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25 Years Of Photoshop

I’m a big fan of Adobe Photoshop, it is a core piece of software that we use at work and is incredibly powerful.  From pure photo manipulation, to creating images from scratch, to mixed media collages, it’s so much more than a tool for correcting red eye or airbrushing models.

Last week I learned, to my surprise, that Photoshop has just turned 25 years old!

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Rather naively I thought perhaps Photoshop had come about in the mid-to-late-nineties, but in fact it all started back in the late 1980s!  You can see the full timeline history here.

The introduction of layers with Photoshop 3.0 in 1994 was a huge step in how you work with the software, having started working with Photoshop CS myself around 2004 some ten years later I can’t imagine it not having layers!

If you’re in any doubt as to some of the marvellous effects that can be achieved with it just watch this celebratory video, Dream On.

To celebrate the tool that has helped shape creativity, artists from all over the world contributed their most amazing dreams—and their working files with layers.  These PSDs were then animated layer by layer to create a film made in Photoshop.

Creative Cloud is already paving the way for the future of the software, just imagine how powerful it could be in another 25 years!

All the incredible artwork from the video can be viewed on Behance here.

Dove Real Beauty

It is commonly known that Photoshop is widely used to touch up and edit cover models.  Everything from minor blemishes to the “slimming” of limbs and full blown transformations.

This aspect of the industry has been mocked before with the likes of Fotoshop By Adobé, but now Dove are actively trying to do something about it with their campaign promoting and celebrating Real Beauty.

By planting a disguised “Beautify” skin glow effect to directly impact those who retouch the photos, such as art directors and graphic designers, the  Photoshop Action actually reverts the image back to the original unedited state.

Whilst this is no doubt a cunning and creative way to impact the retouching of photos, the scheme has come under some criticism that it isn’t targetting the right people.  Ultimately graphic designers and such are the ones who are doing the editing, but more often than not they are simply doing a job.  Their client is the one calling the shots and paying for the contract or project.

The underlying message from Dove is one of being happy with true beauty and making the point that Real Beauty isn’t retouched, but perhaps aiming their creativity at the real culprits would be more worthwhile.

Via Design Taxi.

Van Gogh Tilt Shift

There are some fantastic examples of tilt shift photography all over the internet, making everyday scenes from the world look like tiny replica models or toy sets.  It is a fairly simple technique, though hard to judge and execute perfectly even using Photoshop (you can even achieve similar effects with built in focus sliders that Instagram has within the app itself).

The idea is to tweak an image’s colour and depth of focus (see tutorial here for more of an explanation) to achieve the desired effect.  When the same technique was applied to works of art, that’s paintings and not photographs, it really caught my eye.

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The tilt shift technique has been applied to some classic works of art by Vincent van Gogh, transforming even the most recognisable of his masterpieces into something new.  By adjusting the focus of the painting (presumably much to the annoyance of van Gogh!) it draws out key features and brings to life aspects of the image you may not have noticed before.

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Some elements that were deliberately painted as background features by van Gogh are now brought out so that we see them as the main feature.

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Wonderful stuff.

These are just some of my favourites from the set that has been manipulated, but there is a whole tilt shift collection to see over on Art Cyclopedia.

Real Life Photoshop

In this day and age we are no strangers to Photoshop being used in advertising, but if you could use it in real life it would certainly make for some different situations.

Everything from crossing a river and stopping babies crying, to moving house and re-decorating, your life could be so much easier.

And my personal favourite…

Unfortunately for you Photoshop is still only software, and not available for real life.

More images over on Sad and Useless.

Fotoshop By Adobé

Fotoshop by Adobé, the late-night-tv-inspired beauty product we all want.

Full to the brim with clichés and highlighting the (often) extreme levels of absurdity within the beauty industry.

Transform your look the way celebrities do with this beauty industry secret that’s now available for the first time ever.

Brilliant.  Top work Jesse Rosten.

More images here, behind the scenes video here.

Photoshop Tutorial Rap

The more eagle-eyed of you regular readers will notice I’m developing something of a penchant for design related tongue in cheek rap videos.

Gettin’ Money With A Mouse And A Wacom Pen was really rather good, but the folks over at College Humor seemed to have upped the game with these Photoshop tutorial inspired lyrics from CMYKilla and his crew Masta Bevel, Lens Flare, Filter Phil, DJ Dodge and MC Burn.

HOLD UP here’s a tip for adobe elite,
If you want a quick fill, press ALT DELETE

Bye Bye Floppy Disks

You may or may not have heard, and you may or may not be surprised, that Sony have recently decided to cease production of their floppy disks.  Sony are (were) the largest manufacturer of floppy discs and this announcement essentially commits the 3.5″ storage device to the great electronics scrapheap in the sky.

Although I still own a USB disk drive (somewhere), their 1.44MB of space would barely allow for a single image taken on most digital cameras nowadays (let alone trying to squeeze the disk inside one!) so it’s no wonder that demand has dropped.  Apple‘s G3 iMac launched with no 3.5″ disk support back in 1998, maybe with huge foresight or maybe they were simply 10years too early and missed out on a bundle of sales, but whatever the reason was Sony have now decided that the time has come for them too.

When I was reading about this in the news, it reminded me of a set of posters I came across a while ago which illustrate just how many floppy disks it would take to install and run some of our most commonly used software today.  I do remember my childhood in front of an Atari and once we came across a floppy disk that had two games on it (two!), what a day that was.  Imagine trying to install Photoshop from that many discs, and then having space to store them!

Posters are available from Antrepo and the artworks are by Emre Basak.

That makes approximately 46 disks for iTunes 8, 358 for Photoshop CS4, 1760 for Sims 3 and a paultry 12 for Firefox 3.  Staggering that we even used them isn’t it!

I guess if you’re reading this from outside Europe you’ll wonder what all the fuss is about, Sony sold an apparent 12million floppy discs in Japan alone last year!

For a few of us Europeans it does seem that we hold these retro treasures close to our hearts, even if adapting their primary function for something else.  From beer mats in a retro themed pub, to ice scrapers for your car and even current CNC machine software, you can read and be inspired by the BBC’s 40 reasons we still use floppy disks.  Have you stumbled across an alternative use  for them, or are they just gathering dust in a drawer somewhere?

Also, do browse the “Floppy Disk Retrospective” gallery on Flickr, it’s a visual treat (especially this not so saucy pic of Bill Gates showing off).


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