02 Jan

1 Tip for composing panoramas

How to capture a good composition.

Panorama Lookout
Panoramas are a lot of fun and pretty easy to create with Photoshop’s Photomerge filter. They are also kind of magical because it is almost impossible to visualize the final image while shooting the frames.

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21 Sep

Black Night and Bright Lights

Fix what HDR misses with Photoshop

image of Ceasars Night Reflections Final

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02 Aug

Hear The Music With Photoshop

Photoshop Image Editing Without Limits

image of Johnny Cash at the Desert Inn

Disclaimer: I did not take this photo. Photo credit goes to Brad Moore, @bmoorevisuals. I edited the photo for a contest at layersmagazine.com by Rafael Concepcion, @aboutRC. The original contest can be viewed here. For the record, I won a print signed by RC & Brad Moore and a signed copy of “A World in HDR” by Trey Ratcliff. The book is fantastic. Go buy it.

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13 Apr

Trippy Self Portrait

Create a portrait with a custom illustrated pattern

image of self portrain

Step 1
Draw a cool pattern. I drew mine the old fashioned way - with pencil and paper. The finished drawing was then scanned so I could color it in Photoshop.

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27 Aug

Adobe MAKE-IT Conference

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Sunglass Selfie Lab Session

(Click on any image for a larger view, or to enter a slide show viewer.)

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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16 Mar

Live with the Pros Recorded Webinar

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PS & LR

I enjoyed participating in a live webinar this morning with three other Photoshop and Lightroom ACP Pros, Conrad Chaves, Melissa Piccone & Jesus Ramirez. The webinar was recorded. You can watch it HERE.

Live with the Pros recorded webinar

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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24 May

How To Determine Which Lightroom Catalog You Have Open

Don't lose track of your work

In my teaching, and spending time in the Adobe forums I see people struggling with this. They open Lightroom and all the work done on a previous day has some how been lost, and they are certain Lightroom is at fault. Of course Lightroom is not at fault. They've simply opened a different catalog than the one previously worked in. 

I recorded this video to explain how to figure out what catalog you have open.

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