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Focus Magic 3 For Blur Reduction Released
Acclaim Software has released version 3 of its solution for correcting out-of-focus blur and motion blur in photographs. Focus Magic runs as a Windows stand-alone application and as a plugin for Windows or Mac Phototshop-compatible applications, including Photoshop Elements.
Unsharp Mask (or Sharpen) filters increase the contrast at the edges of an image, while Focus Magic reverses the formula by which an image got blurred. This allows detail to be recovered, in contrast with Unsharp Mask, which does not recover detail but instead sharpens images that are only slightly blurred, making them look more grainy. Unsharp Mask also cannot correct motion blur.
The new version of Focus Magic includes dedicated algorithms to correct motion blur and is said to run four times faster than version 2.
Focus Magic can be purchased for $45 from the Focus Magic site, and a free trial version is available.
Photoshop Tip: Tough Selection Tip
If you're struggling to make a selection of an image that's against either a background of a similar color or a very busy background, here's a masking tip to make the process easier: Add a Levels or Curves Adjustment layer above your image layer, and use it to dramatically increase the contrast in the image to help make the edges stand out. This will often help make the difference between the object's edge and the background more obvious. The great part is, you can totally damage the look of the image because you're using an Adjustment layer. When your selection is in place, just drag the Adjustment layer into the Trash icon to delete it, and your image is back to normal, but you've got that "impossible" selection still in place.
NewTek Releases Free Texture Collection
NewTek, a manufacturer of 3D animation and video products, has released the sixth edition of its free Texture Collection. The new set includes 50 high-resolution textures, bringing the total number available in all collections to 300. The sixth edition contains images of concrete, nature, soil, stone and wood. All textures are unretouched photographic images, with the majority at a resolution of 2,304 x 1,728 in JPEG format. The Texture Collection, Sixth Edition, is available for free download on NewTek’s site.
Free Version Of Photomatix Dynamic Range Increase Released
MultiMedia Photo has released a free version of its software for combining two differently exposed images of a high contrast scene. Photomatix Basic generates a High Dynamic Range Image (HDRI) from any number of differently exposed images. A reduced version of dynamic range increase software Photomatix Pro, Photomatix Basic provides automatic exposure blending limited to two images: one image exposed for the highlights and one exposed for the shadows are combined into an image with increased dynamic range. Photomatix Basic for Windows and Mac OS X is available from the Photomatix site.
AbsolutVision Stock Photo "End of the Year" Sale
From now until January 6th you can save 50% on the AbsolutVision annual online subscription photo gallery. To order, simply visit the AbsolutVision online store and enter absoluthoho as the promotional code.
Photoshop Tip: Quick Delete From Palettes
To delete items from a palette without getting a dialog asking you to confirm your choice, hold down Option (PC: Alt) as you click on the palette’s trash icon. This applies to brushes, swatches, actions, etc. You can also click-and-drag an item to the trash icon without getting a warning.
Photoshop Elements 3 - New Resource Sites
Richard Lynch has launched a new forum for Photoshop Elements users called APEA. APEA is the Adobe Photoshop Elements Alliance a group of dedicated Elements advocates who have come together to help promote the use of Photoshop Elements, and to empower users to get more from the program. Richard is the author of Hidden Elements, a book reveals the hidden powers of Photoshop Elements. There is a Hidden Elements book companion site that is worth a visit as well.
Looking For Santa?
Every Christmas Eve NORAD tracks the route of the mighty gift-giver's sleigh.
Adobe Updates Camera Raw Plug-in For Photoshop
Adobe has posted a beta version its Camera Raw Photoshop plug-in which adds support for a number of cameras. The Camera Raw 2.4 beta includes support for Canon's EOS 20D, PowerShot S70, PowerShot G6 and EOS-1Ds Mark II; Konica's Minolta DiMAGE A200 and Minolta MAXXUM 7D; and the Nikon D2X.
Go to the Adobe website to download the update.
Quark Releases PSD Import XTension For Photoshop Files
Quark has released its long-promised plug-in for QuarkXPress 6.5 which allows users to import native Photoshop files (.psd) into QuarkXPress pages. The new PSD Import palette is similar to the Layers, Channels, and Paths palette in Adobe Photoshop. It allows users to make last-minute changes and modifications to Adobe Photoshop files within QuarkXPress, or map alpha and spot channels to QuarkXPress colors or inks.
