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Photoshop Preset

Free Photoshop Actions to Make Your Photos Dazzling

Here are some free Photoshop Actions that you certainly might find useful. We haven’t given Photoshop much love lately, and still, it’s such a ubiquitous tool. We hope you find these to be as much fun as we have!

Free Black and White Photoshop Action

Free Photoshop Action

Photoshop Supply has an action that makes your color photos look great in black and white. Make sure you scroll down, past the examples, to instructions and the download link. It’s free for personal use and commercial use with attribution.

Get it here

Blacknull’s Modern Artist Photoshop Action Set

Blacknull's Free Preset

This fun effect preset creates a really cool modern art look on your images. There are instructions on this page too.

See more examples here   Download at Adobe Create

How to Create a Vintage Photo Effect Action in Photoshop

Vintage Action

This is a tutorial from Envato TutsPlus that gives an interesting aged effect. The example with the car actually reminds me of something from the gorgeous film, Roma. There’s a tutorial here as well.

Download here

100 Free Photoshop Actions (And How to Make Your Own)

Finally, Tuts+ has a link to 100 free actions. In other words, this should cover almost everything you’d like to do with a Photoshop Action. There are some really cool effects here. In particular, a pinhole photography action. Similarly, the cosmic action to make your subject appear as if they’re a superhero could be especially fun.

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Photoshop Plug-ins

Sometimes a Photoshop Action isn’t enough, therefore, this is where plug-ins come into the picture. Here are a few plug-ins, for example, that we really like. These plug-ins can indeed extend Photoshop’s own talents.

Digital Anarchy Beauty Box Photo for Photoshop
Digital Anarchy Beauty Box Photo for Photoshop

Extreme makeover for every skin type.

Beauty Box Photo is a new kind of digital retouching tool. The Adobe Photoshop plugin allows you to quickly and easily erase skin blemishes and even out skin tones – achieving a consistently professional result. Beauty Box Photo uses advanced skin smoothing techniques that enhance the work of photographers at all levels.

Buy Beauty Box

Digital Film Tools Rays for Still Images
Digital Film Tools Rays for Still Images

Create stunning and realistic light ray effects quickly and easily.

Known as volumetric lighting in computer graphics or crepuscular rays in atmospheric optics, this dramatic effect adds polish and style. Since the rays are only added to highlight areas, they have the effect of passing through objects and add a third-dimensional quality.

 

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Photoshop Plug-ins

Free Photoshop Plug-ins and Filters for Designers

Mashable has an article about free plug-ins for Photoshop in 2014, and I posted about this at AE Freemart. You know how it is… 4 years go by and half the links are dead.

I’ve updated the post with a few more recent free plug-ins that have been listed at other sites. You’ll see some plug-ins posted over and over, so that must mean that they’re really good!

  1. 28 Best Free Plug-ins – a huge list of free plug-in at Blogging.com
  2. The 17 Best Photoshop Filters & Plugins of 2018 – at Hubspot
  3. The 40 best Photoshop plugins – at Creative Bloq

Toolfarm has loads of Photoshop plug-ins, too, if you need anything that isn’t on this list. Most are discounted by 5% every day, too!

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After Effects Photoshop Premiere Pro

Adobe Releases Updates for After Effects, Premiere Pro, Photoshop and Audition

The update for After Effects offers new format support and memory improvements, Photoshop gets selections improvements and advanced support for Windows high-density monitors.  Audition introduces more than 50 usability, performance, and stability improvements, and Premiere Pro gets some exciting new enhancements.

updates for after effectsWhat’s new in Adobe After Effects (Jan 2018)?

The latest update to Adobe After Effects CC includes more than fifty bug fixes, as well as new format support and memory improvements for VR workflows. It is a recommended update for all users.

