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Almost 100 Free Photoshop Videos


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

Here's a sample.

Applying Effects in Adobe Premiere Pro


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.


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!

Try All My Training for Free


You probably know I have a ton of classes over at 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 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 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 courses. Choose a premium membership for downloadable exercise files that let you work along with the instructors.


Do You Know Joe DiMaggio?

Joe DiMaggio is a cohost of Adorama TV with me. But more than that… he's just awesome. A nice guy and super generous. I'll have to have him on the Photofocus podcast soon.

Check out these two videos.

Action Photography and Panning

Photography and Light

Be sure to subscribe to Joe on YouTube –

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.


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


Need a Drobo? I've Got a Deal for You (Valid 11/26 Only)

We use a lot of Drobo products in my office… and I use them at home too. They make some great storage units for keeping data safe.
We've kept in touch with Drobo providing feedback on features and performance (fortunately they're a good listener).

I also got them to offer up two great deals
(valid on Saturday, November 26 only).
We edit most of the video in our offices off Drobo Pros or the Drobo B800i units. Our graphics department also uses the Drobo FS units to share files. I store my photo library on two Drobo S units at home.


Drobo S

  • Creative pros and photographers.
  • Can also work for many video formats
  • 5 drive bays (Fill with your own drives)
  • eSATA, FireWire 800, USB 3.0

List Price $799.00

Discount Code -$300

Rebate - $100 (

Final Cost $399 (That's Half Off)
Code is valid starting 12:01 am 11/26/11 only for 24 hours


Drobo Pro

  • Creative pros and photographers. Works well for video workflows too.
  • Single-computer storage for creative professionals and small business
  • 8 drive bays
  • Gigabit Ethernet for iSCSI, FireWire 800, USB 2.0
  • I prefer Gigabit Ethernet for video editing (very fast)

List Price $1,499.00

Discount Code -$500
Code is valid starting 12:01 am 11/26/11 only for 24 hours

Rebate - $150 (

Final Cost $849 (That's Almost Half Off)

Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook

Follow Drobo too…

We'll have a contest coming up in a few weeks.


New Digital Camera Support Added to Mac


Apple just released the Digital Camera RAW compatibility Update 3.9. Here’s the list of which new cameras are added to the Mac  platform.

  • Canon PowerShot S100
  • Nikon 1 J1
  • Nikon 1 V1
  • Nikon COOLPIX P7100
  • Olympus PEN E-PL1s
  • Olympus PEN E-PL3
  • Olympus PEN E-PM1
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ150
  • Sony Alpha NEX-5N
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A65
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77

Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.9 is 7.20 MB and requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or OS X 10.7.2 or later.

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Learn About File Based Workflows with Gary Adcock

One of the smartest video guys I know (who also has impeccable taste in food) is Gary Adcock. Check out this two part video on working with file-based video workflows. Gary has served as a tech consultant on several books as well as technical projects… the man is a genius.

AJA Intensive: File Based Workflows with Gary Adcock (Pt 1 of 2) from Createasphere on Vimeo.

AJA Intensive: File Based Workflows with Gary Adcock (Pt 2 of 2) from Createasphere on Vimeo.

From Createasphere's Entertainment Technology Expo in NYC September 2011, watch AJA product evangelist Gary Adcock share AJA offerings for a range of NLE and VFX solutions.


Free Webcast with Photographer Joe McNally


Get a unique perspective on the man who has inspired so many photographers. On Wednesday, November 16 at 6pm EST, will be hosting a very special free webcast event - A Day With Joe McNally - hosted by Scott Kelby & Joe McNally.

During this live event, you will watch the premiere of A Day with Joe McNally along with Scott and Joe, in its entirety, absolutely free. In between segments, Joe will answer your questions live via the liveblog or on Twitter with the #AskJoeM hashtag. Don’t miss your chance to spend the day with someone who American Photo magazine lists as one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography and described as "perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today". This is a rare opportunity to learn the photography secrets and insights from one of the world’s premier photographers.



My Top 5 Free Fonts from

Everyone loves free fonts! Here are a few from my favorite font designer Chank Diesel.

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Rendering Synthetic Objects into Legacy Photographs

Rendering Synthetic Objects into Legacy Photographs from Kevin Karsch on Vimeo.

Supplementary material video for our 2011 SIGGRAPH Asia paper (see the project page here: 3D objects are rendered using LuxRender (

Authors: Kevin Karsch, Varsha Hedau, David Forsyth, Derek Hoiem

Abstract: We propose a method to realistically insert synthetic objects into existing photographs without requiring access to the scene or any additional scene measurements. With a single image and a small amount of annotation, our method creates a physical model of the scene that is suitable for realistically rendering synthetic objects with diffuse, specular, and even glowing materials while accounting for lighting interactions between the objects and the scene. We demonstrate in a user study that synthetic images produced by our method are confusable with real scenes, even for people who believe they are good at telling the difference. Further, our study shows that our method is competitive with other insertion methods while requiring less scene information. We also collected new illumination and reflectance datasets; renderings produced by our system compare well to ground truth. Our system has applications in the movie and gaming industry, as well as home decorating and user content creation, among others.

This is a
REALLY cool video and some amazing tech. Be sure to watch and share.

Free Webinar on Mastering Premiere Pro Timeline – Friday 9/30


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:

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:
The signup for the event is on Facebook (but you don't need an account). This will send you reminders about the event.


How My iPhone Saves My Time-lapse Shoots

I have an app for my iPhone and iPad that saves my bacon time after time.
I pressent to you, the essential and indispensible 
Sun Seeker: 3D Augmented Reality Viewer By ozPDA
You see, I often find it difficult to know exactly where the sun is going to be when shooting time-lapse.  When will it rise and even more importantly… WHERE!?!
This app does several things that let you know a lot of detail about the sun and its position.
1. You can use the GPS and magnetometer to find your location and determine sun data based on your position.


2. You can see a compass view that shows solar position, angle, and elevation for both day & night.


3. A map shows you elevation information for each hour in the day.


4. You can see details about sunrise, sunset, dusk, and twilight


5. You can compensate for time shift and enter a future date to use the app while scouting but see into the future
But the COOLEST feature is by far is the 3D Augmented reality view.  You can open the camera on your iPhone or iPad and actually see the horizon with an interactive display.  You’ll see a helpful arrow to shot you where the sun is (even if its hidden).  You also get a rich overlay which shows you where the sun is moving with times called out.  This makes it much easier to frame your shots for time-lapse as well as now where and when the sun will rise or set.


The App sells for $5.99, but is an absolute steal. This hands down makes my time-lapse shooting better as I know how to frame my shots as well as when I need to be in position.  Check out the app here to buy or read more reviews. It is currently available for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, an iPad.

For more posts on Time-lapse – visit Triple Exposure –


Free Webinar on Mastering Premiere Pro Timeline


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:

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:
The signup for the event is on Facebook (but you don't need an account). This will send you reminders about the event.


Live Interview on DSLR Video Monday 9/12


I'll be a guest on Planet 5D for a live video chat this Monday (9/12) at 9 PM EST

The event is totally free to attend. We'll be talking about some recent DSLR video projects I've done as well as take a sneak peak at some new training that's in the works. The conversation is completely interactive as you can post questions that we'll answer live.

The page for the show is:

Join us this Monday at 9PM – Come a few minutes early to get logged in


My Favorite Browser Bookmarks and Why


Photo by iStockphoto/JuSunview

Clientcopia –
This site lets me know that everyone has crazy clients. Good for a laugh and a pick me up.

Basecamp HQ –
I use this online project management tool for both my companies. This keeps me organized and ensures open communication with my clients.

Apple Trailers –
I’m a movie junkie. Plus this is an excellent way to see the best lit, best composed shots in the whole movie.

Rafael Concepcion –
RC is a helpful author and podcaster who shares his discoveries in great posts. He’s a natural storyteller and very passionate.

Twitter –
I follow a great group of photographers and media pros. This is the water cooler/bar for the digital age. I get news, gossip, and strong opinions. Feel free to follow @rhedpixel and share any news you have with me as well.

Photo Focus –
This site is an extensive collection of articles and resources. There are daily posts and I truly enjoy the breadth of coverage.

Screenr –
If I need to record a quick tutorial or show a colleague a technique, Screenr is great.

Creative COW –
This is where I go to get all of my video questions answered. You’ll find active forums and extensive selection of tutorials and podcasts.

Kelby Training –
This site offers a large selection of classes and tutorials by some of the top photographers and photoshop users in the world.

Mac Rumors –
I’m an Apple enthusiast. I like to know what’s going on as well as what might be going on in the Apple ecosystem.

Photoshop Disasters –
This is another site that’s good for a laugh. It’s also educational as you can learn from other’s mistakes.

Triple Exposure –
This one is a blog I share ... but that doesn’t mean I don’t read it every day. There are great comments and resources all about my three favorite styes of photography – panoramic, HDR, and time-lapse.

How about you? What are your must read sites? I’m always looking for more.

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Free eBook – From Still to Motion–The Business Manifesto

From Still to Motion–The Business Manifesto

Practical advice for professionals working in video and new media

Get it here


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


New iPad Magazine — Light It

My friends over at Kelby Training just launched a new photography magazine on the iPad. It looks very cool. The first issue is free, so go check it out if you've got an iPad.
Light It: The How-To Magazine for Studio Lighting and Off-Camera Flash is the first digital photography lighting magazine made exclusively for the Apple iPad®. It features the industry’s top experts on photography lighting.

The free debut issue boasts more than 50 pages of articles, lighting techniques, equipment overviews, and more. The digital-only format allows for stunning photographs, videos, and web links for a whole new reader experience.  

Light It is for photographers of all skill-levels who use lighting or want to explore lighting concepts. The debut issue of Light It is being distributed free of charge as part of the Light It app, also free, that serves as the “magazine rack” for all future issues. No subscription is required.


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).


Don't Miss a Live Interview with the Photoshop Product Manager Today


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:


Free Webcast: Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5 Studio Techniques


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.


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 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...


Adobe Unveils New Webinar Series Ask a CS Pro – Starts Today

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: 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:
Be sure to keep an eye out for other seminars as well.

Photoshop for Video Returns with New Episodes


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 –

Or subscribe in iTunes – where the show has hit #7 in its category!


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A Free Four-day Photoshop Class from Lesa Snider


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. –


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.


Where Does a Teacher Go to Learn?

I’ve been writing books and teaching for about a decade. People mistakenly think that just because I get paid to share my technical thoughts that I must somehow know everything.

As if.

I began my professional career as a journalist. What I know how to do is find answers I also happen to be blessed with the ability to share my thoughts in a coherent way that others seem to enjoy.

In this post I’m going to let you in on where I go to keep up on the evolution of technology. Things move pretty fast these days and if you don’t pay attention, you’ll quickly fall behind. Here are a ten of the resources I use to stay abreast of evolving technology and get answers when I get confused.

Here are my top 10 places to look for answers.

  • Creative COW
  • Adobe TV
  • Photofocus
  • Photoshop World
  • dpBestflow
  • Twitter
  • This Week in Photo
  • Triple Exposure
  • Kelby Training
  • Tip Squirrel

Read the whole article for free at the ASMP Strictly Business Blog


Free Motion Graphics Webcast onThursday, July 21



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.


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.


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.


Motion Graphic Resource Books

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."





