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Head over to pixlr-o-matic and you apply some interesting filters to your photos, then save them. It works well and is a great tool to have online when you need to get an effect on a photo and you need to do it on the run and fast. Here are some key points about the service, from their FAQ page:

What is Pixlr?
Pixlr is the creator of online cloud-based image tools and utilities. Today we have three applications in our suite: Pixlr Editor, Pixlr Express and Pixlr-o-matic. They are built in Flash and you need to have the Flash plug-in (get flash) to get it to work, however, 98% o
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f all computers have flash so you are probably set. We also provide screengrabbing tools Pixlr Grabber and one click photo sharing imm.io.
Who needs online tools?
The pixlr services is built for both non-professionals and professional users with editing needs such as editing web images to be posted on social networks like Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, or image sites like Flickr, Fotolog, Photobucket etc. It's also widely used by professionals for fixing images for news sites and blogs etc.
Why Flash and not HTML5?
We are very pragmatic when it comes to development and use the tool best suited for the product we build. Flash still gives us big advantages compared to HTML5, like the 98% penetration of flash, open/save files local and a bunch of other stuff.
How about privacy?
From Flash 10 and later, images are opened direct and local in your browser (i.e we don't see them in any way and they don't leave your computer). Files that are posted to us via the API or our add-ons are automatically deleted from our servers after 5 minutes.

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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Here are some new Photoshop brushes from Obsidian Dawn: This set of free Photoshop and GIMP brushes is made up of various flowers that have been painted by hand, on a canvas. So, you’ve got that nice canvas texture, some paint texture, etc. These flowers are not very detailed, just some basic flowery shapes. Some fun embellishments to add just about anywhere.

This set also includes a few brushes that are made to either add or remove the center from a flower, in a semi-circular shape. For example, if a flower that you like doesn’t have a center “dot” and you’d like it to, you can use
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one of those “center circle” brushes to create it. And the same applies to the opposite – if you want to remove the center area of a flower, use one of these as an eraser to get rid of the flower center. They have the same canvas texture to them.

Keep your eyes open over the next few days – I have a “Painted Foliage” set to release along with this one, for the stems, flowers, grasses, leaves, etc. All with the same pretty canvas texture. These are all very high resolution images, with the average brush size being about 2000 pixels.

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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Receive a savings of 10% on an order of US$350 or greater purchased through the Adobe Store. The Adobe NA Education Order value must be US$350 or greater excluding taxes and shipping for the 10% savings to be applied. When purchasing through the online Adobe Store or Adobe Education Store, you must enter offer code Adobe10 in the shopping cart prior to checking out when prompted to do so.

Orders must be placed between May 26, 2011 (9pm Pacific time) and June 3, 2011 (11:59pm Pacific time). This offer is valid only to customers with shipping addresses in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico
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Work through this step-by-step tutorial, How To Create A Photo-Realistic Orange From Scratch, and learn how to use some important Photoshop tools while you're at it.

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Adobe has released Lightroom 3.4.1 and Camera Raw 6.4.1. The Lightroom 3.4.1 update includes these enhancements:
• Additional camera support for several new camera models including the Canon Rebel T3i, Nikon D5100 and Fuji FinePix X100
• Corrections for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom 3
• The Lightroom 3.4.1 update includes an important correction for a bug introduced in the Lightroom 3.4 release

Download Lightroom 3.4.1 for WINDOWS
Download Lightroom 3.4.1 for MAC
Download Camera Raw 6.4.1, for MAC
Download Camera Raw 6.4.1 for
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WINDOWS

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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You can read 10 free power tips taken from the Dreamweaver CS5 Missing Manual Book over at creativepro.com. The tips include:
• Put the Insert Bar in Its Place
• Save Your Workspace
• Always Define a Site
• Use the Files Panel to Manage Files
• Make Room in the Files Panel
• Show Line Breaks
• Remove the Browser Navigation Bar
• Use the Tag selector
• Increase the Font-size in Code View
• Turn off CSS Background Shorthand

Dreamweaver CS5: The Missing Manual
Web designers, web producers, and webmasters rely on one program above a
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ll others to design, build, and manage professional websites: Adobe Dreamweaver (download a free trial). It provides the tools you need to create everything from simple HTML pages to database-driven PHP pages. But what makes Dreamweaver so versatile is also what makes it difficult to learn. This bestselling guide offers you with clear, jargon-free explanations to help you master this sophisticated program -- and bring stunning, contemporary websites to life.

