Sunday, February 02, 2014

Russell Brown new book is available now on Amazon

My aussie buddy and Photoshop imaging expert Russell Brown has new book (available on Amazon) that you might be interested in buying - I highly recommend it.

Paths To Artistic Imaging In Photoshop
How To Create Stunning Photographic Art From Capture to Processing.

No matter if you are a rank amature or a seasoned pro, Russell quickly shows you the result of an image modification and shares how it was achieved simply and quickly. Full of beautiful examples and a wide variety of different looks and styles, well worth the investment. I quickly understood and then used focus stacking literally minutes after I opened the book. Check out his work at

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Thursday, September 05, 2013

See you at Print 13 in Chicago, Sept 8-12 2013

See PressWise at Print 13

We’re looking forward to Print 13 in Chicago next week, where we’ll be presenting some of the latest enhancements to PressWise, the all-in-one
web-to-print, MIS and workflow automation tool designed to eliminate touches from your workflow, so you can run your business more efficiently and profitably.

If you’re planning to visit Print 13, then please stop by the SmartSoft booth (#4640) and say hello! Our print experts will be there to discuss how to get the most out of your workflow and show some of the latest enhancements to PressWise.

See Us At: Booth 4640 (Prepress/Software Section)
When: Sept 8th-12th, 2013
Print 13, McCormick Place, Chicago

If you’d like to schedule a specific meeting time with us, just email us and we’ll arrange a 30-minute slot.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

I saw this post today on Quora

By Katy LevinsonInstigator

she posted ( and i thought it was a most awesome post ! )

This is an API

This API takes circles, triangles, and squares and lets them into the box. It forces the user or client program to organize the inputs going into the box to the designer's liking, presumably so they're easier to work with.

If magic elves lived in the box, we could also have this API serve data out by having the elves push the shapes back out of the holes. This would be useful to the user/client program because now the outputs would come out in the way users expect them to. We would expect squares to come out of the square hole and not circles, and this example API would always do that.

APIs have many advantages. For security/sanity reasons, you generally do not want to not have a lid on your box. People could begin pushing star blocks or perhaps live sharks into the box, and this might be disagreeable to your magic elves. Conversely, perhaps one day you want to rearrange the insides of your box. This would be disagreeable to your users who would have to re-learn how to interface with your box. With this special lid on here, your users can not put anything in the box your elves do not like, and how you arrange the org chart of your magic elves inside remains inconsequential to your users.

In this way, an API forces structured data-based (or, in this example, block-based) exchanges between what the designer made and the outside world which wants to use it.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Friday, November 23, 2012

Eric & Heather Thanksgiving 2012

My son Eric and his wonderful ( and beautiful! ) wife Heather 
celebrated their first Thanksgiving in their new house in Alden, NY.

Here Heather and Eric are holding my grandchildren Kayleigh and Jonas.

Monday, October 01, 2012

The Picture Postcard Workflow Panel

Dan Margulis is internationally regarded as the leading authority on color correction. He is the author of Professional Photoshop, which, since its first edition in 1994, has become the unofficial bible of the prepress and printing industry. His groundbreaking book Photoshop LAB Color changed the face of professional retouching.
Formerly a professional prepress manager with over 20 years experience heading electronics departments at high-end trade shops, he offered small-group, hands-on color correction classes in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, in four different languages. Now semi-retired, he continues to speak and teach occasionally.
In September 2001, Dan was one of the first three persons named to the Photoshop Hall of Fame of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.
In 2007, he introduced a radical approach to color correction called the Picture Postcard Workflow (PPW). Instead of the traditional method of using one set of curves to adjust both color on contrast, the PPW has three main steps: one to eliminate color problems, a second to add contrast, and a third to incorporate pleasing color.
The original idea of the workflow was speed. There was need for a method of reaching high-quality results in five minutes or less. It was understood that there would have to be certain compromises in achieving this, as traditional professional color correction spends much more time on an image.
As it turned out, the PPW generally exceeded the quality of traditional methods. Something that's both faster and better attracts attention. The workflow has therefore been widely adopted by professionals.
Since 2007, the PPW basics have remained the same but there have been constant changes in specific implementations. Many steps were reduced to actions, some easy, some complex. We have always shared these without cost. However, because these actions were constantly changing, distribution was difficult. We originally made each one available separately, updated as necessary it being up to the downloader to know what the current version is.
In September 2011, we released a major boost to productivity: a fully scripted Configurator panel that accesses all the actions and commands used in the workflow in a logical order. Each action can be played with a single click. The panel includes extensive documentation in PDF format for each of the 18 actions, as well as an overview of the entire PPW. Also, even though some of these actions involve fifty or more steps and would therefore completely fill the image history buffer, they have all been scripted to be considered a single history state, so that they can be cancelled with a Command-Z. 
The panel enables curves adjustment layers that use the traditional Photoshop curves dialog and not the one introduced in Photoshop CS4. It also allows addition of a composite (mer ged) layer at any time without losing the original layers underneath.
In March, 2012, version 2.0 was released. It updates certain actions for better quality and also makes several new options for preferences available. Particularly important changes are found in the Bigger Hammer, H-K, and Sharpening actions. All documentation has been updated to reflect the changes.
The download includes an installer that loads the entire action set, full documentation, and the Configurator panel. We believe that the actions work in any language version of Photoshop from CS1 on. The Configurator panel, however, requires a specific version of Photoshop. It is available below for either CS5.x or CS6.
Concept by Dan Margulis. Scripting by Giuliana Abbiati. Documentation by Giuliana Abbiati, Alessandro Bernardi, Dan Margulis, and Marco Olivotto.
Click here to download for Macintosh (requires Photoshop CS5 or 5.5; does not work in CS6)*
Click here to download for Windows (requires Photoshop CS5 or 5.5; does not work in CS6)*
Click here to download for Macintosh (requires Photoshop CS6)*
Click here to download for Windows (requires Photoshop CS6)*