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Two new Skinny books: Photoshop Elements 12 and Lightroom 5!

Book covers for Elements 12 and Lightroom 5

We're proud to announce the release of two new Skinny books! As the name implies, our Skinny books are short, yet comprehensive e-books that are finely focused on a single subject.

The Skinny on Photoshop Elements 12 ($7.99)

Learn the essential differences between Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, and how to use Elements’ three editing modes: Guided, Quick, and Expert.

FREE tutorial: how to place a person on a different background in Photoshop

As a teaser for Photoshop Week, here’s a step-by-step tutorial plus video on how to remove a person from a background and place him into a new one! No matter what your skill level is, you’ll be able to follow along.

FREE online Photoshop Week: Feb. 24-28

Photoshop Week 2014

For the second year, eleven of the planet's best Photoshop instructors are all converging in the creativeLIVE studios from Feb. 24-28 for Photoshop Week... and it's all 100% FREE! You can watch in your pajamas or Star Trek best from your home or office via any web browser. We'll be broadcasting two channels for five straight days, featuring more than 40 workshops. You can enroll and see the full schedule at this link: http://lesa.in/1kkzVT2.

FREE 1-hr webcast: Editing Habits to Break

Hey everyone! I hope you'll join me online tomorrow morning, Nov. 19 at 10:00 am PT, for a FREE webinar called "Photoshop Editing Habits to Break." The webinar is presented by O'Reilly Media, the publisher of the best-selling Photoshop: The Missing Manual, and you can watch it through your web browser as well as ask questions. Here's the scoop on what you'll learn:

FREE Photoshop & Elements Classes Oct. 14-17

I hope you'll join me for the following FREE full-day webinars next week on creativeLIVE.com! These workshops are free while they're live though they're available for a very small fee afterward (you get to pick whether you want to download or stream the videos). Here's the scoop:

FREE 1-hr webcast: Practical Creative Effects in Photoshop

Collage with dark edge vignette

In this free, one-hour webinar you'll get the scoop on turning your photos into unique and sellable pieces of art in this super creative yet practical session using Photoshop CC (though most techniques work in previous versions, too). You'll learn how to apply creative color to your images to produce black-and-whites, partial color effects, and color overlays. You'll also learn how to achieve a gorgeous shallow depth-of-field and tilt-shift effect after you've taken the shot.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 Review

Elements' new guided puzzle edit

Today Adobe released a new version of its consumer-level image organizer and editor and, honestly, it's a great alternative to Photoshop CC (especially if you're a photographer or scrapbooker). You can read all about the slick new features in my Macworld Magazine review. Here's an excerpt:

Get Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $10 a month

This week Adobe announced a $10/month limited-time subscription offer for owners of Photoshop CS3-CS6, if you sign up by Dec. 31, 2013. This is what you get:
• Photoshop CC
• Lightroom 5
• 20 GB of online storage
• Behance ProSite (ability to build custom portfolio site with their online editor, includes hosting)
• Access to the online video tutorials in Creative Cloud

Photoshop CS6's Amazing Patch Tool

In this video, you'll learn how to use Photoshop's amazing Patch tool to remove an object. We'll take a look at how it worked in Photoshop CS5 versus using the new Content-Aware option in CS6. To watch it, give this link a click to visit the Layers Magazine web site: http://lesa.in/Sxd64a

Top O'Reilly ebooks on sale for 50% off

Happy Friday everyone!

FYI, from August 9 through August 16, O'Reilly Media is having a 50% off sale on their top 20 best-reviewed ebooks. I'm thrilled to say this sale includes my latest book, Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual. Please note this sale is for the ebook and not the print version. Click the following link to take advantage of this amazing deal: http://oreil.ly/Rr4viO. Have a creative weekend!