Review: Gimp 2.8 for Photographers

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With Adobe's Photoshop moving to the cloud and a subscription basis, there has been a strong movement of hobbysists and amateur photographers to seek an alternative image editing software that is less expensive and unthethered. I have been teaching workshops on Image Editing for the past thirteen years and in the past few months the inquiries and requests that I teach a workshop with alternative image editing software have increased. I had absolutely no skills in any image editing software … [Read more...]

Review: Adobe Photoshop CS6

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Adobe Photoshop CS6 is here. I'd been working with the Beta version of Adobe Photoshop CS6 since it came out as I prepared a tutorial version with which to teach workshops, and I was excited when I received a review copy of Photoshop CS6. I'd prepared a tutorial version of an App for the Apple Store on the CS5 Photoshop and its had a good run and has been well received. I was looking forward to getting a CS6 version ready to coincide with the launch of Photoshop CS6, but I got a little behind … [Read more...]

Review: Cracking Camera Raw by Michael N. Roach

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Cracking Camera Raw: The Illustrated Guide To Working With Raw Images in Adobe Photoshop CS5by Michael N. Roach I've just read and appreciated this new work by Dr. Roach on Camera RAW. I was an early adopter of RAW files. After seeing what I could do, even with early versions of Photoshop, I was sold. I learned just enough to actually use the basic features, and got good results (mostly) with my methodology. Adobe CS5 is a game-changer. The Creative Suite's fifth version is bullet-proof on … [Read more...]

Review: Dr. Roach’s Photoshop Tutorial App for the Ipad

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Dr. Michael Roach’s newest version of Photoshop tutorial is a hit. Roach takes aim at photographers and artists who are ready to take a systematic, measured approach to learning arguably one of the most difficult photo editing programs to master. With this tutorial open on an iPad in view, a user can go through and unlock many of Photoshop’s mysteries. Systematic is a word that best describes Roach. During his tenure of 30+ years teaching photography at an East Texas university, Roach devised … [Read more...]

For The iPad- Adobe Photoshop CS5: Tutorial for Beginners Available in the Apple Store

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If you have noticed my free version of Adobe Photoshop CS4 Tutorial which has been available here for download at DigitalAppleJuice.com, I have to tell you that Apple has just accepted my Adobe Photoshop CS5—A Tutorial for Beginners as an App in the iPad section of the Apple App Store.Searching by my name from your iPad is the fastest way to find it, and it is available for $3.99 until the first week in October (October 9, to be exact) as a "Back to School Special." After that it returns to its … [Read more...]

A Better Batch Picture Processor Script for Photoshop CS5

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In general,  I am fascinated by the scripting possibilities of Photoshop. The unspoken "BUT" is that I have to make a living and lately "A living" means more work for less money so there's more work. So it is just a romantic thought that lingers in the back of my lizard brain hoping to surface when I don't have any work or gardening or cats to feed... I had a problem recently. One that seemed destined to slow my workflow down to a crawl. To fit within a project requirement I needed to somehow … [Read more...]

Photoshop CS4 for Beginners: General Retouching Techniques using Brushes, Red Eye, Layer Masks

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The primary focus for this section is general retouching of images. Cloning vs. Healing Brush: the very basic difference is that cloning creates an edge to the cloned area which is visible while the healing brush depends on an alogorithm that tries to blend the corrected area. The rest of this section deals with red eye correction and then, layer masks. Adobe Photoshop CS4: An Introduction by Dr. Michael N. Roach is now for sale as a PDF Price: $4.99 Sample Pages: There … [Read more...]

Photoshop For Beginners: Retouching Backgrounds

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This section deals with Photoshop's selections tools. Doesn't sound like much but if you follow along, the lesson is really about manipulating backgrounds to enhance your image. Adobe Photoshop CS4: An Introduction by Dr. Michael N. Roach is now for sale as a PDF Price: $4.99 Sample Pages: There are still a lot of people using Photoshop CS4 even though Photoshop CS5, and now Photoshop CS5.5, has been out for some time. We were contacted by a few students who are still … [Read more...]

Download: Adjusting Perspective with Photoshop

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We were discussing Dr. Roach's ebook yesterday. By "we", I mean a motley group of photoshop users of varying degrees of experience , expertise and interest. It became very clear early on that the name of the book is deceiving. Yes, it is an introduction to Photoshop and all its possibilities. (And I do mean all) Yet, we think it would be better described as the most complete introduction to advanced techniques for beginners. Some of you may roll your eyes at this section, the squaring of images … [Read more...]

TabletDraw Update: Moosoftware.com has expired

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UPDATE Monday 7:12 AM  CDT- Moosoftware.com is back. I was working with TabletDraw by Moosoftware last night, and turned it off around 11:30pm. The next morning it kept crashing upon startup. It would open, hang, and then crash. It took me a while to figure it out, but Tabletdraw is set to automatically update by default and would go belly up as soon as it tried to reach the Moosoftware website. Evidently, sometime right around midnight the domain name expired. The solution? 1. … [Read more...]

Photoshop CS4 Retouching: Curves, Levels & Exposure.

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In reality, most images can be fixed with curves, levels, and exposure, and perhaps sharpening. 90% of post-production image editing will use these tools. This section is devoted to revisiting the most fundamental of photoshop tools in depth. Virtually every image benefits by some adjustment. Whether you decide to begin each adjustment with curves because i said it's most often used for beginnings, or whether you decide to go with levels first will be something that will develop as a matter of … [Read more...]

Photoshop CS4 : Image Editing- Adjustment WIth Curves

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Adjusting the tonal range of an image can be accomplished one of two ways: Levels (which provides only three anchor points for control: black, white, and midpoint) Curves (which allows for the use of up to 16 anchor points within the tonal range curve allowing for an increased control over the resulting tonal range)   Adobe Photoshop CS4: An Introduction by Dr. Michael N. Roach is now for sale as a PDF Price: $4.99 Sample Pages: There are still a lot of people … [Read more...]