April 30, 2013
Adobe, photography, & the cloud: Sneak peek tomorrow
As I type this, Lightroom PM Tom Hogarty is en route to Florida, preparing to talk live with Scott Kelby on The Grid tomorrow at 4pm Eastern/1pm Pacific. Scott writes,
Feeling like photographers have been left out of this whole “cloud” discussion from Adobe?
In this special live episode you can go right to the source and ask Tom Hogarty from Adobe your questions about their story for photographers and their photography roadmap. Also, Tom will sneak peek some future products and give us a look into the roadmap for photographers.
I think you’ll like what you see.
Eternal Light: Touring your photo collection at breakneck speed
I was all set for a standard Kickstarter pitch. That’s when the F bomb & dubstep dropped…
Project creator Peter Basma-Lord writes,
Take your photographs out of the dark and put them in Eternal Light [EL1] – An OSX app that lets you playback, filter, affect & record an infinite number (100,000+) of images & videos at any speed. All synced to sound and controlled (optionally) via iPhone or iPad.
For more info see the project site.
April 29, 2013
Ethereal: Draw in the air with Photoshop + Leap Motion
Photography: High-speed owl attack
This clip from BBC Earth Productions was way, way up my owl-loving 3-year-old’s alley, though now I’m dreading the possible resulting nightmares:
April 28, 2013
Illustration: Stop-motion life drawing
The phrase “nekkid A-Ha” comes to my juvenile mind.
“Every easel in a life drawing class captures a different angle of the model. We created the film by editing each drawing with the next, moving around the circle of easels.”
April 27, 2013
The impossible photos of Erik Johansson
Adobe’s Inspire magazine features Photoshop hoss Erik Johansson, his process & his work:
Johansson: I wanted to do something with paper — something more physical, not just a retouch project. Although I obviously use Photoshop quite a bit, I try to do as much as possible in-camera, which makes the illusion look more realistic and makes things easier during post-production.
I once had a Japanese girlfriend who was scandalized that my high-school burnout buddies had always misunderstood the battle cry “Hadouken!!” as a horribly clumsy attempt to say “(hh)I’ll use it.” That has nothing to do with anything, except that I think of it while watching these kids give a fun illustration of how to create “Makankosappo (“Magic Penetrating Killing Ray”!) photos:
April 26, 2013
Convert Illustrator artwork to Objective C
For my Mac-dev nerds & the artists who love them: Adobe’s vowel-omittin’, code-spittin’ Tom Krcha has put together an article on “How To Convert Illustrator Vector Graphics To Obj-C CoreGraphics On IOS With Drawscript.” Your feedback on how Adobe can improve the app design & production process is always most welcome.
Content-Aware Move techniques from Russell Brown
Russell demonstrates options of the new CS6 technology:
[Via Gaetano Giordano]
April 25, 2013
An Interactive Forest of Musical Lasers
They had me at “Marshmallow Laser Feast”:
I would sure like to unleash some Micronaxx on this bad boy. [Via]
April 24, 2013
Join Russell Brown at MAX May 3-5
Full-body, mixed-media free-for-all: That’s how I’d describe the Russell Brown at MAX sessions I’ve had the pleasure to experience over the years. This year’s in LA should be no different:
Seven reasons to sign up for RussellBrown@MAX
- Classic Movie Monsters
- Amazing Photoshop Instructors like Julieanne Kost and Joel Grimes
- Meet the Wolfman and Frankenstein’s Monster in person!
- Print directly on to a t-shirt with a Brother Garment Printer!
- Print 60X40 inch Epson GIANT movie posters
- Learn cool things about Photoshop that you have NEVER been shown before!
- Photograph with a RED Epic camera!
What are you waiting for?! Sign up here.
The Adobe keynote from Photoshop World 2013
“We now snap more photos in two minutes than were captured in the entire 19th century,” and people have already spent more than 900 years working in Photoshop Touch (!).
Check out the talk for more interesting info & demos. Skip to around the 23-minute mark to see camera shake reduction. Around 31 minutes they show that tech being run in the cloud.
