July 31, 2011
VW’s Augmented Reality
Check out this tool for visualizing & playing with a Golf Cabriolet:
That’s nice and all, but I’m so advanced that for the last 11 years I’ve been able to just look out the window to see the same dusty Golf materialize in front of me. (It’s okay to be jealous. ;-) #120hpRealUltimatePower)
A typeface for dyslexics
The creators quote researchers from the University of Twente as saying, “The dyslectics made fewer errors, than the normal readers, on the EMT with the font ‘Dyslexie.’ This is an indication that reading with the font ‘Dyslexie’ decreases the amount of reading errors.”
July 29, 2011
Reminder: Photowalk today at 3:30 in SF
Typography: Neat new alphabets
- Adobe commissioned Craig Frazier’s Living Letters creature-type, and you can come to the Photoshop store in SF to have one printed onto a shirt.
- Letter Playground from Nate Williams. It’s a site “where you can submit your own letterform designs and see what hundreds of other people have dreamed up. It’s a bit like a democratic Daily Drop Cap!” [Via]
- Robert Murdock put together a typographical history of his & his fiancé’s relationship. Cue my feeling inadequate, right about now.
July 28, 2011
Using an Android tablet for creative work? Let’s talk.
If you use an Android tablet and use it (or would like to use it) for creative imaging, photography, etc., please drop me a line. We can’t let the iPad kids have all the fun. :-)
Exhibit: Photo Tampering Throughout History
You can build a business manipulating photos; how about building one by detecting those manipulations?
My longtime boss Kevin Connor was instrumental in building Photoshop, Lightroom, and PS Elements into the successes they are today, and he taught me the ropes of product management. After 15 years he was ready to try starting his own company, so this spring he teamed up with Dr. Hany Farid (“the father of digital image forensics,” said NOVA). Together they’ve started forensics company Fourandsix (get the pun?), aimed at “revealing the truth behind every photograph.”
Now they’ve put up Photo Tampering Throughout History, an interesting collection of famous (and infamous) forgeries & manipulations from Abraham Lincoln’s day to the present. Numerous examples include before & after images plus brief histories of what happened.
I wish Kevin & Hany great success in this new endeavor, and I can’t wait to see the tools & services they introduce.
News for Suite developers
You can control Photoshop using Flash, Flex, and AIR, much like the various Photoshop Touch apps do. Check out developer Daniel Koestler’s detailed write-up for more info.
On a related note, a CS Extension Builder Trial version will be available soon, and you can sign up for notification via the team blog. Extension Builder is essentially a custom version of Flash Builder that makes it easy to extend Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and other apps.
July 27, 2011
Free Lightroom webinar on bookmaking, tomorrow
Photographer Jerry Courvoisier is presenting online tomorrow at 10am Pacific time:
How to Use Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3.0 to Develop, Sort and Sequence Your Images for Blurb Bookmaking: In this free webinar, world-class Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom specialist Jerry Courvoisier will take you through great Lightroom tips and tricks including how to prep your photos for your book. He’ll also show you how to use the new Blurb Bookify™ plug-in for Lightroom. Plus, stay for an exclusive Lightroom discount at the conclusion of the webinar.
Video: A History Of The Title Sequence
How meta: “Designed as a possible title sequence for a fictitious documentary,” writes film student Jurjen Versteeg, “this film shows a history of the title sequence in a nutshell.” Fullscreen viewing recommended.
The sequence includes all the names of title designers who had a revolutionary impact on the history and evolution of the title sequence. The names of the title designers all refer to specific characteristics of the revolutionary titles that they designed. This film refers to elements such as the cut and shifted characters of Saul Bass’ Psycho title, the colored circles of Maurice Binder’s design for Dr. No and the contemporary designs of Kyle Cooper and Danny Yount.
July 26, 2011
Come join me for a photo walk on Friday!
First we talk (mobile imaging), then we walk.
Photographers & mobile-imaging experts Dan Marcolina (author of iPhone Obsessed) & Knox Bronson (founder of P1xels, “the site of record for the emergent and global iphoneographic artist community”) will be speaking at the Photoshop store in San Francisco this Friday at 1:30pm. Afterwards (3:30-5pm) we’ll be taking pictures outside:
Join Dan, Knox, and members of the Photoshop team for a photo walk through Union Square. The only caveat is: NO CAMERAS ALLOWED. That’s right, you’ll only take photos with your mobile phone.
For me it’s a chance to see how you work & to hear more about what you want Adobe to do in mobile imaging.
