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Premiere Pro tutorial: Importing a layered Photoshop file


In this tutorial, learn how to import layered PSD files in order to create picture-in-picture effects in a Premiere Pro project. Watch more at
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This tutorial is a single movie from the Premiere Pro Guru: Dynamic Link and the Adobe Workflow course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 1 hour and 29 minutes and shows how to save time, save disc space, and get more billable work done using Dynamic Link--the Adobe technology that allows you to use files from other Adobe apps inside your Premiere Pro projects.

  • Welcome
  • 1. An Intro to Dynamic Link
  • 2. Adobe Premiere Pro Working with After Effects
  • 3. Adobe Premiere Pro Working with Audition
  • 4. Adobe Premiere Pro Working with Photoshop
  • 5. Adobe Prelude to Adobe Premiere Pro
  • 6. Other Workflows
  • Conclusion

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Premiere Pro tutorial: How to work with slow-motion effects


In this tutorial find out how to work with slow-motion effects in Premiere Pro. Watch more at
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This tutorial is a single movie from the Premiere Pro Guru: Dynamic Link and the Adobe Workflow course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 1 hour and 29 minutes and shows how to save time, save disk space, and get more billable work done using Dynamic Link--the Adobe technology that allows you to use files from other Adobe apps inside your Premiere Pro projects.

  • Welcome
  • 1. An Intro to Dynamic Link
  • 2. Adobe Premiere Pro Working with After Effects
  • 3. Adobe Premiere Pro Working with Audition
  • 4. Adobe Premiere Pro Working with Photoshop
  • 5. Adobe Prelude to Adobe Premiere Pro
  • 6. Other Workflows
  • Conclusion

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Get Consistent Color with Conditional Mode Automation



The Conditional Mode Change command in Photoshop allows you to set a color mode among your images in a consistent way. In this tutorial, set up an action to specify which color mode you'd like the Conditional Mode Change command to convert your images to. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutori....

This tutorial is a single movie from the Up and Running with Photoshop Automation course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 37 minutes and shows how to utilize actions and automation in Adobe Photoshop and Bridge to speed up your workflow.

  • Introduction
  • 1. Understanding Actions
  • 2. Automate Commands
  • 3. Using Scripts
  • 4. Saving Time with Adobe Bridge
  • Conclusion


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Combining Blur Gallery Filters


Want to learn about the Blur Gallery? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to combine blur gallery filters in Adobe Photoshop.

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Time-lapse Tutorial: Choosing a Working Drive


Because your time-lapse shoots will result in a lot of data, it's important to consider data storage options. This tutorial explores data storage solutions for both desktop and mobile setups, and explains the importance of redundancy, security, and preventing data loss. Watch more at
http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tu.... This tutorial is a single movie from the Creating Time-Lapse Video course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 3 hours and 27 minutes. Get on-location tips and post-production techniques to speed up time and create compelling visual effects with time-lapse photography.

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Using the History Brush


Wanting to combine multiple states of an image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize the History Brush in Adobe Photoshop.

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Generating a Web Gallery with Adobe Bridge


In this tutorial, find out how to create a customized web gallery in Adobe Bridge. Watch more here. Bridge is a huge timesaver and one of the mot overlooked apps in Adobe Creative Cloud and Creative Suite.

This a single movie from the Up and Running with Photoshop Automation course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 2 hours and 37 minutes and shows how to utilize actions and automation in Adobe Photoshop and Bridge to speed up your workflow. Introduction 1. Understanding Actions 2. Automate Commands 3. Using Scripts 4. Saving Time with Adobe Bridge Conclusion

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The Refine Edge Command for Better Selections and Adjustments


Are you trying to adjust a selection? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to use the Refine Edge Command in Adobe Photoshop.

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Using Random Fills in Photoshop


Do you want to create a pattern using a photo? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he utilizes Random Fills in Adobe Photoshop.

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Using Photoshop Layer Comps


Do you want to store the state of several layers? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to use layer comps in Adobe Photoshop.

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New Class on Time-lapse Photography


I love timelapse photography. And here's my new class all about the topic!
Get the class here – http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Creating-Time-Lapse-Video/137903-2.html

Learn how to speed up time and create compelling visual effects with time-lapse photography. Join Rich Harrington in the field as he captures nature's patterns at Red Rock Canyon in southwestern Nevada, and shows how to frame your scene and choose the proper camera settings. He'll show you how to capture great images, whether you're using a DSLR camera and a motorized slider or just a smartphone you have handy. Then join him back in the studio to transform your still footage into a storytelling time-lapse video, using tools like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro.
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Topics include:
  • What is time-lapse photography?
  • Why shoot with a still camera?
  • Choosing a frame size and frame rate
  • Using an internal or external intervalometer
  • Selecting a memory card
  • Tracking the sun's position
  • Deciding how long to shoot
  • Using a slider
  • Shooting time lapse on a smartphone or tablet
  • Removing noise and spots with Adobe Camera Raw
  • Importing the image sequence
  • Refining the duration and frame rate
  • Blending frames
  • Creating variable speed effects
  • Exporting your sequence

  • Timelapes3
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Setting the Ambient Light in After Effects

This Motion Control 3D tutorial shows how to create believable depth by adding ambient light to an animated photo in After Effects. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tu.... This tutorial is a single movie from the ninth chapter of the Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three Dimensions course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 1 hour and 40 minutes long and reveals how you can transport your photos into a three-dimensional world using the Motion Control 3D plugin for Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.

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New Class on Panoramic Photography


I am super passionate about panoramic photography. And here's my new class all about the topic!


    Do not let another breathtaking scene go undocumented. Learn how to capture wide landscapes using panoramic shooting techniques, whether you're using an iPhone or a professional DSLR. Rich Harrington explains general panoramic concepts, like field of view and nodal point, and then describes the technical details for getting great original shots: how to properly mount the camera on a tripod, how to overlap each shot, which lenses deliver best results, and more. Next, learn about optional hardware like the GigaPan system and sliders, and a variety of mobile apps for capturing 360 panoramas. Finally, come back into the studio to learn how to process the photos in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Camera Raw.

    Topics include:
    • Choosing your gear
    • Compensating for the nodal point
    • Stitching in camera
    • Leveling the camera platform
    • Locking exposure and focus
    • Shooting with the GigaPan system
    • Shooting HDR panoramas
    • Shooting with an iPhone
    • Managing data from a panorama shoot
    • Reducing noise and removing dust with Camera Raw
    • Initiating the Photomerge command
    • Blending the photos
    • Refining highlights and shadows
    • Saving panoramas for print and the web
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      Two More Green Screen Tutorials



      Two more videos from our new class on Greenscreen workflow

      Check out the class here – http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Adobe-Green-Screen-Workflow/141500-2.html

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      Master the Magic Wand Tool in Photoshop


      Trying to make a selection in your photo? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to use the Magic Wand Tool in Adobe Photoshop.

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      Selecting color with the Color Range Command in Photoshop


      A Photoshop tutorial describing how to use the Color Range command to select a portion of your image based on color. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutori... This specific tutorial is just a single movie from chapter five of the Practical Photoshop Selections course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete Photoshop course has a total duration of 1 hour and 8 minutes, and discusses the importance of making precise selections with the right tools, whether you are masking, or making basic tone adjustments.

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      New Class on Greenscreen Workflow at Lynda.com

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      Working with green-screen footage can be a daunting task. The Adobe suite of video tools provides a wide array of choices, but how do you know which to use? This course aims to answer that important question. By providing an overview of the import process, and then moving into Premiere Pro, After Effects, and popular third-party keying tools, author Rich Harrington guides you through the keying process. Learn how to use the Ultra Keyer, KEYLIGHT, Primatte Keyer, zMatte, and more, while discovering ways to work with transparency and create great backdrops in Photoshop.

      This course was created and produced by Rich Harrington. We're honored to host this material in our library.
      • Topics include:
      • Deciding where to key your footage: Premiere Pro or After Effects
      • Importing footage to key
      • Stacking layers in Premiere Pro
      • Using the Ultra Keyer
      • Using Keylight
      • Enhancing a key with 3D lights
      • Deciding when to use a third-party tool
      • Processing backdrops in Photoshop
      • Exchanging transparency data

      Check out the class here – http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Adobe-Green-Screen-Workflow/141500-2.html

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      Motion Graphics Tutorial: Liquid Pours and Ink Chambers

      This motion graphics tutorial shows how to create interesting abstract backgrounds for your effects by filming liquid pours and ink chambers in a live-action studio. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tu.... This tutorial is a single movie from the Practical Motion Background Workshop course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 1 hour and 25 minutes long and shows how to capture footage of everyday objects and combine it with effects in popular postproduction tools like After Effects and Premiere Pro, resulting in rich, abstract backdrops for your project.

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      Photoshop's Healing Brush


      Is there an object in your image you would like to fix? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize the Healing Brush in Adobe Photoshop.

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      Creating a Hand-Tinted Look for a Photo


      Do you want to add tint to your photo? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to create a hand-tinted look in Adobe Photoshop.

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      Premiere Pro tutorial: The Paste Attributes Options Dialog

      Find out how to paste select attributes from one clip to another using the Paste Attributes dialog in Premiere Pro. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tut.... This tutorial is a single movie from the Premiere Pro Technology Preview course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course duration is 2 hours and 7 minutes long and explores the features that are designed to get video producers and editors excited about the online subscription version of Adobe Premiere Pro
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      Experimental Collages and Multiple Exposures with Blending Modes


      Interested in making composited photo collages that simulates shooting multiple exposures? In this tutorial I show you a favorite technique for combining several images with blending modes in Adobe Photoshop. Give me two minutes and I’ll show you a bunch of cool tricks for merging exposures.
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      Free Transform Command in Photoshop


      Do you want to modify the shape of a layer? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to use the Free Transform Command in Adobe Photoshop.

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      How to Fix an Underexposed or Overexposed Photo in Seconds


      Do you want to lift the shadows in your photos? Give me two minutes and I’ll show you the powerful Shadows Highlights Adjustment in Adobe Photoshop. In seconds you can fix exposure problems for just about any image.
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      Content Aware: Fill, Scale & Heal


      Want to easily repair or change your image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize Content Aware in Adobe Photoshop.

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      Black and White Adjustment Layers in Photos


      Are you trying to change the mode of your image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to convert your image mode in Photoshop CS6.

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      Using Photoshop's Refine Edge command


      A Photoshop tutorial exploring how to use the Refine Edge command to select a complex object such as hair. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutori...
      This specific tutorial is just a single movie from chapter four of the Practical Photoshop Selections course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete Photoshop course has a total duration of 1 hour and 8 minutes, and discusses the importance of making precise selections with the right tools, whether you are masking, or making basic tone adjustments
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      How to Merge Handheld Panoramic Photos

      Adaptive Wide Angle Panos from Photofocus Video Channel on Vimeo.

      Learn how to merge handheld panos and remove all distortion from the shot with Adobe Photoshop. The Photomerge feature in Photoshop is very forgiving of uneven shots, varying overlap, and even exposure changes. This feature works with almost any version of Photoshop you’ll find installed today.
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      Attend Photoshop World and Get a Free Year of Adobe Creative Cloud

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      Are you looking for a no-brainer deal? Come to Photoshop World and get a full free year of Adobe Creative Cloud. That's attend one of the world's best conferences for $598 (before August 2) or $698 (Full Conference Registration) and get a $599 value of the best software on the planet for designers, photos, and video pros. That's some pretty easy math.

      Attend the show this year held in Las Vegas, September 4-6. The show of douse covers Photoshop and Lightroom, but you'll find coverage on other apps in the suite as well (I'm teaching about digital publishing and video).
      To register for Photoshop World, visit http://photoshopworld.com/.

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      Adaptive Wide Angle Controls in Adobe Photoshop


      Do you want to adjust the angle of your image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize the adaptive wide angle controls in Adobe Photoshop.

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      An Insider’s Look at Adobe Photoshop with Guest Bryan O’Neil Hughes

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      Rich Harrington has a very special guest on this week’s show. We’re joined by Bryan O’Neil Hughes from Adobe.  He’s the Senior Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop and works on many of the projects that Adobe builds for photographers.  What many don’t know is that Bryan has an extensive career in photography as well and that he’s written a handful of books and authored courses to share his love of photography and photo restoration.
      This week show answers a ton of questions about how Photoshop gets made.  You’ll learn how Adobe creates dramatic advances that benefit photographers worldwide.
      Rich and Bryan discuss:

      • How features in Photoshop are designed and built
      • What are the most useful ways to make a selection in Photoshop
      • The new mantra – save time and get better results
      • Why there are so many “magic” tools
      • How new users can better learn photoshop?
      • Breathing new life into old commands and making the application better
      • Why and when do features get cut
      • Tips for editing black and white photos with Lightroom and Photoshop
      • Working with bracketed photos and 32-bit images in Adobe Camera Raw
      • How many content aware tools are there?
      • Content aware tips and tricks
      • How do remove lens flares using content aware fills
      • What is the adaptation setting in the content aware commands
      • How do Creative Cloud updates affect subscribers
      • How Photoshop and Lightroom are complimentary
      • What are some of the best features that people seem to miss
      • How to selectively sharpen your photos
      • Using Camera Raw with TIFF and JPEG files
      • How to remove lens distortion from all photos (even those from a phone)

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      Are You a Control Freak? Run Camera Raw as a Filter

      Run Camera Raw as a Filter in Photoshop from Photofocus Video Channel on Vimeo.


      Ever wanted to use some of those great camera raw adjustments like Clarity or Post Crop Vignette on any image? With Photoshop CC you can now use Adobe Camera Raw as a filter which opens new creative options. Give me :30 seconds to show you and I’ll unlock new control in your post workflow.
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      Importing Images with Adobe Bridge


      Are you trying to import your images from your camera? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize Adobe Bridge to import your photos.

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      A Complete HDR Workflow

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      I’ve put together a complete lesson on creating High Dynamic Range panoramic photos.  This video tutorial walks you through a few different tools to try out.
      I’ll show you how to:

      • Organize multiple HDR photos
      • Use Photoshop’s built-in toolset
      • Use Adobe Camera Raw to pre-process raw files before the merge
      • Align images and reduce noise and ghosting
      • Create a batch process with Photomatix
      • Enhance images with tone maps and fusion
      • Browse preset looks to find a good starting point
      • Choose the right bit depth
      • Repair white balance issues
      • Stitch the panoramic photo with Photomerge
      • Enhance with a Curves adjustment
      • Crop to a finished size
      • Fill in gaps in the photo

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      Using the Mixer Brush in Adobe Photoshop


      Do you want to give your image a painterly feel? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he shows how to utilize the Mixer Brush in Adobe Photoshop.

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      How to Remove Distortion From Wide Angle Photos

      Adaptive Wide Angle Command from Photofocus Video Channel on Vimeo.


      If you shoot architecture or panoramas, you’ll often shoot wide angle.  This can lead to an unwanted fisheye effect.  Whether you’re shooting one exposure or stitching several, fixing the problem is stone cold simple.  Learn how to use the Adaptive Wide Angle command in Photoshop to repair perspective issues in your photos. This is a fast and easy way to get better landscapes and architectural shots.

      Give me 2 minutes and I'll give you better looking photos.

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      Removing Noise in a Raw File


      Do you have noise in your camera raw file? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he shows how to remove noise in Adobe Photoshop.

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      Localized Adjustments in Camera Raw


      Are you trying to make a selection in a camera raw image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to make localized adjustments in Adobe Photoshop.

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      New Adobe Premiere Pro Features Released

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      Adobe quietly released new features today for Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Prelude that increase production flow efficiency and editing finesse and will be available immediately for all Creative Cloud users.

      The complete list of newly added features in this update is :

      • Duplicating a title in a sequence creates a new, unique title, which can be independently edited from the original.
      • Lift and Extract can be used when only an In or Out point is set (if only an In is set, Lift/Extract will use the end of the sequence as the Out point; if only an Out is set, the beginning of the sequence will be used for the In point).
      • Copy, Cut, and Clear commands work between In and Out points on targeted tracks when no clips are selected.
      • When a sequence is loaded in the Source Monitor, keyboard shortcuts can be used to navigate to edit points (Up/Down keys by default).
      • Keyboard shortcuts can be used to clear In/Out points on clips in the Project Panel.
      • The Enable Clip command now works as a toggle when multiple clips are selected, such that any disabled clips become enabled and vice versa.
      • The Match Frame command will prioritize a selected clip over a targeted track.
      • The Relink command can now be used on a sequence containing offline media.
      • The Export EDL dialog now contains the option to include or exclude Transitions and the Key Track.
      • The Reveal In Project command now works from the Source Monitor.
      • A preference has been added to select whether or not playback jumps to the beginning of the Timeline or a Clip once the end has been reached.
      • A button has been added to the Timeline Panel to globally Link or Unlink all clips in the sequence.
      • An assignable keyboard shortcut has been added to enable toggling between the Source and Program Monitors.
      • The Reveal In Finder command can now be used on clips in a sequence.
      • A default start timecode value for all new sequences can be set in the Timeline panel.
      • Clips can now be dragged from the Finder or Explorer directly into the Source Monitor.
      • The Match Frame command now works on Nested or Multi-Camera Source Sequences, first matching to the source sequence, then stepping back further to the original master clip used in that source sequence.
      • Offline audio clips are now displayed in red, matching offline video clips.
      • The Source Settings dialog can be accessed by right-clicking on Clips within the Timeline Panel.
      • A preference has been added to allow the Timeline Panel to be automatically focused after an Insert or Overwrite edit is performed.
      • The Auto-Save dialog is suppressed during editing, and auto saves will not occur if no changes have been made to the project.
      • The Tone Settings dialog allows users to set the amplitude and frequency of the Bars and Tone synthetic clip.
      • Closed Captions are displayed on thumbnails in the Captions panel.
      • Options have been added to the Automate To Sequence dialog for Still Clip Duration, giving control over whether still clips use the In/Out range or a specified number of frames per clip (for timelapse workflows).

      More information is available in the ‘What’s New’ document.

      Be sure to visit CreativeCloudUser.com for more on Adobe's pro video tools.

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      Mastering the Camera Raw Interface


      Are you trying to open a camera raw image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he explains the camera raw interface in Adobe Photoshop.

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      DSLR video tutorial: Syncing sound with PluralEyes


      In this tutorial, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman explain how to sync sound with PluralEyes. Watch more at
      http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials.... This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré.

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      Puppet Warp in Adobe Photoshop


      Are you trying to transform an object in your photo? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to puppet warp in Photoshop.

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      Real World Photoshop Workflow Example

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      In this video for TipSquirrel.com, I show my workflow Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop. I transform an image to remove the imperfections caused by lowlight shooting.


      You can see how this image was shot by reading Shooting Without A Tripod – The Leaning Bow and Arrow at Photofocus.

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      How to Publish Video to the Web

      I explain how to export video from your nonlinear editor to make sure your movie is ready for the web. From the extensive DPBestflow site I highly recommend.
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      Making a Dramatic Vignette

      Advanced Vignettes in Photoshop from Photofocus Video Channel on Vimeo.


      Vignettes help control where the viewer focusses in your picture. Using Adobe Photoshop, you can create truly impressive vignettes. Try the Iris Blur effect to create de-focussed edges as well as an alpha channel. Toss on an exposure adjustment and a layer mask and you have the perfect vignette.

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      Creative Color Grading — Watch the Free Webinar


      Here is a recording from the Tiffen Webinar I did.

      Learn how to approach color grading tasks for video workflows. I show important techniques for both production and post. I also unlock some of my favorite filters in the Tiffen Dfx v3 and DFT Film Plug-ins sets.

      You can download a free 15-day trial here: http://www.tiffensoftware.com/products/dfxv3-free-trial-download/dfx-v3-free-trial-downloads

      Take 30% off with this unique code:
      RHEDDFX13
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      Smart Rendering in Adobe Premiere Pro

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      This article is from the new website — Creative Cloud User The latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC adds some real power under the hood. When it comes to export your final project, you can often take advantage of Smart Rendering. To use this feature is pretty simple.
      • Use a media format that supports smart rendering.
      • Put that media into a a sequence with matching settings. This is easy to do by simply right-clicking on a clip and choosing New Sequence From Clip.
      • Export to a self-contained file that matches the same format. This can be done by checking the Match Sequence Settings box in the Export dialog.

      Additionally, if you’ve gone the extra step of setting up a sequence and set the preview format to matches the source material, you’re in luck. Just choose the "Use Preview Files" option an Adobe Premiere Pro will also attempt to smart render the preview files during export.

      Whenever possible, Adobe Premiere Pro will query each asset during the export. It will check to see if the asset can be smart rendered. If it can, then the app will use it. If not, then regular rendering kicks in. The good news is that Smart Rendering is fairly automatic and if you work with a primary format that’s supported, you can see some real gains in productivity.

      These formats are supported:
      • DV
      • DVCPRO
      • DVCPRO HD
      • XDCAM HD (in OP1a MXF format)
      • XDCAM EX (in MP4 within BPAV folder structure)
      • AVC-I (in OP1a MXF format)
      • DNxHD (in OP1a MXF format)
      • DNxHD (in QuickTime)
      • ProRes (in QuickTime)
      • Animation (in QuickTime)
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      How to Resize Images in Photoshop for use in Video

      I show you how to adjust photographs in Photoshop to make sure they are ready for your video project. From the extensive DPBestflow site I highly recommend.
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      Better Keying From Production to Post — Watch the Free Webinar


      Here is a recording from the Tiffen Webinar I did.

      Greenscreen has become an essential tool in modern video, film, and photo workflows. To succeed, it needs to be the perfect combination of production and post. This webinar features visual FX industry veteran Marco Paolini and Motion Graphic Designer and Editor, Rich Harrington. You'll learn how to shoot footage and photos to produce better keying footage (particularly the need for quality lighting) as well as on-set advice to follow. With Digital Film Tool software products, you'll learn how to use additional tools for those times when you need a key, but there's no greenscreen to be found. This workshop will teach you techniques that work with any post workflow and also gives you a quick start on successfully keying with zMatte.

      You can download a free 15-day trial here: http://www.tiffensoftware.com/products/dfxv3-free-trial-download/dfx-v3-free-trial-downloads

      Take 30% off with this unique code:
      RHEDDFX13
      It can be redeemed here:
      http://tiffensoftware.com/promos

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      Sync Sound Workflow

      When shooting video with a DSLR, audio is often recorded separately to another source. I show you how to sync that audio to your video in post-production (Adobe Premiere Pro). From the extensive DPBestflow site I highly recommend.
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      Great Lighting in Production and Post — Watch the Free Webinar


      Here is a recording from the Tiffen Webinar I did. We discussed working with Variable ND Filters, Reflectors, LED lights, Portable Lights, and More. Get production techniques as well as postproduction tips for digital effects to enhance the lighting (or even relight) during the edit.

      You can download a free 15-day trial here: http://www.tiffensoftware.com/products/dfxv3-free-trial-download/dfx-v3-free-trial-downloads

      Take 30% off with this unique code:
      RHEDDFX13
      It can be redeemed here:
      http://tiffensoftware.com/promos

      Don't miss
      “How to Key Almost Anything.  Greenscreen Solutions for Video and Photo Pros”
      Register for free — https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/721949422
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      Chromakeying in After Effects

      Learn how to key footage with Adobe After Effects and Keylight
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      Free Webinar — Great Lighting in Production and Post

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      Production to Post Series- Great Lighting in Production and Post


      Join special guest Richard Harrington and learn about great lighting techniques.  Rich will review how he uses Lowel lights as part of his production package.  Other tools like Variable ND filters, reflectors, and more to control the light.  Learn studio and on location lighting techniques for best results.  Once the shot is done, you'll learn how to enhance lighting (and even change it) in post with the  DFX lighting filters.  This is a popular webinar, click here to reserve your space!
       

      Registration Link for June 5th  https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/718549206 

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      Mixing Audio in Adobe Premiere Pro

      I show you how to properly mix your audio in a nonlinear editor (Adobe Premiere Pro). From the extensive DPBestflow site I highly recommend.
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      Fixing shaky shooting in Premiere Pro


      In this tutorial, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman explain how to get shallow depth of field with a prime lens. Watch more at
      http://www.lynda.com/course-tutorials.... This specific tutorial is from the DSLR Video Tips series presented by lynda.com authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman. The complete DSLR Video Tips course is presented as a weekly lynda.com series and covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré.

      Get 7 days of free unlimited access to lynda.com.
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      How to Organize Your Video Edit

      I show you how to use bin structures to organize your video footage in Adobe Premiere Pro. From the extensive DPBestflow site I highly recommend.
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      Tritone Effect for Creative Color in After Effects

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      If you’re looking for a creative way to tint your images, use After Effects. The versatile Tritone effect goes well beyond the typical sepia tone effect, as it allows you to treat highlights, midtones, and shadows separately. In addition to simple tints, you can use the filter to create stylized looks.

      1. Select a clip in the After Effects timeline.
      2. In the Effects panel, type Tritone. Drag the effect onto a video clip.
      3. Press the E key to reveal the effect on that layer, and then double-click on the effect called Tritone to open its controls in the Effect Controls panel.
      4. Click on the Midtones color swatch to open the Color Picker. Choose a color to map the midtones to.
      5. Click on the Highlights color swatch to open the Color Picker and select a brighter color for the highlights.
      6. Remap the Shadows color swatch.
      7. Use the Blend With Original slider to mix the original state with the new color effect.


      For more Adobe tips, check out
      Creative Cloud User.
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      Time-Lapse: RAW Workflow Part 3


      Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. In the last episode of this three-part series, Rich continues with the all-RAW workflow in post-production. Join him as he shares some tips on how to enhance your new time-lapse video using filters, adjustment layers, and blending modes in Adobe After Effects.

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      Time-Lapse: RAW Workflow Part 2


      Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. In the second episode of this three-part series, we continue with the all-RAW workflow in post-production.

      Join Rich as he shares some tips on how to develop and finesse the RAW files using Adobe After Effects. He will show you techniques such as adjusting the scale of the files before using Bezier handles for creative looking movement.
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      Time-Lapse: RAW Workflow Part 1


      Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. Join Rich in the first episode of this three-part series about creating a professional time-lapse video using an all-RAW workflow. In this episode, Rich shares some clips from his trip to Panama and explains how he overcame the obstacles of shooting a time-lapse in a crowd of tourists. Then, watch as he begins the post-production workflow by processing the images in Adobe Camera RAW.
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      Making Your Mark in Adobe Premiere Pro

      essentialeditmarks As you work in the timeline or source window, you’ll come to rely upon In and Out points to accurately edit. These two points can clearly define which part of a clip you want to use, what section of the timeline you want to replace, or where to remove footage. Here are the most essential editing shortcut commands:
      • In—Press I to add an In point.
      • Out—Press O to add an Out point.
      • Clear In—Option+I (Alt+I) to clear an In point.
      • Clear Out—Option+O (Alt+O) to clear an Out point.
      • Clear In and Out—Option+X (Alt+X) to clear both an In and Out point
      • Go to In—Shift+I to go to an In point
      • Go to Out—Shift+O to go to an Out point
      • Lift—Press ; (semicolon key) to remove the media between the In and Out point and leave a gap.
      • Extract—Press ‘ (apostrophe key) to remove the media between the In and Out point and close the gap.
      For more Adobe tips, check out Creative Cloud User.
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      Next Free Webinar & Special Offer From Tiffen

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      June 5th 12pm EST   
      Production to Post series with Richard Harrington
      Great Lighting in Production and Post

      Join special guest Richard Harrington again and learn about great lighting techniques.  Rich will review how he uses Lowel lights as part of his production package.  Other tools like Variable ND filters, reflectors, and more to control the light.  Learn studio and on location lighting techniques for best results.  Once the shot is done, you'll learn how to enhance lighting (and even change it) in post with the  DFX lighting filters.  This is a popular webinar, click here to reserve your space !
                                                                                         

      Special Discounts

      Thank you again  for attending our  Color Grading Webinar last week. We thought it rocked and we hope you enjoyed our event! As a special thank you to you lucky folks, we'd like extend a 30% discount off our newly lowered priced individual Dfx products. And to make it even more special, we extend the courtesy to discount the DFT product- FilmStocks Video Plug-in at 20% off.

      Please visit: www.tiffensoftware.com/promos and enter promo code: RHEDDFX13 to get 30% Off the purchase price, but hurry - offer expires on May 24th!

      If you own an earlier version of Tiffen Dfx software you may be eligible for a heavily discounted upgrade price. Please visit:http://tiffensoftware.com/support/upgrades

      Please send your questions, comments and feedback to:jnoyes@tiffen.com.

      PS to see a recorded version- please check our Tiffen YouTube channel-http://www.youtube.com/user/TiffenCompany


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      Scrubbing Audio in After Effects

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      To hear the audio while you’re dragging through your After Effects timeline, hold down the Cmd (Mac OS) or Ctrl (Windows) key while dragging.

      While not as good as a full preview, it can help you find your place quickly. You can improve audio scrubbing by turning off the visibility for layers with video- or processor-intensive effects.

      For more Adobe tips, check out Creative Cloud User.
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      Converting Image Modes in Photoshop


      Are you trying to change the mode of your image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to convert your image mode in Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
      Follow Me on Twitter or Facebook

      For more on photography, be sure to check out Photofocus.
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      More on Color Grading Footage

      I show you how to color grade you video in a nonlinear editor (Adobe Premiere Pro). From the extensive DPBestflow site I highly recommend.
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      Importing a Final Cut Pro Project to Adobe Premiere Pro

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      Video editing is often a collaborative process. You may need to work with someone else’s editing project that was started using Final Cut Pro. Adobe Premiere Pro is a very flexible editing solution. You can easily import projects and media started on other edit systems. For example, moving a project over from Apple Final Cut Pro is a snap.

      1. In Final Cut Pro, mark an In and Out point within a sequence for the range you’d like to export.
      2. Choose File > Export > XML. In the dialog box that opens, choose Apple XML Interchange Format, version 4 (or later), and click OK.
      3. Specify a location for the new XML file (such as your project folder) and click OK. The XML file is small and references the original media on your drive. It will only take a few seconds to write.
      4. Switch to Adobe Premiere Pro and create a new project using a preset that most closely matches the video format you’ve been using.
      5. In Adobe Premiere Pro, choose File > Import. Navigate to the XML file you created and click Import.
      6. Adobe Premiere Pro creates a sequence and adds the media and a report to the project.
      7. Update the edit or work with the imported project sources.


      For more Adobe tips, check out
      Creative Cloud User.
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      Free Class — Creative Color Grading

      Learn how to approach color grading tasks from production to post using Tiffen Dfx v3 and DFT Film Looks Plug-ins. You'll also learn about Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Final Cut Pro X.



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      Premiere Pro tutorial: Expanded support for formats


      Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tut.... This tutorial reviews the new supported file formats and codecs in Premiere Pro, including ARRIRAW and ProRes. This tutorial is a single movie from the Premiere Pro Technology Preview course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course duration is 2 hours and 7 minutes long and explores the features that are designed to get video producers and editors excited about the online subscription version of Adobe Premiere Pro. Introduction 1. User Interface Improvements 2. Extending the Power of Premiere Pro 3. Quality and Format Improvements 4. A Better Timeline Panel 5. Project and Media Management 6. Improved Effects Workflow 7. Improved Audio Workflows 8. Improved Multicamera Workflows 9. Improved Closed Caption Workflow 10. Improved Export Controls Conclusion

      Get 7 days of free unlimited access to lynda.com.
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      Free Webinar on Color Grading with Tiffen

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      Creative Color Grading – Fast!

      Learn how to approach color grading tasks from production to post. Learn important techniques about what to shoot in the field including camera profile, white balance information, and essential metadata. Then in post you'll learn how to create popular looks that clients want. This
      workshop will explore both general techniques and theory as well as a detailed look at Tiffen Dfx Video/Film tool set.

      • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
      • One lucky attendee with receive a give-away of a full license of the software
      • To register for Creative Color Grading Webinar, click here



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      Selecting storage for video editing

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      When it comes time to edit your video, the hard drives you use are going to have a huge impact on the performance of your system. No matter how much RAM you have or how powerful a video card, you won’t get real-time performance if your drives are a bottleneck.

      Important factors

      There are three factors when choosing a disk for video editing:

      • Speed: The speed of drive is the most important factor in determining what media you can play off it. Drives like internal laptop drives or bus-powered USB drives are generally not fast enough to edit HD video.
      • Capacity: When you start to edit HD video, you’ll quickly use up disk space. For example, each minute of video shot on a Canon 5D Mark II is about 320MB. In order to get the storage you need, you may invest in multiple drives or drives that are striped together for a performance RAID.
      • Redundancy: To avoid losing their video footage, most video creators choose to back up to two or more drives or to use additional methods like Blu-ray Disc. Look at redundant drives (such as RAIDs)


      Drive technology


      Be sure to consider your options when looking at hard drives.
      • Internal drive solutions: Many computers support multiple drive slots. Consider placing a fast SATA drive internally into your computer as a performance disk. Keep it only as a scratch disk and avoid installing application or system files on it.
      • External and portable drive solutions: Several different drives are available once you’ve maximized your internal storage. You’ll find both single- and multiple-drive solutions. Look for units offering connections like FireWire, USB3, or eSATA.
      • Networked RAIDs: Several professional drives allow multiple users to connect simultaneously. These solutions are important if you work in a multiple editor environment and need to share projects or assets.

      For more on Adobe pro video workflow, check out the new website — Creative Cloud User.

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      Merge to HDR Pro in Photoshop


      Do you know how to create a HDR image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to combine multiple exposures to create a High Dynamic Range Image in Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Hearing Audio in After Effects Previews

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      When working in After Effects, you might not hear your audio tracks. This is because audio must be loaded into RAM before it can be heard.
      • Make sure that there’s audio in your composition.
      • Make sure that the speaker icon is not muted in the Preview panel.
      • Click the RAM preview to load a video and audio preview.

      For more on After Effects and all the Adobe pro video tools, check out the new website — Creative Cloud User.
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      Creating an Action in Photoshop


      Do you want to capture your creativity? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to create actions in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Save 30% on Tiffen DFX Software

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      I have a great discount to offer my readers on one of favorite tools. I love using their collection to create fantastic film looks.

      You can download a free 15-day trial here:
      http://www.tiffensoftware.com/products/dfxv3-free-trial-download/dfx-v3-free-trial-downloads

      Take 30% off with this unique code:
      RHEDDFX13
      It can be redeemed here:
      http://tiffensoftware.com/promos

      Here ares two tutorials I did that shows the effects in action. One of the things I like the best is that one license gets you a tool that works in every major video editing and motion graphics package. It's also fantastic when working with photos.



      I also have a few new webinars coming soon on the software.

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      Fading a Filter in Photoshop


      Did you know you can use blending modes on a filter? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilized blending modes with filters in Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Two Cool (Free) Plugins for Adobe Premiere Pro

      Simple Mask



      This plugin allows to create a simple alpha mask on the source clip and composite it with the existing alpha channel by adding, subtracting or intersecting. Both rectangular and elliptical shapes are supported. They can be repositioned and rotated.

      Downloads:


      Vignette


      This plugin allows to create a vignette on the source clip. Both rectangular and elliptical vignettes are supported. Vignettes can be repositioned and rotated, applied in any color and blending mode available, to the inside or to the outside. Alternatively only the mask can be rendered, replacing the source layer altogether or the vignette can be filled with transparency.

      Downloads:


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      Atlanta Post|Production Conference

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      I'm speaking at a conference offering training for sports TV & post professionals. I hope to see some of you there.

