Photoshop Update

It’s been a while since the last post here, due to some personal problems we don’t need to get into. However back now.

During the gap alot of things have been happening, so expect a blog post flurry.

To start with Adobe have recently announced their latest CC updates. The new CC 2019 products have an array of new features and big fixes.

First the latest Photoshop CC 2019 is out now for download. This is version 20 of the product with new and updated features for designers, photographers and artists. For a list of the main new features check out

As well as Photoshop being released Abode Illustrator has also had the CC 2019 treatment. For a list of new features go to


Surface Pro 4 update

A new firmware update is now available for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

This firmware update has the usual bug fixes etc. However it also states to improved touch screen interaction and battery life. In addition to this it also has item which Surface Pro 4 user requested, and have been waiting for, for 18 months.

With this update you can now use the Surface Dial on screen. Just like the Surface Studio( and the latest Surface Pro).

Find the full change log see below.

  • Surface Dial Detection v2.0.2.0 enables on-screen support for Surface Dial.
  • Surface Dial Filter v1.1.11.0 enables on-screen support for Surface Dial.
  • Surface Digitizer Integration v2.0.313.0 enables on-screen support for Surface Dial.
  • Surface Touch v105.0.106.8 enables on-screen support for Surface Dial and improves touch accuracy.
  • Surface Touch Servicing ML v1.0.821.0 enables on-screen support for Surface Dial and improves touch accuracy.

So quite an impressive update.

News Sketchbook Pro

Sketchbook Pro update

Sketchbook Pro for Windows 10 has just released another update, and this one is pretty good.

So what’s included. Well we have some new tools and colour tweaks.

  • A Distort and Transform tool
  • HSL and colour balance option
  • A new Text Tool
  • plus the usual bug fixes etc.

For all in depth information check out the link below.

The Windows 10 version of Sketchbook Pro is getting better and better and really becoming a must have app.



News Photoshop

Photoshop CC 2018 now available



So here’s the big news today. The latest version of Photoshop has been released today. Photoshop CC 2018 has been made available today and it has some pretty nice new features.

The main focus is on the pen and brush tools with enhancements and some nice new tools.

The new update is available through Creative Cloud.

for more details on the new features check out this link:


In addition to Photoshop, the whole CC suite has also been updated today including, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, After Effects and Animate (formally Flash).

News Sketchbook Pro

Sketchbook for Windows 10 update Copic

On the 4th August 2017 an update to Sketchbook for Windows 10 was released.

In this update they have now provided the much anticipated Copic markers.

This is a much requested addition to the Windows 10 version, as they are already included in the Windows Desktop and mobile (pro) versions.

Copic markers are used throughout the design and illustration world, so to have a digital version is amazing.

Once you have updated to the new version (16.0).  Go to the palette menu on the top right and click/tap.

This will show the usual palettes, (Layer Editor, Color Editor etc.) you will also see the new Copic palette. Tap to open.

The new Copic Color palette will open. This shows each marker with colour code (like the real marker).

To cycle through different colors use the rainbow picker at the top.  When you tap on a marker, it will show the marker and marker code, the name of the color and complementary color codes for that particular color.


Also in this update  the option for Cut, Copy and Paste have been added. To get to these you will need the Layer Editor open. In the top right of this palette, tap the menu (burger). This will display the layer options with the additional Cut, Copy and Paste.

For more details about this update check out Sketchbook Copic Update.

The update is available from the Windows Store.


Crafting News

Crafters Companion magazine 

The latest issue of Crafters inspiration magazine (issue 15) is ready for pre order. With shipping available from 10th August.

The £9.99 magazine is pack full of crafting goodness and comes with over £50 of gifts including 13 metal cutting dies and a 3D embossing folder.

Pre order from the Crafters Companion website.