About: Co-author of the award-winning and best-selling guides to Photoshop, The Photoshop Wow! Book, and How to Wow: Photoshop for Photography.
Jack is perhaps best known as the coauthor of the award-winning and best-selling guides to Photoshop, The Photoshop Wow! Book, and How to Wow: Photoshop for Photography. However, there is much more up his sleeve. He is also an award-winning designer, photographer and contributing editor to numerous books and magazines on digital tools and the creative process.
For over 20 years, Jack has been an internationally recognized spokesperson on digital imagery, and has given keynote addresses throughout the US, Asia, Canada, South America, Europe and Australia. Jack has lead countless hands-on workshops around the world and routinely teaches as part of the "Dream Team" at the National Association of Photoshop Professional’s Photoshop World Conferences. At that conference, he was recently inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame for his life time contributions in the field of education and digital imagery.
Jack has undergraduate degrees in Graphic Design and an MA and MFA in Digital Imagery. When he’s not in his studio in San Diego, he can be found on a beach somewhere like Polynesia with a digital camera, a laptop and a Wacom tablet, capturing the local color.
"I use the Intuos3 4×6 when I’m on the road – which is a lot. The need for creative control doesn’t change while away fro the studio and with the 4×6 it’s always there."
At the office, the Wacom Intuos3 6×11 Special Edition is Jack’s new best friend – it’s always on his desk and under his hand, providing all the essential control and finesse needed for all his photographic retouching and enhancing. Also, the Wacom Cintiq 21UX is his main studio monitor.
"Absolutely beautiful, with great color and tone accuracy – as well as being an incredible breakthrough in all my illustration and painting work. The Cintiq allows me to truly interact with my art – through ever stroke, every gesture, every expressive flick of the pen – getting me as close to a tactile response as is possible."
Jack clearly knows his Photoshop, and his Wacom tablets. Let’s see what he can teach us about the Power of the Pens.
The magic of Moloka’i – how in the world do you capture that in a single photograph? Location, timing and some very creative tools came together in this image I created for Wacom’s Power of the Pens Calendar for the month of June.
First, I knew I wanted to shoot the sacred palm grove from the lagoon on the island’s south shore – definitely one of the worlds most beautiful tropical locations. Second, I wanted to capture the entire island in the image AND maintain dramatic detail – this lead me to shoot and stitch together (using Photoshop CS3′s Photomerge. see A) an 8 shot panorama that could achieve both the wide angle and give me the desired resolution (the image for the Wacom desktop calendar is the center three images from the panorama – go to AdventuresInPhotoshop.com to see the entire vista). Third, to really convey the uniqueness of the location I choose to not only shoot it at sunset (when else?) but also in infrared, to bring the glory of the palms out against a darker sky (the above URL also has information on my IR work).
Once the images had been combined in Photoshop, I wanted to pull out the subtle details in the infrared palm fronds – which meant extensive dodging and burning – taking full advantage of the incredible control (and speed) I get with the direct painting capabilities of the combination of my Wacom Cintiq 21UX Monitor and their 6D pen (see B) – truly a daily lifesaver!
Lastly, I wanted to finalize the storybook feeling of the piece by hand tinting on top of the subtle infrared colors (see C) – with a little salt stain overlay thrown to finalize the painted effect. Again, the control, and personal expression that is possible in each stroke of the pen is essential in creating the individuality I desire in both my commercial and fine art work! Thank you Wacom for creating such powerful, yet elegant tools for all of us in the digital age – we couldn’t do it without you!