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Win a free copy of new book – From Still to Motion

Peachpit press is giving away FIVE copies of the brand new book, From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR. The contest runs THIS Frida

How to Play
  1. Follow @Peachpit (only followers are eligible). We’ll send a direct message (DM) to the winner, so you must be following us to find out if you won. (If you’re not on Twitter yet, just go to and click the “get started – join!” button.)
  2. Stay tuned on Friday. Throughout the day, we’ll let you know which prize we’re giving away and the number of response you need to be to win. (For example: “#FRIDAYFREEBIES: Autographed copy of A World in HDR! Be the 7th person to tweet to @Peachpit w/hashtag #FridayFreebies to win!”)
  3. To enter, just send a message to @Peachpit with the hashtag #FridayFreebies and include the special key word (revealed in the video) in your tweet.
  4. All followers can win any prize.
  5. The winner will be announced on Twitter once we confirm eligibility.


My Photoshop World Schedule

Going to Photoshop World? Here's my class schedule if you'd like to say hi. Always happy to catch up and share techniques.

1:00 - 6:00 Creating Video With DSLR Cameras – Pre-conference

1:00 Peachpit Booth
4:00 Peachpit Booth

8:15 Creative Typography for Video
9:30 Photoshop for Video
6:00 After Effects & Flash

Understanding Adobe Photoshop Back Online

My most popular podcast is live again (and I'm recording more). You'll find more than 50 Photoshop tutorials back online again in Apple iTunes.

  • Miss a back episode? Pick it up.
  • Want the episode in HD? They are back to being BIG!
  • New to the show, learn new Photoshop techniques.
  • And of course, tell your friends

If you have requests for new shows... post them here.

Get it in iTunes
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Tinting a Photo with Photoshop

You can also use the Hue/Saturation command to tint an image. If you are working with a grayscale image, you need to convert it to an RGB image first.

1. Open an image you want to process.

2. Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

3. Click the Colorize box to tint the image.

4. Adjust the Hue slider to try out different color combinations. Adjust Saturation and Lightness to refine the tint.
The adjustment layer automatically has a Layer Mask attached, which allows you to mask the effect.

5. Click the Layer Mask icon for the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

6. Select your Brush tool and press D to load the default colors of black and white.

7. With a small black brush, paint the areas where you want the original colors to show through. so the original red shows through. If you make a mistake, you can press X to toggle back to white for touch-up.

This tutorial comes from the book, Understanding Adobe Photoshop.


Peachpit Photo Club Announced

Be sure the check out the Peachpit Photo Club

Don't miss the Peachpit Photo Club. It's held on the third Tuesday of every month, from 8 to 9 p.m. EST (5 to 6 p.m. PST). It's a webcast featuring your favorite digital photographers, such as Scott Kelby, Chase Jarvis, Chris Orwig, Joe McNally, David duChemin, and many more!

The debut Peachpit Photo Club features Scott Kelby on Tuesday, March 16 at 8 p.m. EST! During this live webcast, photographer and bestselling author Scott Kelby will present some of his work, provide you with some insight and inspiration, and answer your burning questions!

Then I'll be up with my co-authors on the new book "From Still to Motion." Join us April 20 8PM EST.

Learn more and sign up at

Power Cropping Tutorial

I've released a new tutorial over at the website. Learn all bout how to crop your photos. Before you think you know all about cropping, consider these points.

  • Cropping to a specific size
  • Cropping for print and web
  • Using Smart Objects for scaling
  • Non-destructive cropping
  • Perspective cropping

Here's a link to the tutorial.

Upcoming Conferences

I've been getting a lot of questions about what classes I have coming up.... Well here are the short answers.

Photoshop World

10-15 NAB Post|Production World Conference
18 DC Podcaster Meetup

15 DC Podcaster Meetup
DV User Group


Smart Objects -140 Understanding Adobe Photoshop 140

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to use smart objects in Photoshop CS4 to re-scale an object without losing clarity.

Like the podcast? Then be sure to check out the companion book.


Organizing Images with Aperture

In this video you’ll learn to rank and sort images in Aperture. You’ll also learn about contact sheets and Web galleries for client review. You can also visit the website in order to download sample files.

Digital Convergence Podcasts for DSLR Filmmakers

I was recently interviewwd about a new book – From Still to Motion: A Photographer's Guide to Creating Video with your DSLR

Episode 6 features Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman, who are two of four of the co-authors of the new book from Peachpit: From Still to Motion.

In this episode, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman talk about what to expect from their new book. Taking a platform agnostic approach and covering a wide range of budgets, they discuss a broad range of topics including unexpected lessons learned, do-it-yourself lighting, camera support and motion, post-production and color grading, sound, stop-motion and time-lapse and a wealth of other topics. I hated to cut short this conversation - it's our longest episode yet. But it's well worth hearing.

Quick Mask Mode - Understanding Adobe Photoshop 142

Instructor Richard Harrington shows you how to refine a selection in Photoshop CS4 with paint brush tools & quick mask mode.

Like the podcast? Then be sure to
check out the companion book.


Scoring and Sound Design in Soundtrack Pro

Soundtrack Pro is a powerful tool for scoring and adding sound design elements like sound effects, Foley sounds, and ambient noise. Check out this video as we take a project from Final Cut Pro to Soundtrack Pro and back to Final Cut Pro. You can also visit the website in order to download sample files.


Use Apple Pro Apps? Time to Update.

Use FCP, Aperture or Logic? Be sure to download the Apple ProKit 5.1 update to fix memory leaks –

About ProKit 5.1 (Leopard & SnowLeopard)

This ProKit Update fixes issues with user interface software resources that are shared by Apple's professional applications.
  • The issues addressed include:
  • Corrected an issue with improper scrolling behavior.
  • Resolved memory leaks for improved performance.
  • Addressed layout of interface elements in certain application alert windows.
The update is recommended for all users of Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Aperture, Final Cut Express, Soundtrack, Logic Pro and Logic Express.
Get it here –


OK Go’s Amazing Rube Goldberg Machine

This is a great music video and engineering feat.

Plus check out this great article from Wired that goes behind the scenes.


Transcoding with MPEG Streamclip

Learn how to convert your DSLR footage for use in a video editing program. From the new book and DVD – From Still to Motion (Peachpit Press).

Q&A with the Authors of From Still to Motion

Peachpit talks to James Ball, Robbie Carman, Matt Gottshalk, and Richard Harrington about their new book and DVD, From Still to Motion, what photographers struggle with the most when learning video, and how to stay up to date on the latest in the world of video.

Peachpit: What was the motivation behind writing From Still to Motion? Why this topic, and why now?

Authors: We've been thinking about and actively working on the book for more than a year. When we first starting seeing video-enabled DSLR cameras we were excited by their potential. They can be challenging to work with, but have great rewards with incredible visuals.

We decided there needed to be a definitive book and DVD that explored the entire process of using these cameras (from pre-production through delivery), and one that explored both the art and the technology. Camera models and features constantly change, but the process of creating video is relatively constant and we felt there needed to be thorough coverage on how to create video with a DSLR camera. What we've created is an in-depth case study that explores how we used these cameras for six months and all the cool things we learned along the way.

Read the whole interview here
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