February 29, 2012

“Confessions of a Printmaker” tomorrow eve in SF

Mark Lindsay will be presenting at Adobe San Francisco tomorrow night starting at 6:30. Mark will discuss:

  • Ink Gamut: Knowing the limitations of printed color
  • Soft-Proofing: How to anticipate print appearance before printing
  • Print Options: Photoshop workflows for inkjet, digital, and offset lithography
  • Sharpening: Advanced sharpening techniques for fine printmaking
  • Paper Profiles: How to make them, where to get them, how to use them
  • Color Management: The best color settings for Photoshop
  • Color Correction: Solving basic and tricky color problems
  • Special Print Problems: A bag of tricks for a world of problems
  • CMYK: The other color space
  • Paper: Best selection for outstanding prints
  • On Press: Effective press checks
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Photoshop.next sneak: Iris Blur

Hardware-accelerated selective blurs with direct manipulation? Yes please.

For your convenience I’ve grouped these sneak-peek videos in a single category.

Side note–and I debate whether to mention this: there’s no real need to comment (as someone does on every sneak), “What, that’s all there is…?”–because no, that’s not all there is. A peek is, by definition, “a quick and typically furtive look.” It’s just meant to pique your interest, not to show a whole product release (or even a whole feature).

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A Photoshop engineer vs. the exploitation of kids

A few years ago, John Penn was invited to attend the Internet Crimes Against Children Conference and share his knowledge as a Photoshop engineer. The experience changed his life. Now he’s a Senior Solutions Architect helping law enforcement agencies around the world use Photoshop to combat the exploitation of children.

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February 28, 2012

16 million Adobe-powered tablet publications

…and that’s in just the past 12 months. The Adobe Digital Publishing Suite is en fuego. According to VentureBeat,

Currently, there are 1,500 iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook, Samsung Galaxy, and other Android tablet publications created with DPS, including 12 out of the 20 top-grossing iPad Newsstand titles.

The first promising stat is that tablet publications keep readers’ attention, with 56 percent of DPS content being read for 25 minutes to 2.5 hours each month. Nine percent of readers spend up to 5 hours a month reading tablet publications.

Check out the team’s press release for more details & customer quotes.

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“Act of Valor” made in Adobe tools

Bandito Brothers used Premiere Pro, After Effects, Illustrator, and more to produce Act of Valor. It’s cool to see the new Warp Stabilizer getting used on the big screen. Check out this 3-minute overview:

[Via Bill Roberts]

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February 27, 2012

Terry White shows Photoshop Touch

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Skala Preview: Send from Photoshop to iOS

This is very cool. Skala Preview says it offers “The fastest way to send pixel perfect, color-perfect design previews from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad.” Here’s the neat bit:

If you’re using Photoshop CS5 12.0.4 or newer, Skala Preview can preview your canvas as you edit. No saving, no keyboard shortcuts, just lossless previews in realtime. It is the absolute fastest way to preview a design mock up on an iOS device.

I’ve just given it a try, and dang if it doesn’t work like a champ. Nice going, guys!

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Live Photoshop Touch demos this week

[Time zone calculator]

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February 26, 2012

Photoshop Touch for iPad is here!

I’m delighted to say that Photoshop Touch for iPad 2 is now available in the App Store! You’ve probably already seen my overview of it…


…but better yet is this testimonial from legitimately kickass artist Brian Yap:


The sort of free-range ideation & expression that Brian describes is just what we had in mind when building PS Touch. I’ve also rounded up Russell Brown’s great videos, which are full of quick, useful tips & techniques.

We honestly can’t wait to hear what you think & to see what you can create.  Photoshop Touch is just a v1 app–a first step on what we hope is a long and interesting road–but we think you’ll find it pretty capable. Check out the user forum to let us know your thoughts.

Now, let me anticipate two questions which go hand in hand: Why does the app require an iPad 2, and why is the maximum image size 1600x1600px? The iPad 2 has twice the RAM, twice the processing cores, and ~5x the graphics grunt of the iPad 1. PS Touch brings some seriously powerful algorithms (e.g. Refine Edge) from the desktop to mobile, and we wanted to ensure a good match between hardware & image size. The app is geared more towards remixing photos & sharing them onscreen than towards print work; having said that, note that a 1600×1600 doc could be printed at 10.6×10.6″ at 150dpi.

