PhotoshopNews » Resources http://photoshopnews.com The latest news about the top pixel wrangling application on the planet. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 17:19:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Refine Edge hair masking in Photoshop CS5 http://photoshopnews.com/2010/04/30/refine-edge-hair-masking-in-photoshop-cs5/ http://photoshopnews.com/2010/04/30/refine-edge-hair-masking-in-photoshop-cs5/#comments Sat, 01 May 2010 04:56:59 +0000 Martin Evening http://photoshopnews.com/?p=3140 refineedge-sharp

Photoshop CS5 now offers the ability to successfully make cut-out masks of complex subjects against busy backgrounds. This isn’t something new as there are a number of third-party plug-ins that have been able to do this type of masking, but this is the first time Photoshop has provided an effective, built-in solution. OK, there was the Extract command (which no longer ships with Photoshop), but this method, using the new improved Refine Edge command works much better. Click here to view the movie.

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The main reason why the Refine Edge works as well as it does is down to the new ‘Truer Edge™’ algorithm that is employed in the Edge Detection section. As you can see in the movie, by using a basic quick selection to isolate the subject and using the Radius slider and Smart Radius in the Refine Mask dialog, these steps alone can get you pretty close to achieving a successful cut-out mask. The remaining tools allow you to fine-tune these initial results.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers (Focal Press).
ISBN: 0780240522005
This extract was taken from Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers (where you can access other sample movies about Photoshop CS5). This latest update in the Adobe Photoshop for Photographers series contains 768 pages in full color, plus a DVD containing video tutorials. The book layout has been further improved to make navigation easier and contains updated advice on everything you need to know about using Photoshop, from digital capture to print output, as well as all that is new in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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The title will be stocked in most major bookstores throughout the world and also available to purchase from:
www.focalpress.com as well as through the on-line bookstores: www.amazon.com and www.amazon.co.uk.

The Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers book is expected to start shipping after mid-May 2010.

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Removing sensor marks in Photoshop CS5 http://photoshopnews.com/2010/04/13/removing-sensor-marks-in-photoshop-cs5/ http://photoshopnews.com/2010/04/13/removing-sensor-marks-in-photoshop-cs5/#comments Tue, 13 Apr 2010 17:05:15 +0000 Martin Evening http://photoshopnews.com/?p=3119 Divide-before-low divide-after-low

Photoshop CS5 was announced this week and we have seen a wealth of new features for photographers, more so than any other version of Photoshop I can think of. By now you may already have had a chance to see some of the star new features in action such as Content-Aware filling, Puppet Warp and the new Merge to HDR Pro. Tucked away in Photoshop CS5 are a bunch of other smaller features, which nevertheless can be put to good use. In this article I wanted to focus on the new Divide blend mode. It took me a while to work out what it could be useful for, until Chris Cox who helped point me in the right direction by explaining that it could be useful for carrying out what is usually referred to as a ‘flat field calibration’. In other words, you could use the Divide blend mode to remove lens vignetting and stubborn sensor spots.

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Some specialist digital capture systems, such as those used in astronomy and microscopy already offer their own software solutions to achieve this kind of sensor clean-up processing. However, with the new Divide blend mode you can carry out flat field calibrations for any type of digital camera system. Be warned that this is a tricky technique to get right. This method may in some circumstances help you cut down on the time spent retouching, providing you are able to capture a valid flat field calibration image close to the time when the other photos were shot.

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1 The first step was to capture an image of an evenly lit white surface, exposed so that the center was 100% white. The key thing was to make sure the illumination was even and defocus the camera so as not to pick up any subject texture. It was also important to capture this image at the same aperture as I was going to shoot with since this would affect the definition of the sensor dust picked up by the camera. Since the high-end display I work with has uniform brightness, I got good results by photographing the computer display with a white desktop. I shot at a low ISO setting to keep the noise to a minimum. I also bracketed the exposures so that I had the opportunity to choose the most suitable image – one that was bright enough to apply a Divide blend mode calibration and required minimal further image adjustments to the brightness.

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2 Shown here is the original image before adding the calibration layer in Divide blend mode.

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3 I placed the flat field calibration layer above the background layer of an image shot with the same camera at the same lens aperture and set the blend mode to ‘Divide’ at 100%.

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4 Here you can see the modified version where the divide blend mode calibration layer canceled out the lens vignetting and all the sensor spots. The net result was a modified image in which the added layer canceled out the sensor marks that were present in the original and removed any lens vignetting.

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5 However, it was important to fine-tune the brightness of this layer using a clipping Curves layer so that the calibration layer in Divide mode precisely canceled out the sensor marks on the layer below. Once I had got the adjustment right for this image. the same setting could be used on other subsequent photos.

