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Adobe Photoshop CC 14.2 is now available!

Adobe Photoshop CC subscribers received an update when they turned on their computers this morning. Along with the regular list of bug fixes and tweaking of existing features, the Photoshop team added the following new features:

 

  • 3D Printing integration
  • Linked Smart Objects
  • Perspective Warp

The last being the notable addition for photographers. Adobe has a short video on correcting images using the Perspective Warp tool along with all the other new features.

 

If you don’t see an update available for Photoshop in the Creative Cloud desktop application, it might be because of your time zone – the Creative Cloud desktop application only checks once a day. To force the CC desktop application to check for updates, quit the CC desktop app (click on the gear icon in the upper right and choose Quit). Then, launch the Creative Cloud desktop application again – it will check for updates upon launch

Adobe has also extended it’s $9.99 “Photographers” package which gives users Lightroom and Photoshop until February 28th, 2014. Who knows if this will be the last extension like this.


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Deadline Extended to Dec. 8 to get Photoshop + Lightroom for $9.99/mo

Due to the fantastic response, the offer for the the Photoshop Photography Program , available to anyone for $9.99/month, has been extended until December 8th. This is available worldwide, wherever the bundle is available on Adobe.com.

The offer includes access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, 20GB of cloud storage and a Behance ProSite.

CC-SPECIAL-EXTENDExtended Upgrade Plan to Creative Cloud for $29.99/mo Until May

We are also extending our Creative Cloud membership $29.99 promotion into 2014. With this extension, anyone owning CS3+ who has not yet made the move to Creative Cloud, will continue to be able to join Creative Cloud at the rate of $29.99/month for their first year of memberhsip.

 

We’re also excited to announce that Adobe MAX 2014 will be held in Los Angeles, CA on October 4-8, 2014! Join our mailing list to get the latest#AdobeMAX news and offers:http://adobe.ly/1arKLl7


December 03, 2013

Creatives: Getting the Most From Color, Ink & Paper

Quad/Graphics / 135 West 50th Street – 8th Flr (6th & 7th Aves), New York, NY

CREATIVES:
GETTING THE MOST FROM COLOR, INK & PAPER
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3
1:00-4:30PM

FREE – Limited to 50
Preregistration Required

Hosted by:
Quad/Graphics
135 West 50th Street – 8th Floor
Between 6th & 7th Ave
New York, NY

Sponsored by:  

In cooperation with:

Who Should Attend?

  • Advertising and editorial creative and content development professionals, content creators, and brand owners
  • Production professionals at advertising creative agencies
  • Production experts seeking tools for communicating more effectively with their clients.

Description
Designed for the content creator, this training event offers a solid understanding of key factors in color management, examining how content creators influence the print production process. Attend to expand and refine your talent in 5 areas:

  1. Explore color management from the point of view of content creation, relating each color management topic to the overall print production process and needs of the content creator.
  2. Learn how to choose the correct color space for content creation and how desired results can be derailed if the right choices are not made at the time of content creation.
  3. Address hard and soft proofing best practices, offering criteria for how to choose between a hard or soft proof, and the critical factors to consider at the proofing stage, such as consistent viewing conditions and color standards.
  4. Examine the effects of ink on paper – absorption, show-through, and grain – focused from the content creator point-of-view
  5. Evaluate the print window within the production process of proofs, print, and effects on the sheet within creative requirements.

This training event will enhance your total understanding of color management and ensure more consistent, high-quality results from your print media campaigns.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):
Attendees will be provided a Certificate of Completion with Continuing Education Units, to benefit personal career development.Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

TRAINERS

Bob Hallam, President, PIXELOLOGIE Inc.

With more than 35 years of experience in the graphic arts industry, Bob’s color technology expertise, lean manufacturing, and workflow analysis skills make him a valuable asset to customers and sales people alike. His focus is delivering color consistency on multiple platforms across multiple plants in multiple countries, for such companies as Kohl’s, Crate & Barrel, Victoria’s Secret, and Condé Nast. Bob led the color technology teams at both Quad/Graphics and World Color where his areas of responsibility were color technology from capture to consumer. Bob coauthored the book: “Color Management: Understanding and Using ICC Profiles.” Today he works with photo, print, and pre-media facilities to improve quality and workflow efficiency, and develop new technologies for value added services.

Steve Yanny, Ink on Paper Manager, Quad/Graphics

Steve has worked in the printing for thirty-two years. As an Ink on Paper Manager for Quad/Graphics, he helps Publishers get the quality they are looking for in print. Steve has an extensive Pre-Media background having spent twenty years on the Pre-Media end of the business. He has worked in both Gravure and offset over his career. In the last ten years his focus has been on bridging the gap between Publishers and Ink on the Printed page.  Steve has worked with the who’s who of the Publishing industry.


