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.

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.


Dear Brain #3 - Start and Recent Files Workspaces and Customisable Toolbar in Photoshop CC November 2015 Update

Dear Brain, 

You're in pain now. 

Nothing even looks familiar.

I'm not sure if this is a good time to tell you, but there are only six tools in the entire Tool Panel. Actually, sorry, there is no Tool Panel anymore it's a Toolbar, but regardless, we are brought back to the same old adage - you should never drink and click. Because now, in the latest update of Photoshop CC November 2015, you can actually transform the workspace into a barely recognisable alternate universe.

Warning: the following video may make you crazy. It contains logical explanations delivered in Julieanne's steady, reassuring voice, but makes no sense at all unless you translate it into a Vulcan Venn Diagram.

Good luck with that,


Dear Brain #2 - Quick Export and Export As Feature Enhancements Photoshop CC November 2015 Update

Dear Brain, 

Remember how we ignored the Quick Export function with the last Photoshop update and kept going to File/Export/Save for Web (Legacy) instead, muttering something about extra clicks but soldiering on and getting the job done....?

Well it appears there are good reasons to embrace the new, to appreciate the improved and to rise, Phoenix-like, from the once-considered-perfectly-functional Photoshop workflow and get with the times, man. 

So they say.... and I might agree with them if you didn't keep screaming, "WHAT??????? WHY?????", whenever I try to watch and learn.

Deep breath. 

Let's try again,



Dear Brain #1 - Working with Artboards in Photoshop CC's November 2015 Update

Dear Brain, 

It's time. We sort of put it off with the earlier 2015 Photoshop update, but with Adobe's latest release in late November 2015 we can't ignore it any more.

I know, I know, we could travel along nicely just using the bits we knew up 'til now. We could leave multiple artboards to Illustrator (funny how autocorrect wants to make that 'dartboards' - my sentiment exactly for a while there) and create a set of personal workarounds to avoid workspace appearance and functionality confrontations.  

But now... now it's time to learn about the Photoshop CC November 2015 update and 'Working with Artboards'.

This video is by Julieanne Kost. There are a few videos out already, explaining how it works, and this one is pretty good. So, Brain, please stick with me on this one and stop vagueing out (oh, two autocorrect tantrums in one short blog post - not bad) every 30 seconds.

no regrets,



Photoshop CC 2015 Release

Ok, first blog off the post!  Starting is usually the hardest, so while the ideas are brewing - sometimes identified as mindful procrastination - we are going to look at a video post from Adobe Evangelist, Paul Trani, on the official Photoshop youtube channel:

What’s New in Photoshop for Print and Graphic Design

A few key words on the topics covered are artboards, library assets, Adobe Stock photographs, glyphs panel and working on mobile devices.

Stay inspired!

speak soon,