Photoshopped Image Wins Nikon Photography Contest With Hilarious Results

On Thursday, Nikon Singapore announced a winner of their NikonCaptures photography contest, Chay Yu Wei, whose winning entry was a shot of an aeroplane perfectly captured by a ladder in Chinatown. Or so they thought. As many photographers were quick to point out, Yu Wei’s image was quite clearly edited.

“Yu Wei chanced upon a set of ladders while on a photowalk with his friends in Chinatown, and thought the view above would make an interesting perspective,” Nikon’s post read. “Little did he expect to catch an airplane in mid-air. We’ll try looking up too, Yu Wei.” The winning entry, supposedly capured using a Nikon D90 at f/2.8 and 1/1600s won Chay Yu Wei a Nikon-branded trolley bag. Nikon have stood by the decision, posting a comment on Facebook, apologising for the oversight and planning to revise the rules following this, also stating “NikonCaptures is a casual photography contest that focuses not on the devices or props you use, but on the imagination and creativity that each photographer exudes while capturing and sharing their images.”

Inspection of the winning entry reveals a white box around the aeroplane in the image, easily visible without the use of any tools, although it was pointed out that adjusting the levels on the photograph causes it to obviously stand out. The internet was quick to their image editors after seeing this, posting a barrage of amusing takes on the image, including replacing the aeroplane with a TIE Fighter, the Death Star, Godzilla and many, some paired with comedic takes on Nikon’s original announcement.

He should have waited longer for the coaster to add a bit of drama. – Render Brant

I chanced upon a set of ladders while browsing the internet with my imaginary 501 legion and thought the “award winning” view would make an interesting perspective. Little did I expect to catch the Death Star from space. – Rogan Yeoh

Such a poor copy and paste by Yu Wei can win a Nikon trolley bag, my entry can win the new Nikon D5 with AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR. LOL !!! – Glenn Guan

Meanwhile, others took to point out the flaws in Yu Wei’s photoshopping of his photograph, explaining that use of the ‘multiply’ layer blending would have hidden the white box surrounding the plane. Yu Wei even responded to comments on Instagram regarding the photograph as if it were real after the photoshop ruse was already discovered. While it seems clear that Nikon has no intention of pulling the photograph or the contest as a result despite the hilarious and mocking responses it caused, it has definitely given Nikon more publicity and provideda entertainment for many.

Adobe Moves Feature In Photoshop

Adobe have been synonymous for patches and updates to current software which has often annoyed users, this includes the servicing twice a month of Flash Player which has become a hackers dream and feels somewhat dated since the arrival of HTML 5 into browsers as standard.

In Photoshop CC 2015 Adobe have moved a feature by the name of “Save for Web” If you use this feature and have wondered where Adobe has moved it to then it’s under File – Export – Save For Web (Legacy) In a Blog post, Stephen Nielson who is the Sr. Product Manager overseeing Adobe Photoshop has written the following.

“Because Save for Web is built on the former ImageReady product (now discontinued), the code is too antiquated to maintain and develop new features”

This feature will still be kept as of now, but will not be developed any further with the aim being eventually moving users over to the new Adobe Generator workflow feature for exporting image assets from Photoshop. According to Adobe, all scripts which have been created will still work after this update, although knowing Adobe, anything could happen. if you’re a shortcuts kind of person then this remains the same, ctrl + alt + shift + s for Windows-based users or cmd + opt + shift + s for Mac.

Thank You Adobe Blogs for providing us with this information

Image Courtesy of Royal Wise

Sonder Customisable Keyboard Changes the Display of the Keys

The most used input device of a modern-day computer is the keyboard. Most of you out there use it on a daily basis and have become quite proficient with the QWERTY layout. Or maybe you prefer the Dvorak keyboard layout. This yet to be released keyboard from Sonder lets you customise your layout yourself. This includes not just letters, but emoji, shortcuts, icons for anything you want.

Customisable things are great, it means you can get them just the way that you want them. This is true for keyboards especially. Customising keyboard keys is usually having some dedicated macro keys that you can record your own key strokes and replay them whenever you want. This works fine, but most keyboards of this ilk are large and ungainly. This is where Sonder step in. 50 of its 78 keys are fully customisable, I don’t mean just what they do, but the way they look. The device is home to an e-ink screen which expands across all of the 50 customisable transparent keys.

