September 30, 2013

Quote o’ the day: “Take out steps”

From Evan Williams, of Twitter & Blogger fame:

Here’s the formula if you want to build a billion-dollar internet company: Take a human desire, preferably one that has been around for a really long time…Identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps.

The whole thing is worth a read.

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Animation: “Four rules to make Star Wars great again”

Totally fun, concise work from Sincerely, Truman:

[YouTube] [Via]

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Design: Adobe 24 Hours

The team at Sagmeister & Walsh gave themselves 24 hours to design Adobe’s MAX identity, working with simple natural media & making the process part of the story. The project was live broadcast onto a billboard in Times Square. Check out how it went:

More stills are on Behance.



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September 29, 2013

Quote o’ the day

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” — George Bernard Shaw

[“One certainly hopes.” — Everyone trying to develop new products from scratch]

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September 28, 2013

Russell Brown on “Making Monsters” tomorrow night


Our very own Russell Brown will be on the Travel Channel this Sunday!

Set your DVR to record “Making Monsters” this Sunday, September 29th 8/7c. You’ll see how Distortions Unlimited created a gigantic zombie podium for Russell’s ADIM13 Conference.

The project started with a sketch created in Photoshop by Rayce Bird and ended up as a giant sculpture. This is a must-see show!

Check out a quick video preview.


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September 27, 2013 Search for vector icons within Photoshop

 Hmm—this sounds promising: is a Photoshop extension that allows you to quickly find a high-quality icon that you can simply drag and drop and then easily continue your ideation. All of the icons are vectorial and have been inserted as smart Photoshop objects, meaning that you get all the icon components as layers (vector objects, adjustment layers, etc.) so that you can easily tweak them to match your creation. [Via]

What do you think?

Search twitter mini

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See Barcelona’s “finished” Sagrada Familia

I had no idea that Gaudi’s masterwork might actually get finished (hey, it’s only been 120 years) in 2026. Check out this nicely rendered 3D visualization:

Margot, hearing the slightly cheestastic music just now without context, said, “Oh boy—what are we getting motivated about this morning?” [Via]

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September 26, 2013

Give feedback on the Behance app redesign

Things you may or may not know (seems like a lot of people don’t just yet):

  • Last year Adobe acquired Behance, a kickass network of more than a million creative people posting amazing work.
  • Behance introduced Work in Progress (WIP), a way for you to get feedback from fellow artists while you work through a project.
  • Behance offers a great mobile app for browsing portfolios, finding work, and more.

Now Behance designer Eric Snowden & team are posting daily updates as they redesign the Behance mobile app. Just today they debuted a design for the long-requested iPad version of the app. Designers are weighing in with their comments, and the team would love to hear your thoughts, too.

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An artist-geologist uses Photoshop to render the history of the Earth

Ronald Blakey, illustrator of Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau, creates some interesting visualizations:

I actually forget when I first started with Photoshop — probably in the mid-1990s. When I found that, I just thought, wow: the power of this is incredible. I quickly learned how to use the cloning tool, so that I could clone modern topography onto ancient maps, and that made things even simpler yet.

Check out the whole piece on The Atlantic.


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September 25, 2013

New Photoshop CC update (14.1.2) available

Per the Photoshop team blog:

  • F5 deletes layers instead of opening Brushes panel
  • Intermittent crash using Generator
  • Issue running actions with Generate>Image Assets enabled
  • OpenGL functionality disabled on some Windows systems with both NVidia and ATI cards

Installation is simple:

  1. Look for the update in the Creative Cloud application and click “Update”. (Quit and restart the Creative Cloud application if you don’t see the update)
  2. If you don’t have the Creative Cloud application running, start Photoshop and choose Help > Updates.
  3. The Adobe Application Manager will launch. Select Adobe Photoshop CC and choose Update.
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Projection mapping + robots

Oh God that’s cool. Just stick with it for a minute:

According to The Creators Project,

The team has pioneered the use of robots that are normally used for manufacturing vehicles, and instead developed software to interface the robots in 3D system Maya.[…] Designed to control camera movement, activate lights, and shift set pieces with ever-repeatable motion, this precision allows the virtual and physical worlds to unite and CG elements to match in real time.

