Adobe Software

Software That Changed Everything.

I’ve been meaning to post this for a couple of days now but work, remodeling, and life just keep getting in the way. I’m going to date myself. I’ve been using Adobe Photoshop since version 1. That’s right 25 years of Photoshop use under my belt. After all this time I feel pretty confident in my skills but I am by no means a master. I learn new stuff about this software every single day.

The 25th anniversary of Photoshop happened back on the 18th of February, and it got me to thinking about how much this program has grown and changed over the years. How much Photoshop has changed photography, graphic design, art, film, video, typography and so much more. The video below was published by Adobe to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Photoshop. It’s a fun little animated piece that highlights just how powerful this tool can be.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some Photoshop work I need to dive back into.

Adobe Up In Lights.

A few weeks back Adobe launched the “Logo Remix Project,” where designers, artists and agencies were asked to reinterpret the brand’s Iconic logo. One of the latest visions from the campaign/project is “Adobe Lights” from  Goodby Silverstein & Partners. In this version, the logo is envisioned in a physical form using 100 handmade light up cubes. Each cube represents one pixel from a work in progress by an artist or designer working on the project. The colors change in realtime as the individual works on the logo redesign using the Adobe Creative suite. The installation is a physical representation of the global community of designers and artists that work with Adobe software everyday.  What a great blend of technology, art, design, and social community. For a complete breakdown of the project click on the Adobe Lights link above.

Adobe Creative Cloud Exclusives for Photoshop CS6 Extended/

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Yesterday Adobe announced a host of new features for Photoshop CS6, and Creative Cloud users. Actually these new features are available only for Creative Cloud members, but you can still get a look at what they are here even if you don’t use the service.

Making feature specific updates for Creative Cloud members is nothing new. Adobe has been doing this for about a year now, and the fact is, this is Adobe’s plan of attack. More and more features will only be made available to people that have signed up for, pay for, and use Creative Cloud.

The Photoshop update features 12 new items that really look pretty tasty, but at a $50.00 a month membership fee you’ll need to ask yourself if they are really worth an additional $600.00 a year beyond the price of Photoshop, and or your upgrade cost.

The new features for Photoshop CS6 Creative Cloud Members include:

  1. Smart Object support for Blur Gallery

  2. Smart Object support for Liquify
  3. Conditional Actions
  4. Pen tool enhancement
  5. CSS export for faster web design
  6. Import color from web files
  7. Improved 3D effect
  8. HiDPI and Retina display support
  9. New and reengineered design tools
  10. New reflections and draggable shadows
  11.  Erodible brushes
  12. Content-Aware Patch

 

Animography. Type in Motion.

Here is a little Thursday afternoon motion graphics fun from the folks over at Animography, a webshop/typefoundry that provides motion designers, video-editors and others in the field of the moving image with animated typefaces.

The great things is, especially for a motion graphics designer, is that these are “Adobe After Effects files with each glyph in a separate composition. A controller-composition serves as a central point from which you can customize all the glyphs in one go.” In case you are wondering, yes I am drooling right now.

Watch the video below and check out the others on Vimeo or the Animography website.