Book review: Photoshop CS5 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide
By Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas
Publisher: Peachpit Press

Price: $34.99 with free shipping

This book is not a dictionary, although it works as a kind of operations lexicon for users of Photoshop CS5, and it offers readers a more exciting experience than a dictionary. The bright typography and compelling layout, coupled with the large number of images, illustrations, and screen shots, make for a book that invites browsing.

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Book Review: The Photoshop CS5 Pocket Guide

On August 23, 2010, in Apps, Camera, Photography, Review, by John Nemerovski

Guest review by Suzé Gilbert
Book Review: The Photoshop CS5 Pocket Guide
By Brie Glyncild
Peachpit Press
$14.99 US, $17.99 CN

I recently upgraded to Photoshop CS5 and came across Brie Glyncild’s new book, The Photoshop CS5 Pocket Guide. The book’s 5” x 7” size makes it convenient to keep near the computer. This volume contains black and white photos and illustrations, and its chapters are interspersed with the author’s quick tips.

Brie Glyncild states “…that this is a pocket guide to Photoshop, not a photography primer,” and her description is apt. She begins with a simplistic and brief explanation of the tools and workspace. Subsequent chapters discuss resolution, layers, masks, resizing, tonal corrections, editing in RAW, painting, effects, preparing images for the web, printing, working in Bridge, and actions. A lot of information is in a very small book.

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On October 21, 2009, in Apps, iPhone, iPod Touch, Review, by Sandro Cuccia Mobile
Company: Adobe Systems, Inc.

Price: Free.


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ArtText 2 – Review

On November 20, 2008, in Review, by Donny Yankellow

ArtText 2
Company: BeLight Software

Price: $39.95

Do you want a cool logo for your business card? or a fancy button for your website? but can’t afford the high end programs like Photoshop or Illustrator to create them? or maybe you don’t have the skills to make one from scratch If so ArtText 2 by BeLight Software allows you to do just that for a lot less money ($39.95).

ArtText allows you to make a logo, button for your website, funky text designs and more with a few clicks of the mouse. Once you have those parts of the design done you can apply numerous textures, patterns, and even make the design have a 3D look to it.  the amount of materials you can apply to your design for a dimensional look is impressive. From glass to metal to “artistic” you’ll find something that works for you.

Just because the name implies a Text/Font program there are more than fonts in ArtText 2. If you don’t consider yourself artistic there are over 200 pre-made designs that you can start with.  Pick a design, change the text or color or materials, save, and you’re done.

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Fluid Mask 3 – Review

On February 19, 2008, in Macintosh, Review, by David Cohen

Fluid Mask 3
Company: Vertus

Price: $239

The age of digital photography has transformed the way we take pictures. Using fabulous software such as iPhoto, it is a simple matter for any user to store, catalogue and keyword their photos on their Macintosh, and these photos can cropped and corrected for exposure and colour in seconds – adjustments that used to be only available to those dedicated individuals who had access to a darkroom of their own.

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The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers
By Scott Kelby

New Riders
ISBN-10: 0-321-50191-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-50191-2
472 pages, paperback
US: $49.99, CAN: $61.99

The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers may have the longest book title I’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing. This book was written by Scott Kelby who is the Editor-in-Chief of Photoshop User magazine, and President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Scott is an award-winning author of over forty books on Photoshop and digital photography.

I am neither a photographer, nor am I anywhere near proficient in Photoshop CS3. Mr. Kelby says anyone can use his book to “learn how the Pros do it.”

Let’s see….

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Painter Essentials 4

On November 12, 2007, in Macintosh, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Painter Essentials 4
Company: Corel

Price: $99.00 ($69.00 upgrade)

Painter Essentials is to Painter what Photoshop Elements is to Photoshop. It is what I would call the “slimmed” down version of Painter, but still fully usable. Just like Painter, Essentials is a natural media painting program that allows the user to paint and draw on the computer with tools he/she might use in “real life.” Also, like Painter X (which I reviewed earlier this year), Painter Essentials 4 is packed with great new features. For a list of all the new features in Painter Essentials 4 visit here.

