The device is powered by an electric drill, constructed from bicycle and drum parts, wood and metal plates, which was strong enough to allow us to rotate the heavy weight of a Canon 5D MKII stably and at a very high speed. The drill was plugged to a variable speed controller, allowing us to adjust the speed of the cameras rotations by turning a dial.
The setting of the video is the band preforming live in a studio set. The main camera rotates at a selected speed as the band performs. While the camera is rotating, objects such as the skin of the bass drum start to rotate at the same speed as the main camera, giving the effect of those objects becoming static in the frame while everything else is spinning. When a person stands in front of these objects it gives the effect of the person spinning rather than the background.
Other circular boards with graphics are turned on and off running in and out of sync with the main rotating camera. Each of these graphics have variable speed control dials to adjust their speed.
I’m endlessly surprised & pleased by the creative (mis)uses of Adobe tools—things never envisioned by the people developing them. In this case Chris Stevens captures a pair of images with his iPad, then uses layering & adjustments in Photoshop Touch to create a 3D image:
Adobe will be conducting research over the next several months, seeking to better understand students’ needs:
Adobe is looking to talk to teachers, professors and instructors to gain a better understanding about student assignments, software and technology use. This unique and fun opportunity will allow educators to work with Adobe and share how technology is being incorporated in the way students complete assignments in their classrooms. There will be several paid research opportunities. If you’re interested in these opportunities, please fill out a preliminary screener. You’ll be contacted if you are eligible to participate!
This wave of research is happening in the US only.
The 11 floors tower of the HESAV (Health High School Vaud) has been animated as a rudimentary screen whose pixels are, in fact, all the windows and shutters that students, staff and friends shake for hours
The second half of the vid features making-of content, and a participant writes,
[It took] Just a couple of hours with the instructions. We NEVER did all the combos you can see in the video, just twice or three times all windows / shutters positions, all together at the same time. The rest is all post production.
Edge Web Fonts gives you access to a vast web font library made possible by contributions from Adobe, Google, and designers around the world. The fonts are served by Typekit, so you can be sure of high performance and stability. Plus, it’s free!
Learn all about it (and about how Adobe’s releasing new open-source fonts, working to improve the quality of fonts created by others, and more) on the Typekit blog.
Edge Reflow is coming soon, enabling designs that change in response to varying screen sizes (phone, tablet, desktop, etc.):
Create responsive layouts and visuals with standards-based CSS. Edge Reflow offers an HTML-based design surface, enabling web designers to accurately and confidently realize their visions throughout design and development.
Well now I feel bad: Not only have I failed send any of our guys’ innumerable Thomas engines to space, I’ve also neglected to learn After Effects well enough to animate their faces. Big props all around, Ron Fugelseth.
Adobe has done an excellent job fitting its leading image editor to the tablet form factor… Snapseed may offer more effects and photo fine-tuning, but Photoshop Touch is a different animal, offering a fuller set of image-manipulation tools, which earns it our Editors’ Choice for tablet-based image-editing apps.
We weren’t kidding when we said that as a Creative Cloud subscriber you’d get access to more & more benefits.
Adobe added Digital Publishing Suite, Single Edition to the Creative Cloud today. Members can now create and deliver single-issue content for the iPad —such as brochures or personal design portfolios— without writing a single line of code.
This used to cost $400 per title published. Now you get unlimited publishing—along with InDesign and the rest of the Master Collection—for $49/mo. (or $29/mo. if you own a previous CS app). #progress
When I was in high school, I spent every waking moment in Photoshop creating websites and collages for my favorite show, The X-Files (don’t laugh!). Thankfully, all of the time I spent paid off and now I’m able to use my Photoshop skills on a daily basis doing a job I love. Photoshop’s been a big part of my past, and now, it will always be a part of my future. Thanks, Adobe 😉
Hope everyone enjoys the Photoshop Toolbar Tattoo =D
On Monday Sept. 24 Adobe will be hosting a free, full-day event for web designers and developers who want to learn more about the latest techniques to create content for the modern web. The event will kick off with a keynote where Adobe will introduce new web tools and technologies followed by in-depth sessions around HTML5, CSS3, motion graphics, and more.
