Upload a Photo to Dropbox Directly From Your iPads Photos App


In this short video, I demonstrate how to upload a single image to Dropbox from within your iPad/iPhone Photos app. True it is limited, but often that is all you need to do.

There is an alternate approach where you start from within the Dropbox app. It allows you to select multiple images and upload them at one time to Dropbox. I will cover that in another video.

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Photoshop CC Classes Coming to PVNET


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A few weeks ago I wrote that PVNET had acquired the complete Adobe Creative Cloud suite. This includes Photoshop CC (2014) and Lightroom 5.

I will be teaching two Photoshop CC classes, Level 1 and Level 2 beginning April 3rd. To find out more about the classes, and how to register for them, CLICK HERE.

Remember, you can get a subscription for Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $10 a month from Adobe. Your subscription allows you to install both programs on two separate machines.

Currently, PVNET is the only adult oriented educational facility that has Photoshop CC on their computers. However, you need to register early, because each of the two classes can only accommodate eleven students.

 

 

PVNET Now Has Adobe Creative Suite


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Yes, that is right. PVNET has just acquired the complete Creative Suite package. Check out their current class offerings. In fact, there is a new InDesign class starting this Tuesday. As many of you know I have taught several classes at PVNET over the years. The Photoshop and Lightroom classes I have taught in the past, required students to bring in their laptops with the software installed.

Now, they have both Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 on their desktop computers. This will open up these classes to those of you who have the programs on your desktops. Within the next few weeks, I will be posting when I will be teaching classes in these programs at PVNET. Remember, Photoshop is now only a subscription program, and you can get it and Lightroom 5 for only $10 a month. That is a fraction of what it cost you to buy these two programs previously.

Stay tuned for more details.

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Carbonite’s Sync and Share – A Resource Hungry App You May Not Need


A few months ago I summarized my experiences starting and initial usage of CarboniteRemember Carbonite is a popular and excellent way to back up your important files to the cloud. I use Carbonite as my doom’s day backup to supplement my local backup strategy.

Also in an earlier post, I pointed out that Carbonite does not automatically back up your Photoshop Elements Catalog. You have to manually direct it to do that, which is not difficult.

 I like Carbonite and it seems like a good product, one by the way that I hope I never after to see just how good it is. Carbonite has an optional free iPad app, Sync and Share, that allows you to access your backed up files from anywhere from your iPad/iPhone – and probably all smart devices. I installed it and also the small computer program on my PC.

To be honest, I never tried using Sync and Share in the couple months I had it on my PC and iPad. I was experiencing some probably unrelated PC performance problems and was using the Windows Task Manager to see what was going on. To my amazement, Sync and Share was using 3.8 Gb of my 16 Gb of internal RAM. That was an order of magnitude above any other program/process on my PC.

 I contacted Carbonite to verify that I could just uninstall the Sync and Share program in the normal manner without affecting my Carbonite backups. I did indeed uninstall Sync and Share and removed its companion app from my iPad. As I write this, the largest memory using program/process on my PC is only 118 Mb (OneNote), and I’m using about 22% of my total PC memory.

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 Your mileage may vary, and there may have been steps that I could have taken to reduce Sync and Share’s use of my PC’s resources. But for me, I am sticking with the plan vanilla Carbonite that is doing what I expected.

Is it Time for You to Step Up to Photoshop CC and Lightroom? It just May Be


This may be a strange article for me to post, being that I have long been a real evangelist of Photoshop Elements, and long time user of both its Editor and the Organizer. Believe me, I still am, and it continues to be the program I use to manage my thousands of images and video clips, as well as doing the lion’s share of my photo editing.

Photoshop has long been the program that many Elements users either wished they could upgrade to for a variety of reasons. But the steep, upfront entry price ($200+ for a student upgrade) stopped many from taking that next step. Especially since Photoshop Elements does such an excellent job at both managing and editing photos.

In recent years Adobe’s Lightroom program has grown tremendously in popularity. Lightroom was designed with professional photographers in mind as a program to manage their large number of images and provide some basic editing capabilities. In more recent versions, its photo editing capabilities have grown substantially to the level that many Photoshop users find that they do the primary photo editing in Lightroom without needing to ever open Photoshop.

As you probably know, several months ago Adobe began offering the professional Creative Suite programs such as Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 exclusively for rent/lease via their cloud based Creative Cloud. Many long time users were not and are still not fans of this new approach.

