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...]

Digimarc for Images Offers 3 New Editions

Digimarc for Images

Digimarc has unveiled 3 new digital watermarking solutions for photographers with it Digimarc for Images software.  The software features a new “Chroma” technology that embeds ownership and usage rights into the images themselves without affecting the quality of the image.  These digital watermarks as embedded and read with Photoshop software and can be detected with free browser plugins for Windows users.

Digimarc for Images is now available in basic, professional and small business editions at price points ranging from $99 to $499.

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

Alien Skin Blow Up 2 Review

Alien Skin Blow Up 2

Alien Skin’s Blow Up 2 is a Photoshop plugin designed to help you create images that are larger than the native resolutions coming out of your camera.  Alien Skin provided me with a review sample of Blow Up 2 and mentioned words like “presets”, “single-click” and “take the complexity out.”  I took them up on their claims and gave it a spin.

While I don’t enlarge many prints beyond 8×10, I have, on occasion, used Photoshop’s bicubic image sample method to enlarge prints up to 20″ x 30″.  I have always thought that this capability in Photoshop works pretty well.  That was, however, until I saw the results from resizing using the Blow Up 2 plugin. [Read more...]

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.6.1

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.6.1

Adobe has updated Lightroom 2 to version 2.6.1 and is specifically directed to Leica M9 users.

The Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2.6.1 update includes one important correction that is only relevant for Leica M9 users. This release of Lightroom fixes a bug that caused Lightroom 2.6 to crash when processing certain M9 images. The bug was introduced in the final version of Lightroom 2.6 in the course of making image quality improvements to Leica M9 processing based on customer feedback. There is no need to update to 2.6.1 if you aren’t a Leica M9

You can download Lightroom 2.6.1 via the following links:

Lightroom 2.6.1 for Windows

Lightrooms 2.6.1 for Mac