17. November 2013

How to build sample applications from Adobe Illustrator SDK CC by Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Express

Let’s try to build sample applications from Adobe Illustrator SDK CC with Express version of Visual Studio.

Adobe Illustrator SDK is available at: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/illustrator/sdk.html

In readme file Adobe explicitly states requirement that you should use Microsoft Visual C++ 10 (Visual Studio 2010 SP1). Hm.

Unzip directory with SDK and go to samples directory. Let’s start with LiveDropShadow sample.

Double click LiveDropShadow.vcxproj to open project in Visual Studio 2013. Hit F7 to build the project.

You’ll get error message:

Error 1 error MSB8020: The build tools for Visual Studio 2010 (Platform Toolset = ‘v100’) cannot be found. To build using the v100 build tools, please install Visual Studio 2010 build tools.  Alternatively, you may upgrade to the current Visual Studio tools by selecting the Project menu or right-click the solution, and then selecting “Upgrade Solution…”. C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft.Cpp\v4.0\V120\Microsoft.Cpp.Platform.targets


Go to menu Project and select Retarget solution:


This action converts project into project for VS 2013. Hit F7 for build.

After several seconds compilation fails and you’ll get another error message:

Error 20 error RC1015: cannot open include file ‘afxres.h’. C:\idea\Adobe Illustrator CC SDK\samplecode\LiveDropShadow\Resources\LiveDropShadow.rc 26 1 LiveDropShadow


Double click error message and you’ll see problematic code.


Problematic is include of afxres.h. It is reference to MFC library which is not part of Visual Studio Express 2013 edition. MFC is available only in Professional version. Do not worry. For many plugins you do not need MFC.

You can disable this include. There is also another problem few lines below with language code. We can disable this line of code for time being.

illustrator-problematic-code-02Hit F7. You’ll get error message that points into VersionInfo.rc file. There are several defines referencing MFC. You can disable those line for time being. (FILEFLAGMASK, FILEOS, FILETYPE, FILESUBTYPE)


Hit F7 and now you’ll get AIP package 🙂


Open Illustrator and configure path to Additional Plug-ins folder. Click Edit – Preferences – Plug-ins & Scratch Disks and set path to the folder where Visual Studio produced that aip file. It will be in directory Adobe Illustrator CC SDK\samplecode\output\win….


Click OK, restart Illustrator.

Tadaaa, plug-in is working:




For more information about plug-ins read getting-started-guide.pdf document in SDK directory docs\guides. 🙂


12. July 2013

How to decode stereogram by Photoshop

Stereograms are funny. Some stereograms are very easy. Sometimes it’s very hard to decode the content of stereogram.

If you can’t see the content of stereogram there is still way how to see it. You can use Photoshop.

Here is stereogram (Magic Eye Picture) created by Easy stereogram builder.

stereogram-sampleOpen the file in Photoshop. Select whole content and copy it into new layer (CTRL+A, CTRL+C, CTRL+Shift+N, CTRL+V).

Right click on the newly created layer and choose Blending options, set Blend Mode to Difference. The image should change to complete black.


Change to Move tool (press V) and start moving with the new layer to the right. After small move image should appear.

stereogram-photoshop-resultEasy 🙂

You can play with further Photoshop filters to produce a better result.

6. May 2013

Adobe MAX 2013 – Keynote

Adobe revealed a lot of exciting technology breakthroughs.

Check out keynote from Adobe MAX: http://max.adobe.com/watch.html


4. May 2013

How to stitch maps by Photoshop

Photoshop is very handy tool when you need to stitch several images together. It is also possible to stitch maps from smaller images into one bigger. This is useful when you’re planning trip somewhere and you do not have a paper map. You can create screenshots from OpenStreetMap and stitch them together in Photoshop.

Step 1. Create screenshots of maps and store these files it into directory. Images should overlap. Use PNG format to avoid blur in images.

Windows users can use Snipping tool. Mac users can use Command + F4.


Step 2. Open Photoshop. Go to menu FileAutomatePhotomarge


Step 3. Select files LayoutReposition. Uncheck Blend Images Together. Browse files or folder. Click Ok and wait.


If overlap region of screenshots was sufficient then result image will be ok.

20. January 2013

Edge Animate – first experiment

New Adobe Edge Animate looks pretty good. Here is my small experiment: