Adobe releases Creative Cloud 2018

New Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro & more

Adobe has released Creative Cloud 2018 to the public.

There are four new applications – XD and Character Animator have moved from their beta stages, Dimension (previously Project Felix) and Photoshop Lightroom CC are new – the latter being a redesigned version of Lightroom with a new interface (the existing software still being available as Lightroom Classic).

Adobe Lightroom CC

In Premiere Pro, users will now see Mettle’s Skybox tools for 360-degree video editing – which Adobe bought back in June – integrated directly into Adobe’s editor.

You can now also have multiple projects open at once and copy-&-paste between them, and frames around titles will now automatically resize as you edit the text. And they’ll be motion graphics templates accessible in Premiere Pro.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018 Workspace

Adobe Creative Cloud 2018 should now be available for download through your Creative Cloud desktop application.

To see more about the Adobe CC 2018 release, read the full article here.

 

Free 4K Lower Third After Effects Templates for Filmmakers

Great Free Lower Third Templates for use in your films/vids.

Just in time for the summer’s end, which usually signals the post production phase of vids shot over the summer, the folks over at Rocketstock have been busy. They have put together a great pack of 24 free 4K Lower thirds. The fully customizable After Effects templates are useable in any version of Ae (cs6 – CC) and professional created. Get the pack by following the download button below.

 

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Anticipate. Protect. Alert. Cyber Security Solution chooses MadWerkz

Israeli based security firm trust design boutique MadWerkz Studios

Quickly, MadWerkz has established itself as the go to creation engine for ABStyle/Blue Studios’ cyber security solution client Sepio Solutions. The Israeli based security firm has made a huge splash with their cyber security solution geared toward defending the supply chain.

Defending the supply chain against cyber security attacks

The supply chain security startup is focused on protecting an organization from the effect of an attack—instead of trying to prevent it. The suite stops rogue hardware before it damages the normal operation of an organization or degrades system performance. Leveraging hardware, software and cloud technology, it protects organizations against device supply chain attacks.

MadWerkz designed a custom parallax site and a set of print deliverables which incorporate the highly graphical nature of Sepio’s solution into its style. Thus making its offering highly visible and easy to understand.

Web Site

“AB Style/Blue Studios wanted to provide Sepio with a robust web presence that was easy to get up and running due to their hectic global conference schedule.” Stated Chris Kennedy, project lead.

Sepio Systems Home Page

The multi-page parallax style site highlights Sepio’s process and knowledge concerning cyber threats to an organization’s supply chain. In treating the various segments of the home page as pages themselves, it allowed us to direct the user to the specific information they are looking forward. Upon launching the site, the user is greeted with a browser wide animation, depicting the global nature of cyber threats. Underneath that is a ticker showcasing the companies numerous events and blog activity.

See the site Sepio Website

Print/Infographics

Delivering complex solutions in simple terms is always a difficult task. And the need to capture the attention of today’s global customer base is paramount to success. Therefore, developing content that speaks to each potential client is a priority for sales materials.

Amy Burns and Allyson Ruscheletta of ABStyle/Blue Studios developed the brochure content and handed it off to MadWerkz for layout and design. Knowing the audience, global security concerns that Sepio would touch at the various conferences it planned to attend. This meant quickly developing a Tri-Fold, a set of Data Sheets and a Trade Show booth that closed the visual deal of Sepio`as Global security player. Stated designer Jason M.

In the end, MadWerkz created messaged focused deliverables for Sepio Systems, allowing them to create a winning presence across the cyber security landscape.

For more information on Sepio Systems, visit them at sepio.systems.com

For more information on ABStyle/Blue Studios, contact them at allyson.ruscitella

Looking to enhance your solutions with fresh, vibrant look and designs? Contact us at MadWerkz Studios 

“Save me Obi Wan!” Red announces holographic display smartphone

Red Camera launches “Star Wars” $1200 holographic display smartphone bills it as the World’s First Holographic Media Machine.

Hollywood camera manufacturer Red recently announced its first foray into the crowded smartphone market with Hydrogen One, an Android device with a 5.7″ display. That screen is the center of attention in the limited information Red has provided, emphasizing its ability to switch from a traditional 2D display to a 3D/VR/AR/holographic display thanks to ‘nanotechnology.

As with RED, modular and marketing go hand in hand so expect the product go through updates as far as specs before the launch date and of course rely on numerous add-ons to achieve some of its loftier goals. Red states that the Hydrogen One will integrate with its family of professional video cameras as a monitor and user interface for Scarlet, Weapon and Epic cameras. It will also offer a proprietary algorithm to convert stereo sound into ‘multi-dimensional audio,’ a microSD card slot and USB-C charging port.

