Mark Johnson releases Photoshop Workbench Volume Two

Photoshop Workbench Volume Two features episodes 201 – 250 of Mark Johnson’s world-renowned Photoshop Workbench series.  Representing more than 11 hours of inspiring and enlightening Photoshop CS4 and CS5 education, this DVD is an extraordinary value at only $24.95.

Mark’s friendly and conversational approach to teaching invites the viewer to explore a non-destructive editing style that encourages joyful and imaginative use of Photoshop. Topics span the gamut from creative to practical, including Spirographic Splendor, Photoshop CS5’s Pixel Bender Plug-In, and Fixing the Hairline Between a Replaced Sky and the Horizon.

Each Workbench is presented in its original quality and size (1024 x 768 pixels) and the Table of Contents is keyword searchable. To view the complete Table of Contents and to order, visit www.msjphotography.com.

Lightroom 3 NOW!!

Lightroom 3 is now available for purchase/download from the Adobe web site.

My new book, Lightroom 3: Streamlining your Digital Photography Process, will also be available at midnight tonight. (Purchases now are “pre-order”; the book is being printed and will be shipped next week.)

My new Lightroom 3 book includes coverage of all the latest features, plus lots of advice on workflow and best practices for handling your photo library, and processing individual images to perfection.

My first Lightroom book (on version 2) was very well received. This one is even better… with lots more information and instruction on how to get the most out of this most essential photo software.

I’ll be posting some links directly to the online book retailers later this week. In the meantime, go to Amazon.com, and search for “Coalson Lightroom”; after midnight tonight you’ll find the new book (along with the previous version).

Please email me or post replies here if you have any questions. Hope the new book is really helpful for you!!

A couple of great conventions

In the last few weeks I’ve had the great pleasure of attending and presenting at two superb photography events: Vermont Professional Photographers annual convention (http://vtprophoto.org/) and the Moab Photo Symposium (http://www.moabphotosym.com).

In Vermont I was on the jury panel of the PPA competition at the state level, and presented a full day workshop on workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop. In Moab, I did two small, hands-on digital printing workshops; one using Photoshop and on with Lightroom; plus a presentation to the full group about the overall digital photo workflows based on Lightroom with a bit of Photoshop.

While I was traveling between these trade shows I had little time to blog, tweet, chat etc but now that I’m back home in Colorado I wanted to thank the wonderful people who invited me to these important events promoting the art and craft of photography.

If you’re in the area (or OK with travel) I can recommend both of these events to any photographer serious about developing their skills and professional connections within the industry.

CS5 Announced

Adobe Announces Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 and Photoshop CS5 Extended software, must-have releases of the professional industry standard for digital imaging. With millions of users celebrating the product’s 20th anniversary this year, Photoshop CS5 builds upon a rich history of innovation and leadership with groundbreaking features and performance gains that boost creativity and workflow efficiency. Packing in more technological advancements from Adobe Labs than any other release and incorporating enhancements to everyday tasks requested by the Photoshop community, the software has greater intelligence and awareness of the content within images, allowing for complex and magical manipulation in just a few clicks. Here are a few of the key features:

  • New selection technologies and tools—including Truer Edge technology, color decontamination, and selection and mask refinement tools—that allow photographers to fine-tune specific areas within an image
  • Content-Aware Fill that automatically fills in the space when you remove an image element
  • Superior HDR imaging with HDR Pro featuring automatic ghost removal and greater control with tone mapping and adjustments
  • Automated correction of lens distortions, chromatic aberration, vignetting, and more
  • Improved raw conversions and state-of-the-art raw photographic noise removal, additive grain, post-crop vignetting, and more—plus support for JPEGs, TIFFs, and over 275 proprietary raw formats—with Adobe Camera Raw 6. Easily add grain to make a digital photo look more organic or film-like. Enjoy more control when performing post-crop vignetting and even save favorite vignettes as presets. And sharpen images with better results and finer control over details.
  • Precise recomposing or repositioning of any photo element for a more visually appealing result with easy-to-use Puppet Warp
  • Natural and realistic painting with the Mixer Brush and Bristle Tips, which let you easily change a photograph into a painting or create unique artistic effects
  • The integrated Lab B&W action for an easy and interactive way to convert color images; create gorgeous HDR black-and-whites with greater ease and speed; and take advantage of new black-and-white presets
  • An accelerated workflow with faster performance with GPU-enabled cropping, powerful new selection technology, integrated Adobe® Mini Bridge for faster file browsing, and cross-platform 64-bit support
  • Improved integration with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® for a complete photography solution

Pricing

Estimated street price for Adobe Photoshop CS5 is US$699 and US$999 for Photoshop CS5 Extended. Upgrade pricing and volume licensing are available. For more detailed information about features, OS support, upgrade policies and pricing, please visit www.adobe.com/go/photoshop.

Learn More

Visit AdobeTV to see videos highlighting the new Photoshop CS5 feaures. Go to http://tv.adobe.com/product/photoshop/

Attend one or both live eSeminars on Photoshop CS5 delivered by Photoshop Product Manager, Bryan O’Neil Hughes.

May 6  10am P.T.

What’s New in Photoshop CS5

Learn how Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 software redefines the state of the art with a strong focus on photography; breakthrough painting and selection capabilities; and a wide range of workflow and performance enhancements. You’ll see the creativity and productivity enhancements that were requested by passionate Photoshop users.

Register at: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=851960&loc=en_us
May 27  10am P.T.

Photoshop CS5 for Photographers

See how Photoshop CS5 gives photographers a set of breakthrough tools to help you refine your images and get superior results faster than ever before. This seminar highlights key features and the reasons why Photographers should consider upgrading to Photoshop CS5.

Register at: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=851960&loc=en_us

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