Monday
Feb
2012
27

Adobe Releases “Photoshop Touch” for the iPad 2

by Scott Kelby  |  35 Comments

OK, I know you’re probably hoping this is a custom version of Photoshop designed for the iPad, and if you are, well guess what? That’s exactly what it is! (and I have to say, it’s pretty darn slick)!

Although they certainly didn’t build this just for me, it actually has most of the things I was asking for when I wrote a post about what we want in an iPad version of Photoshop (which basically I wanted a stripped down version of the full Photoshop, but it needed to include some some key tools and features [but it had to have stuff like layers, and some key filters], and while I hoped it would have Photoshop’s same interface, I have to say that the interface is actually very Photoshop-like (without looking just like Photoshop). It even has Free Transform!

Oh, but there’s more…
Check this out: It has Levels. It has Curves (it has CURVES!). It has Shadow/Highlight, there’s a Gaussian Blur Filter, you can add text, the Layers have blend modes (Screen, Multiply, Overlay, etc.), and you can show/hide them — change their opacity — create blank layers, duplicate layers, all that stuff. There are effects filters, there’s noise reduction, you can make selections (and you will love how they implemented them). You can share images direct to Facebook, and a whole bunch of other stuff I didn’t think would be there….but is.

Of course, it doesn’t have everything the desktop Photoshop has (or there is no way it be able to run on a tablet), but I think you’ll be surprised at the cool stuff it does have.

Terry White (who works full time for Adobe as one of their Adobe Worldwide Evangelists), put together a great video that shows you the power of this puppy (which is even more amazing when you realize that’s it only $10 [well, $9.99]). Here’s the link to Terry’s video (and lots more details about the App), and here’s the link to download the App (it’s available right now).

Way better than I was expecting
I saw an early version of this App on a trip out to Adobe last year, and I have to say I am really tickled at how the app has grown since that first look — in fact, it grew into something I wasn’t sure we’d ever see on an iPad (well, not anytime soon anyway, and certainly not this soon).

I give Adobe a lot of heat about certain things, but when they do something really cool (and they often do), I have to tip my hat to them, and for this I wish I had more than one hat to do so. Way to go, Adobe. We’ve got Photoshop touch on the iPad. It was worth the wait. :-)

Monday
Feb
2012
27

“Light it” Magazine Now Available on iPad Newsstand (plus, now you can subscribe)

by Scott Kelby  |  7 Comments

OK, it took us a long, long, long time to get this all working, and approved by Apple, but I’m happy to announce that Light It Magazine (our how-to magazine for hot shoe and studio lighting) is now available in the Apple Newstand on your iPad, and you can now subscribe there as well (A one-year subscription; 8 issues, is $19.95 [about $2.50 an issue]).

To access it via Newsstand, first get the latest free update to our app (Version 1.2) from the App store and your app icon will move from it’s current location) and subscriptions ($19.99 for 8 issues) are now available! Since the subscription service is new (and lots of readers already have issues 1-5) the subscription starts with the most recent issue, which is issue 5. (Issue 6 is on the way!). :)

Thanks to everybody who helped to make this magazine launch such a success — in fact, we’re currently working on a version for Android tablets, and as soon as we have fairly firm a launch date, I’ll be sure to let you know.

>> Here’s the link to download the App.

>> Here’s our support page with more details on the update.

>> Here’s the magazine’s Facebook page link.

Friday
Feb
2012
24

OK, this is some news I’m pretty psyched about!

by Scott Kelby  |  80 Comments

The folks who publish my books (the awesome team at Peachpit Press), put out a press release yesterday announcing that according to research data compiled by Nielsen Bookscan, I was the #1 bestselling author of photography books for 2011 (here’s the link to their release). Yay! :)

I’m actually really psyched for two reasons: the first being that this is my 2nd year in a row in the #1 spot. Back in 2009 I was in 2nd place because this one guy beat me out, but the other reason is: being the #1 bestselling photography book author sounds a whole lot cooler than what I was for the previous six years: the #1 computer and technology book author, which kinda sounds like a distinction that might get you beat up at the playground. Thankfully, they now separate the photography book sales from the computer/technology category (they used to lump them in together) which I think makes a lot of sense (and keeps the bullies away at recess).

My Publisher, Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel wrote a blog post about it with more details (here’s the link), but before you jump over there, I want you all to know that I couldn’t have done it without Nancy and her incredible team (Scott Cowlin, Sara Jane Todd, my Editor Ted Waitt, and all the great people at Peachpit and New Riders) who make all of this possible in the first place. I’m indebted to them for everything they do to support my books and help them reach the largest audience possible.

