CS6

Photoshop CS6 Unlocked

Photoshop CS6 Unlocked: 101 Tips, Tricks, and Techniques is a new book geared toward web designers’ use of Photoshop.  It retails for $39.95, but is currently available for $25.61 on Amazon.

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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.   [click to continue…]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. [click to continue…]

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