I have Lightroom 2 and I LOVE it for importing pictures, adjusting and keeping track of my pictures, and I dutifully back it up to my external hard drive. Let me tell you what I just learned, however. My laptop power cord is not working. My BF is going to attempt to solder a few wires to get it back working, but my laptop is on its last leg so I thought it would be a good time to transfer all my data to our new house computer (no more working/chatting in bed ) anyway, lucky for me, my son's laptop cord works on my laptop so I spent two hours or more backing up all data to my ehd so I could transfer all my brushes, styles, supplies, etc. The only thing I forgot was my itunes library which I will do tonight.
Well I did a backup of my Lightroom 2 catalog and thought I would just restore from backup on the new computer. The Lightroom back up DOES NOT BACKUP PICTURES! It only backups your catalog settings, tags and change settings to photographs. You have to move your pictures over separate. It is a good thing I realized this before I had a hard drive crash. I thought I was being so responsible backing up my catalog to my ehd on a regular basis. Luckily, I have that cord so that I can go get the photos on the hard drive, and also lucky I found this out now not when it was too late.
So, if you have Lightroom, please remember to back up your picture folders too, not just the Lightroom catalog!!!
I was just reading the latest issue of Photoshop Creative (I hope its okay to reference this magazine)(Issue No. 71 - Its new here in U.S. It's a U.K. magazine and I think Barnes & Noble gets it a month later than the U.K.). It has a 7 page article on layer styles in Photoshop. I haven't gotten a chance (dang work!)to really read the article but this was a highlighted tip that I saw and thought I would share:
"Tip: Move your shadow with the drop shadow open in the Layer Style dialog box, go over to your canvas and just click and drag to move the shadow where you want it. The Angle and Distance controls update accordingly. This same trick can also easily work for the inner shadow, satin, gradient overly and pattern overly."
I had thought that you had to have the shadow on a separate layer to move it where you wanted it easily. I use the Scrap Girls shadow styles, but after applying them, I think this means I can go into the layer style dialog box and move the shadow where exactly I want it. Can't wait to try it out!
Elisha suggested I get This product when I needed help with a photo where the skin was too red and blotchy from being in the sun all day and then drinking on top it. I used the "Smart glow" action and I just wanted you to see the results. I have attached the before and after. Wow!!! It totally saved my picture and I think it especially makes my sister-in-law Audra look beautiful. Thanks so much Elisa for telling me about it and thanks ScrapGirls for making yet another GREAT product!
I just wanted to share a new trick I do to keep track of what elements, papers, etc. I use in a LO so its easier to tell you what I used when I post it in the gallery. I have adobe CS4 and I use bridge to look through my papers, elements, etc. Before I start a new LO, I clear the recent files (in Bridge there is a little icon that looks like a clock with an arrow - click the arrow next to it to reveal recent files and/or to clear recent files). Then when I finish a layout, I go to reveal recent files and I can see all the files I've opened and it is easy to link collections and not miss anything. The only thing I have to remember is any styles or actions I have used inside photoshop. I find this works well for me.
I just wanted to say that I LOVE ScrapGirls! I've been googling digital scrapbooking supplies and sites for about 6 months now and ScrapGirls is really the best I've found. The boutique is HUGE and has so many, well priced supplies and the sales are amazing. Even the freebies are beautiful and are actually things I want. After almost (not quite - in June) a year of digital scrapping, I found that I buy from Scrapgirls, post to the forums and stop by the site more than any other scrapbooking site. It is just clean, pretty and has a great community participating. Ok, I will get off my soapbox now. Just felt like saying it.