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Create Monstrous Characters with illustrator CS5 s Bristle Brush

Unlike the dramatic interface overhaul that accompanied its predecessor, there s so little new to the look and feel of Photoshop CS5 that it s barely worth mentioning.

The Workspace switcher has been modified so that you can drag it out of the drop-down menu across the menubar. Doing so can push the menubar itself down to a second level, which might take up too much screen space for some people. Pre-existing workspaces can be deleted, custom ones added, and generally the workspace concept has gotten a bit more user-friendly.

Toolbox icons have been redrawn with a softer touch. This has the unfortunate effect of making them look mushy and out-of-focus against their gray background. At least the iconography is the same, so the spot healing brush tool still looks like a band-aid, but this was not a welcome change.

Photoshop CS5 greatly expands the toolset that Adobe offers in its flagship product, charting new ways to make image manipulation easier while making older tools work better than before. Don t worry about the lack of a new interface; the new ways to get your project done make this version a must.

Photoshop has been in the English lexicon as a term to edit images for a long time, but the latest version of Adobe s flagship program stretches the canvas of manipulation much further than ever before. The look of the program has changed so little from Photoshop CS4 that users of that version should be instantly comfortable with this major update, but Photoshop Creative Suite 5 Extended gives photographers, artists, designers, and LOLcats obsessives a stunning array of new tools. Among the new features in Adobe s flagship image-editing software are automatic lens corrections, High Dynamic Range toning automated editing tools and significant improvements to creating 3D images.

Eric Allam on Code School

Code School runs courses that teach you how to code directly in the browser. We talked to Eric Allam, the brain behind the project and ruby developer at Envy Labs net What s the idea behind Code School
Eric Allan: Most people know how to open up their browser and type into a text field. We think learning to program should be that easy. Most programmers think it s a right of passage to learn the command line and the underlying architecture of computing before ever writing a lick of code

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