Photoshop TV Episode 31In this episode of Photoshop TV;

- how to create a multistroke using gradient stops.
- restore a faded photograph using multiply layers
- how to automate adding watermarks to an entire folder of images
- a trick on Camera RAW

Adobe Photoshop 9.0.1 (CS2) update - all languages

The Adobe Photoshop 9.0.1 update fixes a number of problems discovered after Photoshop CS2 (9.0) software was released.

The most significant fixes in the 9.0.1 release 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 document 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 the TouchUp tool in Adobe Acrobat software, 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 are now displayed and updated 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 user login.

Download update here

SharptypeMicroworld Sharptype is a filter plug-in for Photoshop which generates clear type at small point sizes in Photoshop. Sharptype creates a sharper type than the built-in Photoshop engine, which will improve readability.

Lunacore offers several Photoshop challenges on the Photoshop board, like:

- Give an old rusty car a makeover
- Replace Mona Lisa’s face
- Create a stone wall
- Place a child in a unique environment
- Retouch and colorize and old photograph
- Photo fix challenge
- Mount Rushmore challenge (replace/turn face into stone)

etc.

Photoshop Challenges

Feel free to join our challenges at any time, even if we started them weeks or months ago since the challenges never end.

Photoshop TV episode 27Scott Kelby, Dave Cross and Matt Kloskowski continue to share their tips and news with the Photoshop community.
The 27th episode of Photoshop TV has the following subjects:

- make a photo ‘jump’ out of its border
- cut-out technique
- using Smart Objects
- photo-in-a-photo technique

- amazing photography tutorials at ScienceDaily.com
- a sample issue of Photoshop User magazine
- tutorials at Pixel2Life.com

- contest

There is an option when you add a drop shadow using a Layer Style that is called Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow. What does it do?

In the previous blog post we have learned what Fill Opacity is and what it can be used for.
In the attached example I have two blue circles with a drop shadow added by using a layer style.
Both layers have a fill opacity of 50%. The drop shadow effect has an option at the bottom called Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow and is selected by default. What it does is hiding the drop shadow effect, even after we reduce the fill opacity of the circular shape to make it more transparent. Deselecting this option allows us to see the complete drop shadow.

Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow

Most photoshop users know that they can increase the transparency of a layer by lowering the opacity. The fill option does exactly the same, but it does not affect effects that were added using a layer style.

Look at the image below. You can see 3 copies of a circular selection filled with red, with a bevel and drop shadow effect added by using a layer style. The shape on the left has a fill opacity of 100%, the shape in the middle a fill opacity of 50% and the shape on the right a fill opacity of 0%.
Notice that the fill opacity doesn’t affect the effects that were added by using a layer style. The 3 shapes at the bottom that were placed on top of a transparent background clearly show the separate effects, the shadows and highlights of the bevel and drop shadow effect.

One advantage of fill opacity is that it allows you to add multiple layer styles to multiple duplicates of the same object. The next example shows several layer styles that were added to the same objects, duplicates which layers all have a fill opacity of 0%. The result is something what never could have been achieved with a single layer style.

Tomorrow I’ll show another use of fill opacity.

Fill Opacity

Multiple Layer Styles

Photoshop CS2Adobe has released the Disable VM Buffering plug-in for Mac users, which can be installed to eliminate pauses during painting on Macintosh machines with more than 4GB of memory.

Photoshop TV episode 26
Scott Kelby, Dave Cross and Matt Kloskowski are your hosts in the latest episode of Photoshop TV

Tips
- a technique to gold-plate your type
- quickly replace colors
- a quick lesson in using your basic flash unit to best effect
- a technique to turn a photo into a pencil sketch

News
- Apple lowers the price of Aperture
- Registration for Photoshop World Las Vegas now open
- New Web Gallery Wizard

This Week’s To-Do List
- Digital Wake Up Call workshop with David Ziser
- Jay Maisel Photography
- New version of Web Gallery Wizard released

Phixr
Phixr.com offers an online image editor (still in beta) that offers features like:

- convert photo into B&W
- convert photo to sepia tone
- color adjustments
- crop
- red eye remover
- effects
- borders and frames

It’s a limited editor, but one in reach of anyone who has an internet connection.

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