It’s Monday. I’m working in Photoshop. I’m using Photoshop filters. Actually I’m not using Photoshop filters. I am however watching this animated audio visual extravaganza from Device where every Photoshop filter is represented.
The video shows every filter one after each other, with a custom sound design that uses the same sound for each filter, but with a different distortion effect for every case. The final output exports the graphical concept to the sound.
Now that Photoshop and Photoshopped are words and phrases in the dictionary, it’s pretty fun to see Adobe Photoshopping people in real time at a bus stop. What a great way to promote your product to people that probably never use it, but know what it is.
As part of a promotion for Adobe’s Creative Days, a Adobe put a Photoshop wizard in a van across from a bus stop. With the help of his camera man, unsuspecting victims, I mean participants were Photoshopped and they could see it as it happened using a digital adshel inside the bus stop itself.
I’m a believer in the “Keep It Simple” school of design. Things don’t have to be overly complicated, or visually overwhelming to work. Attention to details and simple clean art usually beat big effects, and complex movements when trying to tell a story in a short amount of time. Case in point, Adobe CMO Explainer by VeracityColab.
This animated short features simple clean illustrations, combined with a limited color pallet and a simple voice over. The attention to detail in easing elements as they animate, combined with a light playful visual narrative help sell this. It’s simple, and clean, and it works. I love the look, design elements, and the timing of the animation as the red ball moves through the screens.
Adobe, specifically Adobe Illustrator on Facebook is giving away posters of the iconic “Venus” that has symbolized the product since 1988. The poster features Venus rendered out of type, and was designed by Dylan Roscover. The only catch, and one that a lot of people won’t like, you have to “Like” it on Facebook to enter. Since that is something I refuse to do, I guess I’m out of the running. Other Adobe Illustrator fans toss your hat in the ring here.
PBS has released a new Off Book video on YouTube, talking about how Photoshop has changed imaging, culture, and the way we interact with images. I use Photoshop 7 days a week. Anyone in a visually creative occupation probably does. The video is just over five minutes long, and at times feels like a great big ad for Adobe’s flagship product. None the less it’s worth watching, for the amazing examples of work, the commentary from artist, designers and photographers, and the ideas that it evokes. I say the ideas that it evokes, because in many ways this short film is spot on about how Photoshop has changed imaging for forever, and how it has had a global impact on how we perceive our world. Frankly, I’d like to see a feature length documentary on Photoshop, but then again, I am a design geek.
Photoshop has completely revolutionized our visual culture. Artists now use Photoshop to create complex imagery that would have been impossible 20 years ago. It has also profoundly changed the art of photo retouching, turning a labor intensive process into an artful and often controversial digital workflow. But possibly the most current and expressive influence can be seen in meme culture online. With the ability to alter any image in the media landscape, everyday people now have the means to critically comment on culture and spread their ideas virally, leveling the playing field between traditional media creators and consumers. Photoshop has changed the way we communicate, the way we express ourselves, and the way we view the world and each other.
Featuring: Jeff Huang, Art Director & Illustrator Laurent Le Moing, Picturehouse NYC Don Caldwell, Know Your Meme
Photographers Featured: Matt Jones Chris Buck Robert Maxwell Txema Yeste Matthias Vriens
For the last two days I’ve been going through training on Adobe’s Edge Animate. I’ve been using this tool for a while now, but the class is actually opening my eyes to the possibilities and limitations that this program has. As someone that has used Flash since it was still called Future Splash, Edge in many ways feels like stepping back in time to 1998. This is no fault of Adobe, this is the reality of working with the limitations of CSS, HTML, and JS. It’s also the reality of using software that is in version 1.5. With that said, here are some things I’d love to see Adobe add in version 2.0
import a JPEG, PNG, or GIF sequence as an Edge Symbol
I’ve been using After Effects for 20 years, and during that time I have watched the masking tools in the software go from primitive and painful, to robust and very useable. The video below shows the history of After Effects rotoscoping tools from the humble pen tool though the Roto Brush. The thing that has me excited in this video is the sneak peek at the end of this clip. The one that shows what Adobe will be introducing at NAB this year. I like this a lot. If you are an After Effects user, I think you’ll like it too.