PhotoshopNews » Events The latest news about the top pixel wrangling application on the planet. Sun, 17 Jul 2011 17:19:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 On The Road To Boston Mon, 23 Mar 2009 16:15:27 +0000 Jeff Schewe I’m off to Boston and Photoshop World this week. I’ll be hooking up with Martin Evening there as well–we are actually doing a conference session together! Which Download Movies should be fun because I’ll get to make fun of the way Martin pronounces common Photoshop tools’ names. Those Brits…they even misspell the word color!

Andrew Rodney and JP Caponigro and I are doing another mini-Print Academy for Epson. After PSW I’m off to hook up with Seth Resnick and Michael Reichmann in Miami Beach for some tutorial taping….more about that later!

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The Content-Aware Scaling Photoshop CS4 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 09:33:20 +0000 Martin Evening Source: ephotozine
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Martin Evening was recently given the honour of appearing in the Photoshop Hall of Fame. Here he shows us how to use the Content-Aware Scaling tool in Adobe Photoshop.
(The following tutorial is also featured in the forthcoming Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop by Martin Evening and Jeff Schewe.)

“Content Aware Scaling is really easy to use. The only limitation is the speed of your computer and the amount of RAM you have,” said Martin Evening, author of the forthcoming Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop and recent inductee to the Photoshop Hall of Fame. “Content Aware Scaling works by the tool first analysing the image looking for patches of low frequency (featureless) detail and builds an effective jigsaw of roughly-shaped vertical and horizontal slices. When you stretch or compress a photograph, most of the compression or stretching is applied to the slices that contain the low frequency detail. There is also built-in detection for circle shapes, so that you can for example, compress a car, but without squashing the shape of the wheels. Plus, there is a skin tone feature which allows you to stretch or compress portrait images more effectively.” The tool can be very useful particularly for certain types of jobs. There is obviously a gimmick factor to this feature and it’s certainly fun to play with and apply extreme stretching or compression to photographs. That of course may well worry some photographers who are perhaps rightly concerned about art directors or designers fooling around with their images. However, I don’t think this is a completely new situation in digital image retouching and as always it’s important for the photographer to assert their moral rights for a picture not to receive what is referred to by copyright law as ‘derogatory’ treatment. From my point of view I work for agencies where I’m in control of the retouching. I can certainly see it as a useful tool where you need to take a standard photo and adjust the aspect ratio to suit several different layout formats. So where the image creator is in charge of the retouching I think it’s a very useful tool to have.”

The Content-Aware Scale feature is arguably one of the more interesting, and some might say, controversial new features in Photoshop CS4. As you can see here, you can use content-aware scaling to radically adjust the aspect ratio of some photographs, but without squashing or stretching important subject matter within the picture. Yes, this may be a contentious tool if used inappropriately and without permission of the copyright holder, but we feel it may prove very useful to photographers who work in design and advertising. For example, most ad and design layouts are required to fit several different aspect ratios such as posters, magazine layouts and web banners. This tool allows you to easily modify a single photograph to fit various aspect ratio layouts.

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NAPP Announces Winners of 4th Annual Photoshop User Awards Wed, 04 Feb 2009 17:41:21 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff TAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Association of Photoshop Professionals(NAPP) today announced the winners of its 4th annual Photoshop User Awards – the first and only worldwide competition for Adobe Photoshop users. Winners were selected from more than 700 entries from 12 countries. Finalists in each of the 11 categories also competed for Best of Show to win an all expense paid, five-day trip for two to Barcelona, Spain. NAPP president Scott Kelby and Photoshop User magazine art director Felix Nelson chaired the judging panel for this year’s competition. Winning images can be viewed

Award winners for 2008:
Best of Show: Ciro Marchetti – Florida – Gypsy Dancer
Advertising Design: Jose Luis Santana – Mexico – Tough Chicken
Composites/Collages: Mike Campau – Michigan – Stay Green. Go Red.
General Photography: Michael Whitson – Pennsylvania – Day in the Life
Artistic: Glenn Karlsen – Norway – Zipperhead
General Photoshop: Steve McGhee – Canada – The Big Swallow
Illustration: Nelsy Adriana Perez Jimenez – Mexico – Dragons
Landscape/Travel: Kajo Merkert – Germany – Coogee Pool
Wedding/Portrait: Paola Jofre – Canada – Strong Boy and Dog Max
Restoration: Janine Smith – Texas – General Worth
Retouching: Steven Cegelski – New York – Believe
Student Work: Romy Young – Canada – Ultra Badminton

Winners in 11 categories each receive a prize package valued at $2,500 provided by award sponsors – AdobeNAPPLayers magazine, Kelby Training, Peachpit, and Mpix. Plus, their winning image will be showcased in a future issue of Photoshop User magazine.

