December 31, 2013

“Final Cut 2013”: The year in films

Let’s send the year off right with this nicely edited montage of 2013’s moments in film:


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December 30, 2013

How many people post Vines?

Does anyone know? I’ve struggled to find any real info on the subject.

There’s no doubt that Vine coined an idiom (essentially animated GIFs + sound) that’s proven flexible & often compelling in the right hands. I’m less sure, though, that regular people create vines with any frequency. Of the 674 people I follow on Twitter, not one has shared a link in the time frame that Twitter searches.

For my needs Instagram video has been perfect for most cases, taking a huge bite out of my YouTube usage (though that’s changed a bit over the holidays; most Christmas carols won’t fit into 15 seconds!). I suspect that most people find it easier to make compelling content without looping & with more breathing room, and that for most video creation/sharing is a feature rather than a product unto itself.

[Update: If you routinely post vines, please speak up.]

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Demo: Hidden cropping tricks in Photoshop

Yeah yeah, you know everything there is to know about this seemingly humble (yet incredibly heavily used) part of Photoshop, right? Maybe that’s so, but see if you don’t pick up a trick or two in this quick demo from Bryan O’Neil Hughes:

[YouTube] [Via Rob Cantor]

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After Effects: 20 years of innovation

The chance to work with the After Effects team is among the things that drew me to work at Adobe. Here’s a look at the folks whose work has helped define motion graphics and who keep breaking new ground:

[Update: Rich Young points out a bunch of additional good info here.]

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An illustrated tribute to the Etch A Sketch creator

Charming work from Christoph Niemann:

[Via] [YouTube]

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December 29, 2013

The lovely “Sonder”

Beautiful life perspective:

SONDER, noun: “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.”

From The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a compendium of made-up words written by John Koenig. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language, to give a name to an emotion we all feel but don’t have a word for.


[Vimeo] [Via]

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December 28, 2013

Demo: The Rigid Mask Tracker in After Effects

Maxim Jago puts a skater into witness protection with this crazy-simple feature:

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December 27, 2013

Layrs Photoshop panel automates tedious tasks

Layrs looks handy. It promises:

  • Layer name editor
  • Remove unused layer effects
  • Flatten all layer effects
  • Delete empty layers
  • Rasterize all Smart Objects


[Via Eric Snowden]

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They snuck in a flux capacitor!

Here’s a great idea, featuring great UX details.

People loved the photo backup/sharing startup Everpix, but it keeled over after netting just ~6,000 paying customers. (That’s hardly surprising in a world where backup & sharing come free with every phone.) It started to popularize a neat feature called Flashback, one that showed photos from your archive taken exactly one year ago.

Now I’ve found Timehop, a free iOS app that finds the images you shared across various social networks, then gives you snapshots from one, two, and more years ago. The daily push notification it sends provides a little treat I’ve come to anticipate.

What sets the app apart, though, is the delight its creators take in otherwise-mundane UI details. The spinning loading indicator is a Back To The Future-style flux capacitor:


(In the app itself it animates.) They’ve also enjoyed making their mascot Abe paw at the pull-to-refresh indicator, seen here captured by Beautiful Pixels:


Well played, guys. Can’t wait to see what you cook up next.


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4D printing: 3D shapes that transform

Interesting stuff:

Gizmodo writes,

In essence, the ‘fourth dimension’ represents change—4D printing simply refers to printers that create objects that can transform over time and, in some cases, self-assemble. […]

Kinematics is a system for 4D printing that creates complex, foldable forms composed of articulated modules. The system provides a way to turn any three-dimensional shape into a flexible structure using 3D printing.


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December 26, 2013

Lovely, impressive animation: The Bear & the Hare

Festive & fun:

But what’s really interesting is the ‘making of’ piece:

Elliot and Yves took the two most traditional and time-honored animation processes – stop-motion and traditional hand-drawn 2D animation – and combined them to create something innovative and unique. Their aim was to do almost everything in camera, using real lighting, lens and film craft to build a world where the audience can see and feel the painstaking work behind it. The 2D animation’s physical interaction with the set and the human imperfections inherent in the process create a hand-crafted piece full of heart and integrity.

