Posts By Scott Kelby


When I wrote it, one thing that never occurred to me was that people would be posting before/afters of their photography after applying my “Seven Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3,” which was introduced in my latest book (of the same name), but they’re popping up everywhere (honestly, it’s so exciting to see my students doing this). Anyway, here are some examples I ran across this week (thanks to Google Alerts):

  • Jeff’s Photo Blog has some nice before/after examples from his using the book. Click here to see his examples.
  • Here’s another reader who posted some great examples (and I love his headline): Click here to jump there.
  • The Delta-Romeo blog has a mini-review and comment on the book right here.
  • And here’s some terrific shots of Mustangs (the cars, not the horses), and before/afters using “The System.”

Thanks so much to everyone out there who’s helping to spread the word about this new system. It really means a lot. :)


CocaCola Zero (which is, IMHO, the best diet drink in the history of diet drinks), has a very clever Flash-based productivity killer, which lets you upload your headshot, scale and crop it, then it puts it on the body of an football player (as seen above).  Then you get to custom design an End Zone celebratory victory dance. It’s called the Victory Dance Choreographer, and it’s hilarious, very cleverly done, and when it’s complete (it just takes one minute), you can email the final dance movie to a friend. Take a minute or two and check this out. Just for the taste of it. ;-)  Here’s the link to make your own.

Just a quick thanks to all the wonderful folks (all 800+ of you), who came out to spend the day with me for the last stop this year of my “Photoshop CS3 Power Tour.” I had a couple of special guests in the audience yesterday, including Scott Sherman, host of “The Digital Photography Show” and Jeff Revell, from the very popular “Jeff’s Photo Blog.” And although DC photography icon Mike Meyer wasn’t there in person, his presence was felt by all.

I met lots of really great people (including a lot of people who had been out to my “Lightroom Live Tour” when it was in DC a couple of months back) and it was so cool to have so many come up and let me know that they had bought Lightroom after my seminar, and how much Lightroom had changed their life. As an instructor, that was very gratifying, and reminded me once again why I do it, and how blessed I am that I get to do it.

Thanks to you all once again for your support, for spending the day with me in DC, and for showing me such gracious hospitality in your city. Can’t wait to see all you next year! :-)

Now, it’s safe to check out the other posts here today, on this auspicious “Actual Post or Two” Wednesday.

Hi Everybody: So sorry there’s no real blog post today. I’m up in DC for my Power Tour seminar today, and I thought I’d have time to put up a decent post, but unfortunately time got away from me.

So, thanks for stopping by “Unexpected No Blog” Tuesday here at the Photoshop Insider, and we’ll see you tomorrow for “An Actual Post or Two Wednesday.” :)


Before we jump right in; today I’m on my way up to Washington, DC for this year’s last stop of my “Photoshop CS3 Power Tour” seminar (which is tomorrow at the Washington DC Convention Center). If you’d like to join me tomorrow (and around 750 of my new best friends), you can sign up at (it’s $99 for the full day, and only $79 for NAPP members).

Now, onto the news:

  • Photoshop Hall of Famer Eddie Tapp is offering a unique training opportunity at the Institute of Visual Arts, in Oahu, Hawaii, where he’s doing a two-day intensive Photoshop CS3 workshop. The details are right here.
  • David Ziser has an interesting debate (you can hear the can of worms being opened), called “JPEG or Raw: One of three religious arguments in the digital world”. It’s worth checking out (by the way; David has one of the best and most active photography blogs out there. Just the right mix of technqiue, news, and opinion). Here’s the link.
  • Terry White got one of the first Nikon D300s to ship; check out his first impressions over at his tech blog (click here).

Well, I’ve got to head to the airport. I hope to see you tomorrow in DC. Have a great Monday everybody! :)


I read a really fascinating article in the November 2007 issue of “Digital Photo Pro” magazine, about photographer and Photoshop retoucher Gary Land. He is just an absolutely amazing celebrity and sports photographer who captures the biggest stars for everything from Rebok ads to editorial spreads in the biggest national magazines, and he is definitely “the man in demand.”

Land has created his own trademark look, which incorporates some absolutely brilliant compositing techniques, which combines detailed planning in the shooting stage (including meticulous lighting), and some serious Photoshop skills in the darkroom. But besides an enlightening article on his work, he said a couple of things in the article that I thought were worth sharing. He shoots 99% of his work with a digital camera, but sometimes the client specifically requests film, so he obliges, but here’s his quote about film:

“I love film, but it’s a pain in the ass, because you’ve got to shoot the film, change the film, you’ve got to process it, you’ve got to scan it. It’s just a pain, and it doesn’t look as good in the end. It really doesn’t.”

But what really caught my eye, was his comment about printing resolution. He said:

“I got into a fight with a printer company rep the other day. I’m like, ‘I’ve printed this stuff.’ I print all my files at 150 dpi. He said, ‘You’re crazy.’ I said I am not crazy. I’m telling you there’s no difference, and I do these tests all the time. I can print one of my files at 150 and the same file at 300 [dpi] and it’s the exact same look. Take a magnifying glass and it’s the same. 150 is awesome.”

He goes on to say,

“That’s a little secret I think. I like printing at 150 [dpi] it just looks much better.”

I’ve subscribed to his “less resolution is more” theory for more than 10 years, since the brilliant Photoshop and prepress magician Doug Gornick showed me the light. Doug was printing everything at 144 dpi. He said the print shop will always argue with you that it can’t be done, but they’re always amazed with the results. I saw Doug’s results again and again, and the proof was in the pudding. To this day, I feel the “use only 300 dpi for print” line is another one of those Photoshop myths that may have been accurate (or just plain simple to pass on a general rule), years ago, but I personally don’t think it’s really relevant anymore. But hey, that’s just me. :)

Stop by and check out Gary Land’s amazing work (much of which is composites of the athlete or celebrity being shot in 15 minutes or less on white seamless, and then is composited seamlessly with a separate background in Photoshop afterward), at his site (click here to jump there).

You can read the feature article on Gary from Digital Photo Pro’s Web site (click here to read it online).