      Two full days of expert training sessions for video, TV, film & new media professionals, with a unique track 2-day track dedicated to technical workshops geared for Sports TV production. The
      Atlanta Post|Production Conference is designed for professionals involved in the acquiring and designing of TV content who seek cutting-edge training to maximize their efficiency and creativity:

      • Motion Graphics Designers
      • Technologists
      • Facility Managers
      • DP's
      • Photographers
      • Producers
      • Editors

      Features:
      • 2 full days of expert training in 2 unique tracks: general post production and Sports TV production
      • In-depth sessions for deep immersion in the editing application of your choice!
      • Sessions taught by industry renowned experts and Certified Instructors
      • Browse the Exhibition Show Floor and network with industry professionals at the SVG College Sports Summit located at the hotel
      • Gain tips and techniques you can apply to your very next project




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      Using Digital Publishing to Distribute Your Photography and Extend Your Brand


      Slides from my Photoshop World class… enjoy

      In this session you learn how tools like Apple iBooks Author and Adobe Creative Cloud make it easy to publish your images and creative work. Whether you want to distribute your photos or do work for your clients the topic of digital publishing has never been hotter. This class serves as a jump in point for those who want to start to create digital publications and applications. No coding experience required, this is all about using easy tools and new business opportunities. If you’ve always wanted to publish that book, or reach a whole new audience, this is the session for you.
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      Premiere Pro tutorial: Merging and syncing clips with audio sync


      Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tut.... This tutorial shows how merge and sync clips using audio in Premiere Pro. This tutorial is a single movie from the Premiere Pro Technology Preview course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course duration is 2 hours and 7 minutes long and explores the features that are designed to get video producers and editors excited about the online subscription version of Adobe Premiere Pro. Introduction 1. User Interface Improvements 2. Extending the Power of Premiere Pro 3. Quality and Format Improvements 4. A Better Timeline Panel 5. Project and Media Management 6. Improved Effects Workflow 7. Improved Audio Workflows 8. Improved Multicamera Workflows 9. Improved Closed Caption Workflow 10. Improved Export Controls Conclusion

      Follow Me on Twitter or Facebook

      Get 7 days of free unlimited access to lynda.com.
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      Time-Lapse: RAW Workflow Part 2



      Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. In the second episode of this three-part series, we continue with the all-RAW workflow in post-production. Join Rich as he shares some tips on how to develop and finesse the RAW files using Adobe After Effects. He will show you techniques such as adjusting the scale of the files before using Bezier handles for creative looking movement. Related Episodes: Part 1 Time-Lapse: RAW Workflow: Ep 125 DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington: Adorama Photography TV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCuHGT... Time-lapse Gear: DSLR | Video Skills http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4ke-3... Time-Lapse: Organizing: DSLR | Video Skills http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRtSwu... Time-Lapse: Developing: DSLR | Video Skills http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVPpFw...
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      Organizing Multi-Camera Footage



      In the previous episode,
      PTC002 - Creating a Music Video: Production, we have shown you what it takes to produce a multi-camera music video. Now that all our footage is captured, it is time to begin the post production process. The first and most important step to editing is organizing your footage. From importing to renaming, Host Richard Harrington will demonstrate how to easily assemble and line up all of the pieces you need to effectively edit.
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      Photofocus Interview about Lightroom 5 Public Beta with the Adobe Product Manager


      NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE NOTE: The Photofocus Podcast Feed HAS CHANGED!
      Here is the new feed: 
      feed://feeds.feedburner.com/photofocuspodcast Download episode here...   or get it on iTunes

      Rich takes a deep dive with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom product manager Sharad Mangalick.
      Topics include:

      Connect with Adobe on social media:
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      Select Color Range and Masking in Photoshop


      Trying to use the colors of your image to make a selection? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize the Select Color Range Tool to create a mask in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      A New Photo and Tutorial


      I hope you enjoy this new HDR shot from Alaska.
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      The New Radial Filter in Lightroom 5

      I'd like to share a few things from Adobe about the new Photoshop Lightroom Public Beta
      Radial Filter

      Busy backgrounds or bright colors can distract viewers from the focal point of an image. Photographers may try to reduce the distraction by cropping an image, but this can result in the loss of interesting detail and balance. Another approach to focusing the viewer’s attention is to create a vignette effect, but this only works if a subject is in the center of an image.
      The Radial Gradient tool in Lightroom 5 now offers photographers more flexibility and control in how they guide a viewer’s eye to emphasize the important parts of an image. Using this tool, photographers can create off-center vignette effects or multiple vignette areas in a single image. This local adjustment control lets photographers minimize distractions and focus a viewer’s attention exactly where it should be.
      Get the free public beta here
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      Premiere Pro tutorial: Automatic syncing with audio waveforms

      Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tut.... Find out how to sync audio with waveforms automatically in Premiere Pro. This tutorial is a single movie from the Premiere Pro Technology Preview course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course duration is 2 hours and 7 minutes long and explores the features that are designed to get video producers and editors excited about the online subscription version of Adobe Premiere Pro. Introduction 1. User Interface Improvements 2. Extending the Power of Premiere Pro 3. Quality and Format Improvements 4. A Better Timeline Panel 5. Project and Media Management 6. Improved Effects Workflow 7. Improved Audio Workflows 8. Improved Multicamera Workflows 9. Improved Closed Caption Workflow 10. Improved Export Controls Conclusion

      Get 7 days of free unlimited access to lynda.com.
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      Creative Sepia Tones in Photoshop


      Do you want to create a creative sepia tone on your image. Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to use gradient maps to create a sepia look in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Batch Processing in Photoshop


      Are you trying to apply one action to several images? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as her demonstrates how to use the Batch Command in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Adobe Unveils the Next Generation Video Tools and Offers 40% Off for a Limited Time

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      While visiting the National Association of Broadcasters Conference in Vegas, Adobe had a huge booth.  At it, they showed the next generation of their video products (such as Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and SpeedGrade).  While they didn't promise a release date, the likelihood was definitely stated as "soon." which should mean major updates to all their tools can't be far behind.
      If you want to see a detailed overview of Adobe Premiere Pro — check out my class on Lynda.
      Adobe offered a special deal that is only good for a few days.  Save 40% off a year of Creative Cloud (which drops it to $29 a month). This offer can be used by anyone (even if you don't own a qualifying upgrade product).  I strongly suspect this will be the best deal offered this year.
      Remember, a few key facts about Creative Cloud.
      • You get every Adobe Creative software tool.  Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Prelude, SpeedGrade, Encore, Story and more.
      • You get tools like Digital Publishing Studio, Acrobat, and Muse for creating apps, PDFs, and websites.
      • You always have the latest version installed on your drive.  These do not run in the cloud, the apps are local just like before.
      • You get  20GB of Cloud storage and other cloud benefits that keep rolling out.
      • You get a professional Behance account to build portfolios and search for jobs.
      • You get updates sooner with no need to wait.

      So if you're sitting on the fence, consider the offer.  It expires April 19.
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      Check Out My Detailed Adobe Premiere Pro Technology Preview Class



      Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tut.... Find out how to paste select attributes from one clip to another using the Paste Attributes dialog in Premiere Pro.


      Here's the full length course (with more to come after the app is released).

      Premiere Pro Technology Preview
      http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tutorials/Premiere-Pro-Technology-Preview/126763-2.html?utm_campaign=SxF5DCi6zaI&utm_medium=viral&utm_source=youtube

      Get 7 days of free unlimited access to lynda.com.
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      Adobe Output Module and Bridge


      Did you know there is may options for Output in Photoshop? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he reveals the various benefits of the Output Module in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Setting Preferences in Photoshop


      Trying to set your preferences in Photoshop? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he walks through essential preference controls in Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Using Filters with Blending Modes in Photoshop


      Do you know how to combine filters with blending modes? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to blend the effects in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Calculations Command in Photoshop


      Do you want to create a selection with two channels? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to perform a Calculations Command in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Creating Custom Gradients in Photoshop


      Are you trying to customize the gradients you use? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to create your own personal gradients in Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Did Adobe Discontinue Creative Suite?

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      There's been a lot of hullabaloo on the Internet about Adobe discontinuing the Creative Suite. Many sites are reporting that Adobe is getting rid of Creative Suite altogether.
      Here's the official statement from Adobe's FAQ about the discontinuation of physical media (aka shiny discs).
      Why is Adobe discontinuing boxed copies of Creative Suite and Acrobat?
      As Adobe continues to focus on delivering world-class innovation through Creative Cloud and digital fulfillment, we will be phasing out shrink-wrapped, boxed versions of Creative Suite and Acrobat. Electronic downloads for Creative Suite products will continue to be available – as they are today – from both Adobe.com, as well as reseller and retail partners.

      So the real deal is that physical media is being discontinued.  Same thing Apple did to all of its software packages.  The Creative Suite is not discontinued.  This is a misunderstanding (and one that I personally verified with Scott Morris, the Senior Marketing Director, Creative Cloud & Creative Suite). Morris assured me that CS6 will continue to be sold with a perpetual license.

      “Adobe is not discontinuing CS6. We are just discontinuing the shipment of physical boxes with physical DVDs, and will instead offer the products as ESD (electronic software download) only, or through Creative Cloud," said Morris.  “This change does not affect the availability of Adobe's perpetual products, just the delivery medium – in the same way that most music is delivered online now, instead of via a physical CD.”
      So there you have it...  you can still buy Creative Suite... if you want to.  Though I personally think the Creative Cloud is a much better deal.

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      Creating a Slideshow in Photoshop


      Do you need to make a slideshow? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to quickly create a slideshow in Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Camera Raw Lens Correction in Photoshop


      Do you have a camera raw image that is in need of lens correction? Join instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to perform lens correction in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals

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      Restoring a Damaged Photo in Photoshop


      Do you have an old photo that has been damaged? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to restore your image back to it’s original state with Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals


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      Photoshop Touch for iPhone and Android Just Released

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      I've got all the details posted about the new Photoshop Touch for iPhone and Android over at Photofocus.com.
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      Creating a Slideshow in Photoshop


      Do you need to make a slideshow? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to quickly create a slideshow in Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Creating Custom Gradients in Photoshop


      Are you trying to customize the gradients you use? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to create your own personal gradients in Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Why Shoot HDR? I LOVE HDR — Free Copies of New Book

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      I just released a new book all about HDR Photography with my buddy Scott Bourne. If you would like to learn more about high dynamic range (HDR) photography, check out my new book for Apple iPad. It’s called “Secrets of HDR.” It’s only $2.99 and covers all the essentials. We’ve written this book with a simple goal. We want to share our love of “tasteful” HDR photography. While there are fans of extreme HDR, we prefer a more subtle approach. We couldn’t find any books on this more realistic approach to HDR so we wrote one!

      Free codes are sprinkled into this article. Redeem on the front page of the iTunes Store by cocking the Redeem link in upper right corner). A code can only be used once. First come, first served.



      From the intro...

      Why Shoot HDR?

      While it may seem like a silly question, there are actually several reasons to shoot HDR. We personally don’t ever shoot a landscape or a cityscape without also shooting it in HDR. It solves so many problems and it’s better safe than sorry.

      Our personal approach is often far more reserved than some photographers. Generally speaking we prefer HDR photos that are closer to what the eye can see. Our goals are generally tasteful and subtle.

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      The book is only available for iPad owners. This is necessary in order to take advantage of all the interactive features available in iBooks. Our update includes a whole chapter on post-processing with 12 video tutorials. That’s right – this is a book but it contains video training. There are even quizzes so you can make sure you’ve read and understood the material. We’re very excited about this book because it uses all the tools available in Apple’s iBooks Author to create a fully interactive experience. You’ll not only be able to read the text, but you’ll find video, audio, motion graphics and more.
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      Photoshop Easter Egg — Bread & Coffee

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      I originally posted this over at Photofocus… be sure to check it out. Photofocus is the most comprehensive photo site on the web with daily news and a kick ass podcast (if I do say so myself).

      Photoshop has a long history of tiny Easter Eggs hidden inside the app… little jokes left over by the programmers. There's a new one tied to the shades of the user interface. How dark are the elements around the screen?

      Currently the chips look like this.
      PSAPP1


      But you can change how they look…

      Choose:
      • Photoshop > Preferences > Interface... (Mac)
      • Edit > Preferences > Interface... (Windows)

      PSAPP2

      You'll find the Easter Eggs this way
      • Shift + Opt + Cmd + click on a gray chip = Bread (Mac)
      • Shift + Alt + Ctrl + click on a gray chip = Bread (Windows)

      or like Coffee…. just repeat the process and click again.

      PSAPP3

      Enjoy!

      Head over to Photofocus for more, great resources.
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      The Power To Create Podcast Launches

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      Joining us this week is professional colorist Robbie Carman (www.amigomediallc.com) as he shares practical advice and inspirational techniques. Robbie's job is to enhance the visual appearance of television programs and films. He refines the visual appearance of images for both aesthetic and technical reasons. In this episode you'll learn about professional video, color theory, and client relationships.




      On this show you'll learn:

      • What is a colorist
      • How do you train to enter the high end of the video market
      • The impact of color and contrast on the human brain
      • What tools and technology are useful for pro video workflows
      • How to keep large volumes of digital assets safe
      • What software is useful for coloring video and photos
      • How to recharge your creative batteries and find inspiration
      • The link between music and visuals
      • Lessons learned

      Be sure to
      subscribe and get every free episode. Get it on iTunes

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      Don't Miss the Editor's Retreat

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      There's one event I've attended every time since 1998… the Editor's Retreat. This is a great opportunity to learn and network with top video professionals. It's a firehose of information set in a beautiful location. And I have a deal for you.

      When you register… tell them I sent you…. and you'll save $200 on the cost of signing up.

      An intensive, interactive environment for TV, video and film editors that fosters creativity and the exchange of ideas at the highest level.

      Featuring:
      • Five Days of Sessions in Multiple Tracks.
      • Award-Winning Keynote Speakers.
      • Daily Social Networking with Experts.
      • Numerous Prizes.

      Now in its eight year, the Editors Retreat has become an annual gathering for the post-production elite. Highly experienced editors from the worlds of film, TV and video come together to network, exchange ideas, share tips and of course, have fun! To ensure that only the best of the best attend, participation is subject to an application and screening process.

      Running for 5 days and 4 nights, the Editors Retreat offers advanced sessions on post, visual and audio techniques and features valuable insight into emerging trends and technologies. An equal amount of time will be devoted to discussing the creativity, craft and business practices of successful editors.

      Past keynote attendees have included such names as Alan Heim, Sally Menke, Stuart Bass, Chris Franklin, David Helfand, Dan Lebental and Maysie Hoy. Other Retreat alumni include representatives from HBO, FRONTLINE, MTV, Lockheed Martin, Harpo Productions and Telemundo, as well as Apple, Avid and Adobe experts.

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      Calculations Command in Photoshop


      Do you want to create a selection with two channels? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to perform a Calculations Command in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Using Filters with Blending Modes in Photoshop


      Do you know how to combine filters with blending modes? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to blend the effects in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Almost 100 Free Photoshop Videos

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      How'd you like almost 100 free Photoshop videos? Thanks for Peachpit and Adobe for brining my videos live to you for free.

      Visit the Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 on Adobe TV.

      Learn essential imaging skills from Photoshop Expert Richard Harrington. This video series is based on Richard’s book Understanding Photoshop CS6. These videos provide a strong foundation of any Photoshop user. Learn more about the book at peachpit.com

      Here's a sample.
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      Applying Effects in Adobe Premiere Pro

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      I came across a useful article over at
      Creative Impatience on how effects work in Adobe Premiere Pro. Essentially you have 8-bit and 32-bit effects. How you choose effects the quality of your output. Go have a look if you're serious about total control of your video.

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      Photo Effects with Styles in Photoshop


      Want to add Styles to your photos? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates to how to add Styles to your images in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      The Secret to Cleaner HDR Photos



      In this tutorial I show you how to get cleaner HDR photographs. In this example I am merging three exposures shot from a bouncing and moving platform (aka a boat). The correction tools in Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 did an excellent job of removing unwanted distortion and poor overlap.

      For more great photo resources, check out Photofocus for daily news!
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      Try All My Lynda.com Training for Free

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      You probably know I have a ton of classes over at Lynda.com on photography, video, and business. What you may not realize is that you can try them all for free (or even watch them all if you want to give up bad network TV for a week or so). Over at my photo blog (Photofocus) we have a unique offer.
      Get TEN free days of Lynda.com with a membership trial. That deal is available know where else. Here's a direct link.

      The fine print:
      You’ll get 10 days of free unlimited access to lynda.com. We’ll ask for your billing information, but you won’t be charged unless you continue with a paid membership after the trial. Your membership will include access to all 1,601 lynda.com courses. Choose a premium membership for downloadable exercise files that let you work along with the instructors.

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      I'm Speaking at Adobe MAX

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      I'm super excited to be speaking at the official Adobe conference this year…. Adobe MAX.

      To start things off, don't miss my shooting pre-conference session.

      Shooting and Editing Footage from DSLR Cameras
      The use of DSLR cameras to shoot video has skyrocketed. Learn from Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro Certified Instructor Rich Harrington as he introduces you to DSLR shooting and helps you put all the pieces together in post-production using Adobe’s powerful software.

      This all-day lab will:
      • Introduce you to the entire process of shooting DSLR videos
      • Teach you important planning and shooting techniques
      • Show you how to edit and stabilize footage and make it look better in Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop
       
      Link: http://max.adobe.com/sessions/preconference-training.html


      I have some cool new classes I am going to be teaching.
      Creating Motion Graphics for the Web
      Date: Monday5/6/13
      Time:17:00 - 18:30

      Creating Motion Graphics for the Web
      Date: Monday5/6/13
      Time:15:30 - 16:30

      Creating Motion Graphics for the Web
      Date: Wednesday5/8/13
      Time:11:00 - 12:30

      Motion Control 3D: Bringing Photos to Life in Three Dimensions
      Date: Wednesday5/8/13
      Time:9:30 - 10:30


      Adobe MAX 2013
      L.A. Convention Center
      & Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
      May 4 - 8, 2013

      Registration Pricing

      • Early Bird - $1,295 (Nov 1 - Feb 28, 2013)
      • Regular Pricing - $1,495 (Mar 1 - May 3, 2013)
      • On-site Pricing - $1,695 (May 4 - May 8, 2013)
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      Select Color Range and Masking in Photoshop


      Trying to use the colors of your image to make a selection? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize the Select Color Range Tool to create a mask in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Creative Sepia Tones in Photoshop


      Do you want to create a creative sepia tone on your image. Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to use gradient maps to create a sepia look in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Almost Free Workshop on Video and Photoshop CS6 in NYC

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      I've got a "free workshop" at Adorama on January 27, 2013. Sign up HERE.
      It costs $25 to hold your spot (seating limited) but you get a full refund by way of a $25 gift card for the store (which you can sip at before or after the class).

      Get Started Editing Video with Adobe Photoshop CS6

      Sunday, January 27, 2013 | 12:30PM - 4:30PM
      Event location: The Adorama Building, 42 West 18th Street 5th Floor


      Event Description:
      With the release of Photoshop CS6, Adobe introduced the ability to edit video footage. Come along with AdoramaTV's Richard Harrington as he guides you through this brand-new workflow, from building a sequence to working with audio and exporting your video in a variety of high-quality formats.

      Learn how Photoshop’s strongest feature, its image enhancement toolset, translates over to video, from fixing under or overexposed footage, performing color balancing, and adding vibrance and contrast to special effects, such as converting to black and white, and using Smart Filters to soften skin.

      Topics to be discussed include:
      • Understanding the video file formats supported in Photoshop
      • Controlling playback in the Timeline
      • Building a sequence
      • Organizing and editing A-roll and B-roll footage
      • Adding transitions, adjusting volume, adding music
      • Color balancing a shot, adjusting contrast
      • Adding a lower-third graphic and animating text
      • Exporting to H.264 or QuickTime

      Requirements:
      Skill level: Intermediate

      You should be comfortable with and have a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop (no beginners please), but a novice with video is okay.
      Bring your own laptop (can be Mac or PC) if you want to follow along, and make sure it is fully charged as there won't be enough wall outlets for charging.
      Please make sure to bring headphones to listen to audio through your computer if you intend to edit along with Richard—this is a must. Install Photoshop CS6 or load the 30-day demo prior to class.
      Practice footage that will be used during the class will be provided to registered attendees through an email with a download link—this will be sent to the email you register with a few days before the event, please make sure and check for it and download it before the event.

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      Batch Processing in Photoshop


      Are you trying to apply one action to several images? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as her demonstrates how to use the Batch Command in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Photoshop tutorial: Understanding resolution

      This Photoshop tutorial explains the concept of resolution when it comes to video graphics, and how pixels per inch, or PPI, translates to fixed format resolutions like 1080p or 720p. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Photoshop-Video-Editors-Core-Ski.... This tutorial is a single movie from the Photoshop for Video Editors: Core Skills course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 3 hours and 8 minutes long and shows how to use Photoshop to perform typical video editing tasks, like lens correction, color grading, and more.

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      Adobe Output Module and Bridge


      Did you know there is may options for Output in Photoshop? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he reveals the various benefits of the Output Module in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Adding Lens Blur in Photoshop

      Selectively blurring an image can help your viewer find a focal point. Photoshop offers a realistic lens blur that also produces depth-of-field blurring. This allows some objects to be in focus while others fall out of focus. You can be very specific in regard to the blurring if you make an accurate alpha channel to serve as a depth matte. The depth matte defines how far away things are from the camera. Black areas in the alpha channel are treated as being the foreground, whereas white areas are seen as being in the distance.

      1. Close any open files, and then open the file Lens Blur.tif (available here
      downloadable ZIP archive)

      2. An alpha channel has already been added to the image. It was created using the Calculations command and Quick Mask mode.

      ALB11

      3. Make sure the RGB composite channel is selected.

      4. Choose Filter > Blur > Lens Blur to run the Lens Blur filter.

      5. Choose the alpha channel from the Source menu. You can click the Invert box if you need to reverse the blur. For faster previews, choose Faster. When you’re ready to see the final appearance, select More Accurate.

      6. Adjust the Iris shape to curve or rotate the iris. Photoshop mimics how a traditional lens operates. Even if you are not an experienced photographer, you can twiddle and adjust as desired.

      7. Move the Blur Focal Distance slider until the desired pixels are in focus. Additionally, you can click inside the preview image to set the Blur Focus Distance.

      8. You can add Specular Highlights by adjusting the Threshold slider. You must set the cutoff point for where highlights occur. Then increase the highlights with the Brightness slider.

      9. Finally, it’s a good idea to add a little noise/grain back into the image. Normally, the blur obscures this, but putting it back in makes the photo seem more natural as opposed to processed.

      ALB12


      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals

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      Setting Preferences in Photoshop CS6


      Trying to set your preferences in Photoshop? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he walks through essential preference controls in Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Fixing Soft Focus in Photoshop

      Cameras are much more likely to generate a soft focus under low light. The Smart Sharpen filter has the most options of any sharpening filter built into Photoshop. It allows you to choose the sharpening algorithm as well as control the amount of sharpening in shadow and highlight areas. This filter can produce dramatically better quality, but do not expect results like you see in a TV police drama.


      1. Open the Sharpen1.tif file, available with other sample images in this downloadable ZIP archive, and zoom the document window to 100%. This will give you the most accurate view of the sharpening.

      SF1


      2. Choose Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen and select the Advanced radio button.

      3. Click and drag the image in the preview window so you can better see the wood texture.

      4. Adjust the controls in the Sharpen tab:

      SF2

      Amount. Sets the amount of sharpening. A higher value increases contrast between edge pixels, which gives the appearance of more sharpness.

      Radius
      . Determines the number of pixels surrounding the edge pixels that will be affected by the sharpening. A greater radius value means that edge effects will be more obvious, as will the sharpening.

      Remove
      . Allows you to set the sharpening algorithm to be used:

      Gaussian Blur.
      Is used by the Unsharp Mask filter. It works well on images that appear slightly out of focus.

      Lens Blur.
      Detects edges and detail in an image. It provides finer sharpening of detail and can reduce halos caused by sharpening.

      Motion Blur.
      Attempts to reduce the effects of blur caused by camera or subject movement. You will need to set the Angle control if you choose Motion Blur.

      Angle
      . Set this to match the direction of motion. It’s only available when using the Remove control’s Motion Blur option.

      More Accurate
      . Allows Photoshop to spend more time processing the file. It generates more accurate results for the removal of blurring.

      5. You can refine the sharpening of dark and light areas—try using the Shadow and Highlight tabs. These controls should be used if you start to see halos in light or dark areas:
      Fade Amount. Adjusts the amount of sharpening in the highlights or shadows regions.

      Tonal Width
      . Controls the range of tones in the shadows or highlights that are modified. Smaller values restrict the adjustments to smaller regions.

      Radius
      . Controls the size of the area around each pixel that determines if a pixel is considered a shadow or a highlight. Moving the slider to the left specifies a smaller region; moving the slider to the right defines a larger region.

      6. When you’re satisfied, click OK to apply the filter.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals

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      Quick Mask Mode in Adobe Photoshop


      Are you trying to make a complex selection? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize the Quick Mask Mode in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the book and video training bundle —
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Shooting Slow Motion


      Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. In this episode, Rich will reveal how to get slow motion effects with over cranking in a DSLR camera.

      Join Rich out in the field as he shoots some basketball players with his DSLR camera using different frame rate options. Then, follow along back in the studio where you will see how the different shots are created by using Adobe Premiere and After Effects.

      Related Products Featured items from this episode
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      Time to Update to Adobe Camera Raw 7.3

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      I know you’ve been busy with the holidays, so you may have missed that a new Adobe Camera Raw plugin was officially released.
      It is only downloadable as an update through Adobe Photoshop CS6.
      • Launch Adobe Photoshop.
      • Choose Help > Updates.
      • Run any updates that show up in the Adobe Application Manager by clicking the Update button.

      The following cameras are now supported.
      • Canon EOS 6D
      • Canon PowerShot S110
      • Canon PowerShot G15
      • Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
      • Casio Exilim EX-ZR1000
      • Casio Exilim EX-FC300S
      • Leica M-E
      • Nikon 1 V2
      • Nikon D5200
      • Nikon D600
      • Olympus PEN E-PL5
      • Olympus PEN E-PM2
      • Olympus STYLUS XZ-2 iHS
      • Panasonic DMC-GH3
      • Pentax K-5 II
      • Pentax K-5 IIs
      • Pentax Q10
      • Sony DSC-RX1
      • Sony NEX-VG30
      • Sony NEX-VG900

      Download Links

      Camera Raw 7.3 – Please use the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6
      DNG Converter 7.3 - 
      WindowsMac
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      Photoshop tutorial: Animating a logo with keyframes in Photoshop


      This Photoshop tutorial shows how to animate a logo with the video editing timeline, with a rubber banding technique: setting keyframes at landing places and stretching them out. Watch more at
      http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Photoshop-Video-Editors-Core-Ski.... This tutorial is a single movie from the Photoshop for Video Editors: Core Skills course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 3 hours and 8 minutes long and shows how to use Photoshop to perform typical video editing tasks, like lens correction, color grading, and more. Introduction 1. Pixels Demystified 2. Preparing a Photo 3. Creating a Logo Bug 4. Animating a Logo 5. Gradient Wipes 6. Correcting Lens Distortion 7. Using Actions for Video Workflows 8. Advanced Color Grading and Effects 9. Enhancing Depth of Field 10. The Photoshop/Premiere Pro/After Effects Relationship Conclusion

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      Photoshop tutorial: Using the Spot Color effect


      This Photoshop tutorial shows how to apply a spot color effect to a black and white image with the Lighten and Darken blending modes and the Black & White adjustment's color channels. Watch more at
      http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Photoshop-Video-Editors-Core-Ski.... This tutorial is a single movie from the Photoshop for Video Editors: Core Skills course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 3 hours and 8 minutes long and shows how to use Photoshop to perform typical video editing tasks, like lens correction, color grading, and more. Introduction 1. Pixels Demystified 2. Preparing a Photo 3. Creating a Logo Bug 4. Animating a Logo 5. Gradient Wipes 6. Correcting Lens Distortion 7. Using Actions for Video Workflows 8. Advanced Color Grading and Effects 9. Enhancing Depth of Field 10. The Photoshop/Premiere Pro/After Effects Relationship Conclusion

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      Making Long Exposures without a Tripod

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      A fun technique when shooting water is to go for the long exposure.  The water goes silky and becomes great to look at.  For many, this type of shooting means a solid tripod and a remote release.  But what happens if you don’t own those items (or have them with you)?  That’s easy…  improvise.
      • Put the camera in manual mode and set it on a flat surface like a bench, garbage can, or railing.
      • Set your aperture to the smallest aperture you have.
      • Attach a ND filter if you have one.
      • Set the timer delay on the camera.  This way after you push the button to release the shutter, the camera will wait a few seconds before firing (this will stabilize the shot).
      • Turn on in-camera noise reduction.
      • Fire away.


      For more photo techniques, check out Photofocus —
      www.Photofocus.com

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      From InDesign to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite — Creating Apps



      TAP!2013 is about a month away (tap2013.com). How'd you like a free taste? Join President of Bates Creative, Debbie Bates-Schrott as she shares important strategies about integrating apps into your pipeline. If your digital strategy for 2013 include a tablet app the you should check out Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. In this webinar you'll learn how to plan your first app and folio.
      Planning before action will win you praise from your readers and your internal audiences. Learn from President of Bates Creative Group and TAP! 2013 Keynote Speaker Debbie Bates-Schrott on how to be strategic in planning for this flexible and fluid medium.

      Save $400 on
      www.TAP2013.com with the code VIPRH.
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      Motion Graphics Tutorial: Using Blending Modes for Design


      This motion graphics tutorial shows how to use blend modes in After Effects to create interesting abstract backgrounds from live-action footage. Watch more at
      http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Practical-Motion-Background-Work....
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      Motion Graphics Tutorial: Dancing Shadows



      This motion graphics tutorial shows how to create interesting abstract backgrounds for your effects by moving a light source around a reflective object, such as jewelry, to create the illusion of abstract dancing shadows. Watch more at
      http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Practical-Motion-Background-Work....
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      Almost Free Workshop on Video and Photoshop CS6 in NYC

      psvidadwork

      I've got a "free workshop" at Adorama on January 27, 2013. Sign up HERE.
      It costs $25 to hold your spot (seating limited) but you get a full refund by way of a $25 gift card for the store (which you can sip at before or after the class).

      Get Started Editing Video with Adobe Photoshop CS6

      Sunday, January 27, 2013 | 12:30PM - 4:30PM
      Event location: The Adorama Building, 42 West 18th Street 5th Floor


      Event Description:
      With the release of Photoshop CS6, Adobe introduced the ability to edit video footage. Come along with AdoramaTV's Richard Harrington as he guides you through this brand-new workflow, from building a sequence to working with audio and exporting your video in a variety of high-quality formats.

      Learn how Photoshop’s strongest feature, its image enhancement toolset, translates over to video, from fixing under or overexposed footage, performing color balancing, and adding vibrance and contrast to special effects, such as converting to black and white, and using Smart Filters to soften skin.

      Topics to be discussed include:
      • Understanding the video file formats supported in Photoshop
      • Controlling playback in the Timeline
      • Building a sequence
      • Organizing and editing A-roll and B-roll footage
      • Adding transitions, adjusting volume, adding music
      • Color balancing a shot, adjusting contrast
      • Adding a lower-third graphic and animating text
      • Exporting to H.264 or QuickTime

      Requirements:
      Skill level: Intermediate

      You should be comfortable with and have a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop (no beginners please), but a novice with video is okay.

      Bring your own laptop (can be Mac or PC) if you want to follow along, and make sure it is fully charged as there won't be enough wall outlets for charging.

      Please make sure to bring headphones to listen to audio through your computer if you intend to edit along with Richard—this is a must. Install Photoshop CS6 or load the 30-day demo prior to class.

      Practice footage that will be used during the class will be provided to registered attendees through an email with a download link—this will be sent to the email you register with a few days before the event, please make sure and check for it and download it before the event.

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      Free Webinar to Master Adobe Digital Publishing Suite This Wednesday

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      TAP!2013 is about a month away. How'd you like a free taste? Join President of Bates Creative, Debbie Bates-Schrott as she shares important strategies about integrating apps into your pipeline. If your digital strategy for 2013 include a tablet app the you should check out Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. In this weboinar you'll learn how to plan your first app and folio.

      Planning before action will win you praise from your readers and your internal audiences. Learn from President of Bates Creative Group and TAP! 2013 Keynote Speaker Debbie Bates-Schrott on how to be strategic in planning for this flexible and fluid medium.

      A free event — Join us on Wednesday, December 5th at 2:00PM EST!
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      Watch the Recorded Adobe Premiere Pro Switcher Webinar

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      As you make the switch to Adobe® Premiere Pro, you'll find many ways to get things done. What you may miss are some hidden gems you don’t know to look for. In this fast paced webinar, join Richard Harrington as he shares the advanced techniques that will speed up your workflow. This webinar is designed for experienced editors who want to jump in and get results. You'll learn at a rapid fire pace and get easy to implement time savers to boost your productivity.

      • Topics covered include
      • Project and sequence setup
      • The Media Browser plus linking and interpreting media
      • Interpreting RED .r3d Files after the shoot
      • Analyzing footage and searching speech to text translations or transcripts
      • Working with transitions and effects
      • Intermediate and advanced color correction techniques
      • The Automate to Sequence command to cut on the beat of music
      • Editing from the bin and using Hoverscrub
      • Adjsutment layers and special effects
      • Audio preferences and meters
      • Configuring workspaces and layouts
      • Plus commentary from Adobe Premiere Pro product manger Al Mooney

      See it here –
      http://seminars.adobeconnect.com/p38n7zctggx/
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      Detailed Adobe Premiere & Dynamic Linking Workflow

      Detailed Adobe Premiere & Dynamic Linking Workflow from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

      Here's a detailed Adobe CS5.5 Premiere workflow example I recorded with Vincent Laforet. He's been using over the past few months with solid success with both Canon HDSLR footage and RED Epic footage. It shows Dynamic linking with After Effects as well as REDCine X.

      Go to the 24:51 mark to see the RED workflow specifically.

      For more of Vincent's workflow and data management go to:
      blog.vincentlaforet.com/2011/07/29/workflow/
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      New Photoshop Features Coming December 11


      I told you that Creative Cloud customers would be getting new features sooner. Be sure to watch the video to see what's coming in the next Photoshop update.

      Make sure you sign up for the event on December 11 – Details here
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      My Schedule at GV Expo

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      I'll be speaking at GV Expo this week. The conference is held in Washington, DC. I hope to see some of you there. There's also a vibrant trade show filled with video gear you should check out.

      Tuesday


      Wednesday


      Thursday

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      My Books are On Sale for a Short Time

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      Looking for a discount on some of my books or videos? Here's the complete list.

      http://www.peachpit.com/authors/bio.aspx?a=8d9d5e27-627c-4a26-a0d1-ad82002cba8b

      • Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro, 2nd Edition Book EBOOK
      • Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book EBOOK
      • Creating DSLR Video: From Snapshots to Great Shots Book EBOOK
      • Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite Studio Techniques Book EBOOK
      • From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR Book



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      Adjustment Layers in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

      Adjustment Layers in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 from Future Media Concepts on Vimeo.


      Learn how to apply global effects in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 to speed up your workflow. This video was recorded at the NAB Conference.
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      Multi-camera editing in Premiere Pro CS6


      This Premiere Pro CS6 tutorial describes how to use the Multi-Camera monitor for faster production of live music and other events. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tutorials/Premiere-Pro-CS-New-Features/1010...

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      Adobe Sneak Peaks at Create Now Live

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      Adobe is hosting a special event about Adobe Creative Cloud on December 11, 2012, starting at 10AM PST.

