Introducing Pete Collins, The New “Photoshop Guy!”

Hi Gang: We made a little video to briefly introduce you to Pete, who’s not just a great Photoshop instructor, but a real quality person as well.

I hope you’ll join me in welcoming Pete to our community, and make him feel at home. By the way—Matt Kloskowski is his boss, so a few prayers for Pete wouldn’t hurt either. ;-)

  1. Welcome and congrats! Hope to get to meet you at PSW Vegas.
    Knowing those guys, Scott and the gang, you’re going to have fun.

    Hope you present yourself in the Napp forum, great people there.

    Take care and all the best in your new job.

  2. Welcome Pete, look forward to your contribution and maybe improve on some of Scott’s jokes. You ‘re going to fit in just fine by the looks of it ! ;)
    NAPP just keeps on getting better !

  3. Welcome Pete. Just from that quick intro I can tell you are going to be a valuable asset to the NAPP & Kelby Training team! Looking forward to seeing your stuff!

    PS. Come on over to Australia and bring Scott and the guys too!

  4. Pete, congratulations again on your new position as a Photoshop Guy. Now get busy and learn those new Escalation maps so we can stop getting our butts kicked. Remember, it’s all about priorities.

    1. Jeff, I had it written into my contract that I get to play 4 hours of Call of Duty a day at work, so that I can get good enough at it to keep you alive longer. It is called the “Jeff clause.” :D

  5. Congratulations Pete! I’m writing here from the great city of Birmingham (B’ham to locals), and so proud that you’re representing our city well. Enjoy Tampa and Photoshop and can’t wait to see you on the tube!

  6. Congrats Pete! I met Pete a couple of years ago at the Kelby Photo walk in Birmingham and got to spend some time that day hanging out with him. Super nice guy and funny! Now maybe you can talk Scott into bringing his Light it Shoot Retouch it tour to Birmingham so us Alabama folks can attend. All Canon shooters will be happy to know that Pete shoots with a Canon.

      1. Canon is better than Nikon
        Mac is better than PC
        Layers “with” Lightroom is better than “in” Lightroom
        Ford is better than Chevy
        Right handed is better than Left handed

        Is this how I get as many people as possible to be mad at me at once? :D
        I need to learn the ways of controversial blog posting, so I can be truly appreciated and despised at the same time:D

      2. Canon AND Mac user – what a guy! I got my 27″ iMac from the Birmingham Apple Store. (Matt knows there are more Canon users than Nikon anyway). Would love to see some classes over this way too – Pensacola to Birmingham. Welcome Pete – looking forward to the tutorials and humor :-)

      3. I was trying to be funny with my one thing is better than the other… and trying to pick hot topics that everyone has an opinion on… I am really not that uptight about any of those… except the right-handed thing… you left handers are weird! :D
        Now if I really wanted to stir some trouble, I would have said something about Auburn and Alabama! :D

  7. Does this mean Genesis is officially broken up now? Wait, what? Oh, it’s PETE Collins, not that famous British singer! Sorry, that’s what I first read when I saw the headline. :D

    Congrats on your new position, Pete. I’m sure you’ll have a fun ride, and I can’t wait to see you “live” on PSU TV, along with anything else they let you tackle. Glad to see that you were wearing a “Flash” shirt. Wearing a cool t-shirt on-air is a requirement for any Photoshop Guy, especially if you’re going to be working for Matt. All of his shirts are CAKB! 8)


    1. John, I was down in Tampa looking at schools and housing, etc…
      and Scott said “Hey, come by the studio and let’s shoot an intro video.”
      So of course my first thought was… I don’t have a cool t-shirt to wear. So I went to Wally World and that was the best one I could find… I wanted one in black, so I could be “Cool” like the rest of the gang…but Flash was calling me. I may have to start my own tshirt line just to keep up with these guys! :D

      Ps. Seeing myself on video like that is surreal and a bit scary. Good thing Scott got me drunk before we filmed it :D

  8. Are you guys sure? Were there not other better qualified candidates? So, I guess Mr.Hobby Lobby will do… :)

    Congrats, Pete! Glad your leaving Alaba…I mean hate to see you go, pal!

