In January 2014, clothing retailer American Eagle Outfitters promised the world it would stop Photoshopping models in advertising campaigns for its Aerie lingerie brand.In the two years since, the company has stuck to its word and featured models of all shapes and sizes in its marketing material, without a hint of body manipulation to be seen.While the move was viewed as nothing more than a marketing tactic by skeptics, it appears as though it s paid off in the most literal of ways, regardless of its true purpose.This news also comes on the heel of two recent instances where celebrities went out of their way to criticize photographers and publications for unrealistically manipulating their bodies.Earlier this month actress Rumer Willis called out Vanity Fair photographers Mark Williams and Sara Hirakawa for allegedly photoshopping her jaw in a photo.This claim was also disputed, when the magazine replied with an open letter saying the image was approved by the agency, the photographer, and her publicist.
Driven by the kind of passion that can only be found in the recently converted, I have aided and abetted friends in renouncing the sins of gluttony and pride uniquely found in the House of Apples.And I would continue to buy Mac desktops and laptops for the next decade and a half.I rarely have to edit video and my photo manipulation needs are minimal.So when I walk down to the coffee shop to work, what the hell do I need doing that can t be done on a Chromebook?And with more and more of our computing needs being met by web browsers alone, the average consumer is seeing less incentive to buy a Mac.You saved a thousand bucks on your last computer.
Driven by the kind of passion that can only be found in the recently converted, I have aided and abetted friends in renouncing the sins of gluttony and pride uniquely found in the House of Apples.And I would continue to buy Mac desktops and laptops for the next decade and a half.I rarely have to edit video and my photo manipulation needs are minimal.So when I walk down to the coffee shop to work, what the hell do I need doing that can t be done on a Chromebook?And with more and more of our computing needs being met by web browsers alone, the average consumer is seeing less incentive to buy a Mac.You saved a thousand bucks on your last computer.
Chromebooks have surpassed sales of Mac laptops in the United States for the first time ever.Driven by the kind of passion that can only be found in the recently converted, I have aided and abetted friends in renouncing the sins of gluttony and pride uniquely found in the House of Apples.And I would continue to buy Mac desktops and laptops for the next decade and a half.I rarely have to edit video and my photo manipulation needs are minimal.So when I walk down to the coffee shop to work, why do I need doing that can t be done on a Chromebook?And with more and more of our computing needs being met by web browsers alone, the average consumer is seeing less incentive to buy a Mac.
Chromebooks have surpassed sales of Mac laptops in the United States for the first time ever.Driven by the kind of passion that can only be found in the recently converted, I have aided and abetted friends in renouncing the sins of gluttony and pride uniquely found in the House of Apples.And I would continue to buy Mac desktops and laptops for the next decade and a half.I rarely have to edit video and my photo manipulation needs are minimal.So when I walk down to the coffee shop to work, why do I need doing that can t be done on a Chromebook?And with more and more of our computing needs being met by web browsers alone, the average consumer is seeing less incentive to buy a Mac.
Islamic State is now warning its supporters to be wary of downloading a fake Amaq News Agency app that spies on users' devicesIslamic State Isis is warning its supporters that a fake version of its war-front news app is being used to quietly spy on the devices of online jihadists.Specifically, the group uses the app to put its own spin on breaking news, videos and propaganda, since foreign journalists are forbidden from entering its territories.Amaq releases daily alerts in English and Arabic – typically text bulletins digitally manipulated on to a background with matching branding to make images that can be shared on the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and encrypted messaging app Telegram.Right: The actual Amaq Android app produced by IsisIsis has indeed developed several of its own Android apps for users, including an app teaching children Arabic with dubious illustrations of bombs and weapons.But because anyone can anonymously join Telegram and create a fake persona, this means it is very easy for someone to build a fake version of the app itself, say the right things to supporters and start distributing an app with spyware functions to conduct surveillance on Isis sympathisers see screenshot above of an actual post sharing the Amaq app in a Telegram channel .Of course, we have no way of knowing who has built the fake app or how many users have been tricked into using it, but this strategy could be a good way to fight the war on terror online in Telegram, which is now Isis' primary tool for communication with supporters.
Android users have been enjoying raw support for a while now, and as was recently announced, iOS 10 will bring raw image support to the Apple ecosystem as well.This will, among other things, mean that iOS users will be able to enjoy better image quality and more advanced photo manipulation directly on their mobiles — no need to send it to a computer first.But the iOS update doesn t just bring raw support to the operating system, it also opens it up for app developers to take advantage of.This means that your favorite photo editing apps will soon be able to support the editing of raw files in the same way that many of them have been able to do on Android for a while now.Some new information about this raw capturing shooting of raw images capability was made available yesterday evening:It won t just work out of the box with apps; third-party developers will be able to shoot and store raw photos, but they will need to add that functionality into their app on their own.Shooting RAW and JPEG simultaneously will be possibleOnly the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, SE, and the 9.7 iPad will be able to shoot RAW for now Adobe s Digital Negative DNG file format will be the filetype captured by your iOS deviceMoving beyond apps for just editing images shot with your phone, this also paves the way for users to be able to edit raw images taken with their expensive mirrorless and DSLR cameras.
