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PSV#97 Making Cast Shadows - Photoshop for Video

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to make a show bug in Photoshop that can help you brand your show.





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Photoshop CS4 – Dodge, Burn & Sponge


Richard Harrington shows you the improvements that Photoshop CS4 brings to the dodge, burn and sponge tools.

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iTunes version.
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Photoshop CS4 – 3D Features


Richard Harrington shows you how to use 3D layers and 3D models in Photoshop CS4 .

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Need a Little Help?

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Adobe has unveiled the help menu for Photoshop CS4 online... so if you want to check out some of the new features in-depth just head on over to their site – http://help.adobe.com/en_US/Photoshop/11.0/

You’ll find that the help system is still coming online fully... but there’s some great stuff to check out. Think of it as an appetizer until the real thing ships later this month.

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Want to Win Photoshop CS4 or Other Cool Prizes?

So... we’ve been running a contest to win free stuff (we’ll be drawing in late November).

So far we’ve got three copies of
Adobe Photoshop, an assortment of Joby Gorillapods, and copies of Nik Software and Digital Anarchy plug-ins.

Cool right? Its easy to win (and your chances are very good). Simply watch the videos at
CSFour.com or any of our embedded players.
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With each video you’ll see a pencil shaped button. Click it to take a short (and I mean :45 seconds or less) survey.

You can take a survey one time only, that’s one time per video. Each survey counts as one entry. This means you have up to 15 chances to win prizes.

What are you waiting for? Free stuff is pretty cool.

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Photoshop CS4 – Enhanced Panoramic Photomerge


Richard Harrington shows you how to use smart objects and how they have been improved in Photoshop CS4 .

Here is the action mentioned in the video.

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Free Filter Guide from Peachpit Press

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My new book, Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS4 is off to the presses. I’ve gotten permission to release a chapter to you early (and for free). Here is our comprehensive guide to every filter in Photoshop as well as tips on how to get more out of your filter collection.

To download the free guide –
Click Here.

To order from Peachpit.com
CLICK TO ORDER – DISCOUNT CODE – UAP TWO - 35% OFF (Enter Code at Step 3 of checkout)
To order from Amazon.com
CLICK TO ORDER – 17% OFF





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Photoshop CS4 – Enhanced Smart Objects


Richard Harrington shows you how to use smart objects and how they have been improved in Photoshop CS4 .

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Ready for the Upgrade?

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Layers Magazine has a great artivle on their blog about what you’ll need to make sure your computer is ready for CS4. One important note for mac users.... many of the applications require that you have an Intel processor... so keep that in mind.

“Working in tech, you almost take for granted being a gear junkie and having the most newfangled computer out there, but I’m sure there are a lot of you who want to make the jump that are unsure of what is technically needed, as well as other people out there that are ‘taking the plunge’ and getting the CS4 Suite in addition to a new computer to be able to hold it.”

Read more
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Photoshop CS4 – Vibrance Adjustment


Richard Harrington shows you how to use the new vibrance adjustments in Photoshop CS4 to boost the saturation of a scene without affecting skin tones.

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PSV#96 Making a Show Bug - Photoshop for Video

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to make a show bug in Photoshop that can help you brand your show.





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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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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.

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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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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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Photoshop CS4 Online Learning Center from NAPP

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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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PSV#95 Making Lower Thirds Part 3 - Photoshop for Video

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to make custom lower thirds in Photoshop. Part 3 of 3.





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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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You can check out cool videos by:


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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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PSV#94 Making Lower Thirds Part 2 - Photoshop for Video

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to make custom lower thirds in Photoshop. Part 2 of 3.





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Photoshop CS4 Just Around the Corner

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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: Quick Selection Using Color Range in Photoshop



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PSV#93 Making Lower Thirds Part 1 - Photoshop for Video

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to make custom lower thirds in Photoshop. Part 1 of 3.





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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.



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New Site to Find Out All About Us

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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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PSV#92 Cleaning Up Storyboards - Photoshop for Video

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use Photoshop to clean up and add color to your storyboards.





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Key Video in Photoshop Extended

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Looking to key video in Photoshop Extended? Be sure to check out Primatte Chromakey 3.0 from Digital Anarchy. This plug-in has a great auto-mask mode that you can use to key right inside photoshop.

  1. Open a clip into Photoshop Extended.
  2. Convert the video layer into a Smart Object.
  3. Apply the Primatte Chromakey 3.0 filter.

You can download a demo from
Digital Anarchy’s website. The plugin works well for blue and green screen removal.

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