How To Convert Flickr Metadata to Lightroom And Photoshop Presets

When you click a photo in this digital age, a lot of information gets saved, it’s not only the light that you have captured. Almost all digital cameras these days save extra information with your pictures. This extra information gives details about the type of camera used, exposure provided, focal length, white balance, shutter speed, aperture and several other tidbits about the picture taken. This information is called EXIF data which stands for Exchangeable Image File Format.

flickr-logo The EXIF data also contains the RAW conversion settings, stored when a photographers digitally process their pictures. These RAW conversion settings can contain details such as brightness, contrast, vignettes, white balance, temperature and several other options that can totally transform the images. So, if you copy this data from one picture to another, you can actually, in some way, give the second picture a similar look’ like the first one.

Using this idea, photographer and web developer Joe Smalley created an easy to use tool that will allow you to give a particular look’ to a picture, sourcing the EXIF data from a Flickr photograph. This is how he explains the process:

After quickly getting tired of copying settings across manually, I developed a tool which will output a Lightroom or Photoshop preset file based on the metadata found for that Flickr photo. Simply enter the full URL of the photo into the tool below and you’re away!

It is limited to photos which have metadata publicly available. Also custom point tone curve information isn’t converted- as the Flickr metadata page unfortunately doesn’t show all it.

The tool can be used to create dramatic transformations of pictures. If the look of the downloaded preset doesn’t suit the picture well, you can always tweak each individual setting manually.

Note: If the preset downloads as plain text or in a txt file, simply change its extension/save it as .LRtemplate (for Lightroom) or .ACR (for photoshop)

Convert Flickr Metadata to Lightroom/Photoshop presets iPhone App Clocks 1 Million Downloads

It has hardly been 10 days since Adobe released the app for iPhone, and the app has already clocked over 1 million downloads.


Not just that, it has also reached the #1 position in the free apps section of the App store. And to add to that, this app is not even available in global markets yet, and can only be downloaded in US and Canada.

Have you downloaded the App? What has your experience been with it? Do let us know through your comments.

Free High Resolution Photoshop Brushes

Sometime back we showed you how to create Photoshop brushes from scratch, however not everyone has the time to create their own Photoshop brushes.

In those cases you can find lots of free Photoshop Brushes online, but searching for them can be quite a task, to save you some work we have sorted out some sites that have a collected some stunning and high resolution Photoshop brushes that you can use, if you don’t know how to install them take a look at our tutorial on How to install new brushes in Photoshop.

Here are some resources which list free high resolution Photoshop brushes that you can download and use on your computer.

Do you know of any other places to download free high resolution Photoshop brushes? Feel free to let us know about them through your comments.

Speedup/Optimize Acrobat Reader & Photoshop

Acrobat Reader and Photoshop are two very popular apps from Adobe that are used by many users, one problem many of you might have seen that these two softwares take a long time to startup.

PDF Speedup allows you to significantly speed up the time it takes to load Adobe Reader. If you notice that when the Reader starts it loads many plug-ins which you may or may not need, this program simply disables the plug-ins and loads only the absolute necessary ones so the program starts quickly.


On the other hand Adobe Photoshop Speedup significantly decreases the time it takes to load Adobe Photoshop by disabling the plug-ins that you may not need. There are several options such as whether to load the Adobe fonts, load the presets, and set the memory usage. You may restore to the original settings at any time.

Both of the speedup are so you can run it without having to install them, definitely useful if you have lag times while loading any of the two applications.

Download Adobe Acrobat Speed & Photoshop Speedup (scroll to middle of page to find download links)

10 Awesome Design Inspiration Websites

So you have a free afternoon and think that it would be fun to tinker around with Photoshop for a while. Or perhaps you have a design project due which you would like to start working on. But when you load the software and sit before the canvas, you find yourself drawing a blank.   However, when the Internet is at your service, can inspiration be left far behind?

In this post I will be talking about websites that you can get design inspiration from. To make the list more diverse yet organized I will club together the websites according to the various design categories:

Logo Design

As logos present a concise pictorial representation of what a company is really about, they create the first impression that a consumer gets of the company. Presently, there is great demand for logo design with companies of all kinds fretting over The Logo that will help them get ahead of their competitors by appealing more to consumers.

