If I could design/redesign Photoshop's dialogs and palettes Hi everyone. I'd like to first thank Scott for having me as a guest today and I'd like to thank you for giving some of the most valuable asset you have - time. To that end, let's get right to it. There's two aspects to this post. The first is very passive - you sit and read and look at my ideas. But the second part is very much active. See, I've created a PSD file with all the makings of a skeleton dialog box in Photoshop. You can try your hand at making your own and share them with everyone. More on that later though. If you've ever read Scott's Photoshop Channels Book you'd have seen that he totally redesigned the Calculations adjustment dialog to one that is a little easier to understand. I remember…

Here's just a coupla quickies: I had a number of people ask if I shot in Raw on the Italy trip, and yes; I shot raw the entire time. I took five 8GB memory cards, and two small hard drives for backing up (in case I had to erase one of the cards, but as it turned out, I didn't have to). Also, I saw where a number of folks wondered how the Nikon 18-200mm VR lens (shown above) I used on the trip compared to similar lenses offered by both Sigma and Tamron. Unfortunately I haven't tried either one, so anything I tell you would just be a guess. Sorry 'bout that. Also, scroll down to the next post to see more shots taken with that Nikon lens. Three new classes were added to Kelby Training while I was in Italy, and so…

....my very good friend, Photoshop User TV co-host, and producer of the "Lightroom Killer Tips" weekly podcast and Lightroom Killer Tips blog, Matt Kloskowski. When I had initially invited Matt to do a guest blog, I figured Matt would do a post that had to do with Lightroom, but right before I left for Italy Matt stopped by my office and ran his idea for his guest spot by me, and surprisingly it's not about Lightroom at all (but you're going to love it)! So, make sure you drop by tomorrow and check out what one of the most popular Photoshop and Lightroom trainers on the planet has in store. In the meantime, check out his Lightroom Killer Tips blog by clicking right here.


Hi folks, I’m back (well, I got back late last night) from just an amazing vacation with my family and some friends. Here’s the story:

Q. So why you didn’t you tell us you were in Italy?
A. Because my whole family, and extended family, and some of our close friends were all there with us, and my wife didn’t want me to post on the blog, what would essentially be; “We’re out of the country, all our family members are here, too. Obviously, nobody’s home—so help yourself.” So, I promised not to mention it until I got back, and well…now we’re back.

Q. Ah, so that’s why you kept having Internet problems, eh?
A. Precisely. Part of our vacation was a cruise from Genova, with stops in Portofino, Viareggio, Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and a day trip out to Lucca in Tuscany. The Internet on board was…well, I’m not sure if you could call it Internet. But I was still able to get most of my posts up, and I could get incoming email on my laptop, but couldn’t send any outgoing emails.

Q. So who posted that “Scott’s post is going to be late” comment?
A. I was able to send a text-message from my iPhone to NAPP’s Executive Director Larry Becker when I realized there was no way to get that day’s post up, and I asked Larry to post that for me. In fact, one post last week was written entirely on my iPhone, and Larry posted it for me (By the way; Larry gets up early each day, reads my posts, and fixes any typos he comes across. It’s not one of his official duties; he just does it ’cause he’s a great guy—which he truly is).

Q. How many shots did you take?
Now, it really depends on how you look at it, because it can either sound like I was pretty conservative, or I was shooting like a bandit. For example, I took a 12-megapixel camera, so I used 8-GB memory cards (which are now routinely found for less than $100 at B&H Photo). I filled less than 1/2 a card per day. That’s not that