Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr etc. make it simple to upload photos from any cam. but when you need to manipulate them, or add text and graphics, software like Photoshop wins every time. But around the next corner, there’s an even brighter new future.
I know now which software produces the best results for the graphic work my clients require, and I know when I still need a pencil in live meetings or a pen or my Wacom tablet. My studio has grown organically into one big tool shed for authors to play in.
My Dad was a press photographer and book cover designer but retired before seeing 3D book covers and using augmented reality apps.. Now, publishing is back on the streets and live. We’re living realtime again.
The future isn’t dusty.
Using QR codes, Google and Wiki put Monmouth town on the map … or rather, put the map on Monmouth town. Using green screen software like manycams.com users can map themselves into any townscape, village or countryside location and much further into their own or off-the-shelf 3D environments.
The future of blended graphic use, 3D environments and 2D images is clear to me as the lines between realtime ‘actual’ and realtime ‘virtual’ dissolve.
Meanwhile, back at the HoBB, I’m designing a new way to archive interesting records close to where they were born in a photofunia-type manner using apps like wall.me
But if you really need my graphic input on your latest project, book cover or otherwise, please ignore the “Do Not Disturb” sign as I am as ever …..