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Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta Goes Live

Re-post from PASM Workshop

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta now available for download, hop over to the link here to test drive it.

Photoshop CS6 Highlights

  • Content-Aware Patch — Patch images with greater control using the newest member of the Content-Aware family of technologies. Choose the sample area you want to use to create your patch, and then watch Content-Aware Patch magically blend pixels for a stunning result.
  • Blazingly fast performance and a modern UI — Experience unprecedented performance with the Mercury Graphics Engine, which gives you near-instant results when you edit with key tools such as Liquify, Puppet Warp, and Crop.* Plus, a refined, fresh, and elegant Photoshop interface features dark background options that make your images pop.
  • New and re-engineered design tools — Create superior designs fast. Get consistent formatting with type styles, create and apply custom strokes and dashed lines to shapes, quickly search layers, and much more

Source – Adobe

March 22, 2012 Posted by | Adobe, Applications, Photoshop, Photoshop | , , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Addresses Lightroom 4 Issues

Repost from Lightroom Journal via PASM Workshop

The team would like to provide an update on several issues discovered since last Monday night’s launch. Thanks for your patience while we investigated and compiled this list.

Point Tone Curve Migration
In Lightroom 3, the Tone Curve panel added a “point curve” adjustment option in addition to the default parametric curve.  When a customer upgrades their Lightroom 3 catalog to Lightroom 4, any images with point curve adjustments will lose those specific settings.  This is a high severity bug and we are working hard to provide a solution as quickly as possible.  Several members of the community have already started helping us test a fix that can be applied to an upgraded Lightroom 4 catalog.  We’ll be providing updates via this blog and the following Lightroom Feedback thread.

“Edit in” Workflow for External Editors/Plug-ins
There is a bug on both Mac and Windows that can cause the “Edit in…” workflow to fail for third party applications and plug-ins.  Many of our customers working with Nik plug-ins have found that they’re unable to launch their plug-ins from within Lightroom 4. (This is more prevalent on Windows)  We are testing a solution for this problem and it will be included in our next update.  Feedback on this bug is captured here.

Edit in Photoshop Workflow
Currently, the Edit in Photoshop workflow asks that you have the Camera Raw 7 plug-in installed.  Please note that the Camera Raw 7 plug-in is not available at this time.  The correct plug-in for Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5 compatibility is Camera Raw 6.7, currently available on Adobe Labs Please keep in mind that currently Camera Raw 6.7 is a a Release Candidate version of the plug-in. A “release candidate” label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers.

Reverse Geocoding Delays
We had a temporary loss of reverse geocoding results on Tuesday.  This problem has been resolved and we’re monitoring the issue with Google’s help.

Serial Number Delivery from Adobe.com Store
A small group of customers that ordered Lightroom 4 as a software download(not a boxed copy) on Tuesday or Wednesday did not receive serial numbers.  We’ve corrected the error and we’ll be monitoring this issue going forward.  If you’re included in that group and have not received a serial number yet, please contact Jeff Tranberry, our Chief Customer Advocate, with your order number and any support case numbers you have.

Upgrade Details
We’ve had several questions around who is eligible for an upgrade to Lightroom 4.  Any Lightroom 1, 2 or 3 version of Lightroom, education editions included, can utilize the upgrade version of Lightroom 4.  The prior version of Lightroom does not need to be installed on the computer, however you will need the prior version serial number at the time of installation of Lightroom 4. (If the prior version is still installed on the computer, Lightroom 4 will automatically pick up that serial number so you don’t need to go digging through boxes or your email)

Upgrade policy for those that just purchased LIghtroom 3
We’ve seen quite a few questions from those who have just purchased Lightroom 3.  If you purchased Lightroom 3 very recently you may be eligible for a complimentary upgrade to Lightroom 4: http://www.adobe.com/go/pa 

March 13, 2012 Posted by | Adobe, Applications, Lightroom, Photography | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Everything About Adobe Lightroom 4 Videos

Repost from PASM Workshop

With Adobe Lightroom 4 released, nothing better is to sit down and check out all the new features of this new version.  Here we embedded all the new Lightroom 4 videos from Adobe for your easy reference. Enjoy.

