Favorite new feature of Photoshop CS3?

I was thinking about a meeting with NBC the other week where we presented Production Premium CS3 to several of the graphics artists, art directors, artists, etc…  After talking about the features and giving an overview of the suite, I started out by firing up Photoshop CS3 Extended.

Now, as you may guess, we are given a bunch of demo assets and you can then pick and choose which features to show off based upon your audience and what their needs are.  Well, with NBC, you can imagine that it would be difficult to find a place to start. However it wasn’t a problem.  You see, I start out with the same feature in almost every presentation I do.  It isn’t the top ‘ooh ahh’ feature of Photoshop CS3 Extended.  It’s not even the top feature in the standard version of Photoshop CS3. At first glance, it’s about the least sexy feature in Photoshop.

Yet, for me (and for people new to Photoshop), it’s the best feature we’ve seen in a long time.  Yup, I started out showing off the quick selection tool.

If you’ve read this far and you’re going, "what is the quick selection tool?", then you need to keep reading.  Here’s why: it’s my personal belief that one of the foundational things to learn when it comes to Photoshop is knowing how to use the various selection tools. 

Until now, that was somewhat problematic.  You’ve got your wand tool, the marquee tool, the polygon tool, the lasso tool, etc.  There’s been a quiet rumbling, a groundswell of discontent amongst amateurs and pros alike. You were saying, "Give us the uber selection tool, the magic selection tool!"  John Nack and the team heard you and gave us the quick selection tool.

So, if you haven’t given the quick selection tool a try yet, then perhaps it’s time you did.  If you haven’t given Photoshop CS3 a try yet, well…then…what are you waiting for?! 😉

Using Text for Shape Layers

It’s a busy time: I looked at the blog today and bam…a week went by! Production Premium CS3 is out there and the video team is going crazy dashing about the country (I’m typing this on a plane headed towards Orlando).  SOOO..during the delay at the airport, I whipped up something I’ve wanted to start exploring.  Read on if you’re interested.

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eSeminar on 8/2 – are you ready for CS3?

I’m going to be honest here and say that I really want a lot of people to not only sign up but actually show up online at check out the latest eSeminar that I’ll be doing.  Why?  Lots of reasons.  Firstly and selfishly, it is like when I was a kid playing shows at bars or recitals: you like playing for a full house (even if it’s virtual).  How about that for honesty?  Secondly, I believe in Production Premium CS3 and in my recent travels, I can’t tell you how many people are looking for information about what it is, to see it in action and to ask questions (which you can do in this seminar).  Lastly, it uses some great technology from Adobe that is based on Flash called Connect. If you have the Flash player (and you do) then you have all that’s needed to use Connect.

So, how ’bout it?  Join in the eSeminar by clicking on the following link:

eSeminar for Video Professionals (that’s you!)

Premiere Pro 3.01 posted

Quick hit here.  Premiere Pro has a 3.01 update posted. It’s so fresh, that it’s not posted on the Adobe website, but by going under the help menu and running the updates command, you should have it show up.  I’ll try and come back to post a link if I can find one.

Free tutorials from Anvel

It’s the weekend, and while I wait for the rest of the family to wake up, I took a look at Dean’s site and checked out the animations he sent me about a month ago.  These are terrific animations and they’re also good for learning how he does. I’ve found that ‘reverse engineering’ is a great way for me to learn.  While these looks are sophisticated, you might be surprised how easy the basic concept is.

Dean’s animations

In looking at many of them, I’m like "I can do that!" which means you can to…

Soundbooth CS3 – have you checked out Resource Central yet?

Well I gave it a whirl and I have to say, I really like it. More importantly, I can see things that Adobe can or will do with it in the future. What is it? Read on…

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It’s still about the story…

As a fan of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, I thought I’d top off a long day at Adobe headquarters last week by catching an evening movie to unwind.  I had just reread the sixth novel in preparation for the seventh and thought that it’d be nice to review the fifth at the movie house.  Having struck out at catching the imax version, I opted to watch it behind the Fairmont after a quick bite for dinner.  I wish I hadn’t…

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After Effects New York is all about After Effects and our next meeting is coming up on 7/26 (a Thursday).  If you’re in the area, interested in After Effects or just like to hang out with cool people, you’ll want to stop on by.  Get all the details at the website.


New Premiere Pro video podcast

Digital Media Net has Jeff Schell starting a regular video podcast for Premiere Pro CS3. In this episode, Jeff goes over new features with a mix of powerpoint and Premiere Pro directly.  Take a look – good stuff

DMN podcast with Premiere Pro CS3

Quicktime 7.2 – stay away for now…

Internally, emails sometimes fly about within Adobe. We use this as a way of keeping each other informed about the good, the bad and the ugly. I’m not sure which one this falls under, but it certainly isn’t under ‘the good’.

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