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6 Helpful Functions of the Shift Key When Working in Photoshop

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I was working on a commissioned artwork in Photoshop today and I noticed something. I keep my left hand over the shift key pretty much the entire time I am working in PS. That little button does a LOT. So I thought I would take some time and show you guys what you have been missing out on if you haven’t taken advantage of shift key functionalities in PS before.
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Zither Helps You Organize Gear, Receipts, Manuals, and Warranties

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Want an easily digital way to keep track of your camera gear and all the documents associated with it? A new app called Zither wants to help. It’s a stuff organization app that was developed by Marc Silber of Advancing Your Photography, so it’s optimized for things like cameras, lenses, and accessories.
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Watch as Photoshop Experts Try Their Hand at the Original Photoshop 1.0

Photoshop experts who teach the software for a living generally know it like the back of their hand. But how skilled would they be if they were forced to downgrade to the original version of the program, Photoshop 1.0? That’s what CreativeLive set out to find out recently.

They asked 8 well-known Photoshop experts — Dave Cross, Jared Platt, Ben Willmore, Chris Orwig, Julieanne Kost, Aaron Nace, Tim Grey, Matt Kloskowski, and Jason Hoppe — to try their hand at version 1.0. The results of this experiment can be seen in the video above.

Lens Distortions Adds the Look of Out-of-Focus Glass to Your Photographs

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VSCO helps photographers easily add the look of film to their images. Lens Distortions does the same thing, except with out of focus glass shards. The service provides a Photoshop Action pack that lets you add an out-of-focus object between you and your subject.
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VSCO Cam Update Brings Copy and Paste Feature for Batch Editing Photos

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VSCO updated its popular VSCO Cam app today to introduce Copy and Paste functionality that helps speed up your workflow. Instead of editing individual photos at a time, you can now copy the edits from one photo and paste them onto multiple images.
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Mapillary is Building a Crowdsourced Street View with User Submitted Photos

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Google’s well-known Street View service is one of several monumental efforts to document the world’s travel routes through ground-level photos. These projects generally use fancy camera rigs on cars, backpacks, and even camels to capture their images.

Mapillary is a startup that’s trying to do things a little differently. Instead of taking the grunt work of photo-taking upon itself, the service is building a crowdsourced Street View competitor using photos submitted by users.
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Apple Sends Out Reminder of Aperture’s Impending End, Encourages Migration to Photos

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Apple has sent out an email reminder to Aperture owners, reminding them that Aperture will no longer be available for purchase starting this spring after it’s replaced by the new Photos for OS X app. Aperture users can migrate their libraries to the new Photos app, which is now available for anyone to try through the OS X Beta program.
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RNI All Films 3.0 Claims to Offer Film Simulation More Convincing Than Actual Film

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Preset maker Really Nice Images has announced RNI All Films 3.0, a new film simulation suite that aims to rival the software offered by companies such as DXO and VSCO. RNI claims to be so realistic in its simulation of film that film photographers are fooled by resulting photos in blind tests.

It’s “simulation more convincing than actual film,” Really Nice Images says.
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Download a Free Copy of the $60 Perfect Effects 9 by onOne Software

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Heads up: you can currently download a free copy of onOne Software’s Perfect Effects 9. It’s a $60 program that can be used as a Photoshop or Lightroom plugin or as a standalone tool. Inside are customizable filters and hundreds of presets that allow you to quickly apply custom looks to your photos.
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Twenty20 is the World’s Largest Crowdsourced Stock Photo Catalog

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Twenty20 is a new stock photography service that just launched to the public after months of beta testing. It claims to have the world’s largest crowdsourced commercial image catalog — one that contains 45 million photos from 250,000 photographers based in 154 countries.
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