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Great info from X-Rite & CMG

Ever since Photoshop 5 debuted Color Management has become an essential part of any digital workflow. Back then, in the dark old days of Color Management, it was a challenge just to find any good info on what we needed to do to get our color under control. And the tools for profiling printers and monitors were difficult to work with as well. The first printer profiling package I used, ColorBlind, required
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Adusting a Layer Mask with the Dodge-Burn and Blur Tools

Here's a technique I developed for quickly finessing a Layer Mask using the Dodge/Burn & Blur tools. The idea is to use the Burn Tool to bring the mask in tighter to the object and the Blur Tool to give the edge just the right amount of softness. With a little practice you'll find this method works very quickly because it does not require you to be as careful as you would need to be with the Brush
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3 Steps to Optimize Your Brush Settings for Wacom Tablets

As an experienced retoucher one of the most valuable tools available to me is my trusty Wacom Tablet. The ability to use hold the Stylus in my hand as I would a paint brush or a pencil makes the whole work of retouching and masking so much easier. For me using a mouse for painting feels like I'm using a brick. I simply can't imagine how it would be possible to get my work done that way. Yet I am constantly
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Choking a Path with Photoshop and Illustrator

Every now and then a project will involve creating a Clipping Path which the client will then use in a layout program such as Quark Xpress or InDesign to make sure the background drops out completely. Now creating a Clipping Path is simple enough, but what happens if the client needs the path to come in a little bit tighter, commonly called "choking"? Moving each point on the path in a few pixels can
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