Instagram May Soon Break Its Classic Grid (and All Your 3Ă—3 Mosaics)

Instagram has long featured a 3×3 grid of photos across its platform, allowing photographers to get creative and create larger photo mosaics by uploading the individual pieces as separate photos in the correct order. If you’ve spent a considerable amount of time and effort building these mosaics yourself, here’s some bad news: it looks like Instagram may soon break that classic grid (and your mosaics). The Ringer reports that a number of Instagram users across the Web have noticed 4×4 grids on their accounts.

Speed Up Photo Viewing in Lightroom with 1:1 Previews

Ask any photographer their least-favorite thing about Adobe Lightroom, and they will most likely tell you it’s the application’s speed. There are a few tricks to help optimize the responsiveness of Lightroom, and this minute-long Lightroom coffee break video focuses on generating 1:1 previews. This is one you may know already, but if you don’t, it can drastically improve your experience when flicking through your catalog. By generating 1:1 previews when you import your photos, Lightroom will do the legwork up-front to create full-resolution previews of your imported images instead of loading them only when you view the image. Lightroom’s
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Alien Skin’s Upcoming Exposure X3 to Bring a Host of New Features

Exposure by Alien Skin is an alternative program to Adobe Lightroom, providing a non-destructive RAW editor and organizer. A new X3 update will be coming this fall, bringing a long list of new organizing and creative features. There are features that will totally change the editing experience, many of which you may be familiar with if you’ve used the latest Lightroom. Firstly, there will be side-by-side comparison views — this means you can view multiple images and compare them next to each other. It’s also handy for comparing similar images to each other when you want to decide which ones
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Alien Skin’s Upcoming Exposure X3 to Bring a Host of New Features

Exposure by Alien Skin is an alternative program to Adobe Lightroom, providing a non-destructive RAW editor and organizer. A new X3 update will be coming this fall, bringing a long list of new organizing and creative features. There are features that will totally change the editing experience, many of which you may be familiar with if you’ve used the latest Lightroom. Firstly, there will be side-by-side comparison views — this means you can view multiple images and compare them next to each other. It’s also handy for comparing similar images to each other when you want to decide which ones
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Alien Skin’s Upcoming Exposure X3 to Bring a Host of New Features

Exposure by Alien Skin is an alternative program to Adobe Lightroom, providing a non-destructive RAW editor and organizer. A new X3 update will be coming this fall, bringing a long list of new organizing and creative features. There are features that will totally change the editing experience, many of which you may be familiar with if you’ve used the latest Lightroom. Firstly, there will be side-by-side comparison views — this means you can view multiple images and compare them next to each other. It’s also handy for comparing similar images to each other when you want to decide which ones
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These Five Tips Will Help You Stay Organized While Editing Video

These Five Tips Will Help You Stay Organized While Editing Video Working as a video editor can be a hectic and tedious experience. Spending some time to think about organizational tools and methods can help you out significantly when working with a lot of files, or in a large group of colleagues. Renaming files, creating proper folder structure, logging metadata, backing up files, and developing a workflow can make your life much, much easier. While some of the advice listed below is geared for Premiere Pro users, any video editor can take advantage of these tips. [ Read More ]

Fujifilm X Raw Studio to Offload RAW Conversion from CPU to Camera

Alongside its new X-E3 mirrorless camera and XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro lens, Fujifilm has also announced the development of a new RAW conversion program called “Fujifilm X Raw Studio.” This software is different from others in that it’s designed to offload work from your computer’s CPU by using your camera’s processor to convert RAW photos. “‘Fujifilm X Raw Studio’ enables users to quickly and easily convert RAW files with outstanding image quality, once a camera is connected to a Mac or PC via USB cable,” Fujifilm says. The company points out that the ever-increasing size of RAW
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How to Master Photoshop’s Pen Tool in Just 30 Minutes

Mastery of the pen tool enables complex vector shapes and selections that can be used for masking or extracting elements from an image. There is a bit of a learning curve to the tool, but this 30-minute video from Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect will teach you everything from the fundamentals to real-world use. To fully grasp how the tool works and why it is useful, you need to understand the difference between vector and raster shapes and how the former is constructed. Dinda starts his video by explaining this with visual examples and follows up by showing how the tool
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Here’s a Sneak Peek of the Curvature Pen Tool Coming to Photoshop

Adobe just announced that there’s a powerful new Curvature Pen Tool coming to Photoshop CC later this year. The 1-minute video above is a sneak peek at how this upcoming tool works. The Curvature Pen Tool will be a new option found under the existing Pen Tool and Curvature Pen Tool when you click and hold the Pen Tool icon. The new tool makes it easy to create curved paths. Clicking adds a point, and multiple points will automatically create a curved path. Double clicking creates a corner point.
This will allow you to quickly make a clean selection of
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Pixelmator Pro to Feature AI-Powered Photo Editing Features

