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Adobe To Take A Free Version Of Photoshop Online
Martin LaMonica and Mike Ricciuti at CNET News.com have posted the following:
- Hoping to get a jump on Google and other competitors, Adobe Systems plans to release a hosted version of its popular Photoshop image-editing application within six months, the company's chief executive said Tuesday.
The online service is part of a larger move to introduce ad-supported online services to complement its existing products and broaden the company reach into the consumer market, Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen told CNET News.com.
Chizen said Adobe laid the foundation for a hosted Photoshop product with Adobe Remix, a Web-based video-editing tool it offers through the PhotoBucket media-sharing site.
Like Adobe Remix, the hosted Photoshop service is set to be free and marketed as an entry-level version of Adobe's more sophisticated image-editing tools, including Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. Chizen envisions revenue from the Photoshop service coming from online advertising.
"That is new (for Adobe). It's something we are sensitive to because we are watching folks like Google do it in different categories, and we want to make sure that we are there before they are, in areas of our franchises," Chizen said.
Chizen described the introduction of Adobe Remix and the forthcoming hosted Photoshop as part of a larger move toward integrating hosted services into the company's product mix.
Read the full article at CNET News.com.
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Color Theory Fundamentals for Digital Photography
In the mood for a nice long tutorial on color theory fundamentals for digital photography? I thought so, and I've got just the thing a good comprehensive piece by Chris Rutter from the graphics.com site. Here's the intro:
- It is easy to take color for granted; after all, it is how we see the world every day. But color plays such an integral part in our emotions and in our perception of a scene that knowledge of the nature of color and how to capture it in your images will give impact and expression to your photography.
Painters and designers learn how color can be used to their advantage at a very early stage, but for most photographers learning about this issue is often a question of trial and error. Traditionally, this has been because photography did not offer the same artistic license as other visual media. Simply capturing the world around them meant that there seemed little point in photographers learning how to mix colors and use color contrasts. However, digital photography has opened up a whole new world of creative possibilities, by offering everyone the opportunity to create their own vision of the world around them, including the ability to adjust or even to change colors.
Traditionalists may not hold with this level of manipulation, but does anyone object to black-and-white photography? That is surely the greatest manipulation of all, and it has been at the heart of photography since its very beginning. Even capturing images on color film is not a pure recording medium. Film does not “see” light in the same way as we do; as soon as you press the shutter you are manipulating reality, so make the most of it and use color to your advantage.
The difference between these two images (on the right) is simple: one is mainly orange and one mainly blue. However, the difference in the overall feel of the two is marked. The orange image is welcoming and warm. In the blue image, the whole scene looks cold and uninviting. Why these colors cause such differing emotions is largely psychological. The ability to measure the color differences and manipulate them allows us to capture more than a simple representation of a scene; it allows us to create a more personal view of the world.
Read Color Theory Fundamentals for Digital Photography by Chris Rutter at graphics.com. The article is Adapted from The Essential Color Manual for Photographers
Australia, UK, and Some European Stores Get Lightroom Special Discount
For a limited time only, Adobe is offering Lightroom 1.0 for a special introductory price of only US $199. And I've just started to notice that Adobe is now offering some special discounts on Adobe Lightroom at their Adobe Australia Store, their Adobe UK Store, and their Adobe Europe Store.
At the Adobe UK Store I found this message:
"Get Lightroom before April 30, 2007 and save £50 off the expected retail price of £175 (ex VAT)."
At the Adobe Australia Store I found this:
"Customer Appreciation - Get Lightroom before April 30, 2007 and save AU$150 off the expected retail price."
At the Adobe Europe Store there's a dropdown menu on the right where you choose your country. Try that and see if there are specials for you. I saw one for Germany, that's for sure, and there are probably more special offers for other countries. You'll have to explore!
Here is a list of direct links to all of the above-mentioned Adobe Stores:
Adobe USA Store
Adobe UK Store
Adobe Australia Store
Adobe Europe Store
For more info on Adobe Lightroom, see our Lightroom Center.
Free Photoshop Frames And Borders Brush Set From Stephanie
Stephanie from Obsidian Dawn has created a marvelous set of 28 brushes consisting of frames and borders. This is an exclusive set just for PhotoshopSupport.com. Simply go to the Photoshop Frames And Borders Brush Set Page to download the free brushes. The set contains some beautiful Polaroid frames, a stamp border, bamboo, rope and decorative borders, filmstrips, fabric, and grunge.
The page also features a great tutorial by Stephanie that will walk you through installing and using the Frames & Borders Free Photoshop Brush Set. The tutorial includes tips on using specific brushes from the set to insure that they come out their best.
You'll find a description of each of the 28 brushes at the end of the tutorial. And if you are already familiar with how to install and use Photoshop brushes, just skip down to the "Using the Brushes" section.
Adobe Lightroom Special Offer - Intro Price Of US $199
There are tons of new features in Abode Adobe Lightroom 1.0 that you won't find in the beta version. From Clone and Healing functionality to metadata browsing, you'll be able to free-up post-processing time like never before. For a limited time only, Adobe is offering Lightroom 1.0 for a special introductory price of only US $199. For more info see our Lightroom Center.
Turn photos into paintings, discover the new Camera RAW, master the pixelated border effect, flip through the virtual pages of Adobe Magazine, and improve your brush skills with help from Stephanie of Obsidian Dawn.
Fine Art Cookbook - pt 1
Replicate traditional artistic landscape styles using step-by-step walkthroughs. Turn your photos into realistic looking paintings in the style of Turner, Canaletto and the Impressionists. Part one - the Italian Landscape.