Best of Show winner Ciro Marchetti receives a dream assignment to Barcelona, Spain for him and an assistant of his choice to create a future cover for Photoshop User magazine, the official publication of NAPP. Round trip airfare, hotel accommodations, hotel transfers, and daily expenses for five days are provided by NAPP.

About NAPP

The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is an accredited, dynamic trade association and the world’s leading resource for Adobe® Photoshop® training, news, and education. An award-winning team of Photoshop experts, authors, consultants, and trainers lead the association keeping its members on the cutting edge of Adobe Photoshop techniques and technology. With more than 72,000 members in 106 countries, NAPP is the largest graphics and digital imaging association worldwide. It is part of Kelby Media Group. For more information, visit

Adobe and Photoshop are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.

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On The Road to Atlanta Thu, 06 Nov 2008 17:16:56 +0000 Jeff Schewe

We’re getting the band back together and hitting the road again. The Epson Print Academy is going to Atlanta this Saturday, November 8th at the Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown.

Featuring Andrew Rodney (The Digital Dog), Jeff Schewe, Greg Gorman, Mac Holbert and John Paul Caponigro, the new Epson Print Academy is headed to Atlanta for the first of a 15 city tour. We’re dragging along one of the new Epson Stylus® Pro 7900 printers with UltraChrome® HDR inks and we’ll be teaching how to get the most out of that, or any fine art ink jet printer. In fact, attendees are registered to win one of the 7900 printers (given out next June) or a change to win one of 15 4880 printers (one will be given away at each venue). For more information, check out the web site at Epson Print Academy.

TRACK TWO Curriculum:
Designed Exclusively for Working Professionals: How to Optimize A Professional Workflow to Take Full Advantage of Epson Ultrachrome HDR Ink Technology Renowned Industry Experts Such as:
Optimizing a Professional Color Managed Workflow
  • Science of Color Management
  • Calibration, Characterization
  • Advanced Custom Profiling
  • Color Spaces, Gamut, Bit Depth and L*a*b
  • Advanced Driver Settings
Maximizing Raw File Quality and Increasing Productivity
  • Advanced Photoshop CS4 Camera Raw 5 Settings
  • In-Depth Understanding of the Lightroom 2 Develop Module
  • Non-Destructive Workflow
  • Smart Objects
  • Working and Printing in 16 bit
  • Editing in Photoshop CS4 with Lightroom 2 Managed Files
  • Printing From Lightroom 2 with Files Edited in Photoshop CS4
Expert Level Fine-Art Printing
  • Developing a Strategy for Image Enhancement
  • Creating a Sense of Dimensionality
  • Working With an Exit Strategy
  • Drawing with Light
  • Mastering Selections
  • Gradient, Contour and Luminous Masking
  • Managing Midtone Contrast
  • New Techniques with Photoshop CS4
  • Advanced Burning and Dodging
  • Evaluating and Employing Advanced Black and White Conversion Methods
  • Working With Microporous and Cotton Fiber Media
  • Printing to an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 with Ultrachrome HDR Ink
Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape shares withJeff Schewe how he handles, mounts and frames his fine art prints at his gallery in Toronto. Michael then interviews Henry Wilhelm of Wilhelm Imaging Research about papers, inks and print permanence.   

Jeff Schewe Interviews Mark Radogna, Group Product Manager Responsible for Epson Stylus Pro Printers and Jeff Smith Product Manager for Epson Professional Media.

The price of the Track II event is $149.95 (be sure to click on the pro discount when registering). Price includes lunch. Program to run from 9:30AM-5:PM (or so, we tend to talk a bit long’ish).

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Photoshop World Opens Registration with $100 Advance Registration Discount Thu, 10 Jul 2008 16:14:43 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Photoshop World Conference & Expo – September 4-6, 2008 – Las Vegas, NV

Press Release: TAMPA, Fla., Jul 10, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Photoshop World – the largest Photoshop educational event in the world – is bringing the most informative and inspiring digital imaging training to the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Convention Center on Sept. 4-6.

