Something else has sprung up, too, behind the School. A brand new Circus Tent!
(If you come to Livingtree, try touching the panels on the tent. You can raise and lower them.)
I think everyone will like what's going in there; but it will have to wait until after Valentine's day. (Mari is doing our Valentine's decorations, and what I've seen so far looks great!)
In other news, I'm working on several different long-term projects. One of them is another book for the Texture Library that will explain all about Channels in Photoshop; what they are, how to make any Alpha Channel you want (with sections on extracting images from backgrounds, and doing things like Stained Glass,) and why Alphas are the least of the things you can do using Channels!
I've gotten the first part (what they are) written and illustrated, and decided it was too handy not to put up on the Web as a tutorial. So I've done that. You can find it here, if you'd like to take a look at it.