May 31, 2012

New Adobe tech for making cinemagraphs

You know cinemagraphs, “still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs”?  They can be extremely cool, but creating them is tricky.

Now Adobe researcher Aseem Agarwala & colleagues at UC Berkeley have devised “a semi-automated technique for selectively de- animating video to remove the large-scale motions of one or more objects so that other motions are easier to see.” It’s easier seen than described:

From the project site:

The user draws strokes to indicate the regions of the video that should be immobilized, and our algorithm warps the video to remove the large-scale motion of these regions while leaving finer-scale, relative motions intact. However, such warps may introduce unnatural motions in previously motionless areas, such as background regions. We therefore use a graph-cut-based optimization to composite the warped video regions with still frames from the input video; we also optionally loop the output in a seamless manner.

Our technique enables a number of applications such as clearer motion visualization, simpler creation of artistic cinemagraphs (photos that include looping motions in some regions), and new ways to edit appearance and complicated motion paths in video by manipulating a de-animated representation. We demonstrate the success of our technique with a number of motion visualizations, cinemagraphs and video editing examples created from a variety of short input videos, as well as visual and numerical comparison to previous techniques.

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Check out Adobe Proto: Fast wireframing on iPad

David Hogue shows how design agency Fluid uses Adobe Proto for iPad:

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May 30, 2012

Camera Raw 7.1 & DNG Converter 7.1 now available

Per the Lightroom Journal:

Camera Raw 7.1 is now available on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Adobe Photoshop CS6. Camera Raw 7.1 adds new Defringe controls to help address chromatic aberration. Defringe is available as part of the Lens Correction panel. Camera Raw can also now read 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit HDR files. Supported HDR formats are TIFF and DNG.  Photoshop CS6 customers can upgrade to Camera Raw 7.1.  Customers of previous versions of Photoshop can utilize DNG Converter 7.1 for raw file support for newly added cameras.

See the LR Journal post for a list of the dozens of cameras now supported & new lens profiles added.

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Lightroom user group meeting in SJ tonight

Lightroom team members will be on hand at Adobe HQ in San Jose tonight to discuss, among other things, the new Defringe and HDR Tone Controls introduced in Lightroom 4.1.

One of the suggestions we got at our last meeting was that we provide some time for networking, in addition to the presentation itself. I think this is a fabulous idea, so how about this: bring a photo that you’ve taken that you love. You can bring it on your laptop, tablet, phone, or printed on an honest-to-goodness piece of paper. Then, while enjoying complimentary pizza prior to the presentation, share your photo with at least one other person (someone not previously known to you!) and talk about why you like it. People who choose not to bring a photo will be publicly scorned.

The meeting will be held in the ‘Park’ conference room.  If you haven’t RSVP’d more than 24 hours in advance, you’ll need to get a badge from security when you arrive.”

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May 29, 2012

“Photoshop Dimensions” magazine now available

Very cool: free*, and right from the Photoshop 3D team:

Photoshop Dimensions is the magazine of 3D in Adobe® Photoshop®. Whether you are new to 3D in Photoshop or an old hand, Photoshop Dimensions will show you new and exciting ways to add another dimension to your work. Photoshop Dimensions is written by leading authorities and experts who truly understand Photoshop’s powerful 3D features.

In this free issue of Photoshop Dimensions, we look at the many changes made to Photoshop’s 3D tools in CS 6 that will speed-up your workflow and expand your capabilities.

Grab it for iPad from the App Store. Amazon (Kindle), B&N (Nook) and PDF versions are also available; check out the site for links.

*Update: The first version is free, and the second costs $4.99.

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May 28, 2012

A thought on persuasion

Note to self: More Demosthenes, please.

In 1983, advertising pioneer David Ogilvy summarized his mission as follows: “I do not regard advertising as entertainment or an art form, but as a medium of information. When I write an advertisement, I don’t want you to tell me that you find it ‘creative.’ I want you to find it so interesting that you buy the product. When Aeschines spoke, they said, ‘How well he speaks.’ But when Demosthenes spoke, they said, ‘Let us march against Philip’.”

[Via]

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May 27, 2012

Whatever happened to all my design links? (Hint: Pinterest.)

You might remember that I often used to featured bulleted lists of links about photography, illustration, typography, etc.  I still share links when possible via Twitter, but I just haven’t had time in recent months to amass collections as I once did. (Could I now be working for a living? Perish the thought!) I still pine for an automated solution that apparently doesn’t exist.