      Create Now Live is an online event hosted on Facebook. Be sure to visit the event at http://on.fb.me/Sj0YBZ
      You can register here –
      http://www.adobeeventsonline.com/createevent/?sdid=KBANZ

      Why attend?
      • Be first to find out what’s new in Adobe Creative Cloud, including products and features exclusively for members.
      • See what’s next in Adobe Photoshop.
      • Hear from Adobe evangelists and designers, photographers and filmmakers, who are breaking the creative mold.
        • Iconic design agency Karlssonwilker talks about taking their unique design sensibility to the web.
        • Go behind the scenes of "A Liars Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman" with Animation Director Justin Weyers.
        • Kelby Media Group CEO Scott Kelby shows off hidden gems in Photoshop CS6.

      Registration is not required to view the event.
      Registered participants will receive speaker updates and a promo code for a $300 early bird discount on Adobe MAX 2013.

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      Keying Greenscreen Video in Premiere Pro and After Effects


      Adorama Photography TV Presents DSLR | Video Skills with Rich Harrington. Join Rich as he reveals professional keying techniques using Adobe Premiere and After Effects.

      In this episode you will learn how to use Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 tools such as the 8-point Garbage Matte and Ultra Key to create the initial or placeholder key. Then, watch as Rich kicks the project over the After Effects to create the final project using elements like Keylight and 3D Lights.
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      Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery In-Depth

      Photoshop CS6 Blur Gallery from Future Media Concepts on Vimeo.


      Learn how to take control over focus and depth of field using Photoshop CS6. This video was recorded at the NAB Conference.
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      The Refine Edge command in Adobe Photoshop


      This Motion Control 3D tutorial shows how to analyze a photo and make precise selections with the Refine Edge command in Photoshop. Watch more at
      http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Motion-Control-3D-Bringing-Your-.... This tutorial is a single movie from the fourth chapter of the Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three Dimensions course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 1 hour and 40 minutes long and reveals how you can transport your photos into a three-dimensional world using the Motion Control 3D plugin for Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.

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      Free Adobe Premiere Pro Webinars

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      Looking for some great, free training about Adobe Premiere Pro? Don't miss this great webinar.

      Ask a Video Pro for Switchers Part 2 — Tips & Tricks for Switching to Premiere Pro

      Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10 am Pacific Time | 1 pm Eastern Time

      As you make the switch to Adobe® Premiere Pro, you'll find many ways to get things done. What you may miss are some hidden gems you don’t know to look for. In this fast paced webinar, join Richard Harrington as he shares the advanced techniques that will speed up your workflow. This webinar is designed for experienced editors who want to jump in and get results. You'll learn at a rapid fire pace and get easy to implement time savers to boost your productivity.

      Register today – http://adobe.ly/p6ZMbd 
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      Work with Sony F65 Footage Natively in Premiere Pro

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      Want to work with the Sony's F65 footage as RAW files in Adobe Premiere Pro? There's a brand new plug-in available. Be sure to download the new F65RAW Plug-in for Adobe (PLAD-RW1). This plug-in adds support for F65RAW MXF files in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 products, allowing viewing and editing capabilities.

      Download it herehttp://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/plad-rw1


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      Premiere Pro CS6 Three-Way Color Corrector



      This Premiere Pro CS6 tutorial describes how to use the Three-Way Color Corrector to improve video color balance. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tutorials/Premiere-Pro-CS-New-Features/1010...

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      Premiere Pro CS6: The Mercury Playback Engine


      This Premiere Pro CS6 tutorial describes how to use the Mercury Playback Engine to work in real time and speed performance. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-tutorials/Premiere-Pro-CS-New-Features/1010...

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      Two Free Adobe Premiere Pro Webinars

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      Looking for some great, free training about Adobe Premiere Pro? Don't miss two great webinars taught by Robbie Carman and myself.

      Ask a Video Pro for Switchers Part 1 — Getting Comfortable with Premiere Pro

      Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 10 am Pacific Time | 1 pm Eastern Time

      Join Robbie Carman as he guides you through the essential aspects of making the switch to Adobe® Premiere Pro. Designed for experienced editors, this webinar will help you get more comfortable and to work faster--allowing you to implement your current editing knowledge quickly. Specific topics will include: starting a project, setting up sequences, accessing essential preferences and keyboard shortcuts, ingesting media, marking and trimming clips in the timeline, and adding audio and effects. If you're new to Adobe® Premiere Pro be sure to check out this webinar to make your transition to this robust software even easier.

      Ask a Video Pro for Switchers Part 2 — Tips & Tricks for Switching to Premiere Pro

      Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 10 am Pacific Time | 1 pm Eastern Time

      As you make the switch to Adobe® Premiere Pro, you'll find many ways to get things done. What you may miss are some hidden gems you don’t know to look for. In this fast paced webinar, join Richard Harrington as he shares the advanced techniques that will speed up your workflow. This webinar is designed for experienced editors who want to jump in and get results. You'll learn at a rapid fire pace and get easy to implement time savers to boost your productivity.

      Register today – http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=1903730&loc=en_us
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      Setting Ambient Lights in After Effects


      This Motion Control 3D tutorial shows how to create believable depth by adding ambient light to an animated photo in After Effects. Watch more at http://www.lynda.com/After-Effects-tutorials/Motion-Control-3D-Bringing-Your-.... This tutorial is a single movie from the ninth chapter of the Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three Dimensions course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete course is 1 hour and 40 minutes long and reveals how you can transport your photos into a three-dimensional world using the Motion Control 3D plugin for Adobe Photoshop and After Effects.

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      Backdrops for Chroma Keying


      AdoramaTV presents DSLR | Video Skills with Richard Harrington. Today, Rich explores different editing techniques to make realistic backdrops for chroma keying. Learn how you can adjust the focal point or the depth of field of your photo by using some of these key tools in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      When you have a photo you want to use as a background, sometimes the focal point or the depth of field isn't suitable for using behind your subject when keying a green screen. In this episode, Rich touches up four photos to use as potential backdrops for his green screen project. By using tools such as the camera lens blur effect, masking, or the blur tool you can make your own custom depth mattes that will work perfectly with your chroma key.

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      Three Free Resources to Get You Started with the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite

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      Now that the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite is part of Creative Cloud, its in the hands of a lot of users. Here a re a few guides to get you up and running.  Plus you won’t want to miss the in-depth coverage at the TAP!2013 conference.
      Here’s a few resources to get you started
      • Getting Started Guide: Create and publish your first iPad app with ease using Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition. Follow this step-by-step guide that takes you through the whole process — from Single Edition through the Apple App Store.
      • Free Digital Publishing Suite Tips app: Free Digital Publishing Suite Tips app from the Apple App Store. Contains videos and tutorials to help you learn how to build  apps using InDesign CS6 and Digital Publishing Suite.
      • Detailed User Guide: A deeper guide to using the DPS features.

      For more on digital content creation and digital publishing check out
      http://www.iaepub.org/
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      How to Edit Video With Photoshop CS6

      Come and Join +Jan Kabili and +Ron Clifford as we welcome back Richard Harrington as he walks us through how awesome and easy it is to edit video in Photoshop CS6. Our friendly and inquisitive panelists were Anna Nguyen and Sarra Robinson

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      Adaptive Wide Angle Correction in Photoshop CS6

      Adaptive Wide Angle Correction in Photoshop CS6 from Future Media Concepts on Vimeo.


      Learn how to remove wide angle distortion from a Panoramic photo. This video was recorded at the NAB Conference.
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      What is Bit Depth?

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      Besides resolution (the number of pixels) and color mode (the way colors are processed), one other variable affects image quality. Bit depth measures how much color is available for display or printing of each pixel. A greater bit depth means each pixel contains more information for describing the color. A pixel with a bit depth of 1 can display the pixel as either black or white. The most common bit depth is 8-bit mode, which has a possible value of 256 intensity levels per color channel. However, depending on the version of Photoshop you are working with as well as the file type and image mode, you can access 8, 16, or 32 bits per channel. It’s important to note that larger bit depth can limit image adjustment command

      This post is from the book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals
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      Free Color Grading Class for Video


      A free class that shows a lot of tips for color grading. Some of it is specific to Tiffen Dfx software, but a lot of the concepts work everywhere.

      Learn to color grade with your video editing program and Tiffen® Dfx® version 3 film/video plug-in software for Avid Systems®; Adobe® CS4/5/6 including After Effects® and Premiere®; Apple® Final Cut Pro® 6/7/X.



      Take 30% off with this unique code: RHEDDFX13
      It can be redeemed here:
      http://tiffensoftware.com/promos
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      Media Management with Adobe Prelude


      Adobe Prelude CS6 offers a variety of new media management features. Rich Harrington will show you the best ways to import footage, set it to automatically copy to a new dimension, and powerful new transcoding options.
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      I'm Live on The Photoshop Show

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      Don't miss me this week where I'll be live on —

      The Photoshop Show 17 With Guest Richard Harrington
      Tue, October 2, 9:00 PM
      On Air Hangout on Google Plus
      Signup – 
      https://plus.google.com/events/chp7c48a8v40vnna04iu4s22800

      Join +Jan Kabili  and +Ron Clifford  we bring back Photoshop and Digital Video expert +Richard Harrington  as he helps you learn the hottest new feature of Photoshop CS6… video!

       If you have a ton of footage just sitting on your hard drive, it's time to do something with it.  Learn how to use the new tools in Photoshop CS6 to edit, color correct, and publish video.

      Live Chat: 
      http://blyve.com/event/b2dd685017bece26720d0000
      Watch Live: 
      https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RonClifford/posts




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      Additional Content Aware Tools in Photoshop CS6

      Additional Content Aware Tools in Photoshop CS6 from Future Media Concepts on Vimeo.


      Learn how to use the many content aware tools in Adobe Photoshop CS6. This video was recorded at the NAB Conference.
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      PluralEyes 3 is Out

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      One of my favorite video tools has been updated and is now shipping. PluralEyes is a HUGE timesaver that makes syncing multi camera video shoots and Dual System Sound projects (like DSLR and RED) a piece of cake. I have spent A LOT of time with the new version and it just rocks. To start… it's 20X faster… yes TWENTY.

      I also love how it can create new media files from my merged clips for DSLR shoots.

      The product is shipping and supports several formats and workflows. Several updated are in the works including support for more file types and an Avid version.

      Check out the detailed product walk-throughs I did here – http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/videos/
      Here's the FAQ – http://www.redgiantsoftware.com/news/featured/pluraleyes-3-faq/

      Here's the Premiere Pro CS6 workflow
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      Adaptive Wide Angle Command in Photoshop CS6


      Adobe Photoshop CS6 adds to an existing feature that you may not have even been using called Photomerge. Rich Harrington will show you the new Adaptive Wide Angle command to remove all of the lens and perspective distortion in merged photos. You will also learn how to use these exact techniques with video footage, too.
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      Warp Stabilizer in Adobe Premiere Pro Saves Shots


      Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 has a warp stabilizer tool that you may have heard about, but Rich Harrington takes you deep inside its many subtle options for the best possible results, while also showing you how to take advantage of the Mercury Playback Engine for maximum performance.
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      Time-Lapse in After Effects


      AdoramaTV presents DSLR | Video Tips with Richard Harrington. In this episode, Rich takes you further into the creation of Time-Lapse animations by giving you an advanced look into the most professional way to assemble your files using Adobe After Effects.

      In earlier episodes, you learned how to shoot time-lapse, what gear to use, and how to develop the files using Photoshop and Bridge. Now, Rich will show you how to work with your processed or RAW files in Adobe After Effects, including techniques such as color stabilizing, adding a vignette, or scaling and sizing over time.
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      Fixing Color and Exposure with a Levels Adjustment

      Are you trying to make adjustments by channel in your image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to adjust the colors of his photo per channel in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6
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      Demystifying the After Effects CS6 Performance Cache


      Adobe After Effects CS6 maximizes your system's performance. Rich Harrington teaches you how to take full advantage of this new capability for faster previews, less re-rendering and, yes, great performance.
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      Free Webinar and Book for Photoshop Educators & Instructors

      Register for "Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 with Richard Harrington"

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      Want to know what's new in Photoshop CS6? Join author and college instructor Richard Harrington for an overview of the best new features. Qualified instructors can also receive a desk copy of his book, Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 and its accompanying lesson files and video training on DVD.
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 is crafted for use in the classroom and provides a rich learning experience for beginning and intermediate Photoshop students. The book includes 108 video training tutorials that illustrate and expand on the lessons in the book (a perfect edition for motivating students to learn who refuse to read). In addition, the book includes the following teaching materials:

      • lesson files with hundreds of images for the exercises in the book
      • interactive quizzes for each chapter
      • bonus exercises including images

      If you'd like to sample the book prior to the presentation please contact your local Pearson representative for instructor copy requests.

      Register for this presentation here:
      https://pearsononline.webex.com/pearsononline/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=802139180.
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      Create Broadcast Graphics

      A recent presentation I gave that goes in-depth on Adobe Photoshop and broadcast graphics workflow.

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      Come to DV Expo in LA this Week

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      I'll be speaking at DV Expo 2012 in Los Angeles this week – http://www.dvexpo.com

      Use code
      ASMP for free exhibit pass and 15% off classes (enter at Step 3 of registration) http://www.dvexpo.com/content/dvexpo/packages_and_pricing.php. There's some great deals for students too.

      I'll be teaching:
      • More than an Editor: Learning to be a Preditor
      • 10 Great New Reasons to use Adobe Production Premium
      • Building Budgets for Video Projects
      • Time Floats By: Creative use of Time-Lapse and Stop Motion
      • Innovation in Motion: What's new in After Effects CS6
      • Motion Control 3D: Bringing Your Photos to Life in Three-Dimensions
      • Hypersyndication: How to Publish Your Content on the Maximum Number of Screens and Devices

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      Take Control of Depth of Field with the Photoshop Blur Lab


      Adobe Photoshop CS6 includes three new blurring filters. Rich Harrington will show you new ways to blur specific areas in a photo, as well as achieve tilt sheet and vignette effects.
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      Faking Camera Lens Blur in After Effects


      Learn how to use the Camera Lens Blur feature inside Adobe After Effects. A cool and little used feature.
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      Creating Paint Effects in Photoshop CS6

      Do you want to stylize your image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize the Oil Paint Filter in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6
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      Get More Done in Adobe Premiere Pro with HoverScrub


      Adobe Premiere CS6 provides new browsing -- and editing! -- features for clips in bins. Rich Harrington will show you to preview the contents of any clip from the Project Panel or Media Browser. You'll also learn to set in and out points without ever having to load a clip. This means you can edit right from the bin onto the timeline.
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      Working with Raw Video Files in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6


      Adobe Premiere CS 6 makes it easier than ever to work with RAW files. Rich Harrington walks you through some of the advantages of Premiere's approach to RAW support, including ARRIRAW and such RED formats as 5K.
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      Some Photoshop World Resources

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      I had a great time at Photoshop World Las Vegas and got to meet several folks who were excited about video.

      As promised, here are some resources for you all.

      Free trial for Lynda.com – If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial at www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington

      Intro To DSLR Video: From Still To Motion



      Introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro



      Color Correcting Video Footage



      Editing Video In Photoshop


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      Time-lapse Using Photoshop CS6


      AdoramaTV presents DSLR | Video Tips with Richard Harrington. Now that you've learned about what gear you need when shooting time-lapse as well as techniques for how to processes your images in post-production, Rich will take you a step further in creating your time-lapse animation.

      In this episode Rich demonstrates how to set up a video timeline, organize the files, process the images, and prepare for export and posting. Join Rich in this step-by-step tutorial of how to build time-lapse animations using Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Check Out More Tutorials – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL45101D7EFD3E733A
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      Advanced Camera Tracking and 3D Text Extrusion



      Adobe After Effects CS6 can apply its new 3D Camera Tracker to extruded 3D Text of course. Rich Harrington will also show you how to use these tools, while also highlighting new 3D features including the new Ray-traced 3D engine and advanced lighting options.
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      Vector Graphics Workflow for After Effects CS6


      Adobe After Effects CS6 offers new workflows for vector graphics. Explore these new features with Rich Harrington, including converting vector files to shape layers so that they are automatically included in AE project files, as well as new 3D extrusion tools.
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      3D Text Effects in Photoshop

      Are you trying to create 3D text? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he teaches you how to transform your text to new dimensions in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6
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      Mastering Levels Adjustments

      The Levels command corrects tonal ranges and color balance issues. With this command you can fix poor exposure. Additionally, you can perform color correction by manually identifying a white point and black point in the image. Nearly every image can benefit from making a Levels adjustment.

      To understand Levels, you must be able to read a histogram. This graph works as a visual guide for adjusting the image. The Levels adjustment has its own histogram that is visible when working in the Adjustments panel. You may also want to call up the Histogram panel (Window > Histogram) and leave it open while color correcting to help you spot issues in color and contrast. You can also expand the Histogram panel by clicking the submenu and choosing All Channels View. Let’s give the command a try.

      1. Add a Levels adjustment layer by clicking the Levels icon in the Adjustments panel. Levels is also available from the Adjustments menu (Image > Adjustments), but the adjustment layer is more flexible for future modifications.

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      2. This photo was shot under mixed light, but you can reset the black and white points of the image to fix the exposure. In the Adjustments panel, move the white Input Levels slider to the left. This affects the image’s white point and allows you to reassign where white should begin in the image.

      3. Move the black Input Levels slider slowly to the right. The more you move the black slider to the right, the more contrast is introduced into the image.
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      4. The true power lies in the middle (gray) Input Levels slider. By moving this slider, you can modify the gamma setting. Effectively, you can use the middle Input Levels slider to change the intensity of the midtones. This adjustment can be made without making dramatic changes to the highlights and shadows, and lets you better expose an image. Move the slider to the left to add light; move the slider to the right to subtract light.
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      In the future if you need to edit the adjustment, simply select the adjustment layer in the Layers panel and manipulate the controls in the Adjustments panel.

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      If you have several images from the same camera or shoot, they may need the same Levels adjustment. The Save button allows you to save a Levels adjustment (to the folder that contains the image is a good place). You can then click the Load button to apply that adjustment to another image.

      Get the new book –
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6
      Get the whole chapter for free here –
      Download Chapter 10: Color Correction and Enhancement
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      After Effects CS6 Camera Tracker is Amazing



      Adobe After Effects CS6 has a camera tracker that can add a new dimension to your compositing. Rich Harrington shows you the best approaches to AE's new 3D Camera Tracker for a variety of techniques including object placement and completely relighting a scene.
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      Developing Time-lapse Footage

      AdoramaTV Presents DSLR | Video Tips with Richard Harrington. Now that you've learned the strategies for organizing images using Adobe Bridge, it's time to take the post-production process a step further and see how to develop images for time-lapse with Adobe Camera Raw.

      Watch Rich as he develops photos in preparation for different time-lapse sequences. Learn how to make the images pop by adjusting key elements such as highlights, exposure, vibrance, and clarity in Adobe Camera Raw.

      Check Out More Tutorials – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL45101D7EFD3E733A
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      Using Auto-Levels

      When working with the Levels adjustment layer, you may have noticed the Auto button. This command button triggers an analysis of the histogram data by Photoshop that is then used to modify the individual controls of the Levels adjustment. In many cases this results in an image that is properly adjusted for color balance and exposure issues. In others it will get you closer to a corrected image.

      1. Add a Levels adjustment layer by clicking the Levels icon in the Adjustments panel.
      2. Click the Auto button to perform an automated adjustment for the image. The image’s levels and color are adjusted.

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      3. To refine how the automatic adjustment works, hold down the Option (Alt) key and click the Auto button again. A new dialog box opens.
      4. Select Enhance Per Channel Contrast and Snap Neutral Midtones to create a very natural balance of colors for the image.

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      5. Click OK to close the dialog box.
      6. Adjust the middle slider (gray) to refine the Levels adjustment to taste.
      When working with the Levels adjustment layer, you may have noticed the Auto button. This command button triggers an analysis of the histogram data by Photoshop that is then used to modify the individual controls of the Levels adjustment. In many cases this results in an image that is properly adjusted for color balance and exposure issues. In others it will get you closer to a corrected image.
      Get the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6
      Get the whole chapter for free here –
      Download Chapter 10: Color Correction and Enhancement

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      Editing Video in Photoshop CS6

      Do you want to edit your video footage in Photoshop CS6? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he walks you through the video editing features in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6
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      New Features Added to Adobe Creative Cloud

      Adobe just released new features to Creative Cloud members. This is the start of a new trend that brings new features first to Creative Cloud members. While I'm looking to some more video and photo features, this first release targets web and illustration. New features were released today for Illustrator, Adobe Muse, and Edge preview.

      • Adobe Illustrator has three new features — available only to Creative Cloud members — that give you the ability to package files, un-embed images, and do more with the Links panel. To access these features, update Illustrator from its main menu by choosing Help > Updates.
      • Adobe Muse – now includes built-in support for contact forms and many other new exclusive features.
      • Adobe Edge Animate preview – now has resizable layouts, rulers and guides, and a more precise timeline. If you used Edge in the past, you’ll notice we’ve also updated the name.

      This is one new feature that looks really useful:


      To update Adobe Muse or Edge Animate preview, simply open either application and follow the instructions on the updater screen. To download any of these applications for the first time, go to www.creativecloud.com.
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      Organizing Time-lapse Footage

      AdoramaTV Presents DSLR | Video Tips with Richard Harrington. Join Rich as he takes you through the first part of the post-production process for time-lapse videos. In this episode you will learn a great way to browse and organize your files so they are ready to use in a sequence.

      Before you create a time-lapse video, it's important to take the time to sort through and see the files you have. Stacking your images and batch re-naming are two essential steps in this post-production process.

      Check Out More Tutorials – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL45101D7EFD3E733A
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      How to Approach Color Correction

      New users often have a difficult time when color correcting or enhancing images. They generally lose sight of the goal: making the image look better while still being believable. Many users go “too far” in their quest to fix images. If the image starts to look fake or too altered, it will be distracting. Although getting it “right” requires some practice, here’s some general advice to get you started:

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      • Identify what’s wrong. Before you can fix a picture, be sure you have decided on what’s wrong. Is it too dark? Is the sky washed out? Has the picture faded over time? Make a list and prioritize the issues you find in each image. It’s easiest to fix one problem at a time, and if you identify those problems, you’ll know when to stop twiddling with the image.
      • Work with a copy of the image. Before you start to color correct an image, you should duplicate it. This way you can return to an original version if you make a mistake or go too far in your image touch-up. After opening your file, choose File > Save As and name the duplicate version that will be corrected. Color correction can be a destructive process, meaning that you cannot revert to the original state at a later time. By preserving an original version of the image or employing adjustment layers, you make nondestructive editing possible. Some users also choose to duplicate the Background layer at the bottom of the layer stack.
      • Edit with adjustment layers. Adjustment layers allow you to apply most of the image correction commands as nondestructive effects. They are added as a layer above the actual image; the adjustment layer can be blended, masked, or deleted at any time. Additionally, if you select the adjustment layer, you can modify its properties in the Adjustments panel. The same modifications are available in both the Adjustments menu and Adjustments panel. You should work with an adjustment layer whenever possible because its flexibility will be important for future revisions.
      • Get a fresh opinion. It’s not a bad idea to step back and examine your work. Open the backup copy of the original image and compare it to the image you’ve been working on. This before-and-after comparison can be very useful. If you have a fresh set of eyes nearby, ask that person for his or her opinion.
      • Use Smart Filters. This will open up most of the filters and several of the image adjustments including the Shadows/Highlights command and Variations. Just choose Filter > Convert for Smart Filters.


      Get the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6
      Get the whole chapter for free here –
      Download Chapter 10: Color Correction and Enhancement

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      Adaptive Wide-Angle Correction in Photoshop CS6

      Are you trying to remove distortion in your image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he uses the Adaptive Wide-Angle Filter in Adobe Photoshop CS6 to fix his photo.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6


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      Free Webinar and Book for Photoshop Educators & Instructors

      Register for "Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 with Richard Harrington"

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      Want to know what's new in Photoshop CS6? Join author and college instructor Richard Harrington for an overview of the best new features. Qualified instructors can also receive a desk copy of his book, Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 and its accompanying lesson files and video training on DVD.
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 is crafted for use in the classroom and provides a rich learning experience for beginning and intermediate Photoshop students. The book includes 108 video training tutorials that illustrate and expand on the lessons in the book (a perfect edition for motivating students to learn who refuse to read). In addition, the book includes the following teaching materials:

      • lesson files with hundreds of images for the exercises in the book
      • interactive quizzes for each chapter
      • bonus exercises including images

      If you'd like to sample the book prior to the presentation please contact your local Pearson representative for instructor copy requests.

      Register for this presentation here:
      https://pearsononline.webex.com/pearsononline/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=802139180.
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      Illustration Effect in Photoshop CS6



      Do you want to transform your photo into an illustration? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize the Illustration Effect in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6


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      HP Performance Advisor is Awesome

      Hewlett-Packard - Performance Advisor from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.

      A demonstration of Hewlett-Packard's Performance Advisor software.

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      15 Videos You May Have Missed

      I regularly contribute to a great site called TipSquirrel.com which is all about Photoshop.

      Over the years I've written several tutorials, but I've also recorded a bunch. These are typically never released anywhere else and often take a really close look at my workflow from start to finish. Well, here they are gathered on one page.

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      Go enjoy some free learning! – http://www.tipsquirrel.com/videos-by-rich-harrington/

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      Using Markers in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

      This excerpt explains how you can mark clips with comments and flag up areas of interest for later using markers, and explains how to use sequence markers, clip markers, and interactive markers.

      Note: This excerpt is from the forthcoming book Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Classroom in a Book.
      Sometimes it can be difficult to remember where you saw that useful shot or what you intended to do with it. Wouldn’t it be useful if you could mark clips with comments and flag up areas of interest for later?
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      Markers allows you to identify specific times in clips and sequences, and add comments to them. These temporal (time-based) markers are a fantastic aid to help you stay organized, and share your intentions with co-editors.
      You can use markers for personal reference or for collaboration. They can be based on clips or on the Timeline.
      When you add a marker to a clip, it is included in the metadata for the original media file. This means, you can open the clip in another Premiere Pro project and see the same markers.

      Types of Markers

      There is more than one type of marker available:
      • Marker: A general marker you can assign a name, duration, and comments.
      • Encore Chapter Marker: A special kind of marker that Adobe Encore can convert into a regular Chapter Marker when making a DVD or Blu-ray disc.
      • Web Link: A special kind of marker that supported video formats like QuickTime can use to automatically open a web page while the video plays. When you export your sequence to create a supported format, Web Link markers are included in the file.
      • Flash Cue Point: A marker used by Adobe Flash. By adding these Cue points  to the Timeline in Premiere Pro, you can begin to prepare your Flash project while still editing your sequence.
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      Keep reading the article here –
      http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1861550
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      Selecting Skin Tones in Photoshop CS6


      Are you trying to improve the skin tones in your photo? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to use the Select Color Range Command to improve the skin tones in his image in Adobe Photoshop.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6


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      Premiere Pro Titler Shortcuts

      Here are a few useful shortcuts for Adobe Premiere Pro

      Here are theTitler features:

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      Mastering Lookup Tables in Adobe Photoshop CS6



      Are you trying to stylize your image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he utilizes Lookup Tables in Adobe Photoshop CS6 to adjust the tones in his photo.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6


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      Monitoring Footage in Premiere Pro CS6 Part 2

      Here's an excerpt from the official guide to Adobe Premiere Pro that I co-authored.

      This excerpt covers ways of performing common tasks such as playing video clips, including a new browsing feature in Premiere Pro CS6 called hover scrub, and other key topics such as essential playback controls and customizing your monitors.
      Note: This excerpt is from the forthcoming book Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Classroom in a Book.

      Playback resolution

      If you have an older or slower processor, your computer may struggle to play back very high-quality video clips. To work with a wide variety of computer hardware configurations, from powerful desktop workstations to lightweight portable laptops, Premiere Pro can lower the playback resolution to make playback smoother. You can switch the playback resolution as often as you like, using the Select Playback Resolution menu on the Source (and Program) monitor.


      Timecode information

      At the bottom left of the Source monitor, a timecode display shows the current position of the playhead in hours, minutes, seconds, and frames (00:00:00;00).

      At the bottom right of the Source monitor, a timecode display shows the total selected duration for your clip. Later, you’ll be adding special marks to make a partial selection. For now, it shows the complete duration.

      Safe margins

      Old-style CRT monitors crop the edges of the picture to achieve a clean edge. If you are producing video for a CRT monitor, click the Settings (spanner icon) button at the bottom of the Source monitor and choose Safe Margins. Premiere Pro displays white outlines over the image.

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      • The outer box is the Safe Action zone. Aim to keep important action inside this box so that when the picture is displayed, cropping does not hide what is going on.
      • The inner box is the Title Safe zone. Keep titles and graphics inside this box so that even on a badly calibrated display, your audience will be able to read the words.
      • Click back into the Settings button at the bottom of the Source monitor and choose Safe Margins to turn them off.

      Essential playback controls

      Let’s look at the playback controls.

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      1. Double-click the shot 16_6B in the Double Identity bin to open it in the Source monitor.
      2. At the bottom of the Source monitor, there’s a yellow playhead marker. Drag it along the bottom of the panel to view different parts of the clip. You can also click wherever you want the playhead to go, and it will jump to wherever you click.
      3. Below the clip navigation bar and the playhead, there is a scrollbar that doubles as a Zoom control. Drag one end of the scrollbar to zoom in on the clip navigator.
      4. Click the Play button to play the clip. Click it again to stop playback. You can also use the spacebar to play and stop playback.
      5. Click the Step Back and Step Forward buttons to move through the clip one frame at a time. You can also use the left- and right-arrow keys on your keyboard.
      6. Use the J, K, and L keys to play your clip.

      Customizing the monitors

      To customize your monitors, click the Settings button on the Source monitor. This menu gives you several different display options for your Source monitor (the Program monitor has a similar menu). You can choose to view waveforms and vector scopes to analyze your video.

      For now, we just want to know how to get regular video on-screen. Make sure Composite Video is selected in this menu. You can add or remove buttons at the bottom of the Source monitor.

      1. Click the Button Editor button at the bottom right of the Source monitor. A special set of buttons appears.
      2. Drag the Loop button from the floating panel to the right of the Play button on the Source monitor, and click OK.
      3. Double-click the di05c_compv_02 clip in the Double Identity bin to open it in the Source monitor.
      4. Click the Loop button to enable it, and then play the video using the spacebar or the Play button on the Source monitor. Stop the playback when you have seen enough. With Loop turned on, Premiere Pro continuously repeats playback.

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      Monitoring Footage in Premiere Pro CS6 Part 1

      Here's an excerpt from the official guide to Adobe Premiere Pro that I co-authored.

      This excerpt covers ways of performing common tasks such as playing video clips, including a new browsing feature in Premiere Pro CS6 called hover scrub, and other key topics such as essential playback controls and customizing your monitors.
      Note: This excerpt is from the forthcoming book Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Classroom in a Book.

      The greater part of video editing is invested in watching clips and making creative choices about them. It’s important to feel really comfortable browsing media.

      Premiere Pro has multiple ways of performing common tasks such as playing video clips. You can use the keyboard, click buttons with your mouse, or use an external device like a jog/shuttle control.

      Premiere Pro CS6 has a new browsing feature called hover scrub that allows you to view the contents of your clips quickly and easily right in the bin.

      1 Double-click the Double Identity bin to open it.

      2 Click the Icon View button at the bottom-left corner of the bin.

      3 Drag your mouse, without clicking, across any of the images in the bin.Premiere Pro displays the contents of the clip as you drag. The left edge of the thumbnail represents the beginning of the clip, and the right edge represents the end. In this way, the width of the thumbnail represents the whole clip.

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      4 Select a clip by clicking it once. Hover scrubbing is now turned off, and a mini scrollbar appears at the bottom of the thumbnail. Try dragging through the clip using the scrollbar.

      Premiere Pro uses the J, K, and L keys on your keyboard to perform playback too, just like the Media Browser:
      • J: Play backward
      • K: Pause
      • L: Play forward

      5 Select a clip, and use the JKL keys to play the thumbnail. Be sure to click the clip only once. If you double-click, it will open in the Source monitor.

      Tip: If you press the J or L key multiple times, Premiere Pro will play the video clips at multiple speeds.

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      When you double-click a clip, not only is it displayed in the Source monitor, it’s also added to a list of recent clips.

      6 Double-click to open four or five clips from the Double Identity bin.

      7 Click the Recent Items menu to browse between your recent clips.

      8 Click the Zoom menu at the bottom of the Source monitor. By default, this is set to Fit, which means Premiere Pro will display the whole frame, regardless of the original size. Change the setting to 100%. These Double Identity clips are high-resolution, and they are probably much bigger than your Source monitor. You are likely to have scrollbars at the bottom and on the right of your Source monitor now, so you can view different parts of the image. The benefit of viewing with Zoom set to 100% is that you see every pixel of the original video, which is useful for checking the quality.

      9 Set the Zoom back to Fit.

      Tip: Notice that you have the option to close a single clip or close all clips, clearing the menu and the monitor. Some editors like to clear the menu and then open several clips that are part of a scene by selecting them all in the bin and dragging them into the Source monitor together. They can then use the recent items menu to browse only the clips from this short list.

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      Crop and Straighten in Photoshop CS6


      Do you want to straighten and improve your image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he crops his photo in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

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      Master Motion Graphics in Adobe Creative Suite

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      My book called "Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite Studio Techniques" is on sale this week as Adobe Press's $9.99 book of the week.

      Almost all motion graphics artists today use After Effects, Photoshop, or Illustrator to some degree in their projects. But how do they decide which tool is best for the job and how can they utilize the various components in the Creative Suite together for the most efficient and effective workflow? This book cuts to the chase and shows readers an in-depth view of the various components in the Creative Suite as best utilized in professional motion graphics projects.

      This includes all the hands on projects too!

      Get the book today, expires soon!


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      Live Q & A This Thursday

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      Do you have DSLR videography or Adobe Premiere Pro questions? Join me and Robbie Carman on the lynda.com Facebook timeline Thursday 08/02 from 1-2pm PT for a live Q&A session. Look for the for the post on the timeline wall, and come prepared with all your video production or postproduction questions. http://on.fb.me/Pf4muq


      More about Rich Harrington: 
      http://bit.ly/OdZiu9 More about Robbie Carman: http://bit.ly/MuuIcC

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      How'd I Make This Photo?

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      A lot of people asked about how I took the image on the left and developed what was on the right. It's a combination of HDR, Color Grading, Tone-Mapping and more. But all the colors were in the image, I just developed them.

      I've posted a complete
      walkthrough over at TipSquirrel.com. Be sure to head over and check it out as well as look at some of the other great articles over there.

      http://www.tipsquirrel.com/pro-workflow-techniques-start-to-finish/

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      Premiere Pro Marks and Markers Shortcuts

      Here are a few useful shortcuts for Adobe Premiere Pro

      These are the shortcuts for Marks and Markers:


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      Toning with Gradient Maps


      Are you trying to add tone to your image. Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to add tone with gradient maps in Adobe Photoshop.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track


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      A Cool Photoshop Contest from NAPP

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      The deadline to submit your work for The Incredible Makeover Contest is right around the corner. If you haven't submitted your entry for this special contest sponsored by NAPP and Wacom, you only have seven days to do so.

      Don’t miss your chance to share one of your incredible makeovers with the world for the chance to win a grand prize package worth $5,000, as well as have your
      work featured in an upcoming issue of Photoshop User magazine.

      To enter
      NAPP and Wacom’s “The Incredible Makeover” contest, simply submit a before and after image of your greatest work no later than July 31, 2012 and tell us how Photoshop and a Wacom pen tablet helped you transform your creative vision into a real-life masterpiece.

      Along with a panel of NAPP and Wacom officials selecting the grand prize winner, we’ll be bestowing a special People’s Choice Award with the general public
      voting for their favorite submission!
      Good luck!