It is available from the Quark website.
Photoshop Tip: Better Color-to-Grayscale Using Lab
Converting a color image to grayscale by choosing Grayscale from the Mode menu often produces some pretty flat-looking grayscale images. Rather than doing that, try one of our favorite tips for getting better grayscale images. Start with an RGB color scan, then go under the Image menu, under Mode, and choose Lab Color. Then go to the Channels palette. You'll see four channels. Drag the B channel to the Trash icon to delete it. Now, delete the channel called Alpha 2, leaving just Alpha 1 (which was the original Lightness channel). Now go under the Image menu, under Mode, and choose Grayscale. Go to the Layers palette and click on the Background layer. If your grayscale image appears too light, make a copy of the layer and change the Blend Mode to Multiply. If it appears too dark, lower your Multiply layer's Opacity until you dial in a perfect-looking grayscale image.
Create Seamless Tiles In Photoshop
A new tutorial from Ivan Raszl of CreativeBits shows you how to make seamless tiles for background textures. Includes a link to a site offering beautiful free tiles.
The Greatest Photo-Sharing Service Since The World Began
I've been exploring a great photo-sharing website called Flickr. I went there after reading some data on Flickr from Signal vs. Noise:
"The site has 182,000 members and is growing at 7% a week. There are 2.2 million photos there and that number’s growing at the rate of about 30,000 a day. 82 percent of the pictures on the site are publicly available to anyone."
They also have an interesting blog.
Fix Your Overexposed Images
Ever since I wrote "How To Fix An Underexposed Photo" people have been asking me about fixing overexposed images. So I've written a new tutorial "How To Fix Overexposed Images In Photoshop" which explains two simple methods that can help fix an overexposed image.
Photoshop Tip: Center That Guide
If you drag a guide from the ruler onto the page and you want to make sure it’s centered horizontally or vertically, try this: Press Command Option-; (PC: Control-Alt-;) to unlock the guides. If necessary make sure that only one guide is selected by deselecting every guide and then clicking on the guide you want centered. Then in the align palette (Window> Align), use that flyout menu to select Align to Artboard. Click on the Vertical Align Center icon (or Horizontal Align Center icon, depending on the direction of the guide).
Google Gifts For Free
I was bouncing around my favourite sites last night and came across this neat idea for gift-giving over at the Google blog:
"We've packaged all our software tools into a convenient holiday keepsake that fits nicely into a stocking or adds a festive touch to that new computer you're giving your beloved. It's absolutely free to download, free to install and free to use, so no mucking about with gift receipts. There's Google Desktop Search and the Picasa photo organizer and the Google Toolbar and the Google Deskbar -- a veritable cornucopia of time-saving Google products for the PC. And it's all yours for the giving with just one click. We've even provided festive gift certificates and handcrafted packaging artwork so you can burn your own gift CD. The Gift of Google is appropriate for all ages and connection speeds. Batteries not included."
Bonus DVD With Total Training Purchases Thru End Of The Year
Total Training is offering a free Gift Bonus DVD-ROM that contains over $500 worth of digital video footage, still photography images, music tracks, plug-ins, easy to use templates, and more. Just order a product and the free Bonus DVD will be included in your package.
Canto Announces Free myCumulus 6 Holiday Special
The English version of Canto myCumulus version 6, a digital asset management tool, will be available for free from the Canto website from December 18 to 26.
Photoshop How-To Article From CreativePro
Photoshop How-To: Using Adjustment Layers "Being able to correct and edit images in Photoshop is a life-saver for most creative professionals. Yet every time you use layers and curves, you start to degrade the image data - unless, of course, you use adjustment layers. David Blatner and Bruce Fraser show you how."
Photoshop Tip: Making Changes To Raw Photos Without Opening Them
This is a pretty slick trick-editing Raw photos, without actually opening them in Photoshop, well, technically. Here's how it's done: Open the Raw digital camera image from within the File Browser, and it brings up the Camera Raw dialog. Make the tonal processing changes you want within the Camera Raw interface, but DON'T click OK. Instead, hold the Option key (PC: Alt key) and you'll see the OK button change into an Update button. Click on it (when it says Update) and Camera Raw will close, without the photo opening in Photoshop, but the changes you made will be visibly applied to the thumbnail in the File Browser. (Note: Like all changes in the Browser, they will not be applied until you actually open the photo in Photoshop.)
