Filter Forge textureEnrique Flouret of The Photoshop Roadmap, who also wrote the tutorial “Rendering a map using relief shading technique” that I mentioned in the blog about a week ago, released a very detailed tutorial that explains how to use the Filter Forge Photoshop plug-in to create a wet and muddy rocks texture.

For those who are unfamiliar with this plug-in; the Lunacore blog mentioned this excellent plug-in about 3 months ago: Filter Forge Photoshop plug-in.

Filter Forge in action

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

The author of this tutorial explains in great detail the power of Advanced Blending. It’s a very useful tutorial with several screenshots included showing the outcome of specific settings.

Advanced Blending

If we take a look at the state of photography today, such as the advances of digital camera, artful image manipulation by Photoshop, and even the role of paparazzi in media - and the pervasiveness of photographic images in our lives, it is easy to forget that the first photograph ever was taken just 180 years ago.

Photography was probably an inevitable invention - the surprise was that it took so long for it to develop, especially given that the scientific principles that are responsible for it - physical principles such as our understanding of lens and optics and chemical processes that are required to affix permanent images, have actually been known for long before the invention of the first photograph.

The development of photography was quite fast: since Niépce took the world’s first photograph in 1826, it took only about 30 years for photograph became a product for mass consumption with the introduction of carte-de-visite. Before long, the world’s first concealed cameras were introduced to help detectives document the dalliances of cheating spouses!

More about the history of photography here.

History of photography

Close All Document WindowsIf you want to close multiple document windows in Photoshop all at once, then simply click on the close button of any document window while holding down the Shift key.

ImageSynthImageSynth is advanced technology that works within Adobe PhotoShop for creating seamless textures and for creating high resolution images from low resolution sources using advanced image synthesis algorithms. Hence the name!
imageSynth is included FREE with every purchase of modo. And now you can buy it standalone.

Developed in conjunction with the smart people at Allegorithmic, the imageSynth plug-in is a powerful ally to Adobe PhotoShop for anyone wanting to create seamless tiling textures. The plug-in is simple to use and rewards experimentation. You can use imageSynth from Luxology to create an unlimited number of creative new images based upon simple seed images that you choose from your collection. The resulting images are unique, and will tile seamlessly, making them ideal for use as backgrounds, brushes or texture maps. You can also take a low resolution image source and use it to generate a high resolution image that is based upon. This is a very powerful tool providing a myriad of creative solutions.

Dirk Paessler explains how to use Photoshop’s polar coordinates filter to turn panoramas into pieces of art:

Panorama 1 Panorama 2

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.

Download Windows Update


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

A showcase of amazing vector art done with Adobe Illustrator:

Vector Art

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