This falls right in the ballpark of adolescent girls that only communicate with emoji. Each key could actually show the emoji on the key itself. However, this is a bit of a niche market, so what else could this be used for.

Well, imagine the myriad of short-cut combinations that programs like Photoshop use. You could switch the layout of the keyboard to display dedicated keys for all of your most used tools so you no longer have to remember every combination for every tool.

Now you have finished your day of productivity, you want to relax with a bit of gaming. Well, switch the keyboard over to display the controls for your favourite shooter. Instead of remembering your pistol is bound to the ‘3’ key, you can have a little picture of your weapon on the actual key.

Even though all these pictures show the command key of the Mac, the developers have said that they are working on a Windows version. This keyboard isn’t available yet, but you can pre-order one for $199 from the official website. The price if you don’t pre-order will be $299 upon release. The developers are planning to set up a Kickstarter campaign later this year to fund the project. It is unclear if the developers have the ability or money to put this into full production without the Kickstarter, so it may be beneficial to hold off on the pre-orders until more details are known.

Don’t Trust the Internet

From time to time we like to keep things mellow here at eTeknix. We bring you the latest news from around the world, so let’s take a seat and let the internet entertain us. This time, in the form of never trusting photoshop users on the internet. Photoshop is a powerful image editing tool from Adobe; its main use is to edit images in ways that would otherwise be impossible to achieve by a camera alone.

Intagrammer Sid Frisjes loves to take ridiculously bad photos while on holiday and leaving them with the hashtag “#Nailedit”. On a recent trip to Paris, Frisjes took another standard photo of trying to touch the top of the Eiffel Tower yet failing once again. Someone then borrowed the image and put it on the dubious 4Chan forums asking for help off some professional photoshoppers to move his finger to the top; you already know the result. Here are just a samples of the amazingly edited images, you can really tell many hours of effort went into these.

Oh internet, how you amuse us so. Do you have an internet folly you’d like to share? Why not go across to our forums and let us in on your secrets.

Thank you to Mashable for providing this information.

Adobe Celebrates 25 Years of Photoshop With Spectacular Ad

It’s been 25 years since a little Mac application was first released that allowed you to edit photos. Yes, 25 years since Adobe Photoshop was born as a slightly more advanced version of your standard Paint application. However, across that 25 years, the word Photoshop has become a synonym for editing images on a computer and enabled millions of creative minds to come up with some of the most spectacular pieces of digital art we’ve ever seen. That and it has allowed countless photographers to make models look thinner.

To celebrate this, Adobe has come up with a spectacular TV ad to be shown during The Oscars this weekend, that goes someway to show what can be done with Photoshop. It covers many famous pieces of graphic design that were made possible by Adobe’s app, including famous ads, artworks and animated films including Shrek.

Watch it below, and I think you’ll agree that it’s probably the best way to celebrate the past 25 years.

Source: The Verge

Photoshop Now Works in Chrome – Not Available Yet

Adobe has revealed the results of its efforts with Google to get Adobe Photoshop working in the Chrome browser.

They say that the version they have now is effectively a full-fledged version of Photoshop being streamed remotely to the browser. Javascript sends the user’s commands back to the virtual machine running the software.

According to The Verge, you can do everything you would practically be able to do in a local copy of Photoshop, only with one omission – Photoshop’s 3D features which require a GPU.

The obvious obstacles Adobe has to circumvent are to do with latency, something that is dependent on both Adobe’s server infrastructure and individual user’s internet connections.

Subsequently there’s no word on a public release date yet, but Adobe is launching a limited trial for educational institutions that wish to take part, in an attempt to solve any issues people may encounter.

Source: The Verge

Adobe Photoshop Update Brings 3D Printing and Perspective Warp

Adobe has launched its latest update to its Creative Cloud suite. Among the update, Photoshop notably received an interesting feature, namely the addition of a tool for making changes to a photo’s perspective and 3D printing.

Photoshop was not a tool made for 3D models, and Abode confirms this. Its reputation comes from the ability to import third-party models and then finishing the final touches, namely the image manipulation, inside the Photoshop tool. But thanks to a new partnership with MakerBot, Photoshop can now natively print to that company’s 3D printers.

