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Hello All. I'm back... at least in small doses.

Posted 04-16-2009 at 09:55 PM by cricket1961

It's been a while since I have posted. Last November, and while I'm not the most social of people I'm not a recluse either.

Thank you to those who sent me best wishes with my neck injury. It is quite difficult to stare at a monitor to do any retouching at all. As you all know,, its nearly impossible to NOT tilt your head this way and that while looking at a image on screen And while the rotate feature in CSPS 4 helps a lot it is still very tiresome.And quite painful.

I see that there have been a LOT of GREAT posts by people in the forums. The luminosity mask technique has been a favorite of mine for years and I find it hard to NOT use it when I color correct. In fact with the same technique it is possible to isolate colors well enough to not have to use any making tools. Even quite subtle ones.

I think that by now there are a lot of people who have done the upgrade to CS4. At least I am hope so. Its a great upgrade to the program.

I have posted another tutorial on the PMA site. It is on the changes and added capabilities of Color Range. You can access the tutorial here:

This is a link to the page that is hosting the PMA tutorials, and not to the tutorial itself. PMA did a restructuring of their site and it seems like there have been problems (still) with past tutorials.

And to those who have been asking, yes the dvd is still going to happen. I just can't really say when. It all comes down to how well my neck can tolerate my looking at a monitor all day and going home to stare at it all night to get it done.

By the way. Adobe has retooled their Help forums quite nicely and are a lot easier to get around. Also the mediators are prompt and usually thorough in the help they give.
If you do happen to go, stop and say hello as I am one of those mediators. You can find me in the Lightroom, Bridge, Camera Raw, and of course Photoshop forums.

As well, Adobe has selected me as a Adobe Community Expert. Something I had never heard of until I was told I was nominated. It seems there is a board review etc after you have been nominated that goes on for weeks. If you are interested here is a link:

And yes I am quite proud of it.It is always the ones that you don't know about or never expect that make it all worth while.

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    Any chance of a pointer to the "luminosity mask technique"? I understand the idea of making a luminosity mask and using it with adjustments (or other edits), but I don't remember seeing anything like that mentioned in the forums recently, and I'm worried I might be missing out.
    Posted 04-17-2009 at 12:27 PM by timjon timjon is offline
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    Welcome back!! Soooo glad to hear you are getting better & big congrats on your new position. I'm still very excited about your dvd, but do take your time. As someone who deals with neck problems I can relate to your troubles & nothing is more important then healing. Anyway, I'm sure everyone would agree that a dvd from you is well worth waiting for! Thanks for all you do.
    Posted 04-18-2009 at 09:05 AM by Kit Kit is offline
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    Welcome back Chris. I too have been out for some time so just learning of your neck issues. I wish you a speedy recovery. No surprise you were selected as Adobe Community Expert :-) Congratulations!!
    Posted 04-20-2009 at 03:58 AM by dweekley dweekley is offline
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    Check out the link provided in Amica's blog. I believe she also has made a action to try to achieve the same capabilities as the referenced Photographer did.

    Posted 04-20-2009 at 10:42 PM by cricket1961 cricket1961 is offline
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    Thanks Kit and dweekley!

    Posted 04-20-2009 at 10:45 PM by cricket1961 cricket1961 is offline
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    Good to see you back, Chris. Hope you recover completely soon. Congratulation on your new position, too
    Posted 04-21-2009 at 05:07 AM by amica999 amica999 is offline
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    Welcome back and congratulations on the Adobe Community Expert recognition! I am quite new here, but I checked some of your posts and your website and I must say - I really loved your work! It's inspiring and makes me continue working on my style, although I am still an amateur. Can't wait to see the dvd and learn about creating such pieces of art. I hope that you recover fast, this is the most important thing!
    Posted 04-21-2009 at 06:41 PM by cruel.frames cruel.frames is offline
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    glad to see you back, i hope you heal quickly..i tried cs4 but it slowed me down quite a bit, actually went back to cs3...
    Posted 04-21-2009 at 06:46 PM by pixelzombie pixelzombie is offline
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    Finally! Chris is back!
    Welcome and congrats with your Expert selection, you are 200% worth it!

    Posted 04-23-2009 at 01:13 PM by aceto81 aceto81 is offline

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