Archive for the ' PSN Top Stories' Category

Mar 23, 2010

Adobe Releases Lightroom 3 Beta 2

Tom Hogarty, Lightroom product manager has posted a story about the release of the new Lightroom 3 Beta 2 available now on

Here’s a quick summary of what’s new in this release:

Feb 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop Hits Twenty
Community Celebrates Software that Changed the Way We View the World
SAN JOSE, Calif., – Feb. 18, 2010 – Adobe(r) Photoshop(r), the software product that redefined creativity in the digital age, turns 20 on Feb. 19, 2010. Around the world, Photoshop fans are celebrating the impact their favorite software has had across photography, art, design, publishing and commerce. In the United States, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) will be hosting a special Photoshop 20th Anniversary celebration for over a thousand attendees in San Francisco at the Palace of the Fine Arts Theater today. The event will feature Adobe’s senior vice president of Creative Solutions, John Loiacono, as well as vice president of Photoshop Product Management, Kevin Connor, Photoshop co-creator Thomas Knoll and famed Adobe creative director and Photoshop evangelist, Russell Brown. To be a part of this celebration and view the live Webcast, visit:
The festivities continue overseas in Japan, Southeast Asia and throughout Europe. In honor of the 20th anniversary, Adobe Germany will host a special 20-hour online marathon, featuring over 15 local Photoshop “gurus” demonstrating their favorite tips and tricks live for Photoshop fans. In India and France, digital imaging contests will be held to showcase the work of Photoshop users. A special Adobe TV broadcast will also air on the anniversary date at, reuniting the original “Photoshop team” for the first time in 18 years, to discuss their early work on the software and demonstrate Photoshop 1.0 on a rebuilt Macintosh computer.
The Photoshop community is also sharing their favorite stories online, with the product and its over 400,000 fan-strong Facebook page, the hub for a worldwide look at the product’s impact. A new “Celebrate” tab directs users to a 20th anniversary logo, which many have already personalized with Photoshop and used as a replacement for their profile image. Connect with the Photoshop team at or, and add the tag #PS20 to tweets about the anniversary.
“For 20 years Photoshop has played many different roles – it has given creative people the power to deliver amazing images that impact every part of our visual culture and challenged the eye with its ability to transform photographs,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer at Adobe. “It’s no exaggeration to say that, thanks to millions of creative customers, Photoshop has changed the way the world looks at itself.”
The impact of Photoshop is everywhere – billboard signs, magazine covers, major motion pictures, even the logo on the coffee cup you drink out of every morning. All have likely been touched by the software. Over 90 percent of creative professionals have Photoshop on their desktops and today Photoshop is used by professional photographers, graphic designers and advertisers, as well as architects, engineers and even doctors. Whether it’s bringing visual effects to life in the blockbuster film Avatar, helping save lives in partnership with forensics departments and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, or challenging the human eye to determine if an image is real or fake, Photoshop continues to find new uses and advocates.
How It All Began
In 1987, Thomas Knoll developed a pixel imaging program called Display. It was a simple program to showcase grayscale images on a black-and-white monitor. However, after collaborating with his brother John Knoll, the two began adding features that made it possible to process digital image files. The program eventually caught the attention of industry influencers, and in 1988, Adobe made the decision to license the software, naming it Photoshop, and shipping the first version in 1990.
“Twenty years ago, Adobe predicted that it would sell 500 copies of Photoshop per month,” said Thomas Knoll, co-creator of Photoshop at Adobe. “I guess you could say, we beat those projections! It’s amazing to think that millions of people use this software today. We knew we had a groundbreaking technology on our hands, but we never anticipated how much it would impact the images we see all around us. The ability to seamlessly place someone within an image was just the beginning of Photoshop’s magic.”
Over its 20-year history, Photoshop has evolved significantly from a simple original display program to a wildly popular application that has over 10 million users worldwide. With each release, Adobe has introduced technological innovations that defy the impossible. Layers, introduced in Photoshop 3.0, gave designers the ability to create complex compositions easier than ever before. The Healing Brush, another groundbreaking feature introduced in Photoshop 7.0, allowed users to magically retouch images by seamlessly removing blemishes and wrinkles, while preserving lighting and texture. Photoshop tools like crop, eraser, blur and dodge and burn have become part of the creative vernacular worldwide.
The Photoshop team thrives off its rich beta tester program, with active and vocal users who have submitted requests and helped shape the development of features throughout the years. Adobe has maintained a strong connection with its customer base through blogs, user research, customer support, forums and feedback from Adobe “evangelists” who travel the world to engage with Photoshop users.
Helpful Links
Photoshop Customer Quote Sheet:
National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) Photoshop 20th Anniversary Celebration:
Adobe TV Photoshop 20th Anniversary Broadcast:
Photoshop Facebook Page:
Photoshop Facebook Page:
Photoshop Twitter:
Photoshop Family Page:
Adobe Photoshop Family
Building upon Photoshop’s history of innovation and leadership, Adobe offers a line of Photoshop desktop and Web-hosted solutions for every level of user. Each product in the Photoshop family gives users across the spectrum of digital expertise the power to manage, edit, create and showcase images.
Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended software are at the heart of the Photoshop family, providing unrivaled power and editing freedom. Photoshop Lightroom(r) addresses the workflow needs of serious amateur and professional photographers, helping them find, manage, enhance and showcase images in powerful ways. Photoshop Elements software provides accessible tools and sharing options for photo enthusiasts. Snap-shooters can quickly and easily share and edit photos with simple gestures on their iPhone or Android devices. completes the Photoshop line providing an online photo sharing, editing and hosting resource for all.
About Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information – anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit

