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Don Ross – Little Things Can Make a Big Difference


Don Ross knows that little things can make a big difference.  He brought many beautiful prints to a special session of my Fine Digital Print workshops this week. He was looking for “that extra something”. We identified one of the strongest images/prints that would give us a lot of information relevant to the rest of his body of work. Further resolving this one image would unlock the keys to how most of the other images need to be handled. How much saturation? How much contrast? How much sharpening? What kind of sharpening? Applied selectively? What paper? How big? He spent the better part of two days fine-tuning the image. At the end of it, he turned a good print into a great print. It was time well spent. “It’s a strange thing. When it comes to making really good work. It’s almost as if, little things make all the difference.”
Now that he knows how to resolve this one image, he knows how to resolve similar images. I’ll bet the next great print comes in a matter of hours. It was time really well spent.
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NEC 2690WUXi Monitor


It’s the best monitor I’ve ever used.
The softproofed image onscreen has never looked so accurate. This LCD monitor has proprietary hardware technology that compresses the highlights to more accurately represent images in print. The monitor has hardware calibration technology that virtually eliminates color banding and provides excellent color uniformity across the screen. An internal stabilizer keeps colors consistent and the screen brightness to a level that more accurately represents images in print. Most LCD monitors are too bright to simulate images in print as accurately. The NEC 2690’s wide gamut encompasses over 90% of Adobe RGB. And it’s high resolution.
26″    2690WQXi   $1199.99
30″    3090WQXi   $2245.99
My workshop participants get to see it in action and receive discounts directly from the manufacturer.
Read about it on NEC.
Read user reviews at Amazon.

Photoshop.com – A Glimpse of the Future Now?


Adobe has announced Photoshop.com. What is it? Mix Photoshop Elements with social networking, online sharing (Myspace/Facebook), and online archiving with services and free tutorials to support it. Imagine Flickr with free online image editing. Then add mobile computing (on cell phones and PDAs) – Photoshop.com Mobile. It’s not a professional solution (fully featured, capable of handling high resolution – Lightroom or Photoshop) – yet.
Does this herald the future of all Photoshop products? Will we be renting rather than purchasing our software in the future? Perhaps our upgrades will be automatic and managed for us. This is speculative futurecasting. For now, find out what’s happening online with PhotoshopExpress. It’s too interesting not to check it out.
Check it out here.
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PhotoshopCafe – CS4 Learning Center


PhotoshopCafe has launched it’s CS4 online Learning Center. Read an illustrated overview of new CS4 features. Watch four new free videos online – Retouch and Panels, Content-Aware Scale, New Interface, GPU Viewing Options and an interview with John Nack (Photoshop Principle Product Manager). It’s excellent content. It’s free!
Visit PhotoshopCafe’s CS4 Learning Center here.
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PhotoshopCafe – Lightroom 2 Learning Center




PhotoshopCafe offers a Lightroom 2 online Learning Center. Read an illustrated overview of new Lightroom 2 features. Watch four new free videos online – Dual Monitors, Photoshop Integration, Smart Collections, Local Adjustment and interviews with Tom Hogarty (Lightroom Senior Product Manager) and Frederick Johnson (Lightroom Senior Marketing Manager). It’s excellent content. It’s free!
Visit PhotoshopCafe’s Lightroom 2 Learning Center here.
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NAPP – Adobe Photoshop CS4 Learning Center


The Photoshop Guys at NAPP have put together some great short video tutorials that will help you get up to speed on CS4. Here’s the list.
Scott Kelby
Camera Raw Adjustment Brush
Graduated Filter Tool
Post-Crop Vignette
Corey Barker
3D Improvements
Mask Panel
Dave Cross
Bridge Updates
Content Aware Scaling
Matt Koslowski
Adjustment Panel
Dodge & Burn
On Image Controls
Live Brush Preview
Vibrance Adjustment
RC Concepcion
Dodge, Burn & Sponge
Blend Focus
Flash Panels
Zoom, Toss & Rotate
MultiTouch Gestures
See all the videos here.
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NAPP – Photoshop User Special Bonus Issue


If you’re a National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) member along with your next issue of Photoshop User magazine, you’ll be also receiving a special free bonus “All CS4? issue of the magazine. Each time Adobe comes out with a new version, NAPP / Photoshop User produces a special bonus issue for members. There are lots of other benefits to being a member. Check out NAPP here.
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NAPP – Adobe Photoshop Lighroom 2 Learning Center


10 Reasons to upgrade to Lightroom 2.
Scott Kelby and Matt Koslowski detail 10 reasons to upgrade in their free online videos.
1    New feature overview
2    Photoshop Integration
3    Keyword Improvements
4    Adjustment Brush
5    Finding Your Photos
6    Slideshow Improvements
7    Multiple Monitor Support
8    Printing
9    Smart Collections
10  Post Crop Vignetting
Look closely at the Lightroom vs Photoshop discussion (bottom of right menu topics).
It’s well worth a visit!
Check it out here.
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Martin Evening – What’s New in Photoshop CS4


Martin Evening weighs in on CS4 on PhotoshopNews.
“I would say that Photoshop CS4 is an excellent upgrade, not just for the features I have listed in Photoshop Camera Raw and Bridge but for lots of other significant little changes to the program.”
The new CS4 interface
Spring-loaded keys
Open GL performance
Adjustments panel
Color Range selections
Masks panel
Content-aware scaling
Depth of field blending
Photoshop CS4 extra items
Camera Raw 5
Bridge CS4
Collections
Large image previews
Read the full story with great illustrations on PhotoshopNews.com here.
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Martin’s books are among the very best on both Lightroom and Photoshop. Check out Martin’s books here.
Learn Lightroom 2 and CS4 in my workshops.
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