In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 3, 2010 / 24 Elul, 5770

Photoshop CS 5 an essential tool at high end

By Mark Kellner

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | For the low, low price of $1,400, you can order the world's largest Swiss Army knife, complete with "87 precision-engineered tools, spanning 112 functions," according to the venerable Hammacher Schlemmer catalog.

For a lot less money -- $199 for an upgrade, $699 for the regular boxed product - you can get the world's largest "Swiss Army knife of photo-editing software," more popularly known as Adobe's Photoshop CS5.

In both cases, we're not talking about a product designed for everyone. The $1,400 knife would probably require a lead-lined pocket, or perhaps a wheelbarrow to carry it around. And Photoshop CS5 is well and truly a very serious tool for very serious photographers.

But if you are one of those, or if you aspire to be one of those, or if you need to work creatively with digital pictures, there is simply no better piece of software anywhere on Earth than Photoshop CS5 - at least, none that I've seen.

Take high dynamic range imaging (or, HDR), which either merges multiple images of a photo, or digitally tunes an image, to produce a shot with a greater dynamic range of luminances between the darkest and lightest areas of a photograph. Translated into English, you can get a more "photo-realistic" view of a given scene, or, conversely, a more stylized one.

A photography student I know says you can achieve these kinds of results with a few hours' of work at a computer. Me? I just clicked a couple of buttons in Photoshop and made a 2006 shot of the Capitol dome come out in all sorts of renderings. Very cool, I'd say.

Now, move on to what some call "the ex factor," and what I call the "Trotsky Conundrum." If you've dumped your significant other - or, if you're Uncle Joe Stalin and you just had someone dump Trotsky from the Politburo - you may be stuck with all these old photos of the ex (or Leon) that you might still want to use. For Stalin's minions, this required a razor blade applied to the negatives. For your ex, it's a new feature called "Content-Aware Fill." Highlight the ex, drop them out of the photo, and Photoshop will take notice of the surroundings, such as the brick wall said "ex" was standing in front of, and fill in the missing person's space with bricks. Another cool item, although Taylor Swift probably won't release a single about "Just Another Picture to Content-Aware Fill" anytime soon.

The painting effects of Photoshop CS5 are equally breathtaking. You can touch up buildings, or other landscape elements (not to mention people) in all sorts of extraordinary ways, and the result is quite gorgeous. Among the specific painting features, Adobe says, are a "Mixer Brush, which offers on-canvas color blending; Bristle Tips, which let you create lifelike, textured brush strokes; [and] an onscreen color picker." All I know is, this all packs a lot of power into one application.

At the same time, Photoshop does its normal tasks of straightening, sharpening and adjusting photos, manually or automatically, with ease. And yes, you can process images for the Web, for mobile devices or for use in print publications. As I said, this really is a highly versatile, all-in-one kind of application. It's something you will want to have on your computer if working with photos is part of your daily life.

Another plus, to this reviewer at least, is that Photoshop CS5 remains a cross-platform application: you can get versions for Microsoft Windows and Apple's Mac OS X platforms. Diversity reigns!

The bottom line, of course, is whether or not you really need to spend $700 (retail) for this product. Upgrading, at $199, is almost a no-brainer: current users get so many new features that the price is, frankly, a steal. For the rest of us, if we don't have an older version for which an upgrade may be obtained, it'll take some thought. But look at it this way: a new camera body or lens is often viewed, rightly, as an investment. Photoshop CS5 promises to repay great dividends to users who invest not only the cash, but also the effort to learn its many features.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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