Photoshop CS5

Adobe are after your cash again, a new updated photoshop will be available on the 21st/22nd of this month.
You can check out some of the improvements here:

http://cs5launch.adobe.com/

As with the last 3 versions there are worthwhile improvements for high end creative retouching with smaller improvements for the kind of minimal retouching regime of say wildlife photographers.

Content aware fill will reduce the retouching time on creative work whilst the improved camera raw will be more generally useful.

CS5 is 64bit on Apple Macs for the first time so if you are running a recent Mac this may tip you over into making the purchase.

Prices are up on last time, I think Adobe assume everyone will gladdly pay even more, I will be updating because I need to (teaching/retouching work). If your happy with what you have then dont worry about the upgrade.

Stephen

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Photoshop CS4 Windows 7 dragging an image to the Photoshop icon

Windows 7 now treats files dragged to application icons in the new apps bar as files to be “pinned” to menu of the application.

This can be useful for files you open regularly but a bit of a spoiler if your used to dragging image files to the Photoshop icon to open them.

The good news is that this fuctionality is still available – you just need to make sure you press the shift key whilst dragging the file to the icon and they will then open in the usual way.

Stephen

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Interesting technology under consideration for Photoshop

Its not usual for Adobe to tell people about new things they are considering for future Photoshop releases so its interesting to see this (and also its pretty amazing):

http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2009/10/video_new_from_adobe_labs_content-aware_fill.html

Its a natural progression for the healing and patch tools and will certainly help reduce retouching costs…

Stephen

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Photoshop CS4

I have been beta testing Photoshop/Bridge CS4 over the last few months and I’m pleased to say there are some real improvements to the stability, speed and usability of the programs.

Most of the improvements benefit high end rather than production retouching (rotating canvas, content aware scale etc), I have used these tools for real retouching jobs and been suitably impressed.

On the downside metadata handling has not been improved (The same “Multiple values” bug when appending keywords and captions as per CS3) and there is still no central configuration system for all the varied settings.

As far as I can see all my client CS3 actions run without modification on CS4 – will check this when I recieve the retail code.

I will contine to support CS3 for the forseable future so dont feel you will be left behind if you don’t upgrade. Workflow and retouching workshops can be held with either CS3 or CS4.

Stephen

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Adobe colour settings file for European Stock Photography (CS2/3)

This colour settings file will help you manage your colour workflow. It sets Adobe 1998 as your working space and if you ever need to supply a CMYK file for a generic European press using coated paper this will also set your default CMYK to a Fogra standard.

Download the zip file here (save it to your desktop then extract the settings file from the zip)

The colour policies are set to respect the colour tags of files not in Adobe 1998 (thus ensuring they display correctly though don’t forget to convert to Adobe 1998 if your agency requires it).

To load into Photo shop:
Start Photoshop and select EDIT:COLOUR SETTINGS. Click on the load button and navigate and select the downloaded file.

To synchronise colour settings throughout Adobe Creative Suit (If you have it!):
Do the same as for Photoshop above then:
Start Bridge and select EDIT:CREATIVE SUIT COLOUR SETTINGS.
And select European Stock Photography from the list.

Stephen

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Slideshow actions

 

I have developed some Photoshop actions that prepare and format image files for digital projection.
These actions take a lot of the work and hassle out of the slideshow creation process producing files that can be dropped directly into Microsoft Powerpoint and Apple Keynote software (and others) without the need to resize them etc.
There is a little bit of magic sauce in them that overcomes the “flattening” that commonly occurs with digital projectors.
From these actions you can create droplets and drop any number of images (both horizontal and vertical at the same time) and the files will be processed and placed in an output folder.

The actions currently work with the following data projector resolutions:

800 x 600
1024 x 768
1400 x 1050
1920 x 1200

The actions are free to existing customers or people who have attended my workshops in the past. If you would like a copy of the actions and are not currently a client you can purchase the actions for £20 (incl VAT).

Existing clients click here to request actions or purchase them using the button below (I will email you the actions as soon as I receive the payment).

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Thought for the day

Yesterday I was finishing off a large poster job in Photoshop, I had just started Photoshop when I was met by an onscreen dialogue I hadn’t seen before.
I didn’t write it down but it was something along the lines of “cannot verify license, Photoshop is quitting” It then quit. I was in a bit of a flap because I needed to get the job finished to a deadline and I know my license for Photoshop is rock solid. Fortunately restarting Photoshop a few times made the warning go away and I was able to complete the retouch.

Perhaps next time it wont let me restart? there is now doubt and uncertainty that my Photoshop will now start up as expected. Its clear from this that the inbuilt digital rights management is a bit flakey. Of course if I had purchased a copy for £5 at a computer fair this wouldn’t have happened, it seems its only legitimate users that suffer from the Adobe DRM. Its not as if its effective anyway (otherwise it wouldn’t be possible to buy copies for £5).

First they milk their market then they provide flakey DRM. The sooner Adobe get some real competition the better for everybody.

OK rant over! I guess this could be useful to clients just in case they get the same problem, looks like a busy machine can stop Photoshop checking its license properly and a few restarts will solve it. You wont hear this message from other Photoshop consultants who are in Adobe’s pockets! Im happy to be independant.

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Smoother zooming and scrolling in Photoshop

If you have at least 1GB or ram on your machine you may want to consider enabling the Bigger Tiles plugin.

I have found that by enabling this moving the image around the screen is much smoother and easier on the eyes. To enable the plugin go to where you have installed Photoshop on your system then navigate to:

Plug-InsAdobe Photoshop OnlyExtensionsBigger Tiles

In the Bigger Tiles folder remove the ~ character from Bigger Tiles.8BX and restart Photoshop.
(Just put the ~ back if you want to revert back)

Stephen

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