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Did I say “Podcast?” I meant “Padcast.” (Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself). ;-)  Seriously though—Dave came up with a great idea for a weekly podcast—it’s called “Ask Dave” (with Dave Cross) and basically you ask Dave Photoshop questions, and he answers them (Dave knows Photoshop on a crazy level).

I love this new show—–it’s short, sweet, and right to the point. Here’s the link to watch the first episode on KelbyTV, and here’s the link for submitting your questions to Dave on Twitter. Congrats Dave on launching your new show! (also catch Dave each week on the new Photoshop User TV).

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BIG NEWS: Adobe Photoshop is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Thursday, February 18th, and NAPP and Adobe are throwing an amazing party/celebration/Photoshop tip-fest and you are invited!

Here’s the scoop:

When: February 18th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Where: In San Francisco, at the Palace of the Fine Art theater

Who: This special evening is hosted by “The Photoshop Guys” (We’ll all be there in person—Me, Matt Kloskowski, Dave  Cross, RC Concepcion and Corey Barker, each sharing some amazing Photoshop tips and techniques).

Special Guests: Adobe’s own Russel Preston Brown, Terry White and Julieanne Kost

Ultra Special Guest: Adobe’s VP of rock: Johnny L, who’ll be giving you an exclusive, this-night-only, look at the future of Photoshop

What: A history-making night of amazing Photoshop techniques, at look at where Photoshop’s been (and where it’s going), along with lots of laughs, music, and fun.

Plus Cool Free Stuff: Everybody who attends gets a special exclusive 20th anniversary commemorative t-shirt, and poster, for being a part of the coolest celebration/Photoshop love fest ever!

TICKETS: The tickets are free, but as you might guess, seating is very, very limited. That’s why I reserved 100 tickets just for the readers of my blog, but they go on a first-come, first served basis, so if you want to hang out with the Photoshop Guys, and the gang from Adobe (and snag lots of free swag), for the Photoshop Party of the year, sign up right here, right now (before it’s too late!).

It’s the hottest ticket of the year, and I hope I get to see you there!!!!

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You gotta check this out, because this isn’t just one of those things you don’t see very often—-this is something you just never see—an interview with John Knoll—the co-creator of Adobe Photoshop, and he’s talking to Robert Scoble about the origin of Photoshop well….ya just gotta watch it.

It’s one of those must-watch clips for anyone with even a passing interest in Photoshop, and because it’s John Knoll, you get insights and stories you won’t hear anywhere else. Really great stuff!

Here’s the link—don’t miss it.

psforphbMy first live seminar of the year is coming up at the end of this month as we bring my “Photoshop CS4 for Digital Photographers” tour to the Arlington Convention Center (just outside Dallas) on Friday, January 29th. I’m teaching five classes during full-day seminar:

  1. My “Seven-Point System” for Camera Raw
  2. Portrait Retouching Techniques
  3. Killer Photoshop Tips for Photographers
  4. Printing Techniques and How to Show Your Work
  5. My Photoshop Editing Workflow, from Start to Finish

Here’s the full class schedule, more details, and how to sign up (it’s just $99 for the full day, including the printed workbook and goodies disc, or just $79 for NAPP members). I hope I’ll get to meet you in person in Dallas in just a few weeks!

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been highlighting some of the those little improvements Adobe snuck into Lightroom 3 Public Beta. These aren’t the features that are going to get any big fanfare, but may wind up impacting your daily workflow more than you’d think by either removing frustration or simply making things easier (and I’m all for that).

The first one is a really helpful tweak they made to the Import Image window (which has been completely revamped in Lightroom 3, but it’s not about the redesign—it’s about one particular tweak).

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Above: Previously, your only Import choice was lots of thumbnails.

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Now you can zoom in for a much larger preview to check sharpness, details, etc.

#1 The first tweak is that you now get some of the same preview functionality in the Import Window before you import the photos, that normally you wouldn’t get until after images are imported into Lightroom. Here’s what I mean: if you double-click on a thumbnail in the Import window, it now zooms into full size. Click again, it zooms in even tighter. Press the letter “G” and you’re back to the thumbnail Grid. This is really handy if you’re trying to find just one or two images you want to import from a shoot, or quickly check the sharpness of a photo to see if you even want to import it at all. Now, back in Lightroom 2, you could get a little larger view by increasing the size of all the thumbnails, but it was el-clunk-a-roonie. This is much better (and more consistent).

#2 The second tweak is actually something that helps new users probably more than anyone else, but it probably will save us all a click or two when we go Export our photos to JPEGs, TIFFs, etc. In the Export window, at the top of the window, is now a clearly visible pop-up menu that lets you choose whether you’re saving your images to disc, or burning them to a CD.

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The little menu up top is now so obvious, actual users may find it!

This feature was actually in Lightroom 2, but it was hidden way over on the right side—I know it doesn’t look like a menu, but click and hold on it—and the default was to burn a disc, rather than saving to your computer. Again, it’ll probably help new users a lot (and I’ve gotten a lot of emails over the years about it), so I’m glad they made this feature “More Discoverable” (which is Adobe-speak for “now it’s not hidden”).

By the way—while we’re on the topic of Hiding things; there’s one feature in Photoshop that is so hidden, yet so important, that I can’t believe after all these years they’re still hiding it. It’s the button that Resets your current tool to it’s default settings. I get asked how to do this all the time, because if you didn’t know this feature was hidden there, you’d never find it.

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Above: Here’s how you’d imagine this reset button would appear in the Options Bar
(way too easy for users to find).

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Above: here’s what you actually have to do in Photoshop to find this hidden Reset button. You have to Ctrl-click (PC: Right-click) on the little down-facing arrow to the right of the Tool Presets pop-up menu in the top left corner of the Toolbar (as shown here).

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Above: ….and from the pop-up menu that now appears (shown below), you can choose Reset Tool, or Reset All Tools.

Now, you might be saying to yourself, “Scott, what’s the big deal about having to right-click on that button? That doesn’t look so complicated.” You’re right—It’s not—as long as you already know to click that button in the first place. That’s the “gotcha!” Most users don’t know that (how would they?).

So, if anybody out there in Adobeland is reading this, and you feel like making life a little better for everybody, but especially for new Photoshop users, I hope you guys consider this little improvement for the next version of Photoshop. :)

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