Astropad vs Duet Pro: Two Cintiq challengers

If you’ve wanted to use a mobile tablet as a Wacom Cintiq-like graphics input device for your computer, for a long time Astropad was the app that many turned to (a company called Avatron also offers Air Display for iOS and Air Stylus for Android). Now Duet, Inc. has introduced Duet Pro. These solutions display desktop applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator on an iPad, letting you use a stylus on the iPad display to draw or paint directly on the desktop document.

Both Astropad and Duet Pro are much less expensive than a Wacom Cintiq…if you already own an iPad. If you’re deciding which one to use, you’ll need to know the important differences between them.

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Getting the Most Out of the Adobe User Forums (featured image)

Getting the Most Out of the Adobe User Forums: CreativePro.com article

In an article I wrote for CreativePro, you’ll learn some simple strategies to help you get a great answer more quickly in the Adobe Forums — a free community-based resource for questions about Adobe software such as Photoshop and InDesign. Many forum members use Adobe software in production every day, so they can have useful insights and are sometimes aware of problems before they’re officially documented by Adobe. I’ve participated in the Adobe Forums for many years, and am now an Adobe Community Professional there.

Read my article at the following link:

Getting the Most Out of the Adobe User Forums

Journey Through the Lenses exhibition featured image

Prints on display: “Journey Through the Lenses” group photo exhibition

Reception: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Aljoya Mercer Island

I am honored by an invitation to show a set of images from my travels as part of Journey Through the Lenses, a group photography show. I will be showing images from India. You can view the show from October 15, 2016 to February 12, 2017.

The gala reception is on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m, with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. If you plan to come, please RSVP to 206-230-0150 by October 12.

The show is at Aljoya Mercer Island, 2430 76th Avenue SE on Mercer Island, Washington, USA.

Thanks to ERA Living for presenting this exhibition, and thanks to curators Ann Macrae and June Sekiguchi for inviting me to participate.

For more information, here’s the show flyer. See you on the 15th!

Journey Through the Lenses show flyer

Update: If you go, you’ll find five of my prints on the second floor, above the reception desk (on the left side of the site photo below). One more print is on the first floor in the lobby; turn right at reception.

Journey Through the Lenses site image

Choosing an Adobe Portfolio Layout: CreativePro.com article

Choosing an Adobe Portfolio Layout is a companion article to one I wrote earlier for CreativePro (Using Adobe Portfolio). This article helps you decide which Adobe Portfolio layout should be the basis for your website. What really drives your choice out of the seven layouts currently available? What can you change about the layout you choose? Is it easy to change your mind?

If “build my website” is still on your To Do list, Adobe Portfolio is a quick and easy way to get a focused body of work online. Especially if you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud member, since Adobe Portfolio is available only as a benefit of an Creative Cloud membership (including the $9.99/month Photography Plan).

You can read the article at the following link:

Choosing an Adobe Portfolio Layout

Using Adobe Portfolio: CreativePro.com article

If “build my website” is still on your To Do list, Adobe Portfolio is a quick and easy way to get a focused body of work online. Especially if you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud member, since Adobe Portfolio is available only as a benefit of an Creative Cloud membership (including the $9.99/month Photography Plan).

How does Adobe Portfolio compare to the long list of other and often more established web-browser-based site builders? How easy is it to learn and use Portfolio? Does it have the features that photographers and designers need to show their best work?

I try it out and then tell you what I think in my article for CreativePro.com, which you can read at the following link:

Using Adobe Portfolio