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Feb 28, 2008

Math on Display

Visualizations of mathematics create remarkable artwork

Source: Science News
Written by Julie J. Rehmeyer

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“Coral Star” shows the motion brought about by one particular dynamical system.
By Michael Field

Mathematicians often rhapsodize about the austere elegance of a well-wrought proof. But math also has a simpler sort of beauty that is perhaps easier to appreciate: It can be used to create objects that are just plain pretty—and fascinating to boot.

That beauty was richly on display at an exhibition of mathematical art at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego in January, where more than 40 artists showed their creations.

Feb 28, 2008

Hollywood’s ‘perfect woman’: A cross between Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron and Carmen Electra

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Source: Daily Mail
Written by Emily Sheridan

Introducing Carlizina Jolectron, the latest Hollywood beauty.
On closer inspection, the stunning actress appears rather familiar.

In fact, Carlizina isn’t even a real woman – she’s a digital combination of Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron and Carmen Electra.

Feb 27, 2008

122 Million Digital Cameras by 2010

World Digital Camera Market to Reach 122 Million Units by 2010, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts

Press Release: San Jose, California (PRWEB) February 26, 2008—The world digital camera market stands enthused by the effervescent level of technology development and product feature innovations. Technical innovations in the field of batteries, photo printing, storage devices and internet technologies are expected to propel the growth of digital cameras. Wireless communications enabled digital cameras, for instance, are growing in popularity, given their cutting edge advantages and benefits, such as, added convenience, effectiveness, and functionality in the form of e-mail transmission ability, enhanced storage media, compatibility with PC image processing, and higher image resolution.

Feb 27, 2008

Adobe Announces 2008 School Innovation Awards

New Program Honors Most Creative High School Students

Press Release: SAN JOSE, Calif. — Feb. 26, 2008 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced a call for entries for the Adobe School Innovation Awards. The awards program honors the creative and innovative work of high school students.

With the theme “My Community – My Planet – My 21st Century” students can submit entries in three categories: Web Design and Development, Film and Video, and Graphic and Print Design. Category award winners will be named, as well as one grand prize winner for best overall submission.

Feb 27, 2008

Start-up lets you fix focus after snapping the shutter

Source: CNET
Written by Stephen Shankland

It’s one of the oldest, most common problems in photography: that picture you thought would be the prize shot is out of focus.

Refocus Imaging, a Silicon Valley start-up, thinks its technology can be used to make cameras that can fix that problem–after you take the photo.

Feb 25, 2008

Adobe AIR to erase Web, desktop division

Source: CNET
Written by Martin LaMonica

Adobe Systems on Monday is set to finally release Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) software, which is on the leading edge of a movement to make Web applications act more like traditional desktop applications.

Feb 25, 2008

Researchers Look to Spot Photo Hoaxes

Source: WIRED
Written by Anick Jesdanun

NEW YORK (AP) — Sometimes, a photo is simply too good to be true. Tiny details in an image, for instance, may be too similar to have occurred naturally, suggesting a cut-and-paste maneuver. Or the color patterns may be too “normal” – beyond the limitations of sensors on digital cameras.

A growing number of researchers and companies are looking for such signs of tampering in hopes of restoring credibility to photographs at a time when the name of a popular program for manipulating digital images has become a verb, Photoshopping.

Feb 25, 2008

Adobe fuses on and offline worlds

Adobe has launched software designed to make it easier for computer users to use online applications offline.

Source: BBC News

Adobe Air allows developers to build tools that still have some functionality even when a computer is no longer connected to the net.

Feb 22, 2008

CNET Aperture/Lightroom Poll Skewed?

PSN posted a story earlier today noting that CNET has posted a poll about Poll: Which is better, Aperture or Lightroom?

Well, so far the poll results as of 5:45PM Central have Apple’s Aperture out ahead by a whopping 63.4% to Lightroom’s 36.6%. Could it be that people are really that more impressed with Aperture than Lightroom?

I suppose it could be…but since this is the season of politics and polls, I though I would look into this a little bit.

Feb 22, 2008

New Book by Matt Kloskowski – Layers

layers.jpgPress Release: TAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–If you want to use Adobe Photoshop like a pro, then you have to master the Photoshop tool that the pros rely on most – Layers.

That’s the rationale behind Layers: The Complete Guide to Adobe Photoshop’s Most Powerful Feature – the latest book by world-class Photoshop instructor and author, Matt Kloskowski. Written in casual, easy-to-understand language, Layers shows Photoshop users of all skill levels the tips and techniques they not only need to succeed, but to excel.

Described by the author as, “the Photoshop book I wish had been around when I was learning Photoshop,” Layers covers such topics as working with and managing multiple layers, building multi-layer images, blending layers together, and layer masking in a clear, concise, fully-illustrated style that makes learning easy and fun. Additionally, the book delves into layers-based photo retouching and design techniques that save valuable time and produce stunning results.

Feb 22, 2008

Poll: Which is better, Aperture or Lightroom?

Source: CNET
Posted by Stephen Shankland

The good news is that there’s some competition again for software to edit and catalog raw images, the detailed and flexible file formats from higher-end cameras. The bad news is that anybody buying the software has a harder choice to make.

With the new Aperture now available and Lightroom just celebrating its first birthday, I thought it opportune to survey readers. What would you buy? What would you advise somebody else?

Read entire story and vote in the poll

Feb 19, 2008

Where Were You on 02-19-1990?

As with many milestones in history, people tend to remember them in the context of their own life. Since we now know (or at least believe) that Photoshop 1.0 shipped on February 19, 1990 (and Lightroom shipped on the same day of February 2007), Jeff Schewe asked a few friends “where were you”? Here are their answers…

Feb 19, 2008

Most Important Date in Digital Imaging History?