One awesome website you can seek inspiration for logo design from is LogoPond. This website keeps stock of the finest logos submitted by designers from across the globe and you are sure to find lots of ideas going through these logos.


BuzzShout is another comprehensive listings site which has a wide range of inspiring logos stored in its database.


For more design ideas you could also try out LogoTwo which has a commendable collection of Web2.0 logo designs.


Website Design

A good website with an elegant design is an absolute necessity in the corporate world. BestWebGallery offers a great collection of excellent design websites including both Flash and CSS based ones.


If you want design ideas for CSS based websites, look no further than CSS Based, where there are many beautifully designed websites listed.


Another great gallery for your perusal is CSS Hazard.


Print and Graphic Design

Graphic design is a diverse field and when you are looking for design ideas, you can easily find yourself spoilt for choice. is most inspiring if you are seeking design inspiration for CDs, cassettes and the like.


On the other hand, if it is inspiration for poster design that you are looking for, check out this post on Bittbox.


Even business cards can be made cool, as is evident from this list of interestingly designed business cards posted on All Graphic Design.


Finally, if you are looking for something quirky, here is an archive of various kinds of packaging designs at Imaginary World.


The websites mentioned here are only a few of the tons of websites that you could turn to for design inspiration. Do feel free to mention any which you have personally liked in the comments. There can be no dearth of inspiration when life itself is inspiration, right? Enjoy!

Creating Custom Brushes in Photoshop – Part 1

In my previous tutorial, I taught you how to load/install new brushes in Photoshop. In this tutorial you’ll learn how custom brushes are created and saved. Once again it is a very simple tutorial but if your creative enough you can create wonders.

You’ll learn to create a elliptical brush and this brush will be used in my next tutorial where you will learn to create bokeh effect in Photoshop. Its all about creation ;)

Step 1:

Open a new transparent document. Once done, select the Ellipse Tool (press U) and draw a circle.


Step 2:

Once done, in Blending Options, change Fill Opacity to 75%. Don’t get confused. Change the Fill Opacity not the Opacity. Follow the screen shot…



Enable Stroke and change the size to 10px, position – inside and color to black. Your almost done with your new brush.

Step 3:

Open Edit and select Define Brush Preset and name your newly created brush. Your new brush has now been saved. Note down the brush number displayed on the left side.


If the Define Brush Presetoption is disabled then do the following. Duplicate the layer by pressing Ctrl+J on your keyboard. Disable the old layer (make it invisible) by clicking on the small eye eye With the new layer selected, now try defining the new brush preset by clicking Edit.

Step 4:

To save a copy of your brush separately, click Edit > Preset Manager and select your brush from the list (remember the brush number?) and click Save set.

If you’ve forgotten your brush number, then keep your cursor on the particular brush to display its name and save it. Your done! :-)

Now you have learnt to create and save your own custom brush. In my next upcoming tutorial, you’ll learn how to implement this particular brush to make something creative. Stick around :-)

How To Install New Brushes In Photoshop?

In this tutorial I’ll teach you how to install new brushes in Photoshop. This method is common and works with any version of Photoshop that you use. There are different methods of installing brushes but this is one common and easy-to-use method.

Step 1:

Open Photoshop and click on Brush Toolor press Bon your keyboard.


Step 2:

On the top click Brush Preset picker, next to brush size.


Step 3:

Now a window pops up on the screen. On the top-right corner you can see a small arrow pointing right. Click that. From the drop down select Load Brushes.


Step 4:

Locate your file (Note: Brush files have .ABR extension) and click Load


Step 5:

Once your done loading the brushes, scroll down and you’ll see your new brushes there.


10 Open Source Alternatives To Photoshop

Photoshop is a very popular image editing and designing tool, however you do have to pay a heavy price for buying and using Photoshop, which definitely puts it out of reach of people who are just beginning out and do not have money to spend.


However there are several alternatives to Photoshop and you can get similar features if not all, in the and Open Source alternatives.

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