- Swash, meet buckle: Veer offers a kickass belt fastener. If that’s up your alley, see also their type-spattered umbrella.
- Terri Stone of CreativePro.com has uncovered a number of fun, time-wasting type tools:
- Speaking of bodies-as-type, peep Hijack Your Life’s Hand typography. [Via]
- Interested in cool hand-drawn type? Check out WMMNA’s Hand Job review, with samples.
- Dig the old-school broadsheet sensibility of this White Mischief poster, and the hacked-up negative space on the Howl cover.
- Creative Techs talk about dealing with issues related to Helvetica in OS X Leopard. [Via Lynn Grillo]
- The Type Directors Club has put out a call for entries for new goodness.
- The latest edition of Type Talk covers proofreaders’ marks and other tweaky but potentially interesting bits.
- Mentioned earlier in the week, the Adobe Design Center featuers an article on typographic design with Photoshop
…these are a few of my favorite things.
- "When is Photoshop unethical?," asks Freelance UK. I’d make it "When is Photoshop use unethical," in the sense that "Guns don’t kill people; people kill people." The article doesn’t really break any new ground, I think. For something a little meatier, check out rules and guidelines from Reuters governing the use of Photoshop, posted in the wake of the 2006 image manipulation scandal. [Via John Dowdell]
- Providing a different take (from an artistic as opposed to journalistic perspective), Scott Kelby shares his Photo Editing "Code of Ethics."
- In any case, whatever you do, please don’t use Photoshop to defame nice old cat ladies. They’ll send you to the psych ward for that! [Via]
Just a brief note, but one of interest to folks printing from Photoshop on the Mac: Epson has posted an FAQ and schedule for compatibility with Mac OS X Leopard. As always, it’s a great idea to make sure you’re using the latest driver for your hardware/OS combo.
Thanks to Bryan O’Neil Hughes pointing this out. For reference, see also the details on printing fixes & changes in Photoshop 10.0.1. Bryan and the team continue to track the issues & user experiences reported here and on other forums, so thanks for the feedback. We plan to share more details on what we’ve learned here later in the week. In the meantime, feel free to drop Bryan a line to report issues if you’d like.
[On a related note, if you use HP printers with the Mac, see MacNN’s article HP verifies Leopard printer driver delivery via OS.]
The Adobe Design Center says, ‘Scuse me while I whip this content out…:
* New Gallery:
* New Dialog Box:
* New Lightroom Video Workshop from George Jardine:
- Correct an image using the Develop module
- Finding and evaluating photos
- Basic photo correction
- Using the Refine Photos command
- Using Sharpening & Noise Reduction controls
* New Tutorials:
- Typographic design with Photoshop
- Create a sitemap icon using reusable rich symbols — Alan Musselman
- PDF/X Files and Adobe Creative Suite 3 — Adobe white paper
- Using ActionScript to pause and loop the timeline in Flash — Tom Green and David Stiller
- 60-second Lightroom videos by Matt Kloskowski:
- Creating scatter brushes in Illustrator — David Karlins and Bruce K. Hopkins
Adobe training gauchas Luanne Seymour and Jen deHaan are riding herd, so check out their sites for fresh material. And as always, check out some of the 1000+ Adobe links on del.icio.us. Info on how to contribute links is here. [Via]
- George Jardine has posted Lightroom Podcast #46, a 12-minute video tutorial covering Lightroom’s synch command. He writes, "In this tutorial I outline the basics of Lightroom’s Synchronize command. You’ll learn how to apply Develop settings across multiple photos, in both the Library and the Develop modules. I also cover some of the new selection logic in Lightroom that is required to make working with large numbers of files, well…. logical!"
- Me & Amadou Down By the Schoolyard: At PhotoPlus last month, I spoke with photographer & author Amadou Diallo about Photoshop, life, the universe, and everything (but mostly about Photoshop). Here’s our chat. (I’m always pleased when I get to hang out on YouTube, rubbing shoulders with Rusty the narcoleptic dachshund & co. ;-))
- Over at Inside Digital Photo, Scott Sheppard talks with Lightroom PM Tom Hogarty and Photoshop Elements PM Mark Dahm about the new versions 1.3 and 6.0, respectively, of their products. Check it out here .
As many of us Americans remain lolling around in a turkey-stuffed haze, I’ll do my part to distract from the inlaws by trotting out a smorgasbord of stuff I’ve been amassing over the last few months–stuff that’s just never quite made it to the table on its own.
