There’s a joke that’s been going around. Photoshop is just a plug-in for Lightroom.

What do you do with Lightroom and what do you do with Photoshop? It’s a question many have been asking since Adobe released Lightroom. As Lightroom continues to grow in power the question becomes increasingly important.

Martin Evening has some great answers on Lightroom-News. Find them here.

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.
Check out my DVDs here.

Deke Weighs in on CS4

September 26, 2008 | Leave a Comment |

Deke McClelland’s irreverent and uncensored video series offers a candid and highly opinionated review of the new software. “Photoshop CS4: Buy or Die” shows all facets of the program. In just five minutes, you’ll know whether you want to upgrade or not. “Either you buy or it dies.” It’s refreshingly simple.

Watch it here.

Oh. And, if you haven’t seen it. Check out Deke’s 101 Photoshop Tips in 5 Minutes. This much lauded MTV inspired music video informs and entertains.

Watch it here.

Seen it? Like it? Comment here!

Adobe CS4 – New Features

September 25, 2008 | 2 Comments |

John Loiacono emphasized three key concepts during his keynote address at Photoshop World in Las Vegas. Timesavers (real speed increases), Integration (transparently with Macromedia products), and Cutting Edge (daring new features). Check out my previous post on this event here.

What’s new in Adobe Photoshop CS4?

Here’s a short list.

Adjustments panel
Masks panel
Auto-blending of images
Extended depth of field
360-degree panoramas
Fluid canvas rotation
Industry-leading color correction
Better raw image processing
Improved Adobe Photoshop Lightroom workflow
Efficient file management with Adobe Bridge CS4
Adobe Community Help
More powerful printing options
File display options
Higher performance on very large images (Windows only)

Get more information on all of these items here.

Should you upgrade?
Sometimes it’s just one feature that makes all the difference and makes an upgrade totally worth it.
Which items make big differences for you?
Comment here!
Check the Comments for my number one reason.

Learn Photoshop CS4 in my workshops.

What’s the difference between Adobe Photoshop CS4 and CS4 Extended? In a nutshell the Extended version adds advanced analysis and 3D capabilities.

Compare them in this check list.

What would you use CS4 extended features for?

Comment here!

Design Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium, Web Standard, Production Premium, Master Collection …

What’s in all the different editions?

See this check list here.

Which version do you / will you use? Tell us why. Comment here!

Adobe Announces CS4

September 23, 2008 | Leave a Comment |

This morning Adobe announced CS4 with a web broadcast demonstrating many new features across the entire product line. In it, John Loiacono (senior vice president of Adobe’s Creative Solutions Business Unit) described CS4 as “The most compelling release in adobe’s history.”

Here are three stunning new Photoshop features.
1    Real time panning and zooming in huge high resolution files (440mp 2gig).
2    Creating spherical 3d images and easily compositing new elements into them.
3    Content aware scaling.

There’s much more!
You can find out about many of the new features on Adobe TV.
Check these videos out.

See Bryan O’Neil Hughes’ – Photoshop Bridge CS4 Feature Tour here.

See Zoranna Gee (Product Manager) show the new CS4 Extended features here.

The Russell Brown Show – Content Aware Scaling here.

The Russell Brown Show – Spherical Panoramas here.

(And yes, all of my workshops and seminars will be updated for Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4.)

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