Tuesday
May
2010
04

Tomorrow’s Guest Blogger Is…

by Brad Moore  |  7 Comments

…Nashville portrait photographer Michael Deppisch!

With the recent flooding in Nashville and the surrounding areas, I thought it would be timely to invite Michael to share the short documentary he made over the weekend that shows the devastation they’re facing right now.  Check back tomorrow to see the moving video and a bit of the story behind it.

In the meantime, you can donate to the recovery efforts at NashvilleRedCross.org and check out Michael’s work at DeppischFoto.com.

Tuesday
May
2010
04

I Can Remove Your Watermark with No Problem…

by RC Concepcion  |  62 Comments

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(blog post by RC Concepcion)

So stop doing it!  Really, It really takes no time at all, but I hate having to do it to your images…

Bold statement, huh?  As the Photoshop Guy that’s focused on one mission – taking Photographers to the web- I’ve spent a lot of time wondering about the recent movement to make your pictures as ugly as possible with Watermarks. The practice has come to fever pitch in Photoshop CS5.  Try as we must to share with you how awesome all of the other technology that Photoshop CS5 is bringing us, I invariably get the same question:

“With Content Aware Fill, can people remove watermarks even easier?”  I usually tell people “Yup.  But anyone with a decent amount of skill in the Clone (nee, Rubber Stamp) tool could have at your images just as fast. ”

You shouldn’t spend so much time worrying about watermarking your images. Anyone halfway decent will be able to rip them off, and you will be “DigiSlapped” 3 times.

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Monday
May
2010
03

Dave Presents: Bits ‘n Pieces

by Brad Moore  |  11 Comments

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Over at my blog I have a regular feature called “Bits ‘n Pieces” that is really just a way for me to include several random things in one blog post. Today, I bring some bits and pieces to Scott’s blog.

Portolio Night

On May 20th in various cities around the world, graphic design and advertising students have an opportunity to show their portfolio to Creative Directors and agencies. There is a cost to the event but it looks like a great opportunity. For all the details visit http://portfolionight.com/8/.

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The (Almost) Prefect Camera + Laptop Bag

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For the last couple of months I’ve been using a bag that lets me cart around my camera gear and laptop in one nice compact size. I can fit a ton of gear and yet it still fits under the seat on planes (for those times when the overhead bin is full). It has a place for a laptop, 2 zipped pockets with plenty of space for accessories, cables, and even a key ring, It has 2 insulated pockets for water bottles, a large “hidden” pocket etc and plenty of room inside. It even has a rain shield you can pull out from the bottom.

It’s almost perfect – there are only two things that stop it from being ideal, but luckily they were easy to “fix”.

1. The pocket where I keep my laptop doesn’t have as much padding as I’d like, but I simply keep my laptop in a padded sleeve for some extra protection.

2. The inside compartment doesn’t come with any dividers, meaning all your gear would pretty much rattle around. I was able to address this with a couple of extra velcroed dividers I had from another camera bag. NB: I just watched a video on their web site where they say it does come with dividers – I know I didn’t get any :(

Now this bag rocks! Along with my laptop and all necessary cables, I typically carry all this stuff in this bag: Nikon D300 w battery grip, 18 -200mm, 50mm, 70 – 200mm, 2 SB 800 flashes, benro travel tripod and ballhead (plus Bose headphones and a Kindle). It’s heavy with all that stuff, but the mammoth strap makes it easy to carry.

Believe it or not, this great bag comes from 5.11 Tactical, a company that makes law enforcement gear. The bag is called the Side Trip Briefcase and it retails for $99.99.

Overall, it’s the best solution I’ve found for the gear I want to travel with.

