Review – Retouching Toolkit

Wanna hear a story? It’s a story about pixels and portraits and the things that happen to them. The story begins with a set of scripts and an unassuming panel, the kind of panel you might not look twice at if you met it in a pub down in the Gaslamp. Ok, it’s not a very deep story, but if you retouch human subjects, this is going to be of interest to you whether or not you have ever been to the Gaslamp.

My new favorite photo gadget!

I did some bargain hunting for my trip to PhotoshopWorld in Las Vegas this September. The car was cheap, I stayed in a time share, and got seriously lucky for low-price air fare. I even stocked the fridge with cereal, milk, and water to save on breakfast and keeping hydrated. So I felt OK looking around for stuff I normally wouldn’t buy on impulse. That turned out to be an excellent strategy, because I ended with a Spider Pro Holster.

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.

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.

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 🙂