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How to check your photo’s colors before ordering printed projects online

’Tis the season to print your photography, whether it’s a picture you’ll frame, a greeting card, or a calendar, book or other photo-related project you’ll order online. Since it’s challenging (if not impossible) to print some of this stuff at home, it’s best to leave the printing to pros such as Apple (using iPhoto or the Photos app), services such as mpix.com, your local camera store, or even Costco.

22 more Photoshop tips at XChange

XChange posted another 22 of my favorite Photoshop tips, along with helpful illustrations. These are just some of the real-world tips and techniques from my Photoshop video trainings and Photoshop books. Enjoy the tips here. For the past 23 years XChange US and XChange UK have been our go-to sources for information and products that improve efficiency. Whether you work with color, design, multimedia, or print and publishing, they're happy to help you find the ideal product or solution for your particular need.

New book: The Skinny on Holiday Photo Gifts

The Skinny on Holiday Photo Gifts

Make memorable and personalized gifts using your own photos! This step-by-step $5.99 book helps you create myriad gifts such as Pillows, Tote bags, Purses, Magnets & stickers, Canvas prints, Skins for laptops and portable devices, Postage stamps, Mugs, Keychains, Playing cards, Tree ornaments, Dry-erase calendars, Notepads, and Wine and beer bottle labels. You’ll also learn how to create spectacular cards and personalized calendars in Apple’s Photos for Mac and iPhoto. Then, you’ll learn step-by-step instructions for creating unique, do-it-yourself projects such as photo napkin rings, photo gift tags and wooden photo cubes. Along the way, you’ll also learn many valuable tips for improving the overall look of your projects, including: adjusting the color of your photos so they harmonize together, how to save your files for successful printing, the best ways to add text to photos, how to remove color from parts of your photo, and unusually impressive card designs.

How to create a custom calendar in Photos for Mac

There’s nothing like printing your own photography, though adorning your walls with your own art can be intimidating. A safe way to print—and thus enjoy—your digital memories is to create a calendar in Photos for OS X. At 13 by 10.4 inches, Apple’s calendars are big and printed on thick, high-quality paper so they look better than the ones you get anywhere else.

Facebook Image Size Cheat Sheet 2015

Make A Website Hub posted a cheat sheet on Facebook image sizes, updated for 2015.
It includes image dimensions for your Facebook cover photo, profile picture, ads, events, apps, and more. I'm going to keep it handy for the next time we update our Facebook pages!
(Thanks to DesignTaxi for pointing this out!)

How to use keywords as a star-rating system in Apple Photos for OS X

One of Apple Photos’ most powerful features for tagging pictures is keywords. They let you apply any number of descriptive words such as “food,” “vacation,” “kickboxing,” or “kitties” to your images and videos. By searching for text included in the keywords you apply—using the search field or a smart album—you can locate specific pictures and videos quickly, regardless of which album, moment, collection, or year they’re in. Since Apple hasn’t yet seen fit to include a star-rating system in Photos (even in version 1.2), keywords may become your new best friend.

20+ more Photoshop tips at XChange

XChange posted another 22 of my favorite Photoshop tips, along with helpful illustrations. These are just some of the real-world tips and techniques from my Photoshop video trainings and Photoshop books. Enjoy the tips here. For the past 23 years XChange US and XChange UK have been our go-to sources for information and products that improve efficiency. Whether you work with color, design, multimedia, or print and publishing, they're happy to help you find the ideal product or solution for your particular need.

Apple Photos and Google Photos: Two photo apps compared

With rapidly expanding image and video collections, three things are hot on everyone’s wish list: constant and automatic backups to an offsite location, having your entire image and video library available on all your devices, and having the edits you make to an image on one device show up on your other devices. Both Apple Photos and Google Photos offer these insanely great, sanity-saving features, but how do the apps really stack up?

Five uses for gradient masks in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Pixelmator

Sitting quietly in the Tools panel of the popular image editors Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Pixelmator, is the Gradient tool, a wonderfully useful painting tool that lets you create a soft, gradual transition from one color to another (or several). But besides using the tool to add color to your designs, you can use it inside a layer mask (referred to as a gradient mask). By setting the two colors of the gradient to black and white—to conceal and reveal, respectively—the tool lets you fade layer content in interesting ways.

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