And with that, you can grab Photoshop Touch today for U.S. $9.99 in the iTunes store or Android Market and start playing!

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Photo juxtapositions

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most fun:

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February 25, 2012

(rt) Photography: Space, Battles, & Terrible Stock



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“Browser UI” action for Photoshop

Looks interesting:

Browser UI is an action that creates a browser window around any size Photoshop document you can throw at it. Simply install the action, choose a browser and play it. Check out the quick screencast if you don’t believe me.

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February 24, 2012

Typography: Sesame Seed Braille

From Under Consideration:

Wimpy, a fast food restaurant in South Africa, wanted to let blind people know that they have braille menus, so they prepared hamburgers with buns that had the burger’s description set in braille in sesame seeds.

When’s the last time you saw someone take this much pleasure in a burger?

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February 23, 2012

Friday demo/Q&A: HTML site design with Muse

Join us tomorrow, February 24th, 2011 at 12 p.m. Pacific for Ask a CS Pro, Planning your website with Adobe Muse (code name). Product Manager Dani Beaumont as she shows you how to start planning your website with easy-to-use sitemaps, master pages and a host of flexible tools that allow you to get your site planned out and ready for design.

The room will open up 15 minutes before the session starts. At this time, please sign in as a guest to join.

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Secrets of Lightroom 4’s excellent imaging

Magic or Local Laplacian Filters?” asks Lightroom PM Tom Hogarty. To which I want to add simply “…ladies.” Tom pulls back the curtains a tad on how Adobe researchers & their colleagues in academia have been able to “recover shadow and highlight detail with a straightforward set of controls, without introducing artifacts or over-the-top, faux-HDR effects.”

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A really arcane blogging/tweeting tool request

[Warning: Probably of zero interest to non-nerd bloggers, and even then…]

I like sharing links quickly via Twitter (and thus Facebook), and later–time permitting–I copy, paste, and sort those links into groups that I can share here. Other times I’ll use Instapaper to capture links that I’m not quite ready to share.

Trouble is, it takes a non-trivial amount of time to scan back through either list, then copy/paste/etc. Thus my sharing of links via the blog has dropped dramatically. (Sorry/you’re welcome, depending.)

Would you by chance know of a way to automate converting tweets and/or Instapaper (or similar) links into blog-ready form, making it easy to sort them into piles? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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February 22, 2012

Photoshop.next sneak: Automatic preset migration & sharing

Also, Cmd-J duplicates multiple selected layers & layer groups; woo! (“JDI,” for the uninitiated, stands for “Just Do It.”)

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Behind the Splash Screen: Seetharaman Narayanan

Meet the Photoshop hall-of-famer with his own fan club:

[Via Andrew Kavanagh]

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February 21, 2012

Scalado Remove promises handheld tourist-zapping

About five years ago we gave Photoshop the ability to stack multiple images together, then eliminate moving or unwanted details. Similar techniques have appeared in other tools, and now it appears you’ll be able to do all the capture & processing with just your phone. Here’s a quick preview:

The Verge has a bit more detail on the user experience. [Via John Dowdell]

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Starfield: Kinect-powered swinging

My question: if a Wookiee pushes you, do the stars turn into a bunch of lines?


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February 20, 2012

Timelapse: Yosemite HD

Well, that’s just not hard on the eyes (or ears), then. More info on the project is here.


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February 19, 2012

How to manage Lightroom assets across disks

This is one I keep failing to watch, but it sounds extremely useful (as I’m always running short of laptop HD space & am moving to an SSD):

This video (How To: Move & Archive Images and Export A Catalog) shows how to create a folder on an external drive and move your files to that drive from within Lightroom. Note that the first segment answers the question “What are the question marks on my images/folders and how do I relink files?”. If you prefer to skip this section, start the video at 4 minutes 38 seconds.

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What’s the point of having an Adobe ID?

