Photoshop

Photoshop Version 3

Here’s a fun little nugget for those of you who recall the old 3.5-inch floppy discs. Photoshop 3.0, which launched in September 1994 and became the first version to feature “Layers”, was the last version of Photoshop to be sold on the floppy disc.

If Photoshop CC were sold on floppy discs today, it would need to be installed with 733 discs!

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Do you use layer groups in Photoshop just for organizing your layers?

In this quick 10-minute video, Julieanne Kost demonstrates 5 ways to make use of layer groups in Photoshop that go well beyond organization. All of these techniques can be used in Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop CC.

Here’s a quick summary of the 5 ways to use layer groups.

  1. Blending modes apply to group of layers to make the effect appear as if the layers have been merged.
  2. Styles for layers (e.g., drop shadows, etc.) in groups are applied as if the layers have been merged.
  3. The ability to restrict how the layers interact within the group versus the layers in the rest of the document. For example, a black and white adjustment layer can be restricted to layers within group.
  4. The ability to clip a texture or another color to a group by using a clipping mask.
  5. Mask multiple layers within a group with a single mask.

Watch the video to see how to make these work in the Photoshop interface.

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Smart Sharpen

If you have ever tried to use Smart Sharpen in Photoshop, you have undoubtedly encountered the noise problems it creates. The adaptive sharpening technology in Photoshop CC minimizes noise and halo effects for much better sharpening from a tool that was previously unusable for many circumstances.

Check out the short video below for a demo of Smart Sharpen in Photoshop CC. [click to continue…]

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Adobe Photoshop Elements

B&H has deals on Photoshop and Premiere Elements 11 through July 13, 2013. Check them out below.

Photoshop Elements 11 for Mac & Windows for $66.99 (reg. $88.99)

Photoshop and Premiere Elements 11 Bundle for Mac & Windows for $99.99 (reg. $122.99)

Premiere Elements 11 for Mac & Windows for $60.99 (reg. $82.99)

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Watch this short, 60-second video to learn how to use a simple blend mode edit in Photoshop Elements to make colors pop on a washed out photo.

For a sub-$100 program, Photoshop Elements 11 has more editing power than many amateurs will ever use. If you are put off by the thought of “renting” the full version of Photoshop through Adobe’s recent Creative Cloud move, consider if Elements is enough for you at this minimal expense for a perpetual license.

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Topaz Bundle Deal

Topaz Labs is running a deal on its complete bundle of software plug-ins for Lightroom, Aperture and Photoshop (they also work as standalone programs). The full bundle usually runs $299; however, it is on sale for $199 now through July 7 when you use the coupon code: july4

Check it out here on Topaz Labs’ website.

Topaz Labs’ product lineup includes the following plugins: Adjust, DeNoise, ReMask, B&W Effects, Clarity, Simplify, Detail, Lens Effects, Clean, InFocus and DeJPEG. All are available here on Topaz Labs’ website.

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