Read the entire dpreview article here or download pdf 

MadWerkz has been a RED workflow boutique since 2008, Check out MadWerkz other RED post or contact us for more information

Are You ready for some Football? NCAA Product Design

MadWerkz teams up with artist Will V and Joddy to create attention grabbing NCAA level product designs for Quality Holdings.

When plastic injection molding giant Quality Holding of Georgia wanted to create an engaging offering for some of the NCAA’s greatest institutions, they called upon MadWerkz to deliver a fresh product design.

Duke Blue Devils Design

Today’s college athletic fan is highly invested in his or her team. And the choice they make in products that display the college’s brand, speaks volumes as far as their dedication to that brand. Quality Holdings previous product designs were pretty much what you see everyday, a stock product with a simple vinyl decal application.

Quality Holding Original Model
Original Model

“We wanted something screamed represent! Quality Holding’s coolers are big, huge, durable products , so developing immersive graphics that spoke to the buyers commitment to quality influenced a lot of the early concept phase. The agency wanted to deliver multiple messages on all sides of the design and they gave us an incredible amount of room to present something engaging to the fan, so we pushed the design” Says graphic artist Will V.

Product Design Michigan MadWerkz Studios Design
New Model

The new designs went through a painstaking process of computer generated product design. The base model was clean up, with a specific plastic shader created to reflect the light in which the cooler would most likely shown.

The shader reflected a slightly course plastic hull on the top and a durable hard plastic surface on the bottom, commented Look Dev artist Joddy Eric Matthews who also oversaw the design concepts.  The next step was to get the exact color combinations from each university.

It’s all about the Color.

“College sports fan can tell if your color isn’t right. They can tell the difference between Carolina Blue and powder Blue a mile away.” Remarked Will.

North Carolina rear view

In the end the renders were put into Photoshop were a gradient and several adjustment layers were added to bring in shadows and details. All this information was saved into custom libraries for sharing throughout the team. The Several different versions were rendered for Blue Frame, including catalog hi resolution and web versions.

Overall I think we made attention grabbing product design renders that any fan would be proud to own, stated Chris Kennedy. Later, Quality Holding commissioned a design for the world’s most prestigious golf tournament, The Masters.

For more information on MadWerkz product design capabilities, contact us at operations@madwerkz.com

For more information on Quality Holding, visit them at qind.net

Get a free HDRI every week from HDRI Haven

CG artist Greg Zaal has announced that he plans to release a new free HDRI each week through his website HDRI Haven.

Signing up is not required although you’re encourage to do so in order to support the artist.

The first of the files, a shot of a bridge over a pond at night, can be downloaded here.

The HDRIs on HDRI Haven are typically outdoor scenes spanning a range of weather conditions, shot with a high number of exposure values, and are available at up to 16,384 x 8,192px resolution.

Feel free to check out HDRI Haven and their large library of HDRIs.

More than ever, Speech Matters Too

MadWerkz Studios Web Design Ohio Cleveland

In an era of emoji’s, 140 characters, and Snapchat, the art of verbal communication appears to be a lost art. But for those whose voice has been diminished not by technology – and through not fault of their own, but by health, birth or accidental means, the ability to improve their speech is a vital concern regarding quality of life.

Dr. Kennetha Mentor is a highly regarded Speech Pathologist based out of Detroit, Michigan who sees her mission, improving quality of life, as a core message. With that in mind, she charged us with building a website and branding identity that spoke to the core mission but also to a diverse clientele.

 

Logo

Playfulness and colorful artwork dominate the speech pathology market. In large part to many of its clientele being infants and children. Dr. Mentor loved the colorful aspect of many of the logos she saw, but she also wanted something that was clean and gave the impression of a well thought of design. Our approach,  to take the best aspects of the samples and infuse function and best practice design principles to create a clean design that spoke to the freshness of her business but also created a sense of trusted organization.

We went away from the scripted, cursive type that seems to be a well used choice in this industry and tapped Bubbler One as the logo font. It gives the design a sense of light hearted fun while maintaining a readable, balanced form, stated project manager Chris Kennedy.

Print

MadWerkz Cleveland Business Card Brand Identity Design
Business Cards Mockup

The brand identity extended into business cards and a trade show sell sheet where we saw a chance to drive the fresh, colorful palette combined with a modern design reminiscent of an interactive interface.

Print Design Cleveland MadWerkz Studios Ohio
Trade Show Half Page Sell Sheet

speechmatterstoo.com

The primary deliverable for Dr. Mentor, the web page is a fun, responsive scroller built to educate and drive engagement with potential clients.

