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In Adobe Illustrator CC 2018 we have a new tool = Puppet Warp, which  lets you twist and distort parts of your artwork, such that the transformations appear natural. You can add, move, and rotate pins to seamlessly transform your artwork into different variations using the Puppet Warp tool in Illustrator. You can use this tool also for some creative work. Let’s see what kind of interesting transformation we can do with this tool and how use it for creating animation with Adobe Animate CC.

 

Distorting 3D Object

  1. Create any shape
  2. Create any 3D object with Live Effects
  3. Select object with Selection Tool
  4. Add pins with Puppet Warp Tool into 3D object
  5. Distort or rotate (pins) with Puppet Warp Tool

 

This allow us easy distort 3D object in any direction.

 

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Distorting Character or Whole Text

  1. Add any text
  2. Select Puppet Warp Tool and add pins to one character
  3. Distort character

 

For Distorting Whole Text you need to activate “Show Mesh” in the Properties Panel and Expand it with “Expand Mode” value to overlap all text with mesh.

 

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Creating Animation Tweens with Puppet Warp Tool, Blend Tool in Adobe Illustrator CC and finalizing in Adobe Animate CC

  1. Create shape in Adobe Illustrator CC
  2. Select shape with Selection Tool
  3. Use Puppet Warp Tool and add pins to shape
  4. Copy and paste shape (you need to add pins than copy shape. This allow to copy pins with shape)
  5. Make change with Puppet Warp Tool for creating motion or animation that you want to create
  6. Use Blend Tool for creating objects for animation
  7. Expand Object and Ungroup
  8. Select all shapes
  9. Copy shapes

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  1. Open Adobe Animate CC and past into stage
  2. Select all shapes on stage in Adobe Animate
  3. Right click and open context menu.
  4. Select “Distribute to Keyframes”
  5. Play animation

 

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   ‘Adobe Exchange’ logo used with permission

 

Earlier in December 2017 Adobe announced that Adobe Add-ons is evolving to Adobe Exchange. which will be launched on March 05, 2018. Existing listing/products and preview images will be automatically transferred. It is time to get started or to update existing listing for better compatibility with new design and approach. In this post, I will guide you through steps to update preview images, add videos which supports product and to update description when necessary.

 

Steps to update listing on Adobe Exchange

For those who are not informed about requirements for preview images here is reminder and link to download PSD template.

  • App icon which should be 570x570px.
  • Up to 10 large image previews and videos per product. Image previews must be: min 1280 x 720px, max 2560 x 1440px saved in PNG or JPG file format.

 

Here is the process to update the listing with new preview images and optionally video which should be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo or Adobe TV:

 

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  • Your existing products will be listed in the Published tab. Click on the product name.

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  • When App Editing page opens click on Edit in the top right corner.

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  • In the App Details, you can change Purchase Method, change the price, change description... Required fields are marked with an asterisk, you must choose Primary and Secondary tags from the drop-down lists. When you are done, scroll down and click Save & Next button.

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  • The next step is to upload images. Click on Choose File buttons and upload App Icon, Featured Image (must be 300Kb or smaller) and Preview Images. You can type the caption for preview images. At the bottom, you will see text field to paste video URL to provide video instructions. If you have a video on YouTube then just copy URL from the address bar and paste it. Here is sample URL copied https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qzSny70Obs. If you need to add more images or videos (up to 10) click on Add Image or Add Video buttons. Click Save & Next button to proceed.

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  • The next step is Upload & Docs. You can upload readme, sample files etc. Uploaded documents should be in PDF file format. The limitation is 10 documents to upload. Click on Save & Next button to proceed.
  • The last step is Notes & EULA. You can paste EULA and to type instructions for the user in Where to Find It - this is a required field which is automatically transferred from Adobe Add-ons. The important thing to remember before submitting listing is to click Save button to be able to preview listing before submitting it for approval.

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This is a blog post I wrote back in 2012, and decided to share it with you.

 

Mac in art: Creating Photoshop Brushes using Adobe Illustrator Objects

Creating Photoshop Brushes using Adobe Illustrator Objects

 

Creating Photoshop Brushes with Illustrator Shapes. Easy. Seamless workflow. Great results!
In this sample I am using stars, circles and lines.
You can use any shape desired to achieve the look you want to get.

 

1. With the Ellipse tool selected, create a perfect circle (best to draw from center: hold down the option/alt and shift key). From the view menu bar: guides: make guides. Lock the guide.

