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Hi everybody. It’s Friday and time for a Photoshop News Fiesta (by the way, I have no idea what that means exactly, but it sure sounds good). Here we go:

  • Wacom introduced a new Special Edition widescreen tablet last week at Photoshop World, (seen above) to celebrate 25 years of tableture (tableture? OK, 25 years in the biz). This new sleek 6×11″ metallic black special edition tablet looks exceedingly cool in person (we had one to show off during our live taping of Photoshop User TV last week), and comes with some nice freebies thrown in, including a free Classic Pen, transparent overlay, and a pro accessory kit. They started shipping this week. The full scoop is over at a special microsite set-up by Wacom over at wacom.com/specialedition
  • Wilhelm Research published a downloadable 8 page report on Epson’s DURABrite Pigment inks and Epson photo paper vs. store-brand and other third party papers. You can download it right here.
  • If you want to keep up on the entire imaging industry, you’ll love ImagingInsider.com, (The source for imaging professionals). They’ve really got their ear to the ground, and I stop by there daily to get a quick look at what’s happening industry wide. Here’s the link.
  • Another “retouching scandal” is making the rounds regarding a cover shot of “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera which appeared on the front of Glamour magazine. Here’s the link to the photos and story on the TV Squad blog. See what you think (and make sure you read the comments posted from readers below the article).
  • Last week I noted that we were fortunate enough to welcome legendary Photoshop artist Bert Monroy to NAPP’s full-time content team, and I also made the announcement during the Photoshop World opening keynote (which was met with thunderous applause, because…well…he’s Bert Monroy for goodness sakes! :-). Anyway, here’s the official press release from NAPP which moved across the wire yesterday.
  • Congratulations to my buddy (and Photoshop User TV co-host), Dave Cross, who’s book “Photoshop Finishing Touches” won a Silver award from Create Magazine in their book design category. Well done, you fine Canadian man, and kudos to Jess, Felix, and co. on their award-winning look! :-)
  • You might not have realized it, but Adobe allows you to install Photoshop CS3 on more than one machine (provided, of course, that both machines are for your use; so for example, you could install your personal copy on your work machine, and your laptop). Here’s the details (from About.com) on how to do just that.
  • Here’s a new book that looks like it could be interesting. It’s called “Nighttime Digital Photography with Adobe Photoshop CS3″ from author John Carucci. I haven’t seen the book in person yet, but the cover and description sure sound interesting. Here’s the link to it on Amazon.com, and Barnes&Noble.com
  • BlogonBooks did a review of my new iPhone book called (get this), “The iPhone Book” (co-authored with my good friend Terry White), and you can read it right here. By the way, if you have an iPhone, you really need this book. Heck, even if you don’t have an iPhone, but you’re just loose with money, then you need this book. In fact, I can’t think of a single scenario in which you don’t need this book. So…get this book. It’ll make you feel iGood inside. You can find it at Barnes & Noble.com, Amazon.com, KelbyTraining.com, or anywhere books you really, really need are sold.
  • John Harrington, one of my blog readers, posted a great comment regarding my no-tripods in DC story earlier this week. Here’s what he wrote: “As a DC photographer, the reason they preclude a tripod, is because it is one of the main tools that still photographers and videographers use to produce commercial work, and the production of commercial work on National Park Service land, or the US Capitol grounds requires a permit, and in many places, you cannot get a permit to film commercially. However, if you are working editorially, a permit is easy to obtain. As someone who has obtained permits on countless occasions, it’s an easy process. It’s not about mounting weapons on, but rather, so that commercial endeavors do not take place on public lands without proper permission.”

    Thanks John, for shedding some light on this–it’s much appreciated (and next time, I’ll get a permit in advance).

  • One last thing: if you’re in the photography business, check out “Strategy Avenue: Business resources for photographers.” It’s a very cool news blog, and they also have some interesting looking online courses as well. Here’s the link.

Well my friends, that concludes this Friday News Fiesta (as it will always be known). Hope you have a wonderful Friday, and we’ll see you on Monday bright and early. Keep pushin’ those pixels! -Scott