Lightroom Beauty
October, 2014
Insta-Lightroom
October, 2014
Working with Adobe Shape
October, 2014
Experimenting with Photoshop Mix
October, 2014
Experiments with Adobe PaintCan
February, 2015
Olde-Skool multi exposure
February, 2015
First Look at Lightroom CC / LR6
April, 2015
Getting the "right look" with Lightroom CC/6 HDR
April, 2015
From Day to Night - A Lightroom CC/6 project
April, 2015
Super Moon Composite Tutorial
August, 2015
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