Sponsored by Adobe Systems Incorporated and produced by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), this extraordinary conference – now in its tenth year – offers graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, Web developers, retouchers, video pros, and Photoshop users of all skill levels and interests the absolute latest in digital imaging and design education.

A $100 advance registration discount is available now through August 1, 2008, keeping the total cost of this amazing event only $499 for NAPP members and $599 for the public – an incredible price for three days of world-class training by the best in the creative industry lead by Scott Kelby, technical chair, NAPP president, and the world’s bestselling computer and technology book author.

This year’s conference offers the biggest and most comprehensive conference schedule. Attendees will choose from 100 classes taught by 40 of the best and most creative industry experts and instructors, including Julieanne Kost, Jay Maisel, George Lepp, Dan Margulis, and more. A complete list of instructors can be viewed at

About Photoshop World

Held annually on the east and west coasts, Photoshop World is the official convention of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. For more details, visit

About NAPP

NAPP is the largest digital imaging and design association worldwide with more than 70,000 members in 105 countries. It is the leading resource for Adobe Photoshop training, education and news. For more information, visit

Adobe and Photoshop are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.


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You Suck At Photoshop Wins a People’s Voice Webby Award Tue, 06 May 2008 17:59:13 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff You Suck At Photoshop, the trials and tribulations of Donnie, has won a People’s Voice Award in the 12th annual Webby Awards Comedy: Long Form or Series category. You Suck also won a People’s Voice Award in the “How To” category.

The creators of You Suck were recently revealed to be Troy Hitch and Matt Bledsoe, two ad agency refugees from Covington, Kentucky. See this PSN story: THE PHOTOSHOP GUYS REVEALED!.

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New ‘Digital Arts’ Festival Fuses Art & Technology Tue, 06 May 2008 17:37:46 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff dg5-600.jpg

Press Release: ALYS BEACH, Fla., May 6 /PRNewswire/ — A Florida beach resort town will host a unique festival on Labor Day weekend.

“Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach” was created to celebrate and promote the world’s most talented and innovative digital artists. But the event has a very unusual twist.

“We’re inviting digital artists from around the world to project their original artwork onto our town’s famous white walls,” said Kelli Arnold, Alys Beach’s Events Coordinator. “Our entire town will literally become their blank canvas.”

Sometimes referred to as “Photon Bombing,” “Guerilla Projection,” “Projection Bombing” or “Urban Projection,” underground artists around the globe have already been using the latest design, animation and projection technologies to cast their images onto skyscrapers and other urban structures, as a means of artistic expression.

“Some of the talent that we’re finding is truly stunning,” said Arnold.

To help lure that talent, Alys Beach has announced numerous award categories and over $5,000 in cash prizes, including a $2,500 “Best of Show” award. A certain number of qualified artists may also be eligible for cash stipends to help them attend the event.

The festival will be hosted by several celebrity and industry expert judges, including Alan Hunter — MTV’s very first “VeeJay,” co-host of the “Big 80′s” channel on Sirius Satellite Radio, and co-founder of the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival, and Warren Heaton, an award-winning digital media artist and UCLA professor, whose film, video and interactive media projects include such clients as Adobe, Aquantive Microsoft, Concorde-New Horizons, DirecTV, Motor Entertainment and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Artists are encouraged to submit their original works of digital art for consideration as soon as possible. Entries may include new or existing abstract digital imagery, short films, photography, VJ sets, animations, YouTube videos, Adobe PhotoShop creations or entirely new interactive concepts. All subject matter is eligible for the festival, although a special $1,000 prize will be awarded to the best entry with a “green” or environmental theme. The deadline for all submissions is Friday, July 11, 2008. The festival will be held on the evening of Saturday, August 30, 2008.

Alys Beach is located in Florida’s panhandle on Scenic Highway 30A, between Destin and Panama City Beach, along what The New York Times said “may be the best beach in the continental U.S.” In April, named Alys Beach America’s “Best Spot for the Design-Savvy.”

For more information about Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, visit , call toll-free 1-866-481-8387, or email .


One of the most beautiful new towns in the world, Alys Beach’s extraordinary architectural vision drew inspirations from both Bermuda and the family courtyard homes of Antigua, Guatemala. When complete, the town will be home to over 600 villas, rowhouses, courtyard homes and family compound retreats, as well as numerous restaurants, parks and shops. All homes in Alys Beach are built to Fortified … For Safer Living® building standards, as certified by the Institute for Business & Home Safety, and are also built to the Green Home Designation Standard of the Florida Green Building Coalition.