(If you decide to purchase one, enter the code FREEHAT10 at Checkout for a free ball cap with purchase over $75)

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Artists Wanted

There’s a very interesting sounding search for photographic talent taking place at artistswanted.org. Here’s their description:

“Our goal is simple: we want to find amazing photographic talents and expose them to the world in the most potent way possible. Rewards and benefits will be given to all who participate. One grand prize winner will be awarded an art-star New York City gallery reception, international publicity and their choice of $10,000 cash or 1 year living rent free in a $1.2 million apartment provided by The Edge in New York City”

http://www.artistswanted.org/

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Science project meets Photography

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Take a look at the amazing photography of Caleb Charland, who combines science with photography. Very cool stuff!

http://www.calebcharland.com/

Friday
Apr
2010
30

CS5 IS HERE BABY!!!

by Brad Moore  |  26 Comments

That’s right! CS5 IS FINALLY HERE!! If you pre-ordered, you should be getting your copy any day.

If you can’t wait, go HERE and download the trial to play around, I mean work with, the new software.

And, don’t forget… NAPP has their completely FREE Learning Center for you right here (You don’t even have to be a NAPP member!). For those who are NAPP members, you get a 15% DISCOUNT on purchases through the Adobe store. Log into your account at PhotoshopUser.com and look in the Discounts section to take advantage of it!

And if you’re a Kelby Training Online subscriber, you can check out all of the latest full classes on CS5 (Photoshop Power Session & Crash Course, HDR, Channels & Masks, 3D, Camera Raw, & much much more!) right here. And if you’re not a subscriber but would like to be, you can get all the details and sign up here.

TGIF much? ;)

-Brad

Friday
Apr
2010
30

Corey Presents: The Evolution of 3D in Photoshop

by Brad Moore  |  21 Comments

So with all the excitement surrounding the pending release of Photoshop CS5 and the rest of the Creative Suite I feel it incumbent upon me to talk a bit about 3D in Photoshop because, like anything new or different, there are always divided opinions. Do I really need 3D? What will it do for me as a photographer or as a designer? Why is it in Extended and not Standard? Why is 3D even in Photoshop? While I cannot answer all of these questions I will at least start with that last question.

Why 3D in Photoshop? I think a better question is why did it take so long to get 3D in Photoshop? To answer this let is first look at where 3D started in Photoshop and where it’s going. Look around the world right now. 3D is everywhere. Movies, TV and print advertising, web, everywhere and for the longest time 3D effects were only the domain of those using really involved and expensive 3D applications. Plus the amount of training involved was enough to make almost everyone run for the hills. So 3D remained to those few who endured and learned there way through it. Which was great. However most of the design world was using Photoshop and to get 3D in Photoshop you would have to render a 3D object out of its native application then import into Photoshop without the ability to edit in 3D. Which was a lot of work and not very practical. Then Photoshop CS3 burst on the scene and boasted new 3D features. While I was very excited about this I was soon disappointed as I discovered that the CS3 3D features only allowed you to work with existing 3D art created elsewhere. Making the previously mentioned scenario a bit more feasible, but again this was only for someone already using another 3D application with Photoshop.

Then there was the release of Photoshop CS4, being on the beta program for this version I remember talking to Russell Brown from Adobe at Photoshop World and he was hinting to me that Photoshop has some added 3D features including primitive shapes, 3D lights, and 3D Postcards. Along with some new panels and features the 3D workspace was growing but was still missing one thing. I remember asking Russell about 3D text. Because to me that is what Photoshop users, especially designers would love to have. Well let’s just say I got the short answer and it was left to that. However, despite the lack of 3D text I ventured to explore the newest CS4 3D features and discovered a new world of possibilities. Though greatly limited compared to a full 3D app it a huge leap from what was available in CS3. So after a lot of experimenting I discovered some really interesting techniques. At was thrilled at the direction 3D in Photoshop was headed but there was still plenty of room to grow.

