Adobe MAX 2020 wrapped up at the end of October, and it was quite the experience! Traditionally, MAX is a multi-day live conference with an absurd number of classes, labs, lectures, workshops, and amazing events. Nearly every Adobe retail product is covered, with heavy emphasis on creative applications. It’s completely mind-blowing and rather expensive, and…Details
Ever since camera manufacturers started allowing users to write their proprietary image files directly to media, photographers have wondered about the benefits and drawbacks involved in choosing which format to use. This topic has been discussed over and over again, but it can be overwhelming for someone who uses photography as a tool for another…Details
It’s long, long overdue, but my latest book from Adobe Press / Peachpit is nearly done! We’re wrapping up layout and final editing this week, with a goal of shipping in the last week of September. I’ll have some treats and samples in the next couple of weeks to share, but in the mean time…Details
Check out Photoshop Proving Ground in the May 2019 issue of KelbyOne’s Photoshop User Magazine. You can sign up for a free account to see the magazines, and a paid membership will get you access to tons of training and inspiration. Dissolve Painting Dissolve blend mode painting technique, shown in Photoshop User, May 2019 issue.…Details
Yay! It’s been years since my site was last hacked, but apparently this was my lucky week. Unfortunately, due to some configuration glitches, I had to reach back to 2017 for a viable recovery file. Awesome. I guess that effectively means starting over, and maybe that’s not a bad thing. I’ve lost two years of…Details
I forgot to post this from April 5th of this year – Brad Moore of KelbyOne invited me to write for Scott Kelby’s blog, leading up to Photoshop World 2017. I decided to write about creativity as an exploration of connections. I’ve gotten lots of good feedback from it, and I hope you’ll enjoy it,…Details
Do you ever think about the interaction between technology and your creativity? I mean in a direct way, such as seeing some new tool or capability and imagining how it could change you?
A theme I love to talk about in art is the concept of balance, because it has so many implications. Sydni Inman’s “Mobius” shows this off with elegance and understatement. Here are three of my favorite images from Sydni’s flickr gallery.
Here’s the deal… Growing as an artist means challenging yourself, which is sometimes very uncomfortable. But we’ve already done that to some extent just to get where we are, so it shouldn’t be anything new moving forward. And you know you have to put effort in to get reward out. The same goes when asking…Details
If you haven’t got either of my Hidden Powers titles, you might be wondering what makes them different and worth your time. As luck would have it, I am in just the position to ‘splain it you. Never let your tools get in the way of your vision I write from the perspective of someone…Details
Damn! Bagrad is a man after my own heart. He explores with wild abandon and defines what it is to have mastery over your craft. The breadth of his work is a little astonishing. I really enjoy the contrast between his movement work in “Abracadabra” and the frozen time of “Motionless” (see below). There are…Details
When working with groups in Adobe Photoshop, don’t forget that you can apply a mask to the group itself. This is really handy for compositing where you might want to add several layers using the same mask. Of course, you can also duplicate a mask by holding Shift + Option (PC: Shift + Alt) and…Details