April 30, 2012
The CS2->CS6 upgrade window remains open, but barely
Photoshop PM Jeff Tranberry addresses upgrade questions on the Photoshop team blog:
Question: Can I upgrade to CS6?
There is a special offer – good through the end of the year- which allows CS3 & CS4 owners an opportunity to upgrade to CS6.
Owners of CS2 have one last chance if they purchase CS5 from a reseller in the next 30 days (to receive a free upgrade to CS6).
Check out the rest of Jeff’s post for other useful Q&A.
Giant pixel-art animation on 5-story LCD glass
“The thing is, I can’t figure if it’s the fish that are cooling me out, or all those uncut diamonds in the bottom of the tank, there.” (Wait, that’s something else.) Check out Patterned by Nature, “a 10 ft. wide by 90 ft. long sculptural ribbon that winds through a five story museum atrium and is made of 3600 tiles of LCD glass. Animations are created by independently varying the transparency of each piece of glass.”
April 29, 2012
A cute little iPhone diorama
I have no idea what it has to do with anything, but that hardly matters:
Made using Maya, After Effects, & Pftrack. [Via Motionographer]
April 28, 2012
Gorgeous photos from New York’s history
Alan Taylor has selected some terrific images from NYC’s history & shared them at high res on In Focus. The images are drawn from more than 870,000 pictures recently put online by the city’s Department of Records. [Via]
Waves: A motion & sound installation
The Waves project from Daniel Palacios “is made up of two turbines, supported by a tuning fork structure between which the waves are created.” The strings whip through the air, creating both sound and visuals, and they react to passersby:
April 27, 2012
Interesting recent collages
April 26, 2012
Lightroom 4.1 adds HDR toning, improved defringing
- Lightroom 4.1 RC2 now includes the ability to process HDR TIFF files. (16, 24 or 32-bit TIFF files) This can be quite useful if you have merged multiple exposures into a single 32-bit image using Photoshop’s HDR Pro. Using the new basic panel controls can be a very effective and straightforward method of achieving an overall balance across the tonal range.
- Additional Color Fringing corrections have been added to Lightroom 4.1 RC2. Please see this blog post for additional details.
Photoshop CS6: What’s in it for photographers?
I’m sure you already know about Camera Raw 7, and you’ve probably seen bits about selective blurring & adaptive wide-angle lens correction–but what about Skin-Aware Masking, smarter Auto Curves, 64-bit Bridge, an improved Print dialog, and more? Check out this comprehensive overview from photographer & Photoshop PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes.
On a related note, photographer & author Martin Evening has posted a great in-depth piece on DP Review covering extreme contrast edits in Lightroom 4 and ACR 7. I love being able to get more of the benefits of HDR from a single frame, and without introducing garish haloes.
Generating CSS from shapes in Fireworks
According to the Fireworks CS6 new features page, you can “Save time by cleanly extracting CSS elements and values (such as color, font, gradient, and corner radius) using the new CSS Properties panel.” Check it out:
Would you find this kind of support valuable in Photoshop? How would you rate it compared to, say, improved slicing or sprite generation? (Speaking of the latter, here’s how Fireworks CS6 does CSS sprites, as well as jQuery mobile theme skinning.)
April 25, 2012
Video: Six favorite features in Illustrator CS6
Terry White gives his tour:
New 3D reflections, draggable shadows in Photoshop CS6
Check out this concise demo from PM Zorana Gee:
April 24, 2012
Illustrator CS6 is now a 64-bit Cocoa app
You can now use all the RAM on your system–great if you’re working with big, complex files. Other highlights include:
Gaussian blur received special attention and has been specifically optimized in CS6. As a result, other effects with operations that depend on Gaussian blur have also been enhanced, so you’ll see performance improvements in both drop shadows and inner glows. […]
You’ll notice a nimble, lively touch when you work with multiple artboards and threaded text. Creative tools such as the Bristle Brush have been optimized for both speed and efficiency so you can work fluidly, even when you generate immensely complex designs composed of hundreds of overlapping transparent paths.