How to Make a Seamless Transition to FCP X and Lion


I just want to point you to a great article over at Creative COW that addresses a timely topic.

"Forget all the rumors and speculation about Final Cut Pro X, Creative Cow Contributing Editor David Roth Weiss delivers nothing but facts as he guides you through the steps necessary to partition your Mac system drive with a cool multi-boot setup that will allow you to easily and efficiently switch back and forth between different versions of Final Cut Pro, between different operating systems, or all of the above."

Be sure to head over for the whole article.
A must read.


Photofocus Podcast Tackles Tough Questions

I had the chance to be the guest host on the Photofocus podcast recently. Scott Bourne produces a great show that answers questions from the audience. We dug deep on some great questions. Be sure to listen to the show and you can learn about:

  • Panoramic Film Cameras vs. Digital
  • Arial Photography
  • Transporting Hard Drives
  • Cell Phone Cameras Replacing DSLRs
  • Posting Photographs Similar to Another Photographers’
  • Lenses or Camera Bodies – Where to Invest?
  • Filters for Beach Photography
  • Video Camcorders vs. DSLRs
  • Color Calibration for the Web
  • Video Stabilization with a Monopod

You can check the show out here –


Tweet! Tweet! : Using Twitter to Reach Audiences

A presentation about using Twitter to reach your audience by Rich Harrington, from the RHED Pixel open house.


The Visual FX in Thor


There's a great article over at Creative COW about the visual effects in the new Thor movie.

Article Focus:
Marvel Entertainment's epic adventure Thor has dominated the box office in the last few weeks, with a worldwide gross of $357.6 million. In this cinematic version of the super hero tale, the powerful but arrogant mighty Thor is exiled from the mystical realm of Asgard to live on earth, in punishment for his reckless actions that have reignited an ancient war. Forced to live among humans, Thor's powers are tested when The Destroyer, a monstrous suit of living armor, is sent to earth. In the process, Thor learns how to be a true hero.

In this article in the Creative COW Library, Luma Pictures takes us inside the building of The Destroyer and the Bifrost arrival to earth, the mystical storm that delivers the gods to the other worlds. Let Creative COW's Debra Kaufman take you to the realms of mythology and VFX possibility.

Head over to check it out –


Hypersyndication - How to Publish Your Video to Hundreds of Websites

A presentation about hypersyndication by Rich Harrington, from the RHED Pixel open house.


Alignment – Video Typography Essentials

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

Leading – Video Typography Essentials


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


Testing Font Readability – Video Typography Essentials


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


Tracking – Video Typography Essentials

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

Kerning – Video Typography Essentials

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


Color Choice – Video Typography Essentials


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


Serifs – Video Typography Essentials

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

Font Choice – Video Typography Essentials


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


Video Typography Essentials

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.

This Week in Photography #198


Image by: Rakkhi // Creative Commons
On this episode of TWiP, can you tell the difference between the Las Vegas Statue of Liberty and the real one in New York? If so, the US Postal Service could use your help. onOne introduces layers to Lightroom, and Bruce Clarke sits down with photographer Matthew Jordan Smith to pick his brain about all things photography.

Hosts: Frederick Van Johnson, Alex Lindsay, Richard Harrington, Derrick Story

TWiP #198 – Viva Las Vegas

Free Photoshop Classes in Saint Louis

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

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

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


Triple Exposure is Live!


Are you into Time-lapse, HDR, or Panoramic photography? I've launches a new website with the incredible Scott Bourne called Triple Exposure –

Photography has been around a long time. One of the reasons for that is the constant innovation and improvement in technique and craft surrounding photography. Another reason is the invention of interesting styles or genres. Enter time lapse, HDR and panoramic photography. While HDR is the new kid on the block, time lapse has been possible since the first motion picture and panoramic photography has been around in some form since the 1840s.

Here at Triple Exposure, we’ll cover these three photographic specialties. We’ll offer tips, tricks, reviews, punditry, training videos, podcasts and anything else we can think of that might interest photographers using time lapse, HDR or panoramic photography.

Be sure to check it out and also follow on Twitter.

Convert Your Fonts


I just had a need to pull out
TRANSTYPE. This useful utility comes in handy when working on a design project and getting client-provided materials? Oftentimes fonts come over (which is great), except they are for the wrong platform (which isn't so great). Instead of rushing out to buy the font again, you can usually convert it.

This shareware application converts Mac fonts to PC fonts, or vice versa. Simple in concept, clean in execution--this tool has been a lifesaver that has kept many a graphics project on track.


How to Save Hours of Time in Photoshop

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.

NAB Handouts are Live for Download


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


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.


HDR Toning Black and White Images


I released a new HDR and Black & White tutorial over at

From Bridge, through Photoshop’s HDR Pro and then into Photoshop for finishing touches, Rich covers every step of the way.

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


Free Adobe Creative Suite 5 Ebook


I've written a
free book for Adobe about how to get more done with After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and more.

”Explore the creative possibilities of DSLR video editing with Adobe Creative Suite 5 and 5.5 software. This paper provides tips and tricks for navigating Adobe Premiere® Pro CS5, Photoshop® CS5, Photoshop CS5 Extended, After Effects® CS5, and other CS5 components to help you along the way."

The book is 100% Free, and contains all sorts of great knowledge.

  • Working in the timeline of Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Get more done with Adobe Photoshop
  • Get organized with Adobe Bridge
  • Working with audio
  • Adobe After Effects Advanced techniques
  • Good shooting practices and Production Techniques
  • Sharing and publishing your video

You can download the free eBook with tips for DSLR and Creative Suite at

For more on the fusion of photography and video, check out From Still to Motion.

If you enjoy the ebook, please leave a comment . It means a lot and lets Adobe know people are reading and appreciate the book.


How to Repair and Retime Video Footge

There are several reasons that footage might need repair. Archival sources (especially those that are tape-based) can wear with time or equipment failure. Rushed crews or poor preproduction can also impact the quality of a shot through inadequate lighting. Environmental conditions, such as a sunset or inconsistent cloud cover, can wreak havoc with footage as well.

Although the reasons may vary, you'll find a useful collection of tools in After Effects. The footage we'll show you is bad (in this case purposely so).

Check out the
full book chapter here for free.


Low Light Shooting Strategies for DSLR Video


In this video tutorial, Robbie and Richard discuss low-light shooting strategies, including controlling your aperture, ISO, lenses, and shutter speed.

Lighting should be your first step, but capturing gorgeous images with DSLRs in low light situations is not only a possibility, but an artistic venture with the amount of control offered by these cameras.

Watch the episode for free or download here –


Find Special Typographic Characters on a Mac

Need special characters (like å é î ø ü) but can’t remember where they live on the keyboard?

Mac OS X has a great feature for this—the Keyboard & Character Viewer.

  1. Go to System Preferences > Language & Text > Input Sources, and enable the Keyboard & Character Viewer.
  2. Check the box for Show Input menu in menu bar.
  3. Notice the new icon in your menu bar (likely a flag that matches the language). When needed, simply click it and choose Show or Hide Character Palette.
  4. The palette automatically floats above your active application.
  5. Be sure to check that you’re using the same font in the text generator or other application.
  6. Double-click or drag to use the special character.

This panel is really useful as you can search by category using the lefthand column. Be sure to also try searching using the bottom search field as well as you can search by name or keyword. Lastly the View menu offers additional filters, I find the All Characters and Glyph views most useful.


HD Video: Frame Rate or Field Rate

Sometimes we miss the good old days where choosing a frame rate was an either/or decision. When it comes to HD, one area of confusion that we get asked about a lot is the difference between frame rate and field rate. It’s common to see numbers like 720p60 or 1080i60 as part of a description.
  • The first part describes the vertical resolution.
  • The P or I describes whether the footage is progressive or interlaced.
  • The last part describes its frame or field rate.

In HD video, frame rate and field rate are often used interchangeably and it can be hard to tell what someone is talking about. Here is an easy way to think of it.
  • When an HD format is interlaced, the number generally describes field rate (1080i60 would describe 60 fields per second).
    • When an HD format is progressive, the number generally describes frame rate (720p60 would be 60 frames per second).

The interesting thing is that field can describe frame too! This is because field rates are double that of frame rates. So 1080i60 footage has a frame rate of 30fps. Got it? Well, it’s not that simple. Most of the time numbers like 60 or 30 really represent fractional field rates (59.94) or frame rates (29.97) for backward compatibility with NTSC television.

Math—oh, how we hate you.

Free Adobe Creative Suite 5 Ebook


I've written a
free book for Adobe about how to get more done with After Effects, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and more.

”Explore the creative possibilities of DSLR video editing with Adobe Creative Suite 5 software. This paper provides tips and tricks for navigating Adobe Premiere® Pro CS5, Photoshop® CS5, Photoshop CS5 Extended, After Effects® CS5, and other CS5 components to help you along the way."

The book is 100% Free, and contains all sorts of great knowledge.

  • Working in the timeline of Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Get more done with Adobe Photoshop
  • Get organized with Adobe Bridge
  • Working with audio
  • Adobe After Effects Advanced techniques
  • Good shooting practices and Production Techniques
  • Sharing and publishing your video

You can download the free eBook with tips for DSLR and Creative Suite at

For more on the fusion of photography and video, check out From Still to Motion.

If you enjoy the ebook, please leave a comment . It means a lot and lets Adobe know people are reading and appreciate the book.


Master Adobe Camera Raw – Free Ebook

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 –


Five Great Resources on Copyright


Do you understand your rights as a content creator? Here are five great resources to learn more (and they are all free)


Your Right to Take Photos of Federal Property

Like to take pictures? Well you may have run afoul of shooting photos of federal buildings (which is pretty easy to do in DC where I live). Here's a useful federal directive that you should print out and put in your camera bag.

Federal Protective Service Information Bulletin of Aug. 2, 2010, emphasizing "the public's right to photograph the exterior of federal facilities" from "publicly accessible spaces such as streets, sidewalks, parks and plazas." It also states that in a field interview, "officers should not seize the camera or its contents, and must be cautious not to give such 'orders' to a photographer to erase the contents of a camera."

Download it here –


Photoshop CS5 Best New Features In-Depth

Join Photoshop instructor and author Richard Harrington as he shows you the best new features in Adobe Photoshop CS5. This recording is from a live event and is unedited.. If you like Richard's training be sure to check out his books, Understanding Photoshop CS5 and Photoshop for Video.

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


DSLR Video Podcast Hits #1


Into learning more about shooting DSLR video? It turns out you're not alone. My new podcast, Creative COW's DSLR Video show has rocked the charts.

It's always a good feeling to hit the #1 spot on the charts... especially when its filled with people you admire. Thank you all for your support (and if you haven't checked it out, please go fir it – it's free).

Subscribe for free at the COW –
Subscribe for free on iTunes –

Thanks to Ron Lindeboom at Creative COW for hosting and producing the series.


16 New Articles Posted to the Conference Downloads Page

I've uploaded several new handouts from recent conferences. Remember, you can download slides, resource files, articles and more by visiting the Conference Handout page.


Planet 5D Chat – 12/21

I'll be the guest for a special live chat over at Planet 5D on Monday December 21st. Be sure to head over to the HDSLR chat room. THe fun starts at 8pm EST.