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6 One of the reasons I chose to include this technique was to show what the new Divide blend mode could be useful for. In all honesty, I think the easiest approach would be to use the Camera Raw Lens Corrections adjustments to take care of the vignetting and use the remove spots tool in Camera Raw to remove the dust marks and synchronize the spotting adjustments across all the other affected photos. This could certainly work well for an image like the one shown here. On the other hand, if you have a problem with a particularly dusty sensor or the dust marks fall on top of areas where it would be tricky to retouch, the flat field calibration technique might just save the day. As you can see in the close-up views shown here, I was able to do a good job of removing most of the spots. However, I was only able to partially remove the big dust mark in the top left corner. It would have been unrealistic to have expected a better result than this for such a large sensor mark.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers (Focal Press).
ISBN: 0780240522005
This extract was taken from Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers. This latest update in the Adobe Photoshop for Photographers series will contain 768 pages in full color, plus a DVD containing video tutorials. The book layout has been further improved to make navigation easier and contains updated advice on everything you need to know about using Photoshop, from digital capture to print output, as well as all that is new in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

9780240521251

The title will be stocked in most major bookstores throughout the world and also available to purchase from:
www.focalpress.com as well as through the on-line bookstores: www.amazon.com and www.amazon.co.uk.

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Perspective correction for Camera Raw images http://photoshopnews.com/2009/05/06/perspective-correction-for-camera-raw-images/ http://photoshopnews.com/2009/05/06/perspective-correction-for-camera-raw-images/#comments Wed, 06 May 2009 06:59:47 +0000 Martin Evening http://photoshopnews.com/?p=3058 acr-perspective1
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This movie extract is from  Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop.

One of the top requests for Camera Raw and Lightroom has been to include perspective corrections, so that users can apply perspective corrections to raw images. It so happens there is already a method in Camera Raw and Photoshop that will allow you to correct the perspective of a raw photograph while keeping the image in its original raw file state. This isn’t exactly a hidden feature in Camera Raw, but this movie does demonstrate a workaround for correcting perspective of raw files while keeping them fully editable in Camera Raw. Here’s how it can be done.

Please note this video is in Quicktime format. A player can be downloaded from apple.com.

This movie extract is a smaller version of the one found on the DVD disc that comes with  Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop, jointly authored by Martin Evening and Jeff Schewe. The book is published by Focal Press and contains 400 pages of tutorials and tips on how to achieve the best results out of Camera Raw and Photoshop. You can also find out more about the book by visiting the Photoshop for Photographers website where you can preview more of the content that will be appearing in this book.

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Photoshop weightloss http://photoshopnews.com/2009/04/20/photoshop-weightloss/ http://photoshopnews.com/2009/04/20/photoshop-weightloss/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2009 16:23:05 +0000 Jeff Schewe http://photoshopnews.com/?p=3040 weightloss
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This movie extract is from  Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop.

You know how the camera always seems to add 10 lbs.? You can shave those extra pounds away using Photoshop. This demo shows two methods of making people look thinner. And, if you do it with subtlety, you’ll never know that is was Photoshop that took those extra pounds off–and your clients will think you are a genius!

Please note this video is in Quicktime format. A player can be downloaded from apple.com.

This movie extract can be found on the DVD disc that comes with  Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop, jointly authored by Martin Evening and Jeff Schewe. The book is published by Focal Press and contains 400 pages of tutorials and tips on how to achieve the best results out of Camera Raw and Photoshop. You can also find out more about the book by visiting the Photoshop for Photographers website where you can preview more of the content that will be appearing in this book.

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One way to retouch loose hairs http://photoshopnews.com/2009/04/05/how-to-retouch-loose-hairs/ http://photoshopnews.com/2009/04/05/how-to-retouch-loose-hairs/#comments Sun, 05 Apr 2009 16:34:54 +0000 Martin Evening http://photoshopnews.com/?p=2998 remove-loosehair-poster
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This movie extract is from  Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop.

Here is an interesting challenge that I was presented with recently. I shot the model shown above for an advertising job and was asked by the client to make sure that the skin tone and nails looked flawless. After they had seen the initial retouch work they also asked if I could clean up the hair outline. At first it looked like this would be impossible to achieve. After all, how on earth can one use the clone stamp or healing brush to tidy up the fine hair strands against a background which consisted of a busy wallpaper pattern? As it turned out, the solution to this problem was staring me in the face!

Please note this video is in Quicktime format. A player can be downloaded from apple.com.

This movie extract is a smaller version of the one found on the DVD disc that comes with  Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop (now on sale), jointly authored by Martin Evening and Jeff Schewe. The book is published by Focal Press and contains 400 pages of tutorials and tips on how to achieve the best results out of Camera Raw and Photoshop. You can also find out more about the book by visiting the Photoshop for Photographers website where you can preview more of the content that will be appearing in this book.

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On The Road To Boston http://photoshopnews.com/2009/03/23/on-the-road-to-boston-4/ http://photoshopnews.com/2009/03/23/on-the-road-to-boston-4/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2009 16:15:27 +0000 Jeff Schewe http://photoshopnews.com/?p=3023 I’m off to Boston and Photoshop World this week. I’ll be hooking up with Martin Evening there as well–we are actually doing a conference session together! Which Download Movies should be fun because I’ll get to make fun of the way Martin pronounces common Photoshop tools’ names. Those Brits…they even misspell the word color!

Andrew Rodney and JP Caponigro and I are doing another mini-Print Academy for Epson. After PSW I’m off to hook up with Seth Resnick and Michael Reichmann in Miami Beach for some tutorial taping….more about that later!

