January 30, 2014

Wrangle Photoshop layer comps with Composer

Jason Foral’s free plug-in promises to help you “Update multiple layer comps* in Photoshop with just one click. Less maintaining, more designing.”

  • Update Layer Style: Use to sync the layer style, opacity, and blending mode of selected layers across selected layer comps.
  • Update Position: Use to sync the position of selected layers across selected layer comps.
  • Update Visibility: Use to sync the visibility of selected layers across selected layer comps.
  • Update All: Use to sync the layer style, position, and visibility of selected layers across selected layer comps.

*And if you’re a designer who doesn’t know about layer comps, do yourself a favor & read this.

[Via Josh D.]

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Nokia: “Goodbye, DSLR.”

Bold talk:


I’ve had only brief hands-on time with this DNG-capable camera (er, phone?), but judging from what I’ve seen students at SVA create, it’s a great device. Still, I’m reminded of the automotive adage, “There’s no replacement for displacement.” Let’s see if & when these little pocket computers can synthesize the creamy bokeh of a traditional lens—and whether hybrid systems like the Sony QX family gain traction.

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Create photo-walks with Lightroom + Photosynth

Andy Trice shows how to prep a series of images, then knit them together into an interactive piece using Microsoft’s new Photosynth technology:

Here’s the kind of thing he produces:

Check out his post for more examples.


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Feedback, please: SVG in Photoshop

Adobe has supported the Scalable Vector Graphics standard since its inception. (I joined Adobe in 2000 specifically to work on an SVG animation tool, LiveMotion.) The company keeps pressing forward with improvements, as detailed in this post from the Web platform team.

You can already use some of these tweaks in the latest update to Illustrator CC, which now lets you export scalable, responsive SVG files that can adapt to different screen sizes and resolutions. Check out a very quick demo:

So, what does all of this have to do with Photoshop? The team is working to enable better & better conversion of Photoshop artwork into Web-native content, including CSS & SVG. You can turn on SVG export via these steps in the latest PS CC (version 14.2).

If you turn on SVG export, the team would love to hear your feedback. In particular, designer Tim Riot is standing by on Twitter. TIA.

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