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Logitech NuLooq navigator & tooldial

It is a rare day when a truly inventive input device hits the creative pro market. Mice and trackballs come and go like a parade, but not since the graphics tablet have we seen anything really unique. That is, not until Logitech released the NuLooq Professional Series: a hardware-software design controller combo that’s so different it... more

Track Day at Barber Motorsports Park

“FRACKING BREATHE!” I screamed to myself inside the helmet as I plunged deep into turn 1: a downhill 90-degree left hander with 25 testosterone-laden guys on crotchrockets of 650cc + hot on my Suzi’s 500cc tail.

This past Saturday was the scariest day of my life--my very first track day. How fast did I go? I couldn’t tell you. Not once could I spare the attention required to actually look at the speedometer.

Olympus Evolt-330

For the last month, I've had the pleasure of toting around an Olympus Evolt-330: the world's first digital SLR with a live LCD preview screen. This means that instead of using the optical view finder, you can compose your shots directly from the screen.

The downside of this is that you lose a bit of image stability (that of pressing the camera body against your face), but the upside is that you can get shots you'd never be able to get otherwise (think over-the-head or below-the-knee).

Another weekend motoring in the Smokies

I just can’t get enough of the Deal’s Gap area and the great Smoky Mountains. Shawn and I had a great time (be sure to check out the photo gallery called Deal’s Gap in the links above) and I did *not* want to come back home! There’s no better feeling than that of having the bikes packed and being on a trip.

Three Designers and Their Dirty Little Secrets

It seems like everybody’s a designer these days, and why not? With today’s incredible technology, why wouldn’t you choose to play artist...

For more, pick up the latest issue of Layers Magazine at your local bookstore or newsstand.

New photo enhancement tools rival those of Photoshop

With an eye toward its core audience of non-professional photo enthusiasts, Adobe has made improvements to its 4th version of Photoshop Elements that make it easier than ever to edit, organize, and share digital photos. Despite its consumer-level price tag, Photoshop Elements 4.0 sports some new tools that gurus wish the full-blown Photoshop had.... more

iCorrect EditLab Pro 5.0 review

With Adobe Photoshop’s proven ability to perform feats of color magic, you might think a color-correction plug-in would be overkill. Not so. Even for color experts, the process of correcting color can be time-consuming and frustrating because of the many problems and methods of correction, and because fixing one detail can throw off another... more

The Lords of Photoshop

Holy mother of Thor! That’s me pictured with Thomas Knoll (left) and Zalman Stern (right) whom I had the pleasure of getting to know while teaching at the PhotoshopSoup2Nuts Conference in Michigan. When Photoshop loads, Thomas’ name is listed first and there’s a reason for it! He invented the darn thing.

Mon Ami Gabi

So I get into Vegas late Sunday evening and who do I meet at baggage claim? Thunder from Down Under, the Aussie male stripper team. Can you believe that?! I knew something was up for that many reasonably attractive, well-built men to be congregating around the carousel with matching suitcases (be sure to check out the Vegas picture link at the top of this page).

Copying Layer Styles

So you've made that perfect drop shadow and tweaked it to your heart's conent. Now you need to add it to another layer. What do you do?

Instead of Control clicking the Layer Style icon to conjure up a contextual menu where you can copy and paste it, just press and hold the Option key and *drag* the effect onto another layer, as shown above.