And it’s not just Adobe saying it. Here’s Jean-Claude Tremblay writing for CreativePro.com:
It feels as if Illustrator has been re-energized… Modifying these effects in Preview mode is almost in real time. This speed increase and better reliability might not be the sexiest features, but at the end of a day, I’ll be glad I can do more and faster.
The reworked UI also offers efficiency tweaks, including inline editing of layer names (yeah!) and keyboard navigation of font lists.
Photoshop CS6 Live Webinars all week
The NAPP guys are hosting live demos/Q&A’s all week (all at noon Eastern time):
- Tuesday: Photography
- Wednesday: Design & JDI Features
- Thursday: Video
- Friday: 3D & Performance Features
- Saturday (all day): Week in Review
Check out the site for complete details.
Videos: The Photoshop CS6 playlist
The Photoshop team & friends (Russell Brown, Julieanne Kost, Terry White, and more) have posted some 30 videos covering CS6, many just a minute or two in length plus some deeper dives. Check ‘em out on YouTube.
April 23, 2012
Adobe subscriptions massively lower the barrier to entry
Yesterday, if you didn’t own Photoshop, the cost of getting started was $700.
Today it’s $20*.
Yesterday if you didn’t own the Master Collection, the cost was $2,600.
Today it’s $50–or if you own a CS3 or later app, just $30 (!).
Yesterday if you wanted to reach tablets via Adobe’s Digital Publishing Solution, the cost was $400 per publication.
Soon it’ll be free, for unlimited publications, once you subscribe to Creative Cloud.
This is a very big deal.
Adobe’s now willing to take a lot less money from you up front. Why? Because we think we’ll be able to extend Creative Suite apps to a lot of people who couldn’t afford them previously, and because we think you’ll keep coming back as our offerings get better & better. That’s good for you & good for Adobe.
We don’t want to sell you something once and say goodbye; we want to earn your business again & again. And with what we have in development, we feel confident we will.
- You can subscribe to any CS app for $20/mo. with a one-year commitment, or you can get them all (plus tons of publishing services & storage) for $50/mo. (same commitment).
- If you prefer to go month-to-month (no commitment), the prices are $30 & $75/mo., respectively.
- And through August 31 existing Adobe customers can get in on full Creative Cloud membership for $30/mo (one-year commitment; applies to the first year).
Adobe Creative Cloud, nicely encapsulated
From Time’s Harry McCracken:
With Creative Cloud, your fifty bucks a month gets you everything in every version of Creative Suite, plus Lightroom (the cool photo management/editing program), Edge (HTML5 web editing) and Muse (code-free website building), plus Photoshop Touch and other apps for the iPad and Android. These are still conventional desktop applications, not browser-based services, but you’re entitled to download as many of them as you like at any time. […]
You’re always entitled to the newest version of all the programs, and Adobe says that it’s going to start rolling out features continuously rather than waiting for sweeping upgrades every couple of years.
That last little bit is key. I’ll say more about it soon.
MBA’s: Come join the Revel team
The Adobe Revel team is hiring a summer intern with a passion for photography to work on this exciting, transformative product. Job responsibilities include:
- Defining the next version of Revel
- Understanding the market and customers
- Structuring experiments and research to forge ahead in uncharted territory
- Driving the definition of features, working with the experience design and engineering teams
- Defining metrics for success to guide further feature development across multiple releases per year
Check out the job listing page for more info: MBA Product Manager Intern for Adobe Revel (14949). [Via Sumner Paine]
April 22, 2012
Adobe’s NAB booth: So busy it was a fire hazard
Dang–that’s about as cool an endorsement as I’ve heard in a while. (This news comes via After Effects PM Steve Forde.) Check out tons of new features (SpeedGrade looks, Automatic Speech Alignment, enhanced 3D & Warp Stabilizer, and more) in the CS6 apps.
“The World’s Most Downloaded Man”
Frustrated by a growing lack of respect in the ad world for original work, Brazilian photographer Fernando Martins of the Câmera Clara Photography Studio travels to Copenhagen to meet with the World’s Most Downloaded Man: A handsome, 6’3″ Danish stock photography model named Jesper Bruun who has been seen “in more places than the Olympic torch.” [Via]
It’s more interesting in concept than in execution, maybe, but I love that it actually happened.
