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19 Managing Assets Part 2 – Aperture Quick Tip

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to manage assets in Aperture 2 and get your projects more organized. Part 2 of 2.



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122 UAP - Camera Raw - Understanding Adobe Photoshop

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to develop your camera raw images and bring them into Photoshop.



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New Photoshop Book Now On Sale


Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4:
The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals

By Richard Harrington

List Price: $49.99 – Sale Price $32.49
DISCOUNT CODE – UAP TWO - 35% OFF


Photoshop is the foundation of every digital career. It is the most pervasive technology on the market. Many users think they know it, but in truth they have gaping holes. This book covers what a professional truly needs to know about Photoshop to be employable. For students (whether in formal programs, certified training centers, or self-paced) this book offers a chance to explore the many aspects of the program interactively.  The book cuts though the clutter and is unique in that it focuses not just on digital photography, but Internet, graphic design, multimedia, and video uses.

Readers will learn the basics in correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and presenting photos as well as work on specific projects/exercises, including: digital painting; preparing images for newsprint; designing a CD/DVD label, magazine cover, and advertisements; and building an electronic portfolio.

The full-color book includes a CD-ROM with hand-on exercises and practice images, access to a reader’s only Web site for bonus downloads and files, and access to the popular video tutorial Podcasts (150 at time of publication).
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Importing iPhoto Images into Aperture

As an iPhoto user chooses to migrate to Aperture, they’ll likely have a large library of images to bring with them. Aperture offers twoasy ways to migrate iPhoto images into your Aperture library. Which method you select will vary depending upon your needs.

Migrating an Entire iPhoto Library

When you launch Aperture for the first time, a dialog offers to let you import your entire iPhoto library. You can choose to copy the images into your Aperture library or to simply reference the images in their current location. Even if you choose not to import your Aperture library the first time you launch, you can do so at any time.

Because Aperture and iPhoto are both manufactured by Apple, the two programs are designed to share information seamlessly. For example, any organization you did to create albums in iPhoto will translate into projects in Aperture. The EXIF, keywords, ratings, and applied adjustments are also maintained.


Importing an iPhoto library is very easy. To import your iPhoto library, do the following:
1. Choose File > Import > iPhoto Library. Aperture navigates automatically to your current iPhoto library.
2. Select the iPhoto Library folder using the file browser.

3. Choose the location where you’d like Aperture to store your images.
    • Choose "In the Aperture Library" from the Store Files pop-up menu to store imported masters in the Aperture library. This will allow Aperture to manage the images in its library architecture.
    • Choose "In their current location" from the Store Files pop-up menu to import the files as referenced images. This means the files are stored in their current locations on your hard drive.
    • Choose "Pictures" from the Store Files pop-up menu to store imported masters in the Pictures folder for the current user. The images are treated as referenced images.
    • Choose "Choose" from the Store Files pop-up menu and pick a folder where you want to store the imported masters as referenced images. You can also specify an organization method for the images by clicking the Subfolders pop-up menu.


4. Specify a naming convention from the Version Name pop-up menu. You can choose Master Filename from the Version Name pop-up menu to store your images using the current master filenames assigned by the camera. There are also several options for assigning custom names.
5. Click Import to add the images to your Aperture library.

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PeachpitTV - Quick Tips for Using Aperture



Author Richard Harrington shares tips on how to do some basic adjustments to images in Aperture.

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Photoshop CS4 – Camera Raw 5.0




Richard Harrington shows you how to develop your camera raw files with Camera Raw 5.0 and CS4.

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More Free Photoshop Tutorials I've Done



Looking for some more, free Photoshop training? Here are a few more tutorials I’ve done... these are from Peachpit.com. Enjoy!


Refining Edges in Photoshop CS4
Cropping in Photoshop CS4
Dodge, Blur, Burn, and Sharpen in Photoshop CS4
Aligning Images in Photoshop CS

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Photoshop CS4 – Auto-Blend



Richard Harrington shows you how to use auto-blend to combine multiple exposures or layers in Photoshop CS4.

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Photoshop CS4 – Masks Panel




Richard Harrington shows you what’s new with masks in Photoshop CS4 and how to use them to non-destructivly add transparency to an image.

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Short List of New Features for Photoshop CS4

Here’s an overview list of new features in Photoshop CS4. We’ll be offering tutorials on these topics in the coming weeks.