Project creator Gmunk offers more behind-the-scenes perspective on his site. [Vimeo] [Via Nicholas Felton]

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New Bjango Actions for iOS 7

Check out the latest Photoshop enhancements from screen designer Marc Edwards:

Main changes:

  • Added iPhone Icon Template.psd 
  • Added iPad Icon Template.psd 
  • Added quite a few scaling actions (xxhdpi etc) 
  • Improved the new iPhone/iPad document actions 
  • Improved names for many actions 
  • Removed the Bjango Tools panel 
  • Removed lots of iOS 6 legacy stuff

As always check out Marc’s invaluable iOS & Android Photoshop Actions & Workflows.

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Photoshop’s path selection get improved

Good tip from Julieanne Kost regarding the latest PS CC update:

Three really helpful improvements were made in Photoshop CC (v14.1), with regards to anchor point selection:

  • Path point selection is no longer retained when switching among layers.
  • Clicking on a selected anchor point will select that point and deselect others.
  • With anchor points not currently visible on a path, clicking on the location of an anchor point will select that point without any extra clicks.
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September 24, 2013

Adobe Ideas adds Wacom pressure-sensitive stylus support

According to the team blog,

Finger drawing is fast, but when artists want precision, they reach for pressure-sensitive styluses. It’s why the Adobe Ideas team was so excited to announce Pogo Connect Bluetooth Pen support back in July. And it’s why today we’re thrilled to announce support for the new Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus.

Now, when drawing in Adobe Ideas, there are two great stylus options.

You can grab Adobe Ideas here, for free.

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iOS7 Rounded Rect Script for Photoshop

Developer Mike Swanson has created a new utility for icon creators:

Early on, I noticed that the rounded rectangles I was making in Photoshop didn’t match the screenshots of my app running on iOS 7. Further investigation revealed that the underlying functions that create rounded rectangles in iOS 7 were all-of-the-sudden creating these new, smoother corners. […]

The script includes presets for common iOS icon sizes, but all values and options can be modified.


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“The world’s first 3D sensor for mobile devices”

Occipital is Kickstarting a way to “capture models of rooms, 3D scan objects, play augmented reality games, and develop mobile applications with 3D sensing.” Check it out:

Maybe stuff I wrote about five years ago will finally become broadly possible. [Via]

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September 23, 2013

SF photo geeks: Check out this Thursday session

Lightroom team member Ben Warde jokes,

I’ve conceived of this month’s meeting specially to punish you.  After I subject you to the technical nuances of building custom profiles, you’ll never ask for advanced topics again!  Only the most unashamedly geeky among you need attend!

On Thursday evening at Adobe HQ, Ben will break down techniques for building both lens profiles & camera profiles. Pizza & socializing will start at 6:30pm, and the presentation will run roughly 7-8pm, followed by Q&A.

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Michel Gondry’s new video

Commissioned by Gillette, more than a little Stomp-y, but I like it:

[YouTube] [Via]

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Glimpses of Photoshop World

Dang, the camera-equipped drones weren’t the only cool thing I missed. Looks like people had a ball:

[Via Bryan O’Neil Hughes]

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September 21, 2013

Time lapse: Building One World Trade

Pretty impressive, even without the Inception horns:


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September 20, 2013

Adobe salutes “The New Creatives”

From Design Taxi:

To commemorate the passing of 1 million subscribers on its subscription-based service Creative Cloud, Adobe—with the help of ad agency Goodby, Silverstein & Partners—has released a new, eye-catching ad that pays tribute to “the new creatives”.

“Creatives today do a little bit of everything, from illustration to filmmaking to Web design,” said the agency’s associate creative director Will Elliot. “We wanted the spot to celebrate how all these different disciplines are coming together.”



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Adobe’s drawing hardware due next year; hints at new touch apps

Design VP Michael Gough writes,

Adobe is moving our cloud pen, Project Mighty and our digital ruler, Project Napoleon, from a technology exploration to a planned product. We are teaming up with Adonit… to manufacture and ship Mighty and Napoleon in the first half of 2014.

