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How to make new T2-secured Macs boot from external drives

Copied from: Apple’s security processor gets in the way when you’re trying to use external drives to boot from. Fix this now because if you wait until you need to restart from one, you’ll have problems. A bundle of external drives atop a Mac mini The T2 chip that Apple has been adding to new Macs does many things to help your computer be more secure —but one of them is an issue. By default, Macs with the T2 processor […]

Copy Lightroom Images Directory Structure to New Location

Every Year I plan to create a new LR Catalogue pointing to an empty clone of my Images Directory Structure then fill in images for eventual merging back to the master catalogue.  The following Unix command will create a copy of my directory structure in  /Areca-T2/LR JG Pics    to Desktop/Temporary\ Stuff – just the folders not the files. rsync -a /Volumes/Areca-T2/LR\ JG\ Pics /Users/jeffg/Desktop/Temporary\ Stuff –include \*/ –exclude \* The Folders in Temporary Stuff can then be moved to […]

Air Canada Checkin – Free 1St Bag

When using Aeroplan, I have been advised to use the kiosk and enter 0 bags, then appear at the baggage drop-off and hand them my proof of card for my plan. The AC agent should checkin the bag for free, if not ask for the manager.

Mac Boot From External Drives

Holding the Option Key on Reboot prompts for the Disk Drive to boot from, however some drives are too slow to start (such as ARECA T2 8 disk array) which takes a few minutes to fully start. Therefore its necessary after the prompt to hit (Right side of keyboard) Option+Shift and (Left side keyboard) Command +.

Lightroom Speed Improvement

I have made a number of changes to my system lately and over the last few months Lightroom has consistently slowed down. This fix seemed to have the greatest impact though I can’t say I see how it could improve performance, it certainly has. Add administrator permissions to the following folders or files (CMD-I on folders or files)  1) Go> Go to Folder:  /Library  Logs/Adobe Caches/com.adobe.LightroomClassicCC7 preferences/com.adobe.lightroomClassicCC7.plist Application supports/Adobe/Lightroom CC 2) Go> Go to Folder: /users  Users/Shared/Adobe 3) Purge cache […]

Lightroom Previews File Size out of Control

LR CC Classic creates a preview of an image for use within the Develop Module and places it in file Previews.lrdata. This file is referenced to prevent the dreaded “Loading” message as you move from one image to another. I had to move my LR Catalogue to an external hard drive because the LR Previews file Previews.lrdata grew to 700Gig for a LR Catalogue of 200k images. Eventually I figured out how to move the Previews.lrdata to a separate external […]

Lightroom – Moving Lightroom Catalogue to a SSD while leaving Previews.lrdata on external disk

My SSD is too small to contain both the LR Catalogue and the previews file because I have 200K images and the Previews.lrdata is 700GB. To improve overall performance I have moved everything in the LR Catlg folder to the SSD except the previews file and placed the Previews on a separate drive which I called Areca-T2. To trick LR into using the Previews.lrdata on Areca-T2 a symbolic line file is used to refer all applications including finder to the […]

Photoshop How to remove Edge Fringe

To remove a fringe (often caused by sharpening or HDR high contrast edges): Create a mask of the object with the Fringe (example Mountains) If the mask is fuzzy or needs to be enlarged or contracted: Option Click the mask then: Image > Adjustments > Curves and correct the edge of the mask so that it reveals the Fringe and protects the  image, typically by adjusting the white point.  (Create a higher contrast mask).  Its also possible to select the […]

Lightroom Get Around 4Gig TIFF Limit

Save original file as PSB (Photoshop Big) In the Original File Command-A to select all pixels in the canvas (to grab the image dimensions) Edit>Copy Merged (puts image into clipboard File New (should have dimensions from steps 2+3 above File > PlaceLinked Save New File in same folder as Original as a TIFF file (don’t over write the PSB) and Include “Linked” in the filename LR > Sync to bring in the New Linked TIFF File. To Edit the large […]