To pretend this all has something to do with my job, let’s start with the Photoshop bits:
- Some useful PSD-handling tools have been announced:
- PixelNovel has announced the useful-sounding ComparePSD tool (haven’t gotten to kick the tires yet myself). More info is in their press release. These guys also make FlickrShop for uploading directly from Photoshop to Flickr. [Via]
- If you’re a fan of Layer Comps–a really simple, lightweight way to store multiple design variations within a single PSD file–check out this Layer Comps plug-in for InDesign . [Via]
- In other Photoshop news:
- Typewriter bits
- Japanese curiosities
- Something Awful rocks out imaging (and P-shopping) all kinds of alternate Transformers. [Via]
- An unnamed Brazilian ad agent sculpts choppers from old watches.
- Business Week readers rag on the world’s ugliest cars. (Featured: Pontiac Az(z)Tek. Oddly absent: Chevy Assalanche.) [Via]
- Car Design News’s Studio Photos collection seeks to provide the perfect 3/4 shot of any car, nicely isolated on a plain background. [Via]
- This crazy 1873-vintage monocycle looks amazing. [Via]
- Automotive sweetness goes VDub in CNET’s Beetlemania gallery.
- The hard-core plane geek in me vibes with these MotoArt tables, constructed from reclaimed bits of aviation history (e.g. a bomb + a B-52 turbine = the “Get Bombed” table). [Via]
- I love this crazy little creature made from rolled-up newspaper [Via]
- Art Lebedev’s “Copilcus piggybank” reshapes the traditional slot–because “‘Plus’ savings are far better than ‘minus’ savings.” [Via] They also make the way-cool Folderix folder-shaped flash drive.
- Crafty ads
- This ad for the BC Highland Games cleverly meshes 2D & 3D. You can almost feel the hernia.
- Worth1000 fine art ads. Dig the Shout & Diet Pepsi entries especially.
- I’m feeling these simple yet effective ads for Off bug repellant.
- The World Wildlife Fund uses a balloon to depict your car’s pollution cloud.
- You want a zoom? Leica’s got it.
- From the ever-growing world of whack-job printers:
- Finally, here’s an amazing 3D rendering of “The Last Elf.” CG Arena provides details on the model’s creation. [Via]
Now, if that doesn’t leave you feeling logy, head back to the Remains of the Bird. 😉
Inspired by shades of Fall:
- Dustin Spicuzza has created one seriously geeky love note. [Via]
- To ensure a proper coffee:cream ratio, MyCuppa offers a Pantone-like matching system. [Via]
- Speaking of that system, check out Chris Glass’s crafty Pantone leaves. [Via]
- Chris notes that his work was inspired by this Pantone matching photo set.
- I’ll neither confirm nor deny squandering my time with certain furry little dudes; all I’ll say is "Hex LOLcats."
Here’s a little reason to give thanks this year: the forthcoming Firefox 3.0 (now in beta) will enable color-managed browsing. That is, the browser will read color profile information saved in images, take your monitor’s particular characteristics into account, and adjust the pixels on the fly to give them the proper appearance.
The look of images differs between managed and unmanaged applications (screenshot of the same image in Safari vs. Firefox 2), so FF getting on board with color management is great news for designers & photographers who value consistency. For more background on why this is an important advance for the Web, see my notes on the color-managed Safari coming to Windows.
Now, if we can get Internet Explorer & the Flash Player on board, it’ll be Snoopy Happy Dance time for everyone. 😉
Happy Turkey Day,
- MangoFalls is a rather fascinating collection of photos from film found in thrift store cameras (kind of a photo-specific version of Found Magazine). [Via]
- Clayton James Cubitt’s Lagos Calling is “an anthropological study of African skinhead fashion from the early seventies.” [Via]
- The Morning News features Aaron Hobson’s Cinemascapes plus a short interview with the photographer. [Via Thorsten Wulff]
- Magnum Magnum celebrates the 60th anniversary of the famed photo agency. I love the first two shots in this gallery. [Via Marc Pawliger]
- People & their breakfasts surveys–well, just that. [Via] I think this kind of navel-(orange) gazing may be part of Why They Hate Us.
- SI photographer John Zimmerman captured a crazy image of Dr. J shot using a slit camera to follow the movement of his hand. Hard to believe it’s from 1972!
- Liquid sculpture: Photographer Martin Waugh (see previous) talks about how he combined high-speed photography with a bit of Photoshop to create the new Smirnoff ad campaign.
- William Hundley makes some eye-popping jumping sheet photographs. See more of his work on Flickr. [Via]
- Sports Shooter hosts a cool gallery of indoor rodeo shots from Darryl Dyck. [Via]
- Telling a very different story occasioned by cowboy imagery, LA Times photog Luis Sinco talks about how his shot of the "Marlboro Marine" James Blake Miller in Iraq changed both of their lives. [Via] The story is behind an irritating, albeit free, registration barrier.