The animation process involved constant shifts between 2D and 3D worlds. In order to achieve this complicated combination the whole film was first created in Blinkink Studios as a 3D previsualisation animatic with all the sets and characters built to scale. This allowed everything to be developed and planned alongside the modelmakers and animators, thus integrating the different disciplines and processes before the set was built or the characters were printed.

Aaron Blaise (Brother Bear, The Lion King, Mulan) and his team of veteran Disney animators at Premise Entertainment in Orlando, Florida, designed and animated the characters. The 2D-animation frames were printed onto mounted paper and cut with a laser. Each frame (nearly 4,000 in total) was then individually hand-labelled before going on set. Feature-film stop-frame animators then spent 6 weeks bringing the world to life.

[Vimeo 1, 2] [Via Steve Guilhamet]

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Check out this fun bit of urban art from Germany:

From the project site:

StreetPong is a concept about playful urban interactions. The starting point was the problem of waiting for a long time at pedestrian traffic lights. StreetPong can be played during the red phase at traffic light on a touchscreen display. The opponent can be anyone on the other side of the street who is also waiting to cross the street.


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December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

…and Festivumakwanzanukkah and everything!

Wherever you are & whatever you may celebrate*, I wish you a safe & joyous day. I am profoundly grateful for the chance to help creative people express themselves better. Thank you so much for that.

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*No matter what, I hope & trust you’ll have a far cheerier day than this guy:


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December 24, 2013

“Our Drone Future”

Check out Alex Cornell’s dystopian vision:

In the near future, cities use semi-autonomous drones for urban security. Human officers monitor drone feeds remotely, and data reports are displayed with a detailed HUD and communicated via a simulated human voice (designed to mitigate discomfort with sentient drone technology). While the drones operate independently, they are “guided” by the human monitors, who can suggest alternate mission plans and ask questions.

Specializing in predictive analysis, the security drones can retask themselves to investigate potential threats. As shown in this video, an urban security drone surveys San Francisco’s landmarks and encounters fierce civilian resistance.

Ah, but as that’s a bit dark, let’s see the real-life Mistletoe Drone:


[YouTube 1 & 2 ] [Via]

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December 23, 2013

Sketchable: A new painting tool from Photoshop kids

The sons of Mac painting pioneer & Photoshop GPU/brushes maven Jerry Harris have released Sketchable, a fast new painting tool for Windows 8:

Digital painting trailblazer John Derry (one of the original authors of Painter) writes,

Silicon Benders is the brother team of Miles & Ryan Harris. Painting apps appear to run in the brothers’ genes: their dad is Jerry Harris, co-author (with Keith McGregor) of early Mac paint app PixelPaint Pro, the first full-color paint application for the Macintosh. Jerry is now a Principal Computer Scientist on the Adobe Photoshop team.

Sketchable is designed to be easy to pick up and start using with a minimal learning curve. It is a particularly pressure-sensitive savvy app offering a wide range of expressibility in concert with its tools. Sketchable has a simple interface with plenty of room for expansion. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing this app grow over time. Highly Recommended!

The icons are courtesy of painter Don Seegmiller.


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Awesome photographic history from NASA

You think *you’ve* had high-pressure photo situations? Spend a couple of minutes watching this great recreation of how the first earthrise photo was captured. (Hurry up with that damn color film!)

From NASA:

Using photo mosaics and elevation data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), this video commemorates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8’s historic flight by recreating the moment when the crew first saw and photographed the Earth rising from behind the Moon. Narrator Andrew Chaikin, author of A Man on the Moon, sets the scene for a three-minute visualization of the view from both inside and outside the spacecraft accompanied by the onboard audio of the astronauts.

See more info on the NASA site. [YouTube] [Via Sebastiaan de With]

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December 22, 2013

Retrospective: Behance Portfolio Review Week

Behance Portfolio Review Week #4 wrapped up a few weeks ago, and Adobe’s released a video compilation reflecting back on some of the great moments from this week-long events series put on by the design community. I’m reminded that nearly 14 years into this gig, it remains such an honor & privilege to serve creative people like you. Thanks for letting me be a part of it.


