Blake Snow

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Tagged photoshop

Photoshoping children looks trashy

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I’m actually okay with airbrushing from a design standpoint — to an extent. So long as you “clean up” blemishes, I’m fine with it. But I also believe mainstream designers have gone too far recently, especially when they start digitally thinning tubby individuals or make humans look more like plasticized wax than a living organism. The above photo illustration, by Jill Greenberg, is brilliant in its subject (to candidly capture toddlers crying), but her Photoshop hack job looks disturbingly awkward. Can we at least spare the children? This picture would have been so much better unadulterated.

Adobe to launch FREE online Photoshop in six months

TechCrunch is reporting that Adobe will release a FREE, online edition of Photoshop within six months time. I’m a little iffy on its likely performance (since larger PSD’s gobble up so much RAM), but if it’s a suitable alternative, my journey to the webtop will be near complete. Here’s a list of current software I use online, all the time:

  • Email: Gmail.
  • Word processing: Google Docs (just wrote my latest 1400 word column on it)
  • Spreadsheets: Again, Google Docs.
  • Research: FireFox
  • Blogging: Blogsmith, WordPress, Blogger, custom Rails blogging software
  • Podcasting: Skype (though I have to use local recording software)
  • Landline: Vonage. Manage all of my phone settings online

I still use iTunes, Dreamweaver, Fetch (ftp), and Photoshop locally, but I’m all about migrating files and tools online in an effort to make my work flow more accessible from anywhere. How much of a webtop are you currently using?