[Via Andrew Kavanagh]
April 23, 2013
Page Layers app turns HTML into PSDs
Hmm—interesting concept (reversing what we normally see, i.e. PSD to HTML):
The app costs $28.99 on the Mac App Store. [Via Stephen Nielson]
More props for Adobe Anywhere
Adobe Anywhere was the most important product at NAB 2013 – more amazing than the Blackmagic 4K camera, or anyone else’s product. The reality that “one day soon” (and “one day” right now for CNN) that you can be in Iraq with a WiFi Connection and can access your company server’s 4K media and edit it over WiFi, and don’t need any other equipment – well that just makes me sick.
Anyone that can afford it will buy Adobe Anywhere, and anyone that has Adobe Anywhere will never use any other editing software other than what Adobe provides. […] As this product becomes more accessible to the regular production and post production companies, the only products that will survive will be the ones that tie in with Adobe Anywhere.
April 22, 2013
Win a beautiful typographic poster courtesy of Illustrator
Illustrator’s Facebook page is giving away this beautiful Venus poster created by Dylan Roscover to 1,000 people! Head to their page for your chance to win now.
FocusTwist brings Lytro-style imaging to iPhone
The new $2 app lets you refocus images after capturing them:
Unlike Lytro’s light field camera, which uses innovative new technology that actually captures entire scenes sharply in one shot, FocusTwist “fakes it.” The app doesn’t require any additional hardware because it’s simply based around the idea of stacking multiple photographs.
The app snaps multiple photographs of a scene with different focal planes and then merges them together into a single interactive image that can be refocused. One of the “secret sauces” behind the app is the image stabilization algorithm that it uses to cancel any hand shake that might be present when it shoots the multiple exposures.
What do you think—is the effect legitimately useful, or just a gimmick?
The Invisible Bicycle Helmet
“If people say it’s impossible we have to prove them wrong.”
Design students Anna and Terese took on a giant challenge as an exam project. Something no one had done before. If they could swing it, it would for sure be revolutionary. The bicycle is a tool to change the world. If we use bikes AND travel safe: Life will be better for all.
[Via Maria Brenny]
April 21, 2013
Lightroom 5 beta resources
As pilfered from The Lightroom Journal:
- Adobe’s Lightroom Evangelist, Julieanne Kost
- Adobe Evangelist, Terry White
- What’s New in Lightroom 5.0 Beta? – Victoria Bampton, the Lightroom Queen
- Holy Crop! Lightroom 5 – The Crop Enhancements – Rikk Flohr, Fleeting Glimpse
- Lightroom 5 Resources Center at NAPP – National Association of Photoshop Professionals
- Tutorials from Laura Shoe
- Light Photographic Workshops blog & YouTube channel
- Howard Pinsky, Iceflow Studios
- Gilles Theophile (in French)
- Lightroomworkshops.com.br- Henrique Ribas (in Brazilian Portuguese)
- CNET Hand’s on assessment by Lori Grunin
- Les nouveautés de Lightroom 5 – Sébastien Abric, FotoPassion (in French)
- Top 5 new Lightroom 5 Features – Fstoppers
- Lightroom Workshops with George Jardine
- Piet Van den Eynde (in Dutch)
- G+ hangout discussion on the new Radial Filter – Jan Kabili @ the Photoshop Show
- Photoshop Lightroom 5 Beta Preview - Chris Orwig @ Lynda.com
- Advanced Healing Brush Video Tutorial – TV Photoshop (in Brazilian Portuguese)
Time Lapse: Creating the Adobe MAX logo
Last month the design team of Jessica Walsh and Stefan Sagmeister locked themselves away for 24 hours to create a new logo for Adobe MAX. Here’s a time lapse of what happened:
April 20, 2013
Dove smartly uses a forensic sketch artist to show women how their own self images compare to what others see:
And here’s the inevitable parody featuring a bunch of dudes:
April 19, 2013
The UIs of “Oblivion”
Great work from Gmunk & team:
Survey: What do you think of Creative Cloud?
