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By Derrick Story | Friday, August 01, 2014

Field Test: Lightroom Mobile in Maui

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Lightroom Mobile is an app that lets me bring bits of my Lightroom library with me on the road. But after using it in Hawaii for a week, the tool felt more like a one-way ticket than a roundtrip.

It does a decent job of providing mobile access to an established library on a Windows or Mac computer back home. Using Creative Cloud as the conduit, I can sync Collections within my Lightroom catalog, and view them practically anywhere on an iPad or iPhone. That’s handy.

But I also wanted to upload and manage pictures that I captured in Maui using Lightroom Mobile on my iPad. Going this direction—let’s call it the return trip—was bumpier. The biggest roadblock was that I couldn’t add IPTC metadata, such as copyright, caption, and author name.

Here’s a closer look at how this journey unfolded:

By David Blatner | Thursday, July 31, 2014

Import Folder of Images to InDesign — One Per Page

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Today’s episode of InDesign Secrets was inspired by a question from a fan who asked, “How do I import a folder full of pictures, and place just one on each page?”

The truth is it’s a difficult task to perform with InDesign alone. But there are two (non-intimidating!) scripts that make it possible.

In this week’s free tutorial, I’ll pop out the Scripts panel and show you how to get to the Image Catalog script, which comes built into InDesign.

By Kristin Ellison | Thursday, July 31, 2014

Boost Your Creativity: The 21-Day Drawing Challenge

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We all need creativity in our lives—whether we’re students, executives, scientists, designers, office managers, writers, teachers, or anyone else. So lynda.com created a new course designed to unleash and hone your creativity.

The 21-Day Drawing Challenge with Von Glitschka starts on Monday, offering a fun new drawing challenge each weekday (Monday through Friday) for 21 days. The final challenge will be August 29.

By Kevin Steele | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sports Photography: Staging an Action Shot

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Sports photography is not limited to shooting from the sideline or documenting a race or event. Most of my commercial advertising and editorial work is staged and set up with careful planning and teamwork.

Here’s how I capture the quintessential moment of action—from advance planning to on-the-fly experimenting.

By Todd Dewett | Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to Handle Conflict at Work

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Want to face less friction at the office? Sure—who doesn’t?

This week I’ll show you how to handle conflict at work with smart decision-making and positive debate.

By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to Draw a Hand in a Clenched Fist

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Hands: a symbol of protection, collaboration, solidarity, and friendship. Whether they’re splayed, extended, or clenched—like they are here—hands are one of the most difficult parts of the human anatomy to draw.

But by taking a rough sketch into Illustrator and tracing its outlines, you can create elegant vector artwork to use for logos or a motivational poster like the one shown in today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.

By Seán Duggan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Using Layer Masks with Video in Photoshop

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Photoshop has been able to handle video for several versions now, but the video features got a big upgrade with the CS6 release—in the form of a Timeline panel. This was significant because the timeline interface has long been a fixture in other dedicated video editing programs.

The nice thing about working with video in Photoshop is that you can rely on all the skills and techniques you already know about working with layers, adjustment layers, and layer masks. The ability to use layer masks with video layers allows you to create some really interesting custom transitions and composites for your video projects.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, July 28, 2014

Use Doodle For Easy Group Scheduling

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Lots of offices have calendar scheduling systems in place, like Outlook, Google, or Lotus Notes. If you want to schedule a meeting, you can add your list of invitees and see when they’re all available to schedule it. It’s an easy process.

What’s not so easy is when you need to schedule a meeting for a group of people who aren’t on a unified calendar scheduling app.

You know what happens next: The emails start flying around with everyone listing dates they’re available, and dates they’re not. It’s nearly impossible for everyone to wade through each other’s typed-out schedules to find a single date and time when everyone is free—and by the time you find it, one of the guests has suddenly become unavailable again.

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you a website that can help with this process.

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