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Review: Pixelmator for iPad

From cropping and straightening to color correcting, retouching, and painting; from creating selections to combining imagery; from blending layers to adding slick effects, shapes, layer styles, and highly customizable text, Pixelmator for iPad truly does it all…for a mere $5. Released earlier in November, it’s not a port of the popular desktop version of Pixelmator; Pixelmator for iPad was designed specifically for the iPad and iOS 8. As a result, it’s fast and sports a clean and clever interface that doesn’t get in your way.

3 easy ways to fix a subpar photo

When you think about all the variables involved in producing a well exposed photo, it’s a wonder any photo turns out halfway decent. If you’ve got a great subject but terrible color, the following shot-saving solutions can come to the rescue in a variety of apps...click here to read the full story on Macworld.com

The ultimate guide to taking better selfies

Thanks to smartphones and social media, snapping self portraits has become a global obsession. While it’s easier than ever to take good pictures of yourself, it’s all too easy to send the wrong (or a ridiculous) message. To ensure you’re a responsible and respectable member of the selfie generation, absorb the following advice...click here to read the full article on Macworld.com

8 ways to take better pictures with any camera...including your iPhone

Now that ghosts and goblins have cleared the way for the turkeys and reindeer, the prime holiday picture-taking season is upon us. To avoid getting disappointing photos that you can’t reshoot, you can follow these tips to increase your photographic prowess and take better pictures with any camera…including your iPhone...click here to read the full story on Macworld.com

9 mistakes you're making in Photoshop

We all make mistakes, but are you making these? In this week's Macworld Creaticity column, I explore common productivity mistakes you might be making in Photoshop:
"Each version of Photoshop comes with new features that let you work smarter instead of harder, but old editing habits are hard to break—especially if you’ve been using the program for a long time. Here you’ll find a roundup of some common editing mistakes and how to avoid them...click here to read the full story."

The Creative Group Interview

What's the most fun part about writing a honkin' big book, you might ask? It's the parties, signings and interviews that happen after it's printed! To that end, the good folks over at The Creative Group, a staffing company for creative pros, have just posted an interview that we did regarding the new Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual, 2014 edition (just click this link to read it). It's full of fun little factoids and some obscure Photoshop tips to boot.

6 Easy Ways To Show Off Your Best Photos

Create an AirPlay slideshow on your iPad or iPhone

When iPad, iPhone, Apple TV and Mac users want to show off their best photos, there are several beautiful options, and happily, most don't cost a dime. Whether you’re setting up a formal viewing for your local photo club, hosting cocktail hour, a birthday party, or maybe you’ve merely managed to trap a neighbor in your house for a few minutes, the following options will set your pictures free… click here to read my latest Creaticity column on Macworld.

Review: Photoshop Elements 13 gets Photomerge and content-aware fill

Adobe’s consumer-level, hobbyist-targeted image editor, Photoshop Elements, has long been a great next step for those who’ve outgrown iPhoto. It’s great for beginners, yet it gives your skills room to grow—plus it plays nicely with Photoshop Lightroom and is available with a perpetual license.

Why Painter 2015 Can Change Your Life

I recently reviewed Corel's Painter 2015 for Macworld magazine and, I must say, using the software has been the most fun I've had in ages. What a nice change from daily image-editing tasks! I literally feel more creative and energized. This version is stable, speedy, and an absolute joy to use. Using the new physics-based Particle Brushes, you can create realistic fire, hair, fur, smoke, water, fabric, and more, which is a serious challenge to do in Photoshop (and I doubt it'd ever look as good as what you can create in Painter).

Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual (2014) book release party

Please join us on Sunday, Sept 21, to celebrate the release of two new books by Lesa Snider:

Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual (2014)
and
iPhoto: The Missing Manual (2014)

Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Location: Bohemian Biergarten
2017 13th St
Boulder CO 80302

Bonus: It's happy hour all day Sunday at Bohemian Biergarten, with $10 Beer & Brat full-meal deals!

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