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I wrote another poem! I tell you, I'm so damn creative when I have lots of other stuff that I'm supposed to be doing. Good news is, it's short:

I was reading an article
about people who make more
than $20 million a year.
And then I dropped it
and looked down
at a hill of ants.
And I noticed something:
The ants who make more
than $20 million a year
(I saw some, I really did!)
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I've Begun Work on My Next Photoshop Masking Course

Just a note to let you know that I've begun work on my next video course for lynda.com, which will be called Photoshop Masking & Compositing: Fundamentals. The course is slated to be 9 chapters long, and it will set in motion the stuff that you need to know to mask a photographic image with absolute authority against any and all backgrounds. Many courses will follow, including (but not limited to): Advanced Blending, The Pen Tool, and the ever-thrilling Hair. The last of which will include "tough stuff"!

At Photoshop World, I had many folks come up to me and tell me that my two back-to-back Channels & Masks sessions were their favorite at the conference. Which was awesome, because those sessions were based on my old content. This next course is a new take on things. Here's how it all starts, with an artificially colored foreground set against a similarly adjusted background. (Based on a Fotolia image from TessarTheTegu, BTW.) It's a wacky multichannel effect. And, really, isn't he just the duckiest toucan you ever laid eyes on? I love how he has pretend teeth to scare off the predators. (That's not Photoshop, that's natural!) Don't you just want to take him home and make bird-love to him? I know, me too.

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Up and Running with Photoshop for Photography

Things have been crazy around here lately. So forgive me for just now finally getting around to posting the fact that my beloved video publisher, lynda.com, has released the fourth and last in my series of crash courses on Adobe programs. It's called Up and Running with Photoshop for Photography, and it explains how to get started with Photoshop specifically and digital photography in general. So gather your loved ones, microwave some popcorn, and get ready to watch 3 hours, 32 minutes, and 33 movies of the best video training you ever laid your eyes and ears on. (I don't mean to be boastful; I'm just excited.) Newbies and seasoned pros will find much to learn. (Again, I stress: I'm excited.) Here's my choice for a poster frame, featuring the adorable Alicia, as captured by the equally adorable Jacob Cunnigham (the guy in the Coke shirt coming up soon).

Up and Running with Photoshop for Photography

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Raven's 9

This evening, I was considering the notion of fate. I don't happen to believe in the concept. But surely, even if you do, even if you imagine your life to be guided by A Higher Authority, you submit and live your life as best you can.

Which is my way of introducing a kind of poem that I wrote. I woke one morning, several months ago, with that random and absurd anxiety that seems trivial later but hits you all-consuming at the time. Rather than stare at the ceiling (my usual solution), I wrote down a few thoughts.

The result is an argument against fate in which two guys battle, neither wins, and a third (through no fault of his own beyond the telling of the event) loses. I call it:

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Up and Running with Photoshop for Design

Just last Thursday, lynda.com released the third in my series of four video crash courses on Adobe programs, Up and Running with Photoshop for Design. I'm so proud, I decided to provide you with a blow-by-blow description. It is, if I dare say, 3 hours, 36 minutes, and 31 movies and blissful goodness.

Up and Running with Photoshop for Design

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