[Via Zorana Gee]
April 21, 2012
Adobe Revel 1.2 adds Retina support & more
The latest rev of Adobe’s mobile photo editing & sharing platform makes a number of improvements, including:
- Support for the Retina display on the new iPad
- Ability to tag photos with an event name, and filter your library by events
- Grid View which displays photos from a single day or event
- Ability to share, export and delete multiple photos at once
- Flexible adjustment to photo date and time stamps
- Faster editing on iPad and iPhone
In addition, the team writes,
If you already tried Revel in the past and want try these new features, we have great news for you! Anyone with an expired trial as of April 12 has ANOTHER 30-days to try Revel. To restart your trial, simply get the latest version from the app store, sign-in, and start another complimentary 30 day subscription.
April 20, 2012
Beautiful high-speed film from India
Poor form to blog Phantom Flex ultra slow-mo two days in a row? Not when the images are this lovely:
I do kind of wonder whether even my staring into my monitor could look epic & meaningful if captured through one of these fly-bys. [Via]
Controlling a 4-story pipe organ via Kinect
Just think of the horrors Andrew Lloyd Webber could wreak with this thing (ideally with a Beowulf cluster of them).
April 19, 2012
Slow-mo mayhem at 2,500fps
I cannot wait to show this to our tiny sons–which probably puts me on a path to being this guy.
April 18, 2012
Demo: Speed drawing with realistic pencils in Photoshop CS6
Amazing footage from a tiny RC plane
About five seconds into this clip, I have to repeat: There’s no other time in history when I’d rather live.
April 17, 2012
Sneak Peek: Gradient strokes in Illustrator CS6
From the simple (e.g. adding a sheen to the edge of an iOS button) to the ambitious (check out that motorcycle!), gradients in paths can be amazingly useful:
I’ve been (im)patiently awaiting this one for years. Combining transparency with gradients, plus reshaping strokes via the Width tool (introduced in CS5) and Pencil is incredibly powerful. You can create some amazingly subtle shaded regions using just vectors.
I think gradient strokes will go a long way to democratizing the power that’s lingered in AI’s potent but often inscrutable Gradient Mesh tool, and I can’t wait to see & show more.
April 16, 2012
Would you go to the “design gym” with me?
I’m a sucker for companionship & social pressure. I used to hit the gym several times a week with a friend, and our friendly competition left me strong & feeling great. Then he moved away and I’ve largely turned into a wad of cookie dough.
Lots of apps & services exist to help to help people stay honest & to support one another’s diet & exercise. (Peer pressure can be a wonderful thing.) Meanwhile I’ve seen years of advice that designers should commit to making something new every day, I haven’t yet seen one that
- pings you with a daily (or weekly, etc.) challenge
- provides assets or a theme to build upon
- lets you see & comment on others’ work
- provides a rewards system (highest rank, possibly prizes, etc.)
So, hypothetically, let’s say Photoshop Touch said “Today’s 5-minute challenge: Create the most interesting thing you can using just these elements…,” let you upload your work, and then vote on others’ creations. Would you do it? I think you might–but only if the rewards were enticing enough. It’s like brushing your teeth, doing sit-ups, etc.: you make things part of your routine if they make you stronger, fitter, richer. Could we help you practice your skills & become those things?
Demo: Faster retouching via Content-Aware Move in CS6
Retoucher Glyn Dewis calls Photoshop CS6 a “game changer.” Here he compares lengthening a neck in CS5 to a new & much faster method enabled by CS6:
April 15, 2012
Ion Lucin used Cinema 4D + After Effects to create a lovely monochromatic meditation on the idea of “sphere”:
April 14, 2012
*Real* airbrushes & pencils, in Photoshop?
What if your airbrush sprayed a real 3D cone of paint, so that tilting your stylus affected the shape you laid down? And what if pencils could actually wear down as you drew, producing interesting effects?
