Thursday News Update

It is another Thursday and here are some news from this week in the design, developer and gadget community!

  • First off, my good friend Janine Smith, a killer restoration artist, has published her very first video tutorial on digital restoration. I have already told you that she is amazing at what she does, so go ahead and learn something cool by watching the tutorial.
  • The Photoshop.com iPhone app has now added better sharing abilities, now able to share to both Twitter and Facebook, a feature that could potentially do away with a second up, just for the sharing purpose.
  • Heard about Corey Barker? If you have, good, if not, you need to! Corey is a very talented illustrator and artist who works as an instructor at NAPP. My friend Firgs just caught up with him in an interview, where you can see a bit of what is going on inside of Corey’s head.

That is some of the news for this week, don’t forget that the Creatively Using the Creative Suite podcast is now back and going live tomorrow, a weekday that will change. Starting next week the podcast episodes will go live every Thursday, for you to watch.

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NAPP Announcing Incredible CS5 Learning Center

The great folks over at NAPP are working seriously hard now with the CS5 announcement just around the corner. Coming up on Monday is one of the most incredible resources that I have yet to hear about when it comes to a new launch.

With the CS5 announcement on Monday, NAPP will open up its usual CS5 learning center which is always filled with knowledge on the new features. However, this time, that isn’t enough, there is more, and you are going to want to know about it.

I don’t want to spoil it for you by telling you all about it before the NAPP guys do it, so watch the video embedded above and have a look at Scott Kelby’s blog to have it all explained to you!

NAPP Interviews: Ask the NAPP Staff (including Scott himself)!

My dear friend, Firgs is doing an interview series on her website (Design by Firgs) with the staff over at NAPP (and Photoshop World instructors and key roles). Each week leading up to Photoshop World, there will be an interview with a staff member on NAPP, both the public faces and the people behind the scenes, making the magazine happen, making the podcasts come out. There are some seriously talented folks there, so take your chance and ask them your questions.

The lineup includes public faces such as RC Concepcion, Matt Kloskowski, Terry White and none other than Scott Kelby himself. I know that you have always,  wanted to ask Scott about his most embarrassing photo shoot. Fine, secretly I know you have wanted to know what pattern he likes best on his socks, striped, plain or dotted. Now is your chance!

What you absolutely want to do, is take the chance to ask some questions to the more hidden faces, doing all the great things you enjoy from NAPP, aside from the tutorials. You can’t see an issue of Photoshop User Magazine go by without seeing Taffy Clifford’s work! She is one of their awesome graphic designers working on the featured article pages in some of the issues. Or, Leslie Montenegro, who is marketing graphic designer, in charge of the marketing graphics.

Basically, what I am trying to tell you all, is that this is a golden opportunity to ask what you have on your heart. Especially to the behind-the-scenes crew. How often to you get to ask about the real-life creation process for the magazine? I thought not…

Get yourself over to Design by Firgs and submit those questions!

The Photoshop User Awards

Photoshop User Awards

Just announced are the fourth annual Photoshop User Awards by the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. It’s a really big contest here which everyone around the world is eligible to enter. The grand prize winner will get a trip to Barcelona, Spain with an "assistant" (of their choice) and the opportunity to shoot the cover for an issue of the Photoshop User Magazine. From November 1 and on you’ll be able to enter your art, maximum of three pieces per person (along with some other rules). The entry fee is $35 (or $25 if you are a NAPP member). There are a bunch of different categories to enter in—with great prizes in all categories—which you can see below:

  • General Photography (digital or traditional scanned images manipulated or collaged in Photoshop)
  • Illustration (original creations drawn or created in Photoshop)
  • Artistic (artistic creations)
  • Photo Restoration (Restoring or repairing damaged images – die: rips, scratches, tears, faded photos, etc.)
  • Wedding and Portrait Photography (Wedding or Portrait images enhanced using Photoshop.)
  • Landscape & Travel Photography (Outdoor photography enhanced or corrected, or processed in Photoshop)
  • Photo Retouching (Retouching people, landscapes, architectural images, commercial retouching, etc.)
  • Advertising Design (Images used in brochures, annual report collages, advertising, logos, etc.)
  • Composites and Collaging (Collage of images).
  • Student Work (Images created or manipulated by students. NOTE: A valid student ID is required to enter work in this category).
  • General Photoshop Design (Images that don’t fit into one of the categories listed above, die: cartoons, Photoshop graffiti art, tattoo art, medical imagery, astronomy, etc.).

Final Day for Photoshop World Early-Bird

Photoshop World Countdown

If you want to go to Photoshop World in Las Vegas this fall (September 4-6) at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center it’s time to hurry up if you want to save some money. Today is the final day to register for the early-bird which saves you $100! So go over to the Photoshop World website and check that out fast.

Also, the screenshot above is from my Photoshop World Countdown widget that counts down to the event starts (not the pre-con day). It’s available for the Mac Dashboard for free of course. You can download it at this link.

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