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

Alltop picks up LightningSymphony!

Several months ago, I submitted this blog to Alltop.com for inclusion in the Photoshop category. I finally got confirmation that they’d include the feed last night! This is motivating me to post more frequently, so I’m making a list of future blog topics. While I tend to shoot for original content whenever possible, usually in…

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News from Digital Anarchy

DA just announced a one-week discount for their award-winning Beauty Box plugin, in addition to updates for Primatte and ToonIt Photo. Here’s a snippet from the newsletter, including the code to get 50% off of Beauty Box this week:

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More lovin’ from the Photoshop Facebook crew!

On Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!), the Adobe Photoshop Facebook crew featured one of my latest 3D videos. This generated a ton of new subscribers and views on my YouTube page.

There are three videos total on this particular project. I had to split things up due to time limits on YouTube uploading. I got lots of positive response, but a few negatives which are to be expected. That being said, the ‘negatives’ were along the lines of “Why not use a camera, instead?”

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Cicada Principle?

I found this tip from a Sitepoint newsletter, describing a nifty CSS trick: if you layer up background elements in your style sheet, you can generate what appears to be non-repeating backgrounds for your website. The site describes the process in detail, but in summary you simply create different sized seamless tiles, then let them fill the page, one layer on top of the other. Each tile higher than the background should have some transparency so you can see the lower elements, letting them interact.

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Taking away… (part 1)

Austin Kleon has this project website called ‘Newspaper Blackout‘. It’s all about taking things away from a presentation to create something new. “Creativity is Subtraction” goes one of the representative, and self-referential, works. The idea is simple: remove what doesn’t belong. How does this work in photography?

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Welcome Webucator – New lammug Partner!

I’d like to introduce you to lammug‘s latest education partner, Webucator. Webucator provides Adobe training, including InDesign training and Photoshop training. These courses are live online, lead by experienced instructors. Each class goes from one to several days depending on content, and can feature desktop sharing so you can get targeted help with problems or…

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The Photoshop Darkroom 2 (Focal Press)

I’ve posted a review of The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Creative Digital Transformations on Amazon, but I wanted to give a shorter summary here.

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2011 Adobe Community Professionals

The 2011 list is up for the Adobe Community Professionals program. I’m excited to share that I applied for and was accepted into the program for the first time this year! You can see the full list of members on the Community Kitchen blog.

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Win a copy of Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers!

So, I sat down to review my notes for Martin Evening’s latest addition to Photoshop for Photographers, and decided to check out the other reviews on Amazon. As of this writing, there are more than 60, some quite thorough. I couldn’t really find much that hadn’t been touched on, so rather than recap here what you can read there, I’ll just give you my overall impression of the book.

You’ll have to suffer through my article to find out how to get yourself a copy 🙂

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Some ‘rules’ for personal holiday Photography

Holiday and travel shots are always in danger of falling into the same old, uninteresting patterns time and again. And it can be amazingly difficult to do something fresh. Heck, it gets tiring putting so much effort into each and every shot. So here’s a big secret for you: decide beforehand what you want from the shot. Do you just want a pleasant record of the scene? Is it for your own memory, or are you going to share this with the world? Choosing in advance that you are simply taking snaps to make a recording can take away a lot of any stress you may put on yourself. And you know what? It’s OK to just take snapshots now and then. It will take less time, and probably be less annoying to your family and friends than trying to crawl under that Clydesdale for a truly unique shot of the holiday parade.

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