Adobe_Community_Professional_badgePhotographers, here’s your chance to get Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5and your own customizable Behance ProSite to host your online portfolio – all for $9.99 per month! Yes, that’s correct, from today until 9am PST on December 2, 2013, you can sign up for this special limited time offer – and you do not have to have owned a previous version of Photoshop to qualify. You will need to commit to a one-year plan. This is a great opportunity to get in on the most essential tools for the price of $9.99/month! This is not an introductory price, it’s “the” price.Click here for additional information.

WolframTecConf3Today the  Wolfram Technology Conference winds itself to a close with some great presentations and discussions.

John Kohoutek had a talk about a finite difference method that was developed from scratch using Mathematica. Comparing this method to a commercial software package and theoretical calculation; as well as performing convergence testing. He has compared the computational differences in the scratch method, which may explain the deviation between the commercial software package result and the theoretical result for a given problem. Which computational method was correct? Well he let audience decide, and 4 out of 5 mathematicians chose the Mathematica method.  (yes those statistics were made up) Cool discussion resulted and yet again showed the power of Mathematica.

Dan Newman and Vitaliy Kaurov had a very informative talk about the new Wolfram Community site.  I was suppressed given the amount of time I had spent in the past year hanging out at Mathematica Stack Exchange, just how the new Wolfram Community site had grown since I had signed up and basically not visited much since then.  Time to change my surfing habits and visit the Wolfram Community site more often.  The thing I appreciated about this site the most was that it was most like Mathematica Stack Exchange when it came to community involvement and in some very good ways not like MSE at all.  The range of allowed posts are great and it’s more laid back about user questions.  This seemed to be a good place for new Mathematica users to come and learn, ask questions (no such thing as a stupid question here) and grow their Mathematica knowledge.  So far after one year there have been over 3000 posts and some very high level information that goes beyond text book information is available on this site today.

WTC Day 2After day one at the  Wolfram Technology Conference, hearing all of the great new features of Mathematica 10, Wolfram Alpha, it’s just a bit overwhelming, but I was ready for another day of amazing news and information.

Astronomical Image Processing changes provide full support for Importing FITS files and direct control of telescopes and observatory imaging hardware. Examples were shown for image noise reduction via image stacking.  Adding in all the frames actually makes a very long exposure, much longer than what could normally be had with the hardware itself  sky and telescope uses hours of exposures to bring the dim portions of the image.  Of not to digital camera geeks like myself Mathematica now handles raw file imports, and various different kinds of CCD de-mosaicing. So it may be time to do some experimenting with raw file processing in Mathematica.   Similar to Ansel Adams, but just in the digital age.  

Post edited at the request of Wolfram Inc. To remove information about Mathematica 10 and new features coming for Wolfram Alfa etc.  According to a Wolfram representative the entire conference is now covered by NDA and can not be blogged or tweeted about.

 

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It’s Wolfram Technology Conference day one and Stephen Wolfram’s keynote blows the lid of some really cool enhancements to the next version of Mathematica.  Yes folks it’s still under wraps and yes it’s on my hard drive, but no i can’t tell you everything…, just what’s available for public consumption.  Some of Stephen’s news surrounded changes in Wolfram alpha with the addition of some new course apps and knowledge base apps, also noted new interface looks.   So much information but all apparently covered by NDA so my post was changed at the request of Wolfram.

I know just day one and “wow” life on planet earth has just changed forever.  More to come because this was just the beginning  Time to download the next beta….

 

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Today I got an email from Tricia Lawrence that reminded me yet again that some weeks I just wish I could be two people.  She asked if I was going to the Adobe Create Now Event in Chicago next week.  Sadly I did have to admit making other plans months in advance of getting the invite from Adobe.  Not the end of the world but certainly not an event I like to miss.  If your able to make it I’m sure it will be the time of your life!  If you ever wanted to corner Adobe experts on those tough questions, this is the place to make that happen.  All for the cost of a free cup of coffee,and If your lucky you can win a free year of Creative Cloud membership.  Check it out.

 

The landscape at Print 13 was populated by digital

The landscape at Print 13 was populated by digital

Wednesday morning itself made my whole show day. Time well spent at the Idealliance booth, meeting new customers and making valuable business connections that I wouldn’t have otherwise met.  I also took in some great talks by easy purl, Minolta and EFI.   These great workflow improvement talks proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that this years show was one filled with targeted innovation.  Traditional print workflows were blown out of the water and replaced at various stages with new and innovative ways to market to customers, improve sales returns, and all of the “Better, Cheaper, and Faster” items you would expect from vendors of this calibre.  Beyond the stale pitch of saving a few bucks, what I saw was businesses harnessing the latest technology breakthroughs creatively applied to marketing game changing products.

