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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

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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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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
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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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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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I like this tutorial from Bittbox on how to create textures in Photoshop witout using brushes. From the intro: I give away a LOT of stuff here on BittBox, mainly textures and brushes. The truth is, many of the textures are manufactured using recycled images I already have hanging around on my hard drive. I want to share one of my favorite ways to quickly add a little extra to a rather uninteresting texture, without using Photoshop brushes.

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Russell Brown has posted a quick Adobe Eazel for the iPad Video Tutorial.

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I've been trying out the Sun Sniper camera strap and love the way it feels around my neck. Usually after a few hours my Rebel attached by a regular strap starts to pull on my neck and shoulders. But not with the Sun Sniper. This strap is like a sling, with the camera hanging by your side, near your hip. And it's much easier to swing it up and get it ready for a shot from that position. But mostly it's about comfort and a really well balanced fell around the neck. Here's a little bit more about this product:

Too many photographers - both amateur and professional - still depend on cam
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era straps that hang around their necks, causing unnecessary neck and back aches and making what should be simple maneuvers incredibly difficult. European Sun Sniper camera straps, the next generation of camera strap technology, are now being distributed across the U.S. by Bron Imaging. Sun Sniper straps provide unrivaled comfort, convenience and security for all passionate shooters and are recommended by physicians and award-winning photographers alike. The Sun Sniper line of camera straps features:

* An ergonomic “sling” design that distributes the weight of the camera and lens across the chest and rests the camera at the user’s hip, reducing strain on the neck, back and shoulders and preventing hunching forward as often happens with traditional camera straps

* A steel anti-theft wire inside the design to prevent would-be thieves from cutting the strap and stealing your camera. Sun Sniper is so confident in its product, the company even offers a $500 insurance policy if a thief is able to cut the strap and steal the camera.

* Connections to any camera’s threaded tripod screw via a stainless steel ball bearing connector that allows the camera to freely spin – reducing sway and enabling photographers to quickly draw into shooting position

* A single connection point compared to traditional neck straps that connect to two non-moving eyelets. This allows for fluid maneuvering of the camera. For example, when switching from a portrait to landscape shot.

* A shock absorber that eliminates any jarring – both to the body and camera – that may result from jumping, running or climbing.

Find out more about the Sun Sniper Pro and the Sun Sniper Compact at

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