Wednesday News Stuff


Here’s what’s going on:

  • There’s a free online article called “30 Secret Photoshop Shortcuts” over at, and although there are dozens of sites that claim to have Photoshop “secret tips,” their tips actually are quite good, undocumented tips, very well-presented and definitely worth a look (you will pick up some useful shortcuts for sure). Here’s the link.
  • During the keynote at Photoshop World last week, Adobe introduced an official logo for Photoshop (kind of like a service mark that means “Photoshop),” along with the official tag line; “Photoshop: See What’s Possible.” (both are shown above).I liked the tag-line the very first time I heard it (I really think it fits), but at first I really didn’t like the “logo” at all (thinking it looked like a cartoon “talk bubble” at first glance), but after a short time, it does start to grow on you, and now I’m becoming fairly comfortable with it (I didn’t say I really like it now. I said “I’m “becoming fairly comfortable with it”). Here a link to a series of video clips on Adobe’s site which introduce the entire Adobe Photoshop family of products, and you can see the new logo in use on that page.
  • There’s a nice step-by-step video tutorial on Photoshop’s Lighting Effects filter and how to use it as a portrait lighting effect. The tutorial, called “Lighting in CS3” is over at (the how-to magazine for everything Adobe), and it’s from photographer Chris Alvanas. Worth checking out (click here to watch it online).
  • The “Your Mac Life” radio show has posted a load of cool photos from last week’s Photoshop World Conference & Expo out in Vegas. If you’ve got a sec, click here to see what you missed. Also, we’ve uploaded even more shots from the event at the Photoshop World site (here’s the link to those).
  • Yesterday I talked about the “National Coalition Against Sharp Photos” (NCASP) and how I was stopped on more than one occasion for using a tripod (in both DC and out in Nevada). This led me to a very cool blog called “” from attorney Carolyn E. Wright, who commented on my “no tripods here” experience on her blog. I wish I had found her very helpful blog earlier (at least before the Police had stopped me), but beyond her comment on my situation, her blog is really excellent, and if you’re at all concerned about copyright and legal issues, this is a site that should be on your radar big time. Here’s the link.

That’s it for this Wednesday. Hope you have a kick-butt day, and keep showing those pixels who’s boss! :)

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