How to Export Lightroom Presets

The ability to create and export presets is one of the best features of the Lightroom app that allows you to supercharge your workflow and save a lot of time when processing photos. In this guide, we’ll show you how to create and export your Lightroom presets, to easily make adjustments to photos, and improve your designs. Exporting and sharing Lighroom presets is key if you’re wanting to move them between computers, distribute them to friends, or sell them online. Here’s how you do it. Why Create Lightroom Presets? Imagine that you’re working on a batch of photos from a photoshoot. You’ve adjusted the exposure and saturation of one photo using Lightroom and now you have 20 more photos to make those same exact adjustments. What will you do? This is where Lightroom presets comes to help. When you make adjustments to that first photo, you can save those adjustment Read the full article…

What Is Apple Keynote? (And 5 Tips for Getting Started)

Mac and iPad/iPhone users have probably seen the little blue presentation icon on the devices. But have you ever really used it? This icon is for Apple Keynote, a presentation tool that comes standard on all iOS devices. Keynote is native to Mac, so you won’t find it on PC devices. It’s a tool that people tend to love once they make the switch from another type of presentation software. It’s focused on design, a polished presentation, and creating a really solid experience as you design your slides. Today, we’re going to look at Apple Keynote—what it is and, and how to get started with this robust presentation tool. What is Keynote? Apple Keynote has been around for more than a decade and comes with the install of any MacOS. The thing that makes Keynote different from the other major competitors in the presentation software market – PowerPoint and Google Read the full article…

Handling Unused CSS In SASS To Improve Performance

Handling Unused CSS In SASS To Improve Performance Handling Unused CSS In SASS To Improve Performance Luke Harrison 2019-08-09T12:30:59+02:002019-08-09T11:08:44+00:00 In modern front-end development, developers should aim to write CSS which is scalable and maintainable. Otherwise, they risk losing control over specifics such as the cascade and selector specificity as the codebase grows and more developers contribute. One way this can be achieved is through the use of methodologies such as Object-Oriented CSS (OOCSS), which rather than organizing CSS around page context, encourages separating structure (grid systems, spacing, widths, etc.) from decoration (fonts, brand, colors, etc.). So CSS class names such as: .blog-right-column .latest_topics_list .job-vacancy-ad Are replaced with more reusable alternatives, which apply the same CSS styles, but aren’t tied to any particular context: .col-md-4 .list-group .card This approach is commonly implemented with the help of a SASS framework such as Bootstrap, Foundation, or increasingly more often, a bespoke framework which Read the full article…

Now Live: Your SmashingConf Toronto Playlist

Now Live: Your SmashingConf Toronto Playlist Now Live: Your SmashingConf Toronto Playlist Rachel Andrew 2019-08-08T15:00:59+02:002019-08-09T11:08:44+00:00 We have edited and prepared the video from SmashingConf Toronto, and it is all now live for you to watch and learn from. To get a feel for the event, watch our compilation. We think that it really captures the atmosphere of a SmashingConf! Day One The Day One Collaborative Doc created by attendees is full of takeaways from the first day of the conference. You might find some of those notes helpful as you watch the video linked below. Speaker Name Talk Title Brad Frost “Let’s Build A Design System” (Video) Sarah Drasner “Let’s Write A Vue App From Scratch” (Video) Phil Hawksworth “JAMStack: Silly Name. Serious Stuff.” (Video) Jenny Shen “Build Bridges, Not Walls: Design For Users Across Cultures” (Video) Chris Gannon “Make It Move! Create A Web Animation From Scratch” (Video) Kristina Read the full article…

Inspired Design Decisions: Ernest Journal

Inspired Design Decisions: Ernest Journal Inspired Design Decisions: Ernest Journal Andrew Clarke 2019-08-08T13:00:59+02:002019-08-09T11:08:44+00:00 When you work in design for any length of time, forming habits is natural. It’s not unusual to follow a predictable process or use familiar patterns. This repetition can be fabulous for your productivity, but when each design looks much like your last, you can quickly begin to feel jaded. Staying curious is the best remedy for that feeling. After running a small studio for eighteen years, my fatigue had become overwhelming. I dreaded each and every new email notification and phone call. While client projects offered opportunities to be creative, they also depleted my energy reserves and any capacity I had to come up with ideas. For someone whose business — and self-esteem — relies on what I dream up, this was devastating. I admitted to my wife that I was exhausted, had no more to Read the full article…