From your lips to the Adobe brass’s ears. (And yes, there’s a sort of cheesy “push” aspect to the early set of questions, but there are legitimate questions and a free-text entry field at the end.) Thanks for your help!
[Update: I'm sorry that I didn't read through the whole survey before posting it, and sorry that it comes off as self-promotion masquerading as a real invitation to dialog. I believe that the creators' intentions were good, and that people really will listen to the answers you supply.]
April 18, 2013
A beautifully animated video on the basics of DNA
Check out this neat little piece from BBC Knowledge and Learning. Director Will Samuel of Territory Studio says,
We wanted to create nostalgia; taking the audience back to the days of textbook diagrams and old science documentaries, such as Carl Sagan’s COSMOS and IBM’s POWER OF TEN (1977). Using the double helix circular theme as a core design we focused on form, movement and colour to create a consistent flow to the animation, drawing on references from nature, illustrating how DNA is the core to everything around us.
April 17, 2013
Photoshop Sneak Peek: New De-Blurring Tech
Here’s a brief look at new image-sharpening technology the Photoshop team has been developing (previously hinted at during the last Adobe MAX):
New tools for making responsive HTML from InDesign
Last month, we added support for InDesign’s native Liquid Layout, allowing for a single, responsive design in HTML5, as well as support the Baker Framework (which is an open source ebook format for iOS devices).
This week, we’ve added support for Multi-State Objects, Form Elements, and several additional Button behaviors, allowing a user to create an enormous amount of interactivity from InDesign.
April 16, 2013
Come download the Lightroom 5 beta!
I’m delighted to say that a preview version of Lightroom 5 is available to download from Adobe Labs. Read about the enhancements in detail on the Lightroom Journal blog.
I’m slow on the draw in mentioning it as I’m traveling this week, but you can see Julieanne Kost’s favorite new features demoed in these quick videos:
Upright (Automatic perspective correction) – Discover how to automatically fix common problems such as tilted horizons as well as converging verticals in buildings using Lightroom’s new Upright controls for perspective correction.
The Advanced Healing Brush – Discover the new enhancements to Lightroom’s advanced Healing Brush including the ability to heal and clone non-circular brush spots as well as remove easy to miss sensor dust with using the new Visualization slider.
The Radial Filter – Learn how easy it is to apply any and all of Lightroom’s existing local adjustments including dodging and burning, adding vignettes, selectively sharpening and more to one or more completely customizable, non –destructive, circular Radial filters – anywhere in your image.
April 15, 2013
The Daily ‘Shop
“I don’t even think that’s Photoshop,” says Jon Stewart of North Korea’s recent efforts. “That s*** looks like MS Paint!” Skip to about 3:30 in the first clip, then jump to the last 20s in the second.
“Now that is some MF’ing Photoshop!”
April 14, 2013
Gorgeous light paintings done via wakeboards (!)
The folks over at Red Bull are currently holding a photography competition called Red Bull Illume which is billed as “the world’s premier international photography competition dedicated to the world of action and adventure sports.” One of the latest entries to the competition is this awesome set of photos captured by photographer and light painter Patrick Rochon.
[Via Kim Pimmel]
April 13, 2013
Nordstrom builds an iPad app in front of customers
Wow—talk about rapid iteration & being close to customers. In this short piece, Nordstrom’s Innovation Lab team shows how they conducted the 1-week experiment of building an iPad app that helped customers (and sales reps) pick the best sunglasses for them. The team set up workstations inside the Seattle flagship store so that they could tweak designs and code immediately based on customer feedback.
[Via Molly Ruf]
April 12, 2013
“Why Adobe Anywhere is the Only Tool That Will Actually Make You a Better Filmmaker”
This. Changes. Everything. […]
While every product being marketed out there was about making the image better and more beautiful, or the workflow easier and more automated, Adobe Anywhere was the only thing I saw that enables better collaboration and communication on a fundamental and crucial part of the filmmaking process. Although I’ve been a die-hard Adobe fan since I started editing, I’m trying to say this as best I can without bias – this idea of collaborative editing is one who’s time has come. Even though the current Adobe Anywhere may require be a little too much for small shops to implement right now, I have no doubt Adobe or whoever will find a way to bring this idea to everybody.
