Photoshop World Conference & Expo


Adobe Photoshop is holding a conference at the Orlando, Florida Convention Center on April 17, 18, and 19, 2013.  There are 40 instructors teaching over 100 classes. The instructors include professional photographers, Authors, Graphic Artists, Adobe Product Manager, and Photoshop Instructors, just to name a few. The cost ($499.00 if paid by March  14th) includes three rigorous days of classes.  There are seven tracts, they are; General Photoshop, Graphic Design, Lighting, Business, Lightroom, Photography Techniques, and Photoshop for Photographers. Each “tract” offers 13-14 classes, you can follow their “tracts” or you can mix and match as you like. Below is an example of theGeneral Photoshop tract:

General Photoshop

  • Wednesday, April 17

    10:45 am – 11:45 am The Creative Composite with Julieanne Kost

    Discover how to transform concepts and ideas into images by mastering the tools used in compositing, including adjustment layers, masking, blending and more.

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mastering Smart Objects with Dave Cross

    Starting from the ground up, learn the incredible advantages that Smart Objects offer, from non-destructive editing, to creativity to problem solving to creating easily reusable templates.

    6:15 pm – 7:15 pm Composition & Design with Joe Glyda

    Both photographers and designers alike, incorporate design and composition into their imagery. Understanding the basics of design and learning how to use the composition elements in this imagery can enhance every piece of artwork. Once they elements are mastered, the rules can be broken to create images that have additional impact.

  • Thursday, April 18

    8:15 am – 9:15 am Digital Illustration Workflow with Aaron Blaise

    In this class, you’ll learn the steps to creating realistic animal illustrations using traditional concepts in a digital medium.

    9:30 am – 10:30 am Hidden & Hard-To-Find Tweaks with Ben Willmore

    The major changes get all the headlines, but some of the smallest changes make the most difference in your daily workflow. See how the new version of Photoshop will radically change the little things you do in such a way that you’ll be smiling every day you use it. It’s as if a little angel was sitting on your shoulder listening to your ever need and making tiny changes that make a huge difference to your daily life.

                                                        10:45 am – 11:45 am Photoshop 101 with Richard Harrington

    Get a crash course on the basics of Photoshop.

                                                        12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Selection Secrets with Dave Cross

    Learn how to end up with great selections quickly and accurately. We’ll explore different approaches to making selections, from basic selection tools to channel-based selections and refine edge. And since selections are so often closely tied to compositing, we’ll also talk about strategies to help make better selections and masks when making a composite image.

    4:45 pm – 5:45 pm It’s Not as Hard As You Think with Bert Monroy

    Creating one object and expanding to many, how to fill a stadium, repeating subway cars, draw half an object and flip horizontally.

    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Photoshop Tips & Tricks with Dave Cross

    Learn the small but important changes that will make your life easier, from new keyboard shortcuts to new presets and much more.

  • Friday, April 19

    8:15 am – 9:15 am Photoshop CS6 Hidden Gems with Bryan Hughes

    Dive into the hidden gems of Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CS5 Extended, including tips and tricks to help speed up your productivity.

    11:00 am – 12:00 pm Editing Video In Photoshop with Richard Harrington

    The latest version of Photoshop CS6 adds an easy to use video editing toolset for all users. Learn how to combine video, photos, and audio into the Photoshop timeline and get great results. If you’re looking to get the video off your hard drive and onto the screen, don’t miss this class

    1:00 pm – 2:00 Lens System For Composite with Pete Collins

    What are the four keys to getting different elements to look right in a composite? I will help you understand what your eye is looking for and how to fool it into believing the reality you are creating.

    2:15 pm – 3:15 pm 3D in Photoshop with Corey Barker

There are also extra classes that you can take on the day before the event starts (Tuesday) that run from $89 to $299. Below are just a few examples:

lightpainting        Light Painting 101

joemcnally-precon  Telling Stories with light.

Finally, there is a large Expo that runs the same time. Exhibitors at the Expo are the key players in the market. They include Adobe, Wacom, Nikon, Mpix and many more. The Expo will open to the public at no charge on Thursday and Friday and will be offering free classes of their own, yes they will be product driven but there will be a lot to learn there for free.

If you find yourself in Orlando the week of April 15 thru 19 this conference is an absolute must!!!

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By: smccoy3


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