New Format Support

This update includes support for three new formats across After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Adobe Media Encoder:

  • Variable frame rate video with audio sync
    Footage recorded with a variable frame rate, such as from screen capture software or video shot on mobile phones, now maintains audio sync when played back or exported.
  • ARRI ALEXA Mini MXF/ARRIRAW
    Footage captured by the ARRI ALEXA Mini camera in MXF/ARRIRAW format (ARRIRAW codec in an MXF container file) can now be imported.
  • HEVC (H.265) QuickTime
    HEVC (also known as H.265) codec footage in a QuickTime (.MOV) container, such as produced by an iPhone or iPad with iOS 11 or a DJI Phantom 4 drone, can now be imported into After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Adobe Media Encoder.

VR Improvements

Work with higher-resolution VR footage with lower GPU memory requirements through more efficient cubemap layout. The Create VR Environment and Extract Cubemap tools now generate the intermediate cubemap in 3:2 format instead of 4:3 format, enabling 6K VR (monoscopic) workflows at medium quality on GPUs with only 4GB of memory.

Key Bug Fixes

  • After Effects no longer crashes when you copy shape layer data from mocha AE CC or mocha Pro.
  • Parameter values no longer overlap in the Timeline panel on Windows when display scaling is set to 150 percent.
  • Context menus now work in undocked panels on a secondary monitor on mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra).
  • Keyboard shortcuts assigned to commands generated by plug-ins now work on Windows.
  • The recent fonts list at the top of the font menu in the Character panel is no longer missing.
  • The sourceData and sourceText expression attributes now correctly decode Unicode characters in JSON files.
  • Expression-heavy compositions no longer render more slowly than After Effects 14.2.1.
  • DNxHD and DNxHR codec QuickTime files exported with alpha no longer have a dark halo in the alpha channel.
  • QuickTime or AVI files exported via the render queue will no longer be missing the last frame if you have selected a codec that is not native to After Effects and the project is set to Mercury GPU Acceleration.
  • XML project files (.aepx) saved in a previous version of After Effects no longer open with all effect names removed and all masks renamed to “Mask”.
  • If the Media Cache location is set to the root directory of a drive, Premiere Pro 12.0.1 no longer fails to load a Motion Graphics template created by After Effects or shows a warning that After Effects needs to be installed.

Learn More | Purchase After Effects at Toolfarm.com

 

premiere proWhat’s new in Premiere Pro (12.0.1)?

The January 2018 release of Premiere Pro has some exciting new enhancements.

  • Updates to Add media cache expiration policies
  • Variable Frame Rate (VFR) support
    • Detection of VFR footage
    • Improved audio sync with VFR footage
  • Toggle multi-cam in source monitor for active camera to fill screen
  • Support for more video footage formats
  • Option to keep clips vertically aligned as you move them across tracks
  • Improved options to solo audio track in source monitor
  • Ability to make existing project into a shared project alias
  • Preview VR360 clips on HMD
  • Option to match frame sets in point
  • Sub-sequence improvements

Learn More | Purchase Premiere Pro at Toolfarm.com

 

adobe photoshopWhat’s new in Photoshop (19.1)?

Photoshop releases version 19.1 with selections improvements, advanced support for Windows high-density monitors and more.

Select Subject

Select the prominent objects in your images in just one click with the new Select Subject feature. Then refine your choice further with selection tools or in the Select and Mask workspace.

Improved support for high-res monitors

Photoshop now scales for each of your high-resolution monitors individually. And there are more options to set UI scaling just right. Windows Creator’s edition and later only.

Select and Mask improvements

A slider in the Decontaminate Colors option now allows you to easily adjust the amount of decontamination applied to your images.

Better integration with Microsoft Dial

Easily change brush parameters including size, opacity, and other brush settings — right as you paint using Microsoft Dial.

Learn More | Purchase Photoshop at Toolfarm.com

 

adobe auditionWhat’s new in Audition (11.0.1)?

The January 2018 update of Audition (version 11.0.1) introduces more than 50 usability, performance, and stability improvements.  This update is available now through the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop application, or by selecting Help > Updates… in the Audition menu bar.  Please save and close any sessions and files and ensure Audition is closed before updating.

