Eight steps to better holiday cards, books, and calendars in iPhoto

Get a jump start on your holiday projects by using iPhoto to design and print one-of-a-kind cards, books, and more. These tips will help you avoid some of the common pitfalls.

Time-Saving Tips: Get creative

Working with photos and editing video can be fun, but that doesn’t mean you want to spend all your free time in front of the computer. Here are 18 simple iLife tricks that'll speed you through the boring parts.

Master your image library

Much of the attention for iPhoto ’08 has focused on the new Events pane, which organizes your photos based on when they were taken. But Apple’s newest photo manager has many more tricks up its sleeve.

From iPhoto to Aperture

As your photography skills and gear advance, you may start running into iPhoto’s limitations. Perhaps you need more image-adjustment tools or want a better way to manage and back up pictures. If so, it’s time to make the transition to Aperture.

Bridge CS3

In all, Bridge CS3 is a huge improvement on Bridge CS2. It’s faster and more responsive, its photo-importing features are excellent, and stacks and filters make managing large numbers of photos easier.

Adobe Photoshop CS3

Photoshop CS3 packs refinements and additions that will please digital imagers of every kind. There’s room for some interface polish here and there, but CS3 is also the most refined version of Photoshop yet.

First Look: Creative Suite preview: Photoshop CS3

While a public beta of Photoshop CS3 has been out since December, Adobe has added more features to the version that will be shipping in April. Jim Heid walks you through what's new and improved. His first impression: this is the most powerful version of Photoshop yet, though there's still room for refinement.

Aperture 1.5.2

With this latest update, Apple's professional photographic workflow and management software has hit its stride. While there's room to grow, Aperture 1.5.2 brings the program even closer to fulfilling its promise as the start-to-finish, import-to-output hub of advanced photographic workflow.

Customize your DVDs

Apple’s iDVD software (included with the $79 iLife ‘06 suite) makes it almost ridiculously easy to turn home movies and other videos into visually stunning DVDs. In fact, the program does almost all the work for you. But there are also plenty of less-obvious ways to customize your DVDs.

Aperture 1.5

With version 1.5, Apple addressed most of the design shortcomings that have kept many photographers away from Aperture. If you plan to use Aperture primarily to import, cull, and organize photos-and rely on Photoshop for image editing--by all means consider the latest version. Aperture 1.5 also deserves a close look if you've outgrown iPhoto and you primarily shoot in JPEG format.

Photomatix Pro 2.2

Photomatix Pro needs an interface lift, but its awkwardness won’t prevent you from having fun and adding more punch to your images.

Aperture 1.0.1

Aperture combines powerful photo-management and cataloging features with basic image editing and excellent publishing and presentation capabilities. All this is wrapped in an efficient, elegant interface that glitters with typical Apple flair. But no debut is perfect. While the just-released 1.0.1 update fixes some flaws, several bugs and performance problems remain.

First Look: Aperture 1.0

Aperture brings many breakthroughs to the professional imaging market and wraps them into an engaging and elegant yet unobtrusive user interface. But Aperture 1.0 is exactly that—the initial release of a major new application.

Creative uses for old photos

If you’re like most digital photographers, a very small percentage of your photos will ever escape the confines your computer. But if you think that 4-by-6-inch prints are all your photos are good for, it’s time to think outside the frame.

Fluid Mask 1.0

At $249, Fluid Mask 1.02 isn’t for casual Photoshop users or those who need to do masking only occasionally. But if masking and compositing are big parts of your life, Fluid Mask deserves a look.