I know, I know: you need another username/password combo like you need a hole in the head. There are real benefits to having an Adobe ID, though (e.g. keeping track of your serial numbers). Jeff Tranberry quickly lists details. [Via John Dowdell]

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Adobe HTML5 animation survey

The Edge team would like to hear your perspective on the relative importance of supporting older browsers, etc. If the subject is important to you, please fill out this quick survey. Thanks.

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February 17, 2012

Reflections on Guatemala (or, What’s In A Pen?)

“I didn’t expect a road-to-Damascus, life-changing snap,” I told a fellow volunteer on my last morning in the country.  “I didn’t expect it–but I guess one can always hope…”

The phrase “cognitive dissonance” keeps coming to mind: How does one work half days in an orphanage full of kids lacking toilet paper & teeth, then cruise off to swim in waterfalls with 18-year-old girls? None of it makes a great deal of sense. Much in our world doesn’t.

What follows is a lumpy mixture of the life-affirming, the very sad, and mostly the totally banal.


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VFX: Inception Park

As Colossal puts it, “This is almost too good for words. A wonderfully clever video directed by Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films, in which hovering roller coasters fly through the streets of Buenos Aires, completely untethered to tracks.”

[Via ]

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February 16, 2012

Pixelapse: PSD backup & sharing

Pixelapse promises “Visual version control done right”:

Hit save in Photoshop. Your artwork will be on the Web, ready to be shared in seconds.

Share and get feedback from your team members, or anyone you share the design with.

[Previous/similar: LayerVault.]

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Turn any rigid surface into a multitouch UI

Ehhh, what? But yes, it’s apparently real. Read more here.


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February 15, 2012

A camera so fast, it can see photons moving

Oh my:

MIT Media Lab researchers have created a new imaging system that can acquire visual data at a rate of one trillion frames per second. That’s fast enough to produce a slow-motion video of light traveling through objects.


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Friday Demo/Q&A: Mission Mobile

Check it:

Learn how to create mobile apps or websites using Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Web Premium software. Join Evangelist Paul Trani and discover the latest tips and tricks on Adobe Dreamweaver and Adobe Air for going mobile fast. We’ll cover how to customize content for different screens, create galleries, optimize graphics, and more.

Prior to joining Adobe, Paul led a team of interactive designers and developers at Starz Entertainment producing multimillion dollar web and mobile campaigns.

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February 14, 2012

Valentine’s Special: Remove Your Ex with Photoshop.next

Artificial intelligence: Good.
Your intelligence: Better.
The two together: Best.

To reduce instances of “Content-Aware Fail,” the Photoshop team has been working on ways to let you guide the Content-Aware Fill algorithm. Check out this two-minute preview:

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Brief impressions of the Nikon V1

I’ve recently returned from my Guatemala trip, on which I carried a Nikon V1 borrowed from the Photoshop team.  If you want a long & crazy-detailed overview, check out Rob Galbraith’s review. What follows is explicitly not that. Rather, it’s off-the-cuff impressions from a guy who normally carries a 5D and who didn’t have the new cam’s manual to consult.

On the whole it’s a camera I quite like.  With a few improvements it could be one I love.


Highlights: Quality, silence, size.

  • I found image quality to be excellent. (Here’s a totally untouched shot taken from a very bumpy van.) Granted, I was looking at reduced-res images on my iPad (making it harder to judge noise & sharpness), and I was relying on Apple’s built-in raw conversion (making it harder to judge flexibility of dynamic range), but still I was quite pleased. Even photos taken in a dark museums & caves came out well when using Auto ISO (a feature my 5D lacks) and the 10mm f/2.8 lens.
  • I loved the cam’s total silence.  People couldn’t tell that it was on or firing, making it great for candid shots. At one point a colleague asked me, “Are you actually going to take any photos?,” as she didn’t realize I’d been snapping away.
  • The presence of a dedicated video start/stop button alongside the shutter release is a cool idea, making it easy to unambiguously capture video (i.e. no need to check or switch shooting mode first).  Overall video quality is great.


Lowlights: Battery, lags.

