booksmart

Looking for tips on how to use Blurb’s BookSmart software?
Chad Jennings provides useful tips on the Blurberrati blog.
Find 10 Tricks to Impress Your Friends and Confound Your Enemies here.

– Drag and Drop Images from Your Desktop
– Drag and Drop Images to a Page Thumbnail
– Hide Used Images
– Use Arrows to Nudge an Image
– Use Keyboard Shortcuts and Right-Click Menus
– Turn off Text Auto-Zoom
– “Copy and Paste Page Layout” is Your New Best Friend
– Paste Text to Match Style
– Save Headers and Footers Until Last
– How to be Considered for Staff Picks

Find 3 more tips in his updated post here.

– Lock Your Spreads Together
– Hang Your Virtual Shingle
– Show Unused Photos

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Learn more in my Fine Art Digital Printing Workshops.

noiseware

Who doesn’t have noise? If you don’t run into noise in your digital images, at least once in a while, you may not be pushing the envelope enough. You can photograph long after dark; if you haven’t tried it, you owe it to yourself to experience this—it’s magical. And if you find you don’t have a DSLR on hand, this should be no reason not to make pictures with a point-and-shoot or cell phone.

Whether you’re using a cell phone, a point-and-shoot digital camera or a DSLR at high ISOs or with very long exposures, you’re bound to run into some noise. Noise happens. When you have it, there’s a lot you can do about it. There are many ways you can reduce noise during postprocessing; you could even say there’s an art to it. Learning these techniques can improve good exposures and save others.

If Lightroom and Photoshop fail to adequately reduce noise in your images, it’s time to move to third-party plug-ins. For years, they’ve done a superior job of reducing noise, and they still do. While there are many fine third-party plug-ins for Photoshop (Noise Ninja, Neat Image, Dfine, etc.), one stands out from all the rest: Imagenomic’s Noiseware Professional.

For me, Noiseware is the most robust noise-reduction software available. Ironically, while it offers the most sophisticated feature set, very often the default settings when you first open an image are all you’re likely to need. In many cases, very little, if any, additional tweaking is necessary …

Read more at Digital PhotoPro.

Find Noiseware here.

Learn more in my workshops.

Julianne Kost – Painting in Photoshop CS5 – Part I

Julianne Kost – Painting in Photoshop CS5 – Part II

Learn more about Photoshop and Lightroom in my DVDs and Workshops.

Learn more about Photoshop and Lightroom in my DVDs and Workshops.

Colin Smith – Photoshop CS5 Extended Repousse 3D

Russell Brown – Photoshop CS5 Extended Repousse 3D

Learn more about Photoshop and Lightroom in my DVDs and Workshops.

Colin Smith – Puppet Warp

Deke McClelland – Puppet Warp

Learn more about Photoshop and Lightroom in my DVDs and Workshops.

Scott Kelby, Dave Cross, Matt Kloskowski, Corey Barker and RC Concepcion demonstrate the latest CS5 features in this free event.

Manhattan Center, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, New York

Friday, June 25 4 – 7:30 pm.

Register here now.

Puppet Warp

Puppet Warp Basics

Real World Puppet Warp Techniques

Learn more about Photoshop and Lightroom in my DVDs and Workshops.

Learn more about Photoshop and Lightroom in my DVDs and Workshops.

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