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Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 review

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Design, PC / Laptop, Software,

Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 review

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.

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Pixelmator 3.2 ‘Sandstone’ now available, here’s what’s new

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Design, PC / Laptop, Software,

Pixelmator 3.2 features

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.


Quote of the Day: Linda Rodin on Photoshop

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Health & Beauty, Models,

Linda Rodin

"I think the whole culture's screwed up... They retouch 20-year-olds. I work with them, and I see the pictures, and I know that they've retouched this and that and that and this. I just go, 'She doesn't even have any wrinkles!'"

- Linda Rodin - a 65-year-old model, former stylist, and successful owner to an eponymous skincare line - points out the absurdity with retouching young models in fashion campaigns these days.

(Make sure to check out other notable quotes.)

Read More | Huffington Post

American Eagle’s New Campaign Forgoes Retouching Models

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Health & Beauty, Models, News,

AerieSomewhat following in the steps of UK retailer Debenhams, American Eagle has launched a campaign for their Aerie brand which sees models in all their non-Photoshopped beauty.

Adding the tagline, "The girl in this photo has not been retouched. The real you is sexy. #aeriereal," to each of the images, the folks behind the Aerie Real lingerie collection are making their mark in the fight for body positivity. Fashion editor and style expert Jenny Altman joined the company "for an incredible campaign that celebrates the power and beauty of real women," explaining that "[Aerie] left everything. We left beauty marks, we left tattoos, what you see is really what you get with our campaign... They are still models, they're still gorgeous, they just look a little more like the rest of us... We're hoping to break the mold... we hope by embracing this that real girls everywhere will start to embrace their own beauty."

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Kim Kardashian Slams Photoshop Rumors

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celebrities, Health & Beauty, Rumors,

Kim Kardashian and Blac ChynaKim Kardashian insists she has worked "so hard" for her post pregnancy figure.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has blasted rumors she digitally altered a recent photograph of her and her friend Blac Chyna to make them appear thinner before posting it on Instagram.

Addressing the allegations on Twitter for the first time on Friday, the 32-year-old star wrote, "It sucks when people make up surgery or Photoshop lies when I am so disciplined & work so hard! Just trying to motivate others & show anyone struggling with weight they can totally achieve whatever they want if they are dedicated!"

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Items Du Jour: Cara Would Shave Her Brows, Buy a Beckham Crown

Jennifer Lawrence at the Paris premiere of 'Catching Fire'+ Known for her famous, full eyebrows, Cara Delevingne probably shocked some of her brow worshipers fans when she admitted that she's willing to do anything for a film role - including shaving her head and eyebrows!

+ Ever dream of being Victoria Beckham? Well you can at least get married like her, as her gold wedding crown is up for auction for around $32,000.

+ Jennifer Lawrence looked fabulously gothic chic in a Christian Dior gown at the Paris premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Unfortunately it looks as though her co-star Elizabeth Banks should've borrowed Lawrence's stylist for the event...

+ Miranda Kerr apparently doesn't know what her own body looks like, as she denies knowing an image of herself she posted was heavily-Photoshopped, claiming that she had no idea that the photo was altered.

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Miranda Kerr Caught Posting Uberly Photoshopped Pictures on Instagram

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Health & Beauty, Models, News,

The original photo of Miranda KerrThe edited photo in question

Does Miranda Kerr - one of the most famous models around today and one who formerly held the coveted title of Victoria's Secret Angel - have a body image problem?

The mother of one and currently estranged wife of Orlando Bloom has been accused of heavily Photoshopping images of herself for Instagram. Although she couldn't appear in Wednesday's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, she posted a photo of herself (full photos seen after the jump) alongside models Doutzen Kroes and Alessandra Ambrosio from last year's show with a caption reading, "Sending love and best wishes to the #vsangels from Japan xxx." Having seen the original image taken and published by Vogue, fans were quick to point out that Kerr's waist and face are considerably thinner in the version she posted.

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Read More | Daily Mail

Adobe Creative Cloud suite now available for download

Adobe Creative Cloud

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?

Read More | Adobe

UK Retailer Pledges to Avoid Major Ad Retouching

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Health & Beauty, Models, News, Sales,

Debenhams Lingerie Ads

U.K. retailer Debenhams made a bold move in the fight against the over-airbrushing of women in advertisements this week. The company has announced it will ban major retouching of lingerie models in the future, hopefully setting a precedent for American counterparts like Macy's.

"We want to help customers feel confident about their figures without bombarding them with unattainable body images... As well as being a positive from a moral point of view, it ticks the economic boxes as well. Millions of pounds a year are spent by organizations retouching perfectly good images," said the company's head lingerie buyer, Sharon Webb.

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Items Du Jour: Amanda Seyfried for Givenchy, Target’s Wedding Gown Line

Jessica Chastain at the Cannes Film Festival in Givenchy+ Already the face of one of their fragrances, actress Amanda Seyfried was tapped for Givenchy's Fall/Winter ad campaign, which also features Carine Roitfeld (who styled the ads) and her daughter Julia.

+ Speaking of Givenchy, beneath her Riccardo Tisci dress, Jessica Chastain wore matching Spanx in order to avoid becoming another actress at the Cannes Film Festival to experience an embarrassing crotch flash.

+ Helping out brides who want to wed on a budget, Target has announced a wedding dress collection priced between $99.99-$129.99, featuring an array of styles and cuts for sizes 2 through 28. The retail giant will also offer bridesmaids dresses in their online store.

+ Having already been at the center of a sexual discrimination lawsuit in Tokyo, Prada is now being pressued by The High Commissioner for Human Rights at the U.N. to cease its egregious practices against female employees.

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