 He also hints at forthcoming drawing apps:

Today we are unveiling two sneak peaks in this realm that we think really move the combined hardware and software experience forward: Project Parallel, a drafting iPad app designed and developed from scratch for the Project Napoleon hardware. The second, Project Contour, is essentially Kuler for shapes – take a photo of a favorite object or shape on an iPhone and access it with Napoleon on the iPad to simplify architectural line sketching, drawing and ideation. [See brief Instagram video.]

In case you missed it the first time around, here’s a quick demo of Napoleon & Mighty:

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Someone stuck a camera on the back of an eagle


[YouTube] [Via]

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September 19, 2013

Build HTML5-based extensions for Photoshop, more

Flash will be out & HTML5 is in as the cross-app, cross-platform foundation for extending Creative Cloud apps: 

When Creative Cloud was launched in June 2013, we added support for HTML5-based panels in several Adobe products… Since June, support for HTML5-based panels has been added to more Adobe products. As of now Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Premiere Pro CC and Prelude CC support HTML5-based panels.

A preview of Adobe Extension Builder 3, a new developer tool that supports creating HTML5-based extensions, was launched in June at Adobe Labs.

Starting in the middle of 2014 we will begin removing Flash-based extension support in Creative Cloud products, starting with Photoshop CC. We encourage all developers to start planning and migrating to the new extensibility framework based on HTML5.

Here the excellently named Hallgrimur Th. Bjornsson shows how to create a couple of panels. You can follow more from his team via their blog.

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September 18, 2013

Photoshop Photography Program Now Available

I’m pleased to say that the $9.99/month limited-time offer for owners of Photoshop CS3-CS6 is now available. With it you get:

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom 5
  • 20 GB of online storage
  • Behance ProSite (custom site/portfolio hosting)
  • Access to the online video tutorials in Creative Cloud

Per the original announcement, “To be clear, $9.99 is not an introductory price. It is the price for those of you who sign up by December 31, 2013.” (That is, the price is not set to rise after 12 months.)

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Lightroom, Camera Raw get new features, camera support

Lightroom 5.2 and Camera Raw 8.2 (for use in Photoshop CS6 & CC) are now available for download. Each includes a number of feature improvements & bug fixes (please see the respective posts for details) as well as new lens profiles & support for the following cameras:

  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon PowerShot G16
  • Canon PowerShot S120*
  • Casio Exilim EX-ZR800
  • Fujifilm FinePix HS22EXR
  • Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR
  • Fujifilm FinePix S205EXR
  • Fujifilm X-A1
  • Fujifilm X-M1
  • Leica C (Typ 112)
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1*
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ72
  • Pentax Q7
  • Pentax K-50
  • Pentax K-500
  • Sony DSC-RX100 II
  • Sony A3000 (ILCE-3000)
  • Sony NEX-5T

* denotes preliminary support

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September 17, 2013

Extend Generator to customize Photoshop

“Extracting my design intent from PSDs felt tedious and repetitive,” writes Photoshop UI designer Tim Riot. “I conceived of Adobe Generator as a means to empower people to quickly and easily access the design data within PSDs. With Generator, anyone who knows JavaScript can create their own way of working with Photoshop.”

With that in mind, Tom Krcha has posted a guide on how you can Script Your First Adobe Generator Plugin For Photoshop. On a related note, developer evangelist Lee Brimelow has created a really deep look at the new feature:


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The Premiere Pro guys talk JDI

From the show floor at IBC in Amsterdam:

Al Mooney and Steve Hoeg explain what Just Do It (JDI) means and how Adobe can deliver features faster in Adobe Premiere Pro via Creative Cloud.

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September 16, 2013

“Dear Hector”: Powerful storytelling on Radiolab

Before joining Adobe, my teammate Bianca took a cross-country bike tour in which she recorded an intense, gripping audio story that’s now featured on Radiolab:

Reporter Bianca Giaever brings us a story of forgiveness that’s nearly impossible to comprehend — even for the man at the center of it, an octogenarian named Hector Black.

It’s a difficult subject (I had to take a break) but a fascinating one.

