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My top 6 tips for Acrobat at XChange

Acrobat tips

Our good friends at XChange posted my six favorite tips for Acrobat, along with helpful illustrations for them. These are just some of the real-world tips from my Creative Cloud Essentials video training, which covers important uses for each Creative Cloud app and how they work together. 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. Visit their website and read the tips here.

My 18 tips for InDesign at XChange

InDesign tips

Our good friends at XChange posted my favorite 18 tips for InDesign, along with helpful illustrations. These are just some of the real-world tips from my Creative Cloud Essentials video training, which covers important uses for each of the Creative Cloud apps and how they work together. 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. Visit their website and read the tips here.

How to create a Lightroom slideshow and sync it to your iPhone or iPad


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom can create some of the slickest slideshows in the west. They’re easy to make and incredibly handy for showing off cream-of-the-crop shots at home, at the local photography club, or for using as a digital portfolio. In this column, you’ll learn to create a slideshow that you export and then sync to your iPhone or iPad.

Slideshows have a couple advantages over just handing someone your iPhone to flip through your Photos app: You can add captions so they know what they’re looking at, and a slideshow has an end point, so they won’t keep swiping into images you might not want them to see. Click here to read the full story on Macworld.com

How to create shared albums in Photos for Mac and iOS


iCloud Photo Sharing is a wonderfully private way to share digital memories with certain people. When you create or subscribe to a shared album, it appears on all of your devices. And since iCloud Photo Sharing doesn’t count against your allotted storage space for free iCloud accounts, it doesn’t cost you a penny...click here to read the full story on Macworld.com

5-star review from Photoshop User for The Skinny on Shooting for Royalty-Free Stock

I'm so excited! Photoshop User magazine gave a 5-star review to my book "The Skinny on Shooting for Royalty-Free Stock". If you want to make money shooting royalty-free stock photography, follow my insider's tips in this brief, info-packed book! (Click the image below to read the full review.)

How to create a simple collage in Photoshop, Elements, and Pixelmator

How to create a simple collage in Photoshop, Elements, and Pixelmator

One of the many superpowers of image editing apps that support layers is the ability to combine images into a collage. In this column, you’ll learn to create the ever-popular, oh-so-romantic, soft oval vignette collage in Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Pixelmator. This technique is perhaps the easiest—and most romantic—way to combine two images into a new and unique piece of art.
Click here to read the full story on Macworld.com

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How to make a map for a party invitation

How to make a map for a party invitation

Summer is upon us, with plenty of events to plan and maps to make. Providing a quality map with an invitation helps your guests, and your Mac makes them easy to create. Using just three apps—Contacts, Maps and Preview—you can produce a custom map to print or pop into an email. Fire up the grill, because your map is just a few creative clicks away… click here to read the full story on Macworld.com

How to set up family sharing in Photos

If more than one Mac- or iOS device-using person lives under your roof—or if you share your Mac with one or more people—using Photos in a family situation can be a complicated affair. Because you can’t share Photos libraries across a network, you quickly end up with multiple libraries (one for each Mac user account) and nobody remembers which pictures live where. It’s a nightmare; but fortunately, Apple has a solution... click here to read the full story on Macworld.com

Smart uses for smart albums in Photos for OS X

While it may be satisfying for the OCD within you to manually organize your digital mementos into albums in Photos, you can automate the process using smart albums. These albums self-populate based on criteria you set, so when Photos detects an image that matches your criteria, it’s automatically added to the smart album (just like iTunes’ smart playlists). Smart albums are insanely handy. For example, you can create one that collects all the pictures you take that include a certain keyword, say, comicon, that fall within a certain date range and that are tagged as favorites.

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