Dealing with Exposure Problems (the Highlights and Shadows Sliders) in Lightroom

I always think of the Highlights and Shadows sliders as “problem solvers.” Sometimes the problems are caused by what I did in-camera (I took a shot where I let the highlights get clipped, or I took a shot where my subject is backlit and they are pretty much a silhouette), or these problems happen in [...]

Dynamic Linking Between Premiere and After Effects

Daniel helps remove the mystery behind Dynamic Linking, and shows you how easy Dynamic Linking can be between Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects.

Exporting Video With an Alpha Channel from After Effects

Daniel describes how to export graphics and video clips with alpha channels in After Effects.

Fixing Backlit Photos

By Scott Kelby Excerpt from The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Book for Digital Photographers One of the most common digital photography problems is photos where the subject is backlit, so it is almost a black silhouette. I think it’s so common because the human eye adjusts for backlit situations so well that, to our naked [...]

Swapping Out for a Better Sky

By Scott Kelby Excerpt from Photoshop for Lightroom Users This is yet another form of compositing, but it’s kind of “reverse compositing” because, instead of selecting a person or an object and placing it on another background, we’re going to select the background (sky) and replace it with a better one. This is a handy [...]


Understanding the Power of uMerge for Designers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – APRIL 1, 2015 The uMerge Add-on to Adobe InDesign helps designers to create document templates for generating personalized or customized printed pieces such as those used in catalogs, postcards and invitations. Join Deb Haines, Senior Trainer/Solution Specialist at XMPie and learn how you can [...]

Creating Backscreened Prints in Lightroom

For all the wonderful things Lightroom’s Print module does, one feature it doesn’t have is one that lets you backscreen a photo (a staple in most wedding albums). So, I came up with a workaround, where we can use a backscreened image as our page background, and then put another non-backscreened image in front of it on the same page. It’s easy, but not really obvious.

Geometric Effects

One of our senior graphic designers, Margie Rosenstein, asked me to watch the new season intro for So You Think You Can Dance so I could see the geometric, vector-looking video graphics that were used in it. They combined a da Vinci-style mechanical rendering with a Minority Report-like computerized vector effect that was freakin’ cool. [...]

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