Afterwards Blurb is throwing a little party in the store, showing off books while supplying drinks & appetizers. Not a bad little Friday afternoon/evening, eh?
The store is at 550 Sutter. See the schedule for details on these events & everything else happening there. Hope to see you there!
Cool DIY aerial filmmaking
I’ll say it again: I’m oddly thankful that incredible technology like this didn’t exist when I was a kid, as otherwise I’d have lost my entire adolescence to it. First, here’s what happened when filmmaker Joe Simon mounted a Canon 7D to an RC helicopter:
If you prefer more the rock-n-roll grunge tip, check out the work of 19-year-old Jeremiah Warren and his rocket-mounted spy cam:
Previously: DSLR video + RC helicopter = awesome
July 25, 2011
(rt) Illustration: New posters & infographics
July 24, 2011
Video: The Saga of Bjorn
I found this beautifully animated piece from The Animation Workshop wittier & more engaging than I’d expected:
July 23, 2011
If two minutes ago you’d asked me to imagine Pac-Man crossbred with the Karma Police video, I’d have kinda scratched my head. Well, that was two minutes ago.
July 22, 2011
Win a Leica, Canon, iPad, & more tomorrow in SF!
To celebrate tomorrow’s Photoshop store launch in San Francisco, the team is giving away Adobe software, Canon and Leica cameras, and iPad 2s.
“Get in early,” they write, “because the first 100 attendees will also receive iTunes gift cards, with some valued at up to $100.” Here’s the Facebook event page, and here’s the schedule of all that’s going on (including Scott Kelby’s “Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It.” session tomorrow).
FontShop’s interactive type exploration on iPad
This app looks like a fun, thoughtfully designed way to learn about typefaces & their creators.
July 21, 2011
Lion: Flash video acceleration works just fine
Flash PM Rob Christensen clarifies:
The final release of Mac OS X Lion (10.7) provides the same support for Flash hardware video acceleration as Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6). The previous “Known Issue” described in a tech note suggesting that video hardware acceleration was disabled in Lion was incorrect and based on tests with a pre-release version of Mac OS X Lion that related to only one particular Mac GPU configuration. We continue to work closely with Apple to provide Flash Player users with a high quality experience on Mac computers.
Experience “Photoshop & You” in San Francisco
Dogs & cats living together, mass hysteria!
Starting this Saturday & running through August 6, the Photoshop team will be in Union Square, taking over 550 Sutter Street in SF to conduct hands-on training & demos–and it’s all for a good cause.
Luminaries like Russell Brown, Scott Kelby, and others will be on hand to teach & consult. The days are jammed, so check out the full range of events and register for what are going to be popular events. (Russell’s laser-shirt-printing-lab-thing accepts 5 registrations per hour.) Many engineers & other team members will be dropping in, and they write,
We’ll also have some cool Photoshop gear for sale, as well as a special 15% discount off regularly priced Adobe software. The best part? The net proceeds from the sale of Photoshop gear will go directly to Adobe Youth Voices (AYV).
Hope to see you there,
Oil Painting, upside down
Mark Barbieri captured rollercoaster video using a GoPro camera, then ran Photoshop’s Pixel Bender Oil Painting filter on the clip. “The idea,” he writes, “is that as we ride through the launch building, we transition from the real world to a fantasy world.” I like it.
Tangential: He used the After Effects Warp Stabilizer on a clip from the same ride, though not on the one above. “For reasonably stable video with an annoying amount of wandering,” he writes, “I’ve found it to be miraculous. It was worth the price of the upgrade to CS5.5 by itself.”
July 20, 2011
Lion: Known Issues with Adobe products
Adobe has posted a tech note, “Known Issues with Adobe products on Mac OS 10.7 Lion,” detailing incompatibilities discovered to date. The only Photoshop-specific issue noted is that droplets don’t work. Please see the document for other product details.
Update: Here’s the Creative Suite FAQ on the subject.
Update 2: I’ve seen mentions of “Licensing has stopped working” errors. These appeared in Snow Leopard as well. Please see this tech doc for details.
Live Q&A about vector tracing, this Friday
At noon Pacific time this Friday the 22nd,
Mordy Golding will show you how to get predictable results with the Live Trace function to convert pixel-based images into vector artwork. In addition, Mordy will share a wealth of tips, tricks, and best practices for manually tracing and building artwork when you need even more precise control.
You can RSVP here.