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When Instagram met After Effects…

Who the heck welcomes a new baby by slimming down, dressing better, and spending more time making bits of art? Our designer Dave, apparently. During his just-ended paternity break he started surprising us with unexpected looks at his domestic life. It started simple & totally unannounced:

And now he’s getting way more ambitious:

Check out the recent clips in his Instagram feed for more. And yes, we’ll try to wring some easy–to-use tutorials out of him. (Dave’s got a little time before the new one starts crawling.)

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September 15, 2013

An entire family time-lapsed as one individual

Hasselblad portraits -> After Effects -> pixie dust: A “person” ages 65 years in 5 minutes.

Last Thanksgiving, Cerniello traveled to his friend Danielle’s family reunion and with still photographer Keith Sirchio shot portraits of her youngest cousins through to her oldest relatives with a Hasselblad medium format camera. Then began the process of scanning each photo with a drum scanner at the U.N. in New York, at which point he carefully edited the photos to select the family members that had the most similar bone structure. Next he brought on animators Nathan Meier and Edmund Earle who worked in After Effects and 3D Studio Max to morph and animate the still photos to make them lifelike as possible. Finally, Nuke (a kind of 3D visual effects software) artist George Cuddy was brought on to smooth out some small details like the eyes and hair.

[Vimeo] [Via]

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September 14, 2013

Enfojer: A portable smartphone photographic enlarger

It’s sort of the anti-Instagram: Deliberately slow, old-school image-making, but augmented with one’s smartphone.

From the Kickstarter Indiegogo page:

Enfojer bridges almost 200 years of photographic history, from the first camera to the most recent hybrid camera phones that made photography ubiquitous. It is our hope and desire that with this little gadget we preserve the old art of photo development and help you, and you, and you rediscover the magic that happens in a darkroom.


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Why don’t more camera companies license this tech?

I just bought a Canon 70D largely on the promise of finally capturing good-looking video thanks to its new autofocus prowess. Unfortunately noise from the lens (a 24-70mm L series) is very audible (here’s a bit I just recorded). I suspect the problem is common to other cameras/lenses, though I’d welcome suggestions about quieter glass.

In the course of researching how I might nuke this crap via Adobe Audition, I stumbled upon the oddly named VideoZizzle, technology that profiles lens noise & scrubs it from recordings. Here’s an unglamorous but effective little demo:

It seems the tech has been around for a while, and while I’m disappointed that it apparently isn’t integrated into my camera, hope springs eternal that it or something similar will proliferate.

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September 13, 2013

Stand In: UI prototyping straight from Photoshop

The first fruits of independent developers extending Photoshop’s new Generator feature are starting to arrive.

“Much more than image extraction,” writes Photoshop’s Tim Riot, “Stand In takes positioning, styling, state, even motion data, from PSDs and creates prototypes that feel like real apps which you can view on your iPhone. This capability, to fluidly create in Photoshop and seamlessly output designs to any context, is at the heart of the Generator technology.”

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A closer look at the Photoshop Generator syntax

Nerdy, but interesting for those who really care about the details of Web/UI graphics production:

The Photoshop Generator feature offers great flexibility in the ways you can rename layers/layer groups to specify size and quality parameters. Stepping beyond the recommendations in the Help article, this blog post looks at some valid variations that you can use while tagging layer/layer group names.

Here’s the full post.

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September 12, 2013

Photoshop 14.1.1 update released

This update addresses a couple of urgent issues:

  • User preferences reset after applying 14.1 update
  • Inadvertent disablement of Graphics Processor Settings with some hardware configurations

There’s also the problem (introduced with Monday’s 14.1.0 update) of layers being deleted when you use the keyboard shortcut F5. The team is working on a fix. Meanwhile the workaround is to choose a different key command for showing/hiding the Brushes panel (via Edit->Keyboard Shortcuts). Sorry for the hassle.

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Friday, live from IBC: New Adobe video app demos/Q&A

Starts at 10am Pacific:

Joining us from IBC in Amsterdam for this session, Jason Levine will present some of the cool new features coming to the pro video tools in Creative Cloud.


