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19 Nov

Can I Move My Lightroom Catalog

Yes. Here's How.

Moving your catalog could be a good thing.

Although your catalog is just a brain, and not a bucket, it can still grow to be a fairly large size. Moving it off of your startup drive and onto another drive, even an external one will free up space for your operating system.

Make sure you have quit out of Lightroom.

Find your catalog on the hard drive and then copy the entire Catalog folder to the new location.

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18 Nov

Where is My Lightroom Catalog?

Probably in Your Pictures Folder

The very first time you launch the Lightroom application, a catalog is automatically created in your Pictures folder. The catalog is created before you even begin importing images.

Lightroom does not prompt you to create this catalog, which is unfortunate, because you don't have the opportunity to pick a place for the catalog, or give it a custom name.

If you've never moved or renamed your catalog, it is probably still in your pictures folder, inside of a folder  with the name "Lightroom".

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17 Nov

What is a Lightroom Catalog?

Lightroom Is A Brain

Lightroom is a Brain

A Lightroom catalog is a brain. Every time you add something to your Catalog you teach it something new.

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05 Jun

Posterize Edits with Lightroom 5

Editing on the wild side

Under the Hood of Tone Curve Posterization

I stumbled into this style of posterized Lightroom edits after doing a daily photo edit for a month and a half. Perhaps I was getting a little bored with my daily edit challenge. From the beginning I was hoping to discover something new, as outined here.

Funny thing though, this techinque really isn't new. I first learned how to posterize an image using the tone curve on a Scitex machine in the early 90's, before I knew anything about Photoshop. I hadn't thought about doing it with Lightroom until I ran out of Develop Module tools to explore.

I've created quite a few of these images, and I am still enjoying the process. That's probably because I'm still discovering new things about it. 

Crazy Color Edit

Queen Califia's Magic Circle

This image is where I really started to bend the rules and the tone curve. The circular color shapes are added with color balance adjustments in a radial filter, but the crazy colors start by bending theTone Curve.

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18 Jun

Painted Highlights

with Photoshop Adjustment Layers

Purple Flowers before image
Purple Flowers Original Image

These purple flowers are pretty, but the image is flat. It needs some highlights to bring it to life. I could apply some overall contrast to the image, but I perfer to paint my highlights, giving me more selective, creative control.

This tutorial will take you through the non destructive steps to breathe life into a flat image with light painting. The screen grabs are all done in Photoshop CS6, but this technique will work in older versions of Photoshop.

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18 Jan

How to remove text from scanned images

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Almost like magic

I have the privilege of working for a publisher of childrens books for the iPad and iPhone. My job as the graphic artist is to convert the book’s images from their original print format to files for interactive display.

Sometimes the original print files are not available. In this situation the pages of the printed book are scanned and sent to me for color correction and reformatting.

Printed text has to be removed from each scanned page.  When the text goes over the illustration like this example, the editing can be challenging and time consuming. 

illustration with embedded text

The Prince and the Pauper (pg. 11). Copyright Golden Films.

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05 Dec

Christmas 2011

How I created our Christmas Card image

final image of Holiday Home with lights

There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays.
Merry Christmas from our Home to yours.

The Chrismtas image of our home was digitally painted from a series of photographs taken over a two-hour period of time. I set up my camera about half an hour before sunset, while there was still plenty of daylight to compose and focus my image. Once my camera was set in place, I only touched it to change the shutter speed for exposure.

CAPTURING THE PHOTOGRAPHIC CONTENT

Daylight to Night Light

I captured a full range of exposures from daylight to night light. At times I bracketed the shot by capturing three exposures at one time, normal exposure, +2 over, and -2 under. Other times I manually adjusted the exposure to capture either the detail of the lights or the detail of the shadows.

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11 Aug

Illustrator Multiple Artboards Part 3

Package Design

Illustrator’s multiple artboards are great for print package design. I start with a multiple artboard document to design comps, and stick with that layout until the final design and content have been approved. Everything gets transferred to the package dieline as the final step.

Examine the dieline 

This dieline is for a DVD amaray case. There are 5 sides with printed graphics. One side is open to hold the DVDs. It’s important to understand how the 2D dieline becomes a 3D object before starting your designs.

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15 Apr

Multiple Artboards Part 2

Illustrator Artboards and Align to Artboard

I use Illustrator’s Align tools with every project. The Align to Artboard function is my favorite, because it is a fast and accurate way to center objects on a layout. To work correctly, Align to Artboard needs an artboard that is the same size as the layout. This is a really good reason to embrace the multiple artboard work flow.

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28 Mar

Ilustrator Mulitple Art Boards

How did I ever live without them?

Illustrator multiple art boards were first introduced with Illustrator CS4. I am a long time user of both Illustrator and InDesign. Initially I thought, what’s the point of having mulitple art boards, I can use InDesign for that. Sometimes old habits are hard to break, so I confess it took me a while to embrace Illustrator’s multiple art boards. Now I can’t imagine working without them.

Here are some examples of my Illustrator work and why I love multiple art boards.

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