Matt Kloskowski has spent a lot of time lately working with HDR images. He says, he brackets just about everything. He's not after the over-the-top, fantasy effect that you see posted on sites like DPReview and flickr. He's after greater dynamic range, especially for landscapes and interior shots.
Matt explains how he's incorporated Lightroom into his HDR workflow. As with his stuff for NAPP, Matt does a great job explaining how to use Lightroom with HDR photography.
You can find more than a dozen textures under Tools. Better yet, just go to the Tag Cloud and click on Textures. They're gret for adding a grunge-effect to a photograph through layer blending.
Gavin Steele has posted a video tutorial that walks you through the steps of using grungy textues and stains when making illustrations in Photoshop.
Actually, Gavin made the video to complement a written tutorial on the same topic by Alvaro Guzman.
Terry White has another podcast on getting the most from Adobe Creative Suite. This episode focuses on an Adobe product closely related to Adobe Creative Suite. Terry provides a thorough explanation of how to shoot tethered with your digital camera and load the files directly into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
His demonstration uses the Public Beta of Lightroom 3, but the same technique will work just fine with earlier versions of Lightroom.
Shortly after the release of Lightroom 1.0, Martin Evening made a video tutorial that demonstrated how to use the HSL panel controls in Lightroom to achieve improved, reduced noise Grayscale conversions. He urged the HSL panel for grayscale conversion because the Grayscale panel controls tended to introduce noise. That's been fixed in Lightroom 2 and now you can use the Grayscale panel controls to achieve optimum black and white conversions.
If you have more than a couple of gigs of RAM on your machine, you can increase the number of undo levels. There's nothing new about this with Photoshop CS4, but don't expect your settings from previous versions to be applied. Matt Kloskowski has a bried Quicktime tutorial that demonstrates how to increase the undo levels with Photoshop CS4.
There's a couple of new CS4 panels this week on The Light's Right. More are coming. While I don't use Adobe Configurator to make the TLR panels (they require functionality that's available only with Adobe Flex or Flash Pro), you can use Configurator to make some quick panels for your own use or to share.