Pixelmator is an image editor for macOS that launched back in 2007 and has since grown into a formidable alternative to Adobe Photoshop in a previously untouchable domain. Now the company has just announced a Pro version of its software, which is set to be released this fall. On the surface, Pixelmator Pro has a completely redesigned interface that aims to reduce the clutter. The company says it is “designed exclusively for working with images”, and it puts the image front-and-center, eschewing the floating windows of its predecessor for a streamlined and unified display. Unlike Photoshop, Pixelmator Pro is fully
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Instagram Stories Now Viewable on Desktop, Mobile Web Creation Soon

Instagram is moving further and further away from its mobile-centric routes. Instagram has just announced that Stories can now be watched on desktop Internet browsers. Normally, users would have to upload or view stories using the smartphone application only. The Instagram website is notoriously limited in its ability to use the social media platform, leaving most of the functionality to the app itself. However, the dividing line between the two browsing methods is becoming increasingly blurred with this latest development. Heading to the desktop site, you’ll now be able to browse stories at the top of your feed, just like
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Replace Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom with this App: Fstoppers Reviews ACDSee Ultimate 2018

Replace Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom with this App: Fstoppers Reviews ACDSee Ultimate 2018 Earlier this year I reviewed ACDSee Ultimate 10. However, ACDSee just released the 2018 version of their flagship photo editing software and thus it’s time for an update. The brand new iteration promises to offer a more efficient workflow, layered editing for advanced retouching, vastly improved performances, and new tools for photographers to edit their pictures better than ever. Let’s see how this translates in the real world! [ Read More ]

VSCO Unveils Mobile Presets 02: All Mobile Looks Are Now on Desktop

VSCO just announced Mobile Presets 02, a new pack of presets that brings VSCO’s popular mobile filter looks to desktop photo editors. MP02 follows in the footsteps of MP01, which was only launched back in June. MP02 brings 55 new looks to desktop in addition to the 58 already released in MP01. “MP2 includes the rest of VSCO’s classic mobile presets (MP1 was the first half of them),” VSCO tells PetaPixel. “So now, between MP1 and MP2 you can work with all of VSCO’s classic presets (the user favorites) on desktop.” There are popular VSCO user favorites
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Instagram Does Away with the Square Aspect Ratio for Multi-Photo Posts

Back in August 2015, Instagram introduced support for landscape and portrait orientation images. This was great news for photographers, as getting rid of the forced square aspect ratio stopped the need for ugly crops. Earlier this year they introduced the ability to upload multiple photos at once, but this brought the return of the square aspect ratio. Today, Instagram is removing the forced aspect ratio on these multiple photo posts too. But you’ll need to pick whether you want to share a set of portrait or landscape photos. “You’ll have more creative flexibility with the ability to share in landscape
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All-In-One Alternative to Photoshop and Lightroom: ACDSee Releases Photo Studio Ultimate 2018

All-In-One Alternative to Photoshop and Lightroom: ACDSee Releases Photo Studio Ultimate 2018 Since Adobe adopted a subscription-based licensing system, many users have started looking at other alternatives. While ACDSee had attractive solutions until now, their latest creation, ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2018, seems to be a serious contender to Photoshop CC and Lightroom. Even better yet, you can process your raw files and then edit them within the very same software, no need for round trips. [ Read More ]

How I Plan My Landscape Photos for the Highest Chances of Success

My name is Albert Dros, and I am a professional landscape photographer from the Netherlands. People often tell me that I am “in the right place at the right time.” But I obviously don’t post “failed” shoots. And not only that, I also spend a great deal of time planning my shots in order to make my chances of success as high as possible. Some of you may be thinking: “What is this guy talking about? I just go out and shoot and see what I come up with”. Everyone is free to do whatever they want, of
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How I Plan My Landscape Photos for the Highest Chances of Success

My name is Albert Dros, and I am a professional landscape photographer from the Netherlands. People often tell me that I am “in the right place at the right time.” But I obviously don’t post “failed” shoots. And not only that, I also spend a great deal of time planning my shots in order to make my chances of success as high as possible. Some of you may be thinking: “What is this guy talking about? I just go out and shoot and see what I come up with”. Everyone is free to do whatever they want, of
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Why Are You Still Using Default Photoshop Cursors?

Why Are You Still Using Default Photoshop Cursors? There are often things that are helpful to workflow, no matter how minor they are. One of my favorite customizations to a new install of Photoshop is the cursor customization. When watching a tutorial and I see the instructor clicking through a menu instead of using a shortcut key for something as simple as duplicating a layer, I can understand the reason why. When demonstrating to people, it's valuable to slow things down and make sure they understand. It may seem subjective to flat out say that changing the cursors is the best thing to do, however I believe that Continue reading "Why Are You Still Using Default Photoshop Cursors?"