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Scott Kelby's Free Stuff Thursday
By: Richard Harrington on Jun 21, 2012 at 6:29:21 am

Every Thursday, Photoshop and photography guru Scott Kelby gives away a ton of free stuff on his blog . Even if you don't win, its a great list of resources. Be sure to check out this week's offerings and a chance to win: Photoshop World Las Vegas Discount Webcast with Fay Sirkis on Portraits for NAPP Members Sallee School Live Discount The Fine Art of Painting with Light from Ben Willmore Scott Kelby's Free Stuff Thursday Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Check Out this Week's Episode of the Grid
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 19, 2011 at 10:07:42 am

I was this week's guest on The Grid with Scott Kelby & Matt Kloskowski. It's a live talk-show about photography, Photoshop & other industry-related topics. The archive of the live show just got posted. You can view it here. Episode Summary Scott is back from his European seminar tour and is joined by Matt and PSW Instructor, Rich Harrington. Today's topic: "C'mon Admit it You use Photoshop" - a lively discussion about why Photoshop is still seen as a taboo addition to photography by some, regardless of the fact that every photographer uses it. The discussion turns to "digital vs....

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Don't Miss a Live Interview with the Photoshop Product Manager Today
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 18, 2011 at 9:03:45 am

Don't miss Bryan Hughes (Photoshop Product Manager) on a special bonus LIVE episode of The Grid today (Thursday, August 18). Here's the link: http://www.kelbytv.com/thegrid Don't Miss a Live Interview with the Photoshop Product Manager Today Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Adobe Unveils New Webinar Series Ask a CS Pro – Starts Today
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 5, 2011 at 6:45:57 am

Starting today (Friday, August 5) Adobe will have regular Friday eSeminars called Ask a CS Pro. The series will focus on ways for creative professionals to get their jobs done and to get more out of Adobe software. The first session is by a super savvy colleague of mine, Carey Dissmore In this week s Ask a CS Pro, Carey Dissmore will talk about the importance of great demo reels, and provide an overview of the editing workflow in Premiere Pro from the perspective of an editor who is comfortable with Final Cut Pro. Carey will also share the similarities,...

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Alignment – Video Typography Essentials
By: Richard Harrington on May 19, 2011 at 2:19:00 pm

When it comes to video, there are no hard and fast rules for alignment. As a general practice, however, lower-thirds tend to be left or right justified (which leaves room for a logo or bug on the opposite side). Centered or force justified text is more commonly used for titles or bumpers. When setting text in an Adobe application, you often don t just want to click and type (called point text). Instead you can click and drag using the Type tool to define the paragraph area first. This is called Paragraph text and offers greater control over alignment and...

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Leading – Video Typography Essentials
By: Richard Harrington on May 18, 2011 at 2:19:00 pm

Another property you ll frequently adjust is leading to better fit your text. Pronounced led-ing as in the metal, not lead-ing as in sheep, leading is the space between lines of type. The name is derived from when strips of lead were used on a printing press to space out lines of text. The left image has too much leading and creates an unwanted visual break between the two lines. The right image has tighter leading, but care was taken to avoid a collision between the ascenders and descenders. By default, the leading should be set to Auto; however, you...

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Testing Font Readability – Video Typography Essentials
By: Richard Harrington on May 17, 2011 at 8:03:00 am

When using text for video, it's very common to use type that is too small. Because video seems to have two distinct paths these days traditional and Web we've developed two quick tests that check for readability: Traditional. When we build graphics for the television screen, we'll often stand up and step back a few feet from the monitor to view our work. This is because TV viewers rarely sit three feet from the screen. Web. Video on the Web has a different set of problems. The two biggest issues you'll face are playback size and data rate. Most Web...

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Tracking – Video Typography Essentials
By: Richard Harrington on May 16, 2011 at 8:03:00 am

Similar to kerning is tracking, which is the overall space between all letters in a line of text. You can use tracking as a way to condense or expand a block of text so it better fits the onscreen space (after all, you can t scroll a video monitor to read more). You might choose a loose track to improve readability (especially if you re using all caps or need to apply a stroked border). Tracking is typically done in the Title Properties panel in Adobe Premiere Pro or the Character panel in other Adobe applications. Tracking, like kerning, is...