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On October 24, 2007, in Macintosh, Review, by Donny Yankellow

Company: Pixelmator Team

Price: $59.00 (US)

If you are a regular reader of Mac websites and a listener to different Mac podcasts, you’ve probably heard of Pixelmator. Pixelmator is a new image editing program by Saulius and Aidas Dailde – two brothers that make up the Pixelmator Team. I’ve had the opportunity to try out Pixelmator for a while now (I was allowed to try the beta version), and if you are looking for an inexpensive image editor, Pixelmator is worth a try.

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MyMac Podcast 130

On May 21, 2007, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Download the show here, or listen online in the player above.

Robert looks at Adobe CS3, specifically Bridge and Photoshop. Tim, Chad, and Guy look into the latest news in the Mac world, and ask the question: if you were trapped on a desert island with one Mac, one productivity program, and one game, what would they be?

We would love to hear from you. Call 801-938-5559 and leave a message, or send email to

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MyMac Podcast #126
Katrin Eismann and Rick Stringer

On April 23, 2007, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

Direct MP3 Download here
Robert Hazelrigg joins Tim, Chad, and Guy for our roundtable discussion on the weeks Mac and Apple news. He also reviews a processor upgrade for the original iMac and the Crumpler Bag. David Cohen spends time responding to listener feedback – dodging potential Microsoft detection of running Vista in a virtual machine, and getting Bonjour for Windows working effectively on an Airport network. Plus John Nemo interviews Katrin Eismann, the author of Real World Digital Photography.

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Macspiration 75
Baby Announcements in iPhoto

On March 7, 2007, in How-To, Macspiration, by Donny Yankellow

Normally, Macspiration has articles geared towards beginners. This week I have a more advanced tutorial for you.
A few months ago a friend of mine became a grandfather. He asked for my help in making a baby announcement. At first I was going to use Photoshop, but I decided to do an experiment in iPhoto. The experiment worked perfectly, and saved a ton of time. By combining iPhoto’s book tools, and Photoshop, we made a pretty nice announcement.

Before I go any further, I am going to assume the reader can import photos into iPhoto. I’m also going to assume the reader can make albums. If not, check my archive of articles, you’ll find directions there.

One final note- I made a baby announcement for this project, but you can really follow this procedure for any photo project.

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Working On The Mac In The Late 1980s

On September 15, 2006, in Opinion, by Roger Born

Characters and people I knew and worked with in prehistoric Mac times.

ANNE – Was a wonderful interior designer, working out of her house in Southern California in the late 1980s. She used a Mac II, brand new, out-of-the-box for five grand. I helped her purchase and install RAM back then, because the more RAM you could install, the faster that 25 MHz computer would run applications.

Her house was furnished in late 70s Hippy fashion, which looked dated a decade later, but it was an interesting place to hang out. Anne was not the most beautiful girl, but she was a very decent sort and very business-like to work with. This lady was almost always in a bathrobe when I would come over, smelling like she just came out of the shower, her hair looking slightly damp and not yet blow dried. There was nothing overt in this. She probably liked to take a lot of showers. So I would just have her sit away from the Mac II while I had the top off and was fooling around its insides.

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The Software of the MyMac Writers

On July 26, 2006, in Opinion, by John Martellaro

Tim Robertson and I thought it would be fun and maybe even a little informative to build a table of the favorite software each MyMac writer uses. I sent out a query, and the tables below show the results for the authors who were available to respond.

My inspiration was the recent Podcast with Guy Kawasaki. It made me think of those tables you see in the Friday paper where each sports writer makes his/her pick of the Sunday NFL games. In general, there is consensus in most areas, but it’s the outliers that are often interesting to see.

And it has happened here. The Browser selections are a no brainer while the e-mail software diversity is interesting. For example, I’m a Eudora beta tester, so I’m off in left field. I’m guessing each author has a story to tell about their e-mail choice.