    Seriously, awesome opportunity, Pete! I know you will do well! Don’t forget the small folks…especially the fat, small folks!


    1. Cecil, I will never forget you and the time we spent in Mexico… Oh wait, that was someone else.

      Who are you again?

      Now if I can figure out why my Gravatar isn’t working…I would appear much more professional. That is why Scott hired me… for my professionalism. :D

      1. Pete, I browsed through the comments…this is getting out of hand…and you haven’t even started yet!

        Scott, Matt, Corey, R.C, Dave, and the rest of Kelby Media…I am truley sorry. :)

  9. Congrats Pete! It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy….well, maybe it could but you got the job anyway. I’m proud to call you friend….hey, now I know someone famous.

  10. Congratulations Pete!!! Welcome aboard the Pirate ship! You’re gonna have a blast here..

    and speaking of blast, hurry up and drop that motion sensor will you? Feeling a lit exposed on this side of the house!


      1. That is a lie Matt, I never use that combo! If you would play with us more instead of being responsible and writing books, you would know I use the M-16 for its long distance range and a red dot sight with a custom recticle (I just like that word) that says “Matt is my Hero!” :D

        (I am already trying to suck up to Matt… He has a big ego and quite the task-master!) I mean look at his avatar up there… he is leaning against that wall saying… I am “The Matt Kloskowski!”… :D

      2. I found the iron sights to be pretty good on the guns… and prefer to use my Noob tube under there. Though a red dot AND noob tube… *drool*

      3. Man.. I’m going to have to get an x-box just to use it as a job searching tool… Can that be written of for taxes?

        Who knows how many job offers I’ve missed out on since the PS Network is still down!

  11. I can tell just from that brief introduction that Pete will fit in just nicely in Oldsmar :)

    Looking forward to learning from Pete. I am sure we’ll get to meet somewhere down the road :)

    BTW, was Call of Duty experience a requirement? lol

  12. Congrats, Pete! A dream job for many and you’re living it. Best of LUCK!

    PS-> All you guys must be playing Black Ops on XBox’s, because I am dying on this end not having the ability to get online with my PS3. UGH! ;-)


    1. Erick:

      There’s no other real place to play COD than on XBox. Most of all of our friends that we get to play they always jump to xbox. Just ask Terry White!


  13. Welcome aboard Pete! Just one disadvantage, I heard someone already took the Facebook page “the Photoshop guy”…No idea who did that though!

      1. oh, I guess I thought you were the amazing Pete Collins I knew at one point who hid in some bushes to take pictures of my best friend’s engagement…. sorry, wrong guy!

  14. Pete! Welcome to the jungle! 8-)

    Scott, sorry I have not been up to my regular first posts, having some health issues and the doctor suggested I start sleeping. (whats up with that?). I should be back in form soon.

      1. Yes! I’m still going through tests, but I just saw where Pete is a Canon shooter…won’t be sleeping now!

        Pete, I’m keeping an eye on you. High standards to keep as a PS Guy. Practice the pointy choppy thing! How about the sarcastic meow, haven’t heard that yet, do you know what CAKB means? Should have been on your job application. Are you a little twisted? If so, you will fit in fine! 8-)

      2. CAKB
        Children Acting Kinda Badly?
        Choppy Alligators Killing Babies?
        Creative Acrobats Kicking Balloons?
        Carnivorous Aliens Knifing Butterflies?
        Chipmunk Are Keenly Bashful?
        Can’t Ask Kelby Bupkis?

      3. It was probably French Roast :D

        OK, That was lame… I apologize for the obvious and easy reply… but hey it is Saturday and my brain likes to sleep in.