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Kerning – Video Typography Essentials
By: Richard Harrington on May 15, 2011 at 8:53:00 am

As you work with text, you ll often need to modify the space between letters. Adjusting the space between individual letter pairs is called kerning and is typically adjusted one pair at a time. Why all the fuss you ask? Well, design pros always check their kerning because kerning the space between letter pairs produces a better optical flow, which can greatly improve the appearance and readability of your text. Knowing how to kern is learned by studying examples of professionally laid out text. The top line of text has irregular gaps between letters, which creates a challenge when reading...

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Color Choice – Video Typography Essentials
By: Richard Harrington on May 13, 2011 at 8:53:00 am

Making the right text color choice can be surprisingly tricky. The truth is that typically only a few colors work well for text and remain clear to the viewer. The task is made difficult because you need to constrain color choice to meet broadcast standards and because text is often laid over a busy moving background. The use of a contrasting edge makes it easier to read text when laid over moving video. Although it may seem a little boring, the most common color for text in video is white. Not surprisingly, the second most popular color is black. If...

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Serifs – Video Typography Essentials
By: Richard Harrington on May 12, 2011 at 8:53:00 am

When it comes time to classify fonts, there are two major distinctions: serif or sans serif. Serifs are the hooks that distinguish the details of letter shape. Sans serif fonts tend to be more uniform in shape. For instant clarity, the shape of individual letters in serif fonts tend to be easier to distinguish. Many clients prefer serif fonts because they are more traditional. Often, there are more serif fonts to choose from because serif type has a long history. Serif fonts are modeled after many handwritten texts as well as the initial type used in printing presses. A potential...

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Font Choice – Video Typography Essentials
By: Richard Harrington on May 11, 2011 at 8:53:00 am

Although the font choice on the left certainly says American Southwest, it does not capture the same emotional sensitivity as the choice on the right. Always take the time to explore several options when choosing a font family. Selecting the right font can be a tough choice (of course it might already be made for you by an art director, producer, or client). Chances are your computer has hundreds if not thousands of fonts. You can easily become overwhelmed with the sheer quantity of options. To simplify the process, you need to approach this decision with a triage mentality and...

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Video Typography Essentials
By: Richard Harrington on May 10, 2011 at 8:53:00 am

Proper use of type is crucial in designing effective graphics for video. Often, the text you create will be composited over moving footage, which can make it even more difficult to read. As you design type for video, it is necessary to balance legibility with style, fitting enough information on the screen but not crowding it. If you can combine this functional purpose with a better sense of style and control, you can improve the professional appearance of your designs. Further Reading on Type A great book to truly understand type is the oddly named Stop Stealing Sheep & Find...

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Free Photoshop Classes in Saint Louis
By: Richard Harrington on May 6, 2011 at 7:41:23 am

I'm speaking today and tomorrow at the Creve Coeur Camera Superstore in Saint Louis about Adobe Photoshop and digital photography. The classes are 100% free, but are first come first serve (tickets are handed out one hour in advance. The store is located at: 11615 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO 63141 314-567-3456 FRIDAY Adobe Photoshop Presented by Richard Harrington Learn about Photoshop tools and photo manipulation. 2:00-3:00pm in classroom A 5:00-6:00pm in classroom A SATURDAY Adobe Photoshop Presented by Richard Harrington Learn about Photoshop tools and photo manipulation. 8:30-9:30am in classroom A 11:30am-12:30pm in classroom A Free Photoshop Classes in...

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Have you checked out Kuler?
By: Richard Harrington on Apr 19, 2011 at 8:26:00 pm

If you need to try out different color combinations, be sure to try Kuler from Adobe. This flash-based application lets you browse a wide variety of designer created color schemes as well as create your own. It supports all the major rules from Analogous to Shades. The controls are beautifully designed and the entire application really inspires creativity. In order to access it, you are supposed to have a live connection to the Internet. You'll need to be online to take advantage of the shared and highest rated features, but I've found a work-around for those times when an Internet...

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Free Adobe Creative Suite 5 Ebook
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 10, 2011 at 5:26:57 am

I've written a free book for Adobe about how to get more done with After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and more. Explore the creative possibilities of DSLR video editing with Adobe Creative Suite 5 software. This paper provides tips and tricks for navigating Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, Photoshop CS5, Photoshop CS5 Extended, After Effects CS5, and other CS5 components to help you along the way." The book is 100% Free, and contains all sorts of great knowledge. Working in the timeline of Adobe Premiere Pro Get more done with Adobe Photoshop Get organized with Adobe Bridge Working with audio Adobe...

