The ol’ noggin provides endless inspiration for artists:
In other skullduggery:
- Brawndo "will make you wonder why you haven’t ever crushed a human skull with your bare hands!!" Delicious!! (I need to order a case of this stuff for the Photoshop team.)
- The Skull-a-Day blog provides just that. [Via]
- For next Halloween (or, just to be weird, maybe Valentine’s, or Arbor Day), you might hang onto these pumpkin skull templates. [Via] I still think they’d have a time beating my wife’s Dia De Los Muertos-inspired doppel-pumpkin.
- If this stuff is up your alley, see previous for lots more.
Through Google Image Search & the like, it’s almost ridiculously easy to find pictures of nearly anything you can imagine–and just as easy to drag them into editing tools for your own use. Do it to a motivated photographer, however, and the practice can end in tears.
Last week, an image taken by photographer Lane Hartwell was used without permission in a parody video posted on YouTube. She wasn’t pleased, contacted the band, and filed a takedown notice with YouTube. CNET’s Stephen Shankland recaps the events to date, then interviews Hartwell. She notes that she’s had to deal with similar incidents frequently (five in just the last two weeks).
Over in the NYT, David Pogue talks about “the generational divide in copyright morality.”He lists a number of the scenarios he mentions to gauge audience reactions to what kind of media copying is acceptable. Short story: older people see shades of gray, whereas younger people think that anything goes.
I wonder what these folks would say about appropriating a piece of photography, artwork, or software. If a college kid did a painting that got used in a GM ad campaign, I’m betting he or she would feel entitled to some compensation. Now, if that painting got used in an amateur video on YouTube, would that be okay? What if the video promoted a hate group? Do these guys think that the creators of intellectual property deserve to have any say over how their work is used & whether they’re compensated? Without any of their skin in the game, the general answer seems to be no.
[See also: Lawrence Lessig’s talk on “How creativity is being strangled by the law.” Also, Derek Powazek has posted some sensible thoughts about collaborative media. Rule 1: Ask First.]
“Trajan Trajan Trajan…”–it’s the Marsha Brady of fonts, at least when it comes to movie titles & posters. Kirby Ferguson rips hack designers a new one in this very funny video. Mark Hamburg quips, “If we want ‘cinematic’ UIs, then we obviously need to revise our typography…”
In other typography news:
Adobe’s famous Russell Brown has created three new video tutorials meant to help get the best results when printing from Photoshop CS3 (with the 10.0.1 update) to various popular printers:
Russell points out that many of steps shown in the HP & Canon tutorial steps can apply to other printers from those manufacturers. Links to the latest drivers from each manufacturer are on Russell’s site (scroll down to the Photoshop CS3 Tutorials section).
Meanwhile Lightroom PM Tom Hogarty has posted info about printing on Mac OS X Leopard with Lightroom 1.3.1. Tom talks about geeky bits like the Mac’s transition from "Tioga" printer drivers (introduced in 10.0, now unsupported) to CUPS-based drivers (now required). The upshot, says Tom, is that for proper results you should "seek out a fully Leopard compatible printer driver from the printer manufacturer."
- Antarctica in HD: NASA’s LIMA, the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica, was pieced together from from more than 1,000 Landsat image captures. CNET hosts an interesting gallery that show the progression of satellite images covering the frozen continent. This shot of glacial flow is particularly, er, cool.
- Astrophotographer Scott Ireland is profiled on Adobe.com, talking about how Photoshop CS3 aids in his documentaries of everything from galaxies to volcanoes. Many more samples of his work appear on his site.
- On a similar note, amateur astrophotographer Ian Megson uses Photoshop in his work. Check out a recent capture.
- Diane Varner has taken a great portrait of a little mantis (?) dude. (Dig her bees, ladybug, and locust, too.)
- Speaking of insects, check out these paintings done by bugs. (Does PETA have jurisdiction here?) [Via]
- Via Scott Kelby I just found Forensic Photoshop, the blog of Jim Hoerricks–Senior Forensic Video Analyst for the LAPD & Photoshop instructor. I haven’t had time to peruse much yet, but topics like measuring images using PSCS3 Extended look interesting.
- According to National Geographic, paleontologists recently discovered a mummified dinosaur. They’re using digital imaging to scan the results, producing images like this CT scan. [Via]
[Filed under Scientific & Technical Imaging]
There’s an interesting article on TechCrunch, saying that according to software usage tracking company Wakoopa, "women spend about twice the time in Photoshop than men." [Via]
I’m not sure how they arrived at this stat, and I don’t see evidence of a gender-based usage difference in Adobe’s internal research numbers. Here’s a funny one, though: women responding to those surveys seem more likely than men to have pirated Photoshop. In fact, whereas women comprise 46% of the legal responders, they comprise 64%–nearly two thirds–of the suspected pirates!
This finding prompted a chorus of "Aaarrghs!" from the women of Adobe Research, not to mention some ill-advised plays on the word "booty." ;-) [Via Claiborne Brown, Julie Baher, & Bryan Hughes]