Digital Concepts Design


Insane New Technology
March 26, 2007, 5:47 pm
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If real, this will revolutionize advertising, photography and just about every print medium in existence. David Berlind at Ziff-Davis is reporting on a new technology that will allow for high-speed, full-color prints.memjet

Inventor Kia Silverbrook has apparently created a technology that allows full color printing of up to 60 pages-per-minute at 1600dpi! Called “memjet” technology, it consists of a printhead covered with ink nozzles.

 

“Printheads are comprised of individual microchip segments, joined together into page-width printing systems. Each chip measures just 20mm across and contains 6,400 nozzles. The printheads incorporate five color channels that can be flexibly configured to meet the needs of diverse markets. The driver chip is an integrated printing system that calculates 900 million drops per second and drives 70,400 nozzles in a standard A4/letter printer, delivering color page-width printing at 60 pages per minute.” -memjet.com

There’s some question as to the accuracy of the reports, but you can see the video yourself here. If this turns out to be real, it has the potential to change the world, perhaps on the scale of Gutenberg.

Imagine printing images at that speed, brochures, banners… yikes!

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FREE Royalty Free Photos
March 16, 2007, 12:13 am
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As a designer on a shoestring budget, I often get requests to spice up a project with photography only to have the client freak out when I explain the cost of royalty free photos. Sure there are some good deals out there, but few match the impressive quality and quantity of Stock.XCHANG. I’ve used many photos from this site in projects to great effect. Please notice, however, that the licensing differs from photo to photo and give credit where credit is due.



Nik Color Efex
March 15, 2007, 11:59 pm
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There’s a set of filters for Photoshop that no designer/photographer should be without. Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0. The newest version has a nice interface that enables multiple filters to be layered on an image as well as the results faded. One good example:

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Forget your polarizing filter? Nik Efex can simulate it pretty darn well. Check out their filters.



High Dynamic Range Photography
February 22, 2007, 8:59 pm
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I’ve started noticing a growing trend in the photos at deviantart.com. I’ve been stunned by the colors and clarity achieved by many of these folks, some seemingly new at photography. Someone there mentioned “HDR” and that sent me searching the ‘net and finding several resources for achieving these breath taking images. (Photo by Sugardaddy)

Firstly there’s the Wikipedia article…

A complete how-to at Pop Photography

A great gallery of photos by Sean T. McHugh, including tutorials on several techniques including HDR.

And some more photos by an HDR master

Finally a generic search of deviant art for HDR images…

Now, get out there and start taking photos! Post links to your galleries.



Convert Freehand 11 to Illustrator CS2?
January 29, 2007, 8:45 pm
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FreehandMacromedia (recently purchased by Adobe) Freehand has long been the underdog in the vector graphics battle. Illustrator has always been the favorite, given its ease of compatibility with Photoshop and the other part of the Adobe triumvirate (which used to be Pagemaker, now InDesign.)

My employer has recently upgraded to Macromedia Studio 8, in the new version, Freehand is no longer included. While we own Macromedia Studio MX, the older version’s cd has gone missing.

Normally this wouldn’t be a problem, since I normally use Illustrator for everything, however, one of the companies we advertise (AT&T Yellow Pages!!!) with has shown an inability to properly handle Illustrator AI, EPS, or even PDF files. Since their designers use Freehand 10, and since I’ve lost my copy, I needed a quick way of converting just for the week, until the graphics community can convince them to switch…

After spending time at Adobe.com, searching the web etc for a way to convert files back and forth between Freehand and Illustrator, I found a fairly elegant solution: Install a trial version of Freehand MX till I find the original CDs.

Adobe still has a trial version of Macromedia Freehand MX software available for download at http://www.adobe.com/products/freehand/. This is only a 30-day trial, so, for the long run I’ll have to hunt down the CDs!



Photoshop CS3 Beta
January 23, 2007, 5:19 pm
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Adobe has posted a site for the CS3 Beta. They’re allowing downloads… with a lot of other nifty stuff there. Check it out.



Introducing… dharp!
January 22, 2007, 11:03 pm
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The multi-talented Daniel Harper will be joining me in this little blogging endevour. We’ll add, on occasion, links and/or articles relating to our experiences with digital photography as well as Photoshop usage.