June 16, 2007


One of the sleeper features making its debut in Photoshop CS3 Extended is its ability to interface with MATLAB, the number-crunching toolkit from Mathworks.  The capability was added for developers & technical users, but now it’s been turned to art.  Dr. Woohoo (aka Drew Trujillo) has created Color Combinatorics, integrating the two apps in pursuit of beautiful color harmonies.  He writes,

For me, it simply means that we can now ‘drive’ Photoshop by writing code in MATLAB while taking advantage of a *very* powerful engine with a superior supporting set of libraries (called ToolBoxes). Think of MATLAB as giving you the ability to write your own plug-ins for Photoshop.

You can check out a finished piece (9,261 sets of 3 colors) on Flickr, along with other interesting pieces.  Drew has written up a whole pile of notes on integrating Photoshop & MATLAB, so stop by his site to learn more.

Elsewhere in the world of interesting generative graphics:

  • Drew’s In The Mod project analyzes the works of famous painters, and it now lets you download color swatches in the Adobe Swatch Exchange format (compatible with Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign). [Via]
  • Robert Hodgin and the Barbarian Group, creators of the beautiful Magnetosphere, have turned it into a visualizer for iTunes.  It’s freely downloadable from their site.
  • Leon Hong has made some groovy bits using Processing.
Posted by John Nack at 5:28 PM on June 16, 2007
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