I’m excited to announce that the company founded by my old boss & friend Kevin Connor, working together with image authenticity pioneer Dr. Hany Farid, has released their first product, FourMatch—an extension for Photoshop CS5/CS6 that “instantly distinguishes unmodified digital camera files from those that may have been edited.” From the press release:
FourMatch… appears as a floating panel that automatically and instantly provides an assessment of any open JPEG image. A green light in the panel indicates that the file matches a verified original signature in FourMatch software’s extensive and growing database of more than 70,000 signatures. If a match is not found, the panel displays any relevant information that can aid the investigator in further assessing the photo’s reliability.
Fourandsix will donate 2 percent of their proceeds from the sale of this software to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). The donation will support NCMEC efforts to find missing children and prevent the abduction and sexual exploitation of children.
Extensis announced today it has updated its Web Font Plug-in with support for Adobe Creative Suite 6, providing web designers access to more than 5,000 WebINK and Google Web Fonts directly within Adobe Photoshop. These fonts can be used free-of-charge to mock-up any website.
The Photoshop team would like to provide advanced notice that Photoshop CS6 (13.0) will be the last major version of Photoshop to support Windows XP. (Photoshop CS6 does not support Windows Vista.) In addition, all subsequent Photoshop feature updates specifically for Creative Cloud members will no longer support Windows XP.
As Tom notes, a number of new features in CS6 (those relying on modern graphics hardware, such as 3D and the new Lighting Effects engine) already weren’t supported on XP.
We encourage all customers who are currently using Windows XP to begin making their migration plans now so they can fully take advantage of future Photoshop innovations as soon as they are available.
At Photoshop World, Russell Brown & co. went from Wacom sketch to a real live monster.
Russell brought together a team of makeup artists to create a monster that would be part of the Adobe booth at Photoshop World in Las Vegas. The original design was sketched on a Wacom Cintiq by Rayce Bird and then the prosthetics were fabricated in LA. The team of artist applied the makeup in the Adobe booth, and the monster came to life. Finally, the monster was photographed in the Westcott booth and then attendees edited their photos in the Adobe booth with Lightroom 4 and Adobe Photoshop CS6. The final results were amazing.
As Russell Brown always says “There is nothing better then creating a cool monster and letting our users take great photos.”
Check it out:
Russell writes, “Special thanks to TEAM MONSTER for making this possible. Rayce Bird, Ian Von Cromer, Frank Ippolito, Brianna Bird Kirkham, Thomas Willeford, Aaron Grimes, Amber McCoy, Weston Maggio, and Joel Grimes.”
NKS5 is a custom toolkit for Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS5.5 and CS6. It provides a wide range of natural media, texturing, and production tools in an attractive, easy-to-use palette with a minimal footprint.
Why, exactly, Joerg Piringer decided to make a 30-minute movie that “shows all displayable characters in the unicode range 0-65536 (49571 characters), one character per frame,” I can’t really imagine. Just to honor its sheer craziness, however, I share it here:
“The sound is me reciting the alphabet (in German). One letter per frame.” Here’s more info on the project. [Via Carolina DeBartolo]
Here’s a ridiculously good deal: Switch from FCP or Avid to Adobe Creative Cloud (which includes Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Illustrator, and much more) for just $29.99/mo. for 12 months
Step up to Premiere Pro CS6, including more than 50 new features designed to make switching easier. Final Cut and Avid keyboard shortcuts, tight integration with After Effects and Photoshop, unmatched performance, and more help you conquer even your most demanding projects.