Oh, wait: in the CS6 beta, now they can. Deke McClelland shows how:
April 13, 2012
The iPad GUI PSD: Now ready for Retina, CS6
Hats off to the guys at Teehan+Lax for serving the design/Photoshop community with this great app creation resource. “It’s based on iOS 5.1,” they write, “and includes hundreds of Retina assets available natively on the platform.”
Because Photoshop CS6 is such a big step forward for interface designers, the new file requires use of the CS6 beta:
This time around we executed the file in Adobe’s latest release, Photoshop CS6 (currently still in beta). It’s a free download right now and, in my humble opinion, one of the best releases of Photoshop to date. Its perfect pixel snapping, grouped layer styles and a few other features enabled us to create the assets with more accuracy, yet remain remarkably editable. We highly recommend it, not just so you can use this file, but so that you support great software releases like this.
Check out the iPad GUI PSD (Retina Display) at Teehan+Lax.
Neat: Automatic speech alignment in Audition CS6
The Fremont troll makes a cameo to help demonstrate this new tech:
Adobe Shadow release 2 now available
Adobe Shadow Labs Release 2 is now available on Adobe Labs.
We’ve been thrilled and encouraged by the amazing responses we’ve gotten to Shadow! We’ve been busy working on the next version, and believe that Adobe Shadow Labs Release 2 addresses almost all of the issues that you’ve been telling us about.
April 12, 2012
Look at the great stuff Adobe’s putting into WebKit
Seriously, look at it: Blending modes, better typography, Web inspector improvements, lots of CSS Regions improvements, a WebKit HUD in Dreamweaver, and more–and that’s all in the course of three days. (Boy, Adobe sure is stuck in a Flash-only mindset…)
What should we talk about?
I’ll be speaking at the RE:DESIGN/UX conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, May 1. It should be a really interesting show, featuring a lot of savvy designers & creative directors. Each session lead speaks for about 10 minutes, followed by 30-40 minutes of group discussion. Here’s my idea in brief:
TheFuture of Creation
Everyone’s a maker; everyone’s a sharer. Great design software costs a buck. When things are common, we value them less. (No one celebrates breathing.) How do we keep creation special? Let’s talk about what it all means to designers & their tools.
Is that a conversation you’d find interesting? Feedback & ideas are most welcome.
The visual style of The Wire
Erlend Lavik explores the show’s subtle, nuanced photography, making me miss it all the more. Even if you don’t have the full 30 minutes to spend, I think you’ll enjoy the piece:
April 11, 2012
Photoshop CS6 in Seattle next Monday
Photoshop PM Stephen Nielson will be presenting CS6 at Adobe Seattle
on Tuesday the 17th Monday the 23rd [please note change of date]:
Photoshop CS6 is one of the biggest releases yet, and there is truly something for everyone. The team has been working hard on new features like Blur Gallery, new Content-Aware tools, the Mercury Graphics Engine, new and re-engineered design tools, and so much more!
We’ll have pizza at 6:30, and the meeting will start at 7:00.
Demo: Correcting GoPro video in Photoshop CS6
I’ve always loved seeing the clever & unexpected ways people combine Photoshop features. Using the CS6 public beta, Stéphane Baril corrects fisheye distortion in video from a GoPro camera using Photoshop’s new Adaptive Wide-Angle Correction feature. Check it out:
April 10, 2012
Slicy exports PSDs as separate icons
To turn PSD elements into images for the Web and for Apps, simply name your layer groups once and let Slicy do its magic. Bye bye, “Save for Web/Devices”. Hello, boost in productivity and creativity!
Designers and Developers, rejoice — exporting is no longer a workflow killer. Name layer groups like the files you want to create, and Slicy will extract them individually. Enjoy complete freedom to move, obscure and even hide these named layer groups without affecting the extracted images.
Perfect for Web graphics and App development — Export to PNG, TIFF, JPG or ICNS. Don’t waste your day flattening or separating elements for slightly easier slicing. Design in context, rename your groups and let Slicy do the heavy lifting.”
