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.

Photography through Astronomy

As I was browsing the internet the other day, I stumbled across an article that may interest those of you who enjoy photography. It details a trick where you can use the rotation of the earth to create neat, long exposure photos. First, you need to know how to go about finding the North Star (Polaris), which is made easy by this picture:

Now with the north star located, you can create background designs with the stars. Over time, all the stars rotate about the North Star so the direction of your camera in terms of the North Star will change the pattern of the star movement in your photo. For example, angling your camera directly at the North Star will produce a circular effect whereas directing your camera to the left will produce arcs going from top to bottom in your photo. Chicago, obviously, wouldn’t be the best place to experiment with this, but the suburbs, and certainly while camping, would be great opportunities to experiment with this. Then once you get some photos you like, fine tune them or toy with them in Photoshop until they are to your liking. Get more details or see examples here.

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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Pano for the iPhone: A Mini Photoshop Photomerge App

Pano for iPhone

- by Jori Curry

While we all may be holding our breath waiting for some form of Photoshop for the iPhone,Debacle Software does a great job of mimicking Photomerge.  Upon launching Pano, you are led through steps such as taking pictures, and then save, delete, or retake it. One thing that Pano has that Photoshop’s Photomerge does not is a transparent overlay showing you were to line up your next picture. We have seen this kind of thing in the CS3 Clone Stamp tool, but Photomerge for Photoshop has yet to give us any kind of overlay options.

Once you are finished taking all your photos, Pano seams the images together and saves them to the iPhone Photo album. The results are really outstanding, especially when you put it together that all this was created on a mobil app. That and the $3.00 price tag are very worthwhile.

Photoshop CS4 Solution: Show All Menu Items

While working in the beta of Photoshop CS4, it became apparent that there were many menu items that Adobe deemed not necessary and had hidden. What was a annoyance at first has become a full fledged speed bump since many of those items I use every day. While it is possible to go to Edit > Menu and edit each individual menu item, Chris Koerner has kindly created a one-step workaround to turn on all the hidden menu items. This is a much needed addition to Photoshop CS4, and hats off to Chris! 

Adobe Announces CS4 World Wide Webcast

With the campaign “It’s Going to be Brilliant,” Adobe has announced the release of the newest Creative Suite, CS4. The broadcast can be viewed at the Ascend Training Chicago facility with the Chicago Area Adobe User Group Sept. 23rd at 11am, or viewed online.

The release of CS3 saw major modifications in the original Adobe apps such as Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. While there were improvements in Dreamweaver and Flash, since the purchase of Macromedia occurred in the middle of the development cycle, the biggest change there was just getting these apps into the Creative Suite.

With the release of CS4, we can plan to see not only major leaps in the web apps, but tighter integration between the entire CS4 family. According to a Comscore report, 82% of online video viewings in the US and 73% worldwide use Adobe Flash technology. With the newest release of the Flash 10 Beta, code named Astro, expressive features and visual performance improvements.

Register for the Adobe Webcast at Ascend: http://www.ascendtraining.com/events.php

- Jori Curry