Adobe has announced that their Creative Cloud suite of apps is now available for Chromebooks. What they did was modify their existing Android apps, so they are now compatible with selected Chromebooks. Considering these devices are mainly used in schools, this could be a step forward in education, and the best thing is – these apps will be available free of charge for students and teachers.
Have you ever thought what it would be like to use an app like Siri, but for photo editing? Judging from Adobe’s latest video, this might become reality. They are exploring what an intelligent digital assistant for photo editing might look like, and they presented their idea in this short video.
Many things have troubled me this past year. Global warming, war, consumerism, my beard that seems to grow ginger past a certain length…..but right above those, at the top of the list is Adobes new Select and Mask feature. Why? Because it just doesn’t work! No matter how many times I try, how many sliders I change, it just doesn’t create the great selections I was used to with Refine Edge.
Now to be honest I never really used the Refine Edge for the body, I use the pen tool for those selections. But where Refine Edge earned its pay was when I got to the hair. And like it or not, Select and Mask just doesn’t seem up to the task. Frustrated and tired, I did what any angry Photoshopper would do in their moment of rage!!!……….I created a meme! But with a great meme, comes great responsibility, and other Photoshop users began to share their thoughts on Select and Mask too.
I will show you later in the post how to revert back to good old Refine Edge, whilst using selections in CC 2017, but first lets see what other Photoshop users thought. [Read more…]
Recreating a 17th century painting in the 21st century by using only stock photos would be an interesting project under any circumstances. But doing this with “The Concert” is a more than just interesting. First, it is one of the iconic paintings of Johannes Vermeer, a Dutch painter most people know by “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. And second, the story behind this painting is quite mysterious, since it went missing and it has never been found. All this makes Erik’s recreation of the painting even more valuable.
One of the most off putting things for viewers of video is shaky footage. The best way to keep the camera steady is to use a tripod, but sometimes we want to add a little motion. Quality sliders can still cost a fair amount of money, and not everybody has a gimbal or other stabiliser. We just have to go regular handheld. But this often leads to bumpy footage. So, what can we do?
Adobe Premiere Pro has a built in Warp Stabiliser, but it doesn’t always do the best job. When it works, it works extremely well, but it often falls over and gives results we really didn’t expect. In this video from Miesner Media, Theo takes us on a round trip from Premiere to After Effects, and back to Premiere again, resulting in perfectly stabilised footage.
It can take a while to figure out what does and doesn’t work in Photoshop for new photographers. We’ve all been there. We’ve discovered some new tool or technique, and we go overboard. We think it looks amazing, we start doing it to every image, but we’re really doing ourselves more harm than good. In the long run, it’s all part of the learning experience, but the sooner we figure this stuff out, the sooner we can move on.
This video from YouTube channel Photoshop Tutorials, highlights five of the most common Photoshop mistakes photographers make. I’m not sure I entirely agree with the first one. I do in part, though. Why do something with a dozen layers if one will do? Aside from anything else, it’s wasted time. Sometimes, you really do need 100+ layers, though (but, please, learn to group them).
You know that whole “was this photo shopped” debate? Well, things are going to get much worse. Adobe just showed a new tech they call VoCo. Here is how Adobe describes it: “#VoCo allows you to change words in a voiceover simply by typing new words“.
And the demo that Adobe showed in AdobeMAX did exactly that. A series of cut and paste to waveforms magically changes what we hear in a sentence. But it goes further. Voco enables you to “plant” new words and phrases into an already existing voiceover.
Adobe tells us that we will be able to do soe amazing stuff with this:
The transition from film to digital eliminated problems that plagued many photographers. Things like reciprocity failure were now a thing of the past. But, it presented a few new challenges, too. The biggest of those is dust. Things have gotten better over the years. We’ve made the shift from CCD to CMOS sensors, which seem to attract less dust. We’ve got automatic dust cleaning features in most DSLRs now, too.
These days, I’ve found the majority of dust can be gotten rid of with a good blast or two from a rocket blower. It’s rare I have to take a swab to a sensor any more. Sometimes, though, you get those stubborn bits that just don’t seem to shift, and you don’t have time to send it off or clean it properly. They’re fairly easy to fix in post, though. This video from Sleeklens shows you how to quickly and easily remove sensor dust in Lightroom.
Adobe have today announced the release of Adobe Photoshop CC 2017. This update comes along with new versions of Premiere Pro, After Effects and other software in the Creative Cloud package. One of the key themes coming through in each of the new announcements is productivity. But there’s a whole host of other new features, too.
This goal of improving workflow efficiency is obvious in Photoshop with the addition of new document templates to help you get started more quickly. A search feature allows you to quickly find the tools you require from within Photoshop without having to hunt through menus.
Food photography is something we’ve pretty much all tried. Even if our gastronomical efforts are only limited to Instagram, it helps to be able to get a nice shot. In this video from Adobe, photographer Andrew Scrivani shares his top five tips to improving your own food photography.
You might look a little odd bringing chopping boards and cooling racks into your local Starbucks, but the suggestions are still beneficial. Whether you’re in the studio with a DSLR or the local coffee shop with your phone, there’s always things you can do to help take your food photography up a notch or two.