Our speaker for this meeting will be Brad Polt-Jones, from Future Light Digital Workshops. He has more than 20 years experience as a pro photographer and 10 years as a digital media artist. In addition to developing the Future Light workshops, Brad continues to teach digital photography classes for UCLA Extension and San Francisco City College.
Brad would like some input in terms of what topics he should cover in his presentation. These could include detailed workflows with the Content Aware Move / Patch, Adaptive Wide Angle, new tools in Camera Raw with Smart Objects, even basic Photoshop preferences and setup, or … you tell us!
“My philosophy is simple; I am passionate about the future of art and photography and want to bring the power and elegance of a new generation of tools to a wider audience. Digital photography allows everyone to participate in the image making process with an unprecedented ease of use and with total control.” –– Brad Polt-Jones
PS–Semi-random question: Do you happen to know how/where I could buy just Lego train wheels & buffers? My mom just mailed the boys my 1983-era train set, and of course they’re wanting to build more cars. I see that Pick A Brick offers individual wheels & buffers, but I don’t know whether those require separate axles/connectors that aren’t sold there. TIA from the Micronaxx!
If you own a CS3 or later Adobe app, you can subscribe to Creative Cloud & get all the CS6 apps, 20GB of storage, and more at a huge discount ($29.99/month instead of $49/month in the US)–but note that the offer ends August 31st. Shake a leg!
Senior Product Manager Tom Barclay will show you powerful new capabilities in Adobe Flash Professional CS6, including the Toolkit for CreateJS extension that lets you easily convert Flash content to HTML5. Join us and learn what’s new, as well as interacting with the pros from our team.
“Wait, what the heck is ‘Project Primetime‘?” — probably nearly everyone who reads this blog
Glad you’re said to have asked: It’s an end-to-end toolchain that links Adobe streaming, DRM, ad serving, audience management, analytics, and optimization. The tools rapidly convert live video into on-demand content. Besides streaming via Adobe tech, the content is being delivered through a new HTML5 app built with Adobe PhoneGap. Jolly good!
Adobe and Apple have worked closely together to test Adobe® Creative Suite® 5, 5.5 and CS6 editions and individual products for reliability, performance and user experience when installed on Intel® based systems running Mac OS X Mountain Lion (v10.8). Earlier versions of Adobe Photoshop® (CS3 and CS4) software were also tested with Mountain Lion and there are currently no known issues.
As with any new release of an operating system, there may be unexpected issues that arise that were not discovered during testing. If you encounter any issues, please report them on our bug reporting form.
Video team member Todd Kopriva notes,
Mountain Lion (Mac OS v10.8) upgrade improves performance and stability with Premiere Pro. Be sure to check for drivers for third-party I/O hardware and such, which may not yet be available for your accessories.”
Over the last couple of years, the Photoshop team has had great success turning promising research projects (Content-Aware Fill, Content-Aware Scale, Puppet Warp, etc.) into practical, transformative features for everyone. They’d like your help in taking things further:
The Adobe Photoshop team is looking for a highly motivated senior engineer who will develop state-of-the-art imaging features for Photoshop. The successful candidate will be working with a very dynamic customer-focused engineering team and will be responsible for productizing research ideas. The position will be located in San Jose.
“Every frame in this video is a photograph taken from the International Space Station,” writes creator Knate Myers. “All credit goes to the crews on board the ISS. I removed noise and edited some shots in Photoshop.”
“For the past five years,” writes the Daily Mail, “photographer and adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University Gordon Stettinius has been sending intentionally awful portraits of himself dressed as one of more than two dozen creepy-looking characters, as follow-ups to industry professionals.”
In related news, Gordon Stettinius is the man. [Via]
I’ve previously mentioned the iOS Photoshop Actions & Workflows that Marc Edwards has put together. Now he’s augmented them with a Configurator-made panel. It “includes the most frequently used tools for interface and icon designers, spread out for quick access, plus buttons for turning pixel snapping on and off.”
How much character of movement can be conveyed just by moving dots. Apparent crazy person Colin Rozee set out to find out, saying “I manually keyframed 19 mask paths in AE. There’s over 20,000 keyframes in the piece, but it needed to be that detailed to achieve the fluidity of movement….” He used the Plexus particle-system plug-in in the project. [Via David Simons]
The site enables private sharing within organizations, as well as both free & paid distribution of content:
Anyone with an Adobe ID will be able to submit up to 10 free products to the new Adobe Exchange, free of charge. You can also share products privately. Due to the way Exchange products are packaged it’s a great way for individuals or organisations to share Creative Suite content and it will appear in the user’s My Stuff section of the panel and can automatically provide any new updates. The potential here is enormous. For example, sharing out an InDesign template, swatches and many other Creative Suite generated content, which you can package in minutes with Adobe Exchange Packager. This goes beyond file sharing, as it can install the content in the correct locations for use with Creative Suite 6 supported products.