“Alys Beach may be the most truly innovative community under construction in the United States today, and it will eventually be imitated everywhere,” said Andres Duany, who was ranked one of the Top 5 most influential people in home building by Builder magazine.

For sales or rental information, please call 866-481-8387 or visit .

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On the Road to Photoshop World-Orlando Tue, 01 Apr 2008 15:07:16 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff No, I’m not going to Disney World…but I am in Orlando getting ready for the kick-off of this year’s Photoshop World.

The theme this year is THE EVOLUTION (probably because of the “evolution” of Photoshop) and rumor has it that Scott Kelby will be dressed as Captain Kirk and the staff will be the crew of the Starship Enterprise.

I’ve already run into Scott (not literally-I just saw him walking by on crutches). Seems Scott had a little accident. It’s either a 1)-a skiing accident while in the Swiss Alps, 2)-a kick boxing accident when delivering a vicious round kick or 3)-an unfortunate treadmill incident. We’ll investigate and report back so stay tuned…

Just found this story from Scott’s blog: I’m Heading to Photoshop World today. On Crutches!

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Photoshop Your Favorite NBA Star! Mon, 18 Feb 2008 22:52:17 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff chosen-one.jpg

Looking for a place to show off your top work?
The NBA and Midway are looking for YOUR Chosen One entries. It’s time to fire up Photoshop, get creative, and get ready to compete with NBA Fans around the world.

Showcase your CHOSEN ONE now through April! The top three entries will win eternal glory and cool prizes. For more info, see the web site:

The Chosen One Contest Design Checklist:

Create an image design that we’ve never seen before (using Photoshop or another type of designing software that you own or have rights to use). Your “Chosen One” can depict a current player, a fictional basketball character, or even a depiction of yourself. It’s up to you on who you want to be your Chosen One.
We’re looking for unique submissions!

Visual Appeal
Please make sure the design you submit focuses on the Chosen One, but is also balanced with cool background designs and artwork, taglines, etc.

Chosen One Player/Character
Make sure you include a player/character (whether fictional or real) in your design.

No Obscenities
All submissions that are uploaded will be monitored by our staff before they are posted live to ensure the Chosen One designs don’t include any obscene or negative
messaging or imagery.

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Political photography: The illusionists Mon, 18 Feb 2008 22:43:50 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff art-blair_16505s.jpg

Photo op by Peter Kennard

The camera never lies – or does it? Peter Kennard and Alexander Rodchenko have both manipulated images to undermine those in power. The results are subversive and unsettling, says Tom Lubbock

Source: The Independent

What is the power of images? Take this one. It shows Tony Blair, in shirt and tie, facing more or less front, and grinning hard, as he takes his own photo. But behind him the scene is entirely filled with the smoke and fire of a massive explosion, blowing the desert apart. Its detonation seems to be simultaneous with Blair’s snap.

Obviously it’s a composite image. It’s entitled Photo-Op and it was made a couple of years ago by our leading exponent of photomontage, Peter Kennard. The figure of a self-snapping Blair was extracted from a news photo (originally, what he had behind him was a group of children and naval cadets). It’s then been superimposed on a bit of shock-and-awe from Iraq.

The picture is a great coup. It catches Blair at his most Blairite – the casually contemporary guy, the publicity narcissist, in full grimace. And the whole scene is very nearly believable. It’s the kind of thing that Blair, in his boyish gung-ho silliness, could almost have done – gleefully snap himself, with his own war as a souvenir-backdrop. The composite is so seamlessly realistic that the eye can’t unpick it. This is no cut-and-paste collage. Photo-Op is made on Photoshop.

So what’s the power of this image? Well, it delivers a brilliant insult, in the way that it manages to condense a lot of suspicions about Blair’s character and priorities. And it plays a neat pictorial practical joke (which even a viewer who didn’t share those suspicions might enjoy). But for all that it’s morally apposite and visually clinching, Photo-Op doesn’t actually prove anything. For what can a montage prove?

Kennard has been taking images apart and fitting them together for almost 40 years. If you go to his retrospective at the Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park, you can see work going back to the early 1970s. There are attacks on the government of Edward Heath, illustrations for the Workers Press, old bits of artwork coming slightly unstuck. The causes may be fading history, but Kennard’s grim wit and graphic impact are already clear.