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Advanced color to black and white conversion http://photoshopnews.com/2009/03/19/advanced-color-to-black-and-white-conversion/ http://photoshopnews.com/2009/03/19/advanced-color-to-black-and-white-conversion/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2009 21:56:59 +0000 Jeff Schewe http://photoshopnews.com/?p=3014 color-bw
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Yep, there are already a lot of ways to convert a color image to grayscale in Photoshop or Camera Raw. But all of them except this technique mean your image is converted as a global correction. Using color channels as grayscale layers means you can use layer masks to alter the grayscale conversion and allows you to optimize for the best possible result. The technique allows shows how to re-convert your grayscale image back to a color image for the purposes of color toning.

Please note this video is in Quicktime format. A player can be downloaded from apple.com.

This movie extract can be found on the DVD disc that comes with  Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop, jointly authored by Martin Evening and Jeff Schewe. The book is published by Focal Press and contains 400 pages of tutorials and tips on how to achieve the best results out of Camera Raw and Photoshop. You can also find out more about the book by visiting the Photoshop for Photographers website where you can preview more of the content that will be appearing in this book.

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The ‘Ultimate Workshop’ book shoot http://photoshopnews.com/2009/02/26/the-ultimate-workshop-book-shoot/ http://photoshopnews.com/2009/02/26/the-ultimate-workshop-book-shoot/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2009 18:36:42 +0000 Martin Evening http://photoshopnews.com/?p=2879 fan-003983-smsoup-004103-copy

This is a story about how Jeff Schewe and Martin Evening got together in Chicago last year to shoot a set of pictures especially for our new joint book ‘Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop‘.

The title is kind of self-explanatory. This is a brand new book in the Photoshop for Photographers series (published by Focal Press) and forms a masterclass type experience with two leading Photoshop experts. It’s a book aimed at intermediate to advanced-level users and assumes that the reader is already pretty familiar with the Photoshop interface and basic tools and there is therefore no need to have to explain the basics all over again plus color management etc. You can already find all that information in the main Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers book. This new title contains 400 pages of Photoshop techniques shown in step-by-step tutorial form.

We like to think that what will set this book apart from most other books is that we both have a lot of professional shooting experience int he studio and on location. Many of the photographs that are used in the tutorials were specially shot with the book in mind and we can sometimes go into more detail about the shooting techniques used with side panel images that also show the lighting setups. Over the next few months we’ll also be publishing a series of Movie tutorials from the DVD. These will feature techniques that are described in the book. So watch out for these coming soon on Photoshop-news.com.

Appropriately enough we began with an early morning shoot to photograph the Chicago city skyline at sunrise. We loaded up the car and headed off to a pier on the south side.

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For Jeff,  a multi-shot Starbucks coffee is essential to get the day rolling (especially after getting up at the crack of dawn).

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Here is a shot of me lining up a series of shots with a view to creating a single  Photomerge panorama of the cityscape view.

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We were also joined by a keen photographer who was shooting the traditional way using a 5×4 plate camera with dead cow material to record his pictures.

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That’s either a disapproving look or me trying to deal with brand new digital technology that doesn’t always behave itself either (especially when it’s early in the morning).

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Here is one of the panorama shots that we ended up producing. We initially thought this might be a good picture to demonstrate the content aware scaling tool with, except the content aware scaling didn’t really suit working with a photo such as this (hey, it had only been available for us to play with for a few weeks at this point – we have to learn too).

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Later during that week I made this panorama at night from more or less the same spot. Even this shot didn’t make it into the ‘Ultimate Workshop’ book, but at 10,000 x 4,000 pixels its a useful image to demo the fast GPU scrolling and panning in Photoshop CS4.

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A little later that morning we headed into the center of Chicago, where I photographed this building tower that was nearing completion.

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This was a useful image with which to demo how to use the Vanishing Point tool in Photoshop. Here is the end result image that appears in the book.

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Time to move on to the next location. Boy, it soon get’s hot in July in Chicago.

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Jeff thought it would be fun to get a high viewpoint capture of the building seen in the background, seen from the inside lane of the road that passes on the other side. Question was, who’d take the shots and who’d drive the car. Jeff did try to see if he would fit through the roof (I wish I had photos of him trying ME). So  it was down to me to capture the shot.

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It really wasn’t such a wise idea in the end and yet again we had to accept that this particular idea wasn’t going to work. Well, at least we tried and you can’t expect every idea to yield results, but the day wasn’t over yet.

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Later that day we returned to the center to take a series of photos of the Anish Kapoor sculpture in Millennium park, popularly known as ‘The Bean’ (you’ll see a similar giant sculpture outside the Rockerfeller Center in New York). Now, we did photograph this scene earlier in the morning when there were no people about, but we also wanted to show how you can do this the hard way when there are lots of tourists passing through a busy location like this.

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Jeff and I set up a Canon EOS 1Ds MkIII camera on a tripod and between them shot more than 100 exposures over a period of an hour. img_6214

Here is the end result in which we blended the 100+ photos together using the Median Stack blending mode. Interestingly, we were spotted by a young Dutch photographer who was intrigued by our technique. We explained the basic steps and were quite amazed to be emailed a photo later where he had managed to achieve a pretty similar result from no more than a handful of hand-held exposures.

