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A couple of weeks back, I ran an article called “How to get exactly what we want in the next versions of Photoshop and Lightroom” (here’s the link), and in it I floated this fairly “out there” concept: Imagine if Adobe agreed to contact it’s registered Photoshop users to find out exactly which features they wanted to see in the next version of Photoshop, and then Adobe’s engineers committed to including ALL of the “top 10” most popular features in the next version of Photoshop, no ifs, ands or butts. That’d be pretty wild, eh?

Now, I want to make it clear that Adobe could add absolutely as many “other” features as they wanted, so they’re could be 50 or 100 new features, but those “top 10” would have to be included no matter what. That way, we’d get exactly what we want, plus whatever Adobe’s engineers can dream up (which is usually some incredibly amazing stuff).

I went on to list the features that I’d love to see in the next version, and then I invited you (my readers) to post your ideas for what you’d like to see in the next Photoshop. After a few days, I’d compile the top 25 or so most frequent feature requests (from your comments), and then put up an online survey where you could vote for your top 10 from that list. Then, whatever that final top 10 wound up being, I’d deliver that list to the Photoshop product managers at Adobe.

Now, it’s important to note that Adobe hasn’t agreed to do any of this—it’s just an experiment—kind of a “wouldn’t it be cool if….” kind of thing, and because it’s not a poll of Adobe’s registered users, but instead a poll of people who read my blog, it’s totally unscientific. That being said: Tomorrow I’m running that online survey here on the blog, where I’ll list the top 25 or so most requested features (according to your comments), and then you’ll be able to vote for the 10 features you’d like to see most in Photoshop, and I’ll post the results from that survey on Monday.

Now, what I did find interesting where what some of your most-requested features were. For example:

  • Have the Crop Tool include a “rule of thirds” grid (Like Lightroom) was a common request
  • Requests for better built-in HDR process was the #1 most frequent comment
  • Adding the ability to customize the toolbar was very popular
  • Making Shadow/Highlight a real Adjustment Layer (not just having a workaround as we do currently) was a very popular request
  • Better built-in Noise Reduction was one of the most popular requests
  • The ability to change the default settings for Layer Styles was big, with numerous references to the dreaded “Red Stroke” default (in fact, if Adobe just changed the default stroke color to black, they’d probably win a lot of love)
  • A lot of overall requests to make Photoshop work, look, and act more like Lightroom

There were a lot of other really great ideas, in fact some of them were brilliant; it’s just that many were features needed to address an individual’s particular problem for the particular type of Photoshop work they’re doing. In those instances, only that one person requested that feature, and in this type of “majority rules” decision-making process, those very nichey types of feature requests wouldn’t make the list, but that doesn’t lessen the quality or legitimacy of the request.

For example, if you use Photoshop in your work as a dental surgeon, there are probably a few things Adobe could change, or add, that would make your job SO much easier, but unfortunately there’s just not a big enough number of dental surgeons to have that feature show up in a “top 10” list. Also, the feature one dental surgeon might be clamoring for, another dental surgeon might not find all that useful, so you can quickly see how these niche areas are going to be underserved when it comes to a feature popularity contest. If you go back and read some of the comments from that post, you’ll see some people in a similarly frustrating situation.

Anyway, tomorrow you’ll get to vote on the full list, and choose your favorite wish-list features from the list, and then Monday we’ll see the final results. See you here tomorrow for the voting!

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Here’s just a coupla quickies:

  • I had a number of people ask if I shot in Raw on the Italy trip, and yes; I shot raw the entire time. I took five 8GB memory cards, and two small hard drives for backing up (in case I had to erase one of the cards, but as it turned out, I didn’t have to). Also, I saw where a number of folks wondered how the Nikon 18-200mm VR lens (shown above) I used on the trip compared to similar lenses offered by both Sigma and Tamron. Unfortunately I haven’t tried either one, so anything I tell you would just be a guess. Sorry ’bout that. Also, scroll down to the next post to see more shots taken with that Nikon lens.
  • Three new classes were added to Kelby Training while I was in Italy, and so I wanted to give you a heads up. They are:
  • NEW Wedding Photography 2, The Off-Camera Flash with David Ziser view lessons
  • NEW Lighting On a Laptop: How to Light Like a Sunbeam with Vincent Versace view lessons
  • NEW Cloning and Healing Short Course with Rafael “RC” Concepcion view lessons
  • If you’re going to Photoshop World Vegas this September (you are going to Vegas, right?), then make sure you download Dave Cross’s free “Photoshop World Class Planner PDF 2.0” I have to say; it’s incredibly helpful in planning which sessions you’re going to go to (it’s what I used to plan which sessions I was going to catch). Here’s the link to the free download.
  • Landscape Legend Stephen Johnson is offering NAPP members a 10% discount on his upcoming 3-day field workshop in Zion National Park (an absolutely amazing place for a workshop with a world-class teacher). Here’s the details on the workshop, which is coming up on Aug 30 through Sept. 1, 2008. (NOTE: If you follow to the link to Stephen’s workshop, scroll down to the bottom of the page and you’ll see a photo taken at one of the workshops. I just noticed that one of the students in the shot, the guy in the yellow shirt, is none other than the man who wrote Photoshop, and Camera Raw; Thomas Knoll).

That’s it for today (I told you it was a ‘quickie’). Have a great one!

….my very good friend, Photoshop User TV co-host, and producer of the “Lightroom Killer Tips” weekly podcast and Lightroom Killer Tips blog, Matt Kloskowski.

When I had initially invited Matt to do a guest blog, I figured Matt would do a post that had to do with Lightroom, but right before I left for Italy Matt stopped by my office and ran his idea for his guest spot by me, and surprisingly it’s not about Lightroom at all (but you’re going to love it)! So, make sure you drop by tomorrow and check out what one of the most popular Photoshop and Lightroom trainers on the planet has in store.

In the meantime, check out his Lightroom Killer Tips blog by clicking right here.

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Hi folks, I’m back (well, I got back late last night) from just an amazing vacation with my family and some friends. Here’s the story:

Q. So why you didn’t you tell us you were in Italy?
A. Because my whole family, and extended family, and some of our close friends were all there with us, and my wife didn’t want me to post on the blog, what would essentially be; “We’re out of the country, all our family members are here, too. Obviously, nobody’s home—so help yourself.” So, I promised not to mention it until I got back, and well…now we’re back.

Q. Ah, so that’s why you kept having Internet problems, eh?
A. Precisely. Part of our vacation was a cruise from Genova, with stops in Portofino, Viareggio, Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and a day trip out to Lucca in Tuscany. The Internet on board was…well, I’m not sure if you could call it Internet. But I was still able to get most of my posts up, and I could get incoming email on my laptop, but couldn’t send any outgoing emails.

Q. So who posted that “Scott’s post is going to be late” comment?
A. I was able to send a text-message from my iPhone to NAPP’s Executive Director Larry Becker when I realized there was no way to get that day’s post up, and I asked Larry to post that for me. In fact, one post last week was written entirely on my iPhone, and Larry posted it for me (By the way; Larry gets up early each day, reads my posts, and fixes any typos he comes across. It’s not one of his official duties; he just does it ’cause he’s a great guy—which he truly is).

Q. How many shots did you take?
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Now, it really depends on how you look at it, because it can either sound like I was pretty conservative, or I was shooting like a bandit. For example, I took a 12-megapixel camera, so I used 8-GB memory cards (which are now routinely found for less than $100 at B&H Photo). I filled less than 1/2 a card per day. That’s not that (more…)

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