Adobe has announced a fresh batch of new features for Photoshop CC 2016 and one of the biggest additions is Content Aware Crop.If you've ever expanded or cut down an image or rotated it slightly, you can basically say goodbye to the details in the corners.With rotating images, this tool will help you save more of the frame and keep the picture at its nearly original size.Adobe has also made selecting specific parts of the image easier with a new Onion Skin viewing mode, which only reveals selected pixels, and a more accurate Refine Edge tool.The Liquidfy Tool has also been upgraded with Face-Aware Technology, allowing users to easily adjust certain aspects of your subject's face such as raising the height or rotating the tilt of their eyes.There are also plenty of other smaller improvements Photoshop CC 2016 introduces.
GIFAnkur Patar is an artist with a talent for recreating famous paintings.His forgeries wouldn t fool a child, let alone an art expert, but they re still absolutely remarkable pieces of art unto themselves because they re painstakingly assembled in Photoshop using nothing but stock photos.Here s a timelapse video of Patar rebuilding Rembrandt s The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, and even going so far as to replace the artist s included self-portrait in the painting with a photo of himself.Continuing with the theme of using stock photography and Photoshop instead of a brush and paints, Karla Cordova recreated Frida Kahlo s The Wounded Table.Jean‐Charles Debroize recreated Caravaggio s Saint Matthew and the Angel.And Mike Campau brought Karl Friedrich Schinkel s Cathedral Towering over a Town, which was destroyed by fire in 1931, back to life using nothing but pixels, time, and Photoshop s handy magnetic lasso tool.
Photo retouching is often referred to as 'Photoshopping', but you don't need to splash out on Adobe's premium software to make your portraits and selfies look stunning.Paint.NET is a completely free photo editor that's just as capable as many full-price programs..It was originally created as an upgrade/replacement for Microsoft Paint, but has evolved from those humble beginnings into a powerful tool for editing images and creating your own artwork from scratch.Paint.NET's clone stamp tool is a simple way to disguise blemishes in portrait photosEditing out blemishes is easy with the stamp tool - hold Ctrl and click a nearby area to take a sample, then click and drag to 'paint' over the flaw.Like all the tools in Paint.NET, the stamp is fully configurable and can be adjusted using the options at the top of the main window.
The Prisma app, which transforms normal photos into amazing images that attempt to replicate the human artistic touch, is officially a hit.First released back in June in the Apple App Store, the app has quickly been adopted by thousands of users posting Prisma-enhanced images to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.But unlike some apps that merely apply light and color filters to images, Prisma claims to use a combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence to take the art styles of famous artists, as well as other art styles, and combines them with your photos to create stunning new images.We touched upon this kind of AI-powered photo manipulation last year, but this new app makes it so simple to achieve great results that it's easy to see why the app has quickly become popular.Let's be clear, this app is no substitute for the high-level work of professional fine artists and illustrators who operate not by algorithm by inspiration and human skill.However, the results of some of the images taken into the Prisma app are nonetheless fascinating simulacrums of real art.
As you start moving beyond the basics of editing images—past general exposure and color adjustments—you ll discover a semi-secret truth: a lot of your time is spent selecting specific areas for editing.Selections have traditionally been a strength of Adobe Photoshop, but the granddaddy editor is overkill for many people who don t need its extensive feature set, or don t want to pay a Creative Cloud subscription fee which starts at $10 a month with an annual plan, and can cost up to $80 a month for the full CC suite .The main improvements in version 3.5 make it easier and less time-consuming to create good selections.The challenge when making selections is that there isn t always a clean line you can follow by drawing with the Lasso tool—and even when there is, defining it by hand is painstaking.The Quick Selection tool accurately selected only the edge of this barn roof as I made the selection in red , even when the brush was a comparatively large size.For areas where you do have well-defined lines, the Magnet Selection tool helps you avoid a lot of work and frustration.
Hip new photo editing app Prisma uses neural networks and artificial intelligence to turn your photos into masterpiecesPrisma, the viral art-inspired iOS app that turns your regular smartphone snaps into stunning works of art in seconds, is officially out of beta and available for all Android users on Google Play.Since its launch in June for iOS users, the hit photo app from Russia quickly shot to the top of the App store charts and has captured the imagination of millions across the globe.It is currently one of the top 20 free apps on iOS.Although there is no shortage of smartphone apps and filters that promise to transform photos into beautiful artwork, Prisma sets itself apart from the slew of photo manipulation apps with its "combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence."Featuring 34 filters, each sporting its own unique, artistic style, Prisma allows users to convert their photos into impressionist-like oil paintings or modern art works, complete with bold brush strokes and remarkably detailed pencil lines.
