How to Use Filters in Photoshop

Check out the above video wherein Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes shows us how to use filters in Photoshop (and which not to use). He covers the older Filter Gallery and using it with blend modes for creative effects.

Additionally, he shows the benefits of using Guassian Blur on a layer mask, along with the new Blur Gallery in Creative Cloud versions. There are several more in the short 7-minute video with which you may not be familiar.

Fuji X-Pro2 Due Early 2015?

 

Fuji X-Pro1

New rumors suggest that Fuji may release the long-awaited X-Pro2 in early 2015. The X-Pro2 was previously rumored to be a full frame camera; however, recent info direct from Fuji denies that it will move to full frame and further commits that Fuji will stick with the APS-C format in the foreseeable future for its popular X-Series line of mirrorless cameras. [Read more...]

Sony A7 & A7R Trade-In Program is Back

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Adorama is currently offering big trade-in bonuses for purchases of the Sony A7 or A7R. The deal is that you can purchase a Sony A7 or A7R and send Adorama your DSLR camera of any make or model and receive the following trade-in bonus:

  • $345 bonus towards the purchase of a Sony a7R
  • $300 bonus towards the purchase of a Sony a7 Kit
  • $255 bonus towards the purchase of a Sony a7 Body

More details here at Adorama.

Photographic Composition – New Book

Photographic Composition

Photographic Composition is a new book from Art Academy professor Albrecht Rissler, who “believes that a firm understanding of image design is as important as having an observant eye or having the technical knowledge to operate a camera. Photographic Composition presents the most important concepts of image design and offers 250 beautiful photographs to illustrate these concepts. By applying these concepts to your own work, you will greatly improve your photographic eye and your ability to compose an ideal image.”

Photographic Composition retails for $39.95; however, it is currently available for $28.03 on Amazon.com.

How to Use the Patch Tool in Photoshop

Check out this video from Aaron Nace at Phlearn on how to use the amazing patch tool in Photoshop. Aaron covers the scenarios in which you want to use the standard patch tool and why it is often a better choice than using the content-aware patch tool.

He also breaks down the difference between source and destination selections for the patch tool, as well as what the transparency selection does when using the patch tool.