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December 21, 2013

What’s the last photo on your phone?

And what’s the backstory? This is so weirdly great:

Steak n’ shrimp on the weekends, knowwhatimsayin?

[Vimeo] [Via Bianca Giaever]

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December 20, 2013

Merry Christmas from Chuck Norris

Hungarian production company DelovDigital has created a brilliant spoof of featuring Chuck Norris.


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December 19, 2013

25 new video tutorials on Camera Raw

Former Adobe photography evangelist George Jardine has released an in-depth new series

This set of 25 all-new video tutorials contains over 4.5 hours of the most comprehensive training available on the Camera Raw 8 Photoshop Plug-In. In this series we cover the raw processing controls from top to bottom. Starting from the ground up, we guide any professional artist, designer or photographer through a complete understanding of each and every control. Then we dive deeper, digging into important details no other videos touch, such as the intricate relationships between the local and global adjustments, how Smart Objects work, as well as a deep dive on working with RGB files.

Check out George’s site for a complete listing of topics plus a sample movie. Access to the series costs $29.95.

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A life-size Lego car powered by air


From the project site:

Super Awesome Micro Project Factoids

  • More than 500,000 LEGO pieces were used.
  • The car engine is made from standard Lego pieces and runs on air!
  • The engine has four orbital engines and a total of 256 pistons.
  • Top speed is not very fast, around 20-30km (We were scared of a Lego explosion so we drove it slowly)
  • It was built in Romania and shipped to a secret location in suburban Melbourne.
  • It’s a Hot Rod design, mainly because hot rods are cool.

Just as I was discovering this link, my boys were playing with their pneumatically driven Lego Unimog—which I previously would’ve called giant.

[YouTube] [Via Lin Kayser & Uri Ar}

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Make photorealistic Photoshop mockups with these templates

I took these templates for a spin & came away impressed with their ability to map one’s artwork onto fabric, into 3D-extruded wood, and more. Ten bucks from Creative Market.


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December 18, 2013

Tastemade: The proverbial 1-inch hole

“People don’t come to us because they want 1-inch drills,” the CEO of Black & Decker is said to have remarked, “They come to us because they want 1-inch holes.”

The beautifully executed app Tastemade (App Store) represents an interesting evolution in creative software. Instead of offering an open-ended toolset for doing any number of projects, it aims to do just one thing well—namely, produce short, highly watchable person-on-the-street reviews of restaurants. The entire interface is built to walk you through making & sharing exactly one kind of content. Through constraint + automation, it tends to quickly produce a very nice “hole” (example).

The app is full of nice design touches. For example:

  • Based on its knowledge of your location & Foursquare data, the app can guess which restaurant you’re visiting, auto-populate the title field, then choose an appropriate font/music combo (which you can then change).
  • You’re prompted to capture a number of shots, and a colored progress indicator helps ensure you shoot enough but not too much.
  • When you go to choose a color look, your existing clips are played back at 2x speed, making it easier to see the impact of the filter on more footage.
  • One of the clips you shoot of the venue is placed behind the title & blurred.


Now, is this particular problem worth solving (i.e. do a lot of people want to record, share, and watch restaurant reviews)? I have no idea. (I’m not allowed out of the house; thanks, kids.) I think, however, that the radically reduced barriers to building & distributing software will keep reshaping the creative-tool landscape, producing more highly focused apps that nicely address one specific need.

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Incredibly detailed illustrations to fight globalization

Whether or not you agree with their politics, it’s hard not to be impressed by the nine years’ worth of work that went into Beehive Collective’s story-graphic, Mesoamérica Resiste:

Over the past thirteen years we’ve researched, drawn, and re-drawn the story of corporate-driven globalization in the Americas… Our intensive grassroots research and collaborative design process continued for several years. After the pencil work was complete, inking the final drawings took several more years, with rotating teams of illustrators and studios in multiple locations.


