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Dan Havlik Posted: Sep 02, 2014 0 comments

If you’re looking for a way to power up Photoshop, you might want to consider Perfect Photo Suite 9, a plug-ins package unveiled today by onOne Software. We reviewed Perfect Photo Suite 8.5, last month and liked this photo editing and effects app quite a bit. Version 9 of the Suite, which will be available in late October 2014, adds a number of new features and upgrades including faster Raw image previews, re-editable image files, and improved selection tools.

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Dan Havlik Posted: Aug 05, 2014 0 comments

If you want to correct the color in your photos and videos but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg doing it, Datacolor has just introduced the SpyderCHECKR 24, an affordable priced color calibration tool for your camera.

Dan Havlik Posted: Jul 31, 2014 1 comments

Adobe announced this morning that final release versions of Lightroom 5.6 and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) 8.6 are now available.

Adobe customers can can get the apps through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6, or through the download links at the bottom of this page. Adobe says these updates correct "issues reported in earlier versions of Lightroom 5 and Camera Raw 8," without being specific about what those issues were.

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David B. Brooks Posted: Aug 01, 2009 25 comments

The blame is placed on printer drivers, the printers themselves, poor color management, and bad profiles, making the overall body of both confusing and enlightening.

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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 2009 2 comments

One of the reasons photographic purists usually refer to black and white prints as “monochrome” is that it’s a more precise descriptive term that also covers images produced in sepia and other tones.

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Howard Millard Posted: Feb 01, 2009 1 comments

If you want to heighten the impact of your black and white or monochrome images, consider taking them higher—to higher contrast, that is.

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Steve Anchell Posted: Jul 01, 2008 1 comments

The tips I am going to share here are all done in Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is not the only imaging-editing program but it is the most widely used.

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Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Jul 01, 2008 1 comments

Photoshop has become so prevalent in the world of photo editing, that the word Photoshop is becoming synonymous with photo editing.

Andrea Keister Posted: Mar 01, 2008 2 comments

When our resident digital guru's Digital Darkroom Resource CD appeared in 2003 it debuted to much fanfare. The first volume included 11 chapters; shortly thereafter, Brooks released a second volume containing 16 chapters. He's now outdone himself with a new, third volume that contains 26 chapters, totaling 318 pages in PDF format plus a folder of images for print test...

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Howard Millard Posted: Mar 01, 2008 1 comments

Remember those bright, colorful pop art prints created in the 1960s by silkscreen artists like Andy Warhol? In design magazines and ads recently, I've noticed that this style is enjoying a resurgence, thanks to its bold, flat colors, strong outlines, and dramatic impact. Perhaps you'd like to try it, either as a personal project to expand your technical bag of tricks...

Ben Willmore Posted: Feb 01, 2008 1 comments

Black & White
In previous versions of Photoshop, the most common method for converting a color image to black & white was to use the Channel Mixer. It was a clunky, counter-intuitive process that forced you to think like Photoshop instead of allowing your brain and eyes to naturally digest what was being done to your image. The new Black & White...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Jan 01, 2008 1 comments

OK, you've done all the right things--you've calibrated your display using one of the hardware devices such as the X-Rite i1Display 2, Pantone huey, or ColorVision Spyder2. You've set your Photoshop work space up correctly, using Adobe RGB or ProPhoto RGB as the color space for your documents, and you've made all the right selections in the printer...

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Howard Millard Posted: Jan 01, 2008 1 comments

Have you ever wanted to draw and paint but didn't feel that you had the technical skill? Well, Photoshop can help you awaken the artist within to transform one of your own photos into a pencil sketch or line drawing. A fine black and white rendering may be exactly the effect you're seeking to create a unique, elegant look for your subject, or a new service to offer to...

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Rod Lawton Posted: Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

The old-style picture stories once popular in newspapers and magazines seem to have fallen out of favor. That's a shame, because picture stories remain a very effective and powerful means of expression. When you are preparing pictures for publication, exhibition, or even a personal portfolio, you will need to spend some time comparing, selecting, and juxtaposing photographs...

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Howard Millard Posted: Sep 01, 2007 2 comments

No matter how careful you are, soft happens. Your subject, whether a femme fatale or a flower, may move. The light level may be low so you have to shoot at a slow shutter speed, and camera movement blurs the photo slightly. Or you may be photographing under bright overcast conditions outdoors--plenty of light for most situations--but you're shooting soccer...

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