      Entry Deadline: July 31, 2012 Winners Revealed: August 10, 2012


      Contest Prizes


      $5,000 Grand Prize Award!
      • Wacom Cintiq 21UX Interactive Pen Display
      • Adobe Photoshop CS6
      • Two-Year Membership to NAPP
      • Trip to Photoshop World Conference & Expo, Las Vegas

      People's Choice Award
      • Wacom Cintiq 21UX Interactive Pen Display
      • Adobe Photoshop CS6
      • Two-Year Membership to NAPP

      Honorable Mention Award
      • Wacom Cintiq 21UX Interactive Pen Display
      • One-Year Membership to NAPP
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      What's New in Photoshop CS6 for Video and Motion

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      I recently an eSeminar on the new features in Photoshop that benefits the motion graphic artist and video editor.
      In case you missed it, we have posted a
      recording of the eSeminar.
      I covered many new features in this one hour session, and here’s a brief outline of the features and how you can use them in productions:
      • The adaptive wide angle feature to improve your images
      • Search features to find layers and effects used in a project
      • Blur tools to enhance and blur portions of an image to use as background plates
      • Content Aware tools to scale and improve aspect ratios in images
      • Camera RAW improvements to help you remove noise
      • Crop tool presets to create broadcast ready images
      • Accelerated special effects in Photoshop that speed your editing workflow
      • Text style features for creating lower thirds
      • Color correction tools that can be used for quick and easy color grading
      • Cloning tools that help remove distracting elements in a video clip
      • Bridge basics to name and share images with clients
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      Several Free “Ask a Video Pro” and “Ask a CS Pro”

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      Adobe has released several free webinars with a ton of information. A bunch of these presenters are both friends and colleagues. I highly recommend you check out some of this free training.
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      Premiere Pro Multi-Camera Shortcuts

      Here are a few useful shortcuts for Adobe Premiere Pro

      Here are the Multi-Camera features:


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      My Top Picks in Photoshop CS6



      AdoramaTV presents Adobe Photoshop CS6. Rich Harrington describes the key features of the newly released digital imaging software. From the Look Up Tables to the all new Crop Tool, Join Rich as he demonstrates the benefits Adobe Photoshop CS6 has to offer to your post production workflow.
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      Creating a Film Look on a Video Budget


      Here's the recording from my "
      Creating a Film Look on a Video Budget" webinar (sponsored by Tiffen).

      These days, a "film look" is more popular than ever. This workshop will give you practical shooting advice to achieve a shallow depth of field and more filmic look in camera. You'll also learn how to enhance even the toughest footage for a better look using a comprehensive suite of tools. Learn how to create realistic textures and curves using the DFT Film Stocks plugin. You can also create dynamic color mapping with PhotoCopy and enhance the light in your scene with Rays.

      Take 30% off with this unique code: RHEDDFX13
      It can be redeemed here:
      http://tiffensoftware.com/promos
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      Polaroid Effect in Adobe Photoshop


      Are you trying to redesign your digital photo to have a printed photo look. Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to add a Polaroid effect to your image in Adobe Photoshop.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track


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      Free Webinar on Getting a Film Look

      Creating a Film Look on a Video Budget

      July 18, 2012 (limited to 100 signups!)
      Sign Up Here –
      https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/508525966 

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      These days, a "film look" is more popular than ever.  This workshop will give you practical shooting advice to achieve a shallow depth of field and more filmic look in camera.  You'll also learn how to enhance even the toughest footage for a better look using a comprehensive suite of tools.  Learn how to create realistic textures and curves using the Tiffen Film Stocks plugin. You can also create dynamic color mapping with PhotoCopy and enhance the light in your scene with Rays.
      • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
      • One attendee with receive a full license of the software – random drawing, but must be present to win.
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      Premiere Pro Project and Media Shortcuts

      Here are a few useful shortcuts for Adobe Premiere Pro

      Here are the Project and Media Management features:


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      Line Illustration Look


      Are you trying to change the look of your photo? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he transforms his photo into an illustration in Adobe Photoshop.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track


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      Premiere Pro Tools Keyboard Shortcuts

      Here are a few useful shortcuts for Adobe Premiere Pro Let's start with the primary tools:

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      From the book – An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro (2nd Edition)

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      Free Webinar on Color Grading

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      Creative Color Grading – Fast!  

      July 11, 2012 (limited to 100 signups!)
      Sign Up Here –
      https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/706598326

      Learn how to approach color grading tasks from production to post.  Learn important techniques about what to shoot in the field including camera profile, white balance information, and essential metadata.  Then in post you'll learn how to create popular looks that clients want.  This workshop will explore both general techniques and theory as well as a detailed look at Tiffen Dfx Video/Film tool set.
      • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
      • One attendee with receive a full license of the software – random drawing, but must be present to win.
       
      Take 30% off with this unique code: RHEDDFX13
      It can be redeemed here:
      http://tiffensoftware.com/promos
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      Select Color Range in Photoshop CS6


      Are you trying to make a selection using the colors of your image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize the Select Color Range Tool in Adobe Photoshop.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track


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      Calculations Command for Transparency

      Instructor Richard Harrington revisits Photoshop's calculations command, and shows you how to generate an alpha channel or selection matte based on the color values of an image.

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      Content Aware Tools in Photoshop


      Learn how to utilize the Content Aware Tools in Adobe Photoshop CS6 with Instructor Richard Harrington?

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track


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      Adobe Story Plus is Now Avaialble

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      Adobe Story Plus is Live!

      This is a comprehensive screenwriting and production management tool.
      It's available two ways

      If you're a Creative Cloud member, here's how to get it. Just log in to Adobe Story Plus with your Adobe ID, it automatically lets you in and provisions the service.

      For more info –
      http://www.adobe.com/products/story-family.html#content-dotcom-en-products-story-family-jcr-content-bodycontent1-ttt_0
      To get the free version of Adobe Story – which is quite full-featured too! –
      http://www.adobe.com/content/dotcom/en/products/story-free.html
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      Three Free Workshops for Video and Media Pros from Tiffen

      The Tiffen Company and digital video expert Richard Harrington are teaming up to offer media pros three free webinars to take their video projects to the next level.  Richard Harrington will show techniques he uses at RHED Pixel (www.RHEDPixel.com) to enhance the look of video images, raise production values, and achieve better composites.  These demos will explore a variety of post production tools and show techniques that can improve the workflows for any user of Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects,  Final Cut Pro, or Avid.
       
      These 60 minute workshops are free, but will only be offered live.
       

      Creative Color Grading – Fast!  

      July 11, 2012 (limited to 100 signups!)
      Sign Up Here –
      https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/706598326


      Learn how to approach color grading tasks from production to post.  Learn important techniques about what to shoot in the field including camera profile, white balance information, and essential metadata.  Then in post you'll learn how to create popular looks that clients want.  This workshop will explore both general techniques and theory as well as a detailed look at Tiffen Dfx Video/Film tool set.
      • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
      • One attendee with receive a full license of the software – random drawing, but must be present to win.
       

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      Creating a Film Look on a Video Budget

      July 18, 2012 (limited to 100 signups!)
      Sign Up Here –
      https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/508525966 

      filmstocks

      These days, a "film look" is more popular than ever.  This workshop will give you practical shooting advice to achieve a shallow depth of field and more filmic look in camera.  You'll also learn how to enhance even the toughest footage for a better look using a comprehensive suite of tools.  Learn how to create realistic textures and curves using the Tiffen Film Stocks plugin. You can also create dynamic color mapping with PhotoCopy and enhance the light in your scene with Rays.

      • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
      • One attendee with receive a full license of the software – random drawing, but must be present to win.
       

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      Better Keying from Production to Post

      August 22, 2012 (limited to 100 signups!)
      Sign Up Here – https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/193658510

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      Greenscreen has become an essential tool in modern video and film workflows.  This webinar features visual FX industry veteran Marco Paolini (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0660052/) and Motion Graphic Designer and Editor Richard Harrington (www.RichardHarringtonBloig.com).  You'll learn modern shooting advice to produce better keying footage (particularly the need for quality lighting) as well as on-set advice to follow.  You'll then explore how to prepare background plates, generate multiple mattes, wrap the light and more. This workshop will teach you techniques that work with any post workflow and also gives you a quick start on successfully keying with zMatte.

      • Each attendee will receive a 15 day trial as well as a special discount on the software.
      • One attendee with receive a full license of the software – random drawing, but must be present to win.
       
      Take 30% off with this unique code: RHEDDFX13
      It can be redeemed here:
      http://tiffensoftware.com/promos

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      Content Aware Move in Photoshop


      Do you want to move an object in your photo? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to utilize the Content-Aware Move Tool in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track


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      Photoshop Video Editing Shortcut Keys


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      Enable Timeline Shortcut Keys


      • Start playing the timeline | Spacebar
      • Back one frame | Left Arrow or Page Up
      • Back ten frames | Shift + Left Arrow or Shift + Page Up
      • Forward one frame | Right Arrow or Page Down
      • Forward ten frames |Shift + Right Arrow or Shift + Page Down
      • Move to the beginning of the timeline | Home
      • Move to the end of the timeline | End
      • Move to In point of the current layer | Up Arrow
      • Move to the Out point of the current layer | Down Arrow
      • Back 1 second | Shift + Up Arrow
      • Forward 1 second | Shift + Down Arrow
      • Jump to the next/previous whole second in timeline | Hold down the Shift key when clicking the Next/Previous Frame buttons (on either side of the Play button).
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      Wide Angle Controls in Photoshop


      Do you have wide angle distortion in your panoramic photo? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates the wide angle controls in Adobe Photoshop.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track

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      Become a Certified Instructor for Adobe Premiere Pro

      Are you an existing Adobe Premiere Pro or After Effects instructor?
      Are you looking to get certified to teach the official courses offered at training centers around the globe?


      Don't miss the chance to take the official Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Certification Course to be held in Los Angeles.
      Premiere Pro CS5 instructors must be re-certified in order to teach Premiere Pro CS6‹so don¹t miss this opportunity.

      Register Now >

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      EVENT DETAILS

      Date
      Monday, August 13 - Thursday, August 16
      9:00am - 5:00pm daily
      Location:
      Los Angeles, CA USA
      The venue will be determined based on class size.

      Fees:
      Sign up early and get a $250 discount. Early bird registration fee is only $1,500.00 through Friday July 13. Standard registration is $1,750 after July 13. Includes a 12-month membership to Creative Cloud and all training materials.

      Meals:
      Light breakfast and lunch provided each day.

      Travel & Lodging:
      Plan to arrive the evening prior to the start date. The course will last for 4 full days, ending after 5:00 on Thursday. Plan your departure accordingly. Please see the registration site for lodging recommendations.

      COURSE DETAILS

      What¹s covered:
      • Overview to the new Adobe Certification Program
      • Classroom set-up strategies
      • Book methodology with new books supporting the CS6 version
      • A detailed walk-through of the 101 and 250 Teacher¹s Guides
      • What Makes a positive classroom experience: Premiere Pro CS6 teaching strategies
      • Instructor presentations and discussions: Trainers will be required to deliver a unit from each course
      • Stand-up certification with peer evaluations

      ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

      In addition, each attendee will receive the following:
      • A complimentary 12-month Adobe Creative Cloud membership. This membership provides you with a comprehensive set of tools including the full offering of Adobe Creative Suite 6 desktop applications, Adobe Touch Apps, services and community features.
      • Instructor's Kit ($250 value).
      • We realize this program is outside the traditional Adobe certification. Please note that attendance is mandatory for both certification and re-certification for Premiere Pro CS6.

      Register Now >


      UNABLE TO ATTEND?

      If you unable to make the August date in Los Angeles, please send an email with your name and location to Doug Crookston. Doug will notify you of future sessions.

      TRAINING IN THE UK

      An additional session is planned for late September in London. Send an email to Doug Crookston to indicate your interest in attending the session in London. You will be notified once our plans are final.

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      Adobe Lightroom Now Part of Creative Cloud

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      If you were looking for one more reason to step up to Adobe Creative Cloud, it just arrived.
      For $49 a month for pros or $29 a month for students (with annual subscription) you know get the entire Adobe Creative Suite Master Collection, a bunch of cool tablet apps, a suite of online services, and now Adobe Lightroom.
      For those of you  turned off by the name, these are the same apps in the traditional suites.  They install and run off your local computer without a need for a constant Internet connection.  The cloud angle is simply a bunch of online tools for collaboration and backup.

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      Free Templates for Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Encore

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      When Adobe shipped Creative Suite 6, they left out several important files. The products included several awesome templates, presets, and more for titles, DVD menus, and animated text.


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      Changing the Audio Mix in Adobe Premiere Pro from the Keyboard

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      A popular shortcut in Final Cut Pro is the ability to increase or decrease audio levels with a keyboard shortcut. The closest you can come in Adobe Premiere Pro is a little customization. Choose Premiere Pro > Keyboard Shortcuts (Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts). In the search field enter Audio Gain. Map this command to an easy to remember shortcut (like Ctrl + =). Now you can press it to bring up the Audio Gain dialog box. The new dialog already has the Adjust Gain by field selected. Just enter a number and press Return or Enter. Yes, it's two steps instead of one, but its also more flexible.
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      Chroma Keying Backdrops - Photoshop for Video

      An oldie, but goodie with Photoshop and After Effects:

      Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use Photoshop to create a library of backdrops for use in chroma keying.

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      Scott Kelby's Free Stuff Thursday

      Every Thursday, Photoshop and photography guru Scott Kelby gives away a ton of free stuff on his blog. Even if you don't win, its a great list of resources.

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      Be sure to check out this week's offerings and a chance to win:

      • Photoshop World Las Vegas Discount
      • Webcast with Fay Sirkis on Portraits for NAPP Members
      • Sallee School Live Discount
      • The Fine Art of Painting with Light from Ben Willmore

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      Using Adjustment Layers in Adobe Premiere Pro

      If you need to apply an effect to multiple clips at once, an adjustment layer can really come in handy. Experienced After Effects or Photoshop users may already be familiar with the technology which makes its debut in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

      The concept is simple, you create a new specialty layer that can hold effects and sit above other video tracks. Everything beneath the adjustment layer will be processed by the effect. Adjustment layers can have their trim handles and opacity modified to further refine the effect and its placement. An adjustment layer is often easier to modify since it is a single effect, rather than multiple instances applied to several clips.

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      To use an adjustment layer, follow these steps.

      1. Click the New Item button at the bottom of the project panel and choose Adjustment Layer. Click OK to create the adjustment layer to match the dimensions of the current sequence.
      2. Locate the new adjustment layer that was added to your project. You can rename it or move it to a bin to make it easier to track.
      3. Drag the Adjustment layer to a higher track in the timeline. Trim its handles to cover just the portion of clips you want to affect.
      4. With the adjustment layer selected, drag an effect on to it from the Effects Browser (or simply double-click the effect).
      5. Adjust the effect using the Effect Controls panel.


      TIPS

      • Be Sure to Blend – Blending an adjustment layer can significantly change the behavior of an effect. This is a great way to create new looks from existing plug-ins.
      • Color Grade Approach – One way to grade color is to combine adjustment layers with standard effects. Use essential color correction techniques to neutralize and issues with individual clips. Then use an adjustment layer across the entire scene to grade or stylize. This makes it easier to iterate different looks or refine an adjustment.

      Be sure to pick up the new edition of:
      An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro
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      Making Lower Third Video Graphics

      Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to make lower thirds in Photoshop. Brought to you by Creative Cow.

      Part 1




      Part 2

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      Creating an Alpha Channel for Video


      In this Adobe Photoshop podcast tutorial, Richard Harrington teaches how to make an alpha channel based upon the luminance of an image.
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      Unsharp Mask in Photoshop


      Are you trying to sharpen details in a photo? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to replenish detail in Adobe Photoshop.


      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track
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      Free Adobe Video Workshop in NYC on 6/20

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      Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium software is the latest high-performance toolset with everything you need to create productions for virtually any screen, with its many new features, it’s the perfect solution to be the hub of your post-production workflow.

      Join Adobe Certified Instructor Richard Harrington as he shows you what's new with Adobe's Creative Suite 6 for the video pro—you’ll learn how to get more done faster in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects as well as how Photoshop can be used for all your video projects.

      Rich will focus on techniques that you can put into action right away, you'll learn about:
      • 3D Camera tracker
      • 3D Extrusion
      • Dynamic Trimming
      • Warp Stabilizer
      • enhanced performance
      • and much more. 

      This workshop is perfect for users of all skill levels.

      Schedule: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 5:30PM - 7:30PM
      Location: The Adorama Building, 42 West 18th Street 5th floor.

      You MUST sign up in advance…. space is limited.

      Get more from #CS6 at Rich Harrington's NYC workshop @Adorama on 6/20 about Adobe video products (free after rebate)
      http://ow.ly/bAPRO
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      Importing From Prelude to Adobe Premiere Pro

      A companion application in the Adobe Creative Suite is Adobe Prelude. This application can be used to organize footage in a simple, streamlined interface. The use of Adobe Prelude is beyond the scope of this book, but you will find extensive coverage in the application’s documentation on how to use it and best practices for organizing clips. Adobe Prelude is designed so producers or assistants can quickly ingest, log, and even transcode media for tapeless workflows.
      If you have an Adobe Prelude Project, here’s how to send it to Adobe Premiere Pro.

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      1. Launch Adobe Prelude.
      2. Open the project you want to transfer.
      3. Switch to Adobe Premiere Pro and make sure the project that you want to receive the media is open.
      4. Switch back to Adobe Prelude and click on the Project Panel.
      5. Select the individual clips you want to send by Command-clicking (Ctrl-clicking) or select all clips.
      6. Choose File > Send to Premiere Pro.
      7. Switch to Adobe Premiere Pro. The files should appear in the Project panel
      8. You can now quit Adobe Prelude and close the project.

      Be sure to pick up the Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book – Available soon!

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      Fixing “Sunburn” in Photoshop


      Does someone in your photo have a distracting sunburn? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to decrease the sunburn on your subjects in Adobe Photoshop.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track
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      HDR Textures in Photoshop


      Do you want to create a HDR look with a single exposure image? Join Richard Harrington as he transforms his image into the HDR look in Adobe Photoshop.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track
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      Don't Miss the Adobe Roadshow

      Adobe CS6 Video Roadshow from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.

      Join Creative Suite video experts for a free, in-depth seminar featuring the new Creative Suite 6 Production Premium. Discover the killer new features, and meet partners with complementary offerings that—when combined with CS6 Production Premium—deliver new workflows that work and flow.
      Here's what you'll see:
      How Adobe Creative Cloud helps you break down creative barriers and revolutionizes the art of video production.
      The redesigned Adobe Premiere Pro CS6—the hub of your post-production workflow. With a streamlined user interface, powerful new trimming tools, and other creative advancements, you'll see why more and more professional editors are turning to Adobe Premiere Pro.
      A faster, more productive After Effects CS6 featuring new features such as Global Performance Cache and the 3D Camera Tracker that add up to what is rumored to be the biggest After Effects release in a decade.
      Creative magic in imaging with new Content Aware tools and the fastest performance ever in Photoshop CS6.
      New features in Adobe Story and Adobe Audition, as well as brand new tools into the video lineup: Adobe Prelude, a tool created specifically for logging and ingest, and Adobe SpeedGrade, a forward-looking approach to color grading and finishing.



      Find out more at
      www.AdobeCS6Roadshow.com
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      Shadows in Camera Raw


      Are you trying to recover lost detail in the shadows of your camera raw image? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to adjust the shadows in a raw image.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track
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      Fixing Contrast with the Fast Color Effect in Adobe Premiere Pro

      While you might not think of a color effect to fix contrast, the Fast Color effect is a great place to turn. In just a few clicks you can adjust contrast and tone.

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      • Auto Black Level: One click of this button raises the black levels in a clip so the darkest levels are above 7.5 IRE (NTSC) or 0.3v (PAL), which means they are broadcast safe. The shadows of the clip are slightly brightened when you use the Auto Black Level button.
      • Auto White Level: One click of this button lowers the white levels in a clip so the lightest levels do not exceed 100 IRE (NTSC) or 1.0v (PAL), which means they are broadcast safe. The effect also clips a portion of the highlights and the rest of the pixel values are redistributed proportionately. Using the Auto White Level option tends to darken the highlights in an image.
      • Auto Contrast: This button applies both the Auto Black Level and Auto White Level command simultaneously. The Auto Contrast option makes the highlights appear darker and shadows appear lighter.

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      Straightening a Photo


      Is your image leaning or off angle? Join Instructor Richard Harrington as he demonstrates how to straighten an image in Adobe Photoshop.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track
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      Premiere Pro CS6 Keyboard shortcuts



      Watch more about Premiere Pro CS6 at http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-training-tutorials/287-0.html?utm_medium=vi... Learn about the new user interface for viewing or changing keyboard shortcuts in Premiere Pro, and some of the new shortcuts for common editing commands, such as matching frames, creating and playing loops, in and out point controls, moving between editing clips, and exporting frames.

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      Automate to Markers in Adobe Premiere Pro

      Have you added markers to your timeline? Precisely editing to them can be fast and easy with the Automate to Sequence command.
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      1. Set In points in a series of clips as needed. If using stills, you can skip this step.
      2. Switch the Project panel to icon view and drag to arrange the clips in order. Place the clips left to right then top to bottom to indicate the order of clips.
      3. Select the clips in the Project panel. Either Command-click (Mac OS) or Ctrl-click (Windows) in the order you want.
      4. Lock the tracks that you don't want to use. The Automate To Sequence command disregards target tracks and always uses the lowest available video and audio tracks.
      5. Click the Automate To Sequence button.
      6. Change the Placement pop-up menu to At Unnumbered Markers, so that the clips are placed at unnumbered sequence markers.
      7. Use the other options to add transitions or to ignore audio or video.
      8. Click OK to make the edit.


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      Tap Out the Beat in Adobe Premiere Pro

      Want to precisely edit to the beat of the music? Then you should just use your sense of rhythm. If you can tap your finger to the music, you can achieve better editing.

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      1. Click in the Timeline panel.
      2. Select a clip in the Timeline (such as the music track).
      3. Press play to start playback.
      4. To add a Layer Marker, press the Multiply symbol (*) on the numeric keypad. If you're using a laptop, you can click the Set Unnumbered Marker button in the upper left corner of the Timeline panel.
      5. Continue to tap out each beat or audio event that you’d like to sync to.
      6. When the playback is finished, all of the Timeline markers will appear.
      7. To move between markers, press Cmd + Right Arrow or Left Arrow (Ctrl + Right Arrow or Left Arrow).
      8. Mark In and Out points as needed in order to edit.


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      Enhanced effects workflows in Premiere Pro CS6


      Watch more about Premiere Pro CS6 at http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Pro-training-tutorials/287-0.html?utm_medium=vi... This movie showcases the drag and drop video effects, effect acceleration, and video adjustment layer controls in Premiere Pro CS6. It also shows the new Mercury Playback Engine's ability to play back effects with no dropped frames, and goes on to show how to effectively render out playback when needed.

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      Trying out Blending Modes in Photoshop or After Effects

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      Blending modes are an integral part of both design and color correction workflows as they let you mix the content of two or more layers. Part of the reason many pass on blending modes is that they are hard to use if you don’t know which one you want. The truth is that the list can get a little long and if you aren't familiar with them, it can get a little confusing.

      Here’s a much better way to experiment:

      1. Select the layer or layers you want to blend.
      2. If using Photoshop, choose the Move tool (In After Effects, you can skip this step).
      3. Press Shift + = (Shift plus Equal) to scroll through the list.
      4. To move backward, press Shift + – (Shift plus Minus) to return to a passed blending mode.


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      Using the Quick Selection tool in Photoshop


      A Photoshop tutorial explaining how to use the Quick Selection tool to quickly and efficiently select specific objects.

      See the whole course on Lynda.com.
      http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutorials/Practical-Photoshop-Selections/96664-2.html

      If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
      www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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      Publish to Vimeo or YouTube from Adobe Premiere Pro

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      Once you’ve edited your masterpiece its time to share it with the world. Two of the most popular sites are Vimeo and YouTube.

      Both have upload limits on how big of a video you can post (Plus, why should you waste time loading up a bigger file that just has to get compressed again for the web?). Compress the files on your machine and you'll have faster upload times and better playback quality.
      Here’s how to make compressed video right inside Adobe Premiere Pro:

      1. Choose File > Export > Media or press Cmd+M/Ctrl+M. The Export Settings window opens.
      2. From the Format pop-up list choose H.264.
      3. Click the Preset list and choose the correct preset. You’ll find ready to use settings for both YouTube and Vimeo. Be sure to choose the HD presets if your source video is HD.
      4. Check the box next to the Use Maximum Render Quality option. This will take a little longer to process, but the quality is worth it.
      5. Click the underlined text next to Output Name. This lets you name the file and specify a destination.
      6. Click the Export button to create your file.
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      Double Process HDR with Photoshop


      In this video, Rich Harrington processes a three shot HDR and then double processes the image for extra "crunch". This video tutorial follows Rich's workflow from beginning to end.
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      Enhancing color with Vibrance adjustment layers in Photoshop


      Watch the whole class for free (actually all my classes). Free 7-day trial.

      This Photoshop tutorial discusses how to enhance color with a Vibrance adjustment layer. Watch it here.

      This specific tutorial is just a single movie from chapter four of the Nondestructive Exposure and Color Correction with Photoshop course presented by lynda.com author Richard Harrington. The complete Nondestructive Exposure and Color Correction with Photoshop course has a total duration of 1 hour and 31 minutes, and explores using tools from adjustment layers to filters to nondestructively transform your photos.

      Nondestructive Exposure and Color Correction with Photoshop table of contents:

      • Introduction
      • 1. How to Approach Color Correction in Photoshop
      • 2. Nondestructive Workflows in Photoshop
      • 3. Working with Raw Files Nondestructively
      • 4. Performing Primary Image Adjustments
      • 5. Controlling Adjustment Layers
      • 6. Using the Shadow/Highlights Command
      • 7. Special Case Adjustments
      • 8. The Black-and-White Adjustments
      • Conclusion

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      What is the Mercury Playback Engine?



      Learn about improvements in the Mercury Playback Engine for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

      See the whole brand new PP training course is live on Lynda.com.
      http://bit.ly/HJnIby

      If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
      www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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      When to Use the Media Browser in Adobe Premiere Pro

      The Media Browser is a robust tool for reviewing your media assets and then importing them into Premiere Pro. The Media Browser is designed to properly show you media formats acquired by modern digital video cameras, and can convert the complex camera folder structures into easy to browse icons and metadata. Being able to see this metadata (which contains important information such as duration, date, and file type) makes it far easier to select the correct clip from long lists of files or shots.

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      By default, you’ll find the Media Browser in the lower-left corner of your Premiere Pro workspace (if your workspace is set to Editing). It’s docked in the same frame as the Project panel. You can also quickly access the Media Browser by pressing Shift+8. You can position the Media Browser elsewhere on-screen by dragging it, or undock it to a floating panel by clicking the submenu in the corner of the panel and choosing Undock Panel.

      You’ll find that working in the Media Browser is not significantly different from browsing using your computer’s Operating System. There are a series of navigation folders on the left side and standard up, down, left, and right arrows in the upper-right corner to change levels of browsing. You can use up and down arrows to select items within a list and the left and right arrows to move further along a file directory path (such as stepping into a folder to examine its contents).

      The major benefits of the Media Browser include the following:
      • Narrowing the display to a specific file type, such as JPEG, Photoshop, XML, AAF, and more.
      • Auto sensing of camera data—AVCHD, Canon XF, P2, RED, ARRIRAW, Sony HDV, and XDCAM (EX and HD).
      • Viewing and customizing the display of metadata associated with your clips.
      • Correctly displaying media that has spanned clips across multiple camera media cards. This is very common in professional cameras, and Premiere Pro will import the files as a single clip, even if two cards were used to record the longer file.

      Be sure to pick up the Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book – Available soon!
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      Adobe Output Module & Bridge – UAP 255



      Instructor Richard Harrington explores a companion program of Photoshop CS5, Adobe Bridge.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track

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      Selecting color with the Color Range command in Photoshop



      A Photoshop tutorial describing how to use the Color Range command to select a portion of your image based on color.

      See the whole course on Lynda.com.
      http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutorials/Practical-Photoshop-Selections/96664-2.html

      If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
      www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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      How to Import Your Footage into Premiere Pro

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      I show you how to import your DSLR footage in a nonlinear editor.

      From the
      dpBestflow.org project.
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      My New Premiere Pro Training Ships Soon

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      You can find out about all the new Adobe CS6 Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects books here –
      http://www.peachpit.com/promotions/promotion.aspx?promo=138810&WT.mc_id=PP_NL_DigitalVideo_2012_5_15

      • This book is on the presses – Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Classroom in a Book
      • This one will come later this summer – An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro, Second Edition

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      Free iStockphoto Plug-in for Adobe Creative Suite

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      A site that I use frequently is iStockphoto to find illustrations and photos for both client jobs and presentations (they are also a sponsor of my blog, but I am a paying customer too).

      They just released a very cool plug-in that let's you search for images right within some of the key Adobe apps. It currently works in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign (I'm hoping for some of the video apps in near future).

      The official blurb

      iStock Plug-in for Adobe Creative Suite

      iStockphoto is the world's leading provider of royalty-free stock media and design elements, featuring millions of inspiring stock photos and illustrations to choose from.

      With the iStockphoto Plug-in for Adobe® Creative Suite®, you can browse, download and edit photos and illustrations without ever leaving Photoshop®, Illustrator® or InDesign®. Crop them, resize them and make them your own, directly from the Creative Suite.

      To use the iStockphoto Adobe Plug-in, simply:
      1. Ensure you have Adobe Creative Suite 5 or higher for PC or Mac
      2. Click “Install iStock Plug-in” above
      3. Open the downloaded file using the most up-to-date version of Adobe Extension Manager
      4. Enable the plug-in by selecting Window>Extensions>iStockphoto

      You can download the free plug-in here – http://www.istockphoto.com/adobe.php


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      How to Resize Images in Photoshop for use in Video

      DP BestFlow - How to Resize Images in Photoshop for use in Video from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



      Richard Harrington shows you how to adjust photographs in Photoshop to make sure they are ready for your video project.

      From the
      dpBestflow.org project.
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      Tiffen Digital Filters @ NAB 2012

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      Richard Harrington interviews Michael Cassara about Tiffen's digital filters for NLEs at NAB 2012.
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      Photoshop: Using the Refine Edge command



      A Photoshop tutorial exploring how to use the Refine Edge command to select a complex object such as hair.

      See the whole course on Lynda.com.
      http://www.lynda.com/Photoshop-tutorials/Practical-Photoshop-Selections/96664-2.html

      If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
      www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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      Adobe Story is Out of the Creative Suite

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      Adobe Story has been dropped from the standalone versions of Adobe Creative Suite 6. Here are some official details.

      What change did you make?
      We have decided to remove Adobe Story CS6 from the perpetual versions of Master Collection, Production Premium, Premiere Pro and After Effects.
       
      Why did you pull story from Master Collection, Production Premium, Premiere Pro and After Effects?
      We were bundling a static AIR version of Adobe Story with these products through the Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 cycle, while this gave users access to Adobe Story, we updated the core application four times throughout the year, leaving the perpetual users with technology that was not the latest version. Adobe Story was designed to be a collaborative cloud service from day one and with the big push toward services with the upcoming announcement of Creative Cloud, we've made the decision to move Adobe Story to a full services model.
       
      What versions are still available?
      Adobe Story is available now with Adobe Story Free, as an online scripting tool. Adobe Story Plus, a collaborative pre-production tool with integrated scheduling and scriptwriting capabilities is expected to be available as a stand-alone subscription, as well as a version with the upcoming Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription.
       

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      Essential Video Editing Commands

      DP BestFlow - Essential Editing Commands from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



      I show you how to use three-point edits to speed up your post-production workflow.

      From the
      dpBestflow.org project.
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      Trimming in the Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 timeline



      Learn about new trimming tools in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

      See the whole brand new PP training course is live on Lynda.com.
      http://bit.ly/HJnIby

      If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
      www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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      Where is Adobe Video Team Focussing Efforts for the Future?

      Provideo Coalition- Adobe Video- NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



      I was very happy to sit down with Bill Roberts at Adobe to discuss what's new in CS6 as well as what the company thinks are important trends for the future. If you want to see what's coming up, don't skip this video.

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      A More Intuitive 3-Way Color Corrector for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6



      Learn about the updated 3-way Color Corrector in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

      See the whole brand new PP training course is live on Lynda.com.
      http://bit.ly/HJnIby

      If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
      www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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      How to Organize Your Edit

      DP BestFlow - How to Organize Your Edit from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



      I show you how to use bin structures to organize your video footage in a nonlinear editor.

      From the
      dpBestflow.org project.
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      New Adobe Webinars for Free Training

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      Adobe has a FREE series of webinars every Thursday from now until June 21. Plus I teach one on June 7 about Adobe Photoshop CS6.
      You can sign up here – http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=1903730&loc=en_us

      Editing Faster Your Way with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
      Join Adobe Product Manager, Al Mooney, as he demos the exciting new features in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6—the powerful non-linear editing system that sits at the heart of Adobe CS6 Production Premium, connecting all of your media as it flows in and out of post-production. See how Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS6 combines incredible performance with a sleek revamped UI, and a host of powerful new creative features, including Warp Stabilizer for stabilizing footage, dynamic timeline trimming, expanded multicam editing, adjustment layers, and more for a fluid editing workflow. Sign up for this live Ask a Video Pro Session.


      Innovation in Motion: After Effects CS6 Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
      After Effects CS6 holds exciting new features for the motion graphics designer, visual effects artist, and video editor. Sign up for this live Ask a Video Pro session and join Product Manager Steve Forde to learn about new features and how to jump in and get things done.


      Jump-start your production with Adobe Prelude CS6 Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
      Speed up your workflow and stay organized with Adobe Prelude CS6, now part of the Creative Cloud. With a unified interface designed for ingest and logging workflows, you now can work faster, stay organized and streamline your production process. Copy your media, then begin logging immediately with the ability to add searchable markers and other temporal metadata that let you find what you need, when you need it. Create rough cuts with production notes that flow into Adobe Premiere Pro, communicating your vision for the project through final editing. Sign up for this live Ask a Video Pro session to learn more.


      What’s new in SpeedGrade CS6 Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
      New Adobe SpeedGrade CS6 allows Production Premium users to manipulate color and light for any type of content, redefining Stereo 3D, RAW processing, color grading and finishing for professional film and television. Sign up for this live Ask a Video Pro session and join Adobe Product Manager, Patrick Palmer to learn about Color grading and finishing with new Adobe SpeedGrade CS6.


      What’s new in Audition CS6
      Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
      Audition CS6 accelerates audio post-production with dozens of new features that, like those in Adobe Premiere Pro, make editing faster and more intuitive. Real-time clip stretching makes it simple to stretch clips to fit an edit and Automatic speech alignment introduces a powerful new engine for automated analysis. The fastest audio editor gets even faster with improved controls for grouping clips, spotting clips, previewing edits, and new export flexibility, including support for CD burning. Sign up for this live Ask a Video Pro session and join Adobe Product Manager, Ellen Wixted, to learn about new features in Audition CS6.


      Perfect Pixels: What’s new in Photoshop CS6 Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
      Sign up for this live Ask a Video Pro session and join Rich Harrington to learn what’s new in Photoshop CS6 with a particular emphasis on tools that benefit the motion graphic artist and video editor. Take advantage of new blurring and color correction options as well as support for enhanced text layout and 3D objects.


      Editing with RED & Adobe CS6 Production Premium
      Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
      Learn how to edit up to 5K with ease using RED files natively in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and Photoshop CS6. Sign up for this live Ask a Video Pro session and join Christine Steele to learn how to get the most from RED Epic and Scarlet cameras and achieve seamless workflows with REDCINE-X.