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And because of a similar partnership with Shapeways, users can also easily print their designs on the various materials and color options available on that service. Photoshop will even estimate the price for these prints and provide users with previews based on the color and material that users choose. The company is also adding 3D model support to Behance. By default, Behance only displays JPEGs, but Adobe has partnered with Sketchfab to bring embeds for 3D models to Behance.

Besides 3D modelling, the new Perspective Warp feature is also a great tool to have at your disposal. While Photoshop already has a number of warp tools in its arsenal, none of them work very well for changing the perspective of an image without also turning straight lines into curves. With this tool, you simply draw the general outline of the object that aligns with the perspective. Once Photoshop knows the current perspective, you switch from the markup mode to the warp mode and adjust the perspective.

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AMD Collaborate With Adobe For OpenCL “Richland APU” Acceleration

AMD has just announced the results of some of its long standing collaboration with Adobe to bring OpenCL acceleration to programs like Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro. As a result Adobe has just released Photoshop CC and Premiere Pro CC which both feature OpenCL acceleration. These new program revisions from Adobe allow GPU acceleration so AMD APUs (both FirePro and Consumer APUs) can become more competitive in comparison to the competition from Intel.

As you can see without OpenCL AMD is more or less totally battered by Intel in Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Photoshop CC, but with OpenCL acceleration on its A10-6800K APU it is able to comfortable beat Intel’s i5 3470 thanks to the combination of the CPU and GPU working together.

This move is part of AMD’s HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) initiative and AMD is currently making big pushes to combined the CPU and GPU power in its APU devices to work in sync with each other. This will allow AMD to claw back some performance ground from Intel’s CPUs despite having dramatically weaker CPU components. AMD and Adobe’s collaboration together is quite impressive and boasts 64 qualified graphics devices on the official hardware support list. OpenCL acceleration of Premiere Pro can be enabled manually by users of the software.

Images courtesy of AMD

Asus PA249Q ProArt 24″ IPS Monitor Overview Preview

Asus are one of the only brands in the market at the moment who really have the facility to delve into multiple areas and different product segments. It seems that every time they venture into another market, they seem to come up trumps with a fantastic reception from customers. With this in mind, they have been developing monitors for a fair few years now and even now, they are regarded as some of the highest-end, best monitors money can buy without going into the realms of the Dell UltraSharp series or Apple monitors.

Stemming from this success, they have created this beast of a monitor that we’re taking a quick look at today which is part of their ProArt series of monitors, featuring an pre-calibrated AH-IPS panel, 99% AdobeRGB colour representation and aimed at a specific market of designers and artists alike. With it’s 16:10 1920×1200 resolution it gives extra desktop estate when needed and is LED-backlit to give a crisp, clear picture.

It’s also packed full of connectivity options with native DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI and D-SUB VGA giving the user multiple choices and a big highlight of USB 3.0 functionality for those needing speed when using the likes of photoshop and large RAW image files.

The specifications from a first glance certainly seem impressive with some very nice viewing angles, PiP support and plenty of connectivity options, so lets take a quick overview of the monitor itself.

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Great first impressions from this monitor, and some really nice features for the budding artists in the market. A personal highlight for me comes with the USB 3.0 connectivity options, as USB 2.0 really is a bit of a dying breed now, especially with files getting much larger in size which Asus have clearly thought about, as this monitor is aimed at consumers and professionals who will obviously be dealing with large images such as RAW photos taken on a DSLR. I’m also very excited to see the ruler etched into the monitor frame, giving print professionals a nice guide to use when using the likes of Adobe Illustrator.

Overall, a very nice monitor from the initial unboxing and overview, and in the next coming weeks, we will be playing with its functionality to see if its the perfect device for the task its aimed at. Without expensive monitor calibration equipment, it’s hard to fully test a monitor, but with a subjective mind, we can hopefully show who this type of product is aimed at, and why it is suited perfectly for that job and task at hand.

Have Asus managed to make another award-winning product, in yet another product segment? If so, we can only assume good things for Asus to come in the near future, as they already have the motherboard and VGA component market pretty much sewn up which some elite products already in the market. Monitors and phones are just another stepping stone for them, and who knows; maybe world domination is next? Of course I kid, but we can only see more good things to come if this initial overview is anything to go by.