Samsung is bringing PC game streaming to the Note 10

One of the more interesting news tidbits from yesterday’s Unpacked event got a bit drowned out in all of the noise. Understandably so — Samsung jammed a lot into an event that ran just over an hour, virtually sprinting through a handful of gaming announcements. The below video is the best demonstration we have of PlayGalaxy Link, a new feature that makes it possible to stream games directly from a PC to the Galaxy Note 10. Why the company didn’t make a bigger deal of the feature is beyond me, but when Apple and Google are really starting to get involved in gaming in earnest, Samsung really ought to have shone a bigger light on the new offering. From the sound of it, the feature will be similar to one that Microsoft has been working on for the Xbox, letting users stream games from their PC onto the mobile device, Read the full article…

Statespace picks up $2.5M to help gamers train

Gaming continues to grow in popularity, with esports revenue growing 23% from last year to top $1 billion in 2019. But the metrics by which talent is evaluated in gaming, and the methods by which gamers can train to better hone their craft, are varied and at times non-existent. That’s where Statespace, and specifically the company’s gaming arm Klutch, come into play. In 2017, Statespace launched out of stealth with their first product, Aim Lab. Aim Lab is meant to mimic the physical rules of a game to give gamers a practice space where they can improve their skills. Moreover, Aim Lab identifies weaknesses in a player’s gameplay — one person might struggle with their visual acuity in the top-left quadrant of the screen, while another might have trouble spotting or aiming at targets on the bottom-right side of the screen — and allows gamers to focus in on their Read the full article…

Bungie is launching cross-save for Destiny 2 on August 21st

Image: Bungie Bungie has revealed the date Destiny 2 players will be able to start moving accounts freely between platforms to be August 21st. That’s when the game studio says it’s expecting to launch cross-save support for the open-world shooter, a long-awaited feature only just announced back in early June. Bungie says it’s launching cross-save ahead of its planned October expansion Shadowkeep to “give you the time you need to link your accounts and get your friends lists sorted before the launch of Shadowkeep and New Light.” Cross-save is just one of many positive changes coming to Destiny 2 in the next few months, albeit a feature many players have requested for years and one that looked unlikely to ever arrive. But since Bungie split with… Read the full article…

Genki tries to crack portable Switch docks with its new Covert Dock

The Switch’s ability to dock and connect to a TV is still one of its most iconic features (it’s right there in the name), but in the two-plus years since the console was released, there haven’t been reliable third-party dock options out there. If you want to connect a Switch to a TV, you’re basically stuck with Nintendo’s dock or nothing. Switch accessory company Genki — which is fresh off a successful Kickstarter last year for a Bluetooth headphone adapter for Nintendo’s portable console — wants to change that with the Genki Covert Dock, a miniature GaN charger that also promises to work as a fully functional portable Switch dock. It sounds like the makings of the perfect Switch dock… if it works. Genki is by no means… Read the full article…

DayZ Refused Classification in Australia for Drug Use Not Yet Featured in the Game

The Australian Classification Board has refused classification for Bohemia Interactive’s long-gestating survival shooter DayZ, creating a confusing scenario IGN is still attempting to unravel. DayZ was refused classification on June 4 this year due to “illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards,” a video game rating hurdle that has persisted in Australia despite the major reforms of 2013. “One of the options to restore the player’s health is a marijuana joint, labelled ‘cannabis’, which is denoted by a cannabis bud in the player’s inventory,” explains the report, via Kotaku. Read the full article…

WRC 8 Seems Inspired by Codemasters’ F1 Games, and That’s Good

After a year on the backburner KT Racing’s ever-improving WRC series is back for 2019 and, based on a recent hands-on with it, I’m optimistic about its return. The natural comparison for the current WRC series is Codemasters’ revered Dirt franchise, and it’s a fair one. Buoyed by decades of off-road pedigree the Dirt games are generally regarded as the best contemporary rally games available, so it makes sense to assess any other aspiring rally racer with that in mind. While I’ll reserve the more exhaustive analysis for the review, WRC 8 is certainly coming out swinging. WRC 8 will contain more than 100 stages across 14 countries, and this time around there’s dynamic weather. The refurbished physics have improved the driving feel noticeably, too – especially on a control pad. On default settings, at least, WRC 8 seems to have shed WRC 7’s control pad twitchiness; countersteering and course Read the full article…

Dirt Rally 2.0 VR Upgrade Available Now on PC

Codemasters has announced VR support for the excellent Dirt Rally 2.0 is ready and available now for the PC version of the game. Dirt Rally 2.0 is on the Oculus Store now and OpenVR support has been added to the Steam version for free. Players who pick up the Oculus version will apparently able to compete in special daily, weekly and monthly challenges (and the Oculus edition will also feature five exclusive car liveries for players who really, really want the word Oculus writ large on their car). Codemasters has again reiterated there are no plans to add PSVR support to Dirt Rally 2.0, but a free new (old) location has been added to all versions of the game: DirtFish Rally School. DirtFish has been inserted as Test Drive location and is expected to be added to Freeplay “in a future update.” American rally academy DirtFish, located in Washington state, Read the full article…