Read entire article

Show info:

Peter Kennard – Uncertified Documents, Pump House Gallery
London SW11 (020-7350 0523), to 30 March

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Ok, Probably Tonite Says Scott Wed, 13 Feb 2008 00:24:03 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff foxtvset.jpg

Scott Kelby wrote last week of Photoshop User TV’s premier on “real TV” but there seems to have been, uh, well, a technical glitch? However, today on his blog (Photoshop Insider) he posted “I somewhat hesitate to say this, but tonight, there is a more than a reasonable chance that at 1:30 am (same time in each time zone), Photoshop User TV will make it’s “real” television debut on Fox Business channel.”

Scott Kelby

So, if you’re up late tonite working on that last minute Photoshop project (or you have TiVo) you might check the listings and see if, as Scott says “you’ll be treated to either “The Photoshop Guys” or an informercial for “The Juicer” (which is what ran in our spot last week).”

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Call for Nominations for the Dean Collins Educational Scholarship at Photoshop World Conference & Expo Fri, 08 Feb 2008 17:07:52 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Photoshop World Conference & Expo – April 2-4, 2008 – Orlando, Fl

TAMPA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), today announced a call for nominations for its third annual Dean Collins Educational Scholarship for 2008. The Dean Collins Educational Scholarship is awarded annually to one high school or college educator nominated by his/her student(s) to provide the recipient an opportunity to attend NAPP’s annual convention – Photoshop World Conference & Expo. The scholarship also includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, a one-year NAPP membership, and subscription to Photoshop User magazine.

The deadline to submit nominations for the Dean Collins Educational Scholarship is Friday, Feb. 29, 2008. A nomination form can be downloaded off the Photoshop World website.

The Dean Collins Educational Scholarship was established in 2005 by Scott Kelby, president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, to honor the legacy of Dean Collins – a passionate and gifted teacher who left behind a lifetime of contributions to the worldwide Photoshop community.

Sponsored annually by Adobe Systems Incorporated, Photoshop World is the largest educational event worldwide for Photoshop users, photographers, graphic and Web designer, and digital artists. It is scheduled for April 2-4, 2008 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.

About NAPP

The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is a dynamic trade association, and the world’s leading resource for Adobe® Photoshop® training, news, and education. An award-winning team of Photoshop experts, authors, consultants, and trainers lead the association keeping its members on the cutting edge of Adobe Photoshop techniques and technology. Visit for more information.

Adobe and Photoshop are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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$100 Discount For Photoshop World Thu, 07 Feb 2008 18:51:00 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff ps-world-08.png

Receive $100 Off Registration to the World’s Largest Adobe Photoshop Educational Event

Press Release: TAMPA, Fla. — Advance registration for the world’s largest educational event for graphic artists, photographers, graphic and Web designers, and Photoshop users of all skill levels — Photoshop World Conference & Expo – is underway with a $100 discount at or calling 800-738-8513 by Friday, Feb. 29. Sponsored by Adobe Systems Incorporated and produced by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). Photoshop World will be held April 2-4 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

This year’s conference features more than 100 in-depth classes taught by 40 top industry experts, including Scott Kelby, Dave Cross, Katrin Eismann, Bert Monroy, Fay Sirkis, Joe McNally, Dan Margulis, Jeff Schewe, David Ziser, and more. Class sessions are dedicated to Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Extended, and Web development applications, as well as commercial design, outdoor and wedding photography, motion graphics and video, scripting, HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, and much more. Additionally, Photoshop World will feature a three-day Tech Expo showcasing the latest cutting-edge digital imaging and graphic design related products, professional portfolio reviews, 12 pre-conference workshops, and exciting after-hours social events. For a full schedule or to download a conference brochure, visit

Photoshop World Conference & Expo advance registration is $599US by Feb. 29 for the general public and $699US after; NAPP member advance registration is only $499US before Feb. 29 and $599US after. Special pricing is also available for students, educators, and alumni of Photoshop World. Register at or call toll free at 800-738-8513, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-7:00pm EST.

About NAPP

The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is a dynamic trade association, and the world’s leading resource for Adobe Photoshop training, news, and education. An award-winning team of Photoshop experts, authors, consultants, and trainers lead the association keeping its members on the cutting edge of Adobe Photoshop techniques and technology. Visit for more information.