PixelPerfect With Bert Monroy
PixelPerfect with Bert Monroy - Banners
No, not advertising banners on websites, but banners in the original sense of the word such as described in the current wikipedia definition: "A banner is a flag or other piece of cloth bearing a symbol, logo, slogan or other message." In this episode, Bert shows how to create a banner that is flowing back on itself with ripples using the pen tool that he described in episode 18.
Adobe Creative Suite Video Podcast
Take a look at the New Camera RAW in Photoshop CS3
Not only do we get a new Photoshop CS3 and a new Bridge CS3, but we also get a new Camera RAW as well. In this episode I'll show you a couple of cool new features in the new Camera RAW dialog box.
Episode 36: Retroactive!
One of the coolest effects from years past (in my opinion) is the pixelated border effects that advertisers and comic book designers used to implement in their work. In this episode of Quicktips we travel back in time and show you a quick & easy way to achieve this look without any complex techniques. When you're finsihed you'll have a slick retro ad just like those from yesteryear!
Lynda.com Announces First Phase of Photoshop CS3 Beta One-on-One Training
lynda.com, the company specializing in self-paced training in digital media and design, today released the first part of Photoshop CS3 Beta One-on-One with Deke McClelland.
Digimarc Patent Proposes Solution for Identifying Copyrighted Content in Social Networks and Peer-to-Peer Environments
Digimarc announced that it has been issued a patent (U.S. Patent No. 7,095,871) that describes ways to improve the identification and management of copyrighted digital assets. The patent, entitled "Digital asset management and linking media signals with related data using watermarks," teaches ways of identifying entertainment content with digital watermarks and linking it to multiple sources of valuable information or services.
Adobe Magazine returns
Adobe Proxy, the quarterly design magazine from available in PDF format, has been rethought and relaunched as--dramatic flourish --Adobe Magazine. The new (historic) name should make the publication easier to find, and the format & content have been revised for easier browsing.
Photoshop Brush Orientations Tutorial
So, you've learned the basics of how to use Photoshop brushes. What now? There's a whole lot of options for those brushes, actually! You can use Photoshop's brush options to change the orientation, shape, spacing, scattering, angle, etc of how those brushes are applied. This tutorial will show you a few of those options, as well as some examples of how they can be used to create patterns, etc. This tutorial is suitable for any Photoshop user, from beginner to advanced.
Adobe Lightroom Podcast #28: Phil Clevenger, Grace Kim and Mark Hamburg
Adobe Evangelist George Jardine has uploaded Podcast #28 to his iDisk. It features Lightroom UI designer Phil Clevenger, Lightroom Creator Mark Hamburg and User Researcher Grace Kim.
Mark Hamburg Interview: Part 2
The second part of the Since1968.com interview is now online. In this part Mark covers the reason Lightroom started out on the Mac and covers why 40% of the program is written in Lua. Although this part of the interview is more about the development environment of Lightroom, there are still some gems for the average Lightroom user.
Adobe Lightroom Reviews From Ars Technica And MacWorld
3 Free Photoshop Actions From Addicted To Design
UrbanFonts.com Creates Community For Font Fanatics
The Plugin Site Release MacOS X Version Of B/W Styler
Adobe Lightroom Upgrade Tips From Sean McCormack
Adobe Lightroom Released - Special Discount Price
Adobe Lightroom 1.0 is now shipping and is available in the US and Canada through the Adobe Store at a special discount price of $199.
New Photoshop Brush Set 'Vintage TV Sets' From Kirsty
AKVIS Sketch Plugin: Photo-to-Sketch Conversion
(Press release) AKVIS has announced the release of AKVIS Sketch plug-in v.3.0 for Windows and Macintosh. By popular request, the possibility to save user presets for subsequent use has been added. Besides, new to version 3.0: compatibility with Windows Vista, new installation method on Macintosh, bugs fixed. Upgrade for registered users is free.
Rookie Designer Podcast - Photoshop CS2 & CS3 Tutorials
Photoshop Tip: Crop & Resize In One Step
Pantone huey Is First Monitor Calibration Tool To Be Compatible With Windows Vista OS
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Win $1000 from Adobe, get some last-minute free hearts from Sue Chastain, let Bert Monroy help you understand the misunderstood pen tool, put your name in neon lights, and download a whole lot of bullets from brushgirl Stephanie of Obsidian Dawn. Read I Cover The Waterfront, February 13th edition.
Inside Lightroom Adobe Lightroom Resource Center & Lightroom Blog From O'Reilly
Make A Realistic Flag - Elements Displacement Map Tutorial
Read Use The Displace Filter & Displacement Maps To Make A Realistic Flag.
Bend pixels with Bert Monroy, buy 100 hearts, make your own Scanner Darkly, and create some snazzy border effects. Lots of stuff to keep you at your desk, because it's so cold out... Read I Cover The Waterfront - February 8th, 2007.
Free Web-based Photo-editing App Picnik Offers 'Great Pictures, Anywhere, By Anyone'
Free Lightroom 1.0 Video Tutorials From Michael Tapes
Photoshop Lightroom Special Price - $199
Lightroom 1.0 Preview Article From Rick LePage
Get Your Picture Perfect By Helping Photoshop Help You
Special Top Secret Decoder For Adobe CS3 Icons!
Good Luck With Your Happy Kissing!
My Vintage Valentine - Free Brush Sets To Make A Valentine's Day Card In Photoshop
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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.
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Turn Photoshop Into A Complete Web Design Tool
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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.
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Skin Retouching Tips In Photoshop CS4
Transforming Smart Objects In Photoshop CS4
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Adjusting Exposure in Adobe Camera Raw CS3
Photoshop CS3 Tutorial High Dynamic Range
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