Adobe Photoshop CS6 Public Beta is now available as a free download.

Download it here today.

You can use it to get used to the new interface and features and decide whether/when to upgrade.You don’t need a lot of reasons to upgrade, you only need one, significantly better shadow and highlight rendition during Raw conversion.

Plus see some of the new magic in these 6 Sneak Peeks and 5 Gurus’ 6 Favorite Features.

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Output Sharpening

March 29, 2012 | Leave a Comment |

Image source, frequency of detail, subject, personal preference, output device, substrate or presentation device, and presentation size all play a role in sharpening.The art of sharpening gives you precise control over various image characteristics—contrast, saturation, contour (halo and line), texture and noise. It's best applied in three stages: capture, creative and output.

While there's an art to sharpening, which provides extraordinary creative freedoms, some aspects of sharpening are best automated, such as output sharpening.

Output sharpening is used to compensate for the softening of detail that a specific device produces. Ink on paper, whether applied with an offset press or an inkjet printer, is notably susceptible to this. When drops of ink hit paper, they deform on impact and spread more or less based on the absorption characteristics of the substrate. This is called dot gain; the dots gain size. Dot gain varies with the type of printer, ink and substrate used. It also can be impacted by environmental factors such as humidity. Output sharpening typically also factors in file resolution and the scale of the final product, which is used to determine an ideal viewing distance—though the actual viewing distance is usually variable.

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Chris Orwig shares 8 of his favorite quotes.

This one's my favorite from his selection.

"When the artist is alive in any person, whatever kind of work it may be, he becomes inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive, and creative. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for a better understanding. Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it and shows that there are more pages possible." - Robert Henri

Which is your favorite?

Read all 8 quotes here.

Read Chris's Q&A and view his TEDx talks here.

Visit Chris Orwig's website here.

Find more photographer's favorite quotes here.

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You can use the app Liquid Scale to distort the frame of an image without distorting key elements in it. Like Adobe Photoshop's Content Aware Scale, this software identifies image elements that are most likely to be more important than others and distorts other areas, typically areas that are smooth or randomly textured. There are limits to how far you can go before less distorted image elements begin to look unnatural, which are largely image dependent. In some cases, you can go so far as to convincingly turn a vertical image into a horizontal image. It's magic.

This app will do more than change your images, it will change the way you see.

Read more and see more on The Huffington Post.

Plus find more app reviews.

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I'm in Washington DC at Photoshop World 2012 the world's best Photoshop conference. 3 days, 40 instructors, 100 seminars. You can find my classes here.

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Colorbyte's ImagePrint RIP's isn't for everyone. It costs roughly half the cost of a printer. But for many it's a trusted ally that helps them achieve great print quality with a minimum of effort. ImagePrint simplifies printer color management without sacrificing quality for those who aren't experts and increases productivity for high volume printers, like service bureaus.

Here are 10 reasons to use ImagePrint.

1 - Easier color management (auto sets media type with selection of profile, auto resamples)

2 - Custom profiles and ink recipes for third party substrates

3 - Consistent color (no System, Adobe, Epson variances) - particularly important for service bureaus

4 - True postscript for sharper vector graphics and text

5 - No upper length limit

6 - Light temperature specific profiles

7 - Useful Saturation rendering intent

8 - Cross toning for black and white images with improved separation routines for better dmax, greater longevity, lower metamerism

9 - Auto device dependent resampling to get to perfect resolution (360) without additional sharpening

10 - Better shadow detail control

11 - Drive multiple printers simultaneously

12 - Print from multiple networked computers

13 - Page layouts (but you could use Lightroom)

Is ImagePrint right for you?

If these 10 reasons justify the cost for you.

If you're tempted to use it try it in its free demo mode or purchase it with their 30 day money back guarantee.

Learn more about ImagePrint here.

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