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Howard Millard Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

Have you ever wanted to transform your photos into traditional art media such as oil paint, pastel, pen and ink, watercolor, or even the comic book style of pop art? Whether you want to expand the services you offer to clients, or explore your own artistic expression, Snap Art from Alien Skin Software enables you to do it, in a snap. Since Snap Art is a plug-in, to use it you...

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Steve Anchell Posted: Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

Even though I am pretty handy with Adobe's Photoshop there is always more to learn and so many new avenues to explore. As a photographer, I want to learn and play with as many of the new techniques as I can, applying those to my own work that are most appropriate. And as much as I would like to take a workshop with John Paul Caponigro or Eddie Tapp it just isn't...

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Howard Millard Posted: Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

by Howard Millard

PhotoFrame Pro 3 is a Photoshop plug-in that allows you to create a tremendous variety of unusual borders, edges, mattes, and frames for your photos. Since I reviewed Version 2.5 over two years ago, onOne Software acquired PhotoFrame from Extensis and has significantly souped it up. With the new Version 3, you can quickly create an array of effects...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Mar 01, 2007 2 comments

If you think a notebook computer is a scaled-down compromise with a cramped keyboard and tiny screen, think again. Notebooks have become an indispensable tool for photographers. Choosing the right one is easy--there are a few core components that determine how well a computer will perform over the long haul. Here is what you need to know:

Size...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Mar 01, 2007 1 comments

Technical Specifications
LaCie 320 LCD Monitor, Item Number: 130734
Technology: A-TW-IPS
Diagonal Dimension: 20"/51cm
Display Area: 16x12"/408x306mm
Maximum Resolution: 1600x1200
Dot Pitch: .255mm
Color...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

The very first LCD display that was designated "professional," and specifically intended for use by photographers and graphic artists, was a LaCie Photon Blue model, which I reported on in the past. So when LaCie announced a new 300 Series of three different sized models for professional use, I thought it time to look at LaCie's LCD displays again.

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George Schaub Posted: Mar 01, 2007 1 comments

Kevin Kubota has been putting together Actions for Photoshop for many years. His latest releases add to the already incredible artistic inventory he has made available to photographers and graphic artists alike. Just what are Actions? Simply put, they are scripts or a series of steps to obtain a certain result. If you were to create your own Action in Photoshop you would use the...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

Adobe's rationale for releasing a beta version of their next Photoshop CS3 to the public, at least those who are CS2 licensed users, is that they wanted to give support to Apple users with new Intel processor Macs. This would allow those users to have Photoshop running "native" instead of in emulation mode sooner than later. While this does lend support to...

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George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

These days traveling means taking smaller and smaller devices to fit in with carryon luggage standards. Anything that cuts down on the number and size of those devices is welcome. A number of so-called portable storage devices were seen at the show, many addressing the need for greater storage capacity and raw file reading capability.

The JOBO GIGA Vu PRO...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

Each new version of Adobe's Photoshop Elements gets better than the previous one. That's the case with this inexpensive ($99) program that has evolved from Adobe's stepchild to a darn good imaging program for the money. The interface of the latest version for Microsoft Windows even contains hints of Adobe's as-yet-released Lightroom in its design...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Dec 01, 2006 0 comments

With a digital camera, a computer, and a printer, all that remains to make photo prints is an application that will access and open your photo files and send the images to the printer. That's simple enough. But there are obviously other issues--what about color matching between screen and print? How do you get to the pictures you want printed? There are also questions...

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George Schaub Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

Photographers who soup their own film know about developers. There are those for sharpness and those for speed, with agitation schedules and dilution ratios all part of creating a custom negative. Stretching the analogy, as we are wont to do when translating film to digital terms, today's raw converters are like custom developers, where you can manipulate image information...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

After covering many of the new brand name LCD displays in previous Shutterbug reports, I could not ignore LG Electronics' (LGE) LCD displays, in part because they are likely the world's current leader in LCD manufacture, although most of the production is OEM and sold under many different brand names. Recently, however, LGE has been marketing under their own brand name...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

LGE L2000C Display
Technical Specifications

Type: 20.1" (51.0cm) Flat Panel Active matrix-TFT LCD, Anti-Glare coating, 20.1" viewable, 0.255mm pixel pitch
Video Input: Signal Input: - 15-pin D-Sub Connector (Analog), DVI - D connector (Digital)
Resolution Max: D-Sub:...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

As with CRT monitors, LCD displays for computer use exist because of a larger market for television sets. Without that larger market displays for computers would be prohibitively expensive, if available at all. So, an LCD display made and sold for computer use might be appropriately considered a stepchild of the TV industry. A professional graphic display intended to meet the...

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