First Look: Creative Suite preview: Illustrator CS3

Illustrator CS3 features a new interface. But there's more to this update than that: Ben Long previews the new Eraser tool, Live Color feature, and other changes and additions to Adobe's drawing application.

How to buy: DSLR cameras

If you’ve thought of switching to a DSLR, considered upgrading from the one you already have, or wondered what all the DSLR hoopla is about, read on to learn the differences between SLR and point-and-shoot cameras and to check out a review of five of the newest DSLR models.

Nikon D40 DSLR

At $599, the Nikon D40 is a great value, and a great tool for photographers who want to grow. The included help system and aperture displays are fantastic learning tools.

Pentax K100D digital SLR

Because of its 6.1-megapixel sensor, you won’t be able to enlarge the K100D’s images as much as you can with a higher resolution camera, but for users who want a DSLR, and all of the flexibility that it provides, the K100D is a great entry-level camera, and at an unmatched price.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

You need to get your hands on the Digital Rebel XTi before you can make an evaluation as to whether it’s right for you. If you like its size and feel, then you’ll find it to be a full-featured camera that yields excellent image quality at a very reasonable price.

Make massive prints

Looking for an inexpensive way to add interest to a blank wall? Want to show off your digital photos in a way that will really get noticed? The next time you make a print of your favorite photo, don’t settle for a measly 8 by 10 inches. Supersize it.

First Look: First Look: Adobe Photoshop CS3

Adobe's releasing a beta of a new Universal version of Photoshop. How fast will it run on Intel-based Macs compared to Photoshop CS2? And what new features has Adobe added to its imaging-editing application? Ben Long tackles these questions and more in his first look at the Photoshop CS3 beta.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A100K

The Sony DSLR-Alpha 100K is a very good camera, albeit a little pricey. While it feels clunkier than its competitors, it delivers very good image quality and a full feature set, as well as some nice extras such as image stabilization.

Nikon Coolpix S7c digital camera

If you’re looking for a full-featured, take anywhere, point-and-shoot camera that delivers excellent image quality, the S7c is a great candidate. Its ease of use and convenient WiFi features add great value to an already fine camera.

Nikon D80 digital SLR

Though it’s priced higher than Canon’s Digital Rebel XTi and Sony’s Alpha 100, the Nikon D80 delivers a lot of extra bang for the buck. In fact, users who are considering the Canon EOS 30D will want to take a close look at this camera.

Beyond Apple's photo books

The holiday season is right around the corner—and with it comes the annual postal frenzy. This year, get a jump on the crowd with these photo-card tips.

Weighing the pros of Raw

Talk to just about any professional digital photographer these days, and you’re sure to hear about the wonders of shooting in Raw mode. But it has its drawbacks. Before jumping on the bandwagon, make sure you know how to put this format’s strengths to best use.

Samsung Digimax GX-1S Digital SLR

This digital camera from Samsung is a well-designed, capable model for people who want a digital SLR. As with most cameras of this type, it's best to get your hand on the GX-1S to decide if its small size and thoughtful design are right for you.

Canon EOS 30D Digital SLR

The Canon EOS 30D is a welcome upgrade to an already great camera. The larger LCD screen and new features will directly affect everyday shooting, while the lower price tag will give you an extra $100 to spend on lenses.

Olympus Evolt E-330 Digital SLR

The Olympus Evolt E-330 is a good camera, but its standout feature-the LCD viewfinder-is not that useful. The biggest drawback to the E-330 is its price.