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December 17, 2013

Dilbert does Photoshop

Scott Adams shows how he draws in PS using the new Cintiq Companion tablet:

[YouTube] [Via Jerry Harris]

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A fun animation captured via Google Glass

Charming stop-motion work from Tu Uthaisri, even if it did get a little Cthulhu-y there for a sec:

[YouTube] [Via Jamie Gjerde]

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December 16, 2013

Freeform: 3D sculpting in space

I can’t wait for this to be featured in a super-unsexy remake of Ghost:


[YouTube] [Via]

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Some interesting findings about digital publications

To be honest I’ve been kinda skeptical about the viability of high-gloss, tablet-oriented publications. In a world of Buzzfeed & Flipboard, they’ve struck me as nouveau CD-ROMs. I’m pleased to see that evidently I’ve been wrong. Check out some recent findings from Adobe:

The number of downloads of magazine editions created with DPS since its launch in March 2011 passed the 150 million mark this month. Downloads have increased 115% year over year, and DPS-created apps have three times as many unique monthly readers as they did a year ago, Adobe announced. […]

Adobe found that subscribers spend around 50 minutes a month in a DPS app – a number that surpasses the 40 minutes per issue that GfK MRI found among print magazine readers in the fall of 2012. While that’s not an apples-to-apples comparison of engagement, it does indicate that digital magazines are replicating the lean-back print experience. […]

Social sharing tools are becoming increasingly popular, for example, as is the web viewer technology that Adobe added to DPS earlier this year, which lets readers sample tablet editions via their web browser.

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December 15, 2013

“An Instagram Short Film”

Thomas Jullien writes,

Instagram is an incredible resource for all kinds of images. I wanted to create structure out of this chaos. The result is a crowd source short-film that shows the endless possibilities of social media.

The video consists of 852 different pictures, from 852 different instagram users. If you are one of them, shout and I will add you to the credits.

Noting the eerie similarity of the photos, PetaPixel writes, “That’s great when you’re trying to create a seamless, crowdsourced hyperlapse journey around famous landmarks, but it stings a bit when you realize that your photos of *insert famous monument here* probably look the exact same as everybody else’s.”


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December 14, 2013

Yet more awesomeness comes to Adobe CC video apps

Creative Cloud means continuous innovation. Check out the newest batch:

Adobe Premiere Pro CC has seen four new releases in this year – all within the 6 months since the CC version was announced. Guided by user requests, the Adobe Premiere Pro CC December 2013 release adds Open CL performance enhancements, media management improvements like multiple Media Browser tabs, new editing enhancements for even greater workflow efficiency, and delivers more intuitive voiceover recording.

The After Effects CC December 2013 release offers customizable output of file name and path templates, improved snapping behavior, enhanced scripting options, and the ability to migrate user settings when updating to newer versions.

The December 2013 releases also includes updates to SpeedGrade CC, Prelude CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC and Adobe Anywhere for video. Along with performance enhancements, SpeedGrade also offers expanded camera format support in Direct Link mode. Prelude CC has added support for the latest Adobe Anywhere protocols. Adobe Media Encoder expands Sony XAVC format support, and Adobe Anywhere introduces performance improvements and diagnostic tools for monitoring system status.

I like what my colleague Steve from After Effects had to say:

“Our team turned around this release in a matter of weeks based on direct feedback from our users,” said Steve Forde, senior product manager for After Effects. “With regular Creative Cloud updates, we’re able to continually evolve and enhance our feature set. Your tools just keep getting better.”

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BBC timelapses captures a train ride in ’53, ’83, ’13

It’s intriguing to see what changes over time & what doesn’t.

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December 13, 2013

So, how’s Adobe doing?

  • 1.4 million+ paying subscribers to Creative Cloud (more than 400,000 signing up in the last three months alone)
  • 500+ new & improved features introduced this year
  • 2.4 million+ projects published on Behance (more than in its previous six years combined)

(Full details here)

Thanks for your incredible support this year, guys. We’re only just getting warmed up.


