Acorn 2.1

Acorn 2.1 is a great app for digital photography hobbyists, bloggers, or anyone who needs a decent amount of flexibility in editing images but doesn't require the power of a full image editor.

Adesso CyberTablet 6400

If you've never used a tablet before and want to see what they're like, or you're looking for a tablet for light-duty photo retouching and illustration, the Adesso CyberTablet 6400 is a pretty good deal.

Coloring with Adobe Kuler

The use of color is generally one of the most important aspects of any design. But not all designers are blessed with the ability to create color combinations that work well together. Most of us know a great color-combo when we see one, but couldn't create one if our lives depended on it. This is where Kuler can help.

Should creatives upgrade to Snow Leopard?

Designer James Dempsey ponders whether the creative community will benefit from upgrading to Snow Leopard.

One-stop social media

Find yourself spending more time switching between social networking Web sites than actually using them? Consider Cosmic Machine’s EventBox—a desktop program that brings your social network to you.

Using Flickr to promote your photos

Flickr's photo-sharing site is a great way to meet like-minded photographers and show off your latest work. But it's easy to get lost in the crowd. Here are some ways to improve your chances of getting noticed.

Flickery makes uploading photos to Flickr easy

Many otherwise-happy Flickr users dislike the Web site's image uploader. Flickery offers a desktop-app alternative with a Mac-like interface and a good set of features.

Brushing up with Brush Pilot

Jay Hilgert’s Brush Pilot is a simple application that lets you preview, install, and delete brushes anywhere on your hard drive. James Dempsey takes a closer look.

Enlarging images with Alien Skin's Blow Up 2 plugin

Pros know that enlarging photos is not always as simple a task as it looks. James Dempsey shows you how Alien Skin Software's Blow Up 2 can produce high-quality enlargements without a lot of fuss.

Image-placing shortcuts in Adobe InDesign

Adobe's InDesing page-layout application usually offers more than one way to take care of a task. That's certainly the case for placing images in a document. Join James Dempsey as he shows off some ways to improve your productivity with a few handy keyboard shortcuts.

Exploring Photoshop Actions

Though its been part of Photoshop for some time now, Photoshop Actions doesn't get the attention that it deserves. James Dempsey looks to remedy that in the latest Creative Notes post.

Simulating tilt-shift photography with the Bokeh plugin

Alien Skin Software's Bokeh does more than just add and adjust out-of-focus areas of an image to enhance the subject matter. It can also add tilt-shift effects to an image, as James Dempsey explains.

Add focus to your images with Bokeh

If you want to apply the visually distinctive appearance of light in the out-of-focus area of a photograph -- a term known as "bokeh" -- you've come to the right place. James Dempsey shows you how to do it with a $199 plug-in from Alien Skin Software.

DMG Canvas 1.0.8

DMG Canvas makes it easy to prepare and create custom-look disk images for distribution or burning to disc.

The importance of color management

These days, color management is almost a requirement for designers who want to maintain control over the appearance of their work once it's published. James Dempsey talks to Pantone executive Andy Hatkoff about how color management has changed and what tools creative pros can use to get the best results.