Archive for April, 2010

Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Painting Tools

Published by | Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Every day this week, we’ve been providing a close-up look at one of the new features in Adobe Photoshop CS5. We wrap up the week by examining what host Deke McClelland calls the “most ambitious innovation” in Photoshop CS5: its new painting tools.

In today’s installment of Photoshop CS5 Top 5, Deke demonstrates Photoshop’s bristle brushes, which simulate traditional paint brushes—the kind your local art-supply store sells—and its new Mixer brush, which lets you give a photo a painterly look. Along the way, Deke passes along a tip for customizing Photoshop’s interface—one of those little chores that can save so much time, but that so few of us do.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of Deke’s favorite Photoshop CS5 features. What features excite you the most? Which ones are you most interested in learning about? We’re interested in your comments, which you can leave below.

Needless to say, there’s so very much more in Photoshop CS5—not to mention in the rest of Creative Suite 5. For an overview of what’s new in Photoshop CS5, see Jan Kabili’s Photoshop CS5 New Features tutorial. If you’re a photographer, check out Chris Orwig’s Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features tutorial. And to learn what’s new in all of the CS5 applications, check out all of our Adobe CS5 training on lynda.com.

Previously in Photoshop CS5 Top 5:
Monday—Common Sense Enhancements in Photoshop CS5
Tuesday—High-Dynamic Range Photography
Wednesday—Refine Edge
Thursday—Puppet Warp

Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Puppet Warp

Published by | Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

With the new puppet warp feature in Photoshop CS5, you can bend images to your will—literally. Add control points, called pins, to an image, and then drag them to reposition parts of the image. Change the position of an arm, a leg, a lock of hair. Turn a straight pathway into a meandering one.

In today’s installment of Photoshop CS5 Top 5, Deke McClelland explores a feature he calls “fun to use, funny to watch, and extremely powerful.” Take a fifteen-minute tour of the Puppet Warp feature, then head over to check out all of our Adobe CS5 training to explore new courses and tutorials covering Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Flash, Premiere, and more.

Previously in Photoshop CS5 Top 5:
Monday—Common Sense Enhancements in Photoshop CS5
Tuesday—High-Dynamic Range Photography
Wednesday—Refine Edge

Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Refine Edge

Published by | Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Refining selections and creating masks are unglamorous but utterly essential Photoshop techniques—you’ve got to master both in order to perform tricky compositing tasks, such as extracting a person from an image and then adding a different background.

In Photoshop CS5, the Refine Edge command makes the process less tedious. In today’s installment of Photoshop CS5 Top 5, Deke McClelland shows it in action. Watch as Deke uses Refine Edge and its cousin, Refine Mask, to create a finely crafted mask that encompasses every strand of a model’s hair.

The lynda.com Online Training Library® is full of courses for every member of the Creative Suite family. Browse our Adobe CS5 training to learn what’s new in Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, Premiere Pro, and more. And stay tuned, because we’ve got more CS5 training coming in the weeks ahead.

Previously in Photoshop CS5 Top 5:
Monday—Common Sense Enhancements in Photoshop CS5
Tuesday—High-Dynamic Range Photography

Photoshop CS5 Top 5: High-dynamic range photography

Published by | Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Your eyes see better than your camera does. That’s particularly true with scenes containing a wide range of brightness values. Try to take a sunny-day photo on a beach, and you’ll be hard pressed to find an exposure setting that captures details in shadows and bright areas like.

High-dynamic range photography is one solution. Take multiple shots of a scene, each at a different exposure setting, and then blend them to create an image with a broader dynamic range than a single exposure can capture. And as anyone who spends time on Flickr can tell you, HDR is also the gateway to surreal-looking images containing exotic colors and tones.

Whether you want to be subtle or brash, the greatly improved HDR features in Photoshop CS5 are worth a close look. They’re the subject of today’s Photoshop CS5 Top 5 movie. Watch as Deke McClelland walks you through Photoshop CS5′s HDR toning and HDR Pro features.

If you’re a photographer, don’t miss Chris Orwig’s Photoshop and Bridge CS5 for Photographers New Features. You’ll find more about HDR in this course, and more about all of the Creative Suite 5 tools in our Adobe Creative Suite 5 training.

Previously in Photoshop CS5 Top 5:
Monday—Common Sense Enhancements in Photoshop CS5

lynda.com authors on teaching Adobe CS5

Published by | Monday, April 19th, 2010

What do Deke McClelland, Jeff Sengstack, David Gassner, James Williamson, David Blatner, Mordy Golding, and Chris Orwig think of Adobe CS5?

Watch these lynda.com authors talk about what’s new and what excites them most about teaching the new products in Adobe Creative Suite 5. Go to lynda.com/AdobeCS5 to see all the latest courses available for Adobe CS5 at lynda.com.

Five Days of Photoshop: Photoshop CS5 Top 5: Common Sense Enhancements

Published by | Monday, April 19th, 2010

Last week, Adobe announced its Creative Suite 5 line. We’ve already blogged about our first wave of CS5 courses, and you can browse our growing course lineup.

There’s more. Every day this week, the lynda.com blog features a movie spotlighting some of the best new features in Photoshop CS5. Your tour guide is one of the most influential voices in the Photoshop community—Deke McClelland— who has been burning the midnight oil updating his encyclopedic Photoshop One-on-One series of courses.

We call Deke’s tour Photoshop CS5 Top 5, but you’ll actually see more than five features in action. Today, we showcase a selection of what Deke calls common sense enhancements—those features, big and small that, in his words, “will have you gasping and saying, finally!” Learn about the new Straighten button, the Content Aware Fill tool, and more.

So sit back and gasp for yourself, and join us every day this week for a look at some of Photoshop CS5′s best features. For an overview of what’s new in Photoshop CS5, see Jan Kabili’s Photoshop CS5 New Features. And to upgrade your neurons to full CS5 compatibility, visit our current list of Adobe Creative Suite 5 training.

lynda.com author Tom Geller at DrupalCon San Francisco

Published by | Friday, April 16th, 2010

DrupalCon

DrupalCon SF starts next week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. Keynote speakers include a White House representative discussing the migration of whitehouse.gov to Drupal, as well as Drupal founder Dave Buytaert discussing the future of Drupal.

lynda.com author Tom Geller will be a featured speaker in the Many Flavors of Drupal Training panel on Monday, at 9:45am. This year’s DrupalCon is projected to be the biggest yet, with 3,000 expected attendees, and 8-12 simultaneous sessions at any given time. Tickets are still available for this event.

How can lynda.com help your business succeed?

Published by | Thursday, April 15th, 2010

My name is Bonnie Bills, and I’m Associate Program Director for lynda.com’s business channel. We’re on a mission to offer more courses that will help our members succeed in business, whether your business is a one-person operation or a large enterprise, whatever your field, your title, your skill level, or your operating system.

I’d like to share a bit about our plans here, and I invite you to share your ideas in the comments:

  • Microsoft Office. The most widespread digital tools for business are the Microsoft Office applications. To help our members develop their Office skills, we have more than 175 hours of training, covering the Office 2003, Office 2007, and Office 2008 for Mac applications. We have something for every skill level, and we will be releasing more intermediate and advanced courses on Office 2007 in the coming months. We’re also gearing up for the release of Office 2010, and we are extremely excited to bring some great new authors and fresh approaches to the latest release. Check out our preview courses on Office 2010.