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Check out the new Creative Cloud Learn

CC membership is about far more than desktop apps. Helping you actually unlock the power & value of the apps is a key component, and to that end Adobe has just introduced the new Creative Cloud Learn.

The site features hundreds of video tutorials presented by expert trainers from Adobe, Infinite Skills,, Kelby Training, Train Simple, and Peachpit. For example, the Photoshop page is packed with content that spans everything from fundamentals to new CC features to masters-level techniques.

Thoughts? How can we deliver the training content that’s most useful to you, personally?

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December 12, 2013

Some rather brilliant imaging tech from Microsoft

The company’s Photosynth technology has been public since 2006, and while it’s been cool (placing photos into 3D space), I haven’t seen it gain traction in its original form or as a free panorama maker. That could now change.

The new version stitches photos into smooth fly-throughs. Per TechCrunch:

[U]sers upload a set of photos to Microsoft’s cloud service then the technology begins to looking for points (“features”) in the successive photos that appear to the be same object. It then determines where each photo was taken from, where in 3D space each of these objects were, and how the camera was oriented. Next, it generates the 3D shapes on a per-photo basis. And finally, the technology calculates a smooth path – like a Steadicam – through the locations for each photo, and then slices the images into multi-resolution pyramids for efficiency.

Check this out:

Once you’ve clicked it, try hitting “C” to reveal & interact with the 3D camera path. Here’s an example from photographer David Brashears, who captured Mt. Everest during one of the highest-elevation helicopter flights ever attempted:

So, will we see this become more common? It’s the first presentation I’ve seen that makes me want to don a wearable, lifelogging camera on vacation.

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“A Handy Tip for the Easily Distracted” by Miranda July

I’m deeply tempted to try this with my ever-whirring fleet of devices:


[YouTube] [Via John Maeda]

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Lightroom 5.3, Camera Raw 8.3 for CC, CS6 now available

In addition to the new cameras listed below, Photoshop CC users get new features including Auto Levels-like functionality and Auto Straighten. PM Sharad Mangalick writes,

Please note that this is the final version of Camera Raw 8 and DNG Converter 8 that will be available for Photoshop CS6 customers on Windows XP, Windows Vista or Mac OSX 10.6.  Impacted customers can continue either update to compatible operating system or continue to use Camera Raw 8.3 for Photoshop CS6.

Photoshop CS6 customers on Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OSX 10.7 (Lion), Mac OSX 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or Mac OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) will not be impacted and will continue to receive updated camera support through future ACR 8.x dot releases.

Newly added support for Tethered Capture in Lightroom 5.3:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T4i / EOS 650D / EOS Kiss X6i

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.3 & Lightroom 5.3

  • Canon EOS M2
  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Casio EX-10
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Nikon Coolpix P7800
  • Nikon Df
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D5300
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • Olympus STYLUS 1
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1
  • Pentax K-3
  • Phase One IQ260
  • Phase One IQ280
  • Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
  • Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
  • Sony DSC-RX10

For a list of bugs fixed, please see the Camera Raw & Lightroom posts, respectively.

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December 11, 2013

A giant space telescope made from plastic

Normally I’d call a 600mm lens big—but this bad boy dwarfs even the Hubble: 

DARPA says the MOIRE program is currently in its “second and final phase,” and has already been prototyped. When completed, such optical systems could result in more powerful telescopes that fit in smaller rockets and shuttles, with eventual use in tracking weather systems or for reconnaissance. Here’s a clip explaining more about how it works:



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Eerie pumpitude

What are they feeding these kids—besides the Pucker & Bloat tools?

Belgian photographer Kurt Stallaert has created this photo series, entitled Bodybuilder’s World, in which he digitally altered people’s bodies to explore what it would be like if everyone was serious about working out, including children.


