November 01, 2005
New wide-format Wacom; tablet tweaks in CS2
Our friends at Wacom have announced a new, wide-format member of their professional tablet line. The new 6×11″ Intuos3 looks like a great match for the aspect ratios of modern monitors.
We’ve been adding features to Photoshop to improve the experience for tablet users. The Intuos 3 offers touch strips for two-handed input, so in Photoshop CS2 we changed zooming to center on the mouse cursor. Now you can be painting with one hand, and zoom in on those pixels using your other hand. (Tip: You can also zoom using a mouse wheel, or the two-finger input on a PowerBook trackpad; hold Opt/Alt while using the wheel to zoom. To make this behavior the default (instead of panning), enable the new preference “Zoom with Scroll Wheel.”)
The painting engines in Photoshop CS2 and Illustrator CS2 also support the barrel rotation properties of the new 6D Art Pen. And to make things better for those using a Cintiq or TabletPC, we made it possible on Windows to move the menu bar to the bottom of the screen. That way menus pop up, rather than down, meaning your hand is less likely to get in the way.
If you’re using a tablet and have ideas on where we should take things from here, please let us know.
Musings at MoMA
The New York Museum of Modern Art’s New Photography ’05 features some dynamite recent work. My wife and I checked it out last Sunday following PhotoPlus East.
Robin Rhode brings a new spin to stop motion animations–literally. He sometimes works on vertical surfaces but other times rotates the scene 90 degrees, as in He Got Game (here’s a closer view of one frame) and Brick Flag.
We also enjoyed the work of Carlos Garaicoa, who explores structure, progress, and the lack thereof in his native Cuba. He combines 2D photography with extremely delicate 3D pin-and-thread overlays that outline the architectural vision, contrasted with what remains of it. For example, the uncompleted half of an abruptly halted circular apartment block hangs in space, carefully laid out in silver thread. I can’t find examples online (not that they’d do it justice, actually), so it’s well worth seeing in person.
Obligatory computer dork remark: These ethereal overlays struck me as uncannily similar to the grids one can create in Vanishing Point. And the process of drawing by combining pins and threads seemed like a literal interpretation of what people said about early vector-editing software.
One other bit: The Morning News has posted New York Changing, a gallery and interview with photographer Douglas Levere, who rephotographed Berenice Abbott’s pictures of 1930s New York. If you’re interested in the city, the site is well worth a look.