November 14, 2007

Feedback, please: Photomerge in Photoshop

[Update: Though the interactive mode of Photomerge is no longer installed by default in Photoshop CS4, you can download & install the plug-in: see links for Mac & Win.]

The Photoshop team could use your guidance in setting priorities around our panorama-creation tools.

The automatic alignment & blending features introduced in CS3 have been really well received by photographers creating panoramas.  Panorama creation in CS2 and earlier relied on use of an interactive dialog (screenshot) that enabled the user to adjust the position and rotation of images before blending them together.  The improved algorithms in CS3, however, can usually produce good results without any user interaction, which is why Photomerge now defaults to “Auto” (screenshot) and bypasses the interactive dialog unless you request it.

So, here’s the question: Do we even need the interactive dialog anymore?  It’s built on an aging framework, so keeping it around would require some investment.  If you create panoramas using Photoshop CS3 and rely on the dialog, please let us know the details (via the comments) of how & why.



PS–General feedback on panorama creation in Photoshop is always welcome, too, though the fate of the dialog is the most urgent issue.

[Update: As of CS4 the plug-in is no longer installed by default, but you can still download and use it if you’d like. –J.]

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Printing with your ashes, light, & liquid metal

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Spies, irony, and evil

Interesting recent photo finds:

  • Wee cams:
  • Try and stop us:
    • Strictly No Photography sticks it to the Man with an entire site composed of photos taken exactly where they’re forbidden. [Via]
    • "Photo-bans at pop art shows — irony impairment, or Dadaism?" asks Cory Doctorow.  "I wasn’t even allowed to photograph the ‘No Photographs’ sign. A member of staff explained that the typography and layout of the signs was itself copyrighted."
  • Darkness:
    • The NY Times has been covering some grim episodes in the history of humanity, as seen through photography:
      • The personal photos of Nazi death camp guards are a study in chilling banality.  See the accompanying slideshow.
      • Photographer Nhem En was made to photograph prisoners who had arrived to be tortured by the Khmer Rouge. “I had to clean, develop and dry the pictures on my own and take them to Duch by my own hand," he says.  "I couldn’t make a mistake. If one of the pictures was lost I would be killed."  On a related note, Khmer leader Pol Pot’s 1973 Mercedes limo is for sale on eBay.
      • The paper also features a multi-part essay from documentarian Errol Morris, charting his efforts to find the exact location of a famous photo from the Crimean war (the so-called Valley of the Shadow of Death).
    • Flickr hosts a small gallery of images from French nuclear tests. [Via]  In college one of these images adorned the basement wall of our hovel in South Bend, IN.
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Call for Entries: Adobe Design Achievement Awards

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards, created to honor great new student work, are now accepting entries.

The loot on tap is not too shabby: Individual category winners in each of 12 categories receive $3,000 cash, a winner’s certificate, round-trip airfare to New York City and two nights’ stay; tours of professional studios; and a copy of the Master Collection (BYO forklift on that one ;-)).  Plenty of other prizes are up for grabs, too.  You need to be a full-time student to enter, and the work has to be fresh (done after May 1 this year).  Submissions will be accepted online through May 2, 2008.

See the FAQ for more info, and also check out the 2007 winners. [Via]

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