I really haven’t tested the app & can’t vouch for its image quality relative to Save for Web, but its drag-and-drop simplicity is very nice. If you use it I’m curious to hear your thoughts. [Via Keith Lang]
April 09, 2012
Adobe Shadow demo/Q&A this Friday
Come learn about Adobe Shadow, a new preview and inspection tool for web designers and developers who care about how their sites look on devices. See a demo of Shadow in action, and take the opportunity to ask questions of the Shadow team, and hear where the team is headed with future versions of Shadow. Join Archna Panwar, who focuses on Shadow’s testing strategy, for this guide through the present and exciting future of Adobe Shadow.
In case you haven’t yet seen Shadow, check out this very brief demo:
Adobe’s working on blending modes for HTML
“The better the web, the better tools we can build, and the happier our customers.”
Well, okay then: now Adobe’s helping bring Photoshop-style blending modes to HTML. The work can enable more beautiful, flexible pages & higher fidelity hand-off from design tools like Photoshop & Illustrator.
A couple of years ago we heard that “CSS is the new Photoshop.” It’s a deliberate overstatement, but the underlying point is true: One can make more & more graphically rich, flexible elements using just markup, not bitmaps. We find that exciting for customers & for the future of Adobe tools.
[Via Narciso Jaramillo]
April 08, 2012
A ride on the Space Shuttle’s booster
From the upcoming Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle, a movie from the point of view of the Solid Rocket Booster with sound mixing and enhancement done by the folks at Skywalker Sound. The sound is all from the camera microphones and not fake or replaced with foley artist sound. The Skywalker sound folks just helped bring it out and make it more audible.
April 07, 2012
“Rear Window,” Remixed
“I dissected all of Hitchcock’s Rear Window and stiched it back together in After Effects,” writes Jeff Desom. “I stabilized all the shots with camera movement in them. Since everything was filmed from pretty much the same angle I was able to match them into a single panoramic view of the entire backyard without any greater distortions. The order of events stays true to the movie’s plot.”
[Via Felix Baum]
April 06, 2012
Demo: Adaptive Wide-Angle Correction in CS6
As I’ve said before:
Artificial intelligence: Good.
Your intelligence: Better.
The two together: Best.
Building on the automated lens correction features we introduced in CS5, Photoshop’s Adaptive Wide-Angle Correction makes it easy to specify constraint lines based on your real-world knowledge:
Bay Area Photoshop meetings next week
- PM Stephen Nielson will be showing off the CS6 beta at Adobe San Jose Tuesday evening starting at 7pm. The registration list is already full (200+ signed up), but you can join the wait list.
- PM Zorana Gee will be presenting CS6 at Adobe San Francisco Thursday evening starting at 6:30. Looks like a few spots remain open on the registration list.
April 05, 2012
French Argentine (?) stop-motion:
The Vimeo page claims “Only available for 2 days,” so you might not want to wait to watch. [Via Matthew Connell]
Sneak peek: InDesign CS6
The new Content Collector tools make it easier to reuse content, whether you’re using it in different ways within the same layout, in multiple layouts within a document, or in more than one document. Check out the 1-minute demo:
Ask A Pro Friday: Best practices for tablet publishing
How are you going to author your Digital Publishing Suite content so that it looks good on both the new iPad and on earlier versions? Join Colin Fleming, Adobe Digital Publishing Evangelist, for an Ask a CS Pro session on Friday. Adobe has just updated their guidance on authoring Digital Publishing Suite for the new iPad, and Colin will demonstrate many of these techniques in this session. He will cover:
- Layout design for flexible publishing
- Handling interactive content for two resolutions
- Building folios for “renditions”
April 04, 2012
Imaging geniuses: Photoshop wants you
If you’d like to develop amazing tech like Content-Aware Fill & bring it to millions of people, the Photoshop team may have a job for you. They’re looking for an experienced imaging engineer to fill the role of Senior Computer Scientist (req. #13612).
I love working with brainiacs like this, and we have a great track record or productizing research (off the top of my head in the last couple of revs of Photoshop: Content-Aware Fill, Content-Aware Scale, advanced blurring, improved sharpening, Puppet Warp, Auto-Align/Auto-Blend Layers, adaptive wide-angle lens correction, and more). I think you’d really enjoy working with the Photoshop team to put cutting-edge ideas into practice.