More videos after the jump……

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March 7, 2012 Posted by | Adobe, Applications, Lightroom, Photography, Photoshop, Video | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sneak Peak Videos on Adobe Photoshop CS6

As Adobe is rolling out these sneak peak videos every week or so, we’re gonna be keeping them all under this post, will be updating along the way as they add new ones, so stay tuned.

More videos after the jump

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March 6, 2012 Posted by | Adobe, Applications, Photoshop, Photoshop, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad Reviews and Walkthroughs

With the release of the Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad, more and more video reviews are coming out.  Today, we take a look at the first couple ones to find out more about the app.

Source – Photoshop, myjailbreakmovies, MattsMacintosh via PASM Workshop

March 4, 2012 Posted by | Adobe, Apple, Applications, iOS 5, iPad2, Photography, Photoshop, Photoshop, Photoshop Touch for iPad, Tablet, Video | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First Look Video Preview at Adobe Lightroom 4 Beta

Check out the latest on Adobe Lightroom 4 Beta.

Source – Adobe Lightroom Videos

January 18, 2012 Posted by | Adobe, Applications, Lightroom, Photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Released Three Photoshop Touch Applications for the iPad

Finally, Adobe just released the three long awaited Photoshop Touch applications for the iPad platform earlier.  The Adobe Color Lava (US$2.99), the Adobe Eazel (US$4.99) and the Adobe Nav (US$1.99).

Adove Lava


With Adobe Color Lava —a Photoshop Touch app for Adobe Photoshop CS5 software (version 12.0.4 or later required)— you can now use your iPad and your fingertips to mix colors and create custom swatches and five-swatch color themes. Immediately access those color creations within Photoshop CS5—all you need is a network connection between your iPad and your computer. Or use Adobe Color Lava on the go whenever inspiration strikes, and then save your colors on your iPad to bring into Photoshop CS5 when you’re connected. You can also email your Adobe Color Lava creations to yourself and others.

•Dab, smudge, and swirl your way to creating unique individual color swatches and five-swatch color themes.
•Interact with Photoshop CS5 in real time. Simply tap a swatch on your iPad to make it the foreground color in your Photoshop CS5 Color panel—or create a color theme and see your colors instantly in the Color panel.
•Make fine adjustments to your color creations using Hue/Saturation sliders, and view HSB and RGB values.
•Mix colors even when you’re away from your computer. You can save them on your iPad to bring into Photoshop CS5 when you’re connected.
•Easily share your swatches and color themes by emailing them directly from Adobe Color Lava.

Adobe Eazel

With Adobe Eazel —a Photoshop Touch app for Adobe Photoshop CS5 software (version 12.0.4 or later required)— you can now use your iPad and your fingertips to create beautiful paintings. Get amazing color blends thanks to a painting technology that offers a new kind of interaction between “wet” and “dry” paint. Enjoy a unique user interface that lets you paint across the entire expanse of your iPad screen and easily access the tools you want.

As long as you have a network connection between your iPad and computer, you can send your Adobe Eazel artwork directly to Photoshop CS5 from anywhere you are. Then you can enhance a higher-resolution version of your artwork using industry-leading image-editing tools. Or do all your painting in Adobe Eazel. You can always share your work via email or save it to the built-in Photos app on your iPad.

•Paint beautiful works of art using just your fingertips.
•Mix “wet” and “dry” paint to create rich, realistic color blends. Breakthrough technology allows digital paint to “dry” over time.
•Paint more freely using the entire iPad screen. Controls for changing color, opacity, brush size, and other settings appear only when you place all five fingers on the screen.
•Send your paintings directly to Photoshop CS5, where they’ll be re-rendered at a higher resolution and can be saved in any file format you choose. (Photoshop CS5 must be open, and a network connection between your iPad and computer is required.)
•Save paintings to your iPad Photos app, and then email them as JPEG files.

