Monthly Archives: June 2015

What if Photoshop’s UI were written in HTML?

And what if they open-sourced the whole thing? And hey, what if it were already sitting on your hard drive right now?

It’s all kind of bananas, but it’s real, and it’s here (albeit in an unfinished form that I find kinda baffling) inside the new Photoshop CC update. Having pushed hard for years to make PS extensible (via Flash/HTML panels, Configurator) so that the UI could be smashed into a million pieces & then reassembled according to individuals’ tasks & needs, I’m really intrigued & eager to see where things go.

Here’s a demo of the current iteration:

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Photography: An amazing time-lapse volcanic eruption

Calbuco, as seen by Jonas Dengler and Martin Heck:

They write,

Volcano Calbuco erupted on April 22, 2015, for the first time in four decades. Located close to the cities of Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt in southern Chile. We (Jonas Dengler and Martin Heck) spend the prior couple of days on the neighboring volcano Osorno (~20km linear distance) shooting timelapses. After an amazing night under the night sky we took the cable car downwards after a delay caused by repairs. Already late we headed south to catch the ferry on Routa 7 down to Patagonia. After 10min on the ferry we noticed a massive, almost nuclear looking cloud boiling upwards just were we left a few hours ago. Frenetically looking for a good outlook we then rushed to the only non-forested place to get a decent view of the show. We quickly put every bit of camera-equipment we could find on the constantly growing mushroom-cloud. We shot timelapses in 8K and 4K with a Pentax 645Z and Canon 6D. On the A7s we shot 4K video to the Shogun. We filled almost all of our memory cards in the prior night so I had to do backups while shooting all this stuff.

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Photography: DxO’s 20MPx raw-shooting iPhone add-on cam

Now this thing ($599) looks seriously interesting. PetaPixel writes

Inside the camera is a 1-inch CMOS BSI sensor — the same size used by Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras — and on the front of the camera is a 32mm-equivalent f/1.8 lens with a 6-blade iris. Those specs are crammed into a 2.65-inch (6.9cm) tall camera that weighs just 3.8oz (108g) and fits comfortably in your palm and pocket.

What do you think?

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[Via Torsten Beckmann]

“Ricky & Doris”: Utterly charming

And with puppets! Give yourself a treat and spend the next six minutes watching David Friedman’s short film.

Ricky Syers is an off-beat 50 year old street performer who found his calling as a puppeteer after a lifetime of manual labor. While performing in New York City’s Washington Square Park, he met Doris Diether, an 86 year old community activist. They became friends and he made a marionette that looks just like her. Now she’s joined his act and the two of them can often be seen performing together.

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Ricky Syers is an offbeat 50-year-old street performer who found his calling as a puppeteer after a lifetime of manual labor. While performing in New York City’s Washington Square Park, he met Doris Diether, an 86-year-old community activist. They became friends and he made a marionette that looks just like her. Now she’s joined his act and the two of them can often be seen performing together.

“World’s first Tank Quadcopter Drone”

Simply because this would have been the 11-year-old me’s Favorite Thing Ever, I’ll point out the B-Unstoppable flying tank thingamabob. PetaPixel notes,

According to B, a hybrid model can be very useful in certain situations. For example, driving saves up to 60% of energy when compared to flying. In addition, the tank mode is much quieter than flying and can enable pilots to reach previously difficult areas. We also can’t forget that driving a tank-drone hybrid sounds like a ton of fun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGdP9hTLDnk

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Quick tip: Share your Google Photos videos on YouTube

Forget re-uploading what you’ve already backed up. That’s a sucker’s bet. 🙂

Instead visit youtube.com/upload, then click “Import your videos from Google Photos.” You’ll see a browser like this that lets you pick one or more videos, then click “Select” to add titles, etc. & publish them.

Bonus tip: To see all the videos in your Photos account, click the search field, then click the “Video” tile (or just bookmark photos.google.com/search/_tv_).

YT Upload

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Demo: “What’s New in Photoshop for Print and Graphic Design”

More neat stuff (some overlap from yesterday’s demo, yet worth a look on its own):

New features include Artboards that allow you to create multiple layouts in one Photoshop document, Device Preview which enables you to preview your Photoshop design in real time on an iOS device, new export options, the ability to add multiple instances of layer styles, and so much more. Don’t miss the new Linked Assets in Creative Cloud Libraries where when a change is made to an asset, you and your team members have the option of updating it across any Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign projects where it’s used.


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