New Paint Symmetry Options in Photoshop CC 2019

Yes, there are many options in Photoshop you’ll probably never use, and this is one I had passed over thinking it’s not relevant to my work…. then this little video inspired me.

*** You need the CC 2019 version of the software.

Julieanne Kost’s video on paint symmetry function in Photoshop.

Create videos for personal and business use with Adobe Spark

Online Marketing 101 - no matter which source you are referring to, everyone's talking about the importance of video content.

Adobe Spark is a free programme, available to all. If you are a Creative Cloud member you have the ability to remove Adobe Spark branding from the end of your video (using the web app, apparently it will also be available on the iOS app in the future - see link at the end of this post), but as a free option for creating online videos a tag at the end of your video is better than not getting a video out there.

Personal use is also a valuable option - I created a compile of smart phone videos from a family event and sent the one video out to family members instead of attaching a bunch of videos and photographs from my phone. It's a much easier viewing option than opening individual files, and the addition of royalty free music that is included with the Adobe Spark app was perfect.

Yes, there are limitations - if you are familiar with more advanced/paid options for creating videos the lack of options for things like transitions between clips is disappointing, but hey, if you are tempted to try video for business or for home, you can't really go wrong here.

How to remove the Adobe Spark Branding from your content

Can you use alternative music to the royalty free tracks supplied with Adobe Spark?

When you open the app you'll see that there are three options: Page, Post and Video. I've only used the video so far, but if you're interested in creating a social media post with Adobe Spark head straight over to 3:00 on this video from dottotech to see how to do it!  He also show the video action at approx 9:20.

*******Go straight to 3:00 to see the demonstration on using Adobe Spark for creating social media posts.

For many years, Abode has produced some of the best software programs to assist graphic designers, photographers, and marketers. With the launch of Adobe Spark, they have packaged all their creative experience into three easy to use applications. Adobe Spark Post for social graphics, Adobe Spark Page for easy to design web pages, and Adobe Spark Video for slideshow presentations.


For a demontration on Adobe Spark Page, here is Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost to talk you through it.

Nature's own Rule of Thirds

Sarah Lorien Photography Northern Beaches Sydney _ Nature's own Rule of Thirds

It's moments like this I wish Photoshop was clever enough to accurately enlarge a smart-phone photograph to a really, really big size for fine art printing. 

I'd like to send you all best wishes for the season and a generous serve of inspiration for the coming year.


Dislocation Inspiration

Marina Abramovic - image copyright Marina Abramovic

In June/July this year Marina Abramovic brought her very unique self to Sydney for 12 days in her Kaldor Public Art Project No 30, Marina Abramovic: In Residence. As there were no cameras permitted, this photograph of Marina is from a document that accompanied the event. In fact, phones, watches, wallets and bags were locked away upon entry and participants were gloriously e-disconnected for the duration of their stay. This is where the 'dislocation' occurs - as per the title of this post.

The simple act of removing personal objects we not only depend on but instinctively and continuously monitor for information and communication, for protection against loss or theft, or simply for telling the time... the removal of these things from the equation frees up a surprising amount of conscious and subconscious space in your mind and relaxes muscles you didn't know were tense - once you let go of the thought of your precious little belongings resting safely in a locker. 

What you do with this arable awareness is completely up to you. 

Knowing that Marina tours the world and there’s a chance some elements will be comparable wherever you happen to be, I’m actually not going to give you any more details. Whatever you do, if you have the opportunity to go to one of her ….. worlds, don’t research it beforehand. Just go. Allow yourself to be surprised. I will say, though, that the Mutual Gaze part of the experience was the one that has stayed with me most vividly. Truly inspiring.

Creative Block? Take heart.

Sometimes it helps to hear how creative minds share certain challenges - all through time and all over the world.  Sit back with a cup of tea and listen to the inspirational wisdom and research of Elizabeth Gilbert. I love the stories of a poet who had to capture her poems as they swept by her, and how Tom Waits had words with his universal source while sitting in Los Angeles traffic.