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The Hidden Power of Adjustment Layers

My 2nd solo book is out from Adobe Press. I took a good look at the criticism and feedback from The Hidden Power of Blend Modes, and tried to incorporate what I learned from that book. This new title stretches out a bit, adding more text and explanation to the techniques, so there are fewer total recipes but each one is broader in scope.

Adobe’s Creative Cloud update

Adobe Creative Cloud LogoYou’ve probably heard all about Adobe’s Creative Cloud and the requisite scrutiny/praise/complaining from the various customer bases. I’ll spare you a recap and jump straight to the new stuff. Adobe has posted a half-way response to let you know they’re listening.

DIY Strip Box

I’m experimenting more with portrait lighting, trying to dial in something that doesn’t look like a department store. One look I keep coming back to uses a single strip light. Some of the commercial versions are very expensive, and the DIY versions seem to have some inherent flaws that make them less flexible or sturdy than I’d like.

This version is my first attempt at addressing as many of these problems as I can. Total cost is about $20US, and roughly 30 minutes of time.