Guide from an object (you can make a guide from any object in Illustrator)

2. With the Star tool selected, create a star, and snap it to the guide (View: Snap to Guide)

    With the Rotate tool selected (from the tool box) hold down the Option/alt key and click

 

    on the center of the guide. 36° and click copy. Make sure your preview is on!

 

 

Stars around the guide
3. Once one star is copied, go to the Object menu bar: Transform: Transform again (command/Control D). Repeat to create a complete circle of stars.

 

Circle of stars
4. Repeating the same commands, create a line and rotate in to the center of the guide.
Lines rotated in 36°
5. Repeating the same commands, create a circle on top of the line and rotate it again 36°.

   With the Circle selected, choose the Scale tool from the tool box to scale the group of the small

   circles to the center of the guide, and use the Transform again command to scale the group of   the small circle to the center of the guide 80% each time.  

 

   6. Go to the View menu: Guides: hide or clear guides.

Final shape
7. Select the final shape: Object: Group  (Command/Control G). Edit Copy (Command/Control C).

8. In Photoshop: Create a new document 72 DPI. White Background. Edit menu bar: Paste (command/Control V) Select the Path in the dialog box.

9. the path is loaded to the selected Background. In the path Panel save the path.

(give it a name in case you want to bring another path to the same file -only one work path per file)

Path from Illustrator
10. Now the fun starts! Add a new empty layer and name it: Brush practice.

     Make sure that the path is loaded to the new layer. With the brush tool selected choose a brush

     stroke the path. (Best to choose first the brush and than go to the stroke path command) .    

    stroke the path. (Best to choose first the brush and than go to the stroke path command)

     Make sure the foreground color is black: Select the Path with the path selection tool.

     Go to Path: Stroke Selection. Experiment with the brush size.

 

 

Brush size, stroke path command
11. Select the outer Stars and play with the Brush size to stoke it. Select the rest of the shapes and

      stroke it with a smaller brush size.

 

Path is stroked with 2 or 3 different sizes of brush
12. Load the selection of the stroked layer (Select load Selection or Command/Control Click on
      the layer thumbnail to load the selection. Edit: Define Brush Preset and give it name.

     

Saving the brush

 

13. Now the fun begins! Create a new layer and start testing the brush you created!

 

Drawing with the new brush

14. Working on the brush variations. Changing the size on the  spacing in the main brush dialog

      box, finding the space and size needed for the design.

 

Spacing preview

 

15. Changing the Shape Dynamic controls, playing with the direction of the brush - make sure

      you see the preview of the brush. Choose a color for the Foreground and Background.

      In the Brush control - adjust the color dynamic controls. Work with the saturation and

      the brightness Jitter. You can introduce more colors to the brush if you change the amount

      of the Hue slider. Play with the Purity slider to achieve pure colors or gray scale.

      Explore!

16. With the brush tool, explore the brush strokes and the colors. Add effects to the brush.

      Drop Shadow, Bevel and Emboss to create any metal look! (gold, copper, silver).

      Adding different effects will effect the brush look as well. Save the brush preset.


 

 

Final Brushes! Keep playing and exploring!

 

 

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Left to right top row: Tom Briere, Cathy McDonough, Barry Robinson, Seth Dewey, Chris Bower, Laura Carlsen. Bottom: Christian da Silva, Dave Therrien, Adelia Masella, Rick Branscomb

NASHUA ADOBE USER GROUP

CREATIVE CHALLENGE - DECEMBER 2017

If you're looking ideas to engage your group you might consider sponsoring a Creative Challenge or scheduling a Member Spotlight.  Far from being an orginal idea, this is our version of what Sally Cox often did with the San Jose group.

 

There's always a good participation rate when we run a creative challenge, or ask members to showcase their work for a member spotlight. And we’ve been delighted to see some amazing results.

 

For example, this past December, fourteen of our members stepped up to participate in the Creative Challenge that we hold a couple of times a year. This is always a fun meeting! We invite our members to use their favorite Adobe application (including mobile apps) to create something new to share with the group. For this challenge we came up with several topics for members to choose from: Above and Below, Children and Cell Phones, Fall Foliage, Secret Spaces, and Public Art.

 

During the meeting each participant walks through their process and answers questions. At the end of the meeting we vote for the top three entries. The member whose project wins the most votes takes first prize… a subscription to the Creative Cloud.

 

Please be sure to click the links to look at their Spark Pages and click the appreciate button! It was exciting to see how many of them used Spark for their show and tell!