Inspiration From Marshall Sokoloff "Three Sisters"
Three Sisters is a series of photographs by Marshall Sokoloff of three ships in Toronto. Marshall says: "These colorful ships were each unloaded over a period of a week. This slow unveiling of their spectacular hulls yielded a changing canvas of weathered ephemeral beauty. Photographed mostly in the dawn morning light, the colors dance with intensity in juxtaposition to the glassy calm water and clear blue sky."
One of the interesting aspects of these mysterious photos is that they remind me of Photoshop effects people strive for. And so it is nice to see a photo that looks Photoshopped but that in fact is not Photoshopped.
Pierre "Santa Claus" Courtejoie has sent me more Photoshop snow resources:
A TUTORIAL Snow In The Bahamas from Effectlab walks you through a "blizzard" snow effect.
A FREE ACTION At the Adobe Studio Exchange you'll find this nice snow Action: Winter Wonderland by Lisa Tam adds realistic falling snow to any image. Three layers of different snow sizes and blurriness give the effect its depth.
2 FREE PLUGINS VanDerLee offers 2 free snow-type plugins. SnowScape is a plugin for creating layers of snow, dirt, and similar effects to your images. Snowflakes is a plug-in that lets you create any type of snow you can imagine, ranging from a mild and fluffy snowfall to heavy hailstorms, and anything in between.
Underwater Elephant Desktop Photo
From the National Geographic site: "A deep watering hole in the Okavango allows eight-year-old Kitimetse II to take a load off and frolic for a while." Available in 2 sizes for download.
PhotoFixlens Version 2.0 Released
HumanSoftware has released PhotoFixlens version 2.0 for Mac OS X and Windows. The new PhotoFixlens comes as a filter plug-in that corrects barreling and pin-cushioning lens distortion produced by zoom and wide-angle lenses.
Photoshop Tip: Adding New Text Close to Existing Type
Did you ever try to add some new text a little to close to existing text, only to have the Type tool assume you want to edit the existing text? To avoid this, hold down the Shift key as you click with the Type tool this will ignore the existing text and create a new type layer, no matter how close you click to the original text.
Seasonal Demands - Photoshop Snow Effects
Make it snow, make it snow, make it snow! For people who are looking for ways to make snow in Photoshop, here are some ideas...
#1 Go to Alien Skin Software and download the 30-day fully functional Eye Candy 5: Nature. You'll be able to do lots of crazy snow effects with Snow Drift, which piles snow on any object, selection or text and sprinkles surfaces with light snow. And there's also Icicles, which drips icy stalactites from any selection and glazes surfaces with realistic ice. By combining Icicles with Snow Drift, you can quickly winterize text or photos. Study some examples of Snow Drift and Icicles to get some ideas.
#2 Read this article from creativepro.com - "I Only Have Ice for You" - which will show you how others have put snow and ice in their text.
#3 Look for some online tutorials. Here are 5 good ones I found:
Make Snow On Text from Meye.dk. Simple and easy.
Winter Snow from Photoshop Galaxy. Also simple and easy.
Paint Realistic Snow from Wacom. This works even better if you have a tablet.
Snowflake Brush from Block9.net. They offer a free file you can use to create your own snowflake brush. Sweet.
Snow Globe from Escrappers.com. Not too difficult. And you can use the brush from above for the finishing touches.
Well, that's all the snow I can come up with for today, but I'll keep looking.
Free Photoshop Elements 3 Trial Versions (30 Days)
Adobe has posted a free trial for Photoshop Elements 3.
Photoshop Elements 3 Free Trial for Windows
Photoshop Elements 3 Free Trial for Mac
Free Shipping From Nova Design
Nova Design is currently offering free shipping on all purchases from their online store. Nova Design produces Cinematte, a Hollywood-style bluescreen compositing plugin for Photoshop for the Macintosh which lets you create composites and transparent layers from your own blue or greenscreen images.
Total Training's Digital Photography & Adobe Photoshop Elements 3 Training DVD
Read our review of Total Training's new Photoshop Elements 3 training DVD.
KW Media Group has relaunched its PlanetPhotoshop website with updated content and a brand new design. According to the press release the website averages 250,000 unique visitors a month, which makes it one of the most popular Photoshop sites around.