Adobe Photoshop Hits Twenty
Community Celebrates Software that Changed the Way We View the World

SAN JOSE, Calif., – Feb. 18, 2010 – Adobe® Photoshop®, the software product that redefined creativity in the digital age, turns 20 on Feb. 19, 2010.

Around the world, Photoshop fans are celebrating the impact their favorite software has had across photography, art, design, publishing and commerce.

In the United States, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) will be hosting a special Photoshop 20th Anniversary celebration for over a thousand attendees in San Francisco at the Palace of the Fine Arts Theater today.

The event will feature Adobe’s senior vice president of Creative Solutions, John Loiacono, as well as vice president of Photoshop Product Management, Kevin Connor, Photoshop co-creator Thomas Knoll and famed Adobe creative director and Photoshop evangelist, Russell Brown. To be a part of this celebration and view the live Webcast, visit:

Jul 24, 2009

He’s Back. Mark Hamburg Returns to Adobe

After over a year spent working at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington offices, Mark Hamburg has resigned from Microsoft to rejoin Adobe Systems, Inc. where he will again be working in the Digital Imaging department. Mark, a former Photoshop Architect and the founding engineer on Lightroom had gone to Microsoft to work on new usability for Windows. His decision to return to Adobe is more a statement of desire to again work on products in the digital imaging realm rather than a more research driven project. News of his return is official as of Friday, July 24th, 2009.

Check out Mark’s going away party from April, 2008. For more information about Mark check out the Shadowland/Lightroom Development Story. Mark will be working from home and the Seattle office of Adobe while the family decides whether or not to return to the San Jose area. It’s also not clear as of yet exactly what projects Mark will be working on. He will be briefed about on going projects and news is expected in the coming weeks. It’s not thought that he plans to rejoin the Lightroom engineering team at this time. The DI department handles all of Adobe’s pro level imaging apps such as the Creative Suite apps of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Soundbooth as well as others. Lightroom and Camera Raw/DNG are also under the DI roof.

Welcome back Mark, we missed ya!

Feb 25, 2009

Adobe Releases Photoshop CS4 Update

Adobe Photoshop CS4 11.0.1 update – multiple languages

The Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 11.0.1 update addresses a number of issues discovered after Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended (11.0) software were released. 

The most significant fixes in the Photoshop CS4 11.0.1 update include the following:

Feb 4, 2009

Second Mac Trojan Attacks Pirated PhotoShop CS4

Source: PC Magazine

Security firm Intego said this week that it has discovered a second version of the Trojan hiding within a pirated version of iLife ’09. The new variant is being distributed via BitTorrentwithin Adobe Photoshop CS4 for the Mac. 

According to Intego, the new Trojan is named OSX.Trojan.iServices.B. The PhotoShop installer being distributed is clean, Intego said; however, the accompanying serial-number generator contains the Trojan.

Read full article

Dec 23, 2008

Book II is now done…

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.

Nov 4, 2008

Go Vote!

I voted…you all should too–whoever you wish to vote for.

Sep 30, 2008

Scott and Matt Talk “Conspiracy Theories”

It seems some people see Conspiracy Theories where there really aren’t any. To address some users’ question Scott Kelby took the “easy way” out and did a video with Matt Kloskowski and talked about the timing of Lightroom 2, Photoshop CS4 with Camera Raw 5. I say “easy way” because it was easier for Scott and Matt to sit around talking than having to actually write (his words, not mine).