      What's new in Story CS6
      Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 10:00am Pacific Time
      Adobe® Story software lets you outline your ideas, write scripts quickly with industry-standard, automatic formatting and collaborate online. Plan and schedule fast-paced video projects, organize production with reports, and leverage script metadata in post-production with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. Sign up for this live Ask a Video Pro session to learn more.


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      In-Depth Interview About All the AJA New Products

      ProVideo Coalition - AJA Video Systems from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



      Richard Harrington interviews Bryce Button about exciting new products from AJA.
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      A Sneak Peek at Pluraleyes Version 3

      ProVideo Coalition - Pluraleyes & Singular Software at NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.




      Richard Harrington interviews the founder and CEO of Singular Software about Pluraleyes version 3.
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      Adobe Talks About What's New in Production Premium CS6

      ProVideo Coalition - Adobe - NAB 2012 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



      Learn about what's coming in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and Production Premium. Dave Helmly from Adobe gives us some straight answers.

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      New keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6



      Learn about new keyboard shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

      See the whole brand new PP training course is live on Lynda.com.
      http://bit.ly/HJnIby

      If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
      www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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      Mixing Audio for Video

      DP BestFlow - Mixing Audio from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



      I show you how to properly mix your audio in a nonlinear editor.

      From the
      dpBestflow.org project.
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      Cutting a Multicamera Sequence in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6



      Learn how to cut a multi-camera sequence using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

      See the whole brand new PP training course is live on Lynda.com.
      http://bit.ly/HJnIby

      If you aren't a member, sign up for a free 7 day trial and watch the whole thing.
      www.lynda.com/trial/rharrington
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      Grading Video Footage

      DP BestFlow - Grading Footage from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



      I show you how to color grade you video in a nonlinear editor.

      From the
      dpBestflow.org project.
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      Highlights from the Adobe Tips and Flicks event on February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC.

      Highlights from the Adobe Tips and Flicks event on February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



      Highlights from the Adobe Tips and Flicks event on February 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. Shane Hurlbut and Jacob Rosenberg discuss the DSLR filmmaking techniques and Adobe technology used in making the feature film Act of Valor. Adobe experts Rich Harrington and Colin Smith share tips on Creative Suite software.
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      Using the Healing Brush in Adobe Photoshop



      Learn to fix blemishes in a photo.
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      Creating Perfect Alpha Channels in Photoshop



      Achieve perfect transparency in your video graphics.
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      Sorting and Sifting Video in a Nonlinear Editor

      DP BestFlow - Sorting and Sifting Video in a Nonlinear Editing Tool from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



      Richard Harrington shows you how best to organize your video footage in a Nonlinear Editor so you can find the clips you need faster.

      From the
      dpBestflow.org project.
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      Animating your Photos with After Effects

      When working in After Effects, there are five key components to animating a layer. These properties are very easy to quickly access through keyboard shortcuts.

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      • Press A to Twirl down the Anchor Point.
        • Press P to Twirl down the Position.
        • Press R to Twirl down the Rotation.
        • Press S to Twirl down the Scale.
        • Press T to Twirl down the Opacity.

      You can also use following modifier keys to speed up your work.
      • Hold down the Shift key to display additional properties after selecting the first item.
        • Hold down the Option (Alt) key to display a property and add a keyframe at the Current Time Indicator.

      To learn more, see
      this course on lynda.com: Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects

      Maximizing your Web Video and Podcast Audience with Hypersyndication table of contents:

      • Introduction
      • 1. Organize Your Photos with Adobe Bridge
      • 2. Understanding Resolution
      • 3. Working in the Right Color Space
      • 4. Removing Damage
      • 5. Content-Aware Repairs
      • 6. Controlling Focus
      • 7. Removing Distractions
      • 8. Toning Images
      • 9. Documentary Motion Control with After Effects
      • 10. Exporting Animation
      • Conclusion

      Watch the whole class for free (actually all my classes). Free 7-day trial.

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      Quick Edits In the Premiere Pro Timeline

      Adobe Premiere Pro CS5001
      As you edit in the Adobe Premiere Pro timeline, you may want to change the length of a shot. Here are a few quick editing techniques you should know:

      • Razor – Press Cmd+K (Ctrl+K) to split a clip at the playhead.
      • Razor All Tracks – Press Shift+Cmd+K (Shift+Ctrl+K) to split all tracks at the playhead.
      • Clear – Press the Forward Delete key to remove a selected segment and leave a hole behind.
      • Ripple Delete – Press Shift + Forward Delete to remove a selected segment and close the gap in the sequence.
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      Using Adobe Speech Search

      DP BestFlow - Using Adobe Speech Search from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



      I show you how to add speech-to-text translations to your video clip in order to find a specific part of the clip easier.

      From the
      dpBestflow.org project.
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      Adobe Photoshop Meets an 80's Game Show

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      Looking for a fun challenge? If you're a Photoshop geek you just might enjoy a new quiz app.

      Adobe Certified Instructor and Photoshop Hall of Famer Dave Cross has released the Photoshop Quiz Game for the iPhone and iPad. Modeled after an 80s game show, the game features 3 levels of difficulty and more than 600 True or False, Multiple Choice and “Name the Dialog” questions. The game, available for the iPhone and iPad also includes brief explanations of the correct answer. It's a great way to test your knowledge of Photoshop CS5…and maybe learn a little something along the way.


      You can download the app here –
      http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photoshop-quiz-game/id494795452?mt=8 It's currently priced at $4.99.
      There are leader boards, so feel free to challenge me.

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      Add Ratings to Your Photos with Adobe Bridge




      This Bridge tutorial titled Adding Ratings is from chapter one of the Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. This specific tutorial describes how to use Adobe Bridge to add rating to your photos to decide which shots you prefer. The complete Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects course has a total duration of 2 hours and 2 minutes and explores the world of documentary storytelling, using various techniques in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects to transform damaged photos into brand-new works of art.

      Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects
      To view more of this course on lynda.com, click the link above.

      Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects course presented table of contents:

      Introduction
      1. Organize Your Photos with Adobe Bridge
      2. Understanding Resolution
      3. Working in the Right Color Space
      4. Removing Damage
      5. Content-Aware Repairs
      6. Controlling Focus
      7. Removing Distractions
      8. Toning Images
      9. Documentary Motion Control with After Effects
      10. Exporting Animation
      Conclusion

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      Editing Video in Photoshop CS6


      Richard Harrington & Rafael Concepcion show you how to work with video in Photoshop CS6.

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      Photoshop CS6 First Look with RC Concepcion and Rich Harrington



      RC shows some great features as we take a look at what's in the Photoshop CS6 Public Beta. More to come soon on the video editing features.
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      The Difference Between Print and Video Resolution




      This tutorial titled Resolution Requirements for Video is from chapter two of the Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. This specific tutorial explains the difference between print resolution and video resolution. The complete Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects course has a total duration of 2 hours and 2 minutes and explores the world of documentary storytelling, using various techniques in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects to transform damaged photos into brand-new works of art.

      Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects
      To view more of this course on lynda.com, click the link above.

      Documentary Photo Techniques with Photoshop and After Effects course presented table of contents:

      Introduction
      1. Organize Your Photos with Adobe Bridge
      2. Understanding Resolution
      3. Working in the Right Color Space
      4. Removing Damage
      5. Content-Aware Repairs
      6. Controlling Focus
      7. Removing Distractions
      8. Toning Images
      9. Documentary Motion Control with After Effects
      10. Exporting Animation
      Conclusion

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      Sync Sound Post Workflow for DSLR Video

      DP BestFlow - Sync Sound Workflow from ASMP dpBestflow on Vimeo.



      When shooting video with a DSLR, audio is often recorded separately to another source. Richard Harrington shows you how to sync that audio to your video in post-production.

      From the
      dpBestflow.org project.

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      Beautiful Graphics for Video Editors

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      Meet Bryan O'Neil Hughes



      Time for another in our series that captures the real stories, unique personality and uber talent of the Photoshop team... Meet Bryan O'Neil Hughes - Senior Product Manager - whose ability to connect with users and get them excited about Photoshop recently landed him in the NAPP Photoshop Hall of Fame.

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      Adobe Media Encoder: Compressing Files for the Web


      This tutorial describes how to use Adobe Media Encoder CS5 to compress large files into a standard format such as an MPEG-4 or H.264 file.

      This specific tutorial is just a single movie from chapter two of the Maximizing Your Web Video and Podcast Audience with Hypersyndication lynda.com author Rich Harrington. The complete Maximizing your Web Video and Podcast Audience with Hypersyndication course has a duration time of 1 hour and 27 minutes and shows how to distribute content across all media platforms quickly and efficiently using hypersyndication.

      Watch more of this course on lynda.com:
      Maximizing Your Web Video and Podcast Audience with Hypersyndication

      Maximizing your Web Video and Podcast Audience with Hypersyndication table of contents:

      • Introduction
      • 1. What is Hypersyndication?
      • 2. Using RSS Feeds
      • 3. Targeting Computers
      • 4. Targeting Portable Media Players
      • 5. Targeting Television Sets
      • 6. Targeting Mobile Phones
      • 7. The Importance of Branding
      • 8. Essential Tools to Keep it All Running
      • Conclusion

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      Perspective Cropping In Photoshop

      Learn how to perform a Perspective Crop using Adobe Photoshop.

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      A free video over at Photofocus.com


      http://photofocus.com/2012/03/09/free-video-tutorial-perspective-cropping-in-photoshop/

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      Designing Backgrounds with Photoshop and After Effects

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      As a motion graphics designer, you often have to work harder than other types of designers. Unlike those in the print world who can usually get by with a white background for the printed page, you must put more thought into your projects.
      Motion backgrounds have become a staple of broadcast and motion graphics design. In fact, entire companies exist just to create and sell backdrops. The use of backgrounds (whether static or dynamic) is essential to good motion graphics design. Fortunately, certain features in After Effects and Photoshop can be combined to create some fantastic "wallpaper."
      Read the whole article here –
      http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1660202

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      This is Photoshop CS Next and Video



      This is quite cool… made with the next version of Photoshop.


      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track
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      Repairing and Retiming Footage

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      Unfortunately, you are not always in complete control of a project from start to finish. As a motion graphics artist, you will often be excluded from the field production stage. Footage will be shot without you (and often without regard to your needs). We learned an important lesson early on: If you're at the end of the line (which is where video editors and motion graphics folks are in the process), you're responsible for everything that's wrong with the final product. Sadly, there's not much you can do to change this fact.
      Except of course, you can "fix it in post."
      Now, we hate this phrase as much as you. Fortunately, After Effects and Photoshop offer some great options for repairing footage. You can fix color and exposure problems, change the speed or duration of clips, and even remove unwanted objects.
      Read the whole article here –
      http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1660189

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      Premiere Pro: Using the Waveform monitor



      This Premiere Pro tutorial titled Using the Waveform Monitor is from chapter one of the Fixing Video Exposure Problems in Premiere Pro course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. This specific tutorial describes how to evaluate images through a Waveform monitor that helps us accurately read the exposure of an image. The complete 1 hour and 14-minute long Fixing Video Exposure Problems in Premiere Pro course provides an explanation for the popular phrase "fix it in post" and explores various methods for fixing exposure problems in video footage.

      To view more of this course on lynda.com, click the link below.

      Fixing Video Exposure Problems in Premiere Pro table of contents:

      • Introduction
      • 1. Evaluating Images
      • 2. Working with Adjust Effects
      • 3. Using Color Correction Effects to Fix Exposure and Tone
      • 4. Controlling Noise and Grain
      • 5. Keyframing Effects
      • 6. Toning a Background
      • 7. Using Blend Modes to Improve Footage
      • 8. Working with Raw Video
      • 9. Legalizing for Broadcast
      • Conclusion
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      Image Processor Script in Photoshop – UAP 253



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to batch process multiple images using the Image Processor in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track

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      Premiere Pro: Using the Auto Contrast effect

      This Premiere Pro tutorial titled The Auto Contrast Effect is from chapter two of the Fixing Video Exposure Problems in Premiere Pro course presented by lynda.com author Rich Harrington. This specific tutorial shows you how to use the Auto Contrast effect to analyze an image and correct it based on values determined by your computer. The complete 1 hour and 14-minute long Fixing Video Exposure Problems in Premiere Pro course provides an explanation for the popular phrase "fix it in post" and explores various methods for fixing exposure problems in video footage.

      To view more of this course on lynda.com, click the link below.

      Fixing Video Exposure Problems in Premiere Pro table of contents:

      • Introduction
      • 1. Evaluating Images
      • 2. Working with Adjust Effects
      • 3. Using Color Correction Effects to Fix Exposure and Tone
      • 4. Controlling Noise and Grain
      • 5. Keyframing Effects
      • 6. Toning a Background
      • 7. Using Blend Modes to Improve Footage
      • 8. Working with Raw Video
      • 9. Legalizing for Broadcast
      • Conclusion
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      Batch Processing in Photoshop – UAP 251



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to take an action and apply it to several images at the same time in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track

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      Importing Media into Adobe Premiere Pro

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      In this chapter, you'll learn about importing files and the effect it will have on your system. You'll also learn how to bring in audio and even how to record your own narration tracks.
      The first step to starting an actual project is getting your media into Adobe Premiere Pro. No matter what kind of project you're doing, if you can't import media, you're stuck. Of course, not everything will come in the way you expect it. So, it's essential that you know how to modify clips. Adobe Premiere Pro also doesn't work alone: It's crucial that you understand the real "superpowers" of the suite. You can draw assets from the rest of the Adobe Creative suite, including Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, and even Adobe Audition.

      In this chapter, you'll learn about importing files and the effect it will have on your system. You'll also learn how to bring in audio and even how to record your own narration tracks.

      Read the whole chapter here – http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1729266

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      Filtering a Video Clip with Photoshop Extended

      I've posted an article over at Tip Squirrel about using video inside Adobe Photoshop Extended – http://www.tipsquirrel.com/index.php/2012/02/filtering-a-video-clip-with-photoshop-extended/

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      Photoshop’s filters are pretty powerful (and certainly diverse). Knowing this, you may find yourself wanting to apply a filter to a video clip. This is very possible, but there’s a specific workflow you must follow.First, you must use Photoshop Extended to open a video clip. Other versions of Photoshop can’t do this task. If you run a filter on a video clip on its own, the filter will only apply to the current frame. This is why you must convert the video layer into a Smart Object. You can create Smart Objects by choosing File > Place or by choosing Filter > Convert for Smart Filters. Remember, a Smart Object embeds the original content of the layer inside the Smart Object.

      Read the whole article here.
      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track

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      Adobe Premiere Pro Audio Bug Fix

      I've seen this problem pop up a few times. I think it's tied to a bad audio plugin that conflicts between Apple and Adobe software. It seems to happen on only a few machines.

      It seems to be with CS 5.5 where an Apple audio PLIST file becomes corrupt. The symptoms are that Premiere Pro will play for a few seconds and stop.

      Here's the fix:
       
      1. Open Finder and navigate to /YOUR_HD/Library/Preferences
      2. Move to the Trash the file:   com.apple.audio.AggregateDevices.plist
      3. Relaunch The Program

      Hope it helps
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      Compositing Text Inside an Image in Photoshop – UAP 250



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to composite text inside an image.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track
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      Photoshop Background Save and Liquefy Sneak Peek



      Get an early look at a popular request - background save and the most powerful liquify tool ever, from Photoshop Product Manager, Zorana Gee.
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      Adobe Camera Raw 7 Sneak Peek



      In this video taken straight from the laptop of our Senior Product Manager, Bryan O'Neil Hughes, get an early look at some of the things the Photoshop team is working on for Camera Raw.
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      Creating an Action in Photoshop – UAP 249



      Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to record the steps you have applied to an image and reuse them on other images in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track
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      Free Seminar on seminar on Mastering Adobe Premiere Pro Timeline Panel

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      Recently, I recorded a webinar for Adobe on the Adobe Premiere Pro timeline. It's posted for free viewing.
      Here’s the recording.
      I covered a lot of useful and interesting material, both in the main presentation and in the question-and-answer segment at the end.
      Here’s a brief outline of what I talked aboutt:

      • getting started and configuring the user interface
      • basic editing
      • audio
      • miscellaneous questions and answers

      It's free to watch –
      http://bit.ly/u8ltN8

      Be sure to also pickup the book and training DVD –
      An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro

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      Selective Resizing with Content-Aware Scaling

      The Content-Aware scale command is a useful way to force your still photos to fit a specific shape (for example that of a video screen or particular print size). When used correctly, the Content-Aware Scale command can automatically adapt to preserve vital areas during the scale. You may often need to combine a skin tones option or an alpha channel to better define the areas that will be protected from distortion.

      1. Open a still image.
      Figure-1
      2. Double-click the locked Background layer and give it a new name. The layer cannot be locked if you want to scale it.

      3. Change the canvas size (Image > Canvas Size) to match your needs. You can also paste the layer into a new document.

      4. Choose Edit > Content-Aware Scale.

      5. Click the Protect Skin Tones button to tell Photoshop to attempt to preserve regions that contain skin tones.
      Figure-2
      You can also create an alpha channel if needed to protect a selected area. Create the alpha channel before invoking the Content-Aware Scale command then choose it in the Options bar.
      Figure-3

      6. Drag a resize handle on the bounding box to scale the image. Hold down the Shift key to scale proportionately. You can also hold down the Option (Alt) key to scale from the center of the image.

      7. Size the image so it fits the width of the canvas.
      Figure-4

      8. Click the Commit button or press the Return (Enter) key to apply the change.

      Need Photoshop training? Check out Understanding Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop for Video.

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      Stylizing Skin Tones in Photoshop – UAP 248



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates techniques to stylizing skin tones in your photographs.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track

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      Adobe Tips & Flicks Event in DC on February 22

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      Join Adobe, Government Video Magazine, and industry experts for a day of valuable information concluding with complimentary pre-release screening of the groundbreaking new film, Act of Valor. This event is targeted for those working in the government or military.

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      Jacob Rosenberg, Director and CTO of Bandito Brothers will share his experience in the post production workflow and editorial process for
      Act of Valor. The film Act of Valor straddles reality and fiction, military messaging, and entertainment. It features real life SEALs—not actors—strike scenes written by the SEALs themselves, and jarring live-fire footage.


      This information-packed day will provide valuable knowledge you can use in all your work—from everyday government video projects to more complex productions. There will be something for government employees or contractors doing government work, followed by great entertainment. You can register here –
      http://gov.adobeeventsonline.com/TipsAndFlick/2012/Feb22/registration.php?source=004.
      Agenda
      11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
      Registration and Lunch

      12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
      Adobe Creative Suite®5.5 Production Premium: High Performance for a
      New Generation

      Colin Smith
      Senior Solutions Consultant, Adobe

      12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
      Beautiful Graphics for Video Editors
      Rich Harrington
      CEO, RHED Pixel

      1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
      Software Raffle and Break

      1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
      Join the New Digital
      Video Publishing Revolution

      Jerry Silverman

      Adobe Solutions Consultant

      2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
      Software Raffle and Break

      2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
      Mixing formats, frame-rates, and bullets in Act of Valor
      Jacob Rosenberg
      Director & CTO, Bandito Brothers

      3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
      All Star Panel Question and Answer
      Jacob Rosenberg, Rich Harrington, Christina Clapp,
      Editorial Director Video for New Bay Media, and Colin Smith.

      4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
      Popcorn and Snack Break

      4:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
      Screening Act of Valor



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      Fading a Filter in Photoshop – UAP 247



      Instructor Richard Harrington teaches you how to extend the useful life of your filter collection in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Working with 3D Objects in Photoshop and After Effects



      Learn how to work with 3D objects in tools like Photoshop and After Effects.

      This video is part of the book Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques.
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      Color Grading Video in Photoshop and AE

      Photoshop and AE: Color Grading Video



      In this episode of Video Adrenaline for Photoshop and After Effects, Richard Harrington explores how to use Photoshop and AE together as color-grading tools.

      Check out more at –
      http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/
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      Black and White Adjustment Layers in Photoshop – UAP 246



      Richard Harrington shows you how to use black and white adjustment layers, blending modes and advanced selections to stylize images.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Retiming Audio in Adobe Premiere Pro

      Premiere Pro Video Adrenaline: Retiming Audio



      In this installment of Video Adrenaline for Premiere Pro, Richard Harrington explores the companion application to Premiere Pro -- Adobe Audition, included in CS5.5.

      Check out more at –
      http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/
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      Are You Making the Move to Premiere Pro?

      If you're in the process of adding Adobe Premiere Pro to your video workflow, I have a Facebook group that may be helpful

      Lots of good discussion in it, as well as a good cross section of folks.

      Here it is –
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/premierepro/
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      Extracting Images in Photoshop CS5



      In this Photoshop tutorial from CreativeCOW.net, Richard Harrington reveals updated features in CS5 to show how to extract an image.
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      Merging Clips and Syncing Audio in Adobe Premiere Pro

      DSLR: Merging Clips and Syncing Audio



      DSLR video training with Robbie Carman and Rich Harrington: This episode features creating a single clip that contains your video and high quality audio. In Premiere Pro CS5.5, they'll be merging clips and syncing audio in post.

      Check out more at –
      http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/
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      Merge to HDR Pro Command – UAP 259



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to use the Merge to HDR Pro Command to create high dynamic range images.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track
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      Adobe Clarifies Upgrade Policy for CS6

      Recently, there was a lot of online static about Adobe changing its upgrade pricing. There were some conversations, overheard statements, and misinterpretations on what they were going to do. Many thought the only option to upgrade for CS6 was going to be a CS5 customer. I started digging into this a while back and have had a few conversations with folks to get clarification.

      I am glad to tell you that Adobe has made an official announcement today about what user's can expect. I have put
      Adobe's statement in bold and added my commentary in italics.

      We’re very excited about the upcoming release of Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 software and Adobe Creative Cloud™. CS6 will be a major new release of our creative desktop tools, with huge improvements for every type of creative professional.

      • I'm excited. More than anything in the past 7 years.
      • You will be too.

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      Adobe Creative Cloud will be our most comprehensive creative solution ever, giving members access to all of the CS6 desktop software plus additional services, new tools, Adobe Touch Apps, and rich community features.

      I am not clear on all that is in the bundle… but what I hear sounds good. A subscription based plan that looks to be about $50 a month. With access to apps as well as many online services for publishing and collaboration. Here are more details – http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html.


      In addition, Creative Cloud members will receive continuous upgrades and updates to all products and services as part of their membership.

      This is the biggest news. The next thing I am going to say is a little complex, but the Sarbanes-Oxley Act prevent publicly traded companies from doing free software updates after a certain period of time. It's a convoluted law that grew out of the Enron scandal that places limits on how companies can sell products and realize revenue if they are publicly traded. This is why Apple has to charge you 99¢ for FaceTime because you licensed the OS once, but can push out free updates for the iPhone because it has monthly services fees. See these articles for more details –


      What's really cool is that apps could see more frequent updates. So support for new file formats could come out as needed. Adobe could be more nimble and release new features officially (instead of trickling out public beta versions through Adobe Labs). This could really increase the pace of innovation and has a lot of potential.

      Adobe’s new Creative Suite upgrade policy, which goes into effect in the first half of 2012 when Adobe Creative Cloud™ and Creative Suite 6 are released, will require customers to be on the most current version of Creative Suite in order to qualify for upgrade pricing when new versions are released. This means that customers need to be on CS5 or CS5.5 in order to receive upgrade pricing when CS6 is released.
      This is why everyone freaked out… take a breath and keep reading.

      With these great new releases coming in the first half of 2012, we want to make sure our customers have plenty of time to determine which offering is best for them.

      YIPPEE!!!

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      Therefore, we’re pleased to announce that we will offer special introductory upgrade pricing on Creative Suite 6 to customers who own CS3 or CS4. This offer will be available from the time CS6 is released until December 31, 2012. More details on this offer, as well as any introductory offers for existing customers to move to Creative Cloud membership, will be announced when CS6 and Creative Cloud are released later this year.

      In other words, read between the lines.

      • Just like recent releases, you can only upgrade from 3 versions back. They are going to continue this policy for a short while longer.
      • Buy the upgrade to CS6 when its released if you want to own the software. Expect upgrade pricing to be similar to past pricing.
      • If you have CS5, CS4, or CS3, upgrade to CS6. You will not be able to upgrade after December 31, 2012, unless you are a CS5 customer (or CS5.5).
      • When CS7 rolls around (I AM NOT STARTING A RUMOR HERE) it sounds like you will need to be a CS6 customer in order to upgrade.

      Read the details about our Creative Suite upgrade policy –
      http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/faq.html#upgrade-eligibility
      Learn more about Adobe Creative Cloud –
      http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud.html

      The lesson here is:
      • Keep calm and carry on.
      • You will be able to upgrade to CS6 if you own CS3, CS4, CS5, or CS5.5.
      • Sounds like CS6 is around the corner.
      • You can already subscribe to the Creative Suite bundles here – http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/cssubscription.html for between $65 and $130 a month… so the new $50 a month pricing is going to be even sweeter.

      Hope this clears things up.

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      How to use the Replace Edit Command in Adobe Premiere Pro

      Premiere Pro Video Adrenaline: How to use the Replace Edit Command



      In this installment of Video Adrenaline for Premiere Pro, Richard Harrington demonstrates how to use the replace edit command in Premiere Pro so that you can swap out one take for another. In this example, the actor delivers his line a little late, and with low energy. Take the clip in the source monitor, use the current time indicator to create a sync point and automatically create the correct in and out points.

      Check out more at –
      http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/
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      Controlling Focus with AE's Camera Lens Blur Effect



      Learn how to control depth of field with the camera lens blur effect in After Effects.

      This video is part of the book
      Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques.
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      Photo Effects – UAP 245



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to add effects to a photo using layer styles or layer effects in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Saving a Logo for Video

      When creating graphics for use in a video editing program (like Premiere Pro) you may need to do a little extra preparation. Let’s convert a vector graphic (like an Illustrator file) so it’s ready for the video screen.

      1.
      Create a video-sized document. Choose File > New... and choose a preset that matches your video editing timeline.

      2.
      Add the logo. Choose File > Place then navigate to your desired logo file and click Place and then click OK.

      3.
      Scale the logo to size. Drag the Transform handles to size the logo, hold the shift key to scale proportionately. You can use the guides to help you keep the logo properly sized. Be sure the logo stays inside the inner box (also called the safe title area). Press Return (Enter) to rasterize the logo.

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      4. Give the logo a transparent backgroundClick the visibility icon for the Background layer to hide it. Now, only the logo itself is visible and the rest of the file is transparent.

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      5. Store the transparency in an alpha channelChoose Window > Actions to view the Actions panel. Click the small triangle in the panel’s upper-right corner and choose Video Actions from the menu that appears. Select the Alpha Channel from Visible Layers action and click the Play button. Click Continue and a new alpha channel is added to the image.

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      6. Save the fileChoose File > Save As. Name the file and be sure the Alpha Channels box is checked. Click OK to save the file.

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      Stabilizing Footage with the Warp Stabilizer

      Premiere Pro Video Adrenaline: Stabilizing Footage with the Warp Stabilizer



      In this installment of Video Adrenaline for Premiere Pro, Richard Harrington delivers the great new feature in AE CS5.5 for image stabilization and ties it seamlessly into PP using Dynamic Link. Take advantage of this new feature to seamlessly exchange files between the two programs.

      Check out more at –
      http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/
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      What is the difference between Rotation and Orientation in After Effects?

      When you want to rotate a 3D layer in an After Effects composition, type W to switch to the Rotation tool (V will switch you back to the Black Arrow selection tool when you’re done), and then choose Rotation or Orientation from the drop-down menu at the bottom of the Tools panel.

      • Rotation is the best choice for animating.
      • Orientation is better for posing.

      This is because when you keyframe Orientation, it always takes the shortest path between two angles. So if you start with a layer rotated 0 degrees and orient it clockwise to 350 degrees, in the final animation, it will rotate counter-clockwise from 0 to 350.

      On the other hand, Rotation remembers which direction you rotated the layer and how many times around you went.

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      Painting Frames in Video Layers with Photoshop

      Photoshop Extended lets you combine two great features for creative options. You can open up a video file and then use your painting tools to edit individual frames or to create an animation. This process is typically called rotoscoping.

      1.
      Open or create a new video file. You can either open an existing video file (File > Open). You can also create a new video layer to isolate your animation (Layer > Video Layers > New Blank Video Layer.

      2.
      Prepare to animate. Animation tasks are easier when you change Photoshop’s layout. In the Application bar, click the Motion workspace button to reconfigure Photoshop.

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      3. Select a layer and time. You need to choose where to animate. In the Animation or Layers panel, select a video layer. Next, move the current time indicator to the video frame you want to modify. This is where the animation will begin.

      4. Start Painting. You can use any of your painting tools to modify the layer. Try using several strokes to create an animated image. You can also use the Clone Stamp, Pattern Stamp, Healing Brush, or Spot Healing Brush to modify individual frames in a video file.

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      5.
      Move Forward. Since your goal is to animate, you’ll need to use more than one frame. You can use the playback controls at the bottom of the frame to advance to the next or previous frame. To make painting easier, click the submenu of the Animation panel (upper right corner of the panel) and choose Enable Onion Skins. This will show you a preview of the previous stroke when painting.

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      6.
      Change your Mind? Any painting you do on a video frame applies non-destructive edits. This means you can discard the altered pixels on a frame at any time. Simply choose Layer > Video Layers > Restore Frame or Restore All Frames command.

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      Type Effects – UAP 244



      Instructor Richard Harrington explores various ways you can add effects to your text in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Techniques for Slowmotion Video

      DSLR: Techniques for Slowmotion



      In this video tutorial with Robbie Carman and Richard Harrington, learn various ways for converting DSLR footage into instantaneous, buttery smooth slow motion using After Effects, Twixtor, or Cinema Tools; you might also use Optical Flow in Apple Motion, Advanced Frame Blending in AE, and FCP .

      Check out more at –
      http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/
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      Batch Processing Images in Photoshop



      An oldie, but goodie. Learn how to process several photos at once. This is designed for video workflows, but all will benefit.

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      Exposure Part 2: Adjusting for Overexposure

      DSLR Exposure Part 2: Adjusting for Overexposure



      Everyone faces exposure problems, even if you're using a loupe, it's difficult to judge, especially without a waveform or histogram. After loading your clips onto your computer, and you're faced with dark and underexposed clips, use this tutorial from their continuing DSLR series, featuring the expertise of Robbie Carman and Richard Harrington, and learn how to bypass the camera - go straight to NLEs and talk about the best methods for correction of underexposed clips.

      Check out more at –
      http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/


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      Exposure Part 1: Adjusting for Underexposure

      Exposure Part 1: Adjusting for Underexposure



      Everyone faces exposure problems, even if you're using a loupe, it's difficult to judge, especially without a waveform or histogram. After loading your clips onto your computer, and you're faced with dark and underexposed clips, use this tutorial from their continuing DSLR series, featuring the expertise of Robbie Carman and Richard Harrington, and learn how to bypass the camera - go straight to NLEs and talk about the best methods for correction of underexposed clips.

      Check out more at –
      http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/


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      How to Use Raw Red Video Natively



      Learn about how to use work with Red video natively (actual raw video) in this tutorial on Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.

      This video is part of the book
      Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques.
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      Opening My Mind Has Opened Doors

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      The past few years has forced me to rethink a lot of my business decisions. What I'm going to lay out for you is how I reached the decision to switch from Final Cut Pro to Adobe Premiere Pro, as well as why part of my postproduction department is running on Windows.

      Read the whole article here –
      http://magazine.creativecow.net/article/opening-my-mind-has-opened-doors

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      Creating a Timelapse or Stop-Motion Movie with Photoshop Extended

      Many photographers are experimenting with creating time-lapse or stop motion animations with their cameras. To do this, the camera is typically placed on a secure tripod and a series of still photos is taken with their camera of a scene. Typically teh photos are taken at regular intervals.

      1. Organize your frames You’ll need between 12 and 30 images for each second of animation, so chances are you’ll have a lot of source material. Make sure all the images are in one folder and that they are named sequentially. If needed, you can use the Batch Rename command in Adobe Bridge to fix any naming issues. Files should be named similar to frame001, frame002, frame003, and so on.

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      2. Open your animation When you’re ready, it’s time to open the image sequence in Photoshop. Choose File > Open and navigate to your folder that contains the image sequence files.

      3. Import a sequence
      Select only the first frame of animation (selecting more than one frame will disable the animation). Make sure the Image Sequence option is checked. Click Open to import the sequenced frames.

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      4. What speed?
      The next dialog box asks you to specify a frame rate. All of the standard video frame rates are offered. Check with your video editing software to determine which rate you need for a particular project.

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      5. Check playback You can use the Animation panel to check your animated movie. When satisfied, you can choose File > Export > Render Video.

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      Photoshop 3D Text – UAP 243



      Instructor Richard Harrington explores the ability to alter text through 3D Text Extrusion in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Time Re-mapping Footage in Adobe Premiere Pro

      Premiere Pro Video Adrenaline: Time Repmapping Footage



      In this tutorial for the Premiere Pro Video Adrenaline series, Richard Harrington talks about how to control time inside Premiere Pro. There are many options to change the speed of clips, including the rate stretch tool, time remapping to achieve a variable speed value, and using After Effects own remapping abilities to fine tune your results.

      Check out more at –
      http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/


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      Warped Text – UAP 242



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to alter text through Warp Text in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Sizing a Picture for Video

      Photos that are intended for use in a video project have much lower resolution requirements than those for print projects. Additionally, video has very specific pixel dimensions that need to be followed. Otherwise unwanted black bars can show up around the image on the video screen. Let’s learn an easy workflow.

      1. Create a video-sized documentChoose File > New... and choose a preset that matches your video editing timeline.

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      2. Add your source photoChoose File > Place then navigate to your desired image file and click Place and then click OK. Your source photo may have a different pixel shape than your video graphic document. Many of the video presets rely upon non-square pixels, but Photoshop will handle all of the conversion internally.

      3. Scale the image to sizeDrag the Transform handles to size the photo. Be sure to hold the shift key to scale the image proportionately.
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      4. Commit the imagePress Return (Enter) to complete the Place command and add the image to your document.

      5. Change your mindWhen using the Place command, the new layer is added as a Smart Object. This means that you can choose to scale the image up to its original size at any time. To modify the scale, choose Edit > Free Transform to resize the image.

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      Photoshop World Comes to Washington, DC

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      In March, Photoshop World will bring a new party to our nation’s capital to offer three non-stop days of informative, inspirational and invaluable photography, lighting and Photoshop training from the industry’s best and brightest talents, as well as an industry expo showcasing the hottest products and services on the market.

      I'll be teaching a
      pre-conference on DSLR Video (held at RHED Pixel) plus regular classes and show floor classes.

      Click here to download a PDF version of the official Photoshop World brochure, which will be arriving in the January issue of Photoshop User.

      The brochure features descriptions of all training sessions and optional pre-conference workshops, a list of participating instructors and much more.

      And don’t forget to
      register before Friday, February 17 to save an extra $100 off the registration rate.

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      Stylizing Text – UAP 241



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates the various ways you can alter text with the text tool in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Photoshop and AE: Refine Edge Command and 3-D Motion Control

      Photoshop and AE: Refine Edge Command and 3-D Motion Control



      In this installment of PS and AE, Richard Harrington shows to use Adobe Photoshop and After Effects together to get great 3D extrusion. He'll take some photos and split them out into 3D space, as well as use the Refine Edge command and the content-aware fill option to quickly build your layers to pop out and move around in the 3D camera.

      Check out more at –
      http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/

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      Timecode in After Effects



      Learn about how to use timecode in Adobe Creative Suite CS5.5.

