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Photoshop and Illustrator: Insider Tips with Bert Monroy and Sharon Steuer

Photoshop and Illustrator: Insider Tips with Bert Monroy and Sharon Steuer
Event on 2013-12-12 18:30:00

Photoshop Till You Drop and the Bay Area Illustrator User Group invite you to
"Photoshop and Illustrator: Insider Tips with Bert Monroy and Sharon Steuer"

Bert Monroy and Sharon Steuer both began creating artwork with digital tools when apiece pixel was still a visible dot on the screen. Both have taught how to use individualized to create artwork since the mid-80s, and in the years since, have written many books, lectured extensively, and have taught courses on Bert and Sharon have known apiece other for decades, and tonight for the first time they'll be sharing with you some of their favorite tips and tricks for using Photoshop and Illustrator, separately, and together.

Bert Monroy is probably ideal known for being the master of using Photoshop to create hyper realistic digital paintings. In addition to being co-author of the first book on Photoshop and many books since about how he uses Photoshop, Bert also instructs courses on Considered a guru in the Photoshop art world, he often enlists the help of Illustrator to achieve detailed effects within his high resolution digital paintings.
Bert is an accomplished instructor and lecturer at many prestigious institutions including: The School of Visual Arts (New York), Center for Creative Imaging (Maine), California College of the Arts, the Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging (California) and currently at San Francisco Say University. He also consults with and trains corporate clients, including Pixar and Disney Animation. His film credits include work for Industrial Light & Magic, Pacific Data Images, and R/Greenberg Associates.Bert is a member of the Photoshop World Dream Team. In 2004, he was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame. Visit Bert's website at You can also find Bert's online courses at

In current years Sharon Steuer's "Adobe Illustrator WOW! Books" and "Artistic Painting" courses have focused on Illustrator as an artist's tool, but her books also include "Creative Thinking in Photoshop," and in her own work she uses Photoshop and InDesign as much as Illustrator. Sharon Steuer has been creating artwork since she could hold a crayon. For the past three decades, she has pioneered the merging of traditional and digital art forms. Sharon's current artwork weaves together oil paintings, digital paintings, drawings, photographs, and individualized artifacts in an exploration of fragmented childhood memory. Her digital painting courses are acquirable from, she is the author of the bestselling Adobe Illustrator WOW! Books and Creative Thinking in Photoshop, and she is a regular contributor to She and her husband, sound artist Jeff Jacoby, have collaborated on a number of projects including large-scale installations and local culture articles for Sharon has been honored to receive the Faber Birren Color Award, a Winsor Newton painting award, three Benjamin Franklin Awards, and an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Sharon's painting studio is in the Mission District in San Francisco. For more about Sharon and her work:,

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San Francisco, United States Declares Rankings of Top 100 Search Engine Optimization Firms for November 2013

(PRWEB) November 29, 2013

The independent dominance on web design and development,, has issued the ideal search engine optimization services in the web development industry for the month of November 2013. Various services are place through a meticulous evaluation of their solutions to ensure only the absolute ideal search engine optimization services are highlighted apiece month. The rankings are produced by the independent research team through painstaking testing and analysis to refer the ideal services offering search engine optimization solutions.

While many search engine optimization firms are considered for the rigorous evaluation process apiece month only the top firms are featured in the listings. The rankings are revised apiece month in order to statement for the latest developments and accomplishments of competing search engine optimization firms in areas most commonly associated with successful search engine optimization services. The five areas of evaluation used to determine the ideal firms include keyword analysis, reporting methods, on page optimization, needs analysis, and off page optimization.

To view the rankings of the top SEO firms click here.

ABOUT is an established independent research firm focusing on the analysis and listings of web design and development services all around the world. The listings are produced by the independent research team apiece month to feature the ideal SEO services based on their accomplishments and their rating reached through the proprietary analysis process.

