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Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad 2 Released

Adobe has officially launched Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad 2, which was pulled yesterday since it was scheduled for a Monday, February 27th launch. Last October, Adobe had first announced the product, alongside 5 other upcoming tablet applications. This app is the flagship app from the company.

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The app is described as a tool to “let you quickly combine images, apply professional effects, share the results with friends and family through social networking sites like Facebook, and more”. Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad 2 is available for $9.99 in the US and is only compatible with the iPad 2. Adobe Photoshop for Touch can be download via the App Store here.

Adobe has been exploring the tablet market by entering onto the iPad and other tablets with a series of applications. However, they have yet to match the capabilities of the desktop version of Adobe’s key software products. The company’s initial goal for the iPad was to explore how the device might be used as an auxiliary input for the desktop version at first, but now the company has expanded to including some image editing features from Photoshop. MacStories has a fantastic review of the app.

Clearly, the iPad is just for “content consumption” and not content creation.

Celebrating 22 Years of Adobe Photoshop – Timeline

Adobe’s Photoshop has been a part of every web designer out there and I’m sure that they would agree with me on this. Adobe Photoshop has not only made a designer’s life easier with the new features and technologies that are released in new versions, but has also helped in expanding the peripheral vision of creativity, art and imagination.

For the last two decades Adobe Photoshop has been the world’s most popular image editor and today the Adobe team is celebrating the editor’s 22nd anniversary.

The story of the World’s most popular image editor began in 1987, when Thomas Knoll programmed a pixel imaging program he called Display. Primarily, the tool displayed grayscale images on a black-and-white monitor. However, Display did create a strong foundation for what has now become the world’s most popular image editing tool.

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Adobe licensed the software in 1988 and renamed it Photoshop, and shipped the very first version of Photoshop on February 19, 1990, at a price of $895.

Adobe predicted that they would sell 500 copies of Photoshop per month, but with the unique features it offered, Adobe managed to beat those projections. Today, the software is being used by over millions of people worldwide.

Here’s a timeline of how Photoshop kick started and went on to become the world’s popular image editing tool –

1987 – Thomas Knoll, a PhD student at the University of Michigan, develops a tool called Display for his Mac Plus with a capability ofAdobe Photoshop 1.0 displaying 256-share grayscale images on black and white screen.

1998 – Adobe licenses Display and renames it to Photoshop. Approximately 200 copies of the version 0.87 were shipped in bundle with the scanners.

1990 – Photoshop 1.0 is released with system requirements of an 8MHz processor and 2MB RAM. The main features of Photoshop 1.0 were color correction, image optimization for output, Curves, Levels, and the Clone tool. The software could easily fit on 3.5-inch floppy disk.

1991 – Photoshop 2.0 (codenamed Fast Eddy) is released with CMYK support, Path tool, and the rasterization of Illustrator files. Abode also released an SDK for third-party plugin developments.

1993 – Photoshop 2.5 (codenamed Merlin) is released for Windows as well as Mac. It ships with 16-bit image support, Quick Mask, Dodge and Burn Tools, and visual color-correction tool.

1994 – Adobe releases Photoshop 3.0 with key feature – Image Layers, one of the most important features ever added in Photoshop. In the same year, Alien Skin Software developers the first drop-shadow effect plugin for Photoshop.

1996 – Adobe Photoshop 4.0 (codenamed Big Electric cat) is released with key features including, adjustment layers, macros, Actions, grids, Free Transformation tool, and a new user interface.

1998 – Adobe releases Photoshop 5.5 (codenamed Strange Cargo). Includes features like the History palette, layer effects, spot colors,Adobe Photoshop 5.5 and the Magnetic Lasso tool. This is first ever version of Photoshop that supported integrated online updating.

2000 – Adobe Photoshop 6.0 (codenamed Venus in Furs) is released with feature including Layer Styles, layer-based slicing for HTML development, Liquefy filter, and a redesigned user interface.

2002 – Adobe ships Photoshop 7.0 (codenamed Liquid Sky). Photoshop 7.0 introduces new features like, Healing Brush tool, custom workspaces, and a spell checker.

