THE BIG PICTURE

The maker of “Snap Art” says the Sept. 15th cover of New Yorker Magazine was done with his program. “I’d recognize my baby anywhere,” he says. The New Yorker is famed for its artful covers and many people have them framed. The editors are silent on whether that particular cover was done with Snap Art, a plug-in program for Adobe Photoshop.

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BOOKS: “SCIENTIFIC IMAGING WITH PHOTOSHOP”

Scientific Imaging with Photoshop; Methods, Measurement and Output,” by Jerry Sedgewick; $75 from New Riders Press, newriders.com.

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FREE PHOTOSHOP

Most of the people who buy Adobe’s popular Photoshop program use only about 10 percent of its power. That’s too bad, because it’s an expensive program (around $650) and you can edit photos (the primary use) with many programs costing a lot less. In fact you can even get Photoshop itself for a lot less: How about free? The free version is called “Photoshop Express,” and you can get it by going to Photoshop.com/express.

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STRANGE VIDEOS

Go to Deke.com to see Deke McClellan, the author of 80 computer books, deliver “101 Photoshop Tipsin Five Minutes.”

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BOOKS

Books: “iPod, the Missing Manual” and “Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers”

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BOOKS

“Photoshop Type Effects Gone Wild,” book and disk, by Al Ward; $35 from Wiley.com. People love fooling around with typefaces, ourselves included.

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