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Visit for some great free resources, including free Photoshop brushes, actions and patterns. Here's a collection of their top downloads:

Comic Balloons Photoshop Brushes
These are great for comic strips or doodles.

Smooth Waves Photoshop Brushes
They are great for abstract banners on backgrounds and user interfaces. Creates an illusion of depth with cool looking smooth waves

Gypsy Garden Photoshop Patterns
There are two .pat files in this pack, it's the same background, just two different resolutions.

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Photoshop Patterns
26 black and white or black and transparent patterns made with Photoshop 7.0. It gives you many different effects just experiment with layer styles.

Photo to Sketch Photoshop Action
This action will allow you to convert a photo into a sketch or pencil drawing like the effect shown in the image. Simple and very effective. xxx

HDR Effect Photoshop Action
Create a fake HDR effect on your photographs. This is similar to the HDR effect found in the new iPhone 4 update. HDR photography works by taking multiple images of the same scene and overlaying them. This action allows for this effect from one image.

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When you purchase Photoshop CS5 or Photoshop CS5 Extended you can receive 3 free online training sessions from the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). This offer is available in the Adobe North America Store and Adobe Education Store only. After your purchase you will receive an e-mail with instructions for registering for the webinars within two weeks. This offer is available from May 19, 2011 until June 9, 2011

Class 1: Photoshop CS5 — Up and Running in No Time
Join Photoshop experts, “The Photoshop Guys,” for a live webcast designed to help new users quic
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kly get comfortable with Photoshop. This is detailed training, not just an overview, produced by the world's leading Photoshop trainers at NAPP. This class is designed for beginners just getting started with Photoshop and will cover the basic fundamentals. But, intermediate and advanced experts will benefit too and should walk away with tips and tricks.

Class 2: Cool Photoshop Skills — Effects and Retouching Anyone Can Do
This time, “The Photoshop Guys” explore the features and functions of Photoshop CS5 that let you quickly create and adjust images and designs. This in-depth training, is ideal for users with some level of familiarity with Photoshop. All skill levels will walk away with tips and tricks that allow you to get up and running on this latest version fast.

Class 3: Photoshop CS5 Street Smarts — Shortcuts, Killer Tips, and Next-Level Skills
You're already good at Photoshop but you want to do the latest, hottest design and retouching, in the least amount of time. Join “The Photoshop Guys” for a live webcast that will put you in a class by yourself. This class is ideal for users familiar with Photoshop, but all skill levels will walk away with tips and tricks to get up and running on the latest version fast.

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