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By David Gassner | Thursday, May 28, 2015

Android Developer News from Google I/O 2015

android developer

The 2015 Google I/O keynote was short on gimmicks, but offered plenty of meaty new technology.

This year’s keynote opened with a game of Pong—full-conference-center, wrap-around-the-auditorium-Pong, but Pong nonetheless. It was all much lower-key than in years past, letting the technology do most of the bragging.

The keynote featured a smorgasbord of new technologies and additions/improvements to existing platforms. A stream of presenters followed each other across the stage, each talking about what was new for 2015. They covered Android, Chrome, and Chromebooks, virtual reality, 360-degree camera arrays, a stripped-down version of Android for the internet of things, and many other geeky new toys.

Here’s what’s coming to an Android device or Android developer workstation near you.

By James Fritz | Friday, January 10, 2014

Create realistic chrome reflections in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

Creating realistic chrome in Photoshop

Explore Pixel Playground at lynda.com.

Picking up where we left off, Bert shows us how to create realistic chrome reflections in the trim of a headlight. He begins by sharing a classic technique using the Adobe Photoshop Spherize filter that still works today. His is a more modern process involving the Warp tool to bend images into the reflections around the light. He finishes by adding a few additional layers with reflections from other areas of the scene.

By Mike Rankin | Thursday, December 22, 2011

InDesign FX: Creating metallic chrome effects

In this week’s free-to-all InDesign FX video, I show how you can use gradients to create different chrome effects. A shiny metallic chrome effect is a great demonstration of the powers of a simple gradient fill like this one:

InDesign chrome gradient fill

I’ll show you how to use a linear gradient to create a convincing chrome look in any InDesign object or live text with as few as four color stops. There’s no need to invoke InDesign’s transparency effects at all. The key is to simply drag the gradient stops very close together, so they’re nearly touching, to create a point somewhere in the gradient where colors shift abruptly.

Setting InDesign gradient stops close

When gradient stops rub elbows, an abrupt change in color happens, and that is what creates the illusion of chrome. Most commonly chrome gradients include some blue to represent a reflection of the sky, and some brown or black to represent a reflection of the ground, but feel free to take this idea and run with it. Experiment with various tints and colors to make your own chrome gradients, and remember, you can click and drag with the Gradient tool to apply your chrome gradient over any length and at any angle of your choosing.

If learning chrome effects doesn’t satisfy your shiny-object wishes, I have another new video this week exclusively for members of the lynda.com Online Training Library® called Creating Glass and Plastic Effects. Here’s an example of the glass effect discussed in the member-exclusive course:

InDesign glass effect

Happy shiny-object Holidays from InDesign FX. See you here again in two weeks!

Interested in more? • InDesign FX complete course • courses on InDesign in the Online Training Library® • courses by Mike Rankin in the Online Training Library®

Suggested courses to watch next: • InDesign CS5 Essential TrainingInDesign SecretsDesigning a Newsletter Hands-On WorkshopPhotoshop for Designers: Layer Effects

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