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Digital Imaging Industry Predictions for 2007
Matt Kloskowski (of PhotoshopTV and Killer Tips fame) has posted a very interesting list of predictions for 2007, all of which involve the digital imaging industry. Here are some of his main points:
• Digital Photography Workflow Applications Will Flourish
• Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Will Hit Version 1.0
• Photoshop Podcasts Will Continue To Multiply
• Printing Will Become An Even Hotter Topic
• Microsoft Will Enter The Digital Imaging Game
Give it a whirl, it's engaging and thought-provoking.
Photoshop How-To: Tame the Beast
Photoshop has so many different work areas and tools that it can confuse digital photographers. Photoshop practically seethes with menus, palettes, and tools. If you get confused by how they work -- much less how they should work for your needs -- this article is just what you need. After you set up the general workspace so it's efficient, using Photoshop will be a more pleasing experience.
Here's how to set up your workflow so you're efficient, not intimidated. The article is a PDF that is excerpted from Photoshop Workflow Setups: Eddie Tapp on Digital Photography.
In "Photoshop Workflow Setups" (O'Reilly, US $29.99), Eddie Tapp shows why nothing is more critical than setting up an efficient Photoshop workspace, optimized for the way you work as a photographer. The book is the first volume in the Experts' Studio "Eddie Tap on Digital Photography" series from O'Reilly. It lays out a step-by-step approach to creating an uncluttered and efficient workspace in the midst of Photoshop's vast collection of menus, palettes, and tools.
An award-winning photographer and Photoshop Hall of Fame nominee, Tapp is acknowledged as one of the premier trainers of digital imaging in the world, a highly sought-after expert who educates many corporations, studios, and agencies. In this series, he brings his teaching experience to bear on technical issues in six focused and affordable books on digital photography that offer one topic per volume with answers that are quick to find when you need them most.
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Here we go, back to normal life, and getting our work out the door on time, well for at least the next 3 days...
Episode 28: Grunge Collage
In this episode of Photoshop Quicktips we take a break from the CS3 Beta reviews and jump right back into Photoshop CS2 for a lesson in composition. In this tutorial I show you how to create a grunge collage by using a single photo and little bit of Photoshop magic.
Episode 27: CS3 Beta, Part 6
Legacy workspaces, hidden presets, and cell phone wallpaper. The more you look, the more you'll find in this CS3 Beta. In this episode I'll show you some of the interesting things I have found while poking around in the new program. I'll also show you how to jump start your exploration of the program by using a custom workspace built by Adobe.
Episode 26: CS3 Beta, Part 5
Here's another little feature that I absolutely love in the new CS3 Beta of Photoshop The Print dialog box. I know this sounds weird for someone to have an infatuation with this particular dialog box but if you look closely, you'll see noticeable and time-saving improvements. No longer do we have to bother with the option of Print vs. Print with Preview. This truly is a one-stop shop for printing.
Episode 25: CS3 Beta, Part 4
One of the coolest things in this new beta release of Photoshop is the new Quick Selection Tool and the addition of the Refine Edge Menu. These two little tools are going to change the way we make selections forever! Join me as I show you these new tools and some of the cool things they are capable of. You'll never stress over a selection again.
Create easy labels with these PDF templates
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked to design a label for this project or that over the years. RFPs, client gift boxes, one-off packages, co-workers always run out and buy the Avery labels and then I have to come up with the measurements (taking into account the printer margins). Many label kits come with some tiny application to print labels, but they rarely work well, and are almost always Windows only. Worldlabel to the rescue!
Hide multiple Photoshop layers quickly with this shortcut
Many times when you're working on a Photoshop document that has many layers, you want to see just one layer at a time. It's a pain to turn off all the other layers, especially if you don't use Layer Groups. You can quickly turn off all but the one layer you want by holding down the Option key and clicking on the eyeball next to the layer you want to see all the other layers will automatically hide. To get all your layers turned back on, simply repeat the process.
Adobe Creative Suite Video Podcast
Use Photoshop's Save for Web to Optimize your images
Whether you're publishing your own websites or just sharing pictures with friends and family via email, you should really know how to use the Save For Web feature in Photoshop CS2. In this episode I'll show you how to optimize your images to the smallest size you want to achieve.
