July 31, 2012

Photography session tonight at Adobe San Jose

Sorry for the late notice, but this event (starting at 7pm) should be interesting:

Our speaker for this meeting will be Brad Polt-Jones, from Future Light Digital Workshops. He has more than 20 years experience as a pro photographer and 10 years as a digital media artist. In addition to developing the Future Light workshops, Brad continues to teach digital photography classes for UCLA Extension and San Francisco City College.

Brad would like some input in terms of what topics he should cover in his presentation. These could include detailed workflows with the Content Aware Move / Patch, Adaptive Wide Angle, new tools in Camera Raw with Smart Objects, even basic Photoshop preferences and setup, or … you tell us!

“My philosophy is simple; I am passionate about the future of art and photography and want to bring the power and elegance of a new generation of tools to a wider audience. Digital photography allows everyone to participate in the image making process with an unprecedented ease of use and with total control.” –– Brad Polt-Jones

And, yes, There Will Be Pizza.

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New Kickstarter project: InDesign to HTML5

Justin Putney & Ajar Productions have launched InDesign to HTML5, a Kickstarter project to fund creation of an exporter that’ll produce rich, interactive HTML from InDesign spreads.

Here are just a few of the ways in which our product will differ from the existing HTML export feature:

  • Layout. Element positioning will be maintained.
  • Format. Up-to-date HTML will be used (rather than an older version).
  • Font embedding.
  • WYSIWYG. No programming knowledge will be required to adjust the final layout.
  • Built-in page navigation (if desired).
  • Master page content will be included.

Check out the project page for more details.

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(rt) Assorted Lego awesomeness

PS–Semi-random question: Do you happen to know how/where I could buy just Lego train wheels & buffers? My mom just mailed the boys my 1983-era train set, and of course they’re wanting to build more cars. I see that Pick A Brick offers individual wheels & buffers, but I don’t know whether those require separate axles/connectors that aren’t sold there. TIA from the Micronaxx!

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July 30, 2012

40% Creative Cloud discount ends in one month

If you own a CS3 or later Adobe app, you can subscribe to Creative Cloud & get all the CS6 apps, 20GB of storage, and more at a huge discount ($29.99/month instead of $49/month in the US)–but note that the offer ends August 31st.  Shake a leg!

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See Flash get good at making HTML5

Live demo/Q&A, Friday at noon Pacific: 

Senior Product Manager Tom Barclay will show you powerful new capabilities in Adobe Flash Professional CS6, including the Toolkit for CreateJS extension that lets you easily convert Flash content to HTML5. Join us and learn what’s new, as well as interacting with the pros from our team.

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July 28, 2012

A creepy look at the future of augmented reality

You know this is coming. You know it’ll be almost impossible to resist.

“The more we use knowledge found on the Internet (and not in our own minds) the less capacity we have to actually hold that knowledge internally.” Seems about right. [Via]

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July 27, 2012

Gorgeous macro photographs of snails and insects in the rain

Russian photographer Vadim Trunov may well have the best-lit back yard/Jurassic Park Nano in the world, judging by his terrific macro photographs of snails and insects in the rain.

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Video: Wind & water

Neat animation, using algorithms related to what powers the new Oil Paint filter in Photoshop CS6:


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July 26, 2012

Adobe Powers BBC’s Olympics Coverage

“Wait, what the heck is ‘Project Primetime‘?” — probably nearly everyone who reads this blog

Glad you’re said to have asked: It’s an end-to-end toolchain that links Adobe streaming, DRM, ad serving, audience management, analytics, and optimization. The tools rapidly convert live video into on-demand content. Besides streaming via Adobe tech, the content is being delivered through a new HTML5 app built with Adobe PhoneGap. Jolly good!

Check out the video team’s blog post for more details.

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July 25, 2012

Adobe CS apps & Mountain Lion: No known issues

From the CS6 FAQ:

Adobe and Apple have worked closely together to test Adobe® Creative Suite® 5, 5.5 and CS6 editions and individual products for reliability, performance and user experience when installed on Intel® based systems running Mac OS X Mountain Lion (v10.8). Earlier versions of Adobe Photoshop® (CS3 and CS4) software were also tested with Mountain Lion and there are currently no known issues.

As with any new release of an operating system, there may be unexpected issues that arise that were not discovered during testing. If you encounter any issues, please report them on our bug reporting form.

Video team member Todd Kopriva notes,

Mountain Lion (Mac OS v10.8) upgrade improves performance and stability with Premiere Pro. Be sure to check for drivers for third-party I/O hardware and such, which may not yet be available for your accessories.”