Increased Productivity
  • Fluid canvas rotation
  • Enhanced Pan, Zoom, and large image navigation
  • More refined, natural results with Dodge, Burn, and Sponge
  • Next generation Adobe Bridge
  • Tighter integration with Photoshop Lightroom
  • Kuler for color harmony creation and sharing
  • N-up and multiple document view
  • More powerful printing options
  • Superior performance on very large images*
  • Extensibility with SWF panels
  • Unified tabbed interface with self-adjusting panels

Unrivaled Editing
  • Live, nondestructive corrections with the Adjustments panel
  • Re-editable, feathered, density-controlled masks
  • Enhanced Auto-Blend with seamless tones and colors
  • 360° panoramas
  • Extended depth of field
  • Camera Raw with localized adjustments
  • Enhanced Smart Objects
  • On-image controls for Curves, Hue/Saturation adjustments
  • Clone Stamp and Healing Brush preview cursor

Breakthrough 3D, Motion Graphics, and Image Analysis (Extended only)
  • Direct painting on 3D objects
  • Easy conversion from 2D to 3D
  • Editable 3D properties (scene, materials, meshes, lights)
  • New high quality interactive ray tracer
  • Create 3D composites with 2D images or other 3D objects
  • New, high-performance, non-modal 3D engine
  • Volume Rendering
  • Keyboard shortcuts enabled for the Animation panel
  • Enhanced preview of non-square-pixel images
  • Preview and export audio content and frame comments
  • Animate 3D objects and their textures
  • Enhanced Count tool
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Photoshop CS4 – Adjustments Panel




Richard Harrington shows you how to use the new adjustments panel in Photoshop CS4 to speed up your workflow.

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How to View Sneak Peek on Your iPhone or iPod Touch



Learn how to view our new show on your mobile Apple iPhone or iPod Touch. Plus, get a glimpse of Rich’s basement (who knew).


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Photoshop CS4 – Adobe Output Module




Richard Harrington shows you how to use the Adobe output module in Bridge CS4 to make websites, PDF slideshows and web galleries of your images. This technology is slick and easy to use.

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Like Your Photoshop Videos in HD?

Would you like to watch our new Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peek videos in HD? You’ve got two options to choose from.

#1 iTunes Store
You can subscribe to or download all our videos absolutely free by visiting the iTunes store. By clicking subscribe, you’ll pay nothing, but get over two hours of free Photoshop CS4 Training. New episodes are released daily.



#2 Apple TV
Our show is also available on Apple TV in HD. A quick search for CS4 and you’ll find us.

I hope you enjoy... comments are very welcome (and encouraging).

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Photoshop CS4 Online Learning Center from NAPP


The fine folks over at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals have an online learning center with some great resources.

Here are my favorites to check out.


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18 Managing Assets Part 1 – Aperture Quick Tip

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to manage assets in Aperture 2 and get your projects more organized. Part 1 of 2.



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121 UAP - The Healing & Patch Tools - Understanding Adobe Photoshop

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use Photoshop's healing and patch tools to fix blemishes in an image.


121 UAP - The Healing & Patch Tools - More bloopers are a click away

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Using the Color Range Command

Sometimes, a color (or range of colors) will be very present in your image. These colors can be used to quickly create an accurate Layer Mask. Even if the color cannot be used to select the object entirely, you can always harness the Brush tool to clean up stray areas.
1. Open an image with an area of continuous color you’d like to select.

2. Turn the Background layer into a floating layer by double-clicking its name in the Layers panel.
3. Choose Select > Color Range to make a selection based on a range of colors. Check the Localized Color Clusters option to reduce the selection area to just the chosen colors.
4. With the Eyedropper, click within the yellow area of the flower to make an initial selection. Hold down the Shift key and drag through other areas of the flower to add to the selection.
5. Leave the Fuzziness set to a low value (30-40). When most of the flower is selected, click OK to create an active selection.

6. Click the Add layer mask button for the layer. The petals will show well, but parts of the flower will be missing.
7. Add a solid color layer to make it easier to see your edges. Choose Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. A purple layer will help things stand out nicely. Click OK and drag the solid layer below the masked flower.
8. Examine the masked layer closely. You will need to paint in part of the center of the flower. Additionally, some of the petals contain unwanted transparency. You may also have some leaves or stems that bled through. We can fix all of these problems quickly using the Brush tool.
9. Press D to load the default colors of black and white.
10. Select the Layer Mask attached to the layer.
11. Press B to activate the Brush tool. Adjust the size of the brush and its hardness settings so you have a smaller brush with a gentle edge (an 80-pixel brush with a hardness of 75% is a good place to start).
12. Paint in spotted or missing areas with white. You can remove any unwanted areas by painting with black.
13. When finished, you can save the image as a layered file such as a TIFF or PSD formatted file.
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Reasons to Upgrade Videos Over at Peachpit.com

Peachpit Press has released a cool series on reasons to upgrade to Photoshop CS4.



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Photoshop CS4 – User Interface Changes



Learn about important changes to the Photoshop CS4 user interface.
- Refined workspaces
– Freely rotatable canvas
– Greater zoom levels
- Enhanced controls with panels
- Tabbed documents

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Photoshop CS4 – Free Training Starts Tuesday 9/23

Check out our free training series – Photoshop CS4 Sneak Peek that starts Tuesday 9/23.

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17 Using Watermarks – Aperture Quick Tip

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use the watermark feature in Aperture 2.



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120 UAP - Curves in Lab - Understanding Adobe Photoshop

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use Photoshop curves in the LAB color mode to isolate a color and make it pop.


