FREE PHOTOSHOP CLASSES

Next week marks the beginning of “creativeLivePhotoshop Week,” a week of free online Photoshop classes. Take over 40 free classes online from award-winning photographers and artists on everything from simple shortcuts to advanced editing techniques. Click here to RSVP. You can download a free trial of Photoshop here.

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EIGHT ESSENTIAL PHOTOSHOP TUTORIALS

In the Google search bar, type “8 Essential Photoshop Tutorials on YouTube.” One shows you how to place a person’s picture on a different background, no matter how wildly their hair is blowing in the picture.

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FIXING THE PICTURE ONLINE

Photo editing doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. We’ve found a lot of free photo editors for use online. For example, go to Pixlr.com and click the “Express” link to get some amazing photo effects without having to download anything to your computer. It all happens in your browser window. We clicked on “Webcam” to let the website use our computer’s built-in camera to snap a picture. Then we added a frame and improved the color. Amazingly, we looked younger and better, which is just the way we see ourselves. We also tried uploading a photo stored on our machine. After that, we added text and clicked “autofix” to improve brightness and color automatically. Other tools include “airbrush,” “rotate,” […]

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FREE PHOTO EDITING ON THE IPHONE/IPAD

Over 20 million people have used Photoshop Express, a free version of the great behemoth, Photoshop. Now Adobe has come out with a free version for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch users.

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FREE PHOTOSHOP

Why buy Photoshop for more than a thousand dollars if all you need is the free version? Adobe, the maker of Photoshop, has just revamped its freebie website, Photoshop.com, with new tools for organizing and editing photos. They have an “Express Editor,” an “Express Uploader,” “Express Organizer” and “Express Slideshows.” We’ve tried them and they are super nice. Most users would need nothing else.

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BOOKS: GETTING CRAFTY

New book tells how to make your own fabric using PhotoShop.

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POWERPOINT PICTURES

Using PowerPoint to create complex illustrations.

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INTERNUTS: NANO TECH AND MORE

Tinyurl.com/nanoU. An interesting YouTube video on nanotechnology.
Supersecret.com is a new website for kids, with games and social networking.
FreakingNews.com offers small cash rewards to those who create the best pictures with Adobe’s Photoshop.

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CS 4 BOOKS

Photoshop Creative Suite 4 came out recently in a bundle of programs so large that you can be excused for not knowing whether it’s worth upgrading from CS3. We’ve found a series of books that can guide you. They’re the “CS 4 on Demand” series, by Steve Johnson, $27 each from QuePublishing.com.

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BOOKS

Adobe has a new Photoshop set called Photoshop CS4, which contains Photoshop plus other major programs, all for the somewhat staggering list price of $1,800. The computer to run them will be cheaper. However, just in case you want to spring for a lifetime hobby, here are a couple of books just out.

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