The winning entries:
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Category: Photography

First place: Chris Bower
Entry: Stairway to Heaven

App: Photoshop

*Spark Page Here*

Category: Illustration

First place: Christian da Silva

Entry: Children with Cell Phones

App: Illustrator

*Spark Page Here*
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Category: Photography

Second place: Seth Dewey

Entry: Calendar

App: Lightroom

*Spark Page Here*

Category: Photography

Second place: Rick Branscomb

Entry: Dory

App: Lightroom

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Category: Image Editing

Third place: Tom Briere

Entry: Photoshop Filters

App: Photoshop

*Spark Page Here"

Category: Spark Storytelling

Third place: Laura Carlsen

Entry: Time In Between

App: Spark

*Spark Page Here*


Nashua Adobe User Group

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Place commands are among most useful and most used commands in Photoshop. Those commands are commonly used to import image or images into existing document to combine multiple photos and to create composition like photo collage. By default, Photoshop will create Smart Object layer when placing the image and resize layer to fit into existing document. There is nothing wrong with this behavior and it is desired behavior in most cases. However, sometimes you will want to get actual pixel dimensions on Smart Object layer in Photoshop without resizing it.

 

I will use the latest version at the moment which is Photoshop CC 2018. Same options which will be mentioned are available in previous versions of Photoshop CC. In earlier versions like Photoshop CS6, some options are not available but you can still follow instructions in this tutorial.

Video tutorial

Here is my video recording which explains requirements and steps to get Smart Object layer in Photoshop with actual pixel dimensions when placing images. For more info continue reading the post below and click on links on this page.

 

 

Quick solution to get layer at actual pixel dimensions

If you want a quick solution which will work all the time to get actual pixel dimensions in the document without to change preferences and additional steps (when required) do the following:

 

  • Open image or multilayered document in Photoshop.
  • Select layer, Smart Object layer or multiple layers in the Layers panel.
  • Open Window > Libraries panel. Choose library where you want to save the image (layers) which you want to place at actual pixel dimensions in any document regardless of its resolution.
  • Drag layer or multiple selected layers onto Libraries panel and release mouse button.
  • Open or create a document in which you want to place the image (layers) previously saved in Libraries panel.
  • Right click on the thumbnail in Libraries panel and choose Place Layers.

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Quick and easy solution to get actual pixels placed in any Photoshop document is to save the image in Libraries panel. From Libraries panel use command Place Layers. This will ensure that you will get placed actual pixel dimensions regardless of preferences and document resolution.

 

Placing images in Photoshop

You can place or import the image into existing document using Place commands from File menu, using Adobe Bridge, to simply drag and drop an image into open document or to use Place commands from Libraries panel.

 

What and how image/document is imported depends on:

  • Instructions in Preferences > General dialog (Always Create Smart Objects when Placing & Resize Image During Place).
  • Resolutions of placed image and document in which is placed (When using Place Embedded, Place Linked, drag and drop into document operation which is creating embedded Smart Object, and Place > In Photoshop from Adobe Bridge).
  • Which place command you are using (Place Layers from Libraries panel will always place actual pixels).

 

Preferences which affects how image is placed and requirements to get actual pixel dimensions on layer with placed image

Let's start with preferences which hold key requirement to get a layer with actual pixel dimensions using drag and drop (creates embedded Smart Object), Place Embedded, Place Linked, and Place In Photoshop (Adobe Bridge) commands. Command Place Layers from Libraries panel does not depend on settings in the Preferences dialog.

 

In Preferences > General you can instruct Photoshop how to treat or what to do with placed objects.

 

One of the options which are determining how the image is placed is Always Create Smart Objects when Placing. I will suggest you keep this option always turned on.

 

Note: you won't be able to change the resolution of the image which is placed to match document resolution as explained below when this option is turned off.

 

Requirements to get actual pixel dimensions on layer with placed image

This is the first requirement. Photoshop can resize or fit the image into existing document during import or placing process. That job will do Resize Image During Place option. In case that you want to get actual pixel dimensions on the layer in the Layers panel, this option must be turned off.

Resize Image During Place turned off
To get actual pixels on Smart Object layer when using Place Embedded, Place Linked, drag and drop file you must visit Preferences > General and turn off option Resize Image During Place.

 

 

The second requirement to get layer at actual pixel dimensions is matching resolutions of placed image and document in which image is placed. If resolutions do not match, Smart Object layer in the document will be upsampled or downsampled. Original image with original pixel dimensions will be preserved in Smart Object and you can access the original image at any time to change resolution and to get actual pixel dimensions on the layer. This is true when using drag and drop (creates embedded Smart Object), Place Embedded, Place Linked, and Place In Photoshop (Adobe Bridge) commands.