      This video is part of the book
      Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques.
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      Save Your Photos for Web and Mobile Delivery

      I frequently see other photographers struggle in preparing their files for the Internet.  Some make files that are ridiculously big and take forever to download.  Others accidentally resize or flatten layers during the process and damage their files.  But I understand, you probably didn’t study to be a web developer.
      Fortunately, Photoshop provides a powerful command for compressing images and previewing the results: the Save For Web & Devices command.
      1.    Open an image in Adobe Photoshop.
      2.    Choose File > Save For Web & Devices.
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      3.    The Save For Web & Devices dialog box offers several important options for optimization and preview:
      • Tools. If you can’t see the entire image, you can use the Zoom tool to make the image more visible. Additionally, you can use the Hand tool (or hold down the spacebar) to drag and navigate around the image.
      • Optimization tabs. By clicking the four tabs at the top, you can choose to view the Original image, an Optimized view, 2-Up for two versions of the image side by side, or 4-Up for four versions of the image side by side. Being able to compare optimized images helps you choose the right format and compression settings.
      • Image Optimization Info. The area below each image in the Save For Web & Devices dialog box gives you optimization information. You can see the current optimization applied, the projected file size, and the estimated download time based on a selected modem connection speed.
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      4.    You’ll likely need to further reduce the file size for Internet delivery. The first area to tackle is the actual image size in pixels. In the Image Size field type in a Height of 600 pixels, so the image can integrate easily into the Web page (even with a screen resolution of 1024 x 768, a height of 600 would allow the image to display without scrolling up and down). Press the Tab key to exit the field and apply the resize value.
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      5.    The file size has been reduced, but it’s hard to see the effects of the compression. Set the image magnification view to 100%.

      6.    Change the amount of Compression by either changing the preset (from High to Medium, for example) or adjusting the Quality amount.
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      7.    Click Save to specify a location for the saved file and then write a compressed Web-ready version. The original file will remain untouched, and its resolution and quality will be identical to its state when you launched the Save For Web & Devices command.

      For more on mastering Photoshop, check out my book
      Understanding Adobe Photoshop.
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      Vanishing Point – UAP 240



      Instructor Richard Harrington shows you a filter in Photoshop CS5 that allows perspective cloning.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      How to Fix a Shaky Camera



      Learn about the Warp Stabilizer in Adobe Creative Suite CS5.5.

      This video is part of the book
      Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques.

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      3-D Models in Photoshop and After Effects

      Photoshop and AE: 3-D Models



      In this episode of Video Adrenaline for Photoshop and After Effects, Richard Harrington explores the interaction between Photoshop and AE when creating 3D models. Learn how to use Photoshop to retexture a model and import as a live 3D model into After Effects.

      Check out more at –
      http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/

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      Spot Color Effects for Video Plus a Free HD Download



      A free tutorial using After Effects or Final Cut Pro X to do advanced secondary and spot color effects. Learn how to tweak a color in a video clip (even with a moving subject). This technique is fast and easy (and is a client-pleaser too).

      Plus thanks to iStockphoto, you can get:
      This vide clip for free –
      http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-video-13410332-poppy-on-meadow.php
      A free audio file too –
      http://www.istockphoto.com/freeaudio

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      Working with Shadows and Highlights in Raw Images

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      I've posted a new tutorial over at the great Tip Squirrel site. This one is a quick look at how to use
      Shadow and Highlights with Adobe Camera Raw. The tutorial will work with Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. Ideally you'll use a raw photo, but the Adobe Camera Raw module can also open TIFF or JPEG files.


      "In this follow-up to last week’s video, Rich Harrington teaches us how to fix clipped shadows, overblown highlights, and soft detail when working with photos shot under low lift conditions."


      I hope you enjoy it.

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      Photoshop World – Buy One Get One

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      My friends over at Kelby Training have some great deals on Monday.

      But this is the biggest – B
      uy a PhotshopWorld ticket and get one for free.

      Here are some other deals too.
      • NAPP Membership (or Renewal) - Get 6 extra months free
      • Books, DVDs, Bundles - Save 30% off your order
      • KelbyTraining.com - Save $50 on a one-year subscription
      • NAPP and KelbyTraining.com $199 for one year of both

      Check out all the deals here



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      Lens Blur – UAP 239



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to use the Lens Blur Command in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Editing Multi-camera Productions in Adobe Premiere Pro

      Premiere Pro Video Adrenaline: Editing Multi-camera Productions



      In this installment of Video Adrenaline for Premiere Pro, Richard Harrington goes over the process of setting up a multi-clip for editing and walks you through the essential steps.

      Check out more at –
      http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/

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      Animation for Producers — Free Panel at GV Expo

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      Wednesday, November 30 | 5:30pm - 8:00pm
      Washington, DC Convention Center
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      Don't miss this special Animator's Roundtable at GV Expo. It's
      FREE and open to the public. This is the chance for DC's best Animators, Motion Designers, and VFX Artists to meet their Producer counterparts.

      Producers and Animators don't always understand each others areas of expertise. Creating an animation or graphics heavy video can often be daunting, so the Animator's Roundtable has activated its universal translator to help Producers and Animators speak the same language and communicate better! Our expert panel, a mix of Producers and Animators, will share their knowledge and a few tips on planning for and using animation effectively. They'll help you figure out how to solve your creative challenges with the magic of graphics.

      Special Guest Panelists:

      • Chris Dominici, Potomac Motion
      • Richard Harrington, RHED Pixel
      • Pradeep Mistry, PCM Animation
      • Ann Ramsey, US Dept. of Health and Human Services

      This is a FREE event starting right after the close of the exhibit hall floor. Come join us for some networking and a great discussion, so if you're a Producer, an Animator, or just intrigued, this event is for YOU!


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      Syncing with DSLR Footage with DualEyes

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      A great way to sync your DSLR and sync-sound footage is with a stand-alone, third-party application called DualEyes from Singular Software (www.singularsoftware.com/dualeyes.html). What’s really cool is that DualEyes can sync your DSLR video clips and your separate high-quality audio recordings before you import them into Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid etc. It creates a new video clip containing the good audio married to the original video, so there is no loss in video quality. Plus, your original files remain untouched on your drive.

      In my tests, DualEyes was significantly faster than Final Cut Pro X's automatic syncing (but it will set you back $149).

      Here is a quick overview of how DualEyes works.

      1. Launch the DualEyes application.

      2. Click the New Project button.

      3. Give the project a descriptive name, and select a location where you want to save the project. I suggest saving in a media folder related to the project you are syncing because DualEyes does create new media and temp files when it runs. The application also generates a report file that you can peruse to determine any problem clips.

      4. Drag in the video and audio files that you want to sync or click the Add Media button (the plus symbol).

      Officially, you can add multiple video files, but it is best to stick with only one good audio file. This is not multi-camera prep, so you should only put video in from one camera or camera angle. Don’t throw everything in at once. With that said, I dumped in the sound track from a concert and every video angle (even a few random clips), and it did an excellent job of matching the sound.

      5. Click the Options menu and choose from the following options:
      • Replace Audio for MOV and AVI files. DualEyes will create a new file that contains the video from the original clip and the synced audio for MOV and AVI files. Make sure you select this option, or you won’t get a new self-contained movie file with clean audio.
      • Correct Drift. Cameras can record at 24P, 29.97i, and so on. Audio devices like to keep rates at 30 frames per second. These timing differences between the audio and video can sometimes cause drift, which means audio and video could be perfectly synced in one segment of the video but unsynced in a different segment. The Correct Drift option corrects this so that everything is in sync all the time. This problem tends to show up in very long recordings.
      • Level Audio. Before DualEyes, the creator of the software had a great product used by podcasters worldwide called the Levelator. This product did a wonderful job of smoothing out variations in sound. Well, that’s built into DualEyes. If your audio levels vary a lot between clips, DualEyes can normalize the audio levels. If you’ve recorded from a professional soundboard at a venue, this might be overkill, but for interviews and most other situations, it works great. It’s almost always safe to use this option, but it will take a bit longer to process.

      6. Click the scissors button to start synchronizing clips.

      7. You can monitor progress within the app and view the Output column to track progress. When it’s done, you will see a new clip that contains the good audio and the good video (minus the bad audio). You will find this movie in the same folder as the original movie with the bad audio. Its name will be appended with “_from_” and then the name of the good audio file you referenced.

      8. Simply import it into Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, or Avid and you are good to go.

      DualEyes is a popular choice with those who need to prepare footage to hand off to clients or other team members. It’s popular because it’s fast and it saves several steps at the editing stage (which often get screwed up due to poor communication).
      I recommend you download the free demo and try it out.

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      Want to Recharge Your Video Editing Mojo? Join Me at Editor's Retreat 2012 (Discount Code)

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      I have been going to the Editor's Retreat event for almost 15 years (back when it was known as the Avid Master Editor Workshop). This is a great event that lets professional editors get together for several days of learning and networking in a small intimate event. The next time its being held is February 1–5 in Austin, Texas.

      Editors Retreat from Editors Retreat on Vimeo.

      Now in its fifth year, the Editors Retreat has become an annual gathering for the post-production elite. Highly experienced editors from the worlds of film, TV and video come together to network, exchange ideas, share tips and of course, have fun! To ensure that only the best of the best attend, participation is subject to an application and screening process.



      The Editors Retreat is an intensive, interactive environment for TV, video and film editors that fosters creativity and the exchange of ideas at the highest level.Now in its sixth year, the Editors Retreat has become an annual gathering for the post-production elite. Highly experienced editors  come together to network, exchange ideas, share tips and of course, have fun!  Running for 5 days and 4 nights, the Editors Retreat offers advanced sessions on post, visual and audio techniques and features valuable insight into emerging trends and technologies.  

      Keynote attendees have included such names as Alan Heim, Sally Menke, Geoffrey Richman, Dan Lebental and Maysie Hoy.  Retreat attendees are known to walk away with incredible raffle prizes and swag, often worth more than cost of attending!


      For more info visit : 
      EditorsRetreat.com
      Special 10% Discount Code  :  ERRH12


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      Why I Switched to Adobe Premiere Pro (A Video Testimonial)

      Atlanta Cutters 7_27_2011 Part 3: Adobe Premeire Pro CS5.5 presentation from Atlanta Cutters on Vimeo.



      I share why RHED Pixel has switched to Adobe Premiere Pro. Forgive the rough audio… but the content and the logic are good (especially if you've been sitting on the fence wondering where to go about your video editing needs).

      Richard Harrington, Founder RHED Pixel, presents Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.5.
      From the Atlanta Cutters Post Production User Group Meeting July 27, 2011. Sign up today to be a member or register for our next event. atlantacutters.com

      Lead Camera: Michael Fulcher
      2nd Camera: Kevin Olson
      Media Management: Chris Fenwick
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      Animating the Lens Blur Filter

      Photoshop and AE: Animating the Lens Blur Filter



      In this episode of Video Adrenaline for Photoshop and After Effects, Richard Harrington explores how to use the Lens Blur Filter in AE CS5.5 to create variable depth of field. This filter is an improvement on the last version of the same.

      Check out more at –
      http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/

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      Replacing Skies – UAP 238



      Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to replace the sky in a photo in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track

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      Mastering the Media Browser in Adobe Premiere Pro

      Premiere Pro Video Adrenaline: Mastering the Media Browser



      In this installment of Video Adrenaline for Premiere Pro, Richard Harrington explores the Media Browser in PP and talks about features that you might not know exist.

      Check out more at –
      http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/

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      Restore a Damaged Photo – UAP 237



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to fix a damaged historical photo using Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track

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      Using Adobe Device Central to Format Video for Mobile Phones

      Photoshop and AE: Device Central



      In this installment of Photoshop and AE Video Adrenaline, Richard Harrington demonstrates how to combine Photoshop and After Effects to utilize a helper application designed for mobile -- Device Central CS5.5. In 2010, more money was made on mobile phones just delivering text and sms messages than all of Hollywood put together. In the future, getting content to mobile devices will be increasingly important. You're going to want to know how to get content to a wide range of devices.

      Check out more at –
      http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/

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      Mastering the Adobe Premiere Pro Timeline Panel – Free Class

      Here's an archive of my free class sponsored by Adobe – Mastering the Adobe Premiere Pro Timeline Panel

      You can view the hour-long class here
      https://seminars.adobeconnect.com/_a227210/p84tcyvjq2f/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal

      The timeline panel in Adobe Premiere Pro is where the story comes together.  Sure there's standard operations like Insert and Overwrite as well as the ability to Ripple and Roll.  But once you dig in, you'll find much more.  In this session you'll learn both essential operations and advanced features like replace edit, creating custom transitions, and using Adobe Dynamic Link to exchange files with Adobe After Effects and Audition.

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      Black and White Photoshop Adjustment Layers


      Learn how to use Black and White adjustment layers in Photoshop more effectively.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track
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      Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Pro

      Premiere Pro Video Adrenaline: Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts



      In this installment of Video Adrenaline for Premiere Pro, Richard Harrington talks about the powerful features of customizing your keyboard using Premiere Pro CS5.5.

      Check out more at –
      http://library.creativecow.net/harrington_richard/

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      Free E-Seminar: Mastering the Adobe Premiere Pro Timeline Panel

      Title: Mastering the Adobe Premiere Pro Timeline Panel
      Time: Thursday, November 3rd, 10:00 am  PT/1pm ET
      Registration link: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/event/index.cfm?event=detail&id=1903730&loc=en_us
       
      More Info:
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      The timeline panel in Adobe Premiere Pro is where the story comes together.  Sure there's standard operations like Insert and Overwrite as well as the ability to Ripple and Roll.  But once you dig in, you'll find much more.  In this session you'll learn both essential operations and advanced features like replace edit, creating custom transitions, and using Adobe Dynamic Link to exchange files with Adobe After Effects and Audition. The class is taught by Richard Harrington of RHED Pixel.

      Bio:
      Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel in Washington, DC (www.RHEDPixel.com).  Richard is the co-author of the new book and DVD, An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro.  He is also the host of Creative COW's Premiere Pro video podcast.  Rich is the author of numerous resources for the video industry.  To find out more follow Rich on Twitter @rhedpixel or visit his blog (www.RichardHarringtonBlog.com).
       
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      Adobe Sneak Peek – Image Deblurring



      In this video demo, Jue Wang will show you a sneak peek of a potential new feature that allows users to remove blurriness from digital photos caused by camera shake while the pictures were being taken.

      Rich's Take:
      • This will change everything
      • I still believe in shooting right, but 99% of people I know would benefit

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      Content Aware Fill/Scale/Heal in Photoshop – UAP 236



      I'll show you how to repair and remove unwanted content in an image using the Content Aware Tools in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track

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      Media and Social Media Symposium by RHED Pixel – Day 2









      Stream videos at Ustream

      My company, RHED Pixel is offering a two day Media and Social Media Symposium. The event will be streaming live for two days (we have several 45 minute sessions). Below is the schedule for day two, Wednesday, October 26. We'll stream these only once… so if you want to catch these live you can watch below or at this link –
      http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rhed-pixel-open-house-day-1


      10:00 AM EST
      Video on the Go: Producing Video for Smart Phones, Apple iOS and Google Droid
      Richard Harrington & Mark Weiser — RHED Pixel

      11:00 AM EST
      Measuring Social Media Results: Real World Metrics
      Amy DeLouise

      12:00 PM EST
      More than 140 Characters: Enriching Twitter and Facebook with Photos, Video, and More
      Richard Harrington— RHED Pixel

      2:00 PM EST
      You Can Hear the Difference: The Benefit of Audio Sweetening
      Cheryl Ottenritter –Ott House Audio

      3:00 PM EST
      Color Grading your Video Project: When You Really Want to Fix it in Post
      Robbie Carman — Amigo Media

      4:00 PM EST
      Fix it in Post: Rescuing Footage from Production Disasters
      Brenda Spevak and Adam Martray — RHED Pixel

      4:45 PM EST
      The Perfect Key: What You Need to Know About Green Screen
      Richard Harrington & Xi Lin —RHED Pixel



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      Media and Social Media Symposium by RHED Pixel – Day 1









      Stream videos at Ustream

      My company, RHED Pixel is offering a two day Media and Social Media Symposium. The event will be streaming live for two days (we have several 45 minute sessions). Below is the schedule for day one, Tuesday, October 25. We'll stream these only once… so if you want to catch these live you can watch below or at this link –
      http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rhed-pixel-open-house-day-1


      10:00 AM EST
      Hypersyndication: How to Get Your Social Media and Video More Eyeballs
      Richard Harrington — RHED Pixel

      11:00 AM EST
      Nobody Cares What You Had for Lunch: Practical Writing Tips for Social Media
      Mary Fletcher — Fletcher Prince Marketing

      12:00 PM EST
      DSLR Video: Hollywood Style – DC Budgets
      Rich Harrington & Mark Weiser — RHED Pixel

      2:00 PM EST
      Why 3D Matters: How your Brain Sees 3D Video
      Chris Mayhew — V3 Imaging

      3:00 PM EST
      Hard Drives and Your Media: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
      Mark Fuccio

      4:00 PM EST
      Five Innovations in Video Editing: How to Work Faster and Smarter
      Richard Harrington & Adam Martray — RHED Pixel

      5:00 PM EST
      From Inspiration to Animation: Motion Graphics Design Showcase
      Xi Lin & Esin Ozdag — RHED Pixel

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      Working Faster with Photoshop’s Spot Healing Brush Tool

      Do you read Tip Squirrel? If not you should… tons of great Photoshop experts post tips over there (including me).
      Here's a recent post on the Spot Healing Brush

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      The Spot Healing Brush tool was added to Photoshop as a way to harness powerful blending technology with less work (although the Healing Brush is pretty labor-free to begin with). It can quickly remove blemishes and imperfections in photos without requiring a sample point to be set.
      The Spot Healing Brush tool automatically samples pixels from the area around the retouched area.
      Let’s give the tool a try:
      1. Open a file with a blemish (or
      download our sample image)
      Ch11-Fig-14-Spot-Healing-1_thumb
      Look closely at the image; you’ll see some acne on the child’s forehead and a wet spot on her shirt. Both are easy fixes with the Spot Healing Brush tool. 2. Activate the Spot Healing Brush tool from the Tools panel.
      3. Choose a soft-edged brush from the Options bar. Make the brush only slightly larger than the problem areas. For this image, a brush size of 25 pixels and a hardness of 25% will work well.
      4. Set the blending mode in the Options bar to Replace to preserve noise, grain, and hair texture at the edges of the stroke.
      5. Choose a Type of repair in the Options bar:

      • Proximity Match. Pixels from the edge of the selection are used as a patch for the selected area. This should be the first attempt at repair; if it doesn’t look good, switch to the Create Texture option.
      • Create Texture. Pixels in the selection are used to create a texture to fix the damaged area. If the texture doesn’t work, try dragging through the area one more time.
      Ch11-Fig-15-Spot-Healing-2_thumb
      6. Click once on an area you want to fix. You can also click and drag over a larger area. After fixing the acne, touch up the wet spot on the child’s shirt. If you are unhappy with the spot healing stroke, simply undo and try again with a smaller brush. You can also try stroking in different directions to modify your results.
      Ch11-Fig-16-Spot-Healing-3_thumb
      Upon close examination, you should notice that you have healed several blemishes in the photo. If only life were so easy.

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      Check Out Several Free Samples of An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro

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      Free resources from the new book "An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro"

      More than an hour of free video on Adobe Premiere Pro and Creative Suite 
      http://ow.ly/74fyH

      Importing Avid and FCP Projects
      http://ptgmedia.pearsoncmg.com/imprint_downloads/peachpit/peachpit/samplechapters/0321773012/0321773012_appenD.pdf
      http://ptgmedia.pearsoncmg.com/imprint_downloads/peachpit/peachpit/samplechapters/0321773012/0321773012__appenE.pdf

      Trimming
      http://ptgmedia.pearsoncmg.com/imprint_downloads/peachpit/peachpit/samplechapters/0321773012/0321773012_ch09.pdf


      Importing Footage
      http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1729266


      Hope it helps. You can order the book here:
      http://www.amazon.com/Editors-Guide-Adobe-Premiere-Pro/dp/0321773012/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1319509066&sr=8-1
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      Adobe Sneak Peek – Video Meshes




      In this video, Sylvain Paris will show you a sneak peak of a potential feature for editing videos, including the ability to create 3D fly-throughs of 2D videos and change focus and depth of field.

      Rich's Take:
      • This has some serious potential for compositing
      • RotoBrush, Content Aware Fill… apparently Adobe wants to take every hard job and make it easy.


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      Healing Brush in Photoshop – UAP 235



      Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to retouch an image using the healing brush tool in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track

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      Free Premiere Pro Webinar 10/18 at 11 AM PST

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      More and more editors are switching to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 to make them more efficient. If you’re wondering if Adobe Premiere Pro is right for you, join us for a free Webinar. Two long-time industry pros, Richard Harrington and Abba Shapiro, made the switch to Adobe Premiere Pro and will show you why it is now their preferred editing application. You’ll get the real story on the Mercury Playback Engine, what it means to edit footage natively, how you can remove bottlenecks in your pipeline when transferring projects from other applications, and how to work with Adobe After Effects and Photoshop.


      • To showcase Adobe video streaming, we will be hosting the event on Adobe Connect.
      Important Update:


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      Using Content Aware Scaling to Resize Images

      Photoshop and AE: Content Aware Scale

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      In this installment of Photoshop and AE Video Adrenaline, Richard Harrington demonstrates how to combine Photoshop and After Effects to look at a great feature called Content Aware Scale. In Photoshop, you can detect skin tones or choose to protect a selected area from transform, but be able to completely re-scale an image while leaving the selected area unchanged. Richard then brings these concepts into After Effects for video in the next installment of Video Adrenaline for Photoshop and After Effects.
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      Cloning in Photoshop – UAP 234



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to remove unwanted images in a photo using the clone stamp tool in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5


      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track

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      Two Down & Dirty Techniques to Make Your HDR Photos Pop

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      Like your HDR images? Want them to pop more? In this
      3Exposure tutorial, I show you how the Find Edges Command, a Black & White Adjustment Layer and blending modes can take your image from wow… to WOW!

      These techniques are easy and fast so take 4 minutes and extend your skill set.
      Check it out at 3Exposure.com!

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      Recovering A Raw File – UAP 233



      Instructor Richard Harrington explains the benefits of shooting in Raw, rather than jpeg or Tiff using Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

      This post sponsored by iStockphotoSave 10%Get a Free Audio Track

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      Using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro Together



      Author Rich Harrington demonstrates how to integrate still images into your Adobe Premiere Workflow.

      Be sure to check out the new book – 
      An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro

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      Photoshop's Content Aware Scale


      CAF
      In this installment of Photoshop and AE Video Adrenaline, I demonstrate how to combine Photoshop and After Effects to look at a great feature called Content Aware Scale. In Photoshop, you can detect skin tones or choose to protect a selected area from transform, but be able to completely re-scale an image while leaving the selected area unchanged. I then bring these concepts into After Effects for video in the next installment of Video Adrenaline for Photoshop and After Effects.

      See it at Creative Cow!


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      Find Video Clips with Speech Recognition in Adobe Premiere Pro



      Author Rich Harrington discusses the Adobe Story Workflow. Learn how to attach scripts and transcripts to your Adobe Premiere Pro footage.

      Be sure to check out the new book – 
      An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro
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      Useful Filter Shortcutsfor Photshop

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      Here are useful shortcuts when working with filters in Photoshop

      Repeat previous Filter

      • Command+F (Ctrl+F)
      • Runs the last filter again with the previously used vales. No dialog box opens.
      • Mac Think "I command the filter to run again"
      • PC Think "I control the filter to run again"

      Reopen previous Filter with same settings loaded

      • Command+Option+F (Ctrl+Alt+F)
      • Opens the last filter dialog box with previously used values loaded.Can adjust then apply it.
      • Mac Think "I want command the last filter, but with options to adjust"
      • PC Think "I want command the last filter, but with alternatives to adjust"

      Fade previous Filter:

      • Command+Shift+F (Ctrl+Shift+F)
      • Must run immediately after a filter. Let's you mx back original with a fade amount as well as use blending modes.
      • Mac Think "I command the filter to fade and blend"
      • PC Think "I control how the filter fades and blends"

      Trust me… these are useful.
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      Free Webinar on Mastering Premiere Pro Timeline – Friday 9/30

      ASkaPro

      Mastering the Adobe Premiere Pro Timeline Panel – by Richard Harrington

      The timeline panel in Adobe Premiere Pro is where the story comes together. Sure there's standard operations like Insert and Overwrite as well as the ability to Ripple and Roll. But once you dig in, you'll find much more. In this session you'll learn essential operations and advanced features like replace edit, creating custom transitions, and using Adobe Dynamic Link to exchange files with Adobe After Effects and Audition. The session is being run by Richard Harrington of RHED Pixel.

      The class is on Friday, September 30, at 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST.
      Just go to the Adobe Connect Room: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/askcspro.

      The room will open up 15 minutes before the session starts. At this time, please sign in as a guest to join.

      To check the session start time for other time zones follows:
      http://bit.ly/q13I6l
       
      The signup for the event is on Facebook (but you don't need an account). This will send you reminders about the event.
      http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=274628395898390

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      Get My Motion Graphics book for $10

      Adobe Press has my new Motion Graphics book on sale for this week only!
      nografbookmini
      Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques
      By Richard Harrington, Ian Robinson
      Published by Adobe Press
      Series: Studio Techniques
      Pages: 456
      Watermarked eBook

      Almost all motion graphics artists today use After Effects, Photoshop, or Illustrator to some degree in their projects. But how do they decide which tool is best for the job and how can they utilize the various components in the Creative Suite together for the most efficient and effective workflow? This book cuts to the chase and shows readers an in-depth view of the various components in the Creative Suite as best utilized in professional motion graphics projects.

      Sale ends on Sunday at 10/2 at 12:01 AM PST

      This includes a link to download exercise files as well.
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      Batch Renaming Clips in Adobe Bridge



      This episode demonstrates how to rename your files in Adobe Bridge, in order to avoid media management issues.

      Be sure to check out the new book – 
      An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro
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      The State of DSLR Video Editing

      I recently had the chance to be a guest on the Planet 5D podcast. We talked about the state of the art in editing HDSLR footage and more!

      Watch for free here.

      podcast #52 Richard Harrington from planetMitch on Vimeo.

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      Merge to High Dynamic Range Pro – UAP 232



      Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to increase the dynamic range of an image by combining multiple images using the HDR tool in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Creating Logos and Bugs for Video

      Logos and Bugs from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



      Use Adobe Photoshop to prepare logos and bugs to overlay your video.


      Be sure to check out the book –
      An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro.
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      Setting Up Photoshop for Video and Motion Graphics Part 2

      This is part two on setting up Photoshop for a video workflow. Be sure to see part one posted yesterday.

      Units & Rulers

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      Under Units & Rulers, modify Photoshop’s measuring system to match video. If you work in a print environment, you can quickly jump back and change your measurement units by double-clicking on the ruler.
      • Set Rulers to pixels.
      • Set Type to points.
      • Ensure that screen resolution is set to 72 pixels/inch.
      • Ensure that the Point/Pica Size is set to PostScript (72 points/inch) so that type acts like other video applications.
      • Click Next.

      Guides, Grid, & Slices


      Figure ch01-09
      The next category helps you precisely align design elements.
      • I find that a Light Red guide is easier to see than the default Cyan.
      • Set up a grid using Lines with a gridline every 40 pixels and 4 subdivisions. You can now turn the grid off and on from the View menu or from the keyboard using Cmd+" (Ctrl+").
      • Disable Show Slice Numbers unless you are doing a lot of web work. Slices are used with rollover graphics to trigger button effects on web pages.
      • Click Next.

      Plug-Ins


      Figure ch01-10
      • If you need to travel with your plug-ins on a removable drive (for example a freelance assignment) then you can specify an Additional Plug-Ins Folder.
      • Click Next.

      Type


      Figure ch01-11
      The Type category consolidates several important type options into one area.
      • Check the box next to use Smart Quotes if you’ll need true quote marks and apostrophes more than foot and inch marks.
      • Leave Enable Missing Glyph Protection checked
      • Choose to Show Font Names in English (or the native language of your software).
      • Check Font Preview Size and specify a size that you like. The Huge size is helpful if a producer or client frequently sits over your shoulder.
      • Click Next.

      3D


      Figure ch01-12
      The 3D category controls both the performance and the appearance of Photoshop’s 3D toolset. Stick with the defaults until you master these tools.
      • Click OK.
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      Setting Up Photoshop for Video and Motion Graphics Part 1

      Photoshop has its roots as a video and film application. The print—and more recently, web—industries have claimed it as their own. Now it’s our turn. Digital video has emerged as the fastest growing technology area; more and more books and applications are popping up on the shelves, promising solutions for all skill levels. It is my goal to help you reclaim Photoshop and learn to harness its diverse imaging abilities to enhance your video projects.

      Photoshop has all the tools you need (and many you don’t). Let’s get started by setting up Photoshop to work with our video applications. First we’ll modify its preferences which control how the application functions. To begin, call up your Preferences panel by pressing Cmd+K (Ctrl+K). These Preferences suggestions are based on Photoshop CS5. Most of these options exist in earlier versions of Photoshop, but naming conventions may vary.

      General

      Figure ch01-02
      In the General category, choose:
      • Adobe Color Picker (a consistent, cross-platform color selection tool).
      • Image Interpolation set to Bicubic (best for smooth gradients).
      • Use Shift Key for Tool Switch unchecked.
      • Resize Image During Place checked.
      • Zoom Resizes Windows checked.
      • Zoom with Scroll Wheel checked.
      • Click Next.

      Interface

      Figure ch01-03
      The Interface category groups several preferences together that affect the application’s appearance.
      • Set UI Font Size set to Medium or Large depending upon the resolution of your display. Use a larger size for bigger monitors.
      • Leave Show Channels in Color unchecked. This option affects how your channels and images are viewed and diminish the on-screen viewing quality.
      • Uncheck Enable Gestures if using a laptop (unless you love them).
      • Click Next.

      File Handling

      Figure ch01-04
      In the File Handling category, you need to make some changes to ensure cross-platform functionality. Even if your shop only uses Macs or PCs, you will work with others who are on other operating systems. Be cross-platform compliant when saving your Photoshop files.
      • Always choose the Save an Icon and Macintosh or Windows Thumbnail options. This will allow you to quickly locate files through visual cues.
      • Always append file extension with lower case tags.
      • Set Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility to Always.
      • Click Next.

      Performance


      Figure ch01-05
      The performance category groups several options together which manage your installed RAM and hard drives.
      • Memory Usage identifies how much RAM you have installed. Photoshop has a minimum requirement of 1 GB for CS5.
      • Allow at least 20 History States (levels of Undo). You will vary this number based on RAM and personal experience as you grow less dependent on undos.
      • Memory will generally not be a big deal because you’ll work primarily with low-resolution sources in this book. However, if you have extra (local) drives, make Photoshop aware of them. Set your emptiest drive as the First Scratch Disk. Ideally you will choose a drive that is not the system (boot) drive.
      • If you have a robust video card and will be doing a lot of image clean up, then check the boxes for Enable OpenGL Drawing.
      • Click Next.

      Cursors


      Figure ch01-06
      Photoshop uses specialized cursors to make it easier to know which tool is in use.
      • Set Painting Cursors to Normal Brush Tip. I personally prefer to check Show Crosshair in Brush Tip. (The Caps Lock key disables this preview feature.)
      • Set Other Cursors to Precise. This way, you can actually see your sample point for your Eyedropper and Stamp tools.
      • Click Next.

      Transparency & Gamut

      Figure ch01-07
      Under Transparency & Gamut, you can generally leave these options alone. Personal preferences do vary however.
      • You can change the grid size to make it easier to see transparent pixels.
      • You can change the grid color if you despise light gray. You can also disable the grid altogether. Remember, the grid will not print or show up in your video graphics.
      • Click Next.
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      Shadows/Highlights in Photoshop – UAP 231



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to utilize the Shadows/Highlights command to perfect an image.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Free Webinar on Mastering Premiere Pro Timeline

      ASkaPro

      Mastering the Adobe Premiere Pro Timeline Panel – by Richard Harrington

      The timeline panel in Adobe Premiere Pro is where the story comes together. Sure there's standard operations like Insert and Overwrite as well as the ability to Ripple and Roll. But once you dig in, you'll find much more. In this session you'll learn essential operations and advanced features like replace edit, creating custom transitions, and using Adobe Dynamic Link to exchange files with Adobe After Effects and Audition. The session is being run by Richard Harrington of RHED Pixel.

      The class is on Friday, September 30, at 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST.
      Just go to the Adobe Connect Room: http://my.adobe.acrobat.com/askcspro.

      The room will open up 15 minutes before the session starts. At this time, please sign in as a guest to join.

      To check the session start time for other time zones follows:
      http://bit.ly/q13I6l
       
      The signup for the event is on Facebook (but you don't need an account). This will send you reminders about the event.
      http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=274628395898390

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      DSLR Creative Suite Workflow Part 5

      DSLR Creative Suite Part 5 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



      Clean up your audio with Adobe Audition. Publish your DSLR projects with Adobe Media Encoder.

      To learn more about DSLR Video, check out
      From Still to Motion.
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      DSLR Creative Suite Workflow Part 4

      DSLR Creative Suite Part 4 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



      Learn how to use Adobe After Effects for your DSLR projects.

      To learn more about DSLR Video, check out
      From Still to Motion.
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      DSLR Creative Suite Workflow Part 3

      DSLR Creative Suite Part 3 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



      Learn how to enhance enhance footage and create graphics for your DSLR video projects with Adobe Photoshop.

      To learn more about DSLR Video, check out
      From Still to Motion.
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      Photoshop's Auto-Levels

      When working with the Levels adjustment layer, you may have noticed the Auto button. This command button triggers an analysis of the histogram data by Photoshop that is then used to modify the individual controls of the Levels adjustment. In many cases this results in an image that is properly adjusted for color balance and exposure issues. In others it will get you closer to a corrected image.

      1. Open a photo that is too dark.

      Fig 10-11 Auto Levels 1

      2. Add a Levels adjustment layer by clicking the Levels icon in the Adjustments panel.
      3. Click the Auto button to perform an automated adjustment for the image. The image’s levels and color are adjusted.

      Fig 10-12 Auto Levels 2

      Fig 10-13 Auto Levels 3

      4. To refine how the automatic adjustment works, hold down the Option (Alt) key and click the Auto button again. A new dialog box opens.
      5. Select Find Dark & Light Colors and Snap Neutral Midtones to create a very natural balance of colors for the image.

      Fig 10-14 Auto Levels 4
      6. Click OK to close the dialog box.

      Fig 10-15 Auto Levels 5


      Rinse and Repeat


      If you have several images from the same camera or shoot, they may need the same Levels adjustment. The Save button allows you to save a Levels adjustment (to the folder that contains the image is a good place). You can then click the Load button to apply that adjustment to another image.

      This post is sponsored by iStockphoto
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      DSLR Creative Suite Workflow Part 2

      DSLR Creative Suite Part 2 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



      Get started editing with Adobe Premiere Pro and DSLR footage.

      To learn more about DSLR Video, check out
      From Still to Motion.

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      Chromakey with After Effects

      Chromakeying in After Effects from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



      Learn how to key footage with Adobe After Effects and Keylight.

      Be sure to check out the book –
      An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro.
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      Using Anti-aliasing in Photoshop for Screen Graphics

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      The image on the left is aliased, notice the jagged stair-step edges. The image on the right has anti-aliasing applied to the text.