Using the "Title" Metadata in the Bridge to improve your Web Galleries
It's easy to create Web Photo Galleries from the Bridge. However, there are a couple of features in the Bridge for applying metadata tags to your images that the Web Photo Gallery feature in Photoshop will take advantage of. In this 640x480 episode we'll take a look at how to do this. It will greatly enhance the way you put your images up on the web.
onOne Software Announces Special "Pro Photo Essentials" Software Offer
onOne Software, Inc., announces availability of the new "Pro Photo Essentials" software package featuring onOne Software's Genuine Fractals 4.1, Mask Pro 4, Intellihance Pro 4.1 and PhotoFrame Pro 3 Photoshop plug-ins and iView MediaPro 3 digital asset management software.
Get up and running with Photoshop CS3
An overview of how to get up and running with the public beta of Photoshop CS3.
PixelPerfect With Bert Monroy
Episode 11 - Inside Damen 2 of 3
Bert continues with his behind the scenes look at his 1.7GB digital painting, Damen, by demonstrating how his use of Illustrator and vector graphics played a role in the creation of the artwork.
Episode 10 - Inside Damen 1 of 3
Bert explains how his work of art, Damen, has over 15,000 layers and 500 alpha channels by focusing on the level of detail in just a part of the train at the station.
Jan Kabili's Photoshop Online
Photoshop CS3 new user interface
A detailed look at the new Photoshop CS3 user interface, including the collapsible panel system, single-column toolbox, and Maximize screen mode.
Sue Chastain (about.com)
No Cross-Platform Serial Numbers on Photoshop CS3
I'm rather disappointed in the way Adobe has chosen to handle the licensing for the Photoshop CS3 beta. As a new Mac owner, I saw this as a great opportunity to try Photoshop on my new Mac with plenty of time to compare it with my Photoshop experience in Windows.
Frame a Photo Like a Polaroid
Adding a Polaroid frame to a photo is a neat effect for when you want to add a little something to a photo you plan to use on the Web or in a scrapbook layout. Check out my tutorial on tutorial how to turn a photo into a Polaroid using Photoshop Elements to learn how to create the frame from scratch. Or you can just download my ready-to-use Polaroid frame to quickly add this effect to any photo without having to create the Polaroid frame from scratch. You can use the Polaroid frame in any photo-editing software with layers capability and support for PSD or PNG file types.
Image Compositing Light and Shadow Techniques: Part 1
Creating convincing composites means paying close attention to light sources.
Photoshop Fundamentals: Color One Image With Another
Use Match Color to coordinate colors between a series of images.
Macworld Lab: Photoshop CS3 benchmarks
The Macworld Lab has been busy testing Photoshop CS3 on a few Intel Macs and some of the last generation of PowerPC-based Macs. As you would expect, Photoshop CS3 shows some pretty significant speed increases over the Rosetta-emulated CS2 on the Mac Pro and MacBook Pros.
This edition is filled with posts concerning Photoshop CS3.
The Importance Of Photoshop CS3 Public Beta - A Photographer’s Perspective
December's Free Brush Sets And Textures From Janita
'Frames And Borders' Free Photoshop Brush Set From Kirsty
Total Training For Photoshop Elements 5
Total Training has released Total Training For Photoshop Elements 5, a new 6 hour DVD video series designed to help users master the extensive, sometimes hidden capabilities of Photoshop Elements 5. The lessons teach practical and real-world techniques for editing photos and creating impressive designs, and are for levels beginner to advanced.
The series starts with an overview of how to use the Quick Fix mode, correct colors, and import the raw image data from a digital camera. You'll also learn how to fix defects in an image, sharpen the focus, and add high-resolution text. The series also shows you how to load the cleaned up photos onto an iPod or cell phone.
Other highlights include discovering how to sort and organize large quantities of images using Photoshop Elements, learning how to create beautiful digital paintings from scratch, and learning how to create a digital scrapbook and then how to post it online.
The presenter, Chad Perkins, is a professional software educator and an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop CS2. Before becoming a freelance consultant, educator, and designer, Chad was a Digital 3D and Animation Specialist, and produced work for many Fortune 500 and Hollywood-based companies.