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Sony VAIO SVD13225PXB 13.3-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook (Black)

Sony VAIO SVD13225PXB 13.3-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook (Black)

Sony VAIO SVD13225PXB 13.3-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook (Black)

  • Intel Intel Core i7 4500U 1.8 GHz
  • 8 GB
  • 256 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 13.3-Inch Screen, Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Windows 8.1 Professional

It’s the ideal of both worlds: a full HD laptop and a paper in one. All in a carbon fiber, surf slider design that’s ready from the word “go.” Write notes or draw with the digitizer stylus, type an email or use your fingers to pinch, swipe and scroll your way through the web on the brilliant, new TRILUMINOS touchscreen display. It’s versatility redefined. VAIO Duo 13 Convertible Ultrabook It’s the ideal of both worlds: a full HD laptop and a paper in one. All in a carbon fiber, surf slider de

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WinDeveloper Bringing Connection Filtering Back to Exchange 2013

Valletta (PRWEB) November 26, 2013

Connection Filtering is returning to Exchange 2013 with the new IMF Tune release. Bringing back anti-spam features not included in Exchange 2013, WinDeveloper is set to encourage more Exchange 2013 on-premises deployments.

The loss of Connection Filtering in Exchange 2013 is of concern to many administrators planning to move to the latest Exchange release. In early versions, Exchange Connection Filtering granted for IP based email filtering. This included the use of DNS block lists (DNSBL) and whitelists (DNSWL).

Exchange administrators have been relying on this functionality since Exchange 2003, Alexander Zammit WinDeveloper Technical Director explained, and they wont think about moving to a new release unless all critical functionality is in place.

With nearly a decade of IMF Tune releases under his belt, Alexander describes how IMF Tune was born to address these concerns. Since the first release, we prefabricated it our mission to focus on supplementing the Exchange built-in anti-spam, this prefabricated IMF Tune the natural choice for anyone wanting more from the native Exchange filters.

The new IMF Tune is planned for final release in the first quarter of 2014. All versions from Exchange 2003 to 2013 will be supported. Administrators can plan their Exchange migrations relying on consistent email hygiene that moves crossways Exchange versions with minimal effort.

Pricing starts from as low as $ 150 for a 15 mailbox license. This one-time charge also includes all upgrades released within one year.

More information on IMF Tune is acquirable from the WinDeveloper website at From here, a 30 day free evaluation version is acquirable for download.

About WinDeveloper

WinDeveloper Software delivers applications for the Windows platform, specializing in Microsoft Exchange integrated applications. Their product line also includes WinDeveloper Message Recall, and the OWA Recall extension allowing users to block delivery of emails sent in error. For more details, visit their website,

All product and company obloquy herein might be trademarks of their respective owners.


YesVideo lets you share your old home movies to Instagram

YesVideo lets you share your old home movies to Instagram
YesVideo has built a huge business converting old home movies from tapes to the web. And with the second version of its mobile app, it is making it much easier to share those memories to social networks such as Instagram and Facebook. YesVideo mobile …
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Recent Additions To New Haven's Restaurant Scene
According to their website, the folks at Wheeler's live by breathtaking standards. Not only do they source as much of their produce locally as possible, they even source from all-natural heritage breeds to create their own housemade deli meats …
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PIO, illustration, 2006

Some cool choosing keywords images:

PIO, illustration, 2006
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Image by finishing-school
here / there is a series of physical nodes used to reconfigure movement in public spaces.

keywords: link, select your own adventure, yahoo, on the road, digg, illustrator, gps, google earth, traffic country & crowd control,

Public Interaction Objects (PIO) is a series of low-tech participatory objects. They are physical interfaces engineered to create meaningful interaction with individuals in various public contexts. Each goal is a composite of various influences. PIO influences include historical and mythological narratives, cultural customs, market economies, and lifestyle, entertainment and commercial technologies.

These objects are designed to finally promote curiosity and participation for those that come in contact with them. PIOs also challenge our all too prevalent responses of suspicion and alarm that many foreign objects create. In current years, our governments have decreed freedom-limiting legislation and in many public contexts – a heighten militarization. There are fear-laden messages channeled regular throughout the media as well. We have been indoctrinated to report these things rather than curiously explore them ourselves.

FS recognizes that we live in world that requires a basic sense of courage and trust in the people and objects that we share our spaces with in order to be free and active. It is also acknowledged that this trust has been horrifically exploited. We do not want to minimize the reality of these tragedies, nor do we condone these acts of aggression. Conversely, we do not want to surrender our freedom to explore, examine, create, share, confront, protest, and disseminate both ideas and objects in our shared public realm.