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Millennium Park is a great location and we particularly wanted to get a shot of the Pritzker Pavillion. The shot below was used to later demo adding the Lens Flare filter.

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And so, back to Jeff’s Studio in West Willow Street. One of the shots Jeff wanted to do was to photograph a complicated subject such as the electric fan shown here and use a silhouette exposure as a simple shortcut for making a mask. You’ll notice that we used a Phase One back for all the following studio shots with Capture One software running on a Mac laptop.

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Jeff needed to light the background so that he could fire these lights only to capture the silhouette exposure.

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This shows a shot taken without the background lights switched on.

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And here is the final image in which Jeff shows how to use the mask created by the silhouette exposure to blend with a completely new backdrop image.

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One thing we discovered early on is that medium format digital backs can get awfully dusty. Fortunately, Doug Sperling from ProGear was on hand to clean the sensor for us.

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Another shot we wanted to create was one of a glass of water with droplets on it to give the impression that the water was really cold

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Fake ice cubes were used in the glass and Jeff then sprayed the glass using a mixture of glycerine and water to add the water droplets.

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There is quite an art to getting these to look right

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Here is the finished result and in the book you’ll be able to read how to create a combination of a custom brush setting plus layer effect style to add realistic looking water drops to this picture.

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Another shot we had on the list was to do a food shot which we would shoot using a normal stopped down exposure, but then show how to apply a selective focus effect to the image using the Lens Blur filter in Photoshop. Here is the lighting setup used.

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And a closeup view of the table top setting before we added all the ingredients.

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Becky (Jeff’s wife) and I did the shopping and I prepared the noodles and stir fry dish.

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Meanwhile, Jeff made some final adjustments to the lighting setup…

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And Becky helped dress the set and apply the finishing touches.

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Here is the final image that appears in the book, showing the shallow focus effect.

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Jeff did some pretty unmentionable things to the food to get the steam effect you see in this shot. Basically it was inedible by the time he was done. Fortunately there was enough untouched ingredients left over for us to enjoy a well-deserved light lunch.

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This next setup was designed so as to capture  a series of bracketed focus shots. Jeff carefully lit the diamond ring you can just about make out in front of the camera lens. Note how the body was positioned on a Sinar monorail mount so that focusing could be done by moving the whole camera backward or forward).

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Originally we meant this to be used to demo the ability to Auto blend layers and acheieve maximum depth of field. Indeed that technique was applied successfully here, but in the end Martin used this shot to demo how to create a custom sparkle brush shape and add sparkle reflections to the image.ring-merged

Lastly, we come to the Wine pour shot. This one was Jeff’s baby, as Jeff really wanted to do a photo of wine being poured into a glass and create a composite of the best wine pour exposures. In the set shown here, Jeff had a wine bottle with the bottom removed clamped in position and with a suitable wine glass also clamped below.

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The trick here was to use an infrared trigger setup to detect where the wine started to break the beam and then experiment with a few pours of water at first and adjust the time delay to trigger the flash at the correct point to capture the optimum wine splash in the glass. By also varying the delay setting it was possible to accurately capture a good range of wine pour steps from when the wine had just left the bottle to a late-stage pour.

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After a few tests Jeff was ready to start shooting. Once real wine was used the wine glass had to be replaced and the dribbles dried off from the neck of the bottle.

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Here is a snap taken of the laptop showing one of the individual wine pours that Jeff captured.

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And here below is the final image that appears in the book. This is a composite photograph that is a blend of several of the best shots. The wine used in the photography wasn’t the expensive stuff. Jeff consulted with his photographer friend and wine connoisseur Greg Gorman to adjust the wine colour to make it look like a typical Pinot Noir.

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That rounds up the story of how we both shot some of the photographs that will appear in the forthcoming Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop, 400 pages, published by Focal Press. The book is due to be released in March and should be on sale very soon in the US and later in other countries. We can say that with some confidence because the books have already been printed and were bound this Monday. You can also find out more about the book by visiting the Photoshop for Photographers website where you can preview more of the content that will be appearing in this book.

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The Content-Aware Scaling Photoshop CS4 http://photoshopnews.com/2009/02/25/the-content-aware-scaling-photoshop-cs4/ http://photoshopnews.com/2009/02/25/the-content-aware-scaling-photoshop-cs4/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2009 09:33:20 +0000 Martin Evening http://photoshopnews.com/?p=2862 Source: ephotozine
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Martin Evening was recently given the honour of appearing in the Photoshop Hall of Fame. Here he shows us how to use the Content-Aware Scaling tool in Adobe Photoshop.
(The following tutorial is also featured in the forthcoming Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop by Martin Evening and Jeff Schewe.)