I also owe a huge thanks to my in-house book team, including my Editor Kim Doty, Creative Director Felix Nelson, my book designer Jessica Maldonado, my Tech Editor Cindy Synder, and to Dave Damstra and his layout team; they are truly my secret weapon. I’m really blessed to be able to work with such talented, passionate and creative people.

Of course, most importantly I want to thank you—-the wonderful people who buy my books and give me the opportunity to write more books (if your books don’t sell, your book writing career comes to a screeching halt). Your support, and tireless ability to put up with my quirky sense of humor, allows me to continue on as a writer, and I just can’t thank you all enough.

Oh yeah, one more thing: “Whoo Hoo!!” :-)

Thursday
Feb
2012
23

This Weekend Only Special Deal on the “Topaz Bundle” of Plug-ins

by Scott Kelby  |  12 Comments

Hi gang: You know the rules here — if a company wants to offer my readers a deal, it has to be the best deal they’ve offered anywhere, and this weekend’s 40% discount on the Topaz Bundle of Photoshop Plug-ins is the highest discount they’ve ever offered (By the way: I use Topaz Adjust and Topaz Detail myself. Love ‘em!). 

Here’s the Deal :

The Topaz Bundle now includes 10 programs and here are just a few things you can do with each program:

  • Make your exposure, detail, and color pop with Topaz Adjust
  • Create traditional and stylized B&W imagery with B&W Effects
  • Simulate lenses, filters & specialty cameras with Topaz Lens Effects
  • Create a variety of stunning painterly art effects with Topaz Simplify
  • Get halo-free and artifact-free detail enhancement with Topaz Detail
  • Eliminate noise while preserving detail with Topaz DeNoise
  • Quickly and efficiently mask and extract photos with Topaz ReMask
  • Sharpen and restore image clarity with Topaz InFocus
  • Control portrait smoothing and stylized edges with Topaz Clean
  • Fix JPEG artifacts and optimize web photos with Topaz DeJPEG
It’s normally $299 for the bundle, but if you buy it this weekend (until Sunday night at midnight ET), you get it for just $179.00 (40% off for this weekend only).
The all-important DISCOUNT CODE is: KELBYWEEKEND (enter that code at checkout).
Here’s where you buy it direct from Topaz: https://www.topazlabs.com/store/
For more info on the bundle, here’s the link:  http://www.topazlabs.com/bundle/
Just like always, this deal is just for this weekend, and just for people who buy it this weekend, so if you bought the bundle a month ago, or a week ago, or a day ago, you’re outta luck. Buy it this weekend, and be lucky!
Thanks to the folks at Topaz for offer this to my readers!
Thursday
Feb
2012
23

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  176 Comments

Hey gang, Brad Moore here with some more free stuff for ya:

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! Wrapping Up
We’re nearing the end of Scott Kelby’s Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! Tour, with only three more dates left. We’re in Atlanta on March 9, then wrapping up the US tour in Tampa on March 13 at Tampa Theatre (a really cool venue was built in 1926 as one of the country’s “most elaborate movie palaces”).

And the grand finale is in London on April 28! We’ll be meeting up with our buddies Glyn Dewis (yesterday’s guest blogger) and Dave Clayton (next week’s guest blogger), which I’m sure will take things to a whole other level. Maybe not a higher level, but another one altogether ;)

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free pass to one of these seminars (make sure you let us know which one you want to attend)!

Win a Copy of the iPhone 5/e Book by Scott Kelby & Terry White
If you’re looking for a book that focuses on just the most important, most useful, and most fun stuff about your iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, or iPhone 3GS – you’ve found it.

Scott teams up once again with gadget guru and leading iPhone authority Terry White to put together a book that is an awful lot like the iPhone itself–simple to use and fun to learn. The book’s layout is brilliant, with each page covering just one single topic, so finding the information you need is quick and easy, with a large full-color photo on each page so you can see exactly how it works. As always, if you’re not one of the lucky winners, you can buy it here – at a kick butt price too, we might add!

Leave a comment if you’re interested in The iPhone Book – Fifth Edition and we’ll draw for 2 lucky winners next Wednesday!

KelbyTraining.com
The latest addition to the Kelby Training library is Environmental Sports Portraiture: Action Sports Photography from veteran Sports Illustrated photographer Bill Frakes! Go on location with Bill and see his style of athletic environmental portraiture as he captures creative portraits of athletes of all varieties.

Dave Black on The Grid
Yesterday’s episode featured very special guest Dave Black with RC Concepcion and Matt Kloskowski! I didn’t actually see the show since I was moving lights around on stage with Scott in Phoenix, but I can’t imagine anything with Dave being less than extraordinary and insightful. It’ll be up on KelbyTV.com sometime later today, so make sure you swing by and check it out.

That’s it for today. Leave a comment for your chance to win one of these giveaways!

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