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Multi-media presentations, training and tutorials

Bruce Philpott does multi-media presentations

I give multi-media presentations to organizations such as City College of San Francisco, the North Bay Adobe Users’ Group and the Sacramento Adobe Users’ Group. I offer new techniques and workflow methods for graphic designers and photographers. If you wish me to speak to your group or if you want me to train your staff, I’ll be happy to work with you.


Here are a few free tutorials and articles.
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Free photography and Photoshop tutorials and articles More Photoshop techniques & tips Combining Two Exposures Photoshop Techniques & Tips The VERY Basics of Photoshop Applying an Adjustment Layer to a Selection Creating Cast Shadows Masking and Select>Color Range Getting the most out of your Digital Camera
... and MORE! (More than twenty currently... see the list below)

In answer to the questions I receive from my fellow photographers and Photoshop users, I've written some articles and tutorials. If you have further questions when you've read one of them, please email me and refer to which article/tutorial and what page, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

They're only a few pages each, and not nearly as thorough as the many terrific books available on the topics. I've listed my favorite Photography and Photoshop books on their own page. If you're using an earlier version of Photoshop, you may find books about that version in used book stores or Google it on the internet.

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Photographing Art
for submission to publications and the web
(2.51MB PDF) includes:
  • Avoiding reflections in flat art
  • Preventing motion blur
  • Lighting for 2-D and 3-D art
  • Showing your art as it really is
Balancing the Exposure Triangle (jpeg) includes:
  • A single page chart of exposure basics
  • What the 3 exposure variables do
  • How they affect the image
  • Controlling depth of field
Izzy Learned to be a Photographer - and you can, too
Look over the shoulder of an 11-year old as she learns to operate a DSLR (579 K PDF) includes:
  • The basics of photographic exposure
  • Balancing f-stop and shutter speed
  • When it's OK to disagree with the camera
  • Photography is an art and you're the artist
Get the Most out of Your Digital Camera (2 MB PDF) includes:
  • How to choose a digital camera
  • What's a megapixel?
  • Exposure options... you decide!
  • Deep or shallow depth of field
  • Shutterspeed choice
  • Picture taking tips
  • Composition tips
  • Easy professional portrait lighting

The Very, Very Basics of Photoshop (3.25 MB PDF) includes:
  • For real newbies! (others, too!)
  • Basics of the Layers palette
  • Painting on a layer
  • Some selection methods
  • Basic exposure modification
  • Layer masking
Photoshop Techniques (2.25 MB PDF) includes:
  • How to straighten your photos
  • Cropping made simple
  • Selectively lightening and darkening areas of you photos
  • Making areas disappear and reappear!
  • Blurring foreground & background
  • Saving for Web
The Stuff I Left Out -More Photoshop tips (2.6 MB PDF) includes:
  • Who your friends are
  • Shortcuts I use a lot
  • Keyboard shortcuts made easy
  • Let Actions do the boring stuff
  • Fixing perspective distortion
  • "Why won't this work?"
Photographing & Photoshopping Transparent & Reflective Objects 
Presented to the North Bay Adobe User Group February 22, 2010 (438 KB PDF) includes:
  • Eliminating distracting reflections
  • Creating reflections which describe
  • Lighting the object appropriately
  • Making the image look pausible
  • Masking to reveal a background
  • Distortions through clear fluid
Masking Made Simple and Select>Color Range! (6.5 MB PDF) includes:
  • Making parts of a layer "disappear"
  • Masking an adjustment layer
  • Selecting using Color Range
  • Working with transparent objects
  • Painting on a mask
  • "Dedicating" an adjustment layer
Creating Cast Shadows  for isolated subjects (5.4 MB PDF) includes:
  • Perspective shadows
  • Making it more subtle
  • Using an existing shadow
  • Enhancing the shadow

Adjustment Layers for a Selection  (2.5 MB PDF) includes:

  • Requested by Robin Underhill
    for one of her students.
  • Your selection creates
    a mask on your layer!
Combining Exposures  (5 MB PDF) includes:
  • A way to capture extremes of
    lighting in your photo
  • Demonstrated in Camera Raw,
    but can be two exposures.
Written at the request of Robin Underhill on the Photozo:
ImageReady Rollovers (1.8 MB PDF) for versions prior to CS3 - includes:
  • Creating rollover links for your
    web site
  • ImageReady: The "other side" of Photoshop
From the November/December 2006 Photozine
A Cloning Tip (192KB PDF) includes:
  • Making distracting things disappear

  • Continuing the lines in the background
Written at the request of Landis Major on the Photozo:
Adobe Camera Raw (3MB PDF) includes:
  • Using the other third of the twelve bits your camera is capturing
  • Recovering highlight areas you thought were too overexposed
From the January/February 2009 Photozine
Creating Animations in Photoshop (1.24 MB PDF) includes:
  • Create animations for your web site
  • Attract your viewer's eye with motion
A video tutorial
Build Your Own Teleprompter (Six minute video) includes:
  • Free software to download
  • Simple, inexpensive construction
Repetitive Task Escapes (118KB PDF) includes:
  • Let your computer do the boring stuff
  • Assign complex tasks to a single key
Portrait Lighting - a VERY short explanation (174KB PDF) includes:
  • Showing texture and the depth
    of your subject's features

  • Avoiding "flat" light
My Eye in the Sky - a higher perspective (772KB PDF) includes:
  • Methods of raising your camera
  • Ways of triggering your shutter remotely
  • Using an iPod as a remote viewfinder
  • Creating an ad hoc network
 PocketWizard™ asked to use this tutorial for their customers:
Using a Ray Flash with a PocketWizard™ MiniTT1 (379KB PDF) includes:
  • Two terrific lighting accessories which
    seem to be physically incompatible
  • A workaround using two other
    commercially available accessories.
Create your own 2014 Calendar includes:
  • Templates for each month
    of 2014

  • Suggestions of various types
    of calendars you can make

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Photoshop Techniques Digital Photo Tips Photoshop Techniques More Photoshop Photoshop Techniques The Very, Very Basics Digital Photography Tips More Photoshop tips