Mastering Photoshop’s Blending Modes


Blending modes are both a mystery and a source of great design power. Each blending mode controls how one layer’s pixels are affected by those in another layer (or by a tool from the Tools panel). Most users give up on blending modes because the technical definitions of each mode get very tricky. The secret is to not worry too much about the technical issues and to learn how to experiment.
Read the whole article here –


A Great Deal for Organizing Your Media

A colleague of mine, Peter Krogh has a
great deal going. His excellent book called The DAM Bool is being bundled with Expression Media. Here are the key facts.

The DAM Book – In The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers, Peter Krogh updates his ground-breaking book on creating and managing digital photography collection. Peter guides you through the entire digital photography ecosystem, showing you how hardware, software, file formats and workflow practices can work together to keep your images safe, and to let you get the most from your pictures. The second edition has been almost entirely rewritten, updating the material for the changed technical landscape. Chapters were added that covered the use of Lightroom, as well as an entirely new chapter on backup and validation of image files. Peter also covers the use of GPS devices and software to geotag your images.

Expression Media 2 software – When you buy The DAM Book during the month of October, you'll get a fully-licensed copy Expression Media 2 for free. (A $199 full retail value). Expression Media 2 is the a cross-platform application for managing your digital photos and media. Create easy-to-use catalogs of all your photos, movies, audio files, and many more file types. Expression Media 2 was recently purchased by Phase One from Microsoft.

Act now to take advantage of this limited time offer – Expires Sunday, October 31.


Free Apps During Photo Plus Expo

Need some Photoshop training? Check out our iPhone and iPod touch apps.They are on sale right now at a special price of free and 99¢.

  • Terry White made it his pick of the week.
  • Jeff Revell at PhotoWalkPro write a very detailed review too.
  • My son thinks it's cool that I used his picture in one of the lessons

If you haven't tried our new training apps, what are you waiting for?

How about our sale!

Understanding Photoshop Quick Fixes is
Free | iTunesWeb Demo
Understanding Photoshop Creating Panoramic Photos is
$.99 | iTunesWeb Demo
PocketGeek is free -
(prices good through October 31)

These apps are a lot of work, but I want to see them succeed. Tell your friends and try them out (the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive).

  • Includes training videos edited specifically for the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
  • Offers easily viewable screens, with zooms and close-ups of the action.
  • Every lesson includes hands-on files that you download to your computer. There’s no need to merely watch, you can try out every technique on your own.
  • Test your knowledge with interactive quizzes. Score yourself as well as check your answers with video responses.
  • Search throughout the application by keyword and your own bookmarks.
  • A quick reference guide is also included to help you build your Photoshop knowledge.
  • Interact with the trainer with comments and a Twitter client.


Photoshop CS5 Webinar

I have a free webinar about Photoshop CS5 and my new book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Join author and instructor Richard Harrington for an overview of the new features in Photoshop CS5 and how his book, Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 and its accompanying video training on DVD, can be used effectively in the classroom.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 3:00 pm
Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)



Slides From My Recent DSLR Workshops

As promised, here are several slide decks from recent conferences.

DV Expo

Motion 10

Be sure to check out the book – 
From Still to Motion


Adding Lens Blur in Photoshop

I posted a new article over at on the rarely used Lens Blur command.

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 remain in focus while others fall gently 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.

Read the whole article here –


Move Projects from FCP to AE Seamlessly (and Free!)

Footage ©Kuhn Foundation, from the series Closer to Truth Cosmos. Consciousness. God.

I am always on the lookout for things that can make my life easier… sleep in a can, comfortable shoes, great software.
If you use Final Cut Pro and After Effects… do I have a find for you!  I just finished a new book called
Video Made on a Mac, and in the process of writing about Motion Graphics workflows, I’ve discovered an absolute gem, from a little place called Popcorn Island.

From Final Cut Pro to After Effects

Getting your footage from Final Cut Pro to After Effects is a very common workflow. In fact, so many people choose to work this way that there are several free and for sale workflow tools on the market. But I have a new favorite.
The script Final Cut 2 After Effects supports the following features:
  • Cross Dissolve Transitions
  • Basic Editing Translation
  • Segmented Clips
  • Basic Keyframes
  • Time Remapping
  • Nested Sequences
  • Multiple Frame Rates and Aspect Ratios
  • Audio Channels
  • Name Length Error Checking
  • Support for PAL25 and 60

Oh and in case you missed it…

Here’s how the process works:

  • Download and install the After Effects scripts from here.
  • Launch After Effects and Final Cut Pro.
  • Open a Final Cut Pro project with media you want to exchange.
  • Select one sequence in the Browser.
  • Choose File > Export > XML. Choose XML Level 4.
  • Target a location and click OK.
  • Swith to After Effects and choose File > Scripts and select the newly loaded script (PI_FCP2AE.jsxbin).
  • Navigate to the XML file you created in step 5 and click Open. The footage and a new composition are created in After Effects.
  • Explore the composition and check the results.

Also, be sure to check out the new book,
Video Made on a Mac.  More than 400 pages and 5.5 hours of video on Production and Postproduction Using Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite.


How to use Color Management in After Effects

I came across a great white paper on Adobe's website about color management in After Effects. As more and more color choices are being made on set, its important that artists respect the wishes of the director or DP.

This white paper is intended for professionals in the motion graphics, video, and film production industries who need a reliable approach to achieving accurate and consistent color in their workflows. It provides compelling answers to a major question: How does color management technology in After Effects help you achieve accurate and consistent color reproduction?

The white paper comprises four core chapters:
  • Introduction to color management
  • High-definition video workflow
  • Digital cinema workflow
  • Animation or Flash export workflow

Download the white paper here – Color management workflow in Adobe After Effects CS4


Creative COW Magazine ready for iPad

One of my favorite industry resources is Creative COW magazine. The articles are always written by pros involved in cool projects. Each article offers great perspective and often new ideas to expand your business. They now have all the back issues ready for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.

Want to take the full library of Creative COW Magazine with you anywhere you travel? It's easy to do, whether you use an iPad, an iPhone, an Android, a Blackberry, or many other 3G devices.

Here's where to start. Simply go to and...

If you use an Android, a Blackberry, or many other 3G devices, just visit the downloads address above and download the editions that you want directly to your device -- we recommend the single page print-friendly edition's complete set. ;)

If you are on a Mac or PC that uses iTunes, just download any or all of our no-cost PDFs in the edition you prefer -- the print-friendly single page format (recommended) or the 'spread' edition that gives you the full magazine spreads -- to your desktop machine.

Once the PDFs are on your machine, drag the downloaded PDFs to your desktop machine's iTunes program and click on the Books setting inside iTunes to make sure that sync books is active. If you use an iPod Touch, an iPhone or an iPad, your iBooks application will show them inside iBooks, in the PDF tab that you see in the image you see at the top of this newsletter.

Now, you can now take Creative COW Magazine with you for those times when you are in the air, waiting for a meeting, in the doctor's office waiting room -- or any one of a thousand other places where you might want to spend some time with the great articles and ideas that make up each of our issues.


Free Photoshop Webcast This Friday

This complimentary webcast is brought to you by Creative Edge, videos and books for creative people.
Friday, September 17, 2010 - 10AM PDT/1PM EDT


Photoshop is the foundation of every digital career. Many users think they know it, but in truth, they have gaping holes in their training.
This webcast is ideal for professionals who want to add to their skill base, for beginners who need to learn the basics, or for others who are self-taught and want to solidify their knowledge. Graphic design and new media expert, Richard Harrington, will cover many of the exciting new Photoshop CS5 features, such as: Puppet Warp, Merge to HDR Pro, Content-Aware Fill/Scale/Heal, 3D Text, Mixer Brush and Lens Corrections.
During this complimentary webcast, you will also learn about:
• Repairing and retouching digital images
• Color corrections and enhancements
• Blending modes and maximizing filters
• Photoshop actions and automations to speed up your workflow
• Camera Raw workflow
Learn the techniques needed to advance your career with a focus not just on digital photography, but also on the Web, graphic design, multimedia and video.

10 webcast attendees will receive an AUTOGRAPHED COPY of Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5: The Essential Techniques for Imaging Professionals.


Free AE Webinar on Tuesday: Harrington: Combining After Effects, Illustrator, & Photoshop Extended

Don't miss a free webinar this Tuesday on After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator

Start: September 14, 2010 7:30 pm
End: September 14, 2010 8:35 pm

As a motion graphics designer, you’ll use After Effects, Photoshop, or Illustrator to some degree in every project. But how do you decide which tool is best for the job and how can you use them together for the most efficient and effective workflow?

Join Rich Harrington of RHED Pixel for an evening of tips and techniques on how After Effects users can effectively integrate Photoshop and Illustrator in your motion design workflow.

overview: 7:15-7:30 PM: Pre-Show: Reels We’re Watching 7:30-8:20 PM: Rich Harrington: Combining After Effects, Illustrator, & Photoshop Extended 8:20-8:30 PM: Q&A 8:30-8:35 PM: giveaways | close
*all times are MST | UTC-6
To attend: - RSVP for the event :: RSVP now»


Peachpit Photo Club Presents Trey Ratcliff

On Tuesday, September 28 at 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT, join Trey Ratcliff, author of A World in HDR for the next Peachpit Photo Club webcast. High dynamic range (HDR) photography lets you capture the myriad colors and levels of light that you can see in the real world, and the results are amazing photographs that run the gamut from super real to surreal. Explore this fantastic realm of photography through the unique vision of renowned travel photographer Trey Ratcliff. Trey will share his phenomenal HDR photographs as well as all the backstory on the adventurous circumstances of their origin. He'll also reveal the techniques he used to get the final shot, and answer your burning questions!
To keep the creative juices flowing, Photo Club members will receive a fun assignment at the end of the session. Once the assignment is completed, Photo Club members can upload their work to the Peachpit Photo Club Flickr Group where Trey and the Peachpit crew will help critique your work. And of course, there will be a chance for prizes!
Register now.

Also, be sure to check out the From Still to Motion webcast while you are there

Web Safe Fonts

This is awesome... a colleague of mine Jason Cranford Teague, has posted some great resources about web typography. My favorite is this useful desktop pattern of web safe fonts.

There is also an incredible
directory of fonts installed on Mac and Windows computers.


Free Digital Video E-books

  • Adobe offers some great primers on video technology. be sure to check these free e-books out.
  • Adobe Digital Video Primer (PDF: 9.8M) Whether you want to understand the differences between analog and digital, how to choose and set up a system that's right for you, or how to prepare and edit your content for delivery in virtually any format, the Adobe Digital Video Primer is a resource you'll use often.
  • Adobe HD Primer (PDF: 1.6M) This primer will help you understand what's involved in making the transition to authoring and distributing high-definition content and how to get the best results out of that transition.
  • Adobe Digital Audio Primer (PDF: 84k) In this primer, we'll introduce the basics of sound so you can work more effectively with Adobe® Audition™ and the rest of your digital audio or video toolkit.
  • Adobe DVD Primer (PDF: 6.3M) This in-depth primer will get you acquainted with DVD technology and teach you how to make your DVD content more dynamic. If you're already creating video productions, it will introduce you to state-of-the-art technologies you can use to repurpose your content for DVD distribution. If you're a beginner you'll find out how you can easily develop and author your own DVDs.
  • Adobe Professional DVD Production with Adobe Encore DVD Primer (PDF: 2.2M) This primer provides background information on the DVD-Video format and explains what makes Adobe Encore® DVD such a powerful application for professional DVD creation.
  • Adobe Streaming Media Primer (PDF: 1019k) The Adobe Streaming Media Primer offers a single comprehensive source for learning everything you ever wanted to know about streaming media — including pitfalls, costs, how-tos, and the basics.
  • Adobe DV Primer for Creative Professionals (PDF: 392k) Thinking about adding video to your repertoire? If you're a graphic designer, web professional, photographer, or other creative professional and you want to start working with video, this Primer is the place to start. You'll learn how video can expand your creative reach, the basics of the technology, and what you'll need to get started.