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Slow Motion Footage of Lightning Shot at 7,207 FPS

Amazing capture from Tom Warner:

Check out NASA’s Astronomy Site of the Day for more details. [Via]

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Engineers: The Photoshop team is hiring

Over the last couple of years, the Photoshop team has had great success turning promising research projects (Content-Aware Fill, Content-Aware Scale, Puppet Warp, etc.) into practical, transformative features for everyone. They’d like your help in taking things further:

The Adobe Photoshop team is looking for a highly motivated senior engineer who will develop state-of-the-art imaging features for Photoshop. The successful candidate will be working with a very dynamic customer-focused engineering team and will be responsible for productizing research ideas. The position will be located in San Jose.

Check out the complete job listing for more info. We hope to meet you soon.

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July 24, 2012

Optimizing your system for Adobe video apps

How much RAM do you need? What’s the story on CUDA, OpenGL, and OpenCL?  What about Thunderbolt & Firewire? If you’re serious about video, film, and audio production work, check out this white paper, “Optimizing Hardware Systems for Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS6, After Effects® CS6, SpeedGrade™ CS6, and Photoshop® Extended CS6.”

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How To Use Photoshop Files in Your Adobe Muse Website

Efficiently converting PSDs into Web content can be an enormous time-saver*. Here Terry White shows how to put two great tastes together for HTML:

* Back in the day, to get a 20-layer PSD ready to animate, Flash required 168 steps. With LiveMotion we took that down to 2 steps. I’ll never let that one go. :-)

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July 23, 2012

Nighttime views from the ISS

“Every frame in this video is a photograph taken from the International Space Station,” writes creator Knate Myers. “All credit goes to the crews on board the ISS. I removed noise and edited some shots in Photoshop.”

[Via Jim Goldstein]

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July 22, 2012

Photography: Deliberately horrible self portraits

“For the past five years,” writes the Daily Mail, “photographer and adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University Gordon Stettinius has been sending intentionally awful portraits of himself dressed as one of more than two dozen creepy-looking characters, as follow-ups to industry professionals.”

In related news, Gordon Stettinius is the man. [Via]

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July 21, 2012

Things made notable by their absence

A pair of interesting little Photoshop-powered projects:

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“The Wire” in Lego

My God, has anything ever been more in my wheelhouse than a Wire homage rendered in Lego stop motion? (Nope!)


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July 20, 2012

Video: Ski Shredding

Check out a lovely bit of filmmaking (dig those close-ups & sparks) featuring dirty-snow aerial mayhem (you’ll see):

[Via Justin Cole]

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July 19, 2012

Learn about the Adobe Web hosting you’re already getting

If you’re subscribing to Creative Cloud, you’ve got access to Web hosting powered by Adobe Business Catalyst. (Bet you didn’t know!)  Check it out tomorrow in a live demo/Q&A at noon Pacific:

Build everything from stunning website to powerful online stores, without server-side coding. Learn about Business Catalyst’s tight integration with Dreamweaver CS6.

  • Create and publish BC websites online right from within Dreamweaver
  • Insert dynamic modules such as blogs, photo galleries and more, without server-side coding
  • Customer lead capture with database integration, in just minutes
  • Set up a a fully-featured online store with payment integration in a few clicks 
  • Easily host your site online with a few simple steps
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New Photoshop panel for iOS developers

I’ve previously mentioned the iOS Photoshop Actions & Workflows that Marc Edwards has put together.  Now he’s augmented them with a Configurator-made panel. It “includes the most frequently used tools for interface and icon designers, spread out for quick access, plus buttons for turning pixel snapping on and off.”

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Michael Jackson as a stick figure

How much character of movement can be conveyed just by moving dots. Apparent crazy person Colin Rozee set out to find out, saying “I manually keyframed 19 mask paths in AE. There’s over 20,000 keyframes in the piece, but it needed to be that detailed to achieve the fluidity of movement….” He used the Plexus particle-system plug-in in the project. [Via David Simons]

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July 18, 2012

Quick Tip – Color Lookup Adjustment Layer in Photoshop CS6

Dang if Julieanne doesn’t keep teaching me interesting things:

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July 17, 2012

Animation: “Cascade”

I’m guessing that Timothy LaPointe, like me, sees these things when he’s falling asleep. The difference is, he can show you:

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July 16, 2012

Adobe debuts new Exchange panel, site

Great news for anyone who likes to extend & streamline Adobe apps. Think of it as a mini app store, right within Photoshop & co. PM Jonathan Ferman writes:

The new Adobe Exchange is a Creative Suite extension marketplace. It is available as a panel within a variety of CS6 applications. The Adobe Exchange panel provides a new way to search, discover, and install plug-ins, extensions, and other content for Creative Suite products.

