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Last week, my buddy (and Photoshop Web guru) RC Concepcion was the guest on Dave Cross’ blog’s popular “Finish the Sentence” feature (here’s the link). Anyway, in his response to the question, “I hate the fact that Photoshop…” RC had a really great answer (you’ll have to check out Dave’s blog to read his entire answer), but at the end of his answer, he had what I think was the quote of the week:

“As much as I love the program… It’s Photoshop. School will be open on its birthday!”

Well said RC. Make sure you read the whole thing (link above) and it will make more sense, but that quote kinda stands on its own.

cs4rawclassJust wanted to let you know that my new “Photoshop CS4 Mastering Camera Raw” class is now up live on Kelby Training Online. I tried something totally different in the way I teach Camera Raw for this online course, and I’m really excited about how it came out

I’m putting together a short video clip on how the class is structured, and if all goes well, I’ll post that clip here later this week.

In the meantime, here’s the link to my new class.

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Hi everybody. It’s Friday, and here’s what’s up:

  • Apple, I’m Begging You!
    I don’t usually ask Apple for, well…anything, but today I’m begging; please, please, I implore you, give us an option to turn Gestures off on the new MacBook Pro laptops. Besides Photoshop CS4 rotating my canvas and zooming in/out all day, now I’m using Adobe InDesign CS4 as well, and now my text blocks rotate when I least expect it. Of course, it’s not just Adobe products (or I’d be pleading to Adobe here instead). My font sizes change in Safari and Email a dozen times a day. It is driving me crazy!!!! OK, that’s it—-just had to get it off my chest. I’m OK now.
  • My New Tour Dates, and Our New Tour Site
    We launched a totally redesigned (and vastly improved) version of our live one-day Photoshop seminars site (now called “Kelby Training Live”-–one of the site’s headers is shown above), and we’ve got the new dates up there for not only my Lightroom 2 Live Tour (Denver on Wed. May 20th, and Portland, Oregon on Friday, May 22nd), but also my new “Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks Tour,” which kicks off in Washington DC on Friday, May 8th. Here’s a link to check out the new site, and the upcoming dates for all our tours (including Bert Monroy’s Creativity Tour, Ben Willmore’s Photoshop for Photographers Tour, Joe McNally’s new Off Camera Flash Tour, and Dave Cross’ Maximum Photoshop Tour).
  • My Original “Photoshop Insider Blog” Site is Still Online
    I started this blog over at Blogger.com back in 2005, and I was searching for something the other day, and realized that the old site is still online, so if you’ve got a minute, go take a quick look at the “old blog.” There’s still some decent info over there (along with stuff that’s totally outdated). Here’s the link to my original Photoshop Insider blog.
  • Versace’s “Finish the Sentenence”
    One of my favorite things on my buddy Dave Cross’ site is his “Finish The Sentence” feature, and last week he had Vincent “Vinny, V-man, Vin-man” Versace,” finishing the sentences.  Here’s the link to “Vs” thing. (Also, while you’re there; check out Mike Fulton’s Finish the Sentence this week. Very well done).

Well, that’s all I got. That’s it. I’m tapped out. Have a great weekend everybody, and if you use Photoshop CS4, don’t forget to scroll down and take this week’s CS4 Tool/Feature survey.

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One of the highlights of my trip to San Francisco was getting to see the Hearst Gallery’s retrospective on one of the most brilliant digital artists of our time, our good friend (and Photoshop Hall of Famer) Bert Monroy. What an amazing exhibition (and beautifully presented by the gallery—kudos to them for an outstanding job).

The gallery was closed that day, but Bert arranged for us to have a private tour with him, and it was just amazing. I’ve seen Bert’s amazing photo-realistic work many times over the years, but seeing it at that scale really revealed the incredible detail that he puts into his work.

The shots below give you just a glimpse at the retrospective, and besides his work (all output on the latest Epson printers—including an entire section of the exhibit printed on large canvas), they had a number of important stepping stones from Bert’s career, including corporate work he had done in the early days, his first book (the first book ever on Adobe Photoshop), and even Bert’s original 128k Macintosh (shown below). It’s an amazing exhibit and if you’re out in the San Francisco area (the Hearst Gallery is just outside Berkley in Moraga, California—here’s the link), you’ve got to see it for yourself. Stunning work from a living legend, and true pioneer of digital art.

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I’m teaching three sessions at the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo (March 25-27, 2009, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachucetts), and I wanted to give you a little background on my sessions.

  1. Portrait Retouching, Part 1
    I did this class for the first time at Photoshop World Las Vegas and it was a huge hit with the crowd. In fact, the #1 comment about the class was they wanted “more!” So, this time in Boston I’ve expanded it to two parts, so I can cover much more ground. I’ll be showing some of the latest Photoshop techniques for making people look their very best, and I’ll be including some more advanced techniques as well.
  2. Portrait Retouching, Part 2
    The first half of this class picks up where Part 1 left off, with a new batch of retouching techniques. Then, in the second half of the class, we’ll pull the whole thing together as I stage a live studio portrait shoot right in the class, and then I’ll take those shots straight into Photoshop where you’ll see the entire retouching process from start to finish. We’ll use the techniques you’ve learned in part 1 and part 2, and you’ll experience right along with me, how to deal with any unexpected retouching challenges.
  3. Creative Print Layouts in Lightroom (or How to show your work in Lightroom)
    This session (open to all Photoshop World conference attendees) is part of “The Lightroom Conference at Photoshop World” and in it I’m going to show you how to use Lightroom’s Print module to design some really creative, clever, and fun layouts that will make your work, and your client’s work, really stand out. Once you see what can be done (and how easy some of these layouts are), it will change the way you show and present your work from now on.

So, if you’re going to Photoshop World, I hope you’ll check out some of my sessions. If you’re not registered yet, you can sign up right here. Hope I’ll see you there!

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