Free Plug-In for Apple and Adobe

The Boris Continuum Materials Unit can be used to create a nearly infinite variety of animated backgrounds in After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Final Cut Express. The plug-in suite includes 15 Boris Continuum Complete filters that can be stacked or used individually to create abstract animated backgrounds or lifelike footage. For a limited time, Eye Scream Factory and Boris FX have teamed up to offer COW members a fully licensed version of BCC Reptilian, one of the included filters. BCC Reptilian is designed to simulate the look of scaly or spotted animal skin. By adjusting the colors, textures, and lighting, you can create an amazing variety of effects. Download the Reptilian Filter

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Photoshop Clone Stamp

The Clone Stamp can produce predictable and accurate results with just a little practice. It works by sampling pixels from one area of an image and painting them in another.

This technique goes beyond copy and paste, however, because it uses the flexibility of Photoshop’s Brush palette. This allows you to adjust the size and hardness of the brush as well as the opacity of the stroke.

  1. Select the Clone Stamp tool by pressing S.
  2. Select a brush from the Options bar or Brushes panel.
  3. Specify the tool alignment in the Options bar. If Aligned is selected, the sample point and painting point move parallel as you brush. If you click again and start over, the sample point picks up relative to the current brush position. If Aligned is deselected, the initial sample point is re-used. The second method ensures that you are always sampling from the same area but the first produces more visual variety if using a large textured area.
  4. Option+click (Alt+click) within the current document, or another open document (set to the same color mode). This defines the source point for sampled pixel data.
  5. Click and start to paint as if you were using the Brush Tool (you are essentially sampling pixels from one area and painting them into another). The sampled pixels are drawn from before you click. Therefore, it may be necessary to release and start over occasionally to avoid cloning the problem area. If using Photoshop CS4 or later, you’ll also see a preview of the pixels you are painting.

Performance Tips

  • Try cloning at a lower opacity from several different places to fill in a problem area. This way you can avoid too much repetition in the pattern.
  • Try to “follow the line” by looking for edges to follow in the image. Straight lines such as creases in clothing are easier to follow than random spots. Look to follow the natural curves and linear paths that are present.
  • You can clone from all visible layers by specifying Use All Layers. This is useful if you want to clone to an empty layer at the top of your document while sampling from the layers below.

How to Make an iBook Using Apple iWork

So just yesterday, Apple announced a free update to its iWork software. The newest version allows for the export of ePub files (which happen to work great as iBooks and can be easily converted into files for Kindle and Nook readers). To test things out, I decided to give it a whirl. I took an old chapter from a book and a few movie files (yes... video IS supported on the iPad and other iOS devices).

Installing an ePub File

I whipped up my first ebook (you can download it here). To install the file, do the following.

1. Download the ePub file and unzip it.

2. Connect your iOS device.

3. Launch iTunes.

4. Drag the file onto your device.

5. Launch iBooks and select your book.

Creating an ePub File

Now... here's the QUICK tutorial on how to make one with Apple Pages.... I promise a detailed tutorial next week (but I had to get this out there).

1. Download this template file –

2. Open the file and fill in your content. Be sure to use the styles drawer to use proper formatting.

3. Add photos or media files (such as audio or video). Stick with iPad compatible formats like MP4 and MP3. You can convert your files using iTunes.

4. When finished choose File > Export.

5. Choose the ePub format and enter details.

6. Click Next and choose a destination, then click Export.

For more... see this support document –

For more on using Pages and iWork, be sure to check out the
Apple Training Series book.


Repairing Damage With Photoshop:Heal or Patch?

I find that most users quickly master the Clone Stamp tool. Unfortunately many become truly stumped by its two cousins, the Healing Brush tool and the Patch tool. Knowing when to turn from cloning to healing and patching is an important distinction.

  • The Healing Brush (J) is a tool that is designed to correct imperfections in a photo.
  • The Patch Tool uses similar technology as the Healing Brush, but Patch is better suited to fixing larger problems or empty areas.

To see the full tutorial, head on over to


Free Font Converter

Have an old font that's not working right? Maybe it's PC-only and you're on a Mac. Here's a free service to convert fonts – allows you to quickly convert between many font formats without the hassle of installing any software on your computer. Our service works on any operating system including Windows, Mac and Linux. Our font converting service works for all of the common font formats including TrueType (.ttf), OpenType (.oft) and PostScript (.ps). We can also convert many of the less well known font formats including Suitcase (.suit) and Data Fork (.dfont) fonts.

Thanks to
Rod Harlan for pointing this one out.

My 360˚ Panoramic Action

A while back I made an action that is designed to create a seamless loop for properly shot 360˚ photos. People seem to be unable to find it (as its the number one search result for my site). So here it is again.

  1. Download the action here
  2. Double click the file Panoramicsrev3.atn to load it.
  3. Switch to Photoshop.
  4. Complete your 360˚ panorama using the Photomerge command.
  5. Choose Window > Actions to view the Actions panel.
  6. Select the Seamless Loop action in the Actions panel. If necessary click the disclosure triangle next to the Panoramics set.
  7. When ready, click the Play button at the bottom of the Actions panel. Photoshop runs a series of steps to complete the seamless loop action.
  8. Crop the bottom and top of the panoramic image to taste, but be careful not to adjust the sides of the image.

Check out our Panoramic Training Here


Understanding Adobe Camera Raw

UAP Using Camera Raw

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


Pre-Processing for Video-Sharing Sites

There are hundreds of websites that offer embeddable players based on Flash technology. For many, this is a key way to embed content on their website and share with others. In this case, you are using the hosting services of the video-sharing site as well as their embeddable players.

While many take a role the dice approach, we believe in pre-processing clips before we upload. By taking matters into your own hands, you can get better looking clips in the final player. You can also get around some of the file size limits that can impede the duration of the video.

Let's take a look at two of the most popular services, YouTube and Facebook. The techniques discussed however can be applied to many other sites as well.

A Great Article on Filmmaking Apps for the iOS

Here's a great article on cool application for the iPhone and iPad. Twenty-two apps that help video pros and filmmakers.

"The iPad and iPhone have taken the world by storm. Only very recently have filmmakers started to see their potential in a production environment. The iPad has only been out a few months and we are already seeing it used in some very creative ways.

For this feature we have rounded up some of the best and most useful Filmmaking Apps that our Deal Leader Steve Jobs has approved for the App Store. As more filmmakers explore the possibilities with these powerful mobile devices, we are sure this list will continue to grow"

Get the whole article here –


On-Camera Interview Tips

  • Have talent/interviewee bring an alternate set of clothing.
  • Herringbone, stripes, or small patterns do not look good on camera.
  • Keep jewelry simple.
  • Do not allow interviewees to wear bright white. Cream, eggshell, or light gray are preferred.
  • Utilize a make-up artist. People give a better interview when they look good. Decision-makers favor approval copies when their people look professional.
  • Maintain eye contact throughout the interview.
  • “Edit in the Camera.” Encourage short answers and come back to topics again. Better to focus on good, tight answers, than trying to cobble together six takes to make your point.
  • Avoid enumeration or the phrase “Like I said before.” It is highly likely that you may use step three, without steps one and two. You also wouldn’t be asking the question again, if you were happy with what the answer was “before.”
  • Don’t be afraid to stop and start over. Do not let an answer ramble on. Smiles and nods encourage subjects that they are ‘on-target.’
  • Relax.


PanosFX Actions

While working on my latest Photoshop book, I did some research on Actions. I was looking for some new examples of actions that push the boundaries of what Photoshop can do. I came across several beautiful actions created by Panos FX.

From postcards and filmstrips to paper and sketch effects. These actions are great, they produce powerful results and are flexible enough to create several looks. The website has more than 30 free actions and the powerful ones for sale are very affordable. Be sure to check out their many products to build up your Photoshop toolbox. If you did pick up the new book, be sure to look on the DVD for some additional free actions.


How we use Drobos at RHED Pixel

We've been using storage systems from Drobo in our shop for quite some time now. We've got the entire office wired so we can share HD video projects to any workstation. We've also been backing up files from our HD shoots with Drobo Pros. We've been quite happy with the arrangement and Drobo asked us to explain our workflow.

You can check it out here –


Color Correction and Enhancement

Free Chapter for my new book – Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5: Color Correction and Enhancement

"Learning how to spot problems in your images and then choosing the right correction technique is an essential part of mastering Photoshop. Richard Harrington describes the most important tools and shows you how to use them to make the best color correction and enhancement choices.

The primary purpose of Photoshop is to act as a digital darkroom where images can be corrected, enhanced, and refined. How do you know an image needs touch-up? You can pretty much assume every image can look a little (or even a lot) better than how the camera captured it. Whether it’s adjusting the exposure, increasing contrast, or boosting saturation, Photoshop is the place to improve an image."

Check out the free lesson

The Tragedy of Trajan

My Comic Sans post got me thinking.... about other over used fonts...

I must admit... I'm guilty of this one... Trajan.

Which is apparently the #1 font for movie posters.


The History of Comic Sans

This is a great short video about the history of Comic Sans and is told by the font's designer. It's really quite funny and he has a great sense of humor about it all.

And a little more followup.

Maybe I'll use it on a client project ;)

One of My New Favorite Sites

One of my new favorite resource sites is produced by the American Society of Media Photographers and funded by the Library of Congress. This site contains a ton of great information about workflow, digital imaging, and photography. It's also totally free.

The purpose of dpBestflow™ is twofold:
  • To create guidelines for refined production workflows, archiving methods, and best practices for digital photography based on a variety of capture methods and intended image use. The guidelines will be developed on the basis of research, analysis of software products and other tools targeted at professional photographers.
  • To publish the dpBestflow™ as a website open to the public. The adoption of the dpBestflow™ guidelines will be promoted to the professional photography community and the public through programming at industry trade shows and a nationwide series of training events at ASMP chapters, trade shows, and educational institutions.

Be sure to check out the site... it's really great. –

Free Online Crash Course on Photoshop CS5

My presentation on Photoshop CS5 from Adobe's booth at NAB. A highly condensed presentation with lots of info.


You can see it here too –


Are You a Teacher? How to Request Free Review Copies from Peachpit Press.

Are you a teacher? Consider our books for your class. Four to choose from

Here's how to request a free desk copy.

Worldwide Photo Walk

I will be leading a DC-area event for the Worldwide Photo Walk. The event is a fun few hours of shooting pictures and meeting other photographers. There's a few spots left for the July 24th event (it's free).

Meeting Location & Time
Vienna Community Center (10:00am - 12:30pm)
120 Cherry St SE, Vienna, VA- USA

After the walk, meet at: Church Street Pizza‎- 115 Church Street NE, Vienna

Sign up here.