A silver lining, though: Now I find that my Pinterest boards absorb what would otherwise have been tweets. I can’t add quite the same context/commentary there, but the site offers a beautifully visual presentation, and you might want to follow me there.

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May 26, 2012

Demo: Making HTML5 animation for iPad apps

What’s new in Edge Preview 6? Check it out:

Here’s a tutorial specifically on putting HTML animation into tablet publications Adobe’s Digital Publishing System.

On a related note, here’s how to convert a multilayer Illustrator document to SVG format for use by Edge:

And if you’re new to all this, see also a demo on getting started with Edge.

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May 25, 2012

Creative Cloud subscriptions: Cross-language, cross-platform

Jeff Tranberry notes some differences between Creative Cloud membership & traditional Adobe software licenses:

Cross-Platform License: Access to both the Mac OS and Windows versions of the desktop applications and the ability to install them on your primary computer and one backup computer.

Multi-Language License: Access to any language version in which the CS6 and other desktop applications are available. Unlike owning the traditional licensed version of a Creative Suite product, Creative Cloud membership gives you the freedom and flexibility to choose whichever language works best for you in any given application.

Both of these are changes many of us have wanted to make for a long time, and I’m glad to see that they’ve arrived.

Accessing multi-language support is simple, but the UI isn’t obvious.  In the new Adobe Application Manager (AAM), install whatever apps you want in your primary language, then go into Preferences (upper left corner) and switch to a different language. App links that had said “Installed” will revert back to “Install,” though you may need to restart AAM for that to happen.  You can then install apps in the newly chosen language.

After installing multiple language versions Photoshop, you can go into its preferences, switch the UI language, and apply it via app restart.  (There’s just one copy of the app on disk, plus multiple language packs.)  It appears that not all apps support this switching capability, but at least reinstalling in a different language is fairly painless (and can be done as often as needed).

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Touching—sort of—across time & space

In high school I had my first long-distance girlfriend. My dad would roll his eyes at our pre-Net attempts to connect. “Oh, you’re probably eating a cheese sandwich as 6pm, because Jeanne said she’d eat a cheese sandwich at 6pm…”  He was kidding (and wrong), but there’s much to be said for synchronicity across space.

Enter Marco Triverio’s concept “Feel Me.” As Fast Company puts it,

When a friend is typing, you can see where they’re touching on your own screen. And when your fingers match up, from halfway across the world, haptic feedback can allow you to serendipitously touch. In a text-me-later culture, Feel Me enables communication that’s transient and visceral.

I think it’s rather brilliant. And as for Jeanne, sometimes I now see her across space, hobnobbing with Mitt Romney. Funny old world.

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May 24, 2012

Configurator arrives for CS6

After more than 125,000 downloads (!) of versions 1 & 2, Configurator 3.0–Adobe’s drag-and-drop tool for creating custom panels–is available for download from Adobe Labs.  Enhancements include:

  • Support for the new tools & commands in Photoshop CS6 & InDesign CS6
  • Color theme support for Photoshop CS6
  • Watermarking and panel personalization
  • Ability to target both CS5 and CS6
  • Custom panel icons
  • Improved welcome screen
  • Faster launch time
  • Improved text widget
  • Sample panels
  • DPS panels

 

What do you think?  Is your team creating and/or using panels made by Configurator?

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A Brief History of John Baldessari

I’m a little chagrined to admit that I didn’t know about artist John Baldessari prior to seeing this short film narrated by Tom Waits. Now I’d like to know more:

[Via Sam Potts]

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May 23, 2012

Photosmith 2 enhances Lightroom-iPad integration

I’m delighted to see that Photosmith has released version 2, enabling multi-image tagging, bidirectional sync with Lightroom, native Eye-Fi support, and more.

According to their site, new features of the $20 app include:

  • Wirelessly sync your unsorted backlog from Lightroom with our free plugin
  • Sort and filter your photos
  • Organize them into collections
  • Apply star ratings and color labels
  • Apply keywords and IPTC metadata individually, in groups, or with presets
  • Share highlights and rough selections to Facebook, Flickr or by e-mail
  • Support for RAW, JPG, or RAW+JPG
  • Support for 100% zoom for many cameras
  • Native support for Export and Publish Services in Adobe Lightroom
  • Directly receive from Eye-Fi cards
  • Very powerful sync options, allowing workflow customization

I can’t wait to try it out when I get home. If you’re using the app, what do you think of it?

