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Francois Veraart Experiments with Blending 3D Effects and Photography

You might have to do a double take when you first see Francois Veraart’s 3D creations. Veraart joins a modern wave of creatives whose work harkens back to the trompe l’oeil style painting of the 17th century masters. Those artists created still life paintings with detail and depth so astonishing, you wanted to reach out and touch them.

Veraart is a freelance designer in the Netherlands who has spent the last twenty years as an illustrator in the advertising world. He began his career hand-drawing his designs and over time adopted a digital workflow. More recently, he’s been exploring new creative avenues, blending 3D effects with photography to achieve a realistic effect. As more and more clients request this type of treatment, he’s able to play with 3D in ways that feed his own personal fascination with depth, light, texture and realism.
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Photoshop Photography Program Extended to Dec. 31 (UPDATE)

UPDATE: The Photoshop Photography Program is back for a limited time. Take advantage of the offer here.

We are delighted to announce that we are extending the period that the Photoshop Photography Program is available without restrictions to December 31, 2013. The offer is available to everyone, regardless of whether you have purchased a previous Adobe product.  Sign up before the new deadline and get access to Photoshop & Lightroom, plus all the benefits of a Creative Cloud single-app plan for just $9.99 per month.

Photoshop Photography Program


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Kirsty Mitchell Reveals Her Latest Masterpiece in ‘Wonderland’

As a member of the Photoshop team, I am lucky to experience incredible digital photography on a daily basis that involves thousands of post-production intricacies. What struck me about Kirsty Mitchell, based in Surrey, England, was the amount of detail in each of her photographs, most of which is created during months of pre-production. At first glance, you might think her stunning images are the result of heavy Photoshop editing, but in reality her final product stems from a sublime mixture of artistic vision, intricate set and costume design, old school work ethic and an unwavering dedication to tell a very emotional personal story from the heart.

She'll Wait For You In the Shadows Of Summer, By Kirsty Mitchell


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Photoshop Playbook Tutorial Series Solves Common Problems

One of the best parts of being on the Photoshop team is seeing how eager our community is to learn more about Photoshop. This is evidenced by the hundreds of Photoshop tutorials across YouTube and the web. We’ve noticed over time that most of our customers don’t seek Photoshop help as it relates to individual features like content-aware patch and camera shake reduction. Many customers want to learn how to use a combination of Photoshop tools to solve a problem.

That’s why we created a tutorial series just for solving problems. It’s called the Photoshop Playbook, and it’s dedicated to answering the questions we see most across our social channels, like how to make a fine-hair selection, how to remove an ex from a photo, or how to whiten teeth.


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Photoshop CS6 Perpetual License Updates Now Available

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(13.0.6/Mac 13.0.1.3/Win) Perpetual License updates

November 07, 2013

Today we released Photoshop update version 13.0.6 (for Macintosh perpetual license customers) and 13.0.1.3 (for Windows perpetual license customers). This release corrects a number of issues.

Notable bugs fixed (Mac & Win)

  • Transformed text layers have character and paragraph settings that are different/inconsistent from previous versions
  • While transforming type the values are updated correctly in the Character Panel but not the Options Bar
  • Text returns incorrect tracking value after transform.
  • After a transformation, changing leading values for text by scrubby slider unpredictable
  • Multi-line text not rendered correctly in saved PDF files

Notable Windows specific bugs fixed

  • While using Photoshop (e.g. Color Picker or Layer Styles) PS launches browser with Help URL and crashes
  • Move Tool context menu to links layers broken

How to get the Update

In Photoshop, choose Help > Updates…

If you need help with installing the update, please post questions on the Photoshop User to User forums

(13.0.5/Mac 13.0.1.2/Win) Perpetual License updates

June 03, 2013

Today we released Photoshop update version 13.0.5 (for Macintosh perpetual license customers) and 13.0.1.2 (for Windows perpetual license customers). This release corrects a number of issues.

The new version for Creative Cloud customers, Photoshop CC, will be release on June 17th – and will include any fixes that aren’t already in version 13.1.2 along along with all the new features.


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Astrophotography Tips from Michael Shainblum, Josh Bury and Alan Erickson

With more access to incredible technology than ever, there’s been an exciting upswing in shared astrophotography photographs and timelapse videos across the web. To take a closer look at how these beautiful photographs are created, we gathered tips from our recent Google Hangout on Air with photographer Michael Shainblum, and Adobe Computer Scientists Josh Bury and Alan Erickson. Armed with these tips and advice from our resident experts, you should have everything you need to either dip your toe in the pool of astrophotography or dive right into the deep end!

Equipment:

Camera/Lens:

SkyTracker

  • Choose a full-frame camera with high ISO capabilities. Michael uses a Canon 6D, and Josh uses a Nikon D700. To the right, Alan shows us his DSLR with 40mm lens on a tracking mount. Digital SLRs give you full manual control, which is needed for proper long exposures.
  • Use a sharp wide lens with a 13-24mm focal length that can stop down to f2.8 to let in as much light as possible.
  • For more advanced astrophotographers, a telescope can be purchased for deep-space photography.