Science has already proven that certain camera lenses can distort your face so don t worry if you just can t seem to look right in photos , but there s more that can go into your appearance in a selfie.For instance, the closer the camera is to your face, the larger your nose looks, the smaller your ears look, and the more slope that s applied to your forehead.Researchers at Princeton University wanted to find a way to help people improve their selfies without having to repose and reshoot, so they ve created a new form of photo manipulation.According to a paper to be published in ACM Transactions on Graphics and to be presented at this weekend s SIGGRAPH conference, this software allows the user to modify a portrait so that it appears to fix distance, which in turn improves the facial distortions that can appear.Now that people can edit so many aspects of a photo right on their phones, we wanted to provide a quick way to edit faces that maintains realism, said Ohad Fried, lead developer on the project, said in a statement.Researchers utilized a model that generates 3D human heads and used a program developed at Carnegie Mellon University, which helps to identify over 70 reference points across the face.
Photo retouching is often referred to as 'Photoshopping', but you don't need to splash out on Adobe's premium software to make your portraits and selfies look stunning.Paint.NET is a completely free photo editor that's just as capable as many full-price programs..It was originally created as an upgrade/replacement for Microsoft Paint, but has evolved from those humble beginnings into a powerful tool for editing images and creating your own artwork from scratch.Paint.NET's clone stamp tool is a simple way to disguise blemishes in portrait photosEditing out blemishes is easy with the stamp tool - hold Ctrl and click a nearby area to take a sample, then click and drag to 'paint' over the flaw.Like all the tools in Paint.NET, the stamp is fully configurable and can be adjusted using the options at the top of the main window.
100 Photographs That Have Changed the WorldAs the title implies, this thread over at Quora asks for photographs that people think have changed the world.The photo responses get pretty heavy pretty quickly, and run the gamut from inspiring and revolutionary to deep and emotional.How Photo Retouching Worked Before Photoshop ExistedI always knew that photos have been retouched and edited since, well, there were cameras—but even though Photoshop and other graphic design software only really came into prominent use in the past, say, 30 years—the art of photo editing and retouching is much, much older.Starting with a story about how, presumably the first negatives for a photo were edited using ink to remove someone who was awkwardly framed in a photo, the article notes:
A new wave of digital manipulation—and the blood sport of hunting for it—is roiling the world of photojournalism.Reuters late last year required freelancers to send photos in an original format that s harder to alter, partly in an effort to avoid manipulation.Photographers entering the World Press Photo contest this year were issued new rules warning that adding or removing even minor content or making certain color adjustments were grounds for elimination.Several months ago, National Geographic sent updated ethics guidelines to its photographers to guard against digital manipulation and make sure the rules were clear to new contributors.There s little consensus on when editing has gone too far, especially since a limited amount of digital touching up is standard in the industry.The central question is whether altered photos represent fact or fiction: Is a finished photo a depiction of actual events or is it an engaging setup?
Snapseed is getting serious about photo editing – a new iOS update adds both RAW support and new portrait retouching tools.The Google-owned app is bringing RAW capability to iOS just before Apple introduces its own support for the digital negative files.While Apple announced the feature would be part of iOS 10, the software update isn t publicly available yet.Though the official release date of the updated operating system hasn t been announced, it will likely be addressed in the Apple launch event on September 7.Interestingly enough, the update is only for iOS, not the Android version — but with Android already supporting RAW, Snapseed added the feature for those users nearly a year ago.While iOS is expected to handle RAW files soon, Snapseed users have to work around the missing feature for now by uploading the RAW files to Google Drive via computer and using the send a file option to export images to mobile.
The media s tendency to photoshop images is not something which goes unnoticed anymore.Whether it be the slimming of a waist or the lightening of a skin-tone, several magazine covers, billboards and photo shoots have come under scrutiny for airbrushing and image manipulation in the past decade.More than 17million selfies are uploaded each week, making up almost one-third of all photos taken by people aged 18-24.Taking a selfie is innocent enough - the dangerous part is the way we pore and obsess over every image we take, zooming, cropping, editing and enhancing until we finally narrow it down to the one we deem good enough to be uploaded to Instagram.All it takes is one tap on the App Store, and a 16 year old girl has been transported into a world where she can take one photo of herself and find hundreds of ways of improving it.A warmer skin tone, more contoured cheekbones, a smaller nose, whiter teeth, brighter eyes...
Polarr is an already popular photo-editing app that offers the functionality of desktop photo-editing suites, and this latest update uses new facial recognition algorithms to make touch ups easier and faster than ever.It actually uses the facial recognition API that Apple created for iOS 10.That means the app can instantly recognizes faces in your photos, and can then do things like whiten teeth, smooth skin, adjust tone, brighten eyes and lips, and much more.It s like having a little fashion photographer in your phone who is judging your selfies and offering a helping hand.You don t even have to select each face in a photo; it just recognizes multiple faces automatically.All the other standard features of photo-editing apps are there too, of course, if you just want to adjust the white balance or saturation.
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