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The Hidden Power of Adjustment Layers

My 2nd solo book is out from Adobe Press. I took a good look at the criticism and feedback from The Hidden Power of Blend Modes, and tried to incorporate what I learned from that book. This new title stretches out a bit, adding more text and explanation to the techniques, so there are fewer total recipes but each one is broader in scope.

Wacom Webinar

Update! The webinar is now posted to YouTube. What are you doing on August 16th? I’d love to invite you to a special webinar with Wacom. This is a free event, but you have to register. I’ll go over some of the ways I use (and abuse) my Intuos5, and how I’ve integrated Wacom tablets…

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.

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!

More lovin’ from the Photoshop Facebook crew!

On Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!), the Adobe Photoshop Facebook crew featured one of my latest 3D videos. This generated a ton of new subscribers and views on my YouTube page.

There are three videos total on this particular project. I had to split things up due to time limits on YouTube uploading. I got lots of positive response, but a few negatives which are to be expected. That being said, the ‘negatives’ were along the lines of “Why not use a camera, instead?”