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Burning Man: A drone’s eye view

Eddie Codel used a GoPro Hero3 on a DJI Phantom with an Arris CM2000 motorized gimbal (which… all sounds very impressive) to create an interesting look at Burning Man 2013:

Check out more examples & time lapses here.

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Lego “Thriller”

Annette Jung is an absolute madwoman:


[Vimeo] [Via]

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September 11, 2013

Tutorial: Create clean Photoshop masks for Generator

Michael Chaize offers tips for setting up one’s PSD to export assets efficiently via the new Generator feature.

Check out his post for screenshots & more.

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Animation: “What’s inside Play-Doh”

I find this short piece from Giant Ant rather charming. After considering claymation, they opted to use 3D animation instead:

[Vimeo] [Via]

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September 10, 2013

Photoshop CC -> Adobe Reflow: Responsive Web design

Take two minutes & check out how the newly released Generator technology for Photoshop CC helps you kickstart a responsive Web layout in Adobe Edge Reflow:

If you’d like a more detailed look, check out this tour from Terry White:

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Vote on a video JDI feature to be coded this week

You can tweet your vote for one of these candidates to be live-coded at IBC in Amsterdam this week (include “#myJDI”). Voting’s open until 6pm Pacific time tonight.

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September 09, 2013

“3-Sweep: Extracting Editable Objects from a Single Photo”

Yes, this is damn cool. Thanks to the approximately 300k people who mailed me the link. :-)

Somewhere Canoma is spinning on its grave’s Z-axis.

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Meet Adobe Generator: Real-time asset generation from Photoshop CC

Web designers, screen designers, and anyone who needs to extract image assets out of a Photoshop document: I think you’ll dig this.

Generator allows you to create image assets in real time as you work, eliminating the tedious steps of copying, slicing and exporting each layer manually, and saving you hours of time. Simply add a file extension to the name of your layer or layer group, and Photoshop will automatically create a JPG, PNG or GIF from the contents of that layer. If you make a change to that layer, the file is immediately updated. This means that you now have a folder of images that are always up-to-date with your Photoshop design.

This update is available right now (via the CC app or by choosing Help->Updates within Photoshop). Check it out:

Here’s the crazy part: Generator is open-source (right here on GitHub), based on Node.js, so you can extend it (and Photoshop) in all kinds of interesting ways. Check out this video from the The Engine Co., who used Generator to write a plug-in for their Loom gaming engine that allows game designers to change the UI of a game in Photoshop while the game is being played:

Check out the Photoshop team blog for additional details. [YouTube vid 1, 2]

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150+ new enhancements coming to Adobe CC video apps

Creative Cloud is all about continuous innovation. The CC apps that debuted just a couple of months back are already getting a ton of enhancements, and Adobe’s rolling out a brand-new iPad app, Prelude Live Logger. Highlights of this round of updates include:

  • Direct Link integrated color pipeline between Premiere Pro and SpeedGrade
  • Expanded native support for 4K and higher resolution, RAW, and  UltraHD content
  • New mask tools – new Mask Tracker in After Effects and multiple masks in SpeedGrade
  • A smoother editing experience with new editing features, improved multicam and closed captioning
  • Faster on-set production workflows, including a preview of the new Prelude Live Logger iPad app
  • Powerful image upscaling in After Effects
  • Performance optimizations
  • Media Browser in After Effects
  • Sync Settings in Adobe Media Encoder
  • Better production planning with Adobe Story Plus

Check out this quick demo from Jason Levine:

More videos are here. For complete details on what’s new just in After Effects, check out Todd Kopriva’s very thorough post.

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September 08, 2013

New Photoshop enhancements, live-coded for your pleasure

At last week’s Photoshop world, a small group of engineers tried something new & fun: applying small bits of polish & picking off little annoyances in the app, all coded live at the show. After taking suggestions via Twitter and Facebook, the engineers whipped up the following:

  • On a background layer, one click on the lock icon unlocks the layer
  • Set custom background color in New Document dialog
  • Set the background color in File -> New
  • Curves adjustments support negative numbers
  • See recent colors in the Swatches panel
  • Add more than 4 color samplers in Info panel
  • Change all color samplers in Info palette at the same time

Look for these tweaks to arrive in Photoshop CC later this year. In the meantime, Adobe’s video team is soliciting JDI requests. Let ’em know what you’d like to see!