The site enables private sharing within organizations, as well as both free & paid distribution of content:

Anyone with an Adobe ID will be able to submit up to 10 free products to the new Adobe Exchange, free of charge. You can also share products privately. Due to the way Exchange products are packaged it’s a great way for individuals or organisations to share Creative Suite content and it will appear in the user’s My Stuff section of the panel and can automatically provide any new updates. The potential here is enormous. For example, sharing out an InDesign template, swatches and many other Creative Suite generated content, which you can package in minutes with Adobe Exchange Packager. This goes beyond file sharing, as it can install the content in the correct locations for use with Creative Suite 6 supported products.

Anyone looking to offer paid products via the new Adobe Exchange should sign up for the prerelease program. There are no subscription charges for offering paid products while we are in prerelease.

And Russell Brown is hyped:

This new Photoshop Exchange panel is GREAT!
You can search for cool Photoshop panels and install them directly from within Photoshop. I’ve posted two of my MUST SEE panels on this site.
All my panels are FREE!!!

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Tip: Cropping Two Images to the Same Size in Photoshop CS6

Photoshop’s venerable Crop tool got a major overhaul in CS6. In this 2-minute Quick Tip, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to quickly crop two images to the same size using the Front Image option as your source.

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July 15, 2012

Time lapse: Night Skies

The folks at T-RECS shot some lovely nighttime time lapses around the US this spring.

The creators have also created a tutorial on how to make your own star trails in After Effects. [Via]

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July 14, 2012

Gorgeous “Kinetic Rain”

This just drew audible gasps from Nacks age 4 to 40.


“Kinetic Rain” is composed of two parts, each consisting of 608 rain droplets made of lightweight aluminum covered with copper. Suspended from thin steel ropes above the two opposing escalators, each droplet is moved precisely and seemingly floating by a computer-controlled motor hidden in the halls ceiling. The drops follow a 15-minute, computationally designed choreography where the two parts move together in unison, sometimes mirroring, sometimes complementing, and sometimes responding to each other.


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July 13, 2012

Video: Photographic Toning Presets in Photoshop CS6

Julieanne shows a powerful but totally hidden photographic enhancement new to Photoshop CS6:


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New demo of the Leap motion tracker

Can. Not. Wait.

Check out more info from the MIT Technology Review, and from the product site.

[Via Mausoom Sarkar]

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July 12, 2012

Adobe and NBC Olympics Join Forces to Bring the Olympics to Mobile Devices

Check it out:

See the official blog post for lots more detail.

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Inventor portrait: Ralph Baer

David Friedman sat down with 90-year-old inventor Ralph Baer, creator of the pioneering Magnavox Odyssey video game system, to reflect on his life’s work & on why he’s still inventing to this day.

Incidentally, if the Odyssey gives you a taste for ancient computer fonts, check out this.

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July 11, 2012

Wacom Cintiq goes multitouch


I can’t wait to see what Adobe tools can do with multitouch plus a super high precision stylus that pays attention to pressure, tilt, and rotation.

This bad boy costs $3699 and will be available in early August.

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HTML5 animation demo/Q&A this Friday

10AM Pacific:

Interested in adding HTML5 motion and interaction design to your creative arsenal? Learn about Adobe Edge preview, a powerful tool to create animated and interactive HTML5 content. With new SEO upgrades and publishing improvements, see how easy it is to start creating HTML5 content. Join us this Friday, 10:00 AM PT (new time). Register here.

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July 10, 2012

“Photoshop CS6: From The Inside”

Last month I mentioned the Photoshop User cover story from PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes in which the team talks about what they do, the thinking that went into CS6, and more. The story is now available in HTML form via Scott Kelby’s blog.

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Graphics awesomeness, circa 1990

Ian Moss juxtaposed an interesting pair of vintage videos. First there’s “The mighty Quantel Paintbox with its custom hardware and 10 years of knowhow behind it…”

“…versus version 1 of Adobe Photoshop, running on a Macintosh Classic for a 10th of the cost.”

The second vid’s a bit misleading as it shows PS 1.0 running on Mac Plus (from 1986) “with 1-bit (black&white) display, 8MHz CPU and 4MB RAM.” Here’s Photoshop co-creator John Knoll re-creating his original Photoshop demo:

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July 09, 2012

All 135 Space Shuttle launches at once


I couldn’t stick around for the Challenger incident, though. [Via]

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July 08, 2012

New MOO uploader for Lightroom


If you use Lightroom to edit the photos you use to create MOO Business Cards (or MiniCards or Postcards), your life is about to get just a little bit easier.

With our newly created Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Plugin you can now export your photos directly to MOO. Yay!