July 19, 2011
Photoshop Elements joins the Mac App Store
I’m pleased to see that the #1-selling consumer photo-editing software, Photoshop Elements, has just become available for download via the Mac App Store for $79. According to the press release, new features include the following:
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 Guided Edits offer easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for creating artistic effects such as Out of Bounds for making photos leap off the page, Pop Art for creating retro-style images, or Perfect Portraits for easy retouching. Users can instantly remove clutter from photos or repair imperfections with one stroke of the Spot Healing Brush, which uses powerful content-aware technology adapted from Photoshop CS5.
Check out the product pages for screenshots & more info.
What’s with Photoshop & multiple undos?
Unlike most modern apps, Photoshop only has a single “undo”. If you press command-z a second time, Photoshop will redo the change instead of continuing to undo. Not even Illustrator or InDesign works this way at this point.
To work around this issue, I customize my keyboard shortcuts to use “step backward” (command-z) and “step forward” (command-shift-z). For the most part this works great and I’ve been very happy with it.
But it brings up a new problem: if I change the selected layer, then press command-z (“step backward”) then the layer change is undone as well.
Michael is touching on two separate issues:
- The keyboard shortcuts used for undo/redo
- Layer selection changes when using “step backward” instead of “undo”
1. Photoshop’s unusual Cmd-Z mapping is due to the fact that the app lets you toggle across multiple history states in one keypress.
For example, you might do something, then click 10 steps back in the History panel. Let’s say you then hit Cmd-Z. Would you expect Photoshop to undo the most recent operation (getting you back to where you’d been prior to the last click), or to go to the 11th-back history state (that is, to go further back in time)? I’d expect PS to do what it does now: it undoes the click instead of digging me deeper.
I’m not sure it’s possible to preserve the current (and to my mind correct) behavior while also making Cmd-Z work in the more common way (which would also be correct). Of course PS could ask customers to make a choice via a dialog, but that’s just a recipe for blank stares.
2. I can’t think of a good reason for the current behavior. When Photoshop added multiple layer selection in CS2, we made some changes to avoid problems caused by old crutches for not having the ability to select more than one layer at a time. This behavior with the layer selection changing when using “step backward” appears to be a rough edge from that work, so it’s worth asking the team whether this behavior can be changed.
Note that a user has provided nice workaround leveraging a script.
[Thanks to Jeff Tranberry for his assistance in researching these questions.]
Reminder: Attend Adobe’s HTML5 Camp, Friday in SF
- 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm Food and Drink
- 5:45 pm – 6:00 pm Welcome & Opening Remarks
- 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm The State of the Web – Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith from Ajaxian
- 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 and HTML5 & jQuery Mobile – Greg Rewis
- 7:30 pm – 7:45 pm Break
- 7:45 pm – 8:15 pm Google Chrome Evangelist Topic Q&A
- 8:15 pm – 9:00 pm Adobe Edge Demo and Open Discussion – Mark Anders and Doug Winnie
- 9:00 pm – 9:45 pm Deconstructing an HTML5 Project start to finish – Big Spaceship Web Designer
- 9:45 pm – 10:00 pm Wrap-up & Closing
July 18, 2011
SIGGRAPH 2011 Video Preview
Three minutes of fascinating advances, narrated by Adobe’s Adam Finkelstein:
Solar-powered 3D printing with sand
If you thought yesterday’s 3D printing example was even remotely cool, you must see the “Solar Sinter,” below. The clip unfolds slowly, offering that deserty “my brain’s cooking in my skull” sense of time, but it’s worth the wait.
“By using the sun’s rays instead of a laser,” writes creator Markus Kayser, “and sand instead of resins, I had the basis of an entirely new solar-powered machine and production process for making glass objects that taps into the abundant supplies of sun and sand to be found in the deserts of the world.”
July 17, 2011
Video: A 3D printer creates working tools
…and in color, no less! Fascinating.
[Via John Eakin]
Great NASA resources commemorating the Shuttle & Shepard
July 16, 2011
iPhone rolling shutter + guitar strings = interesting effect
Fascinating (though, the creator notes, apparently not representative of how strings actually vibrate):
July 15, 2011
Scott Kelby photo workshop July 29
Our friend Dave Cross passes along news of an upcoming photo workshop in Florida:
On July 29, a small group of people will get a very rare opportunity to learn from none other than Scott Kelby. Scott will be teaching a one day hands-on workshop in Tampa called Light it. Shoot it. Retouch it – Hands-on. Students will learn all about studio lighting and portrait retouching from the world’s best selling author on these subjects. Only 12 spots left!
If you’re looking for small-group, hands-on classes on Photoshop, Adobe Certified Instructor Dave Cross has a full range of classes available at the Dave Cross Workshops.
