Maingear Quantum Shift Workstation PC is Made for Adobe CS5

The Adobe CS5 suite is designed to take advantage of hardware improvements like 64-bit processing, additional RAM and GPU-accelerated features.  Maingear has just launched a killer workstation designed with CS5 in mind to fully take advantage of the additional hardware support in the new software suite.

Quantam Shift Specs

Get the full rundown of the Maingear Quantum Shift in the press release below. [Read more...]

Adobe Launches Photoshop CS5

Photoshop CS5

Adobe has launched Photoshop CS5, which has incredible advances in content-aware fill, as well as improvements in complex selections and HDR.  Other new features include new paint effects, automatic lens correction (which makes adjustments for barrel distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting), native 64-bit support on PC and Mac, puppet warp (for rearranging individual elements within photos), and the list goes on.

Along with Photoshop CS5 will come Camera Raw 6, which should mirror the improvements in noise reduction and sharpening that we’ve seen in the Lightroom 3 betas.

Lots of folks are foaming at the mouth to get their hands on Photoshop CS5 after seeing the sneak peek into the content-aware fill demo.  While you can’t download it yet, you should be able to do so by mid-May.  You can pre-order/upgrade on Adobe’s website now.

In the mean time there’s plenty of free training on the new features in Photoshop CS5.  See earlier posts regarding creativeLIVE and NAPP Photoshop CS5 training.

More details on CS5 below. [Read more...]

NAPP to Offer Free Photoshop CS5 Training

Not to be outdone by Chase Jarvis’ new creativeLIVE training, NAPP is offering free training on Photoshop CS5 starting Monday, April 12.

The ‘free’ NAPP training applies to live webinars, as well as viewing at a later date.  For creativeLIVE, if you miss the live webinar broadcast, you’ll have to pay to download the recorded version.

More details at

Adobe Lightroom 2.7 and Camera RAW 5.7 Release Candidates Available

Adobe has made release candidates of Lightroom 2.7 and Camera Raw 5.7 available for download in Adobe Labs.  These versions add RAW file support for the following cameras:

  • Canon EOS 550D (Digital Rebel T2i/ EOS Kiss X4 Digital)
  • Kodak Z981
  • Leaf Aptus-II 8
  • Leaf Aptus-II 10R
  • Mamiya DM40
  • Olympus E-PL1
  • Panasonic G2
  • Panasonic G10
  • Sony A450

Additional release notes are indicated on the respective download pages for each product.

Remember, these are release candidates, which means they’ve been pretty well tested and Adobe thinks they are ready for full release; however, it’s recommended that you keep production work to prior versions until the official releases drop.  Expect those to come soon though.  Release candidates mean that the final versions are just around the corner.

Lightroom 2.7 release candidate can be downloaded here.

Camera Raw 5.7 release candidate can be downloaded here.

The 10 Best of Photoshop World 2010

As you may have heard by now, Photoshop World 2010 in Orlando was stellar. While Photoshop World leans very heavy toward post-processing and all the goodness that Photoshop lets us do, there is also a healthy serving of photography mixed in. Lighting, in particular, was a huge theme in this year’s photography sessions.  If you are passionate about photography (or post-processing) and have never been to a Photoshop World, you owe it to yourself to attend one soon.

Unfortunately, I cannot convey in words just how much fun Scott Kelby and the rest of the NAPP gang manage to stuff into a few days.  Instead, I’ll just share the 10 (totally subjective) best things about Photoshop World 2010 and leave it to you to make it to the next one and experience it for yourself. [Read more...]

Photoshop CS5 Sneak Peek at Photoshop World 2010

Photoshop CS5 is easily the biggest elephant in the room at Photoshop World 2010.  Photoshop CS5 has an official launch date of April 12, 2010.  Several of the NAPP and Adobe crew members have been working with Photoshop CS5 and dropped several hints about new features throughout the first day, along with a wink and a nudge.

During the opening keynote this morning, we were treated to a real time demo of a couple of new features, including the amazing new Content Aware Fill and auto lens correction features.  Hit the video above to see it in action. [Read more...]

onOne Software Offers Free Photoshop Plug-ins

onOne Software

onOne Software just announced the availability of free versions of its PhotoTools 2.5 and PhotoFrame 4.5 Photoshop plug-ins.  The Standard versions of each will set you back $160 each; however, the free versions are based on the standard versions, only they have less content.  These are free forever though – unlike the 30-day trial versions you see out there.

The plug-ins are compatible with Photoshop CS2, CS3 and CS4.  I don’t see any downside to this deal from onOne.  So, head on over and check them out at

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Topaz Adjust 4

Topaz Adjust 4

Topaz Labs has updated the highly touted Photoshop plug-in, Topaz Adjust, to version 4.  The new version is available as a free upgrade to existing Topaz Adjust users.  Topaz Adjust 4 is available direct from Topaz Labs for $49.99 for new users.  A banner on the Topaz Labs website reveals that you can get 20% off Topaz Adjust 4 through March 15, 2010.  You can also download a free 30-day trial to take the plug-in for a spin before you buy it.

More details about the update in the press release below. [Read more...]

Adobe Photoshop Hits Twenty

Adobe Photoshop 1.0

Adobe Photoshop turns 20 tomorrow, February 19, 2010.  It’s kind of amazing to think that it’s been around for that long.  While DSLRs really just began to flourish 5 or 6 years ago, Photoshop has been kicking for four times as long.  There is a whole lot of celebrating and special events coinciding with Photoshop’s 20th anniversary.  There are plenty of links in the press release below that can point you to ways to connect with the Photoshop community if you’re interested. [Read more...]