Archive for December, 2006

Dec 28, 2006

onOne plug-ins to be upgraded for Photoshop CS3

Free upgrades will be available shortly after commercial availability of Photoshop CS3

Press Release: Portland, OR — onOne Software, Inc., announced that they will offer free Photoshop CS3 compatibility updates to their Photoshop plug-ins PhotoFrame Pro 3, Intellihance Pro 4 and Mask Pro 4 software. Users who purchase Genuine Fractals 4.1 or Genuine Fractals Print Pro 4.1 on or after December 18, 2006 qualify for a free upgrade to Genuine Fractals 5 and Genuine Fractals Print Pro 5 respectively, which will be compatible with Photoshop CS3.

Dec 28, 2006

The Secret Life of Smart Filters

John Nack is on a roll…I can tell it’s holiday time at Adobe because John must be really bored-no engineers to push around. He’s posting a lot of interesting things on his blog, John Nack on Adobe. The most recent post is The Secret Life of Smart Filters.

Dec 28, 2006

Working with the Clone Source palette in CS3

evening-sm.jpgMartin Evening’s Favorite Photoshop CS3 Feature?
The new Clone Source palette

Pubished here is a tutorial extract is taken from Martin Evening’s forthcoming book: Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers, published by Focal Press. In this tutorial, Martin demonstrates some of the key new benefits that can be gained from working with the new Clone Source palette in the newly released public beta version of Adobe Photoshop CS3. To find out more about how to use this new feature, read on…

Dec 27, 2006

Photoshop CS3 Known Issues – UPDATED

Culled from the Adobe Photoshop CS3 forum FAQs comes an update on known issues with Photoshop CS3.

Dec 27, 2006

What’s the story with Photoshop & multi-core?

John Nack, senior product manager for Photoshop has posted a story on his blog about the relative advantages of multiprocessors (multi-core) and what it means for Photoshop. John, not being an engineer geek himself has enlisted the help of Co-architect of Photoshop (and Photoshop engineer), Russell Williams to shed some light on the subject.

Geek Warning: if reading about CPUs, memory bandwidth and Amdahl’s Law gives you a headache, you might do well to avoid the subject. However, if you are into understanding issues surrounding Photoshop performance, you might want to sneak a peek.

Dec 27, 2006

The Mac Pro and Photoshop CS3

Source: Macworld
Written by Rob Griffiths

Last month, in the first part of my three-part report (parts two and three) on the new Mac Pro, I reported on Photoshop’s performance in Rosetta—both subjectively and objectively (on page three) via a test of the Liquify filter.

Dec 27, 2006

Lab Tests: Vista’s Fast If You Have the Hardware

You need at least 1GB of RAM, and you’ll go even faster with a dual-core processor, PC World’s lab testing shows.

Source: PC World
Written by Eric Dahl

With Microsoft’s Windows Vista finally released to manufacturers and on the verge of making its way to retail, we can at last get down to the business of examining precisely how well the new OS performs. In our first tests, we discovered that while Vista’s hardware requirements may be steep, it should run just fine–even with the Aero bells and whistles active–on machines that meet Microsoft’s Premium Ready specifications (1GB of RAM, and a DirectX 9-capable graphics board with at least 128MB of dedicated memory).

Dec 26, 2006

Lightroom Podcast #24: Thomas Knoll, Mark Hamburg, and Zalman Stern

George Jardine by Jeff Schewe

George Jardine, Pro Photography Evangelist of Adobe has posted a new Adobe Lightroom iTunes Podcast with raw processing heavy hitters Mark Hamburg, Zalman Stern, and Thomas Knoll. They talk about what’s new (and yet to come) in Lightroom and Camera Raw, analytical vs. visual techniques, Bridge vs. Lightroom, skin tone protection in Vibrance–oh, and their desire for groupies.

Dec 26, 2006

Photoshop CS3 mini-SDK released

Adobe has released a Photoshop CS3 mini-SDK that will aid developers making the transition from regular Mac PPC coded plug-ins to Universal Binary versions compiled in Xcode. The plug-in update is required for all filters and plug-ins in order to load in Photoshop CS3 running on MacIntel machines. The SDK, along with the CS and CS2 versions, is a free download once you fill out a simple form.

All filter plug-in developers will also need to updated their plug-ins in order to have them run as non-destructive Smart Filters in CS3.

Dec 26, 2006

Flash runs inside Photoshop CS3!

Psst… Wanna watch “PhotoshopTV” clips inside Photoshop itself? How about making a script that can access the network, upload/download data*, and control Photoshop?

John Nack, Photoshop senior product manager posted some pretty interesting info about how to watch Flash movies from inside Photoshop CS3 on his blog, John Nack on Adobe.

Dec 26, 2006

Q&A David Lynch

Source: Boston Globe
Written by Kate Bolick

David Lynch’s public knows him as a deliciously weird antihero with a taste for inscrutable plots and gruesome imagery. But as I learned on a visit to the filmmaker’s house in the Hollywood Hills last week, up close he’s as polite and unpretentious as an Eagle Scout — which happens to perfectly suit the man otherwise known as the head of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace (

Dec 26, 2006

Photoshopping models to add pounds

Source: Post-Tribune

As the body mass index of runway walkers continues to make headlines, skinny models just might present a whole new problem for editors.

