Jeff Schewe on CS4 at Digital Photo Pro


Adobe alpha tester and all-around digital master Jeff Schewe takes us on a tour of the improvements to the new version of the Adobe Creative Suite, CS4
Here are two excerpts.
“Probably the single largest engineering effort has gone into completely changing the way Adjustment Layers work. No longer are the adjustments locked into modal dialog boxes; they now live in a live Adjustment Panel. Click on an Adjustment Layer and you have live access to the adjustments. This was major engineering to do although you may not yet see the benefits, but they’re there. Plus, a new Adjustment, Vibrance (inspired by Lightroom), has been added.”
“Another new panel is the Mask Panel, which allows for nondestructive adjustments to layer masks for functions such as feathering and mask density. These mask adjustments remain fully adjustable as long as you don’t do a destructive manipulation, such as running a filter on the mask. You have direct access to the Refine Edge tool that was new in CS3. It should be noted that Refine Edge isn’t nondestructive. For those who make a lot of selections using Color Range, a new functionality called Localized Color Clusters allows selections to be regionalized directly in the dialog.”
Read the rest here.
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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!
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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
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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!
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Adobe Announces CS4


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.)