Public domain images are often either of poor quality or so esoteric as to be without any real interest. So hats off to The Public Domain Review, a not-for-profit project dedicated to showcasing interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works that are also of high quality. One of the notable aspects of this site is its curated collections of films, audio and images, spanning visions of the future from the late19th century to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fairy photographs, accompanied by text placing them in a historical perspective.
Love it or hate it, the news during Adobe's earnings call this week that subscriptions to Creative Cloud had passed the one million mark would seem to indicate that those in denial will have to at some point soon come to grips with the fact that traditional perpetual licences for Creative Suite are now just a fading memory. Which leaves just three alternatives: keep using a current version of an Adobe app forever, switch to Creative Cloud or renounce the use of Adobe tools and move to... well, what, exactly? And please, no mention of GIMP.
The first upgrade since the release of Photoshop CC in June turns out to be quite significant. As well as packing in a wide variety of improvements and new functionality geared to a broad spectrum of users, the upgrade adds the first application of Adobe Generator, a customizable platform that has now been released as an open source project, along with the first practical embodiment of its capabilities, image assets generation. It's no secret that Adobe would like those who have traditionally used Fireworks for creating web designs and comps to move on to Photoshop and this is exactly what this is designed to facilitate. Will that plus the new $9.99 per month rate finally get the user base onside? Who knows. More details here.
In a move designed primarily to appease photographers, who were incensed by the forced move to Creative Cloud, Adobe this week has cut the cost of Photoshop CC subscriptions from $19.99 per month to $9.99. It's hard to imagine the price going much lower, so this limited-time offer might be something to check out.
Is there another graphic designer who can rival the movie poster output of Saul Bass? For several decades he succeeded in imposing a unique style, marked by strong, simple imagery and a dramatic use of type that extended to his title credit work for such films as The Man with the Golden Arm and the more recent Casino, from 1995. I've included a few favorites below, with many more easily located online.
Yes, such styluses are already available from HEX3 and adonit but since Wacom is the market leader for pressure-sensitive drawing tools, anything it comes up with is worth close scrutiny. Its latest offering, which will be available for purchase in early October for $99, looks quite slick, thanks to its brushed aluminum housing and black or blue/black color schemes. Created for the iPad 3, 4 and Mini, the Intuos Creative Stylus can be used with such apps as Autodesk SketchBook Pro for iPad, ArtRage and ProCreate, with support for Adobe Ideas and Psykopaint on the way. The 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, palm rejection, shortcut functionality and Bluetooth 4.0 make the magic happen. More information is available on the Wacom site.
Back in February the creativeLIVE site site hosted PhotoshopWEEK, for which more than 150,000 participants from 178 countries tuned in for free webinars that included Photoshop's Best-Kept Secrets; Editing Habits to Break; Mastering Blending Modes; and Getting Started with Actions. Provided free during the event, those sessions are now available on a paid basis. Now there's the free five-day Creative Cloud Design Week, which kicks off on August 19 and runs until the 23rd. The 11 instructors will focus on the core CC applications, with topics including InDesign Basics - Using Photoshop and InDesign; Master Illustrator's Patterns; Dreamweaver vs Muse; and Template-based Imaging in Photoshop.
Last week's SIGGRAPH conference was once again the showcase for fresh directions in animation. One of the many ingenious works being presented would seem to have been Chris Landreth's animated short, Subconscious Password. Landreth snagged an Oscar for his 2004 short Ryan and seems to be back in fine form, with the new film already winning best short film at the 2013 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
Barcelona-based audiovisual design studio Device has packed all the filters from Photoshop CS5 into a two-minute video (below) showing them applied to the Ps icon. We're told that each filter depicted "has a custom sound design that uses the same sound for each filter but with a different distortion effect for every case, exporting the graphical concept to the sound." You'll find even stranger clips on the studio's site.
I'm speaking here of the innovative application for sketching, drawing and painting, released last month for Mac and Windows by developer 61 Solutions. Mischief seeks the holy graphical grail of "the richness of pixel-based brushes and the scalability of vectors" and to that end provides an environment in which you don't define the page size or resolution but instead just start drawing, in the knowledge that the program's promised infinite canvas will never get in your way.