CNET: Photoshop detector: Adobe demos tool that identifies picture editing. “…About Face uses machine learning to determine if a face in a photo has been manipulated in Photoshop. It looks at the pixels of a photo and offers the probably from 0% to 100% of whether the image has been altered. It can also tell you what parts of the face were changed and undo those changes to reveal the original, un-Photoshopped image.”
Ars Technica: Behind the 12-year-old Wii Sports hoax that briefly fooled the Internet. “Before his resignation in late 2017, Uber’s then-CEO Travis Kalanick faced more than his fair share of scandals. But by far the most (read: least) important of these was Kalanick’s oft-repeated claim that, at one point, he ‘held the world’s second-highest score for the Nintendo Wii Tennis video game,’ as a New York Times profile confidently stated without qualification.”
CNET: Adobe AI can spot facial manipulations in Photoshop. “In a world filled with manipulated photos, deepfakes and even totally fake human faces, Adobe says it’s working on an artificial intelligence tool to spot fake images. Citing ‘the ethical implications’ of Photoshop, Adobe partnered with researchers from the University of California at Berkeley to work on the issue.”
How-To Geek: How to Open (or Convert) a Photoshop File If You Don’t Have Photoshop. “Photoshop is a popular and powerful graphics editing tool, but what do you do if you need to open a PSD file and don’t have Photoshop? We have several solutions for you that don’t involve buying (or renting) an expensive copy of Photoshop.”
CNET: Adobe AI learns to spot the photo fakery Photoshop makes easy. “Photoshop fakery is getting more and more sophisticated, but Adobe Systems is using AI to detect when it’s happened. Plenty of photo editing is no big deal, but in some situations — for example, photojournalism, viral photos of politicians or celebrities and forensic evidence used by law enforcement — you might want a better idea of what’s true or not.”
The Register: How many ways can a PDF mess up your PC? 47 in this Adobe update alone . “Adobe has posted security updates for Acrobat, Reader, and Photoshop, many of them critical fixes. The developer says the Acrobat and Reader update will address a total of 47 CVE-listed vulnerabilities, including two dozen remote code execution flaws in the PDF readers. Adobe notes that none of the bugs are being actively targeted yet.”
Search Engine Journal: 14 of the Best Places You Can Learn Photoshop for Free. “Simply loading up the software and trying to figure things out on your own doesn’t work as well when you want to learn Photoshop as it does for other pieces of software. While you could try and read the manuals (which may be more effective at putting you to sleep than anything else), a more visual and interactive learning approach is almost always the better option. Luckily, a high-quality learning experience may be just a few clicks away. Here are 14 places that will let you learn Photoshop for free, giving you all of the information you could want for the most reasonable price in the world.” Wish he’d done a bit more with the annotation, but lots of resources here.
ReviewGeek: 6 Cheap Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop. “Adobe Photoshop is easily the industry standard when it comes to graphic and photo editing. We don’t just edit a photo these days, but we ‘photoshop’ it—but ‘shopping things with the real deal isn’t cheap…. Fortunately, if you’d rather spend a one-off fee and actually own a software license for your chosen product, there are numerous alternatives out there. We’ve taken a look at some of the best. Some options are entirely free, while others are browser based, so there should be something that’s perfect for you, regardless of your situation.”
TechBuzzOnline: How to Edit PSD Files Online with Free Photoshop Alternative: Photopea. “If you are looking for ways to open, view and edit PSD files online without the need of buying Photoshop, then we have good news for you. With Photopea, a free Photoshop alternative, you cannot only open and view PSD files but can also edit them using an interface similar to that offered by Adobe Photoshop. In this article, we will take a look at this free online photo editing app and show you how you can edit PSD files with it.”
Lifehacker: Krita Is a Fast, Flexible, and Free Photoshop Alternative Built by Artists. “If you’re on the lookout for a digital painting tool and Photoshop is too expensive, Krita is a fast, free, and open source art tool that was developed by artists looking for something that met their needs without a ton of bloat or overhead. Plus, it’s completely cross-platform.” This looks like a great alternative when I’m working on something that’s too arty/complicated for Picmonkey.
Make Tech Easier: 5 of the Best Free Web-Based Alternatives to Photoshop. Picmonkey rules, especially now that it has the Hub feature.
Genealogists, you might like this one from MakeUseOf: How to Easily Restore an Old Family Photo Using Photoshop. “Everyone has old family photos lying around. If they’ve been sitting in a box for a few decades, though, they’ll be discolored, faded, and probably scratched or bent. With Photoshop, you can make them look as good as new. For this article, I’m going to assume you already have a basic understanding of Photoshop’s major tools and how to use them. I’m going to focus on strategies rather than the minutiae of the spot healing tool.”
For archivists: Techniques for recovering lost texts. “A substantial portion of the Rylands Gaster manuscript collection have already been selected for digitisation, including a number of manuscripts that suffered water damage during the Second World War. The level of water damage varies, some texts are still legible but faint, others have whole sections of pages rendered illegible. The Heritage Imaging Team have been investigating the best way to recover the text in these volumes, unsurprisingly, we have found that a single solution does not fit all. The aim of this blog post is to demonstrate the different processing options available to researchers.” There’s got to be a way you could automate that Photoshop imaging…