I do not fall into that camp. Even though I had previously installed the box version of Photoshop CS6 and had installed Lightroom 4 on my computers, I opted in to renting Photoshop CC for $9.99 per month for the first year. Shortly after that Adobe added Lightroom 5 to the mix at no extra charge. I have been extremely happy with this arrangement. The ten dollars deducted from my bank account is down in the noise.

Now, until the end of March,  Adobe is again offering both Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99/month. And there are no pre-ownership requirements required. This offer is open to everyone.

photoshop cc rentalDon’t get me wrong. I am not abandoning my use of Photoshop Elements, nor do I think all Photoshop Elements users should add Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 to their digital photography toolbox. But I know there are plenty of you out there who have thought about upgrading to one or both of these programs. Maybe you already have and are using an older version.

Now might be the time to upgrade. To find out more and/or download the programs, click on the link below.

https://creative.adobe.com/plans/offer/photoshop+lightroom?trackingid=KKLQK 

Let me know what you think about the idea of upgrading to Adobe’s Creative Cloud concept by leaving a comment below. Have you done it already? Are you planning to?

Photoshop Elements Users – Carbonite Does Not Back Up Your Catalog


I am a long time user of Photoshop Elements, especially its Organizer to help me manage my very large Catalog of photos and videos. This use includes relying solely on its Backup/Restore commands to protect both my pictures and my Catalog file.

Recently I have begun to also use Carbonite as part of my overall backup process. I am still learning about this popular program for backing up your computer files to the Cloud.

After my system completed its initial Carbonite backup (two months in my case due to the extremely large number of files and requires storage space) I discovered that after all of that, it had not backed up my Photoshop Elements Catalog file.

CarboniteFiles that Carbonite has backed up and will keep current have a very tiny green circle in the lower  right corner of their file name when viewed with Windows Explorer. Here is what you do to verfy that your Catalog file has been backed up.

  1. Within in the Organizer, click on Help > System Info.
  2. In the dialog box that opens, the Current Catalog  section shows the filename of your Catalog and the path to it. Note it leaves off the file extension which is .pse12db if you are using PSE 12. The 12 is the PSE version number.
  3. Using Windows explorer, navigate to the Catalog file and verify it has a tiny green dot in its lower left hand corner.
  4. If it does not, right click on the file, select Carbonite > Back up this file as soon as possible.

Add File to Backup with Carbonite

Now the next time Carbonite syncs your backup, the Catalog file will be backed up.

As it turns not, for a variety of reasons, my Catalog is not stored in the default location. That could by why it was not backed up during the initial Carbonite backup of my system.

If you like many of my students do rely on Carbonite or a similar cloud-based or local  automatic backup program, make sure your PSE Catalog is part of that backup. If it is not, add it manually. Otherwise all of your tagging, captions, and other information that  you have added in the Organizer will not be backed up.

 

Carbonite Has Completed!


Sometime around midnight of December 31st, my initial backup using Carbonite was completed. I actually started the initial backup in mid-November as I commented on in this post.

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/carbonite-slow-but-steady/

As the initial backup was being done, I really did not notice any performance hits in using my computer. I did leave my computer on for the most part, which is my usual practice.

So as of right now, I am backing up 148,940 files that consume about 486 Gb of cloud storage. The bulk of those files and the storage space they consume are due to photo images.

Now that I have completed the initial backup, I will find out a bit more about Carbonite itself. For example, my video files, which also take up a lot of local space were not part of the initial backup, but I understand  that I can back them up manually using Carbonite.

As I said earlier, Carbonite is kind of my doomsday backup. I will continue to back up my data files and photos/videos in my normal manner. But it is nice to know that Carbonite has my back.

I am interested in your experience with Carbonite, especially how it worked out for you for recovering destroyed local files. Please share your experience and thoughts in the Comments below.

I’m Giving Carbonite a Try


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If you have followed my blog, you know I have a large collection of pictures and videos that I manage using the Organizer of Photoshop Elements. And I use its Backup/Restore commands to back up my media and the Catalog itself. This has worked well for me over the years. I’ve even described my process in previous posts. Here is the link to one of those posts.

https://don26812.wordpress.com/2009/06/18/photoshop-elements-catalog-file-the-critical-link/

You can find other related posts by searching my blog using the “Search My Blog” text box located further down the page in the right hand column.

