Hey there, everyone. I know a few (thousand) of you have lost complete and utter faith in me for my lack of regular blogging habits as of late. But it’s only because I’ve had my nose to the grindstone on the projects that provide me with a living (excuse me for that) and you with the most benefit: My ongoing and extensive line of videos. Perhaps a pirate flag isn’t the wisest graphic to associate with my commercial products, but it fits the mood, as you’ll learn shortly.
In the interest of answering a few questions and providing one-and-all with a much-needed update of my activities, here’s the latest:
- The entirety of my 26-hour and 17-minute Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced video series is live on lynda.com. I know it’s been a while germinating, but it’s 26 hours and 17 minutes long for crap’s sake! And it’s good stuff, with every minute (of the 1,577) altogether new. Read this post if you want to find out what it contains.
- I finished recording Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery on August 11. (Did I blog that? No I did not! What the hell is wrong with me?) Again, it’s 100% new, with mind-tingling content on masking, the pen tool, blend modes, smart objects (see this post for more info), the bristle brushes, Photomerge, HDR Pro, and actions. My producer tells me it’ll be out by the end of this month (better known as September, the Beginning of Fall).
- Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Illustrator One-on-One CS5: Fundamentals have been out for months, and they’re rockin’ the charts. What I love is that these two video series are neck-and-neck. I’ve never seen this before. Illustrator is just a few thousand views behind Photoshop (which is a drop in the bucket, btw). Keep on keepin’ on Illustrator users!!!
- Today I done begun work on Illustrator CS5 One-on-One: Advanced. (If some glob wants to insinuate that I’ve been lazy while he’s been waiting, I remind my kindest readers that I’ve recorded 80+ hours of after-edit video in the last five months, so please, eat . . . my many hours of video.) That pirate at the top of the post is the first of my many reorganized videos. He’s a Live Trace example. But see, here’s the thing: I researched, sketched, developed, and traced this handome fellow in one day (as demonstrated below). For any who might think Live Trace simplifies life, it does not. It makes our rich and wonderful lives that much more elaborate. Which is how it should be.
Did I mention that I ultimately turn that pirate graphic into a super-smooth 5-foot wide by 3-foot tall flag, suitable for printing on your medium of choice? No, but I mention it now. And because this is an original piece of artwork, I can (and will) give it to you. But I have to finalize it first. Which is what I’m doing at present, at lynda.com.