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Filter Forge is a plug-in for Photoshop that helps you create unique filters and effects inside the image-editing program. There's also a Filter Forge community that has contributed more than 8,000 of its own free filters, which you can use and modify.
Now the Filter Forge developers are releasing a beta of version 3.0. If you're the adventurous type, you can download the beta and try out its new features.
Download the Mac version of the Filter Forge 3.0 Beta (85.2 MB)
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Did you know that the ring flash, a circular flash that fits around a camera lens, was invented in 1952 for dental photography? Nowadays, it's a great way to add even lighting to all sorts of photographic situations where unwanted shadows might be a problem.
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The software that began life as iView MediaPro was bought by Microsoft in 2006 and had its name changed to Expression Media. Its star didn't rise high in the pro photography sky, and last year Microsoft sold the app to photo equipment company Phase One. Now Phase One has made some changes of its own, rebranding the app as Media Pro.
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CreativeLive is a company that, while based in Seattle, has become very successful at educating creative folks around the world. Their workshops, often one to three days long, are broadcast for free over the Internet. CreativeLive makes money by selling recordings of the videos after the fact.
Just about any CreativeLive workshop is worth the time if it matches your interest, but one in particular that caught my eye is called "Beyond Photography - Artistic Post Production with Doug Landreth". It will be broadcast one June 10 and 11, 2011.
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Many years ago, when I was first scrambling for a foothold in the publishing industry, I was a customer service rep for the oh-so-stylish Chronicle Books. Answering phones all day was boring, but it was balanced by the best perk ever for a lover of design and print: We could take home any of the products.
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AIGA members can look forward to six free webinars as part of a series called "Breakthroughs: Where Inspiration and Technology Meet." The series is offered in conjunction with Adobe, so not surprisingly, there's a heavy focus on how technology is used in today's design studios.
The webinars begin in May and run through November 2011:
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UI Sketcher from Box UK isn't just another sketching app for the iPad. It's based on principles followed by user interface experts and includes tools to help you quickly capture your initial thoughts in sketches, then develop those ideas into UI mock-ups you can share with colleagues and clients.
UI Sketcher's pen palette, which you summon with a three-finger tap on the iPad, holds five drawing tools:

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Now that the CS5.5 version of InDesign is available for sale, applications that interact with InDesign are updating, as well. One of those is Recosoft's PDF2ID, which converts PDF files to documents that InDesign can open and edit.
In addition to supporting InDesign CS5.5, the updated PDF2ID also improves font mapping and app stability. PDF2ID Standard/Professional v3.0.1 is a free update for licensed owners of PDF2ID v3.0.
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Trish Witkowski is the paper expert behind FoldFactory.com, an online source of information and templates for people who want help creating folded print products, such as custom mailers and complicated brochures.
One of those resources is her "60-second super cool fold of the week" video feature, and this week Trish recorded her 100th of these videos. The topic is a direct mail piece from Hyundai that is both interactive and innovative.
Click the screenshot below to open the 100th video in another window:
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The ultimate in album design software! AlbumsInDesign is all about helping photographers make beautiful albums quickly and easily with confidence.
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