December 04, 2013
New course: Optimizing Photoshop performance
Bryan O’Neil Hughes has recorded a new Lynda.com course on tuning Photoshop performance for your particular workflow. Watching the whole thing requires a membership, but Bryan points out that Lynda offers trial memberships.
Illustration: In dust we trust
Design Taxi writes,
Parking attendant Rafael Veyisov makes good use of his time while on the job by “painting” scenes on dusty cars. […]
Soon, word about Veyisov’s impressive works of art spread, with many drivers dropping off their cars with him, waiting to see what he will come up with next.
[Update: Dang—the video has gone away. (This is what I get for queueing up posts over the weekend. You can check out more photos on Design Taxi.]
December 03, 2013
Flash Pro now exports HTML5 canvas
“Adobe isn’t in the Flash business, it’s in the helping people communicate business.”
So I wrote three+ years ago, and I meant it. Flash, Photoshop, and every other tool/technology is just a means to an end. Now that Web browser technology is maturing (with Adobe’s help), Flash Professional can export interactive animations as HTML5 content. Check it out:
The team writes,
Photography: Robo-Nikon vs. apex predators
My lion-crazed 5-year-old is going to lose his mind when he sees the shots New Zealand photographer Chris McLennan captured with the help of an (not-so-lucky) RC car:
Nice to see Lightroom make a cameo on the savannah.
Eye-poppingly photorealistic portraiture on iPad
Kyle Lambert is an immoderately talented, iPad-wielding illustration beast. Check out his extremely high fidelity portrait of Morgan Freeman:
See also his earlier work using Adobe Ideas:
[YouTube] [Via Phil Scarsbrook]
December 02, 2013
Last day for everyone to get in on the $9.99/mo. Photoshop-Lightroom deal
The Photoshop Photography Program remains open to everyone (regardless of whether you’ve owned a previous version) through the end of the day. After today & through the rest of the month, you’ll still be able to sign up, but you’ll need to own Photoshop CS3 or higher.
As a reminder, the availability of these deals is what’s limited in time. The $9.99/month price is the ongoing price (i.e. it’s not limited to 12 months).
Bringing Storytelling to Wedding Videos
“Wedding films should do the same as feature films or documentaries do. It’s never just about relaying facts: it’s about finding humanity – the real moments – in every story.” So says Jawad Mir, your host for a live demo/Q&A this Thursday at 10am Pacific. You can register here.
In this session you will learn how to bring storytelling techniques and feature film polish to your projects so that you can deliver great wedding films that stand out from the crowd. Discover how you can do more with Creative Cloud video applications, including:
- How to organize content with Adobe Bridge CC
- Building timelines that tell stories in Premiere Pro CC
- Output to DVD with Encore CS6
AEVD: After Effects Van Damme
“Legs engineered to defy the laws of physics” indeed:
[YouTube] [Via Kalvyn Rasquinha]
December 01, 2013
Demo: Creating shallow depth of field in Photoshop
Bryan O’Neil Hughes quickly shows how to blur backgrounds & make objects stand out with Photoshop’s Iris Blur:
Vector war machines
“Classical music—like Madonna”
I love Christian Robinson’s animated take on how kids understand music:
Reminds me the Super Bowl halftime show where Madonna performed, prompting me to explain to our 3-year-old that “she’s kind of an old Lady Gaga.”
November 30, 2013
Rendering real-world 3D content in real time
MIT is making pure magic:
Check out some below-the-table stills on Colossal.
inFORM is a Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance. inFORM is a step toward our vision of Radical Atoms.
Profile: Artist James White
Designer James White spent a decade working for other agencies before he founded Signalnoise, a one-man design studio in Nova Scotia. He was determined to explore his own aesthetic: “Fascination, wonder, and imagination made visual.”
The move was creatively productive and financially lucrative. But when he decided to dedicate a year to his passion project—taking his own bright, pop approach to iconic movie posters like Jaws and Indiana Jones—he ran into licensing roadblocks.
In this Creative Spark, James explains how he dealt with the setbacks and found new opportunities for Signalnoise.
November 29, 2013
A couple of inspired illustration mash-ups
- Bill Clave applies classic race car liveries (paint/sponsor schemes) to classic aircraft (e.g. a Messerschmidt in Gulf Porsche blue/orange; a Fiat wearing Ferrari red).
- Football as Football “is a design exploration of American football logos redesigned as European football (soccer) badges.” [Via Kottke]
November 28, 2013
A giant tot points skyward
[T]he new advertisement, installed front and center at London’s Piccadilly Circus, uses “custom-built surveillance technology” to track incoming BA aircraft, prompting the screen to display a child pointing directly at the plane as it passes overhead. The adjacent text offers up the flight number and its origin or destination, along with a custom message, such as the lowest fare for that route or the current weather where that plane is headed.
[YouTube] [Via Al Mooney]