PhotoshopNews » Magazines The latest news about the top pixel wrangling application on the planet. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 17:19:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Content-Aware Scaling Photoshop CS4 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 09:33:20 +0000 Martin Evening 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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New Issue of Adobe Magazine is Available Mon, 01 Oct 2007 17:03:10 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff New Issue of Adobe Magazine is Available

The newest issue of Adobe Magazine has been released and is available for download from the magazine web site at

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On The News Stands – Outdoor Photographer Fri, 10 Jun 2005 18:10:57 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff The July issue of Outdoor Photographer has a useful article titled Beauty & The Beast, Tame the large files produced by a high-resolution digital SLR written by Ibarionex R. Perello.

They’re beautiful—one look and I’m captivated. I stare and find myself absorbed by every detail. If this isn’t love, it’ll do. As a card-carrying photo geek, I admit that looking at digital files produced by the new 12- and 16-megapixel SLRs leads to a rush that normally means a trip to the confessional. Okay, maybe I exaggerate, but not by much.

What’s so thrilling about a super-megapixel camera goes beyond bragging rights, No, it’s the large file it produces and the imaging possibilities that file holds. So it’s with anticipation that I sit down at my computer and begin applying filters, adding layers, and enhancing colors, contrast and sharpness. I’m having a ball tweaking and shaping the image to perfection as the file gets bigger and bigger and bigger.

Suddenly, my joy is assaulted with sluggish progress bars and intrusive error messages declaring I’ve exhausted my system resources. My excitement quickly turns to frustration as I consider the creative fixes to apply to my computer, none of which are effective.

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On the News Stands-Photoshop User “All CS2″ Thu, 02 Jun 2005 03:06:33 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff The June issue of Photoshop User Magazine will be entirely devoted to Photoshop CS2.


This special bonus issue of Photoshop User Magazine is packed cover-to-cover with nothing but step-by-step tutorials, tips, and Q&A’s on all the new features of Photoshop CS2.


In addition to the magazine issue, NAPP has an entire web site devoted to Photoshop CS2 called the Photoshop CS2 Learning Center with downloadable PDF’s, tips and techniques devoted to Photoshop CS2.

Photoshop CS2 Tutorials & Video Tips:
Vanishing Point 1
Vanishing Point 2
Lens Correction
Smart Sharpen
Camera Raw
Camera Raw 2
Bridge 2
Smart Objects
Smart Objects 2
Reduce Noise
Red Eye Tool
Spot Healing Brush
Smart Guides
Customizing CS2
Exposure Adjustment
Blur Filters
Font Preview

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Shooting in the RAW Mon, 11 Apr 2005 15:00:49 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff On news stands this month: Bruce Fraser and Jeff Schewe team up to write an authoritative cover article for the April/May issue of Photoshop User magazine. The six page article, Shooting in the RAW–the naked truth about advanced Camera Raw talks about controlling all the editing power and flexibility of Camera Raw without over-cooking your brain.

“Many photographers have come to enjoy the enormous flexibility that RAW provides over JPEG. When shooting RAW, the image is wide open for interpretation–a simple yank of some controls makes a vast difference to the rendering of your image.

But what are you supposed to pull and how do you decide what your image is supposed to look like?” –Bruce Fraser and Jeff Schewe

They continue: “A key point to recognize is that Camera Raw’s default settings are simply one very arbitrary interpretation of the raw capture. The defaults are far from sacred—when he started designing Camera Raw, Thomas Knoll had to start somewhere, and that somewhere is just a one-size-fits-all collection of settings that he fully expects photographers to alter to their own taste. If you just use Camera Raw on default settings to get images into Photoshop, you’re missing (no pun intended) the bigger picture. You are creating a lot of unnecessary Photoshop work, and very likely not getting everything your camera can deliver. The controls in Camera Raw are there for a reason, and failing to use them is like driving a Ferrari in first gear all the time. Effective use of Camera Raw not only saves you a great deal of Photoshop work (Jeff likes to say that Photoshop is a plug-in for Camera Raw, and he isn’t entirely joking), but also lets you optimize your images in ways that just aren’t possible with post-conversion operations in Photoshop.”

NAPP members may also download Using Camera Raw to Dual Process images for Ulimate Optimizations which shows two tutorials using this “dual-process” technique. For Members Only

. . .we also feel very fortunate to have two of the industry’s leading Photoshop experts gracing the pages of Photoshop User for the first time ever: Jeff Schewe and Bruce Fraser team up for our cover story on Advanced Camera Raw techniques. I don’t think there are two people on the planet more qualified to write on this topic than Jeff and Bruce and together they uncover the hidden power that lies beneath the surface of this amazing tool for processing RAW images
–Scott Kelby, NAPP President/Editor in Chief

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ADOBE USERS GET NEW MAGAZINE Tue, 05 Apr 2005 14:08:04 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff
Layers – The “How-To” Magazine for Everything Adobe

Press Release: Tampa, FL – April 5, 2005 –Today, KW Media Group, publishers of Mac Design Magazine, relaunched the magazine as Layers® – The “How-To” Magazine for Everything Adobe. Each issue is dedicated to giving readers the latest step-by-step tutorials, tips, and tricks for all of Adobe’s design, video, and photography applications.

“Adobe products are at the core of today’s design, photography, and video professionals’ workflow, and with Layers, these pros now have a ‘how-to’ magazine to call their own,” said Scott Kelby, publisher of Layers magazine and president of KW Media Group. “With all of the excitement surrounding what Adobe is doing with the Creative Suite, and the launch this week of CS2, we knew it was time to do something really bold and unique in this space by creating a real learning tool that speaks to creative professionals,” added Kelby.

The first issue of Layers (May/June) will be available on newsstands nationwide on May 10, 2005, and is also available by subscription.

About KW Media Group

KW Media Group is the parent company of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP); organizers of the Mac Design Conference and Digital Photography Expo, and the Photoshop World Conference and Expo; publisher of award-winning computer and technology training books, DVDs and seminars; and publisher of Photoshop® User magazine, Nikon’s Capture User magazine, and Photoshop® Elements Techniques newsletter. KW Media Group is a privately-held company located in Oldsmar, FL.

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Categories Wed, 01 Sep 2004 16:35:05 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff

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