2003 – The release of Adobe Photoshop CS (a.k.a Photoshop 8, codenamed Dark Matter). This version features layer groups, Lens Blur Filter, keyboard shortcuts, and JavaScript support.  This is very first version to require activation, and came with a PDF manual.

2005 – Photoshop CS2 is released (codenamed Space Monkey) with Bridge, Smart Objects Spot Healing, HDR merging, and Lens Correction filter.

2006 – Adobe released a beta version of Photoshop Lightroom, an image management tool basically created for professional photographers.

2007 – Photoshop CS3 (codenamed Red Pill) is released with Smart Filters, the ability to import and process videos, Black and White conversion tool, and a improved Clone tool.

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2008 – Adobe Photoshop goes online. Adobe creates a Flash based Photoshop Express app on Photoshop.com, offering limited image editing features. In the same year, Adobe release Photoshop Lightroom 2.0. Adobe also released Photoshop CS4 (codenamed Stonehenge) offering features like Content Aware Scaling, RAW image processing, and auto layer alignment tools. A 64-bit version for Windows Vista was also released.

2009 – Photoshop.com is available for the iPhone as a free mobile edition image editor. Adobe releases a public beta of Lightroom 3.0

2010. Adobe Photoshop turned 20 years. Releases Photoshop CS5 with better Edge Detection and Masking, Straighten and Multilayer Opacity, improved Content Aware fill, and improved Spot Healing tool.

2011 – Adobe releases Photoshop for Android and the iOS operating system. Also, Adobe Photoshop CS5.5 is released in May.

2012 – Adobe celebrates 22 years of awesomeness.

How to Create a Christmas Card from Scratch using Photoshop

Although the days of sending handmade Christmas cards to friends and family are gone, it is still possible to personally craft cards to give to loved ones using what technology has to offer! Creating a Christmas card from scratch is pretty easy actually. All you need is a little imagination and the knowledge of a few Photoshop tips and tricks which I will now share with you

Step 1: Let us begin with creating a new file. While opening a new file choose the A4 canvas size preset to get the right dimensions for the card. Once you’ve clicked on OK, unlock the Background layer by double clicking on it in the Layers tab. Also, create a new layer.

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Step 2: Use the Line tool to draw two lines which will divide your page into 4 quarters. To make sure that the divisions are exact, make use of the rulers. To make the rulers visible just click on View -> Rulers.

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How to Fix an Old Photo in Photoshop in 3 Easy Steps

Retouching pictures is an art in itself and image fixing can have many facets. You may have to restore an old picture, alter the lighting and color temperature, or do something very simple like removing the date or time signature automatically added by your camera to ruin your otherwise beautiful composition. (Usually, you can avoid this by switching the option off, but it helps to know how to remove it in case you, like I have on many occasions, forget to do so).

In today’s post, I will reveal a secret much guarded by photography studios and discuss how to do something that many people unknowingly consider rather complicated.

Let us start by assuming that you have an old picture. (Imagine a really old picture… like that of your grandparents’ when they were young and you will know what I’m talking about.) It is likely that even if you have it on disk, it’s a scanned version of an original which could do with some work. But then, you have your heart set of getting it framed, after all, it is such an adorable picture that brings back great memories for your mom and for that it needs to be fixed first. Here is how you can do it yourself:

The original sample I’ll be using to demonstrate is this it is an old photo of my own grandparents:

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Step 1: Open the picture in Adobe Photoshop and double click on Backgroundin the Layers tab to unlock it and make Layer 0 (circled).

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Step2: Select the Clone Stamp tool from the tool box and choose a suitable brush from the Brushes tab (circled). A brush size of 15 px seems suitable for my purpose, so I will go with that. Feel free to change according to your picture requirements though!

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Step 3: What I will be attempting to do is to clonecertain undamaged portions of the photograph (which are similar to the damaged portions) and stampthese onto the damaged parts (the torn areas in this picture). To do this you need to press and hold the Altbutton on your keyboard and then click on the area you want to clone from. You will find that the cursor changes its shape to a target sign (circled) when you press and hold Altand becomes normal again once you select your area. Now click the way you would for an ordinary brush over the damaged areas similar to the cloned portion to fix them.

