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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
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You can read 10 free power tips taken from the Dreamweaver CS5 Missing Manual Book over at 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.

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From BittBox: I’ve got some nice ones this week. Urban Decay. Who doesn’t like urban decay? These images are from a run down building built in the 1920′s. Lot’s of renovations and swapping owners created these nice urban decay textures. (You can click on the images and get the full size ones from Flickr).

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You can view 4 free Photoshop Touch video tutorials at 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.

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Last week in Deke’s Techniques, 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

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You can download a free InDesign PDF from 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

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Here's an easy way to get a free copy of Topaz Lens Effects. First go to Topaz Labs and download the free trial of Lens Effects. Once you have it, create something unique using one or more of the filters and then email it to us at

Please keep the file size down. Save as a 72dpi image that is not wider than 525 pixels across. We'll pick 5 winners and publish their entries when we announce the winners. Contest ends on May 25th. Good luck!

Topaz Lens Effects, which simulates 20 different styles of filters, lenses and specialty cameras, an
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d includes over 150 presets, provides photographers with the flexibility and convenience of adding in-camera enhancements after the shot. With Lens Effects, users can create realistic enhancements for emphasizing focal points, creating bokeh to blur distracting backgrounds, adding vignettes, and balancing color tone - in just a few clicks. Also achievable with Topaz Lens Effects, is a variety of other popular photography styles such as miniatures, fisheye distortions, motion blur and more, for countless ways to take images to the next level.

Topaz Lens Effects is a plug-in that works with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and PaintShop Pro. It is compatible with Windows XP or later and Intel-based Macs running OS X 10.5 or later. Photographers and graphic designers looking for an easier and more affordable way to achieve lens, camera and filter effects are invited to try out the new Topaz Lens Effects plug-in for free using the 30-day free trial.

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We begged for one more day from our friends at onOne and they agreed. So here's one more chance to save a lot of money. Get the Perfect Photo Suite today for only $349.95. That's a $150 savings off the regular price. Also, when Perfect Layers is released in a few weeks, you will be entitled to download the full version for free.

New in Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 is the next generation of Genuine Fractals now called Perfect Resize, with improved resizing controls and gallery wrap feature, new resizing algorithm, and more. Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 also features the all new Perfect Layers
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for adding a layered workflow for Lightroom and Aperture, and exciting new effects and frames in PhotoTools and PhotoFrame.

All of the products in the Perfect Photo Suite 5.5 will work as plug-ins for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture. But now, for the first time, five of the seven products in the Perfect Photo Suite will work as standalone applications, giving you the ultimate work-flow flexibility. Only PhotoTools and Mask Pro will require Photoshop.

American Photo Magazine awarded the Perfect Photo Suite their Editor's Choice award for Top Image Editing Software and the professional photographers who read Studio Photography voted the Perfect Photo Suite the best plug-in for Adobe Photoshop in their Reader's Choice Awards.

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