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How to Check Actions For Localized Versions of Photoshop

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One of the many benefits of Adobe Creative Cloud is ability to have installed multiple localized versions of Creative Cloud apps. In terms of Photoshop actions this means an easy way to check and ensure that everything will work as intended and expected. If you are wondering what is localized version, simple answer is application which has menus, commands, panels… translated into language other than English. Photoshop and other Creative Cloud apps are localized or translated to many languages: German, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese… to name a few of them. What can be problem with actions on localized versions of Adobe Photoshop Most common problem with actions can occur when targeting layers by clicking while recording instead of using keyboard shortcuts . Usually that is specific layer with default naming convention. Simply speaking, if you record action which is creating a new layer with default naming convention, Photoshop will create Layer 1 in English version while

Free Rust Seamless Tiling Patterns (PSD)

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Today I have to share 8 rust seamless tiling patterns. Patterns will be delivered to you as layered PSD file. Patterns size is 3500x2500px with 300 res what you can easily change from Image > Image Size, just uncheck Resample option. Although you can not see that in provided previews, to inform you that most of patterns have transparent background. Lastly to mention that patterns are created using Alien Skin Eye Candy and you can read my review from here for more information's. License is free for personal and commercial use as and for everything else listed in freebies section. Download Rust Patterns . Preview of Rust patterns

New Adobe Add-ons Website

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Adobe launched all new Adobe Add-ons site which is accessible from virtually any device connected to the internet. This means that you can visit Adobe Add-ons site using any device, to get add-ons you need and files will be synced and ready to use when you start the Creative Cloud app next time. Best of all, you can get Photoshop actions, Muse templates and widgets, Lightroom presets, After Effects animation presets, Illustrator vectors and so on... from once and from one place. Turn on file sync in the Creative Cloud Desktop App Before you visit Adobe Add-ons site check that you have installed and turned on file syncing in the Creative Cloud Desktop App (get it from here https://creative.adobe.com/product/creative-cloud ). Start Creative Cloud Desktop app, click on the gear icon then choose Preferences . Check at the  Files tab that you have Sync turned On . This does not mean that you can not use add-ons with CS6 products, on the right side of the product you wi

Slideshow Preview in Photoshop CC Using Layer Comps and Actions

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In one of my recent posts I have highlighted Playback Options for Photoshop actions . This option can be useful in many ways including to create slideshow like preview what I am going to present in this tutorial. Best of all, Playback Options changes can be recorded so you do not have to change them manually. Now why one need slideshow like preview in Photoshop? To preview multiple borders or frames with the same image for example. I have posted many layered PSD templates in the freebies section with various frames and borders. And there are and tons of others on the internet. Instead of showing and hiding layers or cycling manually through Layer Comps , you can sit and watch and stop playing action when you see what you like. Sweet, isn't it? How to record action for slideshow preview It is actually extremely simple to record actions for slideshow like preview. For maximum flexibility I will suggest you to use Layer Comps when previewing frames and borders which are sta

Let's Talk About Conditional Actions in Photoshop CC

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Conditional actions are very powerful feature and brings even more power and flexibility when recording but also and when distributing actions. With conditional actions you can maximize productivity but also and minimize errors especially when distributing actions and you do not know users in advance which may be beginners. From my experience it is worth to spend time to record video instructions but also to attach written user guide. Unfortunately this does not work perfectly. Some of the users may forget even from where they have downloaded actions. The good news is that producers can minimize errors and user frustrations using: conditional actions ! This is not the only use of course, conditional actions are useful for batch processing and also when recording actions for strictly personal use, as mentioned above, conditional actions can significantly increase productivity . You can record action which will take care about bit depth, color mode, size, resolution, process differentl

Free PSD Template With Various Frames

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Today's freebie is automated PSD template with various very cool frames created using Akvis ArtSuite which is updated recently (by the way, upgrade is free for existing customers) and I recommend you to download trial and see what this plugin/standalone app has to offer. These frames are only one very small part of Akvis ArtSuite, there are tons of other frames, compositions with frames, but also and various textures, borders, strokes, scratches, page curl and effects like Black and White, Halftone, Glamour, Two Keys… On top of all with standalone version you have additional hand painted frame packs (also and free packs) like this one: Summer Pack  which is on sale for $12 what means each frame is $0.24! Download Automated PSD Template With Frames . What is included in package There is one PSD template with 10 layers plus one Photoshop action to quick place and scale placed image. Just run action and navigate to image you want to use. Immediately after placing image Pho

Photoshop's Quick Mask Options

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Photoshop has Quick Mask Mode, which is very handy to enhance or create selections using, usually the Brush Tool. Quick Mask has some options and you should know about them in order to make your tasks easier. How things work Here is how things work: if you already have selection active, switching to Quick Mask Mode ( Q or click on Edit in Quick Mask Mode button at the bottom of toolbar) will fill protected area with red, 50% opaque overlay. What is protected area? It is an area which you cannot alter. If you use Marquee Tool, for example, to create selection, you can only paint or make changes inside selection, outside is protected area. Unprotected are will remain as it is without any color overlay. Now you can paint with black color to add to protected area (if you create mask later, that will be black color on your layer mask) or with white (over red overlay) to expand the unprotected area (which will become white color on the layer mask). Painting with black (Color Indi