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Real paint and brushes for real artists

I’ve honestly never thought of software as organic; however, if I had but one word to describe Painter X, that’d be the one. Though it no longer comes in a paint-can package (save for an exclusive limited edition), the new features in Corel’s Painter X (version 10.1) are sure to curl the toes of artists everywhere.

A surreal moment

While teaching out at Photoshop World, I had a very surreal moment. As my friend Rob got ready to introduce me, he was standing right off stage and asked me if I was ready. He had that same black t-shirt with the big white STAFF on it that I used to wear back when I introduced speakers myself.

Hanging with the "Alties" in Evanston, IL

Though I've only known about them for the past year, an interesting sub-culture of folks in the weekly newspaper biz are quickly becoming my favorite people to hang out with. Affectionately dubbed "Alties" they are the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and this past weekend I had the honor of teaching their writers and designers a 2.5 hour class on Photoshop and graphic design. I also taught for these folks back in February in Washington DC, and in Portland, OR in July.

Intuitive photo editing for photographers

It’s a great time to be a digital photographer. The price of digital SLR cameras are falling, and in the last year or so some amazing new software packages have debuted that make advanced photo editing easier and more affordable than ever before. Among the most intuitive is a relatively new kid on the block called LightZone, and it’s gaining popularity with each new version (the most current as of this writing being 3.0.6). The fully featured edition, with its digital asset management and batch processing abilities, is built for pros doing high-volume shoots.

It's grillin' time!

After months of research, studying grill after grill after grill, and multiple nights studying Consumer Reports--I bought a grill. Not just any grill, for her name is Hoss. She's a Weber Genesis E-320 and my husband Shawn expertly put her together while I was toiling away on the iPhoto Missing Manual over at Pogue's place.

Getting ear molds in the City

In the first of what could be a relatively long line of purchases to accessorize my iPhone, I took the train into the City (Manhattan) to get molds made of my inner ears.

Fleeting moments of fame

It's been three days since I spent 22 hours in line at the Apple Store on 5th Avenue to equip the King family with iPhones. Never in my life have I experienced such a pleasurable and memorable shopping adventure. By the time it was all over, I would have happily given them $600 for the experience alone!

It's iPhone Week!

Queen of the MacMacs

Whee! I've been waiting for this week for years. Tomorow I will take my place in line with my fellow MacMacs to buy an iPhone on Friday evening at 6:00 pm. And those of you who aren't into the iPhone, you should be. It could well be the coolest device in the history of the planet.

Yes, that's right, I will indeed be in line for over 24 hours. I don't know if you could call it camping per say, but I will be spending the night on the streets of NYC (which is as close to being homeless as I ever plan to be).

Easy and elegant slideshow authoring

So many pictures, so few people willing to sit through your slideshows. That might change if you start using FotoMagico 2.0.1 Pro, a powerful yet easy-to-use slideshow authoring tool. Its intuitive interface and high level of motion, text, and audio control let you quickly create a viewing experience brimming with ambience and anticipation.

Building Blocks: Secrets to Great Graphic Design

Howdy everyone! I'm pleased to say that I have a feature in the current Layers Magazine (July/August edition). Here's a little excerpt:

"Do you know “The Secret”? Have you heard about it? Since this fine magazine is in your hot little hands, then you must have! I’m talking about the secret to great graphic design, of course, not a recent episode of Oprah...