Archive for August, 2008

Aug 28, 2008

Free Tech Expo Pass Now Available at Photoshop World

Photoshop World Tech Expo – Sept. 5-6, 2008 – Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino – South Convention Center

Press Release: TAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A free Tech Expo pass (valued at $20 per person) is now available online at for the largest gathering of Adobe® Photoshop®, digital imaging, and graphic design technology by the biggest names in the industry at the upcoming Photoshop® World Tech Expo in Las Vegas, Sept. 5-6 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

Aug 27, 2008

Adobe Unveils Photoshop Elements 7 and Introduces Membership

New Membership Boosts Capabilities of Desktop Experience

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 26, 2008 

 Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 7 software with new membership, a milestone release of the No. 1 selling consumer photo-editing software*. Available for Windows®, Photoshop Elements 7 makes it quick and easy to organize, edit, create and share amazing photos with others by leveraging the editing power of Photoshop software, the professional standard for image editing. For the first time, Photoshop Elements 7 customers will have the option to sign-up for one year of membership on, extending the capabilities of the software by providing helpful templates and creative tutorials delivered on a regular basis. Other benefits include: automatic online backup and storage of photos and videos, access to photos and videos from virtually anywhere, and interactive options to share memories with great impact.

Aug 27, 2008

The Photoshop cop

Image by Ken Kokotek (aka Picasso)

Ken Kokotek mocked his superiors on the Internet. Now he’s paying for it.

Source: creative
Written by Alex Picket

On May 5, around 6 p.m., St. Petersburg police officer Ken Kokotek walked into SPPD headquarters carrying a bundle of homemade invitation cards. The cards announced his retirement party, something he had been looking forward to after 25 years with the police force. He stayed only 20 minutes, just enough time to stuff about 65 invitations into the second-floor mailboxes of fellow police officers.

But these weren’t ordinary Hallmark party invitations. The card’s front showed the famously bumbling silent film characters the Keystone Cops, onto which Kokotek had superimposed the faces of Mayor Rick Baker, Police Chief Chuck Harmon, Assistant Chief Luke Williams, Major Melanie Bevan and other SPPD supervisors.

Aug 27, 2008

Peachpit Releases Lessons in DSLR Workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop

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. 

Aug 25, 2008

Photoshop–Helping the Ugly Since 1988

Been there, done that, want the tee shirt? Now you can…offered through Cafe Press. Here’s the link.

Aug 25, 2008

“Dear Adobe…”

John Nack, the Senior Product Manage of Photoshop noted a new web site on his blog recently. It’s called Dear Adobe and it’s devoted to, well, providing a place for people to post rants and raves. Viewers can submit their own gripes and vote on the gripes of others.

You can see what John thinks about this at this link. (or at least his “public reaction”)

(It’s good that John has a sense of humor)

Aug 25, 2008

Scott Kelby Offers Today’s Lightroom 2 Book Sales to Orphanage in Kenya

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.

Aug 18, 2008

On the Road to Ann Arbor & Toronto

I’m off for a short visit with TK in Ann Arbor (I’m going to get to meet Eric Chan) and then off to Toronto to tape some stuff with Michael Reichmann. So, I’ll be off-line till the end of the week.

Aug 17, 2008

I Was There. Just Ask Photoshop.

FOUR’S A CROWD After her divorce, Laura Horn, second from right, decided to have her ex-husband (guess who?) removed from the picture with Photoshop.

Source: The New York Times
Written by Alex Williams

REMOVING her ex-husband from more than a decade of memories may take a lifetime for Laura Horn, a police emergency dispatcher in Rochester. But removing him from a dozen years of vacation photographs took only hours, with some deft mouse work from a willing friend who was proficient in Photoshop, the popular digital-image editing program.

Aug 12, 2008

Photography as a Weapon

Boing Boing’s contest entry. (, submitted by THEBLUEONE)

Source: The New York Times blogs
Written by Errol Morris

As almost everyone knows by now, various major daily newspaper published, on July 10, a photograph of four Iranian missiles streaking heavenward; then Little Green Footballs (significantly, a blog and not a daily newspaper) provided evidence that the photograph had been faked. Later, many of those same papers published a Whitman’s sampler of retractions and apologies. For me it raised a series of questions about images.[1] Do they provide illustration of a text or an idea of evidence of some underlying reality or both? And if they are evidence, don’t we have to know that the evidence is reliable, that it can be trusted?

Aug 12, 2008

Lightroom-News Posts Tom Hogarty Interview (Photoshop News’ sister site) has posted an interview with Tom Hogarty, the Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (can you say that in one breath?). Tom is also Product Manager for Camera Raw and DNG. Our own Martin Evening did the interview (pretty much by email although I think there were a few phone calls thrown in as well–particularly about a “permissions” issue).

Read the interview here.

Note: the portrait of Tom is uncredited (and no, I didn’t do it).

Aug 12, 2008

Olympic Fireworks Faked For TV

Parts of the spectacular Beijing Olympics opening ceremony were faked, it has emerged.

From Mark Stone, SkyNews

Super-imposed footprint fireworks: Pictures BBC

The global television audience of more than three billion people watched in amazement as a series of giant footprints outlined in fireworks proceeded through the night sky from Tiananmen Square to the Bird’s Nest stadium – except they were watching a computer animation.

Aug 8, 2008

People Magazine Says It Didn’t Photoshop Smiling Brangelina Newborn

Source: FOX News

People magazine did not Photoshop the picture on its latest cover of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s smiling newborn daughter Vivienne, as New York magazine suggested in a recent piece, a rep for the celeb weekly told on Thursday.

Aug 6, 2008

PixelGenius Adds EFP Profile for R2880 Epson Printers

PixelGenius, LLC has added a free ICC profile for the new Epson Stylus® Photo 2880 Printers designed to work with the Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper. The free profiles are available from the PixelGenius web site on this page. This brings the number of free profiles available to 10 including profiles for the R2400, 3/4/7/9800 series as well as the 4/7/9/11880 series printers.

Aug 6, 2008

Andrew Rodney Guest Blogs on Photoshop Insider


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.

Aug 5, 2008

JP Caponigro Self-Publishes Antarctica Book

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.

Aug 4, 2008

London Bananas-The Blog

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.

Aug 4, 2008

Eric Chan Writes About the DNG Profile Editor on John Nack’s Blog

Check out Eric’s thoughts on the DNG Profile Editor and the new DNG Profiles for Camera Raw 4.5 and Lightroom 2.0 in this post on John Nack’s blog.

Aug 4, 2008

NAPP to Induct Martin Evening and John Nack into Photoshop Hall of Fame

At the Photoshop World Conference & Expo (held Sept 4-6, 2008 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino), two new members of the Photoshop community will be inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame; English photographer and author Martin Evening and Senior Photoshop Product Manager John Nack.