We all knew this day would come sooner or later, but that doesn’t make it any less exciting, does it?
Today, Adobe releases Photoshop Express for the web.
Now before you go berserk, let us exercise some journalistic caution — it’s not everything you can do in Photoshop fit into a web browser. Not nearly.
No layers here, no fancy pants masking. But for 95% of your photos, it offers pretty much all you need to fix ‘em up, and it does it with style.
Whether adjusting exposure, white balance, or hue, touching up blemishes, or distorting your image, Photoshop Express provides an easy slider and thumbnails to give you an instant preview of your image at various settings. Even undo is better than you’d expect.
Being on the web, this Photoshop’s made for sharing. Everyone gets their own URL at photoshop.com, and the slideshows are top-notch — big, beautiful images with classy transitions. Want to load in and edit photos from Picasa, Photobucket, or Facebook? No problemo.
No, it’s not a Photoshop replacement, but it is a remarkably slick and well-designed basic photo-editing and sharing application. Arguably the best so far.
So what does it cost? It’s free, amigo.
Published on March 27, 2008 — See more Websites
Food has an agenda. It wants you to eat it, and it wants you to eat it now.
If you dilly-dally around Food, trying to photograph it instead of eating it, its defense mechanism kicks in. It immediately looks terrible in pictures, forcing you to give up, put down the camera, and eat the Food. Natural selection at work.
The time has come to subvert Food’s Evil Agenda. Read our tips, take up your cameras, and join the glorious food photography revolution!
Published on March 25, 2008 — See more Tips
What do you do with the person you love most in the whole world?
Take ‘em out and shoot ‘em.
No, seriously. Take them outdoors and take photos until you have a portrait that expresses how much they mean to you.
If you love somebody, shoot them.
p.s. Thanks to Jittery Joe’s Coffee for sponsoring our “Monday Stinks!” contest!
Published on March 20, 2008 — See more Websites
Say you’re out for a photographic stroll, taking pictures of that cool old power plant on the edge of town. Suddenly seventy security guards swarm you and demand you hand over your camera.
“What is this,” you ask yourself, “a Michael Moore movie?”
You’re sure you haven’t done anything wrong, but you don’t know whose side the law is on. Fret no more. We’ve got a list of things you can and can’t do, and it’s a lot more permissive than you might think.
Now grab your camera back from that Rent-A-Cop, and let’s hit the books.
*Charlton Heston not included
p.s. Thanks to everybody who entered our “Monday Stinks!” contest! Congratulations to Notorious D.A.V., Warren Photography, evaded, mommaozzy 84, biancaprime, berdandy, spade, AnasBananas, trenity00, andreskrey, determinedforce01, ladibug, killbyte, Nellofcourse and Mia!
Published on March 17, 2008 — See more Tips
They say no news is good news.
Unfortunately, Polaroid has news: after next year, there won’t be any more Polaroid film.
Since our beloved Polaroid camera only has a year to live, we’ve decided to make it the Best Year Ever.
Let’s shake it!
p.s. Our “Monday Stinks!” contest runs until tomorrow: three winners a day will get tasty coffee! Enter here.
Oh cross-processed film, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways…
The ultra-high contrast
The retro, artsy style
The way everybody asks, “How did you DO that?”
But alas! Alack! Our digital camera gives us no film to cross-process! How shall we reclaim our Paradise Lost?
With Photoshop, gentle reader: glorious Photoshop. With a curves layer and a “hey nonny nonny”, we are reunited with our favorite old dark-room technique.
p.s. Today is Chuck Norris’ birthday, which means it’s also the International Day of Awesomeness! Get out there and be the best awesome you can be!
Published on March 10, 2008 — See more Post-Processing
Harsh, unflattering flash got you down? Grab an old roll of film and make it all better.
Follow Flickr user natuurplaat’s lead, and turn an old film canister into a flash diffuser! A few strategic cuts make it easy to slip the canister onto your pop-up flash, and voila! Soft, beautiful lighting.
Keep reading and we’ll show you how to make your very own little piece of genius.
p.s. Thanks to everybody who sent in book ideas! You rule.
Published on March 7, 2008 — See more DIY
Wanna know the only phrase we remember from high-school Russian class?
This means 2 things:
So we have a pencil project this week!
Wrap some photos around your pencils, and we guarantee you’ll be the coolest kid on your block. (Well, you know, the coolest kid that has photo pencils.)
p.p.s. We have new episodes of Donnie’s “You Suck at Photoshop” tutorials. (Remember, some folks might be offended.)
Pretend you’re eight years old for a second. Now pretend you just got a photo in the mail from your new buddy in Finland.
Fantastic, right? Best mail ever!
Now here’s the secret: it’s still that much fun to get photos from around the world. And it’s super easy thanks to Postcrossing: send a postcard to somebody, and somebody sends you a postcard back. Collect photos from 175 countries without blowing all your airline miles! You can even request pictures of specific things.
Since you’re sending pictures anyway, why not use your own? Slip your prints into postcard mailers and put the whole shebang in the mail. Get out and document your favorite things about the place you live, or the people you see every day. They sure won’t have anything that cool on the postcard rack at the drugstore.
If you missed being eight, you’ll be glad you became a postcrosser.
Published on February 28, 2008 — See more Websites
Ever feel like your photos are getting lost on your hard drive or on Flickr? That the more photos you take, the harder it is to find the great ones, and the less special each becomes?
So do we.
So we’ve been working on something new called Photojojo Time Capsule, and we’re really excited to release it!
Every couple weeks, Time Capsule digs up your photos on Flickr from a year ago, choosing the ones that are most interesting (most views, comments, and faves), then sends them to you in a quick email.
We’ve been using it for a while, and it’s amazing how nostalgia-inducing it’s been to get a little time capsule every couple weeks. :)
Give it a try and make your photos special again. (Just 7.5 seconds to set up!)
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