JDI swatches

JDI color


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September 07, 2013

Thomas Knoll talks Photoshop & Creative Cloud

From Luminous Landscape

In early June 2013, Michael Reichmann & Kevin Raber sat down with Thomas Knoll, co-inventor with his brother John, of Adobe Photoshop. Thomas tells the story of two young brothers and the beginnings of Photoshop.

Later in the video, Thomas talks about the controversy surrounding Adobe’s Creative Cloud and the solution he proposed for photographers.

I can’t embed the clip, so check it out on Vimeo.

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Photography: Wakeskating through cranberries

“Along with amazing imagery,” writes director Alex Horner, “you get to learn how cranberries are harvested.” True enough, and lovely:

“No berries were destroyed while making this,” Alex notes. “Cranberries are tough as hell, there was zero waste of food. As far as sanitation goes, it’s an open body of water. A few dudes in wetsuits won’t hurt a thing.” [Vimeo] [Via

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September 06, 2013

New Sony QX cams: Possibly brilliant (?)

I’m deeply intrigued by the new Sony QX10 & QX100 cameras, which use your smartphone as a viewfinder:


Big zoom plus real bokeh from an iPhone, especially during video? You have my strict attention.

DPReview finds the cams “a bit underwhelming,” and a bunch of questions remain unanswered for me (e.g. can one transfer video wirelessly? how long does it take to transfer stills?). Even so, I’m optimistic, and I’ve asked Photojojo to let me know when they’re ready to order.

In other Franken-phone news, “Hasselnuts is an Adapter that Turns Your iPhone into a Medium Format Digital Back.”

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Punking job applicants through the power of high def

Who says that absurdly high-res televisions won’t change the world? Not LG, whose little prank walks the brilliant/brutal line:

[Via Chris Regan]

Conceivably related: Store mirrors can now be programmed to make your prospective purchases look better—and make you look happier holding them up.

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September 05, 2013

Animate storyboards with “Boardo” for AE

Stu Maschwitz has created Boardo, “A set of animation presets that streamline the process of creating an animated storyboard, or board-o-matic, in Adobe After Effects CS6 and greater.”

I love that the built-in camera shake settings include “Mounted Inside Speeding Car” and “Mounted To Saturn V Rocket.”


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Demo/Q&A Friday: Designing for any screen with vectors

Lots o’ tips for Illustrator & beyond from Justin Seeley, tomorrow at noon* Pacific time:

  • Setting up Illustrator for a web workflow
  • Designing for mobile responsive layouts
  • Using & setting up grid systems
  • Web graphic optimization
  • New CSS & SVG features of Illustrator CC

* time zone convertor

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September 04, 2013

Photographers: A great new deal on Photoshop CC + Lightroom

I’m pleased to say that if you own Photoshop CS3 or higher, you’ll be able to get Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, and more for $9.99 per month.

Photoshop VP Winston Hendrickson writes, “One common request was a solution specifically tailored for photographers. We listened, and at Photoshop World we’re announcing a special offer for our loyal Photoshop customers.” The new package includes:

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom 5
  • 20 GB of online storage
  • Behance ProSite (custom site/portfolio hosting)
  • Access to the online video tutorials in Creative Cloud

The Photoshop team provides some details

To be clear, $9.99 is not an introductory price. It is the price for those of you who sign up by December 31, 2013. This offer will be available at the same time we introduce the new version of Lightroom 5.2 in a couple weeks.  Visit the FAQ to learn more and follow Photoshop on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ to find out when the offer goes live.

To reiterate: the intention is not to get you in at $9.99/mo., then crank up the price after a year. $9.99 is the expected ongoing price.

I know that this change won’t address every concern, but I’m happy that the offer makes it much easier for photographers who want just two Adobe apps to get the benefits of Photoshop CC & the Creative Cloud. As time goes by the cloud component will grow more & more valuable, and I’m excited that more people will be able to get new capabilities the moment they’re available.