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As you can see here, I’ve removed most of the damaged areas in the top left portion of the picture:

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Here is what the final restored image looks like:

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Perfectly easy, right? Once you’re happy with the results just save the picture with a .jpg extension and you’re good to go!

Another application of this technique is when you want to remove time or date signatures from pictures taken using a digital camera.

The key here is to (a) Get the brush size right and (b) To click over the right areas, with these becoming instinctive once you get the hang of things! So go ahead with confidence and have fun breathing new life into all your old pictures!

Optimize Photoshop Start Up Time With Photoshop SpeedUp

Adobe Photoshop SpeedUp significantly decreases the time it takes to load Adobe Photoshop by disabling the plug-ins that you may not need. There are several options such as whether to load the Adobe fonts, load the presets, and set the memory usage. You may restore to the original settings at any time. Adobe Photoshop SpeedUp is freeware, that works with Adobe Photoshop versions 3 through CS4.

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Features

  • Free Photoshop Tweak Utility for Adobe Photoshop version 3 through CS4
  • Enable or disable the plug-ins as needed
  • Do not load Adobe fonts CMap and Base
  • Do not load Photoshop Presets
  • Optimize and reset Maximum Memory Usage
  • Restore to original settings with a click of the Restore button at any time

Photoshop Speedup is a tiny utility that does what it promises. Your load time will be significantly decreased. If you are a regular photoshop user, you must definitely use this utility.

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10 Great Photoshop Tutorial Websites

Imagining present times without Adobe Photoshop can be quite difficult. Not only does this extremely versatile software let you fix that grainy picture you want to use as your new Facebook profile picture but you can also use it to create your own digital artwork.

However, using Photoshop, and by that I mean using it properly to its full potential, is hardly a cakewalk! To say that almost everyone who is new to Photoshop finds himself or herself a little confused is an understatement. So, to make your foray into digital art and photography a little easier, I will share 10 Great Photoshop Tutorial Websites with you.

Psdtuts+ is a great Photoshop tutorial website which updates its content regularly. Also, this a great website if you take a fancy to a wide variety of photo-manipulations. From tutorials on Applying Textures to uneven surfaces to Creating an original pin-up girl, Psdtuts+ not only has a vast range of Photoshop tutorials, but also explains these lessons in a friendly manner that is easily understood by all. Although complete access to all the material that can be downloaded, including all PSD files of tutorials is accessible only to paying members, the instructions can be seen by all visitors to the website.

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Another great website for Photoshop tutorials is Tutorial9. All the Photoshop tutorials provided by this website are created by experienced teachers and are completely free. Tutorial9 also has an excellent stock of Photoshop tutorials. Some of the interesting lessons include those on how to Design an Epic Fantasy Scene with Photoshop, Create a Clean and Colorful Web Layout in Photoshop and How To Create An Abstract Floral Explosion in Photoshop among others.

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PS Hero also offers great Photoshop tutorials for free. If you are starting out with Photoshop, this would be a great place to look for lessons as there are tutorials on many simple image manipulations that can be used to great effect, for instance, learning to create A Scrap of Notebook Paper or Grunge Photo Edges.

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PSD Learning is a relatively new Photoshop tutorial website which has a wonderful stock of tutorials that will suit the requirements of not only those seeking to perfect their digital art but also novices who are only starting out with their game.

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Another excellent Photoshop tutorial website that has started out recently is 10Steps.SG. With friendly navigation and fantastic content organized into categories, this is another great website to turn to for Photoshop tutorials.

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If you want to learn how to create Incredibly Realistic Water Text in Cinema 4D and Photoshop and other interesting image manipulations, then you would love Abduzeedo. Not only do you have extremely helpful Photoshop tutorials for a host of advanced Photoshop functions but you are also provided with design inspirations that you can make use of while coming up with your own creations.

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However, if you would rather master the simpler tricks first then Photoshop Contest has extremely helpful lessons.

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You could even head to Photoshop Tutorials for more tutorials on the various Photoshop techniques.

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If you are looking for Photoshop tutorials on creating WordPress layouts then you could visit PSD Vibe which has excellent tutorials for these among other lessons on interesting techniques.

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Finally, in your quest for learning Photoshop skills, you could also try out the tutorials at Pxleyes.

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