Enter Photoshop CS5. While Photoshop CS5 boasts a number of truly remarkable features, the 3D features have taken another giant, quantum leap forward with the addition of a great new feature called Repouss©. Which, among many things, allows you to create 3D text, but more on that later. For now back to our question. Why 3D in Photoshop? One reason perhaps is because it can. What I mean is technology. Working in 3D in any application is processor intensive. It will chew up RAM in a hurry. I am not kidding! So you can imagine older machines would have been crashing all the time and no one would have liked that. So, as machines have become more powerful and more affordable, the software continues to as well.

Another reason is perhaps because it is the next logical step. As I mentioned earlier 3D is everywhere and to be able to create seemingly complex 3D art all in Photoshop is a huge plus for the Photoshop designer. One last reason is just because users want it. They want to be able to create 3D without knowing 3D. Sounds weird but what I mean is that while having pre-existing knowledge of 3D is a big help, the way they have developed Repouss© in Photoshop will have you creating 3D text or shapes in minutes complete with lighting and reflections, textures, etc. Added to the fact that you are already in Photoshop. Which will allow you combine all the other features Photoshop has to offer.

My answer to why 3D is in Photoshop: Why not?

So What is Repouss©?

I can only imagine the number of different ways this is going to mispronounced. It has a been a running joke here in the office as well. It is actually pronounced reh-poo-zay and comes from a French term meaning ‘formed in relief.’ Which is the practice of hammering a sheet of metal from behind to form a relief sculpture on the other side. Now how did such a name come to describe a new 3D feature in Photoshop? Well about a month ago I was actually out in San Jose at the Adobe HQ building meeting with some of the 3D engineers and some of the Photoshop product managers and finally asked this very question. It just so happened I was talking to the very man who came up with the name. He said when they first started building this feature they were developing a tool that would allow you to attach internal constraint objects to a 3D surface and then push and pull those constraints to form a relief on the textured surface, hence Repouss©. When all was said and done there were considerably more new features than just doing Repouss©, however the name stuck and now we have cool 3D tools with the fancy French name. The best part, all the Repouss© features are conveniently located in a single window.

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Despite this peculiar nomenclature, I feel Repouss© is a game changer for 3D in Photoshop as we know it. While CS4 gave us some pretty cool 3D tools, CS5 has made that giant leap forward and among many other things we can now create and modify 3D text entirely inside Photoshop. How cool is that!!

Below is a video that I have done to just give you a quick look at the possibilities with Repouss©.

Other Photoshop 3D Q&A’s:

Is 3D in Standard & Extended versions of Photoshop?

It is only in the Extended version of Photoshop. I wish I had an answer why but it is what it is.

Can you animate 3D in Photoshop?

Yes actually you can. When you have a 3D layer selected. Open the Animation panel and look at the properties for that layer and you will see some 3D properties you can animate using keyframe based animation.

I use Illustrator to create 3D text then bring onto Photoshop. Do I not have to do this anymore?

Nope. You can do it all inside Photoshop if you want. You can certainly continue using Illustrator for that, but why?

Will I need a faster machine to accommodate these new 3D features?

As I mentioned, 3D is very processor intensive so if you are working on an older machine with a slower processor, you will get some lag over time. Though a complete new system is not required. You can do no wrong by at least getting more RAM and more hard disk space.

Do I need any special training for the new 3D features?

Not as much as you think. The features are pretty intuitive, but sometimes just being shown something once can help you pick it up pretty quickly. You can find new 3D tuts over at PlanetPhotoshop.com, and I have a new course over at the Kelby Training website: Mastering 3D in Photoshop CS5. Whether you are new to 3D or been playing with it for a while, this course will have you up to speed in a hurry. Check it out!!

Dig Deeper

As a parting thought I would just like to say that when you get your copy of Photoshop CS5 Extended. I want you to do one thing: EXPERIMENT!! I know I say that a lot but that is the only way to really come up with something cool and original. At the very least it’s a way to get familiar with the features beyond what the manual says or what a tutorial shows you. Really push the software to the edge. What I have discovered is that if Photoshop isn’t crashing while you are experimenting then you aren’t pushing it enough. Well that may not actually be the case. It could just be buggy, but the point is to really see what these features can do and what the thresholds are. You never will know until you try.