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LEAP Motion promises object-tracking UI breakthroughs

If this thing ($70?!) works even remotely as advertised, we’re in for an exciting future:

[Reader Pierre-Etienne Courtejoie quips, "I just shudder about the possible single-finger gestures to force quit software." (Hmm, seems very John Gruber-positive.)]

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This is *not* your father’s Adobe installer

It used to be that Adobe’s installers were… well, to be charitable, not a source of pride.  A bunch of hardworking people have been listening, engaging with customers, and cranking away–and with Creative Cloud you can see the results. To grab any CS6 app,

    1. Download & install the App Manager (less than 1MB), then log in with your Adobe ID.
    2. Click the links for the apps you want to install.
    3. “There’s no step 3!”

Right–no typing/copying/pasting serials (and potentially losing them later), no running installer after installer. Here’s a two-minute demo (though honestly you can probably try it yourself just as fast):

I’m sorry that installers were such a sore point in the past. Hats off to the installer team for buckling down & hugely improving the user experience.

PS–Engineering manager Eric Wilde says, “Please ask people to reach out to us on the forums if they have trouble. There’s lots of engineering folk reading our forums daily.”

[Update: Note that the new mechanism lets you install apps in multiple languages & across platforms, too.]

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May 22, 2012

New HTML5 gallery options for Photoshop & Lightroom

I’ve long admired the work of Felix Turner, and now he’s debuted a new HTML5 gallery called Juicebox:

Juicebox makes it incredibly easy to build beautiful image galleries that work on all devices from IE6 to iOS and Android. We offer a fully functional free version and a pro version which allows advanced customization. Check out sample galleries.

It’s available for download in both free & paid forms. You can create galleries via a free desktop app, or better yet you can export them through Lightroom & Photoshop plug-ins.

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View to an eclipse

Photographer Cory Poole captured 700 images from a telescope with “a very narrow bandpass allowing you to see the chromosphere and not the much brighter photosphere below it,” then used them to create this video:

Or, as my Photoshop-centric brain saw it, “He’s moving two overlapping paths with a Boolean operation & red stroke/inner shadow layer style applied.” Because, yes, I need to get out a lot more.

Elsewhere, the Atlantic features a gorgeous gallery of images that capture the event from points all around the world.

[Via]

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May 21, 2012

How to get Adobe Touch apps for free via Creative Cloud

Subscribing to Creative Cloud entitles you to free copies of the Adobe Touch apps. Here’s what you do:

  • Buy the touch apps via the App Store or Android Market.
  • Log into Creative Cloud from within each app.
  • Once you’ve logged into at least three touch apps, we’ll credit your account with a free month of service, offsetting the price you paid for the touch apps*.
  • Result: You get the touch apps for no cost beyond your Creative Cloud membership.

Is it a slightly strange approach? Maybe, but it works. (See terms & conditions if you want the fine print.) Please let us know if anything remains confusing.

* I suppose someone will point out that if one buys 5 touch apps and is paying $30/mo., a free month doesn’t cover the cost of the touch apps. It’s equally true, however, that if one buys 3 touch apps and is paying $50/mo., a free month covers nearly twice the cost of the touch apps.

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Adobe CS6 Film & Video Road Show

Adobe’s doing a series of free demo events around the US throughout June, as well as offering in-depth training (paid), all showcasing the new power in Premiere Pro, After Effects, Speed Grade, and the other CS6 video/audio apps:

  • June 5 – New York, NY
  • June 7 – Orlando, FL
  • June 11 – Washington, D.C.
  • June 14 – Atlanta, GA
  • June 19 – Dallas, TX
  • June 21 – Chicago, IL
  • June 26 – San Francisco, CA
  • June 30 – Los Angeles, CA
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May 20, 2012

“The 112-Megapixel Camera You’ll Never Get to Shoot With”

Check out this $100,000 bad boy. PopPhoto writes,

They are looking to create a one-off version of the 1110 series, a black and white only camera with a 95x95mm sensor (medium format sensors are typically 48x36mm). That massive sensor is cooled down to -100 degrees Celsius, which means it can take exposures that last for hours without overheating, which can lead to noise. The 112-megapixel CCD has no Bayer mask or AA fliter so the images will come out super sharp.