  • I found battery life on the whole to be somewhere between mediocre and awful.  Even with the rear display turned off, I’d knock a fully charged battery down to 1 bar in maybe 150 shots.  Unlike an SLR, you can’t just leave the cam on & ready to shoot at a moment’s notice. There’s no way to just leave it on (max setting is 10 min), meaning you can’t just raise the cam to your eye & know it’ll be ready to go. Weirdly, I found that when left on, the body grew quite warm to the touch. Even with access to my recharger every night, I stressed about battery life; without it (e.g. if backpacking), I’d have had to carry at least one or two spares.
  • When you raise the cam to your eye, there’s a very slight delay before the digital viewfinder comes to life–nothing outrageous, but annoying for street photography.  One can hack this by taping over the proximity sensor, but presumably that would just exacerbate the battery life issue.
  • As noted in the Galbraith review, the camera insists on briefly showing the last-taken photo in the viewfinder. Again, it’s not horrible, but I often want to keep concentrating on what I’m shooting, not chimp at the shot I just took.
  • Minor: I found it a bit too easy to turn the shooting mode wheel by accident.  Suddenly I’d find myself in some odd burst mode, having nudged the wheel with my right hand.


For pop-up street photography, I found the Nikon 1 a good camera–just not quite a great one. Cutting out the lags, letting me leave it on, and adding a flip-out screen (so that I could compose & fire from waist height) would make it nearly ideal for the kind of work I was doing.  As it was, I learned to work around the camera’s limitations, and I’m very happy with what it let me capture.

A few galleries, in case you’re interested:


Of all these, I think this is my favorite.



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February 13, 2012

Animated lunacy: My Little Pony meets Skrillex

I get an absurdly large kick out of this. (Here’s the backstory.) Stick with it til 1:15 or so–if you can.

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RED/Premiere Pro webinar Feb. 23

Join Ted Schilowitz, one of the founders of RED Digital Cinema, and Adobe’s Wes Howell, 10AM PST:

Adobe and RED have collaborated to bring a truly native, color-rich, 4K tapeless workflow to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5. Join this webinar to learn how you can enable a robust workflow for editing, grading, and delivering native R3D footage in real time using Premiere Pro.



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February 12, 2012

Video: Future Hipsters

Now I’m kind of tempted to get a QR code tat that links to “un gato vomitando.”

[Via Bruce Bullis]

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February 11, 2012

Time & Tide

Canada’s Bay of Fundy features a high tide that can be 50+ feet higher than low tide. Check out this time lapse:

In an old, obscure corner of my career, I was a Navy Midshipman who spent a month on the USS Zephyr. (Would you have guessed?) I sat on a dock in Alaska, sketching the aft 25mm cannon (below), which I’d just unsuccessfully shot at some seagulls (thankfully I missed). I tend to draw each part methodically, and I kept kicking myself as I failed to get the perspective right among the various pieces. Finally I realized that the tide was lowering the ship so fast that the lines were rapidly changing. Not a great place to draw in pen!


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February 10, 2012

Making iOS vector icons using Photoshop

Matt Gemmell shares his tips on creating extremely small PDF graphics using a combo of Photoshop and Panic’s utility ShrinkIt (reducing the size of his test file by 85%).

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A North Korean Photoshop tutorial

“Rotting misery pumpkin”? “Catify” command? Where can I get this version?? [Note: Contains a little off-color humor]

[Via the *actual* Bryan O’Neil Hughes]

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February 09, 2012

Photoshop.next sneak #3: Dashed & dotted lines

Note the presence of controls for “real” stroke & fill (not dependent on the modal layer style dialog) on the options bar.

[Via Rob Cantor]

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February 08, 2012

Adobe Muse (visual HTML authoring) gets updated

The Muse Beta 6 update is now available, delivering more than 80 enhancements & bug fixes based on customer feedback. Check it out, and please let us know what you think.

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You can put 16GB of RAM in a MacBook Pro

I mention it A) because I just ordered a new machine*, and B) people seem not to know about this capacity. Adobe’s Jason Levine says the upgrade is fast, easy–and now cheap.