Photoshop Tip: Assigning Metadata To Multiple Files
Want to assign metadata to more than one photo at a time? (Perhaps you want to embed your copyright info into 30 or more photos at once.) Just Command-click (PC: Control-click) on all the photos you want to affect, then enter the custom info you want (in one of the IPTC fields in the Metadata palette) and that info will be added to every selected photo at once.
Auto FX Announces Digital Delight Bundle
Auto FX Software has announced the release of the Digital Delight Bundle - a compilation of 83 amazing and phenomenal effects. This one-of-a-kind bundle is filled with 4 outstanding products that include Auto FX’s Full Version of Mystical Tint Tone and Color, Mystical Tint Tone and Color Training Videos, nik multimedia’s Full Version of Color Efex Pro 2.0 Select Edition, and Corel’s Full Version of Paint Shop Pro 9.0. The Digital Delight Bundle, which is valued at over $500, is being sold for only $199, offering customers over $300 worth of savings. The Digital Delight Bundle is now available for purchase from the Auto FX Software website.
Free Bryce 4 From Digit Magazine & Computer Arts Magazine
Both Digit and Computer Arts are giving away the full version of Bryce (version 4), the 3D landscape-creation software, with their latest issues. For details see Digit Magazine Issue 82 and Computer Arts Magazine Issue 104.
Sun CEO McNealy Falls For Fake Photoshop Contest Photo
"Scott McNealy, CEO of Sun Microsystems, fell prey to an Internet hoax that has been making the rounds recently - in front of an audience at the Oracle OpenWorld show. The unwitting executive showed an image purporting to show the RAND Corporation's idea in 1954 of a 2004 home computer to the audience and commented on the fact that we do not know where technology will be in 50 years. However, the image was actually a well-done forgery submitted to a Photoshop contest on Fark.com. CNET has an article McNealy's mistake, and Snopes has a write-up on the fake photo."
Free Printable 2005 Calendar Monthly Templates
455 Rocket offers a set of free calendar templates to create quick printable calendars. The files are JPG downloads. Just add your wondrous artwork to the blank placeholders and voilà, that's it, you're done.
Artist/Scientist 'Dream Team' Assembles With Goal Of Capturing And Displaying Gigapixel-sized Images
An eclectic group of artists and scientists that organizers have dubbed the "dream team" of imaging and visualization are gathered at New York University this week to begin to create a photographic system capable of capturing and displaying a gigapixel - one billion pixels - of visual information in a single image." (more)
Photoshop Tip: Browser Workspaces
You may find yourself working with more that one configuration of the File Browser. For example, one with large custom thumbnails and no preview, another in details view. Rather than switching back and forth, set up the File Browser the way you want them to. Go to Window> Workspace> Save Workspace. Create a workspace for each File browser configuration to easily switch between views. (Hint: Create a workspace for the File Browser that also hides all floating palettes.)
Adobe UK Offers 5 Free Actions
There are 5 free sample actions available on Adobe's UK promotional portal. After the page loads you'll see the link at the bottom, second from the right.
New Photoshop Brushes From Kirsty
Kirsty from brushes.500ml.org sends this in: "I've added a new brush set: 1960's buttons. Please go check it out if you're curious!" Well I'm always curious - so I did go and check and I was wowed. This is another beautiful brush set.
Alien Skin Software Ships Eye Candy 5: Nature
Alien Skin Software today announced the release of Eye Candy 5: Nature, a set of 10 plug-in filters for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Nature simulates a variety of phenomena, including fire, smoke, rust, snow, ice and more. The second of a three-part upgrade to Eye Candy 4000, Nature features four all-new filters and six reincarnated Eye Candy classics.
Contest Ends Soon iMac G5 Giveaway At Mac Design OnlineOur friends at Mac Design Magazine are running a contest with a Free 20" G5 iMac as the prize. The machine also comes with 1GB of RAM. Sweet! Visit the Mac Design Magazine contest page to enter. Contest ends December 15.
Photoshop Tip: Power Up Your Layer Styles
Here's a little-known tip for controlling the intensity of your Layers Styles. This is particularly helpful if you've applied a number of different Layer Styles to a layer, and want to affect them all at the same time, rather than tweaking each one individually. It's called "Scale Effects," and it's buried in the Layer menu, at the bottom of the Layer Style submenu.
