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The Photoshop and Digital Imaging Meetup Group Message Board › March 2009 Meeting

March 2009 Meeting

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Alpharetta, GA
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Hello everyone… Here’s a recap some of the resources from our discussions at the meeting last Saturday...

The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP)
Membership has many great benefits including hundreds of online Photoshop and Lightroom tutorials and tutorial videos, expert online help desk and product discounts on tons of cool stuff…
For Photoshop Elements users, go to http://www.photoshope...­
NAPP is sponsoring the upcoming Photoshop CS4 For Photographers Seminar, April 27th (http://www.kelbytrain...­ ). We’re planning to make this our meeting for April, and working on group discount. Check our meetup site schedule for details soon.

Software Resources

Photomatix by HDRsoft (­ ) (previously discussed and demonstrated for the group by Darius)
Looking to have more control processing High Dynamic Range (HDR) images…? Photomatix offers an amazing software tool . Photomatix Pro ($99.00) is a Standalone application for processing bracketed photos of a high contrast scene into an image with details in highlights & shadows.

Topaz Simplify ( http://www.topazlabs....­ ) plug-in tool … Turn any regular photo into a masterpiece of art with the sophisticated Topaz Simplify plug-in tool for Photoshop. Blur the distinction between photographic realism and art to give your viewers something truly unique to look at: Topaz Simplified photo pieces are the beautiful result of the marriage between the precision of a digital photographer and the vision of a master painter. (Thanks to Gary Sullivan for showing us this one…)

onOne Software (http://www.ononesoftw...­) makes award-winning Adobe Photoshop plugins that solve the most common Photoshop problems like enlarging, adding professional photographic effects, edges and adornments, masking, and easily correcting color. (Thanks to Igal for his live demonstration of the two onOne products listed below)

PhotoTools 2 is the fastest way to add a professional look to your photos in Photoshop. You get hundreds of professional-grade photographic effects designed by Jack Davis, Kevin Kubota and onOne Software, all wrapped up in an easy-to-use Photoshop plug-in.

PhotoFrame 4 comes in two editions - Professional and Standard. Both editions share the same base content of 1,000 frames and have the same exact feature set allowing you to search, find, combine, modify and apply frame edges & adornments in real-time.

Portrait Professional 8 (http://www.portraitpr...­ ) “…is new intelligent portrait airbrushing software that has been 'trained' in human beauty. It lets you improve your photos instantly, just by moving sliders.”(Thanks again to Igal for his demo of this product)

Portraiture 2
(http://www.imagenomic...­ )by Imagenomic is a Photoshop plugin that eliminates the tedious manual labor of selective masking and pixel-by- pixel treatments to help you achieve excellence in portrait retouching. It intelligently smoothens and removes imperfections while preserving skin texture and other important portrait details such as hair, eyebrows, eyelashes etc.

Thanks to Gary Sullivan for reminding us of, and Jason Hoffman for reposting the link to, all of the Donie Hoyle, “You Suck at Photoshop” videos… see Jason’s thread in the message board for the link.

And, speaking of videos, here is a link to the Vincent Laforet – Reverie Video we showed…
Reverie, is an independently-produced video by Canon, Explorer of Light/PrintMaster Vincent Laforet. This video was shot with a pre-production Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR… So, “still” cameras aren’t so still now… very interesting.
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Here’s the REVERIE behind the scenes video:
( http://vincentlaforet...­ )

I’m sure there are a few other things I’ve left out here… If you were there and think of anything I forgot… please just post it here…


Mike – Photoshop Meetup organizer
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