The improvements and bug fixes include:

  • Smart Input monitoring no longer enabled by default (to prevent issues with certain audio device configurations)
  • Potential crash when adding Essential Sound effect during playback
  • Prevent level change, corrected channelization issues, when applying Sound Remover effect
  • Improved Auto-Ducking stability
  • Correct behavior when using Channel Mixer effect on Master track
  • Clip Z-Order intelligence improved when pasting clips to new tracks
  • Silent clips during mixdown in some circumstances fixed
  • Full Reverb effect processing and meter improvements
  • Playhead position returns after playback of a selection when toggled
  • Improvements to Center-Scrolling behaviors – smoother scrolling, no more jumping
  • Fixed Loudness Radar meter stability on certain operating system configurations
  • Improved playhead synchronization with ARRIRAW MXF video files
  • Corrected behavior of volume automation envelope in certain circumstances
  • Fixed long-standing waveform zoom issue when recording into a new file on macOS
  • Improved clip crossfade UI behavior
  • and much more…

Learn More | Purchase Audition at Toolfarm.com

All four of these products are available individually or as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.  Learn More

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After Effects Photoshop Premiere Pro

Adobe Creative Cloud 2018 (Fall 2017 Release) Now Available

On October 18, 2017 at Adobe MAX, Adobe announced the release of Adobe Creative Cloud 2018 (Fall 2017 release) loaded with with new applications and significant innovations across their flagship tools.

Adobe brings the next generation of Creative Cloud

Three themes guided Adobe throughout their journey to redefine modern creativity:

  • First, bringing about next-generation experiences that embrace a truly modern approach, so you can work anywhere and any way you want.
  • Second, increasing accessibility to creativity by investing in assets, education and support to make it easier for you to be successful using any platform.
  • Lastly, accelerating creativity with Adobe Sensei by embedding artificial intelligence capabilities into our products, which make great design more accessible for everyone.

So what’s new in CC 2018?

To empower photographers of all levels, we have built the all new Lightroom CC, a cloud-centric photo service for editing, organizing, storing, and sharing photos – from anywhere. For photographers who prefer a more traditional desktop-first workflow, we have also brought performance and editing improvements to Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC, previously known as Photoshop Lightroom CC.

 

For designers, we’re introducing two new applications that help you expand your skillsets. Previously in beta, Adobe XD CC is the all-in-one cross-platform solution for designing and prototyping mobile apps and websites. Additionally, Dimension CC, previously called Project Felix, enables graphic designers with no 3D experience to quickly create and iterate on photorealistic 3D images.

 

We also launched Character Animator CC, a 2D animation tool previously in beta, that helps bring still image artwork from Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC to life.

Last but not least, we introduced performance enhancements and new features to Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC.

-Adobe

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What’s new in After Effects?

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What’s new in Premiere Pro?

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What’s new in Photoshop?

adobe CC what's new

Easier Access to Your Photos, Simplified Pen Tool, In-Product Learning and So Much More

This version of Photoshop is much easier to learn for the millions of beginners who try it for the first time every year. Test out the new learn panel and other ease-of-use improvements like the new Curvature Pen Tool. We’ve integrated Lightroom Photos into the start screen and search to save you time when working with mobile and other images you’ve synced via Lightroom CC. We also addressed a number of pro requests like your #1 request of all time – improved brush preset management, and much more.

Significantly expanded support for photographers:

Many of our customers use Photoshop and Lightroom together to create beautiful images. Lightroom has expanded significantly over the past few years, including adding web and mobile versions and connecting all your synced Lightroom photos together via Lightroom Cloud Services. Now we are connecting Photoshop to your Lightroom cloud catalog.  This creates a unified experience for your photos across the full Lightroom and Photoshop portfolio.

Lightroom Photos is now available in the Photoshop start screen and search, so you can search or browse the photos you’ve synced across Lightroom’s desktop, mobile and cloud experiences and import and edit them directly in Photoshop. The search functionality in Lightroom Photos is powered by Sensei so you can search through your photos even if you’ve never tagged them.

This first version of Lightroom Photos in Photoshop will help you save time sending images from place to place, particularly when working with those you’ve captured via the mobile version of Lightroom.

And Much More!

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What’s new in Illustrator?

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What’s new in InDesign?

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