Monthly Archives: April 2014

Obligatory Update

Now that Photoshop World is in the rear view mirror (for a couple of months at least), it’s time to focus on upcoming and new adventures. A lot is going on and in fact a lot of things came around while I was in Atlanta.

First off, I am working on a new workshop class for C2 that we will be announcing soon – Creating Composites in Adobe Photoshop. It will be a 4-hour hands on lab using images to create three composite scenes (shown below). You will learn about sourcing stock images for cheap or free, how to combine your image with different backgrounds and lighting, blending the subject using layers and blend modes and how to bring it all together using filters and extensions in Photoshop.

Amelia Composite Wedding Composite

 

An interesting add-on for this class is people who take this course are also eligible to take an additional 4-hour lab hosted by yours truly and bring their own images to create composites to take with them.

Working with Perspective in Adobe Photoshop

Next, my course on lynda.com has taken off like gangbusters – over 1,600 views in over 60 countries. Very cool. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here is a link to the course – Working with Perspective in Adobe Photoshop. If you do not have a lynda.com account, no worries I also have a 7-day FREE trial for you. Click here to redeem. 

Also, I have some speaking engagements booked for different Adobe events in the area, if you are in the Denver, Chicago or Milwaukee area keep watching your AIGA group for event announcements featuring yours truly.

Finally, there is a lot happening on the Adobe front and big announcements will be coming soon about that, but for now I can confirm that I will be at Adobe MAX 2014 with Russell Brown at his RB@MAX event. Keep your eyes posted for another update on this with registration information because this is THE event at Adobe MAX for creatives. Three intensive days of hands-on instruction from a team of industry experts (including myself). I can’t let the cat out of the bag yet, but here is a teaser.  I hope to see you there!

Something big is coming to Adobe MAX 2014...
Something big is coming to Adobe MAX 2014…
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“The Lights Have Gone Out In Georgia” or Goodbye Photoshop World East

I know I am a little late in posting, thanks to a record allergy season in Atlanta. lol.

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Photoshop World East has wrapped and it’s time to take a look back at what I felt was the best of this year’s event. It is always a given that the classes are excellent and the expo always has something for everyone but I try to look beyond just the event and find a reason why I feel compelled to come back year after year (this was my (this was my 9th Photoshop World).

The classes and expo alone are reason enough to come back, but my “it factor” for Photoshop World has to be the atmosphere and accessibility of the staff and instructors while at the event. In speaking with other attendees, both new and alumni, the most common comment I heard was how cool it is to talk to artists and photographers that you admire.

Instructor Dave Black discussing sports photography.
Instructor Dave Black discussing sports photography.

Having attended and presented at many different conferences, PSW has the most accessible presenters. In fact, it is encouraged from the moment you arrive to talk to people including the instructors. They are genuine, passionate and love talking to you. It shows when they present and also when they take the time to answer questions after their session, even if it means taking it out to the hallways to continue the discussion while the next class starts.

Joe McNally having a discussion with pre con attendees.
Joe McNally having a discussion with pre con attendees.
Dave Cross and Julieanne Kost getting some much needed coffee refills.
Dave Cross and Julieanne Kost getting some much needed coffee refills.
Instructor Joel Grimes checks out new equipment on the expo floor.
Instructor Joel Grimes checks out new equipment on the expo floor.

The staff working the event at the same way – they are not hired for the conference, they are actual KelbyOne staff members shipped in from the office (leaving a small crew behind to only man the phones). Each of them want to make sure you have the best Photoshop World possible. They love talking to attendees and also interacting at the After Hours Party, Midnight Madness and other events during the conference. When you go to your next Photoshop World, I think we need to have a huge “thank you” for the staff. (I originally thought about “hug a staff member” but that could get weird.)

So if you are on the fence about attending Photoshop World, I hope this post helps convince you to take the leap and join us in Las Vegas. This event keeps getting better each time. If you do come out, lets celebrate #10 with me!

Bert Monroy shows his latest artwork to Rick Sammon.
Bert Monroy shows his latest artwork to Rick Sammon.
The team from Westcott testing the lighting before the shootout begins.
The team from Westcott testing the lighting before the shootout begins.
Instructors Alan Hess, Pete Collins, Bert Monroy and Glyn Dewis.
Instructors Alan Hess, Pete Collins, Bert Monroy and Glyn Dewis.

Midnight Madness!

Last night RC, Matt and Scott hosted a group of lucky attendees for Midnight Madness. There is only one promise made throughout the night -“You will absolutely learn nothing about Photoshop”. Games, prizes, Stephen Bell running laps around the room… wait, what?! I’d love to tell you why but you will just have to attend the next conference to find out for yourself…

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Welcome to Photoshop World Day 2

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I hope everyone had a blast at Brunswick last night for the After Hours Party.

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The Peterson family and Fay Sirkis having fun at Brunswick Lanes.
The Peterson family and Fay Sirkis having fun at Brunswick Lanes.

Today is already underway with a ton of great classes all day wrapping up with the Art of Digital Photography at 7:30 in the Grand Ballroom.

The Expo is back open again with Bonus classes and more from the FJ Westcott Shootout booths so bring your camera and be ready to be amazed. The Expo hall is open from 1 – 4 pm today so make the most of your time there.

 

Day 2 Update

Great classes are continuing all day today with instructors like Terry White, Bryan Hughes, Colin Smith, Helene Glassman and more! Don’t miss out on Glyn Dewis and Dramatic Portraits or Aaron Blaise later today. For those that think Photoshop World is only Photography, be sure to check out Fay Sirkis with Painting Simplified or Corey Barker and his Bad A$$ Text Effects.

 

Photoshop World Expo Hall

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One of the great features of Photoshop World is the expansive Expo Hall. This year seems to be the biggest show floor for the East Coast event yet. Many vendors including Wacom, Canon, Epson, Adobe, FJ Westcott (and their ever popular shootout contest booths) are all here. A lot of new vendors as well have shown up including several camera supply companies that you can actually purchase and walk out with equipment from the floor!

Also be sure to check out one of the many floor theaters including Adobe, KelbyOne and the Peachpit/KelbyOne Store. There are many bonus classes available and FREE to the public.

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Photoshop World Keynote

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Annnnd we’re off! Today is the first full day of Photoshop World and it was kicked off with the must-attend Keynote. Not to give too much away for those of you coming to PSW West in Vegas, but this opening really made people stand up and say “Arrrr!”.

Winston Hendrickson from Adobe introduces innovative ways to capture, edit and share.
Winston Hendrickson from Adobe introduces innovative ways to capture, edit and share.

First Scott Kelby welcomed all of us to the event and introduced Winston Hendrickson from Adobe. Adobe’s presentation was amazing as they introduced Lightroom Mobile. More information can be found here: Adobe Lightroom Mobile.

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Below are the 2014 Photoshop World East Guru Award Winners.

Vincent Versace Award - Kristen Meister
Vincent Versace Award – Kristen Meister
Retouching - Chad Branton
Retouching – Chad Branton
Restoration - David Bliss
Restoration – David Bliss
Photography - Kim Griffin
Photography – Kim Griffin
Photo Montage - Ryan Rowe
Photo Montage – Ryan Rowe
Illustration - Ross Bushong
Illustration – Ross Bushong
Commercial - Chad Branton
Commercial – Chad Branton
Artistic - Russ Bushong
Artistic – Russ Bushong

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Best of Show - Katie GiardBest of Show – Katie Giard

Special Alumni Award - Judy Morse
Special Alumni Award – Judy Morse