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Stay in Touch Through Social Media

Want to keep in touch? We make it easy. You can get news, information, and humor from Richard Harrington through your favorite social media outlets. We're happy to share resources with you, our goal is to improve your digital life.

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In NYC? Don't Miss the Free Photoshop CS5 Summit

DATE: Friday, June 25
TIME: 4:30 – 7:30 pm LOCATION: Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom 311 West 34th Street New York, NY 10001 PRICE: FREE – Bring a Friend!* You must sign up in advance here –

Get the Free PocketGeek App

My new iOS app is out (and totally free).

Keep up on news, see free training videos, and more.

PocketGeek for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

There's a geek in your pocket, and his name is Richard Harrington. Keep up with the latest in technology with the noted author and podcaster. This app lets you view free videos, read blog posts, and interact through Facebook and Twitter.

Rich shares his person passions for all things related to digital video and photography. The goal, to help you have fun and get more done in less time.

It's totally free...
get it here


A Great Article on Industrial Design

Over the centuries, we've welded metal, beat it into shape, bent it, melted it. But until recently, we've never inflated. Now that too is possible, thanks to years of painstaking work by architect Oskar Zieta and materials scientist Philipp Dohmen, both researchers at Zurich's ETH (better known as Einstein's alma mater).

The two call their work Free Internal Pressure Reshaping--FIDU, for short. But the process might seem familiar to anyone who's ever blown up an inflatable raft. Zieta and Dohmen are exhibiting their process--and its promises--at next week's DMY Berlin International Design Festival, which celebrates cutting-edge design. But if you can't make it,
here's a taste.


New Video Actions for Photoshop

I've updated the Video Actions for Photoshop.

I've added the following new actions

  • BD 720p – Size images for a slideshow for Blu-ray or 720p
  • BD 1080p – Size images for a slideshow for Blu-ray or 720p
  • Encore Blank Button – Creates a new menu button for use in Encore
  • Encore Button Highlight – Creates a Highlight layer for use in Encore

Download the actions here.

  1. Unzip the actions. The extension should be .atn
  2. Locate your Photoshop application folder
  3. Place the file in Presets > Actions folder
  4. Launch Photoshop
  5. Choose Window > Actions to open the Actions panel
  6. Click the small triangle in the upper-right corner and choose Video Actions V2
  7. Run the action as needed


Camera Raw — Understanding Adobe Photoshop

I've posted a brand new Photoshop tutorial over at Learn how to get the most out of Camera Raw in Photoshop CS5 or CS4.

Check it out here for free.


Get the free Photoshop CS5 Knowledge Panel

Get the free Photoshop CS5 Knowledge Panel for a bunch of cool free tutorials built right into Photoshop CS5. Choose Window > Extensions > Knowledge to open it.

Here's why you need it.
  • It's totally free
  • It's interactive with cool controls
  • A bunch of my tutorials are in there on video and animation.
"Sometime in the last 48 hours, your copy of Photoshop CS5 quietly sprouted some new functionality. We hope you like it, and we'd love to get your feedback.
Adobe is now delivering the Knowledge panel for Photoshop. This tool delivers interactive step-by-step guidance, walking you through some 70 tutorials written by expert authors. Unlike other tutorials, these can drive Photoshop: clicking links executes commands in PS (e.g. clicking "File->New" brings up the New Document dialog box)."

Learn more here –

Thanks to Victor Gavenda at Peachpit and John Nack at Adobe for doing this.


White Balancing in Final Cut Pro

Richard Harrington, a trainer for FMC, shows how to use white balancing in FCP to make up for improper white balancing on the camera.


A new Photoshop podcast you should check out

A friend of mine just launched a new Photoshop podcast – and you should check it out.

New on Peachpit TV: Photoshop in 5 with RC Concepcion

Check out the latest show on Peachpit TV: Photoshop in 5 with RC Concepcion. NAPP instructor & Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Rafael "RC" Concepcion gives 5-minute tutorials in Photoshop on topics including the Type panel, Soft-proofing, Brush-based tools, Channels, Adjustment and Mask layers.


Content Aware Fill / Scale / Heal in Photoshop CS5

Learn about all three content aware tools in Photoshop CS5. Easily remove objects and blemishes with just a few clicks. From the new book Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS5 by Richard Harrington.

Working with DSLR Video with Adobe CS5 Production Premium

I invite you to take my free online class about DSLR video workflow and Adobe CS5.

You can sign up here –

Working with DSLR Video with Adobe CS5 Production Premium
Wednesday, May 26, 201010:00 AM - 11:30 AM US/Pacific
Thanks to their exceptional image quality, low-light capabilities, and the fact that you can shoot using standard 35mm DSLR lenses that give your footage the look of expensive film-based cameras, DSLRs are finding their way into video productions at all levels.

Join Richard Harrington, co-author of From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR.  He'll explore the options for creating and working with DSLR video in CS5 Production Premium which includes Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Adobe After Effects. You’ll learn everything from practical shooting techniques and essential lighting to easy editing strategies and online sharing.
You’ll also be introduced to the latest Dell Precision workstation and NVIDIA Quadro graphic solutions to help you make the best decision to outfit your editing needs – including taking advantage of the latest performance improving updates in CS5.


A great book on green screen

If you've been looking for a comprehensive guide on greenscreen this is it. Jeff covers everything from preproduction through shooting and post. Jeff's a great teacher who's passionate about his subject.

You can get a few samples of the book
here for free, but be sure to check out the whole thing.

  • See how to plan, set up, and execute your shots to reduce fixes in post
  • Choose the right keying process for your project
  • Master basic shooting setups and live broadcast keying
  • Understand proper lighting and how to match subjects to the background
  • Create a working storyboard and learn how to select and direct talent
  • Composite your footage and fix problem shots
  • Work creatively with virtual sets, motion tracking, and match moving
  • Master techniques that apply to all compositing software and plug-ins


Creating Timelapse Movies in After Effects

Richard Harrington, a trainer for Future Media Concepts, shows how to use time-lapse photography to create video clips.


The Share Menu in Final Cut Pro

FMC trainer Richard Harrington demonstrates how to share and publish projects in a variety of formats.


Adjusting Vibrancy in Photoshop - HD

Richard Harrington, a trainer for Future Media Concepts, explains a new adjustment in Photoshop CS4 called Vibrancy. He discusses how to use this tool to boost color without making it look flat.


Want Free Fonts?

Looking for some free fonts? Here are a few of my favorite Web sites that offer free and affordable

Power Cropping Tutorial

I've released a new tutorial over at the website. Learn all bout how to crop your photos. Before you think you know all about cropping, consider these points.

  • Cropping to a specific size
  • Cropping for print and web
  • Using Smart Objects for scaling
  • Non-destructive cropping
  • Perspective cropping

Here's a link to the tutorial.

Digital Convergence Podcasts for DSLR Filmmakers

I was recently interviewwd about a new book – From Still to Motion: A Photographer's Guide to Creating Video with your DSLR

Episode 6 features Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman, who are two of four of the co-authors of the new book from Peachpit: From Still to Motion.

In this episode, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman talk about what to expect from their new book. Taking a platform agnostic approach and covering a wide range of budgets, they discuss a broad range of topics including unexpected lessons learned, do-it-yourself lighting, camera support and motion, post-production and color grading, sound, stop-motion and time-lapse and a wealth of other topics. I hated to cut short this conversation - it's our longest episode yet. But it's well worth hearing.

Q&A with the Authors of From Still to Motion

Peachpit talks to James Ball, Robbie Carman, Matt Gottshalk, and Richard Harrington about their new book and DVD, From Still to Motion, what photographers struggle with the most when learning video, and how to stay up to date on the latest in the world of video.

Peachpit: What was the motivation behind writing From Still to Motion? Why this topic, and why now?

Authors: We've been thinking about and actively working on the book for more than a year. When we first starting seeing video-enabled DSLR cameras we were excited by their potential. They can be challenging to work with, but have great rewards with incredible visuals.

We decided there needed to be a definitive book and DVD that explored the entire process of using these cameras (from pre-production through delivery), and one that explored both the art and the technology. Camera models and features constantly change, but the process of creating video is relatively constant and we felt there needed to be thorough coverage on how to create video with a DSLR camera. What we've created is an in-depth case study that explores how we used these cameras for six months and all the cool things we learned along the way.

Read the whole interview here

Cool iPhone Apps for Video Pros

If you're a media pro... here are a few iPhone/iPod Touch apps to check out. I've not played with all of these yet, but they've all been recommended to me (or I've used 'em).


Two Workshops in DC Area for SIGGRAPH

I'll be teaching two classes in the Washington, DC area for DC_SIGGRAPH and DC ACM. The workshops are part of their Spring 2010 Professional Development Seminars. These are hands-on workshops that include a textbook.

Understanding Adobe Photoshop
Thursday, March 18 (AM session)

Motion Graphics Toolbox with Adobe Creative Suite
Thursday, March 18 (PM session)

You can register early for a 10% discount (by February 28, 2010). Reference Code (please use when registering): 101

“DC ACM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for meaningful connections between the area’s academics, professionals, and policymakers in the computer science and information technology fields. The proceeds from the seminars support DC ACM activities such as computer science lectures for the general public and awards for junior and senior high school students at regional science fairs.”


I'm teaching Social Media in DC and NYC

I'll be teaching two workshops on social media for Future Media Concepts. These are targeted at business folks of all types who want to learn social media in a practical way.

Description: When used correctly, social media tools can help you reach potential customers and keep your current clients engaged and interested. In this informative session you'll learn practical advice that can be implemented immediately, such as:

  • Using Twitter to share your latest news & keep in touch with your best customers
  • How to set up a corporate page on Facebook to share video, photos, & info
  • Keeping your business leads up to date with LinkedIn
  • Creating enjoyable blog posts and content for your readers

The workshops are
March 9th in DC and March 10th in New York

Doors open at 5:30pm and the class starts runs 6-9pm
The cost is $199


NAPP Helps Celebrate Photoshop's 20th Anniversary

The fine folks over at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals offer up two great things to celebrate Photoshop's 20th anniversary.

First, take their (tough) quiz on Photoshop history.

"The quiz is just for fun, of course, but it’s harder than you might think."
If you’ve got a couple of minutes,
click this link to take the quiz and see how you do.
Second, You can virtually attend the Live Webcast of the big party/presentation/Photoshop love-fest happening this Thursday night (the 18th) in San Francisco celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Photoshop.
  1. You sign up here (it’s free):
  2. The Live Webcast starts at 7:30 pm Pacific Time (10:30 EST).
  3. There are some VERY special guests making an appearance that night.


20 Years of Adobe Photoshop – with Visuals

Photoshop is about to turn 20 years old... yet it seems like yesterday when I had to run it off a floppy disc. The fine folks over at Webdesigner Depot offer 20 Years of Adobe Photoshop with some great tidbits and history.

"The first version of the Photoshop splash screen features just four Photoshop programmers. In subsequent versions, more and more names are added to the list. In more recent versions, a limited number of Adobe VIP’s appear in the splash screen."

You should also check out this great interview with John Knoll, one of the two inventors of the application.