Choose it, and a dialog appears with a slider set to 100% by default. As you increase the amount (up to 1000% maximum), it increases the "scale" of all your effects. For example, if you increased the scale of a Layer Style drop shadow, the shadow would become blurrier and its distance from the object would become greater. If you adjusted a Stroke Layer Style, the stroke would become thicker, etc. Pretty powerful stuff.
Calendar Templates For Photoshop 2005/2006
HumanSoftware have packaged some 2005 and 2006 calendar templates that are ready to be used in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. These are a real time-saver, although they will cost you USD $19.95. The best part is you can fully customize the whole year or just individual months.
New Photoshop Tutorial
How easy is it to fix an underexposed photo in Photoshop? Very easy. Read my How To Fix An Underexposed Photo In Photoshop to learn two simple techniques that can make dark photos look great.
PhotoRescue Is Updated (Mac Version)
PhotoRescue 2.1 Build 665 for Max OS X released. PhotoRescue is a data-recovery software for compactflash, memory sticks, smartmedia, microdrives and other medias used in digital cameras.
AKVIS Enhancer For Macintosh And Windows
Some photo details can be lost due to unevenness of exposure; faces may be cast in shadow, or scenery wiped out by overexposure. Merely manipulating the brightness and contrast of the whole frame with photo editing software can improve the problem in some portions of a photo, but might then spoil other areas that need different treatment. AKVIS Enhancer strengthens the difference between adjacent pixels having different color gradations and reveals details within shadowed, overexposed or mid-tone areas. Where other digital photo editing programs may achieve acceptable results by manipulating two to four shots of the same scene, AKVIS Enhancer applies advanced algorithms to a single shot for spectacular results. The plugin is compatible with Photoshop and Elements.
Photoshop Actions Page
We've created a new page where you'll find links to hundreds of Photoshop Actions from Adobe Studio Exchange, the Adobe Evangelists, Action Central, Action FX, PicsToBits Actions, and WebTekNique.com. Also find the latest Actions News and an Introduction to Photoshop Actions that has links to some great tutorials. Visit the Photoshop Actions Page.
Photoshop Tip: Edit the Shape Of Letters
If you need to alter the shape of some text, try this: from the Layer menu, go to Type> Create Work Path. This will put a path around your type as if you drew it with the Pen tool. Then either hide or delete the type layer and make a new layer. Use the path editing tools (add anchor, delete anchor and Direct Select tools) to edit the shape of the text, while keeping smooth vector edges. When you’re done editing the path, fill it with a color.
Wired Tools 2004
The coolest geek shopping list ever: 129 of the best screens, cams, phones, games and gadgets of the year, from Wired magazine. If you've got a large geek gift list to tackle, make sure to look at the cool cheap stuff in "30 Under $30" - especially those genetically modified zebra fish.
Photoshop Tip: Can't Paint on a Layer? Here's Why
If you try to use one of Photoshop's paint tools to paint on a layer but Photoshop gives you the international symbol for "no you are not!", it's probably caused by one of two reasons: (1)You're trying to paint on a type layer. Photoshop only allows one thing on type layers - type! If you need to paint on a type layer, you must first rasterize it (which converts it from an editable type layer to a regular image layer). (2) The other reason is probably that the layer has been "locked" for painting. Look up in the top of the layers palette and uncheck either the box that looks like a paintbrush or the one with the padlock (which Locks All).
Photoshop Type Tip: Change Font On All Linked Layers
Here's a time-saver. You're with a client (or a friend, or just all by yourself) and you suddenly realize that you've been trying different fonts on different layers, and now you're in Font Hell. Your first instinct is to go through the layers and start changing the type back to something more reasonable and consistent, like the same font. Here's a trick if you find yourself in this situation. Just link all your type layers together, then hold down the Shift key and select a font by name. And that's it - the type in all the linked layers will all change at once. That is sweet.
Amazon Offering Special Discounts On Photoshop Elements 3
Amazon is offering some amazing specials right now on Photoshop Elements 3 for Windows and Photoshop Elements 3 for Mac.
The Designer's Guide to Astounding Photoshop Effects
I haven't read it yet, but am hearing good things about this book, which is a 160-page collection of step-by-step Photoshop techniques for photo manipulation.
