The Photoshop Conference 2015 Wrap-Up

The expected blizzard fizzled, but the inaugural Photoshop Conference for Designers—co-located with The InDesign Conference 2015 — took Denver by storm this past week. Over 400 attendees—plus an all-star lineup of expert speakers—swarmed the Marriott City Center at this premier content-and-community event produced by Creative Publishing Network (CPN).

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Highlights included welcoming remarks from master-of-ceremonies Mark Heaps, and dynamic sessions led by Adobe Photoshop Senior Product Manager Stephen Nielson, and presenters Russell Viers, Justin Seeley, Deke McClelland, Lesa Snider, Colin Smith, Chris Converse, Nigel French, and CPN’s own David Blatner.

Creating and adapting a logo with the dynamic Deke McClelland

Creating and adapting a logo with the dynamic Deke McClelland

Day 2 started with a demo of PixelSquid 3D Objects, currently in free beta. Adobe’s Michael Ninness next took the stage to perform blend-mode magic, then was joined by the entire Adobe Development Team for a lunch Q&A session with conference attendees.

The day concluded with a fast-and-furious “Three Minutes Max” round in which eight presenters competed with astounding technical feats to win a prize for one lucky audience member (Keith Gilbert’s “impossible text box” was judged the favorite).

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There was plenty of time to mix and mingle with colleagues during breaks, and a fun networking Bingo game that is a CPN conference tradition. Attendees could also visit the Meet the Speakers / Help desk and get one-on-one answers to their Photoshop questions.

Lesa Snider speaking at the Photoshop Conference 2015

Lesa Snider on retouching techniques: “All these tips, if you add them up, can make one vacation day a year!”

Wednesday’s intensive tutorials focused on compositing and masking, using Photoshop with Illustrator and InDesign, and other tips, tricks and techniques that attendees could take home and put to work for themselves and their clients. The Photoshop Conference 2016 is set for July in Minneapolis (follow #psdcon on Twitter for updates).

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Posted on: November 23, 2015

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