“Content Aware Scaling is really easy to use. The only limitation is the speed of your computer and the amount of RAM you have,” said Martin Evening, author of the forthcoming Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop and recent inductee to the Photoshop Hall of Fame. “Content Aware Scaling works by the tool first analysing the image looking for patches of low frequency (featureless) detail and builds an effective jigsaw of roughly-shaped vertical and horizontal slices. When you stretch or compress a photograph, most of the compression or stretching is applied to the slices that contain the low frequency detail. There is also built-in detection for circle shapes, so that you can for example, compress a car, but without squashing the shape of the wheels. Plus, there is a skin tone feature which allows you to stretch or compress portrait images more effectively.” The tool can be very useful particularly for certain types of jobs. There is obviously a gimmick factor to this feature and it’s certainly fun to play with and apply extreme stretching or compression to photographs. That of course may well worry some photographers who are perhaps rightly concerned about art directors or designers fooling around with their images. However, I don’t think this is a completely new situation in digital image retouching and as always it’s important for the photographer to assert their moral rights for a picture not to receive what is referred to by copyright law as ‘derogatory’ treatment. From my point of view I work for agencies where I’m in control of the retouching. I can certainly see it as a useful tool where you need to take a standard photo and adjust the aspect ratio to suit several different layout formats. So where the image creator is in charge of the retouching I think it’s a very useful tool to have.”

The Content-Aware Scale feature is arguably one of the more interesting, and some might say, controversial new features in Photoshop CS4. As you can see here, you can use content-aware scaling to radically adjust the aspect ratio of some photographs, but without squashing or stretching important subject matter within the picture. Yes, this may be a contentious tool if used inappropriately and without permission of the copyright holder, but we feel it may prove very useful to photographers who work in design and advertising. For example, most ad and design layouts are required to fit several different aspect ratios such as posters, magazine layouts and web banners. This tool allows you to easily modify a single photograph to fit various aspect ratio layouts.

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NAPP Announces Winners of 4th Annual Photoshop User Awards http://photoshopnews.com/2009/02/04/napp-announces-winners-of-4th-annual-photoshop-user-awards/ http://photoshopnews.com/2009/02/04/napp-announces-winners-of-4th-annual-photoshop-user-awards/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2009 17:41:21 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/?p=2850 TAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Association of Photoshop Professionals(NAPP) today announced the winners of its 4th annual Photoshop User Awards – the first and only worldwide competition for Adobe Photoshop users. Winners were selected from more than 700 entries from 12 countries. Finalists in each of the 11 categories also competed for Best of Show to win an all expense paid, five-day trip for two to Barcelona, Spain. NAPP president Scott Kelby and Photoshop User magazine art director Felix Nelson chaired the judging panel for this year’s competition. Winning images can be viewed atwww.PhotoshopUserAwards.com/winners.php.

Award winners for 2008:
Best of Show: Ciro Marchetti – Florida – Gypsy Dancer
Advertising Design: Jose Luis Santana – Mexico – Tough Chicken
Composites/Collages: Mike Campau – Michigan – Stay Green. Go Red.
General Photography: Michael Whitson – Pennsylvania – Day in the Life
Artistic: Glenn Karlsen – Norway – Zipperhead
General Photoshop: Steve McGhee – Canada – The Big Swallow
Illustration: Nelsy Adriana Perez Jimenez – Mexico – Dragons
Landscape/Travel: Kajo Merkert – Germany – Coogee Pool
Wedding/Portrait: Paola Jofre – Canada – Strong Boy and Dog Max
Restoration: Janine Smith – Texas – General Worth
Retouching: Steven Cegelski – New York – Believe
Student Work: Romy Young – Canada – Ultra Badminton

Winners in 11 categories each receive a prize package valued at $2,500 provided by award sponsors – AdobeNAPPLayers magazine, Kelby Training, Peachpit, and Mpix. Plus, their winning image will be showcased in a future issue of Photoshop User magazine.

Best of Show winner Ciro Marchetti receives a dream assignment to Barcelona, Spain for him and an assistant of his choice to create a future cover for Photoshop User magazine, the official publication of NAPP. Round trip airfare, hotel accommodations, hotel transfers, and daily expenses for five days are provided by NAPP.

About NAPP

The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is an accredited, dynamic trade association and the world’s leading resource for Adobe® Photoshop® training, news, and education. An award-winning team of Photoshop experts, authors, consultants, and trainers lead the association keeping its members on the cutting edge of Adobe Photoshop techniques and technology. With more than 72,000 members in 106 countries, NAPP is the largest graphics and digital imaging association worldwide. It is part of Kelby Media Group. For more information, visit http://www.photoshopuser.com.

Adobe and Photoshop are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.

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Book II is now done… http://photoshopnews.com/2008/12/23/book-ii-is-now-done/ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/12/23/book-ii-is-now-done/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2008 18:20:47 +0000 Jeff Schewe http://photoshopnews.com/?p=2834 The second on my two book odyssey is completed…and the first book is now shipping! Whew, I wasn’t sure I would ever get to say that. 

The image above is one of the images from the new book Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop which is due to be released in March 2009.

Coauthored with good friend and colleague Martin Evening, we’ve taken the unusual approach of actually shooting interesting stuff specifically for the book–kinda like it was a real assignment. We think it’s a bit of a departure in Photoshop books that talks at length about many of the photographic as well as Photoshop aspects that go into creating neat images.

