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DevNexus 2014 PhoneGap Presentations

I’ve just wrapped up my presentations for this year’s DevNexus event in Atlanta – it has been a great event, filled with tons of information on web, mobile, and back-end development. I had 3 sessions on PhoneGap – One intro, one advanced, and one a mobile frameworks panel.

Below are my presentations.  I didn’t record them this time, since they were being recorded by the conference organizers, so expect to see a video once they’re released.

Just press the space bar, or use the arrow keys to view the presentation in your browser.

Getting Started with PhoneGap and Cross Platform Mobile Development

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(Lesson learned, never make changes to you presentation/environment after midnight when you have the first session of the day – it will always bite you)

Designing & Architecting for PhoneGap & the Mobile Web

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Enjoy, and feel free to reach out with any questions!

Believable Compositions & Creativity in Adobe Photoshop

What makes a great composition in Photoshop? Well, that all depends on what you’re trying to achieve and personal taste – I won’t even attempt to answer that.

What makes a composition believable? That one is a little bit easier… We’ve all seen bad Photoshop jobs – you know, those where colors are way off, lighting is terrible, or edges are left jagged and pixellated. For the most part, I’d attribute a believable Photoshop composition to having qualities that mimic realism. Consistent use of colors, none of those jagged edges, appropriate use of shadows and lighting, proper perspectives, and most importantly, attention to detail.

Not quite sure what I mean? Check out these examples of some inspiring and impressive Photoshop compositions…

“Drifting Away” by Erik Johansson

“Immortal” by Alex Koshelov

“Kings Landing” via Creative Station

Want more samples and inspiration, just search for Photoshop Speed Art on YouTube, and there is a plethora of content to get your creativity flowing.

Want to create these for yourself?

Just become a member of Adobe Creative Cloud - you’ll have everything you need. Then check out the Photoshop learning center to learn how to make the most of the creative tools.

3D Printing in Adobe Photoshop CC

The latest release of Photoshop has some amazing new features, one of which is 3D printer support. The new 3D printer support makes printing your 3D models easier, regardless of whether you modeled it within Photoshop or some other 3D modeling tool.  Photoshop will even inspect your 3D models for water tightness and generate support scaffolding to ensure a high quality 3D print.

Photoshop now supports local 3D printers from Makerbot and 3D Systems, but if you don’t have a 3D printer, don’t worry, you can still print 3D objects! Through a partnership between Adobe and Shapeways, you can now package 3D prints and send them to Shapeways’ 3D printing service directly from Photoshop.

I’ve been experimenting with 3D Printing support, and it is pretty amazing. 3D printing is being adopted in innumerable scenarios – in medicine for prosthetic limbs or replacement joints, to manufacturing and engineering for custom parts, to sculpture and jewelry, and much more.

I started out by creating a few simple models and downloading existing models from the web. Check out the video below to learn more and see 3D features within Photoshop in action.

All of my 3D printing so far has been through the Shapeways service. This service will automatically inspect your 3D models for thickness/printability, and gives you immediate feedback whether or not you need to make any changes. Be sure to pay attention to the details of Shapeways’ materials, since they have different characteristics, minimum thicknesses, and associated cost. Once your object is printed, it will be mailed right to your doorstep.

My first example is a 3D printed name plate, modeled entirely within Photoshop.  I took a text layer, extruded it into a 3D object, then added a cube (stretched to the size of the text) as a base. Just request a 3D print, and out comes a nice 3D model. This one is the “Coral Red Strong & Flexible Polished” material from Shapeways. Check out the video above for details on how I created this.

"Adobe" 3D Printed Name Plate
“Adobe” 3D Printed Name Plate

My second example is a dragon, which I downloaded from a free 3D models site. This model was not created in Photoshop. I believe this model was originally intended for video games or renderings, but Photoshop had no problem scaling and printing it. Photoshop can read many common 3D model formats (.obj, .3ds, .dae, etc…), and makes the printing process simple, regardless of where the model was created.

I had to go through a few iterations to find a material and size that was actually printable because the model is very intricate and delicate, but I was finally able print it using the “White Strong & Flexible” material.

3D Printed Dragon
3D Printed Dragon

If you’re wondering “did those cost a fortune”, the answer is NO!  The cost depends on type and amount of material you’ve selected. The dragon was $32.65, and the “Adobe” letters were $24.90 USD, including shipping.

Ready to create your own 3D prints yet?  Check out the videos below to learn more about 3D printing with Adobe Photoshop CC.

Overview of 3D Printing in Photoshop

Creating a custom iPhone Case with Adobe Photoshop

By fellow Adobe evangelist Paul Trani.

I’ve also used Paul’s technique to model a few custom iPhone cases myself.

Adobe iPhone Case v2 from andytrice on Sketchfab.

3D Printing in Photoshop Series

By Daniel Presedo from the Photoshop team:

If you’re already a member of Creative Cloud, then you have everything you need to create your own 3D prints with Photoshop. Just download the latest version, and you’re ready to go! If you’re not already a member of Creative Cloud, then become a member today!

Aerial Videography with the GoPro Camera and Adobe Creative Cloud Tools

Interested in aerial videography with remote control helicopters? Well, you’re in luck! This month’s issue of Adobe Inspire magazine features my article which introduces aerial videography with a DJI Phantom multirotor helicopter and a GoPro camera!

You can read it on the web or download the FREE digital publication version to learn more. I recommend the digital publication version, which was created with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.

Interested in focusing on aerial photography instead of videography? Stay tuned for the March Adobe Inspire issue next month, which will feature a complimentary article focusing on still images captured with the same helicopter configuration. Subscribe today to be notified automatically when the new version is available.

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Be warned – flying helicopters with cameras attached is highly addictive. You may easily become obsessed with the endless possibilities, as I have.

Here are a few videos I’ve captured with this setup, and processed with Creative Cloud.

Some scenic shots in and around San Francisco…

A digital short where I was playing around with After Effects…

The sky really is the limit!

OK, do I have your attention yet? To learn more you can read the full article online or download the FREE digital publication, and don’t forget to become a member of Creative Cloud to take advantage of all the creative tools that Adobe has to offer.

Heard of the Creative Cloud Packager?

The Creative Cloud Packager is a tool for CC Enterprise and CC Team customers that enables them to easily package Creative Cloud products and updates for deployment within their organizations.  It lets you select specific Creative Cloud products and/or updates and package them into .pkg or .msi installers (optionally with a serial number for Enterprise customers).  These packages can then be deployed on their own or integrated with third-party deployment tools like JAMF Casper or Microsoft SCCM.  The Creative Cloud Packager even lets you control Creative Cloud update behaviors and more.

With the recent releases of Creative Cloud Packager, you can now edit existing deployment packages, create deployment packages from local media (DVDs), and even create deployment packages for older (CS6) creative applications, if you have the proper license.

Want to learn more about the Creative Cloud Packager or get specific information on deployment package details? Do not miss the Creative Cloud Packager help documentation.

If you’re looking for an overview, don’t miss these videos covering the Creative Cloud Packager for both Enterprise and Team customers.

Deploying Creative Cloud for teams with Creative Cloud Packager

Deploying Creative Cloud for enterprise with Creative Cloud Packager

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