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Check out the Photoshop World keynote, live this morning

Streaming starts at 9am Pacific. You’ll get to hear about Adobe’s vision for the future of photography workflows. There will be news I think you’ll find interesting.

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Photoshop + GoPro = Aerial pano

Russell Brown compares panorama creation via stills vs. video capture, then imports video frames to Photoshop layers & works his magic (color- and lens-correcting via Camera Raw):

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September 03, 2013

A storytelling app I want but can’t build; maybe you can.

The Micronaxx & I make up bizarre, freewheeling bedtime stories nearly every night, just as my dad did with me. Unlike in the old days, we at least occasionally record the stories, but it’s rare. What would change that, giving us a better archive of family memories? I’d like a mobile app that would:

  • Record you telling your kids bedtime stories (maybe after prompting you just before bedtime)
  • Transcribe the text
  • Organize the sound & text files (into a book, journal, and/or timeline layout)
  • Let you add descriptive metadata & tags to stories
  • Enable easy publishing from the journal to a blog, Tumblr, etc.
  • Maybe let you add other supporting media (illustrations, photos, links, etc.)
  • Maybe let you present those images, etc. at various times as the story progresses

I think the key thing is in the recording/transcription: Without that it’s dead in the water, even for a guy like me. Prompting & organization would be good, but I really want to see the output (even if rough).

I won’t get to build such an app anytime soon, if ever, so I’m throwing the idea into the ether in case you’d find it interesting (either as a user or as a developer). Maybe the “bedtime story” angle seems too niche-y, but you might be surprised: RapGenius started just by annotating rap lyrics & is now very well funded to socially annotate any kind of document. “Do one thing well” instead of starting with ocean-boiling.

If you’d pay for such an app, please speak up—and if you’d build it, I’ll happily be your first customer.

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Photography: Atom-Lapse

Beautiful time lapse work from Richard Bentley. (And yes—previously unbeknownst to me—Atomium is a real building.)

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September 02, 2013

The sleeper hit in iOS7 (?)

[Update: I’m not taking about making it possible to transfer photos wirelessly to iPads/iPhones. That kind of works today, but it’s laborious. I’m talking about making it Just Work.]

For the last 3+ years, customers have clubbed me over the head with the following request:

I want to go on a hike, vacation, etc. and toss my iPad in my bag. I want to pair my nice camera (SLR, Micro 4/3rds, etc.) with the iPad just as easily as I could any Bluetooth device. As I shoot (or later), I want to beam my raw files right into the iPad. I want to review those images on a 10″ rather than a 2″ screen. I want to swipe through to pick the good ones & hide the crap. I might want to apply some edits & share the output directly, but when I get home, I want all the images & their edits appear in Lightroom, ready for any further work.

I want that, too. Everyone wants that. Could we finally be getting there?

AirDrop in iOS7 makes it easy to have nearby iOS devices share photos and videos. Will this extend to pairing cameras with iPhones & iPads, particularly if the former support Wi-Fi Direct? I don’t know—but man, my fingers are going blue from being crossed so long. (Meanwhile we’re not just sitting around, either.)

In tangentially related news, it’s rumored that Sony is about to announce “lens cameras” that connect to & augment smartphones, communicating via Wi-Fi. They promise to combine more powerful optics with immediate access to processing & sharing.

It’ll be fascinating to see how all this plays out. Here’s hoping Apple is working to extend the connective tissue & help make things seamless.

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September 01, 2013

Neat event photography idea: A slow-mo photo booth

What a cool concept from Seattle’s excellently named Super Frog Saves Tokyo: a photo booth set up at a wedding featuring a RED Epic camera capable of shooting at 160fps.

As PetaPixel reports, the creators had this to say:

We just made sure the look was clean in camera and then did color correcting afterwards. Blaine Ludy (Director/Editor of this project) is just really great at getting people to do stuff. In the beginning, people were timid, but as he showed them takes they began to understand what we were doing. Also, it was a wedding with an open bar. The video is edited (mostly) chronologically so you can see people get progressively less inhibited as the night went on.

Super cool. Here’s hoping the necessary camera tech keeps coming down in price, putting this kind of production into more people’s reach.

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