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Master Adobe Camera Raw – Free Ebook
By: Richard Harrington on Feb 6, 2011 at 4:48:10 pm

This is a re-post... but I was asked to share it again. Here's a free (and really good) way to learn all about the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in. This is a bonus eBook I wrote to go along with the book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5. Its yours for free... I hope it helps. UAP Using Camera Raw Be sure to also check out the new book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 Here's a nice review of the book too http://www.mymac.com/2011/02/book-review-understanding-adobe-photoshop-cs5/ Master Adobe Camera Raw – Free Ebook Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Photoshop CS5 Best New Features In-Depth
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 31, 2010 at 11:40:00 pm

Join Photoshop instructor and author Richard Harrington as he shows you the best new features in Adobe Photoshop CS5. This recording is from a live event and is unedited.. If you like Richard's training be sure to check out his books, Understanding Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop for Video. Be sure to also check out the new book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 Photoshop CS5 Best New Features In-Depth Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Mastering Photoshop’s Blending Modes
By: Richard Harrington on Dec 8, 2010 at 10:57:00 pm

Blending modes are both a mystery and a source of great design power. Each blending mode controls how one layer s pixels are affected by those in another layer (or by a tool from the Tools panel). Most users give up on blending modes because the technical definitions of each mode get very tricky. The secret is to not worry too much about the technical issues and to learn how to experiment. Read the whole article here http://www.tipsquirrel.com/index.php/2010/12/mastering-photoshops-blending- modes/ Mastering Photoshop’s Blending Modes Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Photoshop CS5 Webinar
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 24, 2010 at 7:02:00 am

I have a free webinar about Photoshop CS5 and my new book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5. Join author and instructor Richard Harrington for an overview of the new features in Photoshop CS5 and how his book, Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 and its accompanying video training on DVD, can be used effectively in the classroom. DETAILS: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00) SIGN UP HERE: " rel="external">http://tinyurl.com/cs5edcast " rel="external"> Photoshop CS5 Webinar Republished by Richard Harrington...

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Adding Lens Blur in Photoshop
By: Richard Harrington on Oct 6, 2010 at 6:46:16 am

I posted a new article over at TipSquirrel.com on the rarely used Lens Blur command . Selectively blurring an image can help your viewer find a focal point. Photoshop offers a realistic lens blur that also produces depth-of-field blurring. This allows some objects to remain in focus while others fall gently out of focus. You can be very specific in regard to the blurring if you make an accurate alpha channel to serve as a depth matte. The depth matte defines how far away things are from the camera. Read the whole article here http://www.tipsquirrel.com/index.php/2010/10/adding-lens-blur-in-photoshop/ Adding Lens Blur in Photoshop...

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How to use Color Management in After Effects
By: Richard Harrington on Sep 28, 2010 at 6:44:45 am

I came across a great white paper on Adobe's website about color management in After Effects. As more and more color choices are being made on set, its important that artists respect the wishes of the director or DP. This white paper is intended for professionals in the motion graphics, video, and film production industries who need a reliable approach to achieving accurate and consistent color in their workflows. It provides compelling answers to a major question: How does color management technology in After Effects help you achieve accurate and consistent color reproduction? The white paper comprises four core chapters:...

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Photoshop Clone Stamp
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 29, 2010 at 6:51:00 pm

The Clone Stamp can produce predictable and accurate results with just a little practice. It works by sampling pixels from one area of an image and painting them in another. This technique goes beyond copy and paste, however, because it uses the flexibility of Photoshop s Brush palette. This allows you to adjust the size and hardness of the brush as well as the opacity of the stroke. Select the Clone Stamp tool by pressing S. Select a brush from the Options bar or Brushes panel. Specify the tool alignment in the Options bar. If Aligned is selected, the sample...

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Repairing Damage With Photoshop:Heal or Patch?
By: Richard Harrington on Aug 27, 2010 at 6:26:46 am

I find that most users quickly master the Clone Stamp tool. Unfortunately many become truly stumped by its two cousins, the Healing Brush tool and the Patch tool . Knowing when to turn from cloning to healing and patching is an important distinction. The Healing Brush (J) is a tool that is designed to correct imperfections in a photo. The Patch Tool uses similar technology as the Healing Brush, but Patch is better suited to fixing larger problems or empty areas. To see the full tutorial, head on over to TipSquirrel . Repairing Damage With Photoshop:Heal or Patch? Republished by...

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