A font face controlled by your face
Font developer Andy Clymer at H&FJ has created a tool that modifies type characteristics in real time based on facial expressions:
From their blog,
I’m intrigued by the potential to control local and global qualities of a typeface at the same time: fingers and mouse to design the details, faces and cameras to determine their position in a whole realm of design possibilities. I wonder about the possibilities of a facial feedback loop, in which one’s expression of wonder and delight could instantly undo a moment of evanescent beauty.
July 14, 2011
dbox: Instagram Filters as Photoshop Actions
If you’re a fan of Instagram-style photo effects & would like to apply them easily in Photoshop, check out Daniel Box’s Instagram Filters as Photoshop Actions. I stumbled upon these randomly, not as the results of a search, so if you’ve seen other cool ways to apply these or similar effects via PS, please feel free to point them out via comments.
New Lightroom Website builder plug-in released
TTG Pages CE is not an image gallery. It is a website construction tool used to create a home in which your image galleries may thrive. It creates pages — Home, Services, Info, About and a Contact page with email contact form — and a self-populating Gallery Index for your image galleries.
Whether you’re building your first photo website or your hundredth, TTG Pages CE is the tool you’ve been waiting for to streamline your Lightroom-to-website workflow, and to create a website you can take pride in.
The tool is $25 from Matthew’s site.
July 13, 2011
64-bit Flash Player 11 accelerates 3D, more
You can download a beta version of the new Flash Player 11 from Adobe Labs. Highlights include:
- Stage3D APIs — A new set of low-level, GPU-accelerated 3D APIs enable advanced 3D experiences and improved 2D performance across devices.
- 64-bit support — Support for 64-bit operating systems and browsers on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows.
- G.711 audio compression for telephony — Integrate voice/telephony into business apps using G.711 codec.
- H.264/AVC SW Encoding — Encode higher quality video locally using H.264 video.
- Socket Progress Events — Build advanced file sharing apps like FTP clients that send large amounts of data.
- HD surround sound — Deliver full HD videos with 7.1 channel surround sound directly to AIR powered TVs.
Learn about InDesign + ePub this Friday
InDesign CS5.5 offers some great new features for creating and controlling ePub output. Join Adobe’s Colin Fleming for an examination of the dark corners of ePub; discover tips for working with the Article panel, tricks for controlling order and the power of editing the code.
Update: Here’s the recording.
360-degree cockpits, new & old
- 360vr features a 360-degree pano of the Space Shuttle Discovery’s flight deck, captured during the orbiter’s decommissioning process. [Via]
- Photographer Patrick McGee has shared a pair of Waco biplane cockpits. [Via]
Tangentially related: Don’t miss Shlomi Yoav’s eye-popping, wide-angle Shuttle launch photo.
July 12, 2011
Video: The Incredible Rube Goldberg Portrait Photography Machine
I kind of can’t even talk about this:
Hats off to David Dvir and the team at 2D Photography. Here’s more info about the project, plus a making-of video:
[Via Harrison Liu]
YouTube stabilization: Nice!
I read a few months ago that YouTube was planning to offer video stabilization for one’s uploaded clips. It’s not easy to find, but if you go to youtube.com/editor, you can drag a clip into the project timeline, then press the little magic wand icon to show the editing UI. The process is a bit convoluted: Why you can’t just set a flag to stabilize video on upload, or see this UI during the upload/tagging process, I don’t know. Perhaps that’s coming, and meanwhile it’s a little lame to pick nits with a free, fast service.
I’ve tried only one test movie so far, but I’m quite pleased with the results. Here are before & after clips. (Note that stabilizing a clip will result in a second copy on YouTube, requiring you to copy over captions, tags, etc.)
July 11, 2011
Feature request: Instagram->Facebook
I often say that if I could code, I’d never leave the basement*: I know what I want, but I have to rely on others to make it real.
At the moment I’m wishing for a way to suck up some or all of my Instagram-hosted images, then repost them on Facebook. I already share each individual image via Twitter (and thus Facebook), but these don’t end up residing on FB, where family members would be much more likely to see them. This can’t be a hard thing to implement, but I’ve yet to see it done.
Update: Thanks to Noah Mittman for pointing out Instaport, a free site that lets you download some/all of your images as a ZIP archive. It’s a great start, though just to get greedy, let me also request a way to retain image captions. For me those are often as critical as the images themselves.
* Thus it’s probably like my not being more muscular (which would lead to my getting into lots of fights): probably a blessing in disguise.