So, you might think I can now take a rest? Well, for a day or so (I still have to do my Xmas shopping) but shortly after the beginning of the new year, It’s off to Antarctica for trip three with the crew of Michael Reichmann, JP Canponigro, Stephan Johnson, Seth Resnick and Chris Sanderson to record the trip for posterity…so it looks like most of the month of January is shot too. Then it’s back on the road for the Epson Print Academy in Seattle on January 31st.

Oh well, it’s all great fun (don’t you know) even if it a bit draining. So, here’s to the end of 2008 and the start of 2009 and wishing you all the best for the holidays…

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On The Road to Atlanta http://photoshopnews.com/2008/11/06/on-the-road-to-atlanta-3/ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/11/06/on-the-road-to-atlanta-3/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2008 17:16:56 +0000 Jeff Schewe http://photoshopnews.com/?p=2820

We’re getting the band back together and hitting the road again. The Epson Print Academy is going to Atlanta this Saturday, November 8th at the Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown.

Featuring Andrew Rodney (The Digital Dog), Jeff Schewe, Greg Gorman, Mac Holbert and John Paul Caponigro, the new Epson Print Academy is headed to Atlanta for the first of a 15 city tour. We’re dragging along one of the new Epson Stylus® Pro 7900 printers with UltraChrome® HDR inks and we’ll be teaching how to get the most out of that, or any fine art ink jet printer. In fact, attendees are registered to win one of the 7900 printers (given out next June) or a change to win one of 15 4880 printers (one will be given away at each venue). For more information, check out the web site at Epson Print Academy.

TRACK TWO Curriculum:
Designed Exclusively for Working Professionals: How to Optimize A Professional Workflow to Take Full Advantage of Epson Ultrachrome HDR Ink Technology Renowned Industry Experts Such as:
DISCUSS AND DEMONSTRATE:
Optimizing a Professional Color Managed Workflow
  • Science of Color Management
  • Calibration, Characterization
  • Advanced Custom Profiling
  • Color Spaces, Gamut, Bit Depth and L*a*b
  • Advanced Driver Settings
Maximizing Raw File Quality and Increasing Productivity
  • Advanced Photoshop CS4 Camera Raw 5 Settings
  • In-Depth Understanding of the Lightroom 2 Develop Module
  • Non-Destructive Workflow
  • Smart Objects
  • Working and Printing in 16 bit
  • Editing in Photoshop CS4 with Lightroom 2 Managed Files
  • Printing From Lightroom 2 with Files Edited in Photoshop CS4
Expert Level Fine-Art Printing
  • Developing a Strategy for Image Enhancement
  • Creating a Sense of Dimensionality
  • Working With an Exit Strategy
  • Drawing with Light
  • Mastering Selections
  • Gradient, Contour and Luminous Masking
  • Managing Midtone Contrast
  • New Techniques with Photoshop CS4
  • Advanced Burning and Dodging
  • Evaluating and Employing Advanced Black and White Conversion Methods
  • Working With Microporous and Cotton Fiber Media
  • Printing to an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 with Ultrachrome HDR Ink
SPECIAL VIDEO SEGMENTS:
Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape shares withJeff Schewe how he handles, mounts and frames his fine art prints at his gallery in Toronto. Michael then interviews Henry Wilhelm of Wilhelm Imaging Research about papers, inks and print permanence.   

Jeff Schewe Interviews Mark Radogna, Group Product Manager Responsible for Epson Stylus Pro Printers and Jeff Smith Product Manager for Epson Professional Media.

The price of the Track II event is $149.95 (be sure to click on the pro discount when registering). Price includes lunch. Program to run from 9:30AM-5:PM (or so, we tend to talk a bit long’ish).

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Julieanne Kost Posts Videos and PDFs About Camera Raw and Photoshop CS4 http://photoshopnews.com/2008/09/30/julieanne-kost-posts-videos-and-pdfs-about-camera-raw-and-photoshop-cs4/ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/09/30/julieanne-kost-posts-videos-and-pdfs-about-camera-raw-and-photoshop-cs4/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2008 17:44:34 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/?p=2800  

Check out Julieanne’s web site for new Camera Raw 5 and Photoshop CS4 video tutorials and PDFs.

ADOBE TV The Complete Picture – Episode 08
Let Julieanne show you the power behind the new features in Camera Raw 5. Discover how to make non-destructive localized corrections as well as create special effects using the Adjustment Brush, Graduated Filter, Post Cropping Vignettes and more!

ADOBE TV The Complete Picture – Episode 07
Discover the new features in Adobe Bridge CS4 as Julieanne walks through the new features, tools, refined interface and integration with Photoshop.

PSCS4 What’s new in Bridge CS4 (PDF)
Learn everything there is to get you up to speed quickly in Bridge CS4.

PSCS4 What’s New in Camera Raw 5 (PDF)
Discover the unlimited possibilities with Camera Raw 5.

PSCS4 Photoshop CS4 – But Wait, There’s More! (PDF)
Master the important but often overlooked refinements and adjustments in Photoshop CS4.