 

Placing image when resolutions are matching

When placing image which has the exact same resolution as the document in Photoshop, you will get actual pixels on Smart Object layer (assuming that Resize Image During Place is turned off).

 

Below I will describe what is happening when placing an image with exactly same resolution as a document in which image is placed.

 

The document which is used for demonstration is 2000 by 2000 pixels with the resolution set to 72 pixels per inch.

 

File > Place Embedded command is used to place image which is 1300 x 800 pixels and resolution is 72 pixels per inch.

 

From the point of getting actual pixels on the layer, everything looks good. Smart Object layer with the image has pixel dimensions exactly same as the image which is placed what can be confirmed in the Properties panel. Properties panel is displaying pixel dimensions of selected Smart Object layer (with Smart Object layer selected in the Layers panel).

Smart Object layer with placed image which has matching resolution with document in which is placed
When you place the image with the resolution which is matching document resolution you will get actual pixels on Smart Object layer. This is true when Resize Image During Place is turned off and you are using Place Embedded, Place Linked, Place In Photoshop commands or drag and drop method.

 

Placing image when resolutions do not match

Below I will describe what is going on and how to get actual pixel dimensions of Smart Object layer in case that resolutions of document and image which is placed does not match.

 

I will use the same document from the previous example (2000x2000px) with the resolution set to 300 pixels per inch.

 

Same command File > Place Embedded is used to place exactly same image from my hard drive, so an image with the same pixel dimensions 1300x800px and resolution 72ppi.

 

This time Smart Object layer appears much larger of what is expected with much larger pixel dimensions. Properties panel shows that layer is 4 times bigger in pixel dimensions of what is the original image. Photoshop has detected a difference in resolution. In that case, Photoshop will enlarge Smart Object layer. It behaves as when increasing resolution of the placed image from 72 to 300 with Resample option in Image Size turned on. That's how developers set things to work.

Smart Object layer with placed image which does not have matching resolution with document in which is placed
When you place the image with the resolution which does not match document resolution you will get Smart Object layer with pixel dimensions which are different from the original image which is placed. This is true when Resize Image During Place is turned off and you are using Place Embedded, Place Linked, Place In Photoshop commands or drag and drop method.

 

Fix mismatching resolutions to get actual pixels on layer


To fix the problem and to get Smart Object layer at actual pixel dimension in situations with mismatching resolutions, you need to check learn document resolution, to edit Smart Object layer and to change the resolution to match document resolution (watch the video at the top of this post for visualization).

 

Here are the steps:

 

  • Double click on Smart Object layer or use Properties panel > Edit Contents.
  • In new tab with originally placed image go to Image > Image Size. In Image Size dialog turn off Resample and change the resolution to match the resolution of the document in which you have placed the image.
  • Click OK and close document with Yes to save changes.

 

So, that's how to get actual pixel dimensions on Smart Object layer when resolutions of the document and placed image differ. There is and faster way of doing the same thing using actions what will be explained later.

Difference when editing embedded and linked Smart Object layer

Let me remind you about The Difference Between Linked and Embedded Smart Object Layers in Adobe Photoshop. When you edit the content of Linked Smart Object layer changes will be written back to the original image on your hard drive or in the library. In case that you are using Place Embedded command, and you have embedded Smart Object layer, changes will be written only to image which is embedded in the document.

 

Placing images from the Libraries panel

Now let's see what is going on when placing images from Libraries panel. By the way, you can open Libraries panel from Window > Libraries.

 

When using Place Linked command everything will work as when using File > Place Linked, the resolution will determine if you will get actual pixel dimensions on Smart Object layer or not. You can edit the content of linked smart object layer to match resolution with hosting document resolution. Changes will be written to the original file which lives in Libraries panel.

 

When using Place Layers command that will save you time and you will always get actual pixel dimensions. It works as copy/paste between documents in Photoshop. Only actual pixels will be copied and pasted, the resolution does not play any role.

 

Automate process to match resolutions between document and placed image

There is a way to automate the process of changing the resolution of a placed image using simple action. If you are new to Photoshop actions please read posts from Photoshop Actions Mini Course.

 

Here is what steps you need to record in action:

 

  • Step to edit the content of smart object layer.
  • Step to change resolution with Resample turned off because you do not want to alter original image.
  • Step to save changes and exit editing mode.

