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Joe Farace Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

"There is nothing worse than a brilliant image of a fuzzy concept." --Ansel Adams

It could be that the sainted Adams meant a fuzzy image of a brilliant concept, but we'll never know. This month's column looks at using imaging software to blur an image and was inspired by a letter from reader Carol Baker. As a movie buff you gotta know...

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Scott Eldridge Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

The surging popularity of monochromatic images in fine art and graphic design has led photographers and artists to devise their own Photoshop techniques to convert their color images to black and white. Unfortunately, the Photoshop function of Desaturate falls far short in giving the needed control of the monochromatic conversion process. Other Photoshop techniques like...

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

A dozen or so years ago digital cameras were just becoming a reality, although still pricey and limited in utility. Some of these cameras offered output file format choices that usually included JPEG and sometimes TIFF, and rarely raw. You chose the TIFF option as an option to the lossey JPEG. When the raw option was first offered it was in the standard .RAW format that could be...

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Uwe Steinmueller Posted: Mar 01, 2006 0 comments

When I began using raw converters in 2000 they were half-baked tools. As the software improved and more and more raw files were being shot, and the fact that some companies charged extra for their proprietary raw converter software, a cottage industry for third-party raw converters was created, such as Bibble and Qimage. By the end of 2002, Capture One from Phase One changed the...

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Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

If you live in a part of the world where winter is unkind, you probably spend at least a few days each year shoveling the driveway instead of snapping pictures. Freezing temperatures and blowing snow can keep you housebound for days on end, especially if you're one of us who believes that the only recreational use for ice is chilling a beverage. Well, when life gives you...

Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 2006 0 comments

"Crankshaft: I want to buy a camera. Photo clerk: Digital? Crankshaft: No I plan to operate it with my toes."
--"Crankshaft" comic strip

Steve Kennedy is a photographer, automobile expert, and author of Jaguar: The Classic Marque (

Howard Millard Posted: Jan 31, 2006 0 comments

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Joe Farace Posted: Jan 01, 2006 0 comments

This month's column contains practical and creative software from around the world, including something new from Greece's gift to the imaging world, Panos Efstathiadis. It's rare to see artists working together, but Efstathiadis' Stamp, that appears at the end of this column, is part of Frank Hatcher's WZ2K Cork Board Photoshop Action set. Some of...

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Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Jan 01, 2006 0 comments

Auto FX Software's DreamSuite Series One Pro is a set of plug-ins designed to enhance the capabilities of Adobe's Photoshop. DreamSuite contains a total of 18 filters designed for photographers and other digital art professionals. All of the filters in the DreamSuite package use a common interface. As you select different filters from the "Special Effects"...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2005 0 comments

Product cycles being what they are, it seemed to me that it was about time for another iteration of Adobe's Photoshop Elements a.k.a Photoshop for the less well-heeled, and so here it is. In Version 3.0, Adobe gave up on trying to make Elements look like Photoshop and that was a big step forward. In this latest version they've built upon that improved interface to make...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

In their own language, Adobe claims that Creative Suite is the "powerhouse design environment that revolutionized print and web workflows for creative professionals worldwide." The words that define how Adobe relates their Creative Suite to users is "creative professionals." We can safely assume Adobe is primarily referring to all those who work...

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Anthony L. Celeste Posted: Oct 01, 2005 0 comments

Plugin Galaxy is a collection of 20 photography and graphic effects plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop. Plugin Galaxy is also compatible with many non-Adobe photo editors. The selection of filters range from variations on traditional effects such as "Bluuur" and "Noiseee," to the unusual, such as "Zoom" (which zooms in on portions of a photo) and...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

Wacom has a long history of providing quality tools for graphic professionals with their graphic tablets. If you've never used a pen and tablet for photo editing you are missing out on a level of control that a mouse just can't provide. Lesser known were the Cintiq line of LCD displays that feature tablet functionality directly on the screen. Expensive and with fewer...

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George Schaub Posted: Sep 01, 2005 0 comments

If your current computer lacks a built-in DVD burner, and your hard drive is getting clogged with image files, or you just want to plain start getting all those CDs onto DVD's higher capacity storage discs, then the Iomega Super DVD Writer might be for you. This latest model handles all sorts of CD and DVD media and formats, although you should check to ensure that whatever...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Aug 01, 2005 0 comments

Monaco has long been known for their color management solutions. Their EZcolor product is often bundled with, or offered at a reduced price with products such as printers and scanners and it has a reputation for being easy to use, accurate, and affordable.

Monaco is now owned by X-Rite, and while the name may have changed, the ease of use and quality certainly...

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