Adobe, Photoshop, and Lightroom are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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PHOTOSHOP WORLD CONFERENCE & EXPO OPENS REGISTRATION Mon, 28 Jan 2008 16:55:39 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff Press Release: The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is proud to announce that its annual east coast Photoshop® World Conference & Expo – held at the Orange County Convention Center from April 2-4 – will feature more than 100 class sessions that will enhance the knowledge and capabilities of Photoshop users and creative professionals of all skill levels. Classes focus on graphic design, digital photography, Adobe® web applications, motion and video graphics, scripting, and much more.

A Photoshop World advance registration discount ($100 off) is available until February 29, during which time registration is only $599US for the general public and includes a one-year NAPP membership. NAPP member advance registration is only $499US. Special pricing is available for students, educators, and alumni of Photoshop World. Visit or call 1-800-738-8513 to register.

Photoshop World also features a three-day Tech Expo, an opening ceremony by NAPP president Scott Kelby with a special keynote by a senior Adobe executive, professional portfolio reviews by Photoshop World instructors, a live filming of PhotoshopUser TV , exciting after-hours social events, 12 pre-conference sessions, and bonus workshops by Kelby Training, Adobe, and Microsoft®.

Photoshop World is best known as being the place where Photoshop users and creative professionals can learn the latest techniques, technologies, and tricks-of-the-trade from top experts in their given fields. This year is no exception, featuring such instructors as Scott Kelby, Bert Monroy, Moose Peterson, Dan Margulis, Dave Cross, Jim DiVitale, Helene Glassman, Rod Harlan, Terry White, Matt Kloskowski, Jeff Schewe, Joe McNally, Jay Maisel, Taz Tally, Fay Sirkis, Eddie Tapp, Vincent Versace, Ben Willmore, and David Ziser. A complete listing of classes and instructors is available at

About NAPP
The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) is a dynamic trade association, and the world’s leading resource for Adobe Photoshop training, news, and education. An award-winning team of Photoshop experts, authors, consultants, and trainers lead the association keeping its members on the cutting edge of Adobe Photoshop techniques and technology. Visit for more information.

Adobe and Photoshop are trademarks or registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest 2007 Winners Thu, 03 Jan 2008 20:05:54 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff shuttered-windows.jpg

The winners of the Benoit Mandelbrot Fractal Art Contest 2007 have been announced and posted on their web site. The Honorary Chairman, Benoit Mandelbrot himself writes: “It was an astonishing event, both at the International Congress of Mathematicians and at the museum downtown. I am an inveterate optimist, but never expected to see a crowd standing in a long line to be allowed to admire mathematics in any of its forms.”

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Stephen Johnson to Speak SVA Wed, 28 Nov 2007 15:45:28 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff
The MPS Digital Photography Department of the School for Visual Arts (SVA) is presenting a lecture by renowned landscape photographer Stephen Johnson, a pioneer who has helped shape the technology for today’s (and tomorrow’s) digital photographers.

059652370x_lrg.jpgBased on his latest book, Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography, Johnson will discuss the history of electronic imaging, the transformation of the darkroom, ethics in the digital age, and trends in digital photography for the future.

SVA Amphitheater
December 4, 2007 7 PM

209 East 23 Street, 3rd floor
New York City

Free and open to the public

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Photo Expo West 2007 Fri, 02 Nov 2007 17:50:29 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff photoexpo-west.png

Press Release: Photo Expo West 2007 returns bigger and better then ever with a new name, a larger, improved venue at the Del Mar fairgrounds, free seminars from the world’s best photographers, and even more vendors offering screaming deals just in time for the holidays. Join renowned celebrity photography Douglas Kirkland and other top professional photographers as they offer 19 free seminars each day. Experts from Canon, Epson, Nikon, Pentax, Tamron, Sony and other top name brands will be on hand to answer questions from the public. This popular public event, formerly the San Diego Photo Expo, has grown to be Southern California’s most successful photography event.

Photo Expo West continues to bring world famous photographers to share their expertise and experiences to all comers. This is the chance of a lifetime to learn from the photography’s elite. Celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland returns and will be joined by members of Canon’s Explorers of Light, the Nikon Pro Team, and other internationally acclaimed masters of photography. Don Gale, Hanson Fong, Eddie Tapp, Bill Fortney, Tony Corbel and others will be speaking as well. Learn from live demonstrations of studio shoots with professional models. Topics include wedding, portrait and aerial photography, and Photoshop secrets of the pros. Seating is limited!

