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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!

Comprehensive Review of Photoshop CC 2014

Adobe added some incredibly practical features to Photoshop CC 2014, especially where productivity is concerned. Time-savers include smarter smart guides and smart objects, updatable Layer Comps, a color picker that stays open, full Typekit integration, a searchable font menu with instant font previews on existing text, better blending with Content-Aware tools, the ability to sync more settings to Creative Cloud, and more.

Photoshop User magazine column teaser

Teaser alert! Here's one of the three techniques I'm writing about today for my Beginner's Workshop column in the November issue of Photoshop User magazine. It's a classy yet simple promotional / ad design for photographers, all done in Photoshop. The stock imagery is from Fotolia.com. In fact, you can visit http://www.lesa.in/fotoliaoffer to sign up for a Fotolia account and get 10 free images (new customers only; offer does not expire).

Photoshop CC 2014 New Features

Everything new is new again

This morning, Adobe announced and shipped the 2014 release of Creative Cloud, which includes a new version of Photoshop CC! It has the most enhancements for designers that I've seen in years — which is a great thing!

At 1pm Eastern time (10am Pacific), Adobe is hosting a live event about the release (tune in here), and they’ve posted a list of what’s new in Creative Cloud here. Be sure to click through to the blogs and videos about the individual products.

Below is my roundup of the new features — you’ll be able to learn everything about them in the upcoming update to my book from O’Reilly, Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual, 2014 edition.

New book: The Skinny on Taking Better Pictures With Any Camera

Book cover: The Skinny on Taking Better Pictures With Any Camera

Your summer photos will be even more precious to you a few years from now! Why not invest $1.99 to make them the best they can be? My brief new e-book provides a handful of time-tested techniques that will take your photos from Hmmm to Wow!

My examples make these tips seem like common sense, so you’ll be taking better photos right away. Get “The Skinny on Taking Better Pictures With Any Camera” in our Books section.

Geek Girl Tech Conference: San Diego, June 21

Geek Girl Tech Conference logo

I'm thrilled to be teaching again at the Geek Girl Tech Conference in San Diego! Please join me June 21, 2014, at the University of San Diego -- and get 20% off your registration with code PhotoLesa14.

All the presenters are women, and the conference attendees are mostly women and girls, but it’s not limited to women. One aspect I’m particularly proud of is their sponsorships for underprivileged girls, many of whom have never spent time with successful women (especially in tech!). Below are my workshop topics. I’ll also be signing copies of my books on iPhoto and Photoshop! Click the "Read more" link below to see a list of my classes.

Tran's Black Belt Spectacular

It was such fun to shoot Tran's Black Belt Spectacular event this past Saturday in Loveland, CO. What an inspirational event! The lighting wasn’t ideal (standard gym lighting); however, that was no problem for a Canon 5D Mark III + a 70-300mm L series lens + Lightroom! A huge thank you to www.LensProToGo.com for loaning me the gear. If you’re unfamiliar with them, they are the best rental camera gear company on the planet.

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