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Create Stunning Black and White Images with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

I'm proud to announce that this month I'm doing weekly videos for PlanetPhotoshop.com. Previously I contributed videos to PhotoshopUser.com to help out my overly-busy buddies Matt K. and Corey B. If you used to catch my videos over there, you can get the same practical technique video goodness over at Planet. This is actually a huge score for me as the Planet site isn't password protected, so I get to be in front of a slew of eyeballs (I'll also be uploading videos to my regular YouTube channel periodically, so don't miss those either!).

Final push to update Photoshop book happening now!

Howdy everyone! I'm back from teaching at Photoshop World in DC and have entered the final push to incorporate edit requests into my big Photoshop book update for the next version (currently referred to as Photoshop CS6 Beta). This new version of my bestselling book, Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual, is going to be 21 chapters, and could be pushing 1000 pages in the print version. There will also be four additional appendices available online, along with a slew of exercise files so you can follow along with some of the techniques.

The Graphic Reporter becomes PhotoLesa

In the next few weeks, The Graphic Reporter will become Photo Lesa. Whee! It's a bit o'branding that I've needed to do for a while and it'll help more folks find me. Over the next few weeks you'll see some changes to this site as the transition becomes complete, along with an updating of the tutorial database (hooray!). If you have GraphicReporter.com bookmarked, it will redirect to PhotoLesa.com, though if you're the organized type go ahead and create a new bookmark.

How to achieve perfect inkjet prints

Over the last several months we’ve covered numerous tips for producing better prints, and it’s a lot of information to remember. This article presents a handy recap as well as a guided tour through the Print dialog boxes of popular software such as iPhoto, Photoshop Elements and Photoshop CS5—including tips for borderless printing.

Printing recap

Corel Painter 12 review

It's hard to imagine how an artistic program of the caliber of Painter could improve, but the folks at Corel have managed it. Painter 12 introduces a brand new interface, redesigned panels and dialogs, new Real-Media brush categories, and two painting modes you've got to see to believe.

Geared toward fine artists and hobbyists alike, the program continues to expand the boundaries of what's possible in digital painting... read full story on Macworld.com

How to print multiple images on one page

When it comes to printing images at home—whether they be drawings, graphic art, or photos—the cost of paper and ink add up quickly. That's why it's handy to know how to print several images on the same page.

How to use printer profiles for color fidelity

Getting your prints to match what you see on your monitor is one of the biggest challenges you'll face when dealing with digital art or photography. This article explains how you can use printer- and paper-specific instructions—called profiles—to achieve more accurate results.

First Look at the new Adobe iPad-Photoshop integrated apps

Feel like playing with your iPad and getting creative in Photoshop? You're in luck! Adobe has announced a free update to Photoshop CS5 that includes the Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK), a new scripting engine that lets developers create tablet applications that interact with Photoshop... read full story on Macworld.com

How to resize small images for print

For better or worse, there will come a time when you need to print a small image. Whether you snatched it from the Web—say, a book or DVD cover from Amazon or a head shot of your organization's next speaker—or you received it from someone who no longer has the original, the problem is the same: small images contain precious few pixels for you to work with. If they came from the Web, they'll have... read full story on Macworld.com

How to resize digital images for printing

As the quality of digital cameras goes up, so does the volume of pixels they can capture. These days, shooting in your camera's highest quality mode can yield an image bigger than your printer can actually print. While most image editing programs are happy to resize your photo for you in their respective print dialog boxes, knowing how to do it yourself gives you more control.