Photoshop World 2011 Wrap & Thanks

#PSW was kind of a blur for me. Most of my time was spent on the Expo floor meeting with some fantastic people, including Adobe engineers and managers, fellow authors, editors, and my sponsors. Of course, I can’t forget the friendliest crew at the show, the Facebook Maniacs. This group was very welcoming, and represents an amazingly diverse set of talents. I’ll talk more about them in a future post, and I’ll be naming names – you’ll want to get to know them! But let me get back to the show, my thoughts, and what I heard from others.

#PSW Thursday

Much of Wednesday was a blur for me at PhotoshopWorld Las Vegas. I only got to sit in on one class (Corey Barker’s 3D intro), and took a whirlwind spin around the Expo floor. But I did get to spend some quality time with a few of the cooler folks in attendance, including Grant Friedman from psdtuts, Patrick Smith from onOne, Jim Tierney (Chief Executive Anarchist) from Digital Anarchy, and the most dedicated Facebook crew I’ve ever encountered.

Batch rendering 3D in Photoshop CS5

Most of my recent freelance work centers on 3D content within Photoshop. More and more, I’m getting requests to build catalogs of images using a 3D model with many different images. Doing this one at a time is very tedious since the process usually involves a minute or two of placing the artwork, and then up to an hour of rendering. Wash, rinse, repeat. After talking with some fantastic Adobe engineers, I have a solution to present: a script that will take your 3D files and artwork, and batch render them!

Photoshop Hidden Gem: Straightening Images

John Nack blogged a couple of videos on YouTube, featuring Photoshop Program Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes. This one shows you how to use the new Puppet Warp tool for image straightening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnmJRl8R6fY

Alltop picks up LightningSymphony!

Several months ago, I submitted this blog to Alltop.com for inclusion in the Photoshop category. I finally got confirmation that they’d include the feed last night! This is motivating me to post more frequently, so I’m making a list of future blog topics. While I tend to shoot for original content whenever possible, usually in…