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July 07, 2012

Bill Gates inspired the name “NeXT”

Awesome. (Also, “MacMan”? We dodged a bullet there.) [Via]

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“Uncle Drew”

I find this ridiculously great: NBA rookie of the year Kyrie Irving spent four hours in make-up getting disguised as an old man, then headed to courts in New Jersey to devour the “youngbloods.”


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July 06, 2012

iOS Photoshop Actions & Workflows

Marc Edwards has updated his iOS Photoshop Actions & Workflows, streamlining tasks like creating various-sized icons, toggling pixel snapping, simulating color blindness (forgot PS could do that, right?), and more. 

He also notes, “If you like these actions, you’ll love Skala Preview, the fastest way to send pixel perfect, colour perfect design previews from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad.”

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July 05, 2012

CS6 Demo: Russell Brown deep-dives on Adaptive Wide Angle

The master demos some amazing lens-correction tech:

I had fun using the feature the other day, warping a little panorama I’d first stitched in Photoshop.

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War photography tonight in SF

Sorry for the late notice, but if you’ll be in San Francisco this evening, you can meet photojournalist Bruce Haley & view his work at Carte Blanche gallery (973 Valencia) 6pm-8:30pm tonight. The Facebook event page features more details.

Taken between 1994 and 2002, Bruce Haley’s photographs reflect the complexity of land and life in the former Soviet Bloc. Decaying industrial sites and toxic landscapes, rich farmland and traditional villages: his images capture the joys and challenges facing these newly independent nations, as they struggle to leave behind the legacy of Communism for an unknown future.

Bruce Haley

Bruce Haley is the recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal, one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world. Haley received this honor for his coverage of Burma‘s bloody ethnic civil war.

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July 04, 2012

Pixel Bender discontinued in PS, AE CS6

In CS6 the Photoshop & After Effects teams have decided to move away from enabling the Pixel Bender language for writing imaging filters.  The popular Oil Paint effect has been brought into Photoshop CS6, but the Pixel Bender Gallery plug-in will no longer be offered on Adobe Labs.

Pixel Bender is very cool technology, but it just didn’t get widespread adoption from developers, and it’s important to focus dev efforts. This step frees up Adobe’s graphics whizzes to help bring GPU-accelerated filters to everyone via CSS shaders, like this:

and this:

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Popsicolor app turns photos into watercolors

The $.99 app does what it says & does it nicely, if rather slowly. Check out some example images.

Aside: I continue to wish Apple would make it easy for apps like Instagram to slot in other apps for round-trip filtering (sending them a grid of pixels & then getting one back). It seems that Windows & Android remain well ahead in this regard, but hope springs eternal.

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July 03, 2012

Come help Adobe make HTML more awesome

WebKit developers, JavaScript experts, engineering managers, standardistas, testers, and more: everyone’s needed to enable the richness the Web needs. Check out the html.adobe.com jobs page for details.

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Adobe on HTML5: “We’re trying to go beyond what you can do with Flash.”

Cool, right? Flash is & was always just a means to an end (helping people express themselves, and making money selling tools to do so). Adobe continues to pour manpower into bringing Flash innovations (hardware-accelerated filters, better typography, etc.) to HTML. Check out CNET’s interview with engineering manager Arno Gourdol for more details for what we’re doing with blending modes, SVG, and more.

Oh, and if you want to help us move things along, see my next post.

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New CSS & sprite-making tools

  • CSS3PS is a free Photoshop plug-in that promises to turn your Photoshop shape layers & styles into CSS. (See also previous: CSS Hat; generating CSS from Fireworks CS6). [Via Barkin Aygun]
  • SpriteRight is a $5 Mac app for combining multiple images into sprite sheets, then creating CSS that goes with them. [Via Fabrice Delaneau]

I used to be a kick-ass Web production guy, but that was when Bill Clinton was president, Michael Richards was employable, and DeBabelizer walked the land. Now I feel behind the times relative to production best practices, so as always if you have feedback about what’s useful & what’s not, I’m all ears.

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July 02, 2012

CS6 Hardware Recommendations now available

 Check it out: Adobe’s Adam Pratt writes,

We post CS6 System Requirements, but we all know those are the minimum requirements to run the software. Professional customers demand better hardware specifications to get the maximum performance out of their investment in CS6, and this new CS6 Hardware Recommendations document outlines recommended system configurations for different workflows for Mac, Windows, and notebook users.

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July 01, 2012

Tutorial: Color correcting video in Photoshop CS6

Ian Robinson takes you through the basics–good stuff to know if you’re getting your feet wet shooting video with a DSLR:

[Via Andrew Kavanagh]

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