Yeah, but does it work with Instagram?

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May 19, 2012

Adobe MAX moves from fall to spring

The next show will be hosted on May 4-8 in Los Angeles, writes CTO Kevin Lynch. According to Kevin, it’ll focus on

  • Design and creativity
  • Web sites, including the latest on HTML5, JavaScript and CSS
  • Digital publishing, video, and gaming, including the latest on Flash
  • Applications, particularly for mobile platforms

More details will come out in the months ahead.

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Vinyl-tossing trick shots

Does this have anything to do with this blog’s focus? No, it does not. Will you dig it? If you’re not dead inside, I think so. :-)

I plan to show it to our boys–but first I’ll have to explain what “records” were. [Via]

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May 18, 2012

Check out the iStock Plug-in for CS apps

It’s a free stock photography-browsing panel:

With the iStockphoto Plug-in for Adobe® Creative Suite®, you can browse, download and edit photos and illustrations without ever leaving Photoshop®, Illustrator® or InDesign®. Crop them, resize them and make them your own, directly from the Creative Suite.

[Via Lucas Bombardier]

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What do you think of the CS6 icons & splash screens?

In 6 years of daily blogging, I’ve never gotten deluged more than I did when revealing the CS3 icons.  After 500+ comments, I even got turned into icons myself. Suffice it to say, people have strong opinions.

These designs don’t happen by accident–quite the opposite.  Adobe XD (Experience Design) manager Shawn Cheris has posted a thorough tour of how CS6 branding evolved & the thinking that went into it.  He talks about how they started with color, moved into shapes, and ultimately created thousands of individual graphics across the entire Suite.

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How Pixar almost deleted Toy Story 2

As the world probably doesn’t need more nail-biting anxiety, I almost hesitate to share this one–but all’s well that ends well:

[Via Dan Mall]

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May 17, 2012

Demo: Top 10 Time-Saving Enhancements to Layers in Photoshop CS6

Does anyone convey more useful info in less time than Julieanne Kost? This video just taught me things, and I work here, for crying out loud.

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May 16, 2012

A 5-year-old sketches logos

Charming: Adam Ladd showed his 5-year-old daughter logos for 5 seconds apiece, then asked her to draw what she remembered:

[Via Carolina de Bartolo]

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Info about Creative Cloud subscriptions for groups

I’ve gotten a bunch of questions about how customers can buy Creative Cloud memberships in bulk.  I could send you to a Web page and a PDF—but frankly I didn’t want to read through those any more than you probably do, so I asked around & distilled the highlights:

  • Right now Creative Cloud membership (let’s call it “CCM”) is sold on an individual basis directly from Adobe & a couple of partners like Amazon & Staples. It’s not sold through volume licensing or reseller channel partners (e.g. B&H).
  • There will be a way to buy CCM for groups of people, but it won’t be available until later this year.
  • Once it’s available, I expect it to include everything that’s currently in CCM, plus added features for managing users, storage, & more.
  • In the meantime, teams can buy what’s called “Creative Cloud Team Ready.” Team Ready includes the desktop apps that are part of CCM, as well as Adobe Expert Support, but it doesn’t include cloud features (such as Typekit access). It’s a term-license subscription, meaning that it ends at some point (by which time the CCM Team offering should be available).

 

Does that make sense? Please let us know you still have questions.

 

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May 15, 2012

Ask A Pro: Adaptive Publishing for Tablets

Live demo/Q&A this Friday, noon Pacific, featuring Colin Fleming:

InDesign CS6 includes exciting new features that will make designing for tablet devices more efficient than ever. You will learn about the new adaptive Design Tools—Adobe Liquid Layout, Alternate Layout, Linked Content, and how to export both horizontal and vertical layouts of a tablet design from a single InDesign file.

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The new video workflow in Photoshop CS6

RC Concepcion from NAPP gives a quick tour of new Scene layers & more:

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May 14, 2012

Creative Cloud vs. Piracy

Some perspective from The Next Web:

Adobe’s main competitor in this space isn’t competing products, interestingly enough; it’s Bit Torrent. Will $50/month convince the masses that are still pirating the software to go legit? My money’s on yes. A subscription works out to less than $2 a day. That’s less than the cost of a cheap sandwich. And with it you receive full, legal, supported access to all Adobe products with update requests that don’t make you sweat.