I also use an old program called Karen’s Replicator for periodically backing up my other important folders and files. It also has worked well for me.

A couple of weeks ago, the C Drive on my “business” computer (in contrast to my “photos/videos computer) went belly up. This computer contained the data I use in Outlook and Quicken. Because of the crash and my frequency of using the Replicator program, I lost about three days of not-too important data. For some reason when I restored the Outlook data, some data was missing. I think it was more my improperly using the Outlook restore steps rather than the quality of my Replicator backup.

But the whole episode got me thinking about my backup process and whatever vulnerability I have in this area. I decided to give Carbonite a try. I won’t really describe it here, but you can click on the link to find out more about it. Suffis it to say that it basically provides unlimited backup storage on the cloud for $60 a year for a single computer and its internal drives. For additional features and multiple computers, higher price options are available.

I started my initial backup of my photos computer yesterday, which will be about 450 Gb. If I did my math right, considering what has been backed up so far, it will probably take most of a month to complete. But after that, it will only take a few minutes a day to keep the backup current.

While it is doing the initial backup, I have not noticed any measurable slowing down of my computer. I continue my normal backup practices using Elements and Replicator, so I am not too concerned with the length of time the initial backup takes.

Reviews and a few friends that have been using Carbonite have been positive.  I do know that the company has been around for a significant length of time. I’ll keep you posted regarding how the initial backup is progressing.

Comment and let me know what your experience has been using Carbonite or a similar cloud-based product.

Syncing Photoshop Elements Photos with Your iPad


I learned something new the other day. You can sync Photoshop Elements Albums to your iPad. Actually, you can sync all of your Albums to your iPad if you like. And by the way, this is not something new. Photoshop Elements has been able to do this for several versions now. I was just slow to learn about it.

Generally speaking, I am not interested in seeing my entire photo collection (nearing 40K now) on my iPad or iPhone. However, I would like to have a few current pictures of my family on them to show friends at times. In other words they would play a similar role the wrinkled photos in my wallet.

Here is how I did it.

  1. Make an Album in Photoshop Elements.
  2. Connect your iPad to your computer via its cable.
  3. Start iTunes on your computer.
  4. Once your iPad is recognized by iTunes, click on it as shown in the figure below.

iPad Connected iTunes

5. In iTunes, click on Photos as shown in the figure below, then…

  • Select Photoshop Elements from the drop down list.
  • Click to select Selected Albums.
  • Click on the Photoshop Elements Album made in Step 1.

6. Click on Apply. See the figure below

iTunes PSE  Photo Sync

To view the photos in the sync’d Elements Album, use the Photos App on your tripod to view the Album. This is illustrated in the figure below.

iPad Fam Photo Album

Now whenever I want to update the album on my iPad, I simply modify the applicable Photoshop elements 11 album, and sync my iPad through iTunes.

Transfer and Share Your iPad Photos Using Dropbox


I recently finished teaching a beginning iPad class for PV NET. As part of the class, we covered how to use Dropbox to transfer documents between your iPad and your PC. Dropbox is a service that allows you to store up to 2 Gb of data in the cloud for free. It is quite popular and generally used to share documents.

In the latest version of the iPad app, you can sync photos from your iPad’s Camera Roll to any of your PCs as well as your mobile devices, like smartphones. Because your photos are on the cloud, you can access them from any internet connected device.

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An article in WindowsSecrets describes how to set up the iPad App, as well as the small program that goes on your PC. It is simple and requires only a few steps.

1. Sign up for a free Dropbox account at www.dropbox.com

2. Download and install the free application on your PC.

3. Install the mobile app on each of your mobile devices, e.g. your iPhone and/or iPad.

4. Change a couple of default settings, and you are good to go.

Dropbox also makes it easy for you to selectively share your photos with friends using a Public folder. Click on the link below to go to the Windows Secrets article that clearly describes how to do these steps.

http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/dropbox-makes-the-easiest-way-to-send-photos/

If you have an iPad, smartphone, or other tablet, give Dropbox a try for syncing and sharing your iPad photos. In my next iPad class, I will cover additional ways it can help make your photography more enjoyable, by expanding the role of Dropbox.

Give it a try and leave a comment letting us know how you made out. And remember; don’t forget to follow me on Facebook. There is link to Like me on this page.