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Review:  Nik Silver Efex Pro review

Silver Efex Pro efficiently produces great black-and-white effects that are fiddly to create in Photoshop alone. It ships with a set of…

Review:  Akvis Sketch 8.5 review

Akvis’ Sketch is the only plug-in we’ve seen that produces decent pencil drawing from images, though it’s let down by a wonky workflow and…

Review:  Digital Anarchy ToonIt Photo review

ToonIt Photo replicates a hand-drawn style well that almost all plug-ins do very badly indeed: comics – covering techniques from outlined to…

Review:  Topaz Adjust review

Topaz Adjust offers a quick way to make images more dynamic, by manipulating their exposure, contrast and saturation using its swift workflow…

Photoshop CS4 plug-ins

In-Depth:  Photoshop CS4 plug-ins

Ramp up Photoshop CS4’s creative power using specialized plug-ins – whether you’re after convincing lens effects or larger images, there’s…

Review:  Imagine WS114 review

Our review model of CAD2’s Imagine WS114 workstation sees the debut of nVidia’s Quadro FX 4800 graphics card, which boasts a whopping 1.5GB…

News:  Apple to launch new Mac Pros soon?

Intel is about to launch its next line of Xeon processors for dual-chip workstations, which will almost certainly find their way into the…

Boost your online portfolio

In-Depth:  Boost your online portfolio

Your website is the first place people will look when they’re sizing you up for commissions – so it’s crucial to get it right.

Apple LED Cinema Display review

Review:  Apple LED Cinema Display review

Apple's stylish LED Cinema Display looks like a great monitor for professional print, Web, video and animation creatives, but it's just not…

Adobe InDesign CS4 review

Review:  Adobe InDesign CS4 review

Current InDesign users will want the CS4 version for Smart Guides and Live Preflighting; other new additions make it worth the upgrade price, too.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 review

Review:  Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 review

Beyond being available for the Mac once more, the last version of Premiere Pro was low on new features – so more than any other CS4 product,…

Review:  Sony Vaio AW11 review

Unless you’re a contestant on The World’s Strongest Man, it would be hard to accurately describe the Vaio AW11 as a laptop -- as it has an…

Review:  Dell Precision M2400 review

Small and light are often relative terms with laptops aimed at creative pros, but Dell’s new Precision M2400 can be described as both in all…

After Effects CS4 review

Review:  After Effects CS4 review

AE CS4 is still the best overall compositing application, and the upgrade adds some useful tools – but it would have been great if Adobe had…

Blow Up 2 review

Review:  Blow Up 2 review

Blow Up works by expanding the size of an image and ‘intelligently’ filling in the missing details through judicious use of sharpening and…

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Adobe Dreamweaver CS4: beta preview

Comment:  Create a vector map collage

I'm afraid not, no. This was a commercial commission, so cannot be used for any purpose except by the company who commissioned it (and us…

Adobe Dreamweaver CS4: beta preview

Comment:  Iain Macarthur

Please contact the artist about licensing his work. Iain's site is at