Also do not be discouraged. 3D in Photoshop is still a new concept and for many people it’s a brand new concept so be bold, be creative, and be patient! 3D can be time-consuming but the rewards speak for themselves. Here are just a few samples of what I have playing around with using Repouss© in CS5. Hopefully this will give you a good idea of being able to do so much with so little.

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Well that’s it. I hope you are as excited about 3D in Photoshop as I am!

Stay tuned, there is more to come.

Corey Barker

Experiment. Have Fun. Be Creative.

Thursday
Apr
2010
29

Thursday News & Notes with RC

by RC Concepcion  |  12 Comments

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Hey everyone!  With Scott being out, I figured i’d jump in here and share a couple of things that i’ve found on the internet that I think you guys would enjoy

Zacuto Knocking it out of the Park: The 2010 Shootout

The folks over at Zacuto have been doing a bangup job at this passion project of theirs: The HD DSLR Shootout of 2010.  As you know, there are a ton of people out there that are using DSLR cameras in the world of video.  One of the common arguments that you’ve seen in this space is the comparisons between what these DSLR cameras can do and what traditional film in this space can do.  The guys over at Zacuto decided that they would make a series that was impartial to vendors and actually go out and test the cameras with some of the best people in the industry.  The results are a series of videos that showcase the power of the DSLR in the video space.

What I am liking about this test is that there are a couple of cool surprises that have come to light with these tests.  Rather than spoil it for everyone, I encourage you guys to click on the link below and check out the videos for yourself.  I’d specifically recommend the second video in the series – that’s a good find.

The DSLR Shootout from Zacuto

Adobe Labs Announces Gala – Flash Player 10

One of the biggest problems with Flash on the Mac Platform has always been the fact that Apple’s OS never really allowed Flash to access the inner workings of their GPU hardware. This usually results in a really choppy/inefficient running of Flash on the mac side.  Recently, Apple has allowed access to such things, and Adobe has jumped all over it, releasing this new preview of their player- code named “Gala”.  This will be something that developers can take more advantage of than the average person, but it’s important to everyone in that the performance problems that many have complained about on the Mac side could become a thing of the past.

Read more about the Flash 10 “Gala” release at the Adobe Labs website

Terry White Reviews the Ipad Connection Kit

Friend of the blog Terry White has gone and done a great review of the Camera Connection kit for the new Apple Ipad over on his blog.  This kit will allow people to upload images (and RAW files, which im pumped about) onto their Ipad’s for review.  What makes me excited about this is that this takes the Ipad and now turns it into a more compelling tool in a digital photographers arsenal.  I was really looking forward to the Ipad being more of a computer – running stuff like Lightroom on it.  While it’s not the case.. having something like this can definitely open the door for people to incorporate it into their workflow.  Check it out at the link below:

Terry White reviews the Camera Connection Kit

Layers has Gone through a Redesign and a CS5 Learning Center was Born

Those of you who follow this blog probably know that last week, Scott and the Photoshop guys did a series of live webinars that served as a complement to the Photoshop CS5 Learning Center we launched. One of the questions that we got during that was “How about all of the other apps.. whats new with them?”

We took the moment to do two things at once:  We were able to launch a new look to Layers Magazine, as well as stuff it with all sorts of videos on tons of CS5 videos for many of the popular applications.  If you are wondering whats new in the world of Illustrator, Indesign, Flash Catalyst, Premiere, After Effects.. this is the place for you!  This is also a good place for you to check out the podcast I do every week with Corey Barker – our Layers TV podcast.  Click on the links below to get to them:

Layers Magazine and the CS5 Learning Center

Layers TV – The How To podcast for everything Adobe

Planet Photoshop – Corey Barker rocking Free tutorials on Photoshop

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