Monday, December 21, 2015

Thank you - Adobe Flash

I still remember the day I started using Macromedia Flash 4.0 and as a kid I was excited about the idea of creating animation !


 

I started using other applications to fulfill my Flash movie artifact requirements and that's the start of my design journey.

Adobe acquired Macromedia before 10 years and a lot of Flash lovers like me were excited as it would increase the interaction between Flash and other Adobe products like Photoshop. Yes , over the past 10 years , we all saw an increase in the interaction and elevation in the ease of use between Adobe Flash and Adobe Photoshop. 





I have used Flash for almost everything  - For creating websites , mockups ,logos,animated menus ,banners , flyers,presentations,photo gallery ,splash screen, animated gifs ,Desktop applications, games , etc .. and every single time this extraordinary product did not let me down.

I have a mixed feeling when thinking about Early 2016 when Adobe Flash will morph itself into Adobe Animate CC. I feel sad to even think that Flash is going to be a history and on the other hand I am excited about the new features which Animate CC is going to offer to the design community.

Flash - Thank you for all the infinite beautiful memories !

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Adobe Fix – First look !!

Adobe has come up with yet another iOS app for image retouching but for a change this time it is free to the users!



The first version was introduced in the app store few days back (on Oct 4th 2015) and I am already falling in love with its functionality and ease of use.
This app is packed with features which are useful for Instagrammers and Facebook addicts.
Features like crop, vignette, exposure, contrast are available in several other apps including the one which I often use (Aviary). Here are the most powerful functionalities which are found in this app:
Spot Heal: This is an amazing Photoshop feature which is now available in ipad and iphone through this app. Most of the candid mobile photographs will end up having unwanted objects and unknown person in the frame. Spot heal works like a magic to remove these blemishes.
Liquify: If you are a Photoshop user, I am pretty sure you would have used this filter for creating crazy effects or for portrait photo retouching. This functionality in an ios app will open more doors to creative people !

Paint brush with blend option: Blend option is a boon when available in the brush tool. By adjusting the opacity the color from the brush blends brilliantly with the image.

Start in app finish in desktop Photoshop: Another interesting feature in this app is that the images can be directly send to desktop Photoshop CC for further editing.
On the first looks , this app looks promising. I strongly believe that I am gonna  start using this more often. Sorry Android and windows phone users, as of now this app is available only in ios platform.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Feature your photo in Yahoo weather app

I am a big fan of Yahoo weather app. I prefer this app more than the default iOS weather app. One of the core reasons for my attraction to this app is the beautiful location based background pictures.


After some research, I was excited to know that those photographs are from real users, selected from a Flickr group and everyone have a chance to publish their photographs. 
The challenge ?
Till this point every thing sounds simple right? Here is a minor challenge : The photograph should have location information for Yahoo to associate it with a particular location, In other words photograph should be geotagged. 
At present, photos can be geo tagged in Flickr itself using Organizr.
Here are the complete sets of guidelines: https://www.flickr.com/groups/projectweather/
Good luck to reach millions of smartphones  :) 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentines Day Wallpaper



Our Valentines day themed wallpaper design got featured in Smashing Magazine.


[Tools used : Adobe Photoshop + Adobe Illustrator ] 

Click here to download wallpaper for your desktop/tablet/mobile :  Download
 


Check out out other valentines day wallpaper here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Miracle Tools in Photoshop Part 2 - Content Aware move tool in Photoshop CC (Step by Step)


Lately I have been obsessed with ''Content aware move tool"in Photoshop. To know more about it,first we need to know about "content-aware tool". For those who wanna know what "content-aware tool" is,click here.

- Content aware move tool is used to select a particular portion of an image and move it.This tool can help you skip all the complex time-consuming blending activities.

- This tool is most effective if the background has same pattern like cloudy sky or leaves.