Here at Gear Live, reviewing gadgets, putting together gadget photo galleries, and creating image thumbnails for our YouTube videos. The thing is, there isn't much I need to do to make the images look great, and as such, Photoshop has always felt like overkill--a tool that is way more powerful than I need. I recently spent time with the new Adobe Photoshop Elements 14. This is the prosumer version of Photoshop that immediately felt way more accessible upon launching the application than it's more capable big brother.
Pixelmator's newest update, known as Sandstone, is now live in the Mac App Store and brings with it some cool new features, one if which is a new Repair tool that'll automatically fix and remove blemishes from areas of of image that you paint over using the tool. You can even remove whole objects from a photo. Nice, right?
One thing we've always loved about Pixelmator is how inexpensive it is when compared to a tool like Adobe Photoshop, while maintaining a professional feature set. Also included in Pixelmator 3.2:
- 16-bits per channel support: 16-bits per channel support offers the flexibility to make color adjustments that go to extreme lengths while keeping the image color rich and vibrant.
- Lock Layers: When creating large and complex compositions, layer locking makes it easy to protect layer content from any further changes so that you can freely edit the rest of your composition.
- Convert Selection into Shape: A handy new feature that lets you quickly and easily create all kinds of shapes from any selection.
If you already own Pixelmator, you can grab the update for free in the Mac App Store. If not, you can purchase it for $29.99.
Earlier this month, Adobe showed off its vision for its software future. It's called Creative Cloud, and it's available now. Just head over to the Creative Cloud site and you'll be able to download what you need--no longer are you able to just buy a suite of software, like Creative Suite 6 or CS7. Instead, you pay a monthly subscription fee of $50 and get access to everything. Adobe is offering an incentive to owners of CS3 and above--the first full year subscription will cost just $30.
Being that documents are now cloud-storable, Creative Cloud offers new ways of storing and sharing that the older suites were incapable of. The question is, will users pay perpetually for monthly access?
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Pixelmator, the app that we like to refer to as "Photoshop for the masses," has just updated with a big release this morning bringing powerful new features to the Mac app. Pixelmator 2.1 introduces iCloud sync, Mountain Lion service sharing (allowing one to send images directly to Facebook, iPhoto, Flickr, Aperture, and more,) as well as support for the Macbook Pro with Retina display.
Additionally, new photo effects allow you to quickly add filters (vintage, miniaturize, rain, snow, etc.) to your images, and the Effects Browser lets you preview them quickly and easily.
Last, the price of the app has been dramatically reduced, as Pixelmator is now selling for $14.99, way down from the $59.99 price tag. You can buy Pixelmator on the Mac App Store.
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It's been a good two years since Adobe last unveiled a new version of Photoshop, and it looks like the team spent that time very wisely, because what we've got in the Photoshop CS6 beta is a magnificent and worthy upgrade. Seriously, you should probably go download it right now, since the almost 1 GB file will probably take a while to complete. We've got a list of all the new features after the jump.
Here at Gear Live, we are big fans of Pixelmator. In case you haven’t heard of it, Pixelmator is an image editor for OS X that takes advantage of a bunch of different OS X features in a way that few apps do. We love it because, while not as powerful os Photoshop, it has just about every feature the average person needs in their image editing/manipulation app, at a price that is far, far easier to swallow at just $59. Oh, and it does support PSD files, and is the world’s first image editor powered by your graphics card. Anyway, they’re calling this one “Pixelmator 1.2 Draftsman,” and there are a bunch of new features that we look forward to getting our hands on. We’ve got the full release notes for you after the jump.
Convert all those old slides and 35mm film negatives up to 1,829 DPI into digital JPEGs with a single scan. The USB 2.0 converter can take all those boxes of clips and family albums and transform them into something smaller and permanent. The 5MP Cmos sensor features 10 bits per color channel and comes with software for editing, resizing, and correcting with Photoshop. Unfortunately, the device, which features and LED backlight won’t work with Mac, but for $99.00, we guess nothing is perfect. Order now for a one to 3 week delivery.
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In a world of 1s and 0s…are you a zero, or The One? The Matrix exists, at least in the world of Russian designer Alexei Shulgin. He has created goggles that use filters to transform reality into a virtual world. The artist says that they work similar to filters in Photoshop, such as inverted colors and boost coloration. The glasses’ images can be projected on a screen and can work for several hours on one charge. We understand that the gadget really doesn’t do anything, still there is always room for another warped view of the planet.
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Wow - we know that Adobe’s efforts to lock down the Photoshop CS3 Beta would be cracked very soon, but we certainly didn’t expect to see it happen in less than a day! As mentioned previously, Adobe wanted to give beta testers just two days to use the Photoshop CS3 software, unless they had an authentic Photoshop CS2 serial key. That just couldn’t stand in our highly social Internet community of today, and now there is both an OS X Photoshop CS3 crack, as well as a Photoshop CS3 beta Windows crack, already in the wild! Our guess? Adobe will put a bit more thought into the protection of the full Creative Suite 3 line - and it will take a little more than a day to get that cracked.
Alright kids, we know a lot of you have been waiting for this day - especially those of you running those nifty Intel-based Macs like I do. Adobe has made the Photoshop CS3 beta available for download on their website, so run over and pick it up. There is a catch, though. You can run the beta perfectly fine for two days, but after that, it expects a fully operational and legitimate Photoshop CS2 serial number from you, otherwise it will stop working.
Okay Adobe, so now only people who have purchased your old software are allowed to use your beta for more than 48 hours? Right. Let’s see how long this lasts…
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