It’s only a matter of time for this paradigm shift.
[Via Todd Kopriva]
Dylan Roscover’s typographical “calligrams”
The Adobe Design Center features an interesting profile of Dylan Roscover, creator of beautiful typographic illustrations called calligrams:
All of Roscover’s calligrams are driven by pure passion, and each takes 40 to 60 hours of painstaking craftsmanship to render. “These days, it is easy to make things quickly and get them out the door,” he says. “But with this type of work, every image is special and a labor of love.
April 11, 2013
iPads + Macs -> Giant collaborative art
“Inkscapes” is a sprawling installation that turns tablet doodling into something more profound. Created by Adrià Navarro and DI Shin, the system streams live iPad drawings across a giant, 120-foot-long display, located inside New York’s InterActive Corps building. The result is a hypnotic, undulating mural that’s equal parts painting and performance.
[Previously: Collaborative drawing: Is there a “there” there?]
The interactive light sculpture is made from 12,000 suspended spheres that act as three dimensional pixels, or voxels. Surrounded by 3D cameras the piece can sense viewer’s motions which are then translated into light patterns, but amazingly the light supplied to the individual voxels is fully external. An array of high-speed lasers project into the cloud to create the dynamic visuals in real-time.
April 10, 2013
Typography: Aaron Draplin’s Favorite Signs
Ah, back in the day, when men were men & signs had “un-f***-with-ability”! I love Aaron Draplin’s deeply genuine enthusiasm & affection for the sign-making craft:
The Adobe Creative Layer blog features a brief interview with Aaron.
“So God Made a Zombie”
A little bizarre fun from Russell Brown:
[Via Ammar Al Midani]
April 09, 2013
New Creative Market Photoshop extension
- Find the perfect design assets without ever leaving Photoshop… Once you find the perfect asset for your project, it’ll auto-install in a single click. No more unzipping downloaded files, manually installing content, or restarting Photoshop.
- Free goods each week: Pop open the extension each week to grab new free graphics, templates, fonts, brushes, add-ons and more.
- All of your Creative Market purchases and saved collections are available inside of Photoshop.
What’s coming next in After Effects?
Steve Forde gives a quick tour of the forthcoming Warp Stabilizer, Refine Edge, and 3D integration with Cinema 4D.
What’s the Creative Cloud Packager?
If you’re not an administrator responsible for deploying Adobe apps, you can skip this one. If you are an admin, however, you may well be excited. According to PM Karl Gibson, “This new tool lets admins download all Creative Cloud products & updates; define custom installation behavior; and at the end have a native MSI or PKG that you use with your deployment tool.” See Karl’s post and product docs for more details, and check out the demo below:
April 08, 2013
What principles guide your designs?
Upon joining Adobe our designer Dave pinned up a simple list of five rules. We consult them frequently while crafting our new app:
As you may well know, it’s much easier to meet some of these qualities while sacrificing the others than to maximize and balance them. We’ve already killed off a number of concepts that fell into the “Pepsi Challenge” trap (very appealing at first, but quickly cloying). But hey, if this stuff were all easy, it wouldn’t be fun, and they wouldn’t need to pay us to do it.
What is Adobe Anywhere?
I’m so proud that my wife Margot gets to help deliver the next generation of collaborative awesomeness. Adobe Anywhere helps editors, VFX artists, and other video pros simultaneously access, stream, and work with remotely stored media. As the product site says, “There’s no need for heavy file transfers, duplicate media, or proxy files.”