Photoshop CS6 demo/Q&A tomorrow
Downloaded Photoshop CS6 beta and got questions? Join Sr. Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes this Thursday, 4/5 for a LIVE demo! He’ll take you on a tour of the new features and share expert tips and tricks. If you have any specific questions for Bryan about the beta, leave a comment below – you may see it answered during the demo session! Sign in as a guest for a special tour of the new features and some expert tips and tricks.
Sneak peek of fluid grid layouts in Dreamweaver CS6
What’s coming in Dreamweaver CS6? Check out a sneak peek of Fluid grid layouts, a tool that makes your web designs more adaptive to different screen sizes. Now designing for multiple screens is easier than ever!
FontShop enables live previews inside Photoshop
Well isn’t this clever:
The FontShop Plugin Beta allows designers and other type enthusiasts to try out FontShop fonts directly inside Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 and CS5.5. You can preview any of the over 150,000 FontShop fonts for free, in the context of your own artwork.
Fonts are previewed as bitmaps rather than live, editable text. Text layers are auto-hidden while the bitmap versions are shown.
It seems the plug-in doesn’t yet work properly inside the Photoshop CS6 beta, so you might need to choose the CS5 version of Extension Manager to install it inside CS5.
April 03, 2012
Video: Creating stunning images in Lightroom 4
Julieanne Kost shows how to crop, remove lens distortion, correct perspective, make global and local color and tonal corrections in the Lightroom 4 Develop module. Note that Photoshop CS6 includes the same engine in Camera Raw 7, so these tips apply there as well.
Photoshop CS6 demo/Q&A recording now available
In this Ask A CS Pro session, Photoshop PM Zorana Gee shows every major feature in the new public beta release. She not only provides detailed tips, but also addresses common questions from the large live audience. Dozens more questions are covered in the interactive chat pod. [Via]
A trippy “Shining”
Topi Kauppinen creates a really uncanny effect, turning 2D stills from The Shining into 3D:
He explains the process on Vimeo:
“The overlapping parts must be photoshopped [*Cough* — Adobe brand cops] so that in the end everything comes together without any seams or texture repetition. The Content Aware Fill feature found in Photoshop CS5 is a godsend for this type of work.”
April 02, 2012
New videos cover 3D in CS6
Photoshop team member Daniel Presedo has posted a series of short videos meant to make you productive quickly using Photoshop CS6’s totally revamped 3D tools. Photoshop PM Zorana Gee writes:
I’m really excited about the overhaul of the 3D features in Photoshop CS6 beta (Extended). The main focus we have is with performance (both interactivity as well as performance) and usability. You’ll notice that we added some great additions like live, re-editable 3D type; easy extrude operations; a single tool (the Move Tool) to adjust the position of all the elements in your scene; and many other great additions. Designers wanting to integrate 3D objects into their composites or create simple 3D geometries from type, paths, etc. will find that 3D in Photoshop is really powerful and fun to use.
Please let us know if you have specific tutorials you’d like to see and myself as well as some folks from the team will be happy to start sharing them.
April 01, 2012
Configurator 3 is coming for CS6
I’m pleased to say that Adobe Configurator, the easy, drag-and-drop tool for creating panels for Photoshop and InDesign, is being revved for CS6 & is due to arrive when CS6 ships for real (i.e. not as a beta). Among the new features in development:
- Supports Photoshop CS5/5.1 and CS6
- Supports InDesign CS5/5.5 and CS6
- Supports the new dynamic color theme switching (dark backgrounds) in Photoshop CS6
- Lets you migrate existing Configurator 2 panels to create both CS5- & CS6-compatible panels
- Launches much more quickly than Configurator 2
- Renews a focus on tutorials, offering easy leveraging of exiting HTML, video and audio content–great for developers, trainers and general users
The new version of Configurator is required for converting Configurator-made panels for CS4 and CS5 to run in CS6. If you need access to it now, please visit the Configurator forum & drop a note to Jonathan Ferman & team.