Then the bomb hit…I call it that because some gifts hit with perfect timing.  When the email came through I had to smile as I received thousands of spot color tone scale spectral measurements as requested below.  So many thanks to the community for providing  more data for the TVI spot color math project. If there are any special use cases that someone would appreciate a solution for, please send those along also.  So yes it was a very good day indeed!

 

Print 13 Tuesday, I spent my day touring the exhibit hall of McCormick Place. The differences in the landscape year over year were quite impressive.   In past years vendors like Heidelburg and KBA ruled the floor with heavy iron.  This years show proved that innovation in digital print was the future, and any manufacturer with keys to that kingdom was selling!

The old battle lines of  a couple of years ago have been erased. The digital print providers are supplying disruptive technologies to the market place like never before.   Traditional copier companies like Canon, Xerox, and Konica Minolta, have leap frogged the traditional press manufacturers and are showing presses and finishing methods well beyond traditional print expectations.  Fuji and EFI  traditionally known for their workflow tools have now tossed their hats into the same ring as traditional production press manufacturers such as Heidelberg and KBA. It’s a collision course bound to create winners and losers, with each manufacturer  struggling for market share, the results can only benefit those looking to expand their offerings and replace old business models.  Exciting times full of massive opportunities!

Print13crowd-day1A fun day one at Print 13.  Large crowds visiting all the booths.  Reviewing the latest technology solutions for print and media management.  Attendance is up this year compared to last year and that was clear from the isle space and the interest at key vendors booths that provided the latest and greatest disruptive technologies.

 

Come visit us at booth 4877

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Printing Standards Forum

This annual event brings together leading experts who develop and publish groundbreaking specifications and standards to drive our industry forward with improved processes and quality. Learn which graphic communications standards and specifications are being directed by global standards-making organizations within ISO and ANSI/CGATS Graphic Arts Working Groups, from both experts and practitioners. Discover how standards can significantly improve your company’s return on its technology investments.

 

Monday’s event should be one to remember.  First out of the gate will be the topic of color vision and perception with real color questions to our very own “Dear Color Maven” about topics from toe nails to newsprint and Monitors to monochrometers.  Moderated by John Seymour, QuadTech and Don Hutcheson, HutchColor LLCPanelists: Don Hutcheson, Dr. Danny Rich – Sun Chemical, William Li – Kodak, and Bob Hallam – PIXELOLOGIE

 

Next is Proof to Press: Inks & Substrates with optical brightners are here to stay. Learn what this all means to your print business.   Moderated by Larry WarterPanelists: Don Schroeder, Fujifilm Graphic Services and Professor Bob Chung, Rochester Institute of Technology

Then “What’s Happening to GRACoL & SWOP”: Introducing new Reference Print Conditions and Substrate Correction Technology to manage customer expectations. by Dr Mike Rodriguez

Following that with Instruments & Lighting: M0, M1, M2 & M3. What you don’t know can hurt you.  Moderated by: Bob Hallam -PIXELOLOGIE With Panelists:  Ray Cheydleur, X-Rite, Bob McCurdy, GTI   In this session Bob McCurdy will explain and debunk lighting myths and issues related to standard illumination and the real reasons for keeping your viewing standard up to date.  Also discussed are monitor illuminant matching issues and D50 aims.  What’s really possible?  Then  Moe and his brothers by Ray Cheydleur.

Lot’s more excitement and discussion for day 2, so stop by and say hello!

_MG_9107A couple of weeks ago at the CGATS and SWOP Print properties meetings in Scottsdale an issue came up about computing TVI for spot colors.  Steve Smiley from Smiley Color LLC mentioned that he tried to use the latest and greatest DE from paper method, and his results were not excellent.  As a matter of fact in the case of dark reflex blues this method did not perform well at all.  Steve shared ten (10) datasets of spectral ramps with me that provided a basis for some mathematical exploration.  What I came up with was a method that isolated the spectral band of least reflectance at the solid and a narrow gaussian filter that provides about 30 nm additional bandwidth to the main wavelength.  The results proved that this method worked reasonably well, but since the datasets were limited in their scope, I am requesting additional spectral data from the packaging community.  Preferably in at least 380-730nm for further testing.  Data needed on pastel colors over darker papers.  Opaque colors over highly brightened papers, and any other real world situation you run into on a day to day basis.  Send the data as a chats text file to me using the form below, and I’ll hopefully have a great enough response to provide a viable solution in short order.   Email me here


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