Cartoon Art Museum is a Great Visit in San Francisco

When in San Francisco I had the chance to attend the great Cartoon Art Museum. Peachpit Press held a party there and it was a really cool place. It was wild to see so many comic covers that I recognized (and in some cases owned). The museum is filled with all sorts of cartoon artwork.

"From editorial cartoons to comic books, graphic novels to anime, Sunday funnies to Saturday morning cartoons, the Cartoon Art Museum has something for everyone. Located downtown in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena cultural district, the museum is home to over 6,000 pieces of original and cartoon and animation art, a comprehensive research library, and five galleries of exhibition space. Join us for one of our many book signings, lectures, cartooning classes or workshops; mix and mingle with professional and aspiring cartoonists; or visit our bookstore. Whether it’s nostalgic, educational, or just plain fun, a trip to the Cartoon Art Museum will be an experience you will never forget."

The museum is only $6 to visit and is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am – 5pm.

They've got several cool exhibits right now, one on Batman, another on Samurais across cultures, and a spotlight on cover artist Ed Hannigan.


Free Pass to NAB or $100 Off Conference. – Expires Febraury 19

It's almost time for NAB – The National Association of Broadcasters Conference. If you want a free NAB pass for show floor or to save $100 on any conference — then here's a great offer. Thanks to Creative Cow, visit and enter code CC01 and save — good thru February 19.


Gotta Love Free Fonts

You gotta love free fonts... I found a great article over at offering 50 free fonts. These are cleared to use on commercial projects.

"Designers love to have a lot of quality fonts available to them, and fortunately there are some very good free fonts out there. In this post we’ll feature some of the best free fonts that can be used in your commercial designs."
Here are the fonts.
If you’re looking for more, check out these other sites:


Special Video Book and Content Deal

Our friends at the Peachpit User Group Program are making a special offer for all Mac User Groups who are interested delivering both great information on video production and a great price on a Peachpit book to their members.

Peachpit would like to give your group a unique opportunity to provide your members with high-quality articles and video instruction from Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman’s critically acclaimed Peachpit book, Video Made on a Mac: Production and Postproduction using Apple Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite absolutely free.
Get more information – 


Resize Video with After Effects

Do you ever need to size video for web or multimedia? Instead of wasting time processing those clips with your video compression software – use After Effects. You can get cleaner scaling and much faster processing times using AE.

To make things easier... I have made a template project to save you several steps. You can download it here.

Download it
here (it's my Birthday gift to you)

These templates are designed to convert an HD source to a variety of output formats.
  1. Select either the 1080 or 720 source folder.
    2 Locate the correct target format and open the template.
    3 Import a QuickTime movie of your HD source.
    4 Highlight the layer called Replace Me.
    5 Hold down the Option/Alt key and drag your replacement footage onto the solid layer to swap.
    6 Change the comps duration to match your footage layer’s length by choosing Sequence > Settings.
    7 Add to the Render Queue and render to taste.

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A Thousand Free Fonts

Always nice to find a free resources. Here are a thousand+ free fonts – The folks at Brands of the World have a ton of great fonts up for download (all totally free).

You can search alphabetically:

Or you can search by style


A Great Game for Typophiles

Here's a game to test your typographic knowledge – It's Cheese or Font?

Video Data Rate Calculator for iPhone

AJA Video Systems, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion solutions, announced today the release of AJA DataCalc. AJA DataCalc is a free storage requirement calculator designed for video professionals and is available now as a free download from the Apple iTunes Store here.

Calibrating a Computer Display

Want to learn how to do a basic computer monitor calibration? Check out this video.
To download sample files, visit


Free Font for the Holidays

Just in time for the holidays, here's an eggnog-induced new font for your seasonal enjoyment. The nog makes the whole font a bit fuzzy, but if you bump it up to sizes of 100 points or more, people should be able to read it okay. HO HO HO! Enjoy this new font and use it often. And use it BIG, okay?


Have You Joined "From Still to Motion" Yet?

As a part of our new book "From Still to Motion – A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR" we've created a new Facebook page.

Over at Facebook you can connect with other users... exchange ideas... share resources!

Here's a sampling of recent stories.

  • Zacuto custom rig for Panavision + Canon 7D setup
  • Photoshop World adds a new DSLR video workshop
  • HDMI capture of live stream for Canon 7D
  • Almost everything you need to know about aliasing in DSLR video
  • Canon 7D Test - Greenscreen

Join us and share your ideas for the book and footage tests.


Layers Magazine Design Contest

Layers Magazine is running a great contest:

“How would you like a chance to win a 1.5-TB Guardian MAXimus quad interface hard drive and $200 dollars in Fotolia credits, both courtesy of Fotolia? We thought so. Just show us your killer design skills, and before you know it, it could be you downloading a ton of awesome images from Fotolia to your brand-new hard drive. And as an added perk, we'll publish the winning entry in the January/February 2010 issue of Layers magazine. So how do you win these great prizes? All you have to do is enter the Layers Back Page Design Contest.”

Here’s the official rules

Photo of nearly every Apple product ever released

Here's a cool picture for those of you into Apple. Click the image to view the full-resolution poster.


Web Safe Fonts

This is awesome... a colleague of mine Jason Cranford Teague, has posted some great resources about web typography. My favorite is this useful desktop pattern of web safe fonts.

There is also an incredible
directory of fonts installed on Mac and Windows computers.


New Sites Added to Our Blog Roll

Looking for some great resources to extend your learning? I always like to share the best things I find as well as my favorite reads. My interests are many from photography and video to business and new media.

With that in mind, I'm building a list of favorites on my blog roll page. I am just getting started, but hope to keep adding more soon.

Be sure to check back from time to time for some fresh links to great sites.

If you've got one to share (or that I mistakingly overlooked) just add a comment below.


Great Archive for Free Textures

I need to use textures all the time when creating graphics. From backgrounds to text treatments... a good realistic texture adds weight and impact.

I recently found a great website with a bunch of free, high-resolution textures. Be sure to check out

“ is devoted to providing a site which is useful for all types artists.”

Free is good... "good" free is even better.


Scarves for Geeks

Billed as "functional neckwear," XUBÁZ™ [pronounced SHOE:BÁZ] offers an alternative to a jacket. The scarf-like accessory with six pockets and two straps to keep it in place. This thing looks seriously great for field shoots and photography where I need a place to keep some gear on a warm day. While the company promises to "add style to my wardrobe" (do I need it?) I'd just be happy to have more pockets and less sweat.

• Two upper pockets secured with flaps and snaps.
• Two “nested” pockets within the upper pockets.
• Two lower pockets with a zipper.

Cool Free Fonts

Looking to expand your typographical toolbox? Then be sure to visit Dinc Type at the unique URL The site is sassy and filled with great fonts. The unique thing is that while fonts are free, the selection frequently changes and fonts appear then disappear. Its like an incredible import shop where everything’s free, but the inventory keeps changing. Bookmark and keep checking back as their fonts are absolutely fantastic.


Online Morphing with the Face Transformer

Got to love the Internet. The fine folks over at St. Andrew’s University have released the Perception Laboratory's Face Transformer. It allows you to change the age, race or sex of a facial image. You first have to upload an image, and then you can experiment.
Give it a try.

Free Textures from the Texture King

I saw this mentioned over at Scott Kelby's blog. If you need hi-res textures, for free, then be sure to check out the Texture King website. There's more than 250 images to choose from including glass, fabric, rust, metal, and wood. The images are totally free to use in any project and its a great site to check out.

Cool tutorial on lighting for photographers

Check out this cool tutorial on lighting for photographers from Robert Louis Vanelli. In this video tutorial you will learn how to light a subject using multiple lights and what each of those lights do for the overall lighting scheme.


Tech Shopping Deals

There are lots of shopping deals this weekend.... Here are a few that I’ve already taken advantage of.

Delkin Devices25% off and free shipping. This includes a Blu-ray burner, multiple types of card readers (I ordered a 4 card reader to load from 4 Compact Flash cards at once)! Use the code HOLIDAY during checkout.

equinox – Makers of useful software utilities like Coverscout (to get iTunes artwork) and several templates for OSX mail. I ordered the tube stick bundle for $99 that lets you record over-the-air digital TV signals to your Mac, then transcode them for use on iPod or iPhone. Several bundles that are 50% off.

Mophie Get the JuicePack for iPhone and iPod Touch. Doubles your battery life and makes for a long day of web work on the device. Take 25% off this weekend. Use the code gobblegobble3G.

Hop you enjoy... I get nothing from links... this is just what I spent money on and thought the deals were good.


Scott Kelby's Holiday Gift Guide is Great

Noted author Scott Kelby has released his annual gift guide. What’s great about the list is that there are some really cool tools on there for photogs and even hobbyists. It’s nothing but the coolest photography and Photoshop gear.

“Since many of you are new to the gear guide, I wanted to let you know how I make my picks each year, and why I think it’s different than most other guides you’ll find out there these days. Put simply, every item in here is stuff I actually use, it’s stuff I’m crazy about, and now it’s become stuff I can’t live without (which is sad, in a way), and it’s the same stuff I recommend to my friends (well, my friends with room on their Visa cards).”

I agree with several of his picks, already using things like the Hoodman Loupe and Boda Bag myself. Be sure to check it out.

Photoshop CS4 – Color Range Command

Richard Harrington shows you how to use the color range command and how CS4 makes it even easier to make a localized selection.

Want the videos in HD?  Then check out our
iTunes version.

Photoshop CS4 – Little Things

Richard Harrington shows you the small but important updates and features new to Photoshop CS4 .

Want the videos in HD?  Then check out our
iTunes version.

Photoshop CS4 – Video Improvements

Richard Harrington shows you how to size pictures for video and work with video files in Photoshop CS4 .

Want the videos in HD?  Then check out our
iTunes version.

Photoshop CS4 – Printing

Richard Harrington shows you new printing features in Photoshop CS4 , including the ability to do 16-bit printing.

Want the videos in HD?  Then check out our
iTunes version.

Photoshop CS4 – Dodge, Burn & Sponge

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

Want the videos in HD?  Then check out our
iTunes version.

Photoshop CS4 – 3D Features

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

Want the videos in HD?  Then check out our iTunes version.

Photoshop CS4 – Enhanced Panoramic Photomerge

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

Here is the action mentioned in the video.

Want the videos in HD?  Then check out our iTunes version.

More Free Photoshop Tutorials I've Done

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

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


Two Great Tools for Blogs

Just a quick post.... there are two pieces of tech I’ve been using on my blogs (both are free).

Lijit adds a great search engine to your site. You can create your own search network including multiple blogs, facebook, youtube, linkedin, flickr, and more. This is really useful.

Widgetbox lets you turn your RSS feed into a blog widget that can be posted to numerous social sites. Very clean and will help extend your reach.

Be sure to try both out....


Photoshop CS4 Just Around the Corner

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

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


Great Black and White Conversion Resource

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

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

The Most Important Piece of Paperwork for Your Projects

I often preach extensively about project management at design and creative conferences around the globe. The one piece of paperwork that I always emphasize is completing a scoping document for a project then getting the client to sign off and accept it. This one piece of papaerwork can solve all sorts of problems and is really worth the 2-5 hours it takes to write. The outline is as follows.

