OS X Mountain Lion and Adobe CS Compatibility

If you are a Mac user, then you probably are well aware that Apple released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion this week.  By all accounts, it’s an improvement over 10.7 Lion.

If you are a holdout (like I was), then you may still be using OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard.  I was concerned about losing 32-bit app compatibility, quirks in other 64-bit apps and the death of Spaces (something I use all day, everyday).

Having mulled Mountain Lion over for several weeks, I bit the bullet this week and upgraded from Snow Leopard.  Based on most of what I had read, CS6 app stability and speed improves with Mountain Lion.  Since that’s the software suite I use more than anything else, I went for it.   [Read more...]

Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4: A Photographer’s Handbook – New Book

Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4

Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4: A Photographer’s Handbook is a new book from Adobe Certified Instructor Stephen Laskevitch.  In the new book, Laskevitch pulls from “his experience as a teacher and practitioner to create a guide that provides a clear and effective workflow for editing photographs in Photoshop CS6 and its companions Bridge, Camera Raw, and Lightroom 4. Focusing on the critical elements of a workflow rather than covering every arcane feature, this book is designed to get you working quickly in these applications.”

Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4: A Photographer’s Handbook retails for $44.95; however, it is currently available from Amazon for $23.71.

Color Grading in Tiffen Dfx 3 with CS6 and FCP X

The above video comes from a recent webinar that Tiffen put on with Richard Harrington to show off Tiffen Dfx 3.  In the video, Harrington covers some color grading techniques in several different editors that use the Dfx 3 plugin and really shows off the capabilities of this solid plugin.

The more I use this plugin, the more I like it.  It’s so very comprehensive and powerful for video, and quick for getting stylized looks from Lightroom on the photo side as well.

Lightroom 4 Now Available on Creative Cloud

Lightroom 4

Adobe has made Lightroom 4 available on Creative Cloud for subscribers to download now.  Lightroom 4 normally runs $149 at retail or $79 for an upgrade from Lightroom 3.

If you are a Creative Cloud subscriber, however, Lightroom 4 is included in the package deal, along with all the other apps from Adobe Creative Suite CS6.

I signed up for Creative Cloud earlier this month.  Being an existing Production Premium customer, I was able to get the introductory rate of $29.99 per month.  I’ve installed a number of CS6 apps with zero hiccups thus far.  If you aren’t an existing Creative Suite customer, you can still get Creative Cloud for $49.99 per month if you commit to a one year subscription.

Of course, I had already upgraded to Lightroom 4 and it is a solid update to an already fantastic RAW image processing application.  If you’re on Creative Cloud already and you aren’t using Lightroom for your image processing, nothing is stopping you now.  If you’re not on Creative Cloud, this is just the more incentive to pull the trigger.

Photoshop Tip: Justifying Text

Justify Text Not Selectable

If you have ever added text to an image using the type tool in Photoshop and later decided that you wanted create a different paragraph justification style (as opposed to the available right-, center- or left-align options), you may have been frustrated to discover that the justification options in the paragraph palette were grayed out.

There are a couple of ways to make sure you have the ability to justify text in your chosen format when working with the type tool in Photoshop.  I can confirm that the following directions work in Photoshop CS5 and CS6. [Read more...]

Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual – New Book

Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual

Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual is a new book O’Reilly Media and author Lesa Snider, who explains what the book is made of.

“This edition features all new screen shots, new and updated practical techniques, as well as a new chapter on video editing… It’s simply the most comprehensive yet conversational, Photoshop book on the market and I’m incredibly proud to have it available upon ship date of the software.”

Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual retails for $49.99, however, you can currently find it for $27.26 on Amazon.

 

Adobe CS6 Available Today

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Available

Today is the first day of availability for Adobe Photoshop CS6 and all the other new CS6 products.  You can download CS6 apps from Adobe’s website.

If you’re ordering a boxed copy, it should ship today.

Also, student and teacher editions are available from Adobe’s website here.

The full list of new CS6 products is below. [Read more...]

Adobe CS6 Ship Date is May 7, 2012

Adobe CS6

I have confirmed that Adobe CS6 products will ship and be available for download on May 7, 2012.

  • CS6 Ship Date (English, Americas, and European versions): May 7, 2012
  • CS6 Ship Date (Rest of the world): May 10, 2012

Pre-orders for Adobe CS6 products are available direct from Adobe here.

Upgrades to CS6 from other CS products are only available from Adobe here.

CS6 Student & Teacher editions are available from the Adobe Education Site.

The new Adobe CS6 products available are listed below. [Read more...]