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Rod Harlan, over at DV has picked, and posted, the seven-best professionally produced viral videos of 2007, and you can watch them all right on his site. He did it into 2 parts (so it starts with a post of the seven most popular, and then expands, so scroll down once you get there to find the 2nd part). Here’s the categories Rod chose winners in:

  • Best Commercial
  • Best Worst Commercial
  • Best 5 Seconds Ever
  • Best Conference Video
  • Best Video Pushing a Brand
  • Best Video to Launch a New Website
  • Best Web Video Advertising Campaign

This is very cool stuff, and if you’ve got a few minutes, you’ll be just amazed at the level of stuff they’re producing. Here’s the link to Part 1.


Hi gang! Hope everybody had a great weekend. Here’s what up this week:

  • Matt Kloskowski’s “Adobe ACE Boot Camp” (which he has taught live as a pre-conference workshop at Photoshop World), is now available as an online class over at The class is designed to get you prepared to pass the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) test, and just like in his live workshop, Matt does a phemoninal job of getting you prepped to take the test (Matt and Dave Cross worked directly with Adobe in preparing their pre-conference workshop, and it was a HUGE hit at the conference). Click here for more details.
  • Want to see some really inspirational photography? Check out this year’s winners of National Geographic’s 19th annual “World in Focus” photo competition. Here’s the link.
  • I’m over at PPA’s Imaging USA at the Tampa convention center today, doing a couple of sessions in the booth on the Expo Floor. I’ve got sessions at 1:00 and 3:00 pm today, and Matt, Dave, Corey and RC will all be doing training sessions in the booth, too. If you’re there, make sure you stop by and say “hi.”
  • Want a quick chuckle? Check out this “For Better/For Worse” comic strip (click here), for another example of how Photoshop has become a part of our culture. Thanks to Les Holz for sending this our way.
  • If you’re into Final Cut Pro (The hottest video editing app today), check out our buddy Richard Harrington’s newly launched “” site. His site is packed with great posts, tips, and video techniques, and if you’re into FCP, this is going to be a must-stop every day. Rich is the perfect guy for a site like this, because he knows Final Cut Pro at a scary level (which is just one reason he’s been a fixture at Photoshop World’s video track for years), and he’s one of the best, most engaging and talented trainers out there (which is why he’s already working on a number of training classes for us at Here’s the link to

That’s it for today, gang. Hope I’ll get to shake hands with you at Imaging USA today. Have a great Monday! :)


I thought that after all these years it would be impossible to top my most magical of all tag lines (the now famous “Matt Kloskowski is Rockin’ the Houseski”). Not only did it help turn Matt into a household name, it helped untold thousands around the world properly pronounce Matt’s last name—a name which Matt himself will tell you has been mispronounced again and again ever since he was a young boy in the streets of Gdansk.

But this week, lightning struck once again while I was chatting with Photoshop Hall of Famer Eddie Tapp, who was at the Kelby Training studios working on some online training classes for us. We were talking and all of a sudden it just hit me. The tag line that will propel Eddie into more fame and fortune (if that’s even possible), is…..(wait for it……wait for it…..)……“Holy Crap—It’s Eddie Tapp!” (Come on, admit it; that’s gold, baby! Gold!!!!! It’s almost too perfect.).

This new slogan has already been spotted on car bumpers (see above—click for zoomed-in version), and Eddie is talking with the folks at Gap, Inc. about creating a line of t-shirts with that slogan, and a direct to DVD movie is already in the works. OK, I’m making all this up, but as lame tag lines go, I think it’s among my lamest (this is all just to tease our good friend Eddie. We love him, and he knows it). Look for Eddie’s new slogan to appear in stores nationwide this spring. ;-)


Hi Everybody:
I just thought I’d pop in here real quick just to let you know something that I hope you already know, but just in case you weren’t sure: I absolutely, positively read each and every comment you post here on the blog. In fact, not only do I read them here on the site, each comment is emailed directly to me, and even forwarded to my iPhone as well, so I often read them even when I’m away from my computer.

Unfortunately, as much as I’d like to, I usually can’t respond to individual comments or technical questions, or I wouldn’t have time left to teach classes, write articles, or books, do Photoshop User TV, play with my kids, go to dinner with my wife, etc.

There are so many times where I really want to jump in and answer a question or clarify things, but I’m already devoting so much time to the blog that if I devote any more my co-workers, family, friends, etc. will grab torches and pitchforks and start gathering outside my door, so I hope you understand.

Your comments do shape what I have planned for the blog (for example, next week I’m planning a “Seven-Point-System Q&A” based on the questions people are posting in here about the book, like how to use Smart Objects with Lightroom, and if “The System” is compatible with CS2, and Elements, and so on).

Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I am listening (OK, reading), and that I love hearing from you all. It really makes me feel connected to the great folks who come by here each day, and I’ve met so many great people (and made so many new friends) through this blog.

I’ve gone shooting with people I’ve met from the blog, taken advice from your posts, and even bought products and services based on your recommendations, because I really feel like we’re all in this together. I know you all have placed a lot of trust in me (which I never take for granted), and in turn, I put my trust in you. I count on you guys; I care about what you think, and I value what you have to say.

It’s that interaction that makes this whole process not only very rewarding for me, but an awful lot of fun. I’m really glad you’re here, and thanks for hangin’ in with me. It’s gonna be a really amazing year, and I’m glad you’re going to be a part of it. :-)

I’ve got a number of posts today, so make sure you scroll on down and catch ’em all.

benhdr.jpgLooking for an incredible learning opportunity? Here’s one: Our buddy, (and Photoshop World and Kelby Training instructor), Ben Willmore, is doing an special three-day hands-on workshop on High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography at the Palm Beach Photographic Workshops in Delray Beach, Florida on January 11-13, 2008 Ben is the master of HDR (that’s his image shown here), and if you’ve really wanted to get your arms around it, there is no better way. Here’s the link for more info, or to sign up (space is very limited, and this workshop is coming up fast, so if you’re planning on going, I’d sign up now)


A number of people asked to see the unretouched car shot as it came out of the camera….well, here it is (click for a larger version).

I was able to darken the sky by setting the Recovery slider to 100 (in Camera Raw), and throwing the rest of the Seven Point System at it. The car didn’t get that much attention (except for the “painting with light” steps from the Seven Points), but cloning those wires over the roof the hotel was a HUGE pain.

Retouching the ground and those wires took 90% of the retouching time (I used a combination of cloning and copying those wires up onto their own layer and using that copy of them to the right of the car to cover up the hotel roof). Hope that helps. :)