August 12, 2010
Photoshop extensions: DiskFonts panel, Clarté script
- The DiskFonts panel for CS5 offers a simple way to type in some text, then see it previewed in all the fonts on disk (not just those installed) on your system. Running in Photoshop, Illustrator, and five other apps, it’s $29 from Anastasiy Safari (whom you may remember from his very handy MagicPicker panel).
- Max Penson & Tal Ninio have started PSKiss.com, a site where they’ll offer simple scripts and tools for complicated Photoshop tasks. First up is PS Kiss Clarté, a script that produces a similar effect to Camera Raw’s clarity control. According to Max, “It also has negative clarity and a spacial algorithm to calculate the correct filter size according to the size of the image.”
Do you care about PNG-8 with transparency?
Fans of Adobe Fireworks have long pointed out that Photoshop’s Save for Web feature doesn’t support the ability to generate an 8-bit PNG file with variable transparency. That is, Photoshop’s 8-bit PNGs support 1-bit transparency (just like a GIF), whereas Fireworks PNGs support multiple semi-transparent colors. (Here’s a really ugly comparison I threw together.)
Question: Is this still relevant, e.g. in building mobile apps? Is it important to the point where the Photoshop team should prioritize adding this support ahead of doing other Web-/mobile-oriented changes? [Update: If it's relevant to you, it would be helpful to know specifically how/when you'd use it.]
(rt) Illustration: Egress with beer, Sonic Youth, & more
- Foxy: I dig these beautifully simple, textured illustrations from Ty Wilkins.
- Jon Contino makes all kinds of illustrated interestingness. [Via]
- Margot’s new bob + specs = apparent Sonic Youth cover audition. (Props to Toon-FX + Diptic on the image creation.)