      Did you ever play with Lego building blocks as a child? Perhaps you noticed how hard it was to build an arch or a curve. The best you could achieve still had noticeable stair stepping. Guess what, pixels are just like those building blocks. Curved or diagonal lines will not look good at low resolutions, and you must soften the edge.
      By choosing to use an Anti-aliasing method, Photoshop will generate smoother results—especially when using selection tools (such as the Quick Selection tool) or vector-based type. Anti-aliasing works by softening the color transition between edge pixels.

      Since only the edge pixels are changed, you lose no detail in the image itself. Anti-aliasing is a useful option for creating text, making selections for filters, or copying and pasting. It will be a recurrent topic throughout this book. You can adjust the anti-aliasing for many tools directly in the Options bar. You should apply this option before a selection is made.

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      DSLR Creative Suite Workflow Part 1

      DSLR Creative Suite Part 1 from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.



      Learn how to organize your DSLR video projects for an Adobe Creative Suite workflow.

      To learn more about DSLR Video, check out
      From Still to Motion.
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      Four Free Chapters from new Adobe Premiere Pro Book

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      In case you haven't picked up An Editor’s Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro, you can now check out a bunch of the book for free. This is the most detailed book on video editing that I've ever worked on, I literally wrote it to retrain my own staff. It is all about realistic workflows and maximizing the entire Production Premium Creative Suite.

      Todd Kopriva of Adobe says:
      “This book is an excellent resource for experienced editors to learn Adobe Premiere Pro. It begins from an assumption that you already know about video editing in general and only need to learn the details of the features and workflows specific to Adobe Premiere Pro and its companion applications.”
      Here are two free chapters and two appendixes:


      Get the book here

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      Stealing Sunsets – UAP 230



      Instructor Richard Harrington shows you a technique to take the sunset from an image and use it’s colors in a different image.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Adobe Point Text vs. Paragraph Text

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      When you need to create text for your projects, you can turn to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, or After Effects. With each application, there are two ways you can create a text layer. You can use either Point or Paragraph text in each application, both offer benefits and you should carefully choose which you want.

      Point Text

      Click in the Comp window and start typing to create Point text. Point Text treats each line you type as a separate block of text. New lines will only be created when your press the Return (Enter) key. This method is useful if you want to align the text to a specific point on-screen.

      Paragraph Text

      Click the left mouse button down and drag in the Comp window to create a Paragraph text block. The edge—the text’s bounding box— is defined by how far you dragged the mouse when you created the paragraph text layer. This style of text wraps text around to the next line when your type reaches the edge of the current line.

      You can resize the bounding box by clicking to place the cursor within the text, then dragging on one of the sizing handles around the perimeter of the bounding box. Shift-dragging a sizing handle will constrain the proportions of the bounding box. Make sure you don’t accidentally drag a sizing handle with the Selection tool, or you’ll scale the text, not it's bounding box.

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      Create PDFs from Your iPad or iPhone



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      Adobe has expanded its suite of iOS apps with CreatePDF. You can now convert several different files into a PDF right from your iOS device.

      The app uses Adobe's
      online PDF creation service.

      You can submit:

      • MS Word (docx, doc), Excel (xlsx, xls), PowerPoint (pptx, ppt)
      • Adobe Illustrator (ai), Photoshop (psd) and InDesign (indd)
      • Images – JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF
      • RTF, Text and WordPerfect
      • OpenOffice and StarOffice documents

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      Creating Sepiatones in Photoshop – UAP 229



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to create a sepia tone from scratch to add a unique look for your image.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Film Look—Soft Bloom with Adobe Dynamic Link

      Are you looking to push the "film look" even further for your DSLR footage? A quick trip to Adobe After Effects can enhance your clips.

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      1. Duplicate your current sequence in Adobe Premiere Pro in case you change your mind.
      2. Select the clips in the current timeline that you want to process.
      3. Choose File > Adobe Dynamic Link > Replace With After Effects Composition.
      4. The selected clips are sent to After Effects. If its not running already, the program will open. Name the project and click Save.
      5. Double-click the composition to ensure it is open, then click in the Timeline panel.
      6. In After Effects, choose Layer > New Adjustment Layer. You can use an adjustment layer to affect all clips below.
      7. Choose Effect > Blur > Fast Blur and crank the filter up to a radius between 15 and 90 pixels. Don’t worry if it looks over-done.
      8. Click the Repeat Edge Pixels checkbox.
      9. Switch to modes in the Timeline and try different blending modes such as Add, Overlay, Soft Light, or Multiply. In fact you may want to try all of the different modes to see which one you like best. Depending on your source, you may need to use different modes, to get results.
      10. Adjust the opacity of the adjustment layer to taste.
      11. Choose File > Close Project. Save your changes.
      12. Return to Adobe Premiere Pro to see the updated effect. If you want to update the effect, highlight the linked composition and press Cmd+E (Ctrl+E).

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      Dealing With Crowds in Panoramic Photos

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      I seem to like to make things hard on myself.

      • Lots of moving subjects (hundreds of people in fact)
      • Shifting horizons and foreground (waves)
      • Lack of a tripod (shot thus handheld in about 60 seconds)

      But the moment was worth capturing.  I was in Huntington Beach (my birthplace in fact) and I really wanted a photo to capture the mood.  Of course it was just about noon (the light was awful).  That’s okay… the whole reason I enjoy Photoshop is the process of developing the picture in my mind’s eye.

      Head over to
      www.3exposure.com and see how I put the shot together.

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      Check Out this Week's Episode of the Grid

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      I was this week's guest on The Grid with Scott Kelby & Matt Kloskowski. It's a live talk-show about photography, Photoshop & other industry-related topics. The archive of the live show just got posted.

      You can view it here.

      Episode Summary

      Scott is back from his European seminar tour and is joined by Matt and PSW Instructor, Rich Harrington. Today's topic: "C'mon… Admit it… You use Photoshop" - a lively discussion about why Photoshop is still seen as a taboo addition to photography by some, regardless of the fact that
      every photographer uses it. The discussion turns to "digital vs. darkroom"… And then careens right off the rails as Scott regales the audience with a lovely song about Brad's experience in Amsterdam. (NOTE: He's totally joking).

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      Don't Miss a Live Interview with the Photoshop Product Manager Today

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      Don't miss Bryan Hughes (Photoshop Product Manager) on a special bonus LIVE episode of The Grid today (Thursday, August 18).

      Here's the link:
      http://www.kelbytv.com/thegrid

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      Black and White Adjustments in Photoshop – UAP 228



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to successfully use the Black and White Adjustments in Photoshop CS5 to change the look of an image.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      How to Sign Your Work – Adding a Digital Signature To Your Photographs

      A popular trend these days is to sign your images when posting online. The thought is to treat the image more like it was being shown in a gallery and less like pixel dust in the wind. The process is really pretty easy to do. I’d also like to state that this is a much more attractive way to watermark a photo.

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      Head over to Triple Exposure to see the free tutorial – http://3exposure.com/2011/08/03/how-to-sign-your-work-–-adding-a-digital-signature/


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      A Photoshop HDR Workflow Example




      In this video, photographer and trainer Rich Harrington takes 3 images and works with them to complete a single HDR image with multiple effects.

      Combining the images and them post processing within Photoshop Rich gives us a real world example of photographic workflow.

      For more tutorials be sure to check out
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      Photoshop Calculations = Math, right?

      This is a goes post from the talented Janine Smith In my opinion the name "Calculations", in and of itself, is the biggest drawback of this really awesome tool. I think if the folks at Adobe had called the thing "Melvin" there wouldn't have been nearly the confusion over it. The name is daunting to those of us with Math Phobia, but the command itself is just nifty!

      Even when I began to understand that Calculations might actually be a feature I could use in my work, I just wasn't getting it! I watched training videos, read articles, asked people to explain...it just wasn't getting through. For some reason, even the explanations were coming across as somewhat mathematical therefore they were bypassing the connection in my brain that would allow them access into the inner sanctum of my cerebral cortex. Until the day
      Deke McClelland was guest-blogging on Scott Kelby's blog and the clouds parted and the sun shone through!

      I'll say right off the bat that Deke's tutorial was dealing with Calculations as a masking tool. I think as a tool in photo restoration, that alone can be invaluable. But then I also started looking at the other use for Calculations for me, as a restoration artist. Just what is that, exactly?

      Well, literally, it is what it is! Calculations is a Channel Blender! I see three main areas, so far, in which Calculations can benefit photo restoration. Analysis, channel blending and masking. Remember, since Calculations only work in RGB mode, always scan your photos, yes, even the black and white ones, in color! Calculations aside, it should be a part of your restoration workflow, lest you severely limit your repair options!

      In case you've never seen Calculations, have absolutely no idea what in the world I'm talking about, you'll find this little gem in the Image menu. Image > Calculations...and this dialog box will appear.

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      You'll have the ability to blend different sources, different layers (I confess, up to now I've only experimented with "Merged" layers), and any two of the Red, Blue and Green channels. You'll have the ability to invert one or both of the channels .You'll also have at your disposal all of the familiar blending modes as well as two new ones: Add and Subtract. Then you can decide whether to make your blend into a new document, selection, or a new channel.

      Regarding analysis, Calculations is a great way to take a photo, for instance, that's so faded it's not immediately clear what is even in the picture, and determining it's chances of restoration. In the example, below, from my families personal collection, I could see a couple people and had a good idea one was my grandfather, but wasn't really clear about the entire composition. After filtering it through Calculations using the green and the blue filters (the red was almost totally shot), I can see it's my grandfather standing next to my grandmother, with her holding up her hand to show off her wedding ring. Since she'd probably only being doing that at the time of her wedding, not only do I now know for certain it's my grandparents in the photo, but I also know the photo was taken in 1921. My mother was also thrilled to see her father was smoking his pipe in the photo, which is how she remembers him best!

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      By using calculations as an analysis tool, I determined in less than five minutes that, yes, this photo could be restored, given time and a lot of patience, and that it would very much be worth it to my family.
      Over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to go over the two other photo restoration worthy benefits of Calculations, channel blender and masking tool.

      Janine Smith is the owner of Landailyn Research and Restoration, a Fort Worth, Texas based company whose services include family history research and photo restoration. Janine honed her skills in restoring badly damaged photos as a volunteer with Operation Photo Rescue, a non-profit organization whose mission is to repair photographs damaged by unforeseen circumstances such as house fires and natural disasters. Janine’s work is well-known in the world of genealogical and historical societies, museums, libraries, university archives, and non-profit organizations; appearing on the board of directors for several organizations and institutions. She is a sought-after lecturer on photo restoration and preservation to libraries, genealogical and historical societies.

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      Free Webcast: Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques

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      I have a
      new webcast on motion graphics that's been released by Creative Edge. It's a one hour show and it features some of the best techniques from a new motion graphics design book.

      The whole thing is
      absolutely free… just be sure to click the full-screen button so you can better see things.

      Almost all motion graphics artists today use After Effects, Photoshop or Illustrator to some degree in their projects. During this complimentary webcast, you will learn how the Adobe Creative Suite can benefit your motion graphics workflow; discover ways to connect After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and Illustrator; gain important knowledge of essential techniques like repairing and retiming footage, stylizing footage, background design, and using 3D objects and cameras; and explore advanced techniques like DVD menu design, motion control 3D and panoramic images. This webcast is ideal for both intermediate and professional users who want to incorporate CS5 into their own work.


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      Lightening A Dark Photo

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      This is a guest post by the talented Janine Smith who is one of the best photo restorationists I know.

      As a photo restorationist I'm given many types of photographs in all manner of conditions. Sometimes the image can be very dark and given to me as a 'lost cause'. This isn't always the case, here’s just one way to lighten them up.


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      Adjusting Vibrance in Photshop – UAP 227



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to adjust the saturation of an image without loosing the details of the image using the Vibrance Adjustment Tool in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Meet the Adobe Premiere Pro Product Manager and Get FCP Migration Tips

      I just heard about a great webinar that's being held this Friday. Your chance to hear right from the Product Manager's mouth about Adobe Premiere Pro. Al is a great guy with a lovely sense of humor and whip smart skills (I say these things so my feature requests go through – oh but they are true).

      Here's the official blurb

      More and more Final Cut editors are switching to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 to become more efficient. In this week’s Ask a CS Pro, Product Manager Al Mooney will review some of the most important workflow tips and tricks to help editors, new to Premiere Pro, get up to speed quickly.

      When: Friday, Aug.12

      Time: 12 p.m. -1p.m. PT  Session start time for other time zones follows: http://bit.ly/qG22EX
      Where: Connect Room: http://my.adobe.acrobat.co m/askcspro. The room will open up 15 minutes before the session starts. At this time, please sign in as a guest to join. 

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      For more videos and a complete training experience, check out An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro from Peachpit Press — http://www.peachpit.com/premiereguide.

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      Make Clips Open in Adobe Premiere Pro Faster


      While I love 95% of Adobe Premiere Pro… I do have a few annoyances. One of the biggest is loading clips from the Project Panel.

      Select a clip… press Return (Enter) and nothing happens.

      LOAD!

      Well the good news is (like most of the "missing" shortcuts) this can be changed.

      1. Choose Premiere Pro > Keyboard Shortcuts or Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts.

      2. Choose Panels from the pop-up menu.

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      3. Type the Open in the search field.

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      4. Click in the field next to Project Panel > Open in Source Monitor and then press the Return (Enter) key. This ill remap the default Render work area (which I would change to Command/Ctrl + R).

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      5. While you/re at it, click in the field next to Media Browser Panel > Open in Source Monitor and then press Shift + Return (Enter) key.

      There… problem solved.

      If you want to learn A LOT more on Adobe Premiere Pro – Be sure to
      check out my new book.




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      The Eight Step Grunge Look

      This is a guest post by the talented Glyn Dewis (who is letting me take more of a family vacation).

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      The images above show the 'out of camera' and 'final edit' versions of a photograph that I took of a 'Rough Sleeper' when out on a photo walk in the coastal town of Brighton, UK, and in this post I want to show you each of the stages I went through in Photoshop to achieve the final look.
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      Panorama and Content Aware Fill for Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop Elements 9

      First of all, can I say what a privilege it is to be appearing on the Richard Harrington Blog. Rich has been a major contributor to TipSquirrel.com for some time and I've been a huge fan for much longer than that!

      When Photoshop CS5 was released one of the stand out new features was Content Aware Fill. This function could be used to remove unwanted objects or, as we see here, fill empty space around a panorama with new content.

      Photoshop Elements 9 came shortly after and boasted the Content Aware Spot Healing brush but not Content Aware Fill, so there’s no way of filling in those blank spaces in panoramas right? Wrong...


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      Luminosity Sharpening 3 Ways

      Guest post By Michael Hoffman

      The Luminosity Blend Mode allows us to use the brightness values from one layer to make adjustments to the brightness of underlying layers, without creating unwanted shifts in the hue of the underlying layers.
      This can come in useful with our sharpening workflow.the image below is an example of an image that was sharpened heavily, and the resulting halo along the edge boundary. This has developed some weird color shifts as a result of the sharpening:

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      Let’s take a look at three ways to use the principles with Luminosity Mode blending to eliminate the color shifting, and leave the hue intact as we add brightness and darkness along the edges to sharpen our images. You may have seen recommendations that you convert your image from RGB to Lab and sharpen the L channel, then convert back to RGB. This technique will achieve essentially the same result, without the conversion – and without having to flatten a multi-layer image.
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      Sizing Images in Photoshop

      Guest blog post by A.J. Wood


      Thanks to Rich for having me here as a guest blogger. I’m not one to mince words, so let’s jump right into the tutorial. We’re going to discuss Image Sizing. Often overlooked, sometimes confusing, easily dismissed, but oh so important. First thing is to get to the Image Size command: Press CMD+OPT+I (CTRL+ALT+I) to open the Image Size dialogue or choose Image->Image Size from the Photoshop menu.

      Pixel Dimension for Screen / Document Size for Print

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      Notice the two distinct areas for sizing an image – Pixel Dimensions and Document Size. Pixel Dimensions are used to size an image for a display, e.g., monitor, overhead projector, television. Document Size is necessary when outputting an image for print.

      Resampling Changes All Field Values (Resolution x Size = Pixel Dimensions)

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      When “Resample Image” is checked, changing values in any field effects the entire dialogue. If you look closely you can see that the resolution of the image (300) multiplied by the height in inches (5) gives us a requirement of 1500 pixels to print. (300×5=1500). Resampling changes the pixel dimensions and total pixel count.
      Whenever I size an image, I always set the resolution field first. Once that’s set, then I move to the appropriate width & height field for outputting my image.

      No Resampling Means Image Integrity is Maintained

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      When “Resample Image” is unchecked notice how the Pixel Dimensions become locked. Adjusting resolution will simply increase or decrease the size of an individual pixel. The integrity of the image does not change because the pixel count stays the same.
      Notice how the image went from being a 5×7 print to less than two inches in size. (300×1.667=500).
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      In the above figure any attempt to get a 5×7 print results in lower resolution. Because “Resample Image” is unchecked, there are only 500 pixels for width & 357 pixels for height.

      It’s the Total Number of Pixels, not Resolution You Should Watch

      I often hear folks argue about resolution in terms of printing, but what’s most important is the total number of pixels when the image is first opened. An image from a digital camera measuring 3500×2400 pixels gives you a lot more options for output then one taken off the Internet at 400×250. It will always be easier to take a large image, and reduce the size, then to take a small image an size it up. Resampling is not bad, but you are either deleting existing pixels (downsampling) or creating new pixels (upsampling). Some resolution values to keep in mind:
      Screen resolution – 72-96ppi – PowerPoints, websites, emails, TV Office printing – 150ppi – laser or inkjet printing, drafts, proofing Professional printing – 240-300ppi – can be higher, but these values tend to work just fine
      Keep in mind, resolution can be set TOO HIGH. If your desktop printer is rated at 240ppi you receive no benefit from outputting an image at 600ppi. In fact, you offload the resampling onto the printer which will result in a pixelated image.

       Quick Crop Tool Tip

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      As a final tip, if you really dislike the Image Size dialogue, you can skip it and use the Crop Tool instead. Simply specify the width, height AND resolution, and your image will be resampled appropriately. (Keep in mind, all the rules still apply, the Crop Tool just executes commands quicker)
      I hope you found this information useful. You can follow me on Twitter
      @aj_wood where I post daily Adobe tips Monday through Friday at 12PM CST or feel free to visit my blog ajwood.com
      Cheers!


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      Adobe Unveils New Webinar Series Ask a CS Pro – Starts Today

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      Starting today (Friday, August 5) Adobe will have regular Friday eSeminars called Ask a CS Pro. The series will focus on ways for creative professionals to get their jobs done and to get more out of Adobe software.

      The first session is by a super savvy colleague of mine,
      Carey Dissmore

      In this week’s Ask a CS Pro, Carey Dissmore will talk about the importance of great demo reels, and provide an overview of the editing workflow in Premiere Pro from the perspective of an editor who is comfortable with Final Cut Pro. Carey will also share the similarities, differences and unique advantages of Premiere Pro, including its tight integration with other products in the Adobe Production Premium bundle such as After Effects, Photoshop and Audition.
       
      The event starts at Noon Pacific. You can participate at the Connect Room: 
      http://my.adobe.acrobat.co m/askcspro. The room will open up 15 minutes before the session starts. At this time, please sign in as a guest to join.
       
      Session start time for other time zones follows: 
      http://bit.ly/qWKv5b
       
      Be sure to keep an eye out for other seminars as well.
       
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      Tinting a Photo with Photshop – UAP 226




      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to tint an image in Photoshop CS5.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Vintage Photo + High Dynamic Range = Cool Look

      Vintage Photo + High Dynamic Range from Richard Harrington on Vimeo.



      Here's a recent tutorial from my new website Triple Exposure –
      www.3exposure.com

      In this tutorial, Rich Harrington shows you how to combine modern technology with vintage source materials to create a retro look.

      Tools covered:
      • Merge to HDR Pro
      • Lens Correction
      • Black and White Adjustment
      • Cropping
      • Blending Modes
      • Layer Masks
      • Filters

      Be sure to also head over to
      Triple Exposure to learn how to win a copy of Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium.

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      Free Adobe DSLR Workflow Class – Live Event on Tuesday, August 9

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      I'm the featured guest on the next Motion Connect Live Class on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. It is a 100% free event and you can even win a copy of Creative Suite CS5.5 by attending. Be sure to register to be eligible to win. Really. Go do it it now. rsvp »

      This summer in the motion+connect Summer Series, you’ll have the opportunity to get ahead of the curve by learning first hand how these new features work and how to integrate them in your next project. Join us for the final session in our summer series – Production Premium: DSLR Workflow with Rich Harrington from RHED Pixel.
      It’s all about the DSLR workflow. We’ll explore ways the Adobe Production Premium CS5.5 workflow saves you time and money – providing an efficient workflow that delivers quality results on reliable schedules.


      overview:
      7:15-7:30 PM: Pre-Show: Stuff We’re Watchin’
      7:30-8:20 PM: Production Premium: DSLR Workflow with Rich Harrington
      8:20-8:30 PM: viewer Q&A with Rich Harrington
      8:30-8:40 PM: QuickFIX: details coming soon
      8:40-8:50 PM: QuickFIX viewer conversation
      8:50-9:00 PM: giveaways | close

      *all times are Mountain Daylight Time MDT (USA) | UTC -6 To  find what time it takes place in your time zone, click here »


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      Photoshop for Video Returns with New Episodes

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      In case you missed it, the Photoshop for Video podcast is back with new episodes!

      These two have been released and more are in the queue. A big thanks to Creative COW for sponsoring the show.

      Photoshop and AE: Refine Edge Command and 3-D Motion Control

      Photoshop and AE: Layer Comps

      You can find a list of more shows here – http://library.creativecow.net/tutorials/adobephotoshop

      Or subscribe in iTunes –
      http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=173706237 where the show has hit #7 in its category!

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      Final Cut Pro X App Store Scores Rise

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      The App Store scores for Final Cut Pro X continue to rise over time. In the strictest sense, the app is no longer failing.

      Here are a few observations I'd like to share:

      • The App has fallen off the Top 10 list of selling apps (down to 11). This is largely due to initial demand being satiated and Apple removing it from the home page (except for a little button below the fold).
      • The App is firmly entrenched in the #2 spot for Top Grossing. This means Apple is making good money of the application and it can b considered a success financially.
      • The user community remains fiercely divided. I've spent the last few weeks entrenched in user group events and industry functions. Apple, Adobe, and Autodesk are certainly gaining new users.
      • The next dot release update is going to be a watershed moment. MANY (and I mean many) are taking a wait and see approach to see how much Apple can put back in.
      • I heard from a reliable source at the Atlanta Cutters Event that the XML resources will be released to developers in the next two weeks. This will open up new opportunities for FCPX to participate with other professional applications. No word on cost implications however.
      • I have heard from many people switching (or thinking of switching) to Adobe Premiere Pro how surpassed they are at its performance and features. These same people love After Effects and Photoshop, yet seem surprised at how good the integration is between the three. Dynamic Link, Native Editing, and Adobe Media Encoder continue to please.
      • Hardware companies like AJA are broadening their support to all the manufacturers. Avid, Adobe, and Apple are all seeing new products and new support with drivers.
      • Several major places are adding in or strengthening their use of Adobe and Avid tools. I've spoken to folks at Discovery, CNN, Turner, American University,
      • The DSLR crowd (including Vincent Laforet, Phillip Bloom, and Shane Hurlbut) are now using Adobe Premiere Pro. The RED community is quickly switching too.
      • The industry got a quick shot of evolution. "Everything just changed in post" rings true. It's just that a lot more shuffling is occurring than anyone expected.


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      Adobe Offers Path to FCPX Editors

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      As disgruntled Apple Final Cut Pro users search out options for professional video editing, Adobe Systems has been a major beneficiary of the big switch since FCPX hit the market. In her interview with Jim Guerard of Adobe Systems, Debra Kaufman finds the result of Adobe's offering for former FCP users to be a big uptick in pro video users.

      Article Focus:


      Creative COW has posted a great article that goes in-depth with both Adobe staff and users about why folks are switching to Adobe Premiere Pro.

      Some of my favorite parts:

      Adobe also created another key feature: ensuring integration of Adobe Premiere with the new generation of digital cameras. "We natively support all these camera formats from Sony to Panasonic, from RED to the Canon 5D Mark II," says Guerard. "You don't waste hours and hours of transcoding on ingest. The time and money we save people and the amount they're able to get done is huge."

      and

      Who's making the switch to Adobe Premiere Pro? According to Guerard, the broadcast and indie filmmaker arenas are the most likely suspects. "In broadcast, there is so much happening with multi-screen delivery and distribution," says Guerard. "With Premiere, you can seamlessly take the content out to all kinds of platforms. And broadcasters know us and trust that we're dedicated to this market. They know they'll get a brand new release every year. For professional editors who count on their software application to pay the bills, they need that kind of partnership and collaboration."

      Be sure to read the whole article here – http://library.creativecow.net/kaufman_debra/Adobe-offers-switch-FCP/1

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      http://www.twitter.com/rhedpixel


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      A Free Four-day Photoshop Class from Lesa Snider


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      Would you like to take a great Photoshop class that goes really deep? One that you can wear your pajamas for? One that's 100% free to watch live? Be sure to check out Lesa Snider's Photoshop CS 5 Intensive class. The free class runs September 20–23 (a Tuesday-Friday Workshop).

      " In this special workshop, you'll dig into Photoshop CS5 with Lesa Snider, author of Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual. There is so much to cover in Photoshop CS5 that we need almost a week to cover everything. In this special 4-day workshop (Tuesday - Friday, from 9:00-4:00, Pacific Time), you'll dig into Photoshop CS5 with Lesa Snider, internationally acclaimed instructor and author. Lesa is informative yet entertaining with a unique way of explaining difficult concepts so you understand the "why" behind the "how". Get ready to spend a fun, high-energy week digging into the power of Photoshop."

      Be sure to sign up in advance before the class fills up. –
      http://creativelive.com/courses/photoshop-cs5-lesa-snider

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      Vincent Laforet and Richard Harrington Show a Complete Adobe Workflow

      Detailed Adobe Premiere & Dynamic Linking Workflow from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.



      I recently had the chance to spend two days working with Vincent Laforet going over a bunch of Adobe workflow stuff. He's a super talented guy and and we had a lot of fun exploring some of the geekiest corners of time-lapse, HDR, Raw video and more. The video above is an edit down of some of the stuff we discovered.

      The above video covers the following steps:

      • Setting up a project with Premiere, including what settings are best to modify, and what settings are best to leave alone.
      • How to bring media into your project through the Media Browser and use its features efficiently. Including how to organize clips, and bring them into your sequence timeline.
      • How to best create your sequence with optimum settings for the video you are working with and how to set up an adequate number of audio tracks.
      • How to set in and out points on your raw footage and either overwrite or insert a shot into your timeline, as well as a demonstration of Adobe’s patching feature.
      • A demonstration of the ripple tool (which adjusts one side of an edit), roll tool (which adjusts both sides of the edit), the razor tool (which splices footage), and the rate stretch tool (which changes the speed of your clip).
      • How to map your keyboard with custom hot keys, as well as set it up with FCP hot key commands (for those of you making the transition).
      • A demonstration of how to use the marker tool to create points on your timeline, and how to automatically fill those markers with footage from your media browser using the "automate to sequence" function.
      • How to admit that it’s okay to use the help menu
      • How to quickly apply color correction within Premiere without exporting to After Effects or a third party application, with an overview of the different controls.
      • How to import and edit your looks from RED CINE X into your Premiere timeline when you are working with RMD files, and how to bring those changes back into RED CINE X.
      • How to use clip handles and apply and modify transitions between clips.
      • How to send clips over to after effects from your Premiere project using Adobe’s Dynamic Link function, which updates all changes you make in both programs in real time.
      • A demonstration of the After Effects Warp Stabilizer and its different stabilization methods. Also a demonstration of the Vibrance plugin, and how you can work with such plugins while others are analyzing.
      • Demonstration of the Magic Bullet Colorista within After Effects (or Premiere).
      • How to output/export your Premiere project using Adobe Media Encoder, which is 64-bit.
      • How to create a "watch folder" that automatically encodes your footage to a preset codec.

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      Correcting Color Cast with Photoshop's Levels Command – UAP 225



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to fix color cast problems using the Levels Command.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Master Photoshop for Video – Free Video Series



      I just uploaded a bunch of old training from my Photoshop for Video book series.

      These movies were done with Photoshop CS3, but the core skills are the same.

      I hope they help you make better video graphics. Even if you are a photographer or print designer, you should still pick up some tips.

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      Use HDR Toning for Dramatic Impact on Photos

      HDR Toning for Dramatic Impact from Richard Harrington on Vimeo.

      In this tutorial, Rich Harrington shows you how to use the HDR toning command to create texture and depth using only a single exposure.



      To learn more about HDR, visit Triple Exposure – www.3Exposure.com

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      My New Photoshop Training DVD is on Super Sale

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      Color Grading Footage In Adobe Photoshop Extended



      Learn how to adjust the color and exposure of video clips using Adobe Photoshop Extended.
      From the book – From Still to Motion: : A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR

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      Understanding Type on Pattern

      Unlike most print designers, video artists must design type over diverse canvases. Often this background contains a full spectrum of color. Achieving sufficient contrast is the key to preserving legibility. When using light-colored type, it is essential to make it larger than if it were dark type. Don’t be tempted to use all uppercase to make the letters stand out. Unfortunately, uppercase letters take more time for the viewer to recognize word shapes and process what they are seeing. This is generally time they don’t have.
      Applying a stroke, outer glow, or tight drop shadow is an effective way to getting a contrasting edge. The biggest problem with type and video is that there will always be light and dark elements in your scene. It is crucial to add a contrasting edge to any type that is going to be keyed over a full-chroma, moving background.

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      A Hue/Saturation adjustment layer offers a nondestructive way to check contrast of type over a patterned background.
      One way to test your contrast is to convert the file to grayscale. This can be achieved with several methods:

      • You can print it out in Grayscale.
      • Add a saturation adjustment layer, and desaturate (set to 0% Saturation).
      • You can use the History panel to create a duplicate document that you flatten and desaturate.

      Adequate separation between foreground and background elements will make for better viewing for your audience. Think of color as tonal value. Some combinations show very low contrast when desaturated.


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      Mastering Photoshop's Levels Command – UAP 224



      Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to adjust the contrast in an image utilizing the Levels Command.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Photoshop's Spell-checker

      Photoshop has become a freestanding graphic creation tool. It is now possible to proof your text in a number of different languages. If you are familiar with a word processor’s spell-checker, Photoshop’s will seem completely standard. Remember, you must set the language for a text field by using the dropdown menu in the Character panel. To launch the spell-checker, choose it from the Edit menu (Edit >Check Spelling). If it flags a word that you know is right, you can choose to ignore it or add it to your dictionary. There’s no earth-shattering technology here, but the cries of web and video designers have been answered.

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      Related to the spell-checker is a Find-and-Replace command. This allows you to go through all of your text layers and swap out words. Say that you’ve listed Williamstown Resort throughout your full screen graphics. A few days later, the client calls and says it’s actually Williamsburg Resort. You can have Photoshop scan through and replace all instances of the improper name throughout your composition. Again, the technology is standard, but it can be a time saver.

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      The Adobe Photoshop to Adobe Premiere Pro Workflow



      In this video you’ll learn how to create a Photoshop file from within Adobe Premiere Pro. You’ll also learn how to use the Camera Raw module to develop a photo from a DSLR. We’ll even explore advanced options like the Lens Correction filter, Content-aware Fill, and the Content-aware Scale command to selectively resize a photo.

      For more videos and a complete training experience, check out
      An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro from Peachpit Press — http://www.peachpit.com/premiereguide.

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      Using Photoshop Filters and Blending Modes – UAP 223



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to increase your filter collection by combining the Filters and Blending Modes.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Importing a Final Cut Pro Project into Adobe Premiere Pro



      Learn how to exchange data from Apple Final Cut Pro to Adobe Premiere Pro in this movie. This movie is by Robbie Carman, my co-author.

      For more videos and a complete training experience, check out
      An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro from Peachpit Press — http://www.peachpit.com/premiereguide.

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      A Good Argument for Larger Type

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      Remember when your mom used to yell at you for sitting too close to the TV? Now look at you, just inches from your computer's screen.

      When designing video graphics, speaker slides, or even websites, you’ll likely use type that’s entirely too small. Remember, use a larger font and get some distance between you and your monitor. Get up, and stand a few feet away for a while (or even stand in the back of the room for slides. Review your graphics from a more reasonable vantage point.

      For more on design... check out these books:


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      How to Batch Process Photos with the Image Processor

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      When working in time-lapse or panoramic photography, chances are that you have a lot of photos to deal with. Maybe its a bunch of Raw files that you want to develop to the same settings, or high resolution images that you want to down sample. The great news is that Photoshop includes a useful script to get more done in less time.

      The Image Processor differs from the Batch command in that you don’t have to first create an action. The Image Processor script can be more flexible than the Batch command. The Image Processor can be used for any of the following tasks:
      • To convert a set of files to JPEG, PSD, or TIFF format. You can also convert files simultaneously to all three formats.
      • To process a set of Camera Raw files using the same Camera Raw options.
      • To resize images to fit within a specified pixel dimension.
      • To embed a color profile into images or convert files to sRGB and save them as JPEG images for the Web.
      • To include copyright metadata within the processed images.

      To read the whole article for free, visit the
      Triple Exposure bloghttp://3exposure.com/2011/07/06/how-to-batch-process-photos-with-the-image-processor/

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      Free Webcast on Motion Graphics Plus Free Ebooks for Signing Up

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      This complimentary webcast is brought to you by Creative Edge, videos and books for creative people.

      THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011, 10 AM PDT/1 PM EDT

      For this
      one-hour webcast with Richard Harrington, co-author of Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5: Studio Techniques.

      Almost all motion graphics artists today use After Effects, Photoshop or Illustrator to some degree in their projects. During this complimentary webcast, you will:
      • Learn how the Adobe Creative Suite can benefit your motion graphics workflow
      • Discover ways to connect After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and Illustrator
      • Gain important knowledge of essential techniques like repairing and retiming footage, stylizing footage, background design, and using 3D objects and cameras
      • Explore advanced techniques like DVD menu design, motion control 3D and panoramic images
      This webcast is ideal for both intermediate and professional users who want to incorporate CS5 into their own work.

      There will be five copies of the book given away and all attendees get
      15 days of complimentary access to all of Creative Edge including Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5: Studio Techniques.

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      All Creative COW Training DVDs Have Low Prices

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      Take Control of the Photoshop Application Frame

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      When working in Photoshop CS4 or CS5, you’ll see that the entire user interface is contained within an Application Frame. This frame will block out your desktop and generally makes it easier to keep the many panels and interface elements neatly organized. Across the top of the frame is the Application bar, which attempts to consolidate several commands into one strip. Photoshop has been reorganized to emphasize task-based workflows, which attempt to guide you to the right tools.

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      1. View Extras – Lets you see things like Guides, Grids, and Rulers.
      2. Zoom Level– Lets change magnification levels of your image.
      3. Layout Control – Allows you to display different number of open documents in a tiled view or as tabs.
      4. Screen Mode Switcher – Lets you access Photoshop’s three screen modes that affect how the user interface is presented on your monitor.
      5. Workspace switcher – Allows you to switch between different arrangements of windows designed for specific tasks like color correction, typography, video, and web. For the rest of this chapter we’ll be using the Essentials workspace.

      Tip: Frame & Panels Begone!

      On a Mac you can disable the Application Frame if you decide you don’t like it. Simply choose Window > Application Frame to toggle it on or off. To turn all panels off, simply press the Tab key. If you want to disable all panels except the Tools panel and Options panel, press Shift+Tab.

