Archive for May, 2012


If you watched Avengers, you had to notice all the cool tech available to Tony Stark and SHIELD.  Glass slab computers and holographic interfaces responding to gestures were all over the place.

Now technology brings us one step closer to this being a reality with David Holz, creator of Leap Motion a motion sensing controller for all PCs and Macs.  Business Week’s profile describes Mr. Holz as a genius level inventor with impressive credentials for someone only According to CNET, the device will retail for about $70.

Let me know what you think.  See you in the Future!

Several options for importing files in Adobe Premier Pro CS5

Working with Green Screens.  This is for more advanced users.

This video on making a rough cut is on the Adobe TV site and shows how to efficiently create a rough of your video.

Premiere Pro rough cut tutorial

For more in depth instructions, use the resources at Adobe Support and Adobe TV.

Please post links to your work in the comments if these resources help you.  And keep learning!

If you are a Designer of any type, Graphic, Web, Print, Interior, you know that the field changes and grows continuously.  Technology and changing consumer tastes and attention combine to make this a most challenging profession.  Keeping up with the latest can be difficult so Techsnoop is helping out by bringing you quick updates to keep your skills on the edge.

Freelancers need all the help they can get to be as productive as possible.  Tablets are a great tool to keep track of ideas on the fly or impromptu meetings with potential clients.  Here are a couple of items to maximize your tablet investment.

Adobe Photoshop Touch, available for Android and iPad is a great way to mock up ideas with teams or clients on the go, without breaking out the lumbering laptop.  At only $9.99, its also affordable for even budget freelancers.

Highlights include;

  • Available for iPad 2 or later and Android.
  • Work with core Photoshop tools designed for tablets.
  • Use your tablet camera to fill area on a layer.
  • Select part of image to extract by scribbling.
  • Perform Google searches and share images on Facebook right in the app.
  • Sync files to Adobe Creative Cloud and open in Photoshop.

Autodesk’s Sketchbook Pro app is for creating original images on the fly and makes your tablet into a digital sketch book.  Best of all, it comes in a free version (without the full set of features).  Check out the video;

Happy Designing!  DKemp Designs

For every Comic fan who didn’t like the ending of their super hero movie, this site re-imagines what should have happened.  While I admire and like the site, Avengers really could not have ended better.

Techsnoop is a comic geek among other things.  Justice League, Superman, Iron Man and Avengers are among my very favorites.  So, you may imagine that this is a bonzai summer for me and other comic, sci-fi, and action geeks.  With the advent of Avengers, Prometheus, Battleship, Spiderman, Batman, and MIB3, this will be one busy box office season.  Techsnoop cautions to go easy on the popcorn, pop and nachos so as not to end the summer with “movie gut”.

Tony-AvengersAvengers not only set some box office milestones, but one of the lead characters has proven to be a great story of rising from the ashes.  Mr. Downey is a classic case of learning life lessons from comic characters.  Robert Downey, Jr. was once an unemployable has been.  But due to hard work and taking necessary small steps toward success, he became not only a superstar, but a great ensemble actor.  He works well alone and in teams.

How many designers and developers can say that?  Achieving such versatility brings success in any field and requires the incorporation of many “soft” skills that technical experts often do not value.  Teamwork (Justice League, Avengers), attention to detail (Batman) and ability to meet deadlines are critical skills for entrepreneurs.  Being able to network and describe in non-tech language (Spiderman) what you can bring to a client is what brings in cash for your business.  Techsnoop is convinced that the great effects and artwork achieved in Avengers movie did not happen with designers and techs coming in “whenever” and zoning out in meetings.

Design is hard work and continuous education on the latest technology and techniques.  One small image can take days to create with the right mood, lighting and effects to fit the scope of the project.  This is not done by slackers.  Designers may be creatives, but we are creatives on a deadline and with tight budgets.  The trade off for flexible hours and working in jeans is being able to deliver high-quality product on demand and in budget.

Anyone who doesn’t take designers seriously should take a moment and try to create just one of the thousands of images from any hit movie.  Let me know how easy that is for you.

Designers and comic geeks unite, our superheros have taught us well so let’s “Assemble”.

There has been lots of buzz about the new Adobe releases, so Techsnoop will be presenting overviews and reviews of the most important features so you can decide if its time to upgrade.

This feature will become a favorite of everyone; editing video (camera phone anyone?) with Photoshop.

Techsnoop firmly agrees with Smutty. Avengers is a GREAT movie! Stop reading, go see it.

If editing hair in Photoshop gives you fits, take a look at this use of the refine edge tool.  Many thanks to LordReserei01 for the help.

Take a little time this weekend to work on your craft and also view the Supermoon and meteor shower.

Happy Designing!

The HTC One X has been generating a lot of buzz, for great reasons.  Great screen, lots of enhanced features and a sleek look.  If you are considering this as an upgrade option, here it is;