Accessories:

  • Use a cable release for exposures longer than 30 seconds. This lets you lock the shutter open.
  • For star-stacking shots, an intervalometer triggers the camera every 20 or 30 seconds with no hassle. Our panelists recommend using an external intervalometer since it’s more flexible than one built into the camera.
  • Keep your camera steady with a tripod. If you have a sturdy camera tripod, a battery-operated tracking mount may be useful to get longer exposure images, especially for wide-field shots. Just line up the scope with the North Star and let the tracking mount run. It will rotate according to the Earth’s rotation automatically.
  • If you’re shooting constellations, a softening filter allows brighter stars to expand in the photo and makes it easier to tell between the brighter and fainter stars in an image. Softening filters also bring out star colors by diffusing some of the light.
  • Bring extra batteries! Taking long exposures of the sky burns through batteries quickly since the shutter is kept open for long periods of time. Our panelists keep about seven batteries handy when shooting long exposure astrophotography.
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Intimate Portraits of Nature

One of the things that inspires me most and gets me pumped to come into work each day at Adobe is the opportunity to interact with some of the world’s most talented artists. In his latest work, a book entitled “joSon: Intimate Portraits of Nature,” joSon breaks new ground with his ability to bring spirit and life to a still image.  Since I first came across his work, I’ve been fascinated by the emotions joSon manages to express through his images.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with joSon about his unique upbringing and his new book. Hearing him speak about his journey, from growing up in a Buddhist temple to becoming an award-winning photographer, opened my eyes to a new way of interpreting nature photography.

joSon


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Engineers Live Code Customer-Requested Features at Photoshop World

Photoshop World has always been an opportunity for the Photoshop team to meet and speak in person with our customers. During the show, we’re able to gather customer feedback — including new feature requests, workflow gripes and more — that we use to improve upcoming versions of Photoshop.

With the release of Photoshop CC, we’re able to address customer feedback more frequently than ever before. To demonstrate just how quickly we can respond to customer feedback, we stationed Photoshop team members, including three Photoshop engineers, on the Photoshop World show floor. The assignment: speak to customers, gather their feedback and enhancement requests, and code as many customer-requested Photoshop enhancements as possible during the show, in real-time. We called this event our “Photoshop Live Codeathon.”


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Introducing Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 12

Ever wonder how you can turn your snapshots and video clips into impressive photos and home movies? Itching to showcase your most cherished memories, and share them with family and friends from wherever you are? Say hello to Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 and Adobe Premiere Elements 12!

Now available for download, Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 12 are here to help you organize and edit your photos and videos to make them look their absolute best before you share them in print, online, or as keepsakes. Plus, now you can take your Elements photos and videos with you, wherever you go, on your smartphone or tablet.

What’s New in Photoshop Elements 12?
Photoshop Elements 12 gives you new options for perfecting and sharing your favorite memories with friends and family. Organize, edit, enhance, and share more quickly and easily thanks to bold icons, a helpful Action bar, and the ability to choose from Quick, Guided, or Expert editing modes so you can edit your photos the way that works best for you.

Take a look at what you can do with Photoshop Elements 12:

  • Take your photos with you wherever you go: Easily view, relive, and share your Elements photos on your smartphone and tablet. And finally—unlock the photos from your mobile device, and see them in your Elements albums back at home.
  • Share: Quickly and easily post on Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, and more. Share your Elements photos in Private Web albums, and view them on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Easily move objects: Move objects in a photo and have the background automatically filled in with Content Aware Move.
  • Add your personal touch in an instant: Use one-touch Frames, Effects, and Textures to add depth to your snapshots.
  • Correct pet eye: Remove green, yellow, and other “pet eye” discolorations as easily as you remove red-eye in photos of people.
  • Make it uniquely yours: Get intelligent photo corrections with Auto Smart Tone, which learns your preferences in a snap.

What’s New in Premiere Elements 12?
Premiere Elements 12 gives you all the tools you need to capture your memories in stunning works of art. Use special effects and in-app guidance to create entertaining movies that will really “wow” your family and friends!

Here’s what you can do with Premiere Elements 12:

  • Take your videos with you wherever you go: Just like in Photoshop Elements 12, you can view, relive, and share your Elements videos on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Learn as you use: Use Guided Edits to learn advanced editing techniques with built-in video tutorials. Build your moviemaking savvy in no time.
  • Get Hollywood effects and styles: Discover more FilmLooks (Comic, Trinity, Yesteryear, Cross Process) to add Hollywood effects and styles to your movies.
  • Add music to your movies: Enhance your video with over 50 musical scores. Use over 250 sound effects to add depth and drama to your movies.
  • Spotlight your subject: Add graphics, text, and effects that move with your subject with the help of Motion Tracking.
  • Share your stories: Make your debut by uploading your finished movies to Vimeo, YouTube, or your personal website. Premiere Elements 12 will optimize and format your movie for specific destinations, so your movies will always look great!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and information, and catch videos about the new features on our YouTube channel.

We want to hear from you! Download Photoshop Elements 12 or Premiere Elements 12 today (or grab both with the Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 12 bundle) and tell us what you love about it.