So check this post out (and watch the video if the mood strikes you–post comments on SCOTT’s blog, not here). Lightroom 2 vs. CS4 & Lightroom Conspiracy Theories

Sep 23, 2008

Adobe Introduces Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended

Landmark Release Packs Powerful Editing Punch and Harnesses the Creative Potential of 3D

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Sept. 23, 2008 – Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe(r) Photoshop(r) CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended, the highly anticipated, new editions of the professional industry standard software for digital imaging. Providing a fluid user experience, complete creative control and higher efficiency, Photoshop CS4 leverages the power of the latest hardware to extend imaging possibilities and offer faster, more flexible ways to accomplish core tasks like image adjustments and masks. All of these features and more can be found in Photoshop CS4 Extended, which serves users with advanced motion graphics functions, dramatically expanded 3D visualization capabilities and precise image analysis.

Sep 16, 2008

Adobe Announces CS4 Announcement

Not known for its ability to keep secrets, Adobe has announced that it will announce Creative Suite 4 (CS4) which will presumably include Photoshop CS4 (we don’t “know” this because the announcement of the announcement was a bit vague). But you can find out for sure by registering for an invite-only webcast which will be aired on September 23rd, 2008. The registration page is here.

The reason we “presume” that Photoshop CS4 will be announced along with the rest of the Creative Suite is that Johnny L (John Loiacono, Adobe’s VP of their Creative Business Unit) kinda let the rabbit out of the hat at the Photoshop World Keynote a couple of weeks ago.

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?

Jul 28, 2008

Adobe Releases the GM Version of Camera Raw 4.5 and DNG Converter 4.5

Adobe has released the final version of Camera Raw 4.5 as well as the DNG Converter 4.5. The updates are available for download from the Camera Raw Product Page.

In addition to new camera support (now at over 180 cameras), Camera Raw 4.5 and DNG Converter 4.5 also adds support for rendering the newly released Lightroom 2.0 functionality.

The direct download pages are here; Macintosh, Windows

Jul 28, 2008

Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 2

Major Software Upgrade Further Simplifies Photography Workflows

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — July 29, 2008 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2 software, the photographer’s essential toolbox for managing, adjusting and presenting large volumes of digital photographs. With new enhancements such as dual-monitor support, radical advances in non-destructive localized image correction, and streamlined search capabilities, Lightroom 2 is a compelling upgrade that simplifies photography from shoot to finish. As Adobe’s first application to support 64-bit for Mac OS X 10.5 Macintosh computers with Intel® processors and Microsoft® Windows® Vista® 64bit operating systems, Lightroom 2 also provides improved memory performance for dealing with large scale images.

Jul 10, 2008

In an Iranian Image, a Missile Too Many

Source: The New York Times

Written by Mike Nizza and Patrick Witty

The image that Agence France-Presse obtained from Sepah News on Wednesday.

As news spread across the world of Iran’s provocative missile tests, so did an image of four missiles heading skyward in unison. Unfortunately, it appeared to contain one too many missiles, a point that had not emerged before the photo appeared on the front pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers as well as on BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo! News, and many other major news Web sites.

Another image that The Associated Press received from the same source on Thursday.

Agence France-Presse said that it obtained the image from the Web site of Sepah News, the media arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, on Wednesday. But there was no sign of it there later in the day. Today, The Associated Press distributed what appeared to be a nearly identical photo from the same source, but without the fourth missile.

Read entire story

Editor’s Note: Even from the small images above, it’s obvious to anybody who knows anything about digital imaging, that the image has been altered. Aside from the cloned clouds of dust, the sky surrounding the 4th missile obviously doesn’t blend naturally. Clearly Sepah News service doesn’t employ the best Photoshop artists…file this one under OOOPS!  


Jul 2, 2008

George Jardine Says Farewell to Adobe

George Jardine, Adobe evangelist for Lightroom and digital photography is leaving Adobe effective the beginning of this month, July, 2008. George has winamp posted his farewell on his blog and can be read here.

This is the second time George has done time at Adobe. He had worked with Russell Brown during the 1990′s acting as evangelist for Photoshop. He left and turned to working in video and other mediums. He came back to Adobe for the purpose of working on Shadowland (AKA Lightroom) with Mark Hamburg. You can read the PSN story on Shadowland’s development here.

George will be missed but not forgotten and I suspect he’ll be around Acronis the industry working on different projects after he takes his summer vacation. I know that after our recent bike trip together he went out and bought a new K1200 GT BMW motorcycle that he’ll be touring around on. We may hook up for another trip later in the summer.

I personally would like to say a hearty thanks and congratulations to George on the work he has done and what he has brought to Adobe. Thanks George…see ya around!

