Photoshop CS5 (and the rest of the Creative Suite) starts shipping today

Adobe has officially begun shipping its Creative Suite® 5 products today, and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the latest version of Photoshop. I passed on upgrading to CS4 from CS3; I just didn’t see enough benefit at the time to justify the cost of the upgrade. Between the combined enhancements of CS4 and CS5, however, there were enough significant changes to convince me to make the leap. Continue reading “Photoshop CS5 (and the rest of the Creative Suite) starts shipping today”


Digital Composite Nude

It’s not unusual for people to ask me how I got the model to cooperate with shooting on location and they’re surprised to hear that she was actually photographed in the studio.

Nude on the Highway: Final CompositeA digital composite is the result of digitally manipulating and assembling multiple images to create a single integrated final image. One of images in my fine art nude portfolio is an example of a digital composite created in Photoshop from two separate images. It’s not unusual for people to ask me how I got the model to cooperate with shooting on location and they’re surprised to hear that she was actually photographed in the studio. To me, that means I succeeded with what I set out to do: Combine two separate photographs, taken years apart at different locations and under completely different conditions, into one believable final image.
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My Favorite B&W Techniques

Photoshop offers a variety of methods for converting an image from color to black & white. Here are some of my favorite techniques, which always give me far better results than would simply converting an image to grayscale or desaturating the image.  These techniques are based on the Photoshop CS3 command set, but should be fairly easy to apply using similar commands in prior versions of Photoshop as well as in CS4.

Mayflower Gulch
Original Color Image
Grayscale Conversion
Grayscale Conversion

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PTAssembler 5.0 Released

PTAssembler by Max Lyons
Max Lyons has just recently posted an update to PTAssembler, his popular panoramic and high resolution image mosaic creation software. This program give tremendous control over the output of stitched and stacked images and is the software I use for my larger or more complicated panoramas.
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