Canon 20D CSpro Released
The Canon 20D CSpro Plugin is a new sharpening technology designed to accommodate Canon 20D SLR files. This plugin is compatible with JPEG files straight from the camera or TIFF/JPEG files converted from RAW files. Although the Canon 20D CSpro's interface appears simple and intuitive, complexity makes this plugin very smart: It provides everything from haloless sharpening, edge-sharpening, luminance sharpening, mode sharpening, and more with just the press of a button. Canon 20D CSpro runs on Elements 1, 2, 3, Photoshop 6, 7 and Photoshop CS. Both Mac and PC versions are available.
Photoshop Tip: Can’t Decide On A Font?
Here’s a simple way to solve the “what font family to use” dilemma. With a type layer active, create a new action and use the arrow keys to scroll through all the fonts in your type menu in the Options bar, then stop recording. Now any time you want to try different looks, run the action and it will scroll through each typeface for best results use the Actions palette pop-up menu to change the Playback options to Step by Step (with accelerated playback the fonts will change too fast to see the different looks).
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Color Efex Pro
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Fluid Mask is designed for photographers, image editors, graphic designers and all those who take digital image editing seriously. In a streamlined interface and workflow, Fluid Mask instantly shows key edges in the image and provides comprehensive easy to use tools that work with difficult-to-see edges and tricky areas like trees & lattices. Fluid Mask will also preserve all-important edge information for a professional quality cut out. Go to our Fluid Mask page for more info.
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Subscriptions to the lynda.com Online Training Library provide anytime access to tens of thousands of video tutorials covering Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, web design, digital imaging, 3D, digital video, animation, and many other topics. View free video clips.
For less than a dollar a day, members have the opportunity to stay current and keep skills sharp, learn innovative and productive techniques, and gain confidence and marketability - all at their own pace. Premium subscriptions include instructors’ exercise files so that members can follow along with the exact examples onscreen. Customers learn at their own pace and may stop, rewind, and replay segments as often as necessary. View some free video clips (high resolution).
Did You Know You Could Create An Entire Website In Photoshop?
SiteGrinder Photoshop Plugin - Create Websites Instantly
There often seems to be a strict division of labor within the world of web design and development. Creative professionals tend to stick to the Photoshop domain, while those well-versed in scripting are left to the task of implementing their work. Indeed, the two realms are quite different from each other, to which any of us even vaguely familiar with either can easily attest.
Essentially, Photoshop is a no-holds-barred design studio, offering the artist a seemingly endless array of creative options. On the other hand, HTML, CSS, Java and the like follow strict rules of engagement, requiring the developer to take any number of esoteric concerns into consideration in order to ensure that designs are properly displayed on the web.
Turn Photoshop Into A Complete Web Design Tool
SiteGrinder seeks to bridge this gap between design and development. Basically, SiteGrinder turns Photoshop into an easy-to-use and fully functional web design tool. With SiteGrinder, designers will now have the freedom to totally let their creativity loose and then, without skipping a beat, transfer their designs to the web. Bringing esthetic concerns together with more practical considerations, SiteGrinder is an amazingly powerful tool that would make a fantastic addition to any web designer's bag of tricks. Mac OS X and Windows versions of the SiteGrinder unlockable demo are available now via download.
Photoshop CS4 Essential Skills - By Mark Galer And Philip Andrews
Brimming with beautiful pictures, Photoshop CS4 Essential Skills guides you through a project-based, progressive curriculum so that you can build all the essential skills to enhance photographs creatively and professionally with Photoshop CS4. If you are an aspiring professional or a student learning photography, digital imaging, or design graphics, you'll be amazed at the stunning results you can achieve. A DVD is included free.
The Essential Skills Photography Series from Focal Press uniquely offers a structured learning experience for photographers of all ages, with both the underlying theory and loads of invaluable 'how to' and real-life practice projects - all from the most talented photography practitioners/educators in the world.
Read 2 free sample chapters:
Skin Retouching Tips In Photoshop CS4
Transforming Smart Objects In Photoshop CS4
Find more Photoshop CS4 tutorials on our Photoshop CS4 Tutorials Page.
Read 2 free sample chapters from the Adobe Photoshop CS3 version:
Adjusting Exposure in Adobe Camera Raw CS3
Photoshop CS3 Tutorial High Dynamic Range
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