Lots of great free alternatives to Photoshop exist, but for a hardcore photo editor it is still the gold standard. The last major revision came with the release of creative suite 5 in April 2010, so an update is long overdue. Photoshop CS6 features a ton of new features such content aware filling, vastly improved performance, and the ability to streamline several of the design tools. If any of the above catches your interest you should probably head on over to the download page and grab yourself a copy of the beta.
For anyone who deals with images on a regular basis—whether they’re photographers, bloggers, or digital artists—Adobe Photoshop is an indispensable tool. And while the program can be used to make extensive alterations to a single photo, there are times when what you want is to make more simple alterations to lots of photos. Fortunately, Photoshop makes that easy. Here’s how you can use the batch-processing capabilities in Photoshop to kick-ass-ify all your photos at once.
Apple's new iPod touch isn't capable of making phone calls, though if you hit up the "More Features" section of the device's product page, you might be led to believe otherwise. Why? Because Apple sucks at Photoshop.
That seems to be the most reasonable explanation as to why promotional images of the fourth-gen iPod touch show a phone function in the lower left corner, just like the iPhone. Furthermore, Apple replaced the iPod icon with a Music icon in the new iPod touch, though the promo shots show otherwise.
What most likely happened is someone at Apple got lazy and Photochopped a pic of an iPhone screen onto an iPod touch body, thus qualifying Apple for another ticket on the Fail Boat, right behind Microsoft's Photoshop team.
Well that was fast. A refresh of the product page shows someone at Apple knows how to wield a Photoshop brush, after all.
After 9.5 versions of Photoshop (Windows wasn’t supported until PS 2.5) it’s easy to become jaded about Adobe’s stalwart photo editor. Fortunately, Photoshop CS5 gives us something to get worked up about all over again.
Packing more than 250 new features, Photoshop CS5 is an amazing upgrade capable of performing a wide range of tasks we’ve never seen before, while simultaneously simplifying the trademark tasks we’ve come to know and love.
Adobe released Photoshop Camera Raw 6.1 today, so you can carefully disect and manipulate every pixel on your 12 megapixel image. 6.1 brings "new lens correction functionality and adds raw file support for 10 new popular camera models for Photoshop CS5 customers," according to an Adobe rep.
Updated lens correction and chromatic aberration features will allow photographers to transform their images more than ever before, and the addition of customized lens profiles will allow users to utilize Adobes new Lens Profile Creator, which is available on Adobe Labs.
Newly supported Camera Models include the Canon EOS 550D, Kodak Z981, Leaf Aptus-II 8, Aptus-II 10, Mamiya DM40, Olympus E-Pl1, Olympus E-600, Panasonic G2, G10, and the Sony A450.
Adobes Photoshop has been a staple for graphic designers and photographers for over 20 years. Its newest incarnation, CS5, is loaded with over 250 new features that set it apart and beyond its previous counterparts. We were lucky enough to snag a copy of Adobe's beta product before release, and we’re happy to report that CS5 is a huge leap forward. Before our official review (which will be ready when Adobe finally announces an official release date in May), we’ve decided to go over some of our favorite new implementations, and how these advancements may change the way you look at graphic design and photography going forward.
Adobe today officially announced its Creative Suite 5 bundle, calling it a "breakthrough release" with full version upgrades of flagship tools.
There are over 250 new features introduced in CS5, including native 64-bit support for Windows and Macs (Photoshop, Premier Pro, and After Effects), new stroke options, better edge detecting technology, and a nifty addition called Content-Aware Fill. Adobe previously posted a demo of its Content-Aware Fill technology (see here), which allows users to quickly remove an object or element from a photo without worrying about filling in the empty background space. With Content-Aware Fill, Photoshop CS5 automatically replaces the removed object with background elements in a matter of seconds, a process that would take far longer if performed manually.
There's a lot included here, such as enabling content and application creation for Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2; tighter integration with Nvidia 3D graphics cards, specifically with the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine so CS5 users can open projects faster, refine effects-rich HD sequences in real time, and play back complex projects without rendering; and better online support with Dreamweaver CS5 now supporting Drupal, Joomla, and Wordpress.
CS5 products are scheduled to ship within 30 days. Pre-order and pricing information here.
As part of our ongoing efforts to showcase some of the fun effects you can apply with photoshop, we're going to touch on how to selectively desaturate an image. There are multiple ways to achieve this type of effect; each method involving the utilization of Photoshops massive tool box to do the work for you. We’re going to go over a couple of different ways to selectively desaturate, but first, what does that even mean?
‘Saturation’ is a term used to describe the intensity of basic colors that make up an image. As such, the lower the saturation of the image, the less intense the colors. When an image has no saturation at all (see: desaturated) , it becomes a black and white image. ‘Selective saturation’ usually involves converting an image into black and white, with the exception of a single part of a photo that remains in color. Often, the part of the photo left in color is the primary subject.
Thousands of photographers have used this technique, with varying degrees of success, for a long time. We won’t claim that our example here is going to be high art, but it should serve as a nice guide.
Adobe's Photoshop is industry-standard software, used by creative professionals all over the world. It's a serious tool, with serious uses. But don't let all that fool you—it's also a ton of fun. That's why we're starting a new series of how-tos, where we'll show you how even photoshop-beginners can use the program to achieve lots of cool and fun effects. To kick it off, we'll show you how to do this:
Yep, you can clone yourself, using just a DSLR camera, a tripod, and Adobe Photoshop. The steps involved in this tutorial will act as a crash course in manual DSLR shooting, the use of a stable tripod, and the fundamental applications of ‘layers’ in Photoshop. As with any other creative hobby, learning these basic ideas will serve you well as you journey further down the complex path of photo editing and illustration.
You could buy a used car -- albeit not a very good one -- for the same scratch it takes to pick up a copy of Adobe Photoshop, the de facto standard in high-end photo editing software. Or a pair of GTX 285 graphics cards for that killer SLI setup you've always wanted. We could go on, but at $700 for a piece of software, Photoshop's MSRP hardly needs put into perspective. In short, it's expensive.
It's also powerful, but don't worry if you don't have a handful of Benjamins laying around. Thankfully, you can perform a lot of the same photo editing tricks for free with GIMP. Short for GNU Image Manipulation Program, GIMP is the open source (and no-cost) equivalent to Photoshop, and like it's paid counterpart, GIMP can be a little overwhelming at first. That's where we come in.
Like swimming, it's best if you just dive in. To help give you that push, we waded through the gazillion tutorials floating around the Web and brought back a sundry collection of groovy tips and tricks that, along with some touches of our own, will have you learning the ins and outs of GIMP while having fun doing it. We'll show you how to make lifeless photos pop with detail, how to tap into the Force and add a lightsaber to any pic, make your own custom brushes, and much more.