Bert Monroy speaking this Thursday in SF, plus seminars
Master digital illustrator Bert Monroy will be speaking this Thursday at the San Francisco Photoshop User Group (presentation starting at 7pm). He’ll be enlightening us with great photo editing, compositing and painting tips he picked up while working on his colossal, 750,000-layer Times Square project (see previous). Please see the meeting page for directions, RSVP info, etc.
Bert has also announced a series of one-day seminars, “The Making of Times Square: Live,” taking place this fall. He plans to cover the creation & use of brushes, use of Photoshop’s 3D tools, creating realistic hair, and more. I’ve really enjoyed Bert’s presentations at Photoshop World and elsewhere, so I’m sure these will be great sessions as well.
(rt) Typography: Great hand lettering, iPad app, & more
- Typography Insight for iPad looks like a neat way to learn about lettering. [Via]
- “Fighting for peace…”: Check out these beautifully rendered phrases from Stephen Bonner.
- “Because You Can’t Get Sh*t Done When You’re Asleep…”
- Avast–“Prosperity” is a fun, piratical calligraphic script font.
- I like John Passafiume’s dense & diggable hand lettering on a wedding invitation.
- See also Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design’s Golden Age.
July 09, 2011
(rt) Illustration: Groening does Apple, Fairey does Carpenter, & more
- Another reason I loved Apple in the 80’s: Vintage ads from Matt Groening (!).
- More beautifully simple visual puns light up IBM’s Smarter Planet series.
- You Will Obey: Shepard Fairey’s They Live Poster. (It all comes full circle.) [Via]
- You won’t be unseeing Fractal Tom Selleck. And you’re welcome.
- Cute: “Snoutlet, The Pigs Behind Electrical Outlets.”
- Heh: I like David Friedman’s idea for Thing Three and Thing Four.
July 08, 2011
Typography: Graffiti taxonomy
July 07, 2011
(rt) Good recent infographics
July 06, 2011
Disappearing acts: Content-Aware Fill in motion & more
- “Waldo was a chump at hiding compared to Liu Bolin.” Check out the artist’s amazing camouflage as he melts into various backgrounds.
- Christiane Feser and Mara Monetti hide their love away… with candy sprinkles! [Via]
- After Effects PM Steve Forde demos a quasi-Content-Aware Fill effect using CS 5.5’s new Warp Stabilizer.
July 05, 2011
Video: For the love of wooden type
Check out this interesting collaboration between Target & old-school printing buffs:
July 04, 2011
Video: “Is Tropical: The Greeks”
I’ve gone back and forth on whether to post this one. Even cartoon violence, when paired with children, can be very disturbing. On the other hand, having passed countless childhood hours with friends pretend-shooting each other, I think there’s something interesting in this video’s take on how kids make sense of the images they encounter. I leave the decision of whether to watch up to you.
[Via Steve Guilhamet]
July 03, 2011
Terminator 2 turns 20 today
All I know is, “This video is a tribute to the best movie in the world: Terminator 2, which turns 20 on July 3.” That, and I still wish I were made of liquid metal.
July 02, 2011
Video: Striking a cymbal at 1,000fps
Spoiler: Not much changes after the initial strike. [Via]
July 01, 2011
I’ll be taking the week of July 4th off work for some R&R with our family. I’ll try to queue up some interesting content before I go, but please note that I won’t be able to reply to comments (or to free any that get stuck in the moderation queue) until July 11th. Have a fire-crackin’, chip-dip-snackin’, bratwurst-packin’, artery-shellackin’ Fourth!
Final Cut, Avid users: Switch to Adobe & save 50%
Get half off Creative Suite CS5.5 Production Premium or Premiere Pro CS5.5 when you move from Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer. As the press release notes,
Professional video editors can also utilize all the system resources on modern Macs with Thunderbolt, 64-bit, and multicore CPUs for increased performance. Adobe is continuing to lead in truly native editing solutions with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 as it saves users time and eliminates the need to transcode or rewrap file based and DSLR footage…
Premiere Pro CS5.5 includes Final Cut Pro project import and export so projects can be shared between both applications without conversion or re-rendering. Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 also includes many Final Cut Pro and Avid keyboard shortcuts to help users get up and running fast.
Photoshop & body image
You may have seen recent headlines like “Photoshopping Sends Unhealthy Message to America’s Youth, [American Medical Association] Says.” The Photoshop team agrees, and you can see the AMA statement plus PM director Maria Yap’s thoughts on the Photoshop.com blog.