Kubota Image Tools Empowers Photographers With Three New Offerings: DASHBOARD 3 Pro, Kubota Texture Tools And Updated Sloppy Borders

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Kubota Image Tools, the leading source for time-saving and award-winning image-enhancing Photoshop® Actions and Lightroom® Presets and presenters of inspiring international workshops designed to empower professional photographers, today announced the general availability of its newly enhanced DASHBOARD™ 3 Pro software, as well as the brand new Kubota Texture Tools and the re-released Kubota Sloppy Borders

Kubota Image Tools, the leading source for time-saving and award-winning image-enhancing Photoshopctions and Lightroom presets and presenters of inspiring international workshops designed to empower professional photographers

“Our new DASHBOARD 3 Pro has been designed to work the way photographers think and provides the fastest path from original image to finished art,” said Kevin Kubota, Idea Guy of Kubota Image Tools.

Kubota Image Tools, the leading source for time-saving and award-winning image-enhancing Photoshop® Actions and Lightroom® Presets and presenters of inspiring international workshops designed to empower professional photographers, today announced the general availability of its newly enhanced DASHBOARD™ 3 Pro software, as well as the brand new Kubota Texture Tools and the re-released Kubota Sloppy Borders (now DASHBOARD 3-compatible). Formally launched in March at WPPI 2010, the updates of these award-winning offerings are now available for immediate purchase and download at: http://kubotaimagetools.com/store/catalog/index.html.

Kubota Image Tools’ exclusive DASHBOARD 3 Pro is a floating palette within Photoshop that acts like a mini search engine for Photoshop actions, enabling photographers to manage and run their entire actions collection, including the award-winning Actions from Kubota Image Tools. With the new DASHBOARD 3 Pro, photographers can find any action quickly and run them instantly. This latest version of the popular workflow optimization tool includes the ability to keyword search for actions, update action descriptions and mark favorites for future use.

“Our new DASHBOARD 3 Pro has been designed to work the way photographers think,” said Kevin Kubota, Idea Guy of Kubota Image Tools. “The efficiencies gained from harnessing actions through this one-stop solution will help photographers create stunning images in just seconds. It’s certainly the fastest path from original image to finished art.”

To ensure the most streamlined workflow possible, the new DASHBOARD 3 Pro refreshes the available list of actions each time Photoshop is opened. Other speed-enhancing upgrades include a quick execute command, a new “Merge Copy” layer to help any action run in tandem and a handy refresh option for adding or removing items from the actions palette.

Kubota Texture Tools & Sloppy Borders

Also available immediately are the new Kubota Borders and Textures on their own DASHBOARD. The “Earth Textures - Smooth Organic Pak” and the “Industrial Textures - High Tech Electric Pak” provide users with a fast and easy method to add unique textures to images. Each Pak includes 50 unique textures individually created in conjunction with professional photographer and philanthropist Benjamin Edwards (http://www.benjaminimages.com/).

In addition, the re-released Kubota Sloppy Borders provide more than 100 classic film-effect borders, which now automatically integrate with the Kubota Borders and Textures DASHBOARD for easy searching, previewing and applying. These borders help photographers apply the classic look of old film to their images with creative borders ranging from elegantly thin, to eye-catching medium to commanding thick borders.

“Textures add an almost intangible depth and richness to an image, and borders have long been a favorite aesthetic used since the days of film photography. They add great visual appeal to a photo, but both have traditionally been time consuming or confusing to apply in this digital era,” said Kubota. “Ben's textures are amazingly artistic and were created with an experienced eye for how textures will be used over images of all sizes.”

Availability

DASHBOARD 3 Pro is available for immediate download through the Kubota Image Tools website. First time users can purchase the software alone for $79.00. Alternatively, if purchased with any set of Kubota Actions, users can take advantage of the same upgrade pricing available to current owners of the DASHBOARD for $49.00.

The Kubota Texture Tools Paks as well as the Kubota Sloppy Borders are now available for $149 each. Customers that own the original Kubota Sloppy Borders should contact Kubota Image Tools at http://info@kubotaimagetools.com for information on upgrade specials.

For more information on any of the new Kubota Image Tools, please visit http://www.kubotaimagetools.com/

System Requirements: DASHBOARD 3 Pro requires Adobe Photoshop® CS2 or newer, and the new Textures and Borders require Adobe Photoshop® CS3 or newer.

CS5 Compatibility: DASHBOARD 3 Pro and the latest Textures and Borders are both compatible with the 32-bit and 64-bit Windows versions of Adobe’s recently launched Photoshop CS5. For Mac OS users, the offerings are compatible with CS5 running in 32-bit format. An additional update, available in the coming days, will enable 64-bit use on the Mac OS.

About Kubota Image Tools

Bend, OR-based Kubota Image Tools (http://www.KubotaImageTools.com) is the source for time-saving and award-winning image-enhancing Photoshop® Actions and Lightroom® Presets and presenters of inspiring international workshops designed to empower professional photographers. The workflow-saving offerings grew from the digital experience of Kevin Kubota who began pioneering the field of completely digital wedding photography in the 1990s.

As the President and Owner of Kubota Photo Design Inc. (http://www.KubotaPhotoDesign.com), Kevin has been working with Photoshop and as a digital/computer educator since 1993. Kevin shares his experience with other photographers through the award-winning Digital Photography Bootcamp®, which has trained thousands of photographers to make the digital transition while empowering them with improved creative control and proven management practices to drive success. Kevin also presents seminars on digital imaging, workflow and Photoshop techniques for professional photographers for national associations such as WPPI, PPA and many state associations.

As the author of the book Digital Photography Boot Camp: A Step-by-Step Guide for Professionals (now in its second edition), published by Amherst Media, Kevin continues to make his vast experience available to the photographic community through his ever evolving blog Kubota Action Hero (http://www.kubotaactionhero.com).

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