Photoshop Express – Photoshop for the iPhone/iPad!

Yes, Adobe has made a version of Photoshop for iPhones and iPads, and the best part? IT’S FREE! Here is a link to a video that demos this new app: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hui0p_qI-Q

This is a great application for photographers looking to edit their photos on the go or for casual user who would like to edit or enhance their photos. Not only does it allow simple editing and enhancement all by touch, but also gives you the option to upload directly to Facebook and Picasa or share to friends via email.

Photoshop Express, I’m sure, will have photographers and graphic designers very excited, but another reason this app is so significant is that it is a precursor to having full desktop applications that have gone completely  mobile. This very well could be the beginning of the end for desktop computing in general.

Photoshop CS5 Layer Comps

Layer Comps in Adobe Photoshop are a great alternative to Snapshots to save the way your image looks at a particular place in time. You can choose to save the Visibility, Position and Styles. Once you have everything the way you want it, click on the New Comp icon at the bottom of the Layer Comps Panel.

When you have mutiple comps, you can use the arrows to scroll through them. You also can make a change, and click on the Update button for a particular comp.

In addition, you can choose File > Scripts > Save Comps to Files to create separate images of your comps. The real power of Layer Comps comes when you export to InDesign.

When you import any layered Photoshop file to InDesign, either checking the Show Import Options button when you import, or selecting the file and choosing Object > Object Layer Options not only gives you access to the Photoshop Layers, but to the Layer Comps.

Adobe Photoshop CS4 Content Aware Scale: Magical Transformations!

- by Jori Curry

One of the slickest new features of Adobe Photoshop CS4 is Content Aware Scale. If you’ve ever wanted to turn a horizontal image into a vertical, without damaging key parts of the image, this is for you!

Step 1: Open your image and double-click on Background layer to turn it into Layer 0.

Step 2: Go to Image > Canvas Size to add space where you want to scale to. 
Step 2: Adjust the Canvas Size

Step 3: Go to Edit > Content Aware Scale and transform the image into the empty space.

When skintones become distorted, you need to choose Protect Skintones from the Control Panel (formerly the Options Bar)

When skintones become distorted, you need to choose Protect Skintones from the Control Panel (formerly the Options Bar)

Step 4: You may notice that some areas aren’t working well, so Undo (or press ESC) and go back to Edit > Content Aware Scale. Now  on the Control Panel (formerly the Options Bar) click on the icon that looks like a Mens’ room icon picture-21 and now transform your image. 

Step 5: If this still isn’t giving you the results you’re looking for, you can take it a step further by creating an Alpha Channel. Make a selection out of the area you don’t want scaled. Go to Select > Save Selection, which will give us an Alpha Channel we can use to protect this area.

The Alpha Channel allows you to designate specific areas not to be transformed.

The Alpha Channel allows you to designate specific areas not to be transformed.

Step 6: Choose Edit > Content Aware Scale, and from the “Protect” pull down menu on the Control Panel, select the Alpha Channel you just made.

Step 6: The "Protect" pull down menu allows you to use an Alpha Channel to keep areas from being transformed.

Step 6: The "Protect" pull down menu allows you to use an Alpha Channel to keep areas from being transformed.

Step 7: Drag the handles, and decide if you need to go back to the Alpha Channel and add more white (the protected area) to that channel.

 

Finished Product

Finished Product

And voilà ! Photoshop transforms the areas that aren’t part of the channel! Not every photo works well with this technique, but when it works, it’s a lot of fun! 

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Cloud Computing Part II: Photoshop.com and Sumo Paint

Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express, a component of Adobe’s Photoshop.com, is a web-based application that lives on Adobe’s servers designed for the non-professional user and hobbyist. Its’ Flash based interface provides a sleek user experience, and seems to be another step in the direction of the future of Cloud Computing. Professionals using CS3 or CS4 probably won’t be as dazzled asthose that don’t have Photoshop on their desktop. It’s a fairly stripped version of the full application–about 25% of features in the desktop version of 

Photoshop live in Photoshop Express. Those of us who are used to massive amounts of RAM and lightning speed processors may be annoyed that it’s not nearly as fast as we’re used to, but it does include some nice features for the hobbyist and that seems to be the new, untapped market for Adobe.

Photoshop Mobile

In addition, you get 5 GB storate, or 20 GB of storage withthe “Plus” plan for $50/year, and connectivity to Facebook, Picassa and Photobucket. Photoshop Elements 7 will also be compatible with Photoshop.com.One concern is that once you publish your images, by agreeing to the terms you effectively are granting Adobe “a worldwide, royalty-free, nonexclusive, fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce and modify your content for purposes of operating the service.”

 

Photoshop.com has also just released a free Mobile app. WhenI first saw this, I was a little shocked since the idea of Photoshop on a phone seems quite impossible. Then I learned that this is in a nutshell a conduit to upload photos to Photoshop.com. Previously Adobe has offered only a PDF reader for mobile users and Flash Lite. It’s currently available for Windows Mobile smartphones, including the Samsung BlackJack I & II, the Motorola Q9h and Q9m, and theTreo 700w/wx and 750. Because there don’t seem to be any confirmations that Flash Lite is going to be available for the iPhone, the app won’t be availablefor iPhone users. The user interface of the new Adobe Mobile App is quitesleek, and can automatically upload photos from your phone to yourPhotoshop.com account.

New Competition: Sumo Paint

 

Where Photoshop Express is offering a truncated Photoshopuser experience, a new app in Beta called Sumo Paint is actually offering amuch closer Photoshop CS3 interface–and it’s all online. You have the choice ofopening files from your Sumo account, your computer, or a URL. My first reaction was when is the lawsuit going to start–it’s so closely similar toPhotoshop, that this can’t be legal. The Magic Wand tool works with Tolerance just like Photoshop, There is an eyedropper, a Clone Stamp tool, and layers. Whilethe professional will probably always be married to Photoshop, this seems like a more in depth application than Photoshop Express.

- Jori Curry