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      NY Post Conference Returns October 11–13

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      Just a quick reminder to SAVE THE DATE: October 11 - 13, 2011. The New York Post Production Conference in New York City. The show features dozens of expert training sessions for video, TV, film and new media professionals.

      3 full days of expert training in
      multiple tracks
      Sessions taught by
      industry experts
      Certification prep class & exams for Final Cut Pro & Avid Media Composer 5.5.
      Browse the Show floor with hundreds of exhibitors at the
      Content & Communications World Expo

      See the full schedule
      here.

      For more information visit the NYPPC
      website.

      REGISTER NOW by early bird date to save!

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      Adobe Premiere Pro and Production Premium are Half Off for Switchers

      Well, it looks like the folks at Adobe know an opportunity when they see it. They've launched a new campaign at http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/switch.html.

      If you are a Final Cut Pro or Avid owner, you can save 50% on full copies of Adobe Premiere Pro.

      The better deal in my mind is Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium.
      • Adobe Premiere Pro
      • Adobe After Effects
      • Adobe Photoshop Extended
      • Adobe Media Encoder
      • Adobe Encore (DVD, Blu-ray, Flash)
      • Adobe Illustrator
      • Adobe Flash and Flash Catalyst
      • Adobe Story and CS Review

      Just use the code
      “SWITCH” during checkout. The code also looks to get you an additional discount on upgrades too (though not 50%). The discount doesn't show up until you go to pay, so don't panic.

      The offer expires September 30, 2011.

      Remember, the Adobe demos are fully functional for 30 days, so you can try them out with no risk.

      I've got a bunch of Photoshop, After Effects, and Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials over at
      Creative COW in the podcast section.
      You should also check out the new book for migrating editors–
      An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro

      Even if you're unsure of your future, this is a great deal. We've used Photoshop, After Effects, and Adobe Media Encoder for years with Final Cut Studio. Classic FCP Editors should check out
      Video Made on a Mac: Production and Postproduction Using Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite.

      If you have trouble finding the promo, try these two links
      http://www.adobe.com/special/offers.html?promoid=IUAXH
      http://forums.adobe.com/message/3773888#3773888

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      How to Do an Add Edit in Adobe Premiere Pro

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      I keep hearing from folks who are looking for the Add Edit tool in Adobe Premiere Pro. It's there, just under a different name. As you edit in the timeline, you may want to change the length of a shot. Here are a few quick editing techniques you should know:

      • Razor – Press Cmd+K (Ctrl+K) to split a clip at the playhead.
      • Razor All Tracks – Press Shift+Cmd+K (Shift+Ctrl+K) to split all tracks at the playhead.
      • Clear – Press the Forward Delete key to remove a selected segment and leave a hole behind.
      • Ripple Delete – Press Shift + Forward Delete to remove a selected segment and close the gap in the sequence.
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      Motion Graphic Resource Books

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      A lot of resources are available that can impact your designs. The following list offers a few that we find most essential. This list is not exhaustive, but think of it as my "top picks."

      Typography



      Color


      Design



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      Blending Modes in Action – UAP 222



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to combine two layers based on their content using the Blending Modes tool.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      A Public Statement on My Relationships and Recent Writings

      Due to my recent writings, my thoughts and activities have come under much greater scrutiny. I think it is important that I fully disclose my involvement with technology companies as well as much of my day to day existence.

      What is Your Primary Job?

      The primary focus of my activities is as the owner of a production company in the Washington, DC area. I started the company in 1999. I have built my company’s infrastructure around Final Cut Pro and have used Adobe Photoshop and After Effects extensively. We also use a lot of other software tools as well.

      Our storage networks are primarily Drobo. We use mostly Panasonic cameras and shoot to P2. We do use a lot of DSLR equipment (both from Canon and Nikon). We use AJA hardware for the most part. We are 80% + Mac shop, but we do have some Dell computers (as well as Windows installed on several Macs).

      What Other Jobs Do You Hold?

      I come from a family of teachers. I have taught university. I have taught online. I have taught at conferences. I usually get paid to teach, but I have spoken and done several free events. I have spoken at Apple stores (both paid and for free). I have worked at Apple’s booth at NAB. I have spoken at Adobe’s booth there too. Both of those positions were unpaid (though Apple covered my expenses, lodging, and airfare).

      The bulk of my training has been around teaching video pros and photographers. I have an obsession with slide presentations (and a passion for Apple Keynote). My goal with training has first and foremost been to help people. My secondary goal has been to earn money to support my family. It is an economic reality that I need to make money for my teaching as it takes me away from my company.

      Over the last ten years I have written approximately 30 books. These have been predominantly on Apple and Adobe software. I have also written about web video, DSLR video, workflow, and even PowerPoint.

      I have made money as a podcaster for Creative COW. I have also been paid to blog by ProVideo Coalition. I have been hired to write for DV magazine, Creative COW magazine, Photoshop User, and Mac Design.

      In 10 years, I have been fairly visible. The revenue I make is sufficient (although I certainly cannot quit my day job if I wanted to support my family). I have rarely been supported by advertisers or sponsors. I have made enough money from my training efforts to justify the time and effort (as well as to release hundreds of free podcasts and thousands of blog and forum posts).


      Which Companies Have Hired You Recently?

      I have been hired by the following companies to produce training or do video production services. This list is in alphabetical order for ease of use.
      • Adobe
      • Apple
      • Creative COW
      • Drobo
      • Focal Press
      • Kelby Training
      • Pearson Education

      I have been approached by several others. I have turned down advertisements on my blog.

      I have received products from many companies through the years. This ranges from software to review, to products to test. This list is not complete (as I cannot remember everything at my age). These groups have supported my efforts and training with equipment loans, not for resale software, etc. Most of these items are loaned, and have to be returned upon request. Again in alphabetical order.

      • Adobe
      • AJA
      • Apple
      • Artbeats
      • Dell
      • Digital Anarchy
      • Drobo
      • G-Tech
      • Hoodman
      • Matrox
      • Redrock Micro
      • Red Giant
      • Singular Software
      • Wacom
      • Zacuto

      What Do You Edit With? 

      I started on Avid at KCCI television in Des Moines, IA. Paid for my own classes out of my own pocket and learned it. I actively edited on Avid for about 7 years. I was an Avid editor at dhg Productions and PCI Communications. Also freelanced using Avid for several years (and still have a respect for the product today).

      I started with Final Cut Pro on version 1. I still use it a whole lot (and it is the most popular application with our clients). My company did 90% of its editorial work in Final Cut Pro last year. We are migrating new projects to Adobe Premiere Pro in most cases, but have many clients and existing projects that will need to stay in Final Cut Pro 7.

      I decided to get over my snobbishness and learn Adobe Premiere Pro about 2 years ago. I struggled, I whined, I complained. Then it got better. I used it for all my DSLR workflow starting with CS5. I’ve now switched to using it about 50% of the time for my work, and I am excited by the growth I see.

      My own company is in the middle of being retrained. Like many things related to video workflow, I wrote it down and sell it as a book. If you buy it... I make 50¢. Let’s just say I live off my client work — my book writing is a bad addiction spurned by being bred from a family with 14 teachers in it.

      Do You Have an Agenda? 

      Heck no. I consider NLE choice like religion. That’s up to you. Except when it’s not. Like a client demands, or the shop you work for switches. I helped a lot of Avid editors learn Final Cut Pro (I mean A LOT). I’ve also started helping Avid and FCP users learn Premiere Pro. Use the tool you like if it’s up to you.

      If you freelance... know all three (more money). If your job requires you to learn a new tool, do so. I regularly post links to great trainers, conferences, and educational products (not just my stuff).

      I use what the job or the client demands. Do I like Adobe... yes I like where they are going and find it reassuring that they lay out a clear roadmap. I also commend Avid for being much clearer about where they are going and opening up support for AJA hardware, etc.

      What I would like Apple to do is communicate its vision with words (not just software releases). I’d like to have time to transition and see both roads stay open while the bridge is under construction. As a pro, I cannot accept dramatic interruptions in my workflow. It saddens me that it is easier to migrate to other manufacturers and keep my Mac computers and AJA hardware working, than it is to migrate to the shipping version of Final Cut Pro X.

      Do You Hate Apple/FCPX? 

      Absolutely not. When I launched my company I was faced with taking out a second mortgage for an NLE or trying Final Cut Pro. I have been there since version 1. I built my company using Apple hardware and software from Apple and Adobe.

      To this day I use both heavily. If you have any doubt.... look at the Final Cut Pro podcasts on Creative COW. I think it's a great tool for some users, really. But its not what I hoped for as it stands now.

      I am currently working on training for photographers who want to edit DSLR material in FCPX. I am happy with it for that use, as I know it will be approachable to many photographers who find “traditional editing” confusing. If you like FCPX, I am genuinely happy for you. Getting new software should feel like birthday presents for a six-year old.

      Do You Have Agreements with Companies?

      I have multiple non-disclosure agreements and I honor them. I have never disclosed details about one manufacturer to another. I have (to the best of my knowledge) never disclosed anything improper to end users. This agreements are a necessity as they give me advanced access to the tools we all use.

      This advance access lets me figure out problems. Some companies use this feedback and make their products better. I also can work on training products so they can be ready when the application ships (or as close to possible). These agreements are entered in so I can create a product that is ready when you need it.

      My opinions have never been bought. I have never been told what to say. I have never colluded with a company to change the opinion of the market. I have been hired by companies to help them understand the end user. I have written and produced as well as reviewed and commented on efforts that impact the professional video industry.

      Why are You so Vocal Now?

      I have always tried to be fair in my opinions. And I always try to give software developers helpful feedback about their tools. I have been blogging for more than 5 years and release approximately 5 posts a week. I’m also active on Facebook and Twitter as well as contribute to several photography and Photoshop blogs.

      My opinions raised through my writings and podcasts on the Final Cut Pro X release have been from the point of view of a facility owner who now has to retrain his own staff. I am also frustrated that my investment in hardware and training is currently being wasted by a product that seems to ignore both.

      I am vocal because there has not been a clear public statement about the issues many pros are raising. I am vocal because there is not a shared plan to address migration. I am vocal because ten years of my company’s work is frozen to an application that may or may not run in the future.

      As a trainer and author... these are good times. Lots of work and consulting to do.
      • I recently released a book on Premiere Pro for migrating editors. I had no inside knowledge on Apple’s plans. I decided to diversity my company and cross-train my employees.
      • I am currently writing two books on video editing for DSLR photographers. One is on Final Cut Pro X while the other is on Premiere Pro. I truly believe that both are great products for this segment of the professional workforce.
      • I have had lots of demands from both Apple and Adobe users to help them with problems. If you look at the training products I’ve released in the last 3 years you will see my focus has always been on collaboration. Helping pros and emerging pros to get their jobs done has been my goal.
      • I also weave business ethics and best practices into most of my content as I genuinely want to see our industry succeed.


      In Conclusion

      I hope this post does three things.
      • First, I have a legal obligation to reveal my professional relationships.
      • Second, I hope it helps readers and listeners understand my motivations.
      • Third, I would like the industry and Apple to engage in meaningful and professional conversations to ensure the long term health of the professional video industry.

      These are challenging times. The economy is rough and competition is high. Please continue the debate with respect and integrity. Choose what is right for you. My opinions are not very important, I will be here to help in whatever way I can with the knowledge and skills I have built through the years.

      Richard M. Harrington, PMP

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      Photoshop Layer Comps – UAP 221



      Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use layer comps, an easy design tool in Photoshop CS5 utilized to manipulate layers.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Adobe Premiere Pro Timeline Shortcuts

      Adobe Premiere Pro Timeline Shortcuts


      Be sure to check out the new book too – An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro
      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0321773012/richardharrin-20/


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      My Free Ebook on Adobe Camera Raw

      This is a re-post... but I was asked to share it again. Here's a free (and really good) way to learn all about the Adobe Camera Raw plug-in. This is a bonus eBook I wrote to go along with the book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5. Its yours for free... I hope it helps.

      UAP Using Camera Raw


      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

      Here's a nice review of the book too –
      http://www.mymac.com/2011/02/book-review-understanding-adobe-photoshop-cs5/

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      Auto Align Command – UAP 220



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to piece multiple images together into one image utilizing the Auto Align Command.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      My New Photoshop Training is On Sale



      by Richard Harrington
      Make Photoshop Come to Life in Your Video Production
      List Price:
      $49.95 $39.95
      Automating Photoshop: Photoshop for Video
      Get the most out of Photoshop in your video productions, learning Photoshop from COW Leader Richard Harrington. In this DVD, Richard, author of one of the top ranked Photoshop books, focuses on automating Photoshop and other power user techniques for video artists.

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      How to Make Your Camera Work with Adobe Camera Raw

      I recently came across a great post from one of the developers on the Photoshop team. It's called "Why doesn't my version of Photoshop or Lightroom support my camera?" by Jeff Tranberry.

      Jeff offers a logical workflow that explains how to stay current, how to confirm the status of your camera, as well as a workaround using the Adobe DNG converter. It's a great article and worth the read –
      http://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/2011/03/why-doesnt-my-version-of-photoshop-or-lightroom-support-my-camera.html


      Speaking of DNG, be sure to watch this useful video which explains the format.





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      Better 360˚ Panoramic Photos Using Photoshop Automation

      I've posted a new article over at the Triple Exposure website on 360˚ Panoramic Images.

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      “As many explore panoramic photography, they off stop short (at least of making a full 360˚ arc). The truth is that its gotten much easier to make a fully actualized 360˚ image. If enough photos are taken, then a large panoramic image can be made. These photos can then be turned into an interactive panoramic for the web or brought into Adobe After Effects to serve as a backdrop for chroma key footage.”

      You can read the whole thing at –
      http://3exposure.com/2011/06/10/better-360˚-panoramic-photos-using-photoshop-automation/

      Be sure to also download the special Photoshop Action mentioned in the article.

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      Adobe Reveals its Video Plans for Next Several Years




      Join Jim Guerard, vice president and general manager of Professional Video, as he discusses the massive shifts happening in the industry today, how Adobe is responding through rapid innovation, and the company's pillars of focus moving forward.

      It's always great when the companies that make the tools that I use are actually open. Here's where Adobe is going. Listen close to some of the points (it's a tad dry... but trust me... LISTEN to what's being said).

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      Managing App Development



      Here are my slides from the 7th ANNUAL INNOVATIONS IN E-LEARNING SYMPOSIUM. Sponsored by the Defense Acquisition University and the George Mason University Instructional Technology Program.

      With the increase in mobile computing the use of apps has significantly risen. Whether you're targeting mobile phones or tablets, an app can be a cost-efficient way to reach your audience. In this workshop, you'll learn the major steps involved and how to manage application development(even if you're not a programmer yourself).

      Join Richard Harrington, a certified project management professional as he unlocks the development process.

      • Learn how to identify your distribution options and register as a developer.
      • You'll also learn how to target your audience and refine the functional goals of your application.
      • Learn how to assemble your development team and efficiently develop graphic and video assets.
      • Discover multiple methods for authoring applications including software as a service, authoring tools, and programming.
      • Learn how to test your apps then submit them to marketplaces for distribution or use ad hoc methods for small groups.
      • You'll also learn practical approaches for marketing your application to your target audience.

      You can download the PDF here

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      Trying Out Blending Modes

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      Blending modes are an integral part of both design and color correction workflows as they let you mix the content of two or more layers. Part of the reason many pass on blending modes is that they are hard to use if you don’t know which one you want. The truth is that the list can get a little long and if you aren't familiar with them, it can get a little confusing.

      Here’s a much better way to experiment:
      1. Select the layer or layers you want to blend.
      2. If using Photoshop, choose the Move tool (In After Effects, you can skip this step).
      3. Press Shift + = (Shift plus Equal) to scroll through the list.
      4. To move backward, press Shift + – (Shift plus Minus) to return to a passed blending mode.

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      Creating a Panorama – UAP 219



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to take several photographic images and stitch them together to create one panoramic image.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      How to Be Awesome with Photoshop Actions

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      The Actions palette provides a video-friendly graphic user interface (GUI) for computer programming. Here’s some general advice to get results quickly.

      • Brush strokes, cloning, and most manual tools from the toolbox do not work. There are several alternatives, such as using a Gradient Fill layer instead of the Gradient tool.
      • To play a single step of an action, double-click on it.
      • Change Your Mode. Button mode lets you launch actions quickly; it’s in the Actions palette’s submenu. You’ll need to disable it to get recording and editing features.
      • Get Accelerated. Set the Playback Options from the Actions palette submenu to play back an action accelerated. Photoshop can process faster than it can redraw the screen.
      • Be Batchful. You can choose File>Automate>Batch to run an action on an entire folder of images. You can batch multiple folders at once. Create aliases or shortcuts within one folder that point to the desired folders. Be sure to click the Include All Subfolders option.
      • Be Safe. Back up your custom actions to two folders, the default location and a secondary backup. This way, a reinstall or upgrade won’t blow your custom actions away.
      • Change Your Rulers. To create an action that will work on all files, you must record some commands with the rulers set to percentage.
      • Size Specific. Use File>Automate>Fit Image to resize images for a specific height or width.
      • Be Careful Where you click. Photoshop will record the names of layers as you select them. This may cause playback issues, because the action will look for specific names.
      Use keyboard shortcuts to select layers and such so that the action won’t look for a specific name for that step.
      • Choose layer above Option+] (Shift+Alt+])
      • Choose layer below Option+[ (Alt+[)
      • Choose top layer Shift+Option+] (Shift+Alt+])
      • Choose bottom layer Shift+Option+[ (Shift+Alt+[)
      You can also arrange layers with shortcuts.
      • Move the current layer up the layer stack Cmd+] (Ctrl +])
      • Move the current layer down the layer stack Cmd+[ (Ctrl +[)
      • Move the current layer to the top Shift+Cmd+] (Shift+Ctrl+])
      • Move the current layer to the bottom Shift+Cmd+[ (Shift+Ctrl+[)

      For more on actions, check out Automating Photoshop – GET IT HERE – http://store.creativecow.net/p/126/automating_photoshop_photoshop_for_video

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      Time Repmapping Footage in Premiere Pro

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      There are many options to change the speed of clips, including the rate stretch tool, time remapping to achieve a variable speed value, and using After Effects own remapping abilities to fine tune your results.

      See it here –
      http://podcasts.creativecow.net/adobe-premiere-tutorials-podcast/time-repmapping-footage

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      Creative COW Master Series: Automating Photoshop with Richard



      Now you can get the most out of Photoshop in your video productions. Learn how Photoshop is a powerful video tool, from COW Leader Richard Harrington, author of one of the top ranked Photoshop books ever, Photoshop for Video.

      In this DVD, Richard focuses on automating Photoshop and other power user techniques for video artists. Work with panoramic and high dynamic range images, use Photoshop to its full potential by learning to set preferences and tool presets to make your work better…and easier. Refine batch settings, automations, keyboard shortcuts and even image processing… and suddenly Photoshop seems designed for moving, rather than still, images! Discover Photoshop in a whole new way, where images and processes automate!

      Topics in this DVD include: Keyboard Customizations and Setting Preferences, Tool Presets, Actions, Layer Styles, Automation and Batch Processing, High Dynamic Range (HDR) Images, Panoramic Images, Adobe Bridge, Smart Filters, Layer Comps, Image Compressor, and Data Sets.

      GET IT HERE – http://store.creativecow.net/p/126/automating_photoshop_photoshop_for_video

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      Toning and Stylizing a Portrait in Photoshop



      In this exclusive video, author Rich Harrington uses some of the newer features and Blend Modes of Photoshop to stylize a portrait.

      Head over to Tip Squirrel to check out more tutorials.


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      A Great Resoure Page About Adobe Premiere Pro and CUDA

      I think that this page does a better job with Mercury and CUDA details than does the document that you have for lesson 1:
      http://blogs.adobe.com/premiereprotraining/2011/02/cuda-mercury-playback-engine-and-adobe-premiere-pro.html


      Here's an update for more goodness with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5
      http://blogs.adobe.com/premiereprotraining/2011/04/adobe-premiere-pro-cs5-5-improvements-in-cuda-processing-and-the-mercury-playback-engine.html

      Here are a few gems from the pages
      • A list of all accelerated effects
      • A list of all supported graphics cards
      • A discussion how mixed media is handled

      Be sure to also check out this page on
      How to make Premiere Pro and After Effects faster.

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      Photoshop Layer Organization – 218 UAP



      Instructor Richard Harrington explains the importance of layer organization and the tools to assist in organizing a Photoshop document.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium Road Show Hits LA, San Francisco, and New York

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      Be sure to check out the Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium Road Show. The event is a free, in-depth seminar in LA, SF, and NYC: http://bit.ly/lcfJnT

      Join Creative Suite video experts for a free, in-depth seminar that features the new Adobe® Creative Suite® 5.5 Production Premium, the high-performance leader in video production software. Learn how you can produce your best work with game-changing innovations like the blazing fast Adobe Mercury Playback Engine in Adobe Premiere Pro, the new Warp Stabilizer in After Effects, and a high-performance audio tool, Audition—now included in CS5.5 Production Premium.

      Registration now open for these training dates and locations:

      • June 2, 2011 - REGISTER NOW Los Angeles, LA Film School, 5:00pm to 9:00pm
      • June 14, 2011 - REGISTER NOW San Francisco, Adobe Headquarters, 4:00pm to 9:00pm
      • June 21, 2011 - REGISTER NOW New York City, The New Yorker Hotel, 4:00pm to 9:00pm


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      Alignment – Video Typography Essentials

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      When it comes to video, there are no hard and fast rules for alignment. As a general practice, however, lower-thirds tend to be left or right justified (which leaves room for a logo or bug on the opposite side). Centered or force justified text is more commonly used for titles or bumpers.

      When setting text in an Adobe application, you often don’t just want to click and type (called point text). Instead you can click and drag using the Type tool to define the paragraph area first. This is called Paragraph text and offers greater control over alignment and layout.

      You’ll find alignment buttons within the type interfaces of Adobe software. The Alignment buttons attempt to align text left, right, or centered. They also add support for justification, which forces the text to align to both margins through the adjustment of spaces between words.


      Be sure to check out the new book An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro
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      Leading – Video Typography Essentials

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      Another property you’ll frequently adjust is leading to better fit your text. Pronounced led-ing as in the metal, not lead-ing as in sheep, leading is the space between lines of type. The name is derived from when strips of lead were used on a printing press to space out lines of text. The left image has too much leading and creates an unwanted visual break between the two lines. The right image has tighter leading, but care was taken to avoid a collision between the ascenders and descenders.

      By default, the leading should be set to Auto; however, you can adjust as needed to fit text into your design. If you need to fit more text on the screen, you’ll tighten the leading to produce less space between lines of text. Be careful to avoid setting the leading too tight; otherwise, descenders from the top line will cross ascenders from the lower line. This collision will likely result in a negative impact on readability.

      Be sure to check out the new book An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro

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      Testing Font Readability – Video Typography Essentials

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      When using text for video, it's very common to use type that is too small. Because video seems to have two distinct paths these days—traditional and Web—we've developed two quick tests that check for readability:

      • Traditional. When we build graphics for the television screen, we'll often stand up and step back a few feet from the monitor to view our work. This is because TV viewers rarely sit three feet from the screen.
      • Web. Video on the Web has a different set of problems. The two biggest issues you'll face are playback size and data rate. Most Web video is played back with a width of 320 or 640 pixels. This means that up to 83 percent of your information is being discarded (1920 vs. 360 pixels). Additionally, most Web video is compressed to a significantly smaller data rate. We recommend staying in your desk chair but reducing the playback window to 50 percent (or even 25 percent) magnification. You can also change the resolution of the Program Monitor to quarter or half quality.
      • Be sure to check out the new book An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro

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      Tracking – Video Typography Essentials

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      Similar to kerning is tracking, which is the overall space between all letters in a line of text. You can use tracking as a way to condense or expand a block of text so it better fits the onscreen space (after all, you can’t scroll a video monitor to read more). You might choose a loose track to improve readability (especially if you’re using all caps or need to apply a stroked border). Tracking is typically done in the Title Properties panel in Adobe Premiere Pro or the Character panel in other Adobe applications. Tracking, like kerning, is subjective, and you can learn best how to do it by studying professional examples and looking for inspiration and guidance.

      The top line is too loosely tracked, whereas the bottom line is too tight. Be sure to experiment with tracking when you need to fill in space on the screen or to make stroke text more readable.

      Be sure to check out the new book An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro
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      Kerning – Video Typography Essentials

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      As you work with text, you’ll often need to modify the space between letters. Adjusting the space between individual letter pairs is called kerning and is typically adjusted one pair at a time. Why all the fuss you ask? Well, design pros always check their kerning because kerning the space between letter pairs produces a better optical flow, which can greatly improve the appearance and readability of your text. Knowing how to kern is learned by studying examples of professionally laid out text.

      The top line of text has irregular gaps between letters, which creates a challenge when reading the line.
      In Adobe Premiere Pro and other Adobe applications, kerning is simple to adjust.

      1. Click to place your cursor or move it using the arrow keys.
      2. When the blinking I-bar is between the two letters you want to kern, hold down the Option (Alt) key.
      3. Press the left arrow key to pull the letters closer or the right arrow key to push them farther apart.
      4. Move to the next letter pair and adjust as needed.

      Be sure to check out the new book An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro

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      Color Choice – Video Typography Essentials

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      Making the right text color choice can be surprisingly tricky. The truth is that typically only a few colors work well for text and remain clear to the viewer. The task is made difficult because you need to constrain color choice to meet broadcast standards and because text is often laid over a busy moving background. The use of a contrasting edge makes it easier to read text when laid over moving video.

      Although it may seem a little boring, the most common color for text in video is white. Not surprisingly, the second most popular color is black. If a color is used, it tends to be in very light or very dark shades. Lighter colors that work well include light blue, yellow, gray, and tan. Darker colors that hold up include navy and forest green. Remember to keep your text towards the very dark or very light range, or contrast will become an issue when the text is placed over a motion background.

      Type on Pattern

      When creating text for video, the text will often be placed over a background that contains a full spectrum of color. Achieving proper contrast is the key to preserving legibility. Try applying a stroke, outer glow, or tight drop shadow to get a contrasting edge. The biggest problem with type and video is that there will always be light and dark elements in your scene. It is crucial to add a contrasting edge to any type that will be keyed over a full-chroma, moving background.

      Be sure to check out the new book An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro

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      Serifs – Video Typography Essentials

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      When it comes time to classify fonts, there are two major distinctions: serif or sans serif. Serifs are the hooks that distinguish the details of letter shape. Sans serif fonts tend to be more uniform in shape.

      For instant clarity, the shape of individual letters in serif fonts tend to be easier to distinguish. Many clients prefer serif fonts because they are more traditional. Often, there are more serif fonts to choose from because serif type has a long history. Serif fonts are modeled after many handwritten texts as well as the initial type used in printing presses.

      A potential drawback, however, is that serif fonts can shimmer or vibrate onscreen because they often come to thin or small points. As an alternative, consider sans-serif fonts, which can have a cleaner style and are composed of generally even-weighted lines.


      Be sure to check out the new book
      An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro
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      Font Choice – Video Typography Essentials

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      Although the font choice on the left certainly says American Southwest, it does not capture the same emotional sensitivity as the choice on the right. Always take the time to explore several options when choosing a font family.

      Selecting the right font can be a tough choice (of course it might already be made for you by an art director, producer, or client). Chances are your computer has hundreds if not thousands of fonts. You can easily become overwhelmed with the sheer quantity of options. To simplify the process, you need to approach this decision with a triage mentality and consider a few guiding questions:

      • Readability. Is the font easy to read at the point size you are using? Are all the characters in the line readable? If you look at it quickly and then close your eyes, what do you remember about the text block?
      • Style. Does the font convey the right emotion for your video? Type is a like wardrobe; picking the right font is essential to the success of the design.
      • Flexibility. Does the font mix well with others? Does it come in various weights (such as bold, italic, and semibold) that make it easier to convey significance when using that font?

      How you answer the questions for each of the three guiding principles will steer you towards good design. It’s also a good idea to work with your clients, producer, or art director. Instead of scrolling through a list of fonts for hours, interview your clients about the style and mood they want to invoke. If they suggest a boring font, direct them towards an alternative that looks similar but may be better optimized for video.

      If you have too many fonts loaded, it can make it difficult to find the right font. It also can lead to serious performance issues, such as an unstable operating system and slow launch times. Consider using a font manager to group fonts into sets for clients as well as activate and deactivate fonts on the fly (without having to relaunch a program).

      Finding Fonts Online

      Here are a few of our favorite Web sites that offer free and affordable fonts:

      Be sure to check out the new book An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro

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      Video Typography Essentials

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      Proper use of type is crucial in designing effective graphics for video. Often, the text you create will be composited over moving footage, which can make it even more difficult to read. As you design type for video, it is necessary to balance legibility with style, fitting enough information on the screen but not crowding it. If you can combine this functional purpose with a better sense of style and control, you can improve the professional appearance of your designs.

      Further Reading on Type
      A great book to truly understand type is the oddly named “Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works” (Adobe Press, 2002) by Erik Spiekermann and E.M. Ginger.
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      Using 3D Objects in Photoshop

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      Want to learn about Photoshop 3D? Read my article over at Tip Squirrel

      Using 3D Objects in Photoshop
      Photoshop’s 3D Engine is very flexible. It allows you to transform layers three dimensionally. More importantly, it lets you create new 3D elements including primitive shapes (such as cones or spheres). You can also make complex elements can be created using grayscale meshes.

      Read the whole article over at Tip Squirrel –
      http://www.tipsquirrel.com/index.php/2011/04/using-3d-objects-in-photoshop/

      Be sure to also check out the new book
      Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques

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      Motion Control with After Effects



      Rich Harrington from RHED Pixel joins Bert Monroy this week at Photoshop World in Las Vegas to show you how to do motion control in After Effects!
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      Free Photoshop Classes in Saint Louis

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      I'm speaking today and tomorrow at the Creve Coeur Camera Superstore in Saint Louis about Adobe Photoshop and digital photography. The classes are 100% free, but are first come first serve (tickets are handed out one hour in advance.

      The store is located at: 11615 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO 63141 314-567-3456

      FRIDAY
      Adobe Photoshop® Presented by Richard Harrington
      Learn about Photoshop® tools and photo manipulation.
      2:00-3:00pm in classroom A
      5:00-6:00pm in classroom A

      SATURDAY
      Adobe Photoshop® Presented by Richard Harrington
      Learn about Photoshop® tools and photo manipulation.
      8:30-9:30am in classroom A
      11:30am-12:30pm in classroom A


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      My New Book on Professional Video Editing with Adobe Software Ships Soon

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      My brand new book on Adobe Premiere Pro is written and off to the presses. It was written specifically for the many professional editors who already know how to edit using tools like Final Cut Pro and Avid, but need to now learn Adobe Premiere Pro. The book is a fast-paced, but thorough exploration of what an experienced video editor needs. The idea literally came from my own staff who were frustrated by all the existing books and classes on the market.

      The official description:
      In this intermediate level book three experienced editors take students step-by-step through the entire editing process in Premiere Pro, from file creation all the way through output. Along the way they’ll learn the ins-and-outs of (or “to do things such as”) file management, essential and intermediate editing techniques, color correction, audio mixing and repairing, titling and effects, and delivering their video onto tape, the web, and mobile devices. They’ll learn to work within the Adobe ecosystem as well, getting up to speed quickly on time saving tools such as Dynamic Link, Adobe Story, and more.

      As they work through sections, they’ll find references to engaging videos that accompany the book, giving them a visual and audio frame of reference and solidifying their knowledge of the program.

      Students will learn to:
      • Quickly organize their existing Final Cut or Avid projects, or create new projects to use right away in Premiere Pro
      • Understand how to use Premiere Pro with other Adobe software
      • Edit their footage the way they like but with tips and techniques from authors with tons of experience in all the editing programs and who speak your language.
      • Put their skills to work immediately by using the accompanying lesson files to work through the steps in the book

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      Adjusting Content Within a Mask – 217 UAP



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to independently manipulate content inside a masked image.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Temporary Banishment of Photoshop Panels

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      If you want to hide your panels in Adobe Photoshop, you can quickly toggle them off and on:
      • Press the Tab key to hide all the panels.
        • Press the Tab key again and they return.
        • Press Shift+Tab to hide everything except the Options bar and toolbox.
        • To focus on only on your image, press the F key once to go to Full Screen Mode With Menu Bar mode. Press the F key again to go to Full Screen and hide all the user interface elements. Press the F key once more to cycle to Standard Screen Mode.
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      DSLR Workflows with Adobe CS5.5 Production Premium



      Join Rich Harrington to learn how Adobe Production Premium software can enhance your workflow on DSLR video projects.


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      How to Save Hours of Time in Photoshop

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      My brand new Photoshop video training title is done... and its all about SAVING TIME AND MONEY.

      Get the most out of Photoshop in your video productions, learning Photoshop from COW Leader Richard Harrington. In this DVD, Richard, author of one of the top ranked Photoshop books, focuses on automating Photoshop and other power user techniques for video artists. Use Photoshop to its full potential by learning about setting preferences and tool presents that will make your work better…and easier. Refine batch settings, automations, keyboard shortcuts and even image processing….and suddenly Photoshop seems designed for moving, rather than still, images!

      Discover Photoshop in a whole new way, where images and processes automate!


      Topics in this DVD include:
      • Keyboard Customizations
      • Tool Presets
      • Actions
      • Layer Styles
      • Automation and Batch Processing
      • High Dynamic Range (HDR) Images
      • Panoramic Images
      • Adobe Bridge
      • Smart Filters
      • Layer Comps
      • Image Compressor
      • Data Sets.

      It's on sale for a limited time at Creative COW – Save $10 of the title for a short time.
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      NAB Handouts are Live for Download


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      Here are the promised slide decks from my recent classes at the 2011 NAB Show.
      Remember you can find notes from most of my presentations here –
      Conference Handouts.

      1. DSLR Workflows From Field to Edit
      2. Practical Project Management
      3. Essential Pre-Production for DSLR Projects
      4. DSLR Workflow for Adobe Creative Suite
      5. Hypersyndication @ NAB 2011
      6. Strategic Budgeting
      7. Giving Your Web Video A Graphic Identity
      8. Delivering HDSLR Video – Web, Disc, and Beyond
      9. Creating_Custom_Backgrounds
      10. More Than 140 Characters Integrating Video, Audio,Photos & Rich Media with Twitter



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      Want to Make Your Adobe Software Better?

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      In the world of software development, there's two types of feedback companies need to make their tools better.

      Feature Requests – A feature request adds functionality to software. Adobe reads all of these that come in. The more something is asked for, the more likely it is to happen. For example, if every reader of this blog asked for the same new feature, it would become a top priority for the next development cycle.

      Bug Report – If you find something wrong with an Adobe application (such as a command the regularly makes it crash) then report a bug.

      Please bookmark this page
      http://adobe.ly/videowishlist

      The more you submit... the more likely the tools you depend on will get better and better.


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      Alpha Channels – 216 UAP



      Instructor Richard Harrington demonstrates how to use an alpha channel to save selections and to store transparency inside a Photoshop document.

      Be sure to also check out the new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5

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      Have you checked out Kuler?

      If you need to try out different color combinations, be sure to try Kuler from Adobe. This flash-based application lets you browse a wide variety of designer created color schemes as well as create your own. It supports all the major rules from Analogous to Shades. The controls are beautifully designed and the entire application really inspires creativity. In order to access it, you are supposed to have a live connection to the Internet. You'll need to be online to take advantage of the shared and highest rated features, but I've found a work-around for those times when an Internet connection isn't an option. I was able to save a web archive in Safari (File > Save As) which can then be opened up when I am not on the Net. Be sure to check this very cool application out.

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      Documentary Photo Effects in Adobe Premiere Pro