Check out the above video for a sneak peak on some of the work being done by Adobe Research and the University of Michigan. PixelTone is an experimental interface for image editing.
Photo editing can be a challenging task, and it becomes even more difficult on the small, portable screens of mobile devices that are now frequently used to capture and edit images. To address this problem we present PIXELTONE, a multimodal photo editing interface that combines speech and direct manipulation. We observe existing image editing practices and derive a set of principles that guide our design. In particular, we use natural language for expressing desired changes to an image, and sketching to localize these changes to specific regions.
You can read more on PixelTone in a 9-page research paper that documents the development of this multimodel interface.
Earlier this week, I tried to open Photoshop CS6 and received a message that I could continue with a free trial or put in my serial number. Even though I had been using Premiere Pro CS6 all day and they are both part of the same Creative Cloud subscription, Photoshop just wouldn’t open for me. After two hours of troubleshooting and a call to Adobe customer support, I was finally able to use Photoshop again.
As it turns out, this was a bug and an update is available to fix this problem for both Creative Cloud users and boxed-copy users with serial numbers. Details from Adobe on the update below. [click to continue…]
Adobe has released final versions of Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3, which are now available on Adobe.com. The update adds HiDPI support within the Lightroom Library and Develop modules for the MacBook Pro w/ Retina Display and includes additional raw file format support for 20 new cameras.
Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 offer RAW support for the following cameras: [click to continue…]
While all users received the Photoshop CS6 update adding Retina Display support, Adobe has added several new features to Photoshop CS6 for Creative Cloud users.
Several Photoshop users who bought CS6 at retail rather than the Creative Cloud subscription are rather upset about missing out on the new features. While I can understand the frustration, one of the big bullet points from Adobe when Creative Cloud launched was that it would be able to roll out new features faster to Creative Cloud users rather than way for full version releases as it previously has done.
Adobe Creative Cloud members will have access to application upgrades, including new CS point-product features, before they are launched as part of major CS updates, as well as inventive new products and services as they emerge. -Creative Cloud Announcement
Given what appears to be an initial success with Creative Cloud subscriptions, it looks like we’re in for more software subscriptions until retail boxes of Photoshop are a thing of the past. I’m not sure yet if this is a good or a bad thing. In the interest of full disclosure, I’m a Creative Cloud subscriber and really have no bad things to say about the experience thus far. What are your thoughts on Creative Cloud and the differences between updates with the boxed version?
In addition to the new features in Photoshop, Adobe announced that Creative Cloud for teams is now available for entities needing to license multiple seats. The price is $70/mo per user and includes several upgrades over individual subscriptions, including a bump from 20GB to 100GB of cloud storage per user.
Check out the video below from Julieanne Kost showing off some of the new key features from Photoshop CS6 13.1: [click to continue…]
Adobe has issued an update for Photoshop CS6 for Mac users that provides support for the MacBook Pro with Retina display. You can download the update through the Adobe Application Manager.
Topaz Detail 3 is the latest version of the popular Photoshop plug-in. Detail 3 offers a wider range of flexibility and control over detail manipulation and enhancement.
It includes over 50 new presets that are organized into collections, separate adjustment controls for shadow and highlight details and improved toning contro. Additionally, the built-in masking with edge aware technology improves selective detail choices.
Topaz Detail 3 is available now and is 30% off as an introductory price through December 16. Use the coupon code “MoreDetail” at checkout on Topaz’s website.