Do you get a sudden rush of creativity at the most unfortunate times? Don’t have a computer nearby? Adobe’s latest mobile app release can help you get creative on the go. Whether you need to alter a photo for Instagram, or create some full-on graphic art on the train ride home from work, Photoshop Touch is very capable.
The app launches just like Photoshop on your desktop: you can choose whether to grab either a locally stored photo or one from the Creative Cloud, or you can just start on a blank canvas.
Photoshop Touch includes several filters and effects, too, like Directional Blur and Drop Shadow. Seasoned Photoshop veterans might get a better handle on creating art on-the-go with this app, but novices can use it to tweak and correct their photos with the Adjustments options or remove something from a photo with the Clone Stamp tool.
Another nice feature is that you can use Adobe’s Creative Cloud to work on images between your Mac, iPad and iPhone. We can’t imagine anyone doing heavy edits on an iPhone, but it’s nice to have an easy way of getting images between the three platforms.
While the interface itself is pretty simple, it packs a lot of power in its menus. In that it resembles Photoshop Mouse. And if you’re working with a few layers and want to see exactly how they stack up, you can rotate your canvas in 3D to look at it sideways and see each layer explode from the one behind it.
The $9.99 photo editing app which is now available from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. But special offers for Adobe Touch Apps will be available for customers who sign up for annual membership of Adobe Creative Cloud, the company said.
Whenever you want to experiment by compositing images or adding text, layers are the way to go. And Photoshop Touch is that way to go. Create those images you see in your head come to life; right before you head to Digital Imaging Center and make them a reality.
One of the most important reasons for packing a massive memory card is to enable you to shoot at your camera’s highest resolution. If you paid a premium price for a high megapixel cam, then get your money’s worth and shoot at high megapixels. And while you’re at it, shoot at your camera’s highest quality compression setting too.
Why not squeeze more images on your memory card by shooting a lower resolution and low quality compression settings? Because you never know when you’re going to capture the next great image of the 21st century. And if you take a beautiful picture at the low 640 x 480 resolution, that means you can only make a print about the size of a credit card, not exactly the right dimensions for hanging in the museum.
On the other hand, if you recorded the image at 2272 x 1704 (4 megapixels) or larger, then you can make a lovely 8- x 10-inch photo-quality print suitable for framing or even for gracing the cover of Time magazine. And just in case you were able to get as close to the action as you had liked, having those extra pixels enables you to crop your image and still have enough resolution to make a decent sized print.
The point is, if you have enough memory (and you know you should), then there’s no reason to shoot at lower resolution and risk missing the opportunity to show off your work in a big way.
The worldwide phenomenon known as Instagram has swept in a whole new wave of amateur photographers. Noodling around with a phone application has can easily lead to a life-long passion. Between the filters, the Gaussian blur and the “creative” photo angles using a phone produces, getting a reasonably flattering picture can seem like a challenge. Fortunately, there are a few easy, smart ways to make Instagram’s interface work in your favor.
Choose your filters wisely
Did you know that differently colored lights can make your skin tone and hair appear prettier? It’s the reason soft, pink sunsets and candlelight are both known for their beauty-boosting prowess. The same holds true for Instagram filters. While you may like the lo-fi look of the Lomo-fi filter, the orange-brown colour distortion can make everything from under-eye bags to blemishes stand out.Try the Valencia filter if you have ruddy skin, or the Hudson if you tend to look a little grey or orange in photos.
Keep your chin down
Compose yourself before you shoot by tilting your chin down slightly. Careful or you’ll give yourself a case of digital fivehead. Try to hold your phone slightly above your head. Holding your camera below the plane of your face creates a “heavy” image that makes your chin and jaw look wider. If that’s something you want, then go ahead. Otherwise, try to keep your lens a little bit higher than the actual center of your face.
Know your lighting situation
Camera phones are notorious for taking dark pictures, so Instagram tries to compensate by offering filters that lighten things up. Sometimes, this is a great thing, and if your photos are dark, filters like Amaro; which basically mimics a flash and Walden can be a great asset. However, if you’re taking pictures under good lighting conditions or have a smartphone with a flash
Focus, focus, focus
If your camera has a focus tool, you should always use it before you snap your image. Why? You’ll get a photo that centres on what you’re actually interested in showing people and a well-focused photo is a prettier, more interesting photo.
We see our share of professional and amateur photographers coming to Digital Imaging Center to print a wide variety of things. Great results are quite achievable by the novice photographer with the right amount of luck, help and proper use of the technology at hand.
What’s the best piece of digital art you ever accidentally came upon or discovered on your film roll?? We’d love to see and hear the stories that come with them.