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NAPP Launches CS4 Learning Center http://photoshopnews.com/2008/09/24/napp-launches-cs4-learning-center/ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/09/24/napp-launches-cs4-learning-center/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2008 19:10:36 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/?p=2792
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Learning Center Offers Tutorials, New Feature Overviews, Exclusive Interviews and More for the Newly-Released Photoshop CS4

TAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) has launched its new Adobe Photoshop CS4 Learning Center covering the new exciting features of Photoshop CS4 as part of the much anticipated Adobe Creative Suite 4 announcement. The NAPP Adobe Photoshop CS4 Learning Center is the most comprehensive Photoshop CS4 learning experience available today jam-packed with video tutorials, interviews, helpful information, and more at www.photoshopuser.com/cs4.

“I am really impressed with how Adobe has been listening to their users, and CS4 is proof of how tuned-in they are to what their customers want next in Photoshop,” said Scott Kelby, founder of NAPP, editor-in-chief of Photoshop User magazine, and president of Kelby Media Group. “While there are a lot of new features (including some darn-right amazing new technology), beyond that, this is just flat-out a better, smarter, more elegant and easy-to-use version of Photoshop than ever before, and I think that’s what has me excited the most!”

commented Kelby.

The new Adobe Photoshop CS4 Learning Center is loaded with 17 video tutorials created by industry’s top Photoshop experts and led by Scott Kelby and the NAPP education and curriculum team of Dave Cross, Matt Kloskowski, Corey Barker and RC Concepcion. NAPP’s Adobe Photoshop Learning Center features an exclusive interview with John Nack, Adobe Photoshop senior product manager; an insider’

s look at the favorite features of Photoshop CS4, and a special episode of PhotoshopUser TV with the Photoshop Guys. Visitors to the learning center will find video tutorials that highlight improved features like Camera Raw, the adjustment brush, the graduated filter tool, 3D improvements, Bridget updates, adjustment layers; plus, dodging, burning, and sponging tips.

Photographers, graphic and web designers, art directors, video producers, teachers and Photoshop users of all interests and skill levels will have access to NAPP’

s free Adobe Photoshop CS4 Learning Center for a limited time, then only NAPP members will have access to the learning center. For more information about becoming a member of NAPP visit www.photoshopuser.com.

About NAPP

The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is an accredited, dynamic trade association and the world’

s leading resource for Adobe® Photoshop® and Photoshop® Lightroom® training, news, and education. An award-winning team of Photoshop experts, authors, consultants, and trainers lead the association, keeping its members on the cutting edge of Adobe Photoshop techniques and technology. With more than 71,000 members in 106 countries, NAPP is the largest digital imaging and graphics association worldwide. Visit http://www.photoshopuser.com for more information.

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Peachpit Releases Lessons in DSLR Workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop http://photoshopnews.com/2008/08/27/peachpit-releases-lessons-in-dslr-workflow-with-lightroom-and-photoshop/ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/08/27/peachpit-releases-lessons-in-dslr-workflow-with-lightroom-and-photoshop/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2008 16:09:22 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/?p=2745

Press Release: BERKELEY, CALIF. (Aug. 25, 2008)— Peachpit today announced the publication of Lessons in DSLR Workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop , by seasoned photographer Jerry Courvoisier. This detailed guide, loaded with tips and techniques, delivers a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera workflow that allows readers to spend less time at their computer and more time behind the camera capturing great images. 

Jerry Courvoisier provides an easy-to-follow road map for importing, organizing, and editing images using the best features of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 and Adobe Photoshop CS3. The combined power of using both programs—automation with Lightroom and specialized processing in Photoshop—offers a complete and flexible solution for serious hobbyists and pro photographers alike. 
 
Joe McNally, photographer and author of The Moment It Clicks, said, “Jerry Courvoisier is, plain and simple, one of the best teachers of digital workflow and image management working today. He demystifies the digital world for both the beginner and the advanced user. For anyone shooting digital pictures, this book simply has to be on your shelf.”
 
Lessons in DSLR Workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop is now available at Peachpit.com , Amazon.com , and as an ebook via Safari Books Online . For more information, please visit: 
 
About The Author
Jerry Courvoisier  has directed the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops’ digital program for 14 years, building one of the most respected digital educational programs in the world. At Santa Fe, he developed the popular “intensive” format experience. These workshops in photography, Lightroom, Photoshop, and printmaking are packed with information that challenges participants to move beyond their comfort zone, pushing their creativity and vision. Jerry works with the National Geographic Photography Expeditions series and his teaching and consulting journeys have taken him to the U.K., Italy, France, Germany, and Australia. 
 
About Peachpit
Berkeley-based Peachpit has been publishing the industry’s best-selling books on the latest in graphic design, desktop publishing, multimedia, Web design and development, digital video, and general Macintosh computing since 1986. Its award-winning books feature step-by-step explanations, time-saving techniques, savvy insider tips, and expert advice for computer users of all sorts. It is the home of the internationally recognized Visual QuickStart Guide series, the design imprint New Riders and its highly popular Voices That Matter series, and is the publishing partner for Adobe Press, lynda.com, Kelby Training/NAPP , Apple Certified, AIGA Design Press  and others. Peachpit is part of Pearson  , the international media company. Pearson’s primary operations also include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. 

