Archive for January, 2008

Jan 30, 2008

The DVD of Bruce Fraser’s Tribute Now Avalable

An Industry Celebration and Tribute
DVD Captures Poignant Macworld 2007 Tribute to Charismatic Digital Imaging Pioneer, Bruce Fraser


Press Release: January 30, 2008, San Francisco

The stars of imaging came out en masse during Macworld 2007 to honor one of their own: digital imaging pioneer Bruce Fraser. Much like the way Bruce’s inspired and generous work moved many thousands to create superior imaging; so were the industry’s giants, both corporate and individual, moved to come together to share their unique perspective, anecdotes, and most of all – appreciation for Bruce’s enormous contributions to the arts.

Now, a year later, the Bruce Fraser Tribute organizing committee, with the support of Adobe Systems, Inc., Apple, Inc., Epson America, Inc., Hewlett Packard Company, Microsoft Corporation, Peachpit Press, and X-Rite, Incorporated; is offering a faithful record of last year’s remarkable event, captured on DVD and available at no charge (shipping and handling fees apply) via .

Jan 30, 2008

On the Road to Vegas for PMA

I’ll be hitting the road to attend PMA in Las Vegas starting Wed (PMA starts Thurs.). But, I won’t be back to Chicago till Tues. of next week because Michael Reichmann and I are going to do a quick trip to Zion National Park on Sun. & Mon.

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Jan 28, 2008

Photo clues are breadcrumbs in lost camera mystery

Source: USA Today
Written by Brian Bergstein, Associated Press

At dusk on New Year’s Eve, Erika Gunderson got into a taxi in New York City and entered a digital-age mystery.

Jan 28, 2008

The Capa Cache

Source: The New York Times
Written by Randy Kennedy

T0 the small group of photography experts aware of its existence, it was known simply as “the Mexican suitcase.” And in the pantheon of lost modern cultural treasures, it was surrounded by the same mythical aura as Hemingway’s early manuscripts, which vanished from a train station in 1922.

Jan 28, 2008


Press Release: The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is proud to announce that its annual east coast Photoshop® World Conference & Expo – held at the Orange County Convention Center from April 2-4 – will feature more than 100 class sessions that will enhance the knowledge and capabilities of Photoshop users and creative professionals of all skill levels. Classes focus on graphic design, digital photography, Adobe® web applications, motion and video graphics, scripting, and much more.

Jan 24, 2008

New Russell Brown Tutorials

The Mad Doctor is at it yet again-producing Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended video tutorials (along with additional important foolishness)

Jan 24, 2008

Adobe Named to FORTUNE’s List of “100 Best Companies to Work For”

Adobe Ranked No. 40

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jan. 22, 2008 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today was ranked No. 40 on FORTUNE magazine’s eleventh annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. Adobe was among the top companies included from the high-tech sector. In FORTUNE’s subcategory of medium companies (those with 2,500 to 10,000 U.S. employees), Adobe ranked No. 12. This marks the ninth time Adobe has been included on list. The full list and related stories are currently available at and will be featured in FORTUNE’s Feb. 4, 2008, print issue, available on newsstands Jan. 28, 2008.

Jan 22, 2008

Jeff Schewe Appears on Bert Monroy’s Pixel Perfect Videocast


Bert Monroy, digital artist, author and host of pixel perfect (a weekly videocast about Photoshop starring Bert) talked to Jeff Schewe during a break at the last Photoshop World. The streaming video is about 10 minutes in length. Bert and Jeff talk about raw, Camera Raw and digital photography in general. Click the link to view the Episode 65 – Camera Raw video.

Jan 22, 2008

Community-powered Lightroom help goes live

lr-help-icon2.jpgAdobe has launched the new Lightroom community help system, which provides core Adobe documentation for Lightroom as well as links to additional learning content from around the web.

The new site takes the current online help—LiveDocs—and makes it more useful and interactive. You can still navigate to topics using links the left side of the browser.

But now, when you click a topic to read about it, you’ll find a Basics panel with Adobe documentation as well as a Learn More panel that offers links to tutorials, white papers, technical articles, and other instructional content.

This site is administered by Adobe, moderated by community experts, and developed with the assistance of a panel of Lightroom Learning Advisors. So you’ll also find links to the moderators’ and advisors’ favorite Lightroom sites, plus links to troubleshooting sites and a page that lists third-party presets, galleries, and extensions.

Jan 22, 2008

The Creative Digital Darkroom

9780596100476_lrg.jpgThe Creative Digital Darkroom
By Katrin Eismann, Sean Duggan

This book takes photographers beyond the quick tips and gimmicky effects of many digital photography books. Author Katrin Eismann — an internationally acclaimed artist, bestselling author, and gifted educator — offers high-profile work, including her own, as examples for teaching photographers how to use the digital medium to create, edit, and output images that reflect their true vision.

