2D Archives

Ramblings, Tips and Tricks around 2D drawing apps such as Photoshop, Manga Studio, SketchBook and the likes.

How to retain a pixelated retro look when scaling images in Photoshop

I’ve been making some thumbnails for my Stardew Valley streams on YouTube, using low-res pixel artwork to reference the characters. My thumbnails are much larger than the original artwork, so I had to resize them in Photoshop. However, when I did this, I’ve noticed that Photoshop was trying to “smooth” the pixels as good as …

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How to edit audio samples on the Premiere Timeline

Sometimes one frame is just too large a step when you’re editing audio in Premiere Pro. Thankfully we can infinitely expand the steps in the timeline by showing Audio Time Units. To do that, find the super tiny nondescript hamburger icon in the timeline, just above the timecode display. Click it and choose Show Audio …

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How to add a second single-app plan to Adobe Creative Cloud

Only days after reverting from my All Apps Creative Cloud subscription to the Photography Plan, I’m already missing Premiere Pro badly. I had hoped to live without it, but I must admit I love it too much 😍 I thought there would be an easy way to add the Premiere Plan to my existing Photography …

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How to switch to the Adobe Photography Plan as a current subscriber of Creative Cloud

Last year I’ve signed up for the All Apps Creative Cloud plan, at a reduced rate of $30 a month. I only ever used Photoshop and Premiere and never tried any of the other apps. In two days, Adobe will start charging me $52.99 a month. That’s too much for me right now 😢 I …

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Where does Premiere Pro 2020 store auto save files

Ever since the past Premiere Pro update, my computer likes to reset itself randomly, particularly during rendering. I should have never hit that update button. Note to self: NEVER update software (or hardware) when everything is working well in principle – no matter how many nags you get. With that mishap on my hands, I …

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How to bring back Legacy Shapes in Photoshop

My friends at Adobe have done it again: remove frequently used features from Photoshop and replace them with stuff nobody has ever asked for. Case in point: the terrible default shapes that we’ve had (and disliked) for the last 30 years. I recently made the mistake of updating Photoshop, with the intention of drawing a …

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How to import WebP images into Photoshop

In this episode I’ll show you how to use WebP images in Photoshop. Currently Photoshop (2020) does not have native support for this file format, so we’ll need a plugin made by the developers (Google) to make it happen. It’s aptly titled WebPShop. While the code is open source, it’s not immediately obvious to non-hackers …

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