“One thing we wanted to do was drive a sense of unified thought and showcase the diversity of Dr. Mentor’s services. Since she works with not only children but also the elderly, it needed to drive that message”, states designer Joddy Eric Matthews

MadWerkz Design Layout Ohio Web design
Website Design

The site included animated image scrolling and image gallery which drives the them of diversity. To see the finished site, be sure to check out Dr. Mentor at www.speechmatterstoo.com

Need a fresh creative design? Give us a shout out. contact@madwerkz.com

 

 

 

Solid Angle releases Arnold 5

Solid Angle has released Arnold 5, the latest update to its production renderer, updating the API and sampling algorithms, and adding new physically based Standard Surface, hair and volume shaders.

The release also introduces support for Light Path Expressions and a number of workflow and performance improvements – but not for GPU rendering: a feature that many users had hoped to see.

Most of the key changes in Arnold 5 are beneath the hood, notably to the C++ API, which Solid Angle describes as having been “cleaned of legacy features, refactored, extended and simplified”.

Arnold 5 Sampling
Arnold 5 Sampling

Arnold’s sampling algorithms have also been updated in version 5. Solid Angle claims that the changes should result in reduced render noise for both direct and indirect illumination.

Arnold 5 Hair Renders
Arnold 5 Hair Renders

There is also a Standard Hair shader, which again, is physically based and replaces the old hair shader.

It comes with a wide range of parameters, including two representing melanin, the pigment in human hair and skin, making it the only hair shader we’re aware of with biologically plausible controls.

Read the full article here.

Raising the Roof

Ohio based RJK roofing company has grown significantly over the last 15 years… now providing construction services to a large portion of Northeast Ohio. Increasing the demand for more staff. – RJKco.com

Roofing is a seasonal field that only becomes active during the spring and summer. It’s because of this that roofing has a high turnover rate from year to year which constantly brings inexperienced workers in that need to be trained from scratch.

“Our old way of teaching new workers just wasn’t cutting it. We needed a new way to show them the basics.” stated Greg Tomasic (Production Manager, RJK).

“RJK wanted to get away from three to four hour long orientation and training sessions that took them away from their main focus, which is being on roofs.” Remarked Producer Chris Kennedy. “We proposed an interactive eLearning course, which would allow the new hires to orient themselves and gain compliance in one of the session’s most crucial areas, Fall Protection training.”

 

Fall Protection Harness Instruction courseware on iPhone

The courseware would be available via smartphone and laptop, and once a new hire completed the course, an email is sent to Human Resources and Management for compliance.

Ladder Safety Graphic
Ladder Safety Graphic

Fall Protection training is a requirement for all new hires and workers at RJK, and the need to have attendees attest to the training is mandatory, therefore any courseware needed to include an attestation phase. “Employees would not be cleared until that phase was passed.” Stated Kennedy.

Safety Harness Demonstation
Greg Thomasic of RJK conducts Fall Protection Course

To learn more about RJK Construction, visit them at rjkco.com

To learn more about our elearning and video production services, please contact us.

ARRI debuts TOTALLY wireless camera, the SXT W

All you need to know – The ALEXA SXT W is totally wireless. Wireless Video, WiFi and wireless camera/lens control are all built in.

For those lucky enough to be able get your hands on these beauties, the candy shop is open.

ARRI has integrated a high-quality, low-latency (no delay) HD video transmitter and a WiFi radio into the new ALEXA SXT W model. Having a video transmitter built in makes the camera smaller, lighter and less cluttered than having an external transmitter. Fewer cables is nice because how many times have you rummaged through equipment cases looking for the essential one that  you just cannot find? Camera setup can now be quicker, and the AD might even thank you for saving precious production time.

ALEXA SXT W will replace all previous SXT models. Life gets simpler: there is only one version of SXT W. Existing ALEXA SXT EV and SXT Plus owners can upgrade.

Also, the ALEXA SXT W is just one part of ARRI’s jump into the world of wireless video. Anyone can benefit from ARRI’s new WVS (Wireless Video System) even if they don’t have an ALEXA SXT W or an ALEXA SXT ready to upgrade.

ARRI WVS consists of a stand-alone video transmitter to be used with other ARRI or third-party cameras. A stand-alone video receiver works both with this transmitter or the one in an SXT W.

You can read Jon Fauer’s great article over at FDTimes here or if you’d like to get info on where to rent ARRI in the Ohio area, contact Scott Handel and the guys over at Ohio HD Video