Monthly Archives: January 2017

Amazing VR drawing work from Tilt Brush Artists in Residence

I see stuff like this & think, “It’s pretty clear I’m wasting my life.” How am I not working directly to help artists create next-gen radness? Check out what a diverse set of creators, from graffiti artists to New Yorker stalwart Roz Chast, can do in 3D space:

Google has been working closely with more than 60 artists to help them explore their style in virtual reality as part of the Tilt Brush Artist in Residence program (AiR). Coming from a wide range of disciplines, these graffiti artists, painters, illustrators, graphic designers, dancers, concept artists, creative technologists and cartoonists have all brought their passion and talent to create some amazing art with Tilt Brush.

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Chromebooks get Lightroom Mobile, Photoshop Mix, and more

I love it when my peeps work together. 🙂 Engadget writes,

Expect Adobe’s Photoshop Mix, Lightroom mobile, Illustrator Draw, Photoshop Sketch, Comp CC and Creative Cloud Mobile to be available later this month… If you’re using an ASUS Flip, Acer R11/C738T or Google Pixel (2015), that collection of software will be available for you to use today. All you have to to do is head over to the Play Store to nab it.

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New drawing tools: Astropad & Remarkable

reMarkable is an e-ink tablet that promises serious sketching chops:

The Marker is a super precise tool – down to the smallest details. It puts digital ink on the reMarkable with incredibly low lag. It’s designed to let you focus on the task at hand. No battery charging or Bluetooth set-up. The tip is carefully designed with just the right friction to deliver a paper-like experience.

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Meanwhile Astropad, which lets you use an iPad & Apple Pencil to draw in Mac apps, has been around for a couple of years, but the new Astropad Studio ups its game:

TechCrunch writes,

Astropad Studio connects to a client on your Mac (which you download separately) and lets you select a portion of your existing display or displays to define as the interaction surface for use on your iPad Pro. A small disc icon on the iPad screen allows you to tweak the shortcut settings and check for additional commands. The commands available are terrific…

Astropad Studio requires a $7.99 monthly or $64.99 yearly subscription, but with math you get settings sync, additional support and a promise from Astropad that it’ll be updated monthly with new features and improvements.

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Adobe’s new 3D tool is ready for download

Somehow I missed this news back in December, but if you’re a Creative Cloud member, you can download Adobe’s new 2D/3D compositing tool, Project Felix.

If your specs measure up…

On Windows 10, you’ll need at least 8 GB of RAM and a Geforce GTX 770 or better graphics card. On macOS, the minimum is also 8 GB of RAM and either an Intel Iris Graphics 540 or GeForce GT 750M card, though here, too, Adobe recommends 16 GB of RAM or more.

…maybe you, too, can make a weird Velvet Underground homage (?).

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I’m really eager to see what my Adobe friends can devise, but boy is this a tough nut to crack (or giant banana to peel, if you prefer). I think there’s real hotness to be had by rethinking creation & compositing in a 3D context, but making people wrestle with & care about traditional 3D concepts isn’t what I have in mind. We’ll see.

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