Photoshop Introduction: Birmingham 27 – 28 March 2012

Looking for a good general introduction to Photoshop?

This two day entry-level course in central Birmingham is an ideal starting point. It assumes no knowledge of Photoshop and will give you a good set of basic skills for photography and general graphics work. The course will include skills needed to prepare images for publication; basic retouching and image adjustments; multi-layer composites; work with colour, filters and effects; and the creation of graphics using type and vector objects.

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Sneak peak #5 – Settings export and – lot’s of other stuff

They’re getting like Vice Presidents in an American bank… just how many “Product Manger’s for Adobe Photoshop” does Adobe need ? Anyway, I digress. In this Sneak Peak Stephen Neilsen – ‘Product Manger for Adobe Photoshop’ – takes us through one useful feature, the ability to migrate settings, and hints at a whole host of other minor improvements – JDI’s – or just do its.

If you’ve recently been to SpecSavers, you may be able to squint and decipher the text ...

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Sneak peak #4 – Content aware

The first thought the comes to mind is: “never trust a demo” : )

When was the last time you had an image that had those perfect geometrical elements and blocks of flat colour in the background? Nevertheless, these improvements to content aware fill will be welcome, I’ve no doubt. Just the ability to steer content aware fill to look at the right patch to fill with will be welcome. As to content aware move – it will be interesting to ...

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Sneak peak #3 – Vectors and dashed lines

One for the graphic designers… Photoshop has had a frustrating set of vector tools for some time. Powerful in a few aspects, yet woeful in many others. It looks like we’ll soon be seeing a few basic features such as dashed and dotted lines imported from Illustrator. Those controls look quite familiar. Let’s hope the upgrade also includes some other basic features like the ability to reverse path direction, and cut and join open paths.

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Sneak peak #2 – Background save and the GPU

Sneak Peak No.2 from our friends at Adobe.

I tend to have my Photoshop memory and performance settings adjusted to favour faster work in the interface, at the cost of slower file opening and saving, so the new feature allowing that allows background saving – the ability to start the saving process and then continue working – looks like it will come in handy.

The other area that this video looks at is filter acceleration using the graphics processing unit (GPU) on ...

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Sneak peak #1 – ACR and the dark interface

It’s no secret that Photoshop CS6 will be heading our way soon. In a new spirit of glasnost – or is it hope that the hype will shift a few more units – Adobe has started to release a few sneak peak videos. Here’s No.1.

The improvements to Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) look welcome. The centralised default slider icons are a small but welcome worflow improvement and the fact the the adjustment brush and graduated filter can now control a wider ...

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A new beginning

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but “MikeAbbott.info” is finally up and running. Well, up and staggering perhaps : ) But, hey – at least it’s underway. Wish me luck.
The site is focused on my Adobe based training work – Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects. I’ll be posting updates to the blog with useful info, upcoming dates and the occassional freebie. And if you want to hire me – just give me a call : 01926 614211.

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