365 Project Day 45: Inanimate Emotion – Groggy
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Image by David Amaya HB
Is Groggy an emotion or a say of being? Well, that’s why I didn’t select sleep-deprived as the keyword. It has been a long day for Darth Tater

Theme: Inanimate Emotion
My goal in this portion of my project is to have inanimate objects convey an emotion. I think family portraits would be cool if they included creative images of a family’s favorite toys/possessions.

Project: 365 Project
My goal is to shoot a picture apiece day for a whole year. I felt that my efforts were starting to get aimless, so I decided to begin using a more analytical approach to improve my craft.

I am actually starting to run out of ideas. Either my mind isn’t coming up with emotions, or I am having difficulties trying to express them with inanimate objects. Granted, this week I have been using primarily Darth Tater, but there is nothing in my guidelines that would forbid the use of a different inanimate object.

That I feel how Darth Tater looks. I should have gone to sleep much earlier.

The light falling on Darth Tater looks like it could be primeval morning light, even though it was taken in the late afternoon. Using the helmet to fog part of the grappling adds a nice touch.

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Cool Search Engines images

Some cool search engines images:

Search Engine Watch Launch, June 9, 1997
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Image by dannysullivan
See Goodbye Search Engine Watch & Ideal Wishes! Feel free to use this image. Just link to the pic page or the story.

Search Engine Land Direct Navigation Stats: December 2006
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Image by dannysullivan
See Search Engine Land: December 2006 Statistics Review. Feel free to use this image. Just link to the pic page or the story.

BioTouch Permanent Makeup Pigment Double Concentrated Line Fire Red Color Reviews

BioTouch Permanent Makeup Pigment Double Concentrated Line Fire Red Color

BioTouch Permanent Makeup Pigment Double Concentrated Line Fire Red Color

  • An intense and vibrant red. Compliment many different skin tones, light or dark. Add Orange to keep brightness on darker skin tones.
  • Colors are optional for different skin tones. Client’s needs are always considered. This is a general guideline for choosing color in Permanent Makeup for Brows, Eyeliner and Lips.
  • Do not mix pigments of different brands…Shake well apiece time before use.
  • To prevent from Cross Contamination: Never touch pigment bottle with contaminated gloves or..pigment containers.
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BioTouch Permanent Makeup Pigment 0.5oz Double Concentrated Line Fire Red Color

An intense and vibrant red. Compliment many different skin tones, light or dark. Add Orange to keep brightness on darker skin tones.

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How Come When You Mix Blue & Yellow With Hex-Codes, You Get Gray & Not Green?

Question by dawnofrabbits: How Come When You Mix Blue & Yellow With Hex-Codes, You Get Gray & Not Green?
I have always thought when the colors of Blue & Yellow are mixed, that you would get Green. . . . & yet, when blended together on a Hex-Color Program which combines colors, Blue + Yellow come out Gray. Is there another type of “online” program that mixes colors with more typical or traditional results, where Blue + Yellow will come out Green? An E-link would be great. Thank All who respond to the question here.

Best answer:

Answer by TzodEarf
Note the hex code of blue and yellow in their purest form. Then find the code for green in its purest or most basic form. Now mathmatically add blue and yellow to see if you get the same value for green. Compare this result to the value you get when first blended blue and yellow. The point is, is to determine the algorithm your software use to mix colors to see if it is leading to unexpected results. Experiment with blue-red and yellow-red combinations too.


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Can you build a gaming PC better than the PS4 for $400?

Can you build a gaming computer superior than the PS4 for 0?
There are some who will point to the drastically different RAM, but in reality, with 1GB of GDDR5 on the graphics card, the real-world difference between the PS4 and our $ 400 computer will be marginal. For $ 400, then, you can … For $ 400, you also get a …
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Big Tips for Small Business with's Nikki Parker
What was the strategy behind getting freelancers to list themselves on your site? How did you grow so fast? The real strength of Freelancer is that we're the largest outsourcing freelance marketplace based on number of users and projects. We are a …

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Microsoft's CEO Hosts Annual Shareholder
We are streaming live this day on the Investor Relations website. … Please be sure to visit the Investor Relations website. …. It's got 1080p graphics. And what this really means with this huge screen is get even more customized individualized data right on …
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How to: do data journalism on a budget
In this feature, which follows a podcast on the subject last month, we hear practical tips on how to most efficiently carry out data projects, and refrain wasting time unnecessarily, with the support of free tools. Prepare, prepare …

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