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07 Jan

Class Schedule

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Winter/Spring 2017

I am teaching the following classes for the start of 2017, two classes at UCSD Extension and two at MiraCosta Community College in Oceanside. This is my first time teaching at MiraCosta and I am excited for the opportunity.

UCSD Extension

1/9/17 - 3/26/17

ART-40630 Digital Darkroom Expanded - ONLINE

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28 Sep

Photoshop CC New Select and Mask

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Tutorial and Review

Photoshop CC update 2015.5 released this past June included a significant change to the way masking can be done. The new Select and Mask feature essentially replaced what was previously called Refine Edge. I have heard and read a lot of complaints about the change. That isn't too surprising though. Change always brings some complaints, especially big changes like this one.

In this video tutorial I take you on a thorough tour of the new Select and Mask, sharing how I use it and why I (mostly) like it. I also share my opinions about where it is lacking and how I think it could be improved.

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24 May

How To Determine Which Lightroom Catalog You Have Open

Don't lose track of your work

In my teaching, and spending time in the Adobe forums I see people struggling with this. They open Lightroom and all the work done on a previous day has some how been lost, and they are certain Lightroom is at fault. Of course Lightroom is not at fault. They've simply opened a different catalog than the one previously worked in. 

I recorded this video to explain how to figure out what catalog you have open.

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18 Mar

Adobe Mobile to Desktop Creative Workflows

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Mostly a One Way Street

One Way Street Sign

Adobe Mobile applications connect our devices to our desktop applications allowing us to create any where at any time. Most of the traffic between mobile and desktop is routed through the Creative Cloud Libraries. Unfortunately at this time, the mobile workflow primarily runs on a one way street going from Mobile to Desktop with very few round trips available.

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29 Dec

Year End Digital House Keeping

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Get Your Computer Files in Order

The year end is a great time to do some digital house keeping. I’ve spent the last few days backing up and organizing my digital devices. Admittedly, I should be doing these things on a more regular basis, but work happens and some things get away from me.

At the end of every year I take a hard, honest look at my digital clutter. Here’s my year end check list to get things back in order. What is yours?

Time Machine Backup

Time Machine runs year round on my Mac Pro. Most of the time this works without me having to think about it, but occasionally the backup drive stops working for no apparent reason. So this week I reformatted the Time Machine backup hard drive, after first running a Time Machine backup to a secondary external drive.

Time Machine screen

How To Set Up a Time Machine Back Up

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18 Dec

2015 Christmas Card

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Family Illustration

2015 Christmas Card

We thought about using last year's Christmas family portrait for this year's Christmas Card, but that just wasn't unique enough.

I know that I should draw more. It comes up during every self-reflection. For this reason I decided to illustrate our family portrait, thinking that it would be pretty simple.

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12 May

Interview

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by Andrew Kavanagh

01 Apr

Can I combine Lightroom catalogs into a single catalog?

Yes. It's Easy.

It’s very easy to merge Lightroom catalogs. This comes in handy if you have created a catalog on a laptop while traveling,  or have multiple catalogs that should be combined into one.

While in Lightroom go to File>Import From Another Catalog... This imports all of the information from the chosen catalog including, edits, collections and smart collections. 

How to merge Lightroom catalogs

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27 Mar

How do I save my develop edits in Lightroom?

The catalog automatically saves a complete history of edits.

All edits are stored within the Lightroom Catalog. They are completely reversable at anytime. There is no need to “save” your work unless you want access to the edits outside of Lightroom.

You can write external XMP edits for individual files while in the Develop Module. Go to Photo>Save Metadata to File, -S (Mac) or Ctrl-S (PC). This writes a sidecar XMP file to the hard drive for raw images. For JPEG, TIFF, PNG and PSD files, metadata by defualt is embedded in the file.

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