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Classic Macs #1: The PowerBook 3400

On May 6, 2005, in Classic Macs, Opinion, by Neale Monks

In the first in a new series about collectable and easily obtained Macs from the past, Neale Monks, author of Buying Used Macs, takes a look at the PowerBook 3400, arguably the first portable produced by Apple that was good enough to replace a desktop machine.

Anyone looking for a portable Mac for under $200 is going to be hard pressed to beat a PowerBook 3400 in good condition. In lots of ways, this series represents a threshold value as far as usability goes: it has just enough speed, memory, and expandability to be usable with the Internet, wireless networking, and productivity applications such as Photoshop and Microsoft Office. Sure, the PowerBook 1400 has the bonus of being upgradeable to a G3 processor, but finding these upgrades is difficult and expensive, and a standard issue 1400 is much slower than even the base model 3400. The earlier PowerBooks, including the 5300 Series are far too slow for any kind of demanding work, and are best left to the collector. Working up the timeline, we come to machines like the Wall Street and Pismo G3 PowerBooks, but as yet these machines are still relatively pricey, and you’ll be lucky to get a decent specimen for much less than $400. Obviously, once you’re budget gets above this, you have the option of a used iBook or Titanium PowerBook, but here you need to balance the price of a used machine against a brand new one, the current G4 iBook retailing currently for $1000 and up.

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Fun Photoshop Project #1

On February 18, 2004, in Features, by Tim Robertson

Fun Photoshop Project #1

There are times when using Photoshop is simply a chore, and there comes a time when you want to get a little creative with a fun project. Here is a simple one, which will only take a few hours at most, but will have make people sit up and notice.

With three kids, it seems that my digital camera gets quite the workout. Between my wife and I, we are always taking pictures of the kids. Now that our two oldest, Brittaney and Raechel, are older and responsible enough, we allow them to use the camera at times as well. (Kids LOVE the idea of taking pictures. Send them outside for a half-hour with a digital camera with orders to take “Neat and interesting pictures” and they will have a ball!)

On a recent shopping expedition, I purchased three black 8X10 picture frames with the idea of printing out one picture of each child on some high-gloss photo paper and hanging it on the wall. But I wanted these to be different, so here is what I did.

First, I selected three good headshots of each child, which you can see below:

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Xenofex 2

On August 14, 2003, in Macintosh, Review, by Tim Robertson

Company: Alien Skin Software
Price: $99.00 US

Adobe Photoshop is one of the most versatile programs on the planet today, and its open, plug-in architecture make it even more so. Xenofex 2.0 is a Photoshop Plug-in, meaning you use the software from within the Photoshop working environment.

Xenofex 2.0 is an effects package, allowing you to use it to create really professional looking effects in your graphic files. For instance, you can quickly and easily add a lighting-bolt effect to a picture of the sky. Or turn a drab skyline to a clear blue with little puffy white clouds. The different effects you can create using Xenofex 2.0 is limited only by your imagination and needs.

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Tech Tips
My Mac Magazine #36, April ’98

On April 1, 1998, in Tech Tips, by Abraham Amchin

Tech Tips continues on one issue partially covered last month, namely using the new Extended Format. I’ve personally had time to test it out on a variety of machines and would like to respond to several reader questions. Topics covered include what HFS+ (Extended Format) is, why to use it, how to implement it, and compatibility issues.

Let’s start by briefly covering what Extended Format is compared to the previously available options. The new formatting scheme allows your computer to store files on its hard disk and only consume their actual space. Previously, if your drive was larger than one gigabyte, smaller files would occupy larger chunks of the drive than they really needed to. A nice example is if you have a 4 gigabyte hard drive, then a Netscape cache file that was 4 kilobytes in size would actually occupy 64k of disk space. With Extended Format it will only take up the 4k of disk space.

There is really only one reason that you may want to use this new formatting scheme: increase the available disk space on your computer. A few things to consider in making the decision are the type of files you deal with, model of computer and the environment where the machine is used.

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