120 UAP - Curves in LAB - The funniest bloopers are right here

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iPhoto versus Aperture – Part 1

Welcome to Part 1 in our series comparing iPhoto to Aperture. I invite you to check out the Apple Pro Training Series guide to Aperture 2 for more information on getting the most out of this powerful software.

Nondestructive Image Processing

Both Aperture and iPhoto offer nondestructive image processing.At any point during the image adjustment process you can restore your image to its original state.Although both iPhoto and Aperture feature nondestructive imaging,they take a different approach to achieve it.

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Photoshop CS4 Just Around the Corner


Want to find out everything new in Adobe Creative Suite 4? Trust me... there’s some really cool things coming. Adobe has an invitation out to view their Web broadcast on September 23rd. But you do need to go to the sign-up page at www.adobe.com/go/somethingbrilliant.

By the way... we are going to be releasing something very special on the 23rd as well as a “thank you” to all our viewers. Be sure to stick around and keep an eye out.

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PeachpitTV: Author Tips – Making Adjustments in Aperture



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Aperture Podcast Gets Featured

It’s always nice to start your day and find out that Apple has listed you on their homepage for Hot News. Seems they like our new podcast on Aperture 2, which is a great program.



By the next day the show was #3 on all of iTunes (beating every television network except for one show from HBO). So, thanks! And for those of you new to the site - welcome! Please look around and explore the many
books, training titles, podcasts and resources we have here.

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Music for Sharing with Kids: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo


I often find myself working around my kids... which means we share things like music and television. Every once in a while you find something you don’t mind sharing with them, such as Jack’s Big Music Show or Chuck E. Cheese.

Today, we saw a great concert for kids... by a rapper called
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. The show was great (the rapper has a long career of doing alternative rap with Granola Funk Express).



We bought the
CD, checked out his MySpace page. Its nice to find music you can blast without teaching your kids words you’d rather not like. Perfect music for working on deadline or just a long car ride with the kids.

Standout tracks include
2 Gotta Be Me
3
Luck
7
Family Tree
11
The Bluegrasshopper


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PeachpitTV: Quick Selection Using Color Range in Photoshop



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16 Color Controls – Aperture Quick Tip

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use Aperture 2's color controls to make precise adjustments within an image.



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119 UAP - Zoomify - Understanding Adobe Photoshop

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use the Photoshop plug-in Zoomify to share high resolution images on the web.


119 Understanding Adobe Photoshop - Zoomify - Awesome video clips here

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New Site to Find Out All About Us

To make things easier, we’ve put together a new website for RHED Pixel Productions. Here you can find out information about all our podcasts, books, DVDs, and websites.

Feel free to take a quick browse and try out some of our new resources. I hope you enjoy!


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PeachpitTV: Moment it Clicks interview with Richard Harrington

A short video about photography and composition



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Just Got Back from Photoshop World

I just got back from Vegas... tucked the kids in... and sat down for a quick blog post. What a great event... this year’s Photoshop World was a blast. I taught several new classes that I really enjoyed (the resources are going up in a few days).

The show was a great chance to catch up with industry pros as well as friends. I managed to bump into two former students and several viewers of our podcasts.

Some of the highlights of the show:
  • Adobe announced that they will announce CS4 on September 23 (weird... I know)
  • I caught a few great classes from some top instructors
  • I saw some great new technology, blog posts forthcoming
  • Lots to talk about soon... tonight I am tired.
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15 AQT Silver Efex Pro – Aperture Quick Tip

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you the Aperture 2 third party plug in Silver Efex Pro from Nik Software (www.niksoftware.com/).



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New Photos from Red Rock

Here’s are two new slideshows I put together to show off four things.

1. Some new photos from Red Rock National Park on Las Vegas.
2. The new graphics plug-in
Sliver Efex from Nik Software.
3.
Animoto Music Videos.



4.
Photoshop Express Slideshows.

Enjoy and be sure to check out #2 - #4... if you are in Vegas... set aside half a day and visit Red Rock as well.


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118 UAP - Dramatic Skies - Understanding Adobe Photoshop

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use Photoshop to create more dramatic skies.



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Creating a Photo Portfolio with Keynote

I showed this technique at Photoshop World in my portfolios class.

“Author Richard Harrington shows you how to make a photography portfolio using keynote.”



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Great Black and White Conversion Resource

  • Julieanne Kost from Adobe has posted a great resource for converting color images to grayscale using Photoshop.
PSCS3 Black and White Options via Smart Objects (20MB PSD file)
  • To use this template, first open and crop your desired image to 540 x 366 pixels at 72 ppi. Note: you can crop the entire image, or focus in on a smaller, more important part of it.
  • Flatten your cropped file and select "Save As" to save the cropped file as "FileNameFlatLowRes.psd"
  • Then open the template, click on any one of the smart object layers in the layers palette. Select Layer > Smart Object > Replace Contents, and navigate to select your cropped, low resolution, flattened file.
  • After the images are replaced, choose the best looking conversion, open your original high resolution file, and drag and drop the adjustment layer from the template to the high res file. Voila!

Be sure to check out
her great site for more resources.
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