Adobe has been listening all along and taken a huge but necessary gamble; it has completely revamped its pricing system…For design and creative professionals it should be a no brainer.

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Demo: Selectively Blurring Images in Photoshop CS6

Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to soften select areas using the Tilt-Shift blur, uniformly blur your entire image and then sharpen a single focal point with Iris blur, or select multiple focal points and then let Field blur vary the blurriness between them.

[Via]

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May 13, 2012

Animation: Acid Drops

This is “The second in a series of hand-painted studies,” writes Matt Box, “that aim to psychedelically capture the individual styles of influential skateboarders.”

[Via]

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May 12, 2012

Recursive drawing

What do you think of this cleverness?

 

Could people wrap their heads around the idea enough to use it productively? In my experience many people still struggle with things like symbols & Smart Objects–if they even use them at all. [Via Mausoom Sarkar]

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May 11, 2012

Photoshop Touch 1.2 supports bigger images, new effects, more

Automatic sync to Creative Cloud, PSD export, and more are now available on iPad and Android tablets:

  • You may now increase the resolution to 2048×2048 with 10 layers. The default is 1600×1600 with 16 layers, but you can change it in Preferences. 
  • Automatic synchronization with Creative Cloud 
  • Available in 6 languages (English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian) 
  • Added export to PSD and PNG via Camera Roll or email. 
  • Improved rotate and flip image workflow. 
  • Added ability to transfer images to desktop via iTunes [iOS only].
  • Added two new Tutorials.
  • Added four new Effects (Watercolor Paint, HDR Look, Soft Light and Soft Skin).
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Jeffrey Veen on Creative Cloud

Jeff developed Typekit, and before that Measure Map (which became the UI for Google Analytics). He’s now helping shape Creative Cloud, which launched today. I like this:

Everything stems from two core beliefs. First, the way in which all of us acquire and manage our software is changing. Waiting a couple of years for updates to our tools is no longer tenable for many users. Our relationship to our software is more like that of a service: continuous improvements through frequent iteration.

Second, it’s clear that devices like the iPad are not just for consuming content, but represent the next wave of tools for the creation of content as well. And these new capabilities need tools that have been completely reconsidered. Simple ports of desktop apps won’t do.

He goes on to explain how Creative Cloud integrates desktop apps, touch apps, and services (Web site building & hosting, tablet publishing, and more). And check out the comments section for some good Q&A with readers.

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May 10, 2012

Download the new Adobe Edge preview

Adobe’s new HTML animation tool, Edge, has just released preview 6. Improvements include:

  • Built-in lessons:  Six new tutorials are built right into Edge, to help new users get familiar with the basics.
  • Coding: A new code panel provides a complete view of the actions code in a composition, and the code editor has a new full code mode.
  • Publishing: Projects can be published into DPS or iBooks formats. There’s also a new Static HTML Markup feature for SEO benefits, and Google Chrome Frame support for better fidelity on non-HTML5 browsers.
  • Symbols: Users can now copy/paste and import/export symbols from one project to another.
  • Languages: Edge is now available in French, German, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish.
  • Other cool stuff: The Preview in Browser function is now compatible with Adobe Shadow, auto-keyframe mode has been improved, editable time codes are back, and so much more to make Edge more efficient.

Download it here.

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Live Illustrator demo/Q&A tomorrow

 Friday at noon Pacific:

Illustrator CS6 will let you work with work with precision, speed, and rock-solid stability on large, complex files—powered by the new Adobe Mercury Performance System. A modern interface streamlines daily tasks while you take advantage of new pattern tools, image tracing, and gradients on strokes. Attend this online event to see for yourself how Illustrator CS6 will let you spend less time waiting, more time creating.

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A classical flash mob in the Copenhagen Metro

Magical.

According to the YouTube caption,

In April 2012 Copenhagen Phil (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) surprised the passengers in the Copenhagen Metro by playing Griegs Peer Gynt. The flash mob was created in collaboration with Radio Klassisk. All music was performed and recorded in the metro.

