RAM Explanation (CNET) and How to Upgrade Your Mac!

RAM (random access memory) is crucial to making all your programs run fast, especially if you design, do photoshop, or video edit.  CNET is a staple for technology news and guidance, and I found this great article on RAM  and what apple machines are upgradeable to top tier performance.  By that I mean, the  brand new precious is the Mac Pro with Retina Display.

Sure the display is really nice, but something to drool over other than pretty pixels is the capability to put 16gb of RAM into a laptop to make it really fast.  Yes, true beauty is on the inside.  On Apple's site, you can only upgrade the Retina Mac to 16 gb, all other models are only allowed to 8 gb (retina mac upgrade screen  below)

However, as you will learn in the CNET article, there are a lot of Mac laptops that can be boosted to 16gb. If your interested, then the start of the article is below, and just click on the image or link to go to read the rest of the article.  Below that is a link on where to buy the RAM and not pay $600, but $160 instead, finally ending with an install video from Other Worldly Computing which shows you scaredy cats how easy it is to do.  FYI, I'm also available to do it for you for $400, New York trip money, but come on, it's more fun if you do it yourself.

Your Welcome,

- C -

Click above or go here for the rest of the article and to see which Mac Laptops are Compatible: CNET

LINK on where to buy the 16gb or at least upgrade from 4gb to 8gb of RAM:


Tutorial Video on installation


Have a different Mac other than than the 13"mac pro, then go here:


Free Instagram Actions for Photoshop! - Thanks Daniel Box

So I'm late to the whole adding instagram effects to pro res images party because I felt that instagram is meant for iPhone shooting so why make those same retro effects on the computer?  Right? Nope, wrong.  People love love love these effects and there is no slowing down of this love in sight.

Because I'm fashionably late, I've brought party favors!  A student of mine recently asked me how to get these effects, and it actually takes a lot of Photoshop knowledge to get them.  Luckily, Daniel Box of dbox has created them as actions and gives them away for free on his website. Here is how you insert them into your Photoshop CS5 or 6.

1.  Download the actions here: http://dbox.tumblr.com/post/5426249009/instagram-filters-as-photoshop-actions

2. Go to your applications folder on your computer, and find the Adobe Photoshop folder  which has a presets folder.  In that folder there is an actions folder.  Place your downloaded folder from Daniel Box there.

3.  Launch Photoshop with an image.

4. Go to your Actions Panel.  If it is not open, go to window at the top of the screen and drop down to actions to bring it up.

5. Find the Instagram Set.  Single click your Instagram effect.

6.  With it highlighted (due to the single click you just did), hit the little triangle at the bottom of the actions panel.  It looks like a play button, which is for playing or running actions.

7.  Notice that there are even actions for the retro boarders as well.

8. Don't forget to thank Daniel at his blog for the retro mayhem you are about throw out into the world.

There you have it folks.  As if there weren't enough instagram retro photo styled images out there, now we can make even more of them!

Insta - Party!- Carlos


Creative Cloud CS6!

Adobe unleashed CS6 today which has upgrades for all the beloved Adobe programs like Photoshop, In Design, Illustrator, and my new love Premiere Pro (to happily replace Apple's Final Cut Pro X).  But they also fully released the Creative Cloud, which is a subscription based pay as you go service from Adobe.  For $49.99 per month, you have all the adobe programs as up-to-date versions. That is right.  For that low cost, you basically have access to the Master Collection which retails for $2599.00.  Since you don't have a calculator in front of you, it would take you 52 months at $50 to reach that retail price.  So what is the deal . . . well Adobe is finally catching on that their software is super over priced and they are losing customers because of it.  Ah, but the real reason is to stop piracy.  With such cheap access to the suite, isn't better to pay $50, and have legit full fledged design access with no problems, crashing, or viruses, than try and get a bootleg copy that doesn't work right, crashes, and causes viruses to spread like the computer apocalypse.  Good move Adobe, well played.  Here is a video link on what this is all about. . .


One more thing, Lightroom is not included in this . . . yet.

Photoshop CS6 Beta Released

The new dawn is about to be upon us.  Draw your swords and get ready for some battle with the the new Adobe Photoshop CS6.  Challenges you will face include, a darker, PS Elements inspired interface, a new crop tool (snooze), and the ability to have more editing features for video within photoshop (double snooze).  If you choose to accept, you can download the beta version for free at the link below.  The video below is the infamous Russell Brown, Photoshop Guru, walking us through the "exciting" new features.

My overall first impressions of CS6 is that content aware move and the new features in the Raw convertor are where the winning new options are.  Other than that, all the other new features are nothing to boast about.  For example, the new blur features that mimic a tilt shift lens are nothing to wow about since you can buy an app that does it for $0.99. Besides, if you really wanted to do that, you always could have if you know how to use photoshop.  I think Adobe is running out of ideas and it really shows in this release.  Please, please do yourselves a favor Adobe, price this Photoshop to actually be affordable so that you will gain more new users rather than deter.   Currently, I'm not interested in upgrading.

Download CS6 Beta: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/photoshopcs6/



New Reason to Buy iPad: NEW PHOTOSHOP APP (coming soon)

The writer of the website camerabay.com recently witnessed an exclusive of what Adobe has been working on.  New photoshop with layers, masking, and perspective distorting coming soon to the Apples iPad.  There is a current free version called PS mobile express which is free at the app store, but this version is supposed to be much more like real photoshop and you guessed it, will cost money.  How much?  If adobe is smart, they will follow Apples lead when they sold their premium programs (pages, numbers, keynote) for $9.99.  There are also rumors that Apple is working on an iPhoto Mobile which would be in direct competition with this Adobe app.  If I were to guess, I think Adobe will charge $19.99 for it and people will still buy it. Screen shots:

Notice layering in the bottom left in a new 3-d rendering mode, rather than what we know in photoshop.  Amazing.

Watch the video of the presentation here: