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07 May

May 17th Meeting

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LA InDesign User Group

This month I will be speaking at the Los Angeles InDesign User Group. The topic is Working with Color in InDesign. Admission is FREE but registration is encouraged.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 7-10 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Building Garden Room
4117 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230

FULL DETAILS HERE

I hope to see you there.

07 May

Illustrator: Coloring Artwork

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Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning Course

I'm very excited to announce my first course published on Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning. Please watch and share with your friends, colleagues and students.

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15 Apr

AME Leadership Conference

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Create Professional Image and Graphics

Adobe Spark Page

09 Apr

AME Leadership

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Create Professional Image and Graphics

I will be presenting a hands on workshop at the AME Leadership conference 4/16/18. 

More Info here.

21 Feb

30 Day Drawing Challenge

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Reflections

I keep commitments, even ones made with myself. When my girlfriend Carey suggested I do a 30 day challenge with her I said, "it would be good for me to draw for 30 days, but I'm not going to make that commitment." I was afraid to commit to something I would later resent. She pushed and I conceded after imposing some rules for myself.

The drawings would be small, simple, drawn with a large brush tip sharpie, and done quickly. No pencils, erasers or digital undos. I get too wrapped up in the details of creating. I thought my rules would prevent that, and hopefully help me to care less about the final product.

I kept my commitment and stuck to my rules. Except for the quickly part. By the end I was spending twice as much time on a drawing.

On day 1 I drew the living room windowed doors, my view while seated in my recliner. I did all 30 drawings in the comfort of my living room.

Sketch Day 1

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27 Aug

Adobe MAKE-IT Header

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On August 2nd, 2017 I presented a lab session at the Adobe MAKE-IT conference in Sydney Australia. Read article here. http://www.orchardviewcolor.com/node/275

27 Aug

Adobe MAKE-IT Conference

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Sunglass Selfie Lab Session

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Room view

Earlier this month I had the privilege of presenting a hands on Adobe Draw lab session at the Adobe MAKE-IT conference in Sydney, Australia.

Speaker Badge

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13 Mar

CreativePro Week 2017

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2017 CreativePro Speaker Banner

I am super excited and honored to be a part of CreativePro Week May 22-26 in Atlanta! You can join me. Save $100 w promo code CPJCKSN when registering!

CreativePro Week is for every creative professional who designs, creates, or edits in Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, or Adobe Illustrator. CreativePro Week combines four great conferences in a single week:

  • The InDesign Conference
  • PePcon: The Print + ePublishing Conference
  • PS/AI: The Photoshop + Illustrator Conference for Designers
  • Creative Developers Summit (for coders and IT professionals who support creatives pros)

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07 Jan

Class Schedule

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Winter/Spring 2017

I am teaching the following classes for the start of 2017, two classes at UCSD Extension and two at MiraCosta Community College in Oceanside. This is my first time teaching at MiraCosta and I am excited for the opportunity.

UCSD Extension

1/9/17 - 3/26/17

ART-40630 Digital Darkroom Expanded - ONLINE

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28 Sep

Photoshop CC New Select and Mask

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Tutorial and Review

Photoshop CC update 2015.5 released this past June included a significant change to the way masking can be done. The new Select and Mask feature essentially replaced what was previously called Refine Edge. I have heard and read a lot of complaints about the change. That isn't too surprising though. Change always brings some complaints, especially big changes like this one.

In this video tutorial I take you on a thorough tour of the new Select and Mask, sharing how I use it and why I (mostly) like it. I also share my opinions about where it is lacking and how I think it could be improved.

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