[Via Margot]

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May 09, 2012

CS6 launches on IMAX, June 6 in San Jose

Demos on a massive screen

The Creative Suite User Group of San Jose is partnering with Creative Suite Lovers and other Bay Area user groups to present the new features of CS6 in the amazing IMAX Theatre at San Jose Tech Museum… Our keynote speaker is the great Al Mooney, Adobe Product Manager for Professional Video Editing

Registration is $20 per person (as renting the theater isn’t cheap), but event organizer Sally Cox notes that they’re giving away two CS6 Master Collections (worth $2600 apiece) plus 20 3-month subscriptions to Creative Cloud (Master Collection & then some). Should be a fun event.

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LayerVault adds new features for Photoshop collaboration

LayerVault is a PSD-savvy service for versioning & collaborating on design work, and it’s just added a swath of cool new features (the “Wormhole” mechanism for inspecting changes being especially neat).  News site BetaKit writes,

Users can now view edits happening in real-time, and open compatible files directly in the browser, meaning less popping in and out of apps just to make a few minor tweaks. Tools added now let them pick colors and create transferable palettes on the fly, for instance, as well as measure design components with a click.

Here’s a 1-minute tour of what’s new: 

 

 

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Tips for Getting Started with Photoshop CS6

Jeff Tranberry has pulled together some useful pointers for people transitioning from the Photoshop CS6 public beta to the finished version of the app (which is now available for purchase & as a 30-day trial). He talks about:

  • Uninstalling the beta (i.e. make sure to use the actual uninstaller)
  • Installing & activating the app using an Adobe ID (and why is required)
  • Getting the latest camera support with Camera Raw 7.1
  • Finding good training resources on what’s new
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May 08, 2012

Ikea makes a cardboard camera (?)

Cue up the “How Bizarre” :

 [Via]

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Mordy shows Illustrator CS6

Our old friend (and former Illustrator PM) Mordy Golding tours what’s new in CS6

An overview of everything that’s new in Illustrator CS6, including 64bit support, a new user interface and underlying framework, pattern creation, image trace, gradient on stroke, and more!

On the Real World Illustrator blog, Mordy talks about details of the new UI, what 64-bit means to you, and more.

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May 07, 2012

Camera Raw 7.1 adds HDR tonemapping to CS6

According to the Lightroom Journal,

Camera Raw 7.1 and DNG Converter 7.1 Release Candidates are now available on Adobe Labs.  This release includes bug fixes, new camera support, and new lens profiles.  Camera Raw 7.1 Release Candidate includes new Defringe controls to help address chromatic aberration.  Defringe is available as part of the Lens Correction panel.  7.1 Release Candidate can also now read 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit HDR files.  Supported HDR formats are TIFF and DNG.

 
New camera support:
  • Canon EOS 1D X
  • Canon EOS 5D Mk III
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • Canon PowerShot S100V
  • Fuji FinePix F505EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F605EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F770EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F775EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS30EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS33EXR
  • Fuji FinePix X-S1
  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D800E
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5
  • Pentax K-01
  • Samsung NX20
  • Samsung NX210
  • Samsung NX1000
  • Sony Alpha NEX-VG20
  • Sony SLT-A57

 

Related/previous: Lightroom 4.1 adds HDR toning, improved defringing.

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Photoshop, Pirates, & The Force

Hmm… What would make for a good list of dark-to-light descriptions?

As he was working on Photoshop CS6’s new dark UI feature, engineer Joe Ault put in bread-based placeholders for the brightness values: Pumpernickel, Dark Rye, Whole Wheat, Sourdough–then solicited suggestions from the team.  Steve Guilhamet from QE explains.

The base ground rules were 4 names that reflected the tonal range of the 4 UI options, with consideration for cultural variance and localization (e.g. Pumpernickel in Scandinavia is not thought of as a dark bread). There was a food theme to start but it opened up a bit. We had beer, coffee, tequila, macaroons, rice, cakes, etc. There were moon phases, seasons, rocks.

Steve suggested clouds (Cirrus, Stratus, Cumulus, Nimbus– “Because you can’t see ‘Cloud’ used enough these days”), pirate flags (Henry Every, Richard Worley, Stede Bonnet, and John Rackam), and more.  My favorite, though, is one he mocked up:

 

Eventually things died down & the UI ended up with just unnamed color swatches–the right move, I’m sure, but a bit less fun.  (Hard to say, though, what would happen if one held down modifier keys while clicking them in the Prefs dialog…)

 

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May 06, 2012

“It’s a nightmare for old people”

How pitch-perfect is this parody of speeds-and-feeds-based marketing?