Despite kind of burning itself out in the 90’s, image morphing can remain an interesting storytelling device:
“All visual effects for this sequence were created entirely in After Effects, by Morgan Préleur and the team at noside.fr, using mettle’s FreeForm Pro and FreeForm V2 plug-in.” I’d like to see a making-of piece.
“It’s a bit of a tough concept to get across,” writes fxguide, “but once you have that ‘aha’ moment, you realize how cool the tech is.” Check out this in-depth interview with PM Michael Coleman. He talks about how the system keeps people unblocked (no lock-outs during collaboration; automatic background upload of footage; etc.), able to collaborate across locations, and more.
Gorgeous: “American artist Tauba Auerbach presents the 8 x 8 x 8-inch hard-back cubes illustrating the RGB color scheme in a page-by-page medium. a digital offset print on paper with airbrushed cloth cover and book edges create a colorful reference volume of all the colors in existence.” [Via Chris Peppel]
99 Shades of Grey: As CreativePro writes, “For pledges ranging from $1 to $99, backers can get the book in soft-cover, hard-cover, or ebook formats, t-shirts, posters, and the privilege of naming a particular shade of grey.”
Or as someone just quipped about the Illustrator 1.0 video I uploaded a while back, “ANY SHADE OF GREY I WANT! <3”
The job’s never been about Flash per se; it’s been about helping people express themselves & solve problems. Flash Professional (the authoring tool) is a great way for animators to create assets for multiple runtimes (HTML or Flash Player):
The project involved creating multitudes of animated assets to create touch-friendly games with rich content. Yes, you guessed it right, Flash Professional CS6 along with the Toolkit for CreateJS extension and some custom JSFL was used to carry out this mammoth task of preparing assets.
I’m delighted that Adobe has officially unveiled Adobe Anywhere, our collaborative workflow platform for video. You can use After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Prelude to manipulate assets on a server, letting people team up across locations, devices, and networks.
Seeing is believing: I’ve gotten to sit next to PM Michael Coleman as he cruises through high-res video on his MacBook Air, and you’d swear he was tethered to a brawny machine under the desk–not talking via WiFi to a server hundreds of miles away. Here’s a quick demo:
I’m especially proud as this is the project that the other leading Adobe Nack, my wife Margot, has been working on for quite some time. Congrats to the whole team!
The crazy nerds at Backyard Brains have created “the world’s first cephalo-iPod,” pumping Cypress Hill through the body of an unsuspecting squid:
An iPod plays music by converting digital music to a small current that it sends to tiny magnets in the earbuds. The magnets are connected to cones that vibrate and produce sound.
Since this is the same electrical current that neurons use to communicate, we cut off the ear buds and instead placed the wire into the fin nerve. When the iPod sends bass frequencies (<100Hz) the axons in the nerves have enough charge to fire an action potential. This will in turn cause the muscles in the chromatophores to contract.
Heh—this takes me back to my painfully ambitious childhood attempts at flipbook animation: the Nissan Note site tells a story as you scroll (and scroll, and scroll) down the page. In all my years online I can’t say I remember seeing this done before—and that’s saying something. [Via]
This is some of the most unique typography (if you can call it that) I’ve heard of in a while: the wheels of the Curiosity Rover feature a custom pattern that spells out “JPL” (for Jet Propulsion Laboratory) in Morse Code in the vehicle’s tire tracks.
The Adobe Edge Animate team is doing a live presentation/Q&A tomorrow, Tuesday the 4th, at noon Pacific:
Join our Ask a Pro next Tuesday to get an up close and personal look at what’s new in Preview 7. Our fearless Product Manager Sarah Hunt will cover new features like resizable layouts, enhancements to the timeline and stage, and much more. Sarah will also show you how to add interactivity to your compositions, as requested by our fans.
Alongside Lightroom 4.2, release candidate builds of Camera Raw (for CS6) & the DNG Converter (used to make images from newer cameras available with numerous DNG-reading apps, including older versions of Lightroom & Photoshop) are now available on Adobe Labs.