I’ve always been a sucka for tons of memory, having jammed an eye-popping 512MB into my first PowerBook at Adobe (2000!). When I priced an 8GB upgrade on Apple.com 3 years ago, it cost $1200–as much as a MacBook + Apple TV. Now Apple will let you go from 4 to 8GB for $200. Strangely, though, they don’t list a 16GB option–which OWC offers for $249.

*This is part of my perverse effort to bring you high-DPI laptops: by ordering a current machine now, I ensure the arrival of a better option moments later. (See also my sales of ADBE and pretty much any other stock or commodity, ever.) I am, if nothing else, a man who *gives*.

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February 07, 2012

Photoshop Touch for Android gets new functionality

Now available on the Android Market:

Export to PNG and PSD functionality
When choosing Save to Camera Roll or Share by E-mail or on uploading to Creative Cloud, you can now save to either JPEG, PSD, or PNG.

Improved image quality of images saved to the local Camera Roll/Gallery
Save to Camera Roll saves out JPEGs which are compressed with max quality now instead of medium quality.

Improved compatibility with Android 4.0
This update addresses some issues related to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) compatibility; including resolving the in-app log-in issues with the Adobe Creative Cloud website.

General bug fixes and performance enhancements
Several performance and memory handling improvements (including Pinch & Zoom and Refine Edge).

Back button improvements
Standard Android Back button is accessible when it wasn’t previously. This button supports returning prior to screens and can be used for easier folder navigation.


As for the iOS release, I still can’t provide a specific release date, but rest assured folks are working hard to get it out ASAP.

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Feedback wanted for Adobe Revel (formerly Carousel)

From PM Sumner Paine:

Calling all active and enthusiastic Revel users!

The team at Adobe is looking for people to join our prerelease program. We’re working on new features and we need your feedback and help with testing.

If you are a Revel subscriber and you have it on all three device types (iPad, iPhone, Mac) just send an email to sumner@adobe.com with a brief explanation covering 4 things:

  1. Your favorite thing about Revel
  2. The most important thing that’s missing from Revel today
  3. List of devices where you have Revel installed (e.g., MacBook Air, iPhone 4, etc.)
  4. Names of other photo apps you use on your desktop computer, if any

There’s limited space in the prerelease program so we can’t accept everyone who applies, but we look forward to your submissions.

Sumner Paine, product manager

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February 06, 2012

Photoshop events in NYC this week

  • Thursday, February 9 Event Meetup: Hosted at the School of Visual Arts with special guest SVA alum and pro photographer Sarah Silver. Bryan O’Neil Hughes, Photoshop Sr. Product Manager, will demo.
  • Saturday, February 11 Event Meetup: Hosted at pro photographer Sarah Silver’s NYC studio.  Bryan will demo.
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Demo: Adobe HTML apps working together

Mike McHugh wireframes a mobile site using Adobe Proto & opens the HTML output in Adobe Edge to add animation. He then creates some SVG graphics in Illustrator, applies animations, and roundtrips the graphics back to Illustrator. (Skip past the first minute.)


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February 05, 2012

A 5-year-old responds to company logos

I’ve gotta try something like this with our little dudes.


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February 03, 2012

Canada sends a (Lego) man to space

“A tip of the hat to America’s hat.” :-)


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February 02, 2012

Photoshop.next: Sneak peek #2

Background save, anyone? How about massively faster Liquify?

Both of these features have been in the team’s sights for a long time, but they kept getting derailed by things like the Carbon-to-Cocoa conversion effort. Nice to have that behind us.

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February 01, 2012

Scott Kelby: “Why I Think Lightroom 4 is Going To Sell Like Crazy”

He writes,

“Your photos look better processed in Lightroom 4. Period… The improvements in Lightroom’s Development module are so significant, and so much better than what we’ve ever had before, that I think you’ll be hard-pressed to find most anyone still using Lightroom 3 in just a few months from now.”

As Bryan demos & notes in the Photoshop sneak below, the same engine is coming to PS, and you can try it out in LR4 right now.

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A little taste of Photoshop.next

See anything you like?

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