InVision LiveShare PS

With LiveShare PS you can now broadcast any Photoshop document to as many people as you want through an instant LiveShare meeting. If you make a change to your Photoshop document, they’ll instantly see your changes in the LiveShare meeting—you don’t even have to hit the save button!

Neat.

InVision LiveShare PS →

Want to do this kind of stuff on a website? Use the aforementioned TogetherJS

psdiff – .psd previews for git

filp@filp-x ~/dev/myproject
> $ git status

## master
A  mock.psd

filp@filp-x ~/dev/myproject
> $ git commit -m "Add mock.psd"

psdiff: created mock.psd.png # <----------
[master 1156ea5] Add mock.psd
 2 files changed, 0 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 1.psd
 create mode 100644 1.psd.png

If you have Photoshop psd files lying around your git repository, you probably already know there’s no easy way to track any changes to them — you have to launch Photoshop and manually inspect them, and if you’re not a designer or don’t have Photoshop installed on your device, you’re fresh out of luck.

Enter psdiff, a git commit hook to automagically render .PSD files to images, allowing you to visually diff changes. The result is an extra .png which is created on the fly and which sits next to the .psd file.

Whilst it’s not a great idea to store your PSDs in Git, psdiff a great example of what one can achieve by using a Git pre-commit hook.

psdiff →

Looking for “real” PSD versioning? Check out the aforementioned LayerVault.

Photoshop Google Maps Tile Cutter Script Update (Again)

Five days after the previous update PS_BRAMUS.GoogleMapsTileCutter — a Photoshop Script which automatically chops up a large image into tiles for use with Google Maps — has been updated again.

tilecutter-main

With this new version one can now choose to place all tiles into one and the same folder (as it was before), or use subfolders instead. Handy if you’re exporting 21845 tiles (=all tiles needed for zoom levels 1 through 7) to prevent your system from hogging when accessing the export folder

After exporting the tiles themselves, PS_BRAMUS.GoogleMapsTileCutter now also creates an empty.jpg file for use with the Google Maps implementation. Above that you don’t have to make the implementation yourself anymore as PS_BRAMUS.GoogleMapsTileCutter now also generates an index.html for use with your fresh tiles.

The Don’t export transparent tiles option has been removed for now, as it requires some extra JavaScript logic in the implementation: Better is to have a safe default than a feature which breaks thing for most users. The option might return later though, yet just not right now.

Download PS_BRAMUS.GoogleMapsTileCutter

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Photoshop Google Maps Tile Cutter Script Update

It’s been 1.5 years already since I created PS_BRAMUS.GoogleMapsTileCutter, a Photoshop Script which automatically chops up a large image into tiles for use with Google Maps. Today a huge update was released.

Sparked by an initial pull request by Nick Springer, PS_BRAMUS.GoogleMapsTileCutter now sports a UI dialog in which you can set the options before starting the cutting process. In the previous version one had to change these in the source of the script itself.

tilecutter-progress

One of the new features that was added is the option to prevent empty tiles from being saved. Can come in handy to save bandwidth. Above that the processing was hugely improved for files with lots of layers: right before the tilecutter kicks in the whole image is flattened for much faster processing.

Finally a little feedback dialog was added to give feedback during the processing the image.

tilecutter-progress

Here’s the script in action

Output is still the same … but faster 🙂

Download PS_BRAMUS.GoogleMapsTileCutter

Adobe Generator for Photoshop CC

Generator allows you to create image assets in real time as you work, eliminating the tedious steps of copying, slicing and exporting each layer manually, and saving you hours of time. Simply add a file extension to the name of your layer or layer group, and Photoshop will automatically create a JPG, PNG or GIF from the contents of that layer.

Bad news for Layer Cake Slicy

Introducing Adobe Generator for Photoshop CC →
Slicy →