Adobe Extending Desktop Applications with Tablets

This is very exciting. Adobe has unveiled concepts that use touch-centric tablet devices to extend asset creation as well as control of their applications.  We’ve all thought about it, we’ve all wished for it, and now it looks like Adobe is rolling it out.

They are starting with Photoshop, releasing a multi-touch paint application, an advanced color picker (with paint mixing), and a UI extender that lets you view open documents or choose tools with the tablet. I’m most excited about the last one, since it will grant notebook users the power of a dual display workstation without the bulk of dual displays. You’ll be able to prop your iPad up on the table and transmit everything wirelessly.

Green Screening with Photoshop + Keyshot

Chipp Walters has a nice tutorial on how to render objects from packages like Keyshot while preserving transparencies. While Keyshot and many other packages will let you render an object with an alpha channel for replacing the background of the object, the transparency does not extend to any internal transparencies on the object. In Chipp’s example, a glass light bulb is rendered with the white background solid on the inside of the orb.

Chipp outlines how to render the image with a color background, and then replace the color with transparency, just like green-screening is done in video.

This is a great trick to have up your sleeve.

Link: The Perfect Green Screen Key Effect in Photoshop