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News: Playin' with Colors; I Call It Blue Sunday

I used, I think 4 images for this one. They were mostly partial works begun for making masks. I tinted them using others filters in different ranges and then sandwiched them together as transparencies. From there I worked the colors and transparencies together to get close to my desired effect. After that I hand colored some areas of some of the layers to finish it off.

News: Hate Final Cut Pro X? Try Adobe Premiere Pro or Avid Media Composer

It's no secret. Professional video editors everywhere are irate at the newest edition to Apple's popular non-linear video editing software, Final Cut Pro X. As of right now, Final Cut Pro X has 503 five-star ratings in the Mac App Store. Not bad. But it also has 671 one-star ratings and 414 users who aren't sure what they think. It's such a bad update that it even earned itself a skit on Conan.

News: Final Cut Pro X Now Available as Download from the Mac App Store

Apple's newest version of their Final Cut Pro software was just released today, built from the ground up for modern 64-bit Mac computers, capable of handling 4K video and featuring the new Magnetic Timeline. But this time around Apple is doing something totally different when it comes to sales, making Final Cut Pro X a download only program from the Mac App Store, meaning no more trips to the Apple Store and no more boxes and discs to keep track of—just purchase from the comfort of your own c...

New Bronze Audio Format: Never Play a Song the Same Way Twice

Thanks to digital media, music lovers can listen to the newest tune from their favorite band whenever they want, however they want. Audio files can be played in many different formats on many different devices, from iTunes on your computer to Pandora on your cell phone. The music you love will always be instantly available to you, note for note, word for word—just how you like it. But as a result of today's software-driven world, you now have another, less static option for listening to your ...

Dumpster Drive: Exchange Your Digital Trash with Strangers

Do you ever wonder if the files you're trashing on your Mac are actually trash? Let's say there are 80 million computer owners running Mac OS. If each user trashes at least 10 files each day, that's 800 million deleted files that cease to exist every 24 hours. If that doesn't sound like a lot to you, a month would equal 24 billion junked files, a year—nearly 1 trillion.

Miro 4: Syncing Media to Android Devices Just Got Easier

Android devices are becoming more and more popular with each passing day, so why is it that Google has yet to design a software program that allows users to manage their music and video libraries on their computers? Apple's iTunes offers iPhone users an easy way to control their media files, as well as effortless syncing capabilities. But where's the option for Android smartphones? Is there no easy way to synchronize your media library with your DROID?

News: Space Invaders Transcend 8-Bit World to Attack Planet Earth

Those persistent alien beings from Space Invaders have finally abandoned the confines of their video game quarters, setting their crab-like eyes on the destruction of Earth. And it's up to one man to save the fate of human kind as we know it—Jeremiah Warren. Equipped with his trusty Atari CX-40 joystick, the lonesome savior battles the descending alien invaders, destroying them one by one with his laser cannon, right from his own bedroom window. See the battle below. The filming took about th...

News: See the Famous Burning Monk in Shocking Color

In 1963 a Vietnamese Buddhist monk named Lâm Van Tuc burned himself to death on a busy Saigon road in protest of the persecution of Buddhists by South Vietnam's Ngô Ðình Di?m administration. Malcolm Browne's photo and journalist David Halberstam's account of the event circulated the world, winning both of them a Pulitzer Prize.

News: Humans In Muppet Skin

What if you skinned a muppet and wore it as a mask? In the virtual 2D world of the internet, it might work a little something like this: photos of muppets + photos of human eyes x Photoshop = weirdest Tumblog ever, by Mike Lacher.

Bits Modeling Bits: Video of a Hyperrealistic Physics Engine

There are two sorts of bits out there: The sort used by computers (zeros and ones) and the sort you come across when interacting with the physical world (grains of sand, clods of dirt, droplets of water). The clip below demonstrates a new physics engine that takes the first type of bits and ends up with the second. No small feat. Previously, Wave-Shaping Pool Puts Poseidon to Shame.

News: The Most "Authentic" Sci-Fi Airshow Ever

The provenance of this Sci Fi Airshow is unquestionable. With decades of experience interpreting science fiction from a written to a visual medium, Bill George is the perfect tour guide for this fantastical, photoshopped exhibit. Assembling the collective imagination of multiple authors into one Airshow is a rare treat.

News: Photoshop Breeds Hot Model Chameleons

Photographer Zoren Gold and graphic artist Minori Murakami collaborated to create these eerie digital collages of chameleon-like models. From the looks of it, the two artists combined multiple digital photographs, using Photoshop masks and blend modes. Nicely done. The third image down is particularly spooky (in a great way).

News: Real or Not Real?

Pretty convincing, but no flesh or blood necessary here. Hongkiat posts 21 stellar examples of animated 3D models, all created with programs like ZBrush, XSI, 3DMax, Maya and Photoshop. Get your 3D CG fix below.

News: Iraqi Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones With 26 Dollar Download

Uh oh. Somebody screwed up big this time. It has recently been reported that Iraqi insurgents have used $26 software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. drones located in Middle East conflict zones. The drone (a remotely piloted aircraft) is considered one of the U.S. military's most sophisticated weapons. Apparently not sophisticated enough, however. 

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