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Project Parfait

Modern web design techniques focus around the concepts of responsive design. As such, many modern workflows include the concept of design in browser. An excellent overview of these modern processes can be found at CSS-Tricks. Adobe recently introduced an experiment that complements such a workflow – Project Parfait. For those who are provided a Photoshop design comp (or other layered Photoshop document), you can use a modern browser to extract color and font information, generate associated CSS,determine measurements between elements, and save web optimized images. Yes, you have to sign in with your Adobe ID in order to use this facility. Let’s examine this beta facility in a little more detail.  Read more »

Behind the screen – Presenter

This is the second part of my attempt to share some of the technologies I use when teaching online classes. I previously briefly reviewed Adobe Connect. I thought it might be helpful to next focus on Adobe Presenter. I use this tool periodically to introduce a topic. Students in my classes know that I don’t believe it is appropriate to do a full hour “lecture.” Given the rapid pace of change with web technologies, I have found myself spending a tremendous amount of time just updating my materials to reflect the latest changes (in software and approaches). I prefer to point students to resources that already exist. After all, we live in the age of search engines and numerous online videos/ tutorials to help us understand a topic. Instead of spending a tremendous amount of time developing a “lecture” that few would listen to in its entirety (yes I have measured this previously), I introduce a topic and point my students to pertinent resources and usually have an associated lab or project to reinforce the concepts we are learning. Let’s examine the PowerPoint plugin part of Adobe Presenter (this is how I began using this tool). There is also a separate Presenter Video Creator tool. I may cover that in a future weblog post. Read more »

Photoshop Generate

I never cease to be amazed at the capabilities and options available in tools. Options that I didn’t know about or overlooked. Yes, working with web technologies, one is constantly learning. I recently completed a course at dealing with Adobe Generator by Chris Converse. I simply didn’t realize this feature was included in Photoshop. Essentially, you activate this feature (it is a toggle switch) and you can then seamlessly create graphics (or an Edge Reflow project) from Photoshop. We can do this from any layered Photoshop file. Let’s see how this is accomplished… Read more »

Photoshop and 3D Printing

I recently took the time to learn the fundamentals of 3D printing using Photoshop. Yes, I feel like I am using a replicator from the Starship Enterprise. I have actually created some items and shown them at our local Web Professionals and Adobe User Group meeting on March 11. I thought it might be helpful to review the overall process. Keep in mind I am still learning about this so there may well be additional capabilities that I discuss in future weblog posts. I thought it might be appropriate to start with a blank canvas in Photoshop and create something new. Keep in mind I used the most recent version of Photoshop CC for this discussion. Read more »

Behind the screen – Connect

I thought it might be helpful for students to see some of the numerous technologies I employ when teaching online classes. Although not many students have taken advantage of my online office hours this semester, I use the Adobe Connect environment to support my online office hours. Rather than just focus on the use of the environment (which is fairly intuitive), I thought it might help to also review various plugins that I employ for various purposes. Note that I am also using Connect for some of our Central Illinois Adobe User Group meetings. Therefore, I need various versions of the Connect meeting room. So, let’s see what actually happens when you visit my online office hours. Read more »

After Effects Animated Gif

At our February Web Professionals and Adobe User Group meeting, someone asked about the fundamentals of working with Adobe After Effects. I thought it might be appropriate to create a simple animated gif (perhaps a snowstorm – since we have had so much snow this winter). I wanted to put together this documentation prior to the next meeting and use it as a starting point for discussion at the meeting. I also recently reviewed a tutorial on this subject by my colleague and friend Tom Green. That course is Web motion for beginners: create a preloader. I recommend readers view that course if they want to learn more than I provide in this tutorial. Ok, let’s get started building a snowstorm… Read more »

GoPro Camera Lens Correction

Now that I have been working with my GoPro camera for a while, I have noticed that the lens typically causes a fish-eye effect on photos. It also seems to have some chromatic aberration (not all colors are focused at the same convergence point). I thought readers might be interested in how I can correct these details using Camera Raw (open folder in Bridge, then File > Open in Camera Raw…). Read more »

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