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Next meetup: Pimp My Zombie, Photoshop Plugin development, free software!

Thursday 20 June at 7:30pm

Pimp My Zombie (FKAFOUG)

The group formerly known as “Flash Oxford User Group” are launching a competition called Pimp My Zombie. They will be sharing a complete set of artwork on the ever popular zombie theme. This includes animated characters, location graphics and sounds. In fact everything you might need to make a game, animation or even a documentary film! To get the scoop join John Twycross & Tim Watts on June 20th at Film Oxford.

Guy Henstock: Photoshop Plugin development

Guy will be speaking about a Photoshop plugin project he worked on at the end of last year.  Although Guy has been a Photoshop user for more than 14 years, he had never developed a plugin before.  Guy will be talking about how he came to be asked to develop the plugin, the process of learning ActionScript through to the final stages of the project.


Digital Creatives Oxford and Oxford Premiere and Post both hold their software raffles this month. For DCO, if you turn up on the night, pop your name in the hat and you could win a year’s subscription to Creative Cloud.

Cost: Free
Time: 7:15 – 9:00pm then the Rusty Bicycle for a chat
Venue: Film Oxford
54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH

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Gary Ombler, Photoshop, CS5.5

A big thanks from all of us to Gary Ombler for exploring some advanced tricks for creating stunning images in Photoshop, and all after a hard day’s work in a hot London. We covered a lot of ground with colour profiles, adjustment layers,dodging, burning, proofing, perfect focus from multiple images, and much more. I’ve got to stop using the I’m Feeling Lucky button in Picasa now then!

Thanks too, to Janet, for bringing us swag from the Flash Camp Midlands.

Just a reminder to register for the Adobe CS5 Evolution Tour in London on May 11th if you want to see the Adobe Evangelists tell us all about what’s new in CS5.5. You might have seen some of the speakers on Adobe TV or various YouTube videos. Here are the speakers:

  • Greg Rewis
  • Jason Levine
  • Paul Trani, a big face on Lynda.com
  • Terry White

Dreamweaver: straight to App, PhoneGap integration, multiscreen and JQuery integration, the Greg Rewis blog

In Designstraight to Tablet by Terry White

Video production blog from Jason Levine

Flash – mobile and devices development with Paul Trani. And, wait for it, AUTOSAVE is finally here.

Thursday 21st April at 8:00 pm – Gary Ombler Photoshop masterclass

Professional photographer Gary Ombler talks to our group about all things Photoshop. Using examples from his own professional work, Gary will talk through some neat workflow tricks in Photoshop. Visit www.garyombler.com/

Day: Thursday 21 April
Time: 7:30 for 8:00 pm. The talk is at 8:00 followed by Q&A
Where: OFVM Film Oxford, 54 Catherine Street, Oxford, OX4 3AH http://bit.ly/ofvm-loco
How much: Free
For whom: anyone interested in networking with other digital creatives in Oxfordshire

Working with digital media and live bodies?
Do you want to speak about or demonstrate your work for about ten minutes? Our June event ‘Adventures in Meat Space’  headlines with Neil C Smith demonstrating his modular framework for live creative play: Praxis. Performers and artists please apply.

Dates for your diary:
May 19th Commercial photographer, Mark Sommerville
June 16th – “Adventures in Meat Space”
July 21st Famous animators, Brothers McLeod

Sponsor an Adobe Virgin
Burn to Run logoAlun is running the Virgin London Marathon this weekend as the final leg of a 180 mile relay for fifteen runners that he’s organised down the Grand Union Canal from Birmingham. This is all in aid of the Burns Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham where his partner’s life was saved in 2003. We’ve raised almost £2500 now and the running starts today, April 14th, at 4:00 pm. Check the website for full information: burntorun.org.uk or go straight ahead and donate!

Flash Oxford
Flash Oxford are meeting on  Wednesday 20th April, 7:30 – 9:00 pm at Far From the Madding Crowd, 10-12 Friars Entry, Oxford, OX1 2BY. Join them for an informal chat over a pint.

Last night’s talk – and offer

Many many thanks to Paul Forsey for a great talk on panoramic photography and for bringing all that great kit.

Paul’s web site is at www.stepintothepicture.co.uk
You can see some of his panoramas here.

Paul talked us through the complete process, from building your own tripod head to taking the photos, to using RealViz Stitcher Pro (Mac or PC).

I think Autodesk (makers of 3DSMax) have taken over the software, and seem to sell it as Stitcher Unlimited online for £300.

Paul did mention Adobe Photoshop‘s built in Photomerge option, but in CS3 it’s doesn’t give brilliant results. However, the upgraded CS4 Photoshop has been partly promoted on the back of enhancements to its built-in stitching app, so somebody should give it a try! Here’s the help, so get stitching if you’ve got CS4 and let us know how you get on. We can post results here.

As an extra incentive, if you do send us a panoramic photo, whether created in Flash, Stitcher, or CS4 alone, you’ll get an extra credit towards the next software raffle.

John (from Flash Oxford, hello!) then talked us through a couple of add-on apps for Flash which could achieve similar results. Paul’s panoramas require Quick Time to display, and apparently fewer people on PC have QT installed than the Flash Player. And I’m not paid to say that either.

Next month’s meeting is on Tuesday March 24th, so note the change of weekday. It’ll involve a talk about 3d Flash, so again, check here or the Flash Oxford web site for more details soon.


Next meeting – 4th February

Paul Forsey will provide a brief overview of taking and making 360 degree panoramic photographs using a digital still camera, Adobe Photoshop and Realviz panoramic software. This will include an introduction to field technique, organizing your workspace and the kind of equipment required for successful hardcopy and online applications. Paul Forsey is an artist/designer based in West Berkshire.

Following this theme, John Twycross from Live Pictures will take a look at how to use panoramic photographs in Flash. He will conduct a review of both the “360g Flash Panorama” and “FlashPanos” open source engines for Flash. There will also be a brief round up of commercial flash extensions that are available.

Venue: OFVM – Film Oxford, 54 Catherine St, Oxford, OX4 3AH

Location:  http://tiny.cc/ghNTd

Come along, it’s always free! 7.30pm at OFVM.