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PhotoshopCAFE Launches Photoshop CS4 Learning Site and Free Magazine

This info just came across my e-mail in-box. I just took a look at the new PhotoshopCAFE Photoshop CS4 Learning Site and I must say that it is impressive. There are free Photoshop CS4 video tutorials, as well as an excellent 70 page CS4 Superguide that contains a great overview of new features contained in the following applications: Photoshop CS4 and CS4 Extended, Flash CS4, Illustrator CS4, Indesign CS4, Dreamweaver CS4, Fireworks CS4, Premiere CS4, After Effects CS4, Bridge CS4. I know what it takes to write tutorials and articles like these, and I think they’ve put together an excellent team to share information with users of the apps.


This new feature walk through of Photoshop CS4 is also excellent.

PhotoshopCAFE has also launched its own magazine, entitled Creative Studio (CAFE), which will be a quarterly online (and free) publication. The first issue of the magazine is the CS4 Superguide. You can find all the CS4 Learning Site content, and download the PDF on their site at

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Free Lightroom 2 Videos and New DVD on

After adding PhotoshopCafe’s Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Learning Site to the list of items in the Related Links section of my last post, I then viewed four of the free videos that are now available on the site. They cover Dual Monitors, Photoshop Integration, Smart Collections, and Local Adjustments. They are each under 8 minutes long and I found them to be very well produced, and easy to understand. To go directly to the page where you can view the videos, visit this page.

Screen capture from the free sample Lightroom 2 video section on

I’ve learned a lot over the last 3-4 years from Colin Smith, who runs and who has produced virtually all the training on the site, including the Lightroom 2 DVD. He’s a great teacher and a talented artist. I found the Smart Collections overview particularly interesting and well produced. The full DVD (downloadable or in physical DVD format) costs $99, runs about 7 hours and has 91 separate movies. All the source files are also included, which really helps to make the training easier to follow.

To view a text overview of the Lightroom 2 training DVD visit this page.
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Related Links:

• Many free tutorials on
• Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 30 Day Free Tryout
• Lightroom 2 Learning Center on
• Lightroom 2 Photowalk with Scott Kelby
• Audio interview of Tom Hogarty, Lightroom Product Manager by Scott Bourne of
• Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Adventure: Tasmania. This post about the new Clarity slider by Mikkel Aaland is very interesting.
• Excellent Lightroom video tutorial for converting to B&W by Martin Evening.
• Photoshop CS3 Launch site on

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•Free Shipping on all Adobe orders over 300 GBP now allowing video reviews on many items

I just took a look at a product page for the book I recently completed, and noticed that Amazon is now allowing people to upload video reviews of products (including books, as far as I can tell). I didn’t see the option for DVDs though (I can envision the fans of sci-fi flicks dressing up to review their favorite movies).

I think that these video reviews will be very interesting. I could not find a press release for the new service on’s press release page, but there may be some official announcement for it somewhere online.


(Above) Screen grab from a book’s description page on

I searched a bit on and found a video review, posted on October 3, 2007, for a Panasonic wireless network camera (he called it a “nanny cam”). You can find that video review here. The reviewer is Shawn Collins from; he has a very good site with many reviews of gadgets, books and other items.