    1. yeah, that is some of work, my real fancy/professional website has had technical issues and life has been a little hectic right now as you can imagine. It is either try to sell a house and move a family of six… or fix a website… wait a minute! Maybe I could get out of some of the work if I claim I am fixing my website… and then I can play Call of Duty! (C’mon guys you know that’s how you think too:D)

  15. Hey Pete! Glad to see the official intro, and thank you for the shout out! I know what Scott said about seeing your resume had to be accurate! If you need a hand with the move…don’t call me…I’ll probably be shooting some beautiful model, of course! ;-) Really, the NAPG is pulling for ya and very proud of ya! Want to go up to H’ville with me for a farewell on Tuesday?

  16. Pete, Welcome to Florida. It’s good that you’re not starting until June, so you have time to assemble the proper uniform for a Florida summer. You’ll notice that the reason there’s a counter for PSU TV is because people in Florida don’t wear pants. It’s too hot for that.

    Perhaps the most important decision you face will deal with footwear. Due to the immense heat & humidity, your toes must be free. The question is whether you’re going to adopt the slide-in or thong shoe. Bear in mind that you are not allowed to switch, so choose wisely.

  17. Hey was Pete a “plant” at the flash bus tour in Nashville? I’m pretty sure he was the heckler that got up on stage for one of the McNally lighting demonstrations…

      1. O…M…G… I don’t think Scott thought about the huge boost to Matt’s ego now that he has someone to get his coffee in the morning, and massage his feet.

        Pete, this could get out of hand! :D

        Michelle, all I could picture was Despicable Me when you mentioned “minion”. Wonder if Pete has goggles to wear!


  18. PETE!! I miss you already! You are gonna so rock their world :-)
    And to think, I knew you when… were only a face in a random picture frame in Hobby Lobby.

    Gonna see you at the AL Jubilee in a few weeks? You know the weather will be spectacular since Will has moved to WA state!!

  19. Sending Congratulations to Pete from the UK; which I hasten to add is going through the sunniest April and May on record…lol :) Ah geez, now I’ve said that I hope it holds out for later in the month otherwise Dave Clayton and I are soooo for it :)

    Seriously though, Congratulations to Pete on getting the job. The standards Kelby Training and the NAPP set are real high so clearly Pete, by getting the job ROCKS!!

    Looking forward to catching some new tutorials and watching the team grow over the coming months.

    All the best to you,

  20. And all this time, I was sure that Pete was lying to us! That’s the first honest thing he’s ever told me. Guys, don’t cut him any slack whatsoever. Always try to stay at least two steps ahead of him. Pete, can’t wait to see you on a regular basis!!

  21. Looks like a great choice for the new photoshop guy. Although it looks like he is going to have to purchase a few black shirts to really fit in.

  22. Congratulations Pete, welcome to the gang. Apart from the quality of your information and entertainment which will no doubt be great – they wouldn’t have hired you otherwise – watching the others cope with T-shirts that aren’t black will be fun in itself. I’m looking forward it all. I hope you are as well.
    Cheers CH

  23. Pete….welcome, and congrats….will you now become a Gator fan now that you are living and working in Florida??

    I too was wondering what happened to Dave Cross? Is he still a Photoshop guy? Or will he secretly be Matt’s new boss now that Matt is a boss?

  24. Dave is still around… I have not killed him, nor replaced him. I think I would have to become a Canadian citizen before any real Machiavellian antics took place…and that IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! (Becoming a Canadian citizen that is… murdering and usurping power is still optional :D)

  25. Pete,

    So happy to see you landed the job, outstanding! Welcome to Florida and I’m certainly looking foward to seeing you on track soon at Daytona, Sebring & Miami-Homestead.

    Give a shout when you can. JRH

  26. Greetings to Pete from Kelowna, BC Canada…..I’m the guy who was wearing the Canada Flag shirt during the taping of Photoshop User TV and the Grid @ PS World in Orlando.
    The new Kelby Training App really rocks too. Just makes my iPad totally indispensable,

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