Adobe Nav


With Adobe Nav—a Photoshop Touch app for Adobe Photoshop CS5 software (version 12.0.4 or later required)—you can now use your iPad to activate Photoshop tools and browse and select open Photoshop documents. As long as you have a network connection between your iPad and computer, you can customize the Photoshop CS5 toolbar on your iPad to easily access the tools you use most. Browse, reorder, view, and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop documents on your iPad. Tap a document on your iPad to immediately make it active in Photoshop CS5. And use your iPad to easily share and review files you are working on in Photoshop CS5 while you are away from your desk or computer.

•Use your fingertips to select Photoshop CS5 tools from your iPad screen.
•Customize the way the Photoshop CS5 toolbar appears on your iPad screen to make your most-used tools easily accessible. You can save one Adobe Nav toolbar configuration with up to 16 tools.
•Browse, reorder, view, and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop documents on your iPad screen.
•Tap any open document in Photoshop on your iPad to make it the active document in Photoshop CS5.

The full press release after the jump.

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May 11, 2011 Posted by | Adobe, Apple, Applications, CS5, iPad, iPad2, Photoshop, Photoshop | , , , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Released Photoshop Lightroom 3.3, Camera Raw 6.3 and DNG Converter 6.3 & Lens Profile Downloader

New Supported Cameras:
Support for the following cameras has been added in this update.

  • Canon PowerShot G12
  • Canon PowerShot S95
  • Nikon D3100
  • Nikon D7000
  • Nikon Coolpix P7000
  • Olympus E-5
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
  • Pentax K-5
  • Pentax K-r
  • Ricoh GXR, GR LENS A12 28mm F2.5
  • Samsung NX100
  • Samsung TL350 (WB2000)
  • Sony A560
  • Sony A580

New in Lightroom 3.3

The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom 3. (A comprehensive list of issues fixed in this release is included below.)

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December 8, 2010 Posted by | Adobe, Lightroom, Photography, Software | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lightroom 3 Officially Launched

SAN JOSE, Calif., – June 8, 2010 – Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the immediate availability of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software for Windows and Macintosh, the essential digital photography workflow solution that allows photographers to quickly organize, enhance and showcase their images from one application. First released as a public beta in October 2009, the final version of Lightroom 3 introduces a completely redesigned performance architecture that better handles growing image libraries and provides an unrivaled raw processing engine with noise reduction and sharpening tools to achieve the highest image quality. The 64-bit capable Lightroom 3 includes new features that optimize workflows and allow images to be shared in creative ways, including support for DSLR video files and tethered shooting on select cameras.

For more information, check out Adobe’s site, http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/

Of all the new features, the ones I’m really looking forward to apart from the superior noise reduction are -

  • the lens correction
  • tethered shooting
  • perspective correction and
  • film grain integration

Source – Adobe

June 9, 2010 Posted by | Adobe, Lightroom, Photography, Software | , , | 2 Comments

Sneak Peak at Adobe Creative Suite 5

Adobe announced that the new Creative Suite 5 will be unveiled on 12 April 2010.  Here’s a sneak peak video on one of the newest function, the “content aware” fill tool.  This really blows my mind away.

March 25, 2010 Posted by | Adobe, CS5, Photography, Photoshop | , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Launches Lightroom 2.6 and ACR 5.6

Adobe has launched Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6, Lightroom 2.6 and DNG Converter 5.6 for immediate download. Release candidates of all three had already been available from the Adobe’s Labs site. The updates fix minor issues and provide additional Raw support for 20 more DSLRs, including the Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D3S, with additional DNG support for the Leica M9 and Ricoh GXR.

From Adobe:

Pricing and Availability
Lightroom 2.6 is available as a free download for existing Lightroom 2 customers, and Photoshop Camera Raw 5.6 is available as a free download for existing customers of Photoshop CS4, Photoshop Elements 8 (Win/Mac) and Premiere Elements 8. DNG Converter 5.6 is also available as a free download for all customers. Click here for more information and to download the updates:

Click here to find out more and download Adobe Camera Raw 5.6 or Lightroom 2.6.