Co-authored by photographer and teacher Sean Duggan, The Creative Digital Darkroom translates skills, concepts, and nomenclature of the traditional darkroom into digital solutions for photographers who sense that, despite the newness of the technologies at hand, there remains a timeless method for learning and practicing photography the right way.

This is not a Photoshop book per se, but it does focus on the photographic aspects of Photoshop, something other books claim to do but rarely have the discipline to accomplish.

Jan 22, 2008

Apple growth will draw malware attacks

Mac OS X is safer today — but not necessarily more secure for the long term — than Windows

Source: InfoWorld
Written by Matt Hines

As Apple continues to grow its worldwide market share and the company’s products find their way into more business environments, attackers are certain to follow and create greater volumes of exploits aimed at vulnerabilities in the company’s software, security experts contend.

Jan 21, 2008

YouSendIt Announces Adobe Photoshop plug-in for Mac Platform

Latest YouSendIt plug-in makes large file delivery quick and convenient for Photoshop users

Press Release: YouSendIt, Inc., the trusted global leader in digital content delivery, today announced that it has expanded its service offerings by releasing an Adobe Photoshop plug-in for the Apple® Mac platform. The new plug-in allows Mac users to quickly and seamlessly send multiple Photoshop files in any format, securely, and without compressing.

Jan 21, 2008

Print Raw Files Direct Using DNG File Format

A new development making raw image processing available at retail for the first time!

Press Release: Noritsu Koki announces an agreement that establishes technical cooperation between Noritsu Koki and Adobe Systems. This agreement enables photo retailers with Noritsu input terminals (CT terminals) and Noritsu minilab systems to accept and process raw image data, which is widely used in digital SLR camera photography. This is the first time that raw image data will be supported at the retail level, opening the door for retailers who want to easily provide high quality photographic prints from raw image files.

Jan 21, 2008

You Suck at Photoshop, Episode 3


For those of you whose NFL playoff teams lost this weekend (or anybody who has recently been divorced) and need to watch something funny, check this post out on boingboing titled You Suck as Photoshop, Episode 3. Also check out 1 & 2 as well.

Jan 21, 2008

On Adobe’s Lightroom radar: panoramas, HDR

Source: CNET
Written by Stephen Shankman

Good news for photo enthusiasts who wish they could they could use Photoshop Lightroom for high dynamic range photography and panorama stitching: support is on Adobe Systems’ radar screen, if not necessarily its roadmap.

Jan 21, 2008

Jeff & Mike Tape Camera Raw Video Tutorial


Photo by Michael Reichmann shot with his new Nikon D3 (I wasn’t sure I would show up on a Nikon capture but I did).

You may have noticed I didn’t make any posts last week. I was busy! (and 10-12 hour taping days really takes it out of ya). Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape was in Chicago with his trusty video pal Christopher taping Michael and I doing our upcoming Camera Raw video tutorial.

It should be out in a month or so but what we though was going to be a relatively simple 2-3 hour tutorial seemed to grow as we shot. In addition to the usual fare of how to use Camera Raw in Bridge and Photoshop turned into quite a production. We cover a lot of ground…including Camera Raw, shooting tethered with the new 1DsMIII, Smart Objects, camera calibration (we invited Tom Fors the author of the AcrCalibrator to “teach Michel” how to do it right) and we even taped Thomas Knoll, the founder and primary author of Camera Raw answering questions about Camera Raw. So, I’m pretty sure the final video tutorial will be running a few hours longer (6+ hours is a guess). But hey, Mike and I had fun again–notice the boring and conservative shirt he’s wearing? This time it was Michael shooting snapshots and he’s going to post a few later when he gets them edited.

Oh, did I mention we taped a segment on wine?

Jan 18, 2008

onOne Software Announces Acquisition of Liquid Resize Technology

onOne Software adds ground-breaking image resizing and retargeting technology to its product offerings

Press Release: onOne Software, Inc., announces today the technology acquisition of Liquid Resize which introduces a ground-breaking new way to resize images using a technique known as “seam carving” to reduce the distortion that typically occurs when manipulating the aspect ratio of an image.

