February 2004

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Suzanne Thomas

pxl SmartScale 1.0, Extensis (http://www.extensis.com) $199.95.

Extensis pxl SmartScale™, is a powerful scaling plug-in for Adobe Photoshop. SmartScale uses the most advanced scaling technology available in an easy and intuitive interface letting you resize digital images up to 1600% of the original size with no discernable loss in print quality. It’s as simple as that. Select image size and even without tweaking he presets, your image The resulting image maintains the quality and details of the original image. The intuitive interface and speed-demon engine makes resizing images easy and foolproof. This is the best thing to happen to Photoshop since Photoshop.

Adobe Illustrator CS Idea Kit, Jerome Holder and Barbara Mulligan. Adobe Press (http://www.AdobePress.com) $19.99

This exceptional tutorial book on Illustrator CS takes you through the major functions in Illustrator CS using the design templates that ship with Illustrator CS. Learn how to use them to design logos, business cards and brochures. Get comfortable with patterns, symbols and textures. Add depth to artwork with the 3D function and create dazzling typographic design. With step-by-step instructions and lots of visuals, this book will help you make the transition to this powerful new upgrade effortless and exciting.