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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #1: Open and Save

Feature #1: Open and Save

Yesterday, Adobe officially announced its forthcoming parade of graphics applications, Creative Suite 5. One day later, I close my 9-month video countdown Photoshop Top 40 with Feature #1. Timing the end of my Top 40 to the beginning of CS5 seemed like an awful long shot back in July when I started this thing. But Adobe hit its dates, we hit ours, and the two came together as planned.

Just as CS5 and Photoshop Top 40 represent a kind of alpha and omega---one beginning, the other bidding farewell---Feature #1 embodies the alpha and omega of any image-editing cycle: Open and Save. Read more » 

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Next Week: Photoshop CS5 Top 5

This week, you can find gobs of gleefully optimistic videos from Adobe and other folks demonstrating the new features in Photoshop CS5. Members of lynda.com will find hours of Photoshop CS5 movies from my cohorts Chris Orwig and Jan Kabili (not to mention still more hours of info on other CS5 apps from Mordy Golding, Anne-Marie Concepcion, and James Williamson).

It's all designed to get you hot and bothered about the next version of CS5 in general and Photoshop specifically. But as usual, I see my job as something a little different: To not only show you what new stuff is available, but also give you a sense for whether it's any good.

Which is why next week---beginning Monday, April 19---I'll release a video blog each and every day called Photoshop CS5 Top 5. These are my reflections on the best features in the forthcoming version of Photoshop after several months of using the program on my own images. And while the features are uniformly welcome, many of them work quite differently---and significantly less magically---than the demos so far might imply.

Photoshop CS5 Top 5
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It's Time to CS5

In case you missed the announcement of the announcement a couple of weeks ago, Monday is official CS5 announcement day. Adobe is inviting all to join them for the global online launch extravaganza, as well as promising to reveal ground-breaking, earth-shattering, world-peace-promoting (potentially), and office-furniture-designing (if the logo used in the image below is any indication) versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and more. The event starts at 8:00am PDT. Figure out what that means for your time zone; I'm still dealing with having to get up that early! It looks like the party will feature some familiar Friends of dekeOnline (FODOs), including Julianne Kost, Jason Levine, and Terry White. 

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Martini Hour 060, In Which Colleen's Head Comes Precariously Close to Exploding over Blending Options

How many people do you know who can spend a whole non-hour "hour" explaining the intricacies of one panel of one Photoshop dialog box, while sipping cocktails, and remaining as suave, charming, and entertaining as ever? I only know one---my good buddy Deke. And this week he gives us an expert tour of the Blending options inside the Layer Styles dialog box settings that appear when you double-click on any floating layer. There's a great deal of power there, and Deke is just the guy to gently and comprehensively guide you through it.

Come along and see where this expert exploration takes us: Read more » 

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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #2: The Layers Palette

Feature #2: The Layers Palette

Although Photoshop 3 is fondly remembered as the version that introduced us to layers, we sometimes forget that it was not the first image editor to do so. In my capacity as a contributing editor to Macworld magazine at the time, I reviewed at least two layer-empowered programs that beat Photoshop 3 to market, Painter X2 and Live Picture. Read more » 

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