Photo enthusiasts (and those who shop for them) in the San Diego area will see sensational savings on digital camera gear!  This year finds nearly double the vendors and products compared to previous years. Along with cameras for everyone from professional wedding photographers to soccer moms, look for scrapbooking deals, frames, albums and camera accessories of every description. Shoppers can buy with the confidence of knowing they’re getting top brand products at the best prices. Experts will be on hand to answer any and all questions about all things photographic.

Photo Expo West will be open to the public from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. Admission to the Expo is free, including seminars from the world’s best photographers. Parking at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is $8.00. There will be food and drinks for sale onsite. More information about the show and seminars can be found at

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Call for Entries: The Photoshop User Awards Thu, 01 Nov 2007 18:04:03 +0000 PSN Editorial Staff psuserawards.jpg

Scott Kelby posts a blog entry on his Photoshop Insider blog about the Photoshop User Awards “Call for entries”.

The “Call for Entries” goes out today for the 2nd annual worldwide “Photoshop User Awards” competition, (sponsored by Photoshop User magazine), and if you’re this year’s “Best of Show” winner, we’re sending you and a friend on a trip to beautiful Maui, Hawaii (including round-trip airfare, hotel, and daily expenses) to get you totally inspired to have your work featured as the cover art for an issue of Photoshop User magazine.

Check out the Photoshop User Awards web site for more info.

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PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2007 Fri, 26 Oct 2007 20:43:52 +0000 Martin Evening javitts.jpg
Photos © 2007 by Martin Evening and Andrew Rodney

The annual PDN Photo Plus event took place from the 18th–20th October at the Javits Center, New York. Once again, the Pixel Geniuses were all out in force at the show, as were many of our friends and colleagues at Adobe. Here is a picture diary of some of the things that happened last week, with photographs by myself and Andrew Rodney.


If you haven’t attended PhotoPlus Expo before, it’s a huge event where camera manufacturers, software companies and just about anyone connected with the photography industry gathers to show off their wares and catch up on the latest innovations. PDN doesn’t exactly take over all of the Javits Center, but the show still manages to take over most of the main floor.


Jeff Schewe was pretty much everywhere, speaking at the Adobe booth, doing demos at the Canon stand, signing prints as well as presenting seminars in the conference rooms downstairs.


Jeff even brought his special “third eye” to make sure he got the shot.


Here is Jeff in action handing out prizes at the end of his talk on Camera Raw in Photoshop. Jeff’s also got a new book coming out: a revised CS3 update to the late Bruce Fraser’s Real World Camera Raw book.


Also at the Adobe booth you could meet Adobe experts such as Tom Hogarty (product manager of Photoshop Lightroom sporting a new half-beard) who were on hand to answer customer questions about Lightroom and Photoshop.


At night it was time to go find somewhere to eat. Pictured here are (left to right): Andrew Rodney, Becky Schewe, Jeff Schewe, Mac Holbert and Seth Resnick.


Uh oh, looks like Jeff was about to take one of his famous upside down, between the legs, looking back shots!


No, wrong. It’s me shooting Jeff shooting me with Michael Reichmann of the Luminous-landscape looking on pityingly.


Mac Holbert of Nash Editions photographed with Andrew Rodney’s Halloween style lighting.


Seth Resnick speaking at the Adobe booth.


Seth again during his presentation on ‘One Photographer’s Workflow Solution’. Note Seth’s hard drive held together with Gaffer tape, thanks to an over-zealous TSA person who dismantled the drive at a security check but forgot to replace (or return) the screws.


There were also private meetings with Adobe engineers where invited Photoshop and Lightroom testers were given sneak previews of what might be coming up in the future. Here is a shot of me with Zorna Gee in the foreground. I can’t tell you what they showed me, but I guess you can tell I was quite excited by the demo.

The Pixel Mafia dinner


No Photo Plus gathering is complete without the annual Pixel Mafia dinner, which this year was held back at Zoe’s in Prince Street, SoHo with almost 70 people invited (you know who you were).


George Jardine with Jay Maisel , enjoying a pre-dinner drink.


Seth Resnick, squeezing past John Paul Caponigro


And shown here with his wife Jamie. Seth and Jamie got married shortly after Photo Plus last year and are due to have a baby in March of 2008.