Anyone looking to offer paid products via the new Adobe Exchange should sign up for the prerelease program. There are no subscription charges for offering paid products while we are in prerelease.
This new Photoshop Exchange panel is GREAT!
You can search for cool Photoshop panels and install them directly from within Photoshop. I’ve posted two of my MUST SEE panels on this site.
All my panels are FREE!!!
Photoshop’s venerable Crop tool got a major overhaul in CS6. In this 2-minute Quick Tip, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to quickly crop two images to the same size using the Front Image option as your source.
This just drew audible gasps from Nacks age 4 to 40.
“Kinetic Rain” is composed of two parts, each consisting of 608 rain droplets made of lightweight aluminum covered with copper. Suspended from thin steel ropes above the two opposing escalators, each droplet is moved precisely and seemingly floating by a computer-controlled motor hidden in the halls ceiling. The drops follow a 15-minute, computationally designed choreography where the two parts move together in unison, sometimes mirroring, sometimes complementing, and sometimes responding to each other.
Interested in adding HTML5 motion and interaction design to your creative arsenal? Learn about Adobe Edge preview, a powerful tool to create animated and interactive HTML5 content. With new SEO upgrades and publishing improvements, see how easy it is to start creating HTML5 content. Join us this Friday, 10:00 AM PT (new time). Register here.
Last month I mentioned the Photoshop User cover story from PM Bryan O’Neil Hughes in which the team talks about what they do, the thinking that went into CS6, and more. The story is now available in HTML form via Scott Kelby’s blog.
Ian Moss juxtaposed an interesting pair of vintage videos. First there’s “The mighty Quantel Paintbox with its custom hardware and 10 years of knowhow behind it…”
“…versus version 1 of Adobe Photoshop, running on a Macintosh Classic for a 10th of the cost.”
The second vid’s a bit misleading as it shows PS 1.0 running on Mac Plus (from 1986) “with 1-bit (black&white) display, 8MHz CPU and 4MB RAM.” Here’s Photoshop co-creator John Knoll re-creating his original Photoshop demo:
Marc Edwards has updated his iOS Photoshop Actions & Workflows, streamlining tasks like creating various-sized icons, toggling pixel snapping, simulating color blindness (forgot PS could do that, right?), and more.
He also notes, “If you like these actions, you’ll love Skala Preview, the fastest way to send pixel perfect, colour perfect design previews from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad.”
Sorry for the late notice, but if you’ll be in San Francisco this evening, you can meet photojournalist Bruce Haley & view his work at Carte Blanche gallery (973 Valencia) 6pm-8:30pm tonight. The Facebook event page features more details.
Taken between 1994 and 2002, Bruce Haley’s photographs reflect the complexity of land and life in the former Soviet Bloc. Decaying industrial sites and toxic landscapes, rich farmland and traditional villages: his images capture the joys and challenges facing these newly independent nations, as they struggle to leave behind the legacy of Communism for an unknown future.
Bruce Haley is the recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal, one of the most prestigious photography awards in the world. Haley received this honor for his coverage of Burma‘s bloody ethnic civil war.
In CS6 the Photoshop & After Effects teams have decided to move away from enabling the Pixel Bender language for writing imaging filters. The popular Oil Paint effect has been brought into Photoshop CS6, but the Pixel Bender Gallery plug-in will no longer be offered on Adobe Labs.
The $.99 app does what it says & does it nicely, if rather slowly. Check out some example images.
Aside: I continue to wish Apple would make it easy for apps like Instagram to slot in other apps for round-trip filtering (sending them a grid of pixels & then getting one back). It seems that Windows & Android remain well ahead in this regard, but hope springs eternal.
Cool, right? Flash is & was always just a means to an end (helping people express themselves, and making money selling tools to do so). Adobe continues to pour manpower into bringing Flash innovations (hardware-accelerated filters, better typography, etc.) to HTML. Check out CNET’s interview with engineering manager Arno Gourdol for more details for what we’re doing with blending modes, SVG, and more.
Oh, and if you want to help us move things along, see my next post.
CSS3PS is a free Photoshop plug-in that promises to turn your Photoshop shape layers & styles into CSS. (See also previous: CSS Hat; generating CSS from Fireworks CS6). [Via Barkin Aygun]
SpriteRight is a $5 Mac app for combining multiple images into sprite sheets, then creating CSS that goes with them. [Via Fabrice Delaneau]
I used to be a kick-ass Web production guy, but that was when Bill Clinton was president, Michael Richards was employable, and DeBabelizer walked the land. Now I feel behind the times relative to production best practices, so as always if you have feedback about what’s useful & what’s not, I’m all ears.
We post CS6 System Requirements, but we all know those are the minimum requirements to run the software. Professional customers demand better hardware specifications to get the maximum performance out of their investment in CS6, and this new CS6 Hardware Recommendations document outlines recommended system configurations for different workflows for Mac, Windows, and notebook users.