Total Training For Photoshop Elements 5 is priced at $49.99, but you can use our special discount link for an immediate 20% discount. This package also includes a special bonus. Details are at the Total Training site.
Photoshop CS3 Preview - The New Interface
lynda.com Announces Photoshop CS3 Beta One-on-One Preview
This CS3 special edition is filled with links to some of the Adobe Photoshop CS3 resource posts that have been appearing in the last 48 hours. This should keep you busy!
First Look: Adobe Photoshop CS3 - By Ben Long
Ben Long, my favorite DP go-to guy, has written a first look at Photoshop CS3 article at Macworld.com.
Photoshop CS3: Get Your First Look at the Beta!
Christopher Smith and Jennifer Smith over at creativepro.com have written an overview of what's new in Photoshop CS3.
Adobe Releases Beta Version of Photoshop CS3
Photoshop CS3 Public Beta To Be Available Friday, December 15
Here's the news from Dennis Sellers at Macsimum news, with quotes from John Nack:
The Exquisite Fantasy World Of Exotique 2
AKVIS Coloriage v. 4.0: Photoshop Plugin
AKVIS Coloriage V.4.0 for Mac and Windows offers yet more flexibility in the manipulation of colors in your photos.
Photoshop CS3 Public Beta - Adobe Photoshop CS3 Beta News
Photoshop CS3 Public Beta? - See Our Adobe Photoshop CS3 Beta News
Ben Long Releases ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) Version Control Package For Windows
Ben Long at completedigitalphotography.com has posted a Windows version of his ACR Version Control package.
Free Calendar Templates For 2007
The nice people at Canon have set up a great mini site filled with some free Calendar templates that are easy to download and print.
The Baka Christmas Advent Calendar Keeps On Giving
Have you been checking out all the goodies at the Brushy Christmas Calendar from chita and shiricki? In case you didn't know, every day until the 25th a door will open to reveal a free holiday gift in the form of a brush set or a texture. So sweet! Collect them all by visiting each day, because after 24 hours whatever's in there will vanish as a new door opens to reveal another surprise.
Alien Skin Snap Art - A Photoshop Plugin For Instant Artistic Effects
Snap Art is selling for $149, but we have a special discount link from Alien Skin, so you can get Snap Art at a special discounted price of $129. For more info, including a quick overview of the 10 filters in the Snap Art set, a list of key features, an overview of the Snap Art interface, and Snap Art host requirements, see out Snap Art Product Page.
How To Make Simple Panoramas In Photoshop
Our friend Peter Bowers has sent in another nice tutorial, this one on how to create simple panoramas using Photoshop. Read on...
From The Rumor Mill - More Photoshop CS3 News
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Genuine Fractals Pro is renowned by both photographers and printers for its finesse at increasing images to more than ten times their original size while maintaining the sharpness and detail you started with. Think of this as the industry standard for image resizing.
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Color Efex Pro
52 photographic filters with over 250 effects for professional quality images. Completely Original. Completely Indispensable.
Nik Software Color Efex Pro filters are the leading photographic filters for digital photography. The award-winning Color Efex Pro filters are widely used by many of today's professional photographers around the world to save time and get professional level results. Whether you choose the Complete Edition, Select Edition, or Standard Edition, you’ll get traditional and stylizing filters that offer virtually endless possibilities to enhance and transform images quickly and easily.
Patented U Point technology provides the ultimate control to selectively apply enhancements without the need for any complicated masks, layers or selections. Control color, light and tonality in your images and create unique enhancements with professional results. With 52 filters and over 250 effects found in Color Efex Pro, you can perform high quality retouching, color correction, and endless creative enhancements to your photographs. Download a free Trial version.
The most powerful tool to selectively control color and light in photographic images without the need for complicated selections or layer masks.
Two of the most important factors in creating great photography are color and light. Mastering the art of selectively correcting or enhancing each of these is now possible for every photographer without the need for complicated masks or selections, or expert-level knowledge of Photoshop. Integrating award-winning U Point technology, Viveza is the most powerful and precise tool available to control light and color in photographic images.
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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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