Julieanne Kost from Adobe (looking very pink).


Photoshop engineer Jeff Chien looking very pleased to see Andrew.


Henry Wilhelm of Wilhelm Imaging Research, pictured here with Philip Andrews, who among other things has written the successful series of books on Photoshop Elements.


Stephen Johnson with Steve Gorman in the background.


Addy Roff, marketing manager for the Photoshop family of products with Tom Kuntz from X-RITE trying to hide under a napkin.


Liz Quinlisk of X-RITE with photographer Andy Katz and Suzanne from Lowe Pro.


Myself with Frederick Johnson, the new Adobe marketing manager for Lightroom. We like Frederick – he’s a great new addition to the team.


Addy and Liz, keeping Jay happy!


William Hollingworth from NEC with Andy Katz.


Chris Murphy with Eddie Murphy (note, they are not related, just good friends).


Becky Schewe with Seth and George


Greg Gorman (the Pixel Mafia consiglieri and chooser of the wine) pictured here with photographer Rich Marchosottoi.


Here is one of the bottles drunk that night. Have no idea what it is, but it looks expensive. (Editor’s note: it WAS expensive)


Photoshop engineer Gregg Willenski with your host for the evening, Jeff Schewe (aka The Godfather).


Time for us to settle up and leave. Was it something I said Steve?

Meanwhile, the show went on…


Peter Krogh was at the Adobe booth each day presenting on how to work with metadata in Lightroom.


And despite the evening’s excess the night before, Andrew, JP, Mac, Jeff and Greg were on call to present a group conference the next morning for the Epson Print Academy. Although Jeff’s voice was beginning to fade by then!

With so much going on there was barely time to check out the other stands at the show. Canon had sample camera bodies of the latest EOS 1Ds MkIII camera with its larger sensor, bigger screen and live video display. Nikon was also getting a lot of attention with the new Nikon D3 camera. Epson exhibited some great prints made with the latest Exhibition Fiber Paper (that PixelGenius has produced free profiles for) and there were daily print signings by well known photographers.


As I scouted around the rest of the show I wanted to check out the Drobo booth to see their much talked about automated storage system. These drive systems have been out for a while now and are a marvel of simplicity in concept. Check out the site link for more details.


I was also quite taken by the dedicated Dymo CD printer. I know other printers have this as an option, but I liked the compact size and speed at which this thing worked. You also have the software that makes it easy to design and customize your own CD labels.


My Apple 30″ display is nearing the end of its life, so should I upgrade to the latest Eizo FlexScan SX3031W 30″ calibrated display when it comes out next year? The 30″ display market does offer several choices, but this is looking like the best in show so far (but at a steep price).


Oh yeah, and Kodak was giving away free sample film again (there was quite a queue).

Taking time out from the show
For myself, this was also a family trip. One where I was able to travel to New York with my wife, Camilla, and our daughter, Angelica, who is now seven months old.


Oh, and Camilla’s mother Hannah came too, so that Camilla and I could have some time together and get to enjoy all the pixel dinners.

Photograph: © Emily Hartz

Here’s us on our last day in New York, which was unbelievably hot and sunny nearly all the time we stayed there. I also got to shoot a few cityscape pictures (created using the Airtight postcard gallery for Lightroom). Some of these will doubtlessly feature in a future book somewhere.


So that was it for 2007. PhotoPlus Expo will be returning next year. If you want to go in 2008, then bookmark the Photo Plus Expo website.

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On the Road to New York City Tue, 16 Oct 2007 05:59:46 +0000 Jeff Schewe I’ll be on the road to New York City and PhotoPlus Expo this week. You can check out what PixelGenius will be doing there (including my activities) in This PhotoshopNews story PixelGenius at PhotoPlus Expo.

In addition to those activities I’ll also be in the Canon booth shooting on Thursday at 11:30AM (and yes, I’ll be using a 1Ds MIII) and the Peachpit Booth on Friday at 2PM talking about…Camera Raw of course. I’ll also be doing a print signing at the Epson both on Saturday at 1:45PM (come get a signed print–FREE). Thursday night we’re throwing another annual Pixel Mafia dinner (the usual suspects know where and when).

So, not a lot of posting this week but I have a ton of stories lined up. Oh, yeah, next week I’ll also be gone Monday & Tuesday–I’ll be at a press check for Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS3. Seems Peachpit is actually gonna print the thing!

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