A four-person team (Connelly Barnes and Adam Finkelstein of Princeton University and Eli Shechtman and Dan B. Goldman of Adobe Systems) have been working on technology that fills in parts of an image you edit out more intelligently than Photoshop CS4's Spot Healing Brush and Edit/Fill commands. The result is a "new randomized algorithm for quickly finding approximate nearest neighbor matches between image patches."
Shutterstock, the world’s largest subscription-based stock photo agency, announced today that it will legally guarantee every file in its vast library by providing up to $10,000 to cover legal costs and direct damages for claims arising from the use of an image or footage clip licensed through Shutterstock.
Pros: Accurately simulates shallow depth of field. Gives much greater control over highlight appearance and apparent depth than Photoshop alone. Plug-in's sliders are simple enough that moving beyond the presets is very easy.
Con: $199 price is too high given how infrequently you'll be able to use it. Note that that limited use is not a deficiency in the product, but a reality of the difficulty in masking more complex images.
Chris Spooner's excellent Blog.SpoonGraphics has come up with another winner: 20 tips that, while seemingly insignificant, can add up to a real speed increase when you're working in Photoshop.
Here's what you'll learn to do:
1. Hold Spacebar to move a selection
2. Display larger font previews
3. Change values with the cursor keys
4. Quickly zoom back to 100%
5. Toggle visibility of multiply layers
6. Hide or show all other layers
7. Load the selection of a layer
8. Quickly toggle between blending modes
9. Toggle palette visibility
10. Fit to full screen
Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the new AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR, a DX-format, medium-telephoto micro lens with built-in Vibration Reduction (VR II) and Silent Wave Motor (SWM). With a focal length of 85mm, this compact and lightweight lens is recommended for users of Nikon DX-format digital SLRs such as the D5000 and D90. The18°50’picture angle is equivalent to a focal length of 127.5mm in Nikon FX- and 35mm-format cameras).
Your Handwriting as a Font
Back in the 1990s, design-related magazines carried ads for mail-order services that converted your handwriting into a font. You had to wait to receive a template on which you'd draw each character or glyph of the font, and then you had to wait for your TrueType font to arrive on a 3.5-inch floppy. Now there’s a free online service that converts your handwriting into a font in as little as five minutes.
Reflex Stock, one of the world’s leading independent stock photography distributors, has re-launched its website with an enhanced collection of over 15 million quality stock photo images to suit every budget and brief in the advertising, design, editorial and corporate markets. Prices for royalty free stock photography start from as little as 14c per image.
On the 24th of October this year thousands of people all over the world (and some not on it) will be taking a photograph. The difference is that they will all be taking their photograph at exactly the same moment in time. At 8.00 am Townsville QLD Australia time "Project One Click One Pic" will happen.