Monthly Archives February 2008


Back in January of 2007, a special live tribute to beloved educator and instructor Bruce Fraser, was held during the Macworld Expo in San Francisco where industry leaders gathered to celebrate his life and achievements. The tribute was captured on video, and friends and fans can request a commemorative DVD of the event at a special tribute website (here’s the link).
The DVD is free — with a nominal amount requested to cover shipping expenses. Donations are also being accepted via a PayPal link on the site to help retire lingering medical bills that continue to affect Bruce’s widow, Angela.

As a special bonus, donors making contributions of $100 or more may request either a set of programs and etched shot glasses from the Macworld celebration or a print of the iconic image of Bruce signed by Jeff Schewe. Supplies are limited for both premium gifts.




It’s February—let’s try something completely different. Nah! Here’s what’s up:

  • Big Electric Cat is Back! In an on-going effort to make absolutely certain I never sleep, my band “Big Electric Cat” (featuring Kalebra on vocals, Felix Nelson on Bass, Scott Stahley on Keyboards, me on Keyboards, and Tony Llanes on lead guitar), will be playing live in concert at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo attendee party, held this year at the new BB King’s Blues Club, in Orlando, Florida (that’s us above playing in Vegas last year—photos by David Ziser). Hope I’ll see you there!
  • I saw the cover of Blender Magazine, over at the PDN Plus blog, and they pointed out something I think is both clever, and the reality of the digital retouching world we now live in. The cover has a photo of Brittney Spears wrapped in a bedsheet, but right there on the cover is a “Truthiness” disclaimer (I thought that “Truthiness” moniker was pretty cute), that says right there that the cover is a photo composite—it’s not Brittney’s body. Here’s the link to PDN Pulse blog’s story on it (with a shot of the cover).
  • I just saw that Joe McNally’s The Moment it Clicks is now in-stock at both Barnes & Noble, and at (the incredible buzz about this book has made it the 137th bestselling book of ALL books on right now (I’m not talking 137 of all photography books, or all computer book—I’m talking ALL books)! How cool is that! (Here’ the link to it on, and Barnes &
  • event-space.jpgIf you’re in the New York area, B&H photo has put together something pretty cool; it’s a brand new high-tech classroom called “Event Space” at their NYC store and they’re bringing in experts to give free classes on everything from lighting, to Photoshop, to video editing, to infrared photography, to…(well, you get the idea). They also have techs from some of the big camera companies, and they’re doing demo sessions on their gear. Here’s a link to their class schedule.

Well, that’s it for today folks. Have a fantastic weekend, and don’t forget to take some shots, displace some maps, liquify some pixels, and reduce some noise.


OK, this isn’t exactly Photoshop related, but it’s for creative people (like you), so I really wanted to turn you on to it. I’ve been a fan of Garr Reynold’s blog on presentation design for a few years now (here’s the link), and when I saw (two days ago), that Garr had written Presentation Zen, an entire book on designing slide presentations, I knew I had to get it.

Well, it came in today, and read it cover to cover tonight. This book is absolutely brilliant (that’s why I gave it my first 2008 “Scott Thinks It’s Hot Award!”), and should be required reading for anyone that has to do a business slide presentation on any level. It’s that good!

What really got me excited about this book (besides the obvious design aspects of it) is that it’s really a book about how to communicate with people on a visual and emotional level. It’s way beyond just where to put the type and where to put the photos (though it covers that in great detail). Instead, not only will it change the way you design slides, but more importantly how you view the role of slides, and give you some communication insights that go way beyond the slides themselves.

It’s very well written, researched, it’s straight to the point, and I could go on and on but I can sum it up this way; you must buy this book! (you’ll thank me later).

Here’s the link to it on and Barnes&