Adobe announces Lightroom 5 beta for free download

16.04.2013, 8:06

Adobe’s latest version of the popular photo editing and management software, Lightroom 5, is now available as a free public beta. As the company is looking for feedback on the software, members of the public will be able to download and review the program ahead of its full launch.

A number of new features have been added, while others have been improved since Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.

The new radial filter enables vignettes in various places on the image, rather than just in the corners. Improvements have been made to the healing brush, which now enables you to make a custom shape for the brush, rather than the standard circular shape.

There’s also a new way to fix perspectives and converging verticals with one touch of a button, known as the Upright tool. Adobe says over 50 additional “JDIs” (Just Do It) features should speed up workflow.

Adobe announces Lightroom 5 beta for free download

A Visualise Spots feature quickly highlights dust in an image sensor to enable quick removal. The sensitivity of this feature can be increased or decreased, depending on your preference.

Smart Preview is a particularly interesting feature in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 that enables image editing even when the full file is not available – for instance if it’s stored on an external hard drive. When the full file is later available, any edits are rendered.

The way photo books are created has seen some improvements, with the ability to modify and edit page numbers more easily, while page templates can now be created.

Adobe has thought about the way that photographers now work with video, as well as photography. A new video slideshow tool enables customers to combine still images with video clips in an HD slideshow.

Adobe Lightroom 5 is available now as a free download via this link until the beta period expires.

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33 Photoshop actions to save time

20.03.2013, 10:56

If you want to automate processes in Adobe Photoshop you should definitely use actions. It’s great to record recurring steps to save time. It’s also fascinating to try different complex actions from other designers. We gathered different Photoshop actions for color manipulations and special effects which will help you to achieve great results. Enjoy and don’t hesitate to comment and leave your suggestions!


44 high-definition textures, you should add to your library

27.02.2013, 9:57

You can´t never have enough textures or fonts! First there are a huge amount of different surfaces und second there are endlessly different purposes. We collected 44 high-definition textures, you should add to your library in Photoshop. If you don´t have a library yet, then it´s a good moment to start one now. Have fun!


50 incredibly creative examples of manipulations, compositions and digital art

06.02.2013, 10:07

This showcase contains some breath-taking masterpieces by Photoshop professionals. Enjoy those great ideas and the high-end image editing and let them inspire you for your own compositions.


Best of design and inspiration 2012

27.12.2012, 12:04

Every week we provide helpful and inspirative articles at this point. But the year is almost over and so we decided to dig into our archives and collected you ten of the most popular articles of 2012.

We´re looking forward to a new successful year with you. We already have prepared some fascinating things. Stay tuned!

The whole team of print24 wish you a good start into the year 2013!

33 special and creative flyer designs


40 high-quality tutorials you might have missed in 2012

19.12.2012, 10:42

A lot of great and helpful tutorials were published this year and you might have missed some of them so we collected the very best tutorials for you. Enhance your Photoshop skills, create colorful manipulations, buttons and icons. This should serve as an inspiration for your future projects. Enjoy!


44 high-definition videos for Photoshop Fans

05.12.2012, 11:13

Video trainings are a big plus for Photoshop fans because every step is explained and shown in real-time which makes it easier to understand it. We collected some great video tutorials which will help to achieve vintage effects, arrange complex compositions and do beauty retouching. Enjoy!


300+ Christmas ressources for Photoshop

21.11.2012, 9:45

Year after year Christmas is just around the corner. 4 weeks left until the most beautiful time in the year begins. We gathered some useful ressources for your Christmas designs in this collection. Use these textures, pattern, brushes, icons and helpful tutorials to enhance your artwork. Design your own Christmas or New Year greeting cards or create individual gift tags for your bounties.

Enjoy and don’t hesitate to share your designs and ideas!


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30 free textures for your inspiration

11.07.2012, 9:37

Textures help you to create realistic surfaces in a short time. With a little help of 3D or 2D programs like Adobe Photoshop you can achieve vintage effects in no time. We gathered 30 high-quality textures for free but note that you need the agreement of the author before commercial using so it’s better to ask first. Enjoy!


Akvis ArtWork 7 introduces new painting features

07.06.2012, 10:30

Digital photography brings out the artist in many of us, and software such as Photoshop and Lightroom add a little extra sparkle to our images.

However, sometimes an atmospheric image can be improved further with a push towards the art world, using specialist painting software.

Akvis ArtWork 7 claims to turn your photos into impressive works of art that, in some instances, can turn a mediocre shot into an atmospheric image that’s worth framing and sticking on the wall.

This latest upgrade introduces Gouche – a versatile painting technique that uses dense and intensive colours. Its characteristics are brilliance and opacity. Akvis ArtWork’s opacity feature and covering power will, the developer claims, enable you to create outstanding effects that can’t be achieved with watercolour paints.

Gouache technique is widely used in decorative painting and when creating colour sketches and drawings.

Akvis ArtWork 7 is available for both PC and Mac platforms, or you can use it as a plug-in for Photoshop. The basic idea is to turn a photo into a painting. The program goes a stage further than the Artistic filters built in to Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, which haven’t been updated or extended for many years.

Other effects on offer from ArtWork include Oil, Watercolor, Comics, Pen & Ink, Linocut and Pastel. There are even some extra arty touches such as canvas textures and stylised signatures to add a little flourish to your masterpiece.

Akvis ArtWork 7 introduces new features

Of course, software to turn photos into art is nothing new. Corel Painter has been around for years, but at £279/$429 and with a fairly steep learning curve, it isn’t for everyone.

Akvis ArtWork 7 introduces new features

Akvis ArtWork 7 sells for £93/$99 and the latest version includes a Preview feature so you can tweak and assess your opus magnum before printing it out. Version 7 sounds like it could be a fairly essential upgrade, and should have you on your way to the Royal Academy in no time at all.

Akvis ArtWork 7 introduces new features

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