December 27, 2006
The Secret Life of Smart Filters
Smart Filters–i.e. those that can be adjusted or removed at any time, leaving the underlying pixels unaffected–address what is probably the single longest-standing feature request in Photoshop. Customers’ response to them has been quite good, but the details of how & why they work as they do may be a little subtle. For example,
- Why can’t you paint directly onto a surface that has a Smart Filter applied?
- Why are you limited to having one filter mask per layer (instead of having one per filter)?
- Why do Smart Filters add file size?
If you’re interested in the story of how and why Smart Filters came to be as they are, read on. I find the whole topic of how Photoshop is evolving from a simple "a pixel is a pixel" app into a dramatically more powerful editing pipeline fascinating, but I recognize it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. :-)
Mechanical insects & more
Interesting design/photography bits:
- Graham Owen creates insanely realistic flies for fishing. (I’ve spent a good part of the Christmas break cat-fishing; wonder what Graham could do in the way of a felt mouse.) He even offers a step-by-step tutorial on creating flies. [Via]
- And if that’s not realistic (or weird) enough for you, there’s Mike Libby’s Insect Lab,"an artist-operated studio that customizes real insects with antique watch parts and electronic components." [Via]
- Speaking of animals+electronics, the Woofer‘s name works on two levels. I wonder if he’s related to this pup.
- Artist Cai Guo-Qiang gets crazy with animals real (dead wolves a go-go; an unfortunate tiger going out like St. Sebasian) and imagined (explosive dragon skeleton) [Via]
- The NYT features some beautiful shots of northern Japan’s disappearing world of draft horse racing.
[See also previous bits]