Looking over various workshops at the Aperture Academy I saw this post about using a Luminance Mask and tried it on an image that seemed a bit flat. This is the result.
BTW the instructions list Mac commands, on a PC it is:
“CTRL + ALT + 2″ to create the Luminance selection
“CTRL + J” to load the selection as a layer
So I posted this some time ago regarding video driver color settings causing issues with screen and prints not matching.
Recently I had a magenta cast and dark prints on a Canon Pro9500 Mark II. First I checked the Nvidia drivers settings like before, figuring maybe an update had fouled it up again. That looked good, and good thing because it would also mean revisiting my post processing.
Looking at the print properties, I found this:
Canon Pr09500 series XPS properties / Advanced / Print Processor button
It was using the winprint processor / RAW data type
Switching the print processor to Canon Pro9500II Print Processor / RAW data type fixed the magenta and darkness.
Now the color fidelity between screen and print is right on.
This post is for my friend who was not feeling so well today. Hang in there, I hope you find something in here that makes you smile.
This was another trip to the San Francisco Zoo. The beach was foggy and cool which to me seem like perfect Zoo conditions. For whatever reason, many of the animals are up and about, at least in the morning and you don’t get the harsh shadows and as many blow on backgrounds. This current set is with very minimal post processing, mainly just some cropping, so I could get these up tonight.
This was just having a little fun with post processing.
My final was to make a portrait. I think this image has all of the hard things in it: straight ahead faces, ears, hair, and hands. Maybe I’m a glutton for punishment. In any case, the image came from a friend’s facebook post for him and his fiancee’s engagement; aren’t they a cute couple? I re-sized it and then I followed the instructions on making a Scanner Darkly style image here. So blacks, then blues, then hair and on and on. I hope I did them justice.
I am putting this here so I don’t forget, part of my new Memory Overflow category.
Iaroslav Lazunov over at designmodo.com put this nice list together describing what is new in Adobe Illustrator CS6 (this link here covers the whole CS6 Suite). He even shows some examples of how to use the new or changed tools. While he does talk about gradients on strokes and pattern creation, the two biggies everyone keeps writing about. He also goes into some of the little things that make the program better.
I for one am hoping it is more stable and with the 64bit support and ability to use more ram, maybe it will be.
Sadly, you still can’t scrub values, select colors outside the color picker or rotate the canvas (view) in Illustrator CS6 like you have been able to do in Photoshop for a while now.
The mourning doves are at it again. Here they are during what we refer to as “the changing of the guard” and dinnertime for the young ones!
To get these shots I set the camera up on a tripod using an SMDV RFNe (low price remote trigger, check amazon). 1/5 of a second with an f6.3 and auto iso. I used auto iso in case it started getting dark while I waited, I figured I would rather have noise then darkness. It might have been nice to go with a bigger aperture to get an even shallower depth of field but I did not want to end up with a bunch of just out of focus shots since I would not get to make adjustments once the action started.
Head on over to Michael Frye’s site and check out his video on Lightroom 4 : the new tone controls. If you are not reading Michael’s blog on a regular basis you are missing out on some great landscape photography imagery and tips, so add him to your RSS feed and stay tuned.
Back in 2005, long before the iphone and ipads, I built a CarPC that ran some front end software called RoadRunner. This software allowed anyone to make their own screens as jpegs and map the functions of the computer to those screens. After copying several of the available layouts and simply recoloring them to match the car lighting I decided they needed a usability upgrade. The key the usability was two fold:
So the common theme here is the flat, shiny cornered button. Certainly this is a pre-iphone look. It gets the job done and while it does not clash with the interior, it is not inspiring. This old example was made in Paint Shop Pro and there are over a hundred icons for the full interface that include navigation, application and music controls.
The Illustrator assignment for this week was to create iphone style icons. To come up with this set I started out with this tutorial on YouTube here that was part of the lesson set. This video is excellent, the instructor goes fast and I had to rewind numerous times but it was well worth it. His use of the Illustrator interface panels made more sense to me than what I have been doing and it led me to move things around and save my work space. At first I made a rounded play button like everybody has but then realized, I wanted sharper edges to match the sharp edges of the car they are going in. This small sample is from left to right: navigation, music, music folder, play and fast forward, a handful of the needed to transform the CarPC interface into a new look.
If you are interested in CarPCs, head on over to mp3car.com for more information but understand this is for the hobbyist, it takes work even when buying fully assembled kits and it will cost more than if you just buy something outright from a regular car audio manufacturer.