Happy Birthday Photoshop!

Photoshop is 25 years old today!

In this special episode of Adobe Creative Cloud TV, Terry White, Principal Worldwide Design & Photography Evangelist for Adobe Systems, celebrates Photoshop’s 25th Anniversary with a demo of Photoshop 1.0 to show us just how far Photoshop has come in 25 years

Head over to Terry's blog for more on the anniversary.


How I Took That Shot – Trevor O’Connell

Trevor O’Connell took his second first place of the year in Grade C in the recent Group ‘Emotion’ Competition with the image below. Here’s how he did it:

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This shot was a selfie!

Camera settings were -
Canon EOS 6d / 24 - 70mm lens @ 70mm
ISO 800
1/250 sec

For the shot, I was looking up at the sun and squinting. The camera was on a tripod with a shutter release cable attached.

In Photoshop, I cropped it a little and using layers I added the dark border, drained the colour except for the blue and sharpened the eye detail.

The tears were painted in using different layers with layer effects like drop shadow to and gradients to create the water drop effect. The reflection in the eyes is a seperate image of my daughter masked out so as most of it only appears in the pupil.

The rain streaks were applied using a rain brush i downloaded for free from the internet.

It was a bit of fun really and a nice way to pass an evening!!!!

- Trevor


Photoshop for Photographers Extended to Everyone!

Adobe has extended its Photoshop for Photographers offer to all comers!photoshopfp

That's the news from Adobe today. The existing deal is that, up to 31/12/13, for $9.99 (€12.29) per month, photographers can get Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, 20GB of cloud storage and a Behance Prosite (professional, customisable, online portfolio), but, to qualify, you have to be a previous owner of Photoshop CS3 or newer while being an existing owner of Lightroom or Photoshop Elements doesn't matter.

Now, however, a special deal is available up to 2/12/2013, where you will be able to get the Photoshop For Photographers deal even if you’ve never owned Photoshop!

So, if it's for you, this is a chance to get Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 and the rest for €12.29 per month. Get all the details here.



Adobe launch Photoshop Photography Program

As they announced that subscriptions to Creative Cloud have surpassed 1,000,000, Adobe launched their recently promised Photoshop Photography Program, which is only available from 17/9/13 to 31/12/13, for €12.29 incl VAT. The Adobe website carried the following message on the subject:

"For a limited time, you can join a special Creative Cloud plan designed exclusively for Photoshop customers focused on photography. It includes access to Photoshop Creative Cloud and Lightroom 5, plus feature updates and upgrades as they are available, 20GB of cloud storage for file sharing and collaboration, and a Behance ProSite. And it's just €12,29/month when you sign up for a one-year plan. This is not an introductory price, but you need to join by December 31, 2013. To qualify, you must own Photoshop CS3 or later (Standard or Extended version). Questions? See our FAQ and terms".

Is this a good offer? Is it a good fit for photographers? Let us know what you think.