Everyone has a story of a celebrity cover slimmed by Photoshop, but several editors have been quietly ordering the retouching of gaunt model shots to make them look, well, a little plumper.

Dec 26, 2006

A Tiny Canvas for Holiday Mirth

ph2006122201560.jpgPersonal Postage Is Giving Letter Traffic a Boost

Source: Washington Post
Written by Annie Gowen

It takes a certain amount of hubris to Photoshop your head onto the cupid from the famous U.S. Postal Service LOVE stamp and send it out into the world.

Nick Slepko, 28, a former Arlington resident, said “hubris is sort of implied” in his decision to create his own vanity postage stamp, using one of three Web sites that now offer do-it-yourself postage.

Dec 22, 2006

Is Photoshop CS3 a 64 bit app?

Another contentious topic to be found on the Photoshop CS3 forum is the question of whether or not Photoshop CS3 will be a real 64 bit application or remain a 32 bit application as it has been for a good long while. The hardware and OS vendors have done a good job of hyping 64 bit OS as the next big new thing, but unfortuately, the hype always precedes the reality.

To counter the cries for a full 64 bit rewrite of Photoshop, Scott Byer (Photoshop co-architect) has posted a story on his Living Photoshop blog entitled 64 bits…when?

Dec 22, 2006

The New Creative Suite App Icons

Some people love them, some people hate them and most people couldn’t care less. But one of the more controversial and contentious threads at the Photoshop CS3 forum (see: I hope the icon is also “beta”…) has been the appearance of the new Creative Suite 3 application icons.

It’s gotten to the point that John Nack even posted a story on his blog. I think it’s a new record for comments on one of John’s posts.

Dec 22, 2006

Photoshop CS3 performance tests

Source: Macworld
Written by Rick LePage

Beta is the new black for Adobe, and it fits them well. In the 72 hours after its surprise announcement, Adobe reportedly had more than 100,000 downloads of the Intel-native beta of Photoshop CS3. As a result, the Web has been abuzz with first looks and tutorials (Ben Long wrote a CS3 first look for us last Friday.) I have been playing with the beta for a while now, and it’s been a blast. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning with a new toy.

Dec 22, 2006

Adobe Closes on Development Sites

Written by Brian K. Miller

SAN JOSE-Adobe Systems Inc. is acquiring 7.7 acres here from SJW Corp. for $32.5 million. The two public companies originally agreed to a 5.5-acre, $25-million deal in April that was scheduled to close in August but never did. In mid-November, a contiguous 2.2-acre property was added to the deal and earlier this week Adobe closed on all but one acre, SJW’s director of real estate Janelle McCombs tells Combined, the acreage is known as the Delmas property.

Dec 22, 2006

Reuters, Adobe, Canon to help track photo changes

Source: CNET
Written by Stephen Shankland
News organization Reuters is working with photo editing powerhouse Adobe and camera maker Canon so changes to digital photos can be detected, Reuters CEO Tom Glocer said on his blog last week.

Reuters, the news agency whose image was tarnished earlier this year when a freelance photographer provided doctored photos of bombing in Beirut, wants to ensure such changes can be found.

Dec 18, 2006

Bruce Fraser: January 9, 1954 – December 16, 2006


Bruce Fraser, noted author and lecturer, passed away on Saturday, December 16th, 2006. He was at home with his wife Angela and friends. Bruce, a Buddhist, will be cremated and his ashes returned to Scotland. Friends and family are working on an industry tribute to Bruce to be held at Macworld on the evening of January 10th, 2007.

When the mind is at peace,
the world too is at peace.

Nothing real, nothing absent.

Not holding on to reality,
not getting stuck in the void,
you are neither holy or wise, just
an ordinary fellow who has completed his work.

– Layman Pang-yun

Comments will remain open in the PSN story Bruce Fraser’s Serious Illness.
Dec 15, 2006

Photoshop CS3 Resources

Here’s a roundup of resources already posted for Adobe Photoshop CS3 Beta:

The Photoshop CS3 Product Page at Labs.Adobe.Com
Obtain a Photoshop CS3 beta serial number
Photoshop CS3 beta Release Notes
Visit the Photoshop CS3 forum
Visit the Bridge CS3 forum

Dec 15, 2006

Obtaining a Photoshop CS3 beta serial number

In order to obtain an Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta serial number (to take it out of the 2 day demo mode) you will need a legit Photoshop CS2, Creative Suite 2 or academic CS2 serial number from the Photoshop CS3 beta serial number generator.

Dec 15, 2006

UB version of Noise Ninja is released

PictureCode, the developer of Noise Ninja has released a public beta of the Noise Ninja plug-in running natively on Intel Mac computers. It will only work with Photoshop CS3, which is currently available from Adobe as a pre-release.

Dec 15, 2006

Do Camera Raw 4 and Lightroom B4.1 settings work together?

As the release of Photoshop CS3 and Camera Raw 4 gets into the wild, there are some questions regarding whether the Camera Raw 4 settings-which look a lot like Lightroom’s raw settings-are interoperable with Lightroom beta 4.1. No says Lightroom product manager Tom Hogarty in this Lightroom forum thread.

Dec 15, 2006

It’s Alive! Photoshop CS3 Site is up


The Labs.Adobe.Com web site for downloading the Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta is live.

Dec 15, 2006

Russell Brown Releases CS3 Video Tutorials

The Mad Doctor is at it again-producing Adobe Photoshop CS2 video tutorials.