Written by veteran Dreamweaver teacher and author David McFarland, Dreamweaver CS5: The Missing Manual takes you through site creation step-by-step, from building your very first page to launching a template-driven, fully interactive site. You'll hone your skills with the help of hands-on, guided tutorials throughout the book.

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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You can view 4 free Photoshop Touch video tutorials at lynda.com. The new Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK) allows for the creation of mobile applications that interact directly with Photoshop CS5. In Photoshop Touch First Look, author Deke McClelland previews Adobe's initial offerings for the iPad—Color Lava, Eazel, and Adobe Nav—and explains how to sync these applications with Photoshop. Using finger swipes, pinches, and other gestures, Color Lava and Eazel users can create unique colors swatches and artwork that can be transferred back to Photoshop. The course also explains how
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to use Adobe Nav to customize the toolbar and browse up to 200 open Photoshop documents.

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Adobe has posted the 30-day free trial download of InDesign 5.5.

To help you evaluate Adobe's software the "try and buy" versions offer almost every feature and function of the product for you to test-drive. In most cases, the trials can easily be converted to purchased versions without needing to reinstall the software. The trial period begins on the first day you launch the software and continues for 30 days. When the trial expires, you must purchase the software to continue using it. To start the trial, launch your software and click the "Start Trial" button on the first screen t
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hat loads.

To uninstall your trial version, close any open Adobe software on your computer and do the following: In Windows, open the Windows Control Panel and double-click Add or Remove Programs. Select the product you want to uninstall, click Change/Remove, and then follow the onscreen instructions. In Mac OS, double-click the product installer in Applications > Utilities > Adobe Installers. Authenticate as an administrator, select Uninstall Components, and then follow the onscreen instructions.

If you have tried an individual product such as Flash Professional CS5.5, you can either convert that directly to the same product or convert it to one of the Creative Suite 5.5 editions that contains Flash Professional. Alternatively, if you tried an edition of Creative Suite 5.5 but decide to buy an individual component that is part of that edition, you can simply enter the serial number for the purchased product to convert your trial to the individual component you purchased.

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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Last week in Deke’s Techniques, lynda.com author Deke McClelland showed you how to take a flat pie graph from Illustrator and turn it into a 3D chart in Photoshop. And this week, we’ll see how that chart is taken to the next level—literally—as Deke demonstrates how to give each slice its own depth and color. The first step is to divide the pie into individual slices, creating a 3D mesh for each object so that you can apply attributes to each piece. And while you may not want to contemplate something as questionable as tuna fish pie, the technique you’ll see here can be applied to your own 3D o
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bjects and give your business graphics that extra flavor (as seen below on the right).

Deke starts where with the extruded pie he created last week (left), and colors each slice individually by changing their Diffuse colors in the 3D materials panel and then place them in 3D space with the 3D Mesh panel in Photoshop CS5 Extended (download a 30-day free trial). Although it sounds complicated (at least to my stubbornly 2D mind), watching Deke step by step can help you find your bearings in 3D space.

Click here to watch Splitting and modifying repoussé objects In Photoshop Extended.

Deke's HD Video Tutorials - Free Videos Collection
Visit our Free Photoshop CS5 High Definition Video Tutorials page to see all of Deke's videos collected in one place

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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You can download a free InDesign PDF from CreativePro.com that will walk you through building quick grids in InDesign. (Download a free trial version of InDesign CS5.5) Here's the intro:

Some designers use structured grid systems with guides on Master Pages to influence their layout decisions. Others rarely use formal grid systems at all. Yet all designers have the occasional need to arrange images in rows and columns, and for that, you need a grid. But how can you create a quick grid without resorting to subtraction and long division?

This article explains six ways to cr
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eate grids in InDesign:
1. Step and Repeat
2. Distribute Guides
3. Create Guides Command
4. Make Grid/Add Guides scripts
5. Gridified Frame Creation
6. Gridified Place

Download the free InDesign PDF.
Download a free trial version of InDesign CS5.5

(posted by Jennifer Apple for www.PhotoshopSupport.com)
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