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How Lightroom works: Where it keeps your images and presets, and how to back up

Lots of people are leaping onto the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom bandwagon. One reason is licensing and pricing—for $150 you get a stand-alone copy with a perpetual license or you can subscribe to it, along with Photoshop, for a slick $10/month. Another reason for Lightroom’s popularity is that it’s a superb alternative to the soon-to-be-dead Aperture. While Lightroom is light years easier to use than most editors, it works in a unique way and, as such, has several pieces and parts.

The ultimate guide to finding free, legal images online

You may not realize it, but if you use Google to find an image and then use it in a project, you’re likely breaking the law. Unless you’ve been given permission to use the image by its creator, then you cannot legally or ethically use it. Happily, there’s an easy way to find images on Google that you can use, plus a slew of other sources for high-quality images that won’t cost you a dime—either up front or later on in a lawsuit.

Think fast: How to add motion blur in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

To add extra visual interest to a photo, try using a blur filter to simulate motion. Even though your subject is stationary in the picture, the viewer’s brain will experience the movement, which adds an element of excitement. In fact, this technique is a great way to turn a snapshot into something more artistic.Happily, Photoshop and Photoshop Elements make the process a piece of cake (you can do it in Pixelmator, too).

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