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December 10, 2013

New HTML coding goodness from Adobe

Check out the Bézier Timing Editor & more in the new Edge Code CC:

  • HTML Live Development, including live preview which enables users to see HTML and CSS edits immediately in the browser without having to save or reload. Users can see results instantly making it easier to experiment and quicker to get results.
  • CSS Quick Edit makes it easy to jump from an HTML file into a new CSS file to make changes to the CSS. Now, you can also add entirely new CSS rules without leaving the context of the HTML file you’re working on.
  • The new CSS Bézier Timing Editor gives you the exact transition and animation effects you want through visual changes, rather than working with a string of numbers.
  • Preview images within the editor. Your image will be displayed along with file size and dimension info, giving you the ability to incorporate image files into your project more easily.
  • Plus additional enhancements and ongoing code improvements.

Check out a quick demo from excellently-’stached PM Jonathan Dunlap:

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The Skateboarding Girls of Afghanistan

Man, hearing about Skateistan is just what I needed this morning:

Here’s more about the group, including their current fundraising appeal:

[Vimeo 1, 2]


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December 09, 2013

Behold… “Extraneous Lyrics 2013”!

I’m delighted to announce that our team designer Dave Werner, together with our teammate Shaun Saperstein, has released the 2013 edition of his “Extraneous Lyrics” series:

As you might remember from last year’s edition, the videos (now with over 1 million views) feature Dave giving “some of the year’s most popular songs a wordier acoustic mashup treatment.” Each year he raises his technical game: 2012 was all about motion-tracked text in After Effects, and 2013 is a full-on green-screen extravaganza. Here Dave & Shaun take you behind the scenes:


[YouTube 12]

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Mosaic app introduces two-way sync with Lightroom

This sounds pretty interesting:

Now after a day of shooting, you can pop your SD card into your computer, import the photos into Lightroom, grab your iPad, sit on the couch and go through the photos. Pick out the good ones, reject the bad ones, and share your favorites to Twitter or Facebook.



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December 08, 2013

Animation: “Super Tropic Tramp”

It’s pretty arbitrary, but there are far uglier ways to spend the next three minutes:

Done in After Effects, natch. [Vimeo] [Via Thibault Imbert]

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December 07, 2013

Photoshop Photography Program extended to Dec. 31

Great news:

We are delighted to announce that we are extending the period that the Photoshop Photography Program is available without restrictions to December 31, 2013. The offer is available to everyone, regardless of whether you have purchased a previous Adobe product. […]

Your response to the initial program has been incredible, well above our expectations, and I am thrilled we are able to extend this program so more of you can take advantage of it.

It’s possible that not all pages on have been updated to reflect this change; that should be resolved shortly.


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Illustration: The Tattoo Coloring Book

There’s no way I should get Ollie Munden‘s Tattoo Coloring Book for my young lads—but some part of me (the part that grew up collecting Jim Phillips & Powell-Peralta skate art) still wants to.


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December 06, 2013

Demo: How to create great panoramas in Photoshop

Bryan O’Neil Hughes shows how to create great panoramas from multiple photos (including Content-Aware Fill magic) in just under 4 1/2 minutes.


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Short film: “The Record Breaker”

I noted the running time of 25 minutes and thought, “Oh, I’ll just watch for a sec”—but dang if I didn’t get sucked in. Try it just for a minute:


“The Record Breaker tells the life story of Ashrita Furman, the man with the most Guinness World Records of all time. [It] follows Furman as he trains to set a new record: climbing Machu Picchu on stilts.”

‘A swimmingly edited, life-affirming film. Genuinely touching.’— Robert Silva, IndieWire
‘Hands-down the funniest documentary of the year.’— Marianna Torgovnick, TED


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December 05, 2013

Phantom 2 quadcopter to add DNG support

This news should make the high-flying Russell Brown very happy:

We are very excited to announce that with a firmware update, the Phantom 2 Vision will be able to capture and store pictures in Adobe DNG raw format in-camera. The update will be released in late December.

Today, the Nokia Lumia; tomorrow, quadcopters; who knows what’s next for DNG?

[Via Bryan O’Neil Hughes]

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Behind the scenes: Wheelchair freestyle

Last week I linked to the amazing aerobatics of Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham. Now filmmaker Devin Supertramp has posted behind-the-scenes footage. (It’s probably not a great sign when one’s neck brace shatters on impact.)