Jan 14, 2008

Camera Raw and the shadow output levels


Some image editing habits become so ingrained that it is hard to unlearn them when newer ways come along and make the old favorite methods redundant. An example of this is the subject of setting the output Levels in Photoshop for the print output. For many years Photoshop users were taught to set the output levels for the shadows at a slightly higher value than 0,0,0, even though (as you will read here) it has not been necessary to do so for quite some years now. Then came along Camera Raw and Lightroom and some photographers have been agonizing over how to set the output levels for an image when there is no output levels control in Camera Raw or Lightroom. Hopefully the following article will help shed some light on how Photoshop is still able to manage the output levels for you and why the solution is really a lot simpler than you would think.

Jan 8, 2008

PDF Now an ISO Standard

pdf.jpgStephen Partridge, the business development Manager for Acrobat has announced on his Adobe Blog that the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) voted to approve Adobe’s PDF as an international document format standard. The ISO standard number is ISO32000.

This means that as an ISO standard, Adobe will no longer have sole control over what is already the de facto standard for creating, editing, sharing and commenting on documents between multiple platforms. ‘Adobe will be just one of many implementers of that standard. Adobe expects to participate on the ISO committees determining changes that should be included in a revised standard,’ said James King, a senior principle scientist and PDF architect at Adobe.

Jan 8, 2008

On The Road to Long Beach, CA

I’m off on a little trip out to Long Beach, CA home of Epson USA. Can’t tell ya why…just that I’m going (along with a few friends). The topper of the trip will be dinner at Greg Gorman’s house on Wednesday night. I won’t be back until Friday (although I’ll be coming off the downhill leg of the redeye from LA so don’t expect too much wisdom and wit on Friday).

Next week is also going to be rather busy…Michael Reichmann and his trusty videographer Chris Sanderson will be in town. We’ll be taping an upcoming video tutorial all about Camera Raw. Included in the video will be an interview with the Camera Raw engineering team as well as an appearance by Tom Fors talking about camera calibration and demoing his AcrCalibrator.

Busy, busy…

Jan 7, 2008

New White Paper on Non-Destructive Imaging

A new PDF has been added to White Papers & Primers in Adobe’s Digital Imaging section. The new PDF by author and photographer Peter Krogh is titled Non-Destructive Imaging: An Evolution of Rendering Technology. Peter is the author of The DAM Book as well as DAM Useful stuff on his DAM Useful web site.

Peter joins some of the other top authors who have published useful and important articles including; Karl Lang, Andrew Rodney, George Reis, John Paul Caponigro, Michael Reichmann, R. Mac Holbert and Jeff Schewe.

Additional new PDFs will be posted in the coming weeks and months. And, they are FREE!

Jan 7, 2008

2007 Year in Review by Scott Kelby

In case you missed it, Scott Kelby posted a story about 2007 titled A Look Back at 2007 in Photoshop, Photography, Adobe, and More.


Of course the major item in 2007 for Adobe was the launch of Creative Suite 3 which incorporated new versions of Adobe products as well as former Macromedia products into a slew of Creative Suites bundles including the big ticket item the Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection which includes just about everything Adobe sells in one huge collection. Part of the big news that some failed to note was the return of a former Mac product, Premier Pro.


Also mentioned was the launch of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and the fact that in a short time, Lightroom took the lead in its product category.

Also noted in Scott’s post was the passing of the torch from former Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen to Shantanu Narayen.

Another point touched on was what I think is a big milestone, NAPP membership passed the 70,000 member mark. Way to go NAPP!

Check out the rest of Scott’s highlights on his post. And visit his site Photoshop Insider.

Jan 3, 2008

Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest 2007 Winners


The winners of the Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest 2007 have been announced and posted on their web site. The Honorary Chairman, Benoit Mandelbrot himself writes: “It was an astonishing event, both at the International Congress of Mathematicians and at the museum downtown. I am an inveterate optimist, but never expected to see a crowd standing in a long line to be allowed to admire mathematics in any of its forms.”

Jan 3, 2008

O’Reilly Media Publishes Aaland’s ‘Photoshop CS3 Raw’

9780596510527_cat.pngPress Release: SEBASTOPOL, Calif. — “Raw data is the holy grail of digital photography,” said award-winning photographer and best-selling author Mikkel Aaland, when his book Photoshop CS2 Raw was published two years ago.

The same is still true today.

“Anyone who is serious about digital photography and wants to produce the best possible picture needs to shoot and process Raw,” notes Aaland in the introduction of his new book, Photoshop CS3 Raw (O’Reilly, $34.99 U.S.).

Aaland’s up-to-the-minute edition focuses on the important features of Adobe Photoshop CS3, including Camera Raw’s new retouching tools, expanded controls and ramped up sharpening features.

Jan 3, 2008

2008 – Year of the Mac?

Source: ZDNet
Posted by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

Data released by Net Applications for December 2007 tells us something that most of us already knew – that Mac is on a roll and gaining momentum every month.