Elements and Photoshop have a Reduce Noise filter that looks like it offers all you need to reduce the noise in high ISO images without sacrificing too much fine detail. In practice, though, it’s not so easy, despite the sophisticated controls.
Usually in Photoshop or Elements, enhancing specific areas of a picture is a three-step process: first, you make a selection; second, you create an adjustment layer; and third, you choose adjustment layer settings.
But the Smart Brush tool in Elements offers a way of combining all three steps in a single process. You might try it out once or twice, decide it’s not for you and not use it again. This is because it’s based around the Quick Selection tool, which is certainly quick, but creates very tight selections. These are good for defined outlines but no good for subtly blending an adjustment into surrounding areas. But for certain subjects it’s actually very effective.
Whoa, it's certainly been a week for app updates, hasn't it? If you've visited your App Store app lately, it's been updates to nearly everything every day. End of the year and everyone's pushing out the improvements they've been working on to deliver before holiday breaks start. And that's not all that's been going on. Check out the hottest Apple news of the week. Oh yeah.
You’ll soon be up to your eyeballs in photos taken over the holiday season -- and not all of them are likely to be worth sharing with family and friends. While there are many options for enhancing photos, the original is still one of the best: Adobe Photoshop. So without further ado, here’s a look at five ways to beautify those digital images before you hand them out to loved ones.
With iOS 5, iPhone users finally have native photo editing. But Apple kept things simple, so all you get is rotate, crop, red eye removal, and auto-enhance doing its thing. Prior to this small selection there was nothing, so the App Store is packed full of alternate cameras and photo editing apps for your shutterbug delights.
For frequent Photoshoppers, Adobe Nav is the most worthwhile of Adobe's trio of iPad apps, built on its new Photoshop Touch SDK. This $1.99 app displays Photoshop’s desktop tools on the iPad screen, allowing you to access them without touching the mouse. Well, most of the tools, at least, with some very notable exceptions.
If touch is the future of computing, how come no one's gotten it quite right on the desktop yet? Adobe is attempting to do just that with its new Photoshop Touch SDK, and Adobe Eazel app is all about using your fingers to create on the iPad, then sending your work to Photoshop CS5 on your Mac.
Priced at $2.99, Color Lava lands between the convenience of Nav and the questionable utility of Eazel. Essentially, it turns your iPad into a digital paint palette capable of mixing your own colors and accessing them immediately in Photoshop CS5.
Instead of jumping ahead one full version number every 18 months as usual, Adobe surprised us this spring with Creative Suite 5.5, a mid-cycle upgrade that brings new features to applications snubbed in the last release. The company plans to continue this trend in the future with major updates (like CS6) coming every two years and “point five” releases in between. Users of earlier versions can also graduate slowly to CS5.5 if they so desire -- our older copy of CS4 Design Premium coexists nicely with the latest and greatest version -- but as usual, preferences don’t transfer from older versions.
Adobe recently released their three iPad companion apps for Photoshop CS5. These apps help to extend Photoshop to another screen, give you more room on your desktop for projects, and show off the power of the new Photoshop SDK.