#Tog Tuesday – Dark Field Lighting on Westcott University

I love experimenting with photography, but I need to spend more time nailing down the basics. I decided to tackle dark field lighting a few years ago, after having used in my microscopy work. I noticed some distinct differences between what I did with a microscope versus what most folks do with it in the studio, to wit: texture.

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Pixel Mixology 101

I’d like to personally invite you to join me Tuesday, May 29 at 9:30am PDT as I present Pixel Mixology 101: Photoshop’s Blend Modes with a Twist live on motion+connect.

Every motion graphics pro or VFX artist knows that some of our best work starts with Photoshop. And the all new Photoshop CS6 has just the mix you need!

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Adobe Unleashes CS6!

Adobe just announced the official release of Creative Suite 6. Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 software delivers a whole new experience for digital media creation, enabling you to work lightning fast and reach audiences wherever they may be. Now, for the first time, CS applications are also available through Adobe Creative Cloud™, giving you the flexibility…

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Site Relaunch

LightningSymphony Site Features IconAfter some grisly failures during my move to another server, I’m happy to announce that I’m relaunching the site. There is a new design, and you’ll find some new features over the next few weeks. Most notably, there will be a dedicated set of pages for my new book. Look for the release soon!

Photoshop CS6 Coming Soon!

Adobe will be officially launching Creative Suite 6 on April 23rd. Have you signed up to catch the live broadcast? http://www.adobe.com/special/cs6/launch-event-desktop.html Join Adobe at 10am Pacific on April 23rd to hear how Adobe is reinventing the creative process. There will be lots of “Wow!” moments in this broadcast, so you don’t want to miss it.…

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Grrr….

Well, moving servers on the same host turned out to be a real pisser. I ended up having to start with a new WordPress install, so I lost all of the customizations I had made over the past year. The articles came over, but the attachments all went away. So! I’m going to do my…

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Photoshop World 2011 Wrap & Thanks

#PSW was kind of a blur for me. Most of my time was spent on the Expo floor meeting with some fantastic people, including Adobe engineers and managers, fellow authors, editors, and my sponsors. Of course, I can’t forget the friendliest crew at the show, the Facebook Maniacs. This group was very welcoming, and represents an amazingly diverse set of talents. I’ll talk more about them in a future post, and I’ll be naming names – you’ll want to get to know them! But let me get back to the show, my thoughts, and what I heard from others.

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#PSW Thursday

Much of Wednesday was a blur for me at PhotoshopWorld Las Vegas. I only got to sit in on one class (Corey Barker’s 3D intro), and took a whirlwind spin around the Expo floor. But I did get to spend some quality time with a few of the cooler folks in attendance, including Grant Friedman from psdtuts, Patrick Smith from onOne, Jim Tierney (Chief Executive Anarchist) from Digital Anarchy, and the most dedicated Facebook crew I’ve ever encountered.

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Batch rendering 3D in Photoshop CS5

Most of my recent freelance work centers on 3D content within Photoshop. More and more, I’m getting requests to build catalogs of images using a 3D model with many different images. Doing this one at a time is very tedious since the process usually involves a minute or two of placing the artwork, and then up to an hour of rendering. Wash, rinse, repeat. After talking with some fantastic Adobe engineers, I have a solution to present: a script that will take your 3D files and artwork, and batch render them!

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Photoshop Hidden Gem: Straightening Images

John Nack blogged a couple of videos on YouTube, featuring Photoshop Program Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes. This one shows you how to use the new Puppet Warp tool for image straightening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnmJRl8R6fY