The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers

O’Reilly, a mainstay of photography-related learning resources, has just announced the new book, The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers.  The book carries a retail price of $24.99 and is currently available for pre-order at

Press Release:

The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers–New from O’Reilly
Compact, Portable Photoshop Advice You Can Take Anywhere

Sebastopol, CA—Many photographers, even the pros, feel overwhelmed by all the options Photoshop provides. Fortunately O’Reilly’s latest release, The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers ($24.99), spotlights only the critical tools you’ll need most often in one compact reference. In the new book, professional photographer and bestselling author Derrick Story teaches you how to quickly and efficiently organize and edit your photos without compromising the originals. [Read more...]

Adobe Camera Raw 5.1 Update

Adobe has release the version 5.1 update for Camera Raw.  “This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original one that was installed with Adobe® Photoshop® CS4; Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0; and Adobe Premiere® Elements 4.0 software.”

The Camera Raw plug-in updates are available as free downloads for existing customers. Click here for the download page:

Adobe Introduces Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended

Landmark Release Packs Powerful Editing Punch and Harnesses the Creative Potential of 3D

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended, the highly anticipated, new editions of the professional industry standard software for digital imaging. Providing a fluid user experience, complete creative control and higher efficiency, Photoshop CS4 leverages the power of the latest hardware to extend imaging possibilities and offer faster, more flexible ways to accomplish core tasks like image adjustments and masks. All of these features and more can be found in Photoshop CS4 Extended, which serves users with advanced motion graphics functions, dramatically expanded 3D visualization capabilities and precise image analysis.

Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop CS4 Extended will be available as stand-alone applications or key components of the Adobe Creative Suite® 4 family (see separate releases).

“Photoshop is about delivering cutting-edge innovation that really pushes the boundaries of digital image editing,” said Kevin Connor, vice president of product management for professional digital imaging at Adobe. “This version is no exception with some stunning new imaging technology that complements our work to bring more control, simplicity and speed to everyday tasks. By streamlining the most popular workflows for the professional, technical or home user, Photoshop CS4 brings new levels of accessibility to the gold standard in digital imaging software.” [Read more...]

Power Retouche Pro Review at PhotographyBLOG

PhotographyBLOG has posted a review of Power Retouche Pro plugin suite for Photoshop.

Power Retouche Pro is a comprehensive suite of plugins for professional photo retouching in Photoshop and other imaging applications. Power Retouche Pro supports both 8bit and 16bit images, and is compatible with all versions of Photoshop, plus Paint Shop Pro, Corel Draw, Illustrator, Fireworks amongst others. Plugins can be purchased individually, or the full pro package is available for just $175 / €113 / £ 88. Jon Canfield tries out all 25 individual plugins in our latest review.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 7


New Membership Boosts Capabilities of Desktop Experience

Photoshop Elements 7Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 7 software with new membership, a milestone release of the No. 1 selling consumer photo-editing software1. Available for Windows®, Photoshop Elements 7 makes it quick and easy to organize, edit, create and share amazing photos with others by leveraging the editing power of Photoshop software, the professional standard for image editing. For the first time, Photoshop Elements 7 customers will have the option to sign-up for one year of membership on, extending the capabilities of the software by providing helpful templates and creative tutorials delivered on a regular basis. Other benefits include: automatic online backup and storage of photos and videos, access to photos and videos from virtually anywhere, and interactive options to share memories with great impact. [Read more...]

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2

Lightroom 2 is out and it looks to be quite the follow-up to its ground-breaking predecessor.  I would give you a rundown of all the great features and why it’s everything Aperture 2.1 is and more; however, John Nack has already done that and given you several links to follow-up on your LR 2 fetish.  Check out the press release below and then head over to John Nack’s rundown. [Read more...]

Photoshop World Conference Keynote Announced

The headliner for this year’s Photoshop World Conference will be John Loiacono, Adobe’s Senior Vice President of Creative Solutions. He will be taking the stage as the featured keynote presenter at Photoshop World Las Vegas on September 4th.

Loiacono is known for using Photoshop World to launch new projects — he announced the Lightroom 2 Public Beta at Photoshop World Orlando. His presentations are always interesting and engaging, not the typical humdrum business lecture you might expect from someone with his title. Loiacono’s executive bio is on the Adobe site. The above photo is from Loiacono’s talk at last year’s conference.

Camera Raw Plugin Available For Photoshop

Adobe Labs made the Camera Raw 4.5 plugin for Photoshop available at the end of last week. This plugin gives Photoshoppers easy access to raw image formats, the format in which most professional and prosumer digital cameras shoot.

This version is only a release candidate. The plugin is well tested but needs more community testing to put it through its paces on multiple platforms and various hardware. Eventually Camera Raw will be distributed to all Photoshop users, according to the Adobe site.

You can download the plugin for either Macintosh or Windows through the Adobe Labs site. You must already have Adobe Creative Suite 3 or Photoshop CS3 installed on your computer to use Camera Raw.