Lightroom 4 And Pixelmator Photo Fun – Flowers And A Butterfly

Didn’t have a great shot at the butterfly, but flowers were plenty.  Anyhow, I couldn’t crop the portion of the original image in Lightroom 4 at the preferable size, and so I had to settle with a really tiny crop size for the retouched images.  The images got weirder when I had some fun with Pixelmator.  Anyhow, I think you will see what I mean by checking out the photos right after the break.  Enjoy!

The images above were taken and created by Vinh Nguyen.  You can reuse the images for all purposes, but you have to credit Vinh Nguyen for the images.  The images above contain the traditional copyright license which credits to Vinh Nguyen only, therefore you cannot redistribute the images above under creative common licenses.

Effortlessly Shifting Objects In A Photo Around In Mere Seconds With Photoshop CS6’s Content Awareness Feature

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Graphic design folks are going to love Photoshop CS6!  The new trick for Photoshop CS6 is content awareness.  By this I mean Photoshop users are going to be able to simply move any object within a photo around in mere seconds.  After moving an object away from its original position, the new photo would look as if it’s the original.  Furthermore, Photoshop users can use content awareness’ extend feature to extend an object such as its length.

Basically, content awareness is a timesaver for graphic designers, because they don’t have to use various tedious tricks to painstakingly shifting objects within a photo around.  Since this painstaking trick is now simply executing in mere seconds through Photoshop CS6, I cannot help but wonder will someone be able to use this technique (obviously Photoshop isn’t for video editing) and apply an automatic process frame by frame for videos?  It might be a stupid, on the fly idea which pops into my head as now, but it’s quite fascinating to me!  Anyhow, check out Photoshop CS6’s content awareness trick in the video right after the break.


Software That Might Be Useful For People Who Want To Enter YouTube’s Your Film Festival Contest

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With YouTube’s Your Film Festival contest is on the horizon, I bet some of the prospects are frantically looking for creative edges.  Perhaps some software that I have heard of might be useful in allowing these folks to attain their creative edges so they can create awesome 15 minute short films for YouTube’s Your Film Festival contest.  Let have a go at this.

Autodesk Maya‘s official website has amazing 3D animation software.  I believe many professionals who deal with 3D animation on regular basis are using Autodesk Maya’s 3D animation software for their projects.  Without an affiliation to school/education somehow, I think you have to pay at least couple thousands of dollars to attain Autodesk Maya’s 3D animation software.  Luckily, you can download it for 30 day trial period without being charged for any money.  Autodesk Maya’s official website will not ask for credit card for downloading its 3D animation software for 30 day trial period.  Also, if you are a student or affiliating with certain educational institutions somehow, Autodesk Maya might give you huge discount! (This software supports Windows and Mac!)

Avid Studio is an amazing, easy to use post film production software.  You can use Avid Studio to piece together parts of the short film fast and easy.  You can use markers and keyframes to make your film editing even more sophisticated.  You can split audio, enhance video with special effects, and much more.  Paying a little more for plugins might allow you to edit your short film with even more special effects and styles.  When done editing a video with Avid Studio, you can export it to various video formats such as in Full HD.  Avid Studio will cost you near two hundred bucks or so, but you can download it without giving out your credit card detail for 30 day trial period.  After the trial period, you have to pay up or you cannot use the software any longer.  (I think this software supports Windows only!)

Blender is a free 3D animation software.  I don’t know much of it since I had only tried it once.  Nonetheless, if you don’t want to pay any money but being able to do some 3D animation, I think you should check out Blender.  Blender supports Mac, Windows, and Linux.

If you need software that can allow you to have a ton of flexibility on editing photo, I think you should check out Photoshop.  Of course, Photoshop is going to cost you money.  Now, if you don’t want to spend money on Photoshop and still be able to have a ton of flexibility on editing photo, I think you should read the next paragraph.  (I think Photoshop supports Mac and Windows!)

Gimp is an alternative to Photoshop in my opinion.  It’s FREE by the way.  I had used Gimp in the past, and I felt that it was one of the best photo editing software out there.  Although Gimp might not be at Photoshop level, I say it’s pretty damn near as capable.  With FREE price, I think many people might prefer Gimp over Photoshop.  (This software supports Windows and Linux and Mac!)

I don’t know much about Garageband since I’m not an aspire musician or having much love for messing around with sound and music.  Nonetheless, I do love music if it’s excluding my part in creating it.  Anyhow, I have heard many good things of Garageband through online comments.  Also, Garageband isn’t expensive, because you can acquire it on Apple App Store for under twenty bucks or so.  I think with Garageband, you can use it to record and editing music.  (This software supports Mac only!)

In case you want to capture videos from video games for whatever reasons, you can use Fraps.  Fraps is designed to capture gameplay from video games.  It’s easy to use and fast at capturing gameplay from video games.  It does not slow down the gameplay at all.  Fraps often has been used as software to do benchmark for various videocards.  Fraps has the feature where you can use it to do benchmark for a videocard.  Nonetheless, videos create with Fraps will be very huge in sizes.  I think Fraps records raw video data.  This is why you must you another software to encode videos made with Fraps before you can edit such videos with video editing software.  Fraps will cost you around forty bucks or less.  (I think this software supports Windows only!)

HandBrake is a free video encoder.  It has several encoding presets to allow you quickly encode videos that are compatible to popular video formats such as Quicktime.  Nonetheless, it does allow you to dig deeper and change various settings to allow you to encode your videos your way.  People who use Fraps often use HandBrake to encode their Fraps videos, and by doing this they can edit their Fraps videos with their special video editing software.

So, obviously some of the software I’d mentioned are going to be super expensive, because these are the tools for professionals.  Nonetheless, you can try them out for free, but after 30 days you have to either pay up or stop using them.  Perhaps, 30 days would be good enough for the folks who need to use these software for one time projects!  I’m looking at the folks who want to enter YouTube’s Your Film Festival contest!  Anyhow, other software I’d mentioned of are straight up FREE, and yet these FREE software do have professional quality to them.  Let just hope the software I’d mentioned in this blog post will be helpful somehow to the people who need to release their inner creativeness for whatever reasons!  I’m looking at the folks who want to enter the YouTube’s Your Film Festival contest!

Removing Any Object Within Moving Movies and Live Streams Less Than A Second

Back in the day, by that definition, I mean it’s pretty much recent up till now as in this point in time, to remove an object in an image, you have to capture a still frame of an image, I think, in order for you to isolate the objects within it in various ways — software such as Photoshop and Gimp can do this.  That’s the old way of doing things, because now we know that the researchers at Technical University of Ilmenau can remove any object in moving movies and live streams less than or approximately around 40 ms.  Check the video below to get the idea of this new capability that many film editors and video enthusiasts would love to have it now.

With removing objects within moving movies and live streams as easy as eating a sweet pie, we need someone to figure out how to inject just about any object into moving movies and live streams without giving up any sign that it’s a computer generate effect.  Or have we already know how to do this also?  If not yet, so get to it folks!  Source.