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The trick to adding text to a print layout in Lightroom

Lightroom’s Print module makes it easy to design gorgeous print templates, but adding custom text to a print layout is tricky. Oddly enough, Lightroom’s Identity Plate feature is the easiest way to get it done, though formatting text can be challenging.

How to pick the best photo editor for your life

Browsing the App Store for new photo-editing software can be overwhelming. There are dozens of image editors, and it’s difficult to tell which is the right one for your needs. If you’re already using iPhoto or Aperture, stick with those free programs until Photos is released in 2015—it may be all you need.

How to make beautiful calendars with iPhoto

For an incredibly meaningful gift, look no further than a wall calendar hand-crafted in iPhoto. Apple’s calendars are nice and big (13 by 10.4 inches), beautiful, and affordable—$20 for a gift that lasts 12 months! Each one is wire-bound, with lots of room for pictures above the date grid. You can customize each month with text and titles, import holidays and events from iCal, and plop photos into individual date squares. It’s printed on gloriously thick matte stock, and even the packaging is a treat—it arrives inside a classy white envelope.

Do-it-yourself holiday photo gifts

During the holiday season, a personalized photo gift makes a big impression; it’s proof that you put thought and effort into a meaningful and distinctive present. Whether you’re giving to family, friends, or clients—for this holiday or another occasion—the following products and do-it-yourself ideas will work well, including a nice array of print products you can order, as well as print-your-own gift tags, napkin rings, and wooden photo blocks.

How to make the best cover images for your social media accounts

You can't always judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a social media profile by its cover image. In this column, you’ll learn how to make your own cover images for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn, in a variety of software. You'll also learn design ideas, correct sizes, and sage file format advice. This is your chance to get creative and let your personality shine—after all, an image is worth a thousand words!

Review: Pixelmator for iPad

From cropping and straightening to color correcting, retouching, and painting; from creating selections to combining imagery; from blending layers to adding slick effects, shapes, layer styles, and highly customizable text, Pixelmator for iPad truly does it all…for a mere $5. Released earlier in November, it’s not a port of the popular desktop version of Pixelmator; Pixelmator for iPad was designed specifically for the iPad and iOS 8. As a result, it’s fast and sports a clean and clever interface that doesn’t get in your way.

3 easy ways to fix a subpar photo

When you think about all the variables involved in producing a well exposed photo, it’s a wonder any photo turns out halfway decent. If you’ve got a great subject but terrible color, the following shot-saving solutions can come to the rescue in a variety of apps...click here to read the full story on Macworld.com

The ultimate guide to taking better selfies

Thanks to smartphones and social media, snapping self portraits has become a global obsession. While it’s easier than ever to take good pictures of yourself, it’s all too easy to send the wrong (or a ridiculous) message. To ensure you’re a responsible and respectable member of the selfie generation, absorb the following advice...click here to read the full article on Macworld.com

8 ways to take better pictures with any camera...including your iPhone

Now that ghosts and goblins have cleared the way for the turkeys and reindeer, the prime holiday picture-taking season is upon us. To avoid getting disappointing photos that you can’t reshoot, you can follow these tips to increase your photographic prowess and take better pictures with any camera…including your iPhone...click here to read the full story on Macworld.com

9 mistakes you're making in Photoshop

We all make mistakes, but are you making these? In this week's Macworld Creaticity column, I explore common productivity mistakes you might be making in Photoshop:
"Each version of Photoshop comes with new features that let you work smarter instead of harder, but old editing habits are hard to break—especially if you’ve been using the program for a long time. Here you’ll find a roundup of some common editing mistakes and how to avoid them...click here to read the full story."

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