Here’s how it works, in under 3 minutes:
And check out how CNN & others are putting Anywhere into action:
It’s fun for me to see some of these customers at last. Many are based in Europe, so I’ll often wake up to the sound of Margot dialing into early morning conference calls. One day Finn, age 4, asked me, “Dad-O, is Mom-O talking to Germans?” Yes, I told him. “No!” he said, “Nein nein nein nein!” :-)
April 07, 2013
Hmm—I’d never heard this metaphor when discussing the quantity vs. quality of pixels on a sensor, but I like it. Here’s HTC’s Symon Whitehorn talking about their move from 8 to 4 megapixels:
This debunks the so-called “megapixel myth,” which says that more megapixels equals a better image. “The old analogy that the industry uses is called pixel rain, so you can imagine photons coming down as rain—with photon rain being collected in buckets with the buckets being the pixel,” says Whitehorn. “Now you could put a lot of little cups out and try to collect the same amount of rain and you wind up getting noise between the cups as opposed to it all falling into one big bucket.”
Of course, now I kind of want to see some cheeky artist take this idea to its absurd extreme, producing a sensor that’s just 1 pixel in resolution—but oh man is that pixel’s quality ever high.
April 06, 2013
Creative Cloud for Students: Big discount until tomorrow
Quadrocopters swarm to draw the Star Trek insignia
Frivolous, silly? Possibly. Cool, impressive? You bet.
Here’s how they did it. [Via John Dowdell]
Neat MōVI video stabilization rig
Oh, this looks cool:
Filmmaker* Vincent Laforet writes, “The completely silent device weighs under 3.5 pounds bare and can be operated solo, or with the help of a second ‘gimbal’ operator with a joystick to pull off some incredible moves.” Check out his blog for more details. [Via Patrick Palmer]
* and Premiere Pro convert, I might add
April 05, 2013
A free new series on Photoshop photo restoration
Check out this great collaboration between Photoshop PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes & Lynda.com. Bryan writes,
When Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast last fall, I remember reading stories about the survivors, and one theme kept popping up – people facing great danger to retrieve their family photos…
I needed a way to help. It was unbearable to see these victims fight to recover their most prized photographs, only to find them damaged by the storm. Knowing Photoshop’s tremendous power for retouching and restoration, I looked everywhere for tutorial content to share, but nothing seemed right…
Luckily, the team at lynda.com came to the rescue. They offered me one of their studios to record a video series about using the tools in Photoshop to recover photos.
The video series (25 clips, 70 minutes) is now available to everyone through the “Like to Learn” tab on the Lynda.com Facebook page. Here’s a sample:
in 3 Minutes.”
The irritatingly* talented Mike Matas & his girlfriend produced the beautiful & charming Roadtrip USA:
[Via Tim Marshall]
*not really, of course!
April 04, 2013
Map Illustrator artwork to 3D via LiveSurface Context
You might already know LiveSurface, a stock-image library that featured preset grids optimized to work with Photoshop’s Vanishing Point feature. Now the crew behind it has announced the beta of LiveSurface Context, a unique 2.5D app with a built-in artwork store.
Founder Joshua Distler writes,
The app makes design exploration & visualization (for both designer and client) much faster and more fluid by acting as a kind of next-generation WYSIWYG tool. Designers can work naturally inside Illustrator and visualize their concepts rendered photographically with a click. With it you can:
- Work inside Illustrator and preview ideas rendered in photographic realism with just a click.
- Simulate a variety of inks and materials (such as foil, emboss, fluorescent) by simply choosing swatches in Illustrator.
- Download surfaces by drag and drop; surfaces are automatically re-rendered at hi-res when the download completes.
- Resize and/or rotate Plus Surfaces with a few clicks.
- Output very hi-res renderings in the background, without interruption to workflow.
The app drew a nice write-up in Fast Company. Here’s a quick demo of browsing for photographic templates, then applying artwork:
More info is in 9to5Mac’s write-up.
Principles of simplicity
Once you skip past the hand-wringing & platitudes, Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn have some interesting things to say:
Complexity is the coward’s way out. But there is nothing simple about simplicity, and achieving it requires following three major principles: empathizing (by perceiving others’ needs and expectations), distilling (by reducing to its essence the substance of one’s offer) and clarifying (by making the offering easier to understand or use).