Jul 2, 2008

John Nack Guest-Blogs on Photoshop Insider

John Nack, the Senior Photoshop Product Manager at Adobe has been invited by Scott Kelby to post on Scott’s Photoshop-Insider blog.

John’s post talks about the relative difficulties of determining what features and functionality to add to new versions of Photoshop. It’s a little something I know a bit about having coined the phrase; careful what you wish for, the Photoshop engineers may (or may not) give you what you said you wanted.

Check out John’s post here.

Apr 1, 2008

On the Road to Photoshop World-Orlando

No, I’m not going to Disney World…but I am in Orlando getting ready for the kick-off of this year’s Photoshop World.

The theme this year is THE EVOLUTION (probably because of the “evolution” of Photoshop) and rumor has it that Scott Kelby will be dressed as Captain Kirk and the staff will be the crew of the Starship Enterprise.

I’ve already run into Scott (not literally-I just saw him walking by on crutches). Seems Scott had a little accident. It’s either a 1)-a skiing accident while in the Swiss Alps, 2)-a kick boxing accident when delivering a vicious round kick or 3)-an unfortunate treadmill incident. We’ll investigate and report back so stay tuned…

Just found this story from Scott’s blog: I’m Heading to Photoshop World today. On Crutches!

Feb 19, 2008

Most Important Date in Digital Imaging History?


In the grand scheme of human history, February 19th may not go down as a momentous occasion, but it’s recently come to light that at least in the world of digital imaging, today signifies a more important date than most anybody realized. And that folks, is the delicious irony.

Feb 18, 2008

Photographer Says ‘Sorry’ For Faking Tibetan Antelope Picture


BEIJING, Feb 18 (Bernama) — An award-winning photographer in Tibetan antelope protection has apologised to the public for a picture he faked showing more than 20 of the animals roaming peacefully under a railway bridge where a train was passing, Xinhua news agency reported Monday.

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 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.

Dec 21, 2007

A book roundup of 2007


As we approach the end of 2007 we wanted to ask some of the leading figures in the Photoshop community which books they had found most inspiring and in the case of authors, which books they had written were they most proud of. We got some interesting and quite varied responses. So if you are still stuck for ideas about what to get a Photoshop geek for Christmas, here are some reading tips from the experts.

To keep this article seasonal we didn’t want it to be entirely about Photoshop and digital imaging. We did also ask people to nominate a book for recreational reading. After all, the holiday season is a time for relaxing and leaving work to one side! To help you find out more about the books recommended here we have created links to for all the books featured here.

Nov 19, 2007

Adobe’s Update Servers are Problematic

Since the release of a slew of updates late Thursday night, November 15th, 2007, many users have downloaded updates for Photoshop CS3, Bridge CS3, Camera Raw 4.3 and Lightroom 1.3. However, many people seem unable to get to the product updates because regional servers have been slow to get updated URLS.

Usually, going to the New Downloads urls will allow users access to all the recently uploaded updates for all of Adobe’s products. However, many users from outside of the US and Canada are reporting that when they attempt to access the same download links, they are getting “not found” errors.

The problem is thought to be a failure of mirrored servers getting properly updated urls throughout Adobe’s extensive network. While some people in northern Europe like Sweden don’t seem to have a problem, users in the UK can not seem to get to the same download pages.

In the meantime, if your Adobe Updater can’t seem to find the updates or your locale’s local country servers haven’t been updated, you should still be able to access Adobe’s public FTP servers. The main public FTP is

To access Photoshop updates (including Camera Raw) go to:

To access Bridge updates, go to:

To access Lightroom updates, go to:

Nov 15, 2007

Adobe Also Updates Bridge CS3 to 2.1.1

br-cs3-icon.pngAdobe Also Updates Bridge CS3 to 2.1.1

It seems like Adobe is in a frenzy to update everything in the Photoshop family and now the Bridge CS3 update to version 2.1.1 is available for download (no word yet on Adobe Updater).

The Macintosh Bridge CS3 (2.1.1) Update is here.

The Windows Bridge CS3 (2.1.1) Update is here.

Nov 15, 2007

Adobe Releases Photoshop CS3 Update

ps-cs3-icon.pngAdobe Photoshop 10.0.1 update for Adobe Photoshop CS3

The Adobe Photoshop 10.0.1 update addresses a number of issues discovered after Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended (10.0) software were released.

The update should be showing up in Adobe Updater but the patcher/updater is available for download from now.

The Windows Photoshop CS3 (10.0.1) update is here.

The Macintosh Photoshop CS3 (10.0.1) update is here.