Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom, 2nd Edition coming soon

July 8th, 2009 , Comments Off

The best book on sharpening will soon be published in a new edition covering all the latest aditions to Photoshop, Camera Raw and Lightroom. Lightroom coverage is very important for me as I use this program as much as possible before moving to Photoshop.

According to the publisher’s website for the book the publication date is August, 14th. I hope to get a copy soon after that and then I will publish a review on this website.

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Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 4.6 release candidate

September 18th, 2008 , Comments Off

Adobe has released a release candidate (well testet but not yet the final version) of Adobe Camera Raw 4.6. The new version adds support for the Nikon D700 and Nikon D90 DSLRs and also for the Fuji Finepix IS Pro and
Nikon Coolpix P6000.

It works with Photoshop CS3, that is people who buy the new D90 or D700 won’t have to upgrade to the upcoming Photohshop CS4 to work with RAW files from the D90 and D700.

Once Adobe Camera Raw 4.6 is final, there should also be an update for Lightroom 2 with support for those cameras.

Click here for more information and download from Adobe

Book review: Layers by Matt Kloskowski

August 16th, 2008 , Comments Off

Layers are one of the most important features of Photoshop. In fact, without layers Photoshop would be pretty useless for many image editing tasks.
The problem for Photoshop beginners is, that layers can be pretty intimidating at first. There are many different ways to work with layers and the possibilites of what you can do with them are practically endless.
In many Photoshop books, layers are either explained without enough detail or in a too complicated way that leaves the reader wondering what this stuff is all about.

Recently I finished reading Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature by Photoshop Guru Matt Kloskowski (author of great websites like Lightroom Killer Tips or Photoshop Killer Tips).
The book has about 250 pages and is writtin in a tutorial style. Matt describes many useful aspects of layers in a stey by step style with many examples. To get the most out of this, you should try the examples for yourself (the sample files are available for download) in front of your computer and Photoshop.
The book does not cover absolutely everything there is about layers (that would require much more than 250 pages) but it probably covers more than 95% you as a photographer are ever going to need.

The writing style of Matt is very readable and often also very funny. The book never gets boring (and this is something I rarely say about a technical book). The examples are easy to follow and after working through them, you should have a solid understanding of the power of layers. I certainly learned a lot by reading this book and found it the best explanation of layers I’ve come across so far.

Highly recommened!

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7 great websites about Adobe Photoshop

August 7th, 2008 , Comments Off

Three days ago, I posted a collection of 10 great Lightroom websites. Today I want to give you a collection of my 7 favorite Photoshop websites:

Planet Photoshop
News, tutorials and more about Photoshop.

Photoshop User TV
Many great videos about Photoshop.

Photoshop Killer Tips
Another great website with videos about Photoshop.

Phtoshop Cafe
Tutorials, Tips, Reviews and more.

Photoshop News
News about Photoshop.

Photoshop Support
Tutorials, free Plugins and more.

Photoshop Disasters
A great blog with collections of bad Photoshop work.

I hope you like the collection. If you know more good Photoshop websites, please leave a comment.

My favorite Photoshop books at