Newly Supported Camera Models

  • Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon PowerShot G11
  • Canon PowerShot S90
  • Leaf Aptus II 5
  • Mamiya DM22, DM28, DM33, DM56, M18, M22, M31
  • Nikon D3s
  • Olympus E-P2
  • Pentax K-x
  • Panasonic FZ38
  • Sigma DP1s
  • Sony A500
  • Sony A550
  • Sony A850

Source – dpreview

December 19, 2009 Posted by | Adobe, Lightroom, Photography, Software | , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.5 Update Released

New in Lightroom 2.5

The goal of this release is to address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom 2 and provide additional camera raw support. A comprehensive list of issues fixed in this release is included below:

Lightroom 2 Bugs – Fixed

  • Lightroom 2.4 on Windows continued to display the import dialog when a memory card was detected regardless of the preference setting “Show import dialog when a memory card is detected.”
  • Lightroom 2.5 includes a correction to the demosaic algorithms for Bayer sensor cameras with unequal green response.

Newly Supported Cameras:

  • Nikon D300s
  • Nikon D3000
  • Olympus E-P1
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ35
  • Panasonic DMC-GF1

Get your update here.

Source – Adobe

September 15, 2009 Posted by | Adobe, Applications, Lightroom, Software | , , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom v2.4 and Camera RAW 5.4

According to Adobe, the following were updated for Lightroom 2.4

  • Additional camera support for several new camera models including the Nikon D5000 and Canon EOS 500D (Digital Rebel T1i)
  • Several corrections for issues introduced by previous Lightroom 2 releases which includes the following -
  1. Web galleries with a Collection Title of six characters would not export or upload
  2. The crop aspect ratio could revert to the last selected ratio even when reset to original
  3. The crop aspect ratio in Quick Develop could be lost after a crop adjustment
  4. The crop aspect ratio lock could be lost after an orientation switch
  5. Images could preview incorrectly when imported using the MTP/PTP USB protocol
  6. Sony .ARW files may not have been recognized by Lightroom’s import dialog
  7. The Japanese language configuration of Lightroom on Mac OS X 10.5 could fail to switch to the print module if the HP B9180 was set as the default printer
  8. Metadata options that are intended for use were dimmed incorrectly when exporting DNG files
  9. The Japanese language configuration of Lightroom on Mac OS X was missing a shortcut for “Zoom Out”
  10. Several translation and shortcut corrections were made for the eight additional languages introduced with Lightroom 2.3

For details and download link, go to Adobe’s download page, link here.

As for Camera RAW 5.4, a number of new cameras were added to the update. One thing to note though is that the Camera Raw 5.4 plug-in is not compatible with versions of Photoshop earlier than Photoshop CS4. Hmm…..

For the full read on the Camera RAW 5.4, check out the readme link here.

June 25, 2009 Posted by | Adobe, Lightroom, RAW, Software | , , , | Leave a comment

Adobe Released Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3 Release Candidate

The ‘release candidate’ label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed.

Release Notes for Lightroom 2.3

The goal of this release is to address several bugs and provide additional camera raw support. A list of issues fixed in this release is included below:

Bugs – Fixed

  • In the Windows 64-bit version of Lightroom an sFTP upload process could cause Lightroom to crash.
  • Slideshows could return to the first image randomly during playback.
  • A memory leak could cause Lightroom to crash while attempting to process files with local adjustments.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mk II sRAW files could process with artifacts in Lightroom 2.2.
  • Lightroom 2.2 could cause disc burning to fail for Windows customers.

Camera Support
Newly supported camera models include:

  • Nikon D3X
  • Olympus E-30

Additional Languages
Lightroom 2.3 now provides language support for the following additional languages:

  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Chinese (Traditional)
  • Dutch
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

Download link for Lightroom 2.3 Release candidate here.

Release Notes for Camera Raw 5.3

Newly supported camera models include:

  • Nikon D3X
  • Olympus E-30

This release is not currently compatible with After Effects. This will be addressed before the final release

This release addresses possible artifacts that could appear in Canon EOS 5D Mk II sRAW files.

Download link for Camera Raw 5.3 Release Candidate here.

Source – Adobe Labs

January 25, 2009 Posted by | Adobe, Lightroom, RAW, Software | , , | Leave a comment

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