 

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Scott Kelby Offers Today’s Lightroom 2 Book Sales to Orphanage in Kenya http://photoshopnews.com/2008/08/25/scott-kelby-offers-todays-lightroom-2-book-sales-to-orphanage-in-kenya/ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/08/25/scott-kelby-offers-todays-lightroom-2-book-sales-to-orphanage-in-kenya/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2008 17:08:27 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/?p=2739 On Scott’s blog, Photoshop Insider, Scott has announced that all the book sales of his new Lightroom 2 book for Digital Photographers from today will be donated to the Spring of Hope organization that runs is building a care center for orphans in Kenya.

Now Scott isn’t just donating a portion of the proceeds, he’s donating the entire purchase price of all Lightroom 2 books sold today. Here’s a link to the story and a link to purchase the book from Kelby Training.

IMPORTANT: This opportunity to help out is available only today, Monday August 25th, 2008. Scott’s book is scheduled for delivery in early September. Not available with any other discounts. As always, Shipping & Handing is extra.

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Andrew Rodney Guest Blogs on Photoshop Insider http://photoshopnews.com/2008/08/06/andrew-rodney-guest-blogs-on-photoshop-insider/ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/08/06/andrew-rodney-guest-blogs-on-photoshop-insider/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2008 16:00:24 +0000 Jeff Schewe http://photoshopnews.com/?p=2722 digdog.jpg

Scott Kelby has our own Andrew Rodney of PixelGenius on board as a guest blogger on his Photoshop Insider blog. Andrew talks about “getting old” along side Photoshop and how he, as a Photoshop user of 18 years has learned to love Lightroom. Check it out here. BTW, the image above is a shot Andrew did of his late dog Tosh. He still has 3 dogs (hence the “Digital Dog“ moniker), Zia, Mela and Brisket.

Andrew with Mela after a walk in the desert.

Andrew holding Brisket on the back porch of his house.

Zia on the couch. Note the eyes, Zia is part wolf and doesn’t always trust me.

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JP Caponigro Self-Publishes Antarctica Book http://photoshopnews.com/2008/08/05/jp-caponigro-self-publishes-antarctica-book/ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/08/05/jp-caponigro-self-publishes-antarctica-book/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2008 19:00:07 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/?p=2720

John Paul Caponigro (JP to his friends) has self-published a new book, ANTARCTICA drawn from his two photographic expeditions to, well, Antarctica.

The book has been published via Blurb, and online print on demand service. The printing is said to be equal to that of a traditionally published book. The page count is 64 and the size is 8×10 inches. The book sells for 34.95 for softcover and 49.95 for hardcover. Additional information can be found on JP’s blog.

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London Bananas-The Blog http://photoshopnews.com/2008/08/04/london-bananas-the-blog/ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/08/04/london-bananas-the-blog/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2008 19:44:01 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/?p=2718

The blog isn’t signed by the author, but apparently some Londoner has noticed that there is an overabundance of banana skins littering the streets of London and decided to do something about it. Thus the start of london bananas.

If you want to see a lot of banana skins, check it out…

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Peachpit Releases New Scientific Imaging with Photoshop Book http://photoshopnews.com/2008/07/11/peachpit-releases-new-scientific-imaging-with-photoshop-book/ http://photoshopnews.com/2008/07/11/peachpit-releases-new-scientific-imaging-with-photoshop-book/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2008 21:32:56 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff http://photoshopnews.com/?p=2693

Scientific Imaging with Photoshop: Methods, Measurement, and Output by Jerry Sedgewick

Book Description

Adobe Photoshop is one of the more powerful tools available to scientists today. It is indispensable in the preparation of digital images of specimens for measurement, especially for separating relevant features from background detail. Scientific Imaging with Photoshop is the authoritative guide to the use of Photoshop in scientific research, with a special emphasis on the ethical ramifications of the use of image-enhancement software to extract data from digital images. Beginning Photoshop users will benefit from its tutorials in the basics of image processing, and more sophisticated users will appreciate the sections on automating Photoshop operations with actions. In addition, the book lays out procedures in straightforward language for acquiring digital images as well as outputting processed images in digital and hard-copy formats.

Scientific Imaging with Photoshop provides all this and more:
• Little-known methods separating features of interest from the background for subsequent quantification
• How to make dense colors and subtle visual detail reproduce properly in publication
• Correct Photoshop methods and techniques for all user levels
• Procedures that are usable in legacy versions of Photoshop as well as Photoshop Elements and Photoshop Extended

About the Author

Jerry Sedgewick has been the director for the Biomedical Image Processing Lab at the University of Minnesota for over 10 years. The lab is a light microscopy core facility serving scientists and engineers at the University and in local industry. Jerry works side-by-side with members of the research community on a daily basis.  He has co-authored articles in numerous publications, including Science (for which he has created two covers) and Circulation, and he is the author of Quick Photoshop for Research: A Guide to Digital Imaging for Photoshop 5x, 6x and 7x.

Product Details

Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: New Riders Press; 1 edition (June 2, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0321514335
ISBN-13: 978-0321514332
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches

 

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