Great websites need good photos
While our previous workshop focused on websites that stand out, especially the XO6 by Semiomantics as a modern high-end WordPress Custom Theme that will also be available in YORGOO, and due to the fact that all great websites need good photos, the Ycademy Seminar July 2014 was an excursion into Photoshop CC 2014 and Perfect Photo Suite 8.
While I’m a firm believer in an untouched picture of high quality and style – the kind we expect from a professional photographer with a good eye and a sense for class… and who has the appropriate equipment I should mention – the fact is that – as web designers – we have to satisfy our customers’ needs fast and efficiently with our own means. Often customers don’t have the pictures but expect us to come up with something that suits the purpose. So it is important to not only have a basic understanding of what it takes to create good photos – even with a comparatively lousy camera – and how to make them look great on the web!
Post-editing is the solution!
Ycademy Seminar July 2014
While Ycademy Seminars have always updated on latest cutting-edge technologies in as far as web development is concerned, they also kept pace with the rapid evolution of Adobe products – be it to respond to the cancellation of flash, the fast evolving mobile net (responsive websites), the increasing need for 3D or now even for 3D printing. We also see a much higher quality on the Internet – simply light years ahead from where we started out in 2002! As people prefer photos and videos to reading lengthy texts, and got used to fantastic retina displays and giant HD screens, our photos have to match the corresponding requirements in as much as quality is concerned. In the end, it’s all about the pixel… and the art is how to make a maximum out of it!
Like Adobe CC, Adobe CC 2014 now offers brilliant possibilities to improve photos in Camera Raw 8.5 – eg. setting brush controls when using the graduated and radial filter masks, just to name one. It’s worth going into all that’s new and experimenting to see what can be achieved and how – it’s all in the doing, so I stop telling!
What I am really excited about – and I wonder why Adobe took so long to integrate them into Photoshop – are the smart guides! Whew! This will save so much time and allow a precision the pixel power era needs!
I guess the much improved spin blur and path blur effect will find many enthusiasts, too – and, of course, everyone tried it out on the famous Pirelli wheel of a luxurious Lamborghini…
Very exciting also the mask tool in OnOneTools and the improved resize tool!
It was a good topic for July 2014 with high summer temperatures in the North – and storms and torrential rains down here at the Cape! But spring at Web Design South Africa is just around the corner… and this time hopefully with YORGOO :) We’re always very optimistic… Hey, what we focus on, expands!