It’s interesting to hear that Trader Joe’s curates their selection, offering 1/10th the product diversity of other supermarkets (though that still means 4,000 different items for sale) and produces twice the revenue per square foot as Whole Paycheck. Such an approach has worked wonders for Paper in beating back the paradox of choice. [Via Dave Howe]
April 03, 2013
Today’s the 40th anniversary of the first cell phone call
Martin Cooper changed the world when he made the first cell phone call 40 years ago.
The former Motorola vice president and division manager made the call on the company’s DynaTAC phone while standing in front of the New York Hilton on Sixth Avenue. His first call: to the head of research at Bell Labs, a company that also was attempting to build the first cell phone.
Social media & paparazzi
Hmm—interesting to hear via the NYT that social media are cutting out the middleman, and thus reducing the price paparazzi can command:
“The old school way was that you would get an e-mail that said, ‘I was on vacation and saw so-and-so and I’d like to sell it to you,’” she said. “Fans are far less likely to do that now. They’d rather share it themselves first on Twitter and Instagram than sell it immediately. People are dedicated to gaining their own followings and that’s the best way to do that.”
Photos can go for a fraction of their historically high cost, she said. “It’s certainly devalued by the fact that it’s already out there,” she said.
Update: Design Taxi has a story about the NY Times running an Instagram photo on their front page. I found this comment from photographer Peter Krogh interesting:
What’s crazy to me is that the Times is granting a perpetual, sublicensable, royalty free, fully-indemnified license to its images to Mark Zuckerberg. Who cares which camera and software was used.
April 02, 2013
Lightroom 4.4 now available
Per the Lightroom Journal:
Lightroom 4.4 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 4. The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.
New cameras supported:
- Canon EOS 1D C
- Canon EOS 100D (Digital Rebel SL1 / EOS Kiss Digital X7)
- Canon EOS 700D (Digital Rebel T5i / EOS Kiss Digital X7i)
- Casio Exilim EX-ZR700
- Casio Exilim EX-ZR710
- Casio Exilim EX-ZR750
- Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR
- Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR
- Fujifilm FinePix SL1000
- Fujifilm X100s
- Fujifilm X20
- Hasselblad H5D-40
- Hasselblad H5D-50
- Hasselblad Lunar
- LEICA M (Typ 240)
- Nikon 1 J3
- Nikon 1 S1
- Nikon D7100
- Nikon Coolpix A
- Nikon Coolpix P330 (preliminary support)
- Olympus XZ-10
- Pentax MX-1
- Samsung NX300
- Sony Alpha NEX-3N
- Sony Alpha SLT-A58
In addition, the new release improves demosaic* support for a range of Fujifilm cameras, adjust the white balance for a number of Nikons, and squashes a variety of bugs. See the LR Journal post for complete details.
*Not “demoniac,” but thanks for the suggestion, Mac autocorrect!
Download Edge Reflow Preview 2
Adobe’s new tool for responsive Web design (layouts that change based on how they’re being viewed) has been updated. Jacob Surber shows you the new improvements:
Sneak peek: Dreamweaver.next
Check out the new CSS Designer:
The CSS Designer delivers cutting-edge CSS features in a new visual interface that works with CSS properties — gradients, box shadows, and media queries. It also gives you the ability to visually apply and set different media queries for web content to be presented in different sized media!
Creative Cloud: What’s in it for photographers?
Quite a bit more than you’d think, it turns out. Terry White explains.
April 01, 2013
How and When to Rename Files in Lightroom 4
Julieanne Kost shares her advice.
Photoshop is yours to download & keep, for free
Completely legal! April Fool’s? Not so much.
- The good news: It runs great in just 2MB of memory on an 8MHz machine.
- The bad news: The version is 23 years old & requires use of a compiler.
According to CNET,
The Computer History Museum has made the source code for Photoshop 1.0.1 into an exhibit that lets the public, or at least programmers, appreciate the inner workings of the historic software.