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December 04, 2013

New course: Optimizing Photoshop performance

Bryan O’Neil Hughes has recorded a new course on tuning Photoshop performance for your particular workflow. Watching the whole thing requires a membership, but Bryan points out that Lynda offers trial memberships.

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Illustration: In dust we trust

Design Taxi writes,

Parking attendant Rafael Veyisov makes good use of his time while on the job by “painting” scenes on dusty cars. […]

Soon, word about Veyisov’s impressive works of art spread, with many drivers dropping off their cars with him, waiting to see what he will come up with next.

[Update: Dang—the video has gone away. (This is what I get for queueing up posts over the weekend. You can check out more photos on Design Taxi.]



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December 03, 2013

Flash Pro now exports HTML5 canvas

“Adobe isn’t in the Flash business, it’s in the helping people communicate business.”

So I wrote three+ years ago, and I meant it. Flash, Photoshop, and every other tool/technology is just a means to an end. Now that Web browser technology is maturing (with Adobe’s help), Flash Professional can export interactive animations as HTML5 content. Check it out:

The team writes,

The new HTML5 Canvas support lets you create interactive content leveraging well-established Flash Pro paradigms of timeline, frame-scripts and creation tools, all customized for the HTML5 Canvas platform. Add frame-script using native support for JavaScript including code-hinting, code-coloring, and more.

Check out more details here, or download the free trial.


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Photography: Robo-Nikon vs. apex predators

My lion-crazed 5-year-old is going to lose his mind when he sees the shots New Zealand photographer Chris McLennan captured with the help of an (not-so-lucky) RC car:

Nice to see Lightroom make a cameo on the savannah.

[YouTube] [Via]

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Eye-poppingly photorealistic portraiture on iPad

Kyle Lambert is an immoderately talented, iPad-wielding illustration beast. Check out his extremely high fidelity portrait of Morgan Freeman:

See also his earlier work using Adobe Ideas:

[YouTube] [Via Phil Scarsbrook]

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December 02, 2013

Last day for everyone to get in on the $9.99/mo. Photoshop-Lightroom deal

The Photoshop Photography Program remains open to everyone (regardless of whether you’ve owned a previous version) through the end of the day. After today & through the rest of the month, you’ll still be able to sign up, but you’ll need to own Photoshop CS3 or higher.

As a reminder, the availability of these deals is what’s limited in time. The $9.99/month price is the ongoing price (i.e. it’s not limited to 12 months).

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Bringing Storytelling to Wedding Videos

“Wedding films should do the same as feature films or documentaries do. It’s never just about relaying facts: it’s about finding humanity – the real moments – in every story.” So says Jawad Mir, your host for a live demo/Q&A this Thursday at 10am Pacific. You can register here.

In this session you will learn how to bring storytelling techniques and feature film polish to your projects so that you can deliver great wedding films that stand out from the crowd. Discover how you can do more with Creative Cloud video applications, including:

  • How to organize content with Adobe Bridge CC
  • Building timelines that tell stories in Premiere Pro CC
  • Output to DVD with Encore CS6


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AEVD: After Effects Van Damme

“Legs engineered to defy the laws of physics” indeed:

[YouTube] [Via Kalvyn Rasquinha]

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December 01, 2013

Demo: Creating shallow depth of field in Photoshop

Bryan O’Neil Hughes quickly shows how to blur backgrounds & make objects stand out with Photoshop’s Iris Blur:


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Vector war machines

Check out Orlando Arocena’s beautiful, Metropolis-style vector renderings of Iron Man characters. (“No gradient meshes, no plug-ins, no custom brushes, no tracing,” he notes.)



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“Classical music—like Madonna”

I love Christian Robinson’s animated take on how kids understand music:


Reminds me the Super Bowl halftime show where Madonna performed, prompting me to explain to our 3-year-old that “she’s kind of an old Lady Gaga.”

[Vimeo] [Via]

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