Hey folks—welcome to my nascent new blog. Clearly it’s a work in progress, but I’ll crank away at that. Meanwhile I’m just hanging this first shingle. May we have fun & learn a lot from one another here.
The Adobe Youth Voices Awards are “a global challenge that invites youth to creatively express their vision for driving change in local communities, and to present potential solutions through visual storytelling.”
If you’re a young storyteller or know a good one, please check out the site & consider submitting work for consideration. Media must be submitted by April 18, 2014.
Julieanne shows how to prepare hundreds of images and save them in different file formats at once using Photoshop’s Image Processor script. She demos entering and adjusting Image Processor options such as file location and type, and working with image size.
The long-standing Photoshop actions system (which debuted in PS4) makes it pretty easy to record a series of commands, then play them back. Photoshop scripting (intro’d in PS7) lets developers do much more sophisticated automation, but it needs to be written by hand and is consequently much harder to create. Thus there’s been a demand for a system that would let users use conditional logic in Photoshop (e.g. processing an image one way if it’s taller than it is wide, and another if it’s wider than it is tall), but without having to learn/write scripting.
To fill this gap, scripter Andrew Hall has created Photoshop Commander, a free add-on designed to put fairly sophisticated automation tools into the hands of non-programmers. He explains,
Photoshop Commander is a Photoshop Script for CS2 and CS3 that creates powerful programming capability in Photoshop, using simple dialogs that anyone can work with and understand. Photoshop Commander provides a comprehensive easy-to-use menu system that allows non-programmers to create sophisticated workflow automations all without the need to understand a single line of programming code.
The script (which is free and is being released under the Creative Commons license), and a heap of accompanying Flash tutorials can be downloaded at
If you check out the first 10 minutes of the tutorials you will get some idea of what it can do and how it works.
Check it out, and let Andrew know what you think (via the comments section of the download page).
It’s all about the ducats: Today’s NY Times features a photo of artist (er, medallic sculptor) Joseph Menna using Photoshop and a Wacom Cintiq pressure-sensitive monitor to create a portrait of George Washington, along with a story about how the Mint is planning to issue $1 coins that feature images of dead presidents. Nice to see Photoshop being used to design currency outside of a dorm room (oh!).
Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies*.
Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain…
You know what’s wonderful about Spain? This is the kind of thing you see out your bedroom window. Know what’s less great? One look is all you get–the rest of the time being booked solid. (If you think I talk a lot here, try 7 hours’ worth yesterday.) You can take the Hyatt out of the boy, but you can’t take the boy out of the Hyatt–literally.
Still & all, it was great to spend a day chatting with & teaching a boatload of authors & trainers from around Europe. A bit selfishly, I love the fact that Spanish seems to be less widely studied here than English, German, or French. For once, my poquito of high school Spanish let me avoid feeling like the monolingual ugly American in the room. In fact, in a jewelry store in Barcelona I observed a German guy awkwardly telling the shopkeeper that he, uh, didn’t speak Spanish. "Hah hah, my Teutonic amigo," I thought, "We’re in the same barco now, eh? Más o menos?" And now I’m flying home at last, so you can be done with my little travel anecdotes (well, almost; a few photos are yet to come).
[Apropos of nothing: the flight attendants on Spanair are decked out in rather deviant-looking black leather gloves. (Spanish gloves of Spanish leather?) You could be forgiven for thinking you’d wandered into a Eurythmics video.]
*Note: Management reserves the right to substitute a gaggle of pasty software-folk in lieu of said fair ladies. No warranties expressed or implied. Vaya con Dios.
I’m a user experience researcher with the Flash & Dreamweaver teams and I’m looking for Flash and Dreamweaver users to help us out with a massive project. If you’re a regular Flash or Dreamweaver user and would like to help out, please check out the information below.
This is a product improvement study with folks who use Flash or Dreamweaver several times per week. The project entails downloading and installing a small program that anonymously collects information about the features you use in Adobe products and other applications. All eligible participants will be entered in a prize drawing either $1000 or one of 5 copies of Creative Suite 3 (to be released later this year).
If you are interested, please take this survey to determine eligibility. Then download the ClickSight™ software – a program developed for Adobe by Clickstream Technologies. (Mac Users: Currently, ClickSight runs only on Windows PCs. We will be conducting a Mac-based study later this year. If you are a Mac user and would like to be involved, please email email@example.com).
Thanks! You are helping make our Web applications even better!
Sharma Hendel (shendel at adobe dot com)
User Experience Team
- The Jeep Waterfall is a totally fantastic, “3,000 valve, 20-pump contraption” that essentially prints images onto falling water–much as an inkjet would onto moving paper. The eye-popping video is well worth a watch.
- Taking a similar concept in a horizontal direction, the AMOEBA device uses wave generators to print letter & pictures on water. Each one is visible for just a moment, and a new one can be shown every 3 seconds. There’s a brief video of the device in action, but I find the still image is more impressive. [Aside: I think my life would be greatly enriched by a background audio track of breathless Japanese narration.]
- If that $10k/gallon inkjet business has gotten you down, you might like hearing about the ZINK inkless printing system. It promises a zero-ink printing process by embedding dye crystals in the paper itself. [Via the Elements team]
- ToughPrint promises waterproof inkjet paper, suitable for making, say, a map, then taking it hiking in the rainforest (as one does). [Via]
No no, they don’t, really! Actually, the folks I’ve met seem quite fond of it, especially when given a taste of what’s planned for the upcoming release. That said, my heart skipped a beat when I opened a design mag in Amsterdam yesterday and read the headline, “Cursus: Adobe Dreamweaver.” “Oh man, these guys must think the Adobe-MM integration is going sour,” I thought–then quickly pulled it together. “Cursus,” I learned, are “courses.” So, may the Netherlands be full of cursus for Dreamweaver for years to come!
Here in Milan (yet another place I’ll see exclusively from the window of a cab; 20 hours from wheels down to wheels up), I’m talking up multimedialità (such a nice sound); learning that Nack, Germany really does exist (nestled in Rheinland-Pfalz, says Thorsten Wulff); and finding out that my surname is a common first name in Cambodia (hello, Nack Ath). Sorry; so much for not making this As the Nack Turns…
Some good bits from the world of motion graphics:
- Carlo Giovani has created a beautiful little stop-motion animation using his 3D paper models. [Via]
- Ever since seeing Kyle Cooper (creator of the SE7EN titles, among other things) speak at Cooper Union several years ago, I’ve had a new appreciation for intro title sequences in movies. "Forget the film, watch the titles" is right up my alley.[Via]
- Along similar lines, check out 10 Kick-A Opening Credit Sequences. [Via]
- File under "More corporate weirdness-for-weirdness’-sake": GE has evidently commissioned Little Samurai, a fun bit of beautiful animation that must be (?) theoretically related to lightbulbs, locomotives, nuclear power, or some other GE endeavor.
- If Jill Greenberg’s simian science tripped your trigger, you might enjoy the creepy Basement Jaxx Where’s Your Head At video.