[Update: Non-US folks, try this link. (Via Peter Steeper)]

The other day I heard some carrier/handset combo boasting about “wielding the Android 2.2 platform.” It’s so weird: they burned airtime noting a detail that would confuse most people while (I would think) alienating those geeky enough to grok it.

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May 05, 2012

A Pixelated History of Cameras

Short & charming.

[Via PetaPixel]

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May 04, 2012

The art of the start

Eminent motion graphics pros discuss recent work (e.g. Zombieland) and some classics (Saul Bass & more).

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May 03, 2012

Triggertrap: Control your SLR from an iPhone

Triggertrap Mobile,” write its creators, “is the best way to trigger your camera based on sounds, magnetism, movement, or the number of faces in your image – all from your iPhone! How bloody awesome is that…”

[Via Bryan O'Neil Hughes]

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Configurator 3.0 demo tomorrow

If you think Adobe apps are too complex, and if you have any motivation to do something about it, Adobe Configurator might be up your alley.  It’s a “box of Legos” tool that lets you remix the UI of Photoshop and InDesign, creating & sharing your own panels without having to code.  The team will be doing a concise demo & Q&A tomorrow at 2pm GMT (7am Pacific–yes, it’ll be recorded & posted for later viewing) Here’s the recording.

  • What is Configurator and how you can use it?
  • What’s new in Configurator 3? From the key new features to the small but useful new features.
  • What is the new Adobe Exchange and how you can use it?
  • Question and Answer session with the product team; Duration: 45 minutes
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May 02, 2012

One more day to grab the Photoshop CS6 beta

On the off chance you’re not one of the million-plus people (!) who’ve already downloaded the Photoshop CS6 beta, you might want to grab it now: it’ll be available only until 5pm Pacific time tomorrow, May 3. You can also pre-order CS6 today.

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ACR 6.7 for CS5 supports D4, 5D Mk III, more

Camera Raw 6.7 [Win|Mac] and DNG Convertor 6.7 [Win|Mac] are now available as a final releases on Adobe.com and through the update mechanisms available in Photoshop CS5.  This release includes bug fixes, new lens profiles, and new camera support:

  • Canon EOS 1D X
  • Canon EOS 5D Mk III
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X
  • Canon PowerShot S100V
  • Fuji FinePix F505EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F605EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F770EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F775EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS30EXR
  • Fuji FinePix HS33EXR
  • Fuji FinePix X-S1
  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D800E
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5
  • Pentax K-01
  • Samsung NX20
  • Samsung NX210
  • Samsung NX1000
  • Sony Alpha NEX-VG20
  • Sony SLT-A57

 

For more details about lens profiles supported & bugs fixed, please see the Lightroom Journal. [Via Dave Howe]

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Vintage MoGraph: Wang 1980

Tell me you don’t want to see Panic make an homage in this style.

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May 01, 2012

CS6 “Ask A Pro” live sessions, all this week

Hour-long demos and Q&A sessions are happening all week:

Adobe Creative Cloud for Designers
With Terry White
Tuesday at 5pm Pacific

Adobe Creative Cloud and the CS6 Web Tour
With Paul Trani
Wednesday at 10am & 5pm Pacific

What’s New in Adobe Photoshop CS6
With Julieanne Kost
Thursday at 10am & 5pm Pacific

Creative Cloud and CS6 Tour for Video Professionals
With Jason Levine
Thursday at 6pm Pacific and Friday at 10am Pacific

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Photography: Forget pixels, gimme glyphs

  • Matt Richardson’s Descriptive Camera captures images, uses real people to describe them, and then prints out only the descriptions they create. “The technology at the core of the Descriptive Camera is Amazon’s Mechanical Turk API. It allows a developer to submit Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) for workers on the internet to complete.” [Via]
  • Adobe researcher Dan Goldman notes, “This is not just a nutty art project: the same general idea is actually being used to help blind people.” He points out VizWiz, “an iPhone app that allows blind users to receive quick answers to questions about their surroundings. VizWiz combines automatic image processing, anonymous web workers, and members of the user’s social network in order to collect fast and accurate answers to their questions.”
  • Text-Only Instagram is spot on. Hip hip cliché! [Via Mark Kawano]
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