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In the grand scheme of human history, February 19th may not go down as a momentous occasion, but it’s recently come to light that at least in the world of digital imaging, today signifies a more important date than most anybody realized. And that folks, is the delicious irony.

Feb 18, 2008

A YouTube for artists

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Source: CNET
Written by Ina Fried

DeviantArt gets 1.5 billion page views a month, making it one of the most popular Web sites that many people have never even heard of.

Despite the name, only a fraction of the art on the site is what might be labeled deviant. In reality, the site boasts millions of user-uploaded works of art, everything from photography to 3D digital conceptual art to old-fashioned canvas-and-paint portraits.

Feb 18, 2008

Photoshop Your Favorite NBA Star!

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Looking for a place to show off your top work?
The NBA and Midway are looking for YOUR Chosen One entries. It’s time to fire up Photoshop, get creative, and get ready to compete with NBA Fans around the world.

Feb 18, 2008

Political photography: The illusionists

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Photo op by Peter Kennard

The camera never lies – or does it? Peter Kennard and Alexander Rodchenko have both manipulated images to undermine those in power. The results are subversive and unsettling, says Tom Lubbock

Source: The Independent

What is the power of images? Take this one. It shows Tony Blair, in shirt and tie, facing more or less front, and grinning hard, as he takes his own photo. But behind him the scene is entirely filled with the smoke and fire of a massive explosion, blowing the desert apart. Its detonation seems to be simultaneous with Blair’s snap.

Feb 18, 2008

Photographer Says ‘Sorry’ For Faking Tibetan Antelope Picture

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Source: Bermama.com
BEIJING, Feb 18 (Bernama) — An award-winning photographer in Tibetan antelope protection has apologised to the public for a picture he faked showing more than 20 of the animals roaming peacefully under a railway bridge where a train was passing, Xinhua news agency reported Monday.

Feb 18, 2008

Google behind Photoshop’s new Linux compatibility

Source: apc Magazine

Google recently confirmed in a blog posting that it had paid Codeweavers to help develop WINE to make Photoshop usable on the well-regarded but still somewhat unpredictable software package, which aims to replicate Windows libraries to enable popular Windows applications run in a Linux environment.

“Photoshop is one of those applications that Desktop linux users are constantly clamoring for, and we’re happy to say they work pretty well now,” Google engineer and Wine release manager Dan Kegel wrote. “About 200 patches were committed to winehq, and as of wine-0.9.54, Photoshop CS2 is quite usable,” Kegel noted in a separate post.

Feb 14, 2008

Ok, it DID finally Air!

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On Thursday, Scott posted on his blog (Photoshop Insider) that Photoshop User TV DID finally air on the Fox Business channel.

From Scott: “Hard to believe as this must sound, but Photoshop User TV actually did air on “real” television last night on Fox Business channel. Now, as you might expect, besides the date problem, there was apparently a time slot issue in some parts of the country, and as soon as I’m back in the office (tomorrow), I’ll track it down and hopefully get you the right info for next week, but hey….it’s a start. :)

So, some people in some parts of the country got to see it, others may not have. The good news however is that regardless of the Fox Business channel’s scheduling “issues”, you can STILL be assured of seeing each and every episode on Photoshop User TV‘s web site!

Feb 14, 2008

HVD!

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Feb 13, 2008

OK, Now it’s Official…it’s really to Air on Thursdays!

A further update from Scott (this is actually starting to get interesting) on his blog explains that TV networks don’t have the same calendar as the rest of us.

“A 24 hour period of 5am to 5am is a day of programming for them. So when they said 1:30am on Wednesday it actually falls on Thursday at 1:30am which is still in the Wednesday block of time for their scheduling. Which means our show airs on Thursday at 1:30am.”

See The “Missing Episode” on Fox Business (Update).

Feb 13, 2008

SIIA Sues Nine Accused of Selling Pirated Software on eBay

Suits in Northern California Aimed at Protecting Legitimate Sellers and Unsuspecting Buyers on eBay

Press Release: WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced today it has filed the largest round of lawsuits since launching its auction site anti-piracy program two years ago. SIIA filed nine separate suits in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, on behalf of members Adobe Systems Incorporated and Symantec Corporation. The lawsuits are part of SIIA’s comprehensive program to battle rampant auctioning of pirated software.

Seven suits were filed today: SIIA, on behalf of Adobe, charged Edward Sarkisov of Van Nuys, CA; John Baptiste of Hurst, TX; Brandon Roberts of Canyon Lake, TX; Don Farr of Redmond, WA; Beverly Johnson & John Baker of Chicago, IL; Brandon Perkins of Corpus Christ, TX and John Baker of Palatine, IL with knowingly selling illegal copies of Adobe(R) PhotoShop(R) CS3 and other software products on eBay.

Feb 13, 2008

Cameras with built-in geotagging on horizon

Source: CNET
Written by Stephen Shankland

Geotagging, in which digital photos are labeled with the location where they were taken, is mostly unfamiliar to photographers today. But new developments are likely going to put the technology on the map.

Feb 12, 2008

Ok, Probably Tonite Says Scott

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Scott Kelby wrote last week of Photoshop User TV’s premier on “real TV” but there seems to have been, uh, well, a technical glitch? However, today on his blog (Photoshop Insider) he posted “I somewhat hesitate to say this, but tonight, there is a more than a reasonable chance that at 1:30 am (same time in each time zone), Photoshop User TV will make it’s “real” television debut on Fox Business channel.”

Feb 12, 2008

Vertus Blog Posts Top 40 Photoshopped Images

The Vertus Blog (makers of Vertus Fluid Mask) has posted a collection of 40 of their favorite Photoshoppped images.