Technical Art for Animation and VFX

Archive for June, 2009

Dealing with Bloated .PSDs

June 14th, 2009

One of my fellow IMD’ers passed along a short tutorial regarding file compression: idletogether.com/how-to-reduce-your-psd-files-size-using-photoshop

This was the most interesting part to me:

How is this possible ?

The preview is gone, so the composite information is empty, and the “cache” used by photoshop to know which pixel belongs to which layer as well.

If that trick was used along with the right settings for the .7z format from 7zip, I’m fairly certain that it would yield even better results.

This is yet another example of why I feel it is so important that graphic artists make time to become techincally saavy. Knowing what’s under the hood of your toolset frees you to become more creative and get what you want faster. In this case, it’s more about being able to get those files down to something that’s quick to email, so you are able to get your feedback cycles shortened.

The Moving Hold

June 11th, 2009

Another great article from Animation Mentor…

http://www.animationmentor.com/newsletter/0609/feature_geek.html#tipTrick