Project Scoping Document

( 2 - 1 0 p a g e s )
  • Project Name
  • Executive Summary
  • Background
  • Project Scope (High Level)
  • Project Objectives
  • Deliverables
  • Organizations
  • Interfaces Required
  • Assumptions
  • Constraints
  • Evaluation Criteria
  • Risks
  • Rewards
  • Budgets
  • Schedules (Due Dates)
  • Project Team Readiness
  • Key Roles
  • Executive Sponsor
  • Project Manager
  • Business Experts
  • Technical Experts
  • Signature Lines - Sign Off “Charter”

Collaborative Note Taker for Mac

SubEthaEdit - $35 [Mac]
Having creative sessions and want to keep notes? This application is the perfect note taker. It allows you to collaborate on one open document across your network. It’s also rendezvous enabled so it’s easy for other Mac users to join in. Nice features such as color-coding for each user as well as time stamping make this a flexible tool.

If you need some groupthink without the use of a projector... then this is a perfect tool.

14 Questions to Ask Before Building a Website

I don’t live in the world of website creation every day... but I’ve been putting up sites since the launch of Mosaic back with PageMill 1.0. I may be a little slow.. but here’s fourteen questions I recommend getting answers to before you build a site (feel free to comment and I’ll expand the list).

Project Planning Sheet – Website


1) What main points do you wish to make with your website? (No more than five)
2) Who is the audience? (Please be specific)
3) What is the market’s current attitude toward your company?
4) What objections to potential customers have to your company?
5) What do you want the consumer to think after they see your website?
6) What do you want the consumer to feel after they see your website?
7) What do you want want the consumer to do after they see your website?
8) What Five adjectives describe the look and feel of your future website?
9) Are there any special features or design ideas you have about your website?


10) Who will be involved with creating the content of the website?
11) Who has final website approval?
12) What are your deadlines?
13) Is your domain registered? If so, what is the URL and where is it registered?
14) Have you selected a web hosting company?

NOTE: Please send any relevant documents or promotional material that will affect the content of your website


New Book for Teachers

I've got a new book that's going to press this week. It's a short one, but is designed to help teacher's use Apple's iLife and iWork in the classroom. I come from a family of teachers (having 5 elementary teachers and 2 college instructors in my immediate clan). I really hope this book inspires teachers to fully integrate digital media into their lessons.

Apple Training Series:
A Teacher's Guide to Digital Media in the Classroom

by Richard Harrington with Ted Lai
Price: $19.99
Release Date: August 8, 2008

Product Description
In this Apple-certified guide, Richard Harrington shows teachers how to integrate digital media arts into their existing curriculum using iLife ’08, iWork ’08, and practical, step-by-step projects. Developed in collaboration with the Pearson Education Foundation in accordance with the National Educational Technology Standards council, the book includes class-room tested guidelines from the Foundation's Digital Media Arts program, as well as inspirational profiles of successful digital media classroom projects around the world. Designed to be used with Apple Training Series: iLife ’08 and Apple Training Series: iWork 08, this guide covers everything from designing a photo essay to creating polished video projects, and will have teachers and students producing websites, podcasts, video blogs, and DVDs in no time. Students learn to:

• Express a Feeling: Create a photo-essay slideshow, add sound, and publish it on the web
• Make a Factual Case: Track data in a spreadsheet, organize it into charts, then deliver it as a Keynote presentation
• Make a Persuasive Case: Research an issue, develop an argument, and create a PSA in iMovie and burn it to DVD
• Solve a Problem: Reconcile income and expenses in a household budget and chart financial scenarios
• Tell a Story: Document the personal history of a community leader in a short, sophisticated movie

To order the book,
click here.


A Useful Post on Photographers' Rights

Noted author and podcaster Scott Kelby has a great interview on copyright, photographers’ rights, and release forms. This is truly great and worth checking out.

If you’ve been reading this blog for the past month or so, you’ve read my posts about photographers being harassed when shooting in public, and a lot of readers have chimed in with comments about what we can and can’t shoot, what our rights as photographers are and aren’t, our interpretations of copyright law, and so on. There’s just one problem; we’re not attorneys.

So, I contacted New York-based Intellectual Property Attorney Ed Greenberg, who’s a published author on the topic, and who has been dealing with photography copyright, contract, and creative rights issues for over 30 years, to finally get the straight no-nonsense scoop on all this.”
You can watch the interview
here. Enjoy!


After Effects CS3 Shape Tools

Learn how to use the Shape Tools to create dynamic motion graphics elements. This tutorial was recorded as part of a session at the 2007 NY Post Production Conference (


Making Your Photos Look Great On DVD & More!

I was interviewed by about Photoshop and creating a portfolio. Here it is.. enjoy.

“At the 2007 Photoshop World in Las Vegas, I sat down with Peachpit Press and Focal Press author Richard Harrington, and we discussed the issues involved in creating DVDs that make your photographs look their best. If you have ever been confused about the proper resolution to prepare files for DVD, television, or video projection, then Richard’s Tips and Tricks will fill in the blanks! Rich is the author of “Photoshop for Video”, and “Understanding Adobe Photoshop: Digital Image Concepts and Techniques.” and if you are working with digital photography, Photoshop, or Lightroom, and need to show others your photos then listen in to this interview! Recorded at the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Photoshop World Conference, in Las Vegas, in September 2007 by Harris Fogel. Posted 6/28/08 (24:09)”


Useful Article About Online Collaboration

There's a great article over at Pro Video Coalition about using web tools to collaborate with other creative pros. The article is written by Steve Hullfish who truly knows his stuff...

“A few weeks ago there was a short but interesting thread on CML-pro (The Cinematographer’s Mailing List) about how to collaborate with other creatives on a production team using web-based tools. The original poster wanted a solution – a “group scrapbook” - that would allow a small pre-production team to share images, photos and notes. Expanding on the idea a little further, it would be good to be able to communicate across the group, share schedules, comments and video.
There were basically six good solutions presented by members of the list:
  • Google Sites – basically a free on-line website creator.
  • Celtx – free software that links to free shared web storage specifically for film and TV productions.
  • BackPackIt – subscription-based team collaboration website
  • BaseCamp – subscription-based team collaboration website
  • Picassa Web – on-line photo sharing
  • .mac account with iWeb – simple website creation with annual subscription for serving.

I examined each of these concepts for a project I’m beginning. There are pros and cons to each approach and I figure that you might benefit from all of my legwork.”

You can check out the
entire article here.


Great Tutorial on Vanishing Point Exchange

Steve Holmes has a great tutorial over at Layers Magazine on using the Vanishing Point features in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. The tutorial is totally free and Steve does a great job.

“Without a doubt, the best new feature in After Effects CS3 is the Vanishing Point Exchange with Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended. Creating very believable 3D movements from quite simple 2D digital photographs has to be seen to be believed, and the best thing is it’s a pretty easy process. However, there are a few caveats to keep an eye out for, so let’s take a trip into the world of two-dee three-dee!”

Check the whole thing out


NIN – The Times are Changing

One of the first bands I fell in love with during college was Nine Inch Nails (actually back then, it wasn't a band). The seminal record, Pretty Hate Machine was a mash-up of Prince Samples and Orchestral Scores from Stephen King and Clive Barker films (along with many other sounds). Since then Trent Reznor has continued to evolve/

Yesreday they‘ve releases The Slip—a new 10-track album—for free on The record is available in virtually every flavor of DRM-free digital format, all you need to do is give them your email address. The album will eventually be available in traditional formats as well. This move mirrors those of both Radiohead and Prince.


Field Production Strategies for Video Podcasting

Podcast and New Media Expo 2007: The rules of the studio don’t apply the same in the field. In this session you will learn how to properly capture your video content outside of a controlled environment and unpredictable lighting and background noise. You also learn how to achieve the best results when encoding files for various output devices. See how the experts retain overall quality with an overview of the latest methods and technologies. This session will also share best practices for multi-camera productions.

Download mp3:
Distributing Video in Various Formats: How To Make the Right Choice (1:00:46 min 27.9 MB)


Podcasting Forum at Creative Cow

If you are looking for an online forum about podcasting, then be sure to check out Creative COW. The Creative COW forums (Communities of the World) offer support for lots of different technical tools for video professionals. You can search past posts for answers or ask your own questions. Their podcasting forum is new... but has a lot of useful forum hosts who will try and help.

Creative Cow Podcasting Forum


Want More on HDV?

Looking to find out more on HDV? A useful book with reading is HDV:What You NEED to Know! By Douglas Spotted Eagle. This book offers useful advice and essential information on HDV workflows. Find out more at

“232 pages of information including colorplates, this book also includes a DVD that offers viewers the opportunity to work with HDV from all 4 professional HDV cameras available today including CF 24, 24p, and 24f. The book also discusses products that are available now, and available in the future.
VASST wrote the world's first book on HDV, which has become a resource for over 55,000 readers. The Second Edition delves more deeply into the subject than ever before, containing tips on camera settings, formatting, editing solutions and workflow for every major NLE system, and detailed information on making your HDV video more film-like. VASST has been providing film-look plug in tools for 2 years to the SD and HDV editing world, and some of their tips and secrets are revealed in this book.”

Download a Sample Chapter


Useful Article on Photoshop Automation

I just gave a useful class (at least people there thought it was) on Automating Photoshop. We touched on Actions, Scripts, Droplets, and Automation commands. I have a few notes pulled together on the topic and wanted to share them here.

Photoshop Automation Techniques

If you want a lot more on using Photoshop for Video, be sure to check out the book
Photoshop for Video from Focal Press.


Explore the Adobe P2 Workflow

Thanks to Rod Harlan for pointing out this cool podcast episode. Terry White has a great new podcast on using P2 media with Adobe products. Adobe is about to roll-out great support for Panasonic's cameras with the next software release. Get a sneak peak by watching this podcast.

Check out Terry White’s special 200th episode of his
Adobe Creative Suite podcast. He has as his guest Kevan O’Brien who walks through the entire process he used for creating a video podcast with Adobe Senior VP Johnny L.

Click here to see the “Making of” video with the full P2 workflow.
Click here to see the original video starring Johnny L in the DVA lab at Adobe San Jose.


Scott Kelby Releases 2nd Annual Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide

Thanks to Scott Kelby for releasing his very cool guide to gift shopping (for geeks and photographers at least).
“It’s here: the long awaited, unabated, triangulated, amalgamated, 2nd annual edition of Scott’s Gonzo Holiday Gear Guide!

This year’s expanded in-depth guide includes nothing but the coolest, personally hand-picked gear for the photography and Photoshop freak on your holiday list.”


Strata 3D in Photoshop

I just got done with a full-blown review on Strata 3D plug-ins for Photoshop CS3 Extended for Layers Magazine. I can't spill all the beans (my full review will appear in next month's issue). But I couldn't wait to point out a great new tool. Be sure to check out Strata Design 3D In. This very cool plug-in lets you bring in 3D models to your Photoshop projects. Sure. you're thinking doesn't PSCS3 Extended do that already? Nope... not this well. This plug-in ties into Vanishing Point and lets you match the models and lights to the perspective of your photo. Plus you get even greater control over rendering out lights and reflections. This tool is hot, and I highly recommend you try the demo out.


