PhotoLine a worthy Adobe Photoshop Alternative at a right price.

PhotoLine There is a lot of fuss and speculations about the Adobe new cloud licensing scheme and a lot of you out there might be on the road scanning for a solid and trustworthy replacement for Photoshop.

Myself have been looking for an Adobe Photoshop replacement for quite some time but couldn’t really find my joy in anything I have tried before I discovered PhotoLine.

The first thing that caught my eye with PhotoLine was that it was the only photo-editing tool I found, aside from Adobe Photoshop, that could handle 16 bits per channel (or 48 bits) images. When I decided to download their 30 days trial version I was totally shocked to notice that we are talking about a mere 18 Megabytes download file.

So how can a 18 Megabytes (around 80 megabyte footprint on your disk) compare to the Adobe Photoshop giant ?

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Video Tutorial Review: “Image Editing, Volume 1” by Chip Phillips

If you’ve already stumbled on Chip’s gallery I am sure you would agree with me that it is nothing less than wonderful. Chip’s images are very tasteful crafts, cared for till the very minute details. But is good photography and composition skills enough  to deliver such breathtaking imagery ?

Well no, post-processing technique is an intrinsic part of digital photography and, no matter how good you are on the field, you should master your digital dark room to take your images to the next step and give them that "wow" factor.

So, if like me, you are a landscape photographer and would like to learn the secrets behind Chip’s pictures’ crispness and vibrant colors now is your chance to grab this video tutorial "Image Editing, Volume 1" from Chip himself for only $39 USD.

Chip was kind enough to provide me with a free copy of the video so I can review it but I will tell you honestly I have learned a lot from it. The video tutorial has a running time of about 3.5 hours during which Chip will walk-us through the different techniques he uses on his images and teach us how to use them. The final video of the series is a 1h 34 minutes step-by-step walk through of 2 images from the RAW till publishing state.

I should also mention that, in these videos, Chip uses mainly Adobe Photoshop and occasionally Adobe lightroom for retouching and most techniques covered may not be compatible with Adobe Photoshop elements.

Although Chip repeatedly says that these videos are not for beginners, I have to mention that they are easy to follow and are really done with the beginner in mind. So if you have basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop you should do just fine.

For a total download size of 1.1 GB, this tutorial is made of 8 different videos and is divided as follows:

1.Introduction (5 min)

A quick overview of the tutorial that you can see for free on video purchase page 

2.Working With Layers and Layer Masks in Photoshop (22 min)

In this video Chip explains adjustment layers and how you can apply selective correction to just portions of the images using layer masking.

3.Making and Using Luminosity Masks (30 min)

Building on Layer masks introduced in the previous lesson, we are now introduced to the luminosity masks which give us a granular control on retouching light, dark and midtone portion of the image.

4.Color (20 min)

This video was, for me, a real revelation. Chip explains how he can get these beautiful and vibrant colors in his pictures and introduces us to tools like color balance, saturation and vibrance masks 

5.Local Contrast and Brilliance (9 min)

The shortest video of the series covering local contrast and brilliance

6.How I Use the Orton Effect (15 min)

Another totally new concept I learned from this video. What is the Orton effect and how to create it. 

7.Sharpening Images for the Web and for Print (13 min)

Now that we have learned how to achieve great color and contrast Chip explains the different sharpening techniques he uses for both web publishing and printing.

8.Raw Preparation, Hand Blending Multiple Exposures Using Luminosity Masks, and Depth of Field Blending (1h 34m)

It is now time to put all what we have learned in the 7 previous parts in action. Chip didn’t stop at covering the basics of his retouching techniques but shows us, in this video, the full process from RAW to publishing on two of his images.
This video also covers Depth of Field blending and some field technique that you should keep in mind while shooting to maximize your chances of getting a great picture later on.

I honestly learned a lot from "Image Editing, Volume 1" and feel that $39 USD is a very fair price to pay for this tutorial, if you are still having doubt on whether you will benefit from this tutorial or not, head now to the video purchase page and read other buyers’ feedback and testimonials.

Thank you Chip for this video and I can’t wait till I have the chance to review the Volume 2 of your image editing tutorial.

145 Free photoshop Easter brushes

Easter being around the corner, I am trying my best to gather resources that would make it easier for all of us to prepare before the holiday rush keeps us busy.

So here is a collection of 145 free Adobe Photoshop brushes that I was able to find. I made sure to diversify the sets to include different styles and elements. You will find egg, chicken, Easter woods, vintage Easter eggs, traditionally religious brushes, baskets, bunnies and even Easter grass.

Enjoy the collection, put it to creative use and most important if I missed some interesting barushes please share them with us and remember that the original websites contain a lot of other free brushes so make sure to visit them
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Download Canon Digital Photo Professional 3.5 Today

If you are a Canon DSLR user you might be interested to download and test the new version of Canon’s RAW converter Digital Photo Professional, or DPP, version that ships with the new Canon EOS 50D.

This download is NOT yet an official Canon release and available only for Microsoft Windows OS (English).

So grab your DPP now on Rapidshare or BadOnGo and if you are looking for the instruction manual it can be found on Canon website!

By the way this is a full version, not an upgrade and doesn’t require any previous version installed.

Canon Digital Photo Professional video tutorials

If you are struggling with DPP 3.2 ” ((“Canon Digital Photo Professional”))” than check this Canon site. It has good and downloadable video tutorials explaining in details the different tools and functionalities of DPP 3.2.

I think we can all benefit from these, newbie and advanced users alike since there is always something we might have missed. I know I did miss the batch renaming part !