 

Here is how to record action:

 

  • Place image in Photoshop document. The image should have different resolution then document in which is placed. Ensure that you know the resolution of your document.
  • Create a new action by clicking on page icon at the bottom of Actions panel. You can give a meaningful name to your action like Change resolution of SM to 300. You will be in recording mode.
  • Double click on Smart Object layer to edit it.
  • In Smart Object, editing tab go to Image > Image Size.
  • Uncheck Resample option.
  • Change resolution to match the resolution of the document in which image is placed.
  • Click OK to confirm.
  • Click x in document tab and then confirm on Yes.
  • Stop recording action.

 

That's it. You can check that everything is ok by expanding Image Size step.

Photoshop action to change resolution of Smart Object layer
Steps which should be included in Photoshop action to match resolution of the placed image to resolution of the document (300ppi in the screenshot above). Smart Object layer must be selected before playing action.

 

 

To test action do the following:

  • Learn about the image that you want to use to test action. Figure out pixel dimensions and resolution. The resolution should be different than the resolution of the document in which you want to place the image to test action.
  • Place image. With Smart Object layer selected take a look at Properties panel. Pixel dimensions of Smart Object layer should be different than pixel dimensions of the original/placed image.
  • Play previously recorded action. Check that Image Size step is matching the resolution of the document in which image is placed.
  • Take a look at Properties panel where you should see pixel dimensions of Smart Object layer. Pixel dimensions should be exactly the same as pixel dimensions of the image which is placed.

 

Congratulations! You have recorded an action to match the resolution of the placed image with document resolution.

 

Add additional step to automate import using Place command

If you want to automate entire process then add step Place at the beginning of your action. Here is how:

  • Select the action to which you want to add Place Embedded/Linked step.
  • Click on Actions panel menu and choose Insert Menu Item...
  • With Insert Menu Item dialog on your screen go to File > Place Embedded or Place Linked.
  • Click OK in the Insert Menu Item dialog.
  • Drag Place/Select Place menu item step at the beginning of the action.
Select Place menu item at the beginning of action
After recording additional step to automate image placement drag it at the beginning of the action.

 

Download Photoshop action to change the resolution of the placed image to 300ppi


Here is the link to download my action which is recorded while writing this post to change the resolution of the placed image to 300ppi. Use downloaded action free of charge or to compare with your action. Note: Select Place menu item step is turned off so you need to select Smart Object layer then to play action.Download Photoshop action to change the resolution of the placed image to 300ppi

Record actions for multiple resolutions

The next step is to record multiple actions for multiple resolutions. Repeat steps from the above explanation and change what is recorded in Image Size step.

 

Download actions to pace image and match different document resolutions (300ppi, 150ppi, and 72ppi)

 

Here is the link to download 3 actions to place image and match document resolution what is the second requirement to get actual pixel dimensions on Smart Object layer. Use those actions free of charge or load them and compare with your own actions.

 

Bonus tips

Here is bonus tip how to use recorded action(s)

 

So far we have recorded an action to place the image and to change the resolution of the placed image. What if you have placed several images as Smart Object layers and you have action with Place command at the beginning?


Exclude not required step from action

With already placed image and Smart Object layer in the Layers panel, you will need all steps from recorded action beside the first one. The simple solution is to exclude step from playing in action by clicking on Toggle item on/offcheckmark on the left side of Select Place menu item step. When checkmark disappears that means that step won't be included in action and you can run it with already placed Smart Object layers.

Turn action step off
To exclude step from playing in action uncheck checkmark on the left side of step. The red checkmark will appear on the left side of action and action set to remind you that some step(s) won't be executed.

 

Assign keyboard shortcut to play action

Another bonus tip is to assign a keyboard shortcut to action. Double click on action name then in Action Options dialog choose a shortcut to play action. You must choose Function key and to include optionally Shift and Control/Command.

Assign keyboard shortucts to quickly play Photoshop action
Keyboard shortcuts can be assigned to quickly play Photoshop action. Double click empty space on the right side of action name then choose a combination of keyboard keys to play action.

 

 

Product used in this tutorial:

Adobe Photoshop CC 2018

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One of the new features in Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 is the ability to quickly share an image directly from the application. In this quick video tip, I will explain to you how to use sharing feature from Photoshop and which options are available to you.

 

Video tutorial

Here is step by step tutorial with all necessary pieces of information that you need to use Share command in Photoshop. If you have any question or doubt, please do not hesitate to leave comments.

 

 

Product used in this tutorial:

Adobe Photoshop CC 2018