Digging into Photoshop Elements.

I’ve started reading a book on Photoshop Elements. It’s one of the last paper books I bought before switching to ebooks. Part of the reason I having finally gotten around to reading it, is that I have been sat out in the garden in the sun shine  and it’s not always easy to read the iPad display in bright light.

I have so far discovered that the organiser in Elements actually does way more than I thought it did. I’ve never actually used it since I have all my photos in iPhoto. Today I have been reading about the Adobe Raw editor and all about the benefits of shooting in RAW format. I am really most interested in leaning more about drawing and painting for web sites.

I’m still plodding along with the HTML5 Definitive Guide book, nearly finished in fact. I have to fit in all this reading around my job hunting, fitness training and piano practice! I can’t believe how much more rewarding it  learning the piano on an instrument that is in tune . When I was taking piano lessons as a child/teenager I don’t think the piano I had was really worthy of being called a piano. Digital pianos today are simply outstanding. They replicate the finest details of  the best  acoustics. If you hold down a key and play other notes you hear the ‘strings’ of the held down keys resonate. The Roland has weighted keys that get lighter as you move up the scale, just like the real thing. It even has ‘ivory touch’ which is a plastic material that sort of feels like it’s slightly porous  and paper  like, to improve tactile feedback. It also uses technology from Roland’s top of the range V-Piano. V-Piano does away with the traditional approach of sampling sounds from an acoustic piano and recreates the sounds of a piano using /maths/ . I kid you not, these guys actually figured out how a Piano works, ie, how to recreate all the component sounds exactly the way a piano does. The end result of this is that you can interactively meddle with the piano and create the sound you want. Wonder what a piano with silver strings would sound like ? You can do this.. On the V-Piano there are no samples, it’s all created in real time. There are several computer based virtual pianos as well, some of which I have played with. I think my Roland still uses samples for the main sound, but has components from the V-Piano technology. For example most on most digital pianos, if you press and hold a key, the piano will loop and fade out a sample. On the the Roland it uses V-Piano technology to simulate the changing resonance of real piano strings. I think the string resonance feature I mentioned above also is V-Piano technology. Another thing about the Roland is that the pedals behave like real piano pedals, in that if you release the sustain pedal slowly the sustained notes slowly fade out, clever stuff too. Kids today learning on a Digital piano have no excuse to blame their equipment !

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