Prepare to be inspired – fall Idea File magazine now out

In honor of our 30th anniversary, we’ve redesigned Idea File. Come check out all the interesting reads, useful information and inspiration examples.

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Photoshop/Illustrator

Photoshop offers a wide range of filters, including sketch filters, but to make an image resemble a hand-drawn piece of artwork takes a bit more creativity. Regardless of your artistic level, you can create a faithful representation of hand-drawn art — digitally.

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November 17, 2009 / Fall 2009 / Photoshop/Illustrator

We know the assignment. An activity, presentation or portrait needs to be taken during the middle of the day at school and the sun is blazing, causing such deep shadows in the eyes of people being photographed. Photoshop’s Shadow/Highlights can alleviate this problem.

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With technology and digital media evolving at an incredible rate, it is not surprising that journalistic ethics have struggled to keep pace. In the struggle, we have yet to arrive at one set conclusion.

In March 2001, a Los Angeles Times photographer who was covering the war in Iraq used Adobe Photoshop to combine two photos. The resulting image was printed on the front page of two newspapers. Less than a week later, the photographer was fired.

In some of these situations, it is clear that photojournalists or their editors made unethical decisions. In others, judgment is not so easy.

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In the past year, a photographer in North Carolina was disqualified from a prestigious competition and had to return his awards because it was found that he had over-darkened the background of his winning images. He also was suspended from his newspaper without pay. Professional publications are taking the misuse of Photoshop very seriously and so should everyone in scholastic publications.

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