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Neat ImageLunacore opened a new section called Reviews. The first review is a review of Neat Image, a product to remove noise, film grain, JPEG artifacts, moire patterns, color banding, etc.

Red EyesThis new Lunacore tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop CS2’s Red Eye tool in a non-destructive way. The technique is unique and hasn’t been discussed before in any book/magazine or on any web site.
We will also show you how to use the red eye tool to create a mask that you can use for any kind of red eye correction. The technique itself might be confusing to beginners, but because of the detailed steps and large amount of screenshots it shouldn’t be too difficult to end this tutorial with success.

The main purpose of the tutorial is to show you how can use a combination of masks, channels and blending modes to do some fascinating things.

Photoshop TV episode 49In this 49th episode of Photoshop TV, Matt, Scott and Dave have the following to share:

- Technique for using Gradient Overlay and the Warp Tool to add a shiny effect to text and objects.

- Layers technique that lets you break a subject out of its borders.

- Little-known features in Photoshop CS2 like resizing the font sample, choosing alternative plugin folders and creating customized hotkeys.

 

To-Do List

- iStockphoto isn’t just great royalty-free content. They have lots of articles and tutorials.

- Stock up on free tutorials, how-to videos and digital photography news at Planet Photoshop.

- Nature lovers and photographers combine in the Digital Landscape Workshop Series.

Photoshop TV Episode 48The Photoshop Guys Scott, Matt and Dave are here again with new tips and tricks in this 48th episode Photoshop TV:

- Camera RAW techniques for converting to black and white using saturation, shadows and contrast sliders

- A detailed explanation of Blend If

- tip-of-the-hat to Jeremy Stroud

- split-toning effect with the Channel Mixer, Color Balance and Adjustment Layers.

To-Do List
- Check out a cool Podcast for digital photographers at thedigitalphotographyshow.com
- Find out about Matt’s new Layers training course at photoshoptraining.com
- Need an excuse to go to Maui? Visit visualimpact.org

OptiPaintThe Light Strokes OptiPaint system is the first input device that lets you use real paint brushes and other actual artists’ tools directly with your favorite paint software.
You can even use your fingers and hands, or virtually any light-colored object you’d care to paint with.

The OptiPaint system picks up the changing shapes and textures of those tools with each stroke.
Up till now, the only way to get real brushstrokes into a computer would be to paint them on paper, let them dry, and scan them in. Not exactly interactive. Now with the OptiPaint system, you can paint with real brushes in real time.

Photoshop TV 46The Photoshop Guys Scott, Matt and Dave are back in business with new tips and tricks in this 46th episode Photoshop TV:

- a quick way to preview your images in black and white format in Adobe Bridge
- tip for previewing in Photoshop
- creating a Flash animation with Photoshop and ImageReady
- a wild 3D abstract using the 3D Transform Filter

This week’s to-do list

- Check out the latest offerings at the Digital Technology Centre
- Say hello to Monte Zucker and Eddie Tapp
- Have a look at the new community at Adobe Illustrator Techniques

Adobe Photoshop 9.0.2 update for Adobe Photoshop CS2 for Windows

The Adobe Photoshop 9.0.2 update fixes a number of problems discovered after Photoshop CS2 (9.0) was released. The Photoshop 9.0.2 update includes all the fixes contained in the earlier Photoshop 9.0.1 update. Therefore, it is not necessary to apply the 9.0.1 update prior to running the 9.0.2 update on Photoshop CS2.

The most significant fixes in the 9.0.2 release include the following:

- Menus now respond correctly after a single click.
- Undo/Redo work properly when multiple documents are open.
- Photoshop no longer produces a program error when encountering unsupported file types through the Acrobat Touchup workflow.
- Supported files that incorrectly produced an “unsupported color space” message now open as expected.
- TIFF files with layer data greater than 2GB now open correctly.

The most significant fixes in the 9.0.1 release (also included in the 9.0.2 update) include the following:

- Photoshop no longer hangs for several seconds when using painting tools with quick strokes.
- A runtime error that could appear when mousing over a high-res doc with the Brush Tool has been fixed.
- Documents containing a large number of text layers now open more quickly.
- Problems related to palettes (slow redraw, palettes go white, possible crash) have been addressed.
- TIFF files from certain scanners can now be opened correctly.
- After editing an image in Photoshop CS2 via Acrobat Touchup, the image no longer gets repositioned.
- XMP metadata from AI and PDF files is now retained in Photoshop.
- Slow performance when toggling layer visibility has been fixed.
- Info palette numbers now display and update when moving a curve point in Curves via the cursor keys.
- Problems opening certain TIFF and PSB files greater than 2GB have been resolved.
- The Merge to HDR command now functions properly when using high-ASCII characters in the user login.

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UpdateNote concerning the Mac update

Adobe has pulled its latest Photoshop CS 2 update after Photoshop users encountered issues with printing.

Adobe admitted: “We have identified an issue with the 9.0.2 when printing on OS X 10.3 and are addressing that with our team now. Be forewarned we expect we will pull the 9.0.2 update because of this and release an update that will address this issue as soon as we can.”

Photoshop TV episode 44Is time again for the guys of PhotoshopTV, Scott Kelby, Dave Cross and Larry Becker to share some new stuff with us in the 40th episode of their popular show;

- A tutorial on making a realistic film style contact sheet
- A multitude of little known camera RAW tips
- Restore a faded photograph with Adjustment Layers

To-do list

- Visit John Paul Caponigro
- Check out the huge Nikon user community at Nikonians
- Take a break at ratemydrawings.com

Lunacore Photoshop Training added 3 new tutorials in which we learn how to use specific tools and techniques;

- how to create animations in ImageReady
- using masks to create the illusion of depth
- how to create a 3D looking texture from scratch in Photoshop
- using the Liquify tool to add randomness to an image
- an example of how we can use the mysterious Maximize filter
- manually adding shadows and highlights to objects to create the illusion of depth
- using the Median filter to add round corners to a mask
- moving layers into layers groups and getting rid of redundant masks
- using two identical objects to create the illusion of depth without using a layer style
- etc

Animated Plane Flying Through CloudsAnimated Plane Flying Through Clouds

This Photoshop tutorial explains how to place a plane in some clouds and how to create the illusion of depth. Later in this tutorial we’re going to use this plane to create a short animation in ImageReady.

 

 

 

Stone WallStone Wall

A tutorial that shows how to create a stone texture and how to use this same texture to create a stone wall. The same texture can also be used as to create a stone floor.

 

 

 

Realistic CrackRealistic Crack

In this tutorial we learn how to add a realistic crack to an existing stone texture.

Photoshop TV episode 38Photoshop Guys Scott Kelby, Dave Cross and Matt Kloskowski share the following subjects in the 38th episode of Photoshop TV:

- Change the impact of a two-model photo by duplicating, resizing and blurring
- How to customize the Web Photo Gallery in Adobe Bridge to use your own logo
- Creating an effect in camera RAW and applying your finishing touches in Photoshop
- A sneak peak from behind the scenes of Adobe Live! in Amsterdam

To-Do List:
- Take a look at Photo Kit Color 2.0 from Pixel Genius
- Grab a tutorial for every software application you can think of at Pixel2Life.com
- Check out the Digital Landscape Workshop series at digitallandscape.org

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