Free Online Seminar at – Sign Up for Your Spot

Adobe is offering a free class that you can take on using Photoshop with their video products. It's a live online seminar and I highly encourage you to sign up in advance.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Working with Photoshop Extended to use with Premiere Pro and After Effects
Join Richard Harrington, author of Photoshop for Video and Understanding Adobe Photoshop, contributing author for After Effects On the Spot, After Effects at Work, and Broadcast Graphics on the Spot, to learn how to prepare your digital images for video. Using the best professional techniques, bring your still images to life using Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 and Adobe After Effects CS3. Richard is also the host of the weekly show, Photoshop for Video and runs a blog with the same name at
When: Thursday, November 15, 2007 10:30 AM-12:00 PM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada).
Where: online & telephone
Sign Up:


An Amazing Website for the Land of Oz

Sci-Fi Network has a very cool series that "re-imagines" the Land of Oz. The show is called Tin Man, and while the show looks fantastic, it is an amazing promo site that deserves mention. They have created a really unique sub-site called The Infinite Oz which offers a virtual reality experience. What I like is how immersive and creative the website is. It also features the work of several up and coming 3D artists. Go take a look... really!


Which Photoshop is Right for You?

Seems many folks are confused by the wealth of Photoshop choices on the market... (Do I need Elements or Extended?) With five different products baring the Photoshop name, a little bit of sorting is in order.
Fortunately Adobe has all five products
compared on one single page to make your shopping process a little easier. What's nice is that they clearly break down the features as well as the target industries and activities for each program.
While you're there, you can read a quick blurb on
Photoshop’s 20 year history.


Learn More in iWork 08

If you'll be at the Podcast and New Media Expo show this weekend, consider checking out these free classes on the show floor. Podango is offering an “Unconference,” a featured program of the Podcast and New Media Expo (PNME) taking place September 28-30, at the Ontario Convention Center.

Podango, the online video and audio network that enables publishers and advertisers to “get heard” by today’s hard-to-reach, niche audiences, is heralding a wide range of topics and speakers. They include: new media pioneer Scott Bourne, host of The Apple Phone Show; Paige Heninger and Gretchen Vogelzang, hosts of MommyCast; as well as Jason Van Orden, David Lawrence and others. Speakers will share ideas for building and monetizing audiences in today’s niche-oriented, interest-driven new media marketplace.

A New Blog on Digital Video

If you'll be at the Podcast and New Media Expo show this weekend, consider checking out these free classes on the show floor. Podango is offering an “Unconference,” a featured program of the Podcast and New Media Expo (PNME) taking place September 28-30, at the Ontario Convention Center.

Podango, the online video and audio network that enables publishers and advertisers to “get heard” by today’s hard-to-reach, niche audiences, is heralding a wide range of topics and speakers. They include: new media pioneer Scott Bourne, host of The Apple Phone Show; Paige Heninger and Gretchen Vogelzang, hosts of MommyCast; as well as Jason Van Orden, David Lawrence and others. Speakers will share ideas for building and monetizing audiences in today’s niche-oriented, interest-driven new media marketplace.

I’m Back in the Pasture

If you'll be at the Podcast and New Media Expo show this weekend, consider checking out these free classes on the show floor. Podango is offering an “Unconference,” a featured program of the Podcast and New Media Expo (PNME) taking place September 28-30, at the Ontario Convention Center.

Podango, the online video and audio network that enables publishers and advertisers to “get heard” by today’s hard-to-reach, niche audiences, is heralding a wide range of topics and speakers. They include: new media pioneer Scott Bourne, host of The Apple Phone Show; Paige Heninger and Gretchen Vogelzang, hosts of MommyCast; as well as Jason Van Orden, David Lawrence and others. Speakers will share ideas for building and monetizing audiences in today’s niche-oriented, interest-driven new media marketplace.

Really Cool Actions for Photoshop

I've been meaning to post on this for a while (I am knee-deep in 4 books right now). Came across some incredible Photoshop actions from the talented The new Analysis action set contains 23 different looks that can make your photos into books, filmstrips, and photo spreads. What's nice is that these actions add realistic lighting and edges for a very believable effect. Another bonus is that things remain layered which means you can perform some level of animation in After Effects (or even the Photoshop CS3 timeline). The set cost $10, but is quite nice and a strong entry into my toolbox. If you'd like to see the quality of PanosFX, check out their generous Freebies. Quite a lot of cool things in there.


New Podcasts focusses On Software

It was a proud day at RHED Pixel (my office). One of our new podcasts made the front page of iTunes. On Software focusses on how software is developed, and features interviews with the creative folks who design and program the tools we all love.

(It's not every day that you're grouped with a presidential candidate, CNN, and PBS)

OnSoftware—Each week, we will talk to some of the software industry's leading developers about a wide range of programming and development issues. Our interviews include talks with Java Puzzlers author Josh Bloch, C++ Inventor author Bjarne Stroustrup, and Java Concurrency in Practice author Brian Goetz to name just three. With discussions on topics ranging from the future of C++ and Concurrency and value driven software development to Design Patterns, Agile Estimating and Planning, Iterative Development, Generics, and language compatibility, we have something for technical professionals working in every part of the industry.
Is it technical... yup. But I still think you'll find it

Two Great Peachpit Podcasts

Friday May 18, 2007 Filed in: Adobe | Apple | Education
I wanted to point out two of my favorite podcasts that you should check out.

Peachpit Author Tips –
Looking for some frequent (and free) training on Adobe and Apple software? Then you should check out Peachpit’s Author Tips series. With three or four new episodes per week. you won’t want to miss this valuable training series. The episode is completely free (but you should subscribe so you get all the episodes). The series features several of Peachpit Press’s authors.

Get it on
iTunes or directly on the web.

Tech on the Road with Gary Paul –
This series showcases the latest technology as well as interviews with tech gurus. It's hosted by Gary Paul who works at Peachpit Press. The series offers a lot of great things to discover. Gary files reports from the many tradeshows that he attends including Photoshop World, the National Association of Broadcasters Show. and MacWorld.

Get it on
iTunes or directly on the web.

Great Tutorial on Putting AE to a DVD

Do you need to get your After Effects project onto a DVD for others to view? Bob Donlon (a video evangelist at Adobe) offers a great tutorial on his blog. Bob shows you in detailed steps how to take an AE composition and create an auto-play DVD (one without menus that just works). This is a great timesaver and I strongly encourage you to check it out (as well as the other great stuff on his blog).


The Lockergnome Makes Its Picks

Chris Pirillo and Lockergnome have released their list of picks for 2007. There's a lot of good things here worth checking out. You can see the full list here (and its growing). Here are a few of the ones that I found most useful (and think you will as well).

Terms of Service Comparison for Video Hosting Sites

Online Spreadsheets for Collaboration

Blog2PDF & deskFlickr for Windows

Starter set of 10 Tweaks for Windows Vista

FontRenamer for Windows

Sharable Web-based Whiteboard

Hope you enjoy...


Photographer's Rights

I have personally experienced harassment first hand when it comes to urban photography. In DC, one routinely gets threatened or chased off in the spirit of 'national security.' So it was with great joy that I came across this entry over at Stu Maschwitz blog. I also found another helpful post at John Nack's prolific blog on the same topic.

You can find a
great PDF here that describes the rights of photographers (and videographers) within the U.S. Print this out and place it into your gear bag for the next time you get harassed.


Holiday Shopping Guides for Gadget Loving Geeks

There are two great gift guides for the holiday season (both published by friends). If you need to find something for the digital geek in your life (or even just want something to give others ideas) then check these two out.

First, you have Scott Kelby's
Gonzo Holiday Gadget Guide.” This free PDF features a ton of cool digital photography and photoshop related goodies. All the products have been tested by Scott himself, which is cool as he certainly knows his stuff. You can download it from

The other guide is from Terry White (who is a true road warrior who works for Adobe).
The 2006 Holiday Gadget Gift Guide is an interactive PDF links to some of the coolest gizmos out there. Terry covers everything from digital video to frequent traveler to music lover. His choice are really very good.


A Truly Amazing Comic (On Copyright)

I’m still reading this comic, but it is absolutely amazing. Bound by Law is absolutely amazing, it analyzes the murky world of copyright law in a clear way. It is an excellent source on information for film and video pros as well as other creative professions. Published by the Duke University Center for the Study of the Public Domain, this comic covers the essential information in the most creative and entertaining way possible. It’s totally free and should not be missed.


The Director’s Cut – Now Available

I've just posted an old article of mine that I really like. It’s called “The Director’s Cut – Digital Video and the Power of the Macintosh.” It’s a fun article that shares a bunch of ideas on pre-production, production, and post. It was originally published in MacDesign Magazine (now called Layers). The article is totally free and showcases a lot of products and techniques that we use to save time and money over at RHED Pixel. I hope you enjoy.


New Freebies for Video Pros

I've posted some new items online to help spice up your projects and make your digital life a little easier.

Background Textures from Digital Anarchy
NTSC Test Image (For use with Photoshop's Video Actions)
Power Window/Vignette to enhance Film Look
Over The Shoulder Data Sets Template

I hope you enjoy. If you spot any problems, please let me know.


New Film/Video Group in NYC

While at NAB New York, I had the chance to catch up with some industry pros. I just found at that the New York Final Cut Pro User Group has evolved into a broader focus. The group is now called The Motion Pictures Collective.

"The Moving Pictures Collective fosters our professional filmmaking community to enhance their abilities and broaden their overall knowledge and skills to reach their career goals. With post-production as our core competency, we will share techniques, tools, and best practices in all competencies including editing, directing, writing, producing, and shooting. We will also promote member collaboration by sharing our work in a supportive environment and create opportunities for our members to flourish.”

If you live near New York City, be sure to check out one of their
great events.


Classic TV Test Pattern Now as Desktop Wallpaper

A few folks commented about my desktop pattern at a recent conference. It seems the old 'Indian head' pattern evokes some memories in many audience members.

Well the version I had comes from a Russian designer named Art. Lebedev. You'll find it and several other pieces of artwork on his
posters page. For the test pattern, scroll down to the bottom and you'll find it in the right column. All are free to download.


Missed SIGGRAPH? Want News?

If you couldn't make it to SIGGRAPH, be sure to check out these great video reports. Over at the Digital Production Buzz, you'll find several video podcasts with the newsmakers at SIGGRAPH. Additionally, you'll find additional podcasts from NAB and E3. You can subscribe to this occasional feed of video-of-interest here.



In my efforts to keep you a member of the techno-elite, I bring you a new tech word.

MACDINKED – verb: When a designer (or client) continues to tweak a project beyond an appropriate level because they are technologically capable of doing so.

This word was brought to my attention by my Dad (and yes... I felt slightly aghast that he was more plugged in). Feel free to comment or add your own.
Email submissions welcome and there will be a prize for the best word each month.

Your Voice Matters - Computer Hardware Survey

Many of you voted in our survey last month about computer hardware. The results were very interesting with Macintosh taking a strong lead. In fact we weren't the only ones who were interested in your future technology plans. Inside Mac Radio featured the results of the survey on the daily Macintosh podcast for August 3. You can listen to it here if you'd like. Be sure to vote each month as your input affects the coverage of this site as well as which training products we release.


New Resource Page - Free Images

We've added a brand new page to our Resources section. Come search for “free” images at various government agency sites. Several websites offer images that are either public domain or have very generous usage rights. Be sure to read usage terms at each site.

We call them “free” as they were paid for with U.S. tax dollars (which means they are now free to use). Start to
explore now and find images for your next project (many of these are high-resolution as well!) Please share this page with your friends or students.