Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories has developed a new way of resizing images (media retargeting).

A short article can be found here.

Photoshoproadmap PuzzlePhotoshoproadmap, always good for unique tutorials with lots of detail, has released yet another great tutorial called “Create a colorful Print-and-Play puzzle for your kids with Photoshop”.
The 5 page tutorial explains how to create glossy looking shapes and text, how to add proper shadows, how to build the puzzle board and its pieces and how to add some finishing touches. You can even download two complete puzzles at the end of the tutorial and make your kids happy in no time!

Photoshop TV Episode 72
In this episode of Photoshop TV
- How to make a James Bond style screen effect using the Fibers, Cutout and Twirl filters.
- Put a showroom finish on a car with Shadow/Highlight adjustments and Levels.
- Create an Andy Warhol style effect with a psychedelic animation effect.

Scott Kelby has the breaking news on Adobe’s announcement of Photoshop CS3 and CS3 Extended.

This Week’s To-Do List
- Sign up at to buy and sell photography and design
- Get amazing tips and tricks for just about everything at
- Stay up to date on the latest software at

Photoshop TV 67In the 67th episode of Photoshop TV, Matt, Scott and Dave share the following subjects with you:

- The best new features of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: Target Adjustment Tool, Keyword Stamper, Virtual Copies and Tone Curve.
- How to use the Hue and Saturation in Adjustment Layers.
- How to use Free Transform for repeat Actions and across multiple Layers

This Week’s To-Do List
- Check out the new tutorials at
- Get a ton of Photoshop news and tips from Trevor Morris’s site.
- Enjoy the art of typography at Type For You.

The Mother of All Photoshop Sweepstakes
Enter to win an Alaskan cruise from the good people at Cruising Through Life and join our own Dave Cross, Moose Peterson and Vincent Versace for 7 days of amazing nature photography, Photoshop instruction and the best time you’ll ever have learning.

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How you can win a full year of Layers magazine.

PixelPerfect with Bert MonroyIf you’re one of those people who love to study Photoshop by watching video tutorials, then it might be a good idea to visit PixelPerfect by Bert Monroy.

In 16 epsiodes (and growing) Bert is showing the viewer in great detail how to do things in Photoshop:

- Layer masks and alpha channels
- Making a ray gun
- Shadows
- Making tubes
- Filter effects
- Type effects
- Making a lamp
- Patterns and animation
- Lightning
- Drops of water
- Rapid weathering
- The extract command
- Colorizing

In episode 10-12 Bert also explains behind the scene certain aspect of his huge Photoshop work called Damen, a 15,000 layer Photoshop design.

Photoshop CS3 BetaAdobe released the beta of Photoshop CS3. This beta which can be downloaded from Adobe Labs is free for all licensed users of either the Photoshop CS2 (full, upgrade, and education), Adobe Creative Suite 2 Standard or Premium (full, upgrade, and education), Adobe Production Studio Standard and Premium (full, upgrade, and education), Adobe Video Bundle (full, upgrade, and education) or Adobe Web Bundle (full, upgrade, and education).

If you’re not a licensed user of any of these products, then you’re only allowed to try out the product for 2 days.

Some of the new features/improvements:

- Auto align layers
- Auto blend for stitched images
- Smart filters (non-destructive filters (including Shadows and Highlight) which you can combine with a mask)
- Quick selection tool
- Device Central 1.0
- Adjustable Cloning and Healing with preview overlay
- Zoomify (Google maps style zoom interface for web based images)
- Improved Curves
- Enhanced Channel Mixer (filter presets)
- Refine Edge (to modify the edge of any selection)
- Refined interface (see examples below)
- Enhanced Brightness/Contrast
- New advanced Black and White conversion tool
- Improved print window
- 2 new blend modes: Lighter Color, Darker Color
- Enhanced Photo Merge function
- Enhanced Merge to 23-Bit HDR
- New Bridge version
- Improved vanishing point with multiple, adjustable angle perspective planes
- Camera Raw 4.0

For more detailed information and issues, check the release notes for Photoshop CS3.

There is also a Photoshop CS3 forum that you can visit here.

Visit for a video interview with Photoshop’s senior product manager John Nack. At the end of the video Jason shows off some of Photoshop CS3’s new features.

Note: you can also download the complete interview on that same page. If you have problems with the file that you downloaded, then rename the extension .mov to .m4v

Also don’t forget to check out the web site of Photoshop guru Russell Brown, who just finished a few Photoshop CS3 video tutorials:

- CS3 Smart Filters
- CS3 The All New Photo Merge
- CS3 Converting Color to Black & White
- CS3 Auto-Align and Auto-Blend Layers
- CS3 The New Clone Source Feature

Also worth mentioning is that offers a free preview video training for Photoshop CS3 by no other than Deke McClelland.

My experience with Photoshop CS3 on a E6600 Core2Duo PC is that it runs fast and reliable, which is very positive considering it’s still a beta.
The redesigned palettes are something we all need to get used to, but I predict that in the long term most users are going to appreciate the changes. For now the feature I enjoy the most is smart filters.

Photoshop CS3 Palettes Photoshop CS3 Palettes Photoshop CS3 Palettes Clone Source

Harry PotterI’m not a huge fan of copying photographs myself, but when someone achieves excellent results like this and is also willing to describe in text and pictures how she did it (important!), then that’s enough reason for me to mention it on the blog. The image was not traced, done in several layers and a tablet was used.

Note: the image that’s on this page is rather large (over 2MB), so be aware of that if you have a slow internet connection.

Since Photoshop is closely connected to photography, I felt the need to share an interesting site with you.
Mike Hollingshead is storm chaser from Nebraska who has taken numerous pictures of several storms he chased and shares some of them on his web site
When I first saw some of his images I was extremely impressed. These are the kind of images that encourage me to be creative, either with a camera or Photoshop.
I wish you all a wonderful weekend.


Creating convincing water in Photoshop in not always an easy task for many people. However offers a well done tutorial that shows you how to make some pretty realistic looking water, check it out.


Photoshop TV Episode 56It’s time again for Scott Kelby, Dave Cross and Corey Barker to be your host at PhotoshopTV.


- A quick way to keep only part of your image in color and make the rest black and white
- How to make a rose from scratch.
- A finishing touch using textures and the Displacement Map

To-Do List

- Check out the latest offerings at the Great American Photography Workshops
- Get the latest news reviews at
- Say hello to our pal, master photographer, Dave Black

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