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A couple of weeks ago, Dave Cross, Matt Kloskowski and I were all talking about how one of the most common questions we got from attendees during our Lightroom and Photoshop tours in November and December was, “I’m not sure what’s in Photoshop CS4. Should I upgrade or not?”

We were kind of surprised, but again on my blog last week, people are still asking the same questions, “What’s in CS4? Should I upgrade? Is it worth the upgrade? etc.” so we went into the studio to put together a comprehensive discussion on all of CS4’s new features. Now, we’re not saying that Adobe hasn’t done a good job of letting everybody know what the new features are, but…….anyway, if that many people are asking we thought we ought to do it.

Now, the funny thing is; there actually is a LOT more to CS4 than we realized (as you’ll see on the video clips this week), because what was supposed to be a short video, turned into a packed-full four part series that will run here on my blog all week (except of course for Wednesday, when I have a VERY special guest blogger). Anyway, I think if you take a few minutes to check out these video clips this week, you’ll see another side of CS4 that I don’t think a lot of folks know about. Start with the video below, and we’ll pick up back here tomorrow with Part 2.

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Corey Barker, over at PlanetPhotoshop.com just launched a very cool Photoshop contest, and the winner gets (among other prizes) a full conference pass to Photoshop World this March in Boston. Here’s how Corey describes the contest:

“The way it works is you are presented with three tutorials that have been selected from the vast library of tutorials here on Planet Photoshop. After watching the tutorials your assignment is to use the techniques you learn from one or all of them to create an original piece of artwork. Feel free to be as creative as you want. Just think of these tutorials as a springboard as you proceed to create your original art.” –Corey

The deadline is just two weeks away, so for for details (and how to submit your work), click here. Good luck! :)

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Here’s a holiday deal with a kicker: If you buy OnOne Software’s Photoshop Plug-in Suite 4.2 (which is already $100 off), before December 18th, 2008, you’ll get Matt Kloskowski’s “Photoshop CS4 Power Sesssion DVD” as a free bonus.

Hey, $100 bucks off, and a killer DVD (normally $69.95 by itself). If you’re really slick, you can use this offer to buy one thing and get gifts for two different people. Here’s the link for details.

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Your ideas really do make a difference! Back a few months ago I asked for your feedback on bolding the keyboard shortcuts in my Lightroom 2 book for Digital Photographers. It turned out to be a big hit with readers, but along with the great feedback, there was also one constant request; for spiral-bound editions of my new books.

We did some research, and learned that the major bookstores absolutely weren’t interested in stocking spiral-bound books, but with the help of with our publisher (New Riders), as a test we went ahead and special-ordered 1,000 copies of my latest book, “The Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers,” which we’re having spiral-bound at the printer. After these 1,000 spiral-bound copies are gone –that’s it—-they’re gone! You can order yours direct from us (the only place to get these limited-edition spiral-bound versions) by clicking here. 

Another idea was to include a tear-out keyboard shortcut guide, and although I wasn’t able to get it included in this edition, I am working on an idea moving forward that might work out well for a book I’m doing next year (more as it develops). Anyway, my thanks to all of you for letting me know what you’re looking for, and I hope this spiral bound version winds up being a hit, because I’d love to be able to offer this alternative version for all my new books.

I had so many requests last week to show how to create Photo Book layouts (like the one I did for my trip to Turkey, Greece, and Egypt), that I did three short videos for you (below), to show you how, but using different applications. The three videos are:

  1. How to create them in Apple’s iPhoto
  2. How to create them in Lighroom 2
  3. How to create them from scratch in Photoshop CS4 using Smart Objects

Click on the videos to watch them. Hope this helps jump start you into making photo books, because once you start, you’ll be totally hooked!

The iPhoto Video:

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The Lightroom 2 Video:

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The Photoshop CS4 Video:

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NOTE: If you’d like to see a higher quality version of these videos, click on the links below, which will take you each video’s page on YouTube.com. Just below the bottom right corner of the video (which is already larger in size on YouTube.com), you’ll see a link called “Watch in Higher Quality.” Click that to see a much sharper, and larger version of each video.

  • iPhoto: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iexUVyMRJ8
  • Lighroom 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3EGSLPEYhY
  • Photoshop CS4:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTWnrGBbMM4

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If you’re going to PPE (Photo Plus Expo) in New York City this week, I want to invite you to stop by some training sessions I’m doing on the expo floor. Here’s the schedule for my classes and demos:

THURSDAY

  1. 1:00 pm at the Adobe Booth: “Lightroom and Photoshop CS4 Killer Tips”
  2. 3:00 pm at the Peachpit Press Booth: “Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques”
  3. 4:30 pm at the Westcott Booth: “Portrait Lighting Using The Spiderlite TD-5s”

FRIDAY

  1. 11:00 am at the Adobe Booth: